On the same day the world received a third trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness comes a brand new, full-length trailer for Man of Steel. Both are so unique, the day might be big enough for both, but we do expect more to come down the pipe shortly. CinemaCon is taking place this week which also means a trailer premiere for the Jeff Bridges-Ryan Reynolds crime comedy R.I.P.D. The point is this is going to be a big summer compared to the last few years and it is really going to make up for some lousy movies during the first three months of 2013. Just pay attention because what you are seeing in the very promising Man of Steel is just one little gem in a crowded field. Continue Reading
Russell Crowe is one heck of a busy man lately. The actor is coming off of Les Miserables and Broken City, and soon he has to promote Man of Steel in which he plays Superman’s space dad. Beyond that, there’s a big Darren Aronofsky Noah’s Ark movie, so it is safe to say we care to hear what The Gladiator has to say about anything. He was on The Tonight Show less than 24 hours after the Academy Awards during which he performed with the cast of his Oscar-nominated musical. Hit the jump for the footage. Continue Reading
Earlier today, we saw a new television spot for the January 18th release The Last Stand which has eyes on attracting the male demo in mid-January, but let’s not forget that there is a major competitor with Mark Wahlberg in the starring role releasing that very same day. While Broken City is a much more serious thriller than the one featuring the Governator, it is important to realize that Wahlberg has a pretty deep following capable of generating a $20 million opening each time out. That said, we take a look at its latest commercial which is rather unique as it is being billed as a Twitter spot. Yes, these are things now apparently. Enjoy your look at Allen Hughes’ latest directorial vehicle which has Russell Crowe supporting as the corrupt mayor aka the film’s central antagonist. Continue Reading
A new, shortened trailer for Broken City has hit the web as the feature is a mere month away from release. The movie, for those of you who have not yet heard, has Mark Wahlberg being framed by a corrupt politician played by Russell Crowe. A mystery might be held in whether the film is actually any good though as Crowe fails to be a box office draw and Wahlberg has been hit or miss at times. Maybe this 60-second spot will help people decide on whether they want to spend another January with the Ted star after he failed to impress in Contraband 370 days prior.
In all honesty, I myself am on the fence. This looks plenty unique to steer the conversation away from the Gone in 60 Seconds wannabe Contraband, but then again it is heavy on the political intrigue which often necessitates a quality outing in order to pay off. In that respect, I would sooner compare the flick to 2009′s State of Play which had Crowe challenging corruption instead of being apart of it. That would be a very good thing for audiences, but not much so for the studio who almost assuredly would prefer a gross north of $37 million. Continue Reading
What says “joy” like the perils of post-revolution era 19th century France? Nothing, according to the latest spots for Tom Hooper’s Oscar-baiting musical Les Miserables. There are two more ads out today that not-so-subtly tout the film’s musical credentials and Academy Award aspirations which the audience is still gobbling up, but not as much as they were a month ago. Since reviews have surfaced, many are finding out that the movie’s director fell short of expectations with merely a ‘decent’ movie as opposed to the best of the year. That title goes to Zero Dark Thirty which the vast majority of critics agree on. The only question now is will Anne Hathaway’s head-shaving result in some serious recognition come February or was it a complete waste of time. Continue Reading
On the same day that mixed reviews for Les Miserables are beginning to surface, Universal opted to put out two new featurettes for Tom Hooper’s musical. While the first one covers production design, it will be the second video that becomes most interesting to fans of this tale. Apparently, the movie’s producers have added an entirely new song to the most recent big screen adaptation that helps get across what it means for Hugh Jackman’s Jean Valjean to suddenly become a father. Not to worry though as apparently a few high profile people in the theater community were on board to make sure this added track entitled Suddenly did not screw up a classic. Continue Reading
Mark Wahlberg’s next movie is flying a bit under the radar as of late as Broken City has become outshined by promotion for this winter’s Christmas slate. Nonetheless, it will eventually get the respect it deserves as it has the pic’s star going head-to-head against the corrupt mayor who hires him played by Russell Crowe. This is a film about revenge and redemption, so it falls right into Wahlberg’s line of action film making, and we at least expect a Contraband-like performance out of this one which means about $100 million worldwide. Not bad for a mid-January release.
The reason we are talking about it today is that the first clip has hit the net which has Crowe and Wahlberg sparring a bit in the mayor’s office. We will hopefully see more in the near future, but for now audiences will have to just trust the uncredited director of The Book of Eli Allen Hughes who is also helming this particular feature. Continue Reading
The press has already started to ramp up for the December releases in a big way, but noticeably absent has been a lot of love for Tom Hooper’s follow-up to The King’s Speech. Just yesterday, that all changed as five new clips from Les Miserables gave us our first look at uninterrupted footage of scenes from the film. They feature the likes of Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, and Russell Crowe among others, so go ahead and hit the jump for the view if you are a fan of musicals that will likely win big on Oscar night. Continue Reading
One of the more recognizable songs from Les Miserables takes center stage in the latest trailer for the Tom Hooper-directed film. This fresh look at the feature is worth the view for anyone interested in the Oscar-bait as it is our first real look at all the cast members singing including Russell Crowe who is not at all known for his vocals. The song is called Do You Hear the People Sing. Continue Reading
Jimmy Fallon welcomed rapper-turned-director RZA to the program last night where he discussed The Man with the Iron Fists at length. The movie setup as a nod to Kung Fu seems a little big for its britches considering no one has even heard of the hip hop artist in the framework of film, but that is all explained here. RZA apparently asked Quentin Tarantino in the Kill Bill era whether he could be his apprentice and five years later he is good to go complete with an action flick produced by his mentor. He also dished on how he got such an incredible ensemble with specific mention to Russell Crowe. It was all thanks to a meeting of the two on the set of The Next Three Days. Continue Reading
Audiences of violent Kung Fu movies are in luck because there are more character trailers to spotlight in regards to RZA’s The Man with the Iron Fists. These are pretty much just introduction pieces for each leading actor’s role. The ones released thus far feature Russell Crowe’s Jackknife, Dave Bautista’s Brass Body, and Lucy Liu’s Madame Blossom.
For those unfamiliar with the pic, it comes from Quentin Tarantino collaborator RZA who co-wrote, directs, and stars in The Man with the Iron Fists. His character of ‘The Blacksmith’ is also the title role in that he is forced to use his secret weapon to protect himself and his fellow villagers. Continue Reading
We end a very soft news day with the initial unofficial photo grabs from the set of Darren Aronfsky’s Noah. Courtesy of Splash, audiences get to see a grizzly-looking Russell Crowe set to act in the biblical epic. The actor’s shaved head and grey, bushy beard is transformative to say the least, and might just be one of the most brazen ‘for-film’ makeovers of the year. Let’s be honest though, it is still not as crazy as Matthew McConaughey’s drastic weight loss for his upcoming indie. Continue Reading
The following post goes out to the seething musical fan base who has been waiting on edge for Tom Hooper’s adaptation of Les Miserables ever since it was announced. We have new posters for the film to share with you today and they basically have, in character, four of the films stars. Here is a much closer look at Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, and Amanda Seyfried. Enjoy. Continue Reading
Alas, there is a new movie coming out with Mark Wahlberg, and we have the trailer to prove it. Kicking off what aims to be a very jam-packed 2013 for the star of The Fighter will be a partnership with Russell Crowe in the Allen Hughes-directed Broken City. The movie is a crime thriller that has Crowe playing a mayor using an ex-cop (Wahlberg) to seemingly pull himself out of a potential scandal, but seeing how he is the villain we probably know how this one ends.
It is also worth mentioning here that this will be Crowe’s first movie since December’s Les Miserables. The Gladiator actor could be up for some awards on that one, so January might just be more Crowe-filled than most. Continue Reading
There is a huge amount of buzz surround Tom Hooper’s feature film adaptation of Les Miserables and while we are yet to see an extended trailer, audiences have just received a deeper look into the movie through a four-and-a-half minute featurette. All of the major cast members have something to say in this one and for the most part it covers the art of singing live for such a project as opposed to lip syncing. Continue Reading