Talk about an ill-timed movie. On the tail of some of the most devastating hurricanes the United States has seen in decades, Geostorm is coming in to…regale you with an inspiring story of Gerard Butler fighting the weather? Unfortunately, it looks like he’s on the losing side in the new Geostorm trailer, which features all manner of CGI earthquakes, hail storms, tsunamis, and hurricanes. Because that’s what people to go the movies for, to see big budget recreations of disasters that are all too real.
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I caught some of Independence Day on cable during the Fourth of July, and was struck by how Hollywood doesn’t make many movies like that anymore. Sure, massive blockbusters with ensemble casts are a dime a dozen, but the disaster movie genre isn’t what it used to be.
Enter Dean Devlin, the man who wrote and produced Independence Day. His directorial debut, Geostorm, looks to singlehandedly resurrect that cheesy, ludicrously-plotted type of movie to theaters. If you’re looking for a film that features ridiculous concepts like Gerard Butler (300) trying to outsmart malfunctioning satellites that control the weather while Jim Sturgess (Across the Universe, 21) and Abbie Cornish (Limitless) kidnap the President (Andy Garcia), you’re going to love this.
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From the director of Cinema Paradiso, featuring the music of Ennio Morricone and starring Geoffrey Rush, Jim Sturgess and Donald Sutherland, The Best Offer hits theaters and video on demand January 1.
The film follows an art dealer (Rush) who is asked to sell the possessions of a woman who refuses to be seen. While researching her incredible collection, he falls deeper and deeper into a mysterious puzzle. The latest by Giuseppe Tornatore won a ton of awards in Europe and sounds like it has passion and intrigue we’ve come to expect from the director, with that award-winning cast to boot.
/Film is proud to debut the first poster for The Best Offer, which opens in New York and comes on demand January 1. Check it out below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013 by Angie Han
One of the hottest actors in the industry could be headed toward one of the coldest places on the planet. Benedict Cumberbatch is being eyed to star as George Mallory in Doug Liman‘s Everest, with Joel Kinnaman, James McAvoy, Tom Hiddleston, Henry Cavill, Luke Evans, Dan Stevens, Matthew Goode, and Jim Sturgess also in the mix.
If you’re confused because you thought Jason Clarke had already replaced Christian Bale in that movie, you’re thinking of the other Everest, by Baltasar Kormakur. That one has suffered a few setbacks but is now hoping to shoot this fall, with Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, and Jake Gyllenhaal in addition to Clarke. Get the latest on both movies after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, January 25th, 2013 by Angie Han
No, that header image isn’t flipped — Kirsten Dunst‘s world is. She and Jim Sturgess are the stars of Upside Down, Juan Diego Solanas‘ sci-fi romance about star-crossed lovers in two adjacent planets with opposite gravitational pulls. Though the pair meet and fall in love in childhood, they’re unable to be together because strict laws forbid them from entering each other’s worlds.
We’ve been tracking the film since about 2009, and finally got our first look at some footage when the international trailer hit about a year ago. Now, at long last, we have a domestic trailer to share. Check it out after the jump.
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Posted on Saturday, December 22nd, 2012 by Angie Han
Most of the films from Marvel’s Phase Two slate feature leads carried over from Phase One. Chris Hemsworth has already played Thor twice, as has Chris Evans with Captain America, and Iron Man 3 will actually be Robert Downey Jr.’s fourth turn as the character. But that’s not the case for James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy, which is currently in the process of assembling an all-new cast.
Last month, the shortlist to play Peter Quill revealed to five contenders: Joel Edgerton, Jack Huston, Jim Sturgess, Lee Pace, and Eddie Redmayne. Now Marvel Studios has narrowed the options down to two. Sturgess is the only one of the original group that remains in contention, while Zachary Levi has emerged as a surprise finalist. More details after the jump.
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Iron Man 3 is in post-production, Thor: The Dark World is currently filming, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is still casting and now the fourth film in Marvel’s Phase Two slate, Guardians of the Galaxy, is beginning to rev up.
Writer/director James Gunn has been prepping the film and now Variety and Deadline are reporting a series of young male actors have signed test deals for the film, which’ll be released August 1, 2014. They are Joel Edgerton (Warrior), Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire), Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas), Lee Pace (Lincoln) and Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables). One of these actors will most likely be cast as Peter Quill, a NASA astronaut who ends up as the leader of the team. Read more after the jump. Read More »
With six stories spanning nearly three hours, told by an ensemble cast and three directors, the sheer amount of information presented by and discussions one can have about Cloud Atlas is staggering. Co-writers and directors Tom Tykwer, Andy and Lana Wachowski took David Mitchell‘s novel, which nests six stories within each other, and broke it down into one forward-flowing mosaic. Set in several time periods from the 1800s through the 2300s, the film blends genres and tones to show the human soul moving from century to century, and explore how our actions in one life might affect the next.
And that’s just a very superficial interpretation. There’s much, much more to the movie, which is why it’s one of the year’s best.
As one might expect on a production so massive, there are tons of bits of behind the scenes trivia and on-screen secrets. Were there additional stories meant for the film or novel? Were the directors ever on set together? How did characters get cast? Which actress thought she’d be fired? And what exactly happens at the end of the film? We’ve complied 15 things you probably didn’t know, or notice about Cloud Atlas. After the jump, read all about them. Read More »
Posted on Monday, August 13th, 2012 by Angie Han
The same breathtaking ambition that makes Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski and Tom Tykwer‘s David Mitchell adaptation Cloud Atlas so intriguing also gives it the potential to flop, hard. Weaving together six interlocking stories that cut across time, space, and genre is difficult enough to do within the confines of a novel, to say nothing of a three-hour film. Then there’s that insane casting: stars like Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving, Hugh Grant, Jim Broadbent, and Jim Sturgess are each playing multiple characters, in some cases switching genders or races to do so.
Thankfully, buzz from test screenings suggests that much more of it works than not. Keep in mind that quite a few things may have changed in the few months since testing began (for one thing, some of these folks saw a cut that was four hours long), and that these reactions are coming from people whose tastes we don’t know. Even so, a flood of positive reactions seems like a very promising sign. Hit the jump to read the comments.
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You may not remember the first time we reported on the sci-fi romance Upside Down, because it was over two years ago, in fall 2009. The film stars Kirsten Dunst and Jim Sturgess as lovers of a sort. They inhabit two different worlds, visualized in the film as inverted images of one another, and where the world ‘up top’ is far more well to do than the one ‘down below.’
The film has some striking visuals — there is some Alex Proyas, some Andrew Niccol, and even some Wong Kar Wai in there. It’s a great trailer to kick off the new year, and you can check it out below. Read More »