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Interview: Winter’s Tale’s Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly, Eva Marie Saint & Akiva Goldsman

Winters_TaleLife isn’t a fairy tale.  Life requires life beyond loss and according to writer-director-producer Akiva Goldsman, that’s why we need fairy tales for adults like his new movie, Winter’s Tale.  The book-to-film adaptation stars Colin Farrell as a thief named Peter Lake.  Peter’s perfectly fine stealing to get by, but after crossing paths with Jessica Brown Findlay’s Beverly Penn, he abandons everything he’s known for something he’s experiencing for the very first time – true love.

Just ahead of the film’s Valentine’s Day debut, Goldsman, Farrell and Brown Findlay as well as co-stars Jennifer Connelly who portrays Virginia, a mother with an ailing daughter whose fate becomes intertwined with Peter Lake’s, and Eva Marie Saint who steps in as the older version of Beverly’s younger sister, all sat down for a press conference in New York City.  Check out what the gang had to say about the challenge of enticing an audience to suspend disbelief, their personal experiences with miracles, the ups and downs of shooting the film’s most intimate scene and more.

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Review: Winter’s Tale

Winters_Tale_Poster1“Winter’s Tale” is not a true story nor a love story, but rather, the comedy of the year.

Based on Mark Helprin’s 1983 novel, “Winter’s Tale” focuses on Colin Farrell’s Peter Lake. We meet Peter when he’s just a baby in 1895. His parents so desperately want to come to the United States, but because they’ve got heart conditions, they’re not allowed in. However, it doesn’t have to be that way for baby Peter. Instead of re-boarding their boat and heading back home together, they plop the infant into a tiny model boat, lower him down from their own and then watch as he presumably sails off to New York City.

That covers just about ten minutes of the movie, but right there you’ve already got two devastating problems. First off, this movie is one of magical realism. You’re not going to get a theater full of people to buy into that unless you establish it right from the start. This odd display of two parents risking their child’s life in an absurd effort to give him a better one does not do that in the least, making it even more difficult to adjust and accept when magic is thrown into the equation a little later on. And that brings us to detrimental issue #2, believability. There are countless scenes in this movie when characters are doing or saying something oh-so seriously that makes little to no sense and that turns out to be a highly successful formula for creating laugh-out-loud-worthy moments.

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Interview: Winter’s Tale Writer-Director-Producer Akiva Goldsman

Akiva_GoldsmanEven though he’s a prolific writer and producer, having won an Academy Award for A Beautiful Mind and produced acclaimed features including Lone Survivor and I Am Legend, Akiva Goldsman decided it was time to give directing a go.  However, it wasn’t because Goldsman had dreamed of eventually directing a feature, but rather because he found material that struck such a chord that directing the piece himself became the only option.  Come Valentine’s Day, we’ll get the chance to check out Goldsman’s directorial debut, an adaptation of Mark Helprin’s 1983 novel, Winter’s Tale. The film focuses on Colin Farrell’s Peter Lake, an expert thief who walks into a home intending to steal and winds up having something stolen from him – his heart.  (Come on; Valentine’s Day is on the way!)

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The Best – and Worst – Movie Trailers of the Week

The_Winter_SoliderAfter picking on the Planes marketing campaign relentlessly in this column, it feels necessary to highlight the very first promo in the history of the franchise that’s actually somewhat touching; the one Disney is dubbing the “Courage Trailer” for Planes: Fire & Rescue. The thing feels much more like a music video than a movie trailer, but even if it is an incredibly heavy-handed move, the song choice does manage to infuse the material with some much-needed heart.

The Best Stuff

1. Captain America: The Winter Solider

The Marvel marketing team nailed it! After complaining that the film’s first trailer was devoid of suspense because it never clarifies what Captain America is up against, Marvel delivers a new version that does just that, and does it quite well. This isn’t just a promo; it’s a character piece. By the end of this two-and-a-half-minute trailer, you know where the Winter Solider came from and what he’s capable of, but more importantly you feel his threat and that’s what leaves a lasting impression.

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The Best – and Worst – Movie Trailers of the Week

The_RaidThe new RoboCop trailer is a little low on wow-worthy action set pieces, but a bold plea from Samuel L. Jackson followed by a string of well-cut footage sucks you in and establishes enough momentum to suggest that RoboCop could wind up being worthwhile. However, worthwhile doesn’t land you a spot in the Best Stuff

The Best Stuff

1. The Raid 2: Berandal

The Raid 2: Berandal opens its marketing campaign strong with a teaser that’s loaded with action, proving it’s just as visceral and vicious as the original, but then it takes the promo a step further by embedding those action snippets in a highly effective narrative structure that offers some character development and one incredibly powerful build.

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