Actor Leslie Nielsen passed away today at a Ft. Lauderdale, Florida hospital, according to his agent John S. Kelly. He died of complications from pneumonia at the age of 84. Born on February 11, 1926, Nielsen is best known for his deadpan roles in spoof comedies such as “Airplane!” and “The Naked Gun” films, as well as “Forbidden Planet” (1956) and “The Poseidon Adventure” (1972). His agent sent out the following statement:
We are saddened by the passing of beloved actor Leslie Nielsen, probably best remembered as Lt. Frank Drebin in THE NAKED GUN series of pictures, but who enjoyed a more than 60 year career in motion pictures and television.”
Mr. Nielsen, 84, died of complications of pneumonia in a hospital near his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, surrounded by his lovely wife and dear friends at 5:34pm EST today.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his name to the charity of your choice.
Nielsen appeared in over 100 films and over 1,500 TV programs during his career. Here are some classic Nielsen moments:
FRANCO and HATHAWAY to HOST OSCARS.
James Franco and Anne Hathaway will serve as co-hosts of the 83rd Academy Awards®, Oscar telecast producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer announced today. Both have previously appeared on the telecast but not in hosting capacities.
“James Franco and Anne Hathaway personify the next generation of Hollywood icons — fresh, exciting and multi-talented. We hope to create an Oscar broadcast that will both showcase their incredible talents and entertain the world on February 27,” said Cohen and Mischer. “We are completely thrilled that James and Anne will be joining forces with our brilliant creative team to do just that.”
Franco, who currently can be seen in “127 Hours,” will be making his second appearance on an Oscar telecast. Hathaway will be making her fifth appearance on an Academy Awards telecast, and was recently seen in “Alice in Wonderland” and currently can be seen in “Love and Other Drugs.”
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2010 will be presented on Sunday, February 27, 2011, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.
Paramount Pictures announced a sneak preview event for the biopic JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER, happening on February 9th:
Moviegoers across the U.S. and Canada may be among the first to experience the new 3D film, “JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER,” at exclusive “sneak preview” screening events set for Wednesday, February 9th at 6pm at specially selected RealD® 3D equipped movie theaters across the country.
Each complete Sneak Preview Gift Pack is priced at $30.00 (plus shipping) and includes:
•One ticket to the movie sneak preview Wednesday, February 9th at 6pm
•A pair of limited edition purple “JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER” RealD® 3D glasses
•A souvenir VIP event lanyard
•Official “JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER” branded glow stick and bracelet
For event locations around the country, to purchase tickets, or to learn more about this exclusive event, please go to: JB3DPreview.com. Limit is 6 tickets per credit card transaction. Supplies are limited.
MICHELLE WILLIAMS is MARILYN.
London’s The Daily Mail is currently obsessed with BBC Films’ Marilyn Monroe movie MY WEEK WITH MARILYN, which just finished filming at Pinewood Studios with the Weinstein Company planning on distributing the movie stateside. The paper has a new interview with star Michelle Williams tying into the completion of filming with the actress talking at length about playing the iconic screen legend, Marilyn Monroe, with a new photo (below) from the movie accompanying that interview. “At a certain point, something else does take over. I don’t quite feel myself these days,” she told the paper. Co-starring Eddie Redmayne, Judi Dench, Julia Ormond, Dougray Scott, Dominic Cooper and more, the film focuses on Monroe’s relationship with Colin Clark (Redmayne), a well-to-do British laborer on the set of her 1956 movie “The Prince and the Showgirl” with whom she had a romance.
UPCOMING FILM PROJECTS.
Atlas Entertainment announced it is rebooting the beloved franchise, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, with Warner Bros. Pictures. Atlas’ Charles Roven and Steve Alexander will produce the feature film alongside Doug Davison and Roy Lee of Vertigo Entertainment (The Ring, How to Train Your Dragon, The Departed). Whit Anderson is writing the script. “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” first appeared as a film in 1992, subsequently becoming a cult hit and spawning the wildly popular television series starring Sarah Michelle Gellar and David Boreanaz, among many others.
Creator Joss Whedon responded to the announcement, saying, “This is a sad, sad reflection on our times, when people must feed off the carcasses of beloved stories from their youths—just because they can’t think of an original idea of their own, like I did with my Avengers idea that I made up myself.”
Walt Disney Pictures has confirmed that Gore Verbinksi is now officially signed on for Disney’s THE LONE RANGER. Verbinksi, who has worked with Johnny Depp on the first three “Pirates of the Caribbean” films and the upcoming “Rango,” will re-team with the actor, currently attached to play the Lone Ranger’s sidekick, Tonto. The Lone Ranger’s origin story begins with a group of Texas Rangers chasing down a gang of outlaws led by Butch Cavendish. The gang ambushes the Rangers, seemingly killing them all. One survivor is found, however, by an American Indian named Tonto, who nurses him back to health. The Ranger, donning a mask and riding a white stallion named Silver, teams up with Tonto to bring the unscrupulous gang and others of that ilk to justice.
Mark Wahlberg has confirmed to MTV that he will play Nathan Drake in the David O. Russell-directed UNCHARTED: DRAKE’S FORTUNE video game adatptation and that Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci may have roles as well. Wahlberg told MTV he hopes to reteam with his “The Fighter” and “Three Kings” director next year. “The idea that he has is just insane,” Wahlberg said about Russell. “So hopefully we’ll be making that movie this summer.” He added: “That’s who he wants to write the parts for. I talked to Pesci about it and I know David’s people have talked to [Robert De Niro]… I’m obviously in whatever David wants to do but the idea of it is so off the charts: De Niro being my father, Pesci being my uncle. It’s not going to be the watered-down version, that’s for sure.” The story will allegedly have something to do with antiquities dealers in New York.
Gael Garcia Bernal will play boxing champ Roberto Duran in HANDS OF STONE, reports TheWrap. Al Pacino is also circling the role of boxing trainer Ray Arecel in the biopic. Jonathan Jakubowicz (“Secuestro Express”) will write, direct and produce the project with Ben Silverman. The site says the film “will focus on the boxing champion and will tell the inside story of the ‘No Mas’ fight.” In the closing seconds of the fight’s last round, Duran turned his back to Leonard and quit, saying “no mas” (“no more”). Duran beat Leonard in an earlier welterweight championship bout. They would meet again in a 1989 middleweight championship fight in Las Vegas. Leonard won that fight in 12 rounds.
Until next week!
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Yes, people reportedly fainted during the climactic amputation scene when the film made it’s world premiere during the Toronto Film Festival earlier this year, and yes, paramedics were called to the Los Angeles premiere when a young woman suffered a seizure about 45 minutes into the film, according to the Los Angeles Times. Far from a cheap marketing ploy, these incidents have detracted from what is undoubtedly one of the year’s finest films.
Adapted from the memoir of Aron Ralston, “Between a Rock and a Hard Place,” the film stars James Franco as Ralston, an adrenalin junkie and professional outdoorsman who, while hiking through Robbers Roost, Utah, had his arm trapped by a dislodged boulder and was trapped in a cave for nearly five days back in 2003. Armed with just a video camera, Ralston contemplates his life, eventually summoning the courage to amputate his arm and escape certain death.
The film was made by the entire team behind the Oscar-winning instant classic “Slumdog Millionaire,” including writer/director Danny Boyle, co-writer Simon Beaufoy, producer Christian Colson, and composer A.R. Rahman, and is one of the best-reviewed films of the year, with the Los Angeles Times saying, “In the end, 127 Hours is one man’s incredible, unforgettable journey; it took the extraordinary alchemy of Boyle and Franco to also make it ours.”
MMM attended the New York press conference for 127 HOURS, where writer/director Danny Boyle and star Jame Franco chatted about the notorious amputation scene, how they portrayed trapped hiker Aron Ralston, their own survival experiences, and their future plans (“28 Months Later?” The “Alien” prequel?)
MANHATTAN MOVIE MAGAZINE: How did you find out about this project?
