Posted on Monday, January 23rd, 2017 by Angie Han
The Yellow Birds is guaranteed to attract a certain amount of attention simply because it’s Alden Ehrenreich‘s last major role before Han Solo, and Star Wars fans will be gratified to see that Lucasfilm’s faith in him is not misplaced. He puts in an unforgettable lead performance as Bartle, a young soldier who’s deployed to war and comes back a haunted man, for reasons he’s unwilling or unable to articulate.
But The Yellow Birds is far more than an acting showcase for Ehrenreich’s talents, and would deserve to be seen no matter what big franchises its stars were doing next. It’s a war drama that’s far less interested in the heroism of battle than its cost, as told through the story of a single soldier and those in his immediate orbit. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 by Angie Han
Some of Toby Kebbell‘s most prominent roles are the ones where he’s hidden behind CG and mo-cap magic: Koba in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Dr. Doom in Fantastic Four, and most recently Durotan in Warcraft. But he’ll show his face for real later this summer in Timur Bekmambetov‘s re-adaptation of Ben-Hur, where he plays the duplicitous Messala to Jack Huston‘s Judah Ben-Hur.
If you’ve seen the William Wyler classic, you already know the story: Ben-Hur is a Jewish prince who’s forced into slavery thanks to the betrayal of his best friend, Roman officer Messala. Years later, Ben-Hur returns seeking revenge via chariot race. A new Ben-Hur trailer plays up the tragedy of Ben-Hur’s ordeal, while a new Ben-Hur featurette reveals the practical stunt work from the climactic chariot race sequence. Watch ’em both below. Read More »
“Action star” probably isn’t the first thing you think of when Judah Ben-Hur’s name comes to mind. He doesn’t believe in killing. Compassion is Ben-Hur’s true weapon, and that’s why he’s such a heroic character, especially in William Wyler‘s 1959 film.
A few weeks ago we got our first look at the upcoming reimagining of the film, which is directed by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted). And although the trailer has plenty of excitement, according to the director, this version will not turn Judah Ben-Hur into a more modern action hero.
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Posted on Wednesday, March 16th, 2016 by Angie Han
Jack Huston kicked off 2016 as one of the better parts of the fairly terrible Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, stealing scene after scene from ostensible male lead Sam Riley. Now his next big release of 2016 puts him front and center, in the iconic role of Judah Ben-Hur.
The main beats of Timur Bekmambetov‘s Ben-Hur should seem familiar to anyone who’s seen the earlier film. Huston’s Ben-Hur is a Jewish prince who’s betrayed by his adopted brother Messala (Toby Kebbell) and forced into slavery. He survives and returns to seek his revenge in the arena. Morgan Freeman plays the man who teaches Ben-Hur all about chariot racing. Nazanin Boniadi, Pilou Asbaek, and Rodrigo Santoro also star. Read More »
Jack Huston has been on a star on the rise for the past few years now. After Boardwalk Empire and his strong supporting performances in Not Fade Away and Kill Your Darlings, he seemed destined to one day headline a big studio picture. A year and a half ago the actor landed the lead role in Timur Bekmambetov‘s remake of Ben-Hur, and this could be his big break.
With Bekmambetov’s film opening this summer, we now have our first look at Ben-Hur.
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Before director David O. Russell made his major comeback, he was at one point attached to direct Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Eventually the Joy director left the project, along with many others, as the film was stuck in development hell. It’s taken years to get this adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith‘s novel made, but it’s finally reaching the big screen next month.
After the jump, watch some Pride and Prejudice and Zombies clips.
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Posted on Friday, November 27th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is such a preposterous concept that it’s hard to believe it was published as a novel before it became a feature film. But here we are: a movie adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith‘s parody is on the way and a new trailer has arrived to once again prove its existence. You just know that this whole endeavor has Jane Austen rolling over in her grave, which, considering the subject matter, is probably appropriate.
Watch the new Pride and Prejudice and Zombies trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Saturday, August 1st, 2015 by Angie Han
For the past several months, there have been four Robin Hood movies in development and not a single Robin Hood between them. That might be about to change, however, as one of the four — Lionsgate’s gritty, revisionist Robin Hood: Origins — is finally closing in on a lead.
Among those on the production’s radar are Taron Egerton, Jack Reynor, Nicholas Hoult, Jack Huston, and possibly Dylan O’Brien. Otto Hathurst (Peaky Blinders) is directing. More about the Robin Hood Origins shortlist after the jump. Read More »
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It’s been a long road for the adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith‘s period romance/horror remix Pride and Prejudice and Zombies to get made, but the film will arrive in theaters next February.
So far we’ve only seen a brief glimpse of the Regency era zombie flick, but now some new photos have debuted online showing off the deadly corset-wearing ladies of the film and just a hint of the zombie mayhem that will invade the fancy setting. And if you’re expecting a campy mix of zombie action and Jane Austen’s classic, apparently that’s not the case.
Check out the new Pride and Prejudice and Zombies photos after the jump! Read More »
Something is really giving Relativity a hard time as it tries to assemble a reboot of The Crow. The film, based on the comic series by James O’Barr which led to the 1994 film starring Brandon Lee, has been in development for years. A dizzying array of directors and actors has been attached to the project in that time. The latest in a very long line of talent departures has just taken place as intended star Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire) has departed due to “scheduling issues.” Read More »