A new trailer for director Jeremy Lovering’s (Sherlock) horror-thriller In Fear has been released online. The pic is described as a home invasion film that takes place within the confines of a car, as Alice Englert (Beautiful Creatures) and Iain De Caestecker (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) star as a couple who encounter some very unfortunate situations when they get lost in the British highways on their journey to a country getaway and music festival. The high-concept premise is certainly intriguing, and this trailer plays much more like a mood piece rather than a plot-driven trailer, as we don’t really get a clear sense of what’s happening. What is clear, though, is the fact that Englert and Caestecker’s charcters are in for a very bumpy ride.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. In Fear opens in the UK this fall.
Before I dive headfirst into what could be considered overselling to the “nth degree”, I have a disclaimer: I’m a total sucker for nostalgia-inducing, high school-centric, coming of age films. With that out of the way, I cannot recommend enough that you watch author/writer/director Stephen Chboksy‘s adaptation of his own novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, as soon as possible. The pic hit Blu-ray/DVD this past week and over the course of 24 hours I rented it, watched it, loved it, returned it (yes, somehow late fees are still a thing…), and purchased it for my own collection. I could go on and on about the emotional note the movie hit for me at every turn but I’ll spare you the fanboy torment. Suffice to say that I’ll be looking back fondly on this one for quite a while.
My “Blu-ray/DVD pick of the week” aside, this week’s installment features a week of Die Hard that includes Matt revisiting the entire franchise and A Good Day to Die Hard interviews with Bruce Willis and more, coverage from Steve’s visit to the set of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, a slew of video interviews from this year’s VES Awards including talks with Ang Lee and Wally Pfister just to name a few, Beautiful Creatures interviews with Emmy Rossum and more, and a healthy amount of images from the floor of Toy Fair 2013. Yep, you guessed it, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found on the other side.
The romantic drama Beautiful Creatures tells the story of 17-year-old Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenreich), whose world is shaken up with the arrival of Lena Duchannes (Alice Englert), the niece of Macon Ravenwood (Jeremy Irons), the reclusive owner of gothic Ravenwood Manor. Immediately drawn to each other, it becomes apparent that Lena is a Caster with powers beyond her control, and the two are faced with a curse that will claim her for either the Light or the Dark on her 16th birthday.
At the film’s press day, actress Alice Englert, daughter of acclaimed filmmaker Jane Campion, talked about what ultimately convinced her to take the role, working with such a talented cast, how important the Southern setting was to this story, getting the accent right, not being worried about the Twilight comparisons, growing up on her mom’s film sets, and why she was compelled to be an actor. Check out what she had to say after the jump.
I’m not embarrassed to say I’m intrigued by Beautiful Creatures. I know I’m not the target audience, but that doesn’t mean I’m excluded from enjoying the film. For those unfamiliar with the movie, it’s supernatural love story centering on Lena Duchannes (Alice Englert) a “caster” (a.k.a. a witch), her relationship with Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenreich), and her dread at being chosen for good or evil.
I’m pleased to announce that we’re giving away 20 passes to the Atlanta screening of Beautiful Creatures. Hit the jump to find out how you can check out the film early and for free. The film also stars Jeremy Irons, Viola Davis, Emmy Rossum, and Emma Thompson. Beautiful Creatures opens February 14th.
Three new clips are now available from Richard LaGravenese’s Beautiful Creatures, the Southern Gothic supernatural romance story adapted from the best-selling books of Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. Two of these clips do a nice job at establishing the budding relationship between Lena (Alice Englert) and Ethan (Alden Ehrenreich), as well as stirring up the fanbase. The third clip features Ridley Duchannes (Emmy Rossum) flaunting a barely-there dress, bringing a little something for two “lucky boys.”
Also starring Jeremy Irons, Viola Davis, Emma Thompson and Thomas Mann, Beautiful Creatures opens February 14th. Hit the jump to watch the clips (fair warning: they’re on auto-play).
A host of new images from director Richard LaGravenese’s supernatural love story adaptation Beautiful Creatures reveal great looks at stars Alice Englert and Alden Ehrenreich. While the movie may draw comparisons to The Twilight Saga, one thing that stands apart is the amazing costume design for Beautiful Creatures, which really puts an emphasis on Southern Gothic.
Also starring Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Irons, Viola Davis, Emma Thompson and Thomas Mann, Beautiful Creatures opens February 14th. Hit the jump to check out the new images.
New TV spots have been released for Beautiful Creatures and Oz the Great and Powerful. Beautiful Creatures is a supernatural love story centering on Lena Duchannes (Alice Englert) a “caster” (a.k.a. a witch), her relationship with Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenreich), and her dread at being chosen for good or evil. This TV spot sells the love-angle, but I can’t help but being slightly intrigued by the supernatural element of the story. As for Oz the Great and Powerful, the TV spots are about ringing in the New Year with Sam Raimi‘s Wizard of Oz prequel.
Hit the jump to check out the TV spots. Beautiful Creatures opens February 13th. Oz the Great and Powerful opens in 3D on March 8th.
The 2013 Sundance Film Festival is in the midst of unveiling its lineups, and today we’ve got the first images from some films that will be playing as part of the Park City at Midnight program. Briefly:
- Ass Backwards – Directed by Chris Nelson, written by June Diane Raphael and Casey Wilson, starring Raphael, Wilson, Vincent D’Onofrio, Alicia Silverstone, Jon Cryer, and Brian Geraghty.
- Hell Baby – Written and directed by Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon, starring Rob Corddry, Leslie Bibb, Keegan Michael Key, Riki Lindhome, Paul Scheer, and Rob Huebel.
