New Trailer and Poster: Valkyrie

This second, probably final trailer for Valkyrie, the new movie from director Bryan Singer (Superman Returns) and writers Christopher McQuarrie (The Way Of The Gun) and newcomer Nathan Alexander based on the true story of several German officers who plotted to assassinate Adolf Hitler in 1944 looks like it was made specifically to please all those who were unenthusiastic about the first one, by adding a more cliché kind of tension and showcasing more action.

I thought the first trailer was more engaging, since this one really is a lot more stereotypical, but if it gets more people to go see it, then fine. Reaction to this movie so far has baffled me. That whole argument about already knowing the ending, isn’t that true about every movie based on a true story? And since when do people pay so much attention to accents when English-speaking people play characters of other nationalities? Anyway, star Tom Cruise (Tropic Thunder) had this to say in a recent interview:

You know, we spent a lot of time going back and forth over that. All of a sudden you’re listening to people trying to put on accents and Bryan finally said, ‘No, no, no.’ Just tell the story. We don’t want to do an accent movie, just try and find something neutral that won’t distract from the story and the characters.

Also the talent contained in this film is amazing. In addition to Cruise, Valkyrie stars Kenneth Branagh (Five Children And It), Terence Stamp (Get Smart), Tom Wilkinson (RocknRolla), Stephen Fry (St. Trinian’s), Eddie Izzard (Across The Universe), Thomas Kretschmann (Wanted), Bill Nighy (Hot Fuzz) and WW2 regular Carice Van Houten (Black Book) among others. It will be released in the US and Austria on December 26th, and most other countries in January or February 2009.

You can watch a well-made behind the scenes featurette after the jump. As for the poster, I think it looks pretty cool, but yet somehow feel it doesn’t really suit the film. What do you think of the new trailer and poster?

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The 10 most overpaid actors in Hollywood

1. Nicole Kidman (1 dollar made for every dollar paid)

2. Jennifer Garner (3.6 dollars made for every dollar paid)

3. Tom Cruise (4 dollars made for every dollar paid)

4. Cameron Diaz (4 dollars made for every dollar paid)

5. Jennifer Lopez (4.1 dollars made for every dollar paid)

Last five after the jump

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United Artists nabs florentine monster

United Artists has bought the rights to produce a movie out of Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi’s non-fiction book, The Monster Of Florence. according to Wikipedia, the story goes something like this:

Preston moved his family to Italy in 2000. Upon arrival, he discovered that the olive grove in front of their 14th century farmhouse had been the scene of the most infamous double-murders in Italian history, committed by a serial killer known as the Monster of Florence. Preston, intrigued, meets Italian investigative journalist Mario Spezi to learn more.

This is the true story of their search for, and identification of, the man they believe committed the crimes, and their chilling interview with him. And then, in a strange twist of fate, Preston and Spezi themselves become targets of the police investigation. Preston has his phone tapped, is interrogated, and told to leave the country. Spezi fares worse: he is thrown into Italy’s grim Capanne prison, accused of being the Monster of Florence himself. Like one of Preston’s thrillers, The Monster Of Florence, tells a remarkable and harrowing story involving murder, mutilation, and suicide-and at the center of it, Preston and Spezi, caught in a bizarre prosecutorial vendetta.

Tom Cruise, United Artists’ boss, might star in the film. Spezi had previously written another eponymous book on the subject, which he adapted in a 1986 Italian horror film. Preston is best known for his collaborations with Lincoln Child, particulary the Agent Pendergast stories (The Relic).

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Tom Cruise might voice new Shrek villain (maybe)

Controversial superstar Tom Cruise (real name Thomas Cruise Mapother IV) is apparently being considered as the voice of one of the villains of the forthcoming animated sequel Shrek Goes Fourth, according to rumors. This is plausible because the Shrek franchise has attracted many names for its first three outings and Cruise enjoys a good relationship with DreamWorks.

Shrek Goes Fourth will be released in 2010. You can catch Tom Cruise in Tropic Thunder right now in theaters. His next movie, the World War II drama/thriller Valkyrie will premiere in December.