Are you smart, a bit weird and in love with movies? Then Rango is the animated film for you. Hell, it wants to be you. This often delightful western re-teams director Gore Verbinski and Johnny Depp; for a treasure trove of anthropomorphized animal characters and animated eye candy that (gasp!) eschews the 3D fad for gold old-fashioned 2D. Rango‘s love of movies — and reliance on one classic in particular — may go a little overboard in the end, but I can hardly fault Gore Verbinski for making something that dares to be odd, and plays to the audience in his own head rather than a studio focus group. You won’t see an animated Hunter S. Thompson in a DreamWorks film. Read More »

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Tracker is one of those minor movies I’m trying to keep on my radar. (And on yours.) It’s a film out of New Zealand directed by Ian Sharp, and starring Ray Winstone as a Boer War veteran who is hired to  find and bring to justice a Maori man (Temuera Morrison) accused of killing a British officer. We’ve seen a couple photos of the actors in character, and now there’s a trailer, which you can see below. Read More »

Movie Trailer & Poster: ’13′

A few months back, we posted a Russian movie trailer for 13, the American remake of the cult French film 13 Tzameti, starring Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke, 50 Cent and Ray Winstone, both written and directed by Géla Babluani. It’s about a young man (Sam Riley) who mistakenly ends up at a high stakes, life or death Russian roulette game. So if you watched that original trailer and liked the visuals but had no idea what was going on, an English language version has come online along with a poster. And if you never imagined you’d be bored by a simple movie trailer, prove yourself wrong after the break. Read More »

Proving once more that the work of William Shakespeare is versatile enough to power a story with just about any genre trappings, here’s Henry 5, which glues together a stellar cast — Michael Caine, Ray Winstone, Gerard Depardieu and Derek Jacobi — in what appears to be a sci-fi or apocalyptic version of Henry V. It boasts the tagline “How will they justify why they went to war.” Hm. Couldn’t someone have come up with a more topical angle? More details after the break. Read More »

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Since he emerged as a possible new leading man in Anton Corbijn’s 2007 Ian Curtis biopic Control, Sam Riley has taken his time fulfilling that early promise. He’s finally about to hit screens with a couple of new roles in Brighton Rock and 13, and he’s now shooting the decades-in-development adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s novel On the Road.

As a follow-up to those three films, Riley now has what could be his most intriguing post-Control project. He’s set up to appear as playwright and Shakespeare contemporary Christopher Marlowe in A Dead Man in Deptford, which will toy with the revisionist notion that Marlowe was also a spy and victim of political assassination. Read More »

Movie Trailer: 13, the American 13 Tzameti Remake

A Russian movie trailer has been released online for 13, the American remake of the award-winning French crime thriller 13 Tzameti. The film follows a naive young man who assumes a dead man’s identity and “finds himself embroiled in an underground world of power, violence,” and a Russian-roulette-style competition where the losers truly lose everything. Writer/director Géla Babluani has returned to helm the remake, starring Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke, 50 Cent, Ray Winstone and Ray Liotta. Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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We’ve known for a while that Martin Scorsese was about to commence principal photography on his adaptation of The Invention of Hugo Cabret, which will be shot as his first 3D film. The primary cast has also been known for a while: Sacha Baron CohenBen Kingsley, Asa Butterfield and Chloe Moretz.

Usually I wouldn’t post the press release that announces the start of filming, but this one includes a few notable details. One is that the title is now just Hugo Cabret. There are also quite a few additional actors we hadn’t reported before. Quite a few of them, like Jude Law and Ray Winstone — not exactly minor names — are notable enough to warrant the mention. Read More »

Teaser Trailer: Gore Verbinski’s Rango

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Paramount Pictures has released the first movie trailer for Pirates of the Caribbean helmer Gore Verbinski’s computer animated feature film Rango. Based on an original idea by Verbinski, Rango is scripted by The Aviator scribe John Logan. Johnny Depp stars as an “chameleon with an identity crisis.” PRevious information has stated that Rango  is “a oddly charismatic household pet that goes on an adventure to discover its true self.” The movie co-stars Isla Fisher, Abigail Breslin, Alfred Molina, Bill Nighy, Harry Dean Stanton, Ray Winstone, and Timothy Olyphant as The Spirit of the West.

But the most interesting thing about this new project is that Industrial Light & Magic will be doing the animation using “cutting edge techniques” that Verbinski has said, “will allow us to capture and translate every aspect of Johnny’s performance, using it to drive the computer-generated character in a way that has yet to be seen in an animated feature.” Basically it sounds like Verbinski has gone the way of Robert Zemeckis.

The trailer, embedded after the jump, doesn’t really show us much. It’s more of a “what the fuck did I just see” kind of teaser trailers. Watch it now after the jump and please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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