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Thank you for joining us again if you listened to our earlier podcasts or if you are new to the program, welcome! Once a week, Linda and Rebecca will take to the internet airwaves to discuss a variety of subjects, including all the latest news, movies we’ve seen recently, the Oscar season and more topics that interest us (or you! Please send us your suggestions for topics to talk about).
This week’s podcast WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS so please read below for the specifics before hitting PLAY.
• 09:00 – 29:00 Plenty of movies watched this week. We talk about “Moneyball”, “Immortals”, “Martha Marcy May Marlene” (14:30 – 18:00 will have SPOILERS FOR THE ENDING), “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”, “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” and “War Horse.”
• 29:00 – END – We each count down our Top 10 Movies of 2011. There are minor spoilers for each film, but nothing too drastic, and we obviously don’t want to spoil the surprise of what movies made our lists, so… just take a listen!
Behold the power of the internet. While no official announcement has been made, the sleuths over at Cinema Blend have apparently uncovered some major “Les Miserables” movie casting news through – what else? – Twitter. British actor Matt Lucas, who had a scene-stealing turn in this summer’s “Bridesmaids”, and has also acted in the “Les Mis” musical on the West End stage, tweeted a couple of hours ago: “Sacha will be amazing in the Les Mis movie. He’s the funniest man in the world and a good friend. Am excited to see his Thenardier.”
Sacha, of course, is referring to comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, famous of going deep undercover as outrageous characters to elicit shocking responses out of an unsuspecting public – to hilarious results. Our own deductive reasoning can only conclude that Lucas must have been up for the role of Thenardier, the greedy innkeeper who provides some of the biggest laughs in the stage musical (and the role he played on stage), and has received the call that Cohen has been cast in the role instead. If Cohen has actually been cast, he will join an all-star cast that already includes Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean, Russell Crowe as Inspector Javert, Anne Hathaway as Fantine and Eddie Redmayne as Marius. Helena Bonham Carter’s name has been linked to the role of Thenardier’s wife, but her involvement is not official as of yet. Recent Oscar winner Tom Hooper will direct and recently reassured everyone that good old fashioned 2D will be employed to shoo the movie.
Also still up for grabs are roles including Eponine, Cosette and Enjolras. Well, at least as far as we know, the roles are still up for grabs. Lucas’ inadvertant Twitter announcement may indicate other casting decisions have been finalized but not yet publicized as well. The clock is ticking on the project, with rehearsals set to begin in a few scant weeks in January and cameras rolling by March, not to mention that Christmas 2012 release date.
There’s been wild rumors and speculation over a secret, surprise screening of a work-in-progress film from a “legendary director” at this week’s New York Film Festeival. Will it be Stephen Daldry’s “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”, with its very New York connections? “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” from David Fincher, who forewent bigger festivals to premiere last year’s “The Social Network” at NYFF? Stephen Spielberg’s “War Horse”, Cameron Crowe’s “We Bought a Zoo” or even, inexplicably, Jason Reitman’s “Young Adult”? Well, the day of the screening is upon and it is actually “Hugo”, the first 3-D family-friendly adventure from Martin Scorsese that will be shown tonight to audiences who purchased the “mystery” tickets in advance.
Newcomer Asa Butterfield shines as a recently orphaned kid living in the walls of a Parisian train station who gets wrapped up in a mystery revolving around a robot/music box left by his recently deceased father (Jude Law) and Chloe Moretz, who happens to possess the heart shaped key that unlocks the machine. A magical adventure kicks off and a colorful troupe of supporting characters, including Sacha Baron Cohen as a grouchy train conductor and Ben Kinsley as a mysterious shop owner, create trouble and mischief for the youngsters. As Moretz’s character self-references, “it’s like Neverland and Oz and Treasure Island all wrapped into one” in Scorsese’s first family film. The director speaks of the film and previews tons of new scenes ahead of its premiere tonight in the video below.
The rest of us not invited tonight will get to see “Hugo” on Thanksgiving weekend.
Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo” (formerly “Hugo Cabret”, based on the novel by Brian Selznick), already looks like movie magic. Newcomer Asa Butterfield shines as a recently orphaned kid living in the walls of a Parisian train station who gets wrapped up in a mystery revolving around a robot/music box and Chloe Moretz, who happens to possess the heart shaped key that unlocks the machine. A magical adventure kicks off and a colorful troupe of supporting characters, including Sacha Baron Cohen as a grouchy train conductor and Ben Kinsley as a mysterious shop owner, create trouble and mischief for the youngsters. As Moretz’s character self-references, “it’s like Neverland and Oz and Treasure Island all wrapped into one” and it’s easy to see how “Hugo” would be even more immersive and breathtaking on the big screen, in 3D. If that weren’t enough, the kids are backed up by a Scorsese caliber supporting cast that also includes Jude Law, Emily Mortimer and Christopher Lee.
Sony is obviously betting you’ll see “Hugo” in glorious 3D with your family over Thanksgiving weekend, as it opens on November 23, 2011. See the trailer in HD at Apple Trailers or below.
Kristen Wiig, Anna Faris and Gillian Jacobs have emerged as the front-runners to play the female lead in Sacha Baron Cohen’s next film, “The Dictator”, reports THR. While that is being sorted out, and THR cautions that the producers are still reading other actresses so it could end up being someone else altogether, Jason Mantzoukas is now in negotiations to play Cohen’s sidekick.
The film, which reteams Cohen with his “Borat” director Larry Charles, tells (tongue firmly in cheek) “the heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed.” Cohen will play dual roles of the dictator and a goat herder, who gets lost in the US.
Faris is perhaps the most well known film actress out of the three comediennes vying to be Cohen’s leading lady, having headlined the “Scary Movie” franchise and films like “The House Bunny”. She’ll next be seen in a much more traditional rom-com “What’s My Number” opposite Chris Evans this September. Wiig became a breakout on “Saturday Night Live” since joining the show in 2005 and has been slowly trying to build a film career, with supporting roles in movies like “Knocked Up”, “Adventureland” and “Whip It”. While an attempt to bring a popular SNL character to the big screen in “MacGruber” wasn’t successful, she will take a more leading role in the upcoming “Bridesmaids”, a bawdy gross-out comedy in the vein of “The Hangover” with an all-female cast. Jacobs is the star of NBC’s awesome and underrated “Community” but hasn’t been landing as many feature films with only a couple of indie pictures recently completed and awaiting release.
A decision will have to be made soon as “The Dictator” aims to begin filming in New Mexico and Morocco in May.
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