Winter's Tale

Winter’s Tale doesn’t lack for sincerity. It’s genuinely invested in the idea of eternal love, and the notion that everything happens for a reason, and the possibility that miracles are happening around us every day, and it tries its very hardest to sell us on these pleasant beliefs. What Winter’s Tale lacks is sense.

Akiva Goldsman‘s directorial debut is thought-provoking in that it raises lots and lots of questions, but they aren’t of the deep, meaningful, existential variety. Rather, they range from the amusingly trivial (why is Satan wearing a Jimi Hendrix t-shirt in 1915 Manhattan?) to the thoroughly confounding. (Seriously, what is the point of this supposedly epic battle between good and evil?) By the time it was all over, the magical flying horse-slash-guardian angel felt like the most comprehensible thing I’d seen in the past two hours.

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After decades spent writing and producing, Akiva Goldsman is finally trying his hand at feature directing. His first effort is Winter’s Tale, an epic fantasy romance based on Mark Helprin‘s novel of the same title.

Colin Farrell stars as Peter Lake, a thief attempting to rob a mansion in turn of the century New York. Once inside the home, however, he discovers a charming young woman named Beverly Penn (Downton Abbey‘s Jessica Brown Findlay) who is dying of consumption. The two develop a love powerful enough to span across the ages and maybe even overcome death.

Also starring are Jennifer Connelly as a modern-day woman who gets wrapped up in Peter’s tale, and Russell Crowe as a disgruntled gang boss who’s out to get Peter. Watch the latest trailer after the jump.

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Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman makes his directorial debut next Valentine’s Day with Winter’s Tale. Based on a novel by Mark Helprin, it’s the story of two people whose love mysteriously travels through the ages.

Or something like that. It’s a bit difficult to put together the pieces from the first trailer, which has just been released. And maybe that’s a good thing. The film stars Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly and Downton Abbey‘s Jessica Brown Findlay. Check out the romantic fantasy trailer below. Read More »

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As a writer and producer, Akiva Goldsman has enjoyed an enviable career working on projects like A Beautiful Mind, I, Robot, and I Am Legend. But this winter, he’s finding himself in some new territory as he shoots his feature directorial debut Winter’s Tale.

Based on the novel by Mark Helperin, the romantic fantasy follows a thief named Peter Lake (Colin Farrell) who breaks into a seemingly empty mansion in Victorian-era New York City. Once inside, he’s surprised to meet and fall for Beverly Penn (Downton Abbey‘s Jessica Brown Findlay), the dying young woman cloistered within. Russell Crowe also stars, as a criminal boss named Pearly Soames who has it in for Peter. A handful of photos from the set have hit the web, and you can check them out after the jump.

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Captain America 2

We know that Chris Evans is returning for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but there has been a big question mark over the identity of his primary female co-star. Hayley Atwell was well-liked as Peggy Carter in Captain America: The First Avenger, but that film’s final jump forward in time makes the character not viable for the sequel.

And so there’s room for a new presence in Captain America 2, which will be directed by Joe and Anthony Russo. Marvel is choosing among a number of popular young actresses for the role, with tests taking place. The nature of the part is undisclosed at this point, but the names suggest a key love interest. Read More »

Thanks to her performance as Lady Sybil Crawley in the two seasons of Downton Abbey, which has become an unexpected smash hit for PBS in the US, Jessica Brown Findlay is on the cusp of being far more well-known than her otherwise limited on-screen resume would lead you to expect.

Her sharp and Abbey-related career upswing is very likely what helped bring Findlay to the attention of writer producer and now director Akiva Goldsman, who is about to make his feature directorial debut with an adaptation of Mark Helperin‘s novel Winter’s Tale. Goldsman has now chosen Findlay to be the woman at the center of the story, who falls in love with a thief who breaks into her mansion home. Read More »

Malin Akerman has signed on to star with Tyler Labine, Lucy Punch, and Daniel Petronijevic in Cottage Country, an dark indie comedy by Canadian director Peter Wellington. Written by Jeremy Boxen (Endgame), the story follows Todd (Labine) as he plans to propose to Cammie (Akerman) at his family cottage. However, Todd’s plans are ruined by the arrival of his slacker brother (Petronijevic) and the brother’s free-spirited girlfriend (Punch).

The film will be Wellington’s first feature since 2003′s Luck. Wellington has been working primarily in television over the last several years, on shows including Rookie Blue and Slings and Arrows. The film is currently shooting in Ontario through late October for a 2012 release. [The Hollywood Reporter]

After the jump, Pacific Rim gets another star and John Hurt joins a project called Labyrinth that is totally unrelated to Jim Henson’s Labyrinth. Bet you got worried there for a second that it would be a remake.

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