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Blu-ray Review: Tom Hanks and Halle Berry Star In ‘Cloud Atlas’ – Available May 14th!

Blu-ray Review: Tom Hanks and Halle Berry Star In ‘Cloud Atlas’ – Available May 14th!

Available on March 14th!

Available on March 14th!

Groundbreaking filmmakers Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, and Andy Wachowski have returned with one of their most profilic films to date. ‘Cloud Atlas’ is a remarkably beautiful film, an adaptation of David Mitchell’s bestseller of the same name, the film weaves us through six stories, each of which take place in their own unique era between the 19th and 23rd centuries.

The cast of this epic film features Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Ben Whishaw, Jim Broadbent and Susan Sarandon. All of these very talented actors appear in multiple stories of romance and defiance, spanning from the 19th century to the distant future. At it’s core, the film explores how the actions and consequences of individual lives impact one another throughout the past, the present and the future.

Having read the source material and being a fan of it, I wondered how one might go about translating the lavish story in it’s pages to the silver screen. Through the years, many people have pointed to literally works such as ‘The Great Gatsby’ and ‘A Confederacy of Dunces’ as being unfilmable novels. This was also the case with ‘Cloud Atlas.” However, what the filmakers have acheived with this picture is nothing short of remarkable and will certainly serve as a sign post to future directors on how to achieve their lofty cinematic ambitions.

Directors Lana and Andy Wachowski are certainly know for their outside-the-box thinking and shine in their most ambitious experiment in storytelling to date. The cinematography of John Toll and Frank Grieb is nothing less than stellar.

THE EXTRAS:

The Blu-Ray package for ‘Cloud Atlas’ includes seven short documentary-style extras that delve into the world of the film. Having watched them after our iniital viewing of the film, we felt almost compelled to watch the film once more. How often do you gat type of feeling in this day and age?!

  • A Film Like No Other
  • Everything is Connected
  • The Impossible Adaptation
  • The Essence of Acting
  • Spaceships, Slaves and Sextets
  • The Bold Science Fiction of Cloud Atlas
  • Eternal Recurrence: Love, Life, and Longing in Cloud Atlas

“Cloud Atlas” is available on Blu-ray Combo pack, DVD and Digital Download on March 14th!

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Official Theatrical Poster For ‘Captain America: First Avenger’ Revealed

Official Theatrical Poster For ‘Captain America: First Avenger’ Revealed

Marvel Studios has finally launched the official movie poster for Captain America: First Avenger. Check it out below and be sure to weigh in with your thoughts!

Captain America: The First Avenger is being directed by Joe Johnston (The Wolfman) and co-stars Sebastian Stan (Gossip Girl) as sidekick Bucky Barnes, Haylee Atwell (The Duchess) as love-interest Peggy Carter, Tommy Lee Jones as possibly General Chester Phillips, Hugo Weaving as the villain Red Skull, and Toby Jones (W.) as Arnim Zola. Captain America: The First Avenger hits theaters on July 22, 2011.

The film is set in 1942 and tells the story of how Steve Rogers (Evans) goes from a skinny kid with an itch to kill Nazis to a superhero called Captain America, thanks to a top-secret military program called Project: Rebirth. Haley Atwell plays his love interest, Major Peggy Carter, while Sebastian Stan has stepped into the role of sidekick Bucky Barnes. Hugo Weaving, meanwhile, plays Red Skull, Hitler’s über-evil weapons chief and, inevitably, the Captain’s adversary after he forms plans to use a fantastical device called the Tesseract to conquer the world.

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First Official Look At Chris Evans As Captain America!

First Official Look At Chris Evans As Captain America!

Entertainment Weekly has offered up the first official look of Chris Evans as Captain America! Check it out and weigh in with your thoughts!

Captain America: The First Avenger is being directed by Joe Johnston (The Wolfman) and co-stars Sebastian Stan (Gossip Girl) as sidekick Bucky Barnes, Haylee Atwell (The Duchess) as love-interest Peggy Carter, Tommy Lee Jones as possibly General Chester Phillips, Hugo Weaving as the villain Red Skull, and Toby Jones (W.) as Arnim Zola. Captain America: The First Avenger hits theaters on July 22, 2011.

The film is set in 1942 and tells the story of how Steve Rogers (Evans) goes from a skinny kid with an itch to kill Nazis to a superhero called Captain America, thanks to a top-secret military program called Project: Rebirth. Haley Atwell plays his love interest, Major Peggy Carter, while Sebastian Stan has stepped into the role of sidekick Bucky Barnes. Hugo Weaving, meanwhile, plays Red Skull, Hitler’s über-evil weapons chief and, inevitably, the Captain’s adversary after he forms plans to use a fantastical device called the Tesseract to conquer the world.

