Sunday, November 6, 2011

HOLLYWOOD SPY'S SPOTLIGHT ON WINTER 2011 ENSEMBLE FILMS: "MY WEEK WITH MARILYN", "CARNAGE", "TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY" AND "CORIOLANUS"

It's interesting that the end of the year will bring us quite a lot of ensemble films, movies which will hit cinemas in December with lots of big names playing together in their casts. Check out some of them:
MY WEEK WITH MARILYN
Probably the strongest ensemble cast will be seen November 23rd in one of the biggest Oscar contenders for next year MY WEEK WITH MARILYN. It is set in the early summer of 1956, when
young Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne), just down from Oxford and determined to make his way in the film business, worked as a lowly assistant on the set of "The Prince and the Showgirl", the film that famously united Sir Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh) and Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams), who was also on honeymoon with her new husband, the playwright Aurthur Miller (Dougray Scott). Nearly 40 years on, his diary account "The Prince, the Showgirl and Me" was published, but one week was missing and this was published some years later as MY WEEK WITH MARILYN – this is the story of that week. When Arthur Miller leaves England, the coast is clear for Colin to introduce
Marilyn to some of the pleasures of British life in an idyllic week in which he escorted a Monroe desperate to get away from her retinue of Hollywood hangers-on and the pressures of work. The magnificent cast also includes Judi Dench, Toby Jones, Dominic Cooper, Julia Ormond as Vivien Leigh, Derek Jacobi... Check out a fresh new clip in which Michelle Williams performs Marilyn's song Heatwave on stage.

TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY
Premiering December 9th, is new British dramatic thriller TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY directed by Tomas Alfredson from LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, who is also supposed to helm the epic fantasy LARKLIGHT in 2013. The film is set in in the bleak aftermath of the Cold War, where espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6's echelons. The film is an adaptation of John Le Carre's seminal cold war best-seller and it was made into a TV show back in the 1970's with Alec Guinnes. This
time the stellar, rather masculine cast includes Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy (who replaced Michael Fassbender in the cast), John Hurt, Toby Jones, Ciaran Hinds, Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch...

ROMAN DRAMA IN CORIOLANUS
Another, rather manly stellar cast will be seen in one of possible Oscar contenders CORIOLANUS, the modern adaptation of William Shakespeare's famous play. In the modern version, Shakespeare's drama on Roman hero Coriolanus and his enemy Tullus Aufidius, commander of the Volscian army, is turned into a contemporary Rome-set political and family drama about a banished hero of Rome who allies with a sworn enemy to take his revenge on the city. Beside Ralph Fiennes who is also directing the movie, beside taking the lead role (this is his debut behind the helm), the cast also includes Gerard Butler as Tullus,
Brian Cox, Vanessa Redgrave, Jessica Chastain and a bunch of talented Serbian actors since the film was shot last year in Serbian, including a number of scenes shot in the grandiose building of the Serbian Parliament in Belgrade. The film hits cinemas at the end of the year.

FAMILY DRAMA IN CARNAGE
Four big acting names playing together in the same film will be seen in Roman Polanski's CARNAGE, which premieres December 16th. This drama with a strong cast and stage atmosphere, mostly based on strong dialogues, starts with a showdown between two kids: about eleven, in a local playground. Swollen lips, broken teeth… Now the parents of the “victim” have invited the parents of the “bully” to their apartment to sort if out. Cordial banter gradually develops a razor-sharp edge as all four parents reveal their laughable contradictions and grotesque prejudices. None
of them will escape the ensuing carnage. The ensemble cast is lead by Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz who play one couple and Jodi Foster and John C. Reilly who play the second one.

23 comments:

  1. Not so sure about these ones, last one not sure if it's my cup of tea, first one will obviously be Oscar worthy, stick up the butts like that sort of thing haha and middle two could be interesting, will have to wait and see I guess.

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  2. yep, some of these will be seen at the Oscars for sure!

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  3. Couldn't get the clip to play. :(

    I'm not quite sold on Coriolanus yet. I might wait and see how audiences respond before I take a chance on that one. And I think Carnage looks funny (remembering the clip you showed). Love all those actors.

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend. :)

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  4. @Luanne
    I tried it, it works, don't know what's the problem? Try it again?
    I'm with you on CORIOLANUS, I won't watch it because seeing a military movie shot in Serbia is a bit too much for me. CARNAGE should be interesting, although I read some bad first reviews. Enjoy the weekend too :)

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  5. Tinker Tailor and Carnage looks interesting.

    I wasn't sure if Michelle Williams could pull of Marilyn Monroe, but seeing her in motion in the video changed my mind.

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  6. I want to see all of these movies except CORIOLANUS. They all look awesome.

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  7. @Medeia
    both of those will have their audience, I'm sure. Boys will rush to watch TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY and CARNAGE will be watched by more serious filmgoers, although I did hear bad reviews on it.
    Michelle is quite good as Marilyn, but it is true that she doesn't have Marilyn's magic in her.

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  8. @Clarissa
    I'm with you, Clarissa, I probably won't watch CORIOLANUS either, even though I love Shakespeare movie adaptations.

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  9. I'll probably skip it too..not that into Shakespeare :P

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  10. The first one looks interesting. (:

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  11. @Gizmo
    Shakespeare is great, but this film probably isn't :)

    @Pesos
    it does! :)

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  12. ...Williams is a splitting image of Monroe. It's fascinating, the progress of her career, from ditzy blonde teenager to beautiful actress.

    Thanks Dez ;)

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  13. I love Michelle and can't wait for Marilyn. She should get an Oscar nod for sure. I also am getting really excited for Coriolanus. At first I was really wanting ancient Rome, but the more I see this modern setting, the more I dig it. Great previews, sweetheart. :)

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  14. I couldn't get the clip to play either.
    I think MY WEEK WITH MARILYN will be a great film. Looking forward to it.

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  15. @Melsy
    she probably will get a nomination, especially since she was the moral winner last year, and that usually means the Academy will try to redeem themselves :)

    @Lyndy
    don't know why, it works fine.
    MARILYN can't be bad with such a cast!

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  16. I want to see all of these, Dezzy, thanks for spotlighting them!

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  17. I can''t wait for Tinker to be played here...I have influenced my friend with Benedict ;)

    Wow...Carnage looks like a movie worth to watch. amazing assemble.

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  18. @Flixy
    I know these are your kind of films, Flixy :)

    @Novia
    ah, yes, there's Benedict in it :)

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  19. Just so you know, the clip is working now. :)

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