The Hollywood Reporter – Los Angeles fashion designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy, founders of the Rodarte label, are turning their attention to filmmaking.
The sisters are set to make their feature directorial debut with Woodshock, starring longtime friend Kirsten Dunst. Plot details are being kept under tight wraps, but the storyline is described as an original concept derived from a screenplay written by the duo that’s been in development for several years.
Ken Kao’s Waypoint Entertainment, which will be in Cannes this year with Gus Van Sant’s The Sea of Trees, is financing and producing Woodshock alongside Ben LeClair and Michael Costigan of Cota Films.
In a big show of confidence, A24 — known for turning out hip and edgy fare, including current box office hit Ex Machina — has preemptively scooped up theatrical U.S. rights to Woodshock. WME Global brokered the deal.
I have added one scan of Total Film magazine, which had on its July issue a Sci-Fi special preview, including Midnight Special on it. Also, the newest issue of Sci-Fi Now brings four pages dedicated to Jumanji for its 20 years release.
This weekend at Austin’s South by Southwest Film Festival, during a somewhat sparsely attended panel celebrating the working relationship of filmmaker Jeff Nichols and actor Michael Shannon, the two made a surprise debut of the first footage from their forthcoming studio thriller “Midnight Special”.
According to The Playlist it was some of the most special footage seen at SXSW so far.
There was no Kiki on the footage, but it’s really interesting what is was shown. Check below, knowing that it has spoilers.
The sequence features Shannon and Joel Edgerton riding in a beat-up van up to a gas station. They are typical Nichols characters: blue collar, dirty, and their relationship isn’t exactly clear, although they could certainly be criminals. They’ve got a young boy (Nathan Brimmer), in the van, and once they pull up they instruct him to stay inside the car while they get stuff from the adjacent convenience store. There’s already palpable tension in the scene, but as Nichols cuts back and forth between the goons in the store buying junk food, and the little kid, who wears goggles and is reading a Superman comic book (another perk to working with Warner Bros, no doubt), that tension becomes almost unbearable.
Finally the kid gets out of the car and starts walking away from the gas station; Edgerton and Shannon notice and run out to him. But something strange has already started to happen. A chubby woman getting out of another car to see if the boy is okay approaches him but Shannon shoos her away, telling her that the boy is his son (it’s unclear whether or not this is true). As Shannon scoops the young boy up in his arms, the boy says, “I’m sorry,” as fireballs start to rain down from the sky, turning a nearby car into a tumbling inferno. Shannon and Edgerton run back to the van and start it quickly, and take off, driving away from the chaos.
To read more about the panel, check The Playlist website.
The gallery was updated with over 100 HQ pictures of Kirsten last night at the Unbroken premiere in Los Angeles. This is the latest film of her boyfriend Garrett Hedlund.
I’ve added over 50 HQ pictures of Kristin from last Thursday (11), when she attended the opening celebration for Coach Backstage at Rodeo Drive.
TV Line just reported that Kirsten is set to do a guest appearance on Fargo, in its second season.
Dunst will play Peggy Blomquist, “a small town beautician with big city dreams who is trying to figure out who she really is and what she really wants as she struggles with traditional societal expectations.” Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad) will play her husband Ed, “a butcher’s assistant who wants to be supportive of his wife’s self-discovery, even if he doesn’t quite understand it.”
The cabler renewed Fargo last summer, promising a new 10-episode chapter of the anthology miniseries featuring new characters (played by all-new actors), a new period of time and a new true crime story.
EW shared that story will be set in Sioux Falls, Luverne, and Fargo, and once again the show’s base of production will be Calgary in Alberta, Canada. FX expects the next season to premiere in fall, 2015.
My friend Renee sent in some outtakes of two gorgeous photoshoots Kirsten did in 2011 and earlier this year. Check it:
Kirsten attended last night a screening for her “Two Faces of January”‘s co-star Oscar Isaac new film “A Most Violent Year” in West Hollywood. There’s only a few images released, but you can find them in our gallery: