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The first trailer for Kidnapping Freddy Heineken has been released and it just proves how the involvement of Anthony Hopkins makes any film instantly watchable. There really is something just truly mesmeric about him.
I guess it’s just offsetting seeing comedy coming out of a movie that’s so very serious. Oddly enough, you don’t have to look too far to find similar blooper reels from dramatic fare. For example, Lambs beat Barbra Streisand and Nick Nolte’s The Prince of Tides in the Best Picture race in 1992 … and THAT movie has a blooper reel, as well.
Set in 1983, the film will follow a team of criminals who attempted to kidnap Alfred "Freddy" Heineken, the grandson of the founder of the Heineken Brewery. The crime stands out in history because the case involved a ransom of 35 million Dutch guilders - the largest ever paid up to that point and equivalent to about $21,704,000 today.
Rather than sitting in the sun amid rubble with a sinful smirk on his face, the brooding bad boy is draped in shadows while in what appears to be a moment of escape. Note the shattered glass and downed man in armor in the background.
As the pic's international distribution is up for sale at Cannes, IM Global is boasting Hopkins involvement, yet his role remains a mystery at this time. Surprisingly, Travolta is set to play Gotti. Fittingly, Travolta's wife Preston will portray Gotti's wife Victoria.
"What happens in the Kremlin stays in the Kremlin." Really , the only thing surprising about that joke is that it hasn't somehow been made before-- it's been nearly 25 years since the Cold War ended, and yet there's still nothing more fun than putting some red-blooded American spies up against the chilly Russkies. Bruce Willis actually just finished mopping up the remains of the Soviet era in A Good Day to Die Hard
So what is Red 2 actually about? It begins as Frank Moses (Willis) is forced to get his team of operatives back together to go on a global quest for a missing nuclear device. Unfortunately, the mission is backed to the gills with danger, as the gang throws down with assassins, terrorists and even some power-hungry government officials.
Though it's now considered one of Alfred Hitchcock's masterworks, Psycho was initially deemed a risky prospect by everyone in Hollywood, even Hitch's most ardent supporters like his wife Alma Reville and his devoted assistant Peggy Robertson. The struggle to get Psycho made is the focus of the new film Hitchcock
Now that Fox Searchlight has begun teasing Johansson’s take on Leigh, I want to see more of Jessica Biel’s Vera Miles and James D’Arcy’s Anthony Perkins. How much of Hitchcock will be behind-the-scenes Psycho footage, and how much will be at-home-with-the-conflicted-genius?
Alfred Hitchcock is famous as one of the few directors from the studio era of Hollywood to truly put his own stamp on this movies, to the point that audiences would flock to films because his name was on it, not because of his many attractive stars. But Hitchcock's works can also be credited to his partnership and longtime marriage with Alma Reville
Less than a month ago, the publicity department behind Sacha Gervasi’s Hitchcock released a pretty sweet theatrical poster that splintered members of the cast in an apparent homage to one of the original Psycho posters. While visually appealing and oddly awesome, it had one clear downside: it mistakenly downplayed the importance of Helen Mirren to the film by putting her in the bottom right hand corner.
Before we even get into the video in question, I want to address the inherent irony. This is a PSA recorded by Anthony Hopkins, in character as Alfred Hitchcock as he will be in the upcoming film Hitchcock, that is airing in movie theaters and warning moviegoers not to text or use their phones during the film
Recently slated for a release date in the thick of awards season, the Fox Searchlight drama Hitchcock is suddenly looking like a much bigger deal than we might have expected-- and the first trailer for the film is plenty of evidence why. Starring Anthony Hopkins as the titular, legendary director, with Helen Mirren as his wife Alma
If you're not familiar with the Psycho story-- and if not, please see that movie before this one comes out!-- Janet Leigh (Johansson) plays the ostensible heroine, who skips down with some stolen cash and decides to hang out in the Bates Motel. But thanks to supremely creepy hotel owner Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins, played by James D'arcy)
The Black Swan director used the hash tag “Methuselah Lives” in his Tweet, tipping his hand to Hopkins’ casting. With all due respect to the 74-year-old thespian, he’ll be playing Noah’s grandfather, described by Biblical scholars as the oldest-known individual in the history of the Hebrew Bible.
The action in the initial – a surprise hit for Summit – was slightly cartoonish but grounded in enough reality that Hopkins could sink his teeth into the dramatic flair of an evil-villain role while still managing to have some fun. I also think it’s important for Willis and Mirren’s characters to face off against someone closer to their own age. I don’t need to see Willis trying to get the upper hand on some young, hotshot action foe.
Garcia will not only direct the drama, but also co-star, playing Gregorio Fuentes, the first mate and close, personal friend of Hemingway. The screenplay penned by Garcia and Hilary Hemingway—niece of the legendary author—centers on the eponymous pair's time in Cuba in the 1950s, which inspired Papa to pen fisherman-centered novel that became a bestseller and won him critical acclaim including the Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize for Literature.
New Line is close to securing buzzed about Brazilian director Afonso Poyart, who has drawn notice with his action-packed debut 2 Coelhos. Poyart, wrote, directed, produced and cut the mayhem-laced tale of police corruption, and has already sold the remake rights to Tango Pictures, which will keep him on board as executive producer. However, Solace would be the helmer's domestic debut, should he sign on.
It seems that Hitchcock will be telling a fairly sprawling story about all the people working behind the scenes of the film, so despite the title it's not just going to be Hopkins's show. So if that's the case, are they going to release images of everyone in character?
Deadline reports that Biel will play Vera Mills, the actress who starred as Lila Crane in Hitchcock’s masterpiece. Biel will join Scarlett Johansson (as Janet Leigh) and James D’Arcy (as Tony Perkins). In addition, Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren have been cast as the iconic director and his wife, Alma.
The Hitchcock biopic Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho has been in the works for several years now, but it looks like the project is finally filling out its cast and inching closer to theater screens. Anthony Hopkins will be playing the famous director, and now they've attracted an actress of equal caliber to play the female lead: the ever-foxy Dame Helen Mirren is in talks to take on the role of Alma Reville, Hitchcock's wife.
Obviously, Branagh directed Hopkins in Thor. But he also co-starred with Dench in My Week With Marilyn, and directed her in both Henry V and Hamlet. Even without these previous relationships, however, it sounds like the roles in Mankell’s novel are custom-built for Dench and Hopkins, and with Branagh and the helm, this drama sounds potentially wonderful.
The film has had its own passport punched a few times. It world premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, opened the BFI London Film Festival, and opened in Sweden on Oct. 19. But early reviews so far have been mixed, with critics praising the cast but wishing Morgan and Meirelle had found a stronger line to connect the film’s floating protagonists.
A lot of actors sprint away from their more iconic roles so that they can prove their range. Anthony Hopkins, on the other hand, completely embraces them. Possibly known to more people as Hannibal Lecter than by the name he was born with, Hopkins has played multiple kinds of roles over his six decade career, but has never tried to distance himself from either creepy characters or serial killer dramas.
What with the world stubbornly refusing to end this past weekend, there has been much discussion of faith vs. science, the spiritual vs. the secular. We here at Cinema Blend wouldn't presume to toss our two cents into such a weighty philosophical conversation, but we feel like we should contribute somehow. So, we're giving away a movie about demonic possession!