Saturday, July 31, 2010

Animal Kingdom review

August 13

Directed by David Michod, starring James Frencheville, Ben Mendelsohn, Jacki Weaver, Guy Pearce, Joel Edgerton. Screenplay written by Michod.

Atmospheric. That’s probably the best way to describe director David Michod’s Australian gangster flick Animal Kingdom. In telling the story of Joshua ‘J’ Cody (newcomer James Frecheville) and his entry into a world of armed robbery, drugs and murder, Michod has created a tense atmosphere within his film akin to the likes of The Departed. Hyper-violent at times, meticulously developed at others, Animal Kingdom is vicious tale that is unrelenting in the way it builds tension and explodes to a thrilling climax.

The film begins with a somber, if not peculiar scene. Young Josh is sitting on the couch next to his sleeping mother, watching ‘Deal or No Deal’ on television. Moments later, the silent, emotionless Josh is greeted by paramedics, who are there to collect his mother. As it turns out, she’s overdosed on heroin and has been dead all along. This brilliantly crafted five minute scene tells us what we need to know about the disaffected Josh. We can also see that while he remains emotionless, he’s far from handling things well. He calls his grandmother (Jacki Weaver), who comes to take him to live with her and his uncles. At this point we discover (through Josh’s narration) that he mother has kept him from his uncles for one specific reason: they’re a dangerous bunch.

Josh falls easily into the care of his uncles Craig (Sullivan Stapleton) and Darren (Luke Ford), who are working with their business partner Barry ‘Baz’ Brown (Joel Edgerton) to protect their eldest brother, the heinous Pope (Ben Mendelsohn) from the police. For Pope, the heat is on and hiding is the only way to survive. That is, until the police escalate the situation by savagely murdering someone within the family. From there, revenge is afoot and Pope will clearly stop at nothing to take down the police’s armed robbery division, led by senior officer Nathan Leckie (Guy Pearce).

As you might imagine, Josh gets caught right in the middle of the conflict, forced to chose between his dangerous family and doing the right thing. He quickly realizes that the only way to survive is to learn how to play the game. To learn how to show everyone else who’s king.

All-in-all, the story seems secondary to the condition of this movie. One of intense, haunting and anxious moments. The combination of often intimate cinematography and a haunting score from composer Jo Ford. Every ounce of this movie serves its general purpose: to create an intense, unflinching atmosphere that feels as if it may crush Josh at any moment. Also looking to crush Josh at any moment are his uncle Pope — who is played brilliant and creepily by Ben Mendelsohn — and his grandmother, who is quite possibly one of the best-developed characters I’ve seen during this entire festival. As her character begins to show herself to the audience, Jacki Weaver shows that there’s a fire burning underneath the surface. And all at once, the seemingly sweet grandmother comes full circle as something far more daunting, and far more dangerous.

Striking a perfect balance between moments of hyper-violence and gut-wrenching drama, Animal Kingdom proves itself to be a well-rounded, unrelenting thriller that holds tight and squeezes all the way to the final credits. Riding high on strong performances and a director with a strong vision and eye for execution, it is a film that lives up to its title — just as vicious as one might expect from a movie that is constantly evocative of the natural order of things.

Sucker Punch trailer

March 25 2011

Teaser trailer starring Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens, Jon Hamm, Scott Glenn, Carla Gugino, Oscar Isaac. Directed by Zack Snyder ( Watchman, 300 )

The Debt trailer

December 29

Starring Sam Worthington, Helen Mirren, Ciaran Hinds, Tom Wilkinson, Jessica Chastain. Directed by John Madden ( Shakespeare In Love ) Ben Davis ( Kick-Ass, Stardust ) handling the cinematography.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Morning Glory trailer ( in case you haven't seen it already )

November 11

Starring Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Patrick Wilson and Jeff Goldblum.
Premise ? A hotshot TV producer gets hired to run a struggling morning show program despite the fact that the two co-anchor's are constantly feauding.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Speaking of Nicole Kidman...

Middle age hasn't slowed Nicole Kidman on the plethora of projects that she has either completed or is in the pipeline in pre-production.
Along with her Hemingway HBO film, she has four other movies in her intinerary.

