Videos and Trailers
Closely following two character posters, Warner Bros. Pictures have unleashed this new trailer for the upcoming conman romance, ‘Focus.’ The film, penciled in for a February 27th, 2015 release date, follows Nicky Spurgeon (Will Smith), a professional con artist who takes a young, attractive woman (Margot Robbie) under his wing. They get involved romantically but that becomes perilous in a business where they lie and cheat for a living. The complications of the encounter haunt them when they meet up again in the future.
Complicating matters even more, Nicky finds himself at odds with another suitor for the girl’s affections, as well as a run-in with a former flame…all before the heist of a lifetime. The film is written and directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Crazy, Stupid, Love).
From 20th Century Fox comes this new collection of behind-the-scenes featurettes for Matthew Vaughn’s ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service,’ which will arrive in cinemas on February 13th, 2015. In ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service,’ which is based on the comicbook created by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, Colin Firth plays a James Bond-like superspy who works for MI6 and takes his slacker nephew under his wing. He mentors his nephew Gary (Taron Egerton) in tradecraft in the hopes that Gary can change and become an MI6 agent. The likes of Michael Caine, Sophie Cookson, Sofia Boutella, Mark Strong and Samuel L. Jackson also star.
New Trailer For Ron Howard’s ‘In The Heart Of The Sea’ – Starring Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Ben Whishaw…
From Warner Bros. Pictures comes this new trailer 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.
In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Melville’s Moby-Dick. But that told only half the story. ‘In the Heart of the Sea’ reveals the encounter’s harrowing aftermath, as the ship’s surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive. Braving storms, starvation, panic and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of their trade, as their captain searches for direction on the open sea and his first mate still seeks to bring the great whale down.
Note: I’m posting a great, in-depth interview with David Oyelowo for ‘Selma’ later tonight (December 22th) – stay tuned for that (more interviews for the film will be posted this week).
This latest TV spots has arrived online for Ava DuVernay’s ‘Selma,’ my favorite film of 2014. ‘Selma’ will have a limited release in the US on Christmas day before opening wide on January 9th, 2015 – setting up a major Awards season push. The film is the story of the historic struggle to secure voting rights for all people – a dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated with the epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, and led to President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. ‘Selma’ opens on February 6th, 2015 in the UK.
The film stars David Oyelowo as Dr Martin Luther King Jr., Tom Wilkinson as Lyndon Baines Johnson, Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King, Andre Holland as Andrew Young, Omar J. Dorsey as James Orange, Alessandro Nivola as John Doar, Dylan Baker as J. Edgar Hoover, Giovanni Ribisi as Lee White, Tessa Thompson as Diane Nash, Colman Domingo as Ralph Abernathy, Stephen Root as Al Lingo, Jeremy Strong as James Reeb, Keith Stanfield as Jimmie Lee Jackson, Wendell Pierce as Hosea Williams, Tim Roth as George Wallace, Ledisi as Mahalia Jackson, Nigel Thatch as Malcolm X, Niecy Nash as Richie Jean Jackson, and Oprah Winfrey as Annie Lee Cooper. Award-winning cinematographer Bradford Young shot the film.
This new behind-the-scenes featurette has arrived online for ‘Unbroken,’ the upcoming true drama directed and produced by Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie. ‘Unbroken’ follows 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 in the US and December 26th in the UK, ‘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.’
Note: look out for my interview with Bradley Cooper for ‘American Sniper’ on Tuesday (December 23rd).
In Clint Eastwood’s ‘American Sniper,’ Bradley Cooper plays Chris Kyle, a Navy SEAL who has the most confirmed sniper kills in U.S. military history. The book that the film is based on, ‘American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History,’ spent 18 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list and 13 weeks at #1. Co-starring the likes of Sienna Miller, Luke Grimes, Kyle Gallner, Sam Jaeger, Jake McDorman and Cory Hardict, ‘American Sniper’ lands in US theaters in a limited release on December 25th, before expanding on January 16th (the date it also arrives in UK cinemas).