Movies – New Trailer for “Far from the Madding Crowd” starring Carey Mulligan

Fox Searchlight Pictures has released a new trailer for the upcoming drama, Far from the Madding Crowd. Based on the novel by Thomas Hardy, this story has been around since 1874 and is set in Victorian era England.

This is not the first time that Hardy’s classic novel has been adapted for the screen. MGM released a feature-length version back in 1967 and there was a TV movie distributed by PBS in 1998.

Matthias Schoenaerts and Carey Mulligan (photo via IMDb)
Matthias Schoenaerts and Carey Mulligan (photo via IMDb)

Here is a synopsis (via IMDb) for those unfamiliar with the story: “In Victorian England, the independent and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak, a sheep farmer; Frank Troy, a reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood, a prosperous and mature bachelor.”

Starring Carey Mulligan, Michael Sheen, Matthias Schoenaerts, Tom Sturridge and Juno Temple, this updated version will surely delight fans of the recent film adaptations of Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility.

Far from the Madding Crowd will be hitting theaters May 1:

Movies – Tris and Four must “Stand Together” in final trailer for “Insurgent”

As promised, Lionsgate has released the final trailer for the highly awaited Insurgent. The trailer opens up with a haunting version of Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” performed by Joseph William Morgan featuring Shadow Royale. From there, it gets into the heart of the situation Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) have to face.

(photo via Entertainment Weekly)
(photo via Entertainment Weekly)

Insurgent will be hitting theaters March 20 and also stars Octavia Spencer, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Zoe Kravitz, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, Mekhi Phifer, Daniel Dae Kim, Naomi Watts, and Kate Winslet. Watch the trailer below:

What do you think of this new trailer? Are you looking forward to seeing Insurgent on the big screen?

Casting News – Jessica Chastain joins “The Huntsman”

The Wrap and Deadline have reported that actress Jessica Chastain will be joining Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron in The Huntsman. As of right now, it looks like she will be playing the Huntsman’s love interest. (Maybe his beloved wife he mentioned in the first film?)

The sequel to 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman will be taking a deeper look into the universe and showing backstory for the Huntsman (Hemsworth) and Raveena (Theron). Currently, it does not look like Kristen Stewart will be reprising her role as Snow White just yet as this sequel will be focusing more on the Huntsman’s backstory. Actor Nick Frost played a dwarf in the first film and it looks like he will be one of the only dwarves returning to the franchise.

(photo by Douglas Kirkland - via IMDb)
(photo by Douglas Kirkland – via IMDb)

Actress Emily Blunt has officially been cast as the new villain after reaching a deal with Universal. Visual effects specialist Cedric Nicolas-Troyan is making his directorial debut and Joe Roth will be coming back as producer.

There is currently no release date for the awaited sequel, but we expect that to be announced in the coming months.

What do you think of this casting choice? Are you looking forward to hearing more details about The Huntsman?

Sources: The Wrap and Deadline

Movies – Final “Insurgent” trailer premiering tomorrow

The highly anticipated sequel to Divergent is just weeks away from hitting theaters, but Lionsgate still has one more trailer to share with fans. Earlier this afternoon, the studio announced on social media that the final trailer will be premiering and tickets will be going on sale tomorrow.

Theo James and Shailene Woodley in Insurgent (photo via IMDb)
Theo James and Shailene Woodley in Insurgent (photo via IMDb)

American fans have a chance to win tickets through Fandango and Lionsgate by Tweeting #InsurgentTickets and tagging the official Divergent Twitter. Hurry – the contest is from 2pm-6pm PST TODAY!

Here is the Tweet announcing the trailer and ticket sales:

Will you be heading to theaters to see Insurgent? What do you hope to see in the new trailer?

Female Protagonists in Hollywood – Thoughts on a recent study

Deadline Hollywood published an article focusing on the lack of female protagonists in Hollywood films. Dr. Martha Lauzen is the Executive Director of San Diego State’s Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film and she recently conducted a study, inspiring Deadline’s article.

While studies or reports like this are important, it is no secret that Hollywood has struggled with providing strong female protagonists on the big and small screens alike. This leads us to ask the question: Was this study really needed to prove the lack of female voices in Hollywood?

Jennifer Lawrence in Mockingjay - Part 1 (photo via IMDb)
Jennifer Lawrence in Mockingjay – Part 1 (photo via IMDb)

According to Dr. Lauzen’s study, females made up only 12% of protagonists represented in the 100 highest-grossing films of last year. Additionally, only 29% of the major characters and 30% of all speaking roles were portrayed by females. Dr. Lauzen also found that films with a female director or screenwriter had over three times the amount of female protagonists when compared to films written and directed by men.

This study highlights the inherent issue of representation within Hollywood, but does not seem to reveal any new information surrounding the issue. If anything, Dr. Lauzen only further reveals the unfortunate misogynistic nature of the business and the amount of underrepresentation present. Whether it is gender or race, Hollywood still has a long way to go in terms of diverse representation in film and television.

As previously stated, it is no secret that Hollywood struggles with representation so Dr. Lauzen’s study was not really an eye-opening revelation. However, the study was useful in proving it is still an issue and things have not improved in modern society.

