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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug


The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

After successfully crossing over (and under) the Misty Mountains, Thorin and Company must seek aid from a powerful stranger before taking on the dangers of Mirkwood Forest–without their Wizard. If they reach the human settlement of Lake-town it will be time for the hobbit Bilbo Baggins to fulfill his contract with the dwarves. The party must complete the journey to Lonely Mountain and burglar Baggins must seek out the Secret Door that will give them access to the hoard of the dragon Smaug. And, where has Gandalf got off to? And what is his secret business to the south?

The film follows the titular character Bilbo Baggins as he accompanies Thorin Oakenshield and his fellow Dwarves on a quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from the dragon Smaug. The film also features the vengeful pursuit of Azog the Defiler and Bolg while Gandalf the Grey investigates a growing evil at the ruins of Dol Guldur. The ensemble cast includes Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, and Orlando Bloom.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is an epic fantasy adventure film directed by Peter Jackson. It was produced by WingNut Films in collaboration with New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It was distributed by Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and is the second installment in the three-part film series based on the novel The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien. The film was preceded by An Unexpected Journey (2012) and will be followed by The Battle of the Five Armies (2014).

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

About the Story

At the Inn of the Prancing Pony in Bree, Gandalf persuades Thorin Oakenshield to obtain the Arkenstone to unite the Dwarves, and suggests that a stealthy burglar may be needed to steal the jewel back from Smaug.

One year later, Thorin and his company are being pursued by Azog and his Orc party down the Carrock following the events of the previous film. Bilbo Baggins informs the group that a bear is also tracking them, and are ushered along by Gandalf to the nearby home of Beorn to seek his assistance. Beorn is revealed to be a skin-changer who sometimes takes the form of the bear. That night, Azog is summoned to Dol Guldur and instructs his son Bolg to take over the hunt for Thorin.

The following day, Beorn escorts the company to the borders of Mirkwood, where Gandalf discovers Black Speech imprinted on an old ruin. This coincides with a telepathic message from Galadriel urging him to investigate the tombs of the Nazgûl. He warns the company to remain on the path and abruptly leaves. Upon entering the forest they lose their way and are ensnared by giant spiders. Bilbo then sets about freeing the dwarves with the help of the One Ring. He subsequently drops the ring and brutally kills a centipede-like creature to retrieve it.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The remaining spiders are fended off by the Wood-elves led by Tauriel and Legolas. They in turn capture the Dwarves, and bring Thorin before Thranduil. He confronts the Elvenking about his neglect of the Dwarves of Erebor following Smaug’s attack 60 years before, and is consequently imprisoned with the other Dwarves. Bilbo, having avoided capture, arranges an escape using empty wine barrels that are sent downstream. While being pursued by the Wood-elves, they are ambushed by Bolg and his Orc party, and Kíli is wounded with a poisoned arrow.

They engage in a running three-way battle down the river, but ultimately the Dwarves are able to escape both groups of pursuers. Thranduil then seals off his kingdom when an Orc captive reveals an evil entity has returned and is amassing an army in the south, but Tauriel decides to leave and assist the Dwarves along with Legolas. Meanwhile, Gandalf meets Radagast to investigate the tombs of the Nazgûl, which are found empty.

The company are then smuggled into Esgaroth by a boatman called Bard. Thorin promises the Master and the people of Lake-town a share of the mountain’s treasure. It is then revealed that Bard is a descendant of the last ruler of Dale, and possesses the last black arrow capable of killing Smaug. Kili is forced to remain behind, tended to by Fíli, Óin, and Bofur, as the remaining company receive a grand farewell. Meanwhile, Gandalf travels south to the ruins of Dol Guldur, while Radagast leaves to warn Galadriel of their discovery at the tombs. Gandalf finds the ruins infested with Orcs and is ambushed by Azog. The Necromancer overwhelms Gandalf and reveals himself as Sauron.

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Directed by: Peter Jackson
Starring: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch, Luke Evans, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving
Screenplay by: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro, J.R.R. Tolkien
Production Design by: Dan Hennah
Cinematography by: Andrew Lesnie
Film Editing by: Jabez Olssen
Costume Design by: Bob Buck, Ann Maskrey, Richard Taylor
Set Decoration by: Simon Bright, Ra Vincent
Music by: Howard Shore
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images.
Studio: New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. Pictures
Release Date: December 13, 2013

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We’re the Millers

We're the Millers

Taglines: If anyone asks.

