Katniss Finally Gets Her Own THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 Poster; Plus New Poster for Paul Bettany’s SHELTER

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We’ve got a couple new posters to share.  Here’s what’s coming at a glance:

  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 – We’ve seen two different sets of character posters for the third installment of the Hunger Games franchise (here and here), but neither included one for our heroine, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence).  However, Lionsgate finally released one for The Girl on Fire.  You can’t see her face in it, but it’s still something.
  • Shelter – We’ve also got a new poster for Paul Bettany’s directorial debut, Shelter.  This one stars Jennifer Connelly and Anthony Mackie as two homeless people living on the streets of New York.  It’s due to screen at TIFF on Friday, September 12th.

Hit the jump to check out the new The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 poster as well as the one for Shelter.

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WINTER’S TALE Blu-ray Review

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Quentin Tarantino has complained about how one of the biggest problems with American cinema is that it’s afraid of big emotions.  Of melodrama that might descend into camp (or perhaps is camp to begin with).  And it’s true, more movies are likely to adapt an ironic distance than go for something earnest.  There’s a reason for that: when earnest doesn’t work, you get films like The Postman and The Room.  But that means some material just isn’t going to translate into American cinema, and that’s why Winter’s Tale is a boring disaster.  Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe and Will Smith star in this story of star-crossed lovers and miracles, and my Winter’s Tale Blu-ray review follows after the jump.

New Images from CAKE, BLACK AND WHITE, BANG BANG BABY and SHELTER

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We’ve already brought you images from Boychoir, The Connection, Escobar: Paradise Lost, The Forger and The Cobbler, but with the Toronto International Festival’s September 4th start date fast approaching, there are even more brand new stills from the official selections hitting the web.  Here’s what we got for you now:

  • Cake (Directed by Daniel Barnz) starring Jennifer Aniston, Anna Kendrick, William H. Macy, Felicity Huffman and Sam Worthington.
  • Black and White (Directed by Mike Binder) starring Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer, Anthony Mackie and Jennifer Ehle.
  • Bang Bang Baby (Directed by Jeffrey St. Jules) starring Jane Levy, Justin Chatwin, Peter Stormare and David Reale
  • Shelter (Directed by Paul Bettany) starring Jennifer Connelly and Anthony Mackie.

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 4 – 14th.

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Ryan Reynolds is a CRIMINAL; Kathryn Hahn and Steve Zahn Meet CAPTAIN FANTASTIC; Jennifer Connelly Goes AMERICAN PASTORAL; Elijah Wood Joins THE LAST WITCH HUNTER

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Here’s another casting roundup for you guys:

  • Ryan Reynolds has joined the all-star cast of Criminal for Iceman director Ariel Vromen.
  • Jennifer Connelly has signed onto director Phillip Noyce’s America Pastoral, an adaptation of a Philip Roth novel.
  • Steve ZahnKathryn HahnMissi Pyle and Frank Langella (and others) have joined Viggo Mortensen in Captain Fantastic for writer/director Matt Ross.
  • Elijah Wood will co-star in The Last Witch Hunter with Vin Diesel, Rose Leslie and Michael Caine for director Breck Eisner.

Hit the jump for more on these casting stories.

NOAH Blu-ray Review

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The sign of a good religious picture is the controversy surrounding it.  Whenever a movie asks you to seriously grapple with theological issues, it’s bound to rile those who like their religion safe and comforting.  Noah certainly prompted its share of screeching op-ed pieces, along with the smug indifference of the secular crowd.  In truth, director Darren Aronofsky has punk’d them all: creating a serious, thoughtful and unbearably intense study of our relationship to God in the context of a giant Hollywood blockbuster.  Hit the jump for my full Noah Blu-ray review.

TOP 5: First Teaser Trailer for TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, NOAH, X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, SABOTAGE, CinemaCon Coverage

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I’ve decided to use this weekend’s release of Darren Aronofsky‘s Noah as an opportunity to reflect on the director’s most soul crushing work to date: his adaptation of the Hubert Selby Jr. novel of the same name, Requiem for a Dream. While I’d list Black Swan as my favorite Aronofsky film, Requiem stands alone as a devastating look at the nature of addiction that, by its end credits, will assure you that nothing decent will ever happen to you again. The film netted the great Ellen Burstyn her sixth Academy Award nod while Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, and Marlon Wayans provided equally powerful performances as heroin addicts whose trajectories only bend downwards. While its story and characters offer little to be optimistic about, Requiem all but cemented Aronofsky’s place among the most skilled and uncompromising filmmakers of his generation. If you haven’t already, check out the film on Amazon Instant Video where it’s available to stream. Just be sure you’re not already in an emotionally fragile state or else you’re in for a long night.

Aronofsky reflections aside, this week’s Top 5 highlights the first teaser trailer for director Jonathan Liebesman‘s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, interviews for and Matt’s review of Noah, the new trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past, Sabotage interviews and Matt’s review, and Steve’s coverage of CinemaCon from Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

Jennifer Connelly Talks NOAH, Working with Darren Aronofsky, Filming in Iceland, the Size of the Ark, Paul Bettany’s SHELTER, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Darren Aronofsky’s Biblical epic Noah.  As most of you already know, the film is Aronofsky’s take on the Great Flood story from the Bible, with Russell Crowe assuming the role of a man who is told by God that Earth’s population will be wiped out by a flood.  The film also stars Jennifer ConnellyRay WinstoneEmma WatsonAnthony HopkinsLogan Lerman, and Douglas Booth.  For more on Noah, here’s 11 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage30 imagesa featurette, and all our previous coverage.

At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Jennifer Connelly.  She talked about working with Aronofsky again and what he was like on set, how quickly she agreed to be in the project, what it was like filming in Iceland, seeing the Ark for the first time, and she talked about working with her husband Paul Bettany on Shelter.  Hit the jump to watch.

30 New Images from Darren Aronofsky’s NOAH Featuring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson, and More

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Paramount Pictures has released a large batch of new images from director Darren Aronofsky’s upcoming Biblical epic Noah.  The film is Aronofsky’s take on the Great Flood story from the Bible, with Russell Crowe assuming the titular role of a man who is told by God that Earth’s population will be wiped out by a flood.  The film drew strong if somewhat polarizing reactions from its world premiere, and it has already encountered its share of controversy throughout development.  Hopefully the finished product reflects Aronofsky’s full, uncompromised vision, which is sure to result in a wholly original take on this well-known story.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film also stars Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Anthony Hopkins, Logan Lerman, and Douglas Booth.  Noah opens in theaters on March 28th.

11 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes Footage from Darren Aronofsky’s NOAH Starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, and Emma Watson

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Paramount has released 11 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage from Darren Aronofsky‘s Noah.  Aronofsky’s adaptation will take the familiar story about Noah (Russell Crowe) building the ark to survive the flood, but provide the director’s unique take on the material.  Those who saw the premiere last week applauded the film, but acknowledged that it’s likely to be divisive, which is shocking because everyone agrees on everything from the Bible.  This footage goes into Aronofsky directing his talented cast as well as the work that went into building the ark, so it’s worth checking out.

Hit the jump to check out the footage.  The film also stars Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Douglas Booth, Logan Lerman, and Anthony HopkinsNoah opens in theaters on March 28th.

Russell Crowe Explains His Task in First Clip from Darren Aronofsky’s NOAH

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The first clip for director Darren Aronofsky’s Biblical epic Noah has landed online.  The film is Aronofsky’s take on the Great Flood story from the Bible, with Russell Crowe taking on the titular role.  In this debut clip, we see Crowe’s Noah explaining his God-given task to his family, specifically discussing how they need to round up animals for the ark.  Though Aronofsky had a bit of a push-and-pull with Paramount over the cut of the film, we know that the cut being released in theaters will indeed be Aronofsky’s director’s cut, and I’m excited to see what his take on the classic story entails.

Hit the jump to watch the clip, and if you missed any of Matt’s set visit coverage be sure to check out his full set visit report and interview with Crowe.  The film also stars Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Douglas Booth, Logan Lerman, and Anthony HopkinsNoah opens in theaters on March 28th.

Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly, Eva Marie Saint and Akiva Goldsman Talk WINTER’S TALE, Fairy Tales, and the Movie’s Secret Message

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Life isn’t a fairy tale.  Life requires life beyond loss and according to writer-director-producer Akiva Goldsman, that’s why we need fairy tales for adults like his new movie, Winter’s Tale.  The book-to-film adaptation stars Colin Farrell as a thief named Peter Lake.  Peter’s perfectly fine stealing to get by, but after crossing paths with Jessica Brown Findlay’s Beverly Penn, he abandons everything he’s known for something he’s experiencing for the very first time – true love.

Just ahead of the film’s Valentine’s Day debut, Goldsman, Farrell and Brown Findlay as well as co-stars Jennifer Connelly who portrays Virginia, a mother with an ailing daughter whose fate becomes intertwined with Peter Lake’s, and Eva Marie Saint who steps in as the older version of Beverly’s younger sister, all sat down for a press conference in New York City.  Check out what the gang had to say about the challenge of enticing an audience to suspend disbelief, their personal experiences with miracles, the ups and downs of shooting the film’s most intimate scene and more. Hit the jump for more. 

Watch 6 Clips from WINTER’S TALE Starring Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, William Hurt and Eva Marie Saint

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In advance of the Valentine’s Day release of Akiva Goldsman’s Winter’s Tale, Warner Bros. has sent over us 6 movie clips from the film.  The adaptation of the Mark Helprin novel follows a burglar (Colin Farrell) who falls for an ailing heiress (Jessica Brown Findlay), and discovers that neither death nor time can stand in the way of true love.  These new clips give a great look at the romantic fantasy drama’s cast of characters across time and space.

Winter’s Tale also stars Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt and Eva Marie Saint, Winter’s Tale opens February 14th.  Hit the jump to watch the clips.

First Images from ALOFT Starring Jennifer Connelly, Cillian Murphy, Mélanie Laurent and William Shimell

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News out of Berlin has Sony Pictures Classics acquiring U.S. and Latin American rights to writer-director Claudia Llosa’s Aloft.  The drama stars Jennifer Connelly as Nana, a struggling mother who is able to establish herself as a respected healer and artist, but an investigative journalist sets in motion a reunion between Nana and her estranged son.  We also have a bunch of first-look images from the film to share with you today.

Aloft also stars Cillian Murphy, Mélanie Laurent, Oona Chaplin and William Shimell.  Hit the jump for more on the film and to check out the images.

30 New Images from WINTER’S TALE Starring Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, William Hurt and Eva Marie Saint

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In advance of the Valentine’s Day release of Akiva Goldsman’s Winter’s Tale, we have 30 new images from the film to share with you.  The adaptation of the Mark Helprin novel follows a burglar (Colin Farrell) who falls for an ailing heiress (Jessica Brown Findlay), and discovers that neither death nor time can stand in the way of true love.  These new images give great looks at the romantic fantasy drama’s cast of characters across time and space.

Also starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt and Eva Marie Saint, Winter’s Tale opens February 14th.  Hit the jump to view all the images.

New Trailer for WINTER’S TALE Starring Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, and Russell Crowe

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Warner Bros. has released a new trailer for Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman’s directorial debut Winter’s Tale.  Based on the novel of the same name by Mark Helprin, the story takes place in a mythic New York City and spans more than a century, revolving around a thief (Colin Farrell) whose love appears to transcend time.  As opposed to some of the time-bending TV spots that have been playing recently, this new trailer smartly focuses on the love story aspect between Farrell and the character played by Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey).  We also get plenty of Russell Crowe’s villain and his goofy accent.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Jennifer Connelly and William HurtWinter’s Tale opens February 14th.

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