Jamie Bell Talks About "The Eagle" 


I had a great time meeting Jamie Bell, perhaps best remembered for his iconic role as "Billy Elliott." His dancing background helped him in making his upcoming film "The Eagle" where he plays Esca, a Briton slave who can fight in a feral, uncultivated way.

In this interview, we talked about:

*** Is there a cultural connection between he and his character Esca?
*** What attracted him into making "The Eagle?"
*** The "clash of cultures" element of director Kevin Macdonald's films
*** How he prepared for the part
*** How he and Channing bonded
*** What's the biggest challenge in making "The Eagle?"


(Click here for my movie review of "The Eagle")



In 2nd-Century Britain, two men - master and slave - venture beyond the edge of the known world on a dangerous and obsessive quest that will push them beyond the boundaries of loyalty and betrayal, friendship and hatred, deceit and heroism.

Genres: Action/Adventure, Art/Foreign, Drama and Adaptation
Running Time: 1 hr. 54 min.
Release Date: February 11th, 2011 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for battle sequences and some disturbing images.
Distributors: Focus Features

Cast and Credits
Starring: Jamie Bell, Channing Tatum, Mark Strong, Tahar Rahim, Donald Sutherland
Directed by: Kevin MacDonald
Produced by: Tessa Ross, Miles Ketley, Charles Moore

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"The Eagle" Interview with Director Kevin MacDonald 


Academy Award-winner Kevin MacDonald ("Touching the Void," "The Last King of Scotland") made a swords-and-sandals epic with "The Eagle" starring Channing Tatum (Marcus Aguila) and Jamie Bell (Esca). Based on the novel by Rosemary Sutcliff, "The Eagle" tells the story of the Ninth Legion and one man's quest to restore his father's reputation, the Commander of the Ninth.

In this interview, we talked about:

*** Making a historical film
*** Why his movies are mostly etymological study of clashing cultures between two men from two different backgrounds (think "The Last King of Scotland," or to some lesser degree, "State of Play")
*** The "bromantic" angle of "The Eagle"
*** Why he chose to hire American actors to play Roman soldiers


(Click here for my movie review of "The Eagle")



In 2nd-Century Britain, two men - master and slave - venture beyond the edge of the known world on a dangerous and obsessive quest that will push them beyond the boundaries of loyalty and betrayal, friendship and hatred, deceit and heroism.

Genres: Action/Adventure, Art/Foreign, Drama and Adaptation
Running Time: 1 hr. 54 min.
Release Date: February 11th, 2011 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for battle sequences and some disturbing images.
Distributors: Focus Features

Cast and Credits
Starring: Jamie Bell, Channing Tatum, Mark Strong, Tahar Rahim, Donald Sutherland
Directed by: Kevin MacDonald
Produced by: Tessa Ross, Miles Ketley, Charles Moore

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"The Eagle" Movie Review -- How Many Kisses Does Channing Tatum Get? 


When we hear the name Channing Tatum, we think of romance ("Dear John"), action ("G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra"), or dance movies ("Step Up") but we never associate the actor with swords-and-sandals epics like his new film "The Eagle."


Set in 140 AD, Tatum stars as Marcus Aguila, a Roman soldier who will do anything to restore his father's reputation. 20 years earlier, the elder Aguila commanded his 5,000-strong Ninth Legion and marched north into Caledonia (today's Scotland), carrying their golden emblem, the Eagle of the Ninth. They never returned. Read More...

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Super Bowl 2011 Movie Trailers! Did You See Them All? If Not, Here's Your Chance! 
Okay, I didn't watch the game, sorry Super Bowl fans, BUT I did watch the commercials, especially the movie trailers! There were many of them, so without further adieu, all the Super Bowl 2011 movie trailers you might have missed!

My favorite? Hhmmmm, my heart belongs to "Thor," oh yeah, and "Captain America!"

"Captain America: The First Avenger"



Steve Rogers volunteers to participate in an experimental program that turns him into the Super Soldier known as Captain America. As Captain America, Rogers joins forces with Bucky Barnes and Peggy Carter to wage war on the evil HYDRA organization, led by the villainous Red Skull.

Cast and Credits
Starring: Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, Sebastian Stan, Hayley Atwell, Samuel L. Jackson
Directed by: Joe Johnston
Produced by: Stan Lee, Louis D Esposito, David Maisel

"Super 8"



In 1979, the U.S. Air Force closed a section of Area 51. All materials were to be transported to a secure facility in Ohio.

Genres: Action/Adventure and Thriller
Release Date: Summer 2011
Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Cast and Credits
Starring: Kyle Chandler, Elle Fanning, Ron Eldard, Noah Emmerich, Gabriel Basso
Directed by: J.J. Abrams
Produced by: Guy Riedel, J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk

"Fast Five"



Since Brian O'Conner and Mia Toretto broke Dom Toretto out of custody, they've blown across many borders to elude authorities. Now backed into a corner in Rio de Janeiro, they must pull one last job in order to gain their freedom. As they assemble their elite team of top racers, the unlikely allies know their only shot of getting out for good means confronting the corrupt businessman who wants them dead. But he's not the only one on their tail. Hard-nosed federal agent Luke Hobbs never misses his target. When he is assigned to track down Dom and Brian, he and his strike team launch an all-out assault to capture them. But as his men tear through Brazil, Hobbs learns he can't separate the good guys from the bad. Now, he must rely on his instincts to corner his prey... before someone else runs them down first.

Also Known As:
The Fast and the Furious 5
The Fast and the Furious V
Untitled (Universal Pictures/The Fast and the Furious Sequel)
Production Status: In Production/Awaiting Release
Genres: Action/Adventure and Sequel
Release Date: April 29th, 2011 (wide)
Production Co.:
Original Film
Studios:
Universal Pictures
Filming Locations:
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Puerto Rico
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Parker, Arizona, USA
Produced in: United States

Cast & Crew
STARRING:
Vin Diesel ........................................................................................ Dominic Toretto
Paul Walker ........................................................................................ Brian O'Conner
Jordana Brewster ........................................................................................ Mia Toretto
Tyrese Gibson ........................................................................................ Roman Pearce
Chris "Ludacris" Bridges ........................................................................................ Tej
Matt Schulze ........................................................................................ Vince
Sung Kang ........................................................................................ Han
Dwayne Johnson ........................................................................................ Luke Hobbs
DIRECTED BY:
Justin Lin

"Thor"



Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior, is sent down to Earth has punishment for reigniting a reckless war. But after a dangerous villain from his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth, the hammer-wielding Thor will learn what it takes to be a true hero in order to save mankind.
Genres: Action/Adventure and Adaptation
Release Date: May 6th, 2011 (wide)
Distributors:
Paramount Pictures

Cast and Credits
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Ray Stevenson
Directed by: Kenneth Branagh
Produced by: Stan Lee, Louis D Esposito, Ari Arad

"Just Go With It"



GENRES:
Comedy and Romance
IN THEATERS:
February 11th, 2011
MPAA:
PG-13 for frequent crude and sexual content, partial nudity, brief drug references and language.

A plastic surgeon, romancing a much younger schoolteacher, enlists his loyal assistant to pretend to be his soon to be ex-wife, in order to cover up a careless lie.

Cast & Crew
STARRING:
Adam Sandler ........................................................................................ Danny
Jennifer Aniston ........................................................................................ Katherine
Nicole Kidman ........................................................................................ Devlin Adams
Nick Swardson ........................................................................................ Eddie
Brooklyn Decker ........................................................................................ Palmer
Bailee Madison ........................................................................................ Maggie
Griffin Gluck ........................................................................................ Michael
Dave Matthews ........................................................................................ Ian Maxtone Jones
Kevin Nealon ........................................................................................ Adon
Rachel Dratch ........................................................................................ Kirsten Brant
Allen Covert ........................................................................................ Soul Patch
Dan Patrick ........................................................................................ Tanner Patrick
Minka Kelly ........................................................................................ Joanna Damon
DIRECTED BY:
Dennis Dugan

"Cowboys and Aliens"



GENRES:
Action/Adventure, Science Fiction, Western and Adaptation
IN THEATERS:
July 29th, 2011 (wide)
MPAA:
Not yet rated.
In the Old West, a lone cowboy leads an uprising against a terror from beyond our world.

Cast & Crew
STARRING:
Daniel Craig ........................................................................................ Jake Lonergan
Harrison Ford ........................................................................................ Col. Woodrow Dolarhyde
Olivia Wilde ........................................................................................ Ella
Sam Rockwell ........................................................................................ Doc
Paul Dano ........................................................................................ Percy
Adam Beach ........................................................................................ Nat Colorado
Noah Ringer ........................................................................................ Emmett
Ana de la Reguera ........................................................................................ Maria
DIRECTED BY:
Jon Favreau

"Transformers: Dark of the Moon"



A darker more introspective journey into the Transformers universe and their origins on Cybertron. There is also preview footage of the possibility of Unicron, the planet eater, in this sequel.
Genres: Action/Adventure and Sequel
Release Date: July 1st, 2011 (wide)
Distributors:
Paramount Pictures

Cast and Credits
Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Tyrese Gibson, Frances McDormand, John Malkovich, Ken Jeong
Directed by: Michael Bay
Produced by: Don Murphy, Tom De Santo, Lorenzo Di Bonaventura

"Battle: Los Angeles"



For years, there have been documented cases of UFO sightings around the world -- Buenos Aires, Seoul, France, Germany, China. But in 2011, what were once just sightings will become a terrifying reality when Earth is attacked by unknown forces. As people everywhere watch the world's great cities fall, Los Angeles becomes the last stand for mankind in a battle no one expected. It's up to a Marine staff... See Full Description
Genres: Action/Adventure and Science Fiction/Fantasy
Release Date: March 11th, 2011 (wide)
Distributors:
Sony Pictures Releasing

Cast and Credits
Starring: Aaron Eckhart, Bridget Moynahan, Michelle Rodriguez, Michael Pena, Adetokumboh M Cormack
Directed by: Jonathan Liebesman
Produced by: Ori Marmur, Neal H. Moritz, Jeffrey Chernov

"Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides"



GENRES:
Action/Adventure, Comedy and Sequel
IN THEATERS:
May 20th, 2011 (wide)
MPAA:
Not yet rated.
Captain Jack Sparrow unexpectedly finds himself on an adventure with the fierce pirate Blackbeard and a woman from his past.

Cast & Crew
STARRING:
Johnny Depp ........................................................................................ Jack Sparrow
Penelope Cruz ........................................................................................ Angelica
Ian McShane ........................................................................................ Blackbeard
Kevin R. McNally ........................................................................................ Gibbs
Astrid Berges-Frisbey ........................................................................................ Syrena
Sam Claflin ........................................................................................ Philip
Geoffrey Rush ........................................................................................ Barbossa
DIRECTED BY:
Rob Marshall

"Kung Fu Panda 2: The Kaboom of Doom"



Po is now living his dream as The Dragon Warrior, protecting the Valley of Peace alongside his friends and fellow kung fu masters, The Furious Five. But Po's new life of awesomeness is threatened by the emergence of a formidable villain, who plans to use a secret, unstoppable weapon to conquer China and destroy kung fu. He must look to his past and uncover the secrets of his mysterious origins; only then will Po be able to unlock the strength he needs to succeed
Genres: Action/Adventure, Comedy, Kids/Family, Animation and Sequel
Release Date: May 27th, 2011 (wide)
Distributors:
DreamWorks Animation

Cast and Credits
Starring: Jean-Claude van Damme, Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan
Directed by: Jennifer Yuh Nelson
Produced by: Melissa Cobb

"Limitless"



Aspiring author Eddie Morra is suffering from chronic writer's block, but his life changes instantly when an old friend introduces him to NZT, a revolutionary new pharmaceutical that allows him to tap his full potential. With every synapse crackling, Eddie can recall everything he has ever read, seen or heard, learn any language in a day, comprehend complex equations and beguile anyone he meets - as long as he keeps taking the untested drug. Soon Eddie takes Wall Street by storm, parlaying a small stake into millions. His accomplishments catch the eye of mega-mogul Carl Van Loon, who invites him to help broker the largest merger in corporate history. But they also bring Eddie to the attention of people willing to do anything to get their hands on his stash of NZT. With his life in jeopardy and the drug's brutal side effects taking their toll, Eddie dodges mysterious stalkers, a vicious gangster and an intense police investigation as he attempts to hang on to his dwindling supply long enough to outwit his enemies.
Also Known As:
The Dark Fields
Production Status: In Production/Awaiting Release
Logline: An unsuccessful writer's life is transformed by a top-secret "smart drug" that allows him to use 100% of his brain and become a perfect version of himself.
Genres: Drama, Thriller and Adaptation
Release Date: March 18th, 2011 (wide)
Distributors:
Relativity Media
Production Co.:
Relativity Media, Virgin Produced
Studios:
Universal Pictures
Filming Locations:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
New York, USA
Produced in: United States

Cast and Credits
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Abbie Cornish, Anna Friel, Tomas Arana
Directed by: Neil Burger
Produced by: Tucker Tooley, Leslie Dixon, Scott Kroopf

"Mars Needs Moms"


Take out the trash, eat your broccoli - who needs moms, anyway? Nine-year-old Milo finds out just how much he needs his mom when she's nabbed by Martians who plan to steal her mom-ness for their own young. Milo embarks on a quest to save his mom - a wild adventure that involves stowing away on a spaceship, navigating an elaborate, multi-level planet and taking on the alien nation and their leader. With the help of a tech-savvy, underground earthman named Gribble and a rebel Martian girl called Ki, Milo just might find his way back to his mom - in more ways than one.
Production Status: In Production/Awaiting Release
Logline: When Milo's mom is kidnapped by evil aliens, he stows away aboard their spaceship to try and rescue her from their nefarious schemes.
Genres: Action/Adventure, Comedy, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Animation and Adaptation
Release Date: March 11th, 2011 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG
Distributors:
Walt Disney Studios Distribution
Production Co.:
ImageMovers
Studios:
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Produced in: United States

Cast and Credits
Starring: Seth Green, Dan Fogler, Elisabeth Harnois, Mindy Sterling, Joan Cusack
Directed by: Simon Wells
Produced by: Robert Zemeckis, Jack Rapke, Steve Starkey

"Rango"



The story of a chameleon with an identity crisis.

Genres: Action/Adventure and Animation
Release Date: March 4th, 2011 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG for rude humor, language, action and smoking.
Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Cast and Credits
Starring: Johnny Depp, Alanna Ubach, Abigail Breslin, Isla Fisher, Alfred Molina
Directed by: Gore Verbinski
Produced by: Tim Headington, Graham King, Gore Verbinski

"Rio"


A nerdy macaw leaves the comfort of his cage in Minnesota and heads to Rio de Janeiro.

Genres: Action/Adventure, Comedy and Animation
Release Date: April 15th, 2011 (wide)
Distributors: 20th Century Fox Distribution

Cast and Credits
Starring: Anne Hathaway, Rodrigo Santoro, Jesse Eisenberg, Tracy Morgan, George Lopez
Directed by: Carlos Saldanha
Produced by: Bruce Anderson (II), Christopher Jenkins

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Not Quite Super Box-Office for Super Bowl Weekend BUT "The Roommate" Outswims James Cameron's "Sanctum!" 


"The Roommate" aka "Single White Female" meets "Fatal Attraction," debuted at the top spot during a slow Super Bowl weekend. The "crazy" genre film (crazy neighbor, crazy mistress, now, crazy roommate) starring Leighton Meester (bad roommate) and Minka Kelly (good roommate) landed at No. 1 with $15.6 million.

Sorry folks, Sony declined to show "The Roommate" to critics, so I have no review, but we'll catch up very soon!

Meanwhile, James Cameron executive produced "Sanctum," but his box-office mojo could not help the underwater disaster flick. "Sanctum" from Universal Pictures opened at No. 2 with $9.2 million. But don't worry folks, Universal will soon recoup its capital since the studio only paid $12 million to distribute the film. (Check out my "Sanctum" review right here)

Previous weekend's box-office champ, "The Rite" with Anthony Hopkins, fell way below to sixth-place with $5.6 million. The exorcism thriller, so far, has made $23.7 million for Warner Bros.

Here's the estimated Top 10 list of box-office films for weekend of Feb. 4th:

1. "The Roommate," $15.6 million.
2. "Sanctum," $9.2 million.
3. "No Strings Attached," $8.4 million.
4. "The King's Speech," $8.3 million.
5. "The Green Hornet," $6.1 million.
6. "The Rite," $5.6 million.
7. "The Mechanic," $5.4 million.
8. "True Grit," $4.8 million.
9. "The Dilemma," $3.5 million.
10. "Black Swan," $3.4 million.

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