Hollywood loves making movies about making movies, and even though Lone Scherfig‘s World War II romantic dramedy Their Finest actually hails from across the pond, it’s still looking for that sweet spot of nostalgia for classic filmmaking crossed with the hardships of war.
After playing at the Toronto International Film Festival last year and the Sundance Film Festival just last month, Their Finest follows the making of a movie about the heroic events of a couple sisters at Dunkirk who save hundreds of soldiers. Sadly, it’s not anywhere near as compelling as we hope Christopher Nolan’s movie about Dunkirk will be, but Their Finest is coming to US theaters this spring, delivering lighthearted laughs, sappy romance, and stilted war drama. Watch the new Their Finest trailer after the jump to get a taste of the film. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, February 26th, 2015 by Angie Han
Every generation needs its preppy boy drama filled with up-and-coming faces. For the late ’80s and ’90s, it was Dead Poets Society. In the aughts, it was The Skulls. Now, in the twenty-teens, it might be The Riot Club.
Max Irons and Sam Claflin play the two newest members of Oxford University’s most exclusive fraternity. Though the upper-crust clique lives for debauchery, things take an ugly turn when one particular evening veers out of control. Lone Scherfig (An Education, One Day) directed. Douglas Booth, Natalie Dormer, Holliday Grainger, and Jessica Brown Findlay also star. Watch The Riot Club trailer after the jump. Read More »
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 revisit a blast from our past, think about what we’re going to do with Ground Zero, watch millionaires behaving badly, catch up with Jarvis Cocker, and spend time with a retiree who’s on the prowl.
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There was no small amount of anticipation for One Day, the new film from An Education director Lone Scherfig, starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess. But the first trailer was, let’s say, uninspiring. Now there is a second trailer, cut for the UK, and it is a definite improvement. It doesn’t make the film look like any sort of modern classic in the making, but it does sell it as a salvageable romance with an interesting angle. Check it out after the break. Read More »
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An Education director Lone Scherfig decided to follow up that film with One Day, an adaptation of the novel by David Nicholls (he also scripted) in which a young couple spends their college graduation night together, and then we see their relationship/friendship evolve over the following years by sampling one day each year. So there’s a long timeline that theoretically allows a lot of interplay between the characters, and an opportunity to portray quite a few different pop-culture eras. It’s When Harry Met Sally and Friends With Benefits and Same Time, Next Year all in one.
Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess star with support from Patricia Clarkson, Romola Garai and Jodie Whittaker. The trailer is out now; it lurks after the break, bumming me out. Read More »
Good news for fans of director Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent, The Visitor, Game of Thrones), as his new film Win Win will open on March 18 instead of March 25. The film stars Paul Giamatti as “Mike Flaherty, a senior-care attorney and high-school wrestling coach in small-town New Jersey, he compromises his ethics to better support his family — with consequences, of course.” Amy Ryan, Burt Young (Rocky) and newcomer Alex Shaffer also appear. [USA Today]
After the break, a new date for Lone Scherfig’s One Day, as well as the release date and some recap info on Tarsem Singh’s Immortals. Read More »
Focus Features has dropped new images from two of the company’s more promising 2011 films: Lone Scherfig‘s One Day and Cary Fukunaga‘s Jane Eyre.
That’s the new Jane Eyre image, above, showing Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender as the lead characters of Charlotte Brontë‘s famous novel. We’ve seen one trailer already (and it was pretty wonderful, check it if you missed that post) but this image is notable for showing the characters in a serene, even tender moment.
Get more info on Jane Eyre and see the images from One Day, after the break. Read More »
An Education director Lone Scherfig just finished shooting her romantic drama One Day, starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess. The film is based on the novel of the same name by David Nicholls (who also wrote the screenplay) in which a pair of lovers reunites every year for two decades. But they see each other only on St. Swithin’s Day, July 15. The film isn’t scheduled for release until next fall, but now there’s a first still available. Read More »
Mario Van Peebles is currently directing Curtis Jackson in Things Fall Apart and, based on Jackson’s past thespian efforts, that’s not terribly exciting. But now Ray Liotta is joining the cast, so that’s a positive turn. Jackson is playing “a star football running back…who faces a personal tragedy as well as his own mortality while in his senior year in college.” Liotta will now play his doctor, which will make a nice change from playing intimidating cops and the like, which Liotta gets all too often. [Variety]
After the break, Lone Scherfig (An Education) and Madonna get new talent for their next films. Read More »
Lone Scherfig gained a lot of new admirers with An Education, in which she deftly directed a small ensemble cast through an excellent period recreation and a tonally on-point coming of age tale. The director has said recently that she wouldn’t mind switching gears slightly, to tackle a film with an overt criminal element. Now she may have her chance, as Scherfig is reportedly attached to direct Jessica Biel in Mob Girl. Read More »