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Long-time Steven Spielberg collaborator, production designer Rick Carter, is preoccupied with "the nature of conscience and the Goya-esque disasters of war." It began with Spielberg's "War of the Worlds" (a gritty metaphor for the destruction of the World Trade Center) and continued with "Munich" (terrorist reprisal),"Avatar" ("The Wizard of Oz" meets "Apocalypse Now"), "Sucker Punch" (war as a means of escaping insanity), "War Horse" (land and life laid waste during the Great War), and the upcoming "Lincoln" (putting a human face on the 16th President's crucible to win the Civil War and end »
Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt, MI4 – Ghost Protocol Tom Cruise/Brad Bird's Paramount-distributed Mission: Impossible IV – Ghost Protocol topped the North American box office this Christmas weekend, collecting $29.5 million — three million more than estimates released yesterday — according to revised studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Not to be left too far behind, 20th Century Fox also upped its estimates for Guy Ritchie/Robert Downey Jr's Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows by $2.5 million — to $20.26m. Ghost Protocol is expected to earn $46.21 million for the four-day weekend; A Game of Shadows $31.81m. For comparison's sake: Back in 2005, when Christmas Day also fell on a Sunday, the three leaders at the domestic box office were Peter Jackson/Naomi Watts's King Kong, Andrew Adamson/Tilda Swinton's The Chronicles of Narnia:The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and Jim Carrey/Téa Leoni's Fun with Dick and Jane. Among »
- Zac Gille
Opening on Christmas Day is director Steven Spielberg‘s fantastic new movie, War Horse. Based on the Award winning play (which is based on Michael Morpurgo’s book) and set during World War I, War Horse tells the story of “the remarkable friendship between a horse named Joey and a young man called Albert (Jeremy Irvine), who tames and trains him.” And don’t just take my word for it, early screenings have been very positive and the drama is heading into Oscar season with very positive buzz, especially after the National Board of review named War Horse one of the best 10 films of the year. The film also stars Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Peter Mullan, Niels Arestrup, Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Toby Kebbell. You can watch the trailer here and here’s seven clips. To help promote the film, DreamWorks recently held a press junket in New York »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
In Jonathan Safran Foer’s “Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close,” the author tells the story of Oskar Schell, a school-age boy who grapples with the passing of his father in the 9/11 attacks. Adapting such difficult material was never going to be easy, and with Stephen Daldry’s new film of the same title, the obstacles were twofold. One must have fidelity not only to the source material, but to the tragedies of the event itself. Gathering together to talk with the press in New York City recently, the cast and filmmaker related the importance of being true to the emotions that still linger from that fateful September day. “The greatest challenge was to control the emotion of it,” says screenwriter Eric Roth, the veteran scribe behind “Forrest Gump,” “The Insider” and “Munich.” “Obviously, it’s a personal story, but there’s also the horror of 9/11. I think the movie captures more than the. »
The surprise upon meeting Daniel Craig is his gentleness. It isn't that you expect him to be scarred and basted and bleeding, as he is throughout much of Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, the two films in which he has played James Bond. (He is currently shooting a third, Skyfall, which will open next October, and is rumoured to have signed up for a further five.) But he goes beyond politeness: he's relaxed, even goofy, and quick to laugh, especially at himself. The blue eyes, which can seem glacial in his closeups as Bond, are warm and zesty. His features are as deeply etched as the grooves of a wood carving; the hair is sandy-coloured and fluffy. What else? There's the »
- Ryan Gilbey
In one of the most crowded holiday seasons in recent memory, no fewer than seven movies are either opening in or expanding in to nationwide release this weekend. That's in addition to Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, which should both continue to have a strong presence. With so many offerings for audiences, the remainder of 2011 will almost certainly mark an improvement over a comparatively quiet 2010 holiday season.Coming off Mission: Impossible III's disappointing $134 million gross, and factoring in star Tom Cruise's apparently declining star power over the past few years, it comes as a bit of a surprise that Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol has become the movie to see this season. After earning $12.8 million from just 425 locations this weekend, the fourth installment in the espionage franchise expanded in to 3,448 theaters on Wednesday and took first place with $8.92 million (that does »
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If you're a film nerd, you immediately recognize the name Janusz Kaminski. That's because as the director of photography on The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, War of the Worlds, Jerry Maguire, Saving Private Ryan, Munich, Schindler's List, Catch Me If You Can, and so many other great movies, Kaminski has clearly demonstrated that he's one of the best cinematographers in the world. So when I was offered the chance to interview him at the New York City press junket for director Steven Spielberg‘s fantastic new movie, War Horse, I jumped at the chance. During the interview he talked about how he picks his projects, if the location where a movie is being made influences him, his thoughts on film vs. digital, the difficulty of setting up a scene when a horse is a major character, and I tried to get him to talk about Lincoln. However, while he wouldn't say much on Lincoln, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
In addition to being one of the most anticipated films of the season, "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" is also marketing itself somewhat subversively: as the "feel bad movie" of the year, something sure to put a damper on your Christmas morning. With a plot heavy on rape and murder, it's definitely not fun for the whole family.
But "Tattoo" wouldn't be the first inappropriate holiday movie, not by a long shot. For families really upset about the way their annual Yankee Swap turned out, there's a long history of violent and messed up films being released on Christmas weekend. Below, our top five picks for the worst way to spend a Christmas afternoon.
This near three-hour long Jewish revenge film dropped on December 23rd, making it either a super empowering Hannukah movie or the worst possible Christmas family outing. Steven Spielberg's look at Israeli retaliation for »
- Jeremy Gordon
Thirteen years since Saving Private Ryan and six since his last ‘serious’ work in Munich, Steven Spielberg pulls out all the stops for his newest Wwi epic War Horse. Based on the 1982 children’s novel by Michael Morpurgo that was recently adapted into a Tony Award-winning stage play earlier this year, the title deceives as far as explaining the true subject of the work. While we follow Joey the horse from birth to the savage conditions of the Great War, he is merely the lynchpin connecting us to the myriad of tales enveloping him. Eventually fighting for the British and the Germans, this horse becomes a miracle beast signifying hope for all. Seemingly invincible, compassionate to friends, and as magnificent as old Ted Narracott (Peter Mullan) imagined when buying him for thirty guineas, Joey’s experiences on the battlefield and beyond serve as a riveting return to form for the film’s auteur. »
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The time off from James Bond has been very good to Daniel Craig.
In the three years since the release of Quantum of Solace, Craig has made his Broadway debut (A Steady Rain); starred in the World War II-era tale of Jewish rebellion, Defiance; joined up with Steven Spielberg again (The Adventures of Tintin, following their earlier collaboration in Munich); and starred in the summer blockbuster Cowboys & Aliens. Now, he's adding yet another major franchise to his plate, with David Fincher's remake of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.
At this point, the early misgivings of the "Blond Bond" seem laughable. Craig has emerged as one of the biggest British movie stars. More than that, he's already managed to prove that - maybe more than any previous guardian of the tuxedoed spy - he won't be pigeonholed by the role. Craig has not just grown into Bond, but, perhaps, »
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While his films don’t come out with the clockwork reliability of those directed by Woody Allen or Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg works to his own halting, arrhythmic beat. Years of silence often give way to flutters of wild activity, with the Hollywood superstar sometimes stuffing more than one of his new flicks into the cinema calendar.
This has been done to calculated effect on more than one occasion, where blockbusters have shared space with bids for dramatic respectability. Most successfully, in 1993 Spielberg ruled both the box office and the Academy with the one-two punch of Jurassic Park and Schindler’s List. The twinning of popcorn adventure and super-serious historical drama continued with both The Lost World and Amistad, and War Of The Worlds and Munich, »
Daniel Craig has only starred in two James Bond movies so far. That’s one more than walking-Trivial-Pursuit-factoid George Lazenby ever managed, and the equal of proto-Craig Timothy Dalton. The currently-filming Skyfall will put Craig in striking distance of Pierce Brosnan, whose four films ran the gamut from good (Goldeneye) to funny-bad (Tomorrow Never Dies) to horrible (The World is Not Enough) to batcrap-crazy (Die Another Day.) Sean Connery made six “official” Bond movies, but if you throw in his off-brand Thunderball remake Never Say Never Again, then he’s tied with Roger Moore at seven 007 movies.
That seven-film record always seemed essentially unbreakable. »
- Darren Franich
Legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg has not one but two films out this holiday season, the live action World War I epic War Horse and the motion capture fantasy The Adventures of Tintin. While it remains to be seen whether either film is among his best, there's no doubt that the director's previous effort, 2008's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, left a bad taste in a lot of viewers' mouths and was not one of his better efforts. As great as Spielberg is -- and he's had more than his share of superb films -- he's just like every other artist who has their ups and downs. Along with great entries like Munich or E.T., his resume is dotted with both moderately entertaining clunkers and films that are just a chore to sit through. With more...
