Queen of the Desert

After several documentaries, Werner Herzog returns to narrative features this year with Queen of the Desert. Nicole Kidman stars as Gertrude Bell, an English explorer sometimes described as the “female Lawrence of Arabia.” Along with the male Lawrence of Arabia (played here by Robert Pattinson), she helped shape the Middle East region as we know it today.

Now a new Queen of the Desert trailer has been released, and you can watch it after the jump. Damian Lewis and James Franco also star.

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Queen of the Desert Trailer

Since the last foray into historical drama by Nicole Kidman resulted in the continuously delayed and forgotten Grace of Monaco, maybe teaming up with the eccentric Werner Herzog for his narrative Queen of the Desert might yield better results.

The first trailer for the Berlin Film Festival selection has just arrived, showcasing the story of cartographer Gertrude Bell, an explorer who negotiated with Arab nations and helped establish the countries of Iraq and Jordan. The film follows around ten years of Bell’s life, focusing mostly on how her career was impacted by various romances over the years with suitors played by Robert Pattinson, James Franco and Damian Lewis. Watch the Queen of the Desert trailer after the jump! Read More »

The Little Prince

Forget trying to live up to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry‘s original source material. Can Mark BridgesThe Little Prince possibly live up to its enchanting trailers? If it can — if it’s even half as good — we could be looking at an instant classic.

What makes the latest The Little Prince trailer even more appealing to us is that it features the English-language voice cast. That includes Jeff BridgesMackenzie FoyRachel McAdams, and James Franco, with Riley Osborne as the little prince himself. Watch the Little Prince trailer after the jump.  Read More »

11/22/63 director

The upcoming Hulu series based on Stephen King‘s novel 11/22/63 just got a serious director for its first two episodes, as Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland, State of Play) has signed to direct the first two installments of the nine-episode event series, and exec produce the show. Along with the news of Macdonald’s hire, we’ve got word on more cast members signing on to join James Franco, who plays the lead, a schoolteacher who travels back in time with the aim of preventing the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Read More »

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 James Franco helps put on our smart hat, we see life meet art meet satire, we shakedown some bankers who are wankers, see what Napoleon Dynamite is doing with the Rubber man, and take an interest in a world that’s getting hungry.

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11/22/68 TV series

I love this image of James Franco, but he’ll probably look a bit more dignified when he travels back in time to stop the killing of John F. Kennedy. The pic above is from the last time the actor was involved in an assassination story, when he was the one potentially doing the killing. Now he’s changing sides. Franco is now set to star in the 11/22/63 TV series, which Hulu will air as an adaptation of the novel by Stephen King, produced by J.J. Abrams’ company Bad Robot. Read More »

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