Feb 27, 2014
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Beyond the Oscars: Upcoming Movies With Connecticut Connections

Beyond the Oscars: Upcoming Movies With Connecticut Connections

Yes, Virginia, there is cinema life after March 2’s Oscar ceremonies. Here’s an early look at some of the film projects Connecticut’s celebs—and our state itself—will play a role in for the rest of 2014. . . .

• Author Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games movie juggernaut soldiers on; Mockingjay—Part I (Nov. 21) adds Julianne Moore, Lily Rabe (daughter of Jill Clayburgh and playwright David Rabe) and, allegedly, John Cusack to the killer mix.

And So It Goes when Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton pair up for the first time in a movie directed by Rob Reiner. Douglas is a self-centered businessman whose estranged son forces him to take charge of the granddaughter he’s never known; Keaton is the kindly neighbor he calls upon for help. Costars include Frances Sternhagen, Frankie Valli and a bevy of Connecticut locations, including Bristol’s Lake Compounce.

• Litchfield County’s Scott Rudin was the producer behind such 2013 critics’ darlings as Captain Phillips, Frances Ha and Inside Llewyn Davis. He kicks off his 2014 slate with Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel (March 7), in which Anderson regulars Bill Murray and Owen Wilson will be featured alongside newcomers Ralph Fiennes and Jude Law. Later this year look for Rosewater, scripted and directed by “The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart, and Ex Machina, an A.I. tale starring Llewyn Davis’s Oscar Isaac.

• Also this month, check out the latest chip off the old Hunger Games block—Divergent (March 21)—with Shailene Woodley (who played George Clooney’s eldest daughter in The Descendents), Kate Winslet and New Canaanite Tony Goldwyn.

• Roxbury’s Denis Leary appears in the football flick Draft Day (April 11, go figure) with Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner, and reappears in the Amazing Spider-Man franchise—as, we can only assume, the ghost of Captain Stacy—alongside Campbell Scott (The Amazing Spider-Man 2, May 2).

• Funny story: Favreau was supposed to direct Jersey Boys (June 20), the film version of the Tony-winning musical about the rise of ’60s singing group The Four Seasons, but along the way Clint Eastwood (go figure, again) got attached instead. We’d give anything to watch him direct Westport’s Christopher Walken as the Seasons’ mentor (and notorious Genovese crime family member) Angelo “Gyp” DeCarlo. At least we can read Eastwood’s records of the project at the Wesleyan University Cinema Archives.

• Connecticut’s other big film producer, Westport’s Harvey Weinstein, recently told CNN’s Piers Morgan that he wants to make a gun-control movie with Meryl Streep. We say “good luck with that,” but in the meantime, Big Eyes—a biopic of painter Margaret Keane, starring Amy Adams—is due this summer.

• Forget Meryl Streep? Not us! Once again, her “big project”—the long-promised Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods (Dec. 25), for which Sondheim wrote a new song—is being held for the holidays, but she’ll also star in The Giver (Aug. 15) with Jeff Bridges, and in Hope Springs costar Tommy Lee Jones’ The Homesman with daughter Grace Gummer.            

• Despite the rather lackluster response so far to his post-guvernator movie career (Escape Plan, anyone . . . see it, that is?), Arnold Schwarzenegger stars in Sabotage (April 11), a high-tech knockoff of Agatha Christie’s Ten Little Indians, shot, in part, in Hartford.

• The ubiquitous food-truck trend gets comedic treatment in Chef (May 9), directed by and starring Jon Favreau (with his Iron Man stalwarts Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson) and featuring Dustin Hoffman and Oliver Platt.


Beyond the Oscars: Upcoming Movies With Connecticut Connections

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