Exclusive STONEHEARST ASYLUM Clip: Michael Caine Begs Jim Sturgess to Help Him Escape the Asylum Dungeon

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Brad Anderson’s Stonehearst Asylum features Jim Sturgess as Edward Newgate, a recent medical school graduate who accepts a position at the title mental institution.  At first, he’s taken by the superintendent’s warm welcome and more modern approach to caring for his patients, but that’s only because he knows nothing of the disturbing recent staffing changes.

Want to know more about what Newgate just walked into?  The film doesn’t hit theaters until October 24th, but we’ve got an exclusive clip that offers up a nice tease of exactly what he’ll be dealing with.  Hit the jump to check out that brand new Stonehearst Asylum clip.  The film also stars Michael Caine, Ben Kingsley, Kate Beckinsale, Brendan Gleeson and David Thewlis.

Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish, Ed Harris and Andy Garcia in Negotiations to Join GEOSTORM

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It’s been quite a while since Gerard Butler took the lead role in Dean Devlin’s Geostorm, but now it looks as though he could finally get some co-stars.  It’s being reported that Jim SturgessAbbie CornishEd Harris and Andy Garcia are all in negotiations for roles in the Warner Bros./Skydance film.

Devlin’s responsible for penning Universal Solider, Stargate and Independence Day, and also has a bunch of producing credits to his name too, but Geostorm will mark his feature directorial debut.  Hit the jump for more on the upcoming sci-fi adventure.  Geostorm is set for a March 25, 2016 release.

The Inmates Take Over in the STONEHEARST ASYLUM Trailer and Poster

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One weird thing about Stonehearst Asylum is that I had never heard of the film before today, despite a cast featuring Michael Caine, Ben Kingsley and Kate Beckinsale, but suddenly it’s a real entity with a trailer and poster and everything. Of course that can happen when you’ve been operating under the name Eliza Graves (a film I had been aware of) for several years and haven’t announced a title change.  Brad Anderson (The Call) directed it from a screenplay by Joe Gangemi.  The film is based on the Edgar Allan Poe story The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether.

In the film Jim Sturgess plays a recent medical school grad who takes a position at a mental institution soon finds himself taken with one of his colleagues, though he has no initial idea of a recent, horrifying staffing change.  The film also stars Brendan Gleeson and David Thewlis.  Hit the jump for the Stonehearst Asylum trailer and poster.

Jim Sturgess, Sam Worthington, Ryan Kwanten and Anthony Hopkins Star in KIDNAPPING FREDDY HEINEKEN; Peter Dinklage to Topline R-Rated Comedy

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Here’s a bit of casting news for you today:

Hit the jump for more on both pictures.

CLOUD ATLAS Blu-ray Review

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The Wachowski siblings and Tom Tykwer’s Cloud Atlas was tragically the most under-appreciated and under-seen film of 2012.  It had to be a marketing mishap.  How else do you explain the poor performance of a film that encompasses multiple genres over vastly different time periods with high-caliber actors like Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Sturgess, Hugo Weaving, Hugh Grant and Jim Broadbent (just to name a few) taking on multiple roles?  But wait, there’s hope!  You can help remedy this glaring oversight by picking up the ambitious and epic movie on DVD and Blu-ray now.  Hit the jump for my review of Cloud Atlas on Blu-ray.

Jim Sturgess Set for Thriller ELIZA GRAVES; Toni Collette and Jean Reno Join HECTOR AND THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS

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Today’s latest casting news:

  • Jim Sturgess (Could Atlas) is set to star opposite Kate Beckinsale in the psychological thriller Eliza Graves, directed by Brad Anderson (The Call).

Hit the jump for more on both casting stories.

Jim Sturgess Talks UPSIDE DOWN, Calling it “Stunning and Beautiful,” Plus Auditioning for Marvel’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

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The fantasy romance Upside Down, from writer/director Juan Solanas (The Man Without A Head), tells the uniquely original story of an interplanetary dystopian romance, in which opposite gravities literally keep the young lovers apart.  Adam (Jim Sturgess) lives on the poverty-stricken planet below while Eden (Kirsten Dunst) is on the wealthy, exploitative world above, and even though their planets are so close that their highest mountain peaks almost touch, the numerous obstacles they much overcome to be together seem insurmountable.

At the film’s press day, actor Jim Sturgess spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about how he came to be a part of the film, what interested him about the story and character, the director’s vision for the fantasy landscape, how stunning and beautiful he found the finished product, and what it’s like to have to react to your own imagination.  He also talked about the audition process he went through when he was vying for the lead role (which ultimately went to Chris Pratt) in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, and that he never even got to read any of the material, as well as his hopes to make the indie film The Big Shoe (which is also set to star Kristen Stewart and Elizabeth Banks), about an overbearing mom who hires a therapist to work with her shoe-designing son.  Check out what he had to say after the jump. 

Kristen Stewart and Elizabeth Banks Join Steven Shainberg’s THE BIG SHOE with Jim Sturgess

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It’s been seven years since director Steven Shainberg’s last picture (Fur) and over a decade since Secretary, but it looks like his newest project is getting a leg up with some A-list cast additions.  Kristen Stewart (Twilight) and Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games) have joined The Big Shoe, Shainberg’s newest erotic comedy that combines foot fashion and fetishism.  The picture already stars Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas) in the lead role of a gifted shoe designer pressured into mass producing his designs as knock-offs.  Hit the jump for more.