Low level marijuana drug dealer David Clark (Jason Sudeikis) is robbed of his money and stash, some of which he owes to his supplier. His boss, wealthy drug lord Brad Gurdlinger (Ed Helms) forces David to smuggle marijuana from Mexico in order to clear his debt. Realizing that one man attempting to get through customs is too suspicious, he hires a stripper named Rose (Jennifer Aniston), a runaway teenage girl and thief named Casey (Emma Roberts), and his virgin 18 year-old neighbor Kenny (Will Poulter) to pose as a bogus family called the “Millers”.

Because of the extra load of the marijuana on the RV, one of the radiator hoses breaks while going up a steep incline. A family they had encountered at the border called the Fitzgeralds, consisting of Don (Nick Offerman), Edie (Kathryn Hahn), and Melissa (Molly Quinn), catch up to them and tow the Millers’ RV to a repair shop. On the trip to the shop, David learns that Don Fitzgerald is a DEA agent after finding his badge and gun in the glove compartment.

We're the Millers

The next day, when the Millers head to the shop to pick up the RV, Chacon and his henchman One Eye (Matthew Willig) are waiting for them and prepare to execute the family. They immediately tell Chacon that they aren’t a real family and that they didn’t know they were stealing from him. Rose is given a chance to prove that she is a stripper by dancing, and when she gets close, turns a steam vent onto Chacon. The Millers then escape in the RV, with Kenny behind the wheel.

Due to Kenny’s erratic driving, the RV veers off the highway and a tarantula, hiding in a bowl of fruit given to them when they picked up the marijuana, crawls up Kenny’s leg and bites his testicle. As Kenny has a severe allergic reaction to the sting, the Millers head to the hospital. This further delays the delivery of the contraband, but David re-negotiates with Gurdlinger for a fee of $500,000. When Kenny is finally released, David rushes him to the RV in a wheelchair and tips him over. David inadvertently reveals how much he is getting paid, in comparison to how little he offered to pay each of the others. Casey, Rose, and Kenny are left in disgust by the revelation, and so David leaves them at the local carnival.

David regrets abandoning them and returns to the carnival, begging them on his knees to come back with him. On their way back to the RV, One Eye discovers them and as he is about to shoot everyone, Don Fitzgerald comes out of the camper and subdues him. Chacon then comes around the corner and is about to kill them all, but David hits Chacon and he drops his gun. Rose picks it up and accidentally shoots Chacon in the shoulder and as he is recovering, Kenny punches Chacon and knocks him out.

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Don arrests Chacon and One Eye and tells the Millers that he will arrest them too, but actually gives them the opportunity to leave. David delivers the drugs to Gurdlinger who tells him he’s late and that their deal is off. DEA agents then crash into the room, arresting Gurdlinger. The agent in charge is Don, who tells David that he will have to be in the witness protection program until Gurdlinger’s trial. He then adds that anyone that was a witness to the crime will be in protection, and David smiles. The Millers are then seen together in a beautiful home, with several marijuana plants growing in the garden.

About the Production

Production began in Wilmington, North Carolina on July 23, 2012. The majority of the production was filmed in North Carolina and New Mexico. It was presented during the 2013 Traverse City Film Festival and also during the Locarno International Film Festival.

The film was in development for a few years at New Line. In 2006, the film was announced with Steve Buscemi as the pot dealer, with Will Arnett in another role, but no further development was made. In April 2012, various news media broke the news that Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis were in talks to star in the film. The film added Emma Roberts, Will Poulter, Ed Helms and Kathryn Hahn in July.

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We’re the Millers

Directed by: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Starring: Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts, Will Poulter, Ed Helms, Nick Offerman
Screenplay by: Bob Fisher, Steve Faber
Production Design by: Clayton Hartley
Cinematography by: Barry Peterson
Film Editing by: Michael L. Sale
Costume Design by: Shay Cunliffe
Set Decoration by: Chuck Potter
MPAA Rating: R for crude sexual content, pervasive language, drug material and brief graphic nudity.
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures, New Line Cinema
Release Date: August 7, 2013

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The Conjuring

The Conjuring Movie

In 1971, Carolyn and Roger Perron move their family into a dilapidated Rhode Island farm house and soon strange things start happening around it with escalating nightmarish terror. In desperation, Carolyn contacts the noted paranormal investigators, Ed and Lorraine Warren, to examine the house.