Next up in her filmography, is a drama about a happily married couple, Becca and Howard Corbett, that have to come to grips with the sudden death of their child titled Rabbit Proof, with Aaron Eackhart ( as Howard ) along with Diane Wiest, Sandra Oh, Ginacarlo Espisito and Jon Tenney. Early word is that Kidman might pull off a perfromance that is award worthy. This film directed by John Cameron Mitchell.

Following Rabbit Hole, will be Just Go With It, pulling a 360 and doing something she hasn't done before, a full on comedy, starring along side Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Nealon, Brooklyn Decker, Nick Swardson and Heidi Montag. Just Go With It is directed by Denis Dugan ( Happy Gilmore ) and it's due in theaters February 11.

In Pre-Production at this time, she will be teamed with Nicolas Cage in action/thriller called Trespass, about a married couple who is used for a ransom, set for a 2011 release and directed by Joel Schumacher ( Batman Forever, Falling Down )

And finally, in production for almost two years is The Danish Girl, having Kidman playing real life painter Einer Wegener, with Lasse Hallstrom ( The Cider House Rules, The Shipping News ) directing.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Hemingway project with Kidman and Owen in the works

HBO is just cranking out solid films made for television as of late. This past year some of the best in the history of the channel. Now HBO has announced that they will readying production with Hemingway and Gellhorn. About the romance spent between the famous writer and his female muse who was the inspiration for his book For Whom The Bell Tolls.
Nicole Kidman has been cast as WWII correspondant Martha Gellhorn and Clive Owen as Hemingway. Philip Kaufman ( The Right Stuff, Quills, Rising Sun ) will direct the film from a at script written by Barbara Turner ( Pollock, The Company ) and Jerry Stahl ( Permanant Midnight )

Filming will commence the beginning of 2011, with a release of the movie the same year.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Get Low Preview/Synopsis

Get Low July 30

Directed by Best Film Short ( Two Soldiers ) Oscar winner Aaron Schneider, starring Robert Duvall, Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek, Lucas Black, Scott Cooper and Gerald McRaney. Written by Chris Provenzano ( Mad Men, Justified ) Cinematography by David Boyd ( Kitt Kittredge ) Editing by Schneider and Original Score by Oscar winner Jan A.P. Kaczmarek ( Finding Neverland )

Get Low is part folk tale, fable, and real life legend, about a mysterious 1930's Tennessee hermit Felix Bush ( Duvall ) who famously threw his own rollicking funeral party while he was still alive.

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and brief violent content. 100 min.

Oscar chances ? Very good for Duvall with many predicting an Oscar nod for Best Actor. Murray and Spacek have good chances in the supporting category as well. Good possibility for screenplay.
The film, as well as the performances were well received at last years Toronto Film Festival. As of now, the film has been reviewed by 26 critics with a 100% approval rating.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy remake in the works

Many John le Carre die-hard fans are divided in the news of a remake of one of his most popular novels, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, which was made in to a mini-series in 1979 with the late, great Alec Guinness as the protagonist George Smiley.
BAFTA nominee, Swedish filmmaker Tomas Alfredson ( Let The Right One In ) will be directing with Gary Olman playing the role of Smiley this time around and a supporting cast of Colin Firth, Ralph Fiennes and Michael Fassbender. Filming is to begin in October for a 2012 release date.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Flipped Trailer

August 6

Rob Reiner returns to the director's chair with another coming of age youth story titled Flipped, about two 8th graders that begin having feelings for eachother despite being total opposites.
Starring in the film is Madeline Carroll, Callan McAuliffe, Rebecca De Mornay, Anthony Edwards, Aiden Quinn and John Mahoney.
Early word is this film has a very similar tone and feel to it as one of his best movies of his career, Stand By Me. Reiner really hasn't had a hit in a long while. Maybe this will be the one.

Legend Of The Guardians: The Owl's Of Ga' Hoole Trailer

Sept 23

The Owls Of Ga' Hoole is based form the eight different books by Kathy Lansky, with this film version taken from the first three of the eight.
The basic premsie of the movie is about a young farm owl Soren, who becomes kidnapped by the evil owls of St. Aggies Academy for orphaned owls, where they are trained there to become soldiers, whose main intent it is to control all owl kingdoms in the world, with Soren doing everything he can do to escape the wrath of the evil owl's and stop them from attaining their goals of total power over all owls.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Premise about Clooney/Payne project The Descendants

Many are kind of in the dark about what George Clooney's film The Descendants is about. The movie is the first for director Alexander Payne ( About Schmidt ) after his success with Sideways.
The film stars besieged and wryly introspective attorney Matt King ( Clooney ), the land-rich descendant of Hawaiian royalty and American missionaries and entrepreneurs. He wrestles with the decision of whether to keep his swath of valuable inherited land or sell it to a real estate developer. But even more critical, Matt also has to decide whether to pull the plug on his wife, Joanie, who has been in an irreversible coma for 23 days following a boat-racing accident. Then Matt finds out that Joanie was having an affair with real estate broker Brian Speer, impelling him to travel with his two daughters—precocious 10-year-old Scottie and fresh from rehab 17-year-old Alex—from Oahu to Kauai to confront Brian. Matt finds out the truth about Joanie and Brian, which influences his decision about what to do with his family's on-the-block land and complicates his plans for Joanie. Matt's journey with his girls forms the emotional core of this sharply observed, frequently hilarious and intermittently heartbreaking look at a well-meaning but confused father trying to hold together his unconventional family.
There seems to be confusion on a release date where I here it will be in theaters on December 17th and other reports where it will be seen at the end of 2011. At least looks worthy enough to keep your eye on.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Jon Hamm: More roles and still branching out

Jon Hamm will be having another good year on the small and big screen, as he has a lot on his plate for this and next year, with the premier of the fourth season of Mad Men this Sunday evening, and also other projects he has coming up in the near future.
Many by now already know he is going to play Ben Affleck's nemesis detective in The Town, out this year, but I haven't heard too many people talking about another film he will be in coming to theaters on March 3 2011, as Hamm will be playing a baddie character by the name of High Roller, for director Zack Snyder in the film Sucker Punch. Also starring with him in the film are Emily Browning, Jena Malone, Jamie Chung, Carla Gugino, Vanessa Hudgens, Abbie Cornish, Michael Jai White and Scott Glenn. The film is based and was written by Snyder ( Watchman, 300 ) and is set in the 1950's and follows Babydoll ( Browning ) who's confined to a mental institution by her stepfather, who he intends to have a lobotomy done on her in 5 days.
While she spends her days institutionalized, Babydoll imagines an alternative reality to hide from her pain she is experiencing, where in this new world she begins to plan her escape from those who intend to harm her.
Many people that have read the script say it's right up there with what you'd expect from a Zack Snyder film. It will definitely have it's fan base and will probably do well domestically in earnings at the box office.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Miral trailer

After being Oscar nominated for directing The Diving Bell and The Butterfly, Julian Schnabel's next film Miral, looks to possibly have that same type of critical acclaim attached to it as his previous film did.
Based on the novel by Rula Jebrel, and the premise chronicling Hind Husseini's effort to establish an orphanage in Jerusalem after the 1948 partition of Palestine and the creation of the state of Israel.
The film stars Hiam Abbass, Freida Pinto, Willem Dafoe, Vanessa Redgrave and Omar Metwally as principle characters. Lensing was provided by Eric Gautier ( Into The Wild, Taking Woodstock ) and the film will receive a December 3rd release date.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Filming on Moneyball commences

Cameras started to role last week for Brad Pitt's upcoming baseball film, Moneyball.
The story, based from the book by the same name by Michael M. Miller and has been adapted by Aaron Sorkin and Steve Zaillian, is about Oakland A's General Manager
Billy Bean ( Pitt-pictured ) and his innovative way to develop a competitive team that has been operating with one of the lowest team payrolls in Major League baseball by using nontraditional methods of analysis called sabermetrics when scouting players.

Bennett Miller ( Capote ) is directing with Robin Wright, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Chris Pratt also cast. The film doesn't have a cinematographer listed on a crew sheet yet as original lenser Adam Kimmell ( Capote, Lars and The Real Girl ) was arrested in April and is having legal troubles due to a sexual assault charge against a minor he is dealing at this time. Someone obviously has the job because they have been shooting since July 12. No word on a release date yet but the project is looking at a 2011 release.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Knockout is Haywire

The next film up for Academy Award winning director Steven Soderbergh ( Traffic, Erin Brockovich ) who is pictured in the photo, was once called Knockout but now has changed it's title to Haywire. It's an action/thriller about a a black ops super soldier who seeks paypack after she is betrayed and set up during a mission.
The film was written by Lem Dobbs ( The Score, The Limey ) and stars Ewan McGregor, Gina Carano, Antonia Banderas, Michael Fassbender, Channing Tatum, Michael Douglas and Bill Paxton.
This film will be released in January 2011.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Due Date teaser

Todd Phillips ( Old School, The Hangover ) looks to be on a comedic roll after hitting big time huge last year with The Hangover, and he didn't waste any time in getting back behind the camera for his next comedy, Due Date. The premise is about a man who is forced to hitch a ride with a goofball, wannabe actor on a road trip in order so he can make the birth of his first child on time.

The film stars Robert Downey Jr. Zack Galifinakis, Michelle Monaghan, Jamie Foxx, Alan Arkin and Juliette Lewis. Hits theaters November 5, but there have been test screenings the last couple of weeks with favorable response.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Biutiful trailer

Yes that is the correct spelling for the title of the film.

Starring Oscar winner Javier Bardem ( No Country For Old Men ) which his role in Biutiful also won him the Jury Prize for Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival. Directed by Oscar nominee Alejando Gonzalez Inarritu ( Babel, 21 Grams )

No street date set fore a U.S. release but rumors are for winter 2010.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Town trailer

The Town is the second feature for actor Ben Affleck to venture back behind the camera after his impressive debut two years ago with Dennis Lehane's Gone Baby Gone.

The film stars Affleck, John Hamm, Chris Cooper, Rebbeca Hall, Jeremy Renner and Blake Lively in primary roles.

The premise of the film is based off the Chuck Hogan novel, Prince Of Thieves, about a thief ( Affleck ) who becomes entangled in a balancing act between his feelings for a bank manager ( Hall ) that he knows from a previous heist, and at the same time, to remain focused and grounded about the FBI agent ( Hamm ) who is trying to take him down. The lensing of the film was done by Oscar winner Robert Elswit as well as Oscar nominee Dylan Tichenor serving in the editing process.

September 10 is the day The Town hits theaters.

Day-Lewis/Holmes rumor still hanging around

Well... as of today the IMDB page for the Sherlock Holmes sequel still has the very picky Daniel Day-Lewis on it's cast list to portray Professor Moriarty, considered to be Sherlock Holmes arch enemy. To Holmes, Moriarty is a criminal mastermind and primary antagonist.

Many fans of the movie, and I suppose some faithful to the book, are clamouring for this casting. They want to see Day-Lewis and Downey Jr. face off and light up the screen. Rumor is Guy Ritchie has already let it be known to Day-Lewis that it's his part if he wants it. I personally would love to see what the method actor would do with the character. But Day-Lewis is notorious for turning down projects and he hardly does summer blockbuster type movies.
I hope the rumor is true, but if he doesn't accept the gig I wouldn't be close to surprised.
Expect the Holmes sequel in December 2011, with filming to commence this fall.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Salt Preview/Synopsis

Salt July 23

Directed by Phillip Noyce ( Patriot Games, The Bone Collector ) Starring Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiafor, Andre Braugher, written by Kurt Wimmer ( The Recruit, Sphere ) Cinematography by Oscar winner Robert Elswit ( There Will Be Blood ) Editing by Oscar nominee Stuart Baird ( Superman ) and John Gilroy ( Pride and Glory, Miracle ) Original score by multiple Oscar nominee James Newton Howard ( Defiance, Blood Diamond )

Evelyn Salt ( Jolie ) a CIA officer will soon see her loyalty tested with a defector that accuses her of being a Russian spy, which leads Salt to go on the run and live by her training instincts to get her through this ordeal before proving herself to the world that she is who she says she is.

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence.

Oscar chances ? This one has my scratching my head. I'm hearing very good things early about it. But more than likely Salt is a action/thriller type summer popcorn movie. I could see it getting some MTV movie awards though.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Edelstein slams Inception

David Edelstein, New York Magazine's film critic has been the first of well known critics to take his shots at Inception. I'm not going to write his full review and nor do I want to read it before I see the film. That's my movie going mantra. I don't read reviews before I see a film, so I can go in fresh with an open mind while watching the movie. I don't want to read a positive or negative review. I want to make up my own mind first. Then it's kind of fun to read the reviews after I have seen a film to see how much I either agree or disagree with that certain review.

I did see Edelstein's review title and it says this..." Clunky, confusing on four separate levels of reality "

I remember he didn't care for The Dark Knight either. Maybe he just doesn't like Christopher Nolan. Who cares ?! Not me. I have been all over this film since it was in pre-production. I like the casting, and the crew Nolan has assembled to work on the film and I am also a fan of all of his movies. I know what I like as a film goer, and I would be shocked if I don't like it. I will sure find out Saturday afternoon.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Crazy, Stupid, Love

Fans of Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling and Steve Carell will need to keep an eye on a movie they just wrapped and will be hitting theaters April 11 next year.

The film is titled Crazy, Stupid, Love also starring Kevin Bacon, Emma Stone, and Marisa Tomei.

The premise is a dramedy based on the life of Cal Weaver, a father who's life is unraveling and is dealing with a marital crisis all the while trying to manage the relationship with his kids. The film is directed by Glen Ficarra and John Requa ( I Love You Phillip Morris ) and written by Dan Fogelman ( Bolt, Fred Claus )

Jeremy Renner added

Some quick notes.... Jeremy Renner has been cast in The Avengers as the Hawkeye character, joining an already loaded cast. The Marvel based film is set for a May 4 2012 release date.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Director switch for The Wolf Of Wall Street ?

With Martin Scorsese now in the beginning of shooting Hugo Cabret in the UK, it looks like he's not going to direct The Wolf Of Wall Street after all as he had previously planned with Leonardo Dicaprio to star. Scorsese may stay on as producer but will not direct the film.
Apparently Dicaprio is still involved and the rumor is that Ridley Scott really likes the script that was written by Terry Winter ( The Sopranos ) and has expressed interest in the project. Timing will be tricky for both actor and director as DiCaprio has the J. Edgar Hoover project with Clint Eastwood next and Ridley Scott with the Alien prequel on his plate. A big plate that is too !
If you didn't know by this time, The Wolf Of Wall Street is a true story from a memoir written by Jordon Belfort, a stock chopper who made millions with the investment firm Stratton Oakmont, a young man who lived the high life of riches and exorbitant amount of drug use, then to see it all come crashing down for stock market manipulation and running a boiler room. Belfort was indicted on securities fraud and money laundering. His investor losses reached the 200 million mark.
He then agreed to a pump and dump scheme with the FBI and served 22 months in prison and is now reportedly a free lance consultant and is also 13 years sober.
I myself read the script a year or so ago and it's a fast read and funny at times story with many different sub-plots going on at the same time. All I could think was that this would be a very interesting movie to sit through if it got made.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Best Cinematography at the next Oscar's ?

