the crown trailer

Once again, Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Peter Morgan adapts his stage work. Morgan, who previously adapted his play Frost/Nixon, is bringing The Audience to Netflix with director Stephen Daldry (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close). The story of Queen Elizabeth II’s (Claire Foy) rise is now called The Crown, and season one of the English period drama debuts this Friday on Netflix.

Below, watch The Crown trailer.

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netflix's the crown trailer

It seems like every week now, Netflix releases a new trailer for a new original television series that seems too good to be true. The level of talent and material they are producing is just unmatched, even by HBO at this point.

Today’s trailer is for The Crown, a new original series which reunites Academy Award-nominated writer Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon) with three-time Oscar-nominated director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) and producer Andy Harries (The Queen). It’s an adaptation of the award-winning play The Audience, which tells the behind the scenes story of Queen Elizabeth II’s early reign, “revealing the personal intrigues, romances, and political rivalries behind the great events that shaped the second half of the 20th Century.”

Watch The Crown trailer after the jump and leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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The Crown trailer

Netflix’s upcoming drama has some serious talent behind it. That’s generally the case, but The Crown, in particular, has such a promising cast and writer involved. Based on the award-winning play “The Audience” and written by Academy Award nominee Peter Morgan (RushThe Queen), the Netflix drama focuses on Queen Elizabeth II’s early reign.

Watch The Crown trailer after the jump.

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Trash trailer

Perennial Oscar nominee Stephen Daldry is back this year with Trash, an adventure set in the slums of Rio de Janeiro. Though it features some well known, well regarded faces like Martin Sheen, Rooney Mara, and Wagner Moura, the real stars of the film are a trio of young unknowns.

Rickson Tevez, Gabriel Weinstein, and Luis Eduardo play three favela kids who spend their days picking through trash. One day they come across a wallet that happens to be of interest to some powerful and potentially dangerous people, sending them on an exciting adventure. Christian Duurvoort co-directed. Watch the Trash trailer after the jump. Read More »

Stephen Daldry’s Trash Trailer

Trash Trailer

Universal Pictures Brazil has released the first Trash trailer, a film by Stephen Daldry which is likely to hit theaters this fall during the Fall 2014 film festival season. Trash tells the story of “three boys in a third world country who scrape a living by picking through trash. One day they find a leather bag, the contents of which plunge them into a terrifying adventure, pitting their wits against corruption and authority to right a wrong.” Rooney Mara (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), Martin Sheen and Wagner Moura co-star. Watch the Brazilian Trash trailer now embedded after the jump.

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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we get excited about a typewriter, hunt down a killer for a little dough, feel dirty looking at the screen, watch some cops cry and watch a play in action. Read More »

As film after film gets reworked for the Great White Way, two Broadway smash hits are, in turn, inching closer to the big screen. Universal’s been trying to put together a movie adaptation of Wicked (itself the stage adaptation of Gregory Maguire‘s novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West) for a few years now with little to show for it, but now they’re actively courting Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close helmer Stephen Daldry for the gig.

Meanwhile, over at Sony/Columbia, Jon Favreau‘s gone from being the frontrunner to direct the studio’s Jersey Boys pic to actually negotiating for the job. More details on both after the jump.

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In the decade since producer Scott Rudin snapped up the rights to Michael Chabon‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, the project’s seen Sydney Pollack and Jude Law come and go, and Tobey Maguire, Jamie Bell, Natalie Portman, Andrew Garfield, and Ryan Gosling all floated as potential stars — but in truth, we’re no closer to seeing a big-screen adaptation now than we were back in 2000. If director Stephen Daldry has his way, though, we may just be getting a small-screen version of it. Specifically, an HBO miniseries version of it. Well, maybe.

Set mostly in ’30s and ’40s New York, Chabon’s book follows the lives of two cousins — Brooklynite Sam Clay and Czech refugee Joe Kavalier — who find fame and fortune in the Golden Age of the comic book industry. More on Daldry’s ideas for the property after the jump.

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The first trailer for Stephen Daldry‘s adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer‘s novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close tried to live in the area between quirky, endearing and sentimental. The balance didn’t work for me, especially thanks to the reliance on U2 as the score for the trailer. As a result I think that first look at the movie pegged it as little more than cloying Oscar bait.

Now there is a new trailer that goes straight for the sentiment by opening with the character played by Tom Hanks calling his wife, played by Sandra Bullock, from one of the high floors of the World Trade Center on the morning of 9/11. From there, the trailer swirls into minor portraits of some of the film’s characters and situations as it follows that couple’s son (newcomer Thomas Horn) through the turbulent days that follow 9/11, but there still isn’t much explanation of the story. See for yourself below. Read More »

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‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close’ Trailer

Here’s the trailer for Stephen Daldry‘s adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer‘s novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, based on a script by Eric Roth. The movie has been a curiosity for me for months in part because the book is a piece of post-modernism that doesn’t lend itself easily to adaptation, and in part because Daldry chose a non-actor, Thomas Horn, to play the central role of 11-year old Oskar Schell. Sure, he’s got established stars like Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock as buffers, but that’s still a ballsy move. Get the first taste of what came of that big risk-taking, after the break. Read More »