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Secretariat – Trailer for a horse film that isn’t Seabiscuit in any way shape or form

Posted by LiveFor on April 30, 2010

Based on the remarkable true story, Secretariat chronicles the spectacular journey of the 1973 Triple Crown winner. Housewife and mother Penny Chenery (Diane Lane) agrees to take over her ailing father’s Virginia-based Meadow Stables, despite her lack of horse-racing knowledge. Against all odds, Chenery–with the help of veteran trainer Lucien Laurin (John Malkovich)–manages to navigate the male-dominated business, ultimately fostering the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years and what may be the greatest racehorse of all time.
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Jackie – Darren Aronofsky to direct Rachel Weisz

Posted by LiveFor on April 14, 2010

Jackie follows the days following President Kennedy’s assassination from the viewpoint of his wife. It shows the four days between JFK’s assassination and his burial, showing Jackie at both her most vulnerable and her most graceful.

News from the Hollywood Insider is that Academy-Award winning actress Rachel Weisz has the role of the late first lady. Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler), will direct and produce, along with his producing partner Scott Franklin and their Protozoa Pictures film company.

This had been rumoured to be a Steven Spielberg project but that is no longer the case.

It will be interesting to see how Aronofsky’s style translates to telling this tale. Weisz could be a good choice for the lead.

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Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky – Poster and trailer

Posted by LiveFor on April 7, 2010

Paris, 1913: Coco Chanel (Anna Mouglalis) attends the first, scandalous performance of Igor Stravinsky’s (Mads Mikkelsen) The Rite of Spring. The rhythmic dissonance of the score and the shocking choreography of the piece cause a riot. But Coco is impressed when Igor storms out of the theatre.

Seven years later, Coco and Igor meet again. Although her business has flourished, Coco is mourning her lover, Arthur “Boy” Capel. Igor has been forced to flee to France following the Russian Revolution. An immediate sympathy and attraction is established between the ‘couturiere’ and the composer.

Coco invites Igor to live in her villa outside Paris, along with his wife and children. The summer months that follow see Coco and Igor begin a secret affair. Their work benefits from their growing intimacy; Igor begins to compose in a new, more liberated style while Coco creates Chanel No. 5 with her perfumer, Ernest Beaux.

However, the almost unbearable tension in the villa cannot be contained forever.

This film about Coco Chanel is nothing to do with the Audrey Tautou Coco avant Chanel.

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Al Pacino as Jack Kevorkian

Posted by LiveFor on March 31, 2010

Al Pacino and Susan Sarandon star in HBO’s new original movie, You Don’t Know Jack.

Pacino plays the Michigan doctor who became infamous for assisting the suicides of countless terminally ill patients. He took part in over 130 suicides and after willingly airing one his “procedures” on an episode of “60 minutes” he was arrested and convicted of second-degree murder. He spent 8 years in prison before being released on parole in 2007.

Pacino just looks scary in this one.

It premieres Saturday, April 24 only on HBO.

Source: ScreenCrave

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Surf’s Up – Jay Moriarty biopic in the works. Sean Penn may be Mentor

Posted by LiveFor on March 30, 2010

Production Weekly had a little Tweet:

Curtis Hanson to direct “Jay Moriarity” based on the true adventures of the surfing wonderboy – Sean Penn in talks to play his mentor Frosty

Hanson is the guy who directed L.A. Confidential which is a very cool film.

I’m not to up on my surfers, but do like the whole concept and spiritual side of it all (go watch Big Wednesday for an excellent surfing movie).

A quick look up on the life of Moriarty is quite sad as it turns out he died the day before his 23rd birthday in a free diving accident. have a bio on him:

Born in Georgia, James Michael Moriarty soon relocated to Santa Cruz. His father Doug, and Airborne Ranger, instilled in the young lad a sense for adventure and introduced him to surfing as an 11-year-old tike at Sewer Peak. According to Jay, “When I started I didn’t have a wetsuit. I just had shorts and a t-shirt that I wore. And I had a 7’0″ Haut, a little pintail, like a three-inch-thick ’70s board. I was unequipped and clueless but I didn’t give a shit. It was just so much fun.”

