Today we received a thank you note from Jim Sturgess, accompanied by a picture taken especially for our website. According to his note it sounds like Jim had a marvelous birthday weekend, so we are especially pleased that he was able to send us this personal message!!! We at JSO continue to be humbled by Jim’s thoughtfulness and kindness towards all his fans, as well as his ongoing support of our website. Many thanks to Jim, a true gentleman!!!
Jim’s Thank You Note:
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I’ve finally come back down to earth after a pretty crazy and fun Birthday weekend, and I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you for my incredible Birthday present this year!
It never ceases to blow my mind! From all the support from around the world to the unbelievable work that you all put in to making that present so special.
I am so impressed with so much of the Artwork and the collages that you guys put together…they’re incredible!…I wish you could design the posters for some of my films!!!
Anyway, it gave a lump to my throat and a smile on my face and i’m so proud to have such dedicated, smart and creative fans…All over the world!!!
Thank you for the website!…
All my love, Jimx
You can go to our 2013 Birthday Project page here to see the video and card that was sent to Jim last week for his 32nd birthday.
Well, it sounds like Jim is having a wonderful birthday — and we’re so glad he is celebrating and enjoying time with those he loves. For fans who haven’t had a chance yet to send birthday wishes to Jim, we suggest that you tweet him using the hashtag #HappyBirthdayJimSturgess.
Below is a screen capture of the tweets from @mrjimsturgess thanking JSO and his fans for all the birthday wishes:
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We hope Jim has a wonderful birthday today (May 16) and a great time celebrating with family and friends!!! Below is a special video tribute prepared by co-webmistressDiane, which includes artwork, photos, and birthday messages sent to us from Jim’s fans from all over the world, as well as special graphic art created by co-webmistress Liz.
In addition, our co-webmistressLiz has also created a unique birthday card for Jimwhich incorporates all the images sent to us by Jim’s fans.
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You can view the entire birthday message to Jim, along with messages from the last four birthdays, on our website here. You can also view all the fan created birthday artwork in our gallery here, as well as the birthday artwork created by Liz here.
Thanks to i09 and Warner Bros, we’re excited to bring you some snippets from the special features on the new Cloud Atlas DVD and Blu-ray, explaining how the movie’s three writer/directors, Lana Wachowski, Andy Wachowski, and Tom Tykwer, adapted David Mitchell’s incredibly complex and rich novel for the screen. Featuring Jim Sturgess, Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Ben Whishaw, and James D’Arcy, among others, these snippets from the DVD extras feature the cast and directors discussing the film’s complexities. Go here to view multiple featurettes.
Additionally, we have a new infographic for the film.
Cloud Atlas releases tomorrow in the U.S. on DVD, Blu-ray (Combo Pack) and Digital Download, and in the UK on July 1st. Directed by Lana Wachowski, Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer and featuring a stellar cast which includes Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Sturgess, Jim Broadbent, Doona Bae, Hugh Grant, Ben Whishaw, James D’Arcy, and Susan Sarandon, the film is the perfect combination of big-budget effects and creative storytelling.
Cloud Atlas reveals something new with each viewing and true fans will enjoy adding the film to their personal collection. The film’s unconventional structure is precisely what allows it to create meaning with connections, both visual and aural, which are so immense in scope that they can only be absorbed entirely after multiple viewings. Watch the film’s DVD/Blu-Ray trailer below and purchase the film in the JSO Store (via Amazon US) here and pre-order it (via Amazon UK - releases July 1) here. It is also available through Movies On Demand. Check your local on-demand channel listings.
Hi Def Digest offers this review of the release and the special features which are included:
A daring attempt to explore the human condition in six vastly different epochs, ‘Cloud Atlas’ is an all-encompassing and sprawling cinematic examination of the things which inspire and motivate us as a species. Adapted from the sweeping David Mitchell novel, the multi-genre film is a dazzling piece of entertainment that manages to stay focused and delivers a satisfying conclusion. It debuts on Blu-ray with reference-quality video and an excellent audio presentation. Supplements aren’t very extensive, but they’re amusing and surprisingly insightful nonetheless, making the overall package recommended for fans and a strong rental for others.
Below is a list of the special features included on the Blu-Ray Combo pack:
Everything is Connected (HD, 8 min) — A mix of BTS footage and clips intertwined with interviews on how each story is entwined.
The Impossible Adaptation (HD, 9 min) — As the title implies, the Wachowskis, Tom Tykwer and author David Mitchell talk about the novel’s complex plot and the challenge of adapting it into film.
The Essence of Acting (HD, 7 min) — Essentially several minutes praising the performances and playing various characters.
Spaceships, Slaves & Sextets (HD, 8 min) — An amusing discussion on how the interlocking stories blend into one another with some rather insightful thoughts about the overarching plot.
The Bold Science Fiction of Cloud Atlas (HD, 7 min) — More interviews with cast & crew talking about the film’s sci-fi elements and the various production touches connecting each story.
Eternal Recurrence: Love, Life, and Longing (HD, 8 min) — With more BTS footage, interviews focus on the film’s romance elements and the clever design touches sprinkled throughout.
We have just learned via Anza.it that Giuseppe Tornatore’s romantic drama La Migliore Offerta (The Best Offer), starring Geoffrey Rush, Jim Sturgess and Donald Sutherland, is leading this year’s hunt for the prestigious David di Donatello Awards. Considered Italy’s Oscars, the awards ceremony will be held on June 14 in Rome, Italy. The film has received a total of 13 nominations including, Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Producer, Best Director of Photography, Best Score, Best Editor, & Best Costume Design. No noms for the actors, however. Most of those noms went to Italian actors.
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Check out the additional movie stills in the gallery here.
Thanks to all who participated in JSO’s Annual Birthday Project for Jim Sturgess. Submissions ended yesterday, so for all of you who missed the deadline this year… there’s always next year! We’ll post the finished video here @ May 15. Jim’s 32nd birthday is May 16.
Webmistress Liz has created some extra artwork for the project. Here’s a sample:
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View previous year’s birthday video’s, and Jim’s thank you notes, here.
Just a gentle reminder… ONLY TWO MORE DAYS to submit your birthday message/artwork for Jim Sturgess’ 32nd Birthday. Show your birthday love for Jim, and visit the JSO Birthday Page for specific instructions. DEADLINE for submissions is Monday, May 6th.
Thanks to WARNER BROS ONLINE, in anticipation of the DVD/Blu-ray release of Cloud Atlas on May 14, we have another new video clip from the film featuring Jim Sturgess and Doona Bae. In this clip titled, “The Bridge,” Hae-Joo Chang and Sonmi-451 take drastic measures to escape the evil forces trying to capture them. Cloud Atlas can be pre-ordered in the JSO Storehere.
Today Jim Sturgess shared this message on his Twitter account about Ashes, a recent film starring Jim and Ray Winstone, which was screened in the UK earlier this year and is now available on DVD:
In this classic film noir with a twist, Jim gives an outstanding performance and we highly recommend it as a “must see.” Below is a brief synopsis of the film:
Ray Winstone plays Frank, an Alzheimer’s-afflicted shadow of his former self - a onetime hard man who is now reduced to eking out the days in a residential care home. However, his institutionalised life takes a major swerve when he is sprung from his virtual prison by his son James (Jim Sturgess) and the pair of them embark on a ramshackle road trip together. Director Mat Whitecross follows up Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll with this switch-backing British noir.
“…doesn’t do what you expect it to do, including a wonderfully satisfying twist.” ~SkyMovies
UK fans can buy the Ashes DVD in the JSO Storehere.