20th Century Fox has released a new trailer and poster for Ben Stiller’s upcoming drama The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Stiller both directs and stars in the film as a daydreaming Life Magazine employee who has to start going on real adventures in order to track down an elusive photographer (Sean Penn). This new trailer gets some help from Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” to showcase the titular Mitty’s fantasy sequences, and the visuals in the film remain extremely strong. The pic had a bit of a polarizing effect on critics (read Matt’s take here and Steve’s take here), but it feels more like a commercial crowd-pleaser than a critical darling.
Hit the jump to check out the new trailer and poster, which is a tad heavy on the photoshop. The film also stars Adam Scott, Kristen Wiig, Shirley MacLaine, Kathryn Hahn, Patton Oswalt, and Sean Penn. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty opens on Christmas Day.
An international trailer has gone online for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Ben Stiller (who also directed the film) stars as a daydreaming Life Magazine employee who has to start going on real adventures in order to track down an elusive photographer (Sean Penn). The international trailer features a little more new footage than the recent new trailer, but it’s still pushing the “uplifting film you’ll see on Christmas” angle.
Hit the jump to check out the international trailer, click here for Steve’s thoughts on the movie, and click here for my review. The film also stars Kristen Wiig, Patton Oswalt, Shirley MacLaine, Kathryn Hahn, and Adam Scott. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty opens December 25th.
20th Century Fox has released a new trailer for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Ben Stiller (who also directed the film) stars as a daydreaming Life Magazine employee who has to start going on real adventures in order to track down an elusive photographer (Sean Penn). Steve and I saw the movie this weekend. He liked it; I didn’t. The trailer is a fair representation of the film, and even though it goes through a lot of the plot, the trailer doesn’t really give anything away since everything is so spaced out and mixed up.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer along with the New York Film Festival press conference. The film also stars Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott, Shirley MacLaine, Kathryn Hahn, and Patton Oswalt. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty opens December 25th.
20th Century Fox has released the first trailer for Ben Stiller‘s next directorial effort, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. In the remake of the 1947 film, Stiller stars as the eponymous LIFE Magazine proofreader who, incapable of standing up for himself in the real world, retreats to a fantasy where he becomes his poised, confident opposite. Trailers these days tend to follow a fairly predictable path, complete with dubstep and “BWAAAM” moments that aim to highlight a particularly exciting and/or expensive sequence. This trailer for Walter Mitty, however, is brilliantly refreshing, as it attempts to capture the mood and tone of the film with a simple (and haunting) Of Monsters and Men song and minimal dialogue. It really looks like Stiller has crafted something special here, and this is exactly the kind of film I’m eager to see following a summer filled with studio blockbusters. I also wouldn’t be surprised if The Secret Life of Walter Mitty turned out to be a major awards contender later this year.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer, and if you missed Steve’s interview with Stiller and Kristen Wiig from CinemaCon, click here. The film also stars Sean Penn, Adam Scott, Patton Oswalt, and Shirley MacLaine. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty opens December 25th.
Here’s the latest casting news:
- Rufus Sewell (Dark City) will join Dwayne Johnson (Snitch) in Brett Ratner’s fantasy epic, Hercules.
- Susan Sarandon (Thelma & Louise) is in talks to star alongside Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids) in the raunchy road trip movie, Tammy, along with Kathy Bates (Misery).
- Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids) will reteam with Anchorman 2 filmmakers Will Ferrell and Adam McKay for the indie comedy, Welcome to Me.
Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement.
In more shocking Downton Abbey cast news (of the exiting kind), Siobhan Finneran has recently told the press that she will not reprise her role as the dastardly Mrs. O’Brien, the lady’s maid everyone loves to hate, in the show’s fourth season. The announcement comes on the heels of two other major cast departures this season, and it looks like Julian Fellowes‘ Edwardian drama, the reins of which he’s handing over next year, is going to need to start casting quickly. A few new characters have already been revealed:
- Tom Cullen will appear as Lord Gillingham, described as an old family friend of the Crawleys (aren’t they all?) who may or may not be helpful in mending Lady Mary’s heart.
- Nigel Harman will play a valet named Green.
- Harriet Walter plays Lady Shackleton, an old friend of the Dowager Countess (Shirley Maclaine as also been said to be rumored to return, but seeing the Dowager with someone she actually likes will be a treat).
Hit the jump for my speculation on the future of O’Brien and a few more casting updates.
Edwardian soap opera Downton Abbey, which will air first on Britain’s ITV next month and then later this year in America on PBS, has added a new character to its third season sure to shake things up — Cora’s (Elizabeth McGovern) mother Martha Levinson, played by Shirley MacLaine.
For those not up on Downton history, Cora married the Earl of Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) for position while he married her for money. Though it turned out to be a good match in the end (as they are actually affectionate with one another), there are clearly mixed feelings by the Earl’s mother, Violet, Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith) about an American having rescued their estate. Now, several decades later, with Downton’s fortunes again on the downturn, it seems that Martha is in town for a visit (to pay some bills?) but she’ll be up against Violet’s distain and sharp barbs. For a preview of their deliciously devilish discourse, hit the jump.
