In the realm of superhero cinema 2011, Marvel Studios is bringing a plethora of characters to the big screen. The first to hit 3D and conventional theaters is Thor, starring Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Rene Russo, Idris Elba, Clark Gregg, Jamie Alexander and many, many more. Shakespearean expert Kenneth Branagh brings his unmatched command of drama to this tale of a disgraced warrior who gets a shot at redemption on Earth as he faces a cataclysmic threat from his own world.
The film won't hit theaters until May 6th, but you can get a taste of the extraordinary action and adventure in this new trailer below!
The cameras are rolling on the long-awaited Marilyn Monroe movie. My Week With Marilyn has started its 7 weeks of filming in London, and we can finally get a look at how Michelle Williams is managing to channel the Hollywood icon.
Williams wasn’t my top choice, but she wears the look well. All we’ve got is a single photo to go by, but she’s obviously studied the beloved actress’ posture and body language and has managed to embody her at least a little. (But honestly, if you put Christina Hendricks in a blond wig, she is Marilyn; she’s even got the whole bird-like whisper thing down. We can’t always get what we want though, can we?)
This little window into Marilyn’s life follows her on a summer trip to England to film The Prince and the Showgirl with Laurence Olivier and take a simultaneous honeymoon with her then-husband, playwright Arthur Miller. She meets young Colin Clark, an Oxford grad working as an assistant on the film, and when Miller returns to the states, she and Clark escape the Hollywood life together for a week of good ol’ British frolicking. The film is based off of a previously missing chapter from Clark’s diary that chronicled their week together – hence the film’s very creative title.
Despite my minor casting gripe, the entire ensemble seems to be an able bunch, including Williams. Relative newcomer and total pretty boy Eddie Redmayne plays the mancandy (Clark) and Kenneth Branagh portrays Sir Laurence – he’s taking on one of the greatest actors of all time? No sweat for someone as self-assured as Branagh. Emma Watson (Harry Potter films), Dougray Scott (Desperate Housewives, Ever After), and Julia Ormond (Legends of the Fall) also nabbed parts in the buzzworthy film. And since BBC Films is involved, of course Judy Dench has a role as well. (Not that I’m complaining – you’ve got to love Dame Judy.)
The biggest snag I see is that the film’s director, Simon Curtis, has never dabbled in full length films before, though he’s enjoyed great success on the small screen with a slew of BBC programming. Hopefully he can figure out a way to speak to American audiences as well as his fellow Brits or the film may have to depend on the hum of Hollywood chatter to get audiences to the theater.
The 20-year-old actress finished work on the final installment in the wizard franchise earlier this year (10) but has shunned Hollywood to concentrate on her university studies and launching her eco-friendly fashion line People Tree.
She has now accepted her first film role after the Potter franchise in new Monroe movie My Week With Marilyn, which will see Michelle Williams playing the blonde bombshell.
The film tells the story of Colin Clark who worked as Laurence Olivier's assistant on 1957 picture The Prince And The Showgirl, which he filmed with Monroe.
Watson will reportedly tackle the role of a wardrobe assistant, acting opposite Kenneth Branagh, Dominic Cooper and Dame Judi Dench.
DAME JUDI DENCH, KENNETH BRANAGH and MICHELLE WILLIAMS are to team up to bring Colin Clark's memoirs to the big screen in My Week With Marilyn. Clark was responsible for looking after Marilyn Monroe while she was in London visiting acting legend Laurence Olivier in 1957.
The God of Legion secular Hollywood’s latest Biblically-inspired action flick is old-school an angry spiteful Almighty with a penchant for Old Testament theatrics. Fed up with humanity’s decadent warmongering ways He’s decided to pull the plug on the whole crazy experiment and start over from scratch.
Fortunately for us the God of Legion is also a rather lazy fellow. Instead of doing the apocalyptic work himself and wiping us out with a giant flood which worked perfectly well last time He opts to delegate the task to His army of angels — a questionable strategy that starts to fall apart when the archangel charged with leading the planned extermination Michael (Paul Bettany) refuses to comply.
