Focus Features has released the first trailer and poster for The Eagle. While I love me a good sword-and-sandals flick, I’m slightly worried about The Eagle due to Focus repeatedly kicking the movie down the schedule. Also, the bloody mayhem of Centurion, which also involves the mysterious disappearance of Rome’s 9th Legion (The Eagle was originally titled “The Eagle of the Ninth“), won’t likely be repeated in Kevin Macdonald’s PG-13 flick. But I’ve liked Macdonald’s previous work (State of Play, The Last King of Scotland) and Jamie Bell is a great actor. I wish the same could be said of his costar Channing Tatum, but perhaps The Eagle will turn me around the guy.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer and the poster. The Eagle opens February 25, 2011.
On Season 3 of the hit HBO television series True Blood, actor Denis O’Hare plays Russell Edgington, the flamboyant and deadly vampire king of Mississippi. As one of the oldest and most commanding vampires on the continent, the King is both terrifying and dangerous, with little regard for others, unless they benefit him, in some way.
After the shocking events of the last episode, Episode 9, “Everything is Broken,” sees a grief-stricken Russell vow revenge against his foes, vampire and human. His actions will make him a very different character, for the remainder of Season 3. In a recent interview, Denis O’Hare spoke exclusively to Collider about how he was offered this role on the series without having to audition, developing the look and sound of the character, working with this incredibly talented cast and getting used to talking with fangs.
He also gave some hints as to what viewers can expect for the rest of the season, revealed that his storyline is definitely left open to return for Season 4 and talked about his role as a Roman soldier in the upcoming feature film The Eagle of the Ninth, which he had been shooting in Budapest when he was cast on True Blood. Hit the jump to read all about it:
Focus Features has also abbreviated the title of Kevin Macdonald’s Roman epic adventure from The Eagle of the Ninth to The Eagle. I suppose they were worried that people might think the movie was about baseball. Now they can worry that people will think it’s about America. The film is actually about a Roman centurion (played by Channing Tatum) who goes to investigate the mysterious disappearance of the Roman Ninth Legion. The film is still set to open on February 25, 2011. Hit the jump for the official synopsis. Click here for Focus’ previously announced release dates for its other upcoming films.
Focus Features has announced the release dates for its 2011 films. The Eagle of the Ninth has been pushed back from September 24th to February 25, 2011. The film is a Roman epic adventure directed by Kevin Macdonald (State of Play) and starring Channing Tatum of Jamie Bell. Jane Eyre, directed by Cary Fukunaga (Sin Nombre), has landed the date of March 11, 2011. Based on Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel, the film stars Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender. Moving on, the action-thriller Hanna is set for April 8, 2011. The film stars Saoirse Ronan, Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana with Joe Wright (Atonement) directing. Finally, One Day, starring Anne Hathaway, will be released in the third quarter of 2011. The film is directed by Lone Scherfig (An Education).
Hit the jump for the full press release, which includes synopsis for all of the films.
Director Kevin Macdonald (State of Play) has signed onto helm the murder mystery, Murder Mystery. Billed as a “whodunit” (I never would have guessed), Variety says the film, “revolves around an American couple honeymooning in Europe who are implicated when they witness a murder and wind up embroiled in international intrigue.” Yet another reason why there’s no good reason to go to Euro Disney.
The screenplay is by James Vanderbilt who wrote Zodiac as well as the upcoming Spider-Man reboot. Macdonald’s next film, the historical drama The Eagle of the Ninth, which stars Channing Tatum and Jamie Bell, is set to hit theaters on September 24th.
Box Office Mojo has some release date changes/announcements and we wanted to let you know about so you can be upset at a delay or pleased at the haste. First up, The Eagle of the Ninth, the sword-and-sandals flick starring Channing Tatum, has landed a specific release date of September 24th. It had previously been scheduled for “September 2009″.
Meanwhile, Fox is moving the family film Diary of a Wimpy Kid out of the April 2nd battlefield (when Clash of the Titans, Repo Men, and Why Did I get Married Too are scheduled to debut) and moving it to March 19th where it will square off against the rom-com The Bounty Hunter (starring Gerard Butler and Jennifer Aniston), the rock biopic The Runaways (starring Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning; click here to read Steve’s Sundance review of the film), and the medieval action flick Season of the Witch (starring Nicolas Cage, Nicolas Cage’s hairpiece, and Ron Perlman).
Finally, The Duplass Brothers’ Cyrus, starring John C. Reilly, Marisa Tomei, and Jonah Hill, will hit theaters on July 9th where it will face Nimrod Antal’s Predators and the animated comedy Despicable Me.