DANNY BOYLE: So, I heard the story– I was in London, I live in London, I heard the story in 2003. And I had– it’s weird what happened to the Chilean miners recently because in the same way that stories snagged, you know, the way it just snags people. I mean, look, people in Britain were really fascinated. And obviously, we heard the story when Aron came out of the canyon. And I remember there was talk of a press conference. And I remember following the news, tryin’ to think oh, what, that’ll be interesting. So, it was a fascinating story, obviously. And then, I read his book in 2006. And there’s a guy who– Pathe, who are a kinda French company who operate in Britain and France, they’re like a mini-studio. The guy who runs that is a climber, he’s called Francois Ivernel. And he set up this meeting with Aron. And I went to meet Aron in Holland. Anyway, we couldn’t find common ground on [how to adapt the book into film], really.
MMM: Then what happened?
BOYLE: And then we got back together again. And my take on it was always that you’ll never be able to watch– if we depict it correctly, what happened to Aron, you’ll never be able to tolerate it unless you can empathize. And the way we all know that happens is through actors. You know, it’s not really through the slightly cooler tone of a documentary. And so, we got together and started writing a script of it as a first person immersive experience.
MMM: When did Franco get involved?
BOYLE: Part of the process, I think, is that we had to find the right actor. Before we did that, Simon, who is also a climber and has been up Eiger, which is European equivalent of Everest, came in and sorted out our script, and we all worked on it together. And then, we saw a few actors, and we met this guy [Franco]. I remember seeing Pineapple Express and thinking, whoa, great movie, but also thinking, wow, Franco, he’s got real range, hasn’t he? You know, there’s a bit in the film, it’s not like Pineapple Express, but it’s this extraordinary talk show host which is not based on Aron’s messages which we did use for a lot of the material, but it’s something that allowed James to explore the further reaches of what’s happening to his mind and his though-processing at the time. So, that’s the story really,
MMM: James, what was your first meeting with Aron like? Did he have casting approval?
JAMES FRANCO: Well, a lot of very important things happened that ultimately guided me through the performance. Aron did some of the early work of just walking us through and showing us some of the things that he did. But most importantly, we were at the Four Seasons in L.A., and it was the first time I met Aron, and he brought this ratty VHS tape that had the original reel videos on it, and we all sat there and watched it. And it was incredibly powerful for a lot of reasons. On the video, it’s Aron in the middle of the situation, not knowing that he’s gonna get out. And he made the messages up until, you know, within an hour of figuring out how to get out. And so, I was saying to myself while we were watching it, wow, there’s a guy that thinks he’s gonna die, and in some ways, he’s accepted it. And it was just a guy talking to his friends and family in a very, very simple and intimate way, but also not wallowing in self-pity, you know, doing it with dignity. And that simplicity combined with that knowledge of death behind it was incredibly strong for me, and showed me a way to do the part.
MMM: James, did you ever have to put your own survival skills to the test, and if so, could you tell us the story?
FRANCO: I mean, I’ve been lost—you know, I got lost in Paris, I had to find a taxi and [Laughs] there aren’t taxis at a certain hour, and it was really hard.
MMM: So has this experience changed your adventurous spirit in any way then?
FRANCO: If I hike, I’ll be sure to tell people where I go. But I mean it’s given me an appreciation for my life, for the people in my life, certainly. [In the first meeting] Aron asked me why I wanted to play this role, and I love the way that it strips down this character and this person, that everything that is familiar in our day to day lives with other people—just emotional dependence, everything that is familiar to us, and also just the daily activities that keep us from looking at ourselves, you know, in a very intimate way—all of that is taken away and it’s a man alone. And it’s a man facing death. And so, I imagined that what we had was a real way to just study what it is to be human, what’s important in our lives, what we hold onto from our outside life, what really gives us strength. And I said in the first meeting, “Oh, Aron, I love all that, and I also like you had the will inside you to get out. And Aron corrected me a little bit; that one of the main things that gave him the strength to get out was his connection to the outside world and his friends and family, and that those videos weren’t just a last message, that they were actually a way to connect to those people. And obviously Aron knew that they weren’t listening at that moment, but that he felt a real connection to those people, and that gave him the strength to survive. And so it’s given me an appreciation for people in my life.
MMM: What was it like having the entire “Slumdog Millionaire” team back collaborating on this?
