Two trailers A trailer and a clip up on the Cannes website, to be watched immediately, if you know what’s good for you: Cronenberg’s "A History of Violence" is here, and "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang" is here.
Distro news: Via indieWIRE, Pedro AlmodÃ³var next film, "Volver (Return)," will be released, as have his last five films, by Sony Pictures Classics. The film, currently in pre-production, will star PenÃ©lope Cruz. And, from Twitch, the Weinsteins (notorious for their mistreatment of Asian films aquired under Miramax) have picked up the US rights to "New Police Story," starring Jackie Chan and Hong Kong pretty boy Nicholas Tse, and Chen Kaige’s historical/fantastical epic "The Promise," eleven minutes of which were just debuted with great pomp at Cannes.
Long-time producer, first-time director Stephen Woolley says he’s gotten messages of support from the Rolling Stones for "Stoned," a drama about life and mysterious death of the band’s late guitarist, Brian Jones, due out next year.
According to Dark Horizons, Colin Farrell is looking into a remake of 1968’s "Ice Station Zebra," a Cold War-era Arctic thriller thing notable only for the fact that Howard Hughes was famously obsessed with it, making the Las Vegas TV station he owned play it over and over again so that he could watch it, pre-VCR-era.
And four long-term labors of love: Julie Delpy will finally make her feature directorial debut with "Bathory," a project she’s often discussed in interviews. Delpy wrote the script about the legendary Elizabeth Bathory, whose rather extravagant beauty rituals included bathing in the blood of virgins. Delpy is in talks to reunite with her "Before Sunset" costar Ethan Hawke. In Empire, George Lucas shares more details on "Red Tails," the film about the Tuskegee Airmen he’s been planning to make, post-"Star Wars," for years. In the Telegraph, Kenneth Branagh details the "Japanese-inspired" version of "As You Like It" he’s currently directing, and all the contortions he had to go through to get the movie made now that Shakespeare’s just not as hip as he was in the mid-90s. And, in a totally awesome piece in the Guardian, an ebullient Terry Gilliam previews clips from "The Brothers Grimm" and crows about how well the film turned out, and how he may well get another swing at "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote," the project that famously imploded after a series of on-set disasters caught on film in what became the doc "Lost in La Mancha," thanks to a deal he made with Johnny Depp.
+ Almodovar ‘Returns’ to SPC (indieWIRE)
+ Weinsteins Buy New Police Story, The Promise. (Twitch)
+ Seven Sequels for Seven Swords (CRI)
+ Stones ‘back Brian Jones biopic’ (BBC)
+ Farrell Treks To "Ice Station Zebra" (Dark Horizons)
+ Delpy bites into ‘Bathory’ pic (Reuters)
+ Life After Star Wars (Empire)
+ Branagh returns to a labour of love (Telegraph)
+ The deal (Guardian)