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In the latest video in our Craft Truck series, Sal Totino, who was the cinematographer on features like Frost/Nixon, Cinderella Man and The Da Vinci Code, advocates knowing the rules but only in order to break them. Using an apt metaphor of cooking, he says that one could follow a recipe step-by-step or break away and “put a little bit of your soul into it.” Nothing is guaranteed, as Totino cautions, especially not when straying from convention, but you have to know where the edge is — and sometimes fall off — to learn your limits. Watch the full interview here. »
- Nadia Ismail
Fitting for a Valentine's Day opening 2014, Colin Farrell plays a man in love in a mythic New York, but he wakes up with amnesia in modern day New York more than a century later. Described as a sci-fi, fantasy film, Winter's Tale is a story of miracles, crossed destinies, and the age-old battle between good and evil. The film also stars "Downtown Abbey's" Jessica Brown Findlay as his love interest as well as Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt and Eva Marie Saint.
Film producer and screenwriter Akiva Goldsman takes the helm as director and marks the third time working with Russell Crowe (Beautiful Mind, Cinderella Man). The Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman (“A
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We've got the first trailer for the fantasy romance film Winter's Tale. The movie was directed by Academy Award winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman, and it has a great cast of actors that includes Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, and Downton Abbey‘s Jessica Brown. It looks like it going to be a really good film worth checking out. It's based on the novel by Mark Helprin, and here's a short synopsis.
Set in a mythic New York City and spanning more than a century, “Winter’s Tale” is a story of miracles, crossed destinies, and the age-old battle between good and evil.
- Joey Paur
You know the story: Guy tries to quietly rob a house, girl hears him, gun puts away his gun, girl offer him tea, they fall in love.
If you like your love stories with a heavy dose of fantasy, then Winter's Tale will scratch your itch and the fact that it stars Colin Farrell, Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe and "Downton Abbey" alum Jessica Brown Findlay probably won't hurt either.
The movie, based on Mark Helprin's 1983 novel, is Akiva Goldsman's directorial debut though he has much experience in the world of screenwriting, having penned A Beautiful Mind, I, Robot, Cinderella Man and The Da Vinci Code, and here tells the Victorian-era story of Peter Lake (Farrell), a thief on the run from former boss Pearly Soames (Crowe) who sets up to rob the home of Beverly Penn (Findlay) but ends up falling for her instead.
Watch the first trailer for fantasy-romance Winter's Tale, »
- Andrea Miller
Akiva Goldsman is an Oscar-winning screenwriter, whose body of work ranges in quality from A Beautiful Mind and I Am Legend to Lost in Space and Batman and Robin. For that reason, it might be for the best to walk on eggshells, when it comes to expectations for Goldsman’s upcoming feature-length writing/directorial debut, Winter’s Tale.
The newly-unveiled Winter’s Tale trailer strikes the sort of wondrous and uplifting tone one might anticipate, based on Goldsman’s previous dramatic output as a writer (for additional examples, see Cinderella Man). Story-wise, the preview does a fine job of outlining the basic setup – featured in the source novel written by Mark Helprin – wherein a middle-aged Irish burglar named Peter Lake (Colin Farrell) encounters a mysterious young woman, as he attempts to rob a mansion on the Upper West Side of New York, circa 1916.
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- Sandy Schaefer
Today we have the trailer for the upcoming "Winter's Tale" fantasy film, starring Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt, and Jessica Brown Findlay. Check it out below. Plot: One night in winter, Peter Lake (Farrell), orphan and master-mechanic, attempts to rob a fortress-like mansion. Though he thinks the house is empty, the daughter of the house is home. Thus begins the love between Peter, a middle-aged Irish burglar, and Beverly Penn (Findlay), a young girl, who is dying. "Winter's Tale" is the directorial debut of Akiva Goldsman, the Oscar-winning writer of "A Beautiful Mind," "I Robot," "Cinderella Man," "The Da Vinci Code" and "I Am Legend." The movie is based on a 1983 novel by Mark Helprin and is set to hit theaters on February 14th, 2014. Trailer: »
"That looks kind of like 'Cloud Atlas'" is a comment that can be taken as a horrible insult or a gratifying compliment, and either way it can certainly be said of the new trailer for "Winter's Tale." The romantic drama stars Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, and Russell Crowe and is in no way, shape, or form based on the Shakespeare play of the same name. (Instead, it's based on a marginally popular 1983 fantasy novel by American novelist and outspoken rightwing nut job Mark Helprin.) Depending on your disposition, this could look like an amazingly romantic romp (it's even coming out on Valentine's Day) or utter balderdash.
