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Emma Watson and Tom Hanks to Star in “The Circle” Adaptation


According to a report from Variety, Emma Watson has joined Tom Hanks in the lead roles for the upcoming film adaptation of The Circle, the dystopian novel by Dave Eggers.  Continue reading

Cloud Atlas Opens in IMAX on October 26

Everyone is talking about Cloud Atlas. Will the book translate effectively into film? Will the movie be the next Matrix? I can answer one question for you. When will it open in IMAX? That golden day is October 26th.

There is a fresh new trailer for Cloud Atlas and here’s to hoping it clears up some of the questions people have about the upcoming film.

The book was written by British author David Mitchell. It’s broken up into several sections, each set in a different time and place, to include an imaginative, post-apocalyptic future. But all these vignettes mesh to tell an over arching story. Reincarnation is one theme. Sound complex? You bet. That’s okay, because The Wachowski brothers have been known for being pretty fearless. Say; here’s another question. Do we still call them brothers now that Larry Wachowski has become Lana Wachowski? I don’t have the answer to that one.

What’s important is that Cloud Atlas is written and directed by a team made up of Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer and Andy Wachowski. The acting talent includes Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Ben Whishaw, James D’Arcy, Keith David, Susan Sarandon, Hugh Grant and Xun Zhou.

Warner Brothers released the film September 8th at the Toronto International Film Festival and rumor has it Cloud Atlas is being called the most expensive independent film in history. The picture will be digitally re-mastered for the immersive IMAX format and featured in select North American IMAX theaters on Oct. 26, 2012.

Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment released the following statement.

Trailblazing filmmakers Tom Tykwer and the Wachowskis understand how to transport moviegoers through ground-breaking imagery and scale. We’re excited to build on our partnerships with Warner Bros. and the filmmakers and present this epic tale in IMAX.

The central premise to the story revolves around a sort of butterfly effect, or how actions and choices in one life echo through time. You’ll see how lives can be changed. Beware the ripples!

My worry for the film is that the idea is too grand to be executed, but these fears may be unfounded given that the novel has already paved the way and should serve as a road map for the movie. Some audiences may also feel alienated by such abstract themes. The Fountain, for instance, won much critical acclaim, but I, personally, didn’t dig it. It was too otherworldly and I couldn’t relate.

I am excited about the key love story in the film, however. That being said, the epic drama will have it all, including mystery and action. It goes without saying that Cloud Atlas is also going to look really cool, you know, visually, like Tron or The Fifth Element. It’s about time we got some science fiction style on our plates, don’t you agree? Not that we didn’t get a nice taste in The Hunger Games.

The new trailer is extra exciting folks, and I hope it draws the crowds. I’ll be there! I especially like Susan Sarandon’s beautiful quote. I think it brings home what Cloud Atlas is all about.

Our lives are not our own. We are bound to others; past and present. And by each crime, and every kindness, we birth our future.

You can watch the new trailer for Cloud Atlas below: