Eleanor Tomlinson Talks JACK THE GIANT SLAYER, Growing Up in an Acting Family, Deleted Scenes, and SIBERIAN EDUCATION with John Malkovich

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Bryan Singer’s fantasy-adventure film Jack the Giant Slayer is now playing in theaters.  Starring Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: First Class) as the title character, the big-budget fairy tale follows Jack the farmer as he leads an expedition into the land of the giants in order to rescue a kidnapped princess (Eleanor Tomlinson). The film also stars Ian McShane, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Eddie Marsan, Bill Nighy and Warwick Davis.

Recently, I landed an exclusive phone interview with Tomlinson, who plays Princess Isabelle.  We talked about making the movie, script changes, doing press, how she got into acting and landed this role, filming with 3D cameras and CGI monsters, collaborating with Singer, deleted scenes and more.  In addition, we also talked about Siberian Education with John Malkovich, and her upcoming TV series White Queen.   Hit the jump for what she had to say.

Stanley Tucci Talks JACK THE GIANT SLAYER, Working with 3D, CAPTAIN AMERICA, THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE, and More

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Bryan Singer’s fantasy-adventure film Jack the Giant Slayer is now playing in theaters.  Starring Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: First Class) as the title character, the big-budget fairy tale follows Jack the farmer as he leads an expedition into the land of the giants in order to rescue a kidnapped princess (Eleanor Tomlinson). The film also stars Ian McShane, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Eddie Marsan, Bill Nighy and Warwick Davis.

Recently, I landed an exclusive phone interview with Tucci, who plays the film’s villain.  We talked about making the movie, script changes, doing press, how he got into acting, filming with 3D cameras and CGI monsters, collaborating with Singer, and more.  In addition, we also talked about his work in Captain America: The First Avenger, if he’ll make an appearance in the sequel, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, DreamWorks Animations Mr.  Peabody & Sherman, Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant, adapting City of Women, and so much more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

JACK THE GIANT SLAYER Review

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There are two ways to read a bedtime story to a child.  The first is to be animated, and to draw the child into the world.  You move around, you do the voices of the characters, you pause for dramatic affect, and you help the child craft a dream.  The other way is to lethargically read the words on the page, and hope the damn kid goes to bed already.  Bryan Singer‘s Jack the Giant Slayer plays like bored parent who begrudgingly recites the same familiar tale.  Most of the cast seems to have no idea what to do with their one-dimensional characters, and they’re stuck in a bland world that offers few challenges.  Furthermore, the film looks astoundingly cheap from the CGI effects right down to the costumes.  There’s no imagination to Jack the Giant Slayer, and it fails to make a case for why it even needs to exist.

Nicholas Hoult Talks JACK THE GIANT SLAYER, Changes On Set, X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, and More

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While some may remember Nicholas Hoult as the kid in About a Boy, over the past few years he’s proven that he’s definitely capable of playing adult roles in films like A Single ManX-Men: First Class, and Clash of the Titans.  While Hoult was certainly becoming more well-known as an adult actor, he hadn’t ever lead a film before.  That all changes in 2013.  With leading roles in Warm Bodies and Bryan Singer’s Jack the Giant Slayer, Hoult is starting a new chapter in his career, and based on what I saw while visiting the set of Jack back in 2011, I think he’s going to easily make the jump.

Recently I landed an exclusive phone interview with Hoult.  We talked about the success of Warm Bodies, what it’s been like promoting Jack, how the film changed during production, deleted scenes, working with all the CGI characters, and more.  In addition, we also talked about George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road, X-Men: First Class and the sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past, and his other upcoming projects.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Bryan Singer Talks JACK THE GIANT SLAYER, X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, and More

by     Posted 1 year, 242 days ago

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Over the past seventeen years, Bryan Singer been able to jump from genre to genre with great results.  While he’s previously made superhero movies (X-MenSuperman Returns), thrillers (The Usual Suspects, Apt Pupil), and a film about trying to assassinate Hitler during WWII (Valkyrie), in his upcoming Warner Bros. fantasy Jack the Giant Slayer, he’s tackling a classic children’s fairy tale with a modern twist.  As usual, he’s delivered a fun ride that audiences will love.

Recently I landed an exclusive phone interview with Singer.  We talked about making the film, the CGI and 3D, his thoughts on 48fps, how they rewrote the whole film during pre-production, Twitter, X-Men: Days of Future Past, his Battlestar Galactica remake, and so much more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Over 50 New High-Resolution Images from Bryan Singer’s JACK THE GIANT SLAYER

by     Posted 1 year, 253 days ago

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Warner Bros. has released a slew of high-resolution images from director Bryan Singer’s upcoming fantasy adventure epic Jack the Giant Slayer.  The images highlight the film’s massive scale and large amount of visual effects, as well as the impressive ensemble cast which includes Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Ian McShane, and Bill Nighy.  There’s a lot to sift through, but they definitely give us a good idea of what to expect from the full film.

Hit the jump to take a look at the images.  If you missed any of Steve’s set visit coverage, be sure to check out 15 things to know plus a video blog recap, and his interviews with SingerNicholas HoultEwan McGregor, and Eleanor TomlinsonJack the Giant Slayer opens in 3D on March 1st.

15 Things to Know About Bryan Singer’s JACK THE GIANT SLAYER From Our Set Visit; Plus Video Blog Recap and Written Report

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About a hundred knights are standing inside the castle of Albion.  They’re wearing silver armor with swords in their hands as the castle is gearing up for a fight.  Outside the walls, the King rides along with his daughter (the princess) and about a dozen knights on horseback.  They’re being chased by 24-feet-tall giants.  Well I think they are 24-feet-talle, because the truth is the King and his men are really only riding from a few cameras, as the giants will be added in during post production.

Let me back up a second.

It’s August 4th, 2011, and I’m flying back from London.  The other day I was standing on the set of Bryan Singer’s Jack the Giant Slayer about an hour outside London.  While there, I got to watch a lot of filming, see tons of raw footage, and I also got to see a great deal of pre-viz.  While some set visits are guarded with the actors being careful what they say, Singer and everyone on the film opened their arms to the visiting online reporters and showed us why they’re excited to be making this film.  And based on what I saw, Jack has the possibility of being a really cool fantasy film.  Much more after the jump.

Bryan Singer Talks Big Visual Effects, 3D, Bringing a Fairy Tale to Life on a Grand Scale, and More on the Set of JACK THE GIANT SLAYER

by     Posted 1 year, 267 days ago

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Over the past seventeen years, Bryan Singer been able to jump from genre to genre with great results.  And while he’s previously made superhero movies (X-Men, Superman Returns), thrillers (The Usual Suspects, Apt Pupil), and a film about trying to assassinate Hitler during WWII (Valkyrie), in his upcoming Warner Bros. movie Jack the Giant Slayer, he’s tackling the classic children’s fairy tale with a modern twist.

Back in the summer of 2011, when Singer and his team were filming outside London, I got to visit the set with a few other online reporters.  While Singer was busy trying to shoot an important scene involving a giant, during a break in filming he let us come over to his director’s area to talk about the film.  During our extended interview we talked about the challenge of making the film, how pre-viz was a very important part of the production, the look and design of the giants, the 3D, the casting, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to either read or listen to the interview.

Ewan McGregor Talks His Character’s Role in the Story, Working with CGI and More on the Set of JACK THE GIANT SLAYER

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As the leader of the Guardians, the group in charge of security and safety for the royal family, Ewan McGregor has his hands full in Bryan Singer’s Jack the Giant Slayer.  After all, not only does he have a princess (Eleanor Tomlinson) fighting for her independence, he also has to deal with giants invading his homeland.  But when you live inside a fairy tale, I guess that’s to be expected.

During a break in filming on the set, I was able to participate in a group interview with McGregor. He talked about why he wanted to do the role, his relationships with the other characters, working with the 3D cameras, the CGI, the pre-viz, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to either read or listen to the interview.

Nicholas Hoult Talks the Challenges of 3D, Bringing a Fairy Tale to Life, the Success of X-MEN, and More on the Set of JACK THE GIANT SLAYER

by     Posted 1 year, 267 days ago

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While some may remember Nicholas Hoult as the kid in About a Boy, over the past few years he’s proven that he’s definitely capable of playing adult roles in such films as A Single Man, X-Men: First Class, and Clash of the Titans.  However, while he might have been playing more mature roles, he hasn’t been the lead in any of these films.

That all changes in 2013.

With leading roles in Warm Bodies and Bryan Singer’s Jack the Giant Slayer, Hoult is starting a new chapter in his career, and based on what I saw while visiting the set of Jack back in 2011, I think he’s going to easily make the jump.  During a group interview on the set, Hoult talked about bringing the fairy tale to life, the 3D, what his version of Jack is like, and so much more.  Hit the jump to either read or listen to the interview.

Eleanor Tomlinson Talks Elaborate Costumes, Filming the Beanstalk Sequence, How She Landed the Role, and More on the Set of JACK THE GIANT SLAYER

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While you may have seen Eleanor Tomlinson in such films as Alice in Wonderland or The Illusionist, in director Bryan Singer’s Jack the Giant Slayer, she’s landed her first big studio leading role as Princess Isabelle.  When the production was filming outside London back in the summer of 2011, I got to visit the set with a few other reporters and Tomlinson told us more about her character:

“She didn’t want to be a princess. She was just born into this life. As amazing as it is, it’s not necessarily what she wants. She feels a bit trapped.  Her relationship with her father, after her mother died, is coming under a lot of pressure, because he’s the king and he doesn’t understand her. She just wants to be a normal girl. She wants to fall in love for love, not for the kingdom. She’s got that temper, that spark about her, which is different from other fairy tales, I think.”

In addition, Tomlinson talked about what it’s been like working on her first big studio movie, the costumes, collaborating with the other actors, the 3D, and so much more.  Hit the jump to either read or listen to the interview.

New Banner for Bryan Singer’s JACK THE GIANT SLAYER

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Warner Bros. has released a new banner for director Bryan Singer’s upcoming adventure pic Jack the Giant Slayer.  Last week we saw a series of posters for the film that introduced us to the titular giants, and now this banner highlight’s the pic’s human characters.  Everyone’s putting on their best “I’m going to kill you…but also does my hair look okay?” faces while they wield an assortment of weapons.

Hit the jump to check out the new banner.  The film stars Nicholas Hoult, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Bill Nighy, Ian McShane and Eleanor TomlinsonJack the Giant Slayer opens in 3D on March 1st.

New Trailer and Poster for Bryan Singer’s JACK THE GIANT SLAYER Starring Nicholas Hoult

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A new trailer for director Bryan Singer’s Jack the Giant Slayer has been released.  Based on the classic tale, the film tells the story of an ancient war that is reignited when a young boy (Nicholas Hoult) unknowingly opens a gate between the world of humans and the world of giants.  This trailer is much more effective than the previous one, as it does a nice job of teasing the epic scope of the fantasy world while also highlighting some of the pic’s promising humor.  Some of the CG still looks a bit spotty, but the performances from Ewan McGregor and the always reliable Stanley Tucci look particularly promising.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Eleanor Tomlinson, Ian McShane, and Bill Nighy.  Jack the Giant Slayer opens in 3D IMAX on March 1, 2013.

New Images from JACK THE GIANT SLAYER Reveal…Jack and a Giant

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The most recent news to come out of the Jack the Giant Slayer camp was a title change from the murderous-sounding Jack the Giant Killer to the…slightly less-murderous Jack the Giant Slayer. Now, we have the first look at said giant and a new look at Nicholas Hoult as Jack. Both images come courtesy of director Bryan Singer and are fresh from the editing bay.

Also starring Ewan McGregor, Bill Nighy, Stanley Tucci, Ian McShane and Eleanor TomlinsonJack the Giant Slayer opens March 1, 2013. Hit the jump to check out the new images.

JACK THE GIANT KILLER Renamed JACK THE GIANT SLAYER and Will Open March 1st, 2013; MALAVITA and 21 AND OVER Get New Release Dates

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Along with a new batch of release dates comes a title change to a significant picture.  Check out the details below:

  • Jack the Giant Killer will be formally retitled to Jack the Giant Slayer (because it’s more family-friendly…) and will now open March 1st, 2013.  Pic stars Nicholas Hoult, Stanley Tucci and Ewan McGregor.
  • Malavita, Luc Besson’s comedic actioner, gets a new release date, opening almost a year to the day on October 18th, 2013. Relativity pic stars Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer and Dianna Agron.
  • Also from Relativity, 21 and Over will move up two weeks to open opposite Jack the Giant Killer Slayer on March 1st, 2013. The picture stars Justin Chon, Skyler Astin and Miles Teller.

Hit the jump for much more on each picture. 

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