Monthly Archives: October 2011

Cloud Atlas News and Rumors; Key Man Stills

Note: This is an archived entry that’s several years old. While I have ensured that all photos are restored, some links may no longer work. If you encounter any dead links, let me know and I’ll try to find a copy of the material. Some entries may not be up to my current standards as far as photo source and other credits are concerned; if you are a photographer or writer of a piece that lacks appropriate acknowledgement, please let me know and I’ll be happy to add source info.

I’ve been compiling reviews and other stories covering Oranges and Sunshine’s US release and Hamptons International Film Festival debut this past week; now, suddenly, there is a flurry of Cloud Atlas items, some confirmed some still speculative, but intriguing enough to share. I’ll start with the Cloud Atlas material because it includes the latest Hugo pic (this time not in character), and a few tidbits about directions Cloud Atlas might be taking.

Several German-language news sites, including sz-online.de and LVZ Online, report that a cohort of Cloud Atlas cast members and production crew, including Hugo Weaving, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant and director Lana Wachowski, took a “working vacation” in the “spa town” Bad Schandau recently.  Sz-online.de included some photos of the actors and their hotel guestbook inscriptions, Hugo’s included. Tom Hanks was spotted at many tourist attractions in the area during the same period, so one can assume he’s also been involved in any filming that took place. The articles suggest the trip included some location work, but was mostly a well-needed break for the actors. I can only provide a shaky translation, but Hugo was said to be “so impressed by the Elbe Sandstone Mountains, that he promised to come back”, and his comments below echo the sentiment.


Hugo poses with the Hotel Elbresidenz barman, Andreas


…and signs the guestbook

Some additional pics of Hugo at Studio Babelsberg back on August 30 have surfaced at the German photo site isopix ; apologies for the intrusive watermarks, but I thought them still worth a look:

'Cloud Atlas' film set, Potsdam-Babelsberg, Germany - 30 Aug 2011 Rex1c

'Cloud Atlas' film set, Potsdam-Babelsberg, Germany - 30 Aug 2011 Rex5c

'Cloud Atlas' film set, Potsdam-Babelsberg, Germany - 30 Aug 2011 Rex3c

'Cloud Atlas' film set, Potsdam-Babelsberg, Germany - 30 Aug 2011 Rex2c

'Cloud Atlas' film set, Potsdam-Babelsberg, Germany - 30 Aug 2011 Rex4c

These were probably taken at around the same time as these previously-seen images:

An interesting, but so far uncorroborated rumor surfaced on the James D’Arcy Forum this week, namely that Hugo will be playing the female character Nurse Noakes in the Ghastly Ordeal of Timothy Cavendish segment of Cloud Atlas. I can’t find any official comments on this info yet, but they seem to have plausible information on three characters D’Arcy will be playing (including Rufus Sixsmith in the Frobisher storyline and The Archivist in the Sonmi-451 section), and Ben Whishaw (who’ll be playing D’Arcy’s love interest in one story) 😉 confirmed cross-gender casting, so this is in the “plausible but unconfirmed” category for now. Hugo’s only confirmed character thusfar is Bill Smoke in the Half Lives (Luisa Rey) plotline.

Also hot on the rumor mill but officially unconfirmed: that Tom Cruise will play a “robot repairman” in the Sonmi story. No word on whether they’ll make him wear a fat suit or not. 😉 The BBFC has posted some production info on Cloud Atlas, including the fact that they’re aiming for a 180-minute running time. So, while the film still won’t be as complex as the novel, it will defy the Hollywood convention that films should run two hours or less. Finally, as far as Cloud Atlas updates go, the project has raised enough interest and studio confidence to secure the Wachowskis financing for their next project, a sci-fi epic called Jupiter Ascending. No casting or plot details about that project have been released yet.

Hugo’s film Oranges and Sunshine, costarring Emily Watson and David Wenham, opened in the US this Friday to mostly-positive reviews after receiving standing ovations at the Hamptons International Film Festival. Director Jim Loach and author Margaret Humphreys (the inspiration for Emily Watson’s character in the film) attended the festival and other preview screenings and held Q&A sessions between October 15 and 21; since this entry is already fairly long I’ll reserve my material on the film’s US reception for the next entry, which I’ll try to have up in the next day or two. I’ll post my own review of the film on my personal LJ once it’s completed, but I do encourage fans to see the film in a cinema if it’s at all possible. It’s Hugo’s finest work since Last Ride, and would almost certainly earn him (and Emily Watson) Oscar nominations in a fair universe (ie one where films were nominated on merit rather than based on Academy politics, promotional budgets and celebrity campaigning.) 😉

Finally, though we have no DVD release date for Hugo’s long-lost 2006 film The Key Man (which finally premiered this February at SXSW), Occupant Films did share a few new production stills on their Facebook page:

…And, if you can’t get enough of Hugo with 70s hair, here’s another pic from the Glasgow street filming last month:


(photo: Stuart Wallace)

Oranges and Sunshine update soon! 🙂

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Cloud Atlas Wraps Filming in Glasgow; Oranges and Sunshine’s US Premiere

Note: This is an archived entry that’s several years old. While I have ensured that all photos are restored, some links may no longer work. If you encounter any dead links, let me know and I’ll try to find a copy of the material. Some entries may not be up to my current standards as far as photo source and other credits are concerned; if you are a photographer or writer of a piece that lacks appropriate acknowledgement, please let me know and I’ll be happy to add source info.

A couple of brief notes for tonight:

First off, the scenes of Cloud Atlas that were filming in Scotland have apparently been completed, as some of the cast held a wrap party at a Glasgow pub. Here’s the full item from the October 2 Inverness Sunday Post::

A night down the pub for film stars

STAFF in a Glasgow pub were stunned when a booking for function turned out to be a party for Hollywood stars.

Producers of blockbuster Cloud Atlas, which stars Halle Berry and Tom Hanks, chose Sloans bar in the city centre for a wrap party after filming ended.

Clueless barstaff thought it was a regular booking until Hugo Weaving, who starred in Lord Of The Rings, and Jim Broadbent, who starred in Moulin Rouge, turned up.

Both are starring in the upcoming movie.

Nicola Wilkinson, events manager at Sloans, said: “We’re delighted the team chose to come to Sloans.”

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No, alas… no photos of the cast party have turned up. I’ll add any that turn up, but since this was a private event, we should understand the actors might have wanted privacy.

No word on whether filming continues in Edinburgh, where scenes from another segment of the novel (Letters from Zedelghem) were being shot this past week, or whether Hugo has any role in that storyline. This is the first I’ve heard about Broadbent having a role in the Luisa Rey story, which stars Halle Berry. (She didn’t appear at the party, and is probably still recovering from her foor injury… by some accounts, filming of her additional scenes has been pushed back a few weeks.) Filming also continues on two other sequences in Mallorca. So it’s possible we’ll see Hugo popping up in other exotic locations (and hairstyles) through the fall. 😉

Hugo’s film Oranges and Sunshine will open in the US on October 21, but some fans on the east coast might be able to see it before then if they’re willing to venture out to the Hamptons Film Festival. Oranges and Sunshine will have its US premiere at the festival, with two screenings on October 15 and 16 in South Hampton and East Hampton. To learn more or buy tickets, go here. There’s been no word on how widely the film will be distributed in its formal release, but I’ll post cities and dates once they’re available. (Canadian dates can be found here.) So far the only universally cited cities mentioned in the entertainment press are New York and LA… I sincerely hope that won’t be all. This film deserves a larger audience and has been a hit in the UK and particularly Australia.

UPDATE: Cohen Media has added a list of announced US opening dates, cities and venues for Oranges and Sunshine: