August 14, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
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If you thought the Toronto International Film Festival had already pulled out all the stops for its 2012 line-up, you’re in for a surprise. Even more titles were announced today, and our list of must-see films just keeps growing.
Closing out the festival will be British film “A Song for Marion”, in which Gemma Arterteron co-stars with Vanessa Redgrave. Also making its world premiere in Toronto is the first of three biopics on late singer Jeff Buckley; “Greetings From Tim Buckley” stars Penn Badgley as the crooner and Imogen Poots as his love interest. Indie ensemble drama “Disconnect” brings together the likes of Paula Patton, Andrea Riseborough, Alexander Skarsgård, and Max Theriot, while Skarsgard will also be appearing in “What Maisie Knew”, a modern retelling of the Henry James classic.
Some Cannes and Venice premieres will have a second go-round at TIFF as well, including Brian De Palma’s “Passion” starring Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace, and Walter Salles’ “On the Road” with Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund and Kristen Stewart. Harmony Korine is bringing his ragtag team of former Disney stars and James Franco in “Spring Breakers”, while Lee Daniels’ controversial Cannes premiere “The Paperboy”, starring Zac Efron, will screen in the Great White North as well.
The full list of new additions, including Galas and Special Presentations, are below.
July 20, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
British rising star Sam Riley will portray titular literary icon “Ivanhoe” in a new big screen adaptation of the Sir Walter Scott medieval epic, according to Screen Daily.
Published in 1820 and set in the 12th Century, “Ivanhoe” is a historical epic following the exploits of Wilfred of Ivanhoe, a Saxon knight exiled by his father for being loyal to the Norman king and for falling in love with Lady Rowena, who’s engaged to a much higher-seated nobleman. When he returns under disguise tournaments, forbidden love, political intrigue and more unfold, and even Robin Hood and his merry men somehow get involved. Iain Softley will direct from a script by John Brownlow and James Jacks.
Riley, who gained notice for his turns in “Control” and “Brighton Rock”, is currently shooting Disney’s fairy-tale redo “Maleficent” opposite Angelina Jolie, and will soon be seen in Walter Salles’ long-gestating, highly anticipated “On the Road” opposite Garrett Hedlund. He’s also wrapped up shooting vampire drama “Byzantium” opposite Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan.
May 24, 2012 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Walter Salles’s “On The Road“, the long-awaited adaptation of the Jack Keroauc classic, may have premiered yesterday at Cannes Film Festival to mixed reviews but for those of us who have to wait until closer to the release dates to watch the film, we have two newly released clips giving us a glimpse into the big screen lives of Sal, Dean, Marylou and Camille.
An adaptation thirty years in development, the film finally moved into pre-production in 2010, with Salles behind the camera and Garrett Hedlund as the wild and crazy Dean Moriarty and Sam Riley as our protaganist Sal Paradise, the dreamer searching for the elusive It.
With a great supporting cast including Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen, Amy Adams and Tom Sturridge, “On The Road” still has no definitive release date for the US, although we’re sure it will be looking at an awards friendly date. Lucky European fans can see the film on the big screen from today and over the next few months.
May 19, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
It’s still unclear if they will star together in Akiva Goldsman’s “Winter’s Tale”, but Garrett Hedlund and Jessica Brown-Findlay will get to be co-stars after all, as THR reports from Cannes the two young actors will be part of the impressive ensemble cast for comedy-drama “Lullaby.” Amy Adams, Jennifer Hudson, Terrence Howard and Richard Jenkins round out the cast.
The familial drama will center around an estranged son (Hedlund) who learns that his father (Jenkins) has decided to take himself off life support. Acclaimed artist Andrew Levitas will make his directorial debut on the project, with shooting set to begin in June in New York.
Hedlund will be heading to Cannes next week to premiere Walter Salles’ long-gestating adaptation of “On the Road”, and recently wrapped on the Coens’ “Inside Llewyn Davis” opposite Oscar Isaac and Carey Mulligan. Brown-Findlay is mostly known for her role as Lady Sybil on hit British series “Downton Abbey” and landed the female lead in “Winter’s Tale”, beating out the likes of Lily Collins and Bella Heathcote. Colin Farrell has reportedly been offered the male lead, though nothing official has taken place and Hedlund, along with Aaron Johnson, Luke Evans and Tom Hiddleston remain in the mix.
May 7, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Disney’s Sleeping Beauty redo “Maleficent” continues to get more star-studded with every new announcement. Angelina Jolie is already toplining as the titular villain with Elle Fanning as the slumbering princess and Sharlto Copley as her half-fairy father, and today THR reports joining them will be some of England’s most revered: Imelda Staunton, Miranda Richardson, Lesley Manville, Kenneth Cranham and rising star Sam Riley.
In the Robert Stromberg directed re-imagining of the classic fairy tale, “Maleficent” will explore Jolie’s character’s backstory and tell the tale of why she decides to curse the innocent princess to 100 years of slumber. Staunton and Melville play two of three pixies who look after Fanning’s Aurora while Richardson will be a fairy queen who is Maleficent’s aunt. Cranham plays Copley’s father and human king who plans a takeover of the fairy kingdom, while Riley will play Diaval, Maleficent’s right hand man who can transform into a raven. Confused yet? Same here.
