We haven’t yet seen a trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, but tonight ABC Family aired a making-of featurette about the film featuring some pretty tasty first-look footage. That featurette is now online, via Facebook. There will be more Potter footage unveiled over the weekend, but this is a good start. Read More »

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Three years have passed since we last saw a Steven Spielberg-directed film and it’s been six since we saw a good one. After such a long layoff, it’s insane to think that, come this December, we’ll have two Spielberg films in theaters at the same time. First we’ll get his 3D, motion capture film The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn on December 23 and then, December 28 brings the equine period epic War Horse. The first eight official photos from the latter film, which is based on a novel by Michael Morpurgo about a horse who travels far and wide to reunite with his owner during World War I, have just surfaced. Check them out after the break. Read More »

This one just came out of nowhere. For the past few months there had been word that Luc Besson might be planning a new epic romance or a massive sci-fi film. But now he’s shooting The Lady, which is a film about Burmese democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Michelle Yeoh plays the cultural heroine, who opposed military rule in Burma and spent much of the past twenty years under house arrest as a result. David Thewlis plays her husband, Michael Aris. That’s the first image from the film, above, and there are more after the break. Read More »

While the 2010 Holiday Movie season has been a little lackluster, 2011 is looking amazing. Sure this year we get a sequel to TRON and a new film by the Coen Brothers but next December alone we get new films from Martin Scorsese, Cameron Crowe, Brad Bird, David Fincher, Guy Ritchie as well as two new films by Steven Spielberg.

Slowly but surely, we’re learning more about each of those projects and today we’ve got a minor update on Spielberg’s live action Oscar contender, War Horse. Set for release on December 28, just five days after Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, War Horse stars David Thewlis, Emily Watson and others and is based on a novel by Michael Morpurgo. It’s probably a safe bet that most of us haven’t read that book, so definitely check out the official plot description of the film after the jump. Read More »

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Briefly: Let the Right One In director Tomas Alfredson is putting together a stellar cast for his adaptation of the John Le Carré novel Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. He’s got Gary Oldman in the lead as cold war agent George Smiley, working to uncover a mole in the upper realms of the UK secret service.

Ciaran Hinds, Colin Firth and Jared Harris are all in the cast, and Michael Fassbender was scheduled to appear as well. But he’s moved on to X-Men: First Class (which, like Alfredson’s film, just started shooting) and so has been replaced by Tom Hardy. That’s a pretty good swap, as far as I’m concerned. Would have loved to see Fassbender in the picture, but if we can’t have him, Hardy is a great substitute. Oh, and Peter Morgan scripted, so that’s yet another good point. But Ralph Fiennes was also supposed to be in the cast, and this latest report doesn’t mention him. Looking into that… [DailyMail via The Playlist]

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?

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Let the Right One In director Tomas Alfredson has been at work assembling an adaptation of the novel Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy from author John Le Carre. A month ago we heard that Gary Oldman was set to star, with possible co-stars Michael Fassbender, Colin Firth and David Thewlis.

Sadly, David Thewlis won’t be part of the lineup, but the other three names are now confirmed along with a new addition: Ralph Fiennes.

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Over the past week there have been several rumors about the possible lead casting for Steven Spielberg‘s new film War Horse, which is based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo and the successful play based upon the book. English actor Eddie Redmayne was said to have one of the lead roles, and Tom Hiddleston the other. Based on current info, it looks like Hiddleston is in the mix, but has yet to sign. Rather than going to Redmayne, however, the lead role of Albert has gone to relative unknown Jeremy Irvine. Read More »

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Let the Right One In director Tomas Alfredson was initially slow to lock down a follow-up film. He was a part of The Danish Girl for a while, before walking away. (Lasse Hallström directed instead.) Now Alfredson is making a film called Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, which is now casting. The one actor definitely set to star at this point is Gary Oldman, but several other great names are negotiating roles as well. Read More »

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