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Watch: Trailer For Mike Newell's 'Great Expectations' Featuring Ralph Fiennes & Helena Bonham Carter

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 17, 2013 4:44 PM
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Gotta admit, we sort of totally forgot about this movie entirely. After playing TIFF to rather muted notice last fall, and being released all over the place elsewhere in the world, Mike Newell's "Great Expectations" is finally seeing release in stateside theaters. And well, it's certainly very costume drama-esque as you might expect.

Poster Roundup: New One Sheets For 'Great Expectations,' 'Holy Motors' & 'Like Someone In Love'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • October 4, 2012 9:38 AM
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Temperatures dipping everywhere mean at least two things for the cinema: arthouse and adaptation releases are gearing up for their end-of-year showcases, and this year is certainly no slouch when it comes to high-profile directors advertising their latest creations.

Watch: New U.K. Trailer For 'Great Expectations' Starring Helena Bonham Carter & Ralph Fiennes

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 17, 2012 1:17 PM
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Here's the deal with "Great Expectations." Either you're familiar with Charles Dickens' famed story and numerous adaptations or...you're not. If you fall into the former camp, you're likely wondering what compelling reason there is to check out Mike Newell's latest crack at it. If you're in the latter, you might be wondering what the gauze budget was for Helena Bonham Carter. In any event, a new U.K. trailer for the movie hopes to win over both sides.

TIFF Review: 'Great Expectations' Is A Handsome But Stodgy Literary Adaptation

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 12, 2012 12:02 AM
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Adapted a dozen times for television and film (most memorably by David Lean back in 1946), the Charles Dickens classic "Great Expectations" is a tale ripe with thematic undercurrents, one that is more-than-ready for reinvention, interpretation, and reconfiguration. Sadly, no one told this to the makers of the new "Great Expectations" (among them writer David Nicholls and "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" director Mike Newell) a stodgy staging of the original text that benefits from occasionally lively characterizations but very little in the way of effervescent freshness, which is desperately vital to a story that has been told so many damn times.

Focus Features Go To 'The Place Beyond The Pines,' 'Great Expectations' And 'Jayne Mansfield's Car' Also Find Homes

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 9, 2012 2:32 PM
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Several days into this year's Toronto International Film Festival, the buyers' market hasn't quite caught fire yet. A few films have been picked up, mostly on the smaller scale of things, but the first few days have mostly been made up of films that already have distribution – the "Cloud Atlas"es, "Silver Linings Playbook"s and "Anna Karenina"s of the world. But in the next few days, the real hot tickets start to unspool, and the first major acquisition of the festival has been made.

Watch: New Clip Debuts From 'Great Expectations' With Ralph Fiennes & Jeremy Irvine

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 3, 2012 3:00 PM
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Tackling an adaptation of a 150-year-old Charles Dickens novel, especially one that has already been brought to the screen at least a dozen times in various forms, is a daunting task indeed. What do you change? What do you freshen up? Well, if you're Mike Newell, who directed a new adaptation, the answer to those last two questions (at least based on this new clip) is "very little." The brief clip of the BBC co-production, shows Jeremy Irvine as Pip and Ralph Fiennes as the mysterious Magwitch, in what appears to be their first meeting since encountering each other many years before and it is, more or less, exactly what you'd expect.

'Great Expectations' Starring Ralph Fiennes & Helena Bonham Carter Will Close 56th BFI London Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 30, 2012 9:01 AM
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Venice, Toronto, New York....so that's all the festival business we have, right? Lucky for movie fans, the answer is no. October brings with it the BFI London Film Festival, and they're now beginning to raise the curtain on what they'll be presenting. And they've got a very fitting capper in the works.

Watch: International Trailer For 'Great Expectations' Starring Ralph Fiennes & Helena Bonham Carter

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 13, 2012 3:15 PM
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Literary adaptations are always a hot item in the fall season when more serious films come out to play, and that's no different in 2012. With "Les Miserables" (based on a book, turned into a stage musical and now a movie), "Anna Karenina" and "Life of Pi" all expected to make big waves in the coming months, one more film will be hoping to earn some attention....at least on the festival circuit.

New Images Of Ralph Fiennes & Helena Bonham Carter In 'Great Expectations'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 2, 2012 10:25 AM
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It's the centenary year of famed author Charles Dickens and he's having a bit of a moment. The writer was dipped into the world of fanboys when Christopher Nolan revealed during press rounds for "The Dark Knight Rises" that "A Tale Of Two Cities" was an influence on the Batman film, while it seems filmmakers are falling over themselves to bring "Great Expectations" to the big screen. Again. Last year, Brit viewers got a miniseries starring Ray Winstone and Gillian Anderson, and now, less than twelve months later, another take on the story is on the way.

Jason Flemyng Joins Ralph Fiennes & Jeremy Irvine In Mike Newell's 'Great Expectations'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 19, 2011 12:57 PM
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With 2012 marking the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens' birth, it's no surprise that there's a whole spate of Dickens-related projects in the works. Ralph Fiennes, for instance, is directing biopic "The Invisible Woman," "Oliver Twist" is getting a 21st century spin in British 3D parkour actioner "Twist" (don't blame us, we didn't come up with the thing...) and even Guillermo del Toro wants to get involved at some stage, developing an adaptation of Dan Simmons' novel "Drood," which investigates the horrifying secret behind Dickens' last, unfinished work. And of course, there are straight adaptations on the way too, most notably a pair of versions of "Great Expectations."

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