- In Fear – Directed and story by Jeremy Lovering, starring Alice Englert, Iain De Caestecker, and Allen Leech.
- kink – Directed by Christina Voros.
Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2013 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 17 – 27.
A new trailer for the YA adaptation Beautiful Creatures has been released online. The Southern supernatural romance centers on two mystically charged teens who are mysteriously drawn to one another despite never having met, and uncover some unsettling secrets about their families and the small southern town in which they live. I found the first trailer intriguing yet a tad confusing, but this clip really digs into the plot and makes Beautiful Creatures look like a lot of fun. We see a lot more of the characters played by Emma Thompson, Jeremy Irons, and Viola Davis, and it’s starting to make sense why actors of their caliber signed on; Thompson in particular looks to be having a blast chewing the scenery.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Alice Englert, Alden Ehrenreich, and Emmy Rossum. Beautiful Creatures opens on February 13, 2013.
Last night I uncovered a gem from 2011 for the first time and my only regret is that I didn’t take the time to seek it out sooner. Writer/director Thomas McCarthy‘s dramedy Win Win is not only consistently funny but also chock full of both heartwarming and heartbreaking moments. The performances are terrific all-around, the script is strong albeit somewhat easy to telegraph, and the wrestling scenes are even surprisingly intense at times (I mean, it was nominated for a prestigious ESPY for “Best Sports Film” after all). Matt gave the film his full endorsement when he reviewed it at Sundance 2011 and I’m doing the same here today.
Movie recommendations aside, in what was yet another busy week around these parts, the five standouts include our Skyfall interviews with Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, director Sam Mendes and more, a Beautiful Creatures set visit recap, the first trailer for Brad Pitt‘s World War Z, even more set visit goodness from Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s The Last Stand, and ongoing development news for the next Star Wars trilogy. Keep reading for brief recaps and links to all of the above.
Stepping out of the van, the heat hits all of us at the same time, and before we’ve even made it halfway up the dirt pathway—to where a sprawling, vine-covered Gothic mansion is quietly redefining the word “imposing”—every one of us is starting to sweat. The person guiding us to our destination points, and we all look around a corner to see what appears to be a checkered ballroom set into the center of a topiary garden. Dozens of elaborately-costumed actors and actresses are milling about: some have foot-tall, brightly-colored hairdos, others have their faces covered in intricate makeup jobs, and all of them must be dying in this swampy heat. Just as we’re starting to make sense of what it is we’re looking at, Jeremy Irons walks by holding a Styrofoam cup of coffee and nods a “Hello” at us.
Earlier this year, I was invited out to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where Warner Bros. and director Richard LaGravenese were bringing the YA novel Beautiful Creatures to life. To say the visit was surreal doesn’t quite do it justice, but I’ll give it a shot. Meet me after the jump to find out what I learned on the Beautiful Creatures set…and why Warner Bros. might have the next, big Twilight-sized YA hit on their hands.
Everyone knows that you can’t have a teen-centric supernatural romance without two things: teens in love, and magical powers (and longing stares)(oh, and dudes without shirts)(and, yeah, OK, mysterious secrets: so maybe there’s more than two things every teen-centric supernatural romance needs, but you get the idea). In the upcoming Warner Bros. film Beautiful Creatures, the “teens in love” portion of that formula is covered by newcomers Alden Ehrenreich and Alice Englert, who play Ethan Wate and Lena Duchannes, respectively. The “magical powers” part is covered by Englert, whose Lena may or may not be a powerful witch.
Earlier this year, I traveled to the Beautiful Creatures set (outside of Baton Rouge, LA) with a few other members of the online press to chat with the cast of Richard LaGravenese’s new film. Find out what Alice Englert had to say about her character, the supernatural-romance genre, and more after the jump.
A few clips to share with you today. Choose wisely:
- Paranormal Activity 4, starring Katie Featherson and Kathryn Newton, opens October 19th.
- Fun Size, from debut feature director Josh Schwartz, stars Victoria Justice, Jane Levy, Thomas Mann, Johnny Knoxville and Chelsea Handler. Fun Size opens on October 26th.
- Ginger & Rosa, Sally Potter’s drama starring Elle Fanning, Alice Englert, Annette Bening, Christina Hendricks and Alessandro Nivola opens in the UK on October 19th.
Hit the jump to watch the clips.
If you enjoyed the recent images and trailer for director Richard LaGravenese’s Beautiful Creatures, but found yourself a bit lost in the story, you’re in luck, because a new featurette is here to explain it all to you. Based on the trilogy by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, the story centers on two star-crossed teens who uncover some unsettling secrets about their families, themselves and the small southern town in which they live. The featurette shows that the adaptation is more than just “Romeo & Juliet meets Twilight meets True Blood.”
Starring Alice Englert, Alden Ehrenreich, Emma Thompson, Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Irons and Viola Davis, Beautiful Creatures graces theaters on February 13th, 2013. Hit the jump to watch the featurette.
The first trailer and poster for director Richard LaGrevenese’s Beautiful Creatures have landed online. Based on the three-book series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, the story centers on two mystically charged teens who are mysteriously drawn to one another despite never having met, and uncover some unsettling secrets about their families and the small southern town in which they live. I’m unfamiliar with the book series and found myself a bit lost when watching the teaser, but I dig the atmosphere and Southern Gothic aesthetic. Moreover, watching Emma Thompson play a disapproving, devoutly religious Southern woman is a delight.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer, poster, and a batch of images, and be sure to take a peek at our set visit preview right here. The film also stars Alice Englert, Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Irons and Viola Davis. Beautiful Creatures hits theaters on February 13th, 2013.