Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson and Sophie Nelisse Talk THE BOOK THIEF

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Now playing in theaters is director Brian Percival’s (Downton Abbey) fantastic adaptation of Markus Zusak’s novel The Book Thief.  The story is about a young girl (Sophie Nélisse) who is sent to live with foster parents (Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson) in Nazi Germany after losing her family, and uses her love of reading as a way to rebel against the rise of Nazism.  It’s an extremely well done movie and something you should make an effort to see.  For more on the film, watch the trailer.

At the New York City press day, I spoke to Rush, Watson and Nélisse.  They talked about what it was like to work on such a powerful project, whether anything changed during production, the way they prepared for their roles, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Geoffrey Rush and Sophie Nélisse Talk THE BOOK THIEF, Meeting for the First Time, How Familiar They Were with the Book, and Tackling Tough Scenes

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Opening in limited release on November 8th, The Book Thief paints a moving and poignant portrait of the resiliency of the human spirit.  Directed by Brian Percival based on Australian author Markus Zusak’s best-selling novel, the film tells the inspiring story of a spirited and courageous young girl named Liesel (Sophie Nélisse), who transforms the lives of everyone around her when she is sent to live with a foster family (Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson) in World War II Germany.  The power of words and imagination becomes a source of joy and a means of escape from the tumultuous events enveloping her.

At the film’s recent press day, Rush and Nélisse talked about what surprised them most about each other when they first met, their familiarity with the book when they were cast, how Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company translated the book onto the stage, why Percival approached the film differently, how they tackled the tough scenes and found ways to entertain each other on set, and their upcoming projects:  Rush’s adventure fantasy Gods of Egypt and Nélisse’s small role in the biopic Pawn SacrificeRush also revealed why he felt the script was magic and making the movie was a bold choice.  Hit the jump to read the interview. 

New U.K. Trailer for THE BOOK THIEF Is So Much Better than the U.S. Trailer

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The U.K. trailer for The Book Thief has gone online, and I can’t overstate how much this version is better than the U.S. one we got a couple months ago.  The film is based on the novel of the same name, and tells the story of a young girl (Sophie Nélisse) who is adopted by a family in a World War II Germany, and uses her love of reading as a way to rebel against the rise of Nazism.  The U.S. trailer was cloying and even had to employ Mr. Movie Voice to sell the themes.  The U.K. trailer boils the film down to the friendship between the young girl and a Jew her family is hiding, and the way books provide both a bond and an identity.  It’s still going heavy on selling a theme of hope, but at least in this version, it doesn’t feel forced.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Geoffrey Rush and Emily WatsonThe Book Thief opens in the U.S. on November 8th.

Kurt Russell Confirmed for FAST & FURIOUS 7; Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje Signs on for ANNIE; Geoffrey Rush Joins GODS OF EGYPT

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Here’s today’s casting update:

Hit the jump for more on each project.

Possible Plot Details Revealed for Delayed PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 5

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Though Disney appeared to be moving right along with the fifth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, the studio pulled the film from its summer 2015 release date yesterday and is now looking at a possible 2016 release instead.  Kon-Tiki helmers Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg have been attached to direct for a few months now, but the reason for the delay apparently has to do with the shape of the script.  Rønning and Sandberg weren’t 100% happy with Jeff Nathanson’s outline for the material, and production was looking to get underway in March which meant the duo would have to prep shooting with only an outline to go by and not a finished script.  Nathanson is now working on a rewrite of the material, and the extra time will be devoted to making sure the script is in top shape and trying to bring the film’s budget down below $200 million.

While the behind-the-scenes details for Pirates 5 have been pretty clear, we still know nothing about the film’s plot.  That may now have changed, though, as a rundown for the story of Pirates of the Caribbean 5 has apparently gone online.  Hit the jump to read on.

