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A sinking ship of a drama that managed to be neither monstrous nor deep
"Thar she blows!" said one of the crew as a whale came to the surface. The cetacean wasn't the only thing blowing heavily in The Whale (BBC1), a 90-minute dramatisation of the sinking of the Essex, a Nantucket whaler, by a sperm whale in the Pacific. This was the shipwreck that inspired Herman Melville to write Moby Dick; the BBC film was so laboured it only served to unintentionally remind me of Melville's genius.
The Whale felt like a big-screen movie epic trapped inside a relatively small-budget TV programme; the vastness of the ocean, skies and the whales got hopelessly lost. Worse still, it was structurally flawed, unable to make up its mind whether it was a rite-of-passage story for the young Tom Nickerson on his first voyage, a clash of wills between the two leads »
- John Crace
As we speak, Ron Howard is filming his latest feature, In the Heart of the Sea, an adaptation of the Nathaniel Philbrick novel which was an account of the tragedy of the whale ship Essex. Check out the first set pics!
From the Press Release
Warner Bros. Pictures has announced a March 13th, 2015, release date for the action adventure In the Heart of the Sea. Oscar winner Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind) directs from a script by Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), and Charles Leavitt (Blood Diamond) based on Nathaniel Philbrick’s best-selling novel about the dramatic true journey of the whaling ship Essex.
In the Heart of the Sea stars Chris Hemsworth as the vessel’s veteran first mate, Owen Chase; Benjamin Walker as its inexperienced Captain, George Pollard; Cillian Murphy as second mate Matthew Joy; and Ben Whishaw as novelist Herman Melville, »
- Uncle Creepy
Conspiracy on Jekyll Island
Martin Sheen is set to star in "The Whale," a new BBC One telemovie about the last voyage of the whaling ship Essex which was attacked and sunk by a sperm whale in the southern Pacific Ocean in 1820. Jonas Armstrong and Paul Kaye also star.
Sheen will play the elder version of Thomas Nickerson, a character that Charles Furness will play the teenage version of. The elder Nickerson's writings inspired Herman Melville to pen "Moby Dick". [Source: The Mirror]
50 Shades of Grey
- Garth Franklin
Martin Sheen will star in The Whale, a two-hour film from BBC Factual Productions and Animal Planet that’s set to premiere in December on BBC 1 and in summer 2014 on Animal Planet. Based on true events, Sheen portrays Old Thomas Nickerson, who served as cabin boy on the ill-fated voyage of the whaling ship the Essex. The two-hour drama is inspired by real-life accounts of the ship’s sinking; those accounts are said to have inspired Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. The Whale is written by Terry Cafolla (Holy Cross, Messiah). Filming took place on location in Malta this past spring and wrapped up outside of London last summer. Sheen, repped by ICM Partners, leads the cast as the elder Nickerson with Jonas Armstrong (Robin Hood, The Street) as First Mate Owen Chase; Adam Rayner (The Hunted) as Captain Pollard; Paul Kaye (Game Of Thrones, Stella) as Joy; David Gyasi (Cloud Atlas, »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Let's sing a big raucous happy birthday to 98 years young Oscar winner Oswald Morris who is still with us! That's a lot of candles. And a lot of great movies.
The British born Morris only ever received Oscar nominations for big screen musicals (Oliver!, Fiddler on the Roof , and The Wiz) but that's hardly the full picture of his career. Though reknowned for his use of color -- his cinematography on Moulin Rouge (1952, recently discussed) was particularly innovative -- he also won prizes for his black and white work, most notably: Moby Dick, The Pumpkin Eater, The Hill, and The Spy Who Came in From the Cold. Other well known pictures include Equus, The Guns of Navarone, Stanley Kubrick's Lolita and a couple of Liz & Dick adventures (The Taming of the Shrew and Reflections in a Golden Eye). His awards haul includes 1 Oscar, 3 BAFTAs, 3 British Society of Cinematography wins and »
- NATHANIEL R
Chris Hemsworth isn't a stranger to taking extreme measures to prepare for his roles, but this one seems to take the cake. During a stop on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the Aussie heartthrob admitted that he's been on a crash diet in anticipation for his next film, Heart of the Sea. In the forthcoming flick, the 30-year-old actor plays a sailor who is stranded at sea. "[Heart of the Sea] is the true events that inspired Herman Melville to write Moby Dick," he explained to Jimmy Kimmel. "A bunch of sailors in a whaling ship get struck by a whale, the ship sinks and they jump onto the small rafts and drift for 90 days. And basically they begin to die and eat each other...a romantic »
The actor has to lose a lot of weight for his next movie, "Heart of the Sea," and is consuming just 500 calories a day to do it! The film is based on a true story that inspired Herman Melville to write "Moby Dick."
"A bunch of sailors in a whaling ship get struck by a whale, the ship sinks and they jump onto the small rafts and drift for 90 days. And basically they begin to die and eat each other ... a romantic comedy," Hemsworth joked on "Jimmy Kimmel Live."
"And we have to get rather skinny. So we're on 500 or 600 calories a day."
Hemsworth is used to dieting for roles; he dropped 30 pounds to star in the Formula One drama "Rush."
So, just what can someone eat that totals 500 calories? »
- Kelly Woo
Last month, we reported that production had started on director Ron Howard's new drama Heart of the Sea. The film is based on the true story of a whaling excursion gone awry, which served as the inspiration for Herman Melville to write the classic novel Moby Dick. Earlier today, the filmmaker shared three photos from the production's last day shooting in a massive interior tank, which illustrates the gravity of this intense situation, as the actors get doused with an onslaught of water. Stay tuned for more photos from the set as production continues in the U.K.
Our last day on out interior tank - Heart of the Sea. Here is 1st of a series of pix pic.twitter.com/xqWgXEGaP2
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) October 30, 2013
2nd pic in series - things are getting serious pic.twitter.com/QVdkfFFtfz
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) October 30, 2013
They're about to experience some moisture pic. »
Rising British beauty Charlotte Riley has joined the cast Warner Bros.‘ fact-based seafaring tragedy In The Heart Of The Sea (a title which may be shortened to Heart Of The Sea) . Oscar-winning A Beautiful Mind director Ron Howard is at the helm on the film based on the real events that inspired Herman Melville’s iconic novel ‘Moby Dick’.
Riley takes on the role of Peggy, the pregnant wife of Owen Chase (played by Howard’s Rush lead Chris Hemsworth), one of the doomed crew members aboard the whaling ship Essex, whom after seeing their ship attacked and sunk by a sperm whale, survived for 90 days by staying afloat using broken debris, only to endure disease, starvation and eventual cannibalism.
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- Craig Hunter
Rush director-actor duo Ron Howard and Chris Hemsworth have begun filming on their second collaboration, titled Heart of the Sea, which is another period drama that was inspired by real events; in this case, those which served as the basis for Herman Melville’s man versus nature literature classic, Moby Dick. However, before that sea-sailing feature arrives in theaters, Hemworth will return to the big screen in a very different sort of “adventure story,” known as Cyber.
Cyber is an original cyber-terrorism thriller, as co-written by Morgan Davis Foehl and four-time Oscar-nominee Michael Mann (who’s also directing). Foehl is making his formal screenwriting debut here, having previously served as an assistant editor on the TV series Rescue Me ...
- Sandy Schaefer
Though his latest film, the racing pic Rush, isn’t even in theaters yet, Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind) is already entering production on his next project, a long-in-the-works adaptation of Nathaniel Philbrick’s 2000 bestseller In the Heart of the Sea, shortened to simply Heart of the Sea.
According to Warner Bros’ new press release, production on Heart of the Sea began in England on September 10th. Like Rush, Heart of the Sea is also a period piece and stars Chris Hemsworth as a famous figure from history. This time around, the Thor actor is portraying Owen Chase, the veteran first mate of the Nantucket whaling ship Essex who, after a brutal whale attack in the Pacific during the winter of 1820, struggles to keep other crew members alive while seeking vengeance against the creature.
- Isaac Feldberg
"In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Melville's "Moby-Dick". But that told only half the story.
Heart of the Sea reveals the encounter's harrowing aftermath, as the ship's surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive. Braving storms, starvation, panic and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of their trade, »
- Garth Franklin
Ron Howard‘s latest film, Rush, isn’t even yet in theaters across most of the world, but the filmmaker is already making his next movie. That movie is Heart of the Sea, a period adventure film based on a novel by Nathaniel Philbrick. It tells the true story that inspired Herman Melville’s Moby Dick and stars Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin [...] »
- Germain Lussier
Production is underway on Ron Howard's adaptation of Nathaniel Philbrick's fact-based book, "In The Heart of the Sea", telling the true story of the 19th century whaling vessel Essex, which eventually served as the inspiration for Herman Melville's "Moby Dick". Titled Heart of the Sea, the film will feature Howard's Rush star, Chris Hemsworth, as the vessel's veteran first mate Owen Chase with Benjamin Walker (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) as its inexperienced Captain, George Pollard, Cillian Murphy as second mate Matthew Joy and Ben Whishaw (Skyfall's Q) as novelist Herman Melville. Here's the official plot: In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Melville's "Moby-Dick". But that told only half the story. Heart of the Sea reveals the encounter's harrowing aftermath, »
- Brad Brevet
The story is an adaptation of the Nathaniel Philbrick high-seas drama. Charles Leavitt penned the original draft of the script, and Morgan recently joined the project to "work extensively with Howard on some redrafts".
The story follows the Nantucket whaling ship the Essex, which was stalked and ultimately destroyed by a sperm whale in 1820. Stranded thousands of miles from home, the crew struggled to survive with only eight ultimately rescued. The incident was the inspiration for Herman Melville's "Moby Dick."
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Here's more of today's latest casting news: Ben Whishaw (Cloud Atlas) has been confirmed for Ron Howard's In the Heart of the Sea. Osy Ikhile (What If) also joins the picture. Chloë Sevigny (American Horror Story), Jacob Lofland (Mud) and Josh Lucas (The Firm) join Sarah Colangelo's Little Accidents, starring Elizabeth Banks and Boyd Holbrook. Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory) is in talks to join Josh Gad and Kevin Hart in Jeremy Garelick's untitled comedy. Hit the jump for more on each announcement. The Wrap confirms that Whishaw will indeed play author Herman Melville in Howard's Moby Dick-inspired In the Heart of the Sea, adapted from Nathaniel Philbrick's novel. The story follows "follows the Essex, a whaling ship that was attacked by a giant sperm whale and sank in 1820, stranding its crew at sea for 90 days." Ikhile is also confirmed as "a sailor named Peterson. »
- Dave Trumbore
In the Heart of the Sea
The film focuses on the real life incident which inspired Melville's book. [Source: The Wrap]
The story follows the trials of journalist Gary Webb (Renner), who had committed suicide after a smear campaign by the CIA ruined his professional career. Winstead has been »
- Garth Franklin
For a moment there, it looked like Ben Whishaw was going to do some tentpole hopping. After appearing last fall as the new Q in "Skyfall," the actor was being eyed for Steven Spielberg's "Robopocalypse"—until the filmmaker put it on hold indefinitely. Well, it was a minor blip for Whishaw, who filmed Terry Gilliam's "The Zero Theorem," which is coming to the Venice Film Festival, and is now being eyed for a part in Ron Howard's next movie. Whishaw is being eyed to play "Moby Dick" author Herman Melville in "In The Heart Of The Sea," and this isn't exactly a biopic. Based on the book by Nathaniel Philbrick, this is the true story that inspired Melville's classic novel, following a Nantucket whaling ship that was stalked and destroyed by a sperm whale, stranding the crew who were lost at sea for ninety days. After the attack, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
It's been a year since Warner Bros. ended the "Harry Potter" franchise but the studio hasn't forgotten about the young British actor who played Tom Riddle, as Frank Dillane is in negotiations to join the cast of Ron Howard's "In the Heart of the Sea," TheWrap has learned. Additionally, an individual familiar with the project tells TheWrap that Howard has his eye on "Skyfall" star Ben Whishaw to play "Moby Dick" author Herman Melville, though no deal is imminent at this time. Warner Bros. had no comment. WB and Village Roadshow are mounting »
- Jeff Sneider
Brendan Gleeson (Safe House, The Guard) has signed on to star in the period action drama In the Heart of the Sea at Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow. Sam Keeley (This Must Be the Place) has also joined Ron Howard's (Frost/Nixon, A Beautiful Mind) film, which is based on Nathaniel Philbrick's book.
The story follows the crew of the Nantucket whaling ship the Essex, which was stalked and destroyed by a sperm whale in 1820. Stranded thousands of miles from home, the surviving men (including the captain and first officer) were lost at sea for 90 days and at one point resorted to cannibalism.
Gleeson will play an older version of one of the crew members who made it through the tragedy and is interviewed years later by the author Herman Melville for research on his novel 'Moby Dick'. Keeley will play one of those experiencing the incident first-hand, »
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