Georgle Clooney‘s Monuments Men looked like it could be a player in this year’s awards race, but it had to be pushed back to February in order to work on the special effects and find the tone of the story. For those who are unfamiliar with the film, it’s based on a true story about soldiers and historians who have to go to Germany during World War II to rescue artistic masterpieces before they’re destroyed by the Nazis. The first trailer made the film look confused and mediocre, but now an international trailer has gone online, and the movie looks like it’s in much better shape. The humor is sharper, the story is better laid out, and the stakes are more clearly defined. There’s even a little grin about the premise having a bit of an Ocean’s Eleven vibe when Matt Damon‘s character asks Clooney, “Aren’t you a little old for this?” I have high hopes for the film, and this new trailer finally makes me excited for what Clooney has put together.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also stars Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, Hugh Bonneville, John Goodman, Bob Balaban, and Bill Murray. The Monuments Men opens February 7, 2014.
Bill Murray to make a rare appearance on the small screen by starring in the HBO mini-series, Olive Kitteridge. Based on Elizabeth Strout’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Olive Kitteridge was adapted by Jane Anderson and will be directed by Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are All Right). The story focuses on a retired schoolteacher in a small Maine town and the characters that surround her. The various tales of affairs, suicide, and emotional problems are told through her eyes. Her the jump for more.
Channing Tatum is lining up another producing project, and this time he’ll star as well. THR reports that Tatum is in talks to produce and star in Bad Romance for MGM, with 50/50 and Warm Bodies helmer Jonathan Levine set to write and direct. Details on the film are not given, but if it’s anything like Levine’s previous work it’ll be a swell blend of humor, drama, and of course, romance. Tatum is currently busy filming the comedy sequel 22 Jump Street and has a range of roles on the horizon. Next year he’ll be seen in Lana and Andy Wachowski’s sci-fi epic Jupiter Ascending, Bennett Miller’s real-life drama Foxcatcher, and the excellent-looking animated pic The LEGO Movie.
Hit the jump for casting news concerning a comedy legend joining DreamWorks Animation’s B.O.O.
Fox Searchlight has released the first trailer for writer/director Wes Anderson’s new film The Grand Budapest Hotel. The story takes place in early 20th-century Hungary and revolves around the goings-on at the titular hotel, where a legendary concierge (Ralph Fiennes) takes a young employee (Tony Revolori) under his wing to become his trusted protégé. The movie looks absolutely delightful, and there are some great laughs in this trailer. It’s also refreshing, unexpected, and exciting to see Fiennes in a comedic role. [Update: On a side note, Refocused Media tweets that Anderson shot the movie in three different aspect ratios (1.33, 1.85, and 2.35) for reference during it's three time periods. I'm not sure if that means personal reference, or if it will be a reference for the audience.]
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Saoirse Ronan, F. Murray Abraham, Edward Norton, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Lea Seydoux, Jeff Goldblum, Jason Schwarztman, Jude Law, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Murray, and Owen Wilson. The Grand Budapest Hotel opens March 7, 2014
Filming is already underway in Hawaii on writer/director Cameron Crowe’s untitled next film, but the filmmaker is adding two fantastic last-minute additions to the cast. The Wrap reports that Bill Murray is in talks to join the pic, while THR reports that Jay Baruchel has signed on to reunite with his Almost Famous helmer. Bradley Cooper stars in the romantic comedy as a defense contractor overseeing a weapons satellite launch from Hawaii who teams up with (and falls for) an Air Force pilot (Emma Stone) to scuttle the launch. Mystical island forces also play a role in the story.
Murray’s character is being kept under wraps, but Baruchel will be playing the step brother of Cooper’s character. Baruchel makes a great addition to the ensemble, and the thought of Murray and Crowe teaming up on a feature is incredibly promising. The swell cast also includes Rachel McAdams, Alec Baldwin, and Danny McBride. Murray will next be seen in George Clooney’s WWII pic The Monuments Men, which opens this December.
Bill Murray is poised to team up with Wag the Dog and Rain Man director Barry Levinson on the aptly named Rock the Kasbah. The Wrap reports that Murray will lead the pic, which centers on a music manager who goes on the USO tour to Afghanistan with his last remaining client. Once there, “he finds himself abandoned, penniless and without his passport and discovers a young girl with an extraordinary voice who stows away with him back to Kabul to compete on the popular television show The Afghan Star, Afghanistan’s equivalent of American Idol.” QED is producing the film, which boasts a script by Mitch Glazer (The Recruit, Magic City).
Hit the jump for a familiar cast addition to Guy Ritchie’s The Man from U.N.C.L.E. along with an official synopsis for the film.
Sony Pictures has released the first trailer for George Clooney’s next directorial effort, The Monuments Men. Based on a true story, the film centers on an unlikely World War II platoon made up of museum directors, curators, and art historians tasked by FDR with going into Germany and rescuing artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves before they are lost forever. This is a disappointing trailer not because the film looks bad, but because the trailer feels poorly put together. The highlight looks like the fish-out-of-water supporting characters played John Goodman, Bob Balaban, and Bill Murray. Unfortunately, the trailer feels like it’s trying way too hard to be hip, and the music playing over the whole thing is an awful choice. I still can’t wait to see this movie, but I wish the first look at it was better.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film stars Clooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, and Hugh Bonneville. The Monuments Men opens on December 18th. [Update: We've added the teaser poster to the article.]
New images from three highly anticipated fall films have landed online. Briefly:
- The Monuments Men – The first official image from George Clooney’s latest directorial effort highlights the swell ensemble cast of the WWII heist movie, featuring Clooney, Matt Damon, John Goodman, and Bob Balaban. The film opens in theaters on December 18th.
