Mads Mikkelsen turns Marvel villain, Ryan Gosling goes another round with Nicolas Winding Refn, and Peter Bogdanovich ends his directing hiatus.
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6 Jun 2012 - 11:49 AM  UPDATED 5 Nov 2012 - 6:30 PM

Some films feel like they're two movies compressed into one, but this is a rare case of the reverse. In The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her the actors James McAvoy (Atonement, X-Men: First Class) and Jessica Chastain (The Tree of Life, The Help) will respectively star in two movies that look at different sides of the same relationship, which begins to dissolve when a restaurant owner's wife goes back to university and a rift grows between them. Ned Benson wrote the two screenplays and will direct both movies, although it's unclear whether they'll screen as a double bill or whether audiences will have the chance to see one and not the other.

Biggest transition: the fine Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale) has just won Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival for playing a teacher accused of child molestation in Thomas Vinterberg's The Hunt (pictured). What's next? Playing a villain in Thor 2 opposite Australian leading man Chris Hemsworth.

Filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn and actor Ryan Gosling, who did wonders for moody crime machismo and '80s synth ballads with Drive, are back at work, this time in Thailand. In the crime thriller Only God Forgives Gosling plays a Bangkok resident who uses a boxing club as a front for a drug running business. When a family member is killed his mother – played by Kristen Scott Thomas – demands that he reach into the city's turbulent underworld and take revenge on the killer. More violent head trauma would appear to be likely.

Peter Bogdanovich has been mainly acting (The Sopranos) and writing about film in recent years, but his filmmaking legacy from the 1970s – The Last Picture Show, Paper Moon, What's Up, Doc? – means that he still has many admirers. Two of them, directors Wes Anderson (Rushmore, the forthcoming Moonrise Kingdom) and Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale), are producing a feature for Bogdanovich. Squirrel to the Nuts is the comic story of a Broadway director who is married to his leading lady, but gets mixed up with an escort and a psychiatrist. Owen Wilson (Midnight in Paris) will play the lead role, with the very busy, but not exactly proven, Olivia Wilde (Tron: Legacy, Cowboys & Aliens) as the shrink. Hopefully it will have no connection to Bogdanovich's disastrous run in the 1980s: They All Laughed, Illegally Yours, Texasville.

And, finally, one from the We're Not Making This Up Dept: Long-time collaborators Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (they wrote Pineapple Express and The Green Hornet) are making The End of the World, a film about a party at actor James Franco's house that occurs on the night of an apocalyptic event. At the party – i.e. playing themselves – will be Rogen, Franco (127 Hours), Jason Segel (The Five Year Engagement), Jonah Hill (21 Jump Street), singer Rihanna (Battleship) and Harry Potter star Emma Watson, along with many others. Hopefully filmmaker and producer Judd Apatow, who gave most of the actors their start, can drop by before Los Angeles collapses into the Pacific Ocean or the asteroid hits.