Videos and Trailers
The Guardian has set loose this first trailer for the upcoming offbeat comedy ‘Frank,’ undoubtedly one of my most anticipated films of 2014. Directed by Lenny Abrahamson (What Richard Did, Garage, Adam & Paul), the film is penned by Jon Ronson (The Men Who Stare at Goats) and Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy). ‘Frank’ stars Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gylenhaal, Scoot McNairy and Michael Fassbender as the titular character, a brilliant and eccentric musician who wears a giant papier–mache head at all times. ‘Frank’ is released in the UK on May 9th, the week of my birthday – good stuff!
Domhnall Gleeson plays Jon, a wannabe musician who finds himself out of his depth when he joins a maverick pop band led by the enigmatic Frank (Michael Fassbender)—a musical genius who hides himself inside a large fake head—and his terrifying sidekick Clara (Maggie Gylenhaal). It is a fictional story loosely inspired by Frank Sidebottom, the persona of cult musician and comedy legend Chris Sievey, as well as other outsider musicians like Daniel Johnston and Captain Beefheart.
With the eagerly awaited release of ‘Noah’ closing in, Paramount Pictures has debuted this new featurette for Darren Aronofsky’s epically-scaled retelling of the biblical story, providing us with some great insight into the making of the Ark. Featuring interviews with a number of the film’s key players both behind and in front of the camera, the featurette is jointly released with the webpage http://www.noahmovie.com/theark/. Head on over to the site to explore more details about the vessel.
Scheduled for a March 28th release in the US and a April 4th bow in the UK, Ray Winstone will play the role of Tubal-cain, the nemesis to Russell Crowe’s titular hero. Emma Watson plays Ila, a young woman who develops a close relationship with Noah’s son, Shem. That role will be played by Douglas Booth, with Logan Lerman playing Noah’s other son, Ham. Jennifer Connelly plays Noah’s wife, Naameh. Anthony Hopkins is playing Methuselah, while Kevin Durand is playing a giant who helps Noah and his family. The likes of Dakota Goyo, Nick Nolte and Madison Davenport co-star.
The fine folks over at Digital Spy have debuted this new clip from Jonathan Glazer’s ‘Under The Skin,’ featuring Scarlett Johansson playing her deadly alien Laura. The film is adapted by Glazer and co-writer Walter Campbell from Michel Faber’s 2000 novel of the same name. Glazer previously helmed the Ray Winstone, Ben Kingsley and Ian McShane-starring crime film ‘Sexy Beast,’ and the Nicole Kidman-lead drama ‘Birth.’
The synopsis for ‘Under The Skin’ is as follows: “In search of loners, Laura (Scarlett Johansson) drives around the exquisitely moody landscapes of the Scottish highlands. She’s an alien, sent from afar and equipped with enough human language and awesome seductive power to capture, destroy and presumably send home human males. She is deadly efficient, but over time becomes drawn to and changed by the complexity of life on earth. With this new found humanity and weakening alien resolve, she finds herself on a collision course with her own kind.”
It was recently reported that the lead quartet for 20th Century Fox’s upcoming reboot of ‘The Fantastic Four’ has been set, with Miles Teller cast as Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic, Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm/The Human Torch, Kate Mara as Sue Storm/The Invisible Woman, and Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm/The Thing. Linked to the role for what seems like almost a year now, some fans have been critical about the ‘Fruitvale Station’ and The Wire’ stars casting as Johnny Storm. Speaking on a panel recently in Rome, Italy, Michael B. Jordan quite brilliantly addressed the racial backlash (comments and video via Cinefilos.it/translation via Superherohype).
“It was expected. You kinda know going into it that people are used to seeing something one way, it’s a continuity thing more than anything. People don’t like change too much. But annoyed? Eh, you just kinda accept it, it is what it is. You can’t make everybody happy. You just gotta accept that and know. I’m an actor, I have to do my job. I’m going to do my job the best I can and the way I’ve been doing it my entire life, my entire career. I grew up a comic book guy, I read comic books as a kid growing up, and the Fantastic Four/Human Torch is one of my favorite characters so I’m going to give it my everything. I can’t wait. I don’t really let it bother me at all. I just want to go into it and do the best job I can. We’ll see what happens.”
Warner Bros. Pictures has just sent over this striking UK poster and trailer for ‘Grace of Monaco,’ which has the prestigious job of being the opening film at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. Starring Nicole Kidman, Tim Roth, Frank Langella and Paz Vega and directed by Olivier Dahan (La Vie En Rose), ‘Grace of Monaco’ arrives in the UK and Ireland on June 6th – the Weinstein Company are releasing the film in North America, but no date has been set yet. The top-notch supporting cast for the biographical film also includes Parker Posey, Derek Jacobi, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, and Milo Ventimiglia.
Set in 1962, six years after her celebrated Wedding of the Century, GRACE OF MONACO is an intimate snapshot of a year in the life of the twentieth century’s most iconic Princess – Grace Kelly – as she strived to reconcile her past and her present, a yearning for a return to the big screen with her newfound role as a mother of two, monarch of a European principality and wife to Prince Ranier III.
Fox Searchlight has uploaded this new “Behave” TV spot for the rather fantastic ‘Starred Up,’ which hits cinemas in the UK and Ireland on March 21st. ’Starred Up’ is the story of a young man, Eric (Jack O’Connell), who is prematurely transferred from a young offenders’ institution to adult jail for being too violent. As he struggles to assert himself against the prison officers and the other inmates, he has to confront his own father Nev (Ben Mendelsohn), a man who has spent most of his life in jail. As Eric forges allegiances with other prisoners, and learns that his rage can be overcome through his work with prison therapist Oliver (Rupert Friend), he discovers the new rules of survival. But there are forces at work that threaten to destroy him.
The film is directed by award-winning UK filmmaker David Mackenzie (Young Adam, Hallam Foe, Perfect Sense) from a screenplay written by first-time scriptwriter Jonathan Asser, who has a background in the prison system working as an innovative therapist. The title comes from the process of prematurely upgrading a teenager from a Young Offenders’ Institution to Adult Prison. Expect word on international release dates shortly. This is definitely one to give a peep!