Holliday Grainger

It’s like they always say – if you can’t beat ‘em, try anyway and fail miserably. People might not actually say that, but that doesn’t mean the words don’t fit the upcoming Bonnie & Clyde to a T. Starring Emile Hirsch as Clyde Barrow and Holliday Grainger as Bonnie Parker, the newest attempt to surpass Arthur Penn’s 1967 classic is a TV movie that will undoubtedly fall short. Watch the trailer below to find out why.

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Great Expectations

Teens with a book report due pretty soon and Dickensian fans unite and rejoice, for Mike Newell‘s Great Expectations is finally seeing its U.S. release date. The trailer for the costume drama looks every bit like the dreary world Charles Dickens lays out for you in page one of his classic novel, with some much needed color provided by Helena Bonham Carter‘s Miss Havisham – truly the role she was born to play. For those who had to read “Jane Eyre” instead during their study groups, Great Expectations is the story of an orphan named Pip (Jeremy Irvine) who befriends an eccentric dowager named Miss Havisham (Bonham Carter) and falls in love with her beautiful ward Estella (Holliday Grainger); but since Havisham was betrayed by her love long ago (the tattered wedding gown any indication?), she’s trained Estella to hate men and destroy even cuties like young Pip. It’s kind of a shame, because a wealthy mystery benefactor leaves Pip a hefty sum of money to allow him to become a gentleman, so girl is missing out. Though the U.S. trailer has some gorgeous visuals, I wish they would have stuck with more elements of the UK version (which our own Nathan Adams wrote about last year here); having the trailer focus more on character performances feels more compelling. Look at what Bonham Carter can do with crazy. And Ralph Fiennes in the role of escaped convict Magwitch is downright nervewracking. Check out the trailer for yourself here:

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Great Expectations Trailer

Seeing as we already got a version of Charles Dickens’ assigned-to-you-freshman-year-of-high-school classic “Great Expectations” that was adapted by a Harry Potter director (Alfonso Cuarón) back in 1998, some might be under the impression that we don’t need another. But Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire director Mike Newell would beg to differ, so he’s put together his own film version of the much-loved-except-by-high-school-freshmen story, and he’s challenged Cuarón to a secret benefactor showdown. For those of you (us) who slept through your high school English classes, Great Expectations centers on the character of Pip (War Horse’s Jeremy Irvine), a young boy of meager means who nevertheless befriends a creepy old rich lady named Miss Havisham (Helena Bonham Carter), falls in love with her beautiful but twisted young ward Estella (Holliday Grainger), and eventually becomes a young gentleman with a bursting pocketbook and a wealth of potential due to the generosity of an anonymous benefactor (identity withheld). How does this all hash out in regards to Newell’s new film? If its new UK trailer [via Empire] is any indication, it gives Newell the chance to distance himself from the miserable failure that was his last film, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, re-embrace the spooky mood-building that made him a good fit for the Harry Potter franchise, and work with respected actors like Ralph Fiennes, Robbie Coltrane, and Sally Hawkins.

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