British thesp Riley earned high marks for 2007′s “Control” and even in the less well received “Brighton Rock” in 2010, and is poised to have a breakout year when he stars in in the lead role of Sal Paradise in Walter Salles’ long-gestating adaptation of “On the Road”, heading to Cannes next week. He also recently completed work on Neil Jordan’s vampire flick “Byzantium” opposite Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan.
April 27, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
“Twilight” star Kristen Stewart seems to have developed a taste for gritty action roles, as Variety reports the actress will follow up “Snow White and the Huntsman” with indie thriller “Cali”, from a script by “30 Minutes or Less” writer Michael Diliberti. Stewart will also try her hand at producing for the first time here.
Stewart will play Mya, who, along with boyfriend Chris, likes to live dangerously and acclimate income through sometimes less than savory methods. Their latest con is the selling of a fake snuff film starring Mya. They live nicely off the profits, but when her sister gets into trouble years later, Chris and Mya must “return from the dead” to save her. The couple “contends with angry former business partners, homicidal porn stars, stoner vet techs, an unstoppable killing machine in a cowboy hat and their own contentious relationship.” Producers are talking to directors and are eyeing a late summer start.
“Kristen is a talented and dynamic actor, with a proven box office draw,” producer Craig J. Flores tells Variety. “Her role in ‘Cali’ will be edgy and sexy. It will no doubt push the envelope on the public’s view of Kristen’s wide-ranging abilities. Voltage is thrilled to have her as a partner on this fantastic film.”
Stewart has stuck mainly to small, dark and indie outside her role as Bella Swan in the “Twilight” saga, which concludes this November with “Breaking Dawn Part II.” This May she is headed to Cannes for the first time with Walter Salles’ “On the Road”, in which she stars opposite Garett Hedlund and Sam Riley. “Snow White and the Huntsman”, in which she plays the titular princess, opens in June, and plans are already underway for a sequel.
March 9, 2012 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
One of my most anticipated films this year is Walter Salles adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s generation-defining novel “On The Road”.
An adaptation thirty years in development, the film finally moved into pre-production in 2010, with Salles behind the camera and Garrett Hedlund and Sam Riley in front as Dean Moriarty and Sal Paradise.
This evening, the official Facebook page released the first trailer and I have to admit that despite my many, many, reservations Salles may have just about pulled this one off.
It’s slick and highly stylised (and I’m wondering where the promised black and white is), but Riley looks convincing as Sal, Jack Kerouac’s semi-autobiographical character who goes on a journey of booze, drugs and self-discovery, and Hedlund as Moriarty (based on real life Beat icon Neal Cassady) looks to have nailed all of Cassady’s mannerisms.
With a great supporting cast including Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen and Amy Adams, we’re looking forward to the reviews coming out of this year’s Cannes Film Festival where the film is expected to premiere.
Watch the trailer below, and let us know your thoughts on this long-awaited adaptation.
February 29, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
After more than thirty years in development, a big screen adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s iconic “On the Road” is finally headed to theaters this year. British up and comer Sam Riley plays Sal Paradise, Jack Kerouac’s semi-autobiographical portrait of a Beat Generation writer who goes on a journey of booze, drugs and self-discovery with his best friend, Dean Moriarty, played by Garrett Hedlund and based on real life Beat icon Neal Cassady. Kristen Stewart joins them for part of the journey as Dean’s wife Marylou, and others including Viggo Mortensen, Amy Adams, Kirsten Dunst, Tom Sturridge and more meander in and out of the path of the two friends.
The new stills show Riley doing what Paradise does best, writing and wandering, while the poster, unfortunately, mostly looks like a messier and more nonsensical version of the artful and understated teaser poster released last May. The concept is there, but the execution has us scratching our heads and wondering why a magical rearview mirror is floating in the sky.
Nevertheless, the Walter Salles directed film has been receiving very positive early buzz and is expected to bow at the Cannes Film Festival this May, with a France release date to match, while we’re betting a date that’s a little more Oscar-friendly is being eyed for its US release. See the poster and new stills below.
January 9, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
“Akira” getting pushed back may be a blessing in disguise for Garrett Hedlund (some would say flat out blessing, but we digress). Variety reports the star now has an open slot in his schedule and has promptly filled it with something awesome: Hedlund is jumping on board the Coen Brothers’ next directorial vehicle, the 1960s set folk music drama “Inside Llewyn Davis”, which already stars Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake and John Goodman.
Isaac plays Davis, a fictional character loosely based on 1960s Greenwich Village based musician Dave Van Ronk, nicknamed “Mayor of MacDougal Street”, whose circle of friends and fellow musicians included Bob Dylan, Tom Paxton, Patrick Sky, Phil Ochs, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and Joni Mitchell. Despite being talented and passionate, he can’t make ends meet just playing music. Timberlake has the role of Jim, a fellow folk musician who is married to Mulligan’s character Jean. Hedlund’s character is unknown, but after having done some impressive crooning in “Country Strong”, it should be no problem for him to pick up a guitar and jam with his co-stars.
Hedlund, who is still attached to “Akira” whenever the risky, big budget remake finally gets its act together at Warner Bros, and also has the similarly long-gestating, controversial adaptation of “On the Road” in the can ready for release this year. His past couple of high profile projects, “Country Strong” and “Tron: Legacy”, weren’t exactly big breakout moments for him, but it’s clear bigger successes lay just beyond the horizon for the talented and underrated actor.