The plot, as much as we can glean from the trailer, is at first set in the early 20th century and concerns a small time criminal (Colin Farrell) who falls in love with the dying young woman whose home he has »
- Drew Taylor
When Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks opens in theaters in December, audiences will delight in a movie that gives them not only a rare glimpse of the behind-the-scenes tug-of-war that ultimately brought “Mary Poppins” to the screen but also a glimpse of the creative geniuses it took to envision the classic film – everyone from a cantankerous, difficult author to an ever-optimistic, visionary entrepreneur.
John Lee Hancock’s film will have it’s North American Premiere at the Opening Night Gala of the 2013 AFI Fest on Thursday, November 7.
Prior to it’s screening at the AFI Fest 2013, the Oscar-winning actress will be honored with a handprint-footprint ceremony at the Tcl Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
In preparation to take on the persona of P.L. Travers, Thompson listened to tapes of »
- Michelle McCue
The Occupant Entertainment production of Gustave Flaubert’s classic novel is directed by Sophie Barthes (Cold Souls) from a screenplay by Barthes and Rose Barrenche. The passionate drama tells the tragic story of Emma (Wasikowska), a young beauty who impulsively marries a small-town doctor to leave her father’s pig farm behind. But after being introduced to the glamorous world of high society, she soon becomes bored with her stodgy mate and seeks excitement and status outside the bonds of marriage. Madame Bovary stars Mia Wasikowska (Alice In Wonderland, Jane Eyre), Ezra Miller (The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, We Need To Talk About Kevin), Academy-Award nominee Paul Giamatti (Cinderella Man, Sideways), Rhys Ifans (The Amazing Spider-man) Henry Lloyd-Hughes (Harry Potter And The Goblet »
- Pietro Filipponi
Here’s a first look of Mia Wasikowska in Madame Bovary, directed by Sophie Barthes (Cold Souls) from a screenplay by Rose Barrenche & Sophie Barthes, who adapted Gustave Flaubert’s classic novel Madame Bovary.
The passionate drama tells the tragic story of Emma (Wasikowska), a young beauty who impulsively marries a small-town doctor to leave her father’s pig farm behind. But after being introduced to the glamorous world of high society, she soon becomes bored with her stodgy mate and seeks excitement and status outside the bonds of marriage.
The cast includes Mia Wasikowska (Alice In Wonderland, Jane Eyre), Ezra Miller (The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, We Need To Talk About Kevin), Academy-Award nominee Paul Giamatti (Cinderella Man, Sideways), Rhys Ifans (The Amazing Spider-man) Henry Lloyd-Hughes (Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire, Anna Karenina), Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus), Cannes Film Festival Best Actor Winner and Cesar Award nominee »
- Michelle McCue
Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus), Cannes Film Festival Best Actor Winner and Cesar Award nominee Olivier Gourmet (The Son) and Laura Carmichael (“Downton Abbey”) have joined the all-star cast of Madame Bovary featuring Mia Wasikowska (Alice In Wonderland, Jane Eyre), Ezra Miller (The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, We Need To Talk About Kevin), Academy-Award nominee Paul Giamatti (Cinderella Man, Sideways), Rhys Ifans (The Amazing Spider-man) and Henry Lloyd-Hughes (Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire, Anna Karenina).
Principal photography on the film commences on September 30th on location in Normandy, France.
Madame Bovary tells the tragic story of Emma (Wasikowska), a young beauty who impulsively marries a small-town doctor to leave her father’s pig farm behind. But after being introduced to the glamorous world of high society, she soon becomes bored with her stodgy mate and seeks excitement and status outside the bonds of marriage.
- Melissa Thompson
Four years after the original Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs stormed theaters, Sony’s $78 million sequel Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 topped the chart once again, earning $35 million in its first weekend. The film opened in an ultra-wide 4,001 theaters, and it notched a strong $8,748 location average.
The first Cloudy scored $30.3 million in its debut frame on the way to a $124.9 million finish. Most prognosticators were expecting Cloudy 2 to finish above the $40 million mark — in the same range as Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania, which opened last September with $42.5 million, the best September debut in history. Cloudy 2 finished a bit below that, »
- Grady Smith
In 1976, two very different men were driven to out maneuver each other over the course of several dangerous globe-spanning races: charming English playboy James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and less fun whip smart Austrian, Nikki Lauda (Daniel Brühl). Two-time Best Director Oscar winner Ron Howard (Cinderella Man) puts the pedal to the metal delivering a best-seen-on-the-big screen adaption of their race to be the best. Hemsworth is easy on the eyes, fun to hang with, but Brühl's portrayal as Lauda leaves the Norse God in the dust. Five things to know about Rush: 1. Better Then Grand Theft Auto… as in Howard's directorial debut, the 1977 driver-focused film. Howard waived his fee at the »
Sony’s $78 million sequel Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 pulled in $9.3 million on its Friday debut, putting it at the top of the box office. The film will easily outgross the original Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs’ $30.2 million debut, though it will likely miss the $40 million mark that most prognosticators assumed it would reach this weekend. Cloudy 2 should make it rain to the tune of about $35 million.