Congratulations to Wally Pfister for winning the Academy Award for best Cinematography for Inception. What you say ? The Oscar's aren't for another seven months. I know this, but one can speculate and predict and that's what I'm doing with Pfister for his work in Inception. Many including myself, thought he should have won for The Dark Knight, I thought that film had better photography than the winner Slumdog Millionaire, but that film was the little engine that could and I was not the least surprised when that film won.
My reasoning why Pfister will finally nab his first gold statue is 1) He's very due 2) The photography is amazing.... many people are talking about the photography of the film 3) If Avatar can win mostly being shot with Green screen ( as part of Inception is as well ) but a lot of Inception was filmed on location too so that should be taken into consideration by the Academy.
Previous films shot by Pfister are The Prestige ( Oscar nod ) Batman Begins ( Oscar nod )Insomnia, Laurel Canyon and The Italian Job.
What are some of the films I think may give Pfister and Inception a run for it's money ? Look for good cinematography in The Way Back ( Russell Boyd ), Tree Of Life ( Emmanuel Lubezki ), The Town ( Robert Elswit ) 127 Hours ( Anthony Dod Mantle ) True Grit ( Roger Deakins ) The Adjustment Bureau ( John Toll ) Secretariat ( Dean Semler ) Hereafter ( Tom Stern ) Biutiful ( Rodrigo Prieto ) Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part I ( Eduardo Serra ) Robin Hood ( John Mathieson ) The Ghost Writer ( Pawel Edelman ) Black Swan ( Matthew Libatique ) Faust ( Bruno Delbonel ) London Boulevard ( Chris Menges ) and The Eagle and The Ninth ( Anthony Dod Mantle )

Friday, July 9, 2010

You Don't Know Jack gets 15 Emmy nods

I'm not a huge Emmy awards fan but the best part of it, I think, is the awards for best motion picture made for televison.

I was happy to see my favorite of the Year, You Don't Know Jack, the Barry Levinson directed Jack Kevorkian biopic, starring a very good performance by Al Pacino, receive 15 nominations.
My second made for TV film, THe Special Relationship earned 5 nods, the film about the relationship between Tony Blair and Bill Clinton.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The halfway mark

This is one year where I really feel like the second half of the movie season will save the year to being a pretty good one. Until then, it's been pretty slim pickin's.

Best picture

Solitary Man
Shutter Island
The Tillman Story ( it's a doc but still captivating nonetheless- it moves you because the story is asinine it even happened )
Nowhere Boy
Green Zone
The Ghost Writer
Get Low
Leaves Of Grass
Winter's Bone

Next 5- Centurion ( Michael Fasbender is becoming one of my favorite actors ), Edge Of Darkness, Iron Man II, Cyrus, Animal Kingdom ( good Aussie indie look for it ).


Michael Douglas- Solitary Man
Leonardo DiCaprio- Shutter Island/Inception ( which film ? )
Edward Norton- Leaves Of Grass
Robert Duvall- Get Low
John C. Reilly- Cyrus
( Aaron Johnson comes close in Nowhere Boy-he should get the newcomer of the year award )


Annette Bening- The Kids Are Alright
Rebecca Hall- Please Give
Jennifer Lawrence- Winter's Bone
Tilda Swinton- I Am Love
Chole Moretz ( just because she gives a real adult like performance for a little girl- keep your eyes on her, she's the next Dakota, she just got a part in Hugo Cabret, Scorsese's next that's filming now )

Supporting Actor

Bill Murray- Get Low
Mark Ruffalo- The Kid's Are Alright
Ben Kingsley- Shutter Island
Pierce Brosnan- The Ghost Writer ( category placement- McGregor had more lines )
John Hawkes- Winter's Bone

Supporting Actress

Sissy Spacek- Get Low
Catherine Keener- Please Give
Michelle Williams- Shutter Island
Amy Ryan- Green Zone
Jacki Weaver- Animal Kingdom


Martin Scorsese- Shutter Island
Sam Tayor-Wood- Nowhere Boy
Aaron Schneider- Get Low
Paul Greengrass- Green Zone
Roman Polanski- The Ghost Writer

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Woody Allen's already onto his next film

In case you did not know this already, this time Woody's taking his next project to Paris in the beginning of fall to shoot an offbeat comedy called Midnight In Paris strarring th likes of Rachel McAdams, Michael Sheen, Marion Cotillard, Adrien Brody, Kathy Bates, Owen Wilson and Tom Hiddelson.

Monday, July 5, 2010

No A listers for Spielberg's next project

Usually with a Steven Spielberg project, his cast, especially the leads are usually the cream of the A list crop, but with his new movie War Horse, he's casting lesser known actors this time around. The actors that have been cast are Jeremy Irvine, David Thewlis, Tom Hiddelston, Stephen Graham, Peter Mullan, David cross and Emily Watson, easily the most known name out of them all.

The movie is an adaptation from the book by Michael Morpurgo ( pictured )which later became a popular a Broadway play. The adaptation is written by Oscar nominees Richard Curtis ( Four Weddings and A Funeral ) and Lee Hall ( Billy Elliot ) and longtime Spielberg cinematographer Janusz Kaminiski will be doing the photography. Filming will be held in Surrey, England and a August 10, 2011 is the planned day for release.

The premise of the film goes like this; at the outbreak of World War I, Joey, young Albert's beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. He's soon caught up in enemy fire; death, disease and fate take him on an extraordinary odyssey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in No man's land. But Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a dangerous mission to find him and bring him home.

Sounds like a pretty baity project to keep an eye on.

Inception Preview/Synopsis

July 16

Directed by Christopher Nolan ( The Dark Knight, The Prestige, Insomnia ) Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Cillian Murphy, Ken Watanabe, Michael Caine, Tom Hardy, Lukas Hass, Tom Berenger, Pete Postlethwaite, Dileep Rao. Written by Nolan, cinematography by long time Nolan collaborator Wally Pfister, editing by Lee Smith ( Master and Commander ) and original score by Oscar winner Hans Zimmer ( Gladiator )

This sci-fi/thriller is epic in scope and budget ( 200 million ) with it's main premise about a team of specialists who can infiltrate the dreams of other people to gain ideas for profit. But not everything in these tasks are easy. In an attempt at redemption they take on one more job, instead this plan will not be " stealing " a dream, but instead " planting " one. Every step of the way though they seem to be side stepping an enemy that is right on their tracks.

Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and action throughout. 148 min.

Oscar chances ? Plenty. This could possibly be the nomination leader of the year. It may not receive any acting nods, but I could see it's chances in almost every other category. Many tech nominations will get noticed.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

The Pat Tillman Story documentary trailer

Very interesting and captivating true story of a man who gave up the nice life of an NFL player and drop all of that and enlist in the U.S. Miliatry after 9/11, only to be killed by his own troops, to which, our own government tried to cover up in the beginning. If you get a chance to see this please do. If anyting do it for Pat because he doesn't have a voice in the matter anymore. This documentary is better than nothing though.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Never Let Me Go trailer

Never Let Me Go is a sci-fi, drama, thriller based from a novel written by Kazuo Ishiguro, who won the Booker Award for The Reamins Of The Day.
The films stars Oscar nominated actresses Keira Knightley and Carey Mulligan and also stars Andrew Garfield ( the new Spider-Man ) Sally Hawkins, Charlotte Rampling, and Damhall Gleeson.
The main premise of the film is about a woman, who as she reflects on her private school years in England, reunites with her two friends to face the dark secrets buried in their past. With no contact to the outside world during those school years, they now discover they are clones, born and raised for the sole purpose of providing organs for transplants.
The movie is directed by Mark Romanek ( One Hour Photo ) was shot by DP Adam Kimmell ( Capote, Lars and The Real Girl ) and the novel adapted by Alex Garland ( The Beach, 28 Days Later )

Rated R for some sexuality and nudity.

Look for an October release date.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Ron Howard's next project behind the camera

The photos are from the set of Ron Howard's currently filming black comedy called Cheaters, starring Vince Vaughn, Wynona Ryder, Kevin James, Jennifer Connelly, Channing Tatum and Queen Latifah.
The movie is about a man ( Vaughn ) who is unsure if he should tell his friend and business partner ( James ) about his wife cheating on him with another man ( Tatum ) after catching them in the act. Salvatore Totino ( Any Given Sunday, Cinderella Man ) is providing the cinematography.
The film opens January 11, 2011.

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Started to really pay attention to film ( movies ) what was going on in front of the camera, but more interestingly, behind it as well at about as far back as age 10. Motion pictures ( when good ) are a fascinating medium. All the work and prep that goes into filmmaking. It's an amazing process !