Trailers: one for "Capote," the first of two Truman Capote biopics coming out soon-ish, here. "Capote" stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, doing a particularly Oscar-baiting Capote impersonation; nevertheless, this is one with plenty of buzz at the moment â€” opens in limited release September 30, while "Have You Heard?", with a more glam cast that includes Gwyneth Paltrow and Sigourney Weaver (neither, alas, playing Capote), is currently filming and not due out until next year. A trailer for "The World’s Fastest Indian," a "based on a true story" type starring Anthony Hopkins in what we’d judge a mildly Oscar-baiting performance as an endearing, accented yokel with a big, fearless heart who ultimately triumphs in whateverwhatever is here. One for "Stay," the new film from Marc "Finding Neverland" Forester, and also the kind of "what’s real? what’s not real" clever/slick production that prompted us to immediately search out spoilers for the inevitable twist ending (despite this, it does star the extremely gifted Ryan Gosling, so we’ll probably get around to seeing it), is here. And one for Harold Ramis‘ "Ice Harvest," a languid holiday black comedy with John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton and Connie Nielsen, here.
Newer other news: The AP reports that Tsui Hark is considering a sequel to his martial arts epic "Seven Swords," which has been a relative success in Chinese theaters. As far as we’ve heard, no US distributor yet, but it will play at Venice, which starts in a few days, so it may get picked up there.
Over at Twitch: Logboy reports on the imminent UK DVD release of "Jerry Springer: The Opera," a filmed version of the London stage musical that was then played on-air on the BBC in January to much angry shouting from various Christian groups who weren’t so fond of the subject matter. The BBC scoffed them off, being cool like that. Also at Twitch, Todd stumbles across a rumor that Tony Jaa will play the monkey god (but this one? or this one?) in an upcoming film.
Older news: Marcos Siega, tsss!hot after "Pretty Persuasion" (though doubtless on his way to being less so after this week’s Miramax (!) dump of "Underclassman"), will direct "Chaos Theory," a coming-of-age thing about a highly organized man whose life starts unraveling, for Warner Independent. Via Dark Horizons. Paddy Considine and Radha Mitchell will star in "PU-239," a black comedy (what other kind is there these days?) about a nuclear technician who gets tangled up with the Russian mob. Via Reuters. And, also via Reuters, Paul Newman and Robert Redford are in talks to reunite on-screen. The stars, who once played the most movie-star wattaged pals to ever grace celluloid, didn’t want to discuss the project, but it’s rumored to be an adaptation of Bill Bryson’s travel memoir/guide "A Walk in the Woods."
+ Trailer: Capote (Sony Pictures Classics)
+ Trailer: The World’s Fastest Indian (XtraMSN)
+ Trailer: Stay (Apple)
+ Trailer: Ice Harvest (MSN)
+ Director Considering ‘Seven Swords’ Sequel (AP)
+ Jerry Springer : The Opera. R2 UK DVD 14th November 2005. (Twitch)
+ Tony Jaa To Play a Monkey God? (Twitch)
+ Marcos Siega Explores "Chaos Theory" (Dark Horizons)
+ Considine, Mitchell hot for ‘PU-239’ (Reuters)
+ Redford and Newman may pair up again on screen (Reuters)