Bradley Cooper is Word [Thursday One Sheet]

 

 

Tomorrow’s regular post is already set to go (and it’s a good one), so I thought I’d jump the gun a bit and post a taste of first time directors’ Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal’s film The Words. I’m pretty sure this sort of design has been done before, but I can’t recall one quite as classy or eye-catching. So first time film makers they may be, but from a marketing standpoint, it looks good so far.

Furthering my interest, the movie also boasts a really nice cast. Obviously Bradley Cooper; but also Zoe Saldana, Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, Olivia Wilde, Ben Barnes, John Hannah and J.K. Simmons.

I don’t know much about the movie’s plot yet. It has something to do with strong consequences for plagiarism and how our use of words defines us especially when they are not your own. Now to me, this poster gives off a bit of a sci-fi (sort of an The Adjustment Bureau) feel for some reason. No reason to think that will be part of the story, but I like the style/vibe.

 

Dorian Gray Trailer

Some time ago I posted an epic entry regarding the cast for Oliver Parker’s adaptation of Dorian Gray. This incarnation of the Oscar Wilde classic stars Ben Barnes as the ageless Gray and Colin Firth. I had thought Firth would be cast as the painter who falls in love with Gray but it appears that he’s instead portraying Lord Henry Wotton the man who appears to lead Gray down the road of debauchery.

The film’s UK release is quickly approaching (September 9th) and a trailer has surfaced which shows a dark, moody film apparently heavy on effects and style. Not sure how I feel about that as a whole but I do love the look of the film and both Firth and Barnes look fantastic. Not sure when we’ll have a chance to see it this side of the pond but the trailer is well worth a peek.



Period Romcom Fun: Easy Virtue Trailer

Easy Virtue Movie StillIn 1994, writer director Stephan Elliott hit the ground running with the release of the cult favourite The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Though I saw it years after its release, it was my first introduction to two very talented actors: Hugo Weaving and Guy Pearce not to mention that it was a gorgeous and fun film.

Ellilot’s film career never skyrocketed but the director did make a few other films, none of which I’ve seen, but he jumped back on the radar when it was announced that he would be stepping behind the camera to direct Colin Firth and Kristin Scott Thomas in Easy Virtue. A period drama about an Englishman (The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian’s Ben Barnes) who marries a glamorous but scandalous American woman (Jessica Biel), the project instantly had my attention but I never realized it would be the riot the trailer suggests.

Though Firth and Thomas were and remain my main attraction to the project, this looks to be Biel’s opportunity to be more than just the pretty face and the trailer suggest she may have struck gold. It’s a familiar story (essentially a period romcom) but with this much talent behind and in front of the camera (not to mention that it looks beautiful), it’s one to keep an eye on.

Easy Virtue has been making the festival rounds since it premiered at TIFF last; it will open in limited release across the US and Canada on May 22nd.