Steve McQueen’s ‘12 Years A Slave’ To Get US Premiere At The NY Film Festival – Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor & Michael Fassbender
Fox Searchlight is bringing Steve McQueen’s (Hunger, Shame) ’12 Years A Slave’ to the New York Film Festival where it will have its US premiere on October 8th. The period drama and Oscar hopeful world premieres at Toronto as a special presentation on September 6th. The NY Fest just made the announcement, right after we found out officially that the pic had landed one of the “sneak peek” slots at the Telluride Filum Festival – that screening happens tonight.
Recently moved up from its initial December 27th US release to October 18th following exuberant test screenings, the historical drama, featuring a script by Steve McQueen and John Ridley, stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Paul Dano, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ruth Negga, Adepero Oduye, Paul Giamatti, Garret Dillahunt, Sarah Paulson, Scoot McNairy, Dwight Henry, Quvenzhané Wallis, Lupita Nyong’o, Alfre Woodard and Michael Kenneth Williams. ’12 Years A Slave’ opens on January 24th in the UK.
2 New Images From Atom Egoyan’s ‘Devil’s Knot’ – Starring Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon & Dane DeHaan
EW have revealed these two new images from Atom Egoyan’s ‘Devil’s Knot,’ which stars Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon. The West Memphis Three biopic is based on the 2002 bestselling book by investigative journalist Mara Leveritt about the savage murders of three young children that sparked a controversial trial of three teenagers accused of killing the kids as part of a satanic ritual. The trial made headlines again recently when the defendants were released in August of 2011, due to new evidence uncovered by the defense, after 18 years in prison. In addition to Academy Award winners Firth and Witherspoon, the cast also includes Alessandro Nivola, Stephen Moyer, Amy Ryan, Matt Letscher, Michael Gladis, Rex Linn, Mireille Enos, Dane DeHaan and Bruce Greenwood. ‘Devil’s Knot’ is expected for a late 2013 release.
The so-called West Memphis Three became the subject of ‘Paradise Lost,’ a series of three award-winning documentaries by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, as well as a Peter Jackson-produced doc called ‘West of Memphis’ that won them the attention of a host of celebrity and criminal-justice advocates. In 2011, the trio was freed from prison under an Alford plea that allowed them to proclaim their innocence while technically upholding their murder convictions (and exempting the state from civil penalties).
Universal Pictures has set loose this new behind-the-scenes featurette for Ron Howard’s Formula One racing drama, ‘Rush.’ Penciled in for a September 13th release in the UK and a September 27th bow in the US, ‘Rush’ centers on the 1970s rivalry between Austrian driver Niki Lauda and British driver James Hunt. ‘Inglorious Basterds’ star Daniel Brühl is playing Lauda with Chris Hemsworth taking on the role of Hunt. The likes of Olivia Wilde (TRON: Legacy) and Alexandra Maria Lara (The Reader) co-star. Helmed by Oscar-winner Ron Howard, the script for ‘Rush’ is by Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, The Queen).
Two-time Academy Award® winner Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Frost/Nixon), teams once again with fellow two-time Academy Award® nominee, writer Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, The Queen), on Rush, a spectacular big-screen re-creation of the merciless 1970s rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda. The epic action-drama stars Chris Hemsworth (The Avengers) as the charismatic Englishman James Hunt and Daniel Brühl (Inglourious Basterds) as the disciplined Austrian perfectionist Niki Lauda, whose clashes on the Grand Prix racetrack epitomized the contrast between these two extraordinary characters, a distinction reflected in their private lives. Also starring Olivia Wilde (TRON: Legacy) and Alexandra Maria Lara (The Reader), Rush is produced by Andrew Eaton (A Mighty Heart), Howard, Academy Award® winner Brian Grazer (Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind), Eric Fellner (Senna, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Morgan and Brian Oliver (Black Swan) and executive produced by Cross Creek Pictures, Exclusive Media, Todd Hallowell and Tim Bevan. Universal Pictures will distribute the film in North America.
Coinciding with the announcement that the 57th BFI London Film Festival’s Gala will take place on October 16th with the UK Premiere of ‘Philomena,’ Pathe has debuted these first posters for the Stephen Frears-helmed film, which is based on the true story of an Irish woman (Jude Dench) seeking the illegitimate son she was forced to put up for adoption in the US in 1952. ‘Philomena’ will open in the UK and Ireland on November 1st. Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope penned the script.
Falling pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena was sent to the convent of Roscrea to be looked after as a “fallen woman”. When her baby was only a toddler, he was taken away by the nuns for adoption in America. Philomena spent the next fifty years searching for him but with no success. Then she met Martin Sixsmith, a world-weary political journalist who happened to be intrigued by her story. Together they set off to America on a journey that would not only reveal the extraordinary story of Philomena’s son, but also create an unexpectedly close bond between Philomena and Martin.
“Chapter 3: Mrs. H. Keeping track of a large network of lovers isn’t always easy, and Joe is soon confronted with the unpleasant consequences of being a nymphomaniac. After all, you can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs.” Nordisk Film has unveiled this latest clip from Lars von Trier’s ‘Nymphomaniac,’ titled “Chapter 3: Mrs. H”. The film includes an international ensemble cast consisting of Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård, Stacy Martin, Shia LaBeouf, Jamie Bell, Christian Slater, Uma Thurman, Willem Dafoe, Connie Nielsen, Mia Goth, Udo Kier, Jean-Marc Barr, Caroline Goodall, Kate Ashfield, Saskia Reeves, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Hugo Speer, Felicity Gilbert, Michaël Pas, Jesper Christensen, Jens Albinus, Nicolas Bro, Cyron Melville, Shanti Roney, Omar Shargawi, Tania Carlin, Severin von Hoensbroech, Peter Gilbert Cotton and many more. Expect a confirmed release date shortly.
The official synopsis for the film is as follows: ‘Nymphomaniac’ is the wild and poetic story of a woman’s erotic journey from birth to the age of 50 as told by the main character, the self-diagnosed nymphomaniac, Joe. On a cold winter’s evening the old, charming bachelor, Seligman, finds Joe beaten up in an alleyway. He brings her home to his flat where he tends to her wounds while asking her about her life. He listens intently as Joe over the next 8 chapters recounts the lushly branched-out and multi faceted story of her life, rich in associations and interjecting incidents.
During a recent chat with IGN for ‘Parks and Recreation,’ Chris Pratt shed some light on a number of topic relating to his upcoming Marvel flick ‘Guardians of the Galaxy.’ On the experience of shooting the film, Pratt said, “It’s been really great. It’s hard to even put into words, especially for someone like me who has the vocabulary of a sixth-grader. It’s been a real trip. There’s a lot of super talented people working on it – artists. That’s what I always loved about comic books as a kid, the drawings. I didn’t ever read them that much. I wasn’t too big into the stories, but I loved the artwork and the covers. I’d like to draw a lot as a kid myself. So to see that, as they did making these comic books, they’ve hired the best artists in the world to do the concept artwork and to design these worlds. It’s so imaginative and so unreal. We’re working really hard and I’m in a bit of a daze, but I just can’t wait for people to see what we’re doing out there. I think that footage they showed at Comic-Con is very accurate to the movie that we’re making. I thought that footage was pretty badass.”
Asked about the tone of the film, Chris Pratt commented, “I think tone is the major thing we have to accomplish, a consistent tone, going from silly and comedic to high-stakes drama and action, and everything in between. It’s really up to James, and I trust everything that he’s doing. I think we’re getting good stuff. I don’t know what to say about it other than it might be…Oh! It’s the greatest movie of the 21st century! That’s what I’ll say. It’ll be the Citizen Kane of movies other than Citizen Kane.”