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Reese Witherspoon is sharing pictures at the Telluride Film Festival.
The caption on this photo says, "Celebrating #WILDmovie with Laura Dern @oprah @cherylstrayed #sograteful #someonepinchme."
Wild is based on the best-selling nonfiction book by Cheyl Strayed about her decision to hike more than a thousand miles on the Pacific Crest Trail all on her own after years of destructive behavior.
Witherspoon plays the role of Strayed, and she also co-produced the film. According to Variety, the pre-screening buzz from the festival is gaining the actress some serious attention, "She offers a tour de force performance that moves her solidly into the Oscar race in the best actress category."
Back in 2006, Reese won an Academy Award for best »
Cheryl Strayed’s heartrending 2012 account of her 1,100-mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail presented no shortage of obstacles en route to the bigscreen, not least in the way it used the great outdoors as the backdrop for a resolutely interior journey. But director Jean-Marc Vallee, screenwriter Nick Hornby and star-producer Reese Witherspoon have met the challenge head-on with imperfect but rewarding results in “Wild,” that represents a fine addition to the recent bumper crop of bigscreen survival stories. Resting squarely on Witherspoon’s sturdy shoulders (along with the back-crushing backpack she carts around throughout), the Fox Searchlight release should be admiringly received by critics and arthouse audiences come Dec. 5.
Still, the film could face some competition from John Curran’s equally accomplished “Tracks” (set to open Sept. 19 Stateside), this year’s other adaptation of a bestselling woman-in-the-wilderness memoir, and it remains to be seen whether it can improve on »
- Justin Chang
Telluride, Colo. — Fox Searchlight’s world premiere of “Wild,” starring Reese Witherspoon, kicked off the 41st Telluride Film Festival on Friday, screening to a packed Chuck Jones theater audience that included Witherspoon, co-star Laura Dern, director Jean-Marc Vallee and surprise guest Oprah Winfrey.
The pre-screening buzz on the adventure drama was all about Witherspoon. It was deserved: she offers a tour de force performance that moves her solidly into the Oscar race in the best actress category, where she last won in 2006 for “Walk the Line.” But the film should compete in many other categories, including supporting actress for Dern, who plays Witherspoon’s mother.
See Also: Photos from Telluride Film Festival’s Opening Day
Vallee, who last directed “Dallas Buyers Club,” easily »
- Tim Gray
A year after helming "Dallas Buyers Club," which won Oscars for both Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto, Jean-Marc Vallee returns with "Wild," another true-life story about overcoming adversity. Oscar champ Reese Witherspoon ("Walk the Line") plays Cheryl Strayed who makes a rash decision, after years of reckless behavior, a heroin addiction and the destruction of her marriage. Haunted by memories of her mother Bobbi (Laura Dern) and with absolutely no experience, she sets out to hike more than a thousand miles on the Pacific Crest Trail all on her own. -Break- It is never too early to dish the Oscars Join the red-hot debate in our fiery forums right now The Fox Searchlight title had its world premiere at the Telluride film festival on Friday in the prestigious Patrons Preview slot, which went to eventual Oscar champ "Argo" two years ago. The studio did well when it launched " »
The Telluride Film Festival got started with a bang this afternoon — with a special Patrons screening in front of Friday night’s official launch — as Fox Searchlight’s December release Wild had its World Premiere and first-ever public screening. The best-selling nonfiction book by Cheryl Strayed about her hike across the 1,100 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail has been turned into a beautifully crafted cinematic journey by director Jean-Marc Vallee (Dallas Buyers Club). Reese Witherspoon, who also co-produced, delivers her best screen work since her Oscar-winning turn in Walk The Line, and this three-dimensional portrayal of a woman searching for herself — after a disastrous divorce, the death of her beloved mother (perfectly played by Laura Dern), sexual promiscuity, drugs and a stint on the streets — is certain to put her back in the thick of the Best Actress race this year. It’s a whale of a tale and a great role. »
- Pete Hammond
Telluride — There is a moment near the end of "Wild" where Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon) runs into a young boy and his grandmother out on a weekend hike. Strayed has walked hundreds of miles on the Pacific Crest Trail in an attempt to deal with personal, emotional pain that has plagued her most of her young adult life. After learning of Strayed's heartbreaks the young boy (Evan O'Toole) sings her the song "Red River Valley." In the hands of a lesser director this scene could have been overly saccharine and misplaced. But director Jean-Marc Vallée makes it as artful and touching as it needs to be. Clearly, we should not have doubted him. Vallée was one of the main creative forces of "Dallas Buyers Club," but did not earn a Best Director Oscar nod. Instead, he made due with an editing nomination. This was disheartening in some respects because there »
- Gregory Ellwood
As we look in the rearview mirror of the summer blockbusters, September heralds the start of the fall movie season. Filled with Hollywood heavyweights and A-listers, here’s our Big list of the most anticipated movies coming to cinemas this autumn and during the holidays.