Director Richard Linklater returned to screens earlier this year with the dark comedy Bernie, and in celebration of the film’s release on Blu-ray/DVD today, we’ve been provided with a few goodies to giveaway to some lucky fans. Jack Black stars in this true story about an assistant funeral director of a small Texas town who woos and then murders a cantankerous, affluent widow. We have three posters for the film, each signed by Linklater, Black, and Shirley MacLaine, that will go to three lucky readers.
Hit the jump to find out how you can win.
After an uneven second season (that was mercifully saved by a stunning Christmas Special), PBS’s exceptionally successful series Downton Abbey is ready to return. The series is co-produced with Britain’s ITV, who will air Downton first in September, followed by a second run on PBS in January. The new season will feature all of the principle cast, plus the addition of Shirley MacLaine as Lady Mary’s other grandmother. Things are sure to get heated between the American (MacLaine) and the Queen of Quips, The Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith), as the trailer already suggests. To view the trailer and read more about the series, hit the jump.
Here are today’s casting notes at a glance:
Hit the jump for more on each picture.
We’ve got just a few more release date shuffles to share on this unofficial “Release Date Thursday.” Following release date news for the X-Men: First Class sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and Robopocalypse, as well as Independence Day 3D, here’s a brief rundown of a few more dates:
- Disney’s Lone Ranger starring Johnny Depp has been moved from May 31st to July 3rd, 2013.
- Marvel’s Thor 2 is shifting slightly from November 15th to November 8th.
- The sequel Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters has been pushed back to August 16th from March 15th, 2013.
- The Ben Stiller-directed remake of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty will land on Christmas Day, 2013.
- The currently untitled comedy starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy from Bridesmaids director Paul Feig has been set for April 5th, 2013.
Hit the jump for more on each of the aforementioned films.
You’re driving down the street, and it’s suddenly blocked off. You notice these weird yellow signs with nonsensical letters or numbers. There’s unusual glow lighting up a neighborhood you can’t usually see from your house. What you might have here is a film company shooting in your town. It happens a lot, and you never know where they might pop up…until now.
The following is a semi-comprehensive list of films currently shooting, what they’re shooting, and where they’re shooting. We’ll be telling you where you might get to see the very famous, the kinda famous and (if all goes well) the soon-to-be famous. While we can’t list every single movie, television show, or student film in production, you’ll get a pretty good idea of what the heck is going on where all those people are buzzing about. Want to know where in the world are Matt Damon, Harrison Ford, Sylvester Stallone, Woody Harrelson, and Leonardo DiCaprio? Hit the jump for more.
Though the two just starred together in Richard Linklater’s Bernie, Jack Black and Shirley MacLaine are already planning a reunion of sorts. It was announced today (via ScreenDaily) that Black and MacLaine will star in the comedy Wild Oats alongside Jacki Weaver and Alan Arkin. The caper follows two fugitives who are forced to outwit a trio of conmen and the law, with Howard Deutch (Pretty in Pink) onboard to direct from a script by Gary Kanew and Claudia Myers.
The cast is impressive, but Deutch’s recent filmography (My Best Friend’s Girl, The Whole Ten Yards) isn’t exactly up to par with his earlier material. Production on Wild Oats is set to get underway in mid-July, but Black is also attached to star in Charlie Kaufman’s incredibly promising Frank or Francis. That film has a solid cast, but producers are still firming up financing before production can begin.
Opening this weekend, in limited release, is director Richard Linklater’s (Dazed and Confused, School of Rock, Before Sunrise) new film Bernie. The dark comedy is based on a true story and stars Jack Black as an assistant funeral director of a small Texas town who wooed and then murdered a cantankerous, affluent widow. Black is surrounded by a terrific supporting cast that includes Shirley MacLaine as said widow and Matthew McConaughey as the one person in town who suspects Bernie of wrongdoing. While I’ve been less than impressed with Black’s recent film choices, I thought his work in Bernie was incredible and it’ll remind you that when he has the right material, he’s a great actor. For more on the film, here’s seven clips.
Last week I got to sit down with Black and MaClaine. They talked about their favorite movies, were they shocked to learn the story was based on actual events, what changed while filming, and more. Hit the jump to watch.
We’ve been provided with seven clips from director Richard Linklater’s (Dazed and Confused, School of Rock, Before Sunrise) new film Bernie to share with our readers. The dark comedy is based on a true story and stars Jack Black as an assistant funeral director of a small Texas town who wooed and then murdered a cantankerous, affluent widow. Black is surrounded by a terrific supporting cast that includes Shirley MacLaine as said widow and Matthew McConaughey as the one person in town who suspects Bernie of wrongdoing. While I’ve been less than impressed with Black’s recent film choices, I thought his work in Bernie was incredible and it’ll remind you that when he has the right material, he’s a great actor.
Hit the jump to check out the clips. The film opens on April 27th.