New Poster: ‘The King’s Speech’

Which of the posters above would drive you to see Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter in the well-liked historical drama The King’s Speech? The one on the left is the miserable hack job that was tossed out by the Weinstein Company like an entry for a Hallmark Movie Channel parody contest on SomethingAwful. The image led director Tom Hooper to comment “that poster will be replaced very quickly with a very good poster…I hate it…It’s a train smash.”

The one on the right is the new one-sheet, which was just released today. Quite a significant improvement, I’d say. Check out a larger version below. Read More »

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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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Tom Hooper‘s film The King’s Speech won the People’s Choice Award (aka top prize) at the Toronto Film Festival, and wowed audiences just a week prior at Telluride. Now there’s a trailer for the picture, which suggests that the film is every bit the crowd-pleaser it is said to be. Read More »

‘The King’s Speech’ Takes Top Prize in Toronto

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The top prize awarded at the Toronto International Film festival is an interesting one, because unlike many other festivals which use a jury to award the biggest prizes, TIFF’s top honor is an audience award. This year, audiences in Toronto gave the People’s Choice Award to The King’s Speech, starring Colin Firth as King George VI of Britain, “who overcame a nervous stammer to deliver a crucial address on the eve of that country’s entrance into World War II.” Read More »

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The fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film, On Stranger Tides, began production last week in Hawaii. Disney has sent out a press release to commemorate the occasion, and while normally this sort of thing is just a lot of hot air, in this case there is some useful information contained therein, at least if you’re curious to know exactly what adventure Johnny Depp will be sashaying through this time.

Hit the jump for the plot details as officially presented by Disney. Read More »

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As the development and casting of the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film has gone forward, we’d basically known that Geoffrey Rush (the series’ secret weapon) would return as the formerly villainous pirate Captain Hector Barbossa. Now his return is confirmed. Read More »

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That headline might seems like a strange clash of conflicting stories, but they’re closely tied together by one thing: back in February, news bubbled up that Penelope Cruz would be taking the lead in Lars von Trier‘s sci-fi disaster movie Melancholia; then one day later, we heard she wouldn’t be doing it all and had signed on to Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides instead.

I was rather disappointed. It was too easy to see her choice as either greedy or, perhaps worse, cowardly. And as a fan of both Cruz and von Trier, I had instantly become keen to see their collaboration. Rats.

Now, though, it seems that Lars von Trier has filled the role with Charlotte Gainsbourg, his collaborator on Antichrist. This is interesting in part because von Trier doesn’t appear to have repeated his lead actors before, unless you count Jens Albinus’ characters in both The Boss of it All and The Idiots as leads. Not only does this mean von Trier wants to work with Gainsbourg again, it means she wants to work with him.

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We’ve been hearing rumors for the last year, but Warner Bros./Village Roadshow Pictures have finally begun to confirm some of the voice cast of Zack Snyder‘s animated adaptation of the popular children’s book series Guardians of Ga’Hoole.

Sam Neill, Geoffrey Rush, Hugo Weaving and David Wenham will lead the voice cast of Animal Logic’s 3D animated feature, which will also feature the voices of  Emily Barclay, Abbie Cornish, Emilie de Ravin, Ryan Kwanten, Jay Laga’aia, Miriam Margolyes, Helen Mirren and Jim Sturgess. Hugh Jackman had been rumored to be part of the production but appears to be MIA.

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When Sngmoo Lee‘s debut film was initially announced, the title was Laundry Warrior. Now that far more distinctive title has been ditched for the less provocative, perhaps even less mysterious, The Warrior’s Way. A promo reel for the Wuxia Western – think Samurai swordplay on the old West frontier – has appeared to leak online, via YouTube where it was discovered by 24fps. As it is unofficial and premature, don’t expect it to be entirely indicative of the finished product (as if that was ever true of officially sanctioned trailers anyway) but you can catch it after the break and get, I think, a good idea of the fun in store.

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