Saturday, December 17, 2011


I'm sure that you will rejoice when I tell you that we are having an Ewan McGregor day today at HOLLYWOOD SPY :) By some strange coincidence he is having two trailers for his new films
released this weekend. The first one is for one of next summer's most exciting fantasy epics JACK THE GIANT KILLER. Premiering next June it is directed by Bryan Singer (USUAL SUSPECTS, X MEN) and stars young Nicholas Hoult in the story of an ancient war that is reignited when a young farmhand unwittingly opens a gateway between our world and a fearsome race of giants. Unleashed on the Earth for the first time in centuries, the giants strive to reclaim the land they once lost, forcing the young man, Jack, into the battle of his life to stop them. Fighting for a kingdom, its people, and the love of a brave princess, he comes face to face with the unstoppable warriors he thought only existed in legend and gets the chance to become a legend himself. Ewan McGregor plays the head of the Royal Guard, and the cast also includes three smashing gents Ian McShane, Stanley Tucci and Bill Nighy
One of the brand new posters released today is for Timur Bekmambetov's horror flick ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER. Produced by Tim Burton, and hitting
theaters next June, the film follows the infamous American president who leads the state by day and hunt vampires by night. This silly business stars young Benjamin Walker in the lead role (he is mostly known as Meryl Streep's future son in law), Anthony Mackie, Dominic Cooper and Rufus Sewell, or as we call him RufRuf, as his vampire nemesis. Deadline reports that Reese Witherspoon has joined DEVIL'S KNOT a drama in which she will play Pam Hobbs, the mother of a West Memphis 3 murder victim, who initially believes the trio committed the crime, but eventually is persuaded that they are innocent. Unusual choice for the romcom star.

The second Ewan McGregor's trailer for today is equally charming and promotes SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN which will open in cinemas next March also starring mesmerizing Emily Blunt. Directed by one of the most heartwarming directors ever Lasse Hallstrom (CHOCOLAT, AN UNFINISHED LIFE, DEAR
JOHN) the film follows Dr. Alfred Jones, a henpecked, slightly pompous middle-aged scientist at the National Centre for Fisheries Excellence in London, who is approached by a mysterious sheik about an outlandish plan to introduce the sport of salmon fishing into the Yemen. Dr. Jones refuses, but the project, however
scientifically absurd, catches the eye of British politicians, who pressure him to work on it. His diaries of the Yemen Salmon Project, from beginning to glorious, tragic end, form the narrative backbone of this novel; interspersed throughout are government memos, e-mails, letters, and interview transcripts that deftly capture the absurdity of bureaucratic dysfunction.
And, please, don't forget to vote for HOLLYWOOD SPY in Movie411BlogAwards, especially in Gold Blog category (it's at the bottom of the voting page), don't let me lose, dear people :) The voting closes this Sunday.


  1. I absolutely adored the Abraham Lincon book! Can't wait for the movie.

  2. Had to watch the Jack the Giant Killer trailer twice to catch a glimpse of Ewan McGregor. He looks very different in that film.

    I haven't read the Abe Lincoln vampire book. It does sound silly, but I'm strangely interested.

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

  3. I saw the jack the Giant Killer trailer yesterday...and i can't say i was wowed by it.It didn't seem particularly bad, but i'm just not sure what tone they are going for in this one. Some clips seem to rather whimsical, and some clips seem to imply something more serious.

    That said, i do want to be good, as i do like Hoult and i need him to make me some points for Castors fantasy draft :)

  4. Not sure on any of these ones. All I know is another Vampire movie, pffft whoopi. Wish they'd take vampires and just kill the things already or would that be kill the killed?..haha

  5. Jack the Giant Killer is gonna be surprisingly good I bet. Bryan Singer is a good director.

  6. So, Jack and the Beanstalk has hit the theatres! Yay. But, I do love the Salmon movie. I saw another trailer on YouTube and love the original premise.

