Another Terrifying Trailer for In the Heart of the Sea

In the Heart of the SeaI don’t know, you guys, I just don’t know. This movie looks like something that is right up my alley but ALSO something that will completely terrify me. I’m not sure whether I can handle seeing it on the big screen. What’s everyone else thinking? Maybe I’ll read the book first and then decide? Argh. It’s out in December! And it has so many people I like in it that I really WANT to see it. And it’s historical! BUT SCARY ARGH.

Also: I think I ranted about this regarding a previous trailer, and I know I did regarding the way Sleepy Hollow was being discussed, but: Moby-Dick is a novel. Someone wrote it. Insisting on calling it a “myth” – though I understand that that’s trying to get at how it’s become this cultural force and idea beyond just people who have read the book – devalues the writers. SOMEONE HAS TO STAND UP FOR MELVILLE, DARN IT.

ALSO also: I just realized the great Ben Whishaw is playing Melville himself, which is awesome and also makes me curious whether they’re putting Melville ON the ship, which he, of course, wasn’t. He was a baby when this happened. (I honestly didn’t notice him in any of the ship scenes in the trailer because I was TOO BUSY BEING TERRIFIED.)

Teaser Trailer: In the Heart of the Sea

In the Heart of the SeaWarner Bros. has released the first teaser trailer for In the Heart of the Sea, and it looks terrifying. It’s based on the book of the same name by Nathaniel Philbrick and stars Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Ben Whishaw, and more. The movie will be in theaters on March 13th.

Ben Whishaw as Paddington & More Movie News

Ben WhishawBen Whishaw is the new voice of Paddington. (Colin Firth had previously left the role.)

Christian Bale is in talks to play John D. MacDonald’s famous detective Travis McGee in The Deep Blue Goodbye.

Sony has acquired nonfiction book Tupperware Unsealed by Bob Kealing as a starring vehicle for Sandra Bullock.

Ridley Scott has optioned memoir The Devil in the Kitchen by Marco Pierre White.

Warner Bros. has acquired forthcoming YA novel I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson.

The Hollow Crown: Richard II

The Hollow CrownThe Hollow Crown premiered on PBS on Friday night with Richard II, and honestly, it was even better than I’d expected, and I expected it to be good. Ben Whishaw was completely mesmerizing as Richard – he plays insane so very, very well. The cast had a surfeit of talent – Patrick Stewart, David Morrissey, James Purefoy, David Suchet, Rory Kinnear, Clemence Poesy, Tom Hughes, Lindsay Duncan, and more – and they all pulled this off beautifully. Shakespearean language on screen can sometimes seem artificial or stilted, but this absolutely did not; it was natural and full of meaning and emotion.

If you missed it, you can watch the whole episode right here:

The series continues this Friday with Henry IV, Part I.

Tom Hiddleston Previews The Hollow Crown

The Hollow CrownIn this video from PBS, Tom Hiddleston hosts a preview for The Hollow Crown, which premieres a week from today, Friday, September 20th, as part of the Great Performances series. It’s based on Shakespeare’s plays Richard II, Henry IV Parts I and II, and Henry V. In addition to Hiddleston, the series stars Jeremy Irons, Michelle Dockery, Ben Whishaw, and more.

PBS Sets Dates for The Hollow Crown & The Paradise

The Hollow CrownPBS announced its fall programming slate and premiere dates yesterday, and there are a few items of interest for us. First, The Hollow Crown, based on Shakespeare’s plays Richard II, Henry IV, Parts I & II, and Henry V, will finally make it to this side of the pond on Fridays from September 20th through October 11th. The cast includes a lot of great British actors, such as Jeremy Irons, Tom Hiddleston, Ben Whishaw, Patrick Stewart, John Hurt, David Suchet, and Michelle Dockery. You can check out the BBC site for the show here.

And in October, Masterpiece Classic will premiere an adaptation of Emile Zola’s novel The Paradise, about “a young woman seduced by the dangerous charms of the modern world set against the Victorian splendor of a British department store.” It stars Joanna Vanderham. This also aired on the BBC last year, so you can learn more on their site.