A few new stills from “The Conspirator” have finally been released – hopefully we’ll be getting a full-length trailer soon! I’ve also added a few stills from “Children of Dune” to the gallery as well.
James McAvoy and Hugh Laurie have joined the voice cast for “Arthur Christmas” – the latest film from Aardman Animations.
A host of other British stars have also signed up to the project including Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy and Imelda Staunton.
The film tells of Santa’s ultra-high-tech present delivery operation hidden beneath the North Pole.
It is expected to be released in November next year.
McAvoy will voice Arthur, the clumsy younger son of Santa and the only one in his family still captivated by the magic of the holiday.
Laurie will play Arthur’s older brother Steve, the heir to the operation who has given the North Pole high-tech efficiency and military-style precision.
Broadbent is set to voice Santa with Nighy as his cranky 136-year-old father, Grandsanta.
Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino is writing the score, while League of Gentlemen producer Sarah Smith, who has also written the screenplay, will direct.
“We are thrilled to have assembled such a phenomenal group of actors for Arthur Christmas,” Smith said.
“Not only are they all terrifically funny, charming and characterful but they have also brought an emotional subtlety and depth that gives the film great heart.”
Bristol-based Aardman’s last cinematic release was 2006’s “Flushed Away”, starring Hugh Jackman and Kate Winslet.
Back to 2003 for today’s update, and I have just uploaded captures from the first episode of James’ TV mini-series “Children of Dune”, which he plays Leto Atreides II.
A battle raged for twelve years whilst desert dweller Paul Maud’dib Atreides’s, Freman Jiha travelled the universe destroying the remaining old Imperial armies. Maud’dib’s rule saw planets colonized one by one, though amid the anarchy, the House of Atreides emerged as a superpower of Dune’s planet Arrakis. However, the rule of the government is not wholly universal, there are numerous corrupt adversaries, the greatest being the fallen Baron Harkonnen who strives to regain control of his old empire, Dune, with its mystifying life force and all it symbolizes, to the galactic order. Harkonnen aside, a treacherous threat is about to emerge from within the House of Atreides as the number of clandestine enemies increases. Maud’dib believes that his sole chance of safeguarding his family sovereignty is his newborn twins born of his concubine, Chiani. Soon his son, Leto will be heir to Dune, a most unimaginable power. The son will be responsible for demystifying his father’s legacy, destroying the old regime in order to reinstate peace in the Empire. The definitive war has yet to be waged and will see the Children of Atriedes – the Children of Dune – trapped amid a future so volatile, yet of their family’s very own creation.
Television Productions > Children of Dune (2003) > 1.01
I have just uploaded over 1,600 DVD screen captures of James from his 2008 action film “Wanted”. Please note that the film is quite graphic and violent and some caps may not be suitable for work/children.
Film Productions > Wanted (2008) > Screen Captures
JAMES McAvoy has thanked two Glasgow teachers for helping him become a star.
The “Last King Of Scotland” actor pays his tribute in a star-studded promo clip for new movie “Waiting For Superman”.
The ex-pupil of St Thomas Aquinas school in Jordanhill says of his music teachers: “Great teachers changed my life. Anne-Marie Dempsey, Craig Smith – thank you.”
“Waiting For Superman, Truth made by An Inconvenient” director Davis Guggenheim, explores the failures of the US education system.
Other celebs thanking their teachers in the promo include Minnie Driver, Jon Hamm and Juliette Lewis.
The gallery has now been updated with 1094 screen captures of James McAvoy from the film “The Last King of Scotland”. Please note that there are some captures which are NSFW.
Film Productions > The Last King of Scotland (2006) > Screen Captures
James McAvoy is currently in the “exploding” process. He’s been working for a while fairly under the radar, but since his work in “Atonement” we’ve barely been able to keep him out of the news. With three films already on the books, McAvoy has now added a fourth.
In the latest subscription issue of Production Weekly it was announced that James McAvoy and Mila Kunis will star in an upcoming film called “Taravella”. We know you love both actors, but don’t get too excited. “Taravella” is described as “a romantic comedy with a supernatural twist” which already makes it sound too much like the Sarah Michelle Gellar piece “Simply Irresistable” for me to take it seriously. Quite a leap from “Atonement”, “X-Men: First Class”, or his upcoming Lincoln film “The Conspirator”.
Kunis is set to play the titular role while McAvoy plays Linus, the man whose life she literally falls into out of the sky. Don’t get me wrong, I have certainly seen some good rom-coms with a supernatural twist (“Love Potion #9” anyone?) but it’s already a genre to be skeptical about without the supernatural part , so I always remain wary. More on “Taravella” as details find their way onto the tubes.
James McAvoy has already revealed that he won’t attempt to imitate Patrick Stewart when he steps into the role of Professor Charles Xavier for “X-Men: First Class.” Indeed, he wants to bury Stewart’s performance entirely. But McAvoy’s approach begs an important question: how will his Xavier interact with Michael Fassbender’s Magneto?
“I think there’s a lot of room there for a real connection,” McAvoy told us of his hopes for the relationship between the two “First Class” protagonists. “By the end of that relationship, there’s still a kind of affection for each other. You see that in the stuff that Patrick and [Sir Ian McKellen] did together. There’s a lot of love there, strangely, I think.”
In calling out Stewart and McKellen by name, McAvoy is clearly aware that the relationship established by those two actors in the initial “X-Men” trilogy is crucial to the success of “First Class” as its own franchise. Indeed, McAvoy has said that he hopes his version of Xavier will ultimately reconcile with Stewart’s — just not immediately.
“I think the fun about these films, when you go back and you either reboot or do a prequel, is you get to see how people became who they are,” the actor explained. “That means that you have to do them differently and by the end of the movie you have to do them the same way. The interesting journey is what happens to them, what changes them, what makes them evolve — not just mutate, but emotionally and psychologically evolve.”
Touchstone Pictures has released the trailer for “Gnomeo & Juliet”, the animated family adventure opening February 11, 2011.
In “Gnomeo & Juliet”, Shakespeare’s revered tale gets a comical, off-the-wall makeover. Directed by Kelly Asbury (co-director of “Shrek 2”) and showcasing both classic and original songs by Elton John, the film features the voices of James McAvoy and Emily Blunt as Gnomeo and Juliet, who have as many obstacles to overcome as their quasi namesakes when they are caught up in a feud between neighbors. But with plastic pink flamingos and thrilling lawnmower races in the mix, can this young couple find a happy ending?
Michael Caine, Jason Statham, Maggie Smith, Patrick Stewart, Stephen Merchant, Matt Lucas, Jim Cummings, Julie Walters, Richard Wilson and Ozzy Osbourne also provided their voices.
I have slowly but surely started adding some content to the site! This evening I have been working on the filmography section of the site, and so far have six of James’ films up – “Atonement”, “Becoming Jane”, “Penelope”, “The Chronicles of Narnia”, “Wimbledon” and “Bright Young Things”.
Screen captures from “The Last King of Scotland”, “Starter for 10” and “Wanted” are also on their way, as well as plenty more media, and hopefully a video archive asap, so stay tuned.