Although writer-director Patrice Leconte’s romantic period drama A Promise played at both the Venice and Toronto film festivals, the French filmmaker’s English-language debut has yet to land a U.S. release date (though it will premiere in France this coming April). Inspired by Stefan Zweig’s novel “Journey into the Past” and set in 1912 Germany, the film centers a love triangle between an ailing factory owner (Alan Rickman), his young bride (Rebecca Hall), and his protégé, played by Game of Thrones star Richard Madden. We premiered an exclusive clip from the film a few months back, but the first trailer is now available. Hit the jump to check it out.
The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival gets underway later this week, and we here at Collider are happy to bring you an exclusive clip from a film that will be playing as part of the special presentation selection: A Promise. Set in 1912 Germany, the film revolves around a love triangle between an ailing factory owner (Alan Rickman), his young bride (Rebecca Hall), and his protégé, played by Game of Thrones star Richard Madden. Inspired by Stefan Zweig’s novel Journey into the Past, the pic marks the English-language debut of French filmmaker Patrice Leconte.
Hit the jump to watch the clip. The Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 5 – 15th.
29 images have been released from the upcoming film, CBGB. Alan Rickman leads the picture as struggling club owner Hilly Kristal, who had a vision of bringing country, bluegrass and blues music to the lower Eastside venue which ultimately became a proving ground for rock-and-roll and punk bands. It is the story of a venue as renowned for its performers as it is for the filthiness of its restroom. I’ll be curious to hear what people who actually went to CBGB when it was open think of the film (the club closed in 2006).
Hit the jump to check out the images. The film also stars Rupert Grint, Malin Akerman, Ashley Greene, Johnny Galecki, Donal Logue, Mickey Sumner, and Justin Bartha. CBGB opens October 11th.
The Weinstein Company has released four clips from director Lee Daniels’ upcoming historical drama The Butler. The film stars Forest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines, a butler who served at the White House from 1952 to 1986, and tells his life story against the important historical events of the time as seen through the eyes of the many inhabitants of the White House. Whitaker leads the pic alongside Oprah Winfrey as his wife and David Oyelowo as his son, but Daniels has filled the rest of the cast out with a litany of familiar faces on tap to play the many Presidents and First Ladies over the years, including John Cusack as Nixon, Robin Williams as Eisenhower, and Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan.
Hit the jump to watch the clips. The film also stars Mariah Carey, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Minka Kelly, Lenny Kravitz, Melissa Leo, Alan Rickman, Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Redgrave, and Liev Schreiber. The Butler opens on August 16th.
Developed by Shane Brennan (NCIS: Los Angeles), the TNT drama series King & Maxwell follows private investigators Sean King (Jon Tenney) and Michelle Maxwell (Rebecca Romijn), characters originally seen in the best-selling series of books by author David Baldacci. The two are both former Secret Service agents who use their unique abilities and their quite apparent differences to get a leg up on conventional law enforcement.
During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Ryan Hurst – who plays Edgar Roy, a high-functioning autistic savant and proven valuable asset to the team, with an extraordinary ability to see patterns and numerical sequences – talked about how he came to be a part of this show, jumping right back into work after his time on Sons of Anarchy was done, how much research he’s done for the role, and the evolving character dynamic. He also talked about the experience of making CBGB, about the New York City punk-rock scene and the famous nightclub, and working with Alan Rickman, as well as his desire to direct. Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.
James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy is going to be one of the strangest films of 2014; that’s pretty much a guarantee when two of your lead characters are a gun-toting raccoon and a talking tree. Word has it that funnyman John C. Reilly (Step Brothers) has been offered a role in the Marvel film. While my first thought was that of a voice role for one of the above-mentioned characters (who currently are voiceless), Reilly is being offered a slightly different sort of role. Comic book fans may be familiar with the name Rhomman Dey, but just how Gunn plans to use that character appears to be a tad unconventional. A new report also has Marvel showing interest in Hugh Laurie (House M.D.), Alan Rickman (Harry Potter series) and Ken Watanabe (Inception) for an additional role. Hit the jump for more.
The Weinstein Company has released the first trailer for director Lee Daniels’ (Precious, The Paperboy) historical drama The Butler. Based on a true story, the film stars Forrest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines, a butler who served at the White House from 1952 to 1986. The trailer plays up the film’s awards prospects as we see a flash of famous faces playing the many notable persons who walked the halls of the White House throughout this period (Alan Rickman is particularly striking as President Reagan), and that’s balanced with an overview of Gaines’ life in a racially tense America. While the film certainly looks like it has the potential to be powerful, cautious optimism is key whenever Lee Daniels is involved.
Hit the jump to watch the debut trailer. The film also stars Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, Mariah Carey, John Cusack, Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Minka Kelly, Lenny Kravitz, Melissa Leo, James Marsden, Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Redgrave, Liev Schreiber, and Robin Williams. The Butler opens on October 18th.
[With A Good Day to Die Hard set to open this Thursday, we'll be taking a look back at the first four Die Hard movies. These reviews will contain spoilers since the movies have been out for years.]