What are your thoughts on this issue? Do you think this study was necessary?

Source: Deadline Hollywood

The 87th Academy Awards – Complete Winners List

Cinema’s biggest night is underway! The crazy awards season is about to end and it could be a very interesting night. Follow along with us as the winners are announced live:

BEST PICTURE
American Sniper
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
 – *WINNER*
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Selma
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash

BEST ACTOR
Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Michael Keaton, Birdman
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything - *WINNER*

(Image credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
(Image credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

BEST ACTRESS
Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore, Still Alice - *WINNER*
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, Wild

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Robert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash – *WINNER*

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood - *WINNER*
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Emma Stone, Birdman
Meryl Streep, Into the Woods
Laura Dern, Wild

BEST DIRECTOR
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alejandro G. Inarritu, Birdman - *WINNER*
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher
Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Jason Hall, American Sniper
Graham Moore, The Imitation Game - *WINNER*
Paul Thomas Anderson, Inherent Vice
Anthony McCarten, The Theory of Everything
Damien Chazelle, Whiplash

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo, Birdman - *WINNERS*
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman, Foxcatcher
Wes Anderson; Story by Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Dan Gilroy, Nightcrawler

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
CitizenFour – Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutzky – *WINNER*
Finding Vivian Maier – John Maloof and Charlie Siskel
Last Days in Vietnam – Rory Kennedy and Keven McAlester
The Salt of the Earth – Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado and David Rosier
Virunga – Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara

BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM
Ida (Poland) – *WINNER*
Leviathan (Russia)
Wild Tales (Argentina)
Timbuktu (Mauritania)
Tangerine (Estonia)

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
“Everything is Awesome” – <i?The Lego Movie
“Glory” – Selma - *WINNER*
“Grateful” – Beyond the Lights
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” – Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me
“Lost Stars” – Begin Again

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Alexandre Desplat, The Grand Budapest Hotel- *WINNER*
Alexandre Desplat, The Imitation Game
Hans Zimmer, Interstellar
Gary Yershon, Mr. Turner
Jóhann Jóhannsson, Theory of Everything

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – *WINNER*
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ida
Mr. Turner
Unbroken

BEST FILM EDITING
American Sniper, Joel Cox and Gary D. Roach
Boyhood, Sandra Adair
The Grand Budapest Hotel, Barney Pilling
The Imitation Game, William Goldenberg
Whiplash, Tom Cross – *WINNER*

BEST SOUND EDITING
American Sniper, Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman – *WINNER*
Birdman, Martín Hernández and Aaron Glascock
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Brent Burge and Jason Canovas
Interstellar, Richard King
Unbroken, Becky Sullivan and Andrew DeCristofaro

BEST SOUND MIXING
American Sniper, John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff, and Walt Martin
Birdman, Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, and Thomas Varga
Interstellar, Gary A. Rizzo, Gregg Landaker, and Mark Weingarten
Unbroken, Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and David Lee
Whiplash, Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins, and Thomas Curley – *WINNER*

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
The Grand Budapest Hotel, Adam Stockhausen and Anna Pinnock – *WINNER*
The Imitation Game, Maria Djurkovic and Tatiana Macdonald
Interstellar, Nathan Crowley and Gary Fettis
Into the Woods, Dennis Gassner and Anna Pinnock
Mr. Turner, Suzie Davies and Charlotte Watts

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Bryan Grill, and Dan Sudick
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett, and Erik Winquist
Guardians of the Galaxy, Stephane Ceretti, Nicolas Aithadi, Jonathan Fawkner, and Paul Corbould
Interstellar, Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter, and Scott Fisher – *WINNER*
X-Men: Days of Future Past, Richard Stammers, Lou Pecora, Tim Crosbie, and Cameron Waldbauer

BEST ANIMATED SHORT
The Bigger Picture, Daisy Jacobs and Christopher Hees
The Dam Keeper, Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi
Feast, Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed – *WINNER*
A Single Life, Joris Oprins
Me and My Moulton, Torill Kove

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Big Hero 6, Don Hall, Chris Williams, and Roy Conli – *WINNER*
How to Train Your Dragon 2, Dean DeBlois and Bonnie Arnold
The Boxtrolls, Anthony Stacchi, Graham Annable, and Travis Knight
Song of the Sea, Tomm Moore and Paul Young
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, Isao Takahata and Yoshiaki Nishimura

BEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT
Aya, Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis
Boogaloo and Graham, Michael Lennox and Ronan Blaney
Butter Lamp (La Lampe Au Beurre De Yak), Hu Wei and Julien Féret
Parvaneh, Talkhon Hamzavi and Stefan Eichenberger
The Phone Call, Mat Kirkby and James Lucas – *WINNER*

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1, Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry – *WINNER*
Joanna, Aneta Kopacz
Our Curse, Tomasz Sliwinski and Maciej Slesicki
The Reaper (La Parka), Gabriel Serra Arguello
White Earth, J. Christian Jensen

(photo from The Academy)
(photo from The Academy)

Sources: BuzzFeed, Forbes and The Wrap