Far From the Madding Crowd is Too Far From a Release Date!

Far From the Madding Crowd, movie, Thomas Hardy, based on novel, Carey Mulligan, photo, Matthias Schoenaerts

…because I want to see it now! (Yes, I totally sounded like Veruca Salt in my head as I typed that).

Fox Searchlight has finally given us the first teaser trailer for the latest version of Thomas Hardy’s classic story of a love “quadrangle”, Far From the Madding Crowd. I say finally because it was filmed in early fall 2013, and there’s been barely a whisper about it since it was announced that Carey Mulligan would play Bathsheba Everdene for Danish director Thomas Vinterberg, making his English language debut following the Oscar nominated The Hunt (with Mads Mikkelson).

Mulligan’s suitors are played by Matthias Schoenaerts as Gabriel Oak, Tom Sturridge as Sgt. Frank Troy and Michael Sheen as William Boldwood.

Take a look:

Based on the literary classic by Thomas Hardy, FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD is the story of independent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene, who attracts three very different suitors: sheep farmer Gabriel Oak, captivated by her fetching willfulness; Frank Troy, a handsome and reckless soldier; and William Boldwood, a prosperous and mature bachelor. This timeless story of Bathsheba’s choices and passions explores the nature of relationships and love – as well as the human ability to overcome hardships through resilience and perseverance.

Vinterberg’s is the fourth big screen version of the story. The first was a 1915 silent. The most well known, however, is John Schlesinger’s which came out in 1967 with Julie Christie, Terence Stamp (Troy), Peter Finch (Boldwood) and Alan Bates (Oak) and a screenplay by Frederic Raphael (Two for the Road, Eyes Wide Shut).

This version was written by David Nicholls (Starter for 10, One Day and the Mike Newell version of Great Expectations). Craig Armstrong (The Great Gatsby, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Love, Actually) did the score. The film also features Juno Temple as Fanny Robin and will make its world premiere in Denmark on April 23 and open in the UK and the US on May 1, 2015.

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Gorgeous AND Comfortable! Watch: 1st Full Trailer for Branagh’s Cinderella.

Cinderella, Kenneth Branagh, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, movie, poster, Lily James, Disney

This first trailer for Disney’s live action version of Cinderella just landed, promising a beautiful heroine, a handsome hero, but most importantly, that elusive thing that every girl truly craves, yet despairs of ever finding, a gorgeous and “really comfortable” pair of shoes!

After just one viewing, this two minutes, forty seconds of footage will make you feel like the Grinch standing atop Mt. Crumpet and listening to the town of Whoville on Christmas morning. Any vestige of cynicism will melt away and your heart will grew three sizes. (All of which is complete hyperbole, of course. Anyone who used to be a little girl at some point in their lives was already in. The rest of you will probably be dragged against your will to accompany a girl no matter how old she is.)

The story of “Cinderella” follows the fortunes of young Ella whose merchant father remarries following the tragic death of her mother. Keen to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother Lady Tremaine and her daughters Anastasia and Drizella into the family home. But, when Ella’s father suddenly and unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family. Finally relegated to nothing more than a servant girl covered in ashes, and spitefully renamed Cinderella since she used to work in the cinders, Ella could easily begin to lose hope. Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella is determined to honor her mother’s dying words and to “have courage and be kind.” She will not give in to despair nor despise those who abuse her. And then there is the dashing stranger she meets in the woods. Unaware that he is really a prince, not merely an employee at the Palace, Ella finally feels she has met a kindred soul. It appears as if her fortunes may be about to change when the Palace sends out an open invitation for all maidens to attend a ball, raising Ella’s hopes of once again encountering the charming “Kit.” Alas, her stepmother forbids her to attend and callously rips apart her dress. But, as in all good fairy tales, help is at hand as a kindly beggar woman steps forward and, armed with a pumpkin and a few mice, changes Cinderella’s life forever.

That this looks familiar is not just down to the fact that the original fairy-tale is centuries old, but that the film was designed to look a lot like the animated version we grew up with, right down to Ella’s (Lily James, best known for a stint on “Downton Abbey”) blue gown. I will say that Helena Bonham Carter as the Fairy Godmother doesn’t look much like the cartoon version (who looked and sounded like Maureen Stapleton), but she does look delightful (and I love that the director both gave his ex a juicy role and allowed her to look pretty. Something her current paramour rarely does).

Can we talk about Cate Blanchett as the wicked stepmother? This is going to be delicious!

Speaking of which, Richard Madden as the charming prince certainly appears to be so. (And it’s a fair bet that he’ll end up wearing the crown so hideously denied him in “Game of Thrones”, am I right?)

The rest of the cast is pure gold as well. Hayley Atwell, whom a lot of you know as Marvel’s Agent Carter, looks ethereal as Ella’s dearly departed mother (and like she could be related to James). And yes, that was Ben Chaplin seen briefly as her father. The stepsisters are played by Holliday Grainger (“The Borgias”) and Sophie McShera (another Downton regular). We also get Stellan Skargård, Nonso Anozie, and Derek Jacobi. (Dead Again reunion! Woot!) I can’t wait!

Cinderella, directed by Kenneth Branagh, from a script by Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada) and Chris Weitz (About a Boy) opens in the US on March 13 and in the UK on 27th March, 2015.

Can you believe Emma Watson turned this down?

Jason Momoa Smelled Trouble As Soon As Lucas Till Walked In – New Clip from Wolves

Wolves, movie, poster, Lucas Till, Jason Momoa, David Hayter

There’s a new clip from David Hayter’s directorial debut, Wolves, which is finally opening tomorrow, November 14. While I’m still baffled by the missed opportunity of a Halloween release, at least we’ll have something to go see if Interstellar or that Jim Carrey/Jeff Daniels flick-that-shall-not-be-named is sold out.

The clip, which is exclusive to MovieWeb (and can be found at the link), features Lucas Till (whom you’ll remember as from the two latest X-Men films) as main character Cayden Richards (Cayden? Who wrote this, Christine Feehan? No, actually it was David Hayter. He also wrote X-Men, X2: X-Men United, The Scorpion King, and Watchmen), as he is attempting to enjoy a beer in solitude and failing badly. So we get Cayden, bartender Angelina, and their “meet-cute”. It’s worth noting that the teensiest glimpse of Jason Momoa as Connor, the bad-ass alpha of the local wolfpack, is so much more interesting and hints at some major lycan shenanigans still to come. (You know I’ll be buying a ticket looking for the fulfillment of that promise.)

Wolves, movie, photo, Lucas Till, Jason Momoa, David Hayter

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Speaking of which, check out this clip.:

Uh yeah…”boy” vs “animal”…

Wolves, movie, photo, Lucas Till, Jason Momoa, David Hayter

I’d know that drop-shouldered strut anywhere

Once a popular high school student, Cayden Richards wakes from a horrific nightmare, only to realize that he’s living it. He is changing into something vicious, unpredictable and wild. Forced to hit the road after the brutal murder of his parents, Cayden tries to hunt down the truth of what he is. He finds the answers he seeks in the mountain town of Lupine Ridge, where he discovers others just like him, including the beautiful Angelina (Merritt Patterson), a young woman caught between two ancient clans of wolves.

Just for kicks, here’s the official trailer #2:

Wolves with Lucas Till, Merritt Patterson, Jason Momoa, John Pyper-Ferguson and Stephen McHattie opens in the US on November 14.