Grab Bag: New MIDNIGHT IN PARIS photos, Paul Thomas Anderson’s next not shot by Robert Elswit, and more

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
April 24th, 2011

As Cannes slowly approaches, the festival’s opening film, Woody Allen’s MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, is becoming quite a talked about little film.

Whether it be due to the fact that it stars a top-tier cast or that Allen himself is already hard at work on a new film, all eyes are directly set on this project, and talk about a way to make that pay off.

IMDb has a cavalcade of new photos from the upcoming film, which stars Owen Wilson, Marion Cotillard, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates, Michael Sheen, Adrien Brody, Nina Arianda, Corey Stoll, Mimi Kennedy, Kurt Fullerby, Carla Bruni, Léa Seydoux, Gad Elmaleh, and Manu Payet. The film will follow a family who travels through the city, only to have their lives changed through the trip. There are quite a few photos here, all of which look absolutely fantastic. The project is slowly looking like one hell of a film, and hopefully yet another step forward for a filmmaker looking to regain a bit of footing while not losing any of his a-film-a-year pace.

In other news, Cigarettes & Red Vines has discovered (via The Playlist), that not only is director Paul Thomas Anderson looking to possibly shoot his next film on a 65mm camera (the same camera used by Stanley Kubrick on 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY), but that the film may not ultimately be shot by Anderson’s right hand man, director of photography Robert Elswit. Now, it remains to be see just what Anderson’s “next” film will truly be (he has both INHERENT VICE and THE MASTER waiting), but whatever it is, it will not include Elswit, a really sad loss for the filmmaker. Elswit is a fantastic cinematographer, but when you also get Anderson working with a Kubrick-approved camera, it weighs out a bit.

Finally, Peter Jackson has confirmed that Ian Holm will be returning as the older Bilbo Baggins in the upcoming two part THE HOBBIT features. Looks like the band is getting back together.

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