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: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we get our alcoholic on, stay in a really long term relationship, see what an old cast member of You Can’t Do That On Television is up to, and throw another shrimp on the barbie with Kate Winslet.
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Here’s the first trailer for the tense Australian drama Strangerland which premiered at Sundance this year. Nicole Kidman plays a woman whose children disappear, leading her and her husband into a desperate search. Well, this is the first real domestic trailer; we saw another Strangerland trailer late last year that was quickly pulled. This one is better, so it works out for everyone.
Kim Farrant makes her directorial debut with the film, which also stars Joseph Fiennes and Hugo Weaving. Check out the trailer after the jump. Read More »
There’s a film with Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne, Hugo Weaving, Miranda Otto, and Richard Roxburgh that US audiences haven’t had a chance to see yet. The Turning is an Australian anthology film that adapts a set of short stories by Tim Winton, with more than a dozen directors, including Mia Wasikowska and Anthony Lucas (The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello), David Wenham (300: Rise of an Empire) and Justin Kurzel (Assassin’s Creed). But the anthology structure and long running time mean that has mostly been on the festival circuit for a while. Check out a trailer for The Turning below. Read More »
Want to get an idea of what Doctor Doom will look like in Fantastic Four? Is there a new, extended trailer for Arrow vs. Flash on the eve of the episode’s premiere? Does Hugo Weaving think he’ll be back for Captain America: Civil War? What is the surprise ending of Lego Batman 3? Has Jared Leto finally discussed Suicide Squad? What Guardians of the Galaxy easter eggs have been revealed on James Gunn‘s Instagram? Who is directing the finale of the Netflix Daredevil show? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
How about some juicy Star Wars rumors for your weekend? These come from The Hollywood Reporter, who say much has changed with Star Wars Episode VII since original screenwriter Michael Arndt left the project last year. Reportedly Arndt wanted the film to focus on the offspring of the original trilogy characters (Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo) while director J.J. Abrams wanted Episode VII to focus on those characters, keeping the offspring in the background until Episode VIII and Episode IX.
Meanwhile, while this shake up was going on, Abrams continued to take meetings with all kinds of actors. Pretty much anyone that’s previously been reported (Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael B. Jordan, etc.) took a meeting as well as new names Michael Fassbender, Adam Driver and Hugo Weaving. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, June 25th, 2013 by Angie Han
Omnibus films are tricky beasts. Their very structure tends to make them wildly uneven, particularly if the director and stars change between each segment. But even if the occasional dud is all but unavoidable, a couple of really great pieces can make the whole thing worth watching.
The Turning consists of seventeen interconnected shorts, each based on the short story collection of the same title by Aussie author Tim Winton. It’s too early to tell if any of them are any good, but the ambition on display, at least, is admirable. The director and star lineup is intriguing as well. Mia Wasikowska and David Wenham are among those behind the camera, and Cate Blanchett, shows up as the lead of one chapter, with Rose Byrne, Hugo Weaving, Richard Roxburgh, and Miranda Otto also playing roles. Check out the first trailer after the jump.
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With six stories spanning nearly three hours, told by an ensemble cast and three directors, the sheer amount of information presented by and discussions one can have about Cloud Atlas is staggering. Co-writers and directors Tom Tykwer, Andy and Lana Wachowski took David Mitchell‘s novel, which nests six stories within each other, and broke it down into one forward-flowing mosaic. Set in several time periods from the 1800s through the 2300s, the film blends genres and tones to show the human soul moving from century to century, and explore how our actions in one life might affect the next.
And that’s just a very superficial interpretation. There’s much, much more to the movie, which is why it’s one of the year’s best.
As one might expect on a production so massive, there are tons of bits of behind the scenes trivia and on-screen secrets. Were there additional stories meant for the film or novel? Were the directors ever on set together? How did characters get cast? Which actress thought she’d be fired? And what exactly happens at the end of the film? We’ve complied 15 things you probably didn’t know, or notice about Cloud Atlas. After the jump, read all about them. Read More »
If today’s Sequel Bits are to be believed, we’ll see one sequel earlier than expected, never see another and have begun thinking about a hypothetical one. After the jump, read all about the following:
- Terminator 5 might be dead, and its ambitious story could be why.
- Scary Movie 5 moves its release date, creating a curious horror competition.
- Read about the sequel that was written for David Bruckner’s The Signal.
- See some new set photos from the filming of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
- Hugo Weaving says Peter Jackson hasn’t filmed the finale of The Hobbit yet, and he has yet to be contacted about Transformers 4.
- Is it possible to make a Sinister 2?
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Part of the reason why the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been so successful is foresight. When signing up an actor to play a role, the studio requires they sign a multi-picture deal so the characters can appear not only in their own movies, but others as well. It’s how films like The Avengers are possible with the same actors. Unfortunately, it’s not something all the actors are exactly comfortable with, according to Hugo Weaving.
Weaving, who played the Red Skull in Joe Johnston’s 2011 film Captain America: The First Avenger, said he doesn’t want to reprise the character if he can avoid it. He did acknowlege, however, that he signed a contract and if he was asked to do so – in either Captain America: The Winter Soldier or The Avengers 2 – he would. Read his quote after the jump. Read More »