I did it, folks. I came, saw, and survived yet another Black Friday. This year’s destination of choice was my local Best Buy and I sat outside in moderately chilly temperatures for around six hours for one lonely purpose: to buy things for cheaper than what they were the day before. That’s right, I rocked Best Buy to the tune of two seasons of television on DVD for a combined $15. Now, I know some of you reading this may be thinking, “Wait, Jason waited outside for six hours so that he could buy two seasons of TV on DVD?”. My answer: a resounding “Yes!”. It’s the small things, people. The small things.
But enough of my Black Friday exploits. In this week’s “Top 5″ installment you’ll find interviews for this weekend’s openers The Muppets and Hugo, new images and plot details from The Dark Knight Rises, new images from Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, and Gary Oldman and Colin Firth addressing Akira and Oldboy remake rumors. Hit the jump for a brief recap and link to each.
It’s apparently official trailer day, as the first trailer for Martin Scorsese’s Hugo has just been released. The film, previously titled Hugo Cabret, marks the master director’s first foray into 3D as well as his first family-geared outing. I love the magical tone and sense of wonder Scorsese’s conjured up here, and it looks cute, but I don’t necessarily get a grandiose feeling from this first trailer. While his hand is very evident in the camera movements and overall feel of the shots, the footage seems a tad bit underwhelming. It may be the incongruous rock music that plays over 2/3’s of it, or the director may simply not want to reveal too much too soon. Either way, it’s hard to deny that the prospect of Scorsese, one of the foremost authorities on the history of cinema, tooling around with native 3D is pretty damn exciting.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film stars Chloe Moretz, Asa Butterfield, Jude Law, Ben Kingsley, Ray Winstone, Christopher Lee and Sacha Baron Cohen. Hugo opens December 9th, 2011.
The title of Martin Scorsese’s 3D family film Hugo Cabret has been reduced by 50 percent. Variety’s Jeff Sneider reports that the movie will now simply be called Hugo. The title was already shortened from its source material, Brian Selznick’s The Invention of Hugo Cabret. I’m not sure why the title was cut down but I’m sure there’s a focus group out there that said they would be more willing to see a movie called “Hugo” than “Hugo Cabret”. As we all know, focus groups are always right.
The film has Asa Butterfield playing the eponymous character, a young boy secretly living in a train station in 1931 Paris. When he gets caught up in a magical adventure, his secrets are put in jeopardy. The impressive cast also includes Chloe Moretz, Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, Emily Mortimer, Christopher Lee, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Jude Law. Hugo is set for release on November 23rd and I’m betting we can expect to see the first trailer soon.
With the Licensing International Expo beginning tomorrow in Las Vegas, we’ve been provided with a number of new promo images from some highly anticipated films. While the images aren’t official marketing materials, these are some of the biggest properties around, so it’s pretty cool to get a look at some title/logo work. Included are The Amazing Spider Man, Men in Black III, The Pirates! Band of Misfits, The Dark Knight Rises, Hotel Transylvania and logos for Hugo Cabret, The Adventures of Tintin, Footloose, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Star Trek 2, and G.I. Joe 2, Hit the jump to check them out.
Recently, we got the chance to talk to actress Emily Mortimer at the press day for Cars 2 at Pixar. In the sequel to the 2006 film, Mortimer voices the character of Holly Shiftwell, a beautiful British desk agent who is now a spy-in-training. She’s one of a cadre of new characters in the film, and works closely with international spy Finn McMissile, voiced by Michael Caine. Throughout the animated flick, Shiftwell interacts quite a bit with loveable towtruck Mater as the two must work together to solve a case of international espionage.
During the course of our interview, Mortimer talked about how the process of voice-acting at Pixar works, what it was like to work with director John Lasseter, how the experience differed from her voice-work on Howl’s Moving Castle, and what it was like to re-team with director Martin Scorsese for his first 3D feature Hugo Cabret. Hit the jump to check out the full interview.
Martin Scorsese’s 3D family film Hugo Cabret already has an impressive cast. The film stars Asa Butterfield, Chloe Moretz, Ben Kingsley, Christopher Lee, Emily Mortimer, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jude Law, Michael Stuhlbarg, Emily Mortimer, Ray Winstone, Frances de la Tour and Richard Griffiths. Now it turns out some guy named Johnny Depp is also in the movie. Le Parisien [via The Playlist] published a still from the movie and it shows Depp as M. Rouleau, “an abstract painter who helps the children on their adventure.”
Hit the jump to check out the image of Depp along with a set photo of the mechanical man that Hugo (Butterfield) and his eccentric friend Isabelle (Moretz) encounter. Hugo Cabret is due out November 23rd.
