Twin-brother directors Albert and Allen Hughes have been making movies together ever since their mother bought them a video camera when they were 12 years old. For as long as they can remember, they split everything down the middle: “My mom raised us as communists in the best sense of the word,” says Allen Hughes, 40. “We had the same amount of Kool-Aid, the same number of Cheerios.” But being part of a directing team is like being in a band; no matter how much success you may have together – and over the past two decades, the Hughes brothers have had plenty, from their breakout 1993 debut Menace II Society to their 2001 thriller From Hell to their 2010 postapocalyptic action film The Book of Eli – there comes a time when you feel the itch to go solo. “As you get older, you get on different pages,” says Allen, who acknowledges that working with Albert had its stormy moments. “Just ask Fleetwood Mac about that.”
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'Broken City' star Jeffrey Wright talks Mark Wahlberg, 'Catching Fire,' and Sundance -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP
Jeffrey Wright is the kind of weighty actor that directors fiend for, able to handle both indie and big budget movies, down-in-the-dirt roles and parts that require square-jawed strength.
So it’s no surprise Wright took on the intense role of police commissioner Carl Fairbanks in the upcoming political thriller Broken City, directed by Menace II Society filmmaker Allen Hughes and out in theaters Jan. 18. Co-starring Mark Wahlberg as an ex-cop who is hired by a corrupt mayor (Russell Crowe) to photograph his cheating glam wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones), the noir-ish movie explodes into a full-out scandal laced with murder.
Check out an exclusive clip from the film, below, in which Wright has a heated chat with Wahlberg at a crime scene. EW spoke with Wright about exploring the confines of power in Broken City and working with Wahlberg, playing a much different down-and-out character in The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, which premieres at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and taking on the part of District 3 tribute Beetee in The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire and working with Jennifer Lawrence.
With less than one week (more) to go until Les Misérables officially opens in theaters, the promotional videos are coming at a furious pace — not that we’re complaining.
The latest clip is a behind-the-scenes look at Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean. “This is the kind of role you dream of playing,” Jackman says in the video. It may be an iconic dream role, but Jackman talks about the day-to-day struggles of the much-talked-about decision to do all the singing in the film live. “[That means] some days you’re singing ten, twelve hours a day. And you need to be right on it at the tenth hour as you were in the first hour.” The actor also discusses leading the cast, with fellow stars Russell Crowe and Eddie Redmayne talking about his inspiring role among them all. “He’s been a rock for everyone around here,” Crowe says. “He’s this absolute triple threat. He’s this singing, dancing, acting dude.”
The video also shows part of Jackman singing one of Valjean’s early numbers, “What Have I Done.” Check it out below: READ FULL STORY
Man of Steel won’t be hurting for an audience when the latest cinematic incarnation of Superman swoops into theaters next summer. The casting of Henry Cavill (The Tudors, The Immortals) has been met with great enthusiasm from fanboys, media, and pretty much everyone with working eyeballs. The supporting players ooze quality and clout: Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Michael Shannon, Laurence Fishburne. That’s an all-star team-up of acting Avengers right there. Behind the camera, a marketable, geek-cool, movie-smart brain trust: producer Christopher Nolan, screenwriter David Goyer, director Zack Snyder. With talent like this above and below the line, there’s little doubt people will be buying tickets…
But will they buy Superman himself?
To quote Les Miserables, “I dreamed a dream” that the ambitious movie adaptation of the stage musical would show in IMAX theaters, and it’s happening!
Universal Pictures announced Tuesday that the Tom Hooper-directed film, starring Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Sacha Baron Cohen, Amanda Seyfried, and Helena Bonham Carter, among others, will be digitally remastered to begin a limited domestic IMAX run in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, and Montreal the same day as its nationwide domestic release on Dec. 25. The movie will roll out in IMAX theaters internationally starting Jan. 10, 2013.
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In a sign of extreme confidence after preview screenings sent its Oscar potential skyrocketing, the makers of Les Miserables have released five extended clips from the upcoming musical, which is sure to boost enthusiasm among moviegoers eager for its Christmas Day debut.
In an earlier trailer, we’ve already heard much of Anne Hathaway’s crushing rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream,” a number that is largely responsible making her the frontrunner for Best Support Actress. But these new clips tend not to be the big hit solos.
Instead, they are mostly ensemble numbers, emphasizing the musical dialogue between characters. That decision is clearly aimed at introducing those less familiar with Les Mis to the fact that it is not just a musical, but all singing.
Forty-seven days more until Tom Hooper’s musical Les Misérables hits theaters — but the wait for a full-length trailer is finally over. In May, Working Title Films released a minute-and-a-half-long teaser of the movie set to Anne Hathaway’s bruised take on “I Dreamed a Dream.” This new international trailer is much longer — and it also gives us tantalizing hints of several other songs, including “Castle on a Cloud,” “One Day More,” and “Do You Hear The People Sing?” Even better, it features every one of the film’s stars showing off their pipes. (Well, except Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter. My kingdom for “Master of the House”!)
Does Russell Crowe’s rock-honed voice translate well to musical theater? Is Amanda Seyfried’s soprano beautifully delicate or woefully thin? Can newcomer Samantha Barks (Eponine) hold her own in a part every theater kid — even the boys — has dreamed of playing? Watch the trailer below and judge for yourself:
It’s a bird, it’s a plane! Nope, it’s the news that Man of Steel will be released in 3-D in select movie theaters, as well as in 2D and IMAX, Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures announced on Wednesday. The film’s slated for release June 14, 2013.
Directed by Zack Snyder, Man of Steel stars Henry Cavill as resident caped superhero Superman/Clark Kent, alongside Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Russell Crowe, and a bevy of others.
“The film is going to be a visually exciting experience in all formats: 2D, 3D and IMAX. Anticipating how audiences today embrace 3D, we designed and photographed the movie in a way that would allow Man of Steel to captivate those movie goers, while respecting fans who prefer a more traditional cinematic experience,” said Snyder in a statement. “We’ve taken great measures to ensure the film and the story come first, and 3D is meant as an enhancement.”
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With Hurricane Sandy inflicting a perfect storm of dramatic rain and wind, movie premieres and filming have screeched to a halt on parts of the East Coast.
New York area filming for Warner Bros. fantasy Winter’s Tale, starring Russell Crowe and Will Smith, and directed by Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman, has been shut down for Monday and Tuesday, a studio spokesman confirmed to EW.
Focus Features also confirmed to EW that Tuesday’s New York City premiere of lush period drama Anna Karenina, starring Keira Knightley, has been postponed, and a future date is being considered. The film’s Los Angeles premiere is still set for Nov. 14.
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How the RZA reinvented himself: 'The Man With the Iron Fists' director explains his path from rap to film
A lot of people talk about directing a movie one day. Few actually do it. In a 2005 EW profile, the RZA — Wu-Tang Clan mastermind, author, actor, film composer — spoke earnestly about his methodical steps to prepare himself for the director’s mantle. Seven years later, his debut feature The Man With the Iron Fists, a martial arts epic set in 19th century China starring Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu, and the RZA himself, is now set to hit theaters on Nov. 2.
The screenplay, which the RZA wrote alongside his buddy Eli Roth, is inspired by his lifelong devotion to all things kung fu. “I’m an encyclopedia of those kinds of films,” he says. “So I knew that my imagination and my dream was up to the task, but I studied and prepared myself too. If I say making a movie is a fight, then I trained in the gym for a long time and I was ready to get in the ring.” READ FULL STORY
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