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11
Jul 2013
Movies, The Seventh Son, Videos  •  By  •  0 Comments

Talk about long-gestating! “The Seventh Son” cast its young leads back at the beginning of 2011 and filming took place in the beginning of 2012, but over two years later and…. we’re still several months away from its release. Further bad news: The release date it finally landed on is in the barren desert of January 2014. There might be cause for concern here, but for now, the first trailer has dropped.

Ben Barnes plays the seventh son of the seventh son, which means he’s The One to help Jeff Bridges take on the evil witches, led by Julianne Moore, who are also apparently part dragon. Lots of Medieval battles go down, and Barnes meets a beautiful young witch in Alicia Vikander, who tries to convince him that not all witches are evil. The footage looks like standard period fantasy action flick stuff to me, and really dark (screen brightness-wise), so we’ll see how Barnes’ second attempt at leading a big budget blockbuster fares.

8
Jul 2013
Movies, Tulip Fever  •  By  •  0 Comments

Alicia Vikander is preparing to tiptoe through the tulips. The Swedish-born actress has helped put the bloom on a screen project that had been put on the manure heap.

Alicia, who won recognition for her performances in the films A Royal Affair and Joe Wright’s under- appreciated Anna Karenina, is in the final stages of negotiations to play the lead in the much delayed screen version of Deborah Moggach’s novel Tulip Fever.

It’s the story of a 17th-century love affair in Amsterdam, set against the backdrop of tulipmania, when the bottom fell out of the lucrative tulip market (during which a single bulb could be worth flower tubs of money).
The picture has come close to getting made several times. On one occasion, a couple of years ago, Keira Knightley and Jude Law were involved; but a tax credit deal soured, causing the production to be cancelled. Some sets had already been constructed and 12,000 tulips had to be dead-headed.

Now director Justin Chadwick, whose film of Nelson Mandela’s life Long Walk To Freedom with Idris Elba and Naomie Harris is likely to be a major awards season contender, has been signed to have another go.

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