Multiple Story Lines Proved A Challenge For ‘Cloud Atlas’ Filmmakers

cloud_atlas_1-620x4115Finally in theaters after much anticipation, CLOUD ATLAS is a truly ambitious sci-fi saga that will test the strength of some viewers while totally thrilling others. Featuring an all-star cast in multiple roles and connected story lines, the film features performances by TOM HANKS, HALLE BERRY, SUSAN SARANDON, JIM BROADBENT, HUGO WEAVING, JIM STURGESS, BEN WHISHAW, KEITH DAVID and DOONA BAE. Based on the best-selling novel by DAVID MITCHELL and collectively directed by co-screenwriters ANDY WACHOWSKI, LANA WACHOWSKI and TOM TYKWER, CLOUD ATLAS proved to carry some interesting challenges. During our recent interview with the filmmakers, they talked about going from page to screen. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)

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‘Chasing Mavericks’ Star Jonny Weston Looked To The Dark Side Of Surfing Phenom

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Arriving in theaters today, CHASING MAVERICKS mixes elements of the traditional inspirational sports movie with a coming-of-age tale to tell the true-life story of surfing phenom Jay Moriarity who, at the age of 15, set out to conquer the legendary Maverick surf breaks of Northern California with the able assist of an older, more experienced mentor. Co-directed by MICHAEL APTED and CURTIS HANSON, the cast features GERARD BUTLER, JONNY WESTON, ELISABETH SHUE, ABIGAIL SPENCER and LEVEN RAMBIN. We sat down last week with the extremely photogenic stars of the film and WESTON talked about how he tackled the task of playing Moriarity. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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CHASING MAVERICKS opens in theaters today

Holiday Heroes Get Into Action In Big-Screen Adaptation Of ‘Rise Of The Guardians’

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Opening in theaters next month (and just in time for the holiday season), RISE OF THE GUARDIANS centers on the war between an evil spirit and the Immortal Guardians, a group consisting of North (Santa Claus), Frost (Jack Frost), E. Aster Bunnymund (The Easter Bunny) and Tooth (The Tooth Fairy). Based on the Award-winning children’s book by WILLIAM JOYCE, produced by GUILLERMO DEL TORO and directed by PETER RAMSEY the all-star voice cast includes ALEC BALDWIN, CHRIS PINE, HUGH JACKMAN, ISLA FISHER and JUDE LAW.
At a New York press conference held a couple of days ago in anticipation of the film’s release, GUILLERMO DEL TORO told reporters how he got involved in the project. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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RISE OF THE GUARDIANS opens in theaters 11/21

Screenwriter John Gatins Drew From Experience (And The Headlines) For ‘Flight’

flightIn the upcoming drama FLIGHT, a heroic pilot who saved a plane full of survivors is taken to task when it’s discovered he was under the influence of chemical substances at the time of the crash. An intense character study peppered with dynamic performances, FLIGHT feels like the kind of film destined for award recognition. Directed by ROBERT ZEMECKIS from a script by JOHN GATINS, the cast includes DENZEL WASHINGTON, KELLY REILLY, JOHN GOODMAN, MELISSA LEO, BRUCE GREENWOOD and DON CHEADLE.
At last week’s press conference to promote the film, writer JOHN GATINS talked about his own experience with addiction and how what we see on screen isn’t far from what we read in the headlines. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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FLIGHT opens in theaters 11/2

Multiple Themes Fuel Sci-Fi Epic ‘Cloud Atlas’

cloud_atlas_ver6Opening in theaters tomorrow, the multi-tiered science fiction epic CLOUD ATLAS is, hands down, one of the most interesting and thought provoking films of the season and one we expect will garner some attention come awards time. Based on the best-selling novel by DAVID MITCHELL and collectively directed by co-screenwriters ANDY WACHOWSKI, LANA WACHOWSKI and TOM TYKWER, the film features an all-star cast in multiple roles and connected story lines that shift both time and place and provide a real showcase for the likes of TOM HANKS, HALLE BERRY, SUSAN SARANDON, JIM BROADBENT, HUGO WEAVING, JIM STURGESS, BEN WHISHAW, KEITH DAVID and DOONA BAE.

With themes open to many interpretations (not the least of which are reincarnation and transgenerational existence), CLOUD ATLAS provides much to think about. During our recent interview, Academy Award-winner SUSAN SARANDON offered her take on reincarnation. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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CLOUD ATLAS opens in theaters tomorrow