Reaching for the Moon tells the tale of an unlikely romance between two extraordinary artists, legendary American poet Elizabeth Bishop (Miranda Otto) and architect Lota de Macedo Soares (Gloria Pines). Hoping to find inspiration, Bishop travels from New York City to Rio de Janeiro, where she finds herself in a tempestuous relationship that spans decades and forever impacts the life and work of both women.
During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Miranda Otto, who gives a beautifully complex and layered performance as Elizabeth Bishop, talked about how she received an offer for the role via email, what made her want to play this woman, how Bishop’s poetry helped give her insight and an understanding of her she was, and why she needed time to decompress after doing this role. She also talked about working with Tommy Lee Jones, as both an actor and a director, on The Homesman, what attracted her to I, Frankenstein, her role in the new Fox TV series Rake, starring Greg Kinnear, her involvement with the Locke & Key pilot, and her desire not to be pigeon-holed. Check out what she had to say after the jump.
From writer/director Richard Curtis (Love Actually), About Time is charming, endearing, heart-warming and, at times, a real tear-jerker. The story follows Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson), whose father (Bill Nighy) tells him, at the age of 21, that the men in their family have always had the ability to travel through time. He can’t change history, but he can make his world, and the life that he shares with his beautiful girlfriend Mary (Rachel McAdams), a better place.
At the film’s press day, actor Bill Nighy spoke to Collider in both a 1-on-1 and a roundtable about the appeal of this script and character, how he might have reacted, if he’d been told at 21 that he could travel through time, what he thought of working with Domhnall Gleeson and Rachel McAdams, and the unspoken connection he’s developed with director Richard Curtis. He also talked about which roles in his career he gets approached about most often, what it’s like to have been a part of Shaun of the Dead, how much he enjoyed voicing The Network for The World’s End, shooting the final two films in The Worricker Trilogy, playing a bad guy in I, Frankenstein, and returning to India to shoot The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
We have a few new posters for you today. First up, it’s a blending of the character posters for David O. Russell‘s terrific-looking film, American Hustle. It doesn’t pop off the page, but the font gives the uninitiated an understanding of the time period, and it doesn’t hurt to have a glamorous Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence flanking your leading man. Far less glamorous and classy is the poster for the horror film Nurse 3D. I understand it’s trying to evoke the art on World War II bombers, but the movie has nothing to do with that time period. It’s just pandering, and not doing it very well. Finally, there’s the poster for I, Frankenstein, which bears the tagline, “200 Years Later, He’s Still Alive”. Imagine Colin Clive (from the 1931 movie) shouting that line and it loses some of its potency.
Hit the jump to check out the posters. American Hustle opens December 18th, Nurse 3D opens February 7, 2014, and I, Frankenstein opens in 3D on January 24, 2014.
Fresh off last week’s trailer debut, Lionsgate has released a new image from director Stuart Beattie’s action pic I, Frankenstein. The film revolves around Victor Frankenstein’s creation, Adam Frankenstein (Aaron Eckhart), having to fight an army of demons in order to protect mankind. The first trailer showcased a deluge of CG baddies for Eckhart’s character to combat, but this new image confirms that there will indeed be some practical effects in the pic. The photo is that of a demon, and belongs to a character named Dekar, played by Kevin Grevioux. The film’s trailer and release date don’t exactly bode well for the quality of the finished feature, but perhaps Beattie has cooked up a fun genre entry. Just as long as they don’t start calling the monster “Frankenstein.”
Hit the jump to check out the new image. The film also stars Yvonne Strahovski, Bill Nighy, Socratis Otto, Miranda Otto, and Jai Courtney. I, Frankenstein opens in 3D on January 24th.
The first trailer for director Stuart Beattie’s I, Frankenstein is now online. The film revolves around Victor Frankenstein’s creation, Adam Frankenstein (Aaron Eckhart), having to fight an army of demons in order to protect mankind. I don’t mean to pick on the trailer, but it may not be the best idea to cut from Frankenstein with long, gangly hair to a shot of him sporting a hairstyle that looks like it was done in a salon. Also, early in the trailer, Frankenstein says “I am like none other,” and then later in the trailer he points out “an entire army of monsters like me.” That being said, there are some very cool shots, especially the one of the Frankensteins descending from a rooftop. Also, I have to admit that the concept of Frankenstein fighting demons sounds like some goofy fun.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also stars Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski, Miranda Otto and Jai Courtney. I, Frankenstein opens January 24, 2014.
