Videos and Trailers
This first US trailer has arrived online for ‘The Past’ (“Le passé”), Asghar Farhadi’s follow-up to his Foreign Language Oscar-winning ‘A Separation.’ Following a four year separation, Ahmad (Ali Mosaffa) returns to Paris from Tehran, upon his French wife Marie’s (Bérénice Bejo) request, in order to finalize their divorce procedure. During his brief stay, Ahmad discovers the conflicting nature of Marie’s relationship with her daughter Lucie (Pauline Burlet). Ahmad’s efforts to improve this relationship soon unveil a secret from their past. Tahar Rahim, Elyes Aguis, Jeanne Jestin, Sabrina Ouazani, Babak Karimi and Valeria Cavalli also star. ‘The Past’ is out in the US on December 20th (expect a UK release shortly). My interviews for the film can be read via the following links: Bérénice Bejo, Tahar Rahim, Asghar Farhadi.
Behind-The-Scenes Tom Hanks Featurette For ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ – Also Starring Emma Thompson & Colin Farrell
Walt Disney Pictures has sent over this latest behind-the-scenes featurette for ‘Saving Mr. Banks,’ the account of Walt Disney’s twenty-year pursuit of the film rights to P.L. Travers’ popular novel, ‘Mary Poppins’, and the testy partnership the filmmaker develops with the author during the project’s pre-production in 1961. Two-time Academy Award-winner Tom Hanks plays Disney (the first time the entrepreneur has ever been depicted in a dramatic film) alongside fellow double Oscar-winner Emma Thompson in the role of Travers.
Before actually signing away the book’s rights, P.L. Travers’ demands for contractual script and character control circumvent not only Walt Disney’s vision for the film adaptation, but also those of the creative team of screenwriter Don DaGradi and sibling composers Richard and Robert Sherman, whose original score and song (Chim-Chim-Cher-ee) would go on to win Oscars at the 1965 ceremonies – the film won five awards of its thirteen nominations.
Open Road Films has debuted this new trailer for the 3D animated family film ‘The Nut Job,’ which is set for a January 17th, 2014 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.’
Live Stream Tonight’s LA Premiere Of ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’; Starts At 9pm ET/6pm PT/2am GMT
Yahoo! Movies will stream behind-the-scenes access to tonight’s Los Angeles red carpet premiere of ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,’ starting at 9:00 pm ET/6:00 pm PT/2:00 am GMT. The event will feature the likes of Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone and Elizabeth Banks, to name a few. You can stream the event via the video link below.
‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ sees Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth reprising their roles of Katniss, Peeta and Gale, with Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Willow Shields, Toby Jones and Woody Harrelson also returning to their respective roles. The likes of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Jena Malone, Lynn Cohen, Stephanie Leigh Schlund, Maria Howell, E. Roger Mitchell, Alan Ritchson, Bruno Gunn, Meta Golding, Sam Claflin and Amanda Plummer join the “Hunger Games” film series for this sequel.
This new ”Half-Breed” clip has arrived online from Carl Rinsch’s ’47 Ronin.’ Penciled in for December 26th, the film stars Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada, Kou Shibasaki, Tadanobu Asano and Rinko Kikuchi. Reeves leads the cast as Kai, an outcast who joins Oishi (Sanada), the leader of the 47 Ronin. Together they seek vengeance upon the treacherous overlord who killed their master and banished their kind. To restore honor to their homeland, the warriors embark upon a quest that challenges them with a series of trials that would destroy ordinary warriors.
After a treacherous warlord kills their master and banishes their kind, 47 leaderless samurai vow to seek vengeance and restore honor to their people. Driven from their homes and dispersed across the land, this band of Ronin must seek the help of Kai (Reeves)—a half-breed they once rejected—as they fight their way across a savage world of mythic beasts, shape-shifting witchcraft and wondrous terrors. As this exiled, enslaved outcast becomes their most deadly weapon, he will transform into the hero who inspires this band of outnumbered rebels to seize eternity.
Walt Disney Studios and Studio Ghibli have released this US trailer for ‘The Wind Rises’ (風立ちぬ, Kaze Tachinu), the latest animated film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki (My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, Ponyo). The film is slated for limited release in North American theaters on February 21st, 2014, and expanded release on February 28th, 2014, under the Touchstone Pictures banner. ‘The Wind Rises’ is said to be the final film directed by the retiring legendary filmmaker. Expect word on the film’s UK release shortly.
In ‘The Wind Rises,’ Jiro – inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni – dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes. Nearsighted from a young age and thus unable to become a pilot, Jiro joins the aircraft division of a major Japanese engineering company in 1927. His genius is soon recognized, and he grows to become one of the world’s most accomplished airplane designers. The film chronicles much of his life, and depicts key historical events that deeply affected the course of Jiro’s life, including the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, the Great Depression, the tuberculosis epidemic and Japan’s plunge into war. He meets and falls in love with Nahoko, and grows and cherishes his friendship with his colleague Honjo. A tremendous innovator, Jiro leads the aviation world into the future. Miyazaki pays tribute to engineer Jiro Horikoshi and author Tatsuo Hori in his creation of the fictional character Jiro - the center of the epic tale of love, perseverance, and the challenges of living and making choices in a turbulent world.