Movie Trailer #2: ‘The Way Back’

In the past few weeks we’ve started to see footage from The Way Back, which marks the return of great Australian director Peter Weir. Our last look at the film (besides the poster) was a UK trailer that was a good introduction to the story of escapees from a Siberian gulag trying to make their way to safety. Now Newmarket films has released a US trailer for the film, which will get an Oscar-qualifying run in December before opening for real on January 21. Read More »

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Peter Weir has been making stunning films for forty years. Part of the Australian New Wave, he turned out landmarks Picnic at Hanging Rock and The Last Wave (get thee to Criterion if you haven’ t seen those!) as early features before segueing into ambitious mainstream movies like The Truman Show and Master and Commander.

The latter stood as his last film for the past six years, but now Peter Weir is back with the epic prison escape movie The Way Back, starring Colin Farrell, Jim Sturgess, Ed Harris and Saoirse Ronan. The film will get an Academy qualifying run this December. Watch the new UK trailer below. Read More »

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An Education director Lone Scherfig just finished shooting her romantic drama One Day, starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess. The film is based on the novel of the same name by David Nicholls (who also wrote the screenplay) in which a pair of lovers reunites every year for two decades. But they see each other only on St. Swithin’s Day, July 15. The film isn’t scheduled for release until next fall, but now there’s a first still available. Read More »

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A couple new on set behind the scenes video pieces have appeared on the web today, including a visit to the set of Neil Burger‘s Dark Fields, where they are shooting “critical scene” on the streets of Philadelphia with Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper, and Entertainment Tonight’s visit to the set of Juan Diego SolanasUpside Down which involves stars Jim Sturgess and Kirsten Dunst flying through the air on a blue screen stage.
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A day can’t go by in the past week without another name being added to the cast of the comedy/satire Butter. Now it’s Hugh Jackman‘s turn. He’ll be “an old flame” for Jennifer Garner‘s character. Not sure how large a role this will be, but I like the idea of Jackman turning up in smaller parts here and there, such as in Wayne Wang’s The Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and Lee Daniels’ Selma. [Variety]

After the break, Viola Davis and Toni Collette have new projects,  and a new film for Green Lantern co-star Blake Lively. Read More »

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On the blah blah rounds to promote her latest picture The Diary of a Wimpy Kid, producer Nina Jacobson has let slip the main talent attached to upcoming project One Day. She revealed that as well as director Lone Scherfig, BAFTA nominated for An Education, there’s also potential stars Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess in orbit too. The contracts aren’t signed yet, said Jacobson, but “their deals are being negotiated right now.”

One Day is to be adapted from David Nicholls‘ novel of the same name. The book’s big idea is that the narrative is set on St. Swithin’s day only, but on that day every year over a 20 year period from 1988 to 2008. Expect to see Hathaway and Sturgess subjected to a whole roster of fancy haircuts and fashions, then.

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Stills From Peter Weir’s The Way Back

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I’ve got no doubt that Peter Weir is one of the greatest of great filmmakers working today and every one of his too-rare films is a real event for me. While I’m waiting for his next picture The Way Back every little scrap of information is valuable, so I’m doing cartwheels at the first set of stills. You can see them all after the break.

Here’s the movie’s official synopsis, which really should have been worded in a less blurby-cheesy fashion:

Six-time Academy Award Nominee Peter Weir Directing. Based on the novel The Long Walk by Slavomir Rawicz. Award Winning A-List cast; Jim Sturgess, Ed Harris, Colin Farrell, Saoirse Ronan.

When they escape a Siberian labor camp in 1940 seven courageous multi-national prisoners discover the true meaning of friendship as their epic journey takes them across thousands of miles of hostile terrain en-route to India and their freedom.

The true meaning of friendship? Ick.

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We’ve been hearing rumors for the last year, but Warner Bros./Village Roadshow Pictures have finally begun to confirm some of the voice cast of Zack Snyder‘s animated adaptation of the popular children’s book series Guardians of Ga’Hoole.

Sam Neill, Geoffrey Rush, Hugo Weaving and David Wenham will lead the voice cast of Animal Logic’s 3D animated feature, which will also feature the voices of  Emily Barclay, Abbie Cornish, Emilie de Ravin, Ryan Kwanten, Jay Laga’aia, Miriam Margolyes, Helen Mirren and Jim Sturgess. Hugh Jackman had been rumored to be part of the production but appears to be MIA.

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