Production on the young adult adaptation The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones begins next month, and now a few exciting casting additions have been announced. Based on the first book in Cassandra Clare‘s novel series, the film centers on a young woman (Lily Collins) who discovers she is the descendant of a line of secret cadre of half-angel warriors locked in an ancient battle to protect the world from demons. Jaime Campbell Bower is set as the male lead, Jace Wayland, and now it’s been announced that Game of Thrones actress Lena Headey, Mad Men’s Jared Harris, and Godfrey Gao (All About Women) have joined the cast. Hit the jump for details on who each actor will be playing.
Steven Spielberg‘s Abraham Lincoln movie, Lincoln, has landed a release date. We previously reported that the film would open after the 2012 Presidential election so to as avoid any accusation that the movie was making a political statement (we’ll let the trailers and other advertising allow pundits to bloviate and fill airtime draw their own conclusions). Disney has announced that the movie will open in limited engagement on November 9th before expanding nationwide on November 16th. It’s worth noting that Lincoln will still be fighting vampires, except this time it will be at the box office. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 also opens on November 16th.
Lincoln stars Daniel Day-Lewis as the 16th President, and the all-star cast also features Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tommy Lee Jones, James Spader, John Hawkes, Michael Stuhlbarg, David Strathairn, Walton Goggins, David Oyelowo, Tim Blake Nelson, Bruce McGill, Jackie Earle Haley, Lee Pace, and Jared Harris. Hit the jump for a synopsis of the source material.
Jared Harris (Mad Men) is set to lead Hammer Films’ supernatural horror-thriller The Quiet Ones. The movie, which is Hammer’s follow-up to the successful The Woman in Black, has Harris playing the unorthodox but charismatic Professor Joseph Coupland, “who uses controversial methods and leads his best students off the grid to take part in a dangerous experiment: to create a poltergeist from negative human energy.” Mad Men made me a fan of Harris, and I was disappointed that he was so underutilized in his role as Professor Moriarty in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. I’m glad Hammer has decided to put him in a lead role for a movie that sounds like it could be a fun horror flick.
Hit the jump to check out the press release. Harris will next be seen in theaters in Steven Spielberg‘s Lincoln.
by Jason Barr Posted: December 17th, 2011 at 8:19 am
Admittedly, I have fallen off of the beaten path with regards to checking out awards season contenders in the theaters this year. That said, I’m hoping to begin turning all of that around this afternoon as a matinee of director Jason Reitman’s Young Adult is currently on my Saturday itinerary. While I can’t claim to be a huge Diablo Cody fan (I tend to think her characters all sound the same…as in, exactly like Diablo Cody), I’m almost always happy with Reitman’s work. Moreover, Charlize Theron looks to be in rare comedic form (an arena she doesn’t always find herself in, but one she undoubtedly has the chops to pull off). All in all, here’s to hoping that my Young Adult screening is just the tip of my awards season iceberg. In the meantime…
…In this week’s “Top 5″ installment, you’ll find a slew of interviews for Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, a number of new assets from director Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man, a recap of this crazy week in trailers, a rundown of the 69th Annual Golden Globes nods, and a light musing regarding Bridesmaids‘ awards season chances. Hit the jump for a brief recap and link to each of the above.
In Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, actor Jared Harris plays iconic villain Moriarty, with the perfect blend of menace and charm. He is the intellectual equal of the world’s most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey, Jr.), but without a moral compass, allowing his capacity for evil to be endless.
During this exclusive interview at the film’s press junket, Jared Harris talked about how he ended up playing Moriarty, how daunting it is to play a genius criminal mastermind, the importance of keeping the character’s motives mysterious and unexplained, that he loves a good fight scene, and how he’d love to revisit the role, if they ask him back for another film. He also talked about taking on the historical figure Ulysses S. Grant for Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, working with Daniel Day Lewis, who stays in character throughout the shoot, currently filming the next season of Mad Men, and his return to Fringe. Check out what he had to say after the jump:
The first Sherlock Holmes had to overcome the challenge of readjusting the legendary detective to a modernized version who lived in a jacked-up version of Victorian England. The film was a hit, audiences accepted director Guy Ritchie‘s re-imagined Sherlock (Robert Downey Jr.), and the sequel moves on to broadening the world, upping the ante, and refining the rough parts of the original. Like its predecessor, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is fun, easily-digestible entertainment, but the sequel simplifies the mystery and misses a major opportunity to highlight one of literature’s great villains.
In Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Robert Downey Jr. reprises his role as the world most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes. Accustomed to being the smartest man in the room, criminal mastermind Professor James Moriarty (Jared Harris) throws Holmes off of his game, with his capacity for evil and lack of a moral compass keeping him steps ahead. As Holmes’ investigation into Moriarty’s plot becomes more dangerous, it also puts his friend and colleague, Dr. Watson (Jude Law), at risk and threatens to alter the course of history.
At a press conference to promote the film’s December 16th theatrical release, Robert Downey Jr. talked about the challenge of taking the character and story to another level for the sequel, always keeping Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in mind when playing the role, transforming into a woman this time around, and working with Jared Harris and developing the adversarial relationship between Holmes and Moriarty. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
In Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, actor Jared Harris plays iconic villain Moriarity with the perfect blend of menace and charm. He is the intellectual equal of the world most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey, Jr.), but without a moral compass, allowing his capacity of evil to be endless.
