Synopsis: The intrepid young reporter with a nose for a globe-trotting story, discovers a centuries-old clue to a missing ship loaded with treasure, leading he and sidekick Captain Haddock on a search for the Unicorn and its secrets. It's a race against time, as the villainous Red Rackham is determined to beat our heroes to the treasure, and they've got to stop him.
The Adventures of Tintin is already playing on movie screens all over the world, in most cases for well over a month, but here in the States, it's still nearly two weeks out. In order to fill the time between now and the film's release, a crop of nine new stills from the film have appeared online, along with two pictures of Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson at work as the director and producer, respectively. Most of the images from the film focus on the titular intrepid reporter, played by Jamie Bell via motion capture, along with Andy Serkis as sidekick Captain Haddock. Included for good measure are also a few images featuring the nearly identical Inspectors Thompson and Thomson, played by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.
With the 84th Academy Awards only three months away, it’s time to go on record with some Oscar predictions. The race is officially on, with front-runners beginning to take the lead and dark horses waiting in the wings to shake things up. Several movies have still not yet been released, but every film that hopes to qualify for the Oscars will be in theaters by the last day of December. Let's take a look at how the six major categories are taking shape, with the top ten contenders fighting for five coveted slots…
Given that the three live action Transformers films grossed just about $2.7 billion globally since 2007, it is all but inevitable that Paramount Pictures will continue to pump out the exploits of the Autobots and Decepticons until the world has finally had its fill of warring extraterrestrial robots disguised as automobiles. At which, the franchise will be rebooted to suit whatever is in vogue. Michael Bay, that most controversial orchestrator of explosions and shots that visually caress every curve of an unnaturally beautiful woman, has long said that, after three consecutive robo-movies, Transformers: Dark of the Moon would be his very last. While Bay's next feature definitely won't be another sequel, a new rumor suggests that he might swerve right back to Optimus Prime after that. The man himself has chimed in, and though he's not on board yet, Bay doesn't deny that talks have taken place.
A new bit of promotion for Steven Spielberg's upcoming drama War Horse has appeared online, and the two-minute video combines a trailer featuring some handsome new footage with brief musings from the film's cast, specifically Jeremy Irvine, Tom Hiddleston, Emily Watson, Benedict Cumberbatch, and David Thewlis. The titular horse, however, was not available for a talking head interview.
It's been three years since Spielberg made Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and this month we're getting two features from the Bearded One, both of which reflect different sides of the master director. First, there's the 3D motion-capture adventure The Adventures of Tintin, which is pure blockbuster Spielberg, and then, just days later, we get War Horse, a sweeping drama set against the backdrop of WWI more in keeping with the guy who made Schindler's List. Basically, this Christmas is an embarrassment of Spielbergian riches.
Journeyman actor Ron Eldard has had a long and distinguished career in both films and on television, you may not recognize him by name but trust me; you would definitely know his body of work. The actor first gained attention for his role as Paramedic Ray “Shep” Shepard on the extremely popular NBC series ER, and then went on to be featured in a slew of successful films including Deep Impact, Black Hawk Down, and House of Sand and Fog. But the actor is perhaps best known for his starring role in the short-lived Steven Bochco series Blind Justice, as well as playing opposite Brad Pitt, Jason Patric, Billy Crudup, and Kevin Bacon in Barry Levinson’s Sleepers, which also co-starred acting legends Robert De Niro and Dustin Hoffman. After a recent short stint on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, the actor returned to the big screen this summer in the hugely successful J.J. Abrams directed film Super 8, which was produced by Steven Spielberg and is now available on Blu-ray and DVD.
The film takes place in the summer of 1979, in a small fictional Ohio town called Lilian. Eldard plays Louis Dainard, a single father with a drinking problem, who works in the town’s local factory. One day Louis is too drunk to go to work and the woman that takes over his shift, the wife of Deputy Jackson (Kyle Chandler), is killed as a result. Blaming himself for the accident, Louis visits Jackson at his wife’s wake to give his condolences but is instead taken into custody by the Deputy. Four months later, the deputy’s son, Joe (Joel Courtney), is helping his friend Charles (Riley Griffiths) make a low-budget zombie movie on Super 8 film and convinces Dainard’s daughter Alice (Elle Fanning), who Joe has a crush on, to act in the film. However, both Dainard and Deputy Jackson forbid their respective children from interacting together, causing a very “Romeo and Juliet” type theme. The two kids defy their single parents and eventually start to fall for each other. Things get even more complicated when the kids are shooting one night near the train tracks and witness a truck purposely derail an oncoming locomotive in order to free something that the government is transporting inside. This begins a chain of events that will force the kids to work together in order to solve the mystery of what was on the train, and save the town from a misguided military, and a frightened extra-terrestrial creature that only wants to go home.
I recently had the pleasure of speaking to actor Ron Eldard about his role in Super 8, as well as his distinguished acting career. Eldard spoke candidly with me about the film, how and why he got the part, working with J.J. Abrams; his collaboration with Steven Spielberg, making an Amblin film, his emotional scene with Kyle Chandler, the film’s excellent cast of young actors, creating the alien/monster, and which one of his past projects he is most proud of.
Whole generations of kids now have grown up being inspired by the films of Steven Spielberg, with their peerless technical execution, potent emotionalism ,and faultless ability to inspire genuine awe. Very few kids, however, grow up into adults who get to work with Spielberg himself. Even fewer get to work with the Bearded One on a project that deliberately evokes his early work and its deeply personal resonance. J.J. Abrams did just that with Super 8, the science fiction adventure produced by Spielberg under the old Amblin Entertainment banner. The film, which pays homage to the tone and style of vintage Spielbergian Americana, arrived on Blu-ray and DVD last week. IAR Managing Editor Jami Philbrick was on hand for the red carpet event at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, where he and other members of the press talked Super 8 with J.J. Abrams himself.
If you're looking to tell an epic tale, then look no further than the Old Testament story of Moses, from his being set afloat on the Nile River as a pup though his personal chats with Yahweh to the liberation of his people from their oppression in Egypt and possibly including a forty year trek through the desert.
If you're doing a new take on Moses, it's going to have to stack up against The Ten Commandments, Cecil B. Demille's three hour and forty minute 1956 epic. So who could possibly deliver an appropriately massive new version of Moses' story? How about Steven Spielberg, who, according to an as yet unconfirmed rumor, is in talks to direct Gods and Kings.
So The Adventures of Tintin, the first motion capture film from director Steven Spielberg, played at AFI Fest last night to ecstatic reviews and is already popular in all the numerous international territories where it has been playing for weeks. That makes it even more difficult to wait for the film's Christmas release Stateside, where moviegoers just aren't as familiar with the titular boy-reporter created by cartoonist Herge. In order to convey exactly the tone of Tintin to American audiences, a new domestic TV spot goes out of its way to drop a critical quote that calls it, "The perfect combination of Pirates of the Caribbean and Indiana Jones," two properties that promise swashbuckling good times.
Jurassic Park III, the first entry in the franchise not directed by Steven Spielberg, hit theaters in the summer of 2001, and since then, there's been consistent talk of a fourth sequel that has nevertheless has not come to pass. Similarly, a fourth film starring Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones spent years and years seeming like it would never happen, then it finally did. Fans and general audiences weren't ecstatic about Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, but that doesn't mean that George Lucas isn't working on a story for a fifth Indiana Jones. Steven Spielberg himself has provided a bit of an update on Jurassic Park 4, and a possible Indy 5, while also speaking pretty frankly about some of the issues with Crystal Skull.