First Official Trailer for JFK Historical Drama “Parkland” Sets a serious tone

Just last week the first official poster and new images for director Peter Landesman’s historical drama Parkland were released. The first official trailer for the anticipated film has finally been released for audiences to watch.

Parkland is based off on the day U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, how it affected the staff of Dallas’ Parkland Hospital, and the difficulties that the investigation team went through.

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The cast includes talented actors Paul Giamatti, Zac Efron, Jacki Weaver, Billy Bob Thorton, Jeremy Strong, and Marcia Gay Harden. This first trailer gives audiences an idea of how the film will flow and the overall tone of the story. As Parkland is a recounting the events of a tragic and historic assassination, the film is of course going to be very serious and quite intense, which is shown through this trailer. We also get a deeper glimpse into the relationships between the characters portrayed int the film. Watch the intense and action-packed trailer here.

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Parkland is set to be released into theaters on October 4, 2013! What do you think of this new trailer? What do you think of the cast behind this project? Do you think Parkland could potentially gain attention and critical acclaim come award season? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Source: Yahoo! Movies and IMDbPro

First Look – Exclusive New Photos from “The Last Five Years”

Fans of Broadway and the musical theater world were no doubt excited to hear that actors Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan were cast in the movie adaptation of the musical, The Last Five Years. Kendrick and Jordan signed on to the project as the two leads, Cathy Hyatt and Jamie Wellerstein, back in early March. The Last Five Years was written by Jason Robert Brown, has been performed off-Broadway, and has won several awards since it opened in 2001.

This highly awaited film is under production and is currently filming in New York City. The first two photos from the set feature Kendrick and Jordan in what seems to be an emotional scene. Of course, based on the storyline outlined below, this musical seems like it would have many emotional moments.

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For those who may be unfamiliar with the musical,  the story follows Cathy, a struggling actress, and Jamie, a novelist who is beginning to gain some success with his writing. The story for this musical is quite unique as Jamie’s story is told in chronological order, starting when they first meet, but Cathy’s story is told in reverse, starting at the end of their marriage.

The Last Five Years also stars Nic Novicki, Natalie Kneep, Sherri Rene Scott, Laura Harrier, and Meg Carriero. Plus, Richard LaGravenese will be directing, writing, and co-producing with Lauren Versel, Kurt Deutsch, and Janet Brenner for Lucky Monkey Pictures.

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What do you think of these first photos from the film? Are you a fan of Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan? Do you think they will work well together and do the characters justice? What do you think of the other cast members that have joined on to the project? Stay tuned for more news about The Last Five Years!

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Movie Exclusive – First Look at Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher”

Entertainment Weekly has exclusively released our first look at director Bennett Miller’s drama, Foxcatcher. The story behind this film is based off of real life events and the relationship between millionaire John du Pont and Olympic Wrestling Champion brothers Mark (Channing Tatum) and Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo).

In real life, du Pont and the Schultz brothers developed a friendship that eventually became dangerous. Du Pont suffered from schizophrenia and was a very guarded person. In 1996, du Pont murdered Dave Schultz and was convicted for his crime in 1997.

This official image from the film gives us our first look at an unlikely actor in a title dramatic role. Steve Carrell is known best for his funny-man roles as Michael Scott in The Office and Brick Tamland in Anchorman. However, never underestimate a talented actor like Carrell as he does have experience with dramatic roles. His performance as Uncle Frank Ginsberg in the acclaimed independent film, Little Miss Sunshine is definitely memorable. For Foxcatcher, he is wearing both prosthetic pieces and age make-up, making him virtually unrecognizable.

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In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Miller talked about why he felt it was good to cast Carrell in this dramatically demanding role:

We just had our first test [screening], and not everybody recognized Steve. He is aged [for the film], and his face is changed, and his physicality changed,” says Miller, who explains that the unlikely casting of Carell as a killer is an important part of making the character feel authentic. “If I say I’m going to make a movie about a guy who’s a schizophrenic murderer, there are probably a dozen actors who would immediately appear on anybody’s casting list. And Steve would not be on any of those lists. And that’s a good thing. Because it’s unexpected… John DuPont was a character who nobody thought was capable of doing something as horrible as he did. And I did not want to cast somebody who would feel dangerous in that way.”

Foxcatcher also stars Sienna Miller, Vanessa Redgrave, and Anthony Michael Hall and is set to be theatrically released on December 20, 2013. Do you think the release date being closer to award season could help the film earn some award attention? What do you think of this exclusive photo? Can you believe that it is actually Steve Carrell in the photo? Would you be interested in seeing this film?

Sources: Entertainment Weekly and Collider

Film Festival Coverage – Official Schedule and Guest List Released for TIFF

One of the biggest film events of the year, and the biggest film event in Canada, is the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)! So far it looks like it is going to be an amazing festival and a recently announced lineup revealed there are some highly anticipated films set to premiere.

Today there were some exciting new announcements made regarding the official schedule and the stars that will be attending the festival. The Toronto International Film Festival website has the official schedule available for you to download and read through here. On the first day of the festival, films such as Blue is The Warmest Colour, The Big Chill, Unbeatable, The Fifth Estate are premiering.