Lionsgate has released a new image from the action flick, I, Frankenstein. Based on the graphic novel of the same name, the story takes place in the present day and finds Frankenstein’s creature, Adam (Aaron Eckhart), being hunted by demons that want to learn the secret of his creation. In the image, we see Adam wielding two blades, which are really the only things that are missing from Mary Shelley’s classic novel. All classic monsters could use hand-blade-thingies (seriously, what’s the name for that kind of weapon? Hand-axes? Razor knuckles?)
Hit the jump to see the image, and check back on Friday for the first trailer. The film also stars Yvonne Strahovski, Bill Nighy, Socratis Otto, Miranda Otto, and Jai Courtney. I, Frankenstein opens in 3D on January 24th.
While at Comic-Con last week, I landed at exclusive video interview with writer-director Stuart Beattie for his graphic novel adaptation I, Frankenstein. The film stars Aaron Eckhart as a modern-day version of the creature who is being hunted by demons who want to learn the secret of his creation. I, Frankenstein also stars Yvonne Strahovski, Bill Nighy, Socratis Otto, Miranda Otto, and Jai Courtney. The film opens in 3D on January 24th, 2014.
During the interview, Beattie talked about finally getting to show some footage, the plot and tone, the editing process, the running time, films that are similar in tone, Easter Eggs, working with Eckhart, the status of a sequel to Tomorrow, When the War Began, future projects, and much more. Hit the jump to watch.
New images from a couple of upcoming Lionsgate releases have landed online. In a new image from I, Frankenstein, we get a look at Aaron Eckhart’s Creature confronting the scientist character played by Yvonne Strahovski. Based on the graphic novel of the same name, the story takes place in the present day and finds the Creature being hunted by demons that want to learn the secret of his creation. I caught the first-look footage from the pic at Comic-Con this past weekend, and it was pretty forgettable. There are some interesting monster designs, but the whole thing looks like a typical January-release CG fest. Not so coincidentally, I, Frankenstein opens in 3D on January 24th.
Additionally, Lionsgate has released a new image of Sam Claflin as Finnick in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Claflin goes shirtless in this particular scene, as Finnick is seen offering sugar cubes to fellow Hunger Games victors. If you missed it, watch the new Catching Fire trailer here, read my recap of the Comic-Con panel here, and watch the panel yourself here. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens on November 22nd.
San Diego Comic-Con week is upon us, folks, and that means there will be plenty of geek-friendly content breaking over the next six days or so. Ahead of SDCC panels for both films, new character posters for the graphic novel adaptation I, Frankenstein and the fantasy/adventure pic Seventh Son have landed online. I, Frankenstein stars Aaron Eckhart as a modern-day version of the creature who is being hunted by demons who want to learn the secret of his creation, while Seventh Son finds Jeff Bridges and Ben Barnes going after a witch played by Julianne Moore. The Frankenstein posters give us a look at Eckhart and couple of interesting-looking creatures, while we get Seventh Son character posters for Kit Harington, Djimon Hounsou, and Alicia Vikander.
Hit the jump to check out the posters, and check back here on Collider later this week for our recaps of both Comic-Con panels. I, Frankenstein opens on January 24, 2014 and Seventh Son opens on January 17, 2014.
Though the film was initially set for release this past February, we have yet to see an official image from writer/director Stuart Beattie’s graphic novel adaptation I, Frankenstein. That changes today, though, as our first good look at Aaron Eckhart as the titular monster has landed online, showing a rather buff take on the creation. The story finds Eckhart’s character living in the present day, as he is being hunted by demons that want to learn the secret of his creation. We really don’t know much about the film at all, but I expect we’ll see the first trailer drop next weekend during the film’s Comic-Con panel.
Hit the jump to take a look at the image. The film also stars Yvonne Strahovski, Bill Nighy, Socratis Otto, Miranda Otto, and Jai Courtney. I, Frankenstein opens in 3D on January 24th.
