The Hollywood Reporter announced later today that Kate Bosworth is joining Jason Statham and James Franco in Homefront, Millennium Films’ action movie scripted by Sylvester Stallone. Kate Bosworth is known for films including “Superman Returns” and “Remember the Titans,” and is engaged to Michael Polish – which you may remember from Stay Cool.
The project, with Gary Fleder in the director’s chair, follows an ex-DEA agent (Statham) who seeks a peaceful life and moves his family to a quiet town. Tranquility is shattered when he crosses path with a drug traffickers and a meth kingpin named Gator (Franco).
Bosworth will play Gator’s meth-addicted sister, who inadvertently starts the feud when her son, a bully, gets his butt handed to him by Statham’s daughter at school. She turns to Gator, psychotically wanting retribution.
Production is due to begin October 1 in New Orleans.
For a number of years, fans of Tim Burton have had to do so with caveats or footnotes, citing early works as the reason for their dedication. But with “Frankenweenie,” Burton has made a true return to form, a bold declaration that he’s still very much relevant and able to create something artistically sound that will stir the heartstrings as much as it will delight the eye. [A-] – The Playlist
Note from webmaster: Some reviews are popping up already, and at least those I have read has the same opinion mentioned above. For me, as a Tim Burton fan, it’s amazing that finally we can be enthusiastic about his project once again. Specially because it has Winona involved, which makes me happy twice.
I have plans to watch this movie on Theaters, which will be released here in Brazil next November 02nd. You can post your review for us, since the movie it’s being released next October 05.
Winona Ryder, Tim Burton, Martin Landau and Charlie Tahan attended last night the “Frankenweenie” premiere at the opening night of Fantastic Fest, held in Austin, Texas. Check some pictures added to our gallery:
Also, the site FearNet has up a review:
Packed with “horror geek” references both obvious and sly, and boasting one of Danny Elfman’s best scores in over a decade, Frankenweenie may be a bit more “kid-friendly” than the similarly-themed ParaNorman from a few months back (which you really should see), but that is not meant as a knock. Both quietly charming and adorably weird, Frankenweenie isn’t a Disney flick that packs a ton of life lessons into the package; it’s just a simple, strange, funny, and visually amazing piece of horror-flavored comedy that’ll make little kids laugh and let parents revisit the type of Tim Burton stuff that made them big fans in the first place.
The Letter is a brand new film starring Winona Ryder and James Franco, and I think Winona is a beautiful as she has ever been. She was a big A-list star when she was younger, but then she had some legal problems that seemed to derail her. She resumed worked though in high profile projects like The Black Swan, Mr. Deeds, and The Dilemma playing bad girls. James Franco is also a big name and has a high profile, even co-hosting the Oscars (though that did not work out very well). Franco has a tendency to do lots of oddball projects. His projects are ambitious and far-reaching. He has big project coming up from his Spider Man director that serves as a prequel to The Wizard of Oz. He seems willing to take chances.
The Letter is an odd project. Winona (Martine Jamison) is directing a play, and the film is dreamily narrated by her as free-form thoughts. An early glimpse of a play of hers seems arty and serious. It seems she writes her plays as well. As we see her and hear her thoughts we know that she seems somewhat disconnected, and we are not sure she is just searching her way through the creative process.
James Franco (Tyrone) seems like a hostile presence, but in a coy, vague way. He seems supportive of Winona, though. It seems everyone is off kilter and ill at ease. It seems that Winona might be losing her mind slowly, but we are not sure. The performances are subdued and cryptic. The other actors in the play seem confused by what’s going on. This is a workshop production, and the actors are seeming to lose footing as to what is going on. Artists are known to be temperamental and demanding, so it is easy to attribute Winona’s moods to her searching artistic journey.
Then a hit and run accident occurs that severely injures a journalist that had started interviewing Winona. The detective investigating is trying to identify a voice on a tape the journalist was using. It might be James Franco. His actions actually become even more suspect and inscrutable. This is the kind of project that is made to deliberately try to provoke the audience. One thing that is noticeable is that there is no music (or it is very muted). This lends the project a very non-movie, pseudo-documentary style. It is obvious that Winona is confused and distressed. The question is is she crazy? The style of the piece is unusual and challenging. It seems that the writer/director Jay Anania had a real desire to do something different and thought-provoking. It is, but that is not always a good thing. The film continues to get harder and harder to decipher. Some explanations seem to occur but considering how unreliable the narrator is, can we trust these explanations?
In the end, this is a project for discriminating tastes. It is arty and difficult and may require more than one viewing to unravel. If you are the kind of person who is up for that, then try this out. If you are looking for excitement and fun, steer clear.
This interview was done during Venice festival. Check it:
“I’ve loved making movies,” Winona Ryder said in Toronto earlier this week when reflecting back on her 26-year career. “I feel like I’ve been so lucky because I’ve gotten to be in movies that are some of my favorites, regardless of my being in them — like ‘Heathers.’”
Ryder — who turns 41 in October (though she still looks like she’s 30) — made her official debut in the 1986 high school drama “Lucas.” The small, well-recieved role helped lead to a duo of late 1980s leads — as Lydia in “Beetlejuice” and as Veronica in “Heathers” — that propelled her to become an icon of her generation.
“I was very lucky because Tim Burton really gave me a career,” she said. “I don’t think Hollywood would’ve known what to do with me. If I hadn’t done ‘Beetlejuice,’ I think I would’ve just gone back to my school.”
Ryder also rightfully considers “Heathers” — released a year after “Beetlejuice” in 1989 — a pivotal moment in her early career.
“They didn’t want me for it,” she recalled. “I wasn’t pretty enough. I had to go a mall and get my makeup done, and then I just begged them and begged them. That was a kind of turning point because that was kind of the first movie where I’d played someone who was attractive. And then that led to a lot of films.”
But when talking to Indiewire during the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this week (where she’s promoting her latest film, Ariel Vromen’s “The Iceman”), Ryder is quick to discourage young actors currently trying to follow in her footsteps.
“If I were 18 right now, I wouldn’t want to become an actress, I know that much,” she said. “It’s just a different business now. Instant access surveillance, it’s just crazy. Now everyone wants to know everything in such a different way… I mean, there’s already so much pressure when you’re a kid. You’re uprooted and move to L.A. First they like you, then you’re told they don’t like you. It’s a lot of pressure when at the same time you’re going through puberty. But now these paparazzi literally follow people around. It’s really criminal stuff and it’s scary to me.”
While Ryder may never have had to experience the intensity of being a teen actress in today’s paparazzian landscape, she’s hardly avoided it altogether. Her relationship (and breakup) with Johnny Depp’s was most definitely the early 1990s pop-culture equivalent to Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. And, of course, her 2001 shoplifting arrest didn’t exactly go unnoticed.
But Ryder has shifted her priorities as of late, finding comfort in a quieter life outside of Hollywood.
“I’m based in San Francisco and I love my life there,” she said. “I have my family and my friends. It’s equally as important to me to be a good friend, and a good sister, and a good daughter. I’m very close with my family and friends. It became all about me when I was at the height of it all in the 1990s.”