Update: Paramount has informed us that Depp is not in the movie. However, when I look at the picture, I beg to disagree. We’ll find out later this year.
The Martin Scorsese-directed fantasy adventure Hugo Cabret will arrive sooner than expected. Deadline reports financier Graham King (of GK Films) believes the five-day Thanksgiving weekend is the optimal time window for the family film. Sony Pictures could not provide the date, and so let GK Films take Hugo Cabret elsewhere. Paramount Pictures has an overall deal with Scorsese, a strong relationship with King, and an opening for a Thanksgiving tentpole: the studio agreed to distribute Hugo Cabret on November 23, a busy weekend also occupied by The Muppets, Project X, Rise of the Apes, and Arthur in Christmas.
In other release date news, Box Office Mojo lists the supernatural comic book adaptation Dylan Dog: Dead of Night at April 29 opposite Fast Five, Prom, and Hoodwinked Too!. The ensemble comedy Horrible Bosses has re-solidified its position in July. Warner Bros. previously uprooted Bosses from July 29 to a date to be named later — now named July 8, where it faces One for the Money, Zookeeper, and limited release One Day.
The cast and synopsis for all three films are after the break.
With the holiday movie season coming to a close, and the cinematic dead-zone that is January just around the corner, what better time than now to look ahead to the next 12 months in film? We’ve compiled a list of what we see as the 35 most anticipated films of 2011, conveniently separated into five categories: Superheroes, Sequels, Dramas, Comedies/Family and Action/Sci-Fi. For each film, we’ve provided basic director/cast information, as well as what it’s about and why we’re excited about it. Sure to be another great year in film, 2011 has sequels galore, two Marvel films, two Steven Spielberg films, the return of Cameron Crowe, and Martin Scorsese’s first foray into 3D. So what are you waiting for? Hit the jump and check out what 2011 has in store for us movie lovers.
Back in August, we got our first look at Chloe Moretz (Let Me In) and Asa Butterfield (The Boy in the Striped Pajamas) in Martin Scorsese’s 3D family film Hugo Cabret. Now the Facebook page for the site has provided us with a first look at costars Sacha Baron Cohen and Ben Kingsley. As we previously reported, Cohen is playing a train station inspector while Kingsley plays famous silent film director and cinematic pioneer Georges Méliès.
Hit the jump to check out the images. Hugo Cabret also stars Jude Law, Ray Winstone, and Christopher Lee. It’s set to open on December 9, 2011.
When actress Chloe Grace Moretz says that she’s not just a normal 13-year-old girl, it’s very easy to believe her. Having begun her entertainment career at the age of five, as a model in New York City, she moved with her family to Los Angeles and has been booking acting jobs non-stop ever since.
After various television and film roles, she was brought to the attention of adult audiences with her role as Hit Girl, a ferocious, potty-mouthed 11-year-old in Kick-Ass, the action-packed adaptation of Mark Millar’s comic book of the same name. She then decided to follow up that memorable performance with her current feature, the haunting horror film Let Me In, in which she plays the eerie and mysterious 12-year-old Abby, who turns out to be a vicious vampire that needs blood to survive.
While doing promotion on that film’s opening weekend, Chloe Moretz spoke to Collider in this exclusive phone interview about relating to a character like Abby, doing her own physical stunts and being very proud of her work in the film. She also talked about her work in the psychological thriller The Fields, the experience of shooting in 3D with Martin Scorsese for Hugo Cabret, her first two leading roles in the upcoming features The Rut and Hick (she says Kirsten Dunst is in talks for this), bringing the popular goth character Emily the Strange to life in live-action form and the chance of a Kick-Ass 2 ever happening. Check out what she had to say after the jump.
Today we have our first images of child stars Chloe Moretz and Asa Butterfield in adorable period costume on the set of Hugo Cabret. The film — adapted from Brian Selznick’s tale of an orphan boy caught up in a world of magic and adventure — marks director Martin Scorsese’s first venture into the cinematic world of 3D. Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jude Law, Ray Winstone, and Christopher Lee also star. Check out the images after the jump.
Sony has just sent out a press release saying production has begun on Martin Scorsese’s first 3D movie Hugo Cabret and they’ve included the full cast. What’s interesting about the press release is the title change. The book is called The Invention of Hugo Cabret, but it looks like the studio is shortening it to just the final two words.
The other big news from the press release is the listing of the full cast. While we already knew Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen and Chloë Moretz were in the film, Scorsese has also landed Jude Law, Christopher Lee, Ray Winstone and Richard Griffiths. Needless to say, this is a film we’ll be watching closely. Hit the jump for more details and the full press release: