New to Blu-ray: DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, ABOUT TIME, ESCAPE PLAN, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include a serious Oscar contender, an emotional father-son story, an 80s throwback, and more.  Briefly:

Screenwriter Julian Fellowes Talks ROMEO & JULIET, Adapting Shakespeare, DOWNTON ABBEY Season Four (and Five), GILDED AGE, and More

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Romeo & Juliet is the timeless story of star-crossed lovers from warring families.  The families of Montague and Capulet will use any excuse to publicly fight in the streets of Verona, so when Romeo (Douglas Booth) falls for Juliet (Hailee Steinfeld), it quickly receives the wrath of both of their families, when all they want to do is be together forever.  Written by Julian Fellowes and directed by Carlo Carlei, the film also stars Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Natascha McElhone, Ed Westwick, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Lesley Manville.

At the film’s press day, screenwriter Julian Fellowes (who is also the creator/writer of the hit drama series Downton Abbey) spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about why he was excited to tackle Romeo & Juliet for the big screen, how he worked exclusively from the play itself, and watching actors Douglas Booth and Hailee Steinfeld bring it to life.  He also talked about how viewers seem to hold him personally responsible, anytime an actor leaves Downton Abbey, how Paul Giamatti came to be doing the Christmas episode for this season, that he doesn’t know exactly how long the show will continue to run for, even though there will definitely be a fifth season, and how he’s writing a series for American television, called The Guilded Age, that he will do after Downton Abbey is finished.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Ed Westwick Talks ROMEO & JULIET, His First Exposure to Shakespeare, Getting in on the Vampire Genre with KITCHEN SINK, and More

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Romeo & Juliet is the timeless story of star-crossed lovers from warring families.  The families of Montague and Capulet will use any excuse to publicly fight in the streets of Verona, so when Romeo (Douglas Booth) falls for Juliet (Hailee Steinfeld), it quickly receives the wrath of both of their families, when all they want to do is be together forever.  Written by Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey) and directed by Carlo Carlei, the film also stars Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Natascha McElhone, Ed Westwick, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Lesley Manville.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Ed Westwick (“Tybalt”) talked about his first exposure to Shakespeare, why he was so drawn to this take on Romeo & Juliet, how he formed his take on Tybalt, and how much he enjoyed getting to do the fight scenes.  He also talked about being a part of the vampire genre while getting to poke a little bit of fun at it for the feature film Kitchen Sink, acting through prosthetics, and what excites him about a role.  Check out what he had to say after the jump. 

Douglas Booth Talks ROMEO & JULIET, Tackling Shakespeare Then the Bible in NOAH, and How Wild JUPITER ASCENDING Will Be

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Romeo & Juliet is the timeless story of star-crossed lovers from warring families.  The families of Montague and the Capulet will use any excuse to publicly fight in the streets of Verona, so when Romeo (Douglas Booth) falls for Juliet (Hailee Steinfeld), it quickly receives the wrath of both of their families, when all they want to do is be together forever.  Written by Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey) and directed by Carlo Carlei, the film also stars Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Natascha McElhone, Ed Westwick, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Lesley Manville.

At the film’s press day, actor Douglas Booth spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about being excited for the challenge of tackling Shakespeare, having to fight for the role of Romeo, screen testing with Hailee Steinfeld, getting to work with both a younger and more veteran cast, and taking his time to wrap his head around the language.  He also talked about the experience of working on Noah with director Darren Aronofsky, and just how wild The Wachowskis next film, Jupiter Ascending, will be.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Hailee Steinfeld Talks ROMEO & JULIET, the Challenges of Shakespearean Dialogue, Her Chemistry with Douglas Booth, and More

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Romeo & Juliet is the timeless story of star-crossed lovers from warring families.  The families of Montague and the Capulet will use any excuse to publicly fight in the streets of Verona, so when Romeo (Douglas Booth) falls for Juliet (Hailee Steinfeld), it quickly receives the wrath of both of their families, when all they want to do is be together forever.  Written by Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey) and directed by Carlo Carlei, the film also stars Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Natascha McElhone, Ed Westwick, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Lesley Manville

During a press conference at the film’s press day, actress Hailee Steinfeld talked about the challenges of Shakespearian dialogue versus the type of dialogue she had in True Grit, how those two characters compare, how she read Romeo & Juliet in school around the same time she was filming the movie, the ways in which she related to Juliet, finding the chemistry with co-star Douglas Booth, what it was like to wear the intricate and elaborate costumes, and her excitement about introducing this story to a new generation.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

Paul Giamatti Talks ALL IS BRIGHT, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, THE CONGRESS, ROMEO & JULIET, and DOWNTON ABBEY

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Directed by Phil Morrison (Junebug), the indie dramedy All is Bright follows ex-con Dennis (Paul Giamatti), who is released at the holidays and tries to get a legit business going, selling Christmas trees in New York with his old friend and partner-in-crime, Rene (Paul Rudd).  For Rene, it’s a chance to make some quick and easy cash, so that he can marry Dennis’ ex-wife, which is certainly a cause of tension between the two men.

During this recently exclusive phone interview with Collider, the always great actor and genuinely nice guy, Paul Giamatti, talked about why he got involved with All is Bright, what he enjoyed most about bringing this character to life, what his own relationship with the holidays is, how great it was to have someone like Paul Rudd to play off of, and what gets him excited about a project.  He also talked about his work on partially animated movie The Congress (due out in Spring 2014), playing an over-the-top villain in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, tackling Shakespeare for the most recent reimagining of Romeo & Juliet (from screenwriter Julian Fellowes), and how great it was to be a part of Downton Abbey for Season 4.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

New Trailer for ROMEO & JULIET Starring Hailee Steinfeld, Douglas Booth, and Paul Giamatti

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Relativity Media has released a new trailer for director Carlo Carlei’s Shakespeare adaptation Romeo & Juliet.  Adapted by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, this version doesn’t seem to be taking too many liberties with the source material, as the original setting, characters, and dialogue are all maintained and there are no drag queens to be found.  This trailer appears to be aimed squarely at young ‘uns who might be unfamiliar with the material, as the particulars of the story are laid out plainly and there’s even a trendy hashtag to go along with it (#forbiddenlove, of course). 

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.  The film stars Hailee Steinfeld, Douglas Booth, Paul Giamatti, Ed Westwick, Damian Lewis, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Natascha McElhone, Christian Cooke, Lesley Manville, and Stellan SkarsgardRomeo & Juliet opens on October 11th.

New Posters for PRISONERS, ROMEO & JULIET, and FROZEN

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Briefly:

  • Prisoners – The giant heads of Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal are nothing but pensive in the first poster for the upcoming thriller.  The film opens September 20th, and also stars Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Terrence Howard, Melissa Leo, and Paul Dano.
  • Romeo & Juliet – The poster for Carlos Carlei’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s play features the angsty tagline “The Most Dangerous Love Story Ever Told”.  The film opens October 11th, and stars Hailee Steinfeld, Douglas Booth, Damian Lewis, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Ed Westwick, Stellan Skarsgaard, and Paul Giamatti.
  • Frozen – A new international poster puts the emphasis on the comic-relief Snowman Olaf (voiced by Josh Gad) for Disney’s upcoming animated film.  The film opens in 3D on November 27th, and also features the voices of Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff, Idina Menzel, and Alan Tudyk.

Hit the jump to check out the posters.

Biopic JOBS Set for August 16th Release; Release Dates Announced for ROMEO AND JULIET, SELFLESS, and HOMEFRONT

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We’ve got a few release date announcements to share.  Briefly:

  • Jobs – The biopic starring Ashton Kutcher—which was initially slated to open this past April—has been set for release on August 16th opposite Kick-Ass 2, the historical drama The Butler, and the thriller Paranoia.  Read Matt’s review of the film from Sundance here.
  • Romeo and Juliet – Relativity Media has slated director Carlo Carlei’s Shakespeare adaptation for a limited release on September 6th.  Hailee Steinfeld, Douglas Booth, and Paul Giamatti star.
  • Homefront – Written by Sylvester Stallone, the long-delayed actioner starring Jason Statham, James Franco, and Winona Ryder will open on October 4th opposite Sin City 2, the sci-fi pic Gravity, and the thriller Out of the Furnace.
  • Selfless – Director Tarsem’s film about a dying man whose consciousness is transferred into a younger body will open on September 26, 2014. Ryan Reynolds stars.

First Trailer for ROMEO & JULIET Starring Hailee Steinfeld, Douglas Booth, and Damian Lewis

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The first trailer for director Carlo Carlei’s adaptation of Romeo & Juliet has landed online.  Written by Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey, Gosford Park), the film stars Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) as Juliet and Douglas Booth (The Pillars of the Earth) as Romeo, with a rather impressive supporting cast that includes Paul Giamatti, Stellan Skarsgard, and Homeland’s Damian Lewis.  Carlei maintains the original setting of Shakespeare’s play and looks to be taking a rather classical approach to the storytelling.  Following a rather awkward opening with “movie trailer guy” reciting Shakespeare, the clip sufficiently teases the romantic and intense aspects of Shakespeare’s source material.  However, with a story that’s been told countless times, it’s tough to be excited by a new adaptation unless its told in an original or interesting fashion.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Ed WestwickKodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In) and Natascha McElhoneRomeo & Juliet is set for release in the U.K on July 26th, but a US distribution deal has yet to be made.

Douglas Booth Cast as Romeo Opposite Hailee Steinfeld in ROMEO AND JULIET

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It appears that director Carlo Carlei has finally found his Romeo. British actor Douglas Booth (LOL) has been cast in the lead opposite Hailee Steinfeld who will play Juliet in Carlei’s adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. Variety reports that 19-year-old Booth beat out 300 other actors who were vying for the part. Ed Westwick is set to play Tybalt, with 14-year-old Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In) on board as Benvolio. Apparently babies were considered too chubby to take on the roles in this extremely young cast.

Italian director Carlei (Flight of the Innocent) will helm from a script by Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park), who is also producing the film. Shooting is set to begin this summer in Italy. In addition to the aforementioned actors, Holly Hunter is set to play Nurse. The role of Mercutio has yet to be cast.

Ed Westwick to Play Tybalt in ROMEO AND JULIET

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Because it’s been almost 15 years since Baz Lurhmann’s Romeo + Juliet, and Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes are all old now, it’s apparently time to make a new version of William Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy. Hailee Steinfeld is set to star as Juliet in the adaptation, set to be directed by Italian filmmaker Carlo Carlie (Flight of the Innocent). Now, Variety reports that Gossip Girl star Ed Westwick is in final negotiations to star as Tybalt in the indie. Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park) wrote the screenplay and Holly Hunter recently joined the cast as The Nurse. The role of Romeo has yet to be cast. Production is set to begin this summer in Italy.

Holly Hunter Joins STILL I RISE; In Talks for ROMEO AND JULIET

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Holly Hunter has signed a deal to star in Still I Rise, a look at the public education crisis in America.  Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis star as “two frustrated mothers who team up to transform an inner-city public school.”  Isaac recently joined the cast as  a “sexy, ukulele-playing teacher” who romances and inspires Gyllenhaal’s character.  Hunter will play the head of the teacher’s union.  Director Daniel Barnz (Beastly) is now polishing a rewrite of the original Brin Hill screenplay.  Production on the Walden Media/Fox collaboration begins next week in Pittsburgh.

Likewise, Hunter is likewise in negotiations to join the cast of a new Romeo and Juliet movie.  True Grit star Hailee Steinfeld is attached to play Juliet — at 14 years of age, Steinfeld hews closer to the 13-year-old girl Shakespeare described.  Italian director Carlo Carlie (Flight of the Innocent) will direct from a screenplay by Julian Fellowes (The Tourist).  The $15 million production is expected to begin filming soon in Italy.  Deadline doesn’t specify, but my guess is Hunter is in talks to play either Lady Capulet (Juliet’s mother) or Lady Montague (Romeo’s mother).

Still I Rise will be Hunter’s first feature film since 2005, following a brief detour in to television with Saving Grace.

Hailee Steinfeld May Star in Indie Adaptation of ROMEO & JULIET

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Oscar-nominee Hailee Steinfeld has recently become attached to the upcoming novel Forgotten and a re-imagining of Sleeping Beauty, and now she has a third project on her slate.  THR reports that Steinfeld is in talks to star in an indie adaptation of Romeo & Juliet.  Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park) wrote the screenplay and Italian director Carlo Carlie (Flight of the Innocent) will direct with Gabriele Muccino (Seven Pounds) attached as a producer.  There are currently no details on how Carlie plans to differentiate his Romeo & Juliet from the countless other adaptations, but the budget is in the $15 million range and shooting is expected to begin in Italy later this spring.

ROMEO + JULIET Blu-ray Review

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William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” has been told countless times, in pretty much every form possible. Director Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 adaptation updated the tragic love story to present day, with one kicker: he retained much of Shakespeare’s original dialogue.  The result is the dizzying, highly ambitious Romeo + Juliet.  This iteration stars a pre-Titanic Leonardo DiCaprio and a fresh-faced Claire Danes as the titular characters.  For my review of the film, as well as the various new bonus features included on the Blu-ray, hit the jump.

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