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Trailer Watch: Mike Newell's 'Great Expectations' Goes Old-School vs. Alfonso Cuaron's '90s Version

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood August 16, 2012 at 5:14PM

Unlike Alfonso Cuaron's contemporary-set "Great Expecatations" (1998), starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Ethan Hawke, Mike Newell's version (adapted by "One Day" scribe David Nicholls) is set in the 1860s of Charles Dickens' classic. The first international trailer has arrived (below). Starring Helena Bonham-Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Jeremy Irvine ("War Horse") and Holliday Grainger ("The Borgias"), the film will debut in Toronto before its UK opening on November 30. No US release has been scheduled. While Bonham-Carter as Miss Havisham is intriguing, this iteration lacks the movie star ooomph of Paltrow and Hawke's Pip and Estella (but that didn't help with critics: it was 38% rotten).
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Unlike Alfonso Cuaron's contemporary-set "Great Expecatations" (1998), starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Ethan Hawke, Mike Newell's version (adapted by "One Day" scribe David Nicholls) is set in the 1860s of Charles Dickens' classic. The first international trailer has arrived (below). Starring Helena Bonham-Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Jeremy Irvine ("War Horse") and Holliday Grainger ("The Borgias"), the film will debut in Toronto before its UK opening on November 30. No US release has been scheduled.

While Bonham-Carter as Miss Havisham is intriguing, this iteration lacks the movie star ooomph of Paltrow and Hawke's Pip and Estella (but that didn't help with critics: it was 38% rotten).

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.