- Don Kaye
Thanks to Times Dispatch, we now have a brand new photo of Daniel Day-Lewis (There Will Be Blood) in full costume as America's 16th President on the Richmond, Virginia set of the upcoming "Lincoln" film. Check it out below. The film will focus on the political collision of Lincoln and the powerful men of his cabinet on the road to abolition and the end of the Civil War. It is based on the best-selling book, "Team of Rivals," by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, who co-wrote the script with Tony Kushner (Munich). "Lincoln" is directed by Steven Spielberg and co-stars Sally Field as Lincoln's wife, Tommy Lee Jones as Thaddeus Stevens, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Lincoln's son Robert and Jared Harris (Sherlock Holmes 2) as Ulysses S. Grant. Set Photos: (click to enlarge) Click here to read more about "Lincoln." »
Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance has a new poster and no denying what it’s advertising! This follow up to Ghost Rider is directed by the guys who bought you Crank and again stars superfan Nicolas Cage as Johnny Blaze who is still struggling with his curse as the devil’s bounty hunter. We find him hiding out in a remote Eastern Europe and then he’s recruited by a secret sect of the church to save young lad Danny (Fergus Riordan) from the devil (Ciaran Hinds).
Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance is directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor. It stars not only Nicolas Cage but also in-demand Idris Elba, Ciaran Hinds (Munich), Fergus Riordan(I Want To Be A Soldier) and Violante Placido (The American) and is set for a February 2012 release. Here’s your poster in all its fiery glory:
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- Dan Bullock
That dapper Armie Hammer is one good-looking chameleon.
He turned himself into twins for "The Social Network" and aged several decades for a good part of the Oscar bait-y "J. Edgar," although, admittedly, he doesn't look a bit Grimm as Prince Andrew in Tarsem Singh's "Mirror Mirror," which is currently in post-production. He's currently hiding behind the mask of "The Lone Ranger" with Johnny Depp as his Tonto, but once that wraps, he's got another surprise up his sleeve.
Hammer will go up against Eric Bana in "By Virtue Fall" sporting a look we haven't seen before -- that of an Atf agent turned felon with a taste for revenge. According to Deadline, he'll be sporting a shiny pate and lots more muscle mass to play a character that must survive in a max security lock-up. Bana will be his ex-partner who screwed him over. Sheldon Turner, who was »
- Jenni Miller
One of the only films yet to screen for critics is the latest from Stephen Daldry (The Hours, Billy Elliot, The Reader), but that is because he only finished it a few days ago. The 9/11 drama Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close will hit theaters at the very end of the month, but Warner Bros. has unveiled a new trailer, after an initial look earlier this awards season. Thanks to no U2, this seems a little less manipulative, but still seems to be tailor-made for the Academy.
Eric Roth (Forrest Gump, Benjamin Button, Munich) has adapted Jonathan Safran Foer‘s hit novel and unless this is a complete failure, the cast of Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Thomas Horn, James Gandolfini, Zoe Caldwell, Viola Davis, Jeffrey Wright, and Max von Sydow, launch it into a sure-fire Oscar contender. Every single beat looks to be tugging on heartstrings, but I don’t mind seeing »
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When Steven Spielberg does fact based epic features, the results are always fascinating and thrilling. Oscar winning masterpieces Schindler’S List, Saving Private Ryan and the sometimes overlooked Munich are prime examples of what the director is capable of with such materiel. Lincoln has been a passion project for Spielberg for a number of years with Liam Neeson always touted as the man the director wanted to play the legendary 16th President of the United States. Unfortunately Neeson was unable to schedule time for the role which eventually went to the great Daniel Day-Lewis, not a bad replacement eh!
Today we have our first glance at just how close the actor will appear as the doomed President in the film which is currently shooting for an expected release date of December 2012. The feature will be based on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s novel A Team Of Rivals: The Political Genius Of Abraham Lincoln. »
- Craig Hunter
Today we have the photo of Daniel Day-Lewis (There Will Be Blood) as America's 16th President on the Virginia set of "Lincoln." The shot was taken while the actor was on a break. Check it out below. The film will focus on the political collision of Lincoln and the powerful men of his cabinet on the road to abolition and the end of the Civil War. It is based on the best-selling book, "Team of Rivals," by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, who co-wrote the script with Tony Kushner (Munich). "Lincoln" is directed by Steven Spielberg and co-stars Sally Field as Lincoln's wife, Tommy Lee Jones as Thaddeus Stevens, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Lincoln's son Robert and Jared Harris (Sherlock Holmes 2) as Ulysses S. Grant. Photo: (click to enlarge) Click here to read more about "Lincoln." »
There is still plenty of time before Oscar nominations are announced on Tuesday, January 24th, but it's about time I started filling in the rest of the categories in my Oscar predictions and while I'll be seeing Young Adult tonight, which will mean you can expect updates in the Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor categories at the very least in the next couple of days, I felt it was time to lift the lid on another category I'd yet to explore... Best Costume Design. There are some interesting things to consider when it comes to the costumes category, so let's start at the top and see what shakes out. My current front-runner is Michael O'Connor's work on Jane Eyre. O'Connor recently enjoyed his first nomination and first win with The Duchess and I see no reason not to consider him a strong candidate for the win this year »
- Brad Brevet
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