New Posters from IN THE HEART OF THE SEA, AMERICAN SNIPER, THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES, and More

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A collection of new posters for upcoming films has landed online.  Briefly:

  • In the Heart of the SeaThe first trailer for Ron Howard‘s telling of the tragedy of the Whaleship Essex landed earlier today, and now we have one of my favorite posters of the year.  It’s ominous without being overbearing.  The film opens March 13, 2015, and stars Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy, Tom Holland, Ben Whishaw, and Brendan Gleeson.
  • Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb – Meanwhile, we have a contestant in the running for worst poster of the year.  I don’t know if this is an awful photoshop job or if everyone is supposed to look like a cardboard cutout.  The film opens December 19th, and stars Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Dan Stevens, Ben Kingsley, and as you can see from the poster, lots and lots of other people as well as a monkey with keys.
  • American Sniper – The Clint Eastwood drama gets another somber poster.  Bradley Cooper stars as U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, who served four tours in Iraq and quickly became the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history.  The film opens in limited release on December 25th.
  • Horrible Bosses 2 – Kudos to Chris Pine and Christoph Waltz for trying to make the exact same facial expression.  The comedy sequel opens November 26th, and also stars Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, and Jamie Foxx.

Hit the jump to check out the aforementioned posters.

IN THE HEART OF THE SEA Trailer: Chris Hemsworth is Shipwrecked in Ron Howard’s New Drama

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Have you ever read Nathaniel Philbrick‘s book, In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex?  It’s a riveting tale of survival that goes to some wildly dark, disturbing places that you won’t soon forget and this first trailer for Ron Howard‘s big screen rendition certainly reflects that.  Back in 1820 the whaleship Essex was rammed by an angry whale in the South Pacific.  Those who survived the attack drifted for more than 90 days in three small whaleboats during which many fell victim to disease, hunger and cannibalism.

Not only does this new promo for the film boast some stunning cinematography with a striking and tonally appropriate color palette, but it also functions as a particularly effective tease of the narrative.  It does reveal a good deal of action and destruction, but rather than sensationalize the tale to build interest, it keeps the characters in the forefront, and that’s what could make the feature a standout.  Hit the jump to watch the In the Heart of the Sea trailer.  The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin WalkerTom HollandBrendon GleesonCillian Murphy, Ben Whishaw, and Jordi MollaIn the Heart of the Sea opens in theaters on March 13, 2015.

Chris Hemsworth Battles a White Whale in First IN THE HEART OF THE SEA Images from Ron Howard’s Drama

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Warner Bros. has released the first In the Heart of the Sea images from director Ron Howard’s upcoming drama.  Based on Nathaniel Philbrick’s excellent book of the same name, the film tells the story of the whaling ship Essex, which in 1819 was rammed by an angry whale in the South Pacific.  The surviving crew drifted for 90 days in three tiny whaleboats and encountered disease, hunger, and eventually cannibalism.  It’s a heartwrenching true story, and it served as the basis for Herman Melville’s Moby Dick.  Howard’s fantastic cast is led by Chris Hemsworth as the ship’s first mate, Tom Holland as a young cabin boy who eventually tells his tale to Melville once he’s an adult, and Benjamin Walker as Captain George Pollard Jr.  All of the actors lost a significant amount of weight for the film.  Philbrick’s book is positively enthralling, and after Howard’s swell Rush, I’m really looking forward to seeing how he brings Heart of the Sea to life.

Hit the jump to check out the first In the Heart of the Sea images, and check back on Collider soon to watch the first trailer.  The film also stars Cillian Murphy, Ben Whishaw, and Jordi MollaIn the Heart of the Sea opens in theaters on March 13, 2015.

Brendan Gleeson Talks CALVARY, Collaborating with John Michael McDonagh, Reteaming for THE LAME SHALL ENTER FIRST, HEART OF THE SEA, and More

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From writer/director John Michael McDonagh, Calvary tells the story of Father James (Brendan Gleeson), a good priest who is faced with troubling circumstances brought about by a mysterious member of his parish.  While helping members of his church with their problems, he also tries to comfort his own fragile daughter (Kelly Reilly) and face the sinister force that’s quickly closing in on him.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, Irish actor Brendan Gleeson talked about the trust he has in his collaboration with filmmaker John Michael McDonagh, teaming up with him a third time for The Lame Shall Enter First, in which he’ll play a paraplegic, how liberating it was to play a decent guy, and why Father James is more inspirational than an anti-hero.  He also talked about his experience working with Ron Howard on Heart of the Sea, and why he wanted to get involved with Suffragette.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Collider Gift Guide 2013: What to Receive and Where to Give

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Black Friday is almost here, and like most people who love a good deal, you’ve mapped out your plan of attack (make sure this attack doesn’t involve trampling).  You know what you want, where to get it, and Thanksgiving dinner be damned, you’re going to camp out in front of a store or in front of your computer.  While we admire your enthusiasm, we have some suggestions for items you might want to add to your wish list.  And they don’t necessarily have to be for you; they could also be for someone you know.

Adam, Dave, and I have nine items we’d like to recommend: three small items (“Stocking Stuffers”), three moderately priced items (“Under the Tree”), and three expensive items (“Extra Nice”).  More importantly, we each have a charity to recommend since we truly believe it’s better to give than to receive (unless you’re receiving a trip to outer space; nothing beats a trip to outer space).  Hit the jump to check out our 2013 Gift Guide.

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Disney Dates ALICE IN WONDERLAND 2 for May 27, 2016 and JUNGLE BOOK for October 9, 2015; Ron Howard’s HEART OF THE SEA Arrives March 13, 2015

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Release dates for a few promising upcoming films have been announced.  Briefly:

  • Disney’s sure-to-be CGI-filled sequel Alice in Wonderland 2 will be released on May 27, 2016.
  • Disney has also set a release date for director Jon Favreau’s new adaptation of The Jungle Book, which joins the box office apocalypse of 2015 on October 9, 2015.
  • The closest release date comes to us by way of director Ron Howard’s real-life drama Heart of the Sea, which has been dated by Warner Bros. for release on March 13, 2015.

Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned properties.

Ron Howard Shares Photos from the Set of IN THE HEART OF THE SEA

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Rush was one of Ron Howard‘s best films in decades, and hopefully this is the beginning of career resurgence when it comes to quality.  His next film, In the Heart of the Sea, certainly has the potential with its incredible true story.  In 1819, the whaling ship Essex was rammed by an angry sperm whale in the South Pacific.  The surviving crew drifted for 90 days in three tiny whaleboats and encountered disease, hunger, and eventually cannibalism.  Howard has released a couple set photos of the production working on the last day of their interior tank work.

Hit the jump to check out the images, and click here for more photos from the set.  In the Heart of the Sea stars Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Ben Whishaw, Brendan Gleeson, and Benjamin Walker.

Benjamin Walker Talks MUHAMMAD ALI’S GREATEST FIGHT, Why He Wanted to Tell the Story, Working with Ron Howard on IN THE HEART OF THE SEA, and More

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The HBO Films presentation Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight tells the story of how boxer Cassius Clay became the world’s best-known and most controversial athlete.  After joining the Nation of Islam and changing his name to Muhammad Ali, he was stripped of his title and banned from the sport after he refused to be drafted into the U.S. military, based on his religious opposition to the Vietnam War.  In 1971, his case for being a conscientious objector reached the United States Supreme Court, with Nixon-appointed conservative Chief Justice Warren E. Burger (Frank Langella) at its helm, leaving his case in the hands of nine justices.  Directed by Stephen Frears, the film also stars Christopher Plummer, Benjamin Walker, Danny Glover, Ed Begley Jr. and Pablo Schreiber.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Benjamin Walker – who plays Justice Harlan’s (Plummer) idealistic new clerk, Kevin Connolly – talked about how he became a part of this project, why he wanted to help tell this largely unknown story, how he felt about the decision to let Muhammad Ali do all of his own talking in the film instead of having an actor play him, and what it was like to work with an actor as accomplished as Christopher Plummer.  He also talked about working with Ron Howard on In the Heart of the Sea (based on the 1820 event when a whaling ship is preyed upon by a sperm whale, stranding its crew at sea for 90 days, thousands of miles from home), all of the training the cast got to do together, the extreme physicality of the role, and how the goal is to be done shooting around Christmas.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Production Begins on Ron Howard’s IN THE HEART OF THE SEA Starring Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, and Cillian Murphy

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Ron Howard’s F1 racing drama Rush opens in theaters everywhere this weekend, but the filmmaker is already knee-deep in production on his next film.  It was announced today that filming is underway in the UK on Howard’s In the Heart of the Sea, which tells the story of the real life sea disaster of the whaleship Essex, a harrowing ordeal that inspired Herman Melvile’s Moby Dick.  In 1819, the ship was rammed by an angry sperm whale in the South Pacific.  The surviving crew drifted for 90 days in three tiny whaleboats and encountered disease, hunger, and eventually cannibalism.

We’ve already seen some set photos of Howard’s period-specific sets and ships, and there will likely be a frame story device in the pic since Ben Whishaw has been cast as Melville and Brendan Gleeson is poised to play an older version of Tom Holland’s character.  Chris Hemsworth leads a cast that also includes Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy, and Jordi Molla.  Hit the jump for the full press release, and click here to watch Steve’s recent interview with Howard.

New Images from NEED FOR SPEED Featuring Stars Aaron Paul and Kid Cudi, Plus Images from the Sets of HORRIBLE BOSSES 2 and IN THE HEART OF THE SEA

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We’ve cobbled together a collection of new images from the following films:

  • Need for SpeedScott Waugh’s film adaptation of the street racing video game franchise starring Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Dakota Johnson, Kid Cudi, Imogen Poots and Michael Keaton opens March 14, 2014.
  • Horrible Bosses 2 – The Sean Anders-directed sequel (which star Jason Bateman recently talked about in an interview with Steve) is about to kick into production with stars Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis.
  • In the Heart of the SeaRon Howard’s film about the whaling ship Essex that inspired Herman Melville’s famous whale tale stars Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Ben Whishaw, Brendan Gleeson and Benjamin Walker.

