Hitchcock/Hopkins Face/Off

Following in the recent footsteps of Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher, and… erm… Joseph Gordon-Levitt as kinda-sort-of Bruce Willis, People have our first look at Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock. You can barely recognise him under all those chins.

Hopkins will be playing Hitchcock in the film Hitchcock which follows the making of the classic Hitchcockian Hitchcock thriller Psycho as made more obvious in the original (slightly clunky) title of Alfred Hitchcock And The Making Of Psycho.

Hitchcock also stars the poor man’s Judi Dench Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Biel, Toni Colette and James D’Arcy. D’Arcy has a name that sounds familiar until you realise the only time you’ve seen him was in Secret Diary of a Call Girl falling in love with an escort so maybe he’s not the one you were thinking of after all.

Hitchcock started filming last week and will be in cinemas when it’s bloody well ready.

The Avengers vs. The Avengers

Earlier this year it was announced that the upcoming Marvel film The Avengers would be called Avengers Assemble here in the UK. The internet being the overreacting beast that it is there was lots of anger and confusion as to why we weren’t allowed to keep the same title as the rest of the world. One theory was that the title change had been to avoid any confusion with the 1960’s British TV series of the same name.

With one being a film about superheroes and the other a TV series about spies it is initially hard to see why Marvel would be so worried about us Brits getting the two confused. Thankfully that mystery has now been solved as we have exclusive leaked footage of the first 43 seconds of the upcoming Avengers Assemble. Watch the footage below and you should be able to see that writer/director Joss Whedon has actually taken a little inspiration from the TV series when designing the title sequence for his film.

And the TV series intro for comparison:

Avengers Assemble is in cinemas on 26th April 2012 and has nothing to do with The Avengers.

Watch This – Rear Window Timelapse

Jeff Desom, my new favourite person, has pieced together Rear Window into a single real-time panoramic timelapse piece of art.

There is nothing I can say here to add to the wonder of modern technology meeting classic filmmaking.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, I Think You May Be Allergic to Something

Rian Johnson (director of the stylish Brick and the stylish but flawed Brothers Bloom) is soon to be back in cinemas with his third film Looper. In Looper Joseph Gordon-Levitt is an assassin tasked with killing targets sent back from the future – the logic being that if you kill them in the past there’s no victim to be found. One day Gordon-Levitt recognises one of his targets as the future version of himself (as played by Bruce Willis) and plenty of running and jumping ensues.

With Rian Johnson at the helm Looper is sure to have plenty of visual flair and who can resist some time travel based fun? The first trailer will be with us in a few days and over the weekend the first images of Joseph Gordon-Levitt have appeared. Interestingly, he’s wearing prosthetics to make him look more like a younger Bruce Willis. A wise move or a crime against his face?

Click the images below to enlarge.

Looper is out in the UK on 28th September 2012 and had better be amazing or I’ll cry.

In Darkness – Trailer & Pics

In Darkness is the latest film from acclaimed Polish director Agnieszka Holland and, from what I’ve overheard whilst eavesdropping on people who know more than me, was essentially the runner-up for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars on Sunday.

In Darkness is set in Nazi-occupied Poland and follows a sewer workers attempts to hide a group of Jews deep within the sewer system. While I can’t yet tell you how good the film is, I can share with you the trailer and some images.

WARNING: Contains subtitles and extended scenes of sewers

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In Darkness is on limited release from 16th March 2012.