/Filmcast Ep. 352 – The Finest Hours

finest hours

David, Devindra, and Jeff discuss the sad state of American politics, the genius of Louis CK, and the closing of the Ziegfeld theater.

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The Finest Hours Trailer

Next week brings the release of Disney’s high seas rescue drama The Finest Hours, and the film is getting a release in IMAX 3D for the most immersive experience possible. The only way it could be more immersive is if the people working at the theater kept dumping buckets of water on you. That way you can be just as wet as Chris Pine and Casey Affleck will be in this movie about what is being called the most daring Coast Guard rescue mission ever. If you need anymore convincing to see the movie, check out a four-minute IMAX trailer for the movie after the jump. Read More »

THE FINEST HOURS

At a time when our big-screen heroes typically come packaged with extraordinary abilities or cutting-edge gadgets or mystical prophecies, Craig Gillespie‘s The Finest Hours looks like a throwback. It’s a no-frills tale of heroism, made all the more remarkable by the fact that these incredible events actually too place. In 1952, a brutal nor’easter savaged New England, smashing apart an oil tanker called the SS Pendleton and leaving over 30 sailors stranded at sea. Back on the Massachusetts shore, the Coast Guard got word of the disaster, and a small team of men bravely risked their own lives to help. The incident is still considered one of the greatest rescues in Coast Guard history.

In November 2014, I had the opportunity to visit the set of The Finest Hours along with a few other journalists. We spoke with a few of the talents involved, including director Gillespie, stars Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Kyle Gallner, and John Magaro, and producers Jim Whitaker and Dorothy Aufiero. After the jump, find out what we learned on the set of The Finest HoursRead More »

The Finest Hours

Jack RyanStar Trek, and now Wonder Woman star Chris Pine is no stranger to hero roles, but there’s something a little different about his next one. The Finest Hours stars Pine as real-life figure Bernie Webber, who on a bitterly cold winter day in 1952 led one of the greatest rescues in the history of the U.S. Coast Guard. And that’s without the aid of sci-fi gadgets, superpowered buddies, or a novelist’s imagination, mind you.

Webber is an old-fashioned kind of leading man in an old-fashioned kind of movie — one that, according to Pine, rejects modern cynicism in favor of simple, decent earnestness. The new Finest Hours trailer aims to highlight these men’s brave deeds, while keeping them grounded in a relatable sort of humanity. Check out the new Finest Hours trailer — and then read our on-set interviews with Pine and director Craig Gillespie — after the jump.
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The Finest Hours

Chris Pine is currently off reprising his role as Captain Kirk for Star Trek Beyond, but later this year we’ll see him playing a very different kind of captain in The Finest Hours. Based on a true story, the survival drama tells of a U.S. Coast Guard team led by Captain Webber (Pine) that sets out to rescue the survivors of a sinking oil tanker in the middle of a deadly storm. Watch The Finest Hours trailer after the jump. Read More »

Star Wars Force Awakens Falcon

Prepare to spend a lot of your time in IMAX theaters over the coming year. IMAX and Disney have just renewed their contract through 2017. The deal covers, among other things, upcoming tentpoles from Star Wars, Marvel, and Pixar. Get the details on the Disney IMAX deal after the jump.  Read More »

Jon Favreau The Jungle Book concept art

Disney just did a small shuffle on their release schedule for the next two years. The biggest addition is Scarlett Johansson‘s Ghost in the Shell, which will be released April 14, 2017. Jon Favreau‘s The Jungle Book, which is currently in production and was supposed to come out in October, has now been moved back to April 15, 2016. And that Pete’s Dragon remake that has been casting? That was slotted in for August 12, 2016. There’s more Disney release date changes below. Read More »

Robert Schwentke

After making Red and R.I.P.D., Robert Schwentke is turning away from comic books and toward reality for his next directorial effort. Schwentke has entered talks to helm Disney’s The Finest Hours, based on the U.S. Coast Guard’s heroic efforts to rescue two oil tankers during a blizzard in 1952. As concepts go, it’s not as cute as elderly assassins or undead cops, but it should provide plenty of drama all the same. Hit the jump to learn more about the epic tale.

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