The Help isn’t the platonic ideal of a summer movie — actually, it’s kind of the opposite. But thanks in a large part to the cast, it’s one of the upcoming films I’m most curious about. Tate Taylor‘s adaptation of Kathryn Stockett‘s novel follows a young writer named Skeeter (Emma Stone) who causes an uproar in 1960s Jackson, Mississippi when she publishes a book from the point of view of “the help.” Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Jessica Chastain and Sissy Spacek also star. Watch the new international trailer after the jump.
Posted on Monday, June 6th, 2011 by Angie Han
We can thank the MTV Movie Awards for the bounty of new videos today — in addition to that new Breaking Dawn trailer, which I’m sure you all loved, we also have brand-new clips from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and The Help. See them all after the jump.
The trailer has landed for The Help, the Tate Taylor-scripted and directed adaptation of Kathryn Stockett‘s novel of the same name. The story follows Skeeter (Emma Stone), a young college grad who, incensed by the treatment of the women who work as maids in her hometown of Jackson, Mississippi, decides to write a book from the perspective of ‘the help.’ The results, as you might expect in Jackson in the ’60s, are explosive. Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Octavia Spencer are also in the cast. See the trailer and a few new high-res photos from the film after the break. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, March 29th, 2011 by Peter Sciretta
It is the second day at CinemaCon, the Las Vegas based movie theater convention formerly known as ShoWest. This morning DreamWorks Studios held their presentation, showcasing footage and talent from Steven Spielberg‘s War Horse, Shawn Levy‘s Real Steel, Craig Gillespie‘s remake of Fright Night and the big screen adaptation of The Help. After the jump you can watch a video blog I recorded with Steve from Collider, giving our spoiler-free reactions of the footage screened.
First Look: Emma Stone in ‘The Help’; John Krasinski in ‘Something Borrowed’; Woody Harrelson in ‘Rampart’
Posted on Monday, November 1st, 2010 by Russ Fischer
In addition to offering up quite a few new images of Captain America, the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly has first looks at many other films. There’s the first image from The Help, starring Viola Davis and Emma Stone in what is sure to be one of the prestige pictures of fall 2011. There are also new images from Something Borrowed, starring John Krasinski and Kate Hudson, and even an on-set image, enlarged above, from Oren Moverman‘s Rampart, which stars Woody Harrelson and Ice Cube. More info and pics after the break. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, October 14th, 2010 by Germain Lussier
It’s always feast or famine with that Steven Spielberg. He goes on stretches where he releases two films a year – like in 1993, 1997, 2002 and 2005 – then there are long periods where he gives the director’s chair a rest, like the last five years (I’m still trying to erase 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull from my mind so please forgive its omission.) Well, it seems 2011 is not going only to be a Spielberg feast, it’s going to be a Spielberg explosion! Already scheduled to have two films hit during the calendar year, DreamWorks announced Wednesday that they’ve shifted his literary adaptation War Horse from its original summer release date back to the Christmas season, placing it within days of Spielberg’s co-directoral effort The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn. Hit the jump for other release date shifts, including Real Steel, Fright Night 3D and more. Read More »
Casting Notes: Elias Koteas in Winnie; Jon Tenney in Green Lantern; Fred Ward in 30 Minutes or Less; Jessica Chastain in The Help
Posted on Friday, June 25th, 2010 by Russ Fischer
Elias Koteas has never been one of the more high-profile character actors out there, but he’s always one of my favorites. (Not because of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, where he played Casey Jones, but for films like Crash and The Adjuster.) Directors like David Fincher and Martin Scorsese have started using Koteas, which has increased his profile, and now he’s cast in Winnie, the biopic about Winnie Mandela.
He joins Terrence Howard and Jennifer Hudson, who play Nelson and Winnie Mandela. Koteas will be De Vries, “an overzealous officer in the apartheid police stage who rises in power and becomes intent on stopping Winnie and the black anti-apartheid activists from gaining power.” So not a role that audiences will look kindly on, but a major role. I’ll take it. [THR]
After the break, Green Lantern gets a dad and Fred Ward and Jessica Chastain book new roles. Read More »
Casting Notes: Sigourney Weaver in Red Lights; Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje in The Thing; Octavia Spencer in The Help; Two Films for Grant Bowler
Posted on Wednesday, May 26th, 2010 by Russ Fischer
Buried director Rodrigo Cortés will next direct Sigourney Weaver in Red Lights, in which she’ll play Margaret Matheson, “a para-psychologist who attempts to debunk a very reputable psychic who has just returned to the limelight after 30 years.” What are the chances her character is named after author Richard Matheson? Pretty good. Cortés told Bloody Disgusting the film is “”about how the brain does not give a true picture of reality.”
After the break, new talent for The Thing and The Help (can we combine those into one film, The Helpful Thing?) and two roles for True Blood‘s Grant Bowler. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, April 28th, 2010 by Russ Fischer
I was thrilled a couple weeks ago to see that Oren Moverman will rewrite and direct Rampart, based on a story and script by James Ellroy. The film covers the scandal that engulfed the Rampart Division of the LAPD in the ’90s and now, perhaps appropriately, Ice Cube is in the cast. The guy went from being a full-on anti-authority spokesman to reformed family man and comedy filmmaker, and now he’s going back to the subject of crooked cops.
The irony is that Cube will play a cop in the film — he’s the homicide detective that investigates a dirty Rampart cop played by Woody Harrelson. Ben Foster is in the film, as well, but we don’t yet know his part. [Deadline]
After the break, Bryce Dallas Howard joins Viola Davis in The Help and Paul Reubens gets blue. Read More »
Casting Notes: Hugh Jackman in Butter; Viola Davis in The Help; Toni Collette and More in Foster; Blake Lively in Cover Girl
Posted on Wednesday, April 14th, 2010 by Russ Fischer
A day can’t go by in the past week without another name being added to the cast of the comedy/satire Butter. Now it’s Hugh Jackman‘s turn. He’ll be “an old flame” for Jennifer Garner‘s character. Not sure how large a role this will be, but I like the idea of Jackman turning up in smaller parts here and there, such as in Wayne Wang’s The Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and Lee Daniels’ Selma. [Variety]
After the break, Viola Davis and Toni Collette have new projects, and a new film for Green Lantern co-star Blake Lively. Read More »