The Hush-Hush News Report: 06.20.12: Mr. Wayne, Maleficent and The Master
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We’re getting out first look at Philip Seymour Hoffman in The Master as Paul Thomas Anderson has released a second teaser trailer for his upcoming film. If you recall, the first teaser – released last month – mainly showed Joaquin Phoenix’s character in a somewhat confused state being questioned. It didn’t actually include one shot of the titular “Master.” Well, that’s changed now with the second teaser, as we not only get a healthy bit of Hoffman, but also our first look at Amy Adams as his wife.
The one thing that remains the same is that spare, haunting, percussive Johnny Greenwood score. I’m not going to drool and parse every second of what is simply a teaser, but this is a film many movie fans are looking forward to and it will be very interesting to see the reaction of Hollywood – and its large Scientology population – as we get closer to the film’s release.
When Dodd tells Phoenix’s character, “I am a writer, a doctor, a nuclear physicist, a theoretical philosopher but above all I am a man, a hopelessly inquisitive man, just like you,” that is eerily similar to what the real L. Ron Hubbard is reported to often tell people about himself – even though it wasn’t true:
“Hubbard, of course, loved to tell people (especially in the early days – he started things off with the book ‘Dianetics’ in 1950) that he was a physician and nuclear physicist. Neither was true, of course. In 1932, Hubbard did take one of the early classes in “atomic physics” at George Washington University, but he flunked it, and left the school without a degree.
Amy Adams is looking like a dead ringer for Mary Sue Hubbard – LRH’s third wife – and she’s even called “Mary Sue” in the picture.
We also see Hoffman/Hubbard putting Phoenix’s character through a sort of “sec check” at the end of the clip, interrogating him in a style that maybe is a bit more rapid-fire than we’ve been led to believe happens in Scientology.”
While there was little doubt, The Master’s 2nd teaser trailer makes it clear that the film will likely be using the founding of Scientology as a launching point for a fictional drama rather than as a true biopic of Hubbard or a real history of the “religion.”
The Master stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Laura Dern, Jesse Plemons, and David Warshovsky and opens October 12th.
Warner Bros has released a new full-length trailer (presumably the last full-length one) for The Dark Knight Rises. It starts out with footage we’ve already seen, but is soon followed up by a plethora of shots and a few lines of dialogue we’re seeing for the first time. One thing that seems evident in almost all of the trailers and clips for TDKR is that WB is focused on showing non-stop action. There’s going to be a LOT of action and if you had any doubts left, it appears Nolan and company are going out with guns blazing.
Also, there’s an interesting bit of viral marketing for the film that came out. It is the official “Dent Act” and can be found on the newly opened website DewGothamCity.com. The site is a new interactive Gotham website for Batman fans has a “press release” hidden inside of the Gotham City Police Department called “The Dent Act”.
Gotham City Mayor Anthony Garcia (Nestor Carbonell) has passed a recent piece of legislation known as the Harvey Dent Act, which essentially explains the opening events of The Dark Knight Rises. The Act itself serves to close the loopholes that allow organized crime to to get off easily while also making clear that the masked vigilante Batman (Christian Bale) was himself a murderous criminal who nearly destroyed Gotham’s true hope (Dent). Dismissing concerns over Gotham becoming a police state, it also honors Dent’s sacrifices and establishes a city-wide remembrance on “Harvey Dent Day.”
You can also unlock the Batcave once 5,000,000 Mountain Dew codes have been entered.
The Dark Knight Rises stars Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Morgan Freeman. The film opens July 20th.
Disney has officially announced that as of last Wednesday, production on Maleficent got underway. Coming Soon has the first official image of star Angelina Jolie in the title role.
Co-starring with Jolie in the film are Sharlto Copley (District 9), Elle Fanning (Super 8), Sam Riley (On the Road), Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake), Miranda Richardson (The Hours), Juno Temple (Atonement) and Lesley Manville (Secrets & Lies).
Maleficent is being touted as “the untold story” of the villainous Maleficent, the frightening foe from the 1959’s Sleeping Beauty. The film will show the events that hardened her heart and drove her to curse baby Aurora (aka “Sleeping Beauty”).
The film is the directorial debut of two-time Oscar®-winning production designer Robert Stromberg (Avatar, Alice in Wonderland), with a script by Linda Woolverton (The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast). Joe Roth is producing, while Angelina Jolie, Don Hahn, Matt Smith and Palak Patel will serve as executive producers.
Other behind-the-scenes talent includes Academy Award®–winning cinematographer Dean Semler (Dances with Wolves, In the Land of Blood and Honey), production designer Gary Freeman (Saving Private Ryan, The Bourne Supremacy), two-time Oscar® nominated costume designer Anna B. Sheppard (Schindler’s List,The Pianist) and seven-time Academy Award–winning makeup artist Rick Baker (Planet of the Apes, Men in Black).