BOYLE: I mean, we all do think of the film as being very different from “Slumdog,” because that was about millions of people, and this story is about one person, but we’ve discovered strange similarities, in a way, between the two films. I challenge the notion that “Slumdog” is somehow euphoric in a way that this isn’t. People remember “Slumdog” as being euphoric because there was a dance at the end, but we pass through some pretty dark material before we arrived at that point in the story and earned that euphoria. And, in that sense, I think the two stories share a certain similarity. They don’t pull their punches in the darker moments, but the up side of that is at the end of the movie, hopefully, audiences feel they’ve been through something powerful, meaningful and true. And there is a very little dance.
MMM: A lot has been made, obviously, of the climactic scene and how hard it can be to watch. I’m wondering, Danny, what is the challenge to know the line of what can be shown on screen and what can’t? Because obviously, you can’t not show this scene of the movie since it’s the most important thing.
BOYLE: Yeah, it’s the book really. I mean, I remember when I read it the first time, I felt breathless reading it. It’s the most extraordinary bit of writing. And we decided the only way to measure it was not to measure it in the sense of the sensibility of what would the… fashion in the audience be? We didn’t wanna make it for a horror audience, we didn’t wanna make it so that it was watchable by everybody. You know, it was obviously going to be something that had to truly reflect his experience, and the key things in it are that it took Aron over 40 minutes, and that it had a degree of pain in it. But also, that it was a doorway to something else, that it wasn’t an event in itself. And we decided that people would go through this as part of the experience of watching the film. And the euphoria or the exhilaration, the ecstasy you feel at the end of it is deeply earned because you, like him, have been through some kind of intense experience.
MMM: This question’s for Danny. You’re going to be pretty busy until 2012 with non-film related projects, right? You’ve got the Olympics and you’ve a play that you’re working on. Our readers want know how realistic is “28 Months Later.” Will you direct? And for James real quick, has anybody spoken to you about Ridley Scott’s “Alien” prequel?
FRANCO: Yeah, that’s weird news, huh? Maybe I’ll do Mapplethorpe in the “Alien” movie. [Laughs] I just heard about it on the Internet.
BOYLE: There’s a rumor going around that he was going to be in “28 Months Later.” That was the latest rumor I heard. I’d love to direct another one of it, actually, because I watched the second one. I wasn’t that involved in the second one, and I really enjoyed watching it as a punter, you know? ‘Cause when you make films, you never really see them as like punters see them. It’s weird. You’re entrusted with editing a film for an audience and preparing a film for an audience, and yet, you’re as far away from what they will see as you could ever get ’cause you’ve watched it hundreds of times, and you’ve minisculely produced it. But I watched it as a punter, and I thought, wow, I’d really love to direct the next one. And that’s where that began really. It’s just a question of time and stuff. If I’m still alive after the opening ceremony of the Olympic games, it’s open to question. I’d love to, yeah. Sure.
MMM: James, for you, I’m wondering, the film really could have been very static if it had been done wrong, and it could have been static on multiple levels. What impressed you about the way Danny made it feel like there was motion in the movie? And in terms of guiding your performance, how did you nail the beats properly?
FRANCO: I was attracted to just the setup. I mean, you know, the amazing story and Aron’s very incredible true story aside, just as a performer looking at a script like that was very exciting to me, and you know, frankly, I don’t mind a slow movie, so if this had turned out to be, like, an incredibly slow-moving movie, I probably would have been okay. But Danny definitely decidedly does not like those kinda movies. There are a lot of contrasts in this movie. There’s an incredibly intense situation, but there’s humor. The character is static, but the cameras and the technology they’re using is cutting edge. And this is really, I believe, the most kind of cutting edge mainstream movie that you can find just based on, you know, what they’re doing with the technology, how they’re using the cameras—but to serve the film and the experience. And so, in that way, you get, like, Beckett on speed. When the character does speak, it’s as if he’s speaking right to the audience, so you get incredibly close, like, third person delivery, and then, almost first person where he’s talking to his friends and family, you never break the fourth wall, but it’s as if Aron’s talking right out to the audience. And so, it’s an incredibly intimate kind of thing and that gives it that energy. So, I personally would have been fine if it had been Jeanne Dielman, but I’m happier with this version. [Laughs]
127 HOURS is now playing in select theaters nationwide.
Oscar-nominated Tony Curtis died at his home in Henderson, Nevada on Wednesday evening from cardiac arrest at the age of 85, reports ABC News. Curtis, who starred in movies ranging from epics like “Spartacus” to screwball comedies like “Some Like It Hot,” passed away peacefully at midnight ET while laying in bed next to his wife. He was a major box office draw in the 1950s and 1960s, highlighted by his 1957 turn in “The Sweet Smell of Success” opposite Burt Lancaster and earned an Oscar nomination for “The Defiant Ones.” Curtis had six wives. One of his two children with Janet Leigh, his first wife, is actress Jamie Lee Curtis. Born Bernard Schwartz on June 3, 1925 in the Bronx, Curtis joined the Marines in World War II. He took the name Tony Curtis when he began his film career in 1949.