Our exhaustive list includes films that are playing at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival as well the ones that already have a theatrical release date. With the awards season on the horizon, we also added a few bonus films at the end to keep your eye out for in the months ahead.
Pull up a chair, grab a pen and paper and get ready for Wamg’s Guide to the 100+ Films This Fall And Holiday Season.
We kick it off with what’s showing in Toronto at the film festival that runs September 4 – 14.
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(Cbr) Joaquin Phoenix is rumored to be in final negotiations for the lead role in "Doctor Strange." Collider reports that three-time Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix is currently in final negotiations to star in Marvel Studios' "Doctor Strange" film. Phoenix was rumored to be in negotiations for the role as recently as July, but this is the first report of a deal getting to the final stages for the starring role of the upcoming Marvel film. His previous credits include "Gladiator," "Walk the Line," "Her," "The Master" and more -- he was also approached by Warner Bros. to play Lex Luthor in "Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice." The character was teased as recently as "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," when Agent Jasper Sitwell called out "Stephen Strange" as one of the people of interest that Hydra might target to preemptively strike out at. When discussing the call-out with Cbr News in April, »
- Steve Sunu, Comic Book Resources
Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox, the film will debut at the Telluride Film Festival today (Aug 29) before screening at Toronto on Sept 8. It will be released in the Us on Dec 5.
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The three-time Oscar nominee for Gladiator, Walk the Line, and The Master has been mentioned before as one of the contenders for the role of Dr. Stephen Strange, but Collider reported today that Phoenix is in final talks and sources close to the film confirm to EW he is their top choice for the role.
Marvel did not immediately respond to request for official comment, but studio president Kevin Feige has long talked »
- Anthony Breznican
We’ve already seen a couple of images of Joaquin Phoenix (The Master) and Josh Brolin (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For) in Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film Inherent Vice [see here and here], and now we have our first look at Brolin’s Guardians of the Galaxy co-star Benicio Del Toro alongside the duo courtesy of the latest issue of Empire…
Inherent Vice is set to premiere at the New York Film Festival in October ahead of a U.S. release on January 9th 2015 and a UK release on January 30th 2015. Also featuring in the cast are Owen Wilson (The Internship), Katherine Waterston (The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby), Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line), Jena Malone (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight), Martin Short (Damages), Jeannie Berlin (The Heartbreak Kid), Maya Rudolph (Saturday Night Live) and Michael K. Williams (Boardwalk Empire).
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- Gary Collinson
Earlier in the week we got our first look at Joaquin Phoenix (The Master) and Josh Brolin (Oldboy) in Paul Thomas Anderon’s next film Inherent Vice, and now we have a new image of Phoenix as private investigator Larry “Doc” Sportello…
Based on Thomas Pynchon’s book, Inherent Vice sees Phoenix investigating the disappearance of an old flame’s boyfriend. Also featuring in the cast are Owen Wilson (The Internship), Katherine Waterston (The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby), Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line), Benicio Del Toro (Guardians of the Galaxy), Jena Malone (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight), Martin Short (Damages), Jeannie Berlin (The Heartbreak Kid), Maya Rudolph (Saturday Night Live) and Michael K. Williams (Boardwalk Empire).
Inherent Vice is set to premiere at the New York Film Festival in October ahead of a U.S. release on January 9th 2015 and a UK release on January »
- Gary Collinson
Healthy, even heated competition between film festivals is nothing new. Cannes was founded in the late ’30s as the French response to Venice. In recent years, Shanghai has felt the heat from the government-backed Beijing, while both SXSW and Tribeca have sought to position themselves as viable alternatives to Sundance.
Rarely, however, have such tensions spiked quite so visibly, or with such high stakes involved, as in the case of Telluride and Toronto.
Nestled deep in the Rocky Mountains, the 41-year-old Telluride Film Festival is an intimate four-day affair that screens a highly selective program for Hollywood elites and deep-pocketed movie buffs. The 39-year-old Toronto Film Festival is an 11-day press and industry behemoth, Byzantine in its complexity and Canadian in its efficiency, which unspools about 300 features and attracts journalists, publicists, filmmakers and dealmakers from all over the world. Two very different events, forced by the vagaries of art, commerce »
- Justin Chang
The Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) is coming up fast, but organizers are still putting final touches on the festival’s impressive lineup. Highlights of today’s newly announced titles include the world premiere of the anticipated Bill Murray starrer St. Vincent, for which the actor is tipped to garner awards buzz, and Palme D’Or winner Winter Sleep‘s North American debut.
