Trailers: One for "Bee Season," unabashed Oscar-bait (not always a bad thing), with Juliette Binoche, Richard Gere, Max "son of Anthony" Minghella, and precocious, adorable newcomer Flora Cross as members of a troubled family (and somethingerother about spelling bees), here. Young Mr. Minghella’s one to watch for â€” he’s also just wrapped Terry Zwigoff’s "Art School Confidential," sure to be a, well, awesome, and snarky hit with the arthouse kids. One for "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang," a noir/Hollywood satire with Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer that’s been tossed around as one of the major potential award season contenders, and which looks pretty damn good from the trailer, here. One for "Keane," Lodge Kerrigan‘s reportedly difficult but worthwhile look into the life of a schizophrenic (with a raved-about performance by Damian Lewis), here. And two remnants from Sundance, both with good buzz: "Forty Shades of Blue," Ira Sachs‘ story of an aging Memphis record producer (Rip Torn) and his much-younger Russian girlfriend (Dina Korzun) that walked away with the Grand Jury Prize for drama (trailer’s here); and "Nine Lives," Rodrigo GarcÃa‘s (who’s ever fond of the vignettes about women) set of stories about nine women, each getting an uncut scene of their own (trailer’s here).
Elsewhere: via indieWIRE, Strand Releasing’s picked up the rights to Dominik Moll’s "Lemming," this year’s Cannes opener (oh, we kill ourselves). Via Reuters, Jeffrey Blitz, who directed hit doc "Spellbound," is about to start shooting an indie feature ("Rocket Science") about a similar topic, high school debating. Via Empire, French actor Gaspard Ulliel, who recently nuzzled with Emmanuelle BÃ©art‘s neck in "Strayed" as well as Audrey Tautou‘s in "A Very Long Engagement," is rumored to be in talks to play the young Hannibal Lector in Peter Webber‘s "Silence of the Lambs" prequel (in which Gong Li‘s already been cast).
And, via Roger Vincent in the LA Times, Marvel Enterprises Inc. is all set to tear off its shirt and mildly rip it’s purple pants in its transformation to its new, improved, media-conglomerate self: Marvel Entertainment Inc.! Why, you ask? Because Marvel’s finally raised to the money to produce films itself, rather than farming out its characters to be made into franchises. One might argue that it’s a little late for Marvel to move into the field, as, besides Captain America (who Marvel chief exec Avi Arad calls the "Holy Grail" of comic book characters ready for their film adaptation), the pickings seems a little slim:
+ Trailer: Bee Season (Apple)
+ Trailer: Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (Apple)
+ Trailer: Keane (Magnolia)
+ Trailer: Forty Shades of Blue (Official Site)
+ Trailer: Nine Lives (Magnolia)
+ Strand Releasing Takes U.S. Rights to Cannes ’05 Opener "Lemming" (indieWIRE)
+ Spellbound’ director enrolls in ‘Science’ class (Reuters)
+ A Very Odd Obtainment (Empire)
+ Marvel to make movies based on comic books (LA Times)