Note: I’m posting a great, in-depth interview with David Oyelowo for ‘Selma’ on Monday (December 22th) – stay tuned for that (more interviews for the film will be posted this week).
These two clips and four TV spots have 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.
Earlier this year, writer-director-producer J.J. Abrams provided fans with their first look at the set of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ via a video to promote the charity initiative “Force for Change” and raise money for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The campaign was a massive success, raising $4.26 million for the charity – and now in a final video from the set of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,’ Abrams and the film’s crew offer thanks to fans for the support.
From the set of the film, J.J. Abrams has released a number of video blogs outlining the campaign, which is dedicated to finding creative solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems. The campaign intended to raise funds and awareness for UNICEF’s Innovation Labs and its innovative projects benefiting children in need. By pledging money through the Omaze fundraising platform, any eligible supporter was automatically entered for a chance to visit the set, feature in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,’ and get an early screening of the film before its theatrical release in December 2015.
From Lionsgate comes these new TV spots for David Koepp’s ‘Mortdecai,’ which is set to land in cinemas on January 23rd. Based on the popular three-novel anthology by Kyril Bonfiglioli, the action-comedy crime film stars Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Paul Bettany, Olivia Munn, Oliver Platt, Aubrey Plaza and Jeff Goldblum. ‘Mortdecai’ is described as follows: “Juggling some angry Russians, the British Mi5, his impossibly leggy wife and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai (Johnny Depp) must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and special charm in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold.”
Anthony Mackie is set to team up with ‘Dear White People’ writer-director Justin Simien on a comedy titled ‘Make a Wish.’ The project, scripted by Zach Frankel, landed on the 2013 Black List of “unproduced” screenplays with the following official description: “A fourteen-year old boy with terminal cancer has one last wish – to lose his virginity – and convinces his reluctant football star Make-A-Wish partner (Mackie) to help him score.” Simien made his feature directorial debut on the Sundance prize-winning ‘Dear White People.’ His work on the film also bagged him Independent Spirit and Gotham Award nominations for Best Director.
New Trailer For Clint Eastwood’s ‘American Sniper’ – Starring Bradley Cooper As Navy SEAL Chris Kyle
Note: look out for my interview with Bradley Cooper for ‘American Sniper’ over the weekend.
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).
From Sundance Selects comes the trailer for ‘The Duke of Burgundy,’ the fantastic thriller from writer/director Peter Strickland (Berberian Sound Studio). Opening on January 23rd in the US and February 20th in the UK, the received rave reviews at this year’s Toronto and London Film Festivals.
Day after day, Cynthia (Sidse Babett Knudsen) and Evelyn (Chiara D’Anna) act out a simple yet provocative ritual that ends with Evelyn’s punishment and pleasure. As Cynthia yearns for a more conventional relationship, Evelyn’s obsession with erotic spells quickly becomes an addiction that may push the relationship to a breaking point. The film co-stars Sidse Babett Knudsen and Chiara D’Anna.