Maria (Naomi Watts), Henry (Ewan McGregor) and their three sons begin their winter vacation in Thailand, looking forward to a few days in tropical paradise. But on the morning of December 26th, as the family relaxes around the pool after their Christmas festivities the night before, a terrifying roar rises up from the center of the earth. As Maria freezes in fear, a huge wall of black water races across the hotel grounds toward her.
Based on a true story, ‘The Impossible’ is the unforgettable account of a family caught, with tens of thousands of strangers, in the mayhem of one of the worst natural catastrophes of our time. But the true-life terror is tempered by the unexpected displays of compassion, courage and simple kindness that Maria and her family encounter during the darkest hours of their lives. Both epic and intimate, devastating and uplifting, ‘The Impossible’ is a journey to the core of the human heart. Marking the English-language debut of director Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage), ‘The Impossible’ arrives in cinemas on December 21st in the US and January 1st in the UK.
I heard that when you were young, you were caught in a rip tide. How was it going into this, knowing that you’d be in the water so much?
Naomi Watts: Yeah. I knew what was going to take place, and I knew that working with water is always difficult – I didn’t know it would be six weeks of it (laughs). You never know how long these things take. But I was glad, as hard as it was, I was glad that we were not doing CGI all of the time. If we’d been in a studio with a green backdrop, arms flailing about, no water, it would have been a very different performance. So I was grateful, despite it being a hard days work… for six weeks (laughs). What I liked about it was how the family is connected, and disconnected, and lost, and uncertain from one moment to the next – all good things to play in terms of emotions and fear.
Love this! You can purchase the print over at Calm The Ham (via CBM). The official description provided for the poster is as follows: “A comprehensive and extensive chart of the Batman logo evolution, spanning over 72 years from 1940 – 2012 to map the transformation of a timeless hero. Each poster is stamped and numbered by artist Cathryn Lavery from an edition of 500. There are three sizes available; all prints are ready for framing.”
Soundworks Collection has unveiled this fantastic 11-minute long featurette for Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.’ The video profiles the Park Road Post Studios sound and music team on the film in Wellington, New Zealand. Featured interviews include Re-recording Mixer Michael Hedges, Re-recording Mixer Chris Boyes, Re-recording Mixer Michael Semanick, Co-Supervising Sound Editor Brent Burge, Co-Supervising Sound Editor Chris Ward, and Dolby Atmos Re-recording Mixer Gilbert Lake. Head on over to Soundworks site to see their entire catalogue of behind-the-scenes featurettes profiling the greatest and upcoming sound minds from around the world. For anyone with even the slightest interest in audio post-production, video game sound design, and original soundtrack scoring, their site is a must.
In related ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ news, Movieweb has posted this visual effects featurette for the film, taking a look at the films animation. The video spotlight Andy Serkis’ performance as Gollum and the trolls that Bilbo Baggins and the Company of Dwarves encounter in the film. This past weekend, ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ set a new December opening weekend record in the US, earning an estimated $84,775,000 million. The first film in Peter Jackson’s epic adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s enduringly popular masterpiece took in $138,200,000 million internationally for a worldwide total of $222,975,000.
Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, ‘Les Misérables’ tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Hugh Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Russell Crowe) after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s (Anne Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever.
‘Les Misérables’ is the motion-picture adaptation of the beloved global stage sensation – itself an interpretation of Victor Hugo’s epic novel - seen by more than 60 million people in 42 countries and in 21 languages around the globe and still breaking box-office records everywhere in its 27th year. Helmed by Academy Award-winning director Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech), the film also stars Amanda Seyfried as Cosette, Samantha Barks as Eponine, Aaron Tveit as Enjolras, Eddie Redmayne as Marius, Sacha Baron Cohen as Monsieur Thenardierto, and Helena Bonham Carter as Madame Thénardier. ’Les Misérables’ arrives in cinemas from December 25th in the US and January 11th in the UK. My other interviews for ‘Les Misérables’ can be found through the following links: Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Eddie Redmayne and Samantha Barks (more to come).
What do you think it is about this story and these characters that gives it that enduring quality, that makes it so emotive – something that’s been relatable to audiences around the world for over a 100 years?
Amanda Seyfried: I think the themes in it are always relevant. I think we’re all looking for strength and love. We’re all moved by the power of redemption. There’s always social inequity and struggle, there’s always injustice in the penal system and in class systems. We’re always fighting for something we believe in because there’s always something wrong, and unfortunately the themes have always carried on through time. And if we didn’t have sorrow and if we didn’t have tragedy, then why would we keep relating to this, why would we could going back to it? It’s a phenomenon because we do. Everyone is affected by these themes in some way.
“Inspired by a true story. In a city filled with fear six men will stand. Justice is coming.” The good people over at Warner Bros. Pictures have set loose these “Bible Salesman”, “Fear”, “Take It Back” and “American Dream” TV spots for Ruben Fleischer’s ‘Gangster Squad.’ Showcasing a number of new snippets of footage from ‘Gangster Squad,’ the spots also provide us with some excellent looks at the likes of Josh Brolin’s John O’Mara, Ryan Gosling’s Jerry Wooters, Sean Penn’s Mickey Cohen, Anthony Mackie’s Coleman Harris, Giovanni Ribisi’s Conway Keeler, Michael Peña’s Navidad Ramirez, Robert Patrick’s Max Kennard, Nick Nolte’s Bill Parker and Emma Stone’s Grace Faraday in the film.
The crime-drama, based on a series of articles by Paul Lieberman, is the fact-based tale of the crime fighting exploits of a squad of elite Los Angeles officers in the 1940s, led by Josh Brolin’s Sgt. John O’Mara and Ryan Gosling’s Jerry Wooters, charged with stopping ruthless Brooklyn-born mob king Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn). Screenwriter Will Beall is a former South Central Los Angeles cop who wrote the novel ‘L.A. Rex.’ Gangster Squad’ features a truly top-notch cast in Sean Penn, Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin, Anthony Mackie, Robert Patrick, Michael Pena, Mireille Enos, Giovanni Ribisi, and Nick Nolte. You can read the synopsis and production notes for ‘Gangster Squad’ below the new TV spots. The film is set for a January 11th, 2013 release. My interviews for ‘Gangster Squad’ will be on the site soon. I’m amped for this film!
“Fight. Dream. Hope. Love.” As we’re nearing the highly anticipated release of ‘Les Misérables,’ Working Title Films and Universal Pictures have unveiled this new clip from Tom Hooper’s (The King’s Speech) adaptation of Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel and subsequent stage musical. The clip centers on Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) getting cut some slack by the Bishop (Colm Wilkinson), someone he just stole from.
Les Misérables’ features a truly top-notch cast in Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean, Russell Crowe as Inspector Javert, Anne Hathaway as Fantine, Amanda Seyfried as Cosette, Samantha Barks as Eponine, Aaron Tveit as Enjolras, Eddie Redmayne as Marius, Aaron Tveit as Enjolras, Daniel Huttlestone as Gavroche, Sacha Baron Cohen as Monsieur Thenardierto, and Helena Bonham Carter as Madame Thénardier. The film lands in cinemas on December 25th in the US and January 11th in the UK.