With a screenplay also written by Gerwig, the adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's 1868 novel — which recently passed its 150th anniversary — features a robust cast led by Meryl Streep, Laura Dern, Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet; the latter two starred in Gerwig's debut feature, Lady Bird, in 2017.
Alcott's novel has been adapted numerous times for television and film, beginning with the 1914 silent Paramount film and including Gillian Armstrong's often-cited iteration in 1994, which starred Susan Sarandon and Winona Ryder. Most recently, there was a three-part BBC miniseries starring Angela Lansbury and Emily Watson.
Greta Gerwig delivered one of the best coming-of-age movies ever with “Lady Bird,” so it’s only fitting the Oscar-nominated writer-director is tackling one of the most iconic coming-of-age stories ever written for her next feature. Enter “Little Women,” Gerwig’s adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s 1868 novel of the same name. The source material is already responsible for several movie classics, including the 1994 Gillian Armstrong-directed “Little Women” starring Winona Ryder, Claire Danes, and Kristen Dunst, and now many cinephiles are hoping Gerwig can deliver another cinematic highlight with Alcott’s beloved characters.
Gerwig’s “Little Women” reunites her with “Lady Bird” Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet, plus “Midsommar” darling Florence Pugh, Emma Watson, Laura Dern, Meryl Streep, James Norton, Louis Garrel, Bob Odenkirk, and Chris Cooper. The story centers around the March sisters’ coming-of-age experiences in 1860s Massachusetts, but Gerwig has redrawn the narrative structure of Alcott’s novel to tell the events in non-chronological order.
Speaking to IndieWire at Sundance earlier this year, Pugh teased that Gerwig’s adaptation will feel both familiar and radically different to fan’s of the novel. “I think what Greta [Gerwig]'s done is make a classic that we've all seen and we've all heard and we've all read — if you haven't, you've heard your gran talk about it at some point — and she's made it relevant to us now and she's made these four sisters talk in a way that sisters talk,” Pugh said. “It was a really cool thing to be part of, and it's fresh. I'm looking forward to watching it, and I got to work with some amazing women — and men.”
With “Lady Bird,” Gerwig became only the fifth woman nominated for Best Director at the Academy Awards. Gerwig also picked up an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay, while the film landed in the Best Picture race as well. The award season success of “Lady Bird” which IndieWire recently named the 10th best film of the decade has made “Little Women” the late-hitting Oscar hopeful to watch for awards prognosticators.
Sony Pictures will release “Little Women” in theaters December 25. Watch the first official trailer below.
When Apple’s new streaming platform Apple TV+ makes its big debut this fall, it’s going to have some major star power courtesy of “The Morning Show.” The upcoming series pairs Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston for a comedy-drama about the behind-the-scenes happenings at a popular morning talk show. Witherspoon is no stranger to television and is coming off the second season of HBO’s limited series “Big Little Lies,” while Aniston is an Emmy winner from “Friends” but has not had a series regular TV role since wrapping her run as Rachel on the mega-successful NBC comedy series.
“The Morning Show” is inspired by CNN senior media correspondent Brian Stelter's 2013 book “Top of the Morning,” which explored the morning show rivalry between NBC’s “Today” and ABC’s “Good Morning America.” The series’ plot specifics have yet to be revealed, although at an Apple TV+ event earlier this year Witherspoon teased the show is “a high-velocity thrill ride in which we pose questions without easy answers.”
If pairing Witherspoon and Aniston wasn’t enough star power for “The Morning Show,” the series is also bringing Steve Carell back to television in his first series regular role since wrapping “The Office.” The supporting cast includes indie film powerhouses like Bel Powley, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Billy Crudup, and Mark Duplass. Néstor Carbonell of “Lost” and “Bates Motel” also stars. Behind the camera is Mimi Leder, the acclaimed director whose credits include “The Leftovers” and “On the Basis of Sex.”
For Apple TV+, “The Morning Show” is perhaps its most high profile title heading into its fall launch. While Disney+ will attempt to dominate the streaming market for kids and families, Apple TV+ is targeting young adults and adults with a huge slate of original drama and comedy series from the likes of J.J. Abrams, M. Night Shyamalan, “Outlander” creator Ronald D. Moore, “The Big Sick” Oscar nominees Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, and more. Apple has yet to announce the launch date for Apple TV+, but it’s likely “The Morning Show” debuts that day, given its star power should bring in potential subscribers.
“The Morning Show” will debut on Apple TV+ sometime this fall. Watch the first official trailer for the series in the video below.
When “Embrace of the Serpent,” a psychedelic exploration of Colombian tribes in the Amazon, was released in 2015 to great acclaim and was shortlisted for the foreign-language Oscar, it instantly launched director Ciro Guerra onto the international film stage. The Colombian filmmaker, along with his ex-wife and producer Cristina Gallego, then had enough industry support to make their long-gestating passion project, “Birds of Passage.” The film, which became Colombia’s Oscar submission in 2018, uncovers the roots of Colombia's drug war in the rise of illegal trading within the remote Wayyu tribes.
Working with a new set of collaborators, Guerra’s newest project is a mystery thriller for Netflix, which follows a disturbing string of femicides in the Amazon. “Green Frontier,” which also bears the Spanish-language title “Frontera Verde,” was shot on location in Colombia and filmed entirely in Spanish. The newly released first trailer promises stunning cinematography, gorgeous landscapes and striking imagery that is both disturbing and erotic.
