Last week, the first trailer for the upcoming biopic Hitchcock arrived online, which sees Anthony Hopkins play the legendary director Alfred Hitchcock in a story that tracks his marriage to Alma Reville (played by Helen Mirren) as he put up his own money to make his classic thriller Psycho. From what is seen in the trailer, Hopkins turns in an inspired performance, one that made director Sacha Gervasi (Anvil! The Story of Anvil) remark: "I think he really found the role quite delicious."
However, as is often the case in Hollywood, it's not the only biopic of Hitchcock in the works. In fact, a month before Hitchcock opens in theaters, HBO will deliver The Girl, which sees British actor Toby Jones (Captain America: The First Avenger, Snow White and the Huntsman) play the legendary director as he enlists actress Tippi Hedren (played by Sienna Miller) for his follow-up to Psycho, The Birds. In light of two actors portraying the same person in a span of a month, we felt the question of "which Hitchcock could take the other" was obvious, and could only be settled in a Character Cage Match. compare the performances before you vote >> Posted 10.16.12 by Ryan
Twilight fans have to be lamenting that the franchise is coming to an end, but, luckily, there's another potential franchise to fill the void. The Host, based on Twilight author Stephenie Meyer's 2008 novel of the same name will start shooting next February and will be in theaters on March 29, 2013 — a mere four months after The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 hits theaters.
While still exploring the theme of romance, The Host abandons vampires for an unseen alien race called Souls, who have taken over most of humanity by inhabiting their bodies as hosts. Melanie (Saoirse Ronan) is one of the few remaining survivors, but is finally captured and is invaded by a Soul named the Wanderer, a.k.a. Wanda (also played by Ronan), who can't gain complete control of Melanie's mind. Ian (Jake Abel) falls for Wanda, who, as Melanie, is still in love with Jerad (the recently cast Max Irons). It's an all-new, but more complicated, love triangle!
With the three leads cast, EW reports that co-screenwriter Meyer and director-writer Andrew Niccol (In Time) have cast actor William Hurt as Jeb, Melanie's crazy uncle and a leader of the human resistance.
Meyer is said to be planning two sequels to The Host, titled The Soul and The Seeker, but a sequel is yet to be published. benjamin bratt gets Snitch'd on >> Posted 12.08.11 by Ryan
The thriller Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy had its official premiere at the Venice Film Festival, last weekend, and its debut left critics impressed. The Playlist called the movie "incredibly rich and perfectly constructed, sitting with The Conversation and The Ipcress File in the very upper reaches of the genre," while Movieline praised the "uniformly terrific ensemble cast" for their work in a movie that is "notable less for its complex plot than for the emotional context of each of its nested backstories-within-backstories."
Based on the 1974 novel by John le Carré, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy follows Gary Oldman as George Smiley, a semi-retired British intelligence agent who is tasked with finding a Soviet spy who has infiltrated the upper echelon of the British Secret Intelligence Service, or MI6. Coinciding with its premiere, a new featurette for the thriller has been released, which, instead of discussing the popular, 1979 BBC mini-series of Tinker that had Alec Guinness in the Smiley role and that many will compare the movie to, the featurette is more concerned with comparing Smiley to Britain's other famous literary superspy: James Bond. Oldman, LeCarre, John Hurt, Colin Firth, Toby Jones and director Tomas Alfredson all discuss the "anti-Bond". watch the featurette and clip >> Posted 09.08.11 by Ryan
The international trailer for espionage thriller Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy has arrived online. Directed by Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In) in his English-language debut, the movie is based on the 1974 novel by John le Carré and follows a retired intelligence agent George Smiley (Gary Oldman) as he is asked to return to service to discover a Soviet double agent within the upper ranks of the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS).
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy co-stars a parade of British actors, including Tom Hardy (Inception, the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises), Mark Strong (Green Lantern, Robin Hood), John Hurt (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) and recent Oscar-winner Colin Firth (The King's Speech). Any of them could be the mole that Oldman is seeking. watch the trailer >> Posted 07.01.11 by Ryan
Following hot on the heels of the addition of Ian McShane to the cast of director Rupert Sanders' Snow White and the Huntsman as Caesar, leader of the dwarfs, comes the news that three more actors are in negotiations to play dwarfs in the adaptation of the classic fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. According to THR, Eddie Izzard, Toby Jones, and Bob Hoskins have been offered the roles of the timid Tiberius, burly Claudius and blind Constantine, respectively. more about Snow White and the Huntsman >> Posted 06.22.11 by BrentJS
Director Gary Ross' cast for the upcoming adaptation of The Hunger Games continues to grow. The latest addition is British actor Toby Jones who will play, according to Deadline, "the host/narrator of the games alongside Stanley Tucci."
While the report does not mention a character name for Jones, Tucci was cast as Hunger Games host Caesar Flickerman earlier this month, which would seem to put Jones in the part of Hunger Games announcer Claudius Templesmith. Templesmith is described as having a "large, booming voice" which makes the role an interesting fit for Jones, who voiced the house elf Dobby in the Harry Potter movies. Jones has played a variety of roles, including Karl Rove in 2008's W and will appear as Nazi scientist Armin Zola in the upcoming Captain America: The First Avenger, so the odds seem in his favor that Jones will be a great fit for Templesmith. Posted 05.24.11 by Ryan
Instead of picking up the pace of their promotional campaign for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 following Daniel Radcliffe's countdown message, Warner Bros. (WB) actually seems to be slowing down its output. A little over a week ago, WB released nine new teaser posters for the movie. A few days ago, more teaser posters were released, but in a quantity not even half the previous offering. Now, the latest release from WB contains just one new teaser poster, the subject of which is Dobby, the mistreated Malfoy house elf who factored so prominently in the book series by creator J.K. Rowling, but who really only played a part in the Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets movie. Dobby is back in Deathly Hallows, once again voiced by Toby Jones, but it's unclear how much of his participation in the action in the novel will make its way to the big screen. Posted 10.15.10 by BrentJS
Marvel Studios recently announced that Hugo Weaving would be starring in director Joe Johnston's The First Avenger: Captain America as Cap's longtime nemesis and Adolf Hitler's right-hand man in the Marvel Universe, the Red Skull. Now, it appears that the Red Skull won't be the only villain from Cap's rogues gallery to be making the leap from the printed page to the silver screen. According to THR, British actor Toby Jones (Frost/Nixon, W) is in negotiations to appear in Johnston's WWII superhero movie as the evil Nazi scientist Arnim Zola. more about Arnim Zola >> Posted 05.07.10 by BrentJS
It looks like Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson are trying to make a fashion statement promoting The Adventures of Tintin, the 3-D motion-capture trilogy they're both producing. The Spanish site Estrenos de Cine just published this photo, which they received from Sony Pictures.
In the photo, the two directors don antiquated bowler hats, a particularly common article of clothing in the Tintin universe. We agree with the folks at Cinema Blend who say that it's rather bizarre seeing Jackson all lithe and trim. Maybe his former hobbit-esque physique was a very prolonged publicity stunt for Lord of the Rings. Either way, it doesn't stop us from getting excited about Tintin, which unfortunately isn't due in U.S. theaters until December 23, 2011.
The story is based on the Belgian comic strip series that first appeared in the late 1920s. The comic follows Tintin, a Belgian reporter, and his sidekick dog Snowy as they embark on various adventures across the globe. Paramount and Sony, who are producing the movies, decided to release the first movie, Secret of the Unicorn, in international cinemas beginning in late October 2011, ahead of the domestic release. This is due to its familiarity abroad and its lack of exposure in the States. Spielberg will direct that movie, while Jackson will take over for the second.
The current cast includes British star Jamie Bell in the title role and Daniel Craig as his nemesis. Also cast are Andy Serkis (Gollum in Lord of the Rings), Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Gad Elmaleh, Toby Jones, and Mackenzie Crook.
You can check out the official English-language Tintin site for more pictures and videos from the production. Posted 09.04.09 by reelz
Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn finally has a release date. Variety and The Hollywood Reporter confirm that the 3-D motion-capture feature, which went into production this past January, will arrive in U.S. theaters on December 23, 2011.
The story is based on the Belgian comic strip series that first appeared in the late 1920s. The comic follows Tintin, a Belgian reporter, and his sidekick dog Snowy as they embark on various adventures across the globe. Paramount and Sony, who are producing the movies, decided to release Secret of the Unicorn in international cinemas beginning in late October 2011, ahead of the domestic release, due to its familiarity abroad and its lack of exposure in the States.
The movie is the first in a series of three adaptations, with the second to be helmed by Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson. Spielberg and Jackson are also producing the series, along with Kathleen Kennedy. The current cast includes British star Jamie Bell in the title role and Daniel Craig as his nemesis. Also cast are Andy Serkis (Gollum in LOTR), Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Gad Elmaleh, Toby Jones, and Mackenzie Crook.
You can check out the official English-language Tintin site, which includes pictures from the production and a video message from Spielberg and Jackson. Posted 05.29.09 by reelz