Casting has been announced role by role for weeks, but as Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps continues to consolidate assets I’m feeling the time has come to take stock of Oliver Stone’s recent acquisitions. Variety reports that Susan Sarandon has now joined the nearly 100% illustrious cast. Let’s grab a list of the other significant players from IMDb and see how the value is adding up.
Shia LaBeouf … Jacob
Josh Brolin … rumored as villain
Michael Douglas … Gordon Gekko
Carey Mulligan … Jacob’s girlfriend
Susan Sarandon … Jacob’s mother
Frank Langella… Lewis Zabel
Oscar-nominated (for Brokeback Mountain) Rodrigo Prieto has signed on as cinematographer, fresh off Broken Embraces. Bryan Burrough, Allan Loeb, Stephen Schiff will hopefully provide what Stone’s last film, W., was missing — an intelligent script.
Earlier today, ‘sister’ let us know there were new stills online from The Lovely Bones, but the the first links were too small to post. Brad Brevett has now added these shots to his extensive archives of stills at Rope of Silicon.
While the photo above places familiar elements in a wondrously surreal landscape, the shot after the break plays the opposite emotional trick by transforming an everyday setting into a strange perceptual mist. You can also check page two for a couple of stills from Up in the Air, in which George Clooney’s natural aura provides the major magic.
*SIGH* Everyone who was thrilled with the magnificently orchestrated mystique and old-school teaserrific intrigue of Christopher Nolan’s exquisite teaser for Inception released yesterday, please close your eyes and clamp your hands over your ears for the next 11 months. Unless you have a very large rock you can crawl under until June 2010, you won’t be able to see Inception with virginal eyes when it premieres next summer.
Last night a reader (yourmama) wrote, “something about Penelope in Broken Embraces makes me feel so glamorous.” Salud! I’ll raise a glass to that. After last year’s decidedly deglammed clique of dimly-lit Best Actress nominees, maybe the ladies of 2009 are poised to bring back some radiance to these no-frills unlux belt-tightened hard times. Almodovar sets Penelope in a retro neonoir realm of glorified glam reminiscent of Rita Hayworth’s Gilda. That kind of sultry sophistication is a rarity in the real world, but from kittens to cougars, the top 10 women from yesterday’s poll show us 10 different spins on movie grace and glamor.
Another interesting point of light has appeared on the radar tonight, with the arrival of news about James Mottern’s Trucker, starring Michelle Monaghan, Nathan Fillion, Benjamin Bratt, Jimmy Bennett and Joey Lauren Adams.
‚ÄúI tried to make Trucker for a few years..one problem I was always faced with was finding a lead actress that really spoke to me on a gut level. I looked for a long time,‚Äù says Mottern. ‚ÄúThen I saw Michelle Monaghan in a movie called North Country. Her performance in that film is outstanding. But there‚Äôs this one scene where the character she plays is standing outside her trailer saying good bye to Charlize Theron‚Äôs character and the camera holds on Michelle for a beat, not saying a word; I saw that and it hit me like a freight train – ‚ÄúThere she is. Diane.‚Äù
Stephen Farber had this to say writing for THR from the Tribeca Film Festival:
Film buffs might have recognized Michelle Monaghan’s appeal in such movies as “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang,” “North Country” and “Gone Baby Gone.” But she hasn’t had a chance to carry a movie until “Trucker,” which had its world premiere at Tribeca and makes us realize what we’ve been missing.
Her performance elicits the same exhilarating sense of discovery that surrounded Sally Field’s breakthrough in “Norma Rae.” And there are some parallels between the two characters. Monaghan’s Diane is a bruised, ballsy woman who has made something of a mess of her life. She goes through a transformation during the course of the story and emerges as strong rather than merely tough.
The same sort of praise that set Melissa Leo on the path to awards glory last year?
Roger Friedman apparently thinks he was the first person to shout Oscar after seeing Carey Mulligan in An Education. Hilarious – he actually thinks he can get away with “remember, you heard it here first.” How much do you want to bet anyone reading that has already read about how great Carey Mulligan is? Even taking Awards Daily out of the equation, Hollywood-Elsewhere’s Jeff Wells has been beating this drum for months now – so much so that he was told, in no uncertain terms, to shut up already, or else risk blowing it for Mulligan. So, folks, you heard it THERE first.
The truth is, it doesn’t really matter who wants to take credit for it (as long as it isn’t Roger Friedman) – it isn’t our credit to take; this is Mulligan’s. Let’s just hope that all of the excitement doesn’t ruin the subtlety of the performance or the film.
The funny thing is, it’s not even Oscar season proper and already the season is very nearly unbearable. Why is that? I think it’s because there is probably too much focus on the game itself and not enough focus on the work, the performances, the films themselves. It might be true that it will come down to Carey Mulligan vs. Meryl Streep – but it’s too early to call and it’s, once again, premature adulation. Here’s to hoping the season plays itself out in the best of ways.¬†¬† I’m not so sure Mulligan’s winning would be so great for her right now anyway. She needs more time to use her sea legs before she starts winning awards.
I’ve been slow on the uptake about Bronson but finally realized that it’s directed by Denmark’s Nicolas Winding Refn, who’s responsible for several thrilling hours I’ve spent watching his knockout Pusher trilogy.
In 1974, a hot-headed 19 year old named Michael Peterson (Tom Hardy) decided he wanted to make a name for himself and so, with a homemade sawn-off shotgun and a head full of dreams he attempted to rob a post office. Swiftly apprehended and originally sentenced to 7 years in jail, Peterson has subsequently been behind bars for 34 years, 30 of which have been spent in solitary confinement. During that time, Michael Petersen, the boy, faded away and ‘Charles Bronson,’ his superstar alter ego, took center stage. Inside the mind of Bronson – a scathing indictment of celebrity culture.
Thanks to George and Noah R. for the persistent reminders to track this down. The hulu trailer above is probably only viewable in the US, but our international readers can find a more compatible version after the cut.
Foreign Language Film
Live Action Short