Combine courtroom drama and overwrought father issues. Sprinkle with great actors and some uplift. Bake well.
When your oven dings, you've got The Judge, an all-star drama that really, really wants to make you cry.
A brand new theatrical trailer, as well as an international trailer with a slightly different flavor, make The Judge's tearjerking ambitions emphatically clear.
Opening in theaters on September 19th is the new romantic comedy from veteran director Peter Chelsom entitled Hector and the Search for Happiness.
Chelsom has helmed several successful films throughout his distinguished career including The Mighty, Serendipity, Shall We Dance?, and Hannah Montana: The Movie. He co-wrote Hector and the Search for Happiness with Tinker Lindsay and Maria von Heland, based on the novel of the same name by author Francois Lelord.
The film revolves around Hector (Simon Pegg), a quirky psychiatrist who has become increasingly tired of his humdrum life. He tells his girlfriend, Clara (Rosamund Pike), that he feels like a fraud because he hasn't really tasted life, and yet he's offering advice to patients who are just not getting any happier. So Hector decides to break out of his deluded and routine driven life. Armed with buckets of courage and a child-like curiosity, he embarks on a global quest in hopes of uncovering the elusive secret formula for true happiness. In addition to Pegg and Pike, the film also stars Stellan Skarsgard (The Avengers), Jean Reno (Leon: The Professional), Toni Collette (In Her Shoes), and Academy Award-winner Christopher Plummer (Beginners).
I recently had the pleasure of speaking with director Peter Chelsom about his work on Hector and the Search for Happiness. The accomplished filmmaker discussed his latest movie, adapting the novel into a screenplay, what he’s learned about writing from the post-production process, why he couldn’t have directed this film ten years ago, working with Simon Pegg and Rosamund Pike, why he needed to direct them both differently, and what Christopher Plummer is like on set.
The highest-grossing action heroine in movie history (not adjusted for inflation) struts her stuff in some new official images from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I.
The new Fury poster puts Sgt. Wardaddy on front street, but it also gives some room to the four men who crew his Sherman Tank, the titular Fury.
Brad Pitt stars as Wardaddy, the patriarch of a makeshift little family, one that has fought together in Fury's belly throughout World War II.
His crew is played by ringers Michael Pena (End of Watch, Ant-Man), Jon Bernthal (The Wolf of Wall Street, The Walking Dead), and Shia LaBeouf (Nymphomaniac, Transformers), with Logan Lerman (The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Three Musketeers) as the green new recruit taking over for Fury's recently-deceased gunner.
Roger Deakins is one of the best cinematographers out there, and his masterful work was a huge part of what made Skyfall sing, but he's not returning for the as-yet untitled Bond 24.
With production kicking off later this year to meet a late 2015 release date, Sam Mendes needed to find a new shooter to give 007's next adventure some slick visuals.
And apparently he's found one, reportedly recruiting Hoyte van Hoytema to act as director of photography on Bond 24.
The Sorcerer Supreme has a date with destiny: Doctor Strange makes his big screen debut in a theater near you on July 8, 2016.
Former Downton Abbey actor Dan Stevens has not one but two major movies opening this week!
The first is the new thriller The Guest from You’re Next writer Simon Barrett and director Adam Wingard. The film, which opens in theaters on September 17th, follows a soldier named David (Stevens) that introduces himself to the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend of their son who died in action. After the young man is welcomed into their home, a series of accidental deaths seem to be connected to his presence. The Guest also stars Sheila Kelley (Matchstick Men), Leland Orser (Morning), and Lance Reddick (Oldboy).
The second is the new crime drama A Walk Among the Tombstones, which opens in theaters on September 19th. The movie revolves around private investigator Matthew Scudder (Liam Neeson), who is hired by a drug kingpin (Stevens) named Kenny Kristo to find out who kidnapped and murdered his wife. A Walk Among the Tombstones was written and directed by Scott Frank (The Lookout). As if that is not enough, Stevens will be seen later this year playing the iconic role of Sir Lancelot in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.
I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Dan Stevens about his work on The Guest, A Walk Among the Tombstones, and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. The talented English actor discussed The Guest, first reading the screenplay, its cinematic inspirations, his character, the filmmakers, Leland Orser, A Walk Among the Tombstones, director Scott Frank, Liam Neeson, having two films open in the same week, appearing in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tom, playing Sir Lancelot, and working with the sensational cast.
Everybody loves seeing a great actress playing a witch. Meryl Streep is, best as we can tell, pretty much the greatest actress out there.
So for the first Into the Woods poster, Disney doesn't really need to do anything other than show Meryl Streep as a witch.
That's just what Disney has done, dropping a poster for the musical that makes sure the first thing anybody thinks about when they think about Into the Woods is the three-time Academy Award winning actress as a crusty old crone.
Liam Neeson is far from your standard action hero. Most stars proudly declare their enthusiasm for dangerous derring-do and stunts.
"I don’t do my own stunts," Neeson says matter of factly. "But I do my own fighting and stuff."
He's not a typical Hollywood cinematic ass-kicker, but this Friday's A Walk Among the Tombstones gives Neeson ample opportunity for the fisticuffs he so enjoys. That said, the film, opening nationwide September 19th, isn't the type of movie that requires the actor to outrun fireballs or spend days on green screen sets.
A Walk Among the Tombstones has a sharper pedigree and weightier source material than such a movie. Written and directed by Scott Frank (The Lookout), the film marks the big screen debut of literary P.I. Matt Scudder, a hard-as-nails ex-NYPD cop who has solved mysteries and won fans in over seventeen bestselling novels by Lawrence Block.