Since the very first trailer for the upcoming period drama War Horse debuted in March, subsequent marketing has screamed one thing: "Oscar!" From the sweeping score by multiple Academy Award winner John Williams to the World War I setting and touching story about a horse and its owner (Jeremy Irvine) derived from the play adaptation of the children's novel by Michael Morpurgo, this movie is destined for Academy Award noms. And it doesn't hurt that it was directed by Steven Spielberg.
Two new TV spots shows the movie's Oscar potential to the public, with one spot devoted to the movie's epic story that sweeps through war-torn England and Europe to an extended spot that mixes footage of the movie with interviews with the cast, including Irvine, Emily Watson, Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch and David Thewlis. watch the spots >> Posted 12.03.11 by Ryan
For their latest movie, action star Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Tomorrow Never Dies) and action director Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, The Professional) are getting serious. Based on the true story of Burmese political leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, The Lady follows the inspiring life of a woman who spent the better part of two decades under house arrest for her non-violent campaign for democracy.
A teaser trailer for the movie was released in August to help promote of the movie's premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) last month, but Yahoo! has released the theatrical trailer for the movie, which shows more of Suu Kyi's struggle, as well as that of her British husband and advocate, Michael Aris (played by David Thewlis), who was only able to see his wife five times during her arrest before his untimely death in 1999. watch the trailer >> Posted 10.04.11 by Ryan
The first teaser poster and trailer for French director Luc Besson's new movie, The Lady, have been released online. Written by Rebecca Frayn, The Lady is based on the inspiring true story of Burmese political leader Aung San Suu Kyi (played by Michelle Yeoh), who spent 15 years under house arrest for her relentless non-violent campaign for democracy.
The Lady was shot quietly, under the fake working title "Dans la Lumière," because Suu Kyi was still under house arrest when it went into production in October of last year and Besson did not want jeopardize her release, which was scheduled for the following month. The teaser poster was designed by celebrated artist Shepard Fairey and is based on his own design for a poster celebrating the real Aung San Suu Kyi, who has become an icon for democracy. learn more about The Lady & watch the trailer >> Posted 08.24.11 by BrentJS
Steven Spielberg's highly-anticipated, 3-D-animated adaptation The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn will be getting some competition when it opens in theaters in December of 2011 from a movie by another acclaimed, Academy-Award winning director: himself.
Deadline reports that Dreamworks has moved Spielberg's upcoming War Horse from its initial August release date to December 28, opening a mere 5 days after The Adventures of Tintin's December 23 release. DreamWorks CEO Stacey Snider told The LA Times that the proximity of the two movies was not a concern for the studio. Why so close? >> Posted 10.14.10 by Ryan
For the third time in less than a month, Warner Bros. has released new still images from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, this time through Empire magazine, which is running Deathly Hallows as its October 2010 cover story. The first new image is also the first still with Bill Nighy as Minister of Magic Rufus Scrimgeour — different than the character promo pic that was released last month — in a scene that should be very familiar to fans who have read the Deathly Hallows book by J.K. Rowling. The second still shows Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) at the business end of Remus Lupin’s (David Thewlis) wand. Read the detailed synopsis >> Posted 09.06.10 by BrentJS
Roland Emmerich is not going to destroy the world … this time. No alien invasion, no ice, no cataclysms at all. No, for his next project the director of Independence Day and 2012 is going to get Shakespearean. The movie, titled Anonymous, aims to dramatize the theory that Shakespeare didn't really write all those classic plays. They were instead, in this version of history, written by the Earl of Oxford, Edward de Vere.
Shooting is set to begin in March, and he already has, as he puts it, "a true English cast" on board, with Vanessa Redgrave as Queen Elizabeth, David Thewlis as the queen's secretary of state (and master of intrigue) William Cecil, and Rhys Ifans as the Earl Of Oxford.
And the plot, as in many a good Elizabethan drama, is all about the plotting. Emmerich sums up some of the twists and turns in an interview with Empire:
It's a mix of a lot of things: it's an historical thriller because it's about who will succeed Queen Elizabeth and the struggle of the people who want to have a hand in it. It's the Tudors on one side and the Cecils on the other, and in between [the two] is the Queen. Through that story we tell how the plays written by the Earl of Oxford ended up labelled 'William Shakespeare.
Don't worry, though. After he finishes this project, Emmerich is scheduled to return to his roots with an epic sci-fi flick about the collapse of galactic civilization. And he is planning to shoot that movie, Foundation, in motion-capture 3-D, giving him plenty of scope for his old world-destroying tricks. Posted 02.25.10 by reelz
With The Boy In The Striped Pajamas hitting theaters tomorrow, David Thewlis is on the interview circuit, talking about the challenges of playing a Nazi officer whose eight-year-old son befriends a young concentration camp prisoner. It's a far cry from his best-known role as Harry Potter's lycanthropic Professor Lupin. And in a recent interview with KTLA News, questions about why Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was delayed and what it was like to work on the Potter films clearly took precedence. Thewlis explains that the delay in the movie's release was no conspiracy but really all about the success of The Dark Knight and talks about the awkwardness having to treat wands as if they're Kalashnikovs. Posted 11.13.08 by reelz