Is the ‘Eastern Promises’ Sequel Back On?

eastern promises sequel

David Cronenberg was originally going to shoot the Eastern Promises sequel towards the end of 2012. For undisclosed reasons, Focus Features pulled the plug on the film, which would’ve brought back Viggo MortensenVincent Cassel, and other actors from the excellent 2007 crime movie. Now, new details suggest the sequel might happen after all.

Below, learn more about the Eastern Promises sequel.

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j.a. bayona interview

J.A. Bayona‘s latest film packs a heavy punch. Bayona’s adaptation of author and screenwriter Patrick Ness‘ novel is a pure tearjerker, a movie that mixes the grand with the intimate. The film follows a young boy (Lewis MacDougall) struggling with his mother’s terminal illness. In need of help, he calls upon a monster (Liam Neeson), a talking tree that promises to tell Conor three stories as long as the boy reveals his deepest, darkest secret.

A Monster Calls deals heavily with the power of storytelling. After making only three films, Bayona has established himself as a very emotional storyteller. “Cold” is not a word that applies to the visual splendor of his work. We recently interviewed the filmmaker for his latest drama, which was originally based on an idea by the late author, Siobhan Dowd. Bayona discussed with us the music on set, King Kong, the silent moments in A Monster Calls, and his reaction to seeing Jurassic Park for the first time.

Below, read our J.A. Bayona interview.

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Liam Neeson Reads A Monster Calls

This weekend brings the release of A Monster Calls, the adaptation of Patrick Ness‘ book of the same name, winner of the Carnegie Medal and the Greenaway Medal back in 2012. The film hails from The Impossible director J.A. Bayona, who will next direct Jurassic World 2, and it follows a young boy coping with his mother’s illness by way of a monster who suddenly appears in his backyard.

Liam Neeson plays the monster in question (though Captain America: Civil War star Tom Holland stood in for him on set), and in an effort to get the audience in on the story a bit more, he sat down to read through the entire first chapter. There’s footage from the movie interspersed with his reading, and Neeson’s voice makes for a nice bedtime story tone.

Watch as Liam Neeson reads A Monster Calls after the jump. Read More »

The Book Of Henry
Colin Trevorrow’s The Book Of Henry is a movie I’ve been curious about for some time. It’s an interesting choice to helm this small film after directing one of the biggest box office successes of all time. But the truth is, we don’t really know much about The Book of Henry. All we’ve been told is that its a drama about a single mother raising a child genius. What is the Jurassic World director cooking up at Focus Features? Hit the jump to see The Book of Henry poster, which gives us a first look at the plans.
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A Monster Calls featurette

A Monster Calls is a heartbreaking movie. When J.A. Bayona‘s (The Impossible) latest film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, in a nice bit of promotion, tissue boxes were handed out to those in attendance. That was a good call because the film certainly made our own Angie Han choke up once or twice. She praised the drama as a “five-hankie sobfest, a ruthlessly effective tearjerker even by cancer drama standards,” despite a few scenes she found too manipulative.

Below, watch A Monster Calls featurette, which shows how the story came about and evolved.

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john goodman rupert wyatt

John Goodman is a national treasure, especially his smile. The actor has recently been on a roll, lining up some notable projects. Before the year ends, we’ll see Goodman in Patriot’s Day, and next year we’ll see him in Kong: Skull IslandValerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, and David Leitch’s (John WickThe Coldest City. Another fine job Goodman has landed is a role in Rupert Wyatt‘s sci-fi film, Captive State.

Below, learn more about the Rupert Wyatt sci-fi movie.

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The Zookeeper's Wife trailer - Jessica Chastain

Focus Features has unveiled the first trailer for The Zookeeper’s Wife, the based-on-a-true-story World War II drama from Niki Caro (Whale Rider). Jessica Chastain and Johan Heldenbergh star as Antonina Zabinska and Jan Zabinski, who run a zoo in Warsaw. When Poland is invaded by Nazis, the couple heroically work with the Resistance to secretly shelter Jews who’ve escaped from the Warsaw ghetto — right under the nose of the Reich’s chief zoologist, played by Daniel Brühl.

Watch The Zookeeper’s Wife trailer below. Read More »

gary oldman winston churchill

My second favorite thing about Gary Oldman is that he’s not picky, which means we’re always getting a new Gary Oldman performance on a fairly regular basis. He’ll play heroes and villains, spies and politicians, wizards and comic book characters. He’s fought hyper-intelligent apes, the Joker, and an on-the-spectrum hitman played by Jean Reno. He’s done it all. My favorite thing about Gary Oldman is that he’s done all of this without ever phoning in a performance, offering the same kind of gravitas to B-movie  junk food like Criminal and thoughtful thrillers like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (which earned him his sole Oscar nomination). He’s even good in that RoboCop remake. The RoboCop remake!

Now, Gary Oldman is playing Winston Churchill and our first look at him in-character is remarkable.

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Nocturnal Animals featurette

Tom Ford‘s Nocturnal Animals is a beautiful and nasty piece of work. Ford’s adaptation of the late Austin Wright‘s Tony & Susan has elements of a thriller, but first and foremost, it’s a love story. An often unsettling and tragic love story. Ford’s latest actually shares a few similarities with A Single Man, but it’s a much bigger and darker movie.

Below, watch the Nocturnal Animals featurette.

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Amy Adams in Nocturnal Animals trailer

The new Nocturnal Animals trailer is so decadently gorgeous, you’d think it was a Tom Ford ad. And, well, technically it is — but it’s not for one of his fragrances or clothing lines. Nocturnal Animals is the new film by Ford, the fashion designer who made his feature directing debut on A Single Man.

This one stars Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal as a divorced couple who’ve been estranged for many years. But their shared past comes rushing back to the forefront when Edward sends Susan a manuscript of his latest novel, a dark thriller about a family assaulted one night on a deserted West Texas road. Cutting between Susan’s life and the story in Edward’s novel, Ford weaves together a riveting tale of love, betrayal, and revenge. Watch the Nocturnal Animals trailer below. Read More »