Mars Distribution has uploaded the first trailer for Patrice Leconte's "A Promise," adapted from German author Stefan Zweig's novella "Journey into the Past." This period drama shows the British actress in the role of a young wife falling in love with her husband's secretary and protégé, played by Richard Madden ("Game of Thrones").
The actor is reportedly being courted to play the superhero in "Batman vs. Superman." According to Nukethefridge.com, Warner Bros has its sights on Denzel Washington for the role of John Stewart, an ordinary man who becomes a member of the intergalactic police known as the Green Lanterns. If he accepts the role, Washington will follow in the footsteps of Ryan Reynolds, the Canadian actor who played Hal Jordan, another Green Lantern, in the 2011 film on the superhero. Wonder Woman, to be played by Gal Gadot, is the only other superhero whose appearance alongside the titular characters of "Batman vs. Superman" has been officially confirmed.
Though 2013 was not a revolutionary year in the film world, two recent technologies began to make their mark: 4K video and Dolby Atmos audio. The self-proclaimed standard of the future, the 4K format -- often known less intimidatingly as Ultra HD or UHD -- is headed to movie theaters and living rooms worldwide. Initially created by Sony, the technology "is equivalent to a resolution four times higher than what we currently know as high definition," explains Pierre-Franck Neveu, Director of Sales in France at Sony Digital Cinema. "We go from 1,920 by 1,080 pixels to 4,096 by 2,180 pixels." In development since the early 2000s, 4K resolution technology began to make its way into movie theaters in 2013.
20th Century Fox has released the first still from the forthcoming feature, directed by David Fincher. Ben Affleck appears in the role of Nick Dunne, an ambiguous character who -- in spite of his initial squeaky clean appearance -- becomes a suspect in the investigation into his wife's disappearance. The feature is adapted from the novel by Gillian Flynn, in which the husband's first person narrative is presented alongside diary entries written by his wife, which hint at Nick's darker side. Rosamund Pike plays the title character, and Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry appear in supporting roles.
"The Desolation of Smaug," the second film in Peter Jackson's "Hobbit" trilogy, remains in the top position at the global box office for the third consecutive weekend. According to Rentrak, the heroic fantasy film grossed $128.15 million in 63 territories during the weekend ending December 29. Ben Stiller claimed third place with his adventure movie "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," which grossed $40.20 million across 40 territories. In theaters in eight territories, the comedy starring a mustachioed Will Ferrell added $28.15 million to its worldwide revenues.