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World Exclusive: First Lovely Bones Pic
This is what heaven looks like

20 April 2009  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  

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A couple of days ago we brought you the first look at Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn. Now we've got another treat for you: the first look at Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones.

Based on Alice Sebold's book, the film follows Susie (Saoirse Ronan) a 14 year-old girl raped and murdered by her neighbour. From heaven, she watches her family deal (or not) with her death, and watches her murderer as he tries to hide the evidence.

Mark Wahlberg plays Susie's father, Rachel Weisz her mother, Stanley Tucci the neighbour and Susan Sarandon the family's grandmother. It's directed by Peter Jackson, and adapted by him along with his co-writers Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens.


For many more pictures from the film, and a massive selection of other exclusive interviews and shoots that you wouldn't believe if we told you, pick up the 20th birthday issue of Empire when it hits on Thursday, or pre-order it here.


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IMPACTANTE!
estoy deseando que salga el teaser trailer!!! :D More

Posted by Cloriant at 19:59 on 21 April 2009 | Report This Post

The Book
I liked the first half of the book, but the rest was so soppy I wanted to vomit, so I hope Jackson brings the drama back into the final half. Like the look of the pic though. More

Posted by Pipkin3 at 16:38 on 21 April 2009 | Report This Post

i'm from norristown
where this movie/book takes place More

Posted by finchlikesoasis at 16:36 on 21 April 2009 | Report This Post

mark wahlberg's acting
i hope to god wahlberg can pull it of but i keep having nightmares about the happening.still i'm sure jackson wouldn't have picked him if he didn't think he could do it and he was on fire in the departed so let's cross everything and hope for the best More

Posted by bungalow69 at 23:47 on 20 April 2009 | Report This Post

mark wahlberg's acting
i hope to god wahlberg can pull it of but i keep having nightmares about the happening.still i'm sure jackson wouldn't have picked him if he didn't think he could do it and he was on fire in the departed so let's cross everything and hope for the best More

Posted by bungalow69 at 23:24 on 20 April 2009 | Report This Post

mark wahlberg's acting
i hope to god wahlberg can pull it of but i keep having nightmares about the happening.still i'm sure jackson wouldn't have picked him if he didn't think he could do it and he was on fire in the departed so let's cross everything and hope for the best More

Posted by bungalow69 at 23:18 on 20 April 2009 | Report This Post

I liked the book...i love Peter Jackson..i hate Marky Mark! More

Posted by markasmarv at 20:40 on 20 April 2009 | Report This Post

RE: HOW LONG HAS THIS BEEN IN PRODUCTION?
not sure if it is enou]ORIGINAL: elab49 I'm still not convinced. I dislike the book, the casting of the father is problematic. But I do like Jackson. I'm just not sure if it is enough to get me to part with my cinema £s for this. 'm reading the book now, and I love it. Though I agree that the casting of Wahlberg as the father is problematic. I don't think he can pull off the type of emotion he's character tries to evoke, I just don't see Wahlberg as that sort of actor. More

Posted by near at 19:39 on 20 April 2009 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
Looks like heaven still looks like it always looks like. More

Posted by Proudfoot at 18:49 on 20 April 2009 | Report This Post

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If I get to heaven & find out its run by Empire!! Well, I'll know I am in hell!!! More

Posted by Monkeyshaver at 16:31 on 20 April 2009 | Report This Post

As much a fan I am of LOTR, I cant see this being any good. The book was dull and drawn out (something Jackson is very familiar with) and the casting is ALL wrong. Rachel Weisz and Saorsie Ronan are the only good things about this film More

Posted by lona_no_friends at 16:26 on 20 April 2009 | Report This Post

RE: who cares about the watermark?
Believe me...I've read the script and Heaven will look nothing like that in the film. I think this pic is just for promo purposes or for the poster to convey the "heavenly" aspect to people. More

Posted by Roark17 at 15:16 on 20 April 2009 | Report This Post

who cares about the watermark?
a bit of an over reaction to the watermark lads. feel the matter of more importance is the current form of Mark Whalberg. Having watched Max Payne the other day, I just can't get over how bad he was in it!he'd acting was terrible, and the seen where he's tryin to cry when some lad is talkin shit about his wife an kid, is the most cringing scene i'v ever seen him in (iv seen the scene where he talks to the plant in the happening). So i pursume this film will involve crying an gettin emitional, so More

Posted by gavoconnor at 14:58 on 20 April 2009 | Report This Post

Watermark...
Totally over the top watermark.... FAIL! "pick up the 20th birthday issue of Empire when it hits on Thursday, or pre-order it here." Or just wait until it becomes available as a PDF on a torrent site... LOL More

Posted by keYserSOze2008 at 13:12 on 20 April 2009 | Report This Post

OH WOW!! We can now visit empireonline.com for all the latest mvie news?
If yer worried about people nabbing the pic and not giving ye credit a small logo in the bottom right would have done fine. More

Posted by shanewire at 13:02 on 20 April 2009 | Report This Post

RE: World Exclusive: First Lovely Bones Pic
Who's the face in the clouds supposed to be? Oh, and will Jackson make this twice as long as it needs to be, as he did with his bloated version of "King Kong"? More

Posted by My name is Legion at 12:51 on 20 April 2009 | Report This Post

RE: HOW LONG HAS THIS BEEN IN PRODUCTION?
Peter Jackson has already made the films that he will be remembered for. It's all down hill from now on. More

Posted by boredbluekoala at 12:39 on 20 April 2009 | Report This Post

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Charming. Empire! Such cheek watermarking an exclusive! You should have left it out as you usually do so other sites and bloggers can rip it off without giving credit! More

Posted by C.C.C.P. at 12:20 on 20 April 2009 | Report This Post

RE:
I love how you had to put the watermark on there. Any more crap like that and you can kiss your posting rights goodbye. - Neth More

Posted by uheiberg at 12:07 on 20 April 2009 | Report This Post

RE: HOW LONG HAS THIS BEEN IN PRODUCTION?
I'm sure it'll get loads of critical acclaim, so many critics are insanely generous towards this man. More

Posted by Tech_Noir at 11:49 on 20 April 2009 | Report This Post

RE: HOW LONG HAS THIS BEEN IN PRODUCTION?
I'm still not convinced. I dislike the book, the casting of the father is problematic. But I do like Jackson. I'm just not sure if it is enough to get me to part with my cinema £s for this. More

Posted by elab49 at 11:33 on 20 April 2009 | Report This Post

RE: HOW LONG HAS THIS BEEN IN PRODUCTION?
L: boredbluekoala And as for Heaven, yawn. Doesn't look any different in that shot from any other depiction of religious fantasy. Jackson is now Kubrick, taking far far far too long to produce a pic that shoulda been released ages ago. It will flop. sp; I think that's a little harsh. It probably wont flop. If anything, it will probably be a success due to the cast and fans of the book. I put a lot of trust in to Jackson as a film maker as he (generally) delivers top films. As for t More

Posted by I am Tetsuo at 11:27 on 20 April 2009 | Report This Post

Beautiful
This looks like it will take on more of the style of Heavenly Creatures, which is no bad thing. To my (limited) knowledge, the reason this has taken so lond is that Jackson wasn't being shackled by a mjot studio and therefore took his time in PP - and he has been busy with a few other things.............I know it is another thread but whilst I'm fine with the Hobbit spanning the 2 films, I will be bitterly disappointed if there isn't a little bit of bridging if only to allow for the 'return' of More

Posted by Halfling at 11:16 on 20 April 2009 | Report This Post

RE: HOW LONG HAS THIS BEEN IN PRODUCTION?
L: boredbluekoala And as for Heaven, yawn. Doesn't look any different in that shot from any other depiction of religious fantasy. Jackson is now Kubrick, taking far far far too long to produce a pic that shoulda been released ages ago. It will flop. sp; And if Jackson is Kubrick, despite being a flop it was be revisited and universally celebrated in years to come.   What an idiotic statement. More

Posted by The Todge at 11:08 on 20 April 2009 | Report This Post

HOW LONG HAS THIS BEEN IN PRODUCTION?
And as for Heaven, yawn. Doesn't look any different in that shot from any other depiction of religious fantasy. Jackson is now Kubrick, taking far far far too long to produce a pic that shoulda been released ages ago. It will flop. More

Posted by boredbluekoala at 09:08 on 20 April 2009 | Report This Post

I hope Peter Jackson managed to dig out some acting talent from Mark Wahlberg otherwise this bit of casting is going to seriously f**k up what should be a good adaption. The book was marvellous. More

Posted by steveg66 at 08:57 on 20 April 2009 | Report This Post

RE: World Exclusive: First Lovely Bones Pic
The watermark has to be there to protect the exclusive though. There are plenty of movie sites and blogs out there reporting on it already - so until they can do the cheeky scan from the magazine itself, they gotta have a big, f*ck-off Empire logo on it!  More

Posted by Acho at 08:55 on 20 April 2009 | Report This Post

Watermark
Good Lord!!!! that watermark just totally ruins the picture. More

Posted by Roark17 at 03:16 on 20 April 2009 | Report This Post

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