Justin Kurzel

Rose Byrne in The Turning

It shouldn’t be difficult to see a movie that’s been made, is available, has received almost unanimous praise and involves popular movie stars, including Cate Blanchett and Rose Byrne onscreen and Mia Wasikowska behind the camera.  The Turning probably just feels like it’s taking forever to come out, but even though the first trailer debuted in 2013, it’s merely been taking the long road through the international film festival scene. It hasn’t been sitting on a shelf or anything like that. Now this beautiful-looking Australian production is about to open in the UK and Ireland next month, and a slightly new trailer is online, mostly different in its positive pull quotes — because there’s enough favor for substitutions. What about a US release? Main Street Films are set to distribute the anthology film sometime this year, though it’s surely a difficult venture since the thing is three hours long in its original version. The British and Irish release is cut down to 107 minutes and only features 10 of the 17 short films produced for the initial collection, almost the entire lot being adaptations of stories by Tim Winton (one is an animated take on a T.S. Eliot poem that prefaces Winton’s book). And previously, an Australian cut for TV was brought down to 90 minutes and eight shorts. However, the Main Street Films site lists all 17 titles, and I hope that means that when the movie does make a return to the States (it played the Seattle International Film Festival, complete), it will be the full version.

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cotillard

Seeing as Lady Macbeth is one of the most infamous and memorable characters who has appeared in all of Shakespeare’s works, and she’s a domineering woman who leads her confused husband down a dark path of ambition-driven bad decision making, any successful production of the story needs to find as powerful an actress as it can possibly acquire to play her. That includes director Justin Kurzel’s (The Snowtown Murders) upcoming film adaptation of the story, which currently has Michael Fassbender attached in the lead role of the would-be King of Scotland. Kurzel’s first move when it came to filling the Lady Macbeth role was to sign up Natalie Portman, but when she had to eventually drop out of the project he suddenly got sent back to the drawing board. Well, Deadline is reporting that another round of searching for an actress with that certain je ne sais quoi needed to pull the role off is over, and this time around he’s decided to sign up bewitching French actress Marion Cotillard.

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Ray Liotta

What is Casting Couch? It’s the casting column that lives on because Kate Erbland was goodly enough to step in and keep it going for a couple days. Let’s all thank Kate. Thanks, Kate. Usually when movies are already filmed it means that their casting process has been completed. Not so for a Robert Rodriguez film, though. This guy does pretty much every job on his sets and relies on studio assistance for very little, which allows him to play by his own rules and march to the beat of his own drummer. Sometimes that opportunity for flexibility can result in movies that feel like they’ve been slapped together by a madman, but sometimes it leads to a movie being able to make amazing last minute additions, like how his in-production Sin City sequel just added Ray Liotta, Juno Temple, and Jeremy Piven to its already-stacked cast. Indiewire isn’t sure which characters they’re going to be playing, but probably that doesn’t matter much. Liotta and Piven always just play themselves, and Temple, well…she can do anything she wants.

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Justin Kurzel

A sweet couple! A Russian traitor! A defection! John Le Carre is a fairly hot writer right now. After one of his novels was adapted every few years, the rate is growing exponentially since Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. There’s also A Most Wanted Man in the works, and now Our Kind Of Traitor. The script comes from Drive screenwriter Hoss Amini, and according to THR, Justin Kurzel has been hired to direct. Independent filmmakers have keyed into the fact that we as an audience are definitely into dark, interesting, complex material. Thus, it makes sense that the spymaster Le Carre is en vogue. The other trend at work here? Australians are invading. If we’re not careful, we’ll all be watching crime dramas and eating Vegemite. Nothing to complain about, really. Now what other Le Carre work should see the big screen?

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Snowtown

By the time you reach the minute-forty mark of the new trailer for Justin Kurzel‘s The Snowtown Murders (previously known just as Snowtown), when a pullquote from the Financial Times about the film pops up, you’ll probably know if the film is for you. After all, that very pullquote reads “Presents a world of moral nightmare, and sits us inside it, to feel the pulse and the processes of evil as if they were our own.” And before that one? A quote from Film Comment that exclaims that the film is “profoundly disturbing.” So, not one for family movie night. The winner of the Jury Prize at 2011 Cannes Film Festival, an entry at other festivals across the country (including AFI FEST and Fantastic Fest), and the winner of no less than four Australian Academy Awards, Kurzel’s film is also his directorial debut and it looks to be a stunner. Based on the real life tale of Australia’s most notorious and shocking murders in the suburb of Snowtown, the film explores the relationship between some of those guilty of the crime. If it’s half as captivating as this trailer, that “masterpiece” billing just might stick.

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