R.I.P. SALLY MENKE, TARANTINO’S EDITOR.
Sad news. Quentin Tarantino’s longtime film editor Sally Menke was found dead by searchers in Beachwood Canyon, Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles Times. Menke, 56, received Oscar nominations for “Inglourious Basterds” and “Pulp Fiction.” She edited every single Tarantino film. The Los Angeles Times says that Menke had gone hiking in the morning, and her friends alerted police after she failed to come home. No cause of death was immediately reported, and it’s unclear whether Los Angeles’ record heat was a factor. Watch Tarantino talk about Menke below as well as the shoutouts to Sally that were done by the cast and crew of Tarantino’s Death Proof and Inglourious Basterds.
JAMES FRANCO GETS ‘D’ IN NYU ACTING CLASS.
Ha. Despite the Oscar buzz for his upcoming role in Danny “Slumdog Millionaire” Boyle’s trapped-hiker flick 127 HOURS, Franco did, in fact, get a ‘D’ in NYU acting class. “I did the work and I did well in everything else,” he confesses to Showbiz 411’s Roger Friedman.
Lucasfilm Ltd. announced today that the live-action STAR WARS saga will be converted to 3D. “There are few movies that lend themselves more perfectly to 3D; from the Death Star trench run to the Tatooine Podrace, the ‘Star Wars Saga’ has always delivered an entertainment experience that is completely immersive,” said the statement. Presented by Twentieth Century Fox and Lucasfilm Ltd., the “cutting edge conversion” will be supervised by Industrial Light & Magic. “Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace” is expected to be released theatrically in 2012. A release date has not yet been determined.
AMC Theaters is celebrating the 25th anniversary of BACK TO THE FUTURE by holding two special screenings of the digitally remastered original on 158 screens across 40 cities. The screenings will be held Saturday, October 23rd at 12:30 p.m. and Monday, October 25th at 7:00 p.m. (the night Marty McFly went back in time). All guests will receive a full-sized poster commemorating the 25th anniversary limited release of the movie with their ticket purchase, while supplies last. Each theater will also have special movie-related giveaways prior to the movie as a part of the experience. Read more HERE.
Zack Snyder (“Watchmen,” “300”) has been officially confirmed as the director of the upcoming SUPERMAN reboot, reports Deadline. The film will move forward with a script from David Goyer and Jonathan Nolan. Christopher Nolan will “godfather” the production, aiming for a late 2012 release. “I’ve been a big fan of the character for a long time, he’s definitely the king of all superheroes, he’s the one,” said Synyder. “It’s early yet, but I can tell you that what David [Goyer] and Chris [Nolan] have done with the story so far definitely has given me a great insight into a way to make him feel modern. I’ve always felt he was kind of awesome. I’ll finish ‘Sucker Punch’ and get right at it.”
Sir Michael Caine appeared on BBC Radio 1’s “The Chris Moyles Show” on Wednesday to promote his autobiography “The Elephant to Hollywood” and talk turned to director Christopher Nolan’s third BATMAN movie. He said the movie will “probably start in May next year…” Asked if he will be part of the cast, he said, “I assume I’m there. In the movie business, you never believe anything, you assume.” He added that Chris and co-writer Jonathan Nolan are not telling anyone who the villain will be in the new film. In related news, Chris Nolan confirmed to Empire that he is indeed directing, in case you had any doubts. Warner Bros. Pictures is targeting a July 20, 2012 release date for the film.