From his growing list of films that include Dito Montiel’s A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, Andy Fickman’s She’s the Man, Kimberly Peirce’s Stop-Loss, Stephen Sommers’ G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, and most recently, Dear John, Channing Tatum has captured the attention of critics and audiences alike by choosing diverse roles in vastly different genres and working with some of the best directors in the industry.
Helmed by three-time Oscar nominee Lasse Hallström and based on the novel by best-selling author Nicholas Sparks, Dear John tells the story of John Tyree (Tatum), a handsome, soft spoken Special Forces soldier visiting his father in South Carolina while home on leave, and Savannah Curtis (Amanda Seyfried), the beautiful, idealistic college student he falls in love with after they meet following a chance encounter on the beach during her spring vacation.
Channing Tatum sat down with us to talk about his character, the line between drama and melodrama, what it was like working with Lasse Hallström and Richard Jenkins, and his upcoming projects Son of No One with Dito Montiel and the recently completed The Eagle of the Ninth directed by Kevin Macdonald. Here’s what he had to tell us:
Yahoo! Movies has some newly released pictures from Kevin Macdonald’s upcoming The Eagle of the Ninth. In case you haven’t heard, the film stars Channing Tatum as 2nd century Roman soldier Marcus Aquila, who sets out to solve the mysterious disappearance of the Ninth Legion (which was commanded by his father) from Scotland some 20 years before and, in the process, to retrieve the legion’s lost emblem, the Eagle of the Ninth. The film co-stars Jamie Bell, Mark Strong, and Donald Sutherland. While there’s nothing terribly illuminating about the images in question, this bundle does feature a number of pics to add to your collection of Channing Tatum stills including such instant classics as “Channing on a horse,” “Channing on a rowboat,” and the ever-elusive “Channing conversing with Donald Sutherland.”
Hit the jump for the pics, the official film synopsis, and click here to read an excerpt from Steve’s interview with Eagle co-star Mark Strong.
The other day we premiered the first images and official synopses from Focus Features Greenberg, The Eagle of the Ninth, and Somewhere. Now, thanks to Focus sending out a press release, we have an idea when some of them are getting released.
On March 12th, director Noah Baumbach’s Greenberg will hit theaters for a limited release. The film stars Ben Stiller. After that we’re getting Thomas Balmes Babies on April 16th and director Anton Corbijn’s The American on September. 1st. That’s the George Clooney assassin film. Sometime in the third quarter will be Kevin Macdonald’s Roman adventure The Eagle of the Ninth, and in November It’s Kind of a Funny Story gets released. The big question mark is Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere, which still doesn’t have a release date.
The thing to remember is release dates change all the time, so before you get all worked up trying to decide what a September or March release date means, as other films try for the same day it might change. Finally, if you missed all those images and synopses we posted, check them out here. To read the full press release Focus Features sent us, hit the jump:
Steve went to the American Film Market (AFM) today. AFM is where film buyers go to pick up some of the biggest movies that are in development or already completed. The film sellers use promo art and synopses to entice buyers. It also enticed Steve to land some the first images and full synopsis for some of the biggest upcoming films of 2010. We’ve got the goods for The American starring George Clooney, Eagle of the Ninth starring Channing Tatum, Greenberg starring Ben Stiller, and Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere starring Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning, and much more.
Looking at the images and reading the synopsis should really get you excited for these films so hit the jump and check it all out.
Principal photography got under way today on “The Eagle and the Ninth”, the Roman period drama starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Bell. The film, based on the young adult novel by Rosemary Sutcliff, is being directed by Kevin MacDonald for Focus Features. In addition to Tatum and Bell, MacDonald recently added two more big names to his “Eagle” cast – Mark Strong and Donald Sutherland. All the details after the jump.
As you may have already noticed by the abundance of video interviews on Collider, last night I covered a special “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” screening at Mann’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood. While there, I landed tons of video interviews with the cast and producers of the movie. Since I already talked to Channing Tatum about “G.I. Joe” on more than one occasion, I decided to use my time to talk about other projects. So after the jump you can hear Channing talk about his next film “Dear John” and the project he’s about to start…a Roman Empire film called “The Eagle of the Ninth”. If you haven’t heard about that one yet, it’s going to be directed by Kevin Macdonald (“The Last King of Scotland”, “State of Play”). What I’m trying to say is…it’s a film you should be excited for. Watch the interview after the jump: