Jude Law has bounced from a number of projects lately (those being Queen of the Desert and Jane Got a Gun,) but the actor is hell-bent on making more movies…or so it would initially seem. Deadline has the story this afternoon that Focus Features is backing a thriller called Black Sea with Law in the starring role from director Kevin Macdonald. As we know from Law’s reasoning behind bouncing from Jane Got a Gun is that he does these low-key productions for the director and Macdonald has helmed two well-received flicks in the past, The Last King of Scotland as well as State of Play.
The contemporary-set Black Sea has the Sherlock Holmes star playing a sub captain, fire from his job, turning to a shadowy financier to look for a sunken submarine loaded with gold in the Black Sea. He embarks on a journey to find this treasure as he hires a rag tag crew to get the job done. This follows Law’s most-recent film Side Effects and Anna Karenina before that. With The Grand Budapest Hotel and Dom Hemingway already in post-production (but yet to release,) this addition should be a good fit for the actor going forward.
Since low-budget psychological thrillers are really difficult to promote, we are not at all shocked to see a third trailer released for Steven Soderbergh’s follow-up to Magic Mike. While there may not be a whole lot more new footage to show (if there is at all,) here is the latest cut for those of you obsessed with the director who has been heard loud and clear about his intentions to leave the hell that is film production for the small screen. The next pic audiences will see from the Oceans trilogy director will be one for HBO Films called Behind the Candelabra starring Matt Damon and Michael Douglas. Continue Reading
Three nights ago, Jude Law visited Jimmy Kimmel Live, but just in case that was not enough press for Side Effects, the actor took to Jimmy Fallon right after. The Sherlock Holmes star showed up on the program to promote his new movie from Magic Mike director Steven Soderbergh. In the low-budget pic, he prescribes medication to Rooney Mara’s character who does not exactly handle it the way his character anticipates. To go any further might spoil it, but just know that this is a thriller in tone. Continue Reading
Jude Law took to Jimmy Kimmel last night to promote his next film Side Effects from Steven Soderbergh. This one is on the low-budget side, but it is worth noting that this is a reunion between the Sherlock Holmes star and the project’s director. They previously paired up on Contagion in which the actor played a trouble-making blogger who spread lies for corporate gain. Now, he plays a doctor who finds himself in hot water after treating a patient for anxiety. Continue Reading
There are three pretty beautiful looking posters to show off today for Joe Wright’s upcoming adaptation of Anna Karenina. The film starring Jude Law, Keira Knightley, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson is a period piece against the backdrop of Russian aristocracy in the nineteenth century. While Leo Tolstoy wrote the novel, Academy Award-winner Tom Stoppard did his best to put his story on the big screen yet again and from what people are saying out of the effort’s Venice Film Festival premiere, the movie appears to be a winner.
The following is a set of character posters with each of the film’s leads featured prominently. Keira Knightley plays the title role with Aaron Johnson as Count Vronsky and Jude Law as Alexei Karenin. Additional parts of note go to Kelly MacDonald (Boardwalk Empire) and Olivia Williams (Hyde Park on Hudson.) Continue Reading
One of the award contenders this year is more than likely going to be Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina. The Tolstoy novel adapted for the big screen by Academy Award winning scribe Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love) will act as the third teaming between Wright and Keira Knightley who previously worked together on Atonement and Pride & Prejudice—both of which were critical gems that scored respectable global box office performances.
Perhaps that is why we suddenly feel compelled to mention today that the film has been pushed to November 16 off of its original date November 9. Really, this is no big deal at all, but obviously when a studio moves things around it is for good reason and that is mostly due to competition from Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln and the 23rd Bond film entitled Skyfall. Continue Reading
One of the more sure fire bets to play big during award season this year is Anna Karenina. This will be director Joe Wright’s third pairing with Keira Knightley, but perhaps the biggest omen of success comes with the knowledge that Shakespeare in Love scribe Tom Stoppard has adapted the Tolstoy novel. Regardless of whether this will be perceived as a bankable package, that is enough to get most industry watchers to pay attention.
Today brings with it a new featurette for the film that explains a little about the story for those unfamiliar with it. Essentially, the late-19th-century period piece doubles at a satirical jab at Russia’s high-society and an aristocracy envious of Western Europe, but that is merely the backdrop. The actual plot centers on Anna Karenina (Keira Knightley) and her love affair with Count Vronsky (Aaron Johnson.) Continue Reading
Audiences received their first real glimpse of Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina today via a six-minute clip. Big things are expected from this Tolstoy-based project set against the backdrop of period Russia as it marks the third collaboration between the director and Keira Knightley. The previous two were Atonement and Pride of Prejudice suggesting a high degree of quality when these two forces meet. Continue Reading
Check out the latest trailer for DWA’s Rise of the Guardians. This time around, Chris Pine’s Jack Frost gets some much needed love as feature’s first trailer noticeably left him out in favor of Alec Baldwin’s Santa. Continue Reading
The trailer just hit for the latest effort from The Constant Gardner director Fernando Meirelles. Continue Reading
Last night’s Weekend Update segment on Saturday Night Live had a special edition of Nic Cage’s Get in the Cage starring Andy Samberg as Nicolas and featuring an appearance by Jude Law. Law was on the show to promote Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.
Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law were on BBC’s The Graham Norton Show this week where they shared a story from the set of their new movie where something unfortunate happened to an extra. Here is a clip from that portion of the interview with the Sherlock Holmes actors which will air in its entirety tomorrow night on BBC America. Continue Reading
Here are more cast interviews for Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, this time courtesy of Yahoo! Movies. Robert Downey, Jr. and Guy Ritchie take part in these interviews. The movie drops into theaters nationwide tomorrow. Continue Reading
The reviews are in and it appears that critics are praising Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows as a great example of cinematic escapism. While the movie is far from perfect, the majority of critics (not all) are saying the sequel is better than the 2009 film which launched the Robert Downey, Jr.-lead franchise. The highlights of the film are said to include more of that Sherlock/Watson chemistry that helped make the original what it was and the addition of a more suitable villain.
The haters of this film mostly did not like the original either, but more specifically some critics thought the fun was missing. They felt that instead of those elements, the movie opted to feature more ‘explosive’ and ‘action-packed’ sequences which might have been a mistake that could alienate some fans of the original. Another negative mentioned was the overshadowing nature of Robert Downey, Jr.’s excellent portrayal of Sherlock Holmes which some think carried the film a tad too much. Generally speaking though, if you liked the first one, you will more than likely enjoy A Game of Shadows as well.
This is a featurette for the next Sherlock Holmes film, A Game of Shadows. The video explains what makes the second effort in the franchise so special. The movie comes out on December 16. Continue Reading