9 items from 2014
Reteaming director Isabel Coixet with her Elegy stars Patricia Clarkson and Ben Kingsley, Learning to Drive is an adaptation of Katha Pollit’s 2002 New Yorker essay about a Manhattan writer (Clarkson), facing a sudden break-up, who gains wisdom from a driving instructor (here a Sikh played by Ben Kingsley) going through his own relationship evolution. It’s Coixet’s eight film, and below she answers questions about the process of adaptation, her interest in intimacy and the challenge of shooting in moving vehicles. A world premiere, Learning to Drive screens at the Toronto International Film Festival on Tuesday, September 9. Filmmaker: Your […] »
- Scott Macaulay
Jennifer Connelly has come aboard to play the female lead opposite Ewan McGregor in American Pastoral, director Phillip Noyce's adaptation of Philip Roth’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Connelly will play Dawn, the wife of Seymour "Swede" Levov, McGregor's character. The project marks Lakeshore Entertainment’s third Roth adaptation, following The Human Stain and Elegy. Lakeshore's Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi are producing American Pastoral. “Jennifer Connelly is one of the great actresses of our time,” said Rosenberg. “We always wanted her to play Dawn in American Pastoral and we’re thrilled to be working with her." The story follows a
- Pamela McClintock
With “Breaking Bad” over for almost a year and “Mad Men” winding down, “Game of Thrones” has officially clinched the title of “Everyone’s Favorite Show That No One WIll Stop Talking About,” though it could be said the show took the lead in the wake of the infamous “The Rains of Castamere” episode. The fantasy epic's popularity has afforded some members of the large ensemble opportunities to stretch their legs outside of Westeros. The latest to venture outside that brutal land? None other than Sansa Stark, Sophie Turner, courtesy of a new trailer indicating her new project. Following this year’s “Enemy” and “The Double” comes “Elegy” director Isabel Coixet’s “Another Me.” The new film follows Turner as the teenaged Fay, whose perfect life is upended when she’s stalked by a mysterious doppelganger who has her eyes set on assuming Fay’s identity. The trailer involves more »
- Cain Rodriguez
The Game of Thrones actress portrays Fay, a teenager who has the sneaking suspicion that she is being followed by a dark force.
Matt Edmondson raps Game of Moans with Sansa Stark - watch video
Fay's school classes, photography trips and rendezvous with her boyfriend (Gregg Sulkin) all seem to be observed by someone who looks exactly like her.
Another Me is expected to open later this year. »
Here we are, at the top of the mountain. We’ve had plenty from every war imaginable, some supportive of war efforts, some not. But the more interesting war films really focus on the people; the internal struggles those men and women have about what they are doing. Whether made in America, Germany, the United Kingdom, or anywhere else, war is not just a battle between good and evil. It’s a life and death struggle between opposing sides that may not be that different. The movies at the top of this list may be subtle or straightforward, but each of them is a clear snapshot that lets audiences see what it means to fight, so they don’t have to.
10. Paths of Glory (1957)
Directed by: Stanley Kurbick
Conflict: World War I
- Joshua Gaul
Ewan McGregor is to get his gums around an American accent again as he takes the lead in American Pastoral, an adaptation of Philip Roth’s 1997 novel. McGregor will play Seymour “Swede” Levov, a Jewish businessman whose successful career is derailed by the revolutionary activities of his daughter during the Vietnam War. Though a period piece examining the attitudes of the time, the narrative also goes back and forth in recent history, so plenty for the actor and director Philip Noyce (Rabbit-proof Fence) to work with here.
Lakeshore Entertainment are producing, having brought two previous Roth tomes to the screen, The Human Stain with Anthony Hopkins and Nicole Kidman and Elegy with Penelope Cruz and Sir Ben Kingsley. Neither set the box office ablaze, so expect another complex and intelligent effort that will hopefully navigate that tricky path between honouring the book and creating something cinematic. John Romano (The Lincoln Lawyer) is writing the script. »
- Steve Palace
Ewan McGregor will star in American Pastoral, which Phillip Noyce is directing. John Romano (The Lincoln Lawyer) adapted the screenplay based on Philip Roth’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Filming is scheduled for March 2015 in Pittsburgh. Photos 'Star Wars' Actors: Then and Now The project marks Lakeshore Entertainment’s third Roth adaptation, following The Human Stain and Elegy. Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi are producing American Pastoral. The story follows Seymour “Swede” Levov, a former high school athlete who grows up to marry a former beauty queen and inherits his father’s business. His seemingly perfect life shatters when his daughter rebels
- Rebecca Ford
The story follows Seymour “Swede” Levov, a legendary high school athlete who has a seemingly perfect life after he marries a former beauty queen and inherits his father’s business. His life shatters when his daughter commits a deