Open Road Films has debuted this special Christmas trailer for the 3D animated family film ‘The Nut Job,’ which is set for a January 17th release date. Featuring the voice talents of Liam Neeson, Katherine Heigl, Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser, Stephen Lang, Sarah Gadon and Jeff Dunham, ‘The Nut Job’ is described as “an action-packed comedy in fictional Oakton that follows the travails of Surly, a mischievous squirrel, and his rat friend Buddy, who plan a nut store heist of outrageous proportions and unwittingly find themselves embroiled in a much more complicated and hilarious adventure.” Directed by Peter Lepeniotis from a screenplay by Lorne Cameron and Lepeniotis, the film is based on Lepeniotis’ 2005 short film ‘Surly Squirrel.’
In his secret life, Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller, who also directs) dreams big… really, really big. There’s no challenge beyond his grasp, be it climbing a massive glacier or rescuing a senior citizen from an exploding building. When he’s not daydreaming, the not-so-secret life of Walter Mitty is the opposite of his heroic alter-ego’s; he’s just an everyday guy facing imminent career downsizing, who’s too timid to ask out his pretty co-worker (Kristen Wiig). But when Walter faces his ultimate real-world test, he springs into action on a global adventure exceeding anything even he could have dreamed of. Co-starring Shirley MacLaine, Adam Scott, Kathryn Hahn and Sean Penn, ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ opens on December 25th in the US and December 26th in the UK. The film is an adaptation of James Thurber’s 1939 short story of the same name.
When you are directing a film that you are also starring in, how do you approach that with the actual shooting aspect of the filmmaking process. Do you think you look towards your co-stars more, your cinematographer…?
Ben Stiller: You start to learn through trial and error what works. It’s never really that economical of a process. As an actor you have to give yourself a lot of leeway because you don’t have anybody watching you as a director. So, I find you have to take more chances and bracket things and try things one way or the other way, try to think ahead with what you will want when you are editing. And then you look to the other actors longingly for help (laughs), or people on the set, you think to say, “Do you think that was good?” But it can be a little lonely, because ultimately you have to make the choice whether you’re gonna move on to the next shot or the next scene, and have to have some sort of sense for it yourself.
But then once you get into it I think it’s a very collaborative for everyone… you’re working with the cinematographer, the other actors, the crew, everybody sort of gets into the spirit of it because it’s a little different. It’s all very holistic when you are making a movie. Directing a movie, a lot happens before the shoot and after the shoot, so it’s just when you are shooting that you really have to figure it out. Stuart Dryburgh (cinematographer) and the cast were amazing, we had a great team.
This new banner has arrived online for Akiva Goldsman’s ‘Winter’s Tale,’ which is based on the 1983 novel of the same name by Mark Helprin. Set in 1916 and present-day Manhattan, ‘Winter’s Tale’ follows the story of Peter Lake (Colin Farrell). Peter Lake is a thief who falls in love with Beverly Penn (Jessica Brown Findlay), a dying girl who occupies one of the houses he breaks into. The film also co-stars Russell Crowe, William Hurt, Jennifer Connelly, Matt Bomer, Eva Marie Saint and Will Smith, who will cameo as a judge. ‘Winter’s Tale’ opens on February 14th in the US and February 21st in the UK.
Set in a mythic New York City and spanning more than a century, “Winter’s Tale” is a story of miracles, crossed destinies, and the age-old battle between good and evil. The film stars Colin Farrell (“Total Recall”), Jessica Brown Findlay (TV’s “Downton Abbey”), and Oscar® winners Jennifer Connelly (“A Beautiful Mind”), William Hurt (“Kiss of the Spider Woman”), Eva Marie Saint (“On the Waterfront”) and Russell Crowe (“Gladiator”). “Winter’s Tale” also introduces young newcomers Ripley Sobo and Mckayla Twiggs (both from Broadway’s “Once”). The film marks the directorial debut of Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman (“A Beautiful Mind”), who also wrote the screenplay, based on the acclaimed novel by Mark Helprin.
Shortly after it was announced that director, co-writer and producer Alfonso Cuarón will be the recipient of the Visual Effects Society’s 2014 Visionary Award, Warner Bros. Pictures has set loose this new behind-the-scenes featurette on the making of the film (which has earned a hefty $652 million worldwide). If you haven’t seen ‘Gravity’ yet, I’d advise you to watch the following featurette after you”ve seen the film – spoilers for the end of the movie.
‘Gravity’ is written by Alfonso Cuarón and his son, Jonás Cuarón. In the film, Sandra Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone–tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth…and any chance for rescue.
Warner Bros. Pictures has set loose this new international TV spot for ’The LEGO Movie.’ Scheduled for a February 7th release in the US and a February 14th bow in the UK, ’The LEGO Movie’ is directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (21 Jump Street, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) from their own original screenplay. The film features the voices of Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Liam Neeson, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Cobie Smulders, and Morgan Freeman.
Chris Pratt stars as Emmet. Oscar winner Morgan Freeman and Elizabeth Banks will star as two of Emmet’s fellow travelers: Vitruvius, an old mystic; and tough-as-nails Lucy, who mistakes Emmet for the savior of the world and guides him on his quest. She also calls upon the mysterious Batman, a LEGO minifigure voiced by Will Arnett, with whom she shares a history. Will Ferrell will play Emmet’s primary adversary, President Business; Liam Neeson is the president’s powerful henchman, Bad Cop; Nick Offerman is a craggy, swaggering pirate obsessed with revenge on President Business; and Brie is a member of Emmet’s team with a powerful secret.
Review-Filled Poster For Spike Jonze’s ‘Her’ – Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams & Scarlett Johansson
Warner Bros. Pictures has debuted this new review and awards-filled poster for writer-director Spike Jonze’s ‘Her.’ Starring the likes of Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde and Scarlett Johansson as “Samantha”, ‘Her’ is out now in select cinemas in the US and is penciled in for a January 24th bow in the UK. The film opens wide in the US on January 10th.
Set in the Los Angeles of the slight future, ‘Her’ follows Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix), a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing touching, personal letters for other people. Heartbroken after the end of a long relationship, he becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system, which promises to be an intuitive entity in its own right, individual to each user. Upon initiating it, he is delighted to meet “Samantha” (Scarlett Johansson), a bright, female voice, who is insightful, sensitive and surprisingly funny. As her needs and desires grow, in tandem with his own, their friendship deepens into an eventual love for each other.