It’s slim pickings this week, in terms of big budget movies, as the industry winds down a little over the festive period (though prepare yourselves for the usual onslaught of Christmassy slush hitting the big screen in the coming weeks).
However, the new release that everybody’s chatting about right now is Hitchcock. Starring Antony Hopkins (as the legendary director Alfred Hitchcock) and Helen Mirren (as his wife, Alma Reville), there has already been discussion of the possibility of Oscar nominations coming the way of this biopic, which focuses on the era when Hitchcock was filming Psycho – widely considered to be the pinnacle of his career. The star of Psycho, Janet Leigh, is played by the ever-popular Scarlett Johansson.
Reviews for the movie have been mixed; it seems as though most reviewers are praising the performances, but not the film as a whole, which lacks clarity. The movie is only getting a limited release this week, so don’t expect it to be riding too high with box office takings but do expect some of its cast to be riding high when it comes to awards season.
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Scarlett Johansson is the focus of a new string of photos to be released from Hitchcock – the new movie based on Alfred Hitchcock’s relationship with his wife. The movie centres on the period of time around the filming of Hitchcock’s classic thriller, Psycho, of which Janet Leigh (played by Scarlett) became the undoubted star.
In the photos (courtesy of Deadbolt), we see Scarlett in all her retro glory, wearing pastel coloured, 1950s cats-eye sun-shades and driving a vintage car. Elsewhere, she can be seen wearing a cream coloured cardigan and pencil skirt, being measured by a wardrobe assistant, whilst Hitchcock (played by Anthony Hopkins) looks on, framing her with his hands.
Another recent Hitchcock biopic, The Girl, examined Hitchock’s dubious and allegedly abusive relationship with another of his leading ladies, Tippi Hedren (The Birds) but Hitchcock is more interested with the relationship between the director and his wife, Alma Reville. Of course, Scarlett Johansson’s on-screen glamour plays a large part in the movie and even in the trailer, tension can be detected between the wife and the leading lady, as Reville (played by Helen Mirren) tells her husband “don’t wait until half way through the movie (to kill off the leading actress) – do it after half an hour.”
What’s this? A new Scarlett Johansson tattoo?
It looks as though the Hitchcock actress has decided to add to her collection of body art with a rudimentary horseshoe, with the words ‘Lucky You’ inscribed above it. The new ink, which is located on her ribcage, was done by the French tattooist and graffiti artist Fuzi Uvtpk and The Daily Mail have pictured Scarlett and Fuzi together in his studio.
Apparently, Scarlett decided she wanted Fuzi to be the next tattoo artist to tattoo her, after she visited his exhibition in Paris. The new artwork joins her collection; she has two circles with the letter A on her ankle, a colourful sunrise scene in a circle, on her forearm and a bracelet on her wrist, which bears the words “I Love NY.” Scarlett is notoriously secretive when it comes to revealing the details of the meaning of her tattoos and we’re none the wiser when it comes to her new tattoo. Though frankly, if you’re close enough to Scarlett Johansson’s bare ribcage to read the tattoo, then lucky you, indeed!
The trailer for 'Hitchcock' - director Sacha Gervasi's upcoming biopic of suspense director Alfred Hitchcock's relationship with his wife during the filming of his tour-de-force 'Psycho' - has hit the web. The actual movie is scheduled for limited release in November and stars Sir Anthony Hopkins as the acclaimed filmmaker and Helen Mirren as his wife Alma.
The trailer begins with one of Hitchcock's famous lines, "All of us harbour dark recesses of violence and horror. I'm just a man hiding in the corner, watching," before making it quite clear that neither Paramount, nor the director's advisers, were keen on his intention to make Psycho, an adaptation of Robert Bloch's 1959 suspense novel. After The Man Who Knew Too Much, Spellbound, Strangers on a Train and Rear Window, movie bosses were perhaps understandably cautious for Hitchcock to adapt the novel that included a passage in which the protagonist is beheaded in the shower. In the new trailer, Hopkins' Hitchcock declares, "This book Psycho is fiendishly entertaining" though one movie executive hits back "No one respects the name Hitchcock more than Paramount, but even a talented man sometimes bats the wrong horse!"
Alfred Hitchcock biopic ‘Hitchcock’ is set to be in line for an Oscar this year as Fox Searchlight reveals the 2012 release date.
Fox Searchlight Pictures are known for producing and distributing independent, mainly British films many of which have been successful Oscar winners or nominees including ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, ‘Black Swan’, ‘The Full Monty’, ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ and ‘Juno’. ‘Hitchcock’ could be set to be their latest jewel as the previously expected 2013 release date has been moved to November 23rd 2012 making it a serious contender for an Academy Award this year.
Unlike the actual Alfred Hitchcock movies, which were largely suspense-driven thrillers, the film is comedy drama based on the making of Alfred Hitchcock’s hit 1960 blockbuster ‘Psycho’ and the relationship the director had with his wife Alma Reville. It focuses on the major controversy surrounding the film’s sexual and violent content and Hitchcock’s battle with financing and censorship. It has been adapted by screenwriter John McLaughlin (‘Black Swan’) from Stephen Rebello’s biography ‘Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho’ with Sacha Gervasi (‘Anvil: The Story of Anvil’) in his feature film directorial debut. If this wasn’t enough to make a big impression at The Oscars, then the flick’s all-star cast is bound to be a winner. With Academy Award sensations Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren playing Hitchcock and Alma, Scarlett Johansson and Jessica Biel playing ‘Psycho’ stars Janet Leigh and Vera Miles, the spectacular mix of both American and British actors is sure to appeal to most culturally singular film lovers.
On top of that, Touch of Evil makes him a Mexican! I love it! Charlton Heston plays a Mexican detective!
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The film, as compelling as it is, is almost undone by Sinatra's performance, which is capable but unequal to his co-stars. Sinatra, of course, had so much power during the making of the film, that he's never really pushed for a good take. As a result, weaker scenes have been left in, presumably due to Sinatra's notorious unwillingness to do retakes. Too bad, because they're needed here badly. It's little matter, though: The Manchurian Candidate's classic structure and breakneck pacing are a perfect match for the movie's incredible story punch to the gut. George Axelrod's script turns Richard Condon's novel into classic cinema. Its suspense is gripping, and its biting political statement (lambasting McCarthyism deeply) is unparalleled in cinema this side of a Michael Moore movie.
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But perhaps the best way -- if the least well-known -- is to include the word "lepus" in it.
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Alfred Hitchcock's first real horror movie not only set off a raging controversy and alarming threats of censorship, but it also ruined the morning shower for a generation of Americans. The shower scene, now one of the most famous and replayed moments in movie history, was just the knife's edge of this masterpiece of fear-dredging, Freudian obsession, and sadistic humor.
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