Movie Trailer: Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours

Fox Searchlight has released the first teaser trailer for Danny Boyle‘s 127 Hours. The film tells the story of Aron Ralston, the mountain climber who amputated his own arm to free himself after being trapped by a boulder for nearly five days.Here is the official plot synopsis:

127 HOURS is the new film from Danny Boyle, the Academy Award winning director of last year’s Best Picture, SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE. 127 HOURS is the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston’s (James Franco) remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah. Over the next five days Ralston examines his life and survives the elements to finally discover he has the courage and the wherewithal to extricate himself by any means necessary, scale a 65 foot wall and hike over eight miles before he is finally rescued. Throughout his journey, Ralston recalls friends, lovers (Clemence Poesy), family, and the two hikers (Amber Tamblyn and Kate Mara) he met before his accident. Will they be the last two people he ever had the chance to meet? A visceral thrilling story that will take an audience on a never before experienced journey and prove what we can do when we choose life.

The screenplay, written by frequent Boyle collaborator and Slumdog Millionaire writer Simon Beaufoy is said to contain no dialogue what-so-ever for the an hour of the story. Danny Boyle is the Academy Award-winning filmmaker behind Slumdog Millionaire, 28 Days Dater, Sunshine, Millions, The Beach, A Life Less Ordinary, and Trainspotting. I’m really excited to see this film at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival, and I’m hoping it might sneak premiere at Telluride in early September. I was in the high school auditorium when Slumdog premiered to a standing ovation, and it would be wonderful to see Boyle return to the little town in the mountains for his next film. Either way, you’ll get my first thoughts on the movie whenever, wherever it premieres.Watch the trailer embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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127 hours casting

Kate Mara (Iron Man 2, HappyThankYouMorePlease) and Amber Tamblyn (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) are in talks to co- star alongside James Franco in Danny Boyle‘s (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting, 28 Days Later) next film project, 127 Hours. The film tells the story of Aron Ralston, the mountain climber who amputated his own arm to free himself after being trapped by a boulder for nearly five days. Mara and Tamblyn play a couple hikers that Aron meets before he finds himself stranded. Paranormal Activity‘s Katie Featherston apparently auditioned for one of the roles, but did not get it.

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UPDATE: The Simon Pegg tweet from which the Andy Serkis info was ‘sourced’ has been deleted. Was this a case of announcing too soon and/or without authorization, or is something else in the works? Mark this one as ‘uncertain’ for now. Original article follows.

Sad news if you were looking forward to seeign Dr. Who‘s David Tennant work opposite Simon Pegg in Burke & Hare, the upcoming horror comedy from John Landis. Tennant has been forced to drop out, leaving a core cast of Pegg, Bill Nighy and John Cleese. But all is not bleak, as Tennant has been replaced by Andy Serkis.

The news comes direct from Simon Pegg, who said “David Tennant had to drop out of B&H but by sheer glorious serendipity a legend of Middle Earth and Skull Island has come aboard. Welcome AS.” Good enough for me. I’d love to see Tenant do more feature work, but I’ll take Serkis in a pinch. As we’ve reported before, Burke and Hare were itinerant Irish immigrant murderers who sold corpses of their victims to a medical college in Scotland. Very much looking forward to seeing Landis return with this one. [Pegg's Twitter, via CHUD]

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Ironclad Movie Trailer

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After the break lurks the first trailer for Ironclad, comprising un-polished footage from only the first 2 weeks of shooting and originating as a Cinematical exclusive. You can also see a BBC video report from the set that, while considerably less intense and graphic shows just as much mud and medieval might.

Jonathan English‘s film stars Paul Giamatti as big, bad King John and Jason Flemyng, William Moseley and Robert Carlyle as some of the good guys, with Kate Mara as one of the good gals. Her action is revisionism, sure, but healthy revisionism.

English previously directed Minotaur, a myth-infused B-movie with a starring role for Tom Hardy and a cameo from Ingrid Pitt… so, why haven’t I seen it exactly?
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How I Met Your Mother star Josh Radnor makes his directorial feature debut with happythankyoumoreplease, one of 16 films selected from 1,058 submissions for the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Written by Radnor, the dramedy tells the story of six New Yorkers who “negotiate love, friendship, and gratitude at a time when they’re too old to be precocious and not ready to be adults.”

Radnor worked on the script for several years, writing during down time from the CBS sitcom and shot in New York City during series hiatus. Radnor also co-stars in the film, alongside Malin Akerman (Watchmen), Kate Mara, Zoe Kazan, Tony Hale, Pablo Schreiber, and Michael Algieri. Akerman, pictured above, plaus Annie, a woman with a condition called Alopecia Universalis, which doesn’t allow her to grow hair. I’ve included a few images after the jump, along with he official sundance synopsis.

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Kate Mara and Clark Gregg Join Iron Man 2

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Kate Mara (Shooter) and Clark Gregg (Choke) have joined the cast of Jon Favreau‘s Iron Man 2.

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Movie Review: Shooter is Harmless Fun

ShooterBased on Stephen Hunter’s novel “Point of Impact,” Shooter follows an ace marksman, formerly of the CIA, who has become a mountain recluse after the loss of his partner on a peace-keeping mission. Bob Lee Swagger is approached by government officials to help prevent the assassination of the current United States President. They’ve intercepted a report that someone was going attempt to kill the President with a sniper gun from a mile away.
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