See the Seductive New Poster for Brian De Palma’s ‘Passion’

Master of the haunting psycho—and oft sexual—thriller, Brian De Palma has given us some truly great films in his long and winding career. From Carrie, Blow Out, Sisters, Scarface, and many other works of stirring cinema, he’s been one of the most eminent filmmakers of haunting and suspenseful stories that linger long after the credits role.

And with his latest feature, the sexually-charged and dangerously intriguing Passion, we’re looking forward to what erotic tricks and turns De Palma has up his sleeve. The official synopsis reads:
Brian De Palma returns to the sleek, sly, seductive territory of Dressed To Kill with an erotic corporate thriller fueled by sex, ambition, image, envy and the dark, murderous side of PASSION. The film stars Rachel McAdams (Midnight In Paris, Sherlock Holmes, Mean Girls) and Noomi Rapace (Prometheus, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) as two rising female executives in a multinational corporation whose fierce competition to rise up the ranks is about to turn literally cut-throat.
And now, we finally have August 1st (VOD) and August 30th (theatrical) for release dates thanks to distributors eOne. But as of today, we also have a new theatrical poster for the film courtesy of See it below and check back here for more updates on the female-driven thriller.

Al Pacino to Star as Joe Paterno in Brian De Palma’s Upcoming Biopic

When I think of all of the stories that need to be put on the big screen, obviously, naturally, the first one to come to mind is that Penn State child-rape football scandal. Think about it! The gltiz, the glamour, the drama! And all of it directed by Brian De Palma, someone know for his incredibly somber, subtle films like Carrie, Sisters, and Snake Eyes. And who else to play Joe Paterno but living legend Al Pacino? What could possibly go wrong here?

DePalma will be reuniting with his own Scarface actor for a film tentatively titled Happy Valley based on a biography of the Penn State football coach by Joe Posnanski. The film will focus on Paterno’s "Shakespearian fall from grace" following the Penn State rape scandal. Deadline reveals why it looks to be a heavy-hitting film:

There are so many themes to deal with here, from Paterno’s rise and his loyalty to a football program he spent his life building, to the obvious question of how a molder of young men could possibly have stood silently by when told that one of his former coaches started a charity for underprivileged kids and used it as a way to ingratiate himself into vulnerable young fatherless boys for sexual encounters,? The failure of Paterno and university officials to act allowed Sandusky to continue molesting boys for years, which was borne out in court testimony leading to his conviction and incarceration. Posnanski was working on a book about Paterno and was well into it when the scandal broke. The book is as much about what made Paterno tick as anything else, and capturing complex characters is something Pacino does well. He played a conflicted pro football coach in Any Given Sunday, and Jack Kevorkian in the HBO film You Don’t Know Jack.

I just hope it ends with Paterno snorting a massive amount of cocaine. Go out with a bang, not a whimper: that’s the Brian De Palma way. 

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‘Carrie’ Remake Gets Pushed Back for a Fall Release

Whether you’re a devout fan of Stephen King’s novel or Brian De Palma’s haunting 1976 film, the modern remastering of Carrie is sure to be anticipated. As Hollywood is wont to do, audiences are in store for a new spin on the cult classic of a shy high school outcast who taps into her newly discovered telekinetic powers to exact revenge on her bullying schoolmates. Helmed by Boys Don’t Cry director Kimberly Peirce, the film—which was previously set for a March release—has now been pushed back to next fall.

The October opening only makes sense, allowing the premiere to coincide with horror-mania leading up to Halloween, garnering a larger audience while building hype surrounding the project. For a girl of only fifteen, Chloe Mortez, who holds the titular role, has played some pretty fierce and diverse characters; so it will be interesting to see how she fares followng in Sissy Spacek’s iconic footsteps. With Julianne Moore and Judy Greer rounding out the cast, the talent is there, but in any case, it would be difficult to top the bloody gorgeous De Palma original.

Check out the new poster and official teaser for the film.


Five Of Your Favorite Novels Head To The Big Screen in 2013

With a slew of new page-to-popcorn films in the works, here’s a look at what will be making its way onto the silver screen next year.


French writer Émile Zola’s novel-turned-play Thérèse Raquin has been adapted for the screen many times, but this December we’ll get a taste of director Charlie Stratton’s take on the haunting classic. The psychological tale of affaires de coeur and betrayal centers on Thérèse, a young woman forcibly married to her first cousin, who soon begins a turbulent affair with her husband’s friend. After the lovers conspire to murder her husband, they find themselves haunted by his ghost as their love turns to fiery rage. Elizabeth Olsen takes the reins as Thérèse, with Jessica Lange, Tom Felton, and Oscar Isaac adding to the cast of tortured characters.


