Netflix is a big topic of conversation this week as the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) brings to the fore all manner of questions about digital connectivity and methods for providing content to the new technology being flogged at the show at the same time as ongoing Television Critics Association (TCA) events show off new titles for 2013. Netflix has been managing the transition from its first incarnation, a DVD rental house, to a nearly all-digital content platform. And to bolster the wide array of streaming movies available through Netflix, the company has a couple of high-profile pieces of original content set to premiere this year.
One is House of Cards, the political thriller series starring Kevin Spacey and produced by David Fincher, who also directed the pilot. Another is Hemlock Grove, a supernatural series based on the novel of the same name, with Eli Roth as exec producer alongside Mark Verheiden.
The first trailer for the show is online, and it features a look at the cast (Famke Janssen, Bill Skarsgard, Lili Taylor, Landon Liboiron and Dougray Scott) and quite a few odd sights and sounds of the Pennsylvania town in which they all come together. Read More »
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One of the great pleasures of cinema is watching people live out the lives of others, and therefore the biopic thrives. It isn’t enough that movies have enshrined many personalities in perpetuity; we still love seeing their lives lived again, through others.
And so we have My Week With Marilyn, a film in which Michelle Williams has the unenviable task of conjuring the presence of one of cinema’s most famous icons. She plays Marilyn in a film based on a true story about the experience one young man (played by Eddie Redmayne) had with the star. See the just-released trailer below, and you’ll begin to get a sense of whether Williams’ version of Marilyn can be reconciled with the real thing. Read More »
Cameras began to roll this week on My Week With Marilyn, the film that adapts the diaries of Colin Clark, who showed Marilyn Monroe around London while she worked on the film The Princess and the Showgirl. Now we’ve got the first image of Michelle Williams playing Marilyn Monroe in the film, and word that Julia Ormond and Dougray Scott have been added to the cast. Read More »
Fair warning: this teaser trailer for Roland Joffe‘s Spanish Civil War tale There Be Dragons has actually been online since the summer, but we’d completely missed its existence until the recent launch of a new website to promote the film. Joffe’s film sounds superficially like it falls right into the middle of a classic conceit: we see two brothers, one of whome becomes a priest, the other a fascist spy.
But the movie is also about St. Josemaría Escrivá, founder of the Catholic organization Opus Dei, aka ‘work of God,’ which ” teaches that everyone is called to holiness and that ordinary life is a path to sanctity.” And in case that’s a turn-off (it shouldn’t be!) the trailer looks purdy. Read More »
You might remember that, last May, Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh was announced as the director of The Magnificent Eleven, a modern remake of The Magnificent Seven that centers around a group of UK footballers (i.e. soccer players, which I pray doesn’t really require explanation) who rally around a Tandoori restaurant. We still don’t know that much about the picture, but at last there are some actors to associate with it: Sean Bean, Dougray Scott and Robert Vaughn have all been cast. Read More »
USA Today has published a new photo (seen above) from Fox’s big screen adaptation of the popular Hitman video game. While I will admit that this film appears to have style, I’m still not interested in seeing it. The official plot synopsis follows:
Agent 47 (Olyphant) has been educated to become a professional assassin for hire. His most powerful weapons are his nerve and a resolute pride in his work.Â 47 is both the last two digits of the barcode tattooed on the nape of his neck, and his only name. The hunter becomes the hunted when 47 gets caught up in a political takeover.Â Both Interpol and the Russian military chase the HITMAN across Eastern Europe as he tries to find out who set him up and why they’re trying to take him out of the game.Â But the greatest threat to 47′s survival may be the stirrings of his conscience and the unfamiliar emotions aroused in him by a beautiful, damaged girl.
If the film’s movie trailer didn’t scare you away, here is star Timothy Olyphant to give you at least two reasons not to see the movie.
“I know people want you to be true to the game, but no one really wants to go pay for a movie to watch a video game,” Olyphant told USA Today. “And, look, it’s a movie. You’ve got to have the girl in it. I just hope the fans feel I’m the character they’re used to.”
Hitman stars Timothy Olyphant, Dougray Scott, Olga Kurylenko, Michael Offei, Robert Knepper and Ulrich Thomsen. The film hits theaters on October 12.
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