We don’t know a whole lot about Black Gold, the new film from Jean-Jacques Annaud (Seven Years in Tibet, Two Brothers). It stars Antonio Banderas, Mark Strong, Freida Pinto, and Tahar Rahim, the lead of A Prophet. The film was shot on location in the Sahara, with a script based on the book South of the Heart: A Novel of Modern Arabia, by Hans Ruesch, which has also been released under the simple paperback title Arab.
A French trailer for the film has come online, however, and it will make clear many things about the film. You’ll see, for example, why it is already being painted as Lawrence of Arabia meets There Will Be Blood.
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We’ve been very excited to see Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, the new film from Let the Right One In director Tomas Alfredson that stars Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ciaran Hinds, Mark Strong, Svetlana Khodchenko, Toby Jones, John Hurt, Stephen Graham and Kathy Burke.. The film is essentially both a remake of a BBC mini-series that starred Alec Guinness and an adaptation of the novel of the same name by John Le Carré.
The author wrote two more books that round out what is called ‘the Karla Trilogy:’ The Honourable Schoolboy and Smiley’s People. The George Smiley character, played in this version by Gary Oldman, also shows up in other Le Carré novels. And now there is the intimation that the positive response to Tinker could lead to at least one more film adapting the follow-up novels. Read More »
We’ve seen a couple international trailers for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, as the film opens this week in the UK. It won’t hit the US until December 9, and so we’ve only just been given a US trailer. But the upshot of waiting is that this trailer features some footage you might not yet have seen, much of which focuses on Tom Hardy‘s character. Looks like Universal is responding to increasing interest in the actor, based in part upon the fact that he’s playing Bane in The Dark Knight Rises.
Regardless, Tomas Alfredson‘s follow-up to Let the Right One In still looks as good as some of the early reviews suggest it will be. This trailer for the adaptation of John le Carré‘s jargon-laced cold war novel shows off a great many members of the stellar cast, which also features Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ciaran Hinds, Mark Strong, Svetlana Khodchenko, Toby Jones, John Hurt, Stephen Graham and Kathy Burke. Read More »
One of the most anticipated films of the Venice Film Festival was Tomas Alfredson‘s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, which is a new take on John le Carré‘s 1974 cold-war thriller novel. The film remakes the well-loved 1979 BBC version starring Alec Guinness as retired MI6 agent George Smiley, called back to action to uncover a mole infesting the agency, aka ‘the Circus.’ This version features Gary Oldman as Smiley, with supporting players Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ciaran Hinds, Mark Strong, Svetlana Khodchenko, Toby Jones, John Hurt, Stephen Graham and Kathy Burke.
The first reviews of the film came out of Venice over the weekend and they position the film as one that fulfills most of the hopes we’ve developed based upon the material and cast. Notes from a handful of reviews follow after the break, along with four artful posters and one clip from the film.
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Posted on Thursday, September 1st, 2011 by Angie Han
If you happened to catch a screening of Attack the Block this summer, you probably walked away thinking the same thing we did: this John Boyega kid is going to be a huge star. Well, Boyega’s now landed his first part since Attack the Block opened, and it sounds like a great one. He’ll play the lead, Donnie, in HBO’s series Da Brick, a fictionalized telling of the earliest days of Mike Tyson‘s boxing career. Spike Lee is set to direct the pilot episode from a script by John Ridley (Three Kings), and will also executive produce along with Tyson, Ridley, Jim Lefkowitz, and Entourage creator Doug Ellin.
Da Brick centers around a young man in modern-day Newark, NJ who gets released from juvenile detention on his 18th birthday. The series will aim to deal with larger issues like “what it means to be a young, black man in supposedly post-racial America” and “what it means to be a man both for himself, and to those around him.” As long as the British Boyega can pull off a convincing Jersey accent, this seems like pitch-perfect casting. [Deadline]
After the jump, In Plain Sight‘s Rachel Boston faces a possible apocalypse with Julia Stiles and America Ferrera, and Harry Lloyd, a.k.a. Viserys Targaryen, joins Vera Farmiga and Mark Strong in Closer to the Moon.
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At this point I can’t imagine that I have to reiterate the basic facts that have many of us anticipating Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy like crazy. There’s the source material: John le Carré‘s jargon-laced cold war novel, which has already led to a great 1979 BBC version starring Alec Guinness. There’s the director: Tomas Alfredson, whose last film was Let the Right One In. And there’s the cast, which speaks for itself: Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ciaran Hinds, Mark Strong, Svetlana Khodchenko, Toby Jones, John Hurt, Stephen Graham and Kathy Burke.
This is essentially a shorter version of the last trailer that arrived for the film; you won’t find much (if any) new footage here. But if you’ve missed the previous trailers, or don’t want to see too much too early, this one-minute trailer is a good look at the picture. Read More »
Briefly: Vera Farmiga and Mark Strong are going to Romania. The two have just been cast in a period story set in the country’s communist era. Closer to the Moon will feature the two actors in a politically-charged and strange-sounding tale that, given the insanity that reportedly took place in some Easern Bloc countries during the communist years, could almost be true.
Mark Strong will be Max Rosenthal, once a Bucharest cop and leader of a criminal investigation unity. He and four other men, all Jews, rob a bank right under the nose of onlookers, using a great cover story: “we’re shooting a movie!” (Cinematic immunity to the rescue, as always.) The crew is captured, tried and sentenced to death, with the strict sentence derived in part from their Jewish heritage. But before being killed they have to re-enact their heist for a government propaganda film. Farmiga will be “Max’s former lover and mother of his child, who returns from studying in Moscow as the drama unfolds.”
Nae Caranfil (The Rest is Silence, Philanthropy) will direct; we don’t know the screenwriter at this point. [Deadline]
Movies like this are the reason I’m able to stay optimistic about remakes. The original BBC version of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy starring Alec Guinness is a great piece of work. To some fans, it is unimpeachable. But based on the two trailers we’ve seen, the new version looks absolutely fantastic.
This is the second trailer, which gives up a little more of the story and shows off the cast in much more detail. (Includes Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ciaran Hinds, Mark Strong, Svetlana Khodchenko, Toby Jones, John Hurt, Stephen Graham and Kathy Burke. Do you have chills? I have chills.)
We also get to see a lot more of the period recreation that is displayed in the same cold, almost threatening style we saw in director Tomas Alfredson‘s last film, Let the Right One In. (A film which, ironically, was set to be remade even before it hit the States, angering Alfredson.)
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One of the biggest question marks on the 2012 tentpole schedule is Disney’s John Carter, formerly John Carter of Mars. Pixar’s Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, Wall-E) directs the live-action film that adapts A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Now that we’re able to see some footage, it appears that he has done so with a sense of grand, old-school fantasy/sci-fi epics. I had no idea what to expect out of this, and so far, I’m impressed.
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In June, I visited the editing room of John Carter, the big screen adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ classic sci-fi novel A Princess of Mars (you can watch my video blog here). At the event, director Andrew Stanton and producer Jim Morris gave a presentation explaining how they came to be involved with the project, and described the unique process they took to “shoot” the adaptation. After the jump you will find a complete transcript of the presentation and question and answer session, along with some concept art from the film and photos from the event.
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