The latest film from Woody Allen is a 1920’s Romantic comedy period piece set in France. This time Allen’s featured muse will be the affable and popular Emma Stone in the lead role. Playing opposite Stone is the equally likable British actor Colin Firth.
Besides the traditional excitement from an upcoming Woody Allen film, Magic in the Moonlight will be the first new feature film from Allen since the recent rehashing of the controversy involving Dylan and Mia Farrow.
Although there isn’t usually expectations for a huge box office turn out for a Woody Allen film. He is coming off the critically and financially successful Blue Jasmine. It is only natural to compare the numbers to see if the controversy will affect Allen’s usual reliable audience. Not to mention Emma Stone’s box office draw.
Magic in the Moonlight is written and directed by Woody Allen. The film stars Eileen Atkins, Colin Firth, Marcia Gay Harden, Hamish Linklater, Simon McBurney, Emma Stone, and Jacki Weaver. Magic in the Moonlight is scheduled for release July 25, 2014.
MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT is a romantic comedy about an Englishman brought in to help unmask a possible swindle. Personal and professional complications ensue. The film is set in the south of France in the 1920s against a backdrop of wealthy mansions, the Côte d’Azur, jazz joints and fashionable spots for the wealthy of the Jazz Age.
If the reader is a fan of big ensemble action films, than today is a good day.
The “roll call” trailer to the latest installment of The Expendables has been released today with a quick look at the all-star cast. And as far as casts go this one is pretty impressive with the core group of The Expendables all returning along with action stars Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Harrison Ford and Mel Gibson. Notably absent is co-star Bruce Willis who reportedly had a falling out with the producers of the film over financial terms.
Nonetheless, I’m still looking forward to this film. I enjoyed the first two movies for what they were, harmless, silly, action-oriented fun. This latest installment, judging from the trailer, looks to be the most ambitious one yet, with some hints at some big set pieces in this film.
Let’s hope that the script can deliver on the promise of a fun ride.
The Expendables 3 stars Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Terry Crews, Jet Li, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Kellen Lutz, Ronda Roussey, Victor Ortiz, Glen Powell, Kelsey Grammer, Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas,Harrison Ford and Mel Gibson. The film is directed by Patrick Hughes. The Expendables 3 is scheduled for release August 15, 2014.
In THE EXPENDABLES 3, Barney (Stallone), Christmas (Statham) and the rest of the team comes face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson), who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill… or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables — but Barney has other plans. Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in a new era of Expendables team members, recruiting individuals who are younger, faster and more tech-savvy. The latest mission becomes a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise in the Expendables’ most personal battle yet.
Official Roll Call Trailer:
I’d be hard pressed to think of a more obvious casting than Dwayne Johnson for the role of Hercules. Some would argue that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was born to play the role.
Some may even argue that in some ways he already has played this role.
His first starring role in a film was the period action piece The Scorpion King. It’s hard not to see the similarities between these two characters.
The first trailer for Hercules directed by Brett Ratner does contain images that hearken back to The Scorpion King. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. The Scorpion King was a fun popcorn flick with some enjoyable action set pieces.
Seeing The Rock go primitive warrior is always a cool premise. The challenge would be what unique aspect could The Rock bring to this genre? There is also the challenge of overcoming any potential bias by audiences against director Brett Ratner, who is a solid, yet painfully, conventional, mainstream director.
Personally, I’m looking forward to seeing this film. Although, I’m not blown away by this trailer. I’m intrigued. I’m hoping to see The Rock push himself dramatically and also to see Brett Ratner attempt an epic period piece.
This could potentially be a lot of legitimate fun, or maybe even unintentionally campy fun.
We’ll have to wait and see.
Hercules stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Ian McShane, Joseph Fiennes, Rufus Sewell, Rebecca Ferguson, and John Hurt. The film is directed by Brett Ratner. Hercules is scheduled for release July 25, 2014.
Everyone knows the legend of Hercules and his twelve labors. Our story begins after the labors, and after the legend… Haunted by a sin from his past, Hercules has become a mercenary. Along with five faithful companions, he travels ancient Greece selling his services for gold and using his legendary reputation to intimidate enemies. But when the benevolent ruler of Thrace and his daughter seek Hercules’ help to defeat a savage and terrifying warlord, Hercules finds that in order for good to triumph and justice to prevail… he must again become the hero he once was… he must embrace his own myth… he must be Hercules.
Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ film HERCULES, starring Dwayne Johnson, bows on July 25th. Based on Radical Comics’ Hercules by Steve Moore, this ensemble-action film is a revisionist take on the classic myth, HERCULES. The epic action film also stars Golden Globe Winner Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, Peter Mullan and Academy Award®-nominee John Hurt.