Arriving in theaters early next year, THE LAST STAND is a power-packed action/adventure centered on an emotionally damaged border-town sheriff, his largely inexperienced staff and their sudden set-to with an escaped killer, a hostage situation, a drug cartel and assorted gang members. Directed by JEE-WOON KIM from a story by ANDREW KNAUER, the impressive cast of familiar faces includes ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, FOREST WHITAKER, PETER STORMARE, JOHNNY KNOXVILLE, HARRY DEAN STANTON, ZACH GILFORD and GENESIS RODRIGUEZ.
Since leaving his political post, the former California Governor has been attacking his return to films with a vengeance. This latest one-sheet and trailer give every indication that SCHWARZENEGGER wants back in on the real action.
Well, if worldwide figures are to be taken into consideration, it appears that THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PT. 2 will be a champ when it opens domestically this weekend. Declared a bona fide blockbuster in the European countries in which it’s already opened, the film had hardcore fans lining up almost a week ago for tomorrow’s opening here in the U.S..
All this week we’ve been sharing video clips from the BREAKING DAWN PT. 2 press conferences and here is KRISTEN STEWART (at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills) talking about how Bella Swan has come-of-age over the five film run of THE TWILIGHT SAGA series.
THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PT. 2 opens in theaters tomorrow
Arriving in theaters next month, LES MISERABLES is the big-screen adaptation of the long-running Broadway musical inspired by the classic novel by VICTOR HUGO. Hugely popular, the show has run (in one incarnation or another) for over 30 years and won countless awards.
Already the subject of considerable “Oscar buzz”, the film is directed by TOM HOOPER from a script by WILLIAM NICHOLSON and features an impressive ensemble cast that includes HUGH JACKMAN, ANNE HATHAWAY, RUSSELL CROWE, SACHA BARON COHEN, HELENA BONHAM CARTER and AMANDA SEYFRIED. Almost all involved have musical stage experience and, judging from the trailers, it shows. Despite being a Broadway vet and Tony Award-winner, HUGH JACKMAN told us earlier this year that he not only had to audition for his role in the film but that he actually insisted on it. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
Currently in limited release with plans to expand this weekend, the much heralded historical epic LINCOLN has been the object of such positive reactions as Academy Award speculation and a Time Magazine cover story. Directed by STEVEN SPIELBERG from a script by award-winning playwright TONY KUSHNER, the LINCOLN cast includes DANIEL DAY-LEWIS, SALLY FIELD, JOSEPH GORDON LEVITT, JOHN HAWKES, WALTER GOGGINS, JACKIE EARL HALEY, JAMES SPADER and TOMMY LEE JONES. During the Beverly Hills press conference to promote the film, STEVEN SPIELBERG confessed that he made a few discoveries about the 16th POTUS while putting the film together. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
Guillermo del Toro’s imaginative spirit is always up and running, even though the last film he released as a director was the 2008 effortHellboy 2: The Golden Army. His next feature, the 2013 summer feature Pacific Rim, stars Sons of Anarchy’s Charlie Hunnam and centers on the epic (and one would assume futuristic) battle between robots and monsters.
But directing is not Del Toro’s only creative venture. A lifelong fan of creature features and fables, he executive produces the DreamWorks Animation project Rise of the Guardians, an adventure which centers on Jack Frost’s (Chris Pine) battle against a bogeyman named Pitch (Jude Law). Joining Frost’s quest are the Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman), the Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher), and Santa Claus (Alec Baldwin).
“The beauty of a producer is to be half consigliore, half confessor, more than half – a third -and then a third bodyguard and thug,” said Del Toro at a press conference to promote the film. “…And you are there to be a shoulder for the director, or another producer, to cry on. You’re there to admonish them to be better, and it’s a job that really makes you be in their corner. If you make the mistake of thinking you are directing, then you’re not producing right.”
Del Toro talks about one of the first big meetings for Rise of the Guardians, as he pitched his own version of the film to his fellow producers. Click on the media bar below to hear Del Toro (Guardians producer Peter Ramsey and producers William Joyce and Nancy Bernstein are also heard in the clip):