Madding Crowd trailer

The Thomas Hardy novel Far From the Madding Crowd has been adapted into a lush film by Thomas Vinterberg, who gained international notice as part of Lars von Trier’s Dogme 95 crowd and most recently made The Hunt. Carey Mulligan stars as the very independent woman Bathsheba Everdene, while Matthias Schoenaerts, Tom Sturridge, and Michael Sheen play the three very different men who come into her life as suitors. The first Far From the Madding Crowd trailer eschews dialogue in favor of a montage backed with a gorgeous song; the strength of this footage might be enough to entice any lit obsessives, Mulligan fans, and period film devotees. Read More »

Michael Winterbottom sure does love author Thomas Hardy. He has made two adaptations of the author’s work — Jude and The Claim, neither sadly among the director’s best work — and now is at it again. He’s doing a version of Tess of the d’Urbervilles with the action transplanted to Rajasthan and Mumbai, and has cast Freida Pinto in the lead role. The film, which could end up being quite the dispiriting examination of rigid social and sexual rules, if it faithfully follows the novel, is called Trishna. Read More »


One week ago, Brendon told you that there were rumors that Bronson‘s Thomas Hardy might become the new Mad Max for director George Miller, and that his female co-star could be Charlize Theron. Now thanks to a trade blog we know that it is indeed the case. We also know a few — a very few — other things about the upcoming and long-awaited fourth Max Max movie. They’re after the jump. Read More »

Bronson Domestic Movie Trailer: It’s Inglourious!


It isn’t difficult to see the influence of those bloody red and white posters for Inglourious Basterds in this first trailer for Magnolia/Magnet’s domestic release of the excellent Nicolas Winding Refn film Bronson. A Tarantino vibe kicks off the thing, too, as music kicks in that must have been chosen to recall promos for Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill. Hulu just premiered the clip, which shows off a lot more of the craziness lead actor Thomas Hardy put into Refn’s movie than we’ve seen in any prior international ads. See the trailer after the jump. Read More »