New teaser for the upcoming Jon Favreau picture
There's some differences to the U.S. poster, however, which ComingSoon points out:
The actor is seeking a sequel to 'Master and Commander'
But apparently Russell Crowe does, and in this case, he's urging his followers to join him in his excitement for helping put together a sequel to Peter Weir's critically acclaimed nautical adventure, "Master and Commander."
Here's more from TheWrap:
"Russell Crowe's 'Master and Commander' was a critical hit but a box office underachiever.
Released in 2003 for $150 million, the action epic grossed $212 million worldwide. It did manage to rack up 10 Oscar nominations, but the so-so grosses doomed the prospect of Crowe returning to the high seas as Capt. Jack Aubrey.
"However, Crowe is hoping that by calling on his 110,000 Twitter followers he can muster enough interest to force Fox to green light a second film adaptation of the Napoleonic wars novels.
"'If you want a Master and Commander sequel I suggest you e-mail Tom Rothman at Fox and let him know your thoughts,' Crowe tweeted.
Blanchett cast in 'The Hobbit'
Cate Blanchett in "The Hobbit."
Here's more from EW:
"Cate Blanchett had better start brushing up on her Elvish. The Australian actress has signed on to the cast of director Peter Jackson’s adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy epic 'The Hobbit,' reprising the role of the ethereal elf Galadriel that she played in Jackson’s 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy.
"The announcement of Blanchett’s casting comes as something of a surprise, since the character of Galadriel doesn’t actually appear in Tolkien’s novel.
Then again, there are virtually no female characters in the book whatsoever, so Jackson is clearly looking to balance out the two-part film somewhat in terms of gender.
We and he, himself hopes!
And, doesn't this make him even more likable and charmingly non-pretentious that he wants to return to his humble TV beginnings -- "21 Jump Street."
I highly doubt his concerns that the producers will shut him out will really come true. I mean, it's Johnny Depp! If they don't let him appear, I'm going to boycott the film! There! I said it!
Here's more from WENN:
"Hill has signed up to star in a new movie version of the show and he recently revealed a cameo role has been written for Depp to return to the project that kick-started his career.
"'I've said I'm into it, but no one's actually approached me,' Depp told MTV.com.
But Depp is worried producers have changed their minds about bringing him in for a guest appearance, as he hasn't been approached about the part -- and he's appealing to Hill to get in touch."
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I doubt Keira Knightley would have done the same. And her mother's attic would have probably been a lot more plush than mine.
Here's more from WENN:
"Keira Knightley almost gave up acting three years ago because she 'wasn't enjoying' her Hollywood career.
"The actress shot to fame as a teenager in the 2002 soccer movie 'Bend It Like Beckham,' and she has enjoyed a string of successful films since.
"The 'Pirates of the Caribbean' star said she decided to turn her back on acting altogether at the age of 22, because she had worked nonstop since she was 16 years old -- but after a hiatus, Knightley realized her passion for her job.
"She told Britain's Vogue magazine, 'I think I intended not to work again. I wasn't enjoying what I was doing, and I felt terribly guilty about that. I remember hating the idea that I was in a privileged position and couldn't see the point of any of it.
Site spotlights overlooked gems from this year
There are some great ones on here. So check them out. Here's one:
"Why It’s Great: Cops and gangsters set aside their petty feuding in order to tackle a common enemy – zombies! French directors Yannick Dahan and Benjamin Rocher assault the screen with hopped-up action aesthetics, mashed through a brilliant undead blender. It’s ridiculous, but awesome.
Many tropies from the ritish Independent Film Awards
And many "f" bombs are dropped. What more can you want from a period piece?
And now it's picked up five trophies at the British Independent Film Awards. Here's more from Entertainment Weekly:
"Expected Oscar favorite The King's Speech picked up five trophies at the British Independent Film Awards yesterday, winning Best Film, Best Screenplay, and acting prizes for all three of its main cast members: Colin Firth (Best Actor), Geoffrey Rush (Best Supporting Actor), and Helena Bonham Carter (Best Supporting Actress).
"Surprisingly, though, King’s Speech director Tom Hooper lost his award to Gareth Edwards for the alien invasion drama Monsters. The Best Actress prize went to Never Let Me Go’s Carey Mulligan, who won the same award last year for An Education."
Cinematical lists seven
With the opening of "Black Swan" and the intense relationship between Natalie Portman's ballerina and her controlling mother (played by Barbara Hershey), Cinematical looks at the grand tradition of overbearing stage mothers in a list called Scariest Stage Mothers.
Here's the intro:
"What's scarier than the pressure of making it as a prima ballerina? How about having a dragon of a stage mother who pushes you to excel and considers your privacy non-existent?
"In 'Black Swan,' which opens Friday, Barbara Hershey plays the overbearing mom of fragile ballet dancer Natalie Portman. She reminds her daughter she gave up her own dance career to raise her and now micro-manages her daughter's life, including clipping her fingernails for her."
And here's one of their picks from the seven, a movie I adore:
"'I'll Cry Tomorrow' (1955)
"Susan Hayward stars as real-life singing star Lillian Roth, whose ambitious mother pushed her onto the stage at a young age. (Mommie Dearest here is played by Jo Van Fleet, who won an Oscar for playing an equally cruel mother the same year in 'East of Eden.') Here's a clip of the moment where a now-alcoholic Lillian snaps: 'You're still trying to make me do what you want, to be what you want.' Mama apologizes, in a way, but insists, 'Do you know what kind of life I had? You don't know at all what I tried to save you from.' We cringe when Lillian folds and agrees that Mother always knew best."