Unbroken Trailer – Director Angelina Jolie delves into the life of Louie Zamperini

unbroken-slideThere’s been a lot of interest in Angelina Jolie’s second directorial outing, Unbroken. Last week came the sad news that the subject of the film, Louie Zamperini, had died. Now we can get a good taste of the film about him, as a full trailer has been released.

Here’s the synopsis: ‘Academy Award® winner Angelina Jolie directs and produces Unbroken, an epic drama that follows the incredible life of Olympian and war hero Louis “Louie” Zamperini (Jack O’Connell) who, along with two other crewmen, survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII—only to be caught by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.

‘Director Jolie began shooting some of the most dramatic and challenging scenes on Wednesday, October 16, on location far out at sea in Moreton Bay, Australia, with Zamperini (O’Connell) and his fellow airmen—Phil (Domhnall Gleeson) and Mac (Finn Wittrock)—having impossibly survived being adrift in the open Pacific for several weeks.

‘Working with cameras on a floating rig in choppy waters and braving the elements, with actors dieting for months to appear as depleted as their characters, Jolie completed a successful first day of a location shoot that promises to be rigorous and uniquely challenging.

‘Adapted from Laura Hillenbrand’s (“Seabiscuit: An American Legend”) enormously popular book, Unbroken brings to the big screen Zamperini’s unbelievable and inspiring true story about the resilient power of the human spirit. Starring alongside O’Connell, Gleeson and Wittrock are Garrett Hedlund and John Magaro as fellow POWs who find an unexpected camaraderie during their internment, Alex Russell as Zamperini’s brother, Pete, and in his English-language feature debut, Japanese actor Miyavi as the brutal camp guard known only to the men as “The Bird.”’

The film will hit cinemas in December. [Read more…]

The Rise Trailer – Luke Treadaway & Matthew Lewis get into Brit crime

Although it did the festival rounds under the title The Wasteland, this new Brit crime flick is now going by the name The Rise. Empire has debuted the trailer for the movie, which hits UK cinemas on September 20th (and DVD on September 30th).

It’s got a pretty good cast, including Luke Treadaway (Attack The Block), Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom in Harry Potter), Iwan Rheon (Misfits) and Timothy Spall.

Here’s the synopsis: ‘Battered, bruised and under arrest, Harvey Miller (Luke Treadaway) sits in a police interview room facing interrogation. Clutching a stack of eyewitness statements, Detective Inspector West (Timothy Spall) has no doubt in Harvey’s part in a foiled robbery, and his subsequent attempted murder of local businessman Steven Roper. Denying everything, Harvey agrees to tell his version of events in full. We take in his release from prison a month earlier, and the malevolent, unjust act that put him in there. We see his emotional reunion with his sibling-like best friends, and the immovable loyalty they have for one another. We see the rekindling of a lost love, a second chance for two people meant for each other. We see the ingenious planning of the ill-fated robbery, the amazing twist, the shocking outcome and the real driving force behind it – retribution. What unfolds is an exhilarating, moving and hilarious story of loyalty, jealousy, friendship, revenge and the pursuit of happiness.’ [Read more…]

Cheerful Weather For The Wedding (DVD)

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Based on Julia Strachey’s 1932 novella that was championed into print by Virginia Woolf, Cheerful Weather For The Wedding is set on the morning of the marriage of Dolly Thatcham (Felicity Jones) to Owen Bigham. While the family prepares and Dolly’s rather fussy and sharp mother (Elizabeth McGovern) fusses and tries to control her brood, a fly in the ointment arrives in the form of Joseph (Luke Treadaway). [Read more…]

Crush Of The Day: Harry & Luke Treadaway

Devon-born twin brothers Harry & Luke Treadaway started to make their mark before they even left drama school, starring in the conjoined twin movie Brothers Of The Head. Since then they’ve worked both together and apart, and been very handsome while doing it (they’ve also worked as models, perhaps unsurprisingly).

Harry’s been seen in Control, City Of Ember, Fish Tank and has a role in the upcoming big-budget Lone Ranger movie. Luke meanwhile has popped up in Dogging: A Love Story, Clash Of The Titans, The Whistleblower, Killing Bono and was the best thing in Attack The Block.

Both brothers have movies hitting cinemas in the next two weeks, with Harry starring in Cockney Vs. Zombies, which is out August 31st, while Luke pops up in St. George’s Day on September 7th. So therefore it’s a great time for a pictorial look at the sexy duo, who aren’t averse to showing off a bit of skin, with the sexiest pics below coming from Harry & Luke’s stage production of Mark Ravenhill’s Over There, which seems to involve them stuffing their hands down their pants a lot!

Click on the images below for larger versions (and sorry to Harry & Luke if we’ve confused either of them in the captions). [Read more…]