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Image Source: Everett Collection The long-awaited sequel to 1982's Blade Runner officially hits theaters on Oct. 6, and we could not be any more excited. Not only does Blade Runner 2049's storyline take place three decades after the events of the first film, but it also stars Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Jared Leto, Robin Wright, and rising star Ana de Armas. Armas stars as Joi, Gosling's (Lapd Officer K) love interest, and while Blade Runner 2049 may be her first major movie role, the 29-year-old Cuban actress has actually been busy building her résumé since 2006. Armas has starred in a handful of Spanish TV shows and appeared in a number of films like Knock Knock, Hands of Stone, and War Dogs. In fact, that's one of the main reasons producers Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson cast her in the film. "We think Ana is one of the most exciting, up-and-coming »
- Monica Sisavat
Exclusive: Entertainment One is planting another flag for its overseas distribution network, setting up a new outpost in Germany. This adds to the existing markets where it releases movies: Canada, the UK, Australia/New Zealand, Benelux and Spain. The first title expected for release by eOne in the German market is the Jose Padilha-helmed Entebbe, from Participant and Working Title, and starring Rosamund Pike and Daniel Bruhl. Benjamina Mirnik-Voges has been hired as… »
The Toronto International Film Festival may be known more as a platform for fall season movies than a market, but there are plenty of strong films in each year’s lineup looking for U.S. distribution. While films ranging from the Margot Robbie vehicle “I, Tonya” to Louis C.K.’s “I Love You, Daddy” landed sturdy deals during Tiff, many other highlights remain homeless. Here’s a look at a few of them, presented in the hopes that distributors will take note.
If Eminem got a PhD in English without sacrificing his hip-hop talent, he might have turned out something like Adam (Calum Worthy), the scrawny white hero of Joseph Kahn’s “Bodied.” Kahn’s long-awaited follow-up to his snarky teen slasher comedy “Detention” is a hyper-stylized rap satire that plays out like Scott Pilgrim stumbling into “8 Mile” and stealing the spotlight. Set in an assaultive world of underground »
- Eric Kohn, David Ehrlich and Anne Thompson
As if the original “Kingsman” weren’t cartoony enough, with its blade-legged lady assassin and gratuitous exploding-heads finale, the sequel has gone and pushed the franchise’s cheeky brand of absurdity even farther. The goofiness begins with the resurrection of two important characters, whose unequivocal deaths we witnessed in the first movie. First, there’s Charlie, a rival secret-service recruit played by Edward Holcroft, who lost his head in that notorious fireworks montage, now back with a bionic arm and a new boss (more on that in a minute). And then there’s Colin Firth’s character, impeccably dressed spy-master Harry Hart, who took a point-blank bullet to the eye — and here lives to tell about it.
Firth was the second-best thing about the 2015 scally-spy movie, a super-stylized surprise hit from “Kick-Ass” director Matthew Vaughn that racked up a cool $414 million worldwide, and Harry Hart’s death was a loss. But »
- Peter Debruge
The SAG-aftra Foundation will bestow its Actors Inspiration Award to Kate Winslet, highlighting her career achievements and honoring her charitable work.
The foundation will present the trophy at its Patron of the Artists Awards celebration on Nov. 9 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. The organization had already announced plans to honor director/producer Judd Apatow, director Kathryn Bigelow, and Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos for their roles in supporting actors and performing artists in their careers.
Winslet has been nominated for seven Academy Awards, winning for her role as Hanna Schmitz in Stephen Daldry’s 2008 “The Reader.” She was first nominated for “Sense and Sensibility” in 1996, followed by “Titanic,” “Iris,” “Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind,” “Little Children” and “Steve Jobs.”
She also won an Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Award for best zctress for her portrayal of the title role in the
HBO mini-series “Mildred Pierce.” Winslet »
- Dave McNary
From the director of Crazy Heart, Out Of The Furnace and 2015’s gangster epic Black Mass, comes period western Hostiles. Christian Bale leads the cast as a legendary Army captain who is tasked with transporting a Cheyenne chief through dangerous territory from New Mexico to Montana.
The year is 1892. We open on Rosamund Pike’s Rosalie Quaid teaching her two young children English grammar at the kitchen table of the family home somewhere in rural New Mexico. Outside is her husband who alerts them of an incoming danger, a hostile tribe who are after their horses and other property. In the opening few minutes, Quaid’s family are brutally massacred in a truly shocking first sequence, »
- Paul Heath
In 1892, a legendary Army captain reluctantly agrees to escort a Cheyenne chief and his family through dangerous territory.
A star cast is headed to Moominvalley, home of the Moomins and the setting for an animated series based on the classic Finnish stories.
Rosamund Pike (“Gone Girl”) will voice Moomin family matriarch Moominmamma, opposite Matt Berry (“The It Crowd”) as Moominpappa in the series “Moominvalley.” Taron Egerton (“Kingsman: The Secret Service”) is Moomintroll and Kate Winslet (“Titanic”) gives voice to Mrs. Fillyjonk.
Warwick Davis (“Harry Potter”) will play Moomintroll’s brother Sniff, and Richard Ayoade (“The It Crowd”) the Ghost. Author Will Self will voice the Muskrat and Akiya Henry (“Bing”) will be Moomin’s girlfriend, Snorkmaiden.
Tove Jansson created the Moomins, which are one of Finland’s biggest cultural exports. Finnish production company Gutsy Animations is making and distributing the new animated series, which will have 3D animated characters on 2D backgrounds.
“Moominvalley” has been developed by the Moomin Characters business, set up by Jansson and his family, and »
- Stewart Clarke
11 September 2017 4:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
An all-star cast has been assembled for the upcoming animated TV series centered on the Moomins, the central characters in a series of hugely popular Scandinavian children’s books,
Rosamund Pike, Taron Egerton, Kate Winslet, Warwick Davis, Matt Berry, Richard Ayoade, Will Self and Akiya Henry will lend their voices to Moominvalley, which is being produced by Finnish studio Gutsy Animations. Steve Box, formerly of Aardman and an Oscar winner for co-directing Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit with Nick Park, will helm.
- Alex Ritman
An odd choice of American studio project from Israeli director — and two-time Oscar foreign-language nominee — Hany Abu-Assad (“Paradise Now,” “Omar”), “The Mountain Between Us” begins with a spectacular disaster, as a private plane crash-lands atop a snow-covered ridge in what’s known as the High Uintas Wilderness in northern Utah. It’s all downhill from there, literally, as Kate Winslet, Idris Elba and the dead pilot’s dog attempt to make their way back to civilization.
Between its beautiful stars and panoramic vistas, this gorgeous-looking Fox production offers plenty of scenery to ogle, but not much else for the brain to do while Winslet and Elba alternately bicker and bond in what amounts to a fairly routine wilderness trek — minus wolves, avalanches, frostbite or any of the challenges that typically make such things interesting. Instead, true to the eminently skimmable novel on which it’s based (Charles Martin writes like a child. In »
- Peter Debruge
In casting news coming out of the Toronto International Film Festival, Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service) has joined the cast of director Matthew Heineman’s (Cartel Land) upcoming drama A Private War.
The film stars Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) as famed war journalist Marie Colvin, and explores Colvin’s assignments in conflict zones such as Chechnya, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka. Egerton is set to play a journalist with a military background who follows Colvin into war zone after war zone.
- Amie Cranswick
9 September 2017 4:15 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter there's no deal at this time. Matthew Heineman is set to direct A Private War, a long-gestating drama about the late Sunday Times war correspondent Marie Colvin, to be played by Pike. The film is being produced by Charlize Theron and Basil Iwanyk via their respective Thunder Road Pictures and Denver & Deliah banners.
The script was adapted by Arash Amel »
- Etan Vlessing
Exclusive: Kingsman: The Golden Circle star Taron Egerton has joined A Private War, the Matthew Heineman-directed drama that stars Rosamund Pike as the famed war journalist Marie Colvin. Produced by Thunder Road's Basil Iwanyk, Kamala Films' Marissa McMahon and Charlize Theron and her Denver & Delilah banner, the drama came in as one of the hot Toronto sales titles. Pike will come to Toronto to launch the Scott Cooper-directed Hostiles on Monday night. Bloom is here… »
Variety Studio, presented by DirecTV and At&T, will return to the Toronto International Film Festival, offering exclusive video interviews with stars and directors ranging from Jennifer Lawrence and George Clooney, to Matt Damon and Emma Stone.
Some of the other actors and filmmakers scheduled to appear at the studio — running from Saturday to Tuesday — include: Christian Bale, Annette Bening, Steve Carell, Javier Bardem, Jessica Chastain, Penélope Cruz, Elle Fanning, Claire Foy, James Franco, Andrew Garfield, Jake Gyllenhaal, Armie Hammer, Diane Kruger, Brie Larson, Kate Mara, Rachel McAdams, Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, Rosamund Pike, Margot Robbie, Vince Vaughn, Alicia Vikander, and Kristen Wiig.