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Denzel Washington is one of the film world’s most prominent leading men, known best for his galvanizing portrayals of both real-life figures (Malcolm X, The Hurricane, American Gangster) and fictional characters (Philadelphia, Devil in a Blue Dress, Flight). Washington returns to the Festival starring in The Equalizer, an intense thriller that reunites him with director Antoine Fuqua (Brooklyn’s Finest, Shooter, Olympus Has Fallen) for the first time since their Oscar-winning collaboration on Training Day. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we’ve got our first look at Josh Brolin (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Joaquin Phoenix (The Master) in Inherent Vice, the latest offering from acclaimed filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson. Take a look…
Inherent Vice is based upon the book of the same name by Thomas Pynchon and centres on P.I. Larry “Doc” Sportello (Phoenix) as he investigates the disappaearance of an ex-girlfriend’s boyfriend in 1970s Los Angeles. Brolin plays Lapd detective Christian “Bigfoot” Bjornson, while the cast also includes Owen Wilson (The Internship), Katherine Waterston (The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby), Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line), Benicio Del Toro (Guardians of the Galaxy), Jena Malone (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight), Martin Short (Damages), Jeannie Berlin (The Heartbreak Kid), Maya Rudolph (Saturday Night Live) and Michael K. Williams (Boardwalk Empire). The film is set to premiere at the New York Film »
- Gary Collinson
Let the vacation fun continue! As summer begins to wind down, Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon is enjoying every last minute of the warm weather while vacationing in beautiful Italy. The Walk the Line actress was spotted on a luxurious boat late last week where she soaked up some serious rays. Wearing a cleavage-baring one-piece swimsuit, the 38-year-old mother of three looked to be in fantastic shape as she snapped pictures of her friends in the water. Witherspoon has been capturing her memorable vacation moments on Instagram throughout the past week. Whether enjoying a ride across the ocean blue water or eating delicious fish and seafood, the actress' vacay looks nothing short of »
Reese Witherspoon is officially having more fun than you. The Oscar winner, 38, was caught on video whooping it up at a wedding at Taverna Anema e Core in Capri, Italy, on Wednesday, Aug. 13, and it's pretty much amazing. In the footage, which was obtained first by TMZ, the Walk the Line actress busts some serious moves while holding a glass of champagne and rocking out to "I Will Survive." Wearing an ombre purple and white dress, Witherspoon's moves consisted of throwing up an invisible lasso to [...] »
‘Camp X-Ray’ trailer 2014: Kristen Stewart and Payman Maadi in Guantanamo’s ‘war zone’ (photo: Kristen Stewart in ‘Camp X-Ray’) The official Camp X-Ray trailer is out. "Make no mistake about it. This is a war zone," a male voice tells the recruits (and us) at the start of the movie trailer, set in Guantanamo’s temporary detention center Camp X-Ray. A "war zone" in more ways than one; he’s referring not only to the physical danger faced by the U.S. military guards (and their Muslim prisoners — or rather, "detainees"), but also, and more ominously, to a war of minds and mindsets between the two groups, who may have more in common with each other than is apparent on the surface. Private Amy Cole aka Kristen Stewart is forewarned: "You can talk to ‘em, but do not let these guys learn anything about you. Do not let them get inside your head. »
- Andre Soares
Michael has joined Nathaniel on weekend review duties so you get two. Here he is on Get On Up...
The opening scenes of Get On Up are so loose and dynamic they give the viewer reason to hope that Tate Taylor’s take on James Brown’s life story sidestepped the pitfalls that trap so many musical biopics. The film shuffles back and forth through Brown’s life with such breathless energy it’s as if the screenplay itself is possessed by the spirit of Soul Brother No. 1. It’s exhilarating, but the thrill dissipates quickly when it becomes clear that underneath the exploded chronology and the surface razzmatazz, Taylor’s film is operating from the same old biopic playbook. It turns out Get On Up is as square as the squarest prestige Oscar grab, right down to the dumb trope of pinning all of the star’s self-destructive behavior to a childhood trauma. »
- Michael C.
Marvel’s got a new star (or five) in its roster: Guardians of the Galaxy launched to an estimated $94 million this weekend in 4,080 theaters, setting a new record for an August debut. (The previous winner was 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum, with $69.3 million.) That’s the third biggest opening of 2014 so far, behind Transformers: Age of Extinction ($100 million) and Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($95 million). It’s also the seventh best opening in history for a non-sequel (or sixth if you count Marvel’s The Avengers as a mega-sequel), outpacing other superhero series debuts such as 2011’s Thor ($65.7 million »
- Adam Markovitz
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