At this point you probably have a pretty good handle on the style of a Paul WS Anderson movie — he turns out one b-movie after another that use affordable effects, attractive stars and genre concepts to lure in audiences. And the audiences always seem to show up, making Anderson one of the more reliable directors from a business perspective.
Here, he changes things up a bit for Pompeii. The attractive cast is there (Kit Harinton, Carrie-Anne Moss, Emily Browning, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Paz Vega) as are the big digital effects and gritty but pretty violence. But there’s also a real historic backdrop — the destruction of the ancient city of Pompeii after the explosion of the volcano Vesuvius — giving the story a real weight. Will it work? Get some idea via the new trailer below. Read More »
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What’s the story with Fox’s new Fantastic Four, to be directed by Josh Trank of Chronicle? Jeremy Slater scripted, and while there have been some small polishes done on that draft here and there, recently we heard that Simon Kinberg (Fox’s current go-to guy with respect to comic book adaptations) was hired to do work on the script.
We don’t know what that rewrite is going to achieve, and until it is done we’re not likely to hear about any real casting decisions. But in the meantime Fox and the film’s producers are still working on lists of choices for the main roles in the movie, and several names have been leaked to the public. Read More »
Anyone who has read George R.R. Martin‘s A Song of Ice and Fire novels likely laughs whenever people who haven’t, like myself, get excited about what’s to come on the HBO adaptation Game of Thrones. Fans of the TV show speculate and discuss who’ll die next, which battles will be won, all while the answers are sitting there, incredibly easy to find.
So when Kit Harington, the actor who plays Jon Snow, comes out and says the currently filming fourth season of Game of Thrones has more deaths than ever before, TV fans gasp. Book fans likely already knew that. Still, it’s a gruesomely exciting tease for the upcoming season which airs early next year. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, August 20th, 2013 by Angie Han
Kit Harington spends most of his screentime on Game of Thrones buried under a pile of furs, since it’s cold and getting colder up beyond the Wall. But judging by the first image from Paul W.S. Anderson‘s Pompeii, his next movie project has him ditching the layers and baring some skin.
As you can probably guess by the title, the 3D period epic leads up to the historical eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Harington plays Milo, a slave turned gladiator who falls for a beautiful upper-class woman (Emily Browning), which I suppose makes this a sort of ancient Roman Titanic. Hit the jump to get the first peek.
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Jeff Bridges may be doing a variant on his True Grit voice for his role in Seventh Son, but if this fantasy action adventure film is made up of recycled parts, at least they look like they’ve been assembled in a lively fashion. The first trailer for the film introduces Bridges as a warrior/wizard/knight who is opposed to the big, bad forces of evil — especially the version incarnated in the person of a witch played by Julianne Moore.
He’s joined by a new apprentice, played by Ben Barnes, who has a useful personal history. He’s the seventh son of a seventh son, which fantasy lore and an Iron Maiden album will tell you is a powerful thing. And so they fight evil together. As you’d expect from a big fantasy film produced by Legendary, that evil is incarnated in impressively-rendered digital monsters. (By the late effects house Rhythm & Hues.)
Admittedly, it’s also fun to watch Bridges doing a pastiche of Rooster Cogburn and Nicol Williamson’s Merlin from Excalibur, so Seventh Son might be worth a look for him alone. Read More »
Paul W.S. Anderson has made so many disasters in his career, it’s about time he made a film about one. (Rimshot) He just started filming Pompeii, a 3D period epic set against the leveling of the titular city from the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Kit Harington (Game of Thrones’ Jon Snow) stars as a slave who must rush to save his love (Emily Browning), who’s also the daughter of his master (Jared Harris). Now another major name has been added to the list.
Kiefer Sutherland has just joined Pompeii as the villainous Roman senator who originally enslaved Harington’s character. Read more about the film below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, March 18th, 2013 by Angie Han
At long last, the enduring patience of Game of Thrones fans is about to be rewarded. The Season 3 premiere of the fantasy drama is just two weeks away, as HBO’s marketing team is more than eager to remind you.
Over the weekend, we got not one, not two, but three new promos for the series, containing tons of juicy new footage between them. “War” goes into the reasons these scattered Westerosi are taking up arms against each other, “The Beast” looks at the darkness within these characters, and the 90-second full-length trailer explores the massive scope of the story. Check out all the videos after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, June 22nd, 2012 by Angie Han
This edition of Sequel Bits is all about the movie stars. After the jump:
- Steve Carell thinks small for Brick in Anchorman 2
- Hiccup and Toothless find a villain in Kit Harington
- Andy Lau‘s kid makes him drop out of Iron Man 3
- Jeff Daniels still wants to do Dumb and Dumber 2
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