After Brian De Palma released his cult-classic adaptation of Stephen King’s novel in 1976, who knew there needed to be another one? But as Hollywood is wont to do, audiences are in store for a new spin on the bloody story of a shy high school outcast who taps into her newly discovered telekinetic powers to exact revenge on her bullying schoolmates. Helmed by Boys Don’t Cry director Kimberly Peirce, the film stars budding ingénue Chloë Grace Moretz in the titular role alongside Julianne Moore and Judy Greer in the new adaptation of one of the most frequently banned books in the U.S.


Like a boat against the current “borne back ceaselessly into the past,” F. Scott Fitzgerald’s most celebrated work of obsession and tragedy will make its way to the screen once again this spring. The long-awaited adaptation will reunite director Baz Luhrmann with Leonardo DiCaprio, as Gatsby, and stars Carey Mulligan as his unattainable love, Daisy. After being pushed from its December release to May, anticipation for the film has only increased, with audiences wondering just what Luhrmann’s theatrical aesthetic will add to the beloved tale.


Adapted from Joseph Delaney’s 2004 children’s novel, The Spook’s Apprentice, this 18th Century adventure film centers around a mystical young boy, Thomas, who becomes an apprentice to the local Spook (a cloaked man who travels the country fighting evil spirits for those who cannot) in order to learn the supernatural trade. Directed by Sergei Bodrov, the film will star The Chronicles of Narnia’s Ben Barnes in the lead role, with Julianne Moore as a cannibalistic, mischievous witch named Mother Malkin. Jeff Bridges and Alicia Vikander also join the cast.


Orson Scott Card’s science fiction thriller has been inching its way to the screen for years. First published in 1977 as a short story, the futuristic tale of alien warfare and adventure is set to hit theaters in November. Featuring Hugo’s Asa Butterfield and Little Miss Sunshine’s Abigail Breslin, the film tells the story of a gifted boy sent to a space-based military school to prepare for an alien invasion. The sci-fi classic will be directed by actor/director Gavin Hood, who leads Hollywood veterans Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley into the dystopian future.

What I’ll Be Watching During the Storm, and So Should You

So far, the scariest part of this hurricane is the fact that I am stuck in New Jersey…indefinitely. The winds are gusting and the streets are wet, but luckily my road has yet to flood and there’s still power in my house; part of my town has been evaculated but I’m still here holding down the fort. So, when things eventually go dark and my internet disappears, I’ll need a steady stream of movies to keep me sane while I hide inside my couch cushions. Because, to be honest, in these type of situations I am prone to turn into Melancholia‘s Justine very rapidly, and that is good for no one. Preemptively, I thought it best to cultivate a solid playlist of films that will both keep me entertained and distract me from whatever fear might creep in throughout the next 48 hours. Enjoy.

Blow Out
Boogie Nights

The Conversation
Blue Velvet
Marathon Man
Husbands and Wives

Hannah and Her Sisters
The Big Chill

The Ice Storm
Night of the Hunter
The Red Shoes
Dressed to Kill

In a Lonely Place
Wings of Desire
As Good As It Gets

Escape To The Movies This Weekend

This might just be my inner Larry David speaking, but Halloween (and most celebratory holidays like the 4th of July, New Year’s Eve, etc) are usually pretty horrible. That’s not to say I dislike Halloween. On the contrary, it might be my favorite holiday, consisting of my three biggest passions in life: fear, candy, and pretending to be someone else. However, adulthood seems to mean the pressure of finding “something fun to do” and wearing a costume that will both please your aesthetic spooky sensibilities and/or entice a mate, which itself is always a waste. Anyhow, for those of you that don’t feel like finding yourself surrounded by humans but also desire not to spend another weekend drinking whiskey alone watching Eyes Without a Face in bed, here are some wonderful films being shown around the city so you can keep to yourself, while escaping from yourself. Or, you know, if you can find a person that wants to go watch Nosferatu with you at midnight, good for you.

Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn—12:00am (Friday and Saturday)

Ghostbusters—12:05am (Friday and Saturday)
Starship Troopers—12:00am (Friday and Saturday)

Halloween 3—12:20am (Friday and Saturday)
Cabinet Doctor Caligari—12:10am (Friday)
Island of Lost Souls—12:15pm (Saturday)
Lost Boys—12:00pm (Saturday)
Nosferatu—12:10am (Saturday)

Rocky Horror Picture Show—9:00pm, 12:00am (Friday and Saturday)
Carrie—10:00pm (Saturday)

Wolfen—11:59pm (Friday)
American Mary—9:15pm (Friday)
Dracula—2:00pm (Saturday)
The Night of the Devils—6:00pm (Saturday)

Room 237—9:15pm (Friday)


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Chloë Grace Moretz Gets the Pig’s Blood Treatment in New ‘Carrie’ Trailer

Chances are, you probably saw the original, Brian De Palma-helmed Carrie when you were a kid, and it either scared the bejeezus out of you or caused you to spend countless hours staring at a salt shaker trying to make it move with your mind, honing your telekinetic powers so you too could one day unleash an unholy wrath on the kids who picked you last for kickball.

And because no classic horror film is ever safe from a reboot, Chloë Grace Moretz (Hugo, Dark Shadows) will assume the role of the troubled teen with the mind-control powers for an adaptation to be released in March 2013. Julianne Moore plays Carrie’s mother, Margaret White, Judy Greer appears as Carrie’s more sympathetic teacher, Miss Desjardin, and Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry) will direct. Fans at New York Comic-Con this week were treated to a teaser trailer for the remake, which is now online for your viewing/remake-bemoaning pleasure. Most of what we see are the smoldering remains of Carrie’s final attack, with a number of voiceovers (including one presumed to be her one sort-of friend, Sue Snell) recounting the incident, and how "she wasn’t a monster." Watch. 

Linkage: The Shocking Price of a Break-Up, Jay-Z Thinks Gay Is OK

One of BlackBook‘s favorite funny gals Julie Klausner shares the lessons she learned from creating her hilarious podcast, How Was Your Week? [FastCoCreate]

"It was hard, very hard," says Chloe Sevigney of the prosthetic penis she had to wear on her new show, Hit & Miss, on which she plays a pre-op transgendered hit-man. [Telegraph]

Breaking-up is hard to do, but when your boyfriend suddenly leaves you for another country, the resulting anxiety can be pretty pricey. [The Billfold]

Jay-Z comes out in support of President Obama’s support for marriage equality, calling it "the right thing to do." [NewNowNext]

Still mourning MCA? Cheer up with this adorable video of kids re-enacting the "Sabotage" video. [Sound of the City]

Carrie: The Musical, the play based on the Stephen King novel and which recently saw an Off-Broadway run earlier this year, will be licensed for regional productions. Anyone want to start up a theater group and/or get jobs running high school musical theater departments? [Playbill]

Speaking of Carries, Julianne Moore has signed on to play the evil Margaret White in Kimberly Peirce’s remake of the Brian DePalma film. [Deadline]

"I lost my limbs after five years of butt injections!" We are so sorry! [Hypervocal]

Bummed about last night’s season finale of Smash? Need your fix for the insane plotlines, ridiculous Broadway scheming, and Debra Messing’s dumb son? Fear not: I suggest you go back and read the brilliant Rachel Shukert’s recaps of the first season. [Vulture]

Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino celebrates her sophomore album’s release today, but did you know she’s a budding fashion designer? [Death & Taxes]

Alright, we admit it: we’re stupid as hell. [Jake Fogelnest]

Afternoon Links: ‘Ninja Turtles’ Gets A Name Change, ‘Harry Potter’ Goes Digital

● Looks like Michael Bay’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be neither "Teenage" nor "Mutant" — not by title, at least. Bay announced on his blog this morning that Paramount marketing has renamed his reboot Ninja Turtles. "They made the title simple. The characters you all remember are exactly the same," he assured, adding that, "yes they still act like teenagers." [EW]

● The precocious Chloe Moretz has been cast as the tormented adolescent lead in Kimberly Pierce’s upcoming Carrie remake. "I’ve never been so happy in my life," wrote Moretz on Twitter. [Deadline]

● The Harry Potter series is at last going digital, with all seven books now available for download from J.K. Rowling’s own Pottermore site. [WSJ]

● Lil B will give a #rare, #exclusive, and — although it goes without saying — #based lecture about something at NYU on April 11. "THIS WILL BE HISTORICAL AND TRULY LIFE CHANGING, HISTORY STARTS," says the Based God, and we don’t doubt it. [Pitchfork]

● 11 years, 6 million albums sold, and perhaps the best Pitchfork review of all time later, the Aussie rockers that make up Jet have decided to call it quits "to pursue separate creative endeavors." [Spinner]

● They might have lost Khloe Kardashian in the wake of the flour-bombing incident, but a new and beautiful relationship appears to be blooming between the increasingly absurdist PETA and "recently switched to a vegetarian" Courtney Stodden. Lets call it a draw. [NYDN/Gawker]

● Steven Tyler celebrated his 64th birthday with a sparkly blue pedicure, a new puka shell necklace, and a nice walk on the beach. [ONTD]