The following year, Moriarty discovered his calling during, of all things, an NSSA shortboard contest at Pleasure Point. In double-overhead surf, the 12-year-old was the only kid to make it out, winning the event and realizing his affinity for big surf. Shortly thereafter, he chanced across a wizened elder local named Rick “Frosty” Hesson in the midst of a rant about the newly-ordained jewel of California surfing, Maverick’s. After much prodding from the indomitable young Moriarty, the former lifeguard and collegiate swimmer agreed to prepare him for his future. Jay was determined to conquer Maverick’s, but not before Hesson engaged him in a program of intense mental and physical training.

Moriarty planned on a future as a firefighter, having completed his EMT training at Cabrillo College, but he would get no closer toward his goal. The day before his 23rd birthday, Jay drowned while free-diving alone off the Lohifushi Island resort in the Maldives, where he was visiting for a photo shoot. He had planned to meet his wife of less than one year, Kim, and begin his fourth season, this time as head instructor, for the O’Neill Academy through Europe.

Sean Penn could be playing Frosty then. Sounds like it could be a nice little movie.

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Machine Gun Preacher – Gerard Butler talks about the true tale of badassdom

Posted by LiveFor on March 29, 2010

Our favourite Spartan King and action star Gerard Butler recently spoke to MTV about the Marc Forster scripted tale of Sam Childers – the real life Machine Gun Preacher.

“Basically it’s the story of– this guy is still alive, I just spent time with him in Pennsylvania. His name is Sam Childers. He grew up a thug, a very violent guy. He was a drug dealer. And found god, found a new way. Started his own business.” We’ve heard that tale a few times, but he actually decided to make a difference.

“And then ends up down in Sudan, just goes down to stick some roofs on houses down there. He saw some of the most awful atrocities that were happening down there with these guerilla forces that would move in and kidnap the kids, kill the families. So he took it on himself to do something about it. Went back [to the United States], became a preacher in Pennsylvania, raises money and builds an orphanage down there to protect the kids and ends up joining forces with the southern Sudanese People’s Liberation [Movement].”

“Picks up a machine gun and is fighting the rebels with guns, grenades, machine guns in order to go and rescue some of these kids. He basically became a warrior and lived both– he’s still a preacher back in Pennsylvania and he’s still a warrior down in [Sudan.]”

A real life Punisher style superhero and it is all true. Butler is to play Childers in the film and you can check out the Machine Gun Preachers official site. Sounds like it will make one hell of a film.

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The Runaways – Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart sing Cherry Bomb

Posted by LiveFor on March 11, 2010

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Neil Young Trunk Show – Poster and trailer for Jonathan Demme’s new film

Posted by LiveFor on March 9, 2010

I love a bit of Neil Young and this looks like a corker.

The film is an intimate look at Neil Young’s stage show, recorded in a small theater in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, on mostly hand-held cameras. “We did a home movie in a way,” said director Jonathan Demme at last years SXSW Festival. “We did it all ourselves.”

The Oscar-award winning director (Silence Of The Lambs, Philadelphia) said the film was a “reaction” to his 2006 Neil Young concert doc Heart Of Gold. Whereas Heart Of Gold was a meticulous tangle of editing and forethought, Trunk Show was filmed on a whim, aiming to find truth and heart with a more spontaneous approach. Says Demme, “We didn’t plan anything. This was the easiest film in the world to make.” Over a dozen Young tracks were shot in high-definition and a few were given a more expressionist, grainy feel. A warts-and-all approach catches all the ephemera Young spread across the stage for this tour (telephones, a tiny guitar shop, a pirate flag), as well as the heating pipes, stage lights, wires, cameramen and industrial fans helping power the Tower Theatre gig.

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The Runaways – New Trailer

Posted by LiveFor on March 5, 2010

Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning star in this music-fueled story of the ground-breaking, all girl, teenage rock band of the 1970s: The Runaways. The film follows two friends, Joan Jett and Cherie Currie, as they rise from rebellious Southern California kids to rock stars of the now legendary group that paved the way for future generations of girl bands. Joan and Cherie fall under the Svengali-like influence of rock impresario Kim Fowley, played by Michael Shannon, who turns the group into an outrageous success and a family of misfits. With its tough-chick image and raw talent, the band quickly earns a name for itself—and so do its two leads: Joan is the band’s pure rock ‘n’ roll heart, while Cherie, with her Bowie-Bardot looks, is the sex kitten. Written and directed by Floria Sigismondi, the film chronicles Joan and Cherie’s tumultuous relationship on and off stage, as the band starts to break out.

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Due out on 19th March 2010

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The Runaways – New poster

Posted by LiveFor on March 5, 2010

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