New Photos: The Lovely Bones and Up in The Air

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Paramount Pictures has released a batch of new images previewing their fall film line-up: Peter Jackson‘s adaptation of The Lovely Bones and Jason Reitman‘s adaptation of Up in the Air. Yes, you have seen some of these photos previously, be it in an MTV Fall preview, Empire Magazine, but some of these are brand spanking new. Plus, all of the photos are high res (click to enlarge) and without pesky watermarks.

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New Photos in MTV’s 2009 Fall Movie Preview

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MTV has published their Fall 2009 movie preview, which includes 24 new photos from movies due out in the next four months. Its one of those really annoying page-at-a-time slideshows, so I thought I’d feature a few of the photos. . Above is another look at Peter Jackson‘s version of “Heaven” in The Lovely Bones, featuring Saoirse Ronan.

After the jump, photos include: George Clooney and Anna Kendrick in Jason Reitman‘s Up in the Air, John Woo‘s Red Cliff, James McTeigue‘s Ninja Assassin, and Scott Bakula, Joel McHale and Matt Damon in Steven Soderbergh‘s The Informant. You can head on over to MTV to see many many more

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Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones Movie Trailer

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Dreamworks Pictures has released the first trailer for Peter Jackson‘s big screen adaptation of The Lovely Bones . The trailer will be attached to Julie & Julia, which hits theaters this Friday. But you can watch it on your small screen at home right now. The film looks beautifully shot and visually stunning. There are many hints of possible Award nominations, which may come year end. Stanley Tucci looks creepy, and Saoirse Ronan looks the exact opposite. Overall, I feel like the story is not an easy sell, and in an effort to get audiences excited, may have given a lot of the movie away. I haven’t read the book, so I could be completely wrong.

Update: I’ve been informed by Elisabeth Rappe that the trailer shows the first chapter and a “dash of the middle” with “some major twists in the book that aren’t even hinted at.” For those concerned that the mystery of whodunit is revealed in the trailer, it is revealed at the beginning of the story. The movie is not a whodunit mystery.

Watch the trailer now linked after the jump. And as always, leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Entertainment Tonight will be premiering the first trailer for Peter Jackson‘s big screen adaptation of The Lovely Bones on Tuesday, August 4th. The trailer will be attached to Julie & Julia, which hits theaters this Friday. On Monday, ET ran one of those 30-second first look sneak previews, complete with loud blabbering annoying voice over. If it wasn’t an anticipated film, I’d tell you to skip it, but I just got done watching it three times in a row.

The preview gives you a first look at the very surreal look of “heaven,” which doesn’t look much like the heaven we normally imagine. While at Comic-Con, I had the opportunity to see an extended trailer/promo reel that was put together for studio people and exhibitors. Unfortunately, I screened the trailer on the hectic first day of Comic Con, in-between seeing District 9 and running to a screening of Ninja Assassin, and really don’t remember much about it — other than the footage looked beautiful.

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More Photos From The Lovely Bones

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Those of you who stepped out and snapped up the 20th Anniversary issue of Empire will already have seen the latest – and indeed, greatest – images from Peter Jackson‘s The Lovely Bones. For those of you no lucky enough to live ‘over here’, the good news is that some industrious souls have scanned those pages and posted them online.

After the break, a look at a couple of these images – but, really, do seriously consider shelling out for the actual magazine. For one thing, there’s so much in there, and only a certain amount of it is going to ever roll up online.

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Empire has debuted a photo of actress Saoirse Ronan in the role of Susie Salmon for Peter Jackson‘s upcoming film, The Lovely Bones. Based on the best-selling book by Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones tells the story of Susie Salmon, a 14-year-old girl from suburban Pennsylvania who is murdered by her neighbor. She tells the story from Heaven, showing the lives of the people around her and how they have changed, all while attempting to get someone to find her lost body. Mark Wahlberg is playing the role of Susie’s father, Jack Salmon, after “creative differences” caused Ryan Gosling’s departure. Rachel Weisz plays Abigail Salmon, Susie’s mother.

This photo is interesting because it  shows the film’s version of Heaven. Reportedly, Jackson and his art director clashed on set over how best to depict the ethereal location, so much so that it even caused the production to stop filming last May. So, what do you think of the photo? Does it look like everything you imagined Heaven to be? Head on over to Empire to see the image in all its high-resolution glory.

Update [Peter Sciretta]: Peter Jackson tells USA Today tonight: “It’s God-less in the sense that when Susie dies, she finds herself caught in a place between Earth and heaven — she is in an ‘In-Between,’ as Alice Sebold calls it.” The newspaper also offers a second photo from the film, of Stanley Tucci as George Harvey,  who is the culprit. Check out the second photo after the jump.

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The Lovely Bones Delayed?

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Yesterday word leaked onto the interwebs that Peter Jackson and one of his art directors have been supposedly duking it out over the depiction of heaven in The Lovely Bones. The film tells the story of a 14-year-old girl, raped, murdered, and dismembered by a neighbor, who watches from a personalized heaven as her family and friends deal with their grief. So it’s obviously a huge portion of the film. Now our friends at BadandUgly are reporting that the film has been pushed back from it’s announced March 13th release date until a FALL 2009 TBA slot. It looks like the situation might be actually worse than we first believed.

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Pardon the Christopher Guestish humor in this situation, but Flicks.Co.NZ is reporting that Peter Jackson and one of his art directors are in a big tiff on the set of The Lovely Bones. Why? Because they can’t agree on the film adaptation’s notion of Heaven. Filming has temporarily stopped until The Pearly Gates, a major aspect/set in the film, meets Jackson’s satisfaction. “More clouds I say!” Crew is said to be on an extended break for cigarettes and GTA4.

You may recall that Jackson had a prior creative difference when he replaced Ryan Gosling, who had gone pudgy for a major role, with Mark Wahlberg. And recently, Susan Sarandon offered a little creative dissonance while on the Speed Racer red carpet to Empire

“Peter Jackson is really a nice guy and very interesting. It was really a very different way of working. We had a good time, I’m really curious to see what it’s like because he kept pushing me to be more and more extreme and sometimes that’s when you make your big mistakes so I’m not sure how it will come off – it will be interesting to see it from the point of view of the audience.”

Sarandon went on to say that her character, Grandma Lynn, didn’t seem like a “real grandmother,” and seemed more like an alcoholic, tacky caricature there to serve comic relief. So, does this all equal another case of the trendy “complicated birthing process” or is it a troubling sign of things to come for the actual film? As long as Heaven doesn’t resemble a wet hallucination straight out of What Dreams May Come, I’d say Jackson is undeserving of the nickname “Cloudy Killjoy.”

Discuss: What cinematic heaven met your personal VIP standards? I’d have to default and go with Bernie’s MO in A Weekend at Bernie’s.

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