Hit the jump to check out the images.

New Images from MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, Bryan Singer’s X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, Ron Howard’s IN THE HEART OF THE SEA and David Ayer’s FURY

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Take note, filmmakers: if you don’t want paparazzi and amateur photogs snagging set photos, send them out yourselves.  We’ve rounded up some new images from across the social media landscape to bring to you today in one place, incuding:

  • Mad Max: Fury RoadA new, cleaned-up image of Tom Hardy as Max Rockatansky.  Also starring Nicholas Hoult, Charlize Theron, Mel Gibson, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Zoë Kravitz, and Riley Keough, George Miller’s newest Mad Max film opens in 2014.
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past – A viral image from the film’s Twitter account featuring a brief shot of what we presume to be a Sentinel from Trask Industries.  Bryan Singer’s X-Men Days of Future Past, starring James McAvoy, Hugh Jackman, Nicholas Hoult, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Ian McKellan, Patrick StewartPeter Dinklage, Shawn Ashmore, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Omar Sy, and Halle Berry, opens in 3D on May 23, 2014.
  • In the Heart of the SeaRon Howard’s adaptation of Nathaniel Philbrick’s novel about the whaling ship, Essex, that inspired Herman Melville’s  Moby Dick.  The film stars Chris HemsworthBenjamin WalkerCillian MurphyBen WhishawTom Holland, and Brendan Gleeson.
  • FuryDavid Ayer’s World War II thriller starring Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman, Shia LaBeouf, Jon Bernthal, Scott Eastwood and Michael Peña opens November 14, 2014.

Hit the jump to see the new images.

Screenwriter Peter Morgan Boards Ron Howard’s IN THE HEART OF THE SEA; Howard Shares Production Photos Before Filming Begins

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While Ron Howard’s F1 racing drama Rush doesn’t open in theaters until next month, the filmmaker is already hard at work prepping his next project.  Filming begins in a few weeks on Howard’s In the Heart of the Sea, which tells the story of the real life sea disaster of the whaleship Essex, a harrowing ordeal that inspired Herman Melvile’s Moby Dick.  In 1819, the ship was rammed by an angry sperm whale in the South Pacific.  The surviving crew drifted for 90 days in three tiny whaleboats and encountered disease, hunger, and eventually cannibalism.  Chris Hemsworth leads a cast that includes Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy, Ben Whishaw, Tom Holland, and Brendan Gleeson.

While rehearsals for In the Heart of the Sea begin next week, it appears that Howard has had some significant work done on the script by his Oscar-nominated Frost/Nixon screenwriter Peter Morgan.  Hit the jump for more, including some official production photos.

Ben Whishaw Confirmed for IN THE HEART OF THE SEA; Chloë Sevigny Joins LITTLE ACCIDENTS; Kaley Cuoco in Talks for Untitled Jeremy Garelick Comedy

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Here’s more of today’s latest casting news:

Hit the jump for more on each announcement.

Trio Cast in Christopher Nolan’s INTERSTELLAR, Dustin Hoffman Boards CHEF, Adam Horovitz in WHILE WE’RE YOUNG, and Pair Eyed for IN THE HEART OF THE SEA

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Here’s today’s latest casting information:

  • Ellen Burstyn (Requiem for a Dream), Mackenzie Foy (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2) and Timothee Chalamet (Homeland) will join Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar.
  • Dustin Hoffman (Rain Man) has joined Jon Favreau’s restaurant comedy, Chef.
  • Ben Whishaw (Cloud Atlas) and Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) may join Ron Howard’s “Moby Dick” picture, In the Heart of the Sea.
  • Beastie Boys’ Adam Horovitz is in negotiations to join writer-director Noah Baumbach’s indie picture, While We’re Young.

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Brendan Gleeson Joins Ron Howard’s IN THE HEART OF THE SEA; William H. Macy and Virginia Madsen Board WALTER

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A couple more actors have joined the ranks of director Ron Howard’s upcoming ocean-set drama In the Heart of the Sea.  The film tells the story of the real life sea disaster of the whaleship Essex, a harrowing ordeal that inspired Herman Melvile’s Moby Dick.  In 1819, the ship was rammed by an angry sperm whale in the South Pacific.  The surviving crew drifted for 90 days in three tiny whaleboats and encountered disease, hunger, and eventually cannibalism.  Variety reports that Brendan Gleeson has joined the cast and is set to play an older version of one of the surviving crewmembers who is interviewed years later by Melville.  Additionally, Sam Keeley (Godzilla) is set to play one of the crew members aboard the ship.

Gleeson and Keeley join an impressive ensemble that includes Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy, and Tom Holland.  Production begins this September.  Hit the jump for casting news concerning the indie Walter.

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