Brown Paper Packages Tied Up with String: Five Things You May Not Have Heard About This Week
All the Important Stuff that’s fit to upload.
5. Matthew Weiner Blew Everyone’s “Mad Men” Theories to Hell.
Megan isn’t going anywhere. Speaking with the Los Angeles Times, Weiner confirmed that no one will die this season. Whew!
4. HBO Announced New Series Focusing on Science Fiction and Sex…
And I’m humming My Favorite Things. First up is “The Spark,” headed up by Oblivion scriptwriter, Karl Gajdusek. The series will have a (n as yet uncast) female protagonist investigating a signal coming from beyond our solar system, and will include artificial intelligence, technological advances and alien contact. Boo-effing-ya. A second series, “Open,” comes from the brilliant mind of Ryan Murphy (“American Horror Story, Nip/Tuck, Glee”) and will star Wes Bentley (The Hunger Games, American Beauty) as “handsome, arrogant, blowhard,” Evan Stevens, in a “modern exploration of human sexuality and relationships.” Let the games begin.
3. We Got Word Gary Oldman’s Second Directorial Outing Will Be a Biopic, (Likely) Starring Ralph Fiennes and Benedict Cumberbatch.
Finally following up his debut feature (1997’s Nil by Mouth), Oldman is set to direct Flying Horse, the story of Eadweard Muybridge. The groundbreaking photographer had quite an interesting life, both professional and personal. In addition to his landscape and stop-action photos and his zoopraxiscope—aka the first movie projector—Muybridge survived a horrific stagecoach accident (suffering serious brain injuries), and later committed a murder (of which he was acquitted). Oldman reportedly has offered Fiennes the lead (accepted), and Cumberbatch, the role of theater critic Harry Larkyns—the man Muybridge killed. Oldman wrote the story script, after reading River of Shadows; he may also play a small role.
2. Another Only God Forgives Trailer Hit the Interwebs.
Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive follow-up is a violent thriller featuring Kristen Scott Thomas as a demanding mother who wants her son (Ryan Gosling) to avenge his brother’s murder; from everything we’ve seen so far, he’s compliant…and then some. I’m tantalized, yet terrified. Caspar didn’t love it, but admits he’s not the target audience. Only God Forgives hits theaters July 19th.
1. The Extended Elysium Trailer Dropped.
Neill Blomkamp’s second feature (and science fiction outing) may be more high tech than District 9, but it looks to have a similar gritty style and sense of humor. Elysium is set in the year 2159, when the world’s wealthiest inhabitants have moved to a fancy space station, leaving the rest of the population with a ravaged Earth. Damon is a dying man in need of a cure; the only place he can get it is Elysium, but immigration law is (still) a bitch—so is Secretary Rhodes (Jodie Foster). Elysium also stars Sharlto Copley,William Fichtner, Alice Braga, Diego Luna and Wagner Moura; it opens August 9th.