I 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.)
Paddington‘s release date has been moved to January, but the Weinstein Company has released a new trailer featuring the voice of Ben Whishaw, who took over the title role from Colin Firth. What do you think?
Warner 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.
The 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.
In 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 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.