Monday, May 2, 2016

Voila! Ici the French trailer for Me Before You starring Emilia Clarke & Emilia Clarke

I really do love seeing trailers for American and English films in French. While the notion of one actor dubbing the voice of another is a trifle bizarre, it’s quite the art in France. We talked a bit about the art of dubbing films in French in my post The Hunger Games: The Lowdown on Dubbing.

I read and loved this book in English but I gather it has a whole host of international fans. Me Before You starring Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin, directed by Thea Sharrock and based on the book by Jojo Moyes is set for release on June 3rd. So is Avant Toi. 

And especially for those of you stopping by from Paulita Kincer’s Dreaming of France meme, ici la bande annonce en français for Avant Toi. Has anyone read the French translation of Moyes’ book? 

Sunday, May 1, 2016

The Girl on the Train trailer featuring Kanye West

I shared the first trailer for The Girl on the Train last week but we really didn’t take a minute to talk about the music. For this week’s Sunday Slacker video we’re taking another look. A lot of you will have recognized Kanye West “Heartless”. The slowed down version of West’s hit (below) was scored by the Canadian band Blitz//Berlin to perfect effect. Thinking of Paula Hawkin’s thriller, reverse the sexes and the lyrics of Heartless seem especially apt, and definitely creepy.  

“In the night, I hear ‘em talk
The coldest story ever told
Somewhere far along this road, he lost his soul to a woman so heartless
How could you be so heartless?
Oh, how could you be so heartless?” 

Check out Kanye’s song in the trailer ... 

Here’s Kanye’s version.

The Girl on the Train stars Emily Blunt, Haley Bennett, Rebecca Ferguson, Allison Janney, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans, Edgar Ramirez and Lisa Kudrow. Directed by Tate Taylor (The Help) from a script adaptation that will no doubt be controversial by Erin Cressida Wilson, The Girl on the Train is set for an October 7th release.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Saturday Matinee: Goodbye, Columbus

Here's something for a Saturday afternoon; 1969's Goodbye Columbus starring Richard Benjamin and Ali McGraw. The film introduced McGraw, who won a Golden Globe for Most Promising Newcomer that year;  not to be confused with fellow brunette and contemporary Katharine Ross who also won a Golden Globe for Most Promising Newcomer just two years earlier for The Graduate.  Ironically both stories featured male protagonists dealing with some major post-collegiate angst. While The Graduate is by far the more acclaimed film —who can forget that iconic scene with Dustin Hoffman pounding on the locked church door? — Goodbye Columbus can take you back to a similar time and place.

Screenwriter Arnold Schulman was nominated for his adaptation of the Phillip Roth novella which first appeared in The Paris Review, a before being published along with a collection of short stories focused on Jewish-American life. Remember the story?
Goodbye, Columbus is the story of Neil Klugman and pretty, spirited Brenda Patimkin, he of poor Newark, she of suburban Short Hills, who meet one summer break and dive into an affair that is as much about social class and suspicion as it is about love. 
You can watch Goodbye, Columbus today on, VUDU and Amazon; double check Netflix; they're so changeable!

Originally published 4/4/15

Friday, April 29, 2016

The Catcher was a Spy: Paul Rudd catches the part

When I think of Paul Rudd, this shot is pretty typical of the image that comes to my mind. A genial guy, a bit of a goofball. Which makes it difficult for me to put Paul Rudd in the leading role of Moe Berg, a real life World War II undercover intelligence agent. 

But that’s exactly who he’ll play in The Catcher Was A Spy, based on Nicholas Dawidoff’s nonfiction bestseller about a college graduate who spoke 9 languages and spent 15 years as a professional baseball player. At the same time as Moe Berg was playing catch he was also a top secret spy for America's pre-CIA intelligence agency the OSS, helping America win the arms race against Germany.

According to Empire, the adaptation plans have been talked about for quite awhile. At one point George Clooney was being eyed for the lead. George Clooney. Paul Rudd. What’s the difference, eh? 

What do you think?

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Nicholas Hoult & Zoey Deutch headline biopic Rebel in the Rye based on J.D. Salinger: A Life

J.D. Salinger/WWII 

This should excite several generations of Holden Caulfield and J.D. Salinger fans. Danny Strong (Selma) is adapting the  Kenneth Slawenski biography J.D. Salinger: A Life with Nicholas Hoult in the starring role as the author, just prior to the writing of Catcher in the Rye
Nicholas Hoult
The biopic— Rebel in the Rye—has just added Zoey Deutch as Oona ONeill, the daughter of playwright Eugene ONeill. ONeill was the talk of the town and had whats described as a tumultuous relationship with then unknown Salinger. Not to spoil things but it must have been an incredibly short-lived romance: she went on to marry Charlie Chaplin when she was only 18, Chaplin being 36 years her senior! The marriage obliterated an already strained relationship with her playwright father. 
Oona O’Neill 

Oona and Chaplin stayed together until he died in 1977 and raised 7 kids together. Seems to me like Oona is one of those women we ought to be making a movie about!

Zoey Deutch—a dead ringer for ONeill— is the daughter of Leah Thompson and Howard Deutch; you might have caught the young actress in Vampire Diaries, Ringer and most recently, Dirty Grandpa, which I wisely avoided. Deutch has a ton of projects coming out this year including Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some due out April 1, and a leading role in the movie adaptation of Lauren Oliver’s YA bestseller Before I Fall, kind of a teen Groundhog Day 
Kevin Spacey is onboard as Whit Burnet, the editor of STORY magazine and something of a mentor to Salinger.  The cast includes Laura Dern, Brian D’Arcy James and Hope Davis, but I know not in what context.

Update 4/28/2016 Sarah Paulson has joined the cast as Dorothy Olding, Salinger’s agent. Olding believed in “Jerry”  Salinger when she read his first short stories and stayed loyal to him throughout his career.
Does this entice you to read Slawenskis bio first?

John Boyega, James McAvoy & Nicholas Hoult coming to your TV screen in Watership Down

TV, you’ve done it again! The BBC and Netflix are joining forces to bring an A-list adaptation of the classic British novel Watership Down to your television screen. Planned as a four-part animated miniseries the show will premiere on BBC One in the UK and internationally on Netflix. 

John Boyega/Star Wars

The A-list talent includes Star Wars: The Force Awakens John Boyega, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Ben Kingsley and Gemma Arterton.

 Nicholas Hoult/Equals

There seems less and less distinction between the kind of quality you find in a movie theater and your home screen. Soon a movie theater, a home viewing screen, an iPad, all will be seen as just another device.

James MacAvoy/Eleanor Rigby

Here’s the low down on the book written by Richard Adams in 1972. Don’t let the word ‘animation’ throw you. Watership Down is beloved by adults and children alike.

“Set in England's Downs, a once idyllic rural landscape, this stirring tale of adventure, courage, and survival follows a band of very special creatures—rabbits—on their flight from the intrusion of man and the certain destruction of their home. Led by a stouthearted pair of brothers, they journey forth from their native Sandleford Warren through the harrowing trials posed by predators and adversaries, to a mysterious promised land and a more perfect society.
 Obviously, the actors are sharing their vocals talents but depending on the ambition of the animation—think Jungle Book—this could be an amazing television adventure.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Tulip Fever starring Alicia Vikander & Dane DeHaan set for July 15th

The book annoyed me. Something about the novel by Deborah Moggach—I only read it because I couldn’t find her  The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel at the library—left me cold. The story of a married woman who has an affair with the artist hired by her old man of a husband to paint her portrait raised my judgmental hackles and left me humorlessly denouncing it. We are not amused, I pronounced when I read it back in 2012. 

But I have high hopes for the film which has just been set for a July 15th release. Sophia, the young married woman is being played by Alicia Vikander and the artist—Jan Van Loos— is the interesting looking actor Dane DeHaan, soon to be seen as James Dean. With Christoph Waltz as the older husband (not as old as I imagined him), I think Tom Stoppard’s screenplay will provide more motivation for the affair than the usual lust to lure the pair into their shenanigans. Not that lust hasn’t driven many a man and woman into compromising situations. It’s just that in my recollection of the novel, the husband is a decent sort while the young woman, seems to have little turmoil about resisting.

Set in 17th century Holland, the title comes from the higher and higher prices tulips were fetching at the time, creating a ‘tulip fever’ market which the adulterous pair planned to cash in on.

Judi Dench co-stars along with Holliday Grainger, Jack O’Connell, Zach Galifianakis, Matthew Morrison, Tom Hollander and Cara Delevingne. Cressida Bonas, one time girlfriend to Prince Harry also plays a role. Justin Chadwick directs.

Keep an eye out for the trailer and let me know if you spot it first.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Jeremy Renner & Amy Adams talk about The Story of Your Life

It’s annoying that the biggie bigs and hot shot theater owners have seen a trailer for the adaptation of Ted Chiang’s short story Story of Your Life starring Amy Adams & Jeremy Renner. I feel like a little kid wearing one of those souvenir t-shirts grandma and grandpa brought back from their vacation.
“My grandparents went to (fill in the blank) and all I got is this lousy t-shirt” 
The theater owners went to CinemaCon and all I got are these clips! 
Actually, I was happy to see Amy Adams & Jeremy Renner talking about the film, especially to hear what Renner said about wanting to work on a story featuring such a strong female lead. The sci-fi film also stars Forrest Whitaker and is directed by hard-hitting Denis Villenueve (Sicario, Prisoners and the upcoming remake of Blade Runner!!!)
You can read the entire short story by Chiang at (corrected)
CinemaCon - Jeremy Renner for Story of Your Life on TrailerAddict.
CinemaCon - Amy Adams for Story of Your Life on TrailerAddict.

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