Solomon Northup (Chiwtel Ejiofor), an educated black man with a gift for music, lives with his wife and children in Saratoga, New York. One day, when his family is out of town, he is approached by two men claiming to be circus promoters. Solomon agrees to travel with them briefly, playing the fiddle while they perform. But after sharing a drink with the men, he awakens to find he has been drugged and bound and faces a horrifying reality: he is being shipped to the South as a slave. No one listens to Solomon’s claim that he has papers proving his status as a free man. Despairing, he plots his escape, only to be foiled at every turn. He is sold to WILLIAM FORD, a kindly mill owner who appreciates Solomon’s thoughtful nature. But Ford is forced to sell him to a cruel master who subjects him and other slaves to unspeakable brutality.Read more
The film is a potboiler in the Jagged Edge-Basic Instinct mold about a troubled and depressed woman who is taking serious amounts of prescription drugs to deal with the anxiety surrounding the pending release of her husband from prison. (Deadline)Gallery after the cut. Read more
I've seen Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins in Dark Shadows, and those paparazzi shots don't look much like what we'll see onscreen. - @Breznican(Clip of Jonathan Frid as the original Barnabas, c. 1969, after the cut.) Read more
PETER JACKSON WITH MARTIN FREEMAN ''There's no way you can pace yourself for shoots like these,'' Jackson says. ''When we were going through the schedule for The Hobbit, I felt a terrible drop in my stomach when I saw that we'd be shooting for 254 days. We're only 12 days short of The Lord of the Rings even though we're only doing two movies. When I saw that, I had to sort of pick myself up off the floor and carry on.''
From HuffPo: About a Hussein-like dictator who gets secretly replaced by a lookalike goat herder and now must find new meaning in a life in New York City, the film is inspired by "Zabibah and the King," a book about a benevolent dictator that was revealed to be written by Hussein himself. Baron Cohen will star as both the dictator and herder, and last month, it was announced that Anna Faris will play the NYC organic store owner who opens his eyes to new possibilities.Read more
Since his wife perished burnt in a car crash, Dr Ledgard (Antonio Banderas), a well respected plastic surgeon, gets interested in the creation of a new type of skin that could have saved his wife. Twelve years later he succeeds in cultivating it at his lab, taking advantage in the advance made on cellular therapy. To get to his goal he doesn't doubt in trespassing the ethical limit of the transgenesis with human beings. But this will not be the only crime he will commit‚Ä¶More after the cut, including a NSFW full-size view of the cropped shot above. Even more disturbing are descriptions of the novel on which the film is loosely based, Thierry Jonquet's Tarantula -- summaries which may spill major spoilers so don't read them if you want to wait to be shocked. Read more
Jack Goes Boating is a tale of love, betrayal, friendship and grace centered around two working-class New York City couples. The film stars John Ortiz (American Gangster), Daphne Rubin-Vega (Broadway‚Äôs ‚ÄúRent‚Äù), Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone) and Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote), with Hoffman making his feature directorial debut. Bob Glaudini (‚ÄúA View From 151st Street‚Äù) adapted his acclaimed Off Broadway play for the screen.Four clips and s few more stills after the cut. Read more
Overshadowed by portents of the coming wars, Zurich and Vienna are the setting for this tale of emotional vicissitude and intellectual debate. The Talking Cure is an intimate picture of the birth of psychoanalysis and of two intense and inextricably interwoven relationships. Carl Jung uses Sigmund Freud‚Äôs ‚Äútalking cure‚Äù on Sabina, a young Russian hysteric with whom he will fall in love. Impressed with Jung‚Äôs results, Freud anoints him his successor, but when Jung develops his own theories they part ways. Sensitive and intelligent, The Talking Cure illuminates the origins of one of the twentieth century‚Äôs most influential schools of thought.That synopsis of the play leaves out the emphasis on sexual tension between Jung and Sabina (played by Keira Knightley). But Knightley's role is more than a simple love-interest subplot. Jung's conflicted feelings about becoming romantically involved with a patient -- and Freud's disapproval -- have basis in historical events, and it's no surprise Christopher Hampton would latch onto the affair as a fascinating hook. Read more