Friday, August 26, 2016

First trailer for A United Kingdom starring Rosamund Pike and David Oyelowo

This week we have the first trailer for A United Kingdom starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike. Based on the true story as told in the non-fiction book Color Bar, we talked about the book2movie back in June

The story of Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana who marries a white woman from London in the late 1940s, I'm going to let the trailer speak for itself. It's that powerful. A United Kingdom is set to debut at the Toronto Film Festival on September 9th, another screening at the London Film Festival on October 5th, with a wide release in the UK on November 25th. US? Still nothing definite.

Mark this down in the PLUS column for women in film. A United Kingdom is directed by Amma Assante, the female director who gave us Belle.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Ithaca: Watch the trailer for Meg Ryan's directorial debut #ThrowbackThursday

Ithaca, based on William Saroyan's The Human Comedy seems appropriate for a #ThrowbackThursday post. The book was published in 1943, the subject was the war (that part's eternal) but the main character was a young messenger boy charged with the delivery of sensitive telegrams, very much a thing of the past. 

Alex Neustaedter stars as the young bicycle messenger

It's also a #TBT because I first toldja about Ithaca in January of 2014. But mostly because the film hearkens back to another time with its reunion of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. Not that he stars, mind you. I believe his part is fairly small, done as a favor to an old friend. Meg Ryan. Director. 
The film stars Ryan, her son Jack Quaid, Hamish Linklater, Sam Sheperd and Alex Neustaedter as Homer, the young bicycle messenger. The film's score is by John Mellencamp, cinematography is from Andrew Dunn who has a long line of credits going back to the early 80's and can be seen in the upcoming Bridget Jones Baby.  Ithaca is set for release on September 9th for a limited run.* I'll post it into the correct slot on the Movies Based on Books 2016 page.

This isn't the first time out for The Human Comedy. Andy Rooney starred as the young bicycle messenger in the original and was nominated for an Oscar for his performance. The book started as a story idea for the screenplay with author Saroyan winning an Oscar for his original story.

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