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The captivating new trailer and images for Jeff Bridges’ upcoming epic film adaption of ‘Seventh Son’ have been released by Legendary and Universal Pictures. The trailer for the epic action-adventure movie, which also stars Julianne Moore and Ben Barnes, debuted on iTunes Movie Trailers. Based on the book series ‘The Last Apprentice’ by Joseph Delaney, ‘Seventh Son’ will be released in theaters in 3D on February 6, 2015. The film, which was adapted by screenwriters Charles Leavitt and steve Knight, was directed by Sergei Bodrov. The action adventure movie will also feature Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Olivia Williams, Antje Traue and Djimon Hounsou. The follow official synopsis for ‘Seventh Son’ [ Read More ]
- Karen Benardello
Highland Film Group announced today at the Toronto film festival that Academy-nominated, BAFTA Award-winning actor Steve Coogan (“Philomena”, “The Trip”) has signed on to play the title role of James Boswell in a feature film adaptation of acclaimed West End play, Boswell For The Defence.
Gregor Jordan (“Buffalo Soldiers”, “Ned Kelly”) will direct from a script by Patrick Edgeworth, who also wrote the play. Mark Pennell and Steve Chasman will produce. Armyan Bernstein (Beacon Pictures) will executive produce. The project is represented by Highland Film Group Internationally.
Production is set for 2015.
Boswell For The Defence tells the true story of how James Boswell (Coogan), in the twilight of his career and life, takes on an impossible case – to save the life of the convict Mary Bryant from the gallows. A case no one else wants or cares about. The tragi-comic Boswell is the most unlikely hero from the most unlikely quarter. »
- Michelle McCue
★★☆☆☆Returning to the Venice Lido in the Orizzonti sidebar after her mildly gripping thriller Texas Killing Fields premièred here back in 2011, Ami Canaan Mann's Jackie & Ryan (2014) is a fleetingly entertaining romantic drama set in the world of street music. Former Prince Caspian Ben Barnes plays Ryan, a postmodern train-hopping troubadour, whose Athena poster boy looks and guitar plucking skills intrigue ex-pop country singer Jackie (rom-com regular Katherine Heigl). She first sees him busking with a buddy on the street and asks if he ever plays his own material. He shrugs her off, but later when Jackie is lightly knocked down by a car while texting, Ryan escorts her back to her mother's house in the Utah wastes.
- CineVue UK
Perhaps stung by the middling-to-poor reviews for her last film “Texas Killing Fields,” director Ami Canaan Mann (daughter of Michael) returns to screens under cover of absolute directorial anonymity with “Jackie & Ryan,” a movie hamstrung in its attempts to be a “Crazy Heart” or even “Country Strong”-ish vehicle for Katherine Heigl by being more bland than a mashed potato dinner. It’s a strangely old-fashioned film, yielding a big enough crop of corn to revive the entire Midwestern economy, putting forth a dubiously romanticized view of the philosophical beauty of the train-hopping lifestyle. And while Ben Barnes does the film's decent music great justice with his surprisingly lovely singing voice, that’s really the only authentic feeling thing therein. “Jackie & Ryan" is supposedly all about learning how to git where ya gotta go, but none of the characters start or end in particularly interesting places, and the journey is »
- Jessica Kiang
Venice — Director Ami Canaan Mann's country music romance "Jackie & Ryan" is a film that raises many questions. The first is: Christ, is that dirt on his hands or some singularly ill-advised finger tattoos? Yep, those are definitely finger tattoos. And not very good finger tattoos. But let's try not to be personally offensive or get too hung up on some really, really bad finger tattoos. The hands defaced by the finger tattoos (did I mention the finger tattoos? They're just awful) belong to Ben Barnes' country singer Ryan, whom we meet as he brews his morning pot of coffee on a goods train heading in the general direction of Ogden, Utah. These hands are soon revealed to be instrumental to turning the engine of the plot, such as it is - these hands play guitar, fix roofs and politely caress Katherine Heigl's single mom Jackie. A rollin' »
- Catherine Bray
Since she is the daughter of iconic filmmaker Michael Mann, it seems surprising that director Ami Canaan Mann’s first screenplay would focus on a modern-day train-jumper musician who sneaks onto freight cars, armed with guitar and Sterno to cook and make coffee as he heads from city to city to busk on the streets and stay true to a century-old music and lifestyle.
That is the subject of Jackie & Ryan, a collision between the singer (Ben Barnes) and a married woman and former singer (Katherine Heigl) who is nearly broke after fleeing with her daughter from a loveless marriage in New York to go home to Portland with her litigious husband in hot pursuit.
This is Mann’s third film as a director, the most recent being the gritty thriller Texas Killing Fields. From the Coppolas on down, there have been enough cross-generational director success stories to make you »
- Mike Fleming Jr
There was a time when a major studio might have made “Jackie & Ryan,” a wholesome, female-skewing heartland romance, with a Sandra Bullock in the lead and reaped the profits; today, it’s a wing-and-a-prayer festival film that marks Katherine Heigl’s introduction to independent cinema. That’s more of a knock on the shifting biases of mainstream audiences than it is on the ample cornball charms of Ami Canaan Mann’s third feature, which casts Heigl as a hard-up single mother and former country star who’s brought out of her shell by dreamy, drifting busker Ben Barnes. , and merits a carefully targeted release from a nurturing distributor.
The Venice Lido is a curious place to unveil a not-especially-arty film this cozily American in flavor and focus. Everything about “Jackie & Ryan” (filmed under the initial title “Your Right Mind”) seems geared more toward a Sundance berth, right down to its »
- Guy Lodge
Seventh Son Trailer. Sergey Bodrov‘s Seventh Son (2015) movie trailer 2 stars Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, Ben Barnes, Kit Harington, and Antje Traue. Seventh Son‘s plot synopsis: “In a time long past, an evil is about to be unleashed that will reignite the war between the forces [...]
Continue reading: Seventh Son (2015) Movie Trailer 2: The 7th Son of a 7th Son is a Hero »
- Rollo Tomasi
“I’ve been searching for you, Mr. Ward.”
Ben Barnes (Dorian Gray, The Chronicles of Narnia) stars in next year’s Seventh Son, the film adaptation of The Spook’s Apprentice, which is the first installment in Joseph Delaney’s best-selling The Wardstone Chronicles.
Tom Ward’s (Barnes) quite life as a farmhand is upended when he learns that he is the eponymous seventh son of a seventh son. As such, he is able to see supernatural beasts, a useful talent for someone now under the wing of a warrior -- the mysterious Master John Gregory a.k.a. “The Spook” (Jeff Bridges) -- who fights off evil spirits for a living.
- Sasha James
More than a year ago, we saw the first trailer for Seventh Son, a young adult fantasy flick starring Jeff Bridges and Ben Barnes. Then the film got caught in the crossfire during the epic Warner Brothers/Legendary divorce, and Seventh Son was delayed. Now it is in the hands of Universal, and finally has its second trailer. I’ll warn you now though to brace yourselves, as this one looks spectacularly bad.
Ben Barnes is the titular hero, a prophesied wielder of great powers now residing in a land of magic and legend. He meets “the sole remaining warrior of a mystical order” (Jeff Bridges, sporting a wizard-y beard), leaves his livelihood as a farmhand, and joins up with the wise old mage to battle an evil dark queen (Julianne Moore). In between there will be CGI monsters of every description, Jeff Bridges will put on an inexplicable accent, »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
As we look in the rearview mirror of the summer blockbusters, September heralds the start of the fall movie season. Filled with Hollywood heavyweights and A-listers, here’s our Big list of the most anticipated movies coming to cinemas this autumn and during the holidays.
Our exhaustive list includes films that are playing at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival as well the ones that already have a theatrical release date. With the awards season on the horizon, we also added a few bonus films at the end to keep your eye out for in the months ahead.
Pull up a chair, grab a pen and paper and get ready for Wamg’s Guide to the 100+ Films This Fall And Holiday Season.
We kick it off with what’s showing in Toronto at the film festival that runs September 4 – 14.
- Movie Geeks
Universal has unveiled a trailer for the Jeff Bridges fantasy film Seventh Son, kicking off a five-month marketing challenge for the long-delayed big budget actioner. The Ya book-inspired adventure directed by Sergei Bodrov has been teased now for over a year in fits and starts, suffering numerous setbacks since first getting caught in the Rhythm & Hues VFX bankruptcy last year. That hitch cost Legendary an extra $4.9 million in post effects on the period fantasy adventure, in which Bridges plays a mystical warrior teaching a farmhand (Ben Barnes) to battle creatures, sorcery, and and evil queen Julianne Moore.
Initially set to open on February 22, 2013, Seventh Son was first pushed to October 18, 2013 to accomodate the VFX work. That summer distributor Warner Bros. moved it again to January 17, 2014, and even took it to Comic-Con for a panel and cast Q&A. But when Thomas Tull’s shingle split with the studio it took Seventh Son along to Universal. »
- Jen Yamato
Feast: The first official images from Disney's upcoming short film Feast have been released, focusing squarely on a man's best friend, a dog named Winston. The short will track the development of the human's love life through the meal times he and Winston share; it will play in front of Big Hero 6, in theaters on November 7. [Collider] February: Emma Roberts (We're the Millers) and Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men) will star in the horror-thriller February. Osgood Perkins, son of Anthony Perkins (Psycho), wrote the script and will direct. The story is set at a prep school for girls, where two students are mysteriously stranded during winter break. [Variety] Seventh Son Trailer: Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes and Julianne Moore star in Seventh Son, the...
- Peter Martin
We saw the first footage from Seventh Son over a year ago at the 2013 ComicCon. Since then it's had a somewhat leisurely journey to the screen thanks to the divorce proceedings between Warner Bros. and Legendary. But having now settled into its new Universal custody, here's a celebratory new trailer for the fantasy adventure. Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, Ben Barnes and Alicia Vikander star, and the director is Sergei Bodrov.The film is an adaptation of The Spook's Apprentice, the first of Joseph Delaney's best-selling kids series The Wardstone Chronicles. Barnes plays seventh-son-of-a-seventh-son Tom, Luke Skywalker to Bridges' Ben Kenobi, learning the ropes of witch-hunting and coming to terms with his supernatural abilities. Their first major adversary is Moore's Mother Malkin, although it's not the first time Gregory has encountered her: he buried her in a pit covered with magic-countering iron bars years before (that kind of half-arsed temporary »
Feast: Disney's short film Feast will play in front of Big Hero 6 when it opens in theaters on November 7. The first official images have now been released, focusing squarely on a man's best friend, a dog named Winston. The short will track the development of the human's love life through the mealtimes that he shares with Winston. [Collider] February: Emma Roberts (We're the Millers) and Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men) will star in the horror-thriller February. Osgood Perkins, son of Anthony Perkins (Psycho), wrote the script and will direct. The story is set at a prep school for girls, where two students are mysteriously stranded during winter break. [Variety] Seventh Son Trailer: Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes and Julianne Moore...
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It’s been a bumpy road for Legendary’s Seventh Son. Originally planned for release this autumn, the film has been pushed back to February next year after Warner Bros. and Legendary parted ways. Now Universal are set to distribute and so we can have a look at the latest poster and trailer. Seventh Son tells the story of the last two knights whom must protect the world from the forces of darkness. There’s plenty of monster goodness, which is always a plus as far as I’m concerned, but despite a The Big Lebowski reunion of Julianne Moore and Jeff Bridges, the film looks as though it is going to struggle to find an audience. Hopefully the monster fights are as fun as they have the potential to be. Less fun is the awful poster, which is the same kind of Photoshopped mess used by the likes of The Asylum, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
A new trailer has arrived online for Seventh Son, Sergei Bodrov’s fantasy saga starring Jeff Bridges as a mystical warrior and Ben Barnes as his young protégé. Barnes is the Seventh Son in question, you see, a lowly farmhand who just happens to be a prophesized hero boasting some rather incredible powers. He’ll be needing them too, because it’s down to him to go toe to toe with Julianne Moore’s evil queen, whose army of supernatural assassins are running rampage through the kingdom. Take a look at the new trailer, below… ...
- George Wales
Warner Bros just unveiled a new trailer and poster for its "Seventh Son" fantasy adventure, starring Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes and Julianne Moore. Check it out below. Plot: In a time of enchantments when legends and magic collide, the sole remaining warrior of a mystical order (Bridges) travels to find a prophesized hero born with incredible powers, the last Seventh Son (Barnes). Torn from his quiet life as a farmhand, the unlikely young hero embarks on a daring adventure with his battle-hardened mentor to vanquish a dark queen (Moore) and the army of supernatural assassins she has dispatched against their kingdom. The new movie directed by Sergey Bodrov (Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan) and is based on Joseph Delaney's novel series. It's set to hit theaters on February 6th, 2015. Trailer: Poster: (click to enlarge) »
In a time of enchantments when legends and magic collide, the sole remaining warrior of a mystical order (Oscar® winner Jeff Bridges) travels to find a prophesized hero born with incredible powers, the last Seventh Son (Ben Barnes). Torn from his quiet life as a farmhand, the unlikely young hero embarks on a daring adventure with his battle-hardened mentor to vanquish a dark queen (Julianne Moore) and the army of supernatural assassins she has dispatched against their kingdom.
- Michelle McCue
The upcoming fantasy film centers on Tom Ward (Barnes) – the mythical seventh son of the seventh son – being coached to fulfil his destiny by the wizened Spook (Bridges).
The duo's journey sees them battle magic creatures all in hopes of Tom living up to his potential as the greatest knight of all.
Seventh Son opens on February 6, 2015 in the Us and the UK. »
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