New to Blu-ray: THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE, NO, THE CALL, and More

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Here’s a look at this week’s new Blu-ray releases:

Writer/Director Juan Solanas Talks UPSIDE DOWN, Filming with a Limited Budget, and Four Ideas He Is Writing Now

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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, filmmaker Juan Solanas spoke to Collider, during both a roundtable and a 1-on-1 interview, about how the whole project started for him, how emotional it was for him to see the finished product of the very first vision he imagined for the film, why Kirsten Dunst and Jim Sturgess were the perfect actors to bring his characters to life, the biggest challenges in making this film on the budget he had, and the four ideas he’s developing for films next.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

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. 

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.

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.

New Posters for ON THE ROAD, THE ICEMAN and UPSIDE DOWN

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We’ve got a few new posters to share with you today:

  • On the Road—another character poster for the Jack Kerouac adaptation, this time featuring Tom Sturridge.
  • The Iceman—a new poster for the true crime thriller starring Michael Shannon as a vicious professional hitman.
  • Upside Down—an international poster for the whimsical, dual world love story starring Jim Sturgess and Kirsten Dunst.

Hit the jump to check them out.

Dizzying French Trailer for UPSIDE DOWN Starring Jim Sturgess and Kirsten Dunst

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A French trailer has gone online for the sci-fi romantic-thriller Upside Down starring Jim Sturgess and Kirsten Dunst.  We showed you some images from the movie last month, but they were mostly right side-up and didn’t convey the dizzying and impressive visuals.  The trailer gives a better look at the gorgeous set design  and I love the use of the upside down effect.  However, the story seems a little rote.  The characters live in two worlds that are connected but on top of each other and each with its own gravitation pull.  No one from one world can cross over to the other or even communicate with someone on the other side, but Sturgess and Dunst’s characters fall in love and break the rule.  I hope the plot is a little more than just a love story across borders where the only twist is having the border be on an unconventional axis.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  No U.S. release date has been announced.

New Images from UPSIDE DOWN Starring Jim Sturgess and Kirsten Dunst

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Some new images have surfaced from the peculiar sci-fi flick Upside Down. 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 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. The images give us a look at Sturgess and his co-star Kirsten Dunst, and we also get a glimpse at some of the neat looking effects Solanas has put into play. The images aren’t fantastic quality, but the intriguing premise and the odd look of the inverted world are enough to pique my interest.

Hit the jump to check out the images. The film does not currently have a release date.

Jim Sturgess Exclusive Video Interview THE WAY BACK; Plus Updates on UPSIDE DOWN and ONE DAY

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Opening this weekend is The Way Back and it’s the first film from director Peter Weir (Witness, Master And Commander, & Dead Poet’s Society) in seven years.  Starring Colin Farrell, Ed Harris, Mark Strong, Jim Sturgess, and Saoirse Ronan, the film is inspired by the true story of a group of “multi-national prisoners from a Siberian gulag in 1940 and their epic life affirming journey over thousands of miles across five hostile countries.”  The film is based on Slavomir Rawicz’s acclaimed book, The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom, as well as other real life accounts.  You can watch seven clips from the film here.

Anyway, I recently got to speak with most of the cast and Peter Weir and I’ll be posting a new interview everyday this week.  Up first is Jim Sturgess.  During the interview, Sturgess talked about how he got the part and what it was like to meet Weir for the first time.  In addition, he talked about working with a group of actors rather than having to play scenes on his own.  Finally, we talked about his upcoming projects Upside Down (which stars Kirsten Dunst) and One Day (which stars Anne Hathaway).  Hit the jump to watch the interview:

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