In the upcoming musical romantic comedy Mamma Mia!, based on the phenomenally successful stage hit of the same name, a young bride-to-be tries to find her real father – out of three men her mother fooled around with – while much of the cast sings ABBA’s hit songs of the 1970s.
Directed by Phyllida Lloyd and written by Catherine Johnson, Mamma Mia! stars Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Julie Walters, Dominic Cooper, Amanda Seyfried, Christine Baranski, Stellan Skarsgård, Juan Pablo Di Pace, Dylan Turner, Rachel McDowall, Chris Jarvis, and features cameos by ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson.
Mamma Mia! was filmed at England’s Pinewood Studios and on location on the Greek island of Skopelos. The film opens in the US on July 18.
Photos: Peter Mountain / © Universal Studios
Pierce Brosnan, Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Rachel McDowall, Ashley Lilley
Hellboy II: The Golden Army: creatures galore
A new set of images from Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy II: The Golden Army, which opens in North America on July 11 is now available online. Written by del Toro from Mike Mignola’s comic books, Hellboy 2 features Ron Perlman as Hellboy, Selma Blair as Liz Sherman, Doug Jones as Abe Sapien / Chamberlain / Angel of Death, John Alexander as Johann Krauss / Bethmoora Goblin, and James Dodd as Johann Krauss.
Also: Luke Goss as Prince Nuada, Anna Walton as Princess Nuala, Jeffrey Tambor as Tom Manning, John Hurt as Professor Broom, Brian Steele as Wink / Cronie / Spice Shop Troll / Cathedral Head / Fragglewump, Iván Kamarás as Agent Steel, Andrew Hefler as Agent Flint, and the voice of Seth MacFarlane as Johann’s voice.
Doug Jones also collaborated with del Toron in the dark fantasy Pan’s Labyrinth (2006), playing the creepily effeminate Faun. Besides Pan’s Labyrinth, previous Guillermo del Toro movies include the original Hellboy (2004), with Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Doug Jones, John Hurt, and Rupert Evans; The Devil’s Backbone / El espinazo del diablo (2001), starring Eduardo Noriega, Marisa Paredes, and Federico Luppi; and Cronos (1993), featuring Federico Luppi and the Hellboy movies’ Ron Perlman.
Update: Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy II: The Golden Army turned out to be a sizable box office disappointment.
Images from ‘Hellboy II: The Golden Army’
Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy II: The Golden Army photos featuring Ron Perlman as Hellboy, Selma Blair as Liz Sherman, Doug Jones as Abe Sapien, John Alexander as Bethmoora Goblin, Luke Goss as Prince Nuada, and Anna Walton as Princess Nuala: Double Negative / Egon Endrenyi. © Universal Studios.