Just before it’s world premiere at the New York Film Festival, the Simon Curtis-directed biopic My Week With Marilyn released a tantalizing and bittersweet trailer. Days later the film drew mixed reviews (read ours here), but leading lady Michelle Williams drew only praise for her portrayal of the always glamorous but tragically flawed blonde bombshell, Marilyn Monroe. And it’s this that The Weinstein Company chose to focus on in this arresting poster that captures a Monroe-like charm and features pull-quotes praising the cast performances:
Image courtesy of Moviefone
Based on the diaries of Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne), a third assistant director on the set of ‘The Prince and the Showgirl’ in 1957 with Monroe (Williams) and Sir Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh), My Week with Marilyn focuses on the emotionally fraught relationship Clark claims he and Monroe struck up during the film’s production.
My Week With Marilyn waltzes into theaters November 23.
Indie director Ti West first earned notice for his gritty homage to ’80s horror The House of the Devil, and is returning with another tale of a building plagued by bad blood. The Innkeepers centers on hotel employees who endeavor to investigate the place’s haunted legacy as the place is set to close. After making waves at SXSW and LAFF, Innkeepers got picked up by Magnet, who has poised the horror-thriller for a winter release. Sadly, this promo poster complete with blank eyed spirit and numerous skeleton key silhouettes is uninspired and far from scary.
Image courtesy of EW.
The Innkeepers will be made available on VOD on Decemeber 30, 2011, and will hit theaters February 3rd, 2012.
Who would have thought the scariest poster today would be from Ice Age 4: Continental Drift? Ray Romano, Denis Leary and John Leguizamo have returned for the latest Ice Age adventure, as has this hideous prehistoric and eternally put-upon squirrel. 20th Century Fox isn’t bothering with plot details just yet, as this animated adventure won’t hit theaters til next summer. In the mean time they’ve made sure to craft an image that is sure to stick with your kids: a horrific badger/skunk-thing that seems poised to devour their (presumably) beloved little squirrel scamp. You’re welcome.
Image courtesy of Bleeding Cool
Ice Age 4: Continental Drift opens July 13, 2012.
And last but not least, Lionsgate has released eight character posters to promote my most anticipated 2012 release, The Hunger Games. Based on the first book in Suzanne Collins’ wildly praised and massively popular YA trilogy, this fantasy-adventure centers on 16-year-old Katniss, a dirt poor huntress forced to compete in a nationally televised kill-or-be-killed battle. The posters below are of Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence), her rival/romantic interest Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), her hunting buddy/first crush Gale (Liam Hemsworth), her fighting mentor Haymitch (Woody Harrelson), her cruel rival Cato, her loyal ally Rue, her stylist and friend Cinna (Lenny Kravitz), and her PR point person Effie (Elizabeth Banks). [Check out the first trailer here]
Images courtesy of First Showing.
“The Hunger Games” chronicles a dystopic Capitol which requires its twelve subjugated districts to pay tribute in the form of a teenage boy and girl, forced to participate in the annual “Hunger Games,” a fight-to-the-death live televised event. Katniss Everdeen’s little sister is chosen in the lottery to participate and Katniss volunteers to take her place. Although persevering through hardship is commonplace for Katniss, she must start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love in order to win the games and return home. The “Hunger Games” novel has been on the New York Times best seller list for over 100 consecutive weeks. Foreign rights for the book, published by Scholastic have been sold in 41 countries.
If this makes little sense, don’t worry. You have plenty of time to read the addictive series before the first film hits theaters next spring. For those of you who have read the books, there is plenty here to parse, so have at it in comments.
The Hunger Games hits theaters March 23rd, 2012, while its sequel Catching Fire is already slated for November 2013.
What do you make of these posters? Do The Hunger Games’ characters meet with your approval?
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