Posted on Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 by Angie Han
2014 is turning out to be a big year for Emma Stone. She’s already had one big hit in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and has projects with Cameron Crowe and Alejandro González Iñárritu opening later this year. In between, she stars in Magic in the Moonlight, the latest from the prolific Woody Allen.
The Jazz Age dramedy stars Stone as a spirit medium who has won over a wealthy family in the South of France. Not everyone is totally convinced of her supernatural talents, though, and a stage magician (Colin Firth) is sent to debunk her. (So he’s a bit inspired by Harry Houdini, then?) Watch the first Magic in the Moonlight trailer after the jump.
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The trailer for the new film from Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn is here. Kingsman: The Secret Service sees Vaughn working once again from source material by Kick-Ass author Mark Millar. This time, he adapts the Millar and Dave Gibbons comic The Secret Service, with Colin Firth in the role of a highly competent intelligence agent who takes on a promising new trainee (who also happens to be his nephew). Check out the Kingsman trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 by Angie Han
Like pretty much every handsome British actor of a certain age, Colin Firth has occasionally been rumored for the James Bond role. And while he never did get to play 007, he does finally get an opportunity to play a 007-type in Matthew Vaughn‘s upcoming Kingsman: The Secret Service.
Formerly just titled The Secret Service, the Mark Millar adaptation centers around a British intelligence agent (Firth) who grooms his street-smart nephew (Taron Egerton) to join him in the trade. Also starring are Michael Caine as the head of the spy organization, and Samuel L. Jackson as the villain. The first Kingsman: The Secret Service poster and images have just hit the web, and you can check them out after the jump.
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Remember Gambit? Not the Marvel Comics character, but the remake of a great ’60s caper that originally starred Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine. The remake was scripted by the Coen Brothers — hence our interest in the movie. While that script kicked around town for a few years, it was eventually directed by Michael Hoffman. Colin Firth plays an art dealer who tries to con a wealthy buyer (Alan Rickman) into buying a fake painting, and enlists the help of a Texan lady (Cameron Diaz) to pull off the caper. While the film was finished in 2012 it never got proper US distribution. Until now. People have asked how they could see it, and with the film hitting VOD this weekend, here’s a current Gambit trailer to remind you that it exists. Read More »
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Fox had a small surprise for fans this past weekend: a presentation from Matthew Vaughn‘s new film The Secret Service at WonderCon. The movie is based on the Marvel Comics series by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons. It stars Colin Firth as a refined and highly capable secret agent, who recruits his nephew to join the intelligence service. The footage shows one hell of a fight scene, positioning the film as something like Kick-Ass, but with John Steed from the British TV show The Avengers as the lead character. After the WonderCon presentation, we recorded a video blog talking about the footage, which you can find below. Read More »
The case of the West Memphis Three has been thoroughly documented in no less than four non-fiction films. But here’s The Devil’s Knot trailer, which represents the effort of Canadian director Atom Egoyan (Chloe, The Sweet Hereafter) to dramatize the story. Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth star in this telling, which begins with the perspective of the parents of the children who were killed in Arkansas in 1993. Eventually, however, we see some of the perspective of the three young men who were wrongly accused of committing the crimes. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 by Angie Han
Seth MacFarlane is still working on that sequel to Ted, but in the meantime our screens will be filled with a kinder, gentler breed of stuffed animated animal. While the first Paddington trailer doesn’t reveal much, it does set the tone for a sweetly fantastical family adventure — basically, everything Ted was not.
At the center of the story is the titular bear (voiced by Colin Firth), an unfailingly polite Anglophile who arrives in London from Peru to start a new life. He’s lost and alone until he’s taken in by the generous Brown family (led by Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins). Watch the cute new trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, January 10th, 2014 by Angie Han
What would you do if you had the opportunity to face the individual who made your life a living hell, half a lifetime ago? That’s the question Colin Firth faces in The Railway Man, playing a World War II veteran who, decades later, is still haunted by the torment he suffered as a prisoner of war in Japan.
With the help of his loving wife (Nicole Kidman) and a fellow vet (Stellan Skarsgård), Eric manages to track down and have his say with the Japanese soldier (Hiroyuki Sanada) who tortured him. Initially, it looks like he plans to get his revenge — but as the two men face each other, Lomax finds himself reacting in more complicated ways. Watch the trailer after the jump.
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Briefly: It will come as a surprise to no one that Sony Pictures Classics has picked up North American distribution rights to Woody Allen‘s new movie Magic in the Moonlight, and along with the announcement we’ve got the first plot details for the film. We’ve known that the cast features Emma Stone and Marcia Gay Harden (seen above) with Colin Firth, Eileen Atkins, Hamish Linklater, Simon McBurney, Jacki Weaver, Jeremy Shamos and Erica Leerhsen. Now we know what they’ll be doing.
Specifically, the Sony Classics announcement says “Magic in the Moonlight is a romantic comedy about an Englishman brought in to help unmask a possible swindle. Personal and professional complications ensue. The film is set in the south of France in the 1920s against a backdrop of wealthy mansions, the Côte d’Azur, jazz joints and fashionable spots for the wealthy of the Jazz Age.”
There’s no release date for the film at this point, but a Cannes debut doesn’t seem unreasonable to expect.
As talented as Atom Egoyan is, he undertook an incredibly difficult task in making a film about the West Memphis Three. The disturbing and fascinating yet ultimately redemptive true story of three young boys convicted of a murder they didn’t commit has already been told near perfectly in no-less-than four documentaries. So right off the bat, Devil’s Knot faces an uphill battle.
The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and buzz was quite mixed. Still, with a cast that includes Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon, Dane DeHaan, Mireille Enos, Bruce Greenwood, Elias Koteas, Stephen Moyer Amy Ryan, Devil’s Knot is undoubtedly a film that deserves some attention.
Check out the first trailer and poster for the film, which doesn’t have a US release date yet, below. Read More »