Excellent! Following a whole mess of rumors, MTV has officially confirmed that a third BILL & TED’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE film is in the early planning stages with word from one of the original film’s stars, Alex Winter (Bill). “[W]e have finally hit upon an idea that we think is pretty great,” said Winter, who also revealed that original writers Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon are currently working on the screenplay. Recently, Keanu Reeves revealed that, while he is not currently attached to the potential sequel, he’s all for the possibility of returning to the character. On the subject of Keanu, the amazing folks over at Vulture broke the news about the hilarious ‘sad Keanu’ meme to him, and he took it in stride.
Some details have been revealed regarding the Wachowskis’ (“The Matrix” films) next project, COBALT NEURAL 9, courtesy of Vulture. As was previously reported, the film takes place in the near future and deals with a homosexual relationship between a U.S. soldier and an Iraqi. Said to be shot in a Cinéma vérité style, Vulture suggests that much of the film is told through artificial news reports viewed from a narrative point a hundred years in the future. The American character is Butch, a marine who, after falling in love with the Iraqi character, conspires with him to assassinate President George W. Bush. The framework of the film, then, falls in both the future and the recent past, though apparently within an altered history. The odd title apparently has no meaning other than to derail script leaks.
20th Century Fox has acquired the film rights for the adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER, to be directed by Timur Bekmambetov and produced by Tim Burton, according to Variety. The script for the 3D project was written by Grahame-Smith. The studio is planning a 2012 release. The following is how publisher Grand Central Publishing describes the book:
Indiana, 1818. Moonlight falls through the dense woods that surround a one-room cabin, where a nine-year-old Abraham Lincoln kneels at his suffering mother’s bedside. She’s been stricken with something the old-timers call “Milk Sickness.”
“My baby boy…” she whispers before dying.
Only later will the grieving Abe learn that his mother’s fatal affliction was actually the work of a vampire.
Lionsgate previously picked up the film rights to the author’s PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES, which Natalie Portman is attached to star in.
“Easy A” star Emma Stone will be offered the role of Mary Jane Watson in the upcoming SPIDER-MAN franchise reboot, according to Deadline. “500 Days of Summer” director Marc Webb’s Spider-Man movie will allegedly follow the comics more closely, introducing Gwen Stacey as Peter Parker’s initial love interest, with Stone’s Mary Jane Watson closing in on his heart later in the series. Andrew Garfield, who has earned raves for his portrayal of wronged Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin in “The Social Network,” will play the webbed crusader.
Jodie Foster will star opposite Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz, and Matt Dillon in Roman Polanski’s adaptation of the award-winning Broadway play GOD OF CARNAGE, according to Deadline. The movie starts filming in Paris in February, and concerns two pairs of families who must meet after one of the parents’ children is accused of bullying the other (chaos, of course, ensues). The Broadway play starred James Gandolfini, Marcia Gay Harden, Jeff Daniels, and Hope Davis.
Emma Thompson is confirmed for a role in MEN IN BLACK III. Thompson will play Oh, the head of MiB. It is unclear whether her character will serve as a replacement for Rip Torn’s Zed, who appeared in “Men in Black” and “Men in Black II.” Recent legal issues may prevent Torn from returning to the franchise. Thompson would be joining previously-announced cast members Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin and Jemaine Clement. Men in Black III is expected to go into production shortly with a script from Etan Cohen and David Koepp. Barry Sonnenfeld will return to the franchise as director. The film is being planned for release on May 25th, 2012.
COOL NEW TRAILERS.
TRUE GRIT: The Coen Brothers remake of the John Wayne-starring 1969 classic, with Jeff Bridges assuming the Wayne role. Amazing.
THE KING’S SPEECH: Directed by Tom Hooper (“The Damned United”), the Oscar frontrunner is based on the true story of the Queen of England’s father and his remarkable friendship with maverick Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue. The King’s Speech stars Academy Award nominee Colin Firth as King George VI, who unexpectedly becomes King when his brother Edward abdicates the throne. Academy Award Winner Geoffrey Rush stars as Logue, the man who helps the King find a voice with which to lead the nation into war. The cast also includes Helena Bonham Carter as Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, Guy Pearce, Derek Jacobi, Timothy Spall and Michael Gambon. The King’s Speech opens in theaters on November 24.
AT THE MULTIPLEX.
Go. See. The Social Network. It’s the best. Movie. Of. The. Year. Hell, even the Facebook employees took a company outing to see the movie.
…Until next week!
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