Director Stephen Frears (High Fidelity) has not one but two biopics out in theaters this year. The Program was recently released, but the Lance Armstrong biopic was a disappointment, despite a dedicated performance from Ben Foster. It’s probably Frears’ next film, Florence Foster Jenkins, that more people will be talking about later this year. The director’s upcoming picture stars Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, and Rebecca Ferguson.
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Posted on Thursday, March 10th, 2016 by Angie Han
Meryl Streep can do just about anything. She’s done comedy and drama, played witches and rock stars and Holocaust survivors, brought the likes of Margaret Thatcher and Julia Child to life — and for all that trouble, she’s been nominated for Oscar a record 19 times (including three wins). But the one thing she can’t do, in the new trailer for Florence Foster Jenkins, is sing.
To be fair, Streep herself can sing perfectly well — you can hear her in musicals like Mamma Mia! and Into the Woods. It’s her character who possesses a famously abysmal voice. However, Florence Foster Jenkins isn’t letting a little thing like lack of talent keep her from pursuing a career as an opera singer. Especially since, thanks to her devoted manager St. Clair Bayfield (Hugh Grant), she has no idea how bad she is. Simon Helberg, Nina Arianda, and Rebecca Ferguson also star. Watch the Florence Foster Jenkins trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, June 11th, 2015 by Angie Han
It’s really a shame that Man of Steel didn’t give Henry Cavill much room to show off his charm, because as the new trailer for Guy Ritchie‘s The Man From U.N.C.L.E. shows, he’s got it in spades. The big-screen remake of the ’60s series stars Cavill as CIA agent Napoleon Solo, who’s forced to team with KGB agent Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) to, I don’t know, save the world or something.
The specifics of the plot aren’t important. The key thing is that it offers Cavill and Hammer an excuse to engage in snarky banter, wear sharp suits, drive cool cars, and blow up shiny things. Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki, and Hugh Grant also star. Watch the new The Man From UNCLE trailer, and check out a new poster, after the jump.
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As some people doubt what writer turned producer turned director Roberto Orci will be able to do with Star Trek 3, the film’s co-star John Cho is coming out in defense of his new director. Cho says Orci’s work is “going to blow people away.” In addition to the Star Trek 3 talk, we have info on the following items:
- Toy collectors will be able to purchase Jurassic World Lego sets,
- Jason Schwartzman explains how he ended up rumored for Jurassic World,
- Hugh Grant bows out of Bridget Jones 3,
- Katie Holmes returns to the role of Jackie O in new Kennedys mini-series, and will direct an episode,
- Keanu Reeves has one more thing to say about Bill and Ted 3,
- Tommy Wirkola suggests Hansel & Gretel 2 could have a plot involving voodoo,
- And Jackie Earle Haley joins the cast of London Has Fallen.
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Briefly: Guy Ritchie‘s new take on the spy show The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is growing fast. He’s got Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer to play US agent Napoleon Solo and the Russian spy Illya Kuryakin. They’re partnered though the United Network Command for Law Enforcement (U.N.C.L.E.) to fight bad guys.
Alicia Vikander and Elizabeth Debicki were added in the past weeks, and now Hugh Grant is on board as the head of British Naval Intelligence. We don’t know too much more about the setup of the film other than the fact that the main characters won’t start off relating to one another in a very genial fashion. [Deadline]
Editor’s Note: This is the fourth and final part of /Film’s interview with Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski and Tom Tykwer, the writers and directors of Cloud Atlas. Read part one here, part two here and part three here. The full interview will be published tomorrow, the day the film opens.
All of the major actors in Cloud Atlas play at least four roles. A few play as many as six. Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Ben Whishaw, Doona Bae, Hugh Grant, James D’Arcy and Keith David all have multiple personalities to portray. Some significant, others less so, and they’re not always the same race or sex as the actor in the role.
So in the film, you’ll get to see Halle Berry as an Asian man and a white German woman. Hugo Weaving is a hulking female nurse; Jim Sturgess is a Korean crime fighter; and Ben Whishaw is a loving wife. In doing this, co-writers and directors Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski and Tom Tykwer were able to visually display the movement and evolution of the human soul across eternity and also play against segregated acting conventions Hollywood has employed for years. They believe actors should not be pidgeonholed by their race or sex and, after the jump, the three filmmakers discuss not only that, but how the process was liberating for their actors.
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Posted on Thursday, September 6th, 2012 by Angie Han
Anyone who’s really eager to see the Andy and Lana Wachowski and Tom Tykwer‘s Cloud Atlas has likely already pored over that six-minute trailer released over the summer, but for the rest of the moviegoing public there’s now a more traditional two-minute theatrical version. Whichever camp you fall into, the new cut is worth checking out, as there’s a bit of fresh footage to be found here.
Based on David Mitchell‘s acclaimed novel, Cloud Atlas weaves together six tangentially related stories that traverse time and space. Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving, Ben Whishaw, Jim Broadbent, Hugh Grant, Susan Sarandon, and Bae Doona star, each playing a number of different characters across the different plotlines. Watch the trailer after the jump.
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And this is part of why I positioned Cloud Atlas, written and directed by Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, as my second most-anticipated film of 2012.
Let’s run through the basics again, for those who are just joining in: One film. Two parallel film units with three directors shooting six interconnected stories. Most of the cast plays multiple roles, sometimes switching genders and races in tales that range from classic adventure to detective thriller to dystopian sci-fi.
We know the cast (Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving, Ben Whishaw, Susan Sarandon, Jim Broadbent, Hugh Grant and Bae Doona) but have only known a bit about the characters each person will play. Now Hugh Grant is talking about Cloud Atlas, and it sounds like he had the time of his life playing six “incredibly evil” characters, even if each is a relatively small role. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, February 3rd, 2012 by Angie Han
An Insidious sequel has been all but inevitable ever since the film grossed $97 million worldwide on a $1.5 million budget, putting cartoon dollar signs in studio execs’ eyes. We got our first sign that the wheels were in motion when Sony locked down related domain names like insidious2movie.com late last year, and now things are officially moving forward. Director James Wan and scribe Leigh Whannell are in talks to return for a new Insidious film, with Jason Blum set to produce. Brian Kavanaugh Jones, Oren Peli, and Steven Schneider will executive produce.
There’s no word yet on whether stars Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne will reprise their roles for the sequel. But for what it’s worth, Wilson apparently likes working with Wan — the two are already planning to reunite for a different horror project, formerly titled The Conjuring. No plot details for Insidious 2 (or whatever it’ll be called) have been revealed at this time, though the first film’s ending could easily serve as a setup for a follow-up.
After the jump, Bridget Jones’s Baby hits a speed bump but plans to soldier on.
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Posted on Tuesday, January 24th, 2012 by Angie Han
You wouldn’t think that a playful family comedy like Aardman Animation’s The Pirates! Band of Misfits would court much controversy, especially seeing as it won’t even be released for another two months. But one joke shown in the trailer, released last year, has already drawn enough criticism to prompt the studio to take action.
Aardman has agreed to change a scene showing a leper boat after objections from leprosy groups like Lepra Health in Action and the International Federation of Anti-Leprosy Associations (ILEP), who were concerned that it could increase the stigma associated with the disease. Read more after the jump.
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