PBS’s Masterpiece (formerly known as Masterpiece Theater) have produced some great remakes in the last few years including the Complete Jane Austen series and more recently the Emmy award winning mini-series “Little Dorrit”.
So what are some of the upcoming films to look out for? According to Zap2it.com, PBS in conjunction with BBC will be making a sequel to the Emmy winning British drama “Upstairs Downstairs” which will be airing sometime in 2011. Also a new production of “Sherlock Holmes” will make its way on to Masterpiece as well as three mysteries based on the Aurelio Zen novels by Michael Dibden. Rufus Sewell (“The Illusionist”) is currently attached to the Aurelio Zen mysteries.
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In the past, there have been many December blockbuster hits including the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. This December seems to be the month of potential blockbuster hits with Academy Award winning directors behind them. Plenty of promotion has gone into James Cameron’s latest film “Avatar” which is an action/fantasy film starring Sam Worthington (“Terminator Salvation”). Clint Eastwood’s latest film “Invictus” has some Oscar buzz to it and it stars Matt Damon and Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman. Peter Jackson directs the screen adaptation of “The Lovely Bones” which has also garnered some Oscar buzz and it is definitely one of my top picks to see this December.
Rob Marshall (“Chicago”) brings “Nine” from stage to screen with an all-star cast including Academy Award Winners Marion Cotillard, Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Academy Award nominee Kate Hudson. Another film that has Oscar buzz surrounding it is “Up in the Air” starring Academy Award Winner George Clooney. Before Robert Downey Jr. reprises his Iron Man role this summer, he first tackles on the role of “Sherlock Holmes”, which looks fun and action packed. Robert De Niro, Drew Barrymore, Sam Rockwell, and Kate Beckinsale star in “Everybody’s Fine” which is probably the only film that takes place during the Holiday season. In terms of family films, there’s “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel”.
My spotlight picks of the month are “The Last Station” and “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus”. “The Last Station” is a historical drama based on author Leo Tolstoy’s life and the cast is top notch. The film stars Christopher Plummer (“The Sound of Music”), James McAvoy (“Atonement”), and Academy Award winner Helen Mirren (“The Queen”). “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” is Heath Ledger’s (“The Dark Knight”) final film and looks to be quite a show. Well that’s my December overview, click on the link below to check out the rest of the movies coming out in the next month.
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Check out the new “Sherlock Holmes” Trailer which premiered on MTV. “Sherlock Holmes” hits theaters this Christmas (2009) and it stars Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, and Mark Strong. Full cast list can be found on IMDB.com.