Here’s the official synopsis: “Deep in the Amazon, on the border between Brazil and Colombia, a series of bizarre deaths are investigated by a young Bogotá-based detective, Helena. Soon it becomes clear that the murders are not the biggest mystery. She uncovers magic, Nazis and her own true origins, and soon discovers there are some secrets that are better kept in the jungle.”
“Green Frontier” was co-created by Guerra with Diego Ramírez Schrempp, Mauricio Leiva-Cock and Jenny Ceballos, who all serve as executive producers. Guerra is credited as the showrunner. Levia-Cock and Ceballos are the force behind Colombian powerhouse shingle Dynamo, which produced the first three seasons of Netflix's biggest hit series, “Narcos,” as well as “El Chapo.”
The eight-episode limited series marks Netflix’s first original Colombian production. It joins a growing slate of original Netflix productions being filmed in Latin America, including “Ingobernable,” “Club of Crows,” “La Casa de las Flores,” “Edha,” “Samantha!,” “O Mecanismo,” “O Matador,” “3%” and “Coisa Mais Linda,” among others.
“Green Frontier” stars Juana del Río, Nelson Camayo, Ángela Cano, Miguel Dionisio, Bruno Clairefond, Andrés Crespo, Marcela Mar, Mónica Lopera, and Gabriella Campagna.
Netflix will release “Green Frontier” on the platform on August 16. Check out the gorgeous first trailer below.
Sam Mendes is returning to the war genre for the first time since 2005’s “Jarhead” with the upcoming Universal Pictures drama “1917.” The World War I drama marks the filmmaker’s first directorial effort since leaving the James Bond franchise behind. Mendes directed Daniel Craig in the Oscar-winning “Skyfall” and its less well-received sequel “Spectre,” and the first “1917” trailer suggests he’s operating in a similarly epic scope while taking on WWI.
“1917” stars George MacKay and “Game of Thrones” breakout Dean-Charles Chapman as two young British soldiers who are given a mission to cross into enemy territory in order to deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers, including the brother of Chapman’s character. The supporting cast includes U.K. acting heavyweights Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch, Richard Madden, and Andrew Scott.
Most exciting, “1917” is shot by the legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins. The WWI drama will be the second Deakins release of the fall movie season after “The Goldfinch.” Both films are the cinematographer’s first projects since winning the Oscar for shooting Denis Villeneuve’s “Blade Runner 2049.” Mendes and Deakins have worked on three movies together: “Jarhead,” “Revolutionary Road,” and “Skyfall.” Deakins was Oscar nominated for “Skyfall.”
Another member of the film’s crafts team that should excite moviegoers is editor Lee Smith. “1917” has an intense ticking-clock narrative structure that recalls Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk,” which won Lee the Oscar for Best Film Editing. Lee’s career has been defined by his collaborations with Nolan, which also include “Batman Begins,” “The Prestige,” “The Dark Knight,” “Inception,” “The Dark Knight Rises,” and “Interstellar.” Bringing both Lee and Deakins back to the war genre will no doubt put “1917” on many Oscar prognosticators’ must-watch lists.
Universal Pictures will release “1917” in select theaters December 25. A nationwide expansion is planned for January 10, 2020. Watch the first official trailer below.
The first footage from the long-awaited “Mindhunter” Season 2 has dropped courtesy of Netflix’s teaser trailer. The serial killer drama, executive produced by “Seven” and “Zodiac” mastermind David Fincher, became a breakout hit for the streaming giant in October 2017 and new episodes are finally ready to debut nearly two years later.
“Mindhunter” Season 2 reunites Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany as FBI agents in the Behavioral Science Unit who interview notorious serial killers in order to solve ongoing cases. The new episodes cover the Atlanta child murders, a series of killings that took place between 1979 and 1981. In order to crack the case, Groff and McCallany’s FBI agents turn to such iconic serial killers as Charles Manson and Son of Sam. The first trailer also confirms the Season 2 return of fan-favorite coed killer Ed Kemper, played by Cameron Britton.
“He has an overwhelming fantasy life, fantasies of what he's done, what he wants to do,” Kemper tells the agents about a mysterious new killer. “His dreams will consume him. Soon the real world won't even compare.”
When McCallany’s character asks Kemper how they can catch the new killer, Kemper chillingly responds, “If he's any good, you can't.”
The “Mindhunter” Season 2 trailer weaves the agents’ conversation with Kemper against new footage from the season, including a brief shot of Charles Manson. Manson is played by Damon Herriman, who also appears as the famous serial killer in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” Another scene of a woman walking into her home and discovering a heinous crime is also woven throughout the one-minute teaser.
Fincher has teased that one of the big differences with “Mindhunter” Season 2 is that it takes place during a time when serial killers were becoming national talking points and cultural figures. The first season depicted the birth of the FBI's criminal psychology and criminal profiling division, which meant it was largely a hush operation confined to the basement. Fincher says the world is a much different place in “Mindhunter” Season 2.
“Mindhunter” Season 2 will debut August 16 on Netflix. Watch the first official trailer for the new episodes in the video below.