January 15th, 2011

Most Promising Films of 2011


GoErie: So what are serious moviegoers looking forward to and why?
Well, there's that magic combination of story, stars and filmmaker. And several upcoming movies offer just that potential.

"Water for Elephants" (April 22)
Sara Gruen's best-seller about a veterinary student who runs off with the circus has the makings of a terrific movie. The cast is more than solid: Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon, Christoph Waltz, James Frain, Hal Holbrook and Paul Schneider.

MORE photos of Rob on the WFE set yesterday


The duo had a day of re-shoots for Water For Elephants in LA yesterday.

Water For Elephants isn't quite a wrap, as we spotted a somewhat costumed Rob Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon on set in Los Angeles yesterday for a few hours of re-shoots. 


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LA Times profiles 'Water for Elephants'

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On the last day of shooting "Water for Elephants," Reese Witherspoon was so upset that she broke down in tears. She hadn't been that saddened by a movie wrapping in years, the actress said, but she had become particularly attached to one costar: an 8,800-pound elephant named Tai.

"The day I had to say goodbye to her, I wept all day," Witherspoon admitted. "It was one of the most extraordinary filmmaking experiences of my life. You work with actors and directors, but to have this nonverbal complete relationship with an animal that we were all very connected to was very magical."

Based on a bestselling historical novel released in 2006, the film, due out April 22, centers on a former veterinary school student named Jacob ( Robert Pattinson), who falls for circus performer Marlena (Witherspoon). Because of the characters' shared affinity for the big top, both actors had to be comfortable interacting with a variety of animals — horses, camels, and, of course, elephants.

Before production began, director Francis Lawrence planned a meeting with the stars and Tai at the 10-acre Perris, Calif., elephant ranch where she lives.

"I'll be honest — I did use a trip down to see the elephants as a bit of bait for the actors," Lawrence joked.

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