- American Hustle – Another new image from Silver Linings Playbook director David O. Russell’s next film shows off even more of the early 1980s fashions donned by Christian Bale, Amy Adams, and Bradley Cooper. The film opens wide on December 25th.
- The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – A new image from the second film in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy takes a break from the dwarves as we get another look at Orlando Bloom’s Legolas and Evangeline Lily’s Tauriel. The film opens on December 13th.
Hit the jump to take a look at the images. [Update: We've added a batch of more images from The Monuments Men, including a first look at Cate Blanchett's character.]
Production is currently underway in Germany on George Clooney’s next directorial feature, the WWII drama The Monuments Men, and some new images of the star-studded cast on set have surfaced. Based on a true story, the pic centers on an unlikely World War II platoon made up of museum directors, curators, and art historians tasked by FDR with going into Germany and rescuing artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves before they are lost forever. These set photos give us a look at Bill Murray, Matt Damon, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Hugh Bonneville, and Clooney all in character, along with what looks to be a cameo by composer Alexandre Desplat. This is absolutely one of my most anticipated films of the year, and I can’t wait to see the ensemble’s interplay when the film hits theaters.
Hit the jump to check out the images. The film also stars Cate Blanchett and Bob Balaban. The Monuments Men opens on December 18th.
Production has commenced on George Clooney’s fifth feature directorial effort, the action-thriller The Monuments Men. The Columbia Pictures/20th Century Fox co-production tells the true story of an unlikely World War II platoon made up of museum directors, curators, and art historians tasked by FDR with going into Germany and rescuing artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves before they are lost forever. Clooney directs, stars in, and produces the film alongside his Smokehouse Productions partner Grant Heslov, with whom he also co-wrote the script. Moreover, Clooney has assembled a truly remarkable cast that includes Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, John Goodman, and Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey).
Unfortunately Daniel Craig is not listed as part of the cast in the official press release, so it appears that he may have dropped out of the film. Hit the jump for more, including the full press release.
Wes Anderson has never had much problem lining-up impressive ensembles for his movies. Even his earlier movies have great casts albeit less famous ones. In a recent interview with THR, Anderson revealed his next film, Grand Budapest Hotel, will have one of his best casts to date. First, Anderson confirmed Ralph Fiennes, Bill Murray, and Saoirse Ronan were in the flick (Fiennes and Ronan are the leads). But they’re only a small part of the large cast. Anderson will reunite with Edward Norton, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Harvey Keitel, Tilda Swinton, and Jason Schwartzman. Owen Wilson might also have a small role. The movie will also include Jeff Goldblum, F. Murray Abraham, Jude Law, and Mathieu Amalric (Quantum of Solace).
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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. Hyde Park on Hudson opens today in limited release.]
Hyde Park on Hudson is two stories: one is a bizarre, deeply misguided “love story” about a mistress; the other is a charming fish-out-of-water story set on a historical stage. Blended together, they make a film that’s unintentionally funny in its brazen schizophrenia where the plotlines overlap in terms of setting and nothing else. Director Roger Michell doesn’t seem to notice how different these stories are, and instead of choosing the superior one, his vacillation makes the picture a captivating train wreck where I couldn’t help but wonder if Michell was being subversively hilarious. How else do you explain a scene featuring cinema’s most romantic handjob?
Opening this weekend, in limited release, is director Roger Michell’s Hyde Park on Hudson. The film stars Bill Murray as President Franklin D. Roosevelt and centers on a weekend in 1939 which marked the first ever visit to America by a British monarchy when King George VI (Samuel West) and Queen Elizabeth (Olivia Coleman) visited FDR’s upstate New York cottage. The monarchs’ concerns over German aggression must compete with Roosevelt’s wife (Olivia Williams), mother and cousin Daisy (Laura Linney), who are all vying for attention
During the press day I got to speak with Linney. We talked about how she got involved in the project, what it was like working with Bill Murray, whether playing a real person made her more nervous, how she prepared for the role, and more. In addition, towards the end of the interview I brought up Love Actually (one of my favorite holiday movies). Hit the jump to watch.
The first trailer for writer/director Roman Coppola’s A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III has been released. The film stars Charlie Sheen as a successful graphic designer whose fame and fortune have made him irresistible to women. After his girlfriend breaks up with him, he heads into a downward spiral that forces him to look back on his failed romantic history. We previously saw some rather strange teaser posters for the film, and this trailer is certainly a trip. Sheen is joined on his journey by Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman, who look to be playing a couple of suitably colorful characters.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Aubrey Plaza, Patricia Arquette, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Katheryn Winnick. A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III opens on February 8th. [Update: A batch of high-resolution images has been released and are now included after the jump.]
We recently got a promising look at writer/director Roman Coppola’s (Moonrise Kingdom) upcoming film A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III by way of a few new images, and now a curious batch of teaser posters has been released. The pic stars Charlie Sheen as a successful graphic designer whose fame and fortune have made him irresistible to women. After his girlfriend breaks up with him, he heads into a downward spiral that forces him to look back on his failed romantic history. These posters boast the name of the film’s stars alongside a corresponding sexually suggestive image, and while I’m not exactly sure what it all means, I’m sufficiently intrigued.
Hit the jump to check out the posters and a brief bit of the first footage from the film. Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Aubrey Plaza, and Patricia Arquette also star. A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III opens on February 8th. [Update: We've updated the article with hi-res versions of the posters along with the first images from the film.]