When I hear the words “best action movie”, I immediately think of Die Hard. No other film even comes close. It is pure action removed from sci-fi or any other genre. Even though there were plenty of blockbuster action movies in the 1980s, Die Hard is unique in how it constantly puts its hero at a massive disadvantage. To the extent that a blockbuster will allow, John McClane (Bruce Willis) is the everyman. Schwarzenegger and Stallone were the physically imposing heroes, but Willis brought a scrappy quality to McClane even though the character’s actions verged on superhuman. Although he’s very hard to kill, McClane is both the reluctant hero and the ideal 1980s American hero. From its unforgettable protagonist, Die Hard took on an identity that made it distinct and enduring.
A retro poster for the remake of Gambit has gone online. The update was written by Joel and Ethan Coen and stars Colin Firth as a London art dealer who enlists a Texas Rodeo Queen (Cameron Diaz) to help him con the richest man in England (Alan Rickman). The original 1966 film, which starred Michael Caine, Shirley MacLaine, and Herbert Lom, is a must-see, and while it sets a high bar, I’m still excited to see what the remake has to offer. At the very least, it’s got a nice poster that recalls the original without copying it.
Hit the jump to check out the poster. Gambit opens in the U.K. on November 21st, and will hit the U.S. in early 2013.
Though we got out first look at some footage from the film just yesterday, the first full trailer for Gambit has now landed online. The pic is a remake of the 1966 film starring Michael Caine as a cat burglar who recruits a showgirl (Shirley MacLaine) to help him heist a priceless antiquity. The update was written by Joel and Ethan Coen and stars Colin Firth as a London art dealer who enlists a Texas Rodeo Queen (Cameron Diaz) to help him con the richest man in England. The trailer makes the film look like a lot of fun, and the Coen brothers’ touch is quite evident. The goofiness is reminiscent of Raising Arizona, and Alan Rickman is delightfully eccentric as the target of the con. Performance-driven comedies are few and far between these days, and Gambit appears to be a breath of fresh air.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. Directed by Michael Hoffman, the film also stars Stanley Tucci and Cloris Leachman. Gambit will be released on November 21st in the UK and sometime in early 2013 in the US.
Michael Hoffman‘s remake of Gambit needs to stop being pushed back so I can see it. In the original 1966 film, a cat burglar (Michael Caine) recruits a showgirl (Shirley MacLaine) to help him heist a priceless antiquity. The remake was written by Joel and Ethan Coen, and stars Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz, and was originally due out in the U.S. this year, but was pushed back to winter 2013. However, as we saw from recent posters (that ripped off the tagline from Bowfinger), it will still hit theaters in the UK this November. A portion of the trailer has landed online, and it looks like a lot of fun, although the Caine character is “a London art dealer who enlists a Texas Rodeo Queen (Diaz) in a scheme to con the richest man in England (Alan Rickman).” Although this is only a brief glimpse, I like what I’m seeing, and hopefully we’ll get a full trailer in the near future.
Hit the jump to check out the partial trailer, and if you haven’t seen the original, be sure to track it down.
Director Lee Daniels is currently at work on his period drama The Butler, and some images of his star-studded cast taking on famous historical figures are starting to trickle out. The film tells the true story of Eugene Allen, a butler who served at the White House from 1952 to 1986. Forest Whitaker plays Allen, Oprah Winfrey is set as his wife, and David Oyelowo will star as Allen’s son. Butler has cast a number of familiar faces to play the notable persons who walk the halls of the White House throughout this period, and now we have our first look at Alan Rickman and Jane Fonda as First Couple Ronald and Nancy Reagan. I wasn’t quite sure how Rickman would physically pull off Reagan, but the resemblance here is striking.
Hit the jump to take a look at not only Rickman and Fonda alongside Daniels, but also Winfrey and co-star Lenny Kravitz in old-age makeup. Click here to see James Marsden and Minka Kelly as John and Jackie Kennedy.
Let’s round up some posters, shall we?
- Sinister, a horror film from writer/director Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose) and starring Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance, Vincent D’Onofrio and Clare Foley, opens October 5th.
- Hotel Transylvania, featuring the voices of Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, David Spade and Steve Buscemi, opens September 28th.
- Rust and Bone, the mystery/drama from director Jacques Audiard (A Prophet) that stars Marion Cotillard (The Dark Knight Rises) and Matthias Schoenaerts (Bullhead), opens November 23rd.
- Gambit, which Michael Hoffman (One Fine Day) directs from a Coen Brothers script, stars Alan Rickman, Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz. Gambit opens next year.
Hit the jump to see all the posters and synopses.
Some easy on the eyes casting additions today. Here they are at a glance:
- Malin Akerman (Watchmen) will star as “Blondie” front-woman, Debbie Harry in director Randall Miller’s indie, CBGB.
- Emily Browning (Sucker Punch) is in talks to join Plush, a psychic story from director Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight).
- Ahna O’Reilly (The Help) will star opposite Ashton Kutcher in the Steve Jobs indie picture, Jobs, from director Joshua Michael Stern (Swing Vote).
Hit the jump for more on each film.
Two bits of casting news today for some lovely leading ladies (although only one of the roles is actually a lead). Here are the headlines:
- Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland) is set to join Tracks for director John Curran (The Painted Veil). The Australian-set picture is based on Robyn Davidson’s trek across the heart of the island continent.
- Minka Kelly (Friday Night Lights) will join Precious director Lee Daniels‘ historical drama, The Butler, based on the life of Eugene Allen, who served on the White House staff from 1952 to 1986.
Hit the jump for more.