In second place, Ron Howard’s Formula One racing drama Rush drove away with $3.7 million on Friday after expanding from five theaters into 2,297 locations. The film, which stars Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl, »
- Grady Smith
Vroom! Vroom! Time to strap ourselves in and wait for the green light. The multiplex becomes the big racetrack for this weekend’s new formula one, based on true events thrill ride, Rush. Of all the different pro sports, auto racing lags considerably behind the team competitions like baseball and football. as a movie setting. The 1960′s and early 70′s may have been its most popular decades with several big films anchored by big movie stars who were also big motor sports fans: James Garner in Grand Prix, Paul Newman in Winning, and Steve McQueen in Le Mans. A couple of big box office draws have indulged their need for speed more recently: Sly Stallone in Driven, Tom Cruise in Days Of Thunder, and a parody with Will Ferrell in Talledaga Nights: The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby along with the Cars films from the Pixar gang. The director of Rush, »
- Jim Batts
Each week Cinelinx will chose one director for an in-depth examination of the “signatures” that they leave behind in their work. This week, with the release of Rush, we examine the trademark style and calling signs of Ron Howard as director.
Ron Howard is an atypical Hollywood success story. Starting his career as a child actor, Howard became a star as an adult and then a consistent producer and director. Few child actors before or since have been able to maintain the type of career that Ron Howard did. He grew up in a family that wasn’t new to Hollywood and the way it treats its actors. For that reason, Howard’s parents controlled a lot of his professional career and helped to guide him to become the success he is today. His fascination with film is what allowed him to leap from child actor to successful film director. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
Believe it or not Ron Howard is one of the best studio directors out there right now, and he has been for a while. Sure he’s had some stinkers but he’s proven himself in a wide range of genres, recently taking on everything from big screen franchise adaptations like The Da-Vinci Code and Angels & Demons to smaller Oscar-fare like Frost/Nixon. The only thing resembling a sports movie he’s done previously was Cinderella Man, which didn’t exactly light up the box office when it was released in 2005, but he’s back with another sports-related true story this time with Rush.
The film tells the story of the 1976 Formula One racing season, and the bitter rivalry/camaraderie between British driver James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Austrian driver Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) for the circuit Championship. Hunt is the showboating playboy whose escapades off of the track are »
- Sean Hutchinson
For the past decade, I've approached Ron Howard's films with a mix of trepidation and outright dread. Apollo 13 is an amazing piece of filmmaking, but from there, he's seemed content to play it safe to the point of inertia. A Beautiful Mind may be daring in its direction, but its story is worthy of a TV movie. Considering the horrors of the Robert Langdon movies, the unwatchable Oscar-bait Cinderella Man, and the low-ball The Dilemma, my skepticism towards his latest picture, Rush, was more than warranted. Thankfully, Howard seems to be alive again as he goes full throttle on taking the viewer inside the world of Formula 1 racing. More importantly, he has a worthwhile story at the center. While Howard still feels the need to spoon-feed the themes, the strong performances and intensity of the racing scenes make his latest picture a ride worth taking. The story centers »
- Matt Goldberg
Ron Howard is kind of an everyman’s director. He isn’t above his audience, knows exactly what they want, and generally gives it to them without pandering. Sometimes the end product doesn’t workout — see The Dilemma or the Robert Langdon movies to learn that the hard way — but when it does, the final film can be quite special, especially if Howard really has something to say. With Rush, he definitely does. It’s easy to see why Howard was attracted to the characters at the center of Rush including competing Formula 1 drivers Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) and James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth). The film raises questions every filmmaker must grapple with: What is success? How do you overcome failure? And how can one bring personality and passion to a business? The balance of art and commerce is something Howard’s dramas – Cinderella Man, Apollo 13, Frost/Nixon, and A Beautiful Mind — have achieved in the past »
- Jack Giroux
Directed by Ron Howard.
At face value, a film about the rivalry between two specific racing drivers during a specific season may seem accessible only to those with an interest in Formula One whilst others may be alienated from the emotional investment needed to feel the full impact of the story. The greatest take away from Rush comes from its overwhelming success of putting the characters first and never allowing spectacle to take over.
Thankfully, director Ron Howard has carved out a career of character-focused pictures and Rush is directed with all the care and devotion which made his previous true-story films such as Cinderella Man, A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13, and Frost/Nixon so impactful. In the hands of a lesser director, »
- Flickering Myth
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