New to Blu-ray: THE JUNGLE BOOK, SHERLOCK Season 3, ENDER’S GAME, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include a Diamond Edition of Walt Disney’s last film, the latest season of one of the most engrossing shows currently on television, a Best Picture winner, a current Oscar nominee, and more.  Briefly:

New Trailer and Poster for DIANA Starring Naomi Watts

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eOne has released a new trailer for the drama DianaNaomi Watts stars as the eponymous princess, and the story focuses on the final two years of the late princess’ life, specifically centering on her secret affair with heart surgeon Dr. Hasnat Kahn, played by Naveen Andrews (Lost).  Diana is one of two upcoming “famous princess” movies, the other being Grace of Monaco starring Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly.  I’m not the target audience for either movie, but at least Grace of Monaco has its protagonist doing something substantial in trying work behind the scenes to prevent political turmoil in her country.  Judging by the trailer for Diana, there’s some brief lip service towards her humanitarian work, but it’s mostly about a love affair between a regular guy and an attractive, rich, and famous person.  It’s like Notting Hill, but no fun whatsoever.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer and poster.  Diana opens November 1st.

Biopic DIANA Starring Naomi Watts Set for U.S. Release on November 1st

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Entertainment One announced today that director Oliver Hirschbiegel’s (Downfall) Princess Diana biopic Diana will be given a limited release in the U.S. on November 1st, followed by a nationwide expansion.  Naomi Watts stars as the titular figure, and the story focuses on the final two years of the late princess’ life, specifically centering on her secret affair with heart surgeon Dr. Hasnat Kahn, played by Naveen Andrews (Lost).  The film’s trailer looks to paint a rather idolatrous portrait of Diana rather than humanizing her with a warts-and-all glimpse into her life, but this could just be a product of poor marketing.  Entertainment One no doubt hopes to drum up some awards buzz for the feature, so it’ll be interesting to see how the film is received by critics.

When Diana opens on November 1st, it will be playing opposite the sci-fi pic Ender’s Game, Relativity’s animated feature Free Birds, and the ensemble comedy Last Vegas.

New Trailer for DIANA Starring Naomi Watts and Naveen Andrews

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A new trailer has been released for the romantic biopic, Diana.  Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel (Downfall) and starring Naomi Watts as Princess Diana, the story focuses on the final two years of the late princess’ life, specifically centering on her secret affair with heart surgeon Dr. Hasnat Kahn, played by Naveen Andrews (Lost).  This trailer quickly pushes Diana towards the top of my “Do Not Give a Shit” List.  I don’t want to see a fawning portrait of Princess Diana, but that seems inevitable when you have lines like, “You’re so good at giving love.  The hard part is receiving love.”  I once met a woman who had a gigantic portrait of Princess Diana in her office.  It was weird.  I think she’d go for this movie.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.

Alfonso Cuaron’s GRAVITY, Paul Greengrass’ CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, and More Likely Candidates to Play at this Year’s Venice Film Festival

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I have mixed feelings about the fall festival season.  On the one hand, I love going to the Toronto International Film Festival (very well-run and great venues), and getting a jump on the awards season movies because a fair share of them are going to be damn good.  On the other hand, there’s less room for the joyful discovery I’ll find at Sundance, SXSW, and Fantastic Fest.  Nevertheless, studios like to begin their awards season maneuvering in the fall, and that usually starts at the Venice Film Festival, and then those films then move on to Telluride and TIFF.  Variety has begun their predictions for what they believe will debut at this year’s Venice Film Festival.  Among the predictions are Alfonso Cuaron‘s sci-fi drama Gravity, Paul GreengrassCaptain Phillips starring Tom Hanks, and Steve McQueen‘s star-studded Twelve Years a Slave.  The only confirmed title thus far is Paul Schrader‘s The Canyons, which isn’t particularly noteworthy since it will debut on VOD in the U.S. weeks before.

Hit the jump for more films that might show up at Venice this year.  The 2013 Venice Film Festival runs from August 28 – September 7th.

First Trailer for Oliver Hirschbiegel’s DIANA Starring Naomi Watts and Naveen Andrews

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With eOne Films Diana getting released in the United Kingdom September 20th, we’re finally getting our first look at the movie in the form of a teaser trailer.  Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel (Downfall) and starring Naomi Watts as Princess Diana, the story focuses on the final two years of the late princess’ life, specifically centering on her secret affair with heart surgeon Dr. Hasnat Kahn, played by Naveen Andrews (Lost).  The Stephen Jeffreys‘ (The Libertine) script, based on the book Diana: Her Last Love by Kate Snell, also follows Diana’s life as she transitioned her fame toward becoming a global campaigner and humanitarian.

As you’ll see in the teaser, which interestingly has no dialogue, Diana will definitely showcase Watts acting chops, but I really hope it’s more than just a TV movie on the big screen.  Also, while the film is based on a book which featured “extensive interviews with close friends and confidantes,” all too often these kinds of films gloss over the facts to preserve the perfect image of their subject.  It’ll be interesting to see if they show any side of Diana besides a perfect image.  Hit the jump to watch the teaser trailer and for a few new images.

Naomi Watts Talks THE IMPOSSIBLE, David Lynch’s MULHOLLAND DRIVE, and Playing Princess Diana in Oliver Hirschbiegel’s Upcoming Movie

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Opening this weekend, in limited release, is director Juan Antonio Bayona’s The Impossible.  Based on a true story, the film stars Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor as the parents of three boys vacationing in Thailand in 2004 when the tsunami hit.  Having survived, but finding themselves separated, the family members search for each other amidst the chaos, encountering strangers caught up in the same situation along the way.  The film also stars Tom Holland, Samuel Joslin, and Oaklee Pendergast.  For more on The Impossible, here are eight clips and the trailer.

At the recent Los Angeles press day I got to speak to Naomi Watts.  We talked about why she wanted to make The Impossible, how she prepared for the role, filming the intense water scenes, and more.  In addition, we also talked about David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive and director Oliver Hirschbiegel’s Diana movie (she’s playing Princess Diana).  Hit the jump to watch.

New Images of Naomi Watts as Princess Diana in Biopic DIANA

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We got our first look at Naomi Watts as Princess Diana in the real-life feature Diana earlier this summer, and now a couple of new images from the film have surfaced.  Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel (Downfall), the story focuses on the final two years of the late princess’ life, specifically centering on her secret affair with heart surgeon Dr. Hasnat Kahn, played by Naveen Andrews (Lost).  We get a look at both characters in these images, and I’m interested to see how the incredibly talented Watts tackles the portrayal of such a beloved figure.

Hit the jump to take a look at the images.  The film also stars Douglas Hodge and Juliet Stevenson and is expected to hit theaters sometime next year.

Princess Diana Picture CAUGHT IN FLIGHT Renamed DIANA, First Official Image Released

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After showing off the first images of Naomi Watts (King Kong) as Princess Diana recently, we now have the first official image to share with you.  The picture, previously titled Caught in Flight, will now be known simply as Diana. The Oliver Hirschbiegel (Downfall) film tells of the late princess’s secret affair with heart surgeon, Dr. Hasnat Kahn, who will be played by Lost’s Naveen Andrews. The Stephen Jeffreys‘ (The Libertine) script also follows Diana’s life as she transitioned her fame toward becoming a global campaigner and humanitarian.  Currently shooting, Diana also stars Douglas Hodge (Robin Hood), Charles Edwards (Batman Begins) and Juliet Stevenson (Bend It Like Beckham).  The film is scheduled to shoot for Croatia, Mozambique and the London area.

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