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The Special Relationship – Dennis Quaid as Bill Clinton

Posted by LiveFor on May 7, 2010

The Special Relationship is an American/British political film directed by Richard Loncraine from a screenplay by Peter Morgan. It stars Michael Sheen as Tony Blair and Dennis Quaid and Bill Clinton.

It’s the third film in Morgan’s informal Blair trilogy, which dramatizes the political career of Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Tony Blair (1997-2007), following The Deal (2003) and The Queen (2006), both directed by Stephen Frears.

The first drafts of The Special Relationship dealt with Blair’s working relationships with Presidents of the United States Bill Clinton (1993-2001) and George W. Bush (2001-2009). But Morgan excised the Bush scenes from subsequent drafts because he found the Blair/Clinton dynamic more interesting. He intended to make his directorial debut with the film but backed out a month before filming began and was replaced by Loncraine. The film is produced by Rainmark Films and backed by HBO Films and BBC Films.

The film also stars Hope Davis as Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Helen McCrory as Cherie Blair. Principal photography on locations in and around London, England ran from July 20 to September 4, 2009. The film will be broadcast on HBO in the United States on May 29, 2010. Optimum Releasing will distribute it in cinemas in the United Kingdom on May 7, 2010.
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Unthinkable – How far will Samuel L Jackson, Michael Sheen and Carrie Anne Moss go?

Posted by LiveFor on April 11, 2010

This all looks very tense and for some reason I get an Arlington Road type vibe from it.

Somewhere in the United States, three nuclear weapons are about to detonate. Younger (Michael Sheen) has hidden the devices and the authorities lead by FBI agent Brody (Carrie-Anne Moss) with the help of H (Samuel L. Jackson), an interrogation specialist, must find them before time runs out. How far will they go to get the information they need and will they do the unthinkable?

Directed by Gregor Jordan and starring Samuel L. Jackson, Carrie-Anne Moss, Michael Sheen, Brandon Routh, Martin Donovan, Gil Bellows, Lora Kojovic.

Source: Teaser Trailer

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Tron Legacy – Trailer and screenshots

Posted by LiveFor on March 9, 2010


Finally, the trailer is out for one of my most anticipated movies this year. A great trailer, full of mystery and cool imagery. Jeff Bridges as the younger, evil Clu (above). Olivia Wilde as the woman of the piece. Michael Sheen is the nightclub owner clad in white and we see Bruce Boxleitner as Alan Bradley – his counterpart, Tron is meant to be in the film so I am assuming he will have been youngified for the role as Bridges was.

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Now you have seen it what do you think of the trailer? Have you seen it in 3D yet? Can you wait until December to see the film?

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Alice in Wonderland, 2010 – Movie Review

Posted by LiveFor on March 7, 2010


Director: Tim Burton
Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Crispin Glover, Matt Lucas, Stephen Fry, Paul Whitehouse, Michael Sheen, Timothy Spall, Alan Rickman

Score: 8 / 10

This review by Pamela Fruendt

What’s there to say about ALICE IN WONDERLAND? Certainly not “off with their heads!” Kudos to Linda Woolverton’s script which took the best of Lewis Carroll’s ideas and wove them together with our favorite characters into a reworked story that gave Tim Burton something to run with and run he did. Burton has created an absolutely magical, vibrant, dazzling world in ALICE IN WONDERLAND. Forget those critics who brand parts of the film too dark. Underland has been at war which, as the Mad Hatter shows, leans towards destruction. There is much light to this ALICE IN WONDERLAND. And muchness too.

Mia Wasikowska is perfect as 2010’s sweet, but nobody’s fool Alice Kingsleigh. Mia’s someone to keep your eye on in the future. Johnny Depp gives another finely nuanced performance as the Mad Hatter. His portrayal is especially poignant in that the Hatter knows something is terribly amiss with him yet carries on as best he can. As an aside…despite Depp’s protestations to the contrary, his dancing ability seems more than adequate. Futterwhacking, anyone?

Helena Bonham Carter nearly steals the film as the unloved petulant Red Queen. Anne Hathaway plays a quietly powerful Underland version of a valley-girl-type White Queen while Crispin Glover’s Knave of Hearts maintains just the right amount of distaste and admiration for the Red Queen. And I mustn’t forget Tweedledee and Tweedledum – Matt Lucas has taken such a tiny role and made it so memorable.

The animated characters from The Cheshire Cat (Stephen Fry) to the screaming March Hare (Paul Whitehouse) to Bayard, the adorable Bloodhound (Timothy Spall) and all those not mentioned are exquisite both in design and execution.

But what’s wrong with ALICE IN WONDERLAND? For me it was the 3D technology which I found distracting and superfluous. Avatar needed 3D…ALICE doesn’t. I’m actually looking forward to the early DVD release so I can see the film on my 42″ Sony 1080p…then I’ll be able to concentrate on the story and not 3D. But I will admit it could just be me. I may even try to find a theater without 3D to check myself.

So, go see ALICE IN WONDERLAND. Expect to see a good film with great performances. And don’t forget your futterwhacking shoes…

Have you seen Alice in Wonderlan? What did you think of it?

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Alice in Wonderland – Behind the scenes of Tim Burton’s latest

Posted by LiveFor on March 2, 2010

A great featurette on the making of the film. Thanks to Pamela Fruendt for sending the link.

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Tron Legacy – Description of the new trailer

Posted by LiveFor on March 1, 2010

A few days ago there was a surprise screening of the trailer for the new Tron Legacy film. Unfortunatley I didn’t get to see it but Sci-Fi Wire had this description of what many of us missed. The trailer will debut in front of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland when it opens on Friday.