Interviews from the studio, all presented by DirecTV and At&T, will appear only on Variety.com and Variety social media accounts.
The private, invite-only interview lounge will be held at Momofuku Toronto — in the heart of downtown Toronto. Guests will be able to test their film knowledge and play a trivia game to »
- Matt Fernandez
It’s hardly “Heaven’s Gate,” but there’s a similar grandiosity of ambition — and a familiar sense of folly — to Scott Cooper’s “Hostiles,” a $40 million, independently produced, sure-to-be-r-rated Western in a marketplace where even a more broadly appealing oater, like Seth MacFarlane’s tongue-in-cheek “A Million Ways to Die in the West,” can barely earn that kind of money back. But “Hostiles” is no spoof; it’s a deadly serious examination of the strained relationship between white men and Native Americans in this country, one that acknowledges the racism and brutality the U.S. Army showed to frontier tribes, while giving a bigoted cavalry officer played by Christian Bale a chance to redeem himself.
Debuting at the Telluride film festival without a distributor in place, this impressively mounted, intellectually corrupt period piece isn’t your traditional Western, and clearly fancies itself a revisionist take on so many black-and-white us-vs.-them tales, »
- Peter Debruge
The Toronto Film Festival isn’t just an essential stop for Oscar hopefuls. There’s also an active film market that results in plenty of all-night bidding wars. This year, studios and distributors will make the trek across the border, on the hunt for films that can be arthouse hits or awards winners. Here are 12 films that will have companies breaking out their checkbooks.
Hostiles (pictured above)
Sales Agent: WME, CAA (U.S.), Bloom (International)
Director: Scott Cooper
Why Buyers Are Circling: This Western tops the list of distributors making the trip up North, because Bale is one of the few actors who can draw crowds. His last effort with Cooper, the gritty crime drama “Out of the Furnace,” was more admired than watched, but Bale’s involvement guarantees that screenings will be packed. Strong reviews out of Telluride, where it bowed last weekend, will »
- Brent Lang
Hostiles Trailer Scott Cooper‘s Hostiles (2017) teaser trailer stars Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, Peter Mullan, Ben Foster, and Jesse Plemons. Hostiles‘ plot synopsis: “the raw and compelling tale of an embittered and battle-hardened Us Cavalry officer ordered to accompany a Cheyenne war chief and his family back to their tribal lands in Montana. [...]
- Rollo Tomasi
Fresh from its debut at the Telluride Film Festival, Deadline have released the first teaser trailer for the upcoming Christian Bale-led Hostiles. Scott Cooper directs the movie, which revolves around a legendary Army captain who reluctantly agrees to escort a Cheyenne chief and his family through dangerous territory.
Bale is joined by an all-star cast, including Rosamund Pike, Wes Studi, Adam Beach, Ben Foster, Jesse Plemons, Rory Cochrane, and Q’orianka Kilcher. It will feature at this week’s Toronto International Film Festival, which kicks off in Canada tomorrow.
Watch the first Hostiles teaser trailer in the player below.
- Paul Heath
"Understand this - when we lay our heads down out here, we're all prisoners..." To go along with the buzz out of the Telluride Film Festival, the first teaser trailer has arrived for Scott Cooper's new wild west thriller Hostiles. Set in New Mexico in 1892, the film follows a legendary Army captain who reluctantly agrees to escort a Cheyenne war chief and his family through dangerous territory. Christian Bale stars as Captain Joseph J. Blocker, and Wes Studi stars as Yellow Hawk. It's described as a "heroic odyssey of survival" that "becomes a story not about the miles traveled nor the battles fought, but the journey towards respect, reconciliation, and forgiveness." The cast includes Rosamund Pike, Ben Foster, Peter Mullan, Jesse Plemons, Stephen Lang, Q'orianka Kilcher, Timothée Chalamet, and Rory Cochrane. This did get quite a few great reviews at Telluride and plays at Tiff next, so keep an »
- Alex Billington
The independently financed western, which premiered at the 44th Telluride Film Festival, is set in 1892 toward the end of the American government’s systematic decimation of the Native American people. “Hostiles” follows Joseph Blocker (Christian Bale), a retiring Army captain who is ordered to accompany, along with a number of other soldiers under his command, a dying Cheyenne chief (Wes Studi) and his family (Adam Beach, Q’orianka Kilcher and Xavier Horsechief) from New Mexico to Montana.
- Gregory Ellwood
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