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Sunday, August 10, 2008

Appaloosa Trailer, Photos and More!

Appaloosa, starring Viggo Mortensen, Ed Harris, Jeremy Irons and Reneé Zellweger, is coming soon! This western is based on the novel by Robert B. Parker. The trailer was released earlier this week. You can watch the YouTube version below, or go to our Appaloosa page to find a link to trailer downloads and lots more information on the film. We've gathered photographs, screencapped two dozen scenes from the high definition (1080p) trailer, and dug up links to the best resources we can find.

Appaloosa is scheduled to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this September, with the theater release starting October 3rd.

Sounds terrific to me! What do you think? Is Appaloosa going to get you to the theaters?

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Sunday, August 3, 2008

Honorary Russian: Viggo Mortensen

Viggo Mortensen in Eastern PromisesIn the Chirayliq blog, Tinet, a student of Russia and the Russian language, among other things, dissects Viggo Mortensen's performance in Eastern Promises. She says that "almost none of the Russians in the film are real Russians, and most of them are not all that convincing, but Viggo Mortensen (half Danish, half US American) alone is a reason to watch this film over and over again."

.... The way he moves and the facial expressions he wears as Nikolai are really spot-on.

While his Russian could be even better (some of the "hard" consonants, not least ф, б and ш, as well as the vowel ы, can be very difficult), his accent holds a rarely high standard for any non-Russian actor pretending to be Russian.

Tinet's article is generously annotated with photographs and audio from the film, and is both scholarly and funny. I liked the comments about Nikolai's "Russian Male Pride." Recommended reading!

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