New Images from THE BOOK THIEF Starring Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, and Sophie Nelisse

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Some new images from director Brian Percival’s (Downton Abbey) upcoming adaptation of the Markus Zusak novel The Book Thief have landed online.  The story tells of a young girl (Sophie Nélisse) who is adopted by a family in a World War II Germany, and uses her love of reading as a way to rebel against the rise of Nazism.  20th Century Fox has positioned the film as a potential awards contender, and as we gleaned from the first trailer, The Book Thief hits several benchmarks of the “Oscar movie” category—young child taken under a benevolent adult’s wing, dramatized historical event, previous Oscar winner playing a supporting role, etc.  In all seriousness, though, the film looks fairly interesting with a sure-to-be-heartwarming story, and I’m eager to see how newcomer Nelisse does in her first lead role.

Hit the jump to check out the collection of images.  The film also stars Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, and Ben SchnetzerThe Book Thief opens November 15th.

Trailer for THE BOOK THIEF Starring Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson

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Fox has released the trailer for Brian Percival‘s drama The Book Thief.  Based on the novel of the same name, the story tells of a young girl (Sophie Nélisse) who is adopted by a family in a World War II Germany, and uses her love of reading as a way to rebel against the rise of Nazism.  This trailer is trying so damn hard to get the movie into the Oscar race that it may as well have “For Your Consideration” slapped to the end of it.  The movie looks incredibly cloying, and not even the presence of Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson (who play the girl’s parents) can save it.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The Book Thief opens November 15th.

Kristen Wiig Confirmed for ANCHORMAN: THE LEGEND CONTINUES; Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, and Sophie Nelisse Join THE BOOK THIEF Adaptation

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Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and David Koechner are all set to return for Anchorman: The Legend Continues.  Kristen Wiig was rumored to join the cast as Carell’s love interest, an item that just became fact as director Adam McKay confirmed the casting on Twitter:

Anchorman: The Legend Continues, set for release on December 20, 2013, picks up with the San Diego news crew at the dawn of the 24-hour news cycle.

Hit the jump for a casting update for the adaptation of The Book Thief.

LES MISERABLES (1998) Blu-ray Review

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With the musical Les Miserables making a big splash this Christmas, older versions of the story inevitably find their way to Blu-Ray at about the same time. There have been a lot of takes on this story, after all: at least a dozen, not counting concert videos of the stage musical. Not least among them is Bille August’s straight-laced production from 1998. It strips the story down to the bones and removes a lot of juicy elements in the process. But bolstered by a strong pair of leads, it also makes for a reliable introduction to the story: a sort of cinematic Cliffs Notes to get you up to speed quickly. Hit the jump for the full review.

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 5 May Shoot in Puerto Rico Starting This November [Update: Disney Calls Report Inaccurate, Says Film is Still in Development]

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In a recent interview with Geoffrey Rush, the Pirates of the Caribbean star confessed he had no idea when the fifth installment would be going forward.  But now we know where it’s going, at least.  Pirates of the Caribbean 5 appears to be headed to Puerto Rico to start shooting this November. That’s good news, since the status of the film is somewhat in flux, with Rob Marshall (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) possibly returning to direct and the script in the process of being finalized. As we all know, the next installment (and the franchise itself) sets its course by its star, Johnny Depp.  Should we expect to see him in Puerto Rico this fall?  Hit the jump for more.

Geoffrey Rush Talks THE EYE OF THE STORM, THE BEST OFFER, and the Development of PIRATES 5

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The Australian drama The Eye of the Storm, directed by Fred Schepisi and adapted from the novel by Nobel Prize winner Patrick White, tells the story of Elizabeth Hunter (Charlotte Rampling), as her son and daughter return home to convene at her deathbed.  As Sir Basil (Geoffrey Rush), a famous but struggling actor in London, and Dorothy (Judy Davis), a broke French princess, attempt to reconcile with their formidable and tempestuous mother to ensure their inheritance, all Mrs. Hunter wants to do is choose when and how she will die.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, Academy Award-winning actor Geoffrey Rush talked about how he came to be a part of The Eye of the Storm, why he wanted to work with director Fred Schepisi, how gratifying it is to get such great feedback from American audiences about the film, how he went about understanding this character, and the awkwardness of doing sex scenes with the director’s daughter, Alexandra Schepisi, who was his co-star.  He also talked about the best part of being involved with the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise and that the script for the fifth film is currently in development, what attracts him to projects and roles now, and the film he just completed with Giuseppe Tornatore (Cinema Paradiso), called The Best Offer.  Check out what he had to say after the jump. 

Anne Hathaway Up for LES MISERABLES and Other Casting Rumors [UPDATED]

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Working Title is doing its very best to secure an A-list cast for the upcoming Les Miserables adaptation, leading with Hugh Jackman as ValjeanIt’s On The Grid reported last week the studio is courting Russell Crowe for Javert, Geoffrey Rush for Thenardier, and Helena Bonham Carter for Madame Thenardier, respectively.  The site also identified Hayden Panettiere, Miranda Cosgrove, Lucy Hale, and Emma Watson as candidates to play Eponine and Cosette, and suggested Amy Adams and Rebecca Hall were up for the role of Fantine.  Make of all that what you will.  Sorry to do this so soon, but I have to make it more complicated.  Broadway World [via The Playlist] hears Anne Hathaway is set to play Fantine, at the recommendation of Jackman.

Hathaway meets the aforementioned A-list requirement, and she sure can sing.  Of course she’s on the list.  It remains to be seen if the rumor will lead anywhere, but it is believable that the role is Hathaway’s if she wants it.  Director Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) is scheduled to shoot Les Miserables early next year, so we should receive a final cast list before the end of the year.  Read the synopsis of the Victor Hugo novel that led to the source musical after the jump. [Update: Entertainment Weekly confirms that Hathaway is in talks to play Fantine.]

THE WARRIOR’S WAY Blu-ray Review

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No one in their right mind would call The Warrior’s Way a good movie, but if you’re in a properly goofy mindset, it’s sure a lot of fun. That certainly requires a fair amount of audience goodwill. The CGI-heavy environment smacks of undue slickness, counting on a high concept gimmick to pull it through instead of story or characters.  Most of the stars – including Geoffrey Rush, Kate Bosworth and Danny Huston – are madly slumming, and use the opportunity to attain Maximum Ham as often as they can get away with it. The plot is a grab-bag of pop culture references, drawn from Chinese wuxia, Sergio Leone westerns and that period in Fellini’s development when he completely lost his shit and dove head-first into self-indulgence. But if you can forgive all that or indeed, find it all kind of funny, then the pleasures rarely get guiltier. Hit the jump for the full review.

15 Minutes of Behind the Scenes Footage from GREEN LANTERN

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Thanks to Warner Bros. sending over the EPK (electronic press kit) from Martin Campbell’s Green Lantern, you can watch 15 minutes of behind the scenes footage.  If you’re trying to stay spoiler free, I urge you not to watch the footage as it’s loaded with potential spoilers.  However, if you’re curious how Green Lantern was made, the footage is awesome.  I especially enjoyed getting to see Geoffrey Rush and Michael Clarke Duncan do their voice over work as Tomar-Re and Kilowog (which is towards the end) and watching Mark Strong become Sinestro in the makeup chair.  You can also see Ryan Reynolds pretending to fly, tons of stunt work, and plenty of Blake Lively and Peter Sarsgaard.  Again, it’s some great footage.  Hit the jump to check it out.  Green Lantern open June 17th.

8 Clips from GREEN LANTERN

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The wait is almost over. Warner Bros. has released 8 new clips from director Martin Campbell’s Green Lantern, which hits theaters in less than two weeks. Based on the comic book, the film tells the story of Hal Jordan (Reynolds), the first human ever to join the intergalactic peacekeeping Green Lantern Corps. From all the recent trailers that have been released, and the huge batch of high resolution stills showing off finished visual effects, the film looks like it’s going to be pretty fantastic.

Hit the jump to watch the clips. The film stars Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong, Angela Bassett, and Tim Robbins. Green Lantern will be released in 3D on June 17th.

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