After recently bagging the top prize – the People’s Choice Award – at this year’s Toronto Film Festival, this new poster has arrived online for ‘The Imitation Game.’ Set for a November 14th bow in the UK (it will be opening the London Film Festival on October 8th) and a November 21st release in the US, the historical thriller stars the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Mark Strong, Rory Kinnear, Charles Dance, Allen Leech and Matthew Beard. The film offers a dramatic portrayal of the life and work of Alan Turing, one of Britain’s most extraordinary unsung heroes, and one of the world’s greatest innovators.
During a recent chat with Empire Magazine for their ‘Interstellar’ cover story, writer-director Christoper Nolan has said that his latest movie is like “a mirror image” of ‘Inception’. He continues, “It expands out in the way ‘Inception’ contracts inwards, it’s a very classically constructed movie, but the freshness of the narrative elements really enhance it.” Nolan goes on to say that ‘Interstellar’ is inspired by sci-fi from his childhood, “I liken it to the blockbusters I grew up with as a kid, family films in the best sense: edgy, incisive, challenging.”
Matthew McConaughey had the following to say about the film’s grand ambitions in the Empire piece, “This is the grandest adventure I think any of us will ever see on film… This is the biggest film I’ve ever been a part of. This is one of the biggest films anyone’s ever been a part of.” Anne Hathaway concurs. “I am so excited for the world to receive this film, because there’s going to be a new conversation I believe will happen because of it.” She’s also quick to put to rest any fears of Christopher Nolan’s intellect getting in the way of emotions, “It’s not a dry, science-based film. It has a pulse. It’s got blood in its veins.” Pick up the latest issue of Empire for the full article.
Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) is a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him to lead a quiet life in peace. But when he meets Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz), a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can’t stand idly by – he has to help her. Armed with hidden skills that allow him to serve vengeance against anyone who would brutalize the helpless, McCall comes out of his self-imposed retirement and finds his desire for justice reawakened. Opening on September 26th, the likes of Melissa Leo, Bill Pullman, Haley Bennett, David Harbour and Marton Csokas co-star. Antoine Fuqua – who previously directed Denzel Washington on ‘Training Day’ – helms ‘The Equalizer’.
Your character Robert McCall is someone who comes in and scans a room in two seconds. He’ll know exactly what’s to your left, what’s to your right – and he’ll use any of those things that he needs to stop you in your tracks. He doesn’t kill you from a distance. He’s in your face and watching the light go out of your eyes – that’s a different kind of human being. So what was it about this man that particularly interested you, and what were some of the questions that you had to ask yourself about him that gravitated you towards ‘The Equalizer’?
Denzel Washington: Todd Black and Jason Blumenthal developed the material. Bought the rights to the material and it took close to a year to develop it. They called me in-between and I read it during 4th of July weekend. It was a quick read. I called them up and said this is Robert McCall calling (laughs). It was a real quick decision. For me, the script was great and there was a lot there – a lot there! For me, it was the questions of what is he overcoming? He’s got his OCD issues, so he’s not just some “action guy”. It’s about finding who is he? What makes him tick? What are his flaws? What is he trying to get over? What bothers him? There was a lot to pick at, and I think that long ago, he started out as a man who wanted to help people, and it turned into something else. He had to put that all behind him, to shut the door. And this young innocent girl opens that door again.
Also, the OCD aspect was very interesting. That was an interesting development as we went along. We started talking about it and adding things, opening doors five times. We did a lot of research about it, and I was surprised to find – it’s just obsessive behavior, it could be anything. In fact I read a book ‘I Never Wash my Hands’, so it’s not necessarily about someone who always washes their hands fifty times.
Reuniting ‘Silver Lining Playbook’ and ‘American Hustle’ stars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, ‘Serena’ is directed by Academy Award winner Susanne Bier (In a Better World) and boasts a top-notch supporting cast in Sam Reid, Rhys Ifans, Toby Jones and Sean Harris. Opening in UK cinemas on October 24th, the film is based Ron Rash’s Shakespearean tragedy-style historical novel of the same name. Expect word on a US release date shortly.
North Carolina mountains at the end of the 1920s – George and Serena Pemberton, love-struck newly-weds, begin to build a timber empire. Serena soon proves herself to be equal to any man: overseeing loggers, hunting rattle-snakes, even saving a man’s life in the wilderness. With power and influence now in their hands, the Pembertons refuse to let anyone stand in the way of their inflated love and ambitions. However, once Serena discovers George’s hidden past and faces an unchangeable fate of her own, the Pemberton’s passionate marriage begins to unravel leading toward a dramatic reckoning.
While we’re still awaiting the trailer for ‘Inherent Vice,’ this first look has arrived online, via the LA Times, of Reese Witherspoon in Paul Thomas Anderson’s hugely anticipated crime drama. Based on the 2009 novel by Thomas Pynchon, ‘Inherent Vice’ also stars Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Owen Wilson, Jena Malone, Michael K. Williams, Katherine Waterston, Martin Short and Maya Rudolph.
The film opens on December 12th in the US and January 30th in the UK, and Jonny Greenwood is again providing the soundtrack after scoring Paul Thomas Anderson′s ‘There Will Be Blood’ and ‘The Master’ (two masterpieces, in my eyes). Set in 1970 Los Angeles, ‘Inherent Vice’ follows the drug-fueled detective Larry “Doc” Sportello (Phoenix) as he investigates the case of a kidnapped girl.
Here’s a great cinema event for my fellow Londoners: As part of the “Phoenix Nights” series, the brilliant film critic Mark Kermode will be introducing ‘The Elephant Man’ – David Lynch’s captivating classic about a Victorian surgeon (Anthony Hopkins) who takes an interest in a heavily disfigured and mistreated man who’s scraping a living as a side-show freak (John Hurt) – at the Phoenix Cinema on October 3rd at 11.30pm. Outspoken, opinionated and never lost for words, Mark Kermode is the UK’s best known and most trusted film critic, as well as a supporter and patron of the Phoenix East Finchley. For more info head on over to the Phoenix’s official website. I’m there!