While we’ve seen a teaser and extended production trailer for Tom Hooper‘s new adaptation of Les Miserables, this UK trailer is the fullest, most traditional look at the film to date.
It has a lot of footage we haven’t previously seen, and introduces most of the primary cast, including Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Sacha Baron Cohen, Helena Bonham-Carter, and Eddie Redmayne. We get to hear almost all of them in song, which is a first for some, and see a good bit of the grand scope of Hooper’s take on the revolutionary France, as originally told by Victor Hugo. Read More »
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In the runup to the opening of RZA‘s The Man With the Iron Fists, some wondered whether Russell Crowe‘s part in the film amounted to a glorified cameo. In fact, it’s RZA who’s barely in his own movie. That might be for the best. Sleepy-eyed and retiring, RZA isn’t much of an actor. His star turn, as it were — he does play the film’s title character — may be the shyest action hero ever to hit the screen.
Even so, The Man With the Iron Fists is RZA’s movie through and through, a ragged amalgamation of all the stuff the Wu Tang Clan leader has cheered in his work since the Wu broke out in 1992. Shaw Brothers kung fu movies, westerns and Ennio Morricone scores, and the films of Quentin Tarantino leave deep bite marks in RZA’s story of a Chinese village populated by animal-themed clans, and the inevitable conflict they create.
The result is a big, colorful mess; it’s like watching a kid make some dream machine out of a thousand Legos. The Man With the Iron Fists isn’t good, by any conventional standard, but it is one hundred percent honest, and is sometimes more fun than any Hong Kong knockoff Hollywood has churned out in recent memory. Read More »
What does a high-wattage star cast and a high-concept thriller premise do for you? Broken City, from Allen Hughes (one half of the Hughes Brothers) features Mark Wahlberg as a disgraced/retired cop hired by the NYC mayor (Russell Crowe) to find the man sleeping with the mayor’s wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones). When Wahlberg is successful at this task, he is drawn into a dangerous situation in which the mayor holds evidence of his past against him.
This first trailer for the film makes Broken City look like a pretty standard thriller that works just to leverage our knowledge of the cast. That said, all three of the leads look like they’re fully committed, and Crowe is a natural for this sort of heavy-handed politician. Does the script (by Brian Tucker) go deeper into ideas about what was done to clean up New York City in the Giuliani years, or does it just sit on the surface for thrills? Probably the former, but we’ll see what happens in January. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, October 4th, 2012 by Angie Han
A fresh batch of posters for three films on our radar have just hit the web. The ones for Allen Hughes‘ Broken City and Robert Zemeckis‘ Flight both rely heavily on star power, which seems like a reasonable strategy when said stars include Russell Crowe, Mark Wahlberg, and Denzel Washington.
The pretty, snowy poster for David Chase‘s Not Fade Away, meanwhile, captures the heady feeling of youthful romance and rock n’ roll. Get a peek at all three after the jump.
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Media Rights Capital has turned into a financing powerhouse — the company has a deal with David Fincher, and is making the new version of the series House of Cards that he is producing and partially directing. The company also financed some of Cloud Atlas; Neill Blomkamp’s second film, Elysium; and this summer’s hit Ted. MRC has cash to throw around, in other words, and because one of the key players there is a big fan of Stephen King and The Dark Tower, it looks like some of that cash is going to go into Imagine Entertainment’s multi-film and TV series adaptation of the novels. Read More »
Director Darren Aronofsky joined Twitter in January, and since the start of production on his current film Noah, which stars Russell Crowe as the biblical character who builds a massive ark, he’s been sending out guarded glimpses of the Iceland shoot. Recently he tweeted that the first real look at Noah was coming up, and now in an article about, appropriately, his use of Twitter, we’ve got the first shot of Crowe in the film.
Update: We’ve added a wider crop of the image in much higher resolution. Read More »
The multi-film and TV miniseries adaptation of Stephen King‘s epic novel cycle The Dark Tower isn’t dead yet, and it could end up marking the reunion of director Ron Howard and his A Beautiful Mind star Russell Crowe. The latter spent a few years not making a big impact on screen, but he’s got two big films next year: Man of Steel, in which he plays Superman’s father Jor-El, and Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, in which he plays the title character.
Now, as Warner Bros. receives Akiva Goldsman‘s latest script for the opening salvo in The Dark Tower project, and decides whether or not to move forward, Crowe is in Howard’s sights to play the central character, the gunslinger Roland Deschain. Read More »
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It took his death in 1994 to make people really realize that Bill Hicks was among the decade’s most unique voices in social criticism. Ostensibly a stand-up comic, Hicks was a fierce critic of marketing and advertising (“you do a commercial, you’re off the artistic roll call forever”), and of pop culture trends. But his screeds weren’t merely loud rants, as he would also dive into exploratory monologues about the nature of existence and fulfillment.
Hicks is the subject of a documentary (American: The Bill Hicks Story) but now a dramatized biopic may finally be coming together, with Russell Crowe at the helm. The actor is reportedly set to make his feature directorial debut with a film about Hicks, which could shoot next year. Read More »