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Closely following two “making of” featurettes, Studio Canal has premiered this new poster for Terrence Malick’s romantic-drama ‘To The Wonder.’ The story for the film concerns a man named Neil (Ben Affleck), who feeling at loose ends, travels to Paris, where he enters a hot-and-heavy affair with a European woman named Marina (Olga Kurylenko). Subsequently, Neil and Marina come to Oklahoma, where they marry (in part for visa reasons). When the relationship founders, he rekindles a romance with a hometown girl (Rachel McAdams) with whom he’s had a long history. ’To The Wonder’ lands in UK cinemas on February 22nd, before arriving in US cinemas on April 12th.
TO THE WONDER tells the story of Marina (Kurylenko) and Neil (Affleck), who meet in France and move to Oklahoma to start a life together, where problems soon arise. While Marina makes the acquaintance of a priest and fellow exile (Bardem), who is struggling with his vocation, Neil renews a relationship with a childhood sweetheart, Jane (McAdams). Bold and lyrical, the film is a moving, gorgeously shot exploration of love in its many forms. Written and directed by Terrence Malick.
Inspired by true events, ‘Snitch’ stars Dwayne Johnson as a father whose teenage son is wrongly accused of a drug distribution crime and is looking at a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 10 years. Desperate and determined to rescue his son at all costs, he makes a deal with the U.S. Attorney to work as an undercover informant and infiltrate a drug cartel on a dangerous mission- risking everything, including his family and his own life. Alongside Dwayne Johnson, the impressive cast also includes the likes of Barry Pepper, Jon Bernthal, Michael K. Williams, Melina Kanakaredes, Nadine Velazquez, Rafi Gavron, David Harbour, Benjamin Bratt and Susan Sarandon. Directed by Ric Roman Waugh, ‘Snitch’ is pencilled in for a Febuary 22th release in the US and a April 5th release in the UK. My interview with Dwayne Johnson for the film can be read here. In ‘Snitch’ Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead) plays Daniel, a guy trying to get his life in order for his family.
What was it about this story and these characters that resonated with you?
Jon Bernthal: There was so much. It’s based on a true story, which is great, I think that starts us off with a great amount of street-cred, you know? I was really excited to work with the director Ric and it’s a wonderful cast. And at its core, ‘Snitch’ really goes into a close examination of each of these characters in the story. The fact that I got to play a guy who comes from this chequered past, but is only about trying to provide a better life for his son and his family – and he has to make some really hard decisions to do it, that was a thrill for me. ‘Snitch,’ it’s about a father and the lengths he’ll go to to keep his son out of prison, to try to get his son out of prison. It’s an unbelievable action ride, but I think it’s a character based movie with a real social conscience. I really dug that.
Chilling New Clip From Park Chan-Wook’s ‘Stoker’ – Starring Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode & Nicole Kidman
Fox Searchlight has unveiled this new ”The Sheriff Comes Calling” clip from Park Chan-wook’s (Oldboy, Lady Vengeance, Thirst) ‘Stoker.’ Set for a March 1st release, the psychological thriller stars the likes of Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode, Dermot Mulroney, Nicole Kidman, Jackie Weaver, Lucas Till, and Alden Ehrenreich. From a script by Wentworth Miller, ’Stoker’ marks the acclaimed South Korean filmmakers English-language debut.
The synopsis for ‘Stoker’ is as follows: “After India’s (Mia Wasikowska) father dies in an auto accident, her Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode), who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her emotionally unstable mother Evelyn (Nicole Kidman). Soon after his arrival, she comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives, but instead of feeling outrage or horror, this friendless girl becomes increasingly infatuated with him.”
Heat Vision bring word that Aksel Hennie, the star of the Norwegian thriller ‘Headhunters,’ has joining Dwayne Johnson in ‘Hercules.’ Hennie will play Tydeus, a warrior devoted to Hercules who wields twin axes and is such a madman that he needs to be chained up at night when he sleeps. The actor recently wrapped his English-language debut in ‘The Last Knights,’ which stars Morgan Freeman and Clive Owen, while his latest Scandinavian production, ‘Pioneer,’ sold its North American distribution rights to Magnolia last week. ‘Pioneer’ also stars Wes Bentley and Stephen Lang.
Paramount Pictures recently announced a August 8th, 2014 release date for the Dwayne Johnson-lead ‘Hercules.’ To be directed by Brett Ratner (Tower Heist, the ‘Rush Hour’ series), ‘Hercules’ is based on Steve Moore’s graphic novel, ‘Hercules: The Thracian War.’ The take on the project grounds the classic hero and ditches the supernatural, making Hercules not the son of Zeus but rather a mortal with a fearsome reputation. He leads a team of mercenaries on a job where all ominously is not what it appears. Besides ‘Snitch,’ Johnson will next be seen on the big screen as a law-breaking bodybuilder in Michael Bay’s ‘Pain and Gain’; Roadblock in the action sequel ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’; reprising his Hobbs role in ‘The Fast and the Furious 6’; and alongside Liam Hemsworth in ‘Empire State.’ The plot summary for the graphic novel is below.
With the Oscars taking place this Sunday, Weta Digital has premiered these “The Goblin Caverns” and “Creating Rivendell” featurettes for ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,’ providing us with a behind-the-scenes look at their incredible visual effects work on the film. The first movie in Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit’ trilogy is up for three Academy Award nominations: Best Visual Effects, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, and Best Production Design.
Earlier this week ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ became the fifth movie of 2012 to surpass the hefty $300 million mark in North America, joining Marvel’s ‘The Avengers’ ($623M), ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ ($448M), ‘The Hunger Games’ ($408M) and ‘Skyfall’ ($303M). The first movie in Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit’ trilogy recently received three Academy Award nominations for Best Visual Effects, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, and Best Production Design. Currently sitting at $959,760,000 million earned worldwide, expect ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ to pass the colossal $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office by March. As of today, the film is at $300,160,000 million in North America and $659,600,000 million internationally.