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With original stars of the saga Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker already set for ‘Star Wars: Episode VII,’ Lucasfilm today send word that another fan favorite will return: Warwick Davis. Davis, who played Wicket the Ewok in ‘Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi,’ as well as Weazel and Wald in ‘Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace,’ presents the following video concerning J.J. Abrams’ ‘Star Wars: Episode VII.’
Set for December 18th, 2015, the likes of John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Crystal Clarke, Christina Chong, Pip Andersen, Gwendoline Christie, Miltos Yerolemou and Max von Sydow join the saga in new roles.
New Trailer For Angelina Jolie’s ‘Unbroken’ – Starring Jack O’Connell, Domhnall Gleeson, Garrett Hedlund…
Universal Pictures has set loose this new full-lengh trailer for ‘Unbroken,’ the upcoming true drama directed and produced by Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie. The film follows the epic drama of the life of Louis “Louie” Zamperini and is adapted from Laura Hillenbrand’s book, ‘Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption. Set for December 25th, ‘Unbroken’ marks Angelina Jolie’s second turn behind the camera, after her critically-acclaimed directorial debut, 2011’s Golden Globe Award-nominated ‘In the Land of Blood and Honey.’
Lionsgate today unveiled plans to debut ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1′ in the UK, Asia and North America. The film, the third in the “Hunger Games” film franchise, opens in theaters worldwide on November 21st, and will hold its world premiere in London on November 10th. Beginning in Beijing, the cast including Academy Award-winner Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Sam Claflin, director Francis Lawrence and producers Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik, will embark on a World Press Tour with stops in Seoul, London, New York and Los Angeles.
Trailer & Poster For Ron Howard’s ‘In The Heart Of The Sea’ – Starring Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Ben Whishaw…
From Warner Bros. Pictures comes this first trailer and poster for Ron Howard’s ‘In the Heart of the Sea,’ which opens on March 13th, 2015. Based on Nathaniel Philbrick’s best-selling novel about the dramatic true journey of the whaling ship Essex, ‘In the Heart of the Sea’ stars Chris Hemsworth as the vessel’s veteran first mate Owen Chase; Benjamin Walker as its inexperienced Captain, George Pollard; Cillian Murphy as second mate Matthew Joy; and Ben Whishaw as novelist Herman Melville, whose inquiries into the event 30 years later helped bring the story to light. The film also stars Tom Holland as young seaman Tom Nickerson, and Brendan Gleeson as the same man, 30 years later. Spanish actor Jordi Mollà is the captain of another ship, the Archimedes, who tries to warn the Essex of what may lie ahead.
A captivating mythological adventure steeped in the wondrous world of Irish folklore, ‘Song of the Sea’ speaks powerfully of a long lost respect for the balance of nature based on the loss of old traditions in modern society. A follow up to director Tomm Moore’s Academy-Award nominated ‘The Secret of Kells,’ ‘Song of the Sea’ is a gorgeous spellbinding experience that captures fantasy in its purest form. The film tells the story of Ben and his little sister Saoirse – the last Sea-child – who embark on a fantastic journey across a fading world of ancient legend and magic in an attempt to return to their home by the sea. ‘Song of the Sea’ takes inspiration from the mythological Selkies of Irish folklore, who live as seals in the sea but become humans on land. ‘Song of the Sea’ is playing at the London Film Festival on October 18th and 19th. Look out for the film in cinemas later this year.
Given a similar emphasis on Irish themes and folklore, do you consider ‘Song of the Sea’ to be a continuation of your first film, ‘The Secret of Kells’?
Tomm Moore: ‘Song of the Sea’ grew from ideas I had during the making of Kells and was developed with many of the same artistic team members, so it is in many ways a spiritual follow up rather than a real sequel or anything like that. It’s got a similar feeling in that the art style is again very handmade looking, 2D animation and the music is also again by Bruno Coulais and Kila. Also the story is based around Irish folklore and legends, but this time I wanted to focus on a younger audience, and tried to make a more personal film based on my memories of being a child in Ireland in the 1980s.
I really worked hard this time to make a film that would appeal to as broad an audience as possible. I’m pretty sure that adults and teenagers will enjoy the visuals and the music and story, but I wanted make a film like ‘The Jungle Book’ or ‘My Neighbor Totoro’ that younger audiences could enjoy and then come back to again and again as they grew up.
Set for a wide release on January 16th, 2015, ‘Testament of Youth’ is a powerful story of love, war and remembrance. The film is based on the First World War memoir by Vera Brittain, a story that has become the classic testimony of that war from a woman’s point of view. A searing journey from youthful hopes and dreams to the edge of despair and back again, it’s a film about young love, the futility of war and how to make sense of the darkest times. ‘Testament of Youth’ is led by Alicia Vinkander as Vera Brittain, and the stellar cast also includes the likes of Kit Harington, Taron Egerton, Colin Morgan, Dominic West, Emily Watson, Joanna Scanlan, Hayley Atwell, Jonathan Bailey, Alexandra Roach, and Anna Chancellor.
‘Testament Of Youth’ is directed by James Kent (The Thirteenth Tale, The White Queen) and produced by David Heyman (Gravity, the Harry Potter movies) and Rosie Alison (Paddington, The Thirteenth Tale) for Heyday Films. Award-winning writer Juliette Towhidi adapted the screenplay. Tickets are still available for the public screening tonight (October 16th) at the BFI London Film Festival.
How did you become involved in ‘Testament Of Youth,’ and what was your initial reaction when you read Juliette Towhidi’s script?
Taron Egerton: Around Christmas 2013 my agent sent me Juliette Towhidi’s script and I thought it was wonderful. I then went to dinner with Rosie Alison, the producer and James Kent, the director where we talked about the project and all the people involved at that time after which I was offered the part of Edward.
I came to the story completely fresh. After talking to my friends and family about it, particularly one of my older friends who directed me in youth theatre, I bought a copy of the memoirs to read. And the script, it was so moving and it’s rare that you read something that actually affects you so much just off the page. It’s a very tragic story and what I loved about it was that it didn’t shirk away from any of the horrors of war. It was very much an anti-war story. I think it has a very empowering sense of the futility of it all and it felt a very real retelling of what happened at that time.