Wednesday, January 9, 2013

"BIG SUR" TRAILER WITH JEAN MARC BARR, JOSH LUCAS! ANJELICA HUSTON, MILLA JOVOVICH IN 19TH CENTURY "THE WINTER QUEEN"! JULIA ROBERTS, MATT BOMER, MARK RUFFALO IN "THE NORMAL HEART"

Here's an interesting project for you and it's a period piece: Russian director Fedor Bondarchuk will helm a movie adaptation of Boris Akunin's international bestselling novel THE WINTER QUEEN. Milla Jovovich, Anjelica Huston and David Thewlis will lead the cast in the story of intrepid young police detective Erast Fandorin and a mystery that begins with the suicides of several wealthy young men throughout 1886 Russia and ends in an extensive plot for global domination. Fandorin's naïve wit and the suave yet volatile Count Zurov (David Thewlis) are his only protection from the ever more elaborate attempts on his life as he follows the conspiracy from Russia to England and back again; navigating unknown worlds with charm if not with ease. The enigmatic femme fatale Amalia (Milla Jovovich) seems to be somehow at the centre of it all, but can the saintly British aristocrat Lady Astair (Anjelica Huston), founder of a string of orphanages which have greatly benefited from the wills of the affluent dead men, really be trusted?

HOLLYWOOD SPY HEADLINES
A project HOLLYWOOD SPY has announced more than a year ago is finally moving on: according to "The Hollywood Reporter" the adaptation of Larry Kramer's THE NORMAL HEART  will see the light of the day at HBO in 2014. Based on the Tony winning play, this 
telepic will star Julia Roberts, Matt Bomer and Mark Ruffalo. To be directed by Ryan Murphy, the man behind GLEE, AMERICAN HORROR STORY and THE NEW NORMAL, the story of the film will take place in New York City during the early '80s onset of the HIV/AIDS crisis. Julia Roberts plays a paraplegic physician working with some of the earliest patients of the disease.  Mark Ruffalo will play writer and activist Ned Weeks through whose eyes we shall follow the rise of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City between 1981 and 1984, and Matt Bomer, who is gay in his real life too, will play Ruffalo's boyfriend, a fashion designer who has AIDS, while Alec Baldwin will play Ruffalo's brother, a rich lawyer who has difficulties accepting his brother as a gay person.

BIG SUR TRAILER
The only trailer I have for you is a visually very striking one for BIG SURMichael Polish's big screen adaptation of the Jack Kerouac novel which stars Jean-Marc Barr, Kate Bosworth and Josh Lucas, and depicts the consequences of the fame that the novel
 brought to its troubled author once it finally was published years later. French star Jean-Marc Barr plays Jack Kerouac, a man besieged by sudden notoriety and unable to cope with its trappings, such as TV appearances, recognition and wealth! Kate Bosworth plays his
 fiancee and the centre of the love triangle between Kerouac and his best friend Neal Cassady played by Josh Lucas. To premiere at Sundance Film Festival, the film takes place in Big Sur, California, where Kerouac visited his friend Lawrence Ferlinghetti, as well as San Francisco.

32 comments:

  1. THE WINTER QUEEN sounds promising - interesting story, and quite the cast.

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    1. I like it too, Bob, especially since I liked Fedor's Russian blockbuster from a few years ago - sf epic THE INHABITED ISLAND.

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  2. I read "The Normal Heart" a gazillion years ago when it was first published. Nice to see it finally reaching the screen. I'll be watching!

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    1. it did take a longer time to start production.

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  3. The Jack Kerouac movie sounds interesting. Maybe it will function to introduce more people to him who don't know much about him.

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    1. it is possible, Nick, especially since there are two other film on him coming out soon.

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  4. The Winter Queen looks fantastic. Wonderful cast they've assembled. And the settings should be beautiful as well. I think Angelica looks fabulous in that photo. You know Jack Nicholson broke that poor woman's heart so many times, but she's a strong woman.

    I lost a friend in the first wave of HIV. We were in school together and he was soooo beautiful. He emigrated to New York to be a model in 1981. He came home to see me in about 1985 and he was very ill. He died about a year later. His horrible mother was unable to cope with his sexuality and would not have him buried in our village cemetery. He died in his flat, in Limerick and was buried there. I hope they do this story right, because it's too important to be done cheaply.

    I think Kerouac was over-rated as an author. His work was important only because it reflected the thinking of the beat generation in America and for that, it does belong in the pantheon on literature. The film looks really good and I would like to see it. It has texture and mood and the music-I like it.

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    1. You know, I've had that photo of Anjelica with me for quite a long time saving it for the opportunity to use it, but she appears in so little projects these days.... I'm glad I've finally managed to post the pic :)

      So sorry to hear about your friend, darling. I've never lost anyone to HIV, it's not so widespread here, but I did finish a course for HIV educators back at college. I'm always deeply horrified by parents and especially medical workers who have prejudices of this or any other kind.

      I've never liked the beatniks nor the jazz generation, Annzie. Their topics aren't appealing to me personally, I'm more of a realistic type of reader.

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    2. I hope they do this story right, too. they do have an excellent cast. Especially Ruffalo and my Matt. :)

      Aww...I think Jack is a brilliant, brilliant writer who is quite simply one of the most important American writers. The Beats and the Jazz Age writers are my favorite of all time. Their work is extraordinary to me. :)

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    3. Pffft... you obviously has no taste, sister :PP

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    4. This from a Nicholas Sparks fan? ;P

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    5. you know, I haven't actually watched his films :P I only support forces of love and positivity in Hollywood.

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  5. Such an artsy trailer. I'll probably watch Big Sur at some point. Never read any Kerouac before, but I like stories about troubled writers.

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  6. What a shame they are going to ruin The Normal Heart by casting Julia Roberts.

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  7. I want to see Big Sur. The Beat Generation always fascinated me.

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  8. I'm a real fan of Bomer and so can't wait to see what he has in store. I've been watching the past series of White Collar.

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    1. he is really something special, both privately and professionally.

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  9. Hate the dress, love the shoes. Though I wouldn't wear them as I'm a sneaker person.

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    1. we do love that yellow gold colour of copper gold whatever it is, especially in combination with dark blue or black.
      I myself am known for my signature combination of beige shoes and midnight blue pants and shirt for more refined occasions.

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  10. Bluh, first miss for me in a while. None of these movies interest me. :(

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    1. sorry, Damien, don't expect exciting news in January, it is usually a dead month in the business....

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  11. I LOVE the look of Big Sur. I cannot wait to see it. Nor can I wait to see Milla's and Angelica's new project.

    I do feel your pain on Julia. I love my Matt and it will break my heart to see him play sick.

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    1. I don't think I will bare watching him ill either, Melsy. I've barely survived when they made my Kiss Evans small and tinny in CAPTAIN AMERICA.

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    2. Yeah, poor Chris looked just awful so small like that. Thank goodness he wasn't that way for long. :)

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    3. although when he was so tiny and small in the trailers, I did have an urge to hold him like a little bunny .... /shy/

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  12. Poor Angelica Houston - there have been some very unflattering pics of her in the news the past few days!

    And like a lot of people, I can't stand Julia Roberts :)

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    1. ah, yes, I've seen the bottoxed ones today in papers, extremely creepy. Her, Nicole Kidman, Courtney Cox and some others look like freaks thanks to plastic surgery.

      Join the club, sister, we cannot stand Julia either :)

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