In the Heart of the Sea (9)

Everyone knows the tale of Moby-Dick, but far fewer people know that it was inspired by a true story. And it’s that true story which serves as the basis of Ron Howard‘s new movie, In the Heart of the Sea. In 1820, a whaling ship called the Essex was destroyed after an encounter with a massive whale, leaving the crew — including captain George Pollard (played by Benjamin Walker in the movie), first mate Owen Chase (Chris Hemsworth), and cabin boy Thomas Nickerson (Tom Holland) stranded thousands of miles off the coast of South America. Howard’s film chronicles the desperation and despair that followed.

Nearly two years ago, I and several other journalists embarked on our own, much more pleasant, and far less eventful journey across the ocean to the London set of In the Heart of the Sea. On set, however, it was difficult to tell we were in London, or for that matter the year 2015, at all — we walked right onto a detailed life-size replica of a busy street in 19th century Nantucket. The irony that we American journalists had had to travel 3,500 miles to visit a fake version of an island located just 300 miles from New York was not lost on us.  Read More »


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In the Heart of the Sea trailer

“Call me Ishmael” isn’t a line from Kingpin, but rather the iconic opening text from the classic novel Moby Dick. And this line finally graces the screen in the final In the Heart of the Sea trailer, the adaptation of the true story that inspired Herman Melville’s 1851 novel.

Chris Hemsworth (The Avengers, Thor: The Dark World) has the lead role as first mate Owen Chase on the whaling ship Essex, which clearly is going to have a rough time at sea when this giant sea mammal learns that the crew has been killing all its friends. Read More »

in the heart of the sea trailer

Ron Howard‘s new movie In the Heart of the Sea takes its major inspiration from the story of the whaling ship Essex, which ran afoul of a sperm whale in 1820, much to the dismay of its crew. The story was among the inspirations that led Herman Melville‘s creation of Moby Dick, and now Chris Hemsworth and Tom Holland lead the cast portraying the embattled seamen. A new In the Heart of the Sea trailer helps to show that this story is more than just a tale of a single encounter at sea; check it out below.     Read More »

Fall 2015 Movie Preview

We’re well past the midpoint of the year, and we’ve already delivered our list of the Top 10 Films of 2015 So Far. And as we reach the end of the summer, the movie business starts slowing down, giving a little calm before the storm that is awards season. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t still tons of movies to look forward to before the end of the year.

That’s why we’ve collected a list of 30 Movies to Be Excited for Before the End of 2015. And since there are so many great movies coming up before the end of the year, this is the Blockbuster and Studio Edition of the list, and next week we’ll deliver a completely different list for independent movies. But until then, here’s a list of movies we think you won’t want to miss over the next four months. Read More »

Warner Bros CinemaCon

I’m in Las Vegas for the CinemaCon convention (formerly ShoWest), which is the largest gathering of movie theatre exhibitors each year. The convention is packed with talks about subjects such as how to maximize profits, and features a show floor filled with the newest and best concessions equipment. More notably, most of the major movie studios hold presentations of upcoming film line-ups for the next year and beyond. Companies even show some of their films early to get some excitement from those booking the screens.

Tuesday afternoon we saw a presentation from Warner Bros Pictures showcasing some of their big upcoming films including Vacation, Creed, Point Break, In The Heart Of The Sea, Black Mass and more. After the presentation I recorded a spoiler free Warner Bros CinemaCon reaction video reaction with Steve from Collider, which you can watch that now embedded after the jump.

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warner bros imax

Not to be outdone by rival Disney, Warner Bros. has renewed their deal with IMAX to release 30 films in the format over the next few years. The news comes two weeks after Disney renewed a similar deal to release films like Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Captain America: Civil War in IMAX.

Under Warner Bros. deal, films such as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (which shot with IMAX cameras), David Yates’ Tarzan, Guy Ritchie’s Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur, Ron Howard’s In The Heart of the Sea, the Harry Potter Spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Andy Serkis’ Jungle Book: Origins, Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla 2the LEGO Movie sequels and all other upcoming DC movies (Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, etc.) will be digitally remastered for the premium format. Read more about the Warner Bros IMAX deal below. Read More »

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Chris Hemsworth In The Heart of the Sea

Briefly: Anyone hoping to see a new Ron Howard movie soon is about to have a bad day. Warner Bros. has delayed In The Heart of the Sea, starring Chris Hemsworth, from March 13 to December 11. No reason was given but you’d imagine Howard wants some more time to finish the film. The Liam Neeson action film Run All Night has moved up into the original slot. [The Wrap]

In the Heart of the Sea trailer 2

The Rush team of director Ron Howard and star Chris Hemsworth reunite for In the Heart of the Sea, which tells a variation on the Moby Dick story by adapting a novel that recounts one story which inspired Herman Melville to write his landmark novel. A large and particularly determined whale features in this story, too, and then there’s everything that happens around the encounter with the animal, which causes the crew of the whaling ship Essex to deal with multiple forms of crisis at sea. Check out the new In the Heart of the Sea trailer below.

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In the Heart of the Sea

Everyone knows the story of Moby-Dick, but fewer may be aware it was inspired by real events. Ron Howard‘s latest film, In the Heart of the Sea, tells that true tale.

Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, and Cillian Murphy star as crew members aboard the Essex, a 19th century whaleship from Nantucket, Massachusetts. In 1820, the ship was struck by a 80-foot sperm whale. The vessel sank, leaving the crew struggling to survive in the Pacific Ocean. Hit the jump to see the first In the Heart of the Sea trailer.

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