What the Warrens discover is a whole area steeped in a satanic haunting that is now targeting the Perron family wherever they go. To stop this evil, the Warrens will have to call upon all their skills and spiritual strength to defeat this spectral menace at its source that threatens to destroy everyone involved.

About the Production

Before there was Amityville, there was Harrisville. “The Conjuring” tells the true story of Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga), world renowned paranormal investigators, who were called to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most horrifying case of their lives.

The Conjuring is an American supernatural horror film directed by James Wan. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga star as Ed and Lorraine Warren, who were American paranormal investigators and authors associated with prominent cases of haunting. Their reports inspired the Amityville Horror. The Warrens come to the assistance of the Perron family (Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor), who are experiencing increasingly disturbing events in their farmhouse in Rhode Island in 1971.

The Conjuring Movie

About the Story

In 1968, two young women and a young man are telling Ed and Lorraine Warren about their experiences with a doll called Annabelle they believe to be haunted.

In 1971, Roger and Carolyn Perron move into a dilapidated farmhouse in Harrisville, Rhode Island with their five daughters Andrea, Nancy, Christine, Cindy, and April. During the first day, their move goes smoothly, though their dog Sadie refuses to enter the house and one of the daughters finds a boarded up entrance to a cellar.

After realizing that the house is haunted, Carolyn is quoted as saying “wouldn’t you do anything to save your kids?” She decides to contact noted paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, who agree to take on the case, having recently finished up a case involving a possessed doll called Annabelle. The Warrens conduct an initial investigation and conclude that the house may require an exorcism, but they needed authorization from the Catholic Church and further evidence before they can proceed.

While researching the history of the house, Ed and Lorraine discover that the house once belonged to an accused witch, Bathsheba (a relative of Mary Eastey), who sacrificed her week-old child to the devil and killed herself in 1863 after cursing all who would take her land. The property was once more than 200 acres but has since been divided up into smaller parcels. They find reports of numerous murders and suicides in houses that have since been built upon parcels that were once part of the property.

The Conjuring Movie - Vera Farmiga

Ed and Lorraine return to the house to gather evidence to receive authorization for the exorcism. Cindy again sleepwalks into Andrea’s room and reveals a secret passage behind the wardrobe. Lorraine enters the passage and falls through the floorboards into the cellar, where she sees the spirit of a woman whom Bathsheba had long ago possessed and used to kill her child. Another of the Perron children, Nancy, is violently dragged by her hair along the floor by an unseen force.

The Perron family decides to take refuge at a hotel while Ed and Lorraine take their evidence to the Church to arrange an exorcism. While the Warrens are on their way home, their daughter Judy is attacked in their own home by the spirit of Bathsheba, though Ed arrives in time to prevent her from being harmed.

Carolyn, now possessed by the spirit of Bathsheba, takes two of her daughters, Christine and April, and drives back to the house. Ed, Lorraine, Roger, and two assistants rush to the house where they find Carolyn trying to stab Christine with scissors. After subduing Carolyn and tying her to a chair, Ed decides to perform the exorcism himself. Though Carolyn escapes and attempts to kill April, who is hiding under the floorboards, Lorraine is able to temporarily distract the possessed Carolyn from killing her daughter by reminding her of a special memory she shared with her family, allowing Ed to complete the exorcism, saving Carolyn and April.

Returning home, Lorraine tells Ed that the priest who they sought for the exorcism had called back and left a message, saying that he had gained approval from the Catholic Church to perform it. In addition to this, he also has another case for them to investigate on Long Island. When they leave, the music box that April had found opens and plays music, revealing nothing before the screen blacks out.

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The Conjuring

Directed by: James Wan
Starring: Vera Farmiga, Lili Taylor, Joey King, Haley McFarland, Mackenzie Foy, Kyla Deaver
Screenplay by: Chad Hayes, Carey W. Hayes
Production Design by: Julie Berghoff
Cinematography by: John R. Leonetti
Film Editing by: Kirk M. Morri
Costume Design by: Kristin M. Burke
Set Decoration by: Sophie Neudorfer
Music by: Joseph Bishara
MPAA Rating: R for sequences of disturbing violence and terror.
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Release Date: July 19, 2013

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The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone - Olivia Wilde

Taglines: Abracatastic!

Superstar magicians Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell) and Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi) have ruled the Las Vegas Strip for years, raking in millions with illusions as big as Burt’s growing ego. But lately the duo’s greatest deception is their public friendship, while secretly they’ve grown to loathe each other.

Facing cutthroat competition from guerilla street magician Steve Gray (Jim Carrey), whose cult following surges with each outrageous stunt, even their show is starting to look stale. But there’s still a chance Burt and Anton can save the act — both onstage and off — if only Burt can get back in touch with what made him love magic in the first place.

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is an American comedy film directed by Don Scardino and written by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, based on a story by Chad Kultgen & Tyler Mitchell, and Daley & Goldstein. The film follows Las Vegas magician Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell) as he attempts to reunite with his former partner Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi) to take on dangerous street magician Steve Gray (Jim Carrey). It also features Alan Arkin, Olivia Wilde and James Gandolfini.

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

A Magical Friendship

Burt Wonderstone…world-class entertainer, magician extraordinaire, idol to millions, and a real sharp dresser. Even if he does say so himself. “Burt Wonderstone can be a real jerk,” declares Steve Carell, who stars as the fictional mega-magician, half of the longstanding Vegas power duo known as The Incredible Burt and Anton, and was one of the film’s producers. “Burt and Anton met at an early age and bonded over magic. Since they’ve been performing together for years on the long rise to stardom, their act has always been billed as a magical friendship — which is a lovely idea, except that they can’t stand each other anymore.”

“Somewhere along the line,” Carell continues, “Burt forgot about the things that really mattered and let success and all its trappings go to his head. He took it all for granted and turned into a self-centered blowhard, and now he and his inflated ego are due for a comeuppance.”

“The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” is the story of that comeuppance. Moreover, “It’s about this kind of dysfunctional marriage, essentially, between two friends who have been working together since they were kids, and what happens to them after it all crashes and burns,” says Chris Bender, who also produced, along with Jake Weiner and Tyler Mitchell.

Burt wasn’t always so spoiled, notes director Don Scardino. “Magic saved his lonely life when he was a child and brought him his first and only friend,” he says. “The two of them just wanted to amaze and entertain people the way that they were amazed and enchanted by the illusions they worked so hard to master. In those early, exciting years, Burt and Anton always encouraged each other to create bigger and better tricks and worked out the fine points of each new routine together. They loved what they were doing, and audiences loved them.”

But, after climbing that ladder of success, it seems that Burt Wonderstone and Anton Marvelton, played by Steve Buscemi, sat down on the top rung to rest on their laurels for awhile and enjoy the view. And for ten glorious years, what a spectacular view it was: the 24/7 royal treatment, from the finest restaurants and the most lavish suites, to their own namesake theater and the splashiest marquee on the Strip.

Night after night, year after year, they rolled out the same show without missing a beat, because Burt refused to tamper with perfection. He also refused to acknowledge their steady turnover of unhappy assistants, calling every one of them Nicole, no matter their actual names, including their latest and best, the woefully under-appreciated Jane, played by Olivia Wilde. Worst of all, he stopped listening to his humble old buddy Anton, until their act settled into a rut. A velvet-draped, crystal-studded, hocus pocus rut.

At the same time, a new phenomenon was emerging in the magic biz: extreme street performer Steve Gray. Portrayed by Jim Carrey, Gray’s physical feats and gritty, in-your-face style shunned the curtains, costumes, lighting and music by which traditional shows had always been defined. Instead, he preferred to appear impromptu in a busy thoroughfare, wow a crowd and then upload the footage to a growing online fan base before his van even left the curb.

As the story opens, Gray’s irreverent hit-and-run act is drawing a larger and younger following while, not coincidentally, attendance is dropping off at The Burt and Anton Theater. Though Burt initially chooses to ignore this burgeoning threat, it does not escape the attention of his employer, aptly named casino mogul Doug Munny, played by James Gandolfini. In fact, Munny soon lays it out for his veteran headliners in no uncertain terms: they’d better come up with something new, fast, or they’re finished.