Source: EW

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Eight Character Posters For Zack Snyder’s ‘Legend of the Guardians’ Unveiled!

Eight Character Posters For Zack Snyder’s ‘Legend of the Guardians’ Unveiled!

Eight new character posters for Zack Snyder’s ‘Legend of the Guardians’ have been unveiled. The film features a talented voice cast that features Jim Sturgess, Helen Mirren, Emilie de Ravin, Hugo Weaving, Sam Neill,Geoffrey Rush, and Abbie Cornish. Check them out below.

Synopsis: The Legend of the Guardians is based on the first three books of Kathryn Lasky’s series, Guardians of Ga’Hoole. It follows Soren (Sturgess), a young barn owl who is kidnapped by the owls of the St. Aegolius Academy for Orphaned Owls, or St. Aggie’s. The academy is supposed to be an orphanage, but instead it brainwashes its pupils into becoming soldiers who will ultimately clash with the wise, peaceful owls of Ga’Hoole. Soren is enthralled by his father’s epic stories of the Ga’Hoole Guardians, a mythic band of winged warriors who had fought a great battle to save all of owl kind from the evil Pure Ones.

‘Legend of the Guardians’ hits theaters nationwide on September 24, 2010.

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First Look At Chris Evans As Captain America In Concept Images

First Look At Chris Evans As Captain America In Concept Images

Comic book fans have something to get excited about today as they get the first look at Chris Evans from the Captain America: The First Avenger in the form of concept images which AICN recently scored. Check all of the images out at AICN and be sure to weigh in with your thoughts!

Captain America: The First Avenger is being directed by Joe Johnston (The Wolfman) and co-stars Sebastian Stan (Gossip Girl) as sidekick Bucky Barnes, Haylee Atwell (The Duchess) as love-interest Peggy Carter, Tommy Lee Jones as possibly General Chester Phillips, Hugo Weaving as the villain Red Skull, and Toby Jones (W.) as Arnim Zola. Captain America: The First Avenger hits theaters on July 22, 2011.

Source: AICN

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Marvel Studios Confirms Hugo Weaving’s Role In ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’

Marvel Studios Confirms Hugo Weaving’s Role In ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’

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After months of speculation, Marvel Studios has now confirmed that Hugo Weaving’s role in Captain America: The First Avenger. Weaving will play Johann Schmidt, a.k.a. the Red Skull.

Production will begin this summer in London with Captain America set to bow on July 22, 2011. Check out the official press release below!

“Marvel Studios announced today that Hugo Weaving has been cast to star as Johann Schmidt aka the Red Skull in the studio’s highly anticipated movie CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER opposite Chris Evans and Hayley Atwell. In the early comics, Johann Schmidt was drafted into loyal service of The Third Reich and renamed “The Red Skull”. The character will be updated for the feature adaptation. Joe Johnston will direct the film penned by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely.

Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige will produce CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER. Alan Fine, Stan Lee, David Maisel and Louis D’Esposito will executive produce. The film will be released in the US on July 22, 2011 and distributed by Paramount Pictures.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER will focus on the early days of the Marvel Universe when Steve Rogers volunteers to participate in an experimental program that turns him into the Super Soldier known as Captain America.

Weaving was last seen in THE WOLFMAN and his voice is very recognizable as Megatron from TRANSFORMERS and TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN as well as Noah the Elder from HAPPY FEET. His other film credits include starring in V FOR VENDETTA, THE MATRIX franchise, and THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy.

In addition to CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER, Marvel Studios will release a slate of films based on the Marvel characters including the highly anticipated sequel, IRON MAN 2, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow on May 7, 2010, THOR on May 6, 2011, and Marvel Studios’ THE AVENGERS on May 4, 2012.

Weaving is represented by CAA, Shanahan Management and attorney David Weber.”

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Sebastian Stan To Play Bucky Barnes In ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’

Sebastian Stan To Play Bucky Barnes In ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’

Sebastian Stan (Gossip Girl) has been cast to star alongside Chris Evans, as Captain America’s sidekick Bucky Barnes.

In comics history, Bucky was Rogers’ teenage sidekick, and he fought alongside Captain America in World War II. Previously believed to have died in the mission that left Captain America frozen in a block of ice, Bucky later reappeared in the modern comics universe as a brainwashed assassin. He eventually regained his memory and took up the mantle of Captain America when Rogers appeared to have been killed.

Sebastian Stan next’s big onscreen role comes in “The Apparition” later this year. He also has an unnamed role in “The Wrestler” director Darren Aronofsky’s next project, the ballet-themed thriller “Black Swan.”

“The First Avenger: Captain America” is scheduled to hit theaters July 22, 2011.

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