Set Pics

First look at Steve McQueen’s Twelve Years a Slave reveals the young star of Beasts of the Southern Wild, Quvenzhané Wallis, alongside Chiwetel Ejifor. Dwight Henry, who was Hushpuppie’s father Wink in Beasts, has a prominent role here as Uncle Abram.

Solomon Northup (Chiwtel Ejiofor), an educated black man with a gift for music, lives with his wife and children in Saratoga, New York. One day, when his family is out of town, he is approached by two men claiming to be circus promoters. Solomon agrees to travel with them briefly, playing the fiddle while they perform. But after sharing a drink with the men, he awakens to find he has been drugged and bound and faces a horrifying reality: he is being shipped to the South as a slave. No one listens to Solomon’s claim that he has papers proving his status as a free man. Despairing, he plots his escape, only to be foiled at every turn. He is sold to WILLIAM FORD, a kindly mill owner who appreciates Solomon’s thoughtful nature. But Ford is forced to sell him to a cruel master who subjects him and other slaves to unspeakable brutality.

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Steven Soderbergh shooting Rooney and Jude on on 65th Street in NYC, via Vulture. Written by Scott Z. Burns, who penned Contagion and The Informant for Soderbergh, The Bitter Pill stars Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Jude Law, Vinessa Shaw and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

The film is a potboiler in the Jagged Edge-Basic Instinct mold about a troubled and depressed woman who is taking serious amounts of prescription drugs to deal with the anxiety surrounding the pending release of her husband from prison. (Deadline)

Gallery after the cut.

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The Dragon Tattoo fashion shoot from Vogue was lots of fun, but Vanity Fair is this month featuring 5 stills from the set of the film itself.

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Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara on location for Terrence Malick’s Lawless in Austin, Texas at the Fun Fun Fun Festival. Also starring Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, and Haley Bennett. (via ComingSoon) More after the cut.

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I’m apparently supposed to feel bad for caring about this. Seems the proper attitude is to feign disinterest and act annoyed about any leaks about The Dark Knights Rises. Can’t help it. I’m curious. I don’t apologize.

More after the cut, thanks to ComingSoon.

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From Celebuzz via ScreenRant. If you need a reminder that Tim Burton is directing, this shot should sear it into your memory. But don’t be alarmed. Our friend Anthony Breznican says tonight on Twitter:

I’ve seen Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins in Dark Shadows, and those paparazzi shots don’t look much like what we’ll see onscreen. – @Breznican

(Clip of Jonathan Frid as the original Barnabas, c. 1969, after the cut.)

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via Towleroad , one of the best sources for gay news on the web. Not that Henry Cavill is gay. But Superman has always been gay-friendly.

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A couple of days ago, Empire teased new shots from The Hobbit on this month’s cover, and now Playlist gives us a look inside at the unadulterated images. Check ’em out after the cut.

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Photos and captions from Entertainment Weekly

PETER JACKSON WITH MARTIN FREEMAN
”There’s no way you can pace yourself for shoots like these,” Jackson says. ”When we were going through the schedule for The Hobbit, I felt a terrible drop in my stomach when I saw that we’d be shooting for 254 days. We’re only 12 days short of The Lord of the Rings even though we’re only doing two movies. When I saw that, I had to sort of pick myself up off the floor and carry on.”

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From HuffPo: About a Hussein-like dictator who gets secretly replaced by a lookalike goat herder and now must find new meaning in a life in New York City, the film is inspired by “Zabibah and the King,” a book about a benevolent dictator that was revealed to be written by Hussein himself.

Baron Cohen will star as both the dictator and herder, and last month, it was announced that Anna Faris will play the NYC organic store owner who opens his eyes to new possibilities.

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[UPDATE: Sorry the photo database for this gallery is broken at the moment, but you can find the complete gallery reconstructed here. Apologies for the inconvenience.]

Path√© has released more unsettling stills from Pedro Almodovar’s horror thriller The Skin I Live In. JoBlo.com has this roughly-translated synopsis:

Since his wife perished burnt in a car crash, Dr Ledgard (Antonio Banderas), a well respected plastic surgeon, gets interested in the creation of a new type of skin that could have saved his wife. Twelve years later he succeeds in cultivating it at his lab, taking advantage in the advance made on cellular therapy. To get to his goal he doesn’t doubt in trespassing the ethical limit of the transgenesis with human beings. But this will not be the only crime he will commit‚Ķ

More after the cut, including a NSFW full-size view of the cropped shot above. Even more disturbing are descriptions of the novel on which the film is loosely based, Thierry Jonquet’s Tarantula — summaries which may spill major spoilers so don’t read them if you want to wait to be shocked.

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Production on The Hobbit has finally commenced in New Zealand. Slashfilm provides these two photos and link to Peter Jackson’s Facebook page. (Street date release for The Lord of the Rings trilogy extended edition that we featured last week has today been confirmed for June 28.) Official press release, after the cut.

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Jack Goes Boating

Jack Goes Boating is a tale of love, betrayal, friendship and grace centered around two working-class New York City couples. The film stars John Ortiz (American Gangster), Daphne Rubin-Vega (Broadway’s “Rent”), Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone) and Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote), with Hoffman making his feature directorial debut. Bob Glaudini (“A View From 151st Street”) adapted his acclaimed Off Broadway play for the screen.

Four clips and s few more stills after the cut.

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Our first look at Rooney Mara in Dragon Tattoo drag comes in form a thumbnail slideshow from rooneymara.net via comingsoon. (click here to enlarge)

Christopher Hampton won an Oscar for the screenplay for Dangerous Liasons and was nominated for his adaptation of Atonement. A Dangerous Method, David Cronenberg’s film version of Hampton’s stage play The Talking Cure takes place in the first decade of the 20th Century. The Playlist has found first-look photos from the set of A Dangerous Method featuring Viggo Mortensen as Sigmund Freud and Michael Fassbender as Carl Jung, and helpfully assembles a comparison of the historical figures side by side with their cinematic counterparts (after the cut).

Overshadowed by portents of the coming wars, Zurich and Vienna are the setting for this tale of emotional vicissitude and intellectual debate. The Talking Cure is an intimate picture of the birth of psychoanalysis and of two intense and inextricably interwoven relationships. Carl Jung uses Sigmund Freud’s “talking cure” on Sabina, a young Russian hysteric with whom he will fall in love. Impressed with Jung’s results, Freud anoints him his successor, but when Jung develops his own theories they part ways. Sensitive and intelligent, The Talking Cure illuminates the origins of one of the twentieth century’s most influential schools of thought.

That synopsis of the play leaves out the emphasis on sexual tension between Jung and Sabina (played by Keira Knightley). But Knightley’s role is more than a simple love-interest subplot. Jung’s conflicted feelings about becoming romantically involved with a patient — and Freud’s disapproval — have basis in historical events, and it’s no surprise Christopher Hampton would latch onto the affair as a fascinating hook.

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Brought to you by Accidental Sexiness and ONTD where you can find more pics. ¬†Waltz was last seen losing the Best Villain award at the MTV Movie Awards — good god.

Water for Elephants is helmed by video-turned-feature director Francis Lawrence (I am Legend), and also stars Robert Pattinson (cue screaming), Reese Witherspoon and Hal Holbrook (cue screaming).  The synopsis: A veterinary student abandons his studies after his parents are killed and joins a traveling circus as their vet.

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