Posted on Thursday, March 6th, 2014 by Angie Han
The premise of Locke sounds, frankly, boring as hell. It’s an 85-minute movie about a guy answering phone calls in his car and getting stressed out about his personal and professional lives. Yet reviews out of Sundance (including Peter’s) indicate that it’s anything but, and the first Locke trailer we got last month backed up all that praise.
It probably helps that the guy in question is played by the compulsively watchable Tom Hardy. If anyone can carry a one-man show, it’s him. The new U.S. trailer reveals a little more about Ivan Locke’s dilemma than the U.K. one did, but thankfully not too much. See the new promo and the new poster after the jump.
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Amid the high-profile work featuring Tom Hardy, the actor quickly shot a small film in which his is essentially the only visible face.
The movie is called Locke, and it is a one-man show described by one review as “basically just Tom Hardy driving a car while making a bunch of phone calls.” Lest you get the wrong idea, that same review from Variety goes on to call the movie an “ingeniously executed study in cinematic minimalism [with] depth, beauty and poise” and “a finely tuned showcase for Hardy’s exceptional acting skills.” So that’s alright, then.
The film premiered at the Venice Film Fest this past weekend, where it met with positive reviews such as Variety’s. Oh, and the movie comes from writer/director Steven Knight (Eastern Promises, Redemption) and executive producer Joe Wright (Hanna, Anna Karenina).
We don’t have a trailer yet, but there’s a clip you can check out to start getting an idea about the movie. Read More »
Parker may not have sated audiences’ desire for a dose of Jason Statham action, but the trailer for Hummingbird suggests it will be more able to deliver. The film is the directorial debut of Eastern Promises and Dirty Pretty Things screenwriter Steven Knight, and it looks like Knight has corralled Statham’s typical action approach into something that might be a bit more memorable.
Statham plays a broken ex-military guy who steals another man’s identity and ultimately finds himself in a bad position with part of London’s criminal element. Sounds pretty routine, but the actor is barely recognizable at the outset of the trailer. He does quickly ease into a more familiar sort of character, but there’s just enough here to think that Hummingbird might be a bit more satisfying than some of Statham’s routine action exercises.
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Posted on Friday, March 22nd, 2013 by Angie Han
Remakes can be tricky propositions under the best of circumstances. When the property in question is a former Academy Award winner or a beloved classic by a revered auteur — in other words, something that’s still held in very high esteem by plenty of people — the project gets even tougher to pull off without inspiring mass grumbling.
But DreamWorks is attempting to do just that with their planned remake of Rebecca, Alfred Hitchcock‘s only Best Picture winner, and now they’ve found a director to help them out. Nikolaj Arcel, who last helmed the Danish Best Foreign Language Film nominee A Royal Affair, has just signed on to direct the new version of the movie. Hit the jump to keep reading.
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I’ll say this for Jonathan Liebesman‘s Clash of the Titans sequel Wrath of the Titans: the movie really doesn’t look to skimp on the creatures and mythical monsters. Not only that, but it gives the returning Sam Worthington a haircut that is really worthy of the legacy of Harry Hamlin’s style from the 1981 Clash of the Titans. (Not sure that’s a good thing, actually.)
Anyway, the sequel has Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes reprising their roles as Zeus and Hades, and adds Toby Kebbell and Rosamund Pike, both of whom get a couple good shots in this new trailer. But most of what this new look affers is monsters, monsters, monsters. Which is a big part of what we really need from a movie like this, after all. Check it out below. Read More »
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Alfred Hitchcock‘s filmography reads like an all-time best of list: Psycho, Rear Window, Vertigo, North by Northwest, Notorious, The Birds, it goes on and on. But out of all of Hitchcock’s movies, only one received the Academy Award for Best Picture: 1940’s Rebecca. Hitchcock’s first American project, Rebecca featured Laurence Olivier as a widower whose new wife (Joan Fontaine) is overwhelmed by the spirit of his late wife, the title character. It was based on a 1938 book of the same name by Daphne du Maurier.
Now, DreamWorks and Working Title are planning to go back to the source material and remake the story with Steven Knight, who wrote Eastern Promises for David Cronenberg, hired to write the screenplay. Read more after the jump. Read More »
Does Warner Bros. not care if anyone watches the trailer for Wrath of the Titans? Less than an hour after the trailer debut for The Dark Knight Rises — the most anticipated trailer release in many months — and at the same time as Fox’s first look at Prometheus, the studio has also dropped the first footage of the sequel to Clash of the Titans.
Wrath of the Titans looks like it has gone all-out to include as much stuff as possible, but that may just be how the trailer is cut. Check it out below. Read More »
Steve Knight made the leap from TV writer to big-time screenwriter with Dirty Pretty Things — an Oscar nomination helped — and then did well with Eastern Promises. His script for Wrath of the Titans is being shot right now, but he’s also got a directorial project brewing. Hummingbird is set up via Fox, New Regency and Shine Pictures, and has some of his Eastern Promises producers behind it. And if you were a fan of that film, Hummingbird may well have something to offer, too. Read More »
Nikki Finke is reporting that Matt Damon is going to star in a biopic of Robert F Kennedy for New Regency. Directed by Gary Ross, and written by Dirty Pretty Things and Eastern Promises scribe Steven Knight. The film will be adapted from the Evan Thomas-penned biography His Life, published in 2000.
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