by Brendan Bettinger Posted: December 4th, 2010
The trailer for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides premieres on December 13th, but today we have the first footage courtesy of Enterainment Tonight’s visit to the set. The clip is a bit scattershot in focus, but features Johnny Depp hopping across the tops of carriages in a neat set piece, a look at franchise newbie Penelope Cruz in action, and commentary from producer Jerry Bruckheimer among some truly impressive sets built on location in Hawaii and London.
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides — directed by Rob Marshall — hits 3D theaters on May 20, 2011. (Don’t worry: it won’t be the last.) Hit the jump to watch the footage.
http://www.collider.com/2010/12/04/pirates-caribbean-on-stranger-tides-footage/Johnny Depp returns to his iconic role of Captain Jack Sparrow in an action-packed tale of truth, betrayal, youth and demise. When Jack crosses paths with a woman from his past (Penelope Cruz), he’s not sure if it’s love—or if she’s a ruthless con artist who’s using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. When she forces him aboard the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the ship of the formidable pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane), Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn’t know who to fear more: Blackbeard or the woman from his past.
by Brendan Bettinger Posted: December 4th, 2010I’ve been hesitant to write too much leading up to Terrence Malick’s latest, The Tree of Life. The film community is understandably excited, you see, because Malick is a cinematic god. One who has released only four films — at least three of which are unqualified masterpieces — since 1973. Only I don’t really know this, because the filmography of Terrence Malick represent a huge gap in my film knowledge.
But the trailer for The Tree of Life was attached to my viewing of Black Swan this weekend. And it is fantastic. The gap will be rectified by year’s end.
A bootleg of the trailer — featuring stars Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, and Jessica Chastain — has been uploaded to the internet. Check it out after the jump.
The quality/angle isn’t great, and this will surely be taken down shortly, but it gives you a taste of what’s to come after of months of anticipation. And hey, if there’s a screening of Black Swan near you, get thee to a theatre. We’ll post the official trailer as soon as it’s released online. The Tree of Life opens May 27, 2011.
Here’s the note Malick wrote for AFM that describes the film:
From the Desk of Terrence Malick….http://www.collider.com/2010/12/04/the-tree-of-life-trailer-brad-pitt/
We trace the evolution of an eleven-year-old boy in the Midwest, JACK, one of three brothers. At first all seems marvelous to the child. He sees as his mother does with the eyes of his soul. She represents the way of love and mercy, where the father tries to teach his son the world’s way of putting oneself first. Each parent contends for his allegiance, and Jack must reconcile their claims. The picture darkens as he has his first glimpses of sickness, suffering and death. The world, once a thing of glory, becomes a labyrinth.
From this story is that of adult Jack, a lost soul in a modern world, seeking to discover amid the changing scenes of time that which does not change: the eternal scheme of which we are a part. When he sees all that has gone into our world’s preparation, each thing appears a miracle—precious, incomparable. Jack, with his new understanding, is able to forgive his father and take his first steps on the path of life.
The story ends in hope, acknowledging the beauty and joy in all things, in the everyday and above all in the family—our first school—the only place that most of us learn the truth about the world and ourselves, or discover life’s single most important lesson, of unselfish love.
by Tommy Cook Posted: December 4th, 2010With Sundance having announced their 2011 feature film line up, images for the selected films have begun to be released – case in point new stills from Terri and The Convincer (previously covered here). Terri, starring newcomer Jacob Wysocki and John C. Reilly (Cyrus), focuses on a lonely high school outcast (Wysocki) who slowly comes into his own. Stills from the film include director Azazel Jacobs talking with one of his young actors behind the scenes and an image of Reilly and Wysocki having what appears to be a stern conversation within the film. It’s hard to gauge from the stills whether Reilly will be going super serious (alla Magnolia) or outlandishly silly (see any of the Adam McKay films) or painfully funny (see Cyrus). Perhaps the “not knowing” is indicative of Reilly’s versatility. There are very few actors with the capability to pull of such opposite extremes of emotion with as much ease as Reilly does. Most people look forward to a new Brad Pitt performance or Johnny Depp performance; but for myself it is John C. Reilly’s performances that I eagerly anticipate.
The Convincer, a film noir directed by Jill Sprecher (Clockwatchers), concerns an insurance salesman who gets in way over his head. Stills from the film feature stars Greg Kinnear (As Good As It Gets), Billy Crudup (Almost Famous) and Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine) pointing at one another and looking very serious. For the stills in question, hit the jump.
Terri (Director: Azazel Jacobs; Screenwriters: Patrick Dewitt and Azazel Jacobs) – Orphaned to an uncle who is fading away, mercilessly teased by his peers and roundly ignored by his teachers, Terri is alienated and alone. When the dreaded vice-principal sees something of himself in Terri, they establish a friendship which opens Terri up to the possibility that life is not something to be endured, but something to be shared, and even enjoyed. Cast: Jacob Wysocki, John C. Reilly, Creed Bratton, Olivia Crocicchia, Bridger Zadina.http://www.collider.com/2010/12/04/terri-movie-images-the-convincer-movie-images-sundance/