I was a little surprised when The Hunger Games didn’t make an appearance at Comic-Con 2011. It was Lionsgate’s most expensive film to date, and it would have drawn a huge crowd. Regardless, it was a huge hit, but now the studio will bring the highly-anticipated sequel to this year’s San Diego Comic-Con along with I, Frankenstein. Both panels will be on Saturday, July 20th with the Hunger Games panel bringing an exclusive new trailer, and I, Frankenstein showing off new footage (and it will probably be the first footage, since we’ve seen nothing from the movie thus far). The press release doesn’t mention specifically the talent that will be on the panels, but fans can submit questions to the Facebook pages for Hunger Games, I, Frankenstein, and Fandango (the site’s Dave Karger will be moderating the panels). I’m 99% sure the Lionsgate panel will be in Hall H, and if Marvel chooses to have their panel on the same day, which they probably will, you should probably just start camping out now.
Hit the jump for the press release. The 2013 San Diego Comic-Con runs from July 18 – 21st. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens November 22nd. I, Frankenstein opens January 24, 2014.
In the international thriller Erased, ex-CIA agent Ben Logan (Aaron Eckhart) discovers that he and his teenaged daughter (Liana Liberato) have been marked for termination as part of a wide-reaching conspiracy that he unknowingly ended up right in the middle of. Logan must outsmart their hunters and uncover the truth, all while still getting reacquainted with the daughter he hasn’t had much of a relationship with in years.
At the film’s press day, actor Aaron Eckhart spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about what attracted him to the film, why audiences like spy thrillers, the challenges of doing hand-to-hand combat, how tiring this film was to make, and the physical preparation he did ahead of time. He also talked about how hardcore the Kali stick fighting was that he had to learn for his role as the famous monster in I, Frankenstein, due out in theaters in January 2014. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
New posters have been released from The Lone Ranger, Red 2, Star Trek Into Darkness, and I, Frankenstein. Briefly, The Lone Ranger international poster has the Lone Ranger in danger of falling into Helena Bonham Carter‘s cleavage, the gang is all there in the Red 2 poster,
the Enterprise is still seriously screwed in the latest poster for Star Trek Into Darkness, and then there’s the first poster for I, Frankenstein. It’s a “motion poster”, but it will be holographic when you see it at your local theater. It doesn’t have a close-up of Aaron Eckhart as the monster, but at a distance, he’s the most handsome iteration of the creature to date.
Hit the jump to check out the posters. The Lone Ranger opens on July 3rd. Red 2 opens July 19th. Star Trek Into Darkness opens in IMAX 3D on Wednesday and in 2D and 3D on Thursday. I, Frankenstein opens in 3D on January 24th. [Update: The Star Trek Into Darkness poster was not approved by the studio, and we have removed it at their request.]
A few release date shuffles have been announced. Briefly:
- I, Frankenstein – Director Stuart Beattie’s graphic novel adaptation has been pushed back yet again from this coming September to the less-than-promising date of January 24th. The Aaron Eckhart-starrer will now open opposite the Arnold Schwarzenegger/Sam Worthington thriller Ten.
- Insidious: Chapter 2 – The Patrick Wilson/Rose Byrne-fronted horror sequel will now open a week earlier on September 13th, opposite Machete Kills and Battle of the Year.
- Austenland – Sony Pictures Classic has set Jerusha Hess’ Sundance comedy for a limited release in NY and LA on August 16th. The film stars Keri Russell and Jemaine Clement.
- Walk of Shame – Director Steven Brill’s comedy, which stars Elizabeth Banks and James Marsden, has been slated for wide release on September 20th. The film will open opposite the Hugh Jackman/Jake Gyllenhaal thriller Prisoners and Ron Howard’s racing drama Rush.
- Escape Plan - The Arnold Schwarzenegger/Sylvester Stallone thriller previously known as The Tomb has been moved up from September 27th to September 13th.
Opening this weekend is director Antoine Fuqua’s White House actioner Olympus Has Fallen. The film stars Gerard Butler as a disgraced Secret Service agent called back to duty when terrorists take over the White House and capture the President (Aaron Eckhart). The film also stars Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Ashley Judd, Melissa Leo, Robert Forster, Dylan McDermott, Radha Mitchell, Cole Hauser, and Rick Yune. If you’ve been waiting for Butler to return to action, you’re going to be very happy watching Olympus Has Fallen. Not only is the film a hard R for graphic violence, it features Butler kicking ass in some great action set pieces. Watch some clips here.
A few days ago I landed an exclusive interview with Eckhart here in Los Angeles. During our wide-ranging conversation, we talked about making Olympus Has Fallen, the great supporting cast, the violence, how he got into acting, Twitter, how he prepares for a role, the way great directors craft a performance, I, Frankenstein and whether he will join the cast of Divergent. Hit the jump to either read or listen to the interview.