Fox Searchlight sent over their summer preview today; there are stills for several of their upcoming films, including Day Watch, the highly-anticipated follow-up to the 2004 Russian horror film Night Watch and Waitress, the Keri Russell-starring romantic comedy that's most known so far for being the last project of filmmaker Adrienne Shelly, who was, sadly, murdered late last year. There are also some pics from Once, an Irish musical that made waves at Sundance 2007 and Joshua, a psychological thriller starring Vera Farmiga and Sam Rockwell. Fox threw in a couple of pics and notes from Sunshine as well, but they were so well known that I didn't bother including them. When Sunshine is finally released in this country, how are they going to market it to U.S. moviephiles that have already seen all the promotional material and read the reviews of the film in British and Aussie pubs? They better put their thinking caps on. After the pics, you can read some press notes for each film.
Release: June 1, 2007
Director: Timur Bekmambetov
Produced by: Anatoly Maximov, Konstantin Ernst
Executive Produced by: Alexey Kublitsky, Varya Avdyushko
Screenplay by: Sergei Lukyanenko, Timur Bekmambetov, Alexander Talal
Based on the Novel by: Sergei Lukyanenko
Cast: Konstantin Khabensky, Vladimir Menshov, Valery Zolotukhin, Maria Poroshina, Galina Tunina, Victor Verzhbitsky, Dima Martynov
Featuring the cinematic vision of cutting-edge Director/Writer Timur Bekmambetov, DAY WATCH (DNEVNOI DOZOR) is the next installment based on the best-selling sci-fi novels of Sergei Lukyanenko. When the previous installment, NIGHT WATCH (NOCHNOI DOZOR), was released in its native Russia in July 2004, it became an instant smash hit breaking all film gross records in post-Soviet history. Made for a mere $4 million, the film out-grossed both LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING and SPIDER-MAN 2 at the Russian box office, eventually taking in more than $16 million. DAY WATCH (DNEVNOI DOZOR) has done even better, grossing over $30 million.
A dazzling mix of state-of-the-art visual effects, amazing action sequences, and nail-biting horror set in contemporary Moscow, DAY WATCH (DNEVNOI DOZOR) revolves around the conflict and balance maintained between the forces of light and darkness -- the result of a medieval truce between the opposing sides. This ancient war between the forces of Light and Darkness is reaching a tragic outcome. Each side has gained a powerful Great Other, who are headed for a clash, and Anton Gorodetsky is once again caught up in the midst of things. On one side is Anton's son, Yegor, who has joined the ranks of the Dark Others, while Anton's love interest Svetlana is the hope of the Light. But that's just the beginning of his troubles: Anton is on the run after having been accused of murder. Things are getting worse, and only the ancient Chalk of Fate can save the day. The problem is the magical Chalk has been lost hundreds of years ago...
Timur Bekmambetov is an acclaimed feature, commercial and video director whose filmography includes THE PESHAVAR WALTZ and GLADIATRIX and who has helmed more than 600 ads for brands including Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Apple, Microsoft, Ford and Procter & Gamble. DAY WATCH (DNEVNOI DOZOR) was produced by Konstantin Ernst, the General Director of Channel One Russia, Russia's biggest and most successful television network, and Anatoly Maximov, Deputy General Director. The behind-the-scenes creative team includes Director of Photography Sergei Trofimov, Art Directors Valery Victorov and Mukhtar Mirzakeyev, Editor Dmitri Kiselev and Costume Designer Varya Avdyushko. The film's music is composed by Yuri Poteyenko.
Release: May 2, 2007
Written and Directed by: Adrienne Shelly
Produced by: Michael Roiff
Cast: Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Cheryl Hines, Adrienne Shelly, Eddie Jemison with Jeremy Sisto and Andy Griffith
An audience hit at the Sundance Film Festival, WAITRESS serves up a sweet, sassy and delicious slice of life tale -- as it reveals the power of friendship, motherhood and the willingness to take a chance. It's the story of a small town woman who transforms her hopeless life into a hilarious and unexpected love story. This vibrantly different romantic comedy is the final film from writer-director Adrienne Shelly. Starring in the title role, Keri Russell (MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 3, THE UPSIDE OF ANGER) leads a dynamic cast as a diner waitress stuck in a lousy marriage whose only solace is baking out-of-this-world pies. When the awkwardly charming new OB-GYN, Dr. Pomatter (Nathan Fillion, SERINITY), comes to town, she's inspired to mix-master her life into something far more satisfying. WAITRESS will surely do for pie making what SIDEWAYS did for Pinot Noir.
As a favorite waitress at Joe's Diner, Jenna (Russell) is also a "pie genius," naming her tantalizing confections after the tumultuous events and emotions of her daily life. She's hoping that one of her pastries, like her "Kick In The Pants" Pie, might even change her life – if she can just win that $25,000 pie contest. But when Jenna discovers that she's pregnant, she immediately bakes an "I Don't Want Earl's Baby" Pie – a quiche of egg and cheese with a smoked ham center. After all, her husband Earl (Jeremy Sisto, THIRTEEN, SIX FEET UNDER) is a jealous jerk that is essentially a child himself and the last thing they need to do is start a family together. But the pregnancy eventually changes the course of events in her life, giving her an unexpected and newfound confidence via letters to her unborn baby. WAITRESS also stars Emmy® nominee Cheryl Hines ("Curb Your Enthusiasm," RV) and Adrienne Shelly (THE UNBELIEVABLE TRUTH, TRUST) as Jenna's quick-tongued fellow waitresses along with classic television star Andy Griffith ("The Andy Griffith Show," "Matlock") as the curmudgeonly Old Joe of Joe's Diner.
Fox Searchlight presents a Night and Day production of WAITRESS, written and directed by Adrienne Shelly. The producer is Michael Roiff and the executive producers are Todd King, Jeff Rose, Danielle Renfrew and Robert Bauer. The behind-the-scenes talent includes director of photography Matthew Irving (WAITING, DALTRY CALHOUN, NORTHFORK), production designer Ramsay Avery (TEAM AMERICA), editor Annette Davey (SORRY, HATERS) and composer Andrew Hollander (GRAY MATTERS).
Release: May 18, 2007
Written and Directed by: John Carney
Produced by: Martina Niland
Executive Produced by: David Collins
Cast: Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova
A modern day musical set on the streets of Dublin. Featuring Glen Hansard and his Irish band "The Frames," the film tells the story of a street musician and a Czech immigrant during an eventful week as they write, rehearse and record songs that reveal their unique love story.
Release: July 6, 2007
Directed by: George Ratliff
Written by: George Ratliff and David Gilbert
Produced by: Jonathan Dorfman
Executive Produced by: Temple Fennell and Dan O'Meara
Cast: Sam Rockwell, Vera Farmiga, Celia Weston, Dallas Roberts, Michael McKean and Jacob Kogan
JOSHUA is the tale of Brad (Sam Rockwell) and Abby (Vera Farmiga) Cairn, perfect Manhattan parents in a perfect Manhattan apartment whose perfect life begins to crack after the birth of their second child Lily. Shortly after Lily arrives home, a dark side of prodigy son Joshua slowly begins to reveal itself.