The 3-D trailer opens with Sam (Garrett Hedlund) speaking with an older Alan Bradley (Bruce Boxleitner – you can see what he looks like in the film here) atop the Encom Building. Alan says he received a text from Sam’s missing father, Kevin Flynn, from a number that was disconnected 20 years ago. Bradley says Kevin was on the cusp of a technological breakthrough when he went missing and that he would never have left that behind or left Sam behind. Bradley then gives Sam keys to Flynn’s Arcade. Sam speeds off on his motorcycle and arrives at the arcade, which we see has been closed for years.

Sam opens up the arcade, discovers a secret door behind a “Tron” game machine and discovers Kevin’s lab. He wipes dust from a black-and-white screen, which is still active. The shot cuts to the glowing laser we remember from the first movie—the one that digitized Kevin Flynn the first time he entered the virtual world—and the screen goes black.

We are then in a fully realized- 3-D black-and-neon Tron world, with a giant lighted new-generation Recognizer, before which stand three tiny figures in lighted black suits.

We see Sam in a light suit ascending in some kind of round illuminated platform, then quick cuts of

♦Olivia Wilde’s Quorra in a black light suit, reclining on a divan;
♦a light cycle speeding toward the horizon, with a massive lit-up Tron city in the distance;
♦a young-looking black-clad Jeff Bridges as Clu emerging onto a platform, accompanied by Jarvis and other programs;
♦combatants, including Sam, in light suits, flinging white-lighted discs at each other;
♦a skidding light vehicle (did it have four wheels??);
♦Michael Sheen as Castor in a white jumpsuit with a shock of white hair, playing air guitar on an illuminated white cane, standing atop a platform – Sheen talks more about his character and the club here;
♦a white-suited combatant with two illuminated discs;
♦a blond woman in a tight white light suit (a siren?);
♦Sam walking up a ramp toward a bright light (a new Tron arena? Click on the image below for a larger version).

We hear Sam’s voice:

“Dad.”

Kevin/Bridges’ voice: “Sam.”

“Long time.”

“You have no idea.”

At the end, we see two light cycles smashing into each other at high speed, ending with a closeup of Sam’s face as he speeds directly toward the camera.

The trailer was backed by electronic music composed by Daft Punk just for the 3-D teaser trailer

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Alice In Wonderland – Michael Sheen and Matt Lucas talk about Tim Burton’s film

Posted by LiveFor on February 24, 2010

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Tron Legacy – Michael Sheen talks about his virtual nightclub

Posted by LiveFor on February 23, 2010

While chatting about his time in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland with Sci-Fi Wire, Michael Sheen got onto the subject of Tron Legacy “Similar in a way, isn’t it? Certainly in the first Tron film, Jeff’s [Bridges] character gets kind of sucked into this Wonderland-type place. So there’s a similarity to it. We go back to the world of Tron 28 years later, and technology has moved on. All the same things that we saw in the first Tron film will be there, but it’s just, again, in a new light and with 28 years of technology.”

I thought Sheen was playing the big bad of the piece but now I am not so sure. It looks as if he runs some kind of nightclub in the computer world. “I run the nightclub,” Sheen said. “I am the host of the nightclub and a showman, this sort of very over-the-top character.”

As to whether Daft Punk, who are providing the soundtrack to the sequel, will be performing on screen in his club Sheen didn’t commit either way. “I’m not sure,” he said. “I’m not sure.”

As for filming itself it sounds as if Sheen got lucky in that his nightclub was a physical set. “It was fantastic,” Sheen said. “It was this amazing set and all these amazing people there. For a film that has a lot of green screen, I got the most fun bits to do.”

Now all I want to see is some more photos and footage from the film.

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Maria Bello and Michael Sheen have a Beautiful Boy

Posted by LiveFor on December 17, 2009

Maria Bello and Michael Sheen have wrapped production on Beautiful Boy, an indie film directed by Shawn Ku. It has quite an eclectic cast as it also stars Moon Bloodgood (Terminator Salvation), Alan Tudyk (Firefly, Dollhouse), Kyle Gallner, Austin Nichols and Meat Loaf (Fight Club) according to Variety.

Bello and Sheen play a married couple on the verge of separation when they are hit with the news their 18-year-old son committed a mass shooting at his college, before taking his own life.

The film, which just wrapped in L.A., marks the feature directing debut for Ku, who created a stir in Sundance for his unconventional musical short film “Pretty Dead Girl.”

Bello was recently nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for “Downloading Nancy,” and Sheen most recently starred in “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” and “The Damned United.”

Sounds like an interesting yet harrowing tale and there are some cracking actors involved. Michael Sheen is always good as is Maria Bello (who seems to alternate between total sauciness as seen in A History of Violence to kid friendly The Mummy 3). Good to see Moon Bloodgood – pictured on the right – branching out from sci-fi such as Journeyman,Daybreak and Terminator Salvation).

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Twilight Saga: New Moon – First look at the Volturi Clan

Posted by LiveFor on July 31, 2009

Above is the first peak at the Volturi Vampire clain from the new Twilight film. You can see Michael Sheen, Dakota Fanning, Jamie Campbell Bower, Christopher Heyerdahl and Cameron Bright.

The Twilight Saga’s New Moon stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Ashley Greene, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Kellan Lutz, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Edi Gathegi, Rachelle Lafevre, Billy Burke, Charlie Bewley, Jamie Campbell Bower, Daniel Cudmore, Christopher Heyerdahl, Dakota Fanning, Cameron Bright, Noot Seer, Michael Sheen, Graham Greene, Tinsel Korey and will hit theaters nationwide on 20th November.

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