At this weekend’s press junket for the film, Collider got the opportunity to speak with Jared Harris and, although we will run that portion of the interview closer to the December 16th theatrical release, we did want to share what he had to say about taking on the historical figure Ulysses S. Grant for Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, and working with Daniel Day Lewis, who stays in character throughout the shoot. He also talked about how he’s currently filming the next season of Mad Men and how lucky he is to have the opportunity to work on that show, as well as his return to Fringe. Check out what he had to say after the jump:
We’ve been provided with nine clips from Guy Ritchie’s upcoming Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows to share with our readers. The sequel finds Robert Downey Jr.’s Holmes and Jude Law’s Watson going head-to-head with supervillain Moriarty, played by Mad Men’s Jared Harris. This time around Holmes and Watson have a new companion in Noomi Rapace, who plays a gypsy tagging along on their quest to get to the bottom of Moriarty’s dastardly plan.
Hit the jump to check out the clips. If you missed any of Steve’s coverage from the set, be sure to check out his interviews with Downey Jr. and Law, Rapace, Harris, producers Susan Downey and Lionel Wigram, as well as his video blog recapping the events of the set visit. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows opens December 16th.
With the release of Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows only a few weeks away, Warner Bros. has released 47 new images from the movie. If you want to see 47 moments from the movie including a first look at Stephen Fry as Holmes’ brother Mycroft, hit the jump. The film also stars Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Noomi Rapace, and Jared Harris. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows opens December 16th.
Jared Harris (Mad Men) will play Civil War commander and future U.S. President Ulysses Grant in Steven Spielberg’s Abraham Lincoln biopic, Lincoln. Daniel Day-Lewis plays the 16th President and the film (based on Dolores Kearns Goodwin’s book Team of Rivals) covers the last four months of the Civil War. Grant rose to prominence beginning with his decisive victories battles as Shiloh and Vicksburg,and his continued success on the battlefield eventually earned him command of all Union armies in 1964. Since the book focused mainly on the power struggles within Lincoln’s cabinet, the Grant role will most likely be a minor one.
Based on Kearns’ biography, Grant won’t be a major character, but Harris is yet another welcome addition to the impressive cast. The movie also stars Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tommy Lee Jones, James Spader, John Hawkes, Michael Stuhlbarg, David Strathairn, Walton Goggins, David Oyelowo, Tim Blake Nelson, Bruce McGill, Jackie Earle Haley, and Lee Pace. Lincoln is set to open in late 2012. Harris will next be seen playing Professor Moriarty in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. [Empire]
by Jason Barr Posted: November 19th, 2011 at 11:48 am
As I write today, in the back of mind rests more than a handful of permutations for my Black Friday plan of attack. Do I really need a new 42 inch HDTV? How about various seasons of television on DVD/Blu-ray for rock bottom prices? What about one of those sweet Dyson vacuum cleaners with the roller ball? The answer to all of the above is most likely a resounding “no”, but need isn’t what Black Friday is all about. Not even close. Black Friday is all about getting something/anything on the cheap if for no other reason than because if you don’t, then the person behind you in line will. Oh, America. How I love thee.
In this week’s “Top 5″ installment you’ll find our set visit coverage for Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, our review and interviews for a little movie you may have heard about called The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, the first trailer for director Tarsem Singh’s Snow White-tale Mirror Mirror, a new trailer for Gary Ross’ The Hunger Games adaptation, and Steve’s coverage from his visit to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando. Hit the jump for a brief recap and link to each.
In the sequel to Guy Ritchie‘s Sherlock Holmes, Jared Harris (Mad Men) plays the villain Moriarty, Holmes’ nemesis that was referred to at the end of the first flick. While the safe choice for Warner Bros. would have been to cast a huge star to play the villain, I think the casting of Harris was brilliant and perfect. First, he’s a great actor. But just as important as his talents in front of the camera is the fact that he’s a chameleon-like character actor. If the studio had cast someone like Tom Cruise in the role, you’d have a tough time seeing Moriarty on screen. However, with Harris as Holmes’ arch nemesis, I think they’ve nailed the casting and audiences are going to be in for a really fun ride.
Earlier this year I got to visit the set of Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows when the production was filming outside of London. While on set I got to participate in a group interview with Harris where he talked about how he got cast, the way he worked with Robert Downey Jr. and Ritchie, the story of the sequel, how his Moriarty is so manipulative that he doesn’t need to commit violence himself or kill people as he can get others to do it for him, his research into the role, and a lot more. Hit the jump for more.
Warner Bros. has released four more character banners for Guy Ritchie‘s Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. There’s nothing particularly eye-catching about them, but for this movie WB could throw up a 27″ x 40″ poster reading: “Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law return to play Sherlock and Watson and you liked when they did that the last time.” I’m also a bit curious as to why these posters have the characters standing in flames. The characters look like they don’t know they’re standing in flames. The flames aren’t crazy, but they’re still flames. You don’t want to stand in them.
Hit the jump to check out the banners. The film also stars Noomi Rapace, Stephen Fry, and Jared Harris. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows opens December 16th.
Warner Bros. has finally released a new trailer for Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and it is discouraging. There are a few neat moments like some glimpses of Rachel McAdams reprising her role as Irene Adler (although the role will amount to a cameo this time around), and the formation of ye old sniper rifle. But what I find troubling about this trailer is that it’s very light on story. Usually the second trailer is all about laying out the plot and this one is just more action. Lots and lots of action, which is fine, but Sherlock Holmes vs. Professor Moriarty is one of the great fictional battles of all-time. This movie may have boiled it down to excessive speed-ramping. Here’s hoping I’m wrong.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film stars Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Noomi Rapace, and Jared Harris. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows opens December 16th.