New Trailer and Poster for UPSIDE DOWN Starring Kirsten Dunst and Jim Sturgess

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A new trailer and poster for the sci-fi romantic thriller Upside Down have been released online.  Directed by Juan Solanas (Northeast), the film is a love story told across two separate universes. Jim Sturgess plays a man who falls in love with a woman (Kirsten Dunst) when he catches a glimpse of her on his television screen as a child. His infatuation continues to grow, but he’s hindered by the fact that she lives in an inverted universe separate from his that has its own gravity.  It’s a neat premise, and I really like the visuals that are on display in this trailer.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer and check out a new poster.  Upside Down opens on March 15th.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Lead Role Narrowed Down to Zachary Levi, Jim Sturgess and an Unnamed Actor

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The coveted lead role of Star-Lord in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy has been narrowed down to three possible suitors. From the original shortlist of actors that were reported as auditioning less than a month ago, only Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas) remains. A new addition in the form of Zachary Levi (Chuck) is also in the mix. The studio also reports that an unnamed actor may test for the lead after the holidays.

Star-Lord, aka Peter Quill, is a human-alien hybrid who is a master strategist and combat expert, wears an ability-enhancing suit, pilots a psychically-linked ship and leads the Guardians of the Galaxy. The film, directed by James Gunn (Slither) is expected to open August 1, 2014. Hit the jump for more on the audition process.

Marvel Tests for GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Lead in Shortlist of Actors, Including Joel Edgerton, Jack Huston, Lee Pace, Jim Sturgess and Eddie Redmayne

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While rumors continue to swirl around Disney’s Star Wars, Marvel is busy looking for their Star-Lord. A shortlist of actors is reportedly being tested for the lead role in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, directed by James Gunn (Super). Included on that list are Joel Edgerton (Warrior), Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire), Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas), Lee Pace (Lincoln) and Eddie Redmayne (My Week with Marilyn). The leader of the Guardians, Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord, was born of a human mother and alien father. He’s a master strategist and combat expert who wears an ability-enhancing suit and pilots a psychically-linked ship. Sounds like a fun role for any one of these guys to make their own, but there have been even more names thrown into the competition. Hit the jump to check them out.

Byrne, Weaving, and Otto Join Australian Anthology Film THE TURNING; Sturgess and Lucas to Lead ELECTRIC SLIDE

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If you haven’t gotten enough casting news from us today, we’ve got even more.  First up, THR reports that Rose Byrne, Hugo Weaving, and Mirando Otto have joined the Australian anthology film, The Turning.  As we previously reported, the film is based off the short story collection by Tim Winton, and will feature 17 short films each from a different director.  Per THR, “All of the stories in The Turning revolve around turning points in the lives of the people of the Australian coastal town of Angelus. While the segments are separate, there are plot and thematic links between them.” Actors Cate Blanchett, Mia Wasikowska, and David Wenham are all set to make their directing debuts on the film.  There’s currently no word on who Byrne, Weaving, and Otto will play or if they’ll be in the same segment.

Hit the jump for casting news on the 80s-set caper flick Electric Slide.


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Tonight the wife and I are hosting an inaugural Halloween gathering for three primary reasons: 1) it’s an excuse to hang out with friends, 2) it’s an opportunity to watch horror classics with said friends and 3) our street name is Elm and we can’t pass on the chance to christen the get together with the least original Halloween party name of all time (I’ll let you do the math). All of this in mind, I was finding it difficult to strike a healthy balance of scary movie goodness that was equal parts frightening (for fans of the horror genre like myself) and fun/of the “Halloween spirit” (for those who don’t necessarily enjoy the genre but can appreciate the season). That was until I remembered that we owned Ernest Scared Stupid on Blu-ray. Now the biggest concern I have is making sure no one walks out of the house at the end of the night with that little gem in hand.

All Hallows Eve 2012 party plans aside, in this week’s Top 5 we’ve got a lineup that includes a visit to the New Zealand set of The Hobbit, the first trailer amongst other new assets from Iron Man 3, Cloud Atlas interviews with Tom Hanks, Halle Berry and more, the first red band trailer for director Fede Alvarez‘s Evil Dead remake, and a heartfelt plea for a Hollywood adaptation of The Legend of Zelda. A brief recap and link to each lives on after the jump.

Jim Sturgess Talks CLOUD ATLAS, UPSIDE DOWN, the Fun of Action Scenes, and More

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From acclaimed filmmakers Andy & Lana Wachowski (The Matrix trilogy, Speed Racer) and Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run) comes the stunning, epic and powerful Cloud Atlas, based on the best-selling novel by David Mitchell. Through various genres and time periods, spanning 500 years, and with the actors playing a variety of characters that cross genders and races, the story contains drama, mystery, action and love, interwoven in such a way that illustrates how everything is connected and that the actions and choices in one era can have consequences in another. The film stars Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, Hugh Grant, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Ben Wishaw and James D’Arcy.

At the film’s press day, actor Jim Sturgess spoke to Collider, in both a roundtable and 1-on-1 interview, about the necessity of going into this film completely open to the experience, what he thought of the book when he read it, the themes he connects with most, the process of this once-in-a-lifetime experience, the approach to playing so many different characters, how nervous he was to take on the role of an Asian man, how much fun it was to get to be a bit of an action star, and the process of working with these filmmakers. He also talked about finding work now that’s just as creatively fulfilling, and the appeal of the sci-fi romantic drama Upside Down. Check out what he had to say after the jump.


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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.  Cloud Atlas opens today.]

“My life exists far beyond the limitations of me,” a character notes in Cloud Atlas. By the same token, The Wachowski Siblings and Tom Tykwer‘s film exists far beyond the limitations of genre, narrative, identity, and time. It is a work of sweeping ambition, engrossing stories, compelling characters, and powerful emotions. The filmmakers have taken David Mitchell’s novel, and rebuilt it into a captivating sextuplet filled with love, hate, redemption, damnation, bravery, cowardice, and more. Through skillful editing and astounding performances, Cloud Atlas is a cinematic experience like few others, and it will leave viewers in awe.

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