Oregon based stop-motion animation studio Laika is set to release its fourth feature this summer, Kubo and The Two Strings. The new animation features characters voiced by Charlize Theron, Ralph Fiennes, Rooney Mara, George Takei, and Matthew McConaughey. Art Parkinson voices the lead character, Kubo, the son of a legendary samurai who embarks on a magical quest with a samisen—a three-stringed Japanese lute played with a large pick. With the help of his shamisen, Kubo must battle gods and monsters as he sets out on a thrilling quest to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known.
Based on short stories by Maile Meloy, Certain Women is set in a small town in Montana and follows three women’s stories. Kristen Stewart plays a lawyer who has to travel for four hours each night to get to the night class she teaches. Michelle Williams plays Gina, married to Ryan (James Le Gros). The couple try to build their dream home, but an elderly neighbor stands as an obstacle trying to stop them. Their marital issues are exposed along the way. Laura Dern also stars in the film as a lawyer working with a client trying to file a personal injury claim.
Directed by Kelly Reichardt, Certain Women premiered at Sundance in January, and IFC have acquired the U.S rights to the film. Sony Pictures will distribute the film worldwide.
Producer Irwin Winkler has confirmed that Martin Scorsese’s latest film, Silence, will be released, “at the end of the year”. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter.
Based on the 1966 novel by Shusaku Endo and set in the 17th Century, Silence tells the story of two Jesuit priests who face violence and persecution as they spread the gospel in Japan. Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, and Adam Driver all star in the film and took huge pay cuts to help get the story off the ground. Winkler commented, “It was very, very expensive, and it was budgeted, because it takes place in 1670 in Japan. We got lucky and found out about Taipei, and in and around Taipei and Taiwan, we found great, great locations. The prices were very cheap, and we were able to make it for a price. And all the actors, Liam Neeson, Adam Driver, everybody worked for scale. Marty worked for scale, I worked for under scale.”
Fábrica de Cine and SharpSword Films announced they will be producing and financing the film. No release date has been set yet.
Kristin Hahn moved to Los Angeles, a stranger in this town. She didn’t know anyone. She just knew she wanted to tell stories. Even then she wasn’t aware of what that entailed. One phone call changed her path. Hahn would get a job working with Bob Ellison, her mentor. At night she attended USC.
Today Hahn is a producer, behind such films as The Departed, Cake and The Time Traveller’s Wife. Next up she’s working on Stargirl staring Joey King with Catherine Hardwick directing.
I recently had the chance to catch up with Hahn to talk about her journey in this town, and discuss her latest film, Tumbledown.
Awards Daily: First of all, I’m glad to be speaking to a female producer. Now, I have to say how refreshing it was to see Rebecca Hall in this role.
Kristin Hahn: She’s the best, she’s so dreamy and I love her in this role, and I feel like you just want to live with her.