Videos and Trailers
New “I Hold The Debt” Clip From ‘Runner Runner’ – Starring Ben Affleck, Justin Timberlake & Gemma Arterton
Universal Pictures has set loose the following clip from Brad Furman‘s (The Lincoln Lawyer) upcoming crime thriller, ‘Runner Runner.’ Starring Ben Affleck, Justin Timberlake, Gemma Arterton, Ben Schwartz, Anthony Mackie, Dayo Okeniyi and Oliver Cooper, the film opens on October 4th in the US and September 27th in the UK.
Princeton grad student Richie (Justin Timberlake), believing he’s been swindled, travels to Costa Rica to confront online gambling tycoon Ivan Block (Ben Affleck). Richie is seduced by Block’s promise of immense wealth, until he learns the disturbing truth about his benefactor. When the FBI tries to coerce Richie to help bring down Block, Richie faces his biggest gamble ever: attempting to outmaneuver the two forces closing in on him.
20th Century Fox has revealed this new “The Truth Has No Temperature” clip from Ridley Scott’s ‘The Counselor.’ The crime thriller features a top-notch cast in Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz, Dean Norris, Rosie Perez, John Leguizamo, Natalie Dormer and Goran Visnjic. The story for ‘The Counselor’ follows a lawyer, simply named The Counselor (Fassbender), who gets embroiled in the drug trade and ends up fighting for his life. Pitt is playing Westray, who helps Fassbender’s lawyer get hold of a $20 million stash of cocaine. Bardem is taking the part of Reiner, a criminal who brings The Counselor into the drugs trade.
The screenplay for the film comes from one of my favorite authors, Cormac McCarthy, whose critically acclaimed books have been adapted into ‘No Country for Old Men,’ ‘The Road,’ and ‘All The Pretty Horses.’ ‘The Counselor’ is set for October 25th in the US and November 15th in the UK.
New Trailer For The Nelson Mandela Biopic ‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom’ – Starring Idris Elba & Naomie Harris
Pathe has revealed this second theatrical trailer for the much anticipated Nelson Mandela biopic, ‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.’ Based on the Nobel Peace Prize winner’s autobiography of the same name, ‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom’ is directed by Justin Chadwick (The First Grader, The Other Boleyn Girl) and produced by Anant Singh. Alongside Idris Elba as Nelson Mandela, Naomie Harris plays his wife, Winnie. The likes of Tony Kgoroge, Riaad Moosa, Zolani Mkiva, Jamie Bartlett, Lindiwe Matshikiza, Deon Lotz and Terry Pheto co-star.
Anant Singh began communicating with Nelson Mandela about making a film based on his life while he was still in prison and acquired the film rights to Mandela’s book at the time of its publication in 1996 and development on the film began immediately when Academy Award Nominee, writer William Nicholson (Les Miserables, Gladiator, Shadowlands) signed on. The film tells the story of the legendary South African freedom fighter, spanning over seventy years, including his struggle against apartheid, 27 years in jail and his rise to prominence as a political leader and head-of-state. ‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom’ arrives in cinemas on November 29th in the US and January 3rd in the UK.
UPDATE: Lucasfilm’s Pablo Hidalgo has confirmed via Twitter that the “pitch trailer” is actually footage for a videogame project that never came to be, which happened to share a name. Following the news that ‘Jurassic Park 4′ has been re-titled ‘Jurassic World’ and that the film will be released on June 12th, 2015, the following “pitch trailer” - which was apparently shown to Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy - has been released online. While producer Frank Marshall has already confirmed on Twitter that the trailer has nothing to do with the film, I think it’s pretty damn cool and worth a peep.
The video description from the person who posted it is as follows, “All I can say is this video was shown as part of Iain McCaig’s presentation at the recent Star Wars convention in Germany (he’s the fantastic concept artist and designer of Darth Maul). I can only presume it was part of a pitch for reigniting the JP movie franchise, if anyone can confirm please let me know. It was apparently shown to Kathleen Kennedy and Steven Spielberg. Mr McCaig actually said “it certainly got Steven interested in dinosaurs again…” I just think is so cool.”
“The Sexy 70′s” Featurette For Ron Howard’s ’Rush’ – Starring Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Brühl & Olivia Wilde
With the release of ‘Rush’ fast approaching, Universal Pictures has let out the hatch this latest behind-the-scenes featurette for Ron Howard’s Formula One racing drama. Set for a September 13th release in the UK and a September 27th bow in the US, ‘Rush’ centers on the 1970s rivalry between Austrian driver Niki Lauda and British driver James Hunt. ‘Inglorious Basterds’ star Daniel Brühl is playing Lauda with Chris Hemsworth taking on the role of Hunt. The likes of Olivia Wilde (TRON: Legacy) and Alexandra Maria Lara (The Reader) co-star. Helmed by Oscar-winner Ron Howard, the script for ‘Rush’ is by Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, The Queen). Hans Zimmer’s ‘Rush’ soundtrack will be released on September 9th. Look out for my interviews for the film later this week.
Two-time Academy Award® winner Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Frost/Nixon), teams once again with fellow two-time Academy Award® nominee, writer Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, The Queen), on Rush, a spectacular big-screen re-creation of the merciless 1970s rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda. The epic action-drama stars Chris Hemsworth (The Avengers) as the charismatic Englishman James Hunt and Daniel Brühl (Inglourious Basterds) as the disciplined Austrian perfectionist Niki Lauda, whose clashes on the Grand Prix racetrack epitomized the contrast between these two extraordinary characters, a distinction reflected in their private lives. Also starring Olivia Wilde (TRON: Legacy) and Alexandra Maria Lara (The Reader), Rush is produced by Andrew Eaton (A Mighty Heart), Howard, Academy Award® winner Brian Grazer (Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind), Eric Fellner (Senna, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Morgan and Brian Oliver (Black Swan) and executive produced by Cross Creek Pictures, Exclusive Media, Todd Hallowell and Tim Bevan. Universal Pictures will distribute the film in North America.
Lionsgate has revealed this first trailer for Jonathan Teplitzky’s ‘The Railway Man,’ which stars Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Stellan Skarsgård, Hiroyuki Sanada and Jeremy Irvine. Based on Eric Lomax’s autobiography, Firth plays Lomax, an engineer with a passion for trains who is captured by the Japanese during World War II and sent to work on the brutal Burma-Siam railroad where he was repeatedly tortured and interrogated. While the film is set for a January 3rd, 2014 release in the UK via Lionsgate, there is currently a number of distributors bidding on the film’s North American distribution rights.