  7. Two Ewan McGregor's. Sounds like a dream I had once. In Salmon the fact that the British Govt. gets behind an implausible idea sounds plausible, because Im Irish. Normally I would say no to the Lincoln movie because I'm vampired out, but with Tim Burton on board I will definately see it.

  8. Abe Lincoln Vampire Hunter sounds like a real hoot! Looking forward to it!

  9. Oooo a new film by Burton. I wonder why Johnny Depp isn't in it.

  10. That's me voted for ya, Dez.

    BTW - something appears to be wrong with the Salmon Fishing video. I've read the book - enjoyed it - and interested to see what they come up with for the film. Nobody does eccentric as well as the English.

  11. Jack the Giant looks awesome! I am so glad it wasn't turned into a dreadful CGI animation film ala Adventures of Tintin. The actors all have their own faces...Yay!!! Sorry, but it irritates me to no end when the motion capture actors instead of letting them have their real faces. I mean that's fine if they're playing a non-human character like Gollum, but when they do it so that a blond, blue-eyed actor can have black hair, a beard and green eyes, it's ridiculous.

    Salmon Fishing in Yemen look terrific. I just love Ewan, he's so talented and such an interesting person.

  12. @Luanne
    Ewan will be great in that one, he looks smashing as the Leader of the Royal Guard :)
    I don't know why couldn't watch the video, do you have all the video viewing gadgets? I tried it and it works.

    and for some reason it didn't have a huge marketing so far, which is not good. I'm looking forward to seeing the film. I don't like the hairdo on Hoult in this one, he really looks bad with it. THey've ruined the looks of such a lovely boy.
    What's Castor's fantasy draft?

  13. @Pat
    I can't stand vampires too, Pat, can't understand people who would opt for darkness and evilness instead of good and positive, even if it is just for fun. Evil is not fun

    he is. And that's why I have faith in the movie :)

    no, it says in the post, the film hits cinemas next summer.

  14. @Anne
    yep, we don't like vampires and we don't like evil western powers :)) But we do like Ewan a lot and then some more :)

    a hoot indeed

    it is just being produced by Burton not directed

  15. I am way behind on my Christmas shopping and baking, but an afternoon at the movies would be the perfect break. I'll pass on the vampires, though ;)

  16. @Michael
    thanks for voting :) It's nice having Ireland and Scotland on my side :)
    I'm not sure why you can't see the video, I tried it and it works fine. I had to put a video from MovieWeb since YouTube doesn't have a trailer for the film yet

    I also don't like motion capture, it just isn't appealing to me, but we do adore both Ewan and Emily and Lasse and the film seems so magical. And Bryan Singer's film seems epic and charming and different, although I hate what they did to Nicholas' hair :)

  17. @Lizzy
    none of these is in cinemas right now, Lizzy, I always write about films months or years ahead :) But there are a few nice films in cinemas currently so I'm sure you will have fun if you pop over to the movies :)

  18. A double dose of Ewan. Yay.

    When I first saw Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter I shook my head, and then I saw Tim Burton's name. I love his work.

  19. Dez, the fantasy draft is what i had assembled the cast for in my last blog post. I mentioned the points system for it

  20. @Medeia
    yay indeed :)
    Tim is just producing, Timur Bekmambetov is directing and he is known for being dark and grim.

    I remember your draft, but I think I skipped the rules and the points :)

  21. Good trailers. (:

  22. Sounds like lots of fun! And I've put in my vote :)

  23. @Pesos
    glad you like them

    thanks for voting, Jemi :)

  24. Thanks for all you do and have done this year to keep me ahead of the curve. Your love for the movies comes through in every post. Happy holdidays my friend.

  25. yay for jack! and i agree about nicholaus' hair! what were they thinking? i really hope it is well done, because i think he's an amazing little actor and i wish he was a household name!


    i do like that abe poster, had a great look to it, but the whole concept is quite odd, still.

  26. he looks like his hair was licked by cows :) I was shocked that they did that to him, he is such a gorgeous boy and a lovely actor.

  27. My only problem is that I can't help but laugh whenever I so much as think of Rufus Sewell, that I can't imagine him in a vampire nemesis role.