Unfortunately, what they come up with will finish them anyway. “They have a falling out…literally,” quips Scardino, citing a hastily conceived and disastrously executed stunt called The Hot Box, that Burt and Anton hope will rocket them back to relevancy, in which they are locked into a Plexiglas cage and suspended by crane high above the Vegas Strip.

“It’s the last straw for poor Anton,” the director continues. “As soon as he can actually walk again after that fiasco, he walks away, leaving Burt to put the pieces back together and try to do the act by himself for the first time in his life.”

Says producer Tyler Mitchell, “Rather than ‘Be careful what you wish for,’ Burt’s situation is more ‘Be grateful for what you have.’ The more successful he became, the more he lost his true sense of self, which is something I believe can happen to people in all walks of life. It’s not until he loses everything that he has a chance to figure this out, and that becomes his journey and the essence of the story.”

Mitchell, who also shares story credit with Chad Kultgen and screenwriters Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley, describes how he found inspiration for the original concept while on a trip to Las Vegas. “My room stared right at this massive billboard for a magic show, complete with jumpsuits, big hair, waxed chests and deadly serious posing, and I said to my wife, ‘That’s a comedy I want to see.'”

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The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

Directed by: Don Scardino
Starring: Olivia Wilde, Jim Carrey, Steve Buscemi, Steve Carell, Alan Arkin, Mason Cook, Zachary Gordon, David Copperfield
Screenplay by: John Francis Daley, Jonathan M. Goldstein, Chad Kultgen
Production Design by: Keith P. Cunningham
Cinematography by: Matthew Clark
Film Editing by: Lee Haxall
Costume Design by: Dayna Pink
Set Decoration by: Andrea Mae Fenton
Music by: Lyle Workman
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content, dangerous stunts, a drug-related incident and language.
Studio: New Line Cinema
Release Date: March 15, 2013

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Jack the Giant Slayer

Jack the Giant Slayer

Taglines: If you think you know the story, you don’t know Jack.

Taglines: If you think you know the story, you don’t know Jack.

Jack the Giant Slayer tells the story of an ancient war that is reignited when a young farmhand unwittingly opens a gateway between our world and a fearsome race of giants. Unleashed on the Earth for the first time in centuries, the giants strive to reclaim the land they once lost, forcing the young man, Jack (Nicholas Hoult) into the battle of his life to stop them. Fighting for a kingdom, its people, and the love of a brave princess, he comes face to face with the unstoppable warriors he thought only existed in legend—and gets the chance to become a legend himself.

Jack the Giant Slayer (previously titled Jack the Giant Killer) is an American fantasy adventure film based on the English fairy tales “Jack the Giant Killer” and “Jack and the Beanstalk”. The film is directed by Bryan Singer with a screenplay written by Darren Lemke, Christopher McQuarrie and Dan Studney and stars Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson, Stanley Tucci, Ian McShane, Bill Nighy and Ewan McGregor. The film tells the story of Jack, a young farmhand who must rescue a princess from a race of giants after inadvertently opening a gateway to their world.

Jack the Giant Slayer

About the Production

Fee… Fye… Foe… Fumm.
Ask not whence the thunder comes.
Between Heaven and Earth is a perilous place,
home to a fearsome giant race.

Like people of all ages the world over, director/producer Bryan Singer grew up on thrilling tales of adventure, of good and evil, and bold voyagers seeking fortune or fighting for their lives in worlds ruled by beasts and monsters.

Among them was the story of a young man named Jack who confronts a gruesome giant bent on grinding his bones into bread. “What appealed to me about the story then, as now, was how deceptively simple it was, and yet how fantastic and full of potential,” Singer says.

It’s a tale that has endured for generations. Known by different names in myriad cultures dating at least as far back as the 12th century, its details have evolved with local lore and various retellings, but its power always lay in the way it played upon our love of heroes and our deepest fears. It was this fertile ground from which sprung the big-screen adventure “Jack the Giant Slayer,” a familiar tale given new dimension, with freshly rendered characters that draw audiences into a larger world of peril and destiny.

“The impetus for me was to bring a legend to life in a big, physical way. To take what was a childhood abstraction or some illustrations in a storybook and make them real in their full scope and scale, with action and drama and a beanstalk five miles high,” says Singer, who applied the most advanced filmmaking technology available to the task, graphically depicting the interaction of man and giant, and creating the story’s rich terrains with the fullness and impact they deserve.

Jack the Giant Slayer

“We’re telling our own tale, loosely based on stories like Jack and the Beanstalk and the older and darker Jack the Giant Killer, which grew up around the legends of King Arthur,” he continues, “combining elements of both and introducing our own lore to give it a context and history and to bring these characters and this world to life in a dynamic way, with a kind of heightened realism.”

Notes producer Neal H. Moritz, “We knew we had something special with the script, but that’s only one part of it. We were lucky to have someone of Bryan’s skill and vision to take it to the next level and elevate it from the perception of being just a children’s story. When people see these images I believe they will realize this is a big, epic journey with huge giants and huge themes, humor and romance, amazing action and spectacular visual effects that anyone can enjoy.”

“Essentially, it’s everything you remember — and more,” says Nicholas Hoult, who first worked with Singer on “X-Men: First Class,” and stars in the title role. “We’re firing crossbows, zip-lining across huge divides, swinging from vines and dodging flaming trees that the giants uproot and hurl at us. You never know what to expect.”

Singer’s version begins faithfully with the classic arc of a poor, ordinary farmhand who accepts the unlikely barter of a handful of beans for his horse and soon finds himself in possession of a mighty beanstalk — a living, vertical highway that leads him into a land where giants roam. Though unprepared for the dangers that await him there, he rises to the challenge, relying not only on his strength but also on his wits and courage to face the man-eating monsters of nightmare.

“It’s important that Jack be someone who the audience can identify with,” says producer David Dobkin, who also shares story credit with screenwriter Darren Lemke, and has long been a fan of the what he calls “the David and Goliath element of the tale. I think most people see themselves as the underdog. We all share the feeling that forces in life are bigger than us and that we often have little control. Jack is not a super-hero, he’s an everyman; he has dreams and some idea of what he’s capable of, but until now he’s never been tested. So we root for him because we want him to succeed and show us it’s possible.”

“Overcoming the obstacles in his path, Jack proves, time and again, that heroes aren’t born, but made, and that — much like the beanstalk, itself — from small beginnings, big things can come,” adds Lemke.

But who exactly is Jack; where does he come from and what does his future hold even if the giants are vanquished? What would motivate a man to climb a precarious bridge into the sky? Addressing these questions takes us into the fictional medieval hamlet of Cloister, his home. Here, he fatefully crosses paths with the fiery Princess Isabelle, one of several newly introduced characters, played by Eleanor Tomlinson. The two forge a powerful and immediate connection, so that when Isabelle is taken into the giants’ world, Jack doesn’t hesitate to join with Ewan McGregor’s gallant Elmont to rescue her.

“Bryan is truly an actors’ director,” says Moritz. “He really gets in there and helps them get the soul and spirit of the characters onto the screen. I think the relationship between Jack and Isabelle — and the chemistry between Nick Hoult and Eleanor Tomlinson in those roles — is an essential element and that’s something Bryan is very good at bringing out.”

Likewise central is Jack’s relationship with his would-be mentor, Elmont, which follows its own comical and ultimately rewarding path. It begins by offering Jack a glimpse of what Ewan McGregor describes as “the kind of job he would have aspired to, if he’d ever had the opportunity to achieve that kind of status in his world,” and ends with the promise of true friendship, after the two have been to hell and back together.

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Jack the Giant Slayer

Directed by: Bryan Singer
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Nicholas Hoult, Stanley Tucci, Warwick Davis, Bill Nighy, Caroline Hayes
Screenplay by: Mark Bomback, David Dobkin
Production Design by: Gavin Bocquet
Cinematography by: Newton Thomas Sigel
Film Editing by: Bob Ducsay, John Ottman
Costume Design by: Joanna Johnston
Set Decoration by: Richard Roberts
Music by: John Ottman
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense scenes of fantasy action violence, some frightening images and brief language.
Studio: New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. Pictures
Release Date: March 1, 2013

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