Entertainment Tonight Canada shared the exclusive guest list and announced who would be attending the prestigious  festival.  As it is every year, the TIFF Red Carpet is going to be absolutely star-studded. The guest list includes, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock, Meryl Streep, Kate Winslet, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jessica Chastain, Michael Fassbender, Annette Bening, Pierce Brosnan, Glenn Close, Marion Cotillard, Alice Cooper, Liam Neeson, Jessica Lange, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zac Efron, Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, James Franco, Chris Hemsworth, Matthew McConaughey, Colin Firth, Jennifer Garner, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson, Nicole Kidman, Keira Knightley, Mila Kunis, Jude Law, Julia Roberts, Mark Ruffalo, Susan Sarandon, Emma Thompson, Mia Wasikowska, Daniel Radcliffe, and Owen Wilson.

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There will also be many directors, producers, and other production team members present at the festival to support their work. Some of the directors that are on the guest list include Atom Egoyan who directed Devil’s Knot and Jason Reitman who directed Labor Day. Paul Haggis will be attending to premiere his film Third Person and Oscar-winning director Ron Howard will be there to premiere his documentary Made in America. In addition to these talented directors, Jason Bateman will be debuting Bad Words and Ralph Finnes will be unveiling The Invisible Woman. Denis Villeneuve will show his film Enemy, Steve McQueen has 12 Years A Slave already generating buzz, and Eli Roth will bring The Green Inferno. Finally, Bill Condon has claim to the opening spot of the festival for his highly awaited and controversial film, The Fifth Estate.

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Be sure to tune in for more exclusive coverage of TIFF! Are you looking forward to the festival? Are you surprised by this year’s guest list? Are you interested in seeing any of the films that will be premiering at the festival? 

Source: Entertainment Tonight Canada and TIFF.net

Movie Exclusive – “Catching Fire” World Premiere Date and Location Announced

As of today, there are only 100 more days until the highly awaited Hunger Games sequel hits theaters! To celebrate this exciting countdown milestone, Entertainment Weekly has exclusively shared details on The Hunger Games: Catching Fire world premiere.

The world premiere is going to be held on November 11, 2013 in the beautiful city of London! That makes the premiere only 90 days away for those who are counting. As of right now, no details have been made available as to if there will be a live feed of the premiere, but I would assume there will be. When The Hunger Games premiered Yahoo! Movies held a live feed for fans who couldn’t make it to the actual premiere.

Catching Fire is directed by Francis Lawrence and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Willow Shields, Jena Malone, Sam Claflin, Jeffery Wright, Amanda Plummer, Alan Ritchson, Stephanie Leigh Schlund, Lynn Cohen, and Meta Golding.

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Do you hope they have a live feed available online for the world premiere? Would you go to London in order to experience the premiere? Are you looking forward to The Hunger Games: Catching Fire‘s November 22 theatrical release?

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Movie Exclusive – First Look at Open Road Film’s “Parkland”

An exclusive new poster and the first images have been released for Open Road Film’s awaited historical drama, Parkland. This film is based off on the day U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated and how it affected the staff of Dallas’ Parkland Hospital.

Parkland has a very diverse and talented cast that includes actors Paul Giamatti, Zac Efron, Jacki Weaver, Billy Bob Thorton, Jeremy Strong, and Marcia Gay Harden. Efron is playing Doctor Jim Carrico, who was the first physician to tend to President Kennedy after he was brought into the emergency room. Giamatti will be portraying Abraham Zapruder, a clothing manufacturer who ended up recording the events of the assassination with his personal video camera. Thorton will be playing Secret Service Agent Forrest Sorrels, who was responsible for connecting with Zapruder and collecting his footage for development and evidence purposes. Finally, Strong is portraying Lee Harvey Oswald, the man who was accused with killing President Kennedy.

These new images from the film give us our first glimpse at the actors as their characters and the stylized world of this historical drama. If you look carefully, you realize that the American flag on the poster is at half-mast, which effectively sets the tone for the story and the film itself.

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The first trailer for Parkland is supposed to be released next week so be sure to check back in for more news and exclusive coverage! What do you think of these images and the poster? Does Parkland sound like a film you may be interested in seeing when it hits theaters on September 20, 2013?

Sources: Yahoo! MoviesIMDbPro, Wikipedia – Abraham Zapruder page, and The Seattle Times

TrulyLuminary’s Set Sightings – “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters”

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters has finally hit theaters and fans seem to be very happy with the results! Personally, I thought that the film was very well done and I enjoyed the several aspects of the film including the acting, the story, the visual effects, and the beautiful set and prop design.

As most fans may know, most of this sequel was shot in studio and on various locations in Vancouver, British Columbia.  The set for Camp Half-Blood was located at a local park and I was lucky enough to go and get an exclusive look at this stunning and realistic set a few days before they started filming.

Unfortunately, the set has already been deconstructed as they finished using it just over a year ago, but I still have some great photos to share with you! Of course, I had to wait until the movie came out in order to publish them. These exclusive photos show some of the set details and different aspects of the expansive Camp Half-Blood set!

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What do you think of these exclusive photos? Have you gone to see Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters in theaters yet? If so, what did you think of the highly awaited sequel?