Over the past week there has been word that a major film would have a surprise showing tonight at the New York Film Festival. This morning the film was revealed as Martin Scorsese‘s Hugo, which will be shown as a ‘work in progress’ print.

The film is Scorsese’s adaptation of the young adult book The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick, and it marks the director’s first foray into family films and 3D. To mark the occasion of the film’s debut, Paramount has released a two-minute featurette in which the director enthuses (with his characteristic energy) about the project. Check it out below. Read More »

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Trailers abound this week! But with a bumper crop that includes Contagion, The Thing, John Carter, Pirates!, and soon The Dark Knight Rises, who’s complaining?

Now here is the beautiful trailer for Martin Scorsese‘s new film Hugo. As we’ve said so many times before, it is his first 3D film, and his first family-oriented movie. (Or, his first movie for the traditional family, rather than for the Family.) It is invigorating to see a master like Martin Scorsese turn his tricks to some classic tropes of the family film. When Sacha Baron Cohen, playing a zealous Parisian train station guard, chases Asa Butterfield and Chloe Moretz, it’s like some strange combination of the Keystone Kops and Home Alone. And while many fantasy-oriented family films try for ‘beautiful’ and merely end up with ‘shiny,’ there are truly lovely sights here. Hugo looks like a 3D film to be actually excited for. Check out the trailer below. Read More »

Martin Scorsese’s ‘Hugo’ Teaser Poster

Martin Scorsese has taken his first plunge into both family filmmaking and 3D with Hugo, which adapts the Brian Selznick book The Invention of Hugo Cabret with Asa Butterfield and Chloe Moretz in the lead roles. We’ve got a look at the first teaser poster for the film, in advance of the upcoming trailer release. Appropriately for something arriving the same week as the final Harry Potter film, there’s a serious Potter influence here. But as this is one of the first official images we’ve seen for Hugo, which also happens to confirm the recent title change, I’ll accept that for now. Read More »

Soon the film will simply be called ‘H.’ I’m very excited to see footage from Martin Scorsese‘s new film, which is his first 3D project, and his first aimed at a family audience. Based on the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret, the film had until recently been called simply Hugo Cabret, but has now evidently undergone another title change, and will be known to the world as Hugo. Read More »

Walt Disney Pictures has premiered the first official production photos from the next installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean series, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, in the latest issue of USA Today. Check them out now after the jump.
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You might feel a fond little glow when hearing the name Richard Griffiths, in which case you’re probably a fan of Withnail & I, Bruce Robinson’s 1987 comedy about two unemployed actors and the retreat they take to the country cottage owned by Withnail’s lecherous Uncle Monty. Richard Griffiths played Monty, and it’s a role that will likely be his best-remembered.

The actor is also a noted stage veteran and has been memorable in the Harry Potter films as another uncle, Vernon Dursley. Now he’ll appear in another fantasy blockbuster series. Mr. Griffiths has been cast as King George II in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Read More »

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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 »

Bedtime Stories Television Spot

A television spot for Walt Disney Pictures’ upcoming Adam Sandler family fantasy comedy Bedtime Stories aired during House. When I talked to Hairspray director Adam Shankman last year, he compared the film with Princess Bride. Check it out and tell me what you think in the comments below.

Official Plot Synopsis: An adventure comedy starring ADAM SANDLER as Skeeter Bronson, a hotel handyman whose life is changed forever when the bedtime stories he tells his niece and nephew start to mysteriously come true. He attempts to take advantage of the phenomenon, incorporating his own aspirations into one outlandish tale after another, but it’s the kids’ unexpected contributions that turn Skeeter’s life upside down. From Director Adam Shankman (“Hairspray,” “The Wedding Planner”), BEDTIME STORIES features an all-star cast, including Adam Sandler, Guy Pearce, Keri Russell, Richard Griffiths, Courteney Cox, Lucy Lawless, Teresa Palmer, Russell Brand, Aisha Tyler, Jonathan Pryce.

Bedtime Stories hits theaters on December 25th 2008.

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