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Reuniting ‘Silver Lining Playbook’ and ‘American Hustle’ stars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, ‘Serena’ is directed by Academy Award winner Susanne Bier (In a Better World) and boasts a top-notch supporting cast in Sam Reid, Rhys Ifans, Toby Jones and Sean Harris. Opening in UK cinemas on October 24th, the film is based Ron Rash’s Shakespearean tragedy-style historical novel of the same name. Expect word on a US release date shortly.
North Carolina mountains at the end of the 1920s – George and Serena Pemberton, love-struck newly-weds, begin to build a timber empire. Serena soon proves herself to be equal to any man: overseeing loggers, hunting rattle-snakes, even saving a man’s life in the wilderness. With power and influence now in their hands, the Pembertons refuse to let anyone stand in the way of their inflated love and ambitions. However, once Serena discovers George’s hidden past and faces an unchangeable fate of her own, the Pemberton’s passionate marriage begins to unravel leading toward a dramatic reckoning.
While we’re still awaiting the trailer for ‘Inherent Vice,’ this first look has arrived online, via the LA Times, of Reese Witherspoon in Paul Thomas Anderson’s hugely anticipated crime drama. Based on the 2009 novel by Thomas Pynchon, ‘Inherent Vice’ also stars Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Owen Wilson, Jena Malone, Michael K. Williams, Katherine Waterston, Martin Short and Maya Rudolph.
The film opens on December 12th in the US and January 30th in the UK, and Jonny Greenwood is again providing the soundtrack after scoring Paul Thomas Anderson′s ‘There Will Be Blood’ and ‘The Master’ (two masterpieces, in my eyes). Set in 1970 Los Angeles, ‘Inherent Vice’ follows the drug-fueled detective Larry “Doc” Sportello (Phoenix) as he investigates the case of a kidnapped girl.
Here’s a great cinema event for my fellow Londoners: As part of the “Phoenix Nights” series, the brilliant film critic Mark Kermode will be introducing ‘The Elephant Man’ – David Lynch’s captivating classic about a Victorian surgeon (Anthony Hopkins) who takes an interest in a heavily disfigured and mistreated man who’s scraping a living as a side-show freak (John Hurt) – at the Phoenix Cinema on October 3rd at 11.30pm. Outspoken, opinionated and never lost for words, Mark Kermode is the UK’s best known and most trusted film critic, as well as a supporter and patron of the Phoenix East Finchley. For more info head on over to the Phoenix’s official website. I’m there!
After recently premiering at Fantastic Fest to stellar reviews (its currently sitting at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes), Lionsgate has unleashed this new TV spot for Chad Stahelski’s action-thriller ‘John Wick,’ which stars Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Adrianne Palicki, Dean Winters, Jason Isaacs, Bridget Moynahan, Ian McShane, John Leguizmo and Willem Dafoe. In the film, an ex-hitman (Reeves) comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him. With New York City as his bullet-riddled playground. ‘John Wick’ is described as a fresh and stylized take on the “assassin genre.” The film opens in theaters on October 24th in the US. Expect details about a UK release shortly.
Universal Pictures has unveiled this first TV spot for Bobby and Peter Farrelly’s ‘Dumb and Dumber To,’ which sees Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels reprise their roles as Lloyd and Harry. Set twenty years after their last adventure, the good-hearted yet dimwitted best friends head out in search for Harry’s long lost daughter. ‘Dumb and Dumber To’ opens on November 14th, and the likes of Rachel Melvin, Rob Riggle, Kathleen Turner, Brady Bluhm, Laurie Holden and Steve Tom co-star.
Asa Butterfield Eyed To Join Eva Green In Tim Burton’s ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children’
Asa Butterfield is reportedly being eyed to join Eva Green in Tim Burton’s adaptation of ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.’ Based on the Ransom Riggs novel, the story follows a teenager (possibly Butterfield) who finds himself transported to an island where he must help protect a group of orphans with special powers from creatures out to destroy them. Green plays the title character, who acts as a guardian for these orphans.