New pics from two of my most-anticipated 2011 movies: Coriolanus and Jane Eyre

Happy Superbowl Sunday! I saw these on Friday but just finally got time to post ’em. Now, these are the movies I wish I’d see the trailers during the Superbowl. These pics just made me anticipate these movies a whole lot more (if that is even possible).

CORIOLANUS

Coriolanus Russian poster

Thanks to gbGALS on Twitter, we got some additional pictures of the Ralph Fiennes-directed modern Shakespeare historical thriller Coriolanus. Fiennes also stars as the banished hero of Rome who allies with a sworn enemy Tullus Aufidius (Gerard Butler) to take his revenge on the city. The stellar supporting cast includes Brian Cox, Vanessa Redgrave, James Nesbitt and Jessica Chastain. Screenplay by John Logan (Gladiator, Last Samurai)

Next week on Valentine’s day, the movie is premiering at this year’s BERLINALE film festival and the Fiennes’ debut film is also eligible to compete for “Best First Feature.” There’s no info yet when this movie will open in the US but last Thursday, Deadline reported that the Weinstein Co. is in talks to distribute Coriolanus. Harvey Weinstein has distributed two of Ralph Fiennes movies before, The English Patient and The Reader.

Check out the photos below courtesy of this JMHO article and this post for some on-set pics in Serbia. Now all we need is a trailer!

Click to see a larger version (Top: Fiennes and Vanessa Redgrave)
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JANE EYRE

At least for this one I only have about a month to wait as it’s coming out on March 11. The trailer of the Charlotte Brontë’s Gothic romance has been released last November and it looks really, really good. Soon to be A-lister Michael Fassbender has since been cast in Ridley Scott’s alien flick Prometheus and he’s also in another highly-anticipated flick X-Men: First Class. The strong supporting cast includes Judi Dench, Jamie Bell, Sally Hawkins and Imogen Poots. But what I’m anticipating most is to see Fassbender’s interpretation of my favorite byronic hero, Edward Rochester!

Photos courtesy of Ropes of Silicon

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Click to see a larger version (Top: Jamie Bell & Mia Wasikowska)

Anybody else anticipating either or both of these movies?

The Flix List: Top Ten Favorite Trailers Released in 2010

Well this is an easy one. Sometimes a week go by without me seeing a single movie—yes that’d be a lousy week indeed—but I almost see at least one trailer per week. I go to IMPAwards.com for posters and for my trailer fix, I’d go to Apple trailers page. The best trailers not only do what they’re supposed to, that is entice us to really see the movie, but they’d also have the power to tickle our minds and move our hearts. Or they’re just simply a heck of a lot of fun and entertaining, often much more so than the movie they’re promoting. Some trailers are also pretty addictive. If I like one, I have to resist myself from watching it over and over again to prevent overexposure. But usually I’d have already watched my faves more than a half dozen times by the time I sit down to see the movie themselves.

So without further ado, here are ten of my favorites that are released this year:

1. Jane Eyre

Intriguing, romantic, unearthly

2. Toy Story 3

Moving, lively, uproarious

3. The Social Network

Timely, witty, fascinating

4. Cowboys & Aliens

Bizarre, out-of-this-world, downright awesome!

5. Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows

Dark, stirring, magical

6. Cairo Time

Lush, unconventionally-romantic, poignant

7. Inception

Enigmatic, cool, dynamic

8. Rango

Fun, hilarious, playful

9. Battle: Los Angeles

Compelling, eerie, relentless

10. A-Team

Fun, frenetic, frivolous

Honorable Mentions:

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Now your turn to tell me your favorite movie trailers of the year!

THIS JUST IN: JANE EYRE 2011 trailer debuts!

I know I just posted a trailer yesterday but I have been anticipating this for so long! Ever since I saw the 1983 BBC version of Jane Eyre, I fell in love with Charlotte Brontë’s Gothic romance and Dalton as the the ultimate Byronic hero Edward Rochester. I love how faithful it was to the book, but the entire production is rather tedious and the costume, lighting, etc. left much to be desired. Then I learned about indie director Cary Fukunaga’s vision of the movie, and was really intrigued by his vision. As a fan of the novel, he intends to capture the dark and spooky atmosphere of the novel, as the story is so much more than a period romance.Well, judging from this trailer, looks like he achieved what he set out to do.

First look of the new Rochester


Last September, I couldn’t help pondering about which actor could play Rochester. Now, the German-born Michael Fassbender wasn’t on my list, but after seeing him in the trailer, I’m more than pleased by the casting choice! Dalton was a tough act to follow and I wasn’t impressed by Toby Stephens’ portrayal in the latest BBC version, but Fassbender looks poised to be my new favorite. Yes, he’s still far too good looking for the role, just like most other actors playing Rochester. But the important thing is he’s able to bring that mercurial, tortured-soul sensibilities the role requires, but with ample of sex appeal 😀

The overall look of the movie definitely looks promising and with a top notch the supporting cast! Here’s the cast info from my previous post: Dame Judi Dench will play Mrs. Fairfax, the housekeeper of Thornfield Manor who hires Jane, and disproves of Jane’s relationship with Rochester. One of my fave young thespian Jamie Bell (Defiance, Billy Elliot) will play St. John, a young clergyman who helps Jane in a time of need, and turns out to be connected to her by blood. Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky, An Education) will play Mrs. Reed, Jane’s terrible aunt, who terrorizes and abuses Jane as a orphaned child.

I know that a lot of people out there probably think, ‘another Jane Eyre adaptation?!’ But this one might offer what have been missing in the previous adaptations… staying true to the novel whilst keeping the tone fresh and contemporary. I absolutely can’t wait until March 11 of next year for this!

Oh, I just found another still photo that’s just been released… I’m dying to see how the proposal scene goes with Jane’s ‘Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless?’ heart-wrenching speech. I adore the one from the 1983 version, it’s just one of my favorite scenes in the miniseries.

Any Brontë fans out there? What do you think of the trailer… and specifically, Fassbender as Mr. Rochester?