Matthew's jacket provided by Club Monaco.
I already have my tissues ready just watching the trailer for August: Osage County, which stars Meryl Streep as the matriarch of a family who gathers for the funeral of her husband (Sam Shepard). The kids all come home to Oklahoma, most notably Julia Roberts as eldest daughter Barbara, and unkind words, snark, and tears are unleashed. August: Osage County is full of familiar faces, and the rest of the extended family includes Ewan McGregor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Abigail Breslin, and Margo Martindale. Whew!
Obviously, if Streep is involved you know you're in for a dramatic treat, and she's bringing it in the preview, but it also looks like Roberts and the supporting cast are at the top of their game, too. This adaptation of a stage play looks so powerful already, and I can't wait to see it when it comes into theaters Nov. 8 — right in time for award season. Watch the trailer after the jump.
Successfully reimagining a classic fairy tale is a tough job, but Jack the Giant Slayer sufficiently blends old and new elements to create a story that is entertaining for all ages, even if the 3D is a little dizzying. The story centers on Jack (Nicholas Hoult), a poor farm boy who, in a moment of weakness, accepts some enchanted beans from a monk in exchange for his horse. Though the monk warns him not to get the beans wet, inevitably it rains, and lo and behold, a monstrous beanstalk shoots up through Jack's home. This in itself is an issue, but the greater problem is that the kingdom's runaway Princess Isabelle (Eleanor Tomlinson) happens to be trapped in Jack's house at the top of the beanstalk. Also at the top of the beanstalk? Man-eating giants.
Hoult is an ideal Jack — not a boy, not yet a man. He lends just the right amount of innocence and determination to the character, attempting to prove himself and earn the love of the damsel in distress. In fact, the film is well cast all around: Ian McShane and Ewan McGregor also star as the king and his army captain, respectively. Stanley Tucci plays the king's scheming aide, whose evil intentions make him an even bigger obstacle for Jack than the giants. The characters are classic, but the actors make them feel fresh, thrilling, and funny. To see what else I thought about Jack the Giant Slayer, just read more
Adriana Lima and Karolina Kurkova donned sexy black dresses to attend watch brand IWC Schaffhausen's party at Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie last night in Geneva, Switzerland. The models were joined by Ewan McGregor and Kevin Spacey as well as Rebecca Gayheart and Eric Dane for the event. Karolina also donned a bright red ensemble, while Adriana emerged in a black-and-white dress to pose for the festivities. Adriana made the trip overseas after taking care of modeling duties for Victoria's Secret. Adriana and Erin Heatherton launched VS's new fitness line together at the brand's Herald Square NYC store last week. Ewan, meanwhile, traveled to Switzerland following his appearance at the Golden Globes earlier this month, when he was nominated for Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.
In The Impossible, Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts play Henry and Maria, parents to three boys who get separated in the 2004 tsunami in Thailand, which is based on a real family who survived the tragedy. The movie is starting to get award buzz (Watts was recently nominated for a Golden Globe and a SAG award for her role), and while I found The Impossible to be a well-done film, there are a few caveats to consider before you check out the drama.
- It's good. The acting is strong, the visual effects are stunning, and you stay invested in the family's story.
- But . . . It is very, very tough to watch. Director Juan Antonio Bayona doesn't spare you from any aspect of the tsunami, kicking off with a first-person-like experience of the wave hitting. There is extensive underwater footage that can make you feel claustrophobic, and the injuries sustained by Maria are very graphic. The visuals may also be gut-wrenching for other reasons, too; the tsunami only happened eight years ago, and even if you don't have a personal link to the tragedy, it's still traumatic to see it so up close and personal.
- Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts are great. As parents who are separated by the disaster, they convey how scared they are while hiding that fear from their children.
- But . . . The child actors leave an even bigger impression. Watts is certainly deserving of praise, but I was more affected by the actors that play the three sons, Lucas (Tom Holland), Thomas (Samuel Joslin), and Simon (Oaklee Pendergast). With their cherubic faces and rare range for such young actors, the boys are sympathetic and magnetic. In particular, Holland stands out as the oldest son who has to be his mother's strength at times and withstands some of the most difficult emotional ordeals.
- It's moving. To call this movie a tearjerker is a severe understatement.
- But . . . Ultimately, it feels a bit emotionally manipulative, and I was left feeling exhausted after experiencing the ups and downs of the family's plight. This is far from escapist entertainment.
Ewan McGregor shares the big screen with Naomi Watts in The Impossible, the tragic tale of one family's real-life survival story during Thailand's 2004 tsunami. We recently caught up recently with Ewan to chat about the film, out today, as well as his experience playing a dad to three young sons. During our interview, Ewan also shared a story about Angelina Jolie and what it means to have her support behind this "special" project, which hits select theaters today.
It was a memorable evening in LA last night for The Impossible stars Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts as the pair stepped out for their official West Coast premiere. Ewan, dressed in Balenciaga, was joined on the carpet by his wife, Eve Mavrakis, while Naomi hit the event solo in a beautiful Zac Posen gown and Jimmy Choo stilettos. Naomi and Ewan posed for photos with costar Tom Holland, who plays their son, as well as Maria Belon, the 2004 tsunami survivor whose family inspired the film. Fellow tsunami victim Petra Nemcova also made it out to the event, in a beautiful strapless coral gown, to show her support.
Ewan and Naomi chatted with us about their experience making the film and the intense emotions they went through during production — stay tuned for more from our exclusive interviews! Naomi talked about getting to know Maria as well as the upcoming award season. Naomi's performance in The Impossible is already earning praise; she's among the best actress nominees announced earlier today during the Critics' Choice nominations.
Julia Roberts met up with some of her famous friends for lunch at Hal's Bar and Grill in Venice, CA, yesterday. She was joined by her August: Osage County costars Ewan McGregor (and his wife, Eve Mavrakis), Dermot Mulroney, and Julianne Nicholson for a casual meal. Filming has reportedly wrapped on the production, but it appears the friends are intent on keeping in touch. Julia's next project pairs her with another fellow A-lister, Brad Pitt. Brad's production company, Plan B, is producing
The Normal Heart, which is set to star Julia alongside Matt Bomer and Alec Baldwin.
As for Ewan, he's got an exciting few months ahead. His name has been thrown around recently as Oscar buzz is building around his gripping role in The Impossible. It appears Ewan's already got Angelina Jolie on his side, so it's possible he could get Julia's support as well. Dermot may not be in the hunt for an Academy Award, but he does have his sights set on Park City. Dermot's forthcoming project The Rambler is among the first-round films announced for 2013's official Sundance Film Festival lineup.
Naomi Watts hit the red carpet alongside Ewan McGregor at the BFI IMAX theater in London last night to debut their movie The Impossible. She showed some skin in a Tom Ford black dress, and Ewan was his typical fashion-forward self in a dark gray checkered suit. She and Ewan's movie is based on the true story of a family of five vacationing in Thailand during the 2004 Asian tsunami, and it arrives in select US theaters Dec. 21. It's actually the second time Naomi and Ewan have worked together; they also costarred in 2005's Stay.
Naomi's partner, Liev Schreiber, wasn't able to attend, since he's back in NYC shooting his own movie. Liev's been logging long hours on the Brooklyn set of Fading Gigolo with Vanessa Paradis. He was, though, able to take a break over the weekend to bring their oldest son, Sasha, to see the Knicks play the Indiana Pacers.
Watching Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor in the trailer for The Impossible, it's hard to believe it's been almost eight years since a massive tsunami rocked Southeast Asia. As we all know, the giant tidal wave hit the region the day after Christmas, and in the new film based on a real family, Watts and McGregor play husband and wife vacationing with their young sons in Thailand during that time. The family is playing by the resort's pool when the unexpected wave breaks, smashing everything in its path and separating their family.
It looks as though the whole family survives — though they are taken in different directions — but this is still a pretty emotional trailer. By the time the cover of U2's "One" swells up, I was already reaching for the tissues. The Indian Ocean earthquake and resulting tsunami were a huge global tragedy, and it can be tricky to tackle these real-life catastrophes in movies. Having said that, it looks like The Impossible is taking a good route by telling the story on a micro-level, as it was experienced by just one family. The movies comes out Dec. 21, and you can check out the trailer after the jump.