FILM: JACK THE GIANT SLAYER (3-D)
CAST: NICHOLAS HOULT, ELEANOR TOMLINSON, STANLEY TUCCI, IAN MCSHANE, BILL NIGHY, EWAN MCGREGOR
DIRECTOR: BRYAN SINGER
An age-old war 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 long-banished 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.
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 people’s 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.
“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.”
FILM: IDENTITY THIEF
CAST: Amanda Peet,Clark Duke,Jason Bateman,John Cho,Jon Favreau,Melissa McCarthy
DIRECTOR: Seth Gordon
‘Horrible Bosses’ director Seth Gordon’s latest comedy outlines the pains and travails of one unfortunate man who tries to get to the bottom of the identity theft scam that is making his life a misery.
Accounts rep Sandy Bigalow Paterson (Jason Bateman) finds his world imploding as mysterious and seriously high charges to his credit card start to mount after someone acquires his identity and the consequent all-access pass to his life. Sandy does not know who the fraudster is, but he manages to discover that the person responsible is operating out of the Miami area, so he heads to Florida to try to uncover their true identity.
Meanwhile, in Miami, Diana (Melissa McCarthy) is enjoying her new lifestyle courtesy of the seemingly unlimited funds her new ID of Sandy Bigalow Paterson is affording her. With the real Sandy’s money she has quickly become the queen of retail who buys whatever strikes her fancy.
However, as Sandy sets out to track Diana down he discovers just how tough it can be to get your own name back.