Maleficent is scheduled for a March 14, 2014 release and evidently will be in 3D.
Ubisoft had arguably one of their best E3 weeks ever. They dominated talk of the show, delivering multiple game-of-show nominees and winners and had the single most talked about game of the entire event, Watch Dogs.
Now comes word that we may very well see a movie version of a game that won’t be out for at least another year.That’s how good their presentation was and how much buzz it generated. According to Fusible the video game maker has purchased numerous domain names, each different variations of a “Watch Dogs” film including: WatchDogsmovie.com, WatchDogsthemovie.com, Watch-Dogsmovie.com, Watch-Dogsthemovie.com. The big surprise of this year’s E3, Watch Dogs is an open world game that involves present-day and future issues involving technology, privacy issues and information warfare. The action is set in an alternate but contemporary Chicago where a supercomputer controls almost every piece of technology in the city and the player is able to hack into systems to take enemies out and gain leverage. The player has the ability to hack into various electronic systems, either to obtain and control information or to destroy those devices completely at specific times.
Obviously, Ubisoft is covering their bases and this doesn’t mean we’re definitely getting a big screen version. However, Ubisoft has stated recently that they were looking at various options of expanding and capitalizing on their multiple IPs, including turning them into movies. Late last year it was widely reported that Ubisoft had shopped its Assassin’s Creed franchise around and that a big screen version was being set up at Sony. Ubisoft also stated that it was looking at setting up its own movie-making division.
In addition to Watch Dogs, Ubi was also getting studios interested in acquiring the rights to its Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell franchise. While nothing was set yet, multiple large studios were interested in the property with Paramount seen as the frontrunner to land the project.
Splinter Cell, revolves around Sam Fisher, a covert operative and is a series that has sold 22 million units of six games while also creating several novels. Deals involving video game properties are notoriously tricky and Ubisoft will likely retain control over how the game is translated into a film, staying very involved at all stages of production (this was part of the Assassin’s Creed deal as well).
Paramount does have history with properties using the Clancy name; Kenneth Branagh is directing a reboot of the Jack Ryan franchise with Chris Pine starring, and the studio is also developing Without Remorse, the Clancy spinoff novel that focuses on mercenary John Clark.
Are you interesting in seeing movie versions of Splinter Cell and Watch Dogs?
I don’t know when it will be, of course, but you can be sure that whenever August: Osage County comes out, it will be an instant awards contender. The film will mark the second directorial effort of former ER showrunner John Wells (his first was 2010’s The Company Men), and stars Meryl Streep as a pill-popping Southern matriarch with Julia Roberts as her daughter. Now George Clooney and producing partner Grant Heslov (Good Night, and Good Luck., The Ides of March) have signed on to produce the picture, which will be distributed by perennial Oscar heavyweights The Weinstein Company.
Set to start shooting sometime this Fall for a 2013 release, August: Osage County is a black comedy based on a play from Tracy Letts, that according to the Los Angeles Times is “about a few weeks in the lives of a dysfunctional Oklahoma family. The story centers on Violet Weston (Streep), a drug-addled matriarch who doles out barbs and truths, as well as a motley crew of family members, particularly oldest daughter Barbara (Roberts), a control-freak professor who finds her life falling apart. When it was first staged several years ago, it won the Pulitzer Prize for drama, a Tony and a Drama Desk award.”
Via a press release, Clooney stated, “Grant and I are thrilled to work on this project. It’s already a great cast and great material and I can’t think of anyone better than Harvey to put this all together. And we’re particularly excited to work with our dear friend John Wells. It’s such a terrific group and we feel honored to help bring it to the screen.”
Harvey Weinstein commented that “George and Grant are gifted producers, with great taste and instincts, and a work ethic that is second to none. I personally wanted them on board as their talent is a perfect fit for a film of this artistic caliber. We are delighted to welcome them to the August: Osage County team, and feel very lucky to have them.”
While casting is currently still ongoing, look for August: Osage County to be a legitimate 2013 Oscar contender and look for Streep to go for Academy Award #4.
The Wachowski’s next film – the highly anticipated Cloud Atlas – has been given an official release date by Warner Bros. It was widely expected that the brothers’ follow-up to their disappointing Speed Racer would land in theaters sometime in October and those guesses have been proven correct.
The film will officially arrive in American theaters on October 26, 2012 (directed by Andy & Lana Wachowski and Tom Tykwer) and will be seen in international markets in early 2013 (as-of-yet unspecified). It stars Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving, Jim Broadbent, Susan Sarandon and Hugh Grant and “explores how the actions and consequences of individual lives impact one another throughout the past, the present and the future. Action, mystery and romance weave dramatically through the story as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero and a single act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution in the distant future.”
WB President of Domestic Distribution Dan Fellman stated: “Audiences who have seen an early screening of ‘Cloud Atlas’ have been elated by its powerful and inspiring story, as well as its breathtaking visuals. An October release in North America is the perfect window to showcase this epic film.”
Let’s face it. Last weekend was sort of a disaster. Terrible new releases which turned in terribly dissapointing results. But that will change this weekend, as two major new releases hit theaters and there looks like something for everybody. Pixar’s Brave will no doubt take over the #1 spot and with early critical praise, it looks likely to get the studio back on track after the disappointing Cars 2. The R-rated adaptation of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter also hits theaters as our nation’s 16th President will get to take that wicked cool axe of his out for a spin or two. The quirky apocalypic romantic comedy Seeking a Friend for the End of the World and the new Woody Allen comedy To Rome with Love look to get the date night and adult movie-going crowd as well.
What are you planning on seeing this weekend
From Guest#8154 (Guest):
Of all the pictures from the Licensing Expo, the only ones of movies I’m interested in are Iron Man 3 and Robocop…a lot of shit movies on the way it looks like.
To each their own, but from what we know both those sound pretty decent. We’ll have to see though, since we’re very, very early on in their productions. In addition to those though, I’m particularly interested to see how Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim turns out as well. Ender’s Game will also attract more attention as we move forward into 2013.
From cwell510 (Guest):
I vote no reboot for Green Lantern. Move ahead with Flash, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman then make the Justice League film. Hal Jordan’s story has already been told and WB/DC blew their wad by showing Sinestro with the yellow power ring and become evil during the credits. So, I say have the John Stewart version of GL in the Justice League movie and there could be an explanation as to why Stewart has taken over for Hal. That way, no reboot, origin story doesn’t have to be retold for the umpteenth time, and you save money from having to resurrect an already dead franchise. People didn’t like Green Lantern the first time, don’t shove it down their throats again this quickly while the bad taste is still in our mouths. As for Martian Manhunter, he isn’t well known enough to warrant his own standalone movie. Introduce Jonn Jonzz in the Justice League film as well.
I don’t mind switching out Hal Jordan for John Stewart, but I think I disagree that you don’t have to do the origin story again. If anything, you’d have to do another one since you are introducing another GL to moviegoers. Remember, these movies are not for the die-hard comics fans who know who’s who and why things are the way they are. Casual moviegoers probably know even less about John Stewart than they might about Hal Jordan and many would be confused as to why there’s a new GL in a JLA without much of an explanation of backstory.
This is my entire problem with how DC/WB seems to be moving forward; they’re rushing this and are liable to trip up in the process. You don’t have to introduce Superman, Batman and maybe WW, but you need to get people to care about big screen versions of Flash, Aquaman and Martian Manhunter if they are to be included. Marvel did this by slowly but surely giving each character their own movie (except for Hawkeye/Black Widow, but those two were supporting players in others’ films). WB is so desperate to capitalize on The Avengers (understandably) that they are seemingly not going to take the right lessons from how Marvel went about making it work. Yes, I know WB/DC has a Flash movie in the works, but where is the vision from top to bottom that is putting the pieces in place to “reboot” the entire DC catalogue and getting it ready for a proper, cohesive cinematic universe? I don’t see it, and I think if we ever do, it will be years down the line.
From The Great Capt. Smooth (Guest):
Batman and Bond would drive life-size Tonka trucks, of course!
As dumb as Tonka sounds, there is a small part of me that is curious.
I’m curious only because I love and watch movies, no matter what they may be. I’ll see it, but that doesn’t mean I have to love the idea behind it. Although, I suppose the “glass half full” mentality would say that at least with a Tonka movie, Hasbro seems to be moving back from board games and back to toys. I don’t know if that’s any better, but…ugh who am I kidding. I’ll be reviewing shitty Hasbro movies for the rest of my life. *Throws arms up*
From Guest#0226 (Guest):
Dear Lord…please no Oscar picks until February. Even then, they’re annoying!
Tough cookies. My column and I’ll do what I want with it. When YOU get a column you can write about whatever you want. I enjoy the Oscar horse-race and will continue to cover it.
To be fair though, it will still be a few more months before we really get into it on a weekly basis. So you’re good until about September.
From G-Walla (Guest):
Wait, was that a Batman of Steel costume?!
Haha, no. The black one with the S in the middle is Jor-El’s costume (Russell Crowe). The other more Batman-looking costume is reported to be villainess Faora, portrayed by actress Antje Traue.
Funny Video of the Week: “Cousin Ben Troop Screening with Jason Schwartzman”
That’s all for this week. As always, let me know what you think in the comments section. For now, this is Jeremy Wilson, off the record, on the QT…
…and definitely, “Hush Hush!”