Focus Sets 2012 Slate: Films from Wes Anderson, Robert De Niro, Steve Carell & Keira Knightley

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by Anne Thompson
December 16, 2011 12:37 PM
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Focus Features has set firm North American opening dates for three features to fill out their 2012 slate, below.
 
-Paul Weitz's father-son drama "Being Flynn" (selected cities March 2) is adapted from Nick Flynn’s 2004 memoir "Another Bulls—t Night in Suck City." Paul Dano ("Little Miss Sunshine," "There Will Be Blood") is writer Nick Flynn, who misses his late mother, Jody (Julianne Moore) and reaches out to his author father (Robert De Niro) after not seeing him for 18 years.
 
-Steve Carell and Keira Knightley star in the sci-fi comedy "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World," (wide release April 20) which marks the feature directorial debut of screenwriter Lorene Scafaria ("Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist"). What will we do when the last days are at hand?
 
-Wes Anderson's latest, "Moonrise Kingdom" (selected cities May 25) is set on an island off the coast of New England in the 1960s, where a young boy and girl (newcomers Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward) fall in love and decide to run away, instigating a townwide search. Bruce Willis  is the town sheriff; Edward Norton is a camp leader; and Bill Murray and  Frances McDormand play the young girl’s parents. Tilda Swinton and Jason Schwartzman co-star.
 
The rest of the Focus 2012 slate is rounded out with Sundance pickup drama "Pariah,"from writer-director Dee Rees; Sam Fell and Chris Butler’s stop-motion comedy thriller "ParaNorman," the new 3D feature from animation company LAIKA (national August 17); Roger Michell's period "Hyde Park on Hudson," starring Academy Award nominees Bill Murray and Laura Linney; Joe Wright’s epic romance "Anna Karenina," adapted from Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel by Tom Stoppard and starring Knightley, Jude Law, and Aaron Johnson; and Tomas Alfredson’s thriller "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy," starring Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, and Tom Hardy.
 
 

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  • cinephile | December 17, 2011 1:14 PMReply

    Interested in "Being Flynn" -- the trailer showed that this COULD be a return to (some) form for De Niro. On the other hand, this early release date doesn't indicate anything special? hmmm... But I'm looking forward to see the great Julianne Moore in her role. And that will be a busy month for her, because the HBO movie "Game Change" with Moore as Sarah Palin will premiere too...

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