Imagine if you will a story that might be set somewhere between Harry Potter and The Prestige — a wild tale of rival magicians set in an alternate version of early 1800s England, featuring the influence of faerie and real-world history alike. That’s one way to describe Susanna Clark’s epic novel Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, and if that makes the novel seem like a daunting piece of work to adapt for television, it is.
BBC One will soon air a Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell series, created by Clark, Toby Haynes, and Peter Harness, with Bertie Carvel and Eddie Marsan in the two lead roles. If this first Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell trailer is anything to go by, the BBC may have come up with a corker of an adaptation. Check out the lively footage after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 by Angie Han
Snow White (Kristen Stewart) will be sitting out Universal’s The Huntsman, and now it looks like most of her dwarf friends will be, too. Only two of the seven dwarves are expected to appear, according to a new report.
Still set to return are the evil queen (Charlize Theron), and of course the Huntsman himself (Chris Hemsworth). Cedric Nicolas-Troyan is directing. Find out who the Huntsman dwarves might be after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 by Angie Han
If three’s a trend, fact-based dramas about British geniuses are the next big thing. This month we have The Theory of Everything and The Imitation Game, and next spring brings X+Y, based on the 2007 documentary Beautiful Young Minds.
Asa Butterfield stars as a young prodigy who’s terrible with people but great with numbers. His life changes when he’s chosen to represent Great Britain at the International Mathematical Olympiad in China. Sally Hawkins plays his mom, Rafe Spall and Eddie Marsan his mentors, and Jo Yang and Jake Davies his friends. Watch the X Plus Y trailer after the jump. Read More »
Director Andy Serkis is bringing the A-list to his first feature film, Jungle Book: Origins. After casting Benedict Cumberbatch as the voice of the evil tiger Shere Khan, he’s now added Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Naomie Harris, Tom Hollander, Eddie Marsan and Peter Mullan to the mix as the other animals. Rohan Chand, Jason Bateman’s co-star in Bad Words, is Mowgli and Serkis himself will be Baloo the bear. Which characters are each actor voicing? Read the full Jungle Book Origins cast below. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, March 21st, 2014 by Angie Han
In May, James McAvoy will show off his superheroic side as Charles Xavier in X-Men: Days of Future Past. But first, he’s gonna let out his inner villain in an Irvine Welsh adaptation.
The latest Filth red-band trailer has hit, and it shows McAvoy at his most unlikable. He plays Bruce Robertson, a sleazy, corrupt, drug-addicted cop who’ll stop at nothing to get what he wants. But the biggest obstacle standing in his way may be his own faltering grip on reality.
Jon S. Baird directed, and Imogen Poots, Eddie Marsan, Jamie Bell, and Jim Broadbent also star. Watch the video after the jump. Read More »
Edgar Wright‘s new film, the final chapter in the loose trilogy of films that also includes Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, is The World’s End. The movie opened outside the US earlier this summer, but this weekend it hits the States. The story of five friends (Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Eddie Marsan, Paddy Considine) who are roped into taking on a pub crawl they failed twenty years prior, the film is a sci-fi comedy that explores the effect of nostalgia and the ways that life goes on (or sometimes doesn’t) as we grow older.
This is a slightly different sort of comedy from the prior two films in the “trilogy,” but one that is still very definitely related to those individual chapters. In the comments below, tell us what you thought of The World’s End; keep in mind that spoilers are encouraged here. Read More »
Posted on Monday, July 8th, 2013 by Angie Han
We Americans cheered when Edgar Wright‘s The World’s End got bumped up from October to August, but our cousins across the pond are even luckier — they’ll get to see the film in just a few more days, on July 19. Thanks to that earlier UK date, the first reviews have already hit the web.
That the film is drawing raves won’t surprise any fans of Wright’s work. What’s more interesting is that this new film sounds a bit different from previous installments of the Cornetto Trilogy, in that the laughs and action come with a bittersweet tinge. Get the early buzz (well, early for us) after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, June 10th, 2013 by Angie Han
If the world must end — and film after film lately suggests it must — there are worse ways to go than with a frosty pint and some good company. It’s lucky for the gang at the center of Edgar Wright‘s The World’s End, then, that they’re already in the middle of an epic pub crawl when they learn that humankind may not be long for this world.
The new set of posters for the film celebrate both the characters and the bars they visit, by assigning clever pub-themed identities to each member of the group (specifically Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Rosamund Pike, Eddie Marsan, and Paddy Considine). Check ’em out after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, June 7th, 2013 by Angie Han
We’ve still got a few years to go before Danny Boyle gets around to that Trainspotting sequel, but in the meantime Jon S. Baird‘s Filth should tide us over nicely.
Also adapted from an Irvine Welsh novel, the dark comedy stars James McAvoy as bad cop Bruce Robertson. And I mean bad: Bruce is corrupt, violent, drug-addicted, and just plain mean. He’ll happily stomp all over his own colleagues on his way to the top. Ultimately, though, he becomes his own biggest threat when his sanity starts to slip. Jamie Bell, Eddie Marsan, Imogen Poots, and Jim Broadbent also star. Watch the NSFW trailer after the jump.
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Here’s the second trailer (well, the first US one) for Edgar Wright‘s new film The World’s End. Five friends (played by Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman, and Eddie Marsan) reunite to complete the epic bar crawl they never manage to finish twenty years ago. But things are different, and it isn’t just because they’re older, and (probably not) wiser. There’s something genuinely wrong in their old hometown.
As it turns out, the town has been taken over by… well, just watch the trailer. Rosamund Pike also has a big role in the film that caps off the (very) loose trilogy of films that began with Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. This trailer suggests that The World’s End has the same zing as those two films, but with a hell of a lot more going on in the effects department. Wright doesn’t need the effects, because he can make something lively and entertaining with just two people sitting in an empty room, but it does look like he’s having a grand time with the action. Read More »