Monday, August 12, 2013

JUDI DENCH IS BRILLIANT IN 'PHILOMENA' POWERFUL DRAMA TRAILER! SAOIRSE RONAN IN DRAMATIC 'HOW I LIVE NOW' WAR TRAILER! TARSEM TO HELM 'THE PANOPTICON'! 'CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL' MOVIE!

'PHILOMENA' TRAILER
 JUDI DENCH & STEVE COOGAN
Here's a magnificent trailer for you today! First clip for Judi Dench's powerful drama PHILOMENA which comes to theatres this November in UK directed by amazing Stephen Frears who brought us THE QUEEN and MRS HENDERSON PRESENTS. Judi Dench plays  an Irish woman whose son was sold for adoption in America! The movie adaptation of Martin Sixsmith's book "The Lost Child of Philomena Lee: A Mother, Her Son and a 50 Year Search", describes how PHILOMENA was forced by nuns to give up her son Anthonywhen he was 3. Anthony was sold for adoption in America, where he grew up to be a successful lawyer and politician. In the 1980s, after he contracted AIDS, he visited Ireland in an attempt to find his mother. Steve Coogan is also in the cast of this possible movie awards contender!
BITTER HISTORY LESSON
Philomena's case isn't the only one. Back in the 40's and early 50's having a baby outside a marriage in strictly Catholic Ireland was considered the greatest possible shame. Philomena was left an orphan at the age of six when her mother died and was then taken to a Catholic convent where she lived until she was 18. She was taught nothing about sex and where babies come from. She was 18 when she met a young man who bought her a toffee apple on a warm autumn evening at the county fair. She got pregnant then and was threatened by the convent nuns with damnation if she doesn't keep quiet. The Irish government at that time, not only gave money to the Church for 'taking care' of thousands of pregnant unmarried girls, but the Church also earned money on selling their babies. To make things worse, those girls could leave the convents only if they paid. Otherwise they had to slave away in kitchens or workshops with Church earning on their labour. And even more worse, the girls were left to take care of their babies until they were 3 years old, developing maternal love for them, after which the babies were sold.
THE TRAGIC END 
Philomena's son came back to Ireland to find his mother but the nuns refused to tell him anything even though they knew he was dying from AIDS and that his mother's relatives lived only a few streets away. Philomena could later on only visit his grave because he asked the nuns to be buried in the convent so that his mother could find his grave one day.

TARSEM SINGH DIRECTS
THE PANOPTICON
Meanwhile, our favourite director, visual genius, Tarsem Singh (IMMORTALS, MIRROR MIRROR, THE CELL, THE FALL) has signed on to direct THE PANOPTICON in which the story centres on an ordinary man who receives a strange package that has a recording from himself, with a grave warning that the world is in danger. He must race against the clock to figure out this worldwide mystery before it's too late for mankind!
CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL FILM
Alcon Entertainment will produce a movie based on famous non fiction books CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL. Sold in hundreds of millions of copies in over 200 titles, this series of books usually features a collection of very positive short and dense inspirational stories and motivational essays. There were heartwarming and inspiring editions of the book made specially for teens, parents, even for the prisoners.

SAOIRSE RONAN IN
 HOW I LIVE NOW TRAILER
Another quite unsettling trailer comes from Saoirse Ronan and her new drama HOW I LIVE NOW. The film imagines a present in which a war suddenly breaks out in United Kingdom! Scheduled to hit UK cinemas this October, this drama will see Soirse playing Daisy, a young American sent by her parents to live with relatives in the U.K., where she falls for her new neighbor Edmund (George MacKay). Their summer romance is put to an abrupt halt when war breaks out quite unexpectedly in the peaceful British countryside. The film is directed by Kevin MacDonald (THE EAGLE, THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND).

32 comments:

  1. PHILOMENA looks to be good. I can relate in a way. My grandparents adopted me. My mother was 15, and mentally unfit to care for me. I to this day don't know who my Biological Father was. I was told many stories, but none panned out.

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    1. those true stories are always the most touching ones, David. As you can see above, Philomena's search for her son lasted for 50 years or even more .... Do you have contact with your mother?

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    2. My biological Mom lives in Houston somewhere. We occasionally call each other but the relationship can be strained. I added you back @ Google+. I do not have a blog as of yet, but I enjoy following people and things I like. Thanks.

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    3. I hope your grandparents were good parents, David.
      Thanks, once again for the follow, hope we shall be seeing you here often :)

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  2. Philomena sounds like a whole box of Kleenex kind of movie.

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    1. deeply touching and sad, it will be

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  3. Judi Dench is fabulous in general, and now I'm going to watch that movie and I'm going to be sad. Thanks. Only partially sarcastic, I will LOVE it!

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    1. there is pretty much nothing Judi can't do magnificently. She is absolutely flawless in her job.

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  4. Philomena looks like a heartbreaker. I watched the documentary Sex in a Cold Climate about the Magdalena Laundries. And the movie The Magdalena Sisters is based on that documentary. Very sad circumstance for those women who were perceived as breaking society's moral laws.

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    1. yes, that film really boomed and echoed around the public when it premiered a few years ago. It's always shocking how people can behave like satans in the name of their God.

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  5. Philomena sounds like a very HEAVY movie. It's especially sad since it's based on what happened in real life.

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    1. yep, the real life aspect is what is deeply disturbing.

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  6. How I Live Now......civil war breaks out?

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    1. yep, tell me you and Ray didn't start it? :)

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    2. Yes he did!!!! Aaarrrggghhhh!!!!!

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    3. I knew it! Must send Annzie as the peacemaker to save what can be saved!

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  7. Will the sequel be called How I will Live later?

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  8. Philomena will be painful for me to watch. I have twin sisters that are older than me that I never met. They were adopted as infants. They were adopted from a convent where they were born and we traced them to a family in America with the last name of Daly. Along with these two I have an older brother named Michael and another older sister that were put into orphanages in Scotland. I cannot find them at all. I also have one more older brother whom I located about six months ago. We share the same father and mother. We cannot find out who are father is and most likely never will. He is a drummer like me. He was looking for our mother's birth records, but he was looking in County Cork. She was born in Dublin. I'm going to help him get his citizenship when I go home.

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    1. that is a deeply painful story, Annzie :( Have you ever managed to at least contact the twins? Or they don't even know that you exist? How come your mother lost so many kids, dear? Is it the same story like the one I wrote above?

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  9. Steve Coogan is a great actor, he is top of his class!

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  10. The Dench movie looks like it'll pull at my heartstrings.

    The Panopticon sounds brilliant.

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  11. Isn't the Catholic Church great? Ahem. Sorry. Anyway. I'm afraid that movie might break my heart. However, I am very interested in The Panopiticon and How I Live Now looks good, too.

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    1. absolutely great :( like all other churches ....

      The other two should be good too!

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  12. Isn't Judi Dench just fabulous? Such a talented woman! I bet that will be a great movie!

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    1. she is fantabulous, and we always bow when we say her name

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  13. I'm hoping Philomena will be an intriguing walk through drama and history. I've been looking forward to it here in the states.

    ......dhole

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    1. I hope it scores tones of Oscars! Judi will have Meryl Streep running against her :)

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  14. I am thinking that Philomena will be very difficult to watch, but well worth it. I'll have to wait until I know I need a good cry!

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    1. such films are good because they give us catharsis for cleansing our souls

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