Michael who unlike his boss still harbors affection for our sorry species abandons his post and descends to earth where inside the swollen belly of Charlie (Adrianne Palicki) an unwed mother-to-be working as a waitress in an out-of-the-way diner sits humanity’s lone hope for survival. Why is this particular baby so important? Is it the one destined to lead us to victory over Skynet? Heaven knows — Legion reveals little details its script devoid of actual scripture. What is clear is that God’s celestial hitmen want the kid whacked before it’s born.
But Michael won’t let humanity fall without a fight. Armed with a Waco-sized arsenal of assault weapons he hunkers down with the diner’s patrons a largely superfluous collection of thinly-sketched caricatures from various demographic groups led by Dennis Quaid as the diner’s grizzled owner Tyrese Gibson as a hip-hop hustler and Lucas Black as a simple-minded country boy.
Together they mount a heroic final stand against hordes of angels who’ve taken possession of “weak-willed” humans turning kindly old grandmas and mild-mannered ice cream vendors into snarling ravenous foul-mouthed beasts. They descend upon the ramshackle diner in a series of full-frontal assaults commanded by the archangel Gabriel (Kevin Durand) the George Pickett of End of Days generals.
Beneath its superficial religious facade Legion is really just a run-of-the-mill zombie flick a Biblical I Am Legend. Bettany an actor accustomed to smaller dramatic roles in films like A Beautiful Mind and The Da Vinci Code looks perfectly at ease in his first major action role wielding machine guns and bowie knives with equal aplomb. Conversely first-time director Scott Stewart a former visual effects artist does little to prove himself worthy of such a promotion serving up some impressive CGI work but not much else worthy of note.
Bobby Garfield (David Morse) returns to his small hometown to attend the funeral of his childhood friend and remembers the fateful summer in 1960 when his whole world changed. The story flashes back to when 11-year-old Bobby (Anton Yelchin) and his best friends Carol (Mika Boorem) and Sully-John (Will Rothhaar) capture the pure joy of youthfulness. When a mysterious stranger named Ted Brautigan (Anthony Hopkins) moves upstairs and starts to pay attention to Bobby the boy suddenly realizes what's truly missing from his life--the love of a parent. Bobby's mother Liz (Hope Davis) is embittered by the death of Bobby's father and shows little compassion for her son's growing needs. Ted fills a void with the boy opening his eyes to the world around him and helps Bobby come to terms with his real feelings for Carol--and his mother. But Ted also has some deep dark secrets of his own and Bobby tries hard to stop danger from reaching the old man.
The performances make the film especially in the genuine camaraderie of the kids. Yelchin Boorem and Rothhaar never deliver a false move with an easiness that makes us believe we are simply watching three 11-year-old children grow up together. Yelchin in particular is able to get right to the heart of this young boy who misses his father and clings to the only adult who will listen. And his scenes with Boorem simply break your heart. (Davis) does an admirable job playing a part none too sympathetic. She manages to show a woman whose been beaten down but who does truly love her son in her own way. Morse too is one of those character actors you can plug in any movie and get a performance worth noting. In Hearts you want to see more of him. Of course the film shines brightest when Hopkins is on the screen. It may not be an Oscar-caliber performance but the actor is unparalleled in bringing a character to life--showing the subtleties of an old man looking for some peace in his life.
If you are expecting the Stephen King novel you may be disappointed. Screenwriter William Goldman and director Scott Hicks (Shine) deftly extracted the King formula of telling a story through a child's eye and explaining how the relationships formed as a child shaped the adult later. Hicks did an amazing job with his young actors especially Yelchin and Boorem. But where the novel continued into a supernatural theme explaining Brautigan's fear of being captured by "low men in yellow coats" (a reference to King's The Dark Tower series) the movie downplayed the mystical elements instead giving real explanations for Brautigan's man-on-the-run. That was the one problem with Hearts--we needed more danger. Introducing men from another dimension may not have been the way to go but had there been more tension the film would have resonated more especially when Bobby risked his own safety to save Ted.