Emily Watson stars in Oranges and Sunshine as a UK social worker who discovers that thousands of abandoned children were shipped off to a life of abuse in “work homes” in Australia in the ’50s and ’60s. This is the first feature from Jim Loach, the son of Ken Loach. Cohen Media Group will release it sometime in October, just in time to get some Oscar attention for Ms. Watson.

(via Thompson on Hollywood)

The Pig with the Froggy Tattoo. Enough said.

6 Responses to “Trailers: Emily Watson in Oranges and Sunshine and another Muppet teaser”

  1. Well. I’m even less likely to see “The Muppets” now. The likelihood was already in the negative territory, but now it’s gone down far enough to rip a hole in the universe.

  2. The Pig with the Froggy Tattoo.”

    LOL forever.

  3. I wasn’t aware the Jim was following in his father’s footsteps, but it’s very promising news. Ken of KES and CATHY COME HOME fame also helmed the impressive IRA movie THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY. Emily Watson is always a major asset of course.

  4. As a lifelong fan of the Muppets, I’m certainly open to the idea that someone could still do something interesting with the characters and the setup. But I’m a little unsure than Segel was the man for the job. Don’t get me wrong, the movie might still be good, but all the goofy teasers have made this feel less like a marketing campaign for a big-studio release than the world’s most elaborate Funny or Die stunt.

  5. I like the Muppets too, Paul C., and what bothers me about the trailers for this movie is twofold. One, it seems to be going more for the nostalgia over “The Muppet Show”, rather than trying just do an interesting movie on its own (“The Muppet Movie”, “Great Muppet Caper” and “Muppets Take Manhattan” all are great stand-alone pieces). Second, the Muppets themselves appear to be playing second fiddle to the human stars– I like Kermit, Fozzie, Gonzo and Miss Piggy enough for them to be the main attraction. Segel and Amy Adams just get in the way for me. If they turn out like Charles Grodin and Diana Riggs in “Caper”, I’m fine. But if they’re more like Michael Caine in “Muppet Christmas Carol”, no thank you.

  6. Paul, the best thing I can say about Segal is that he appears to have genuine enthusiasm for it. Whether his version of the Muppets matches up to the one I hold dear from childhood I have my doubts, but mostly everyone’s heart seems to be in the right place. And it’s the Muppets so there’s automatically a certain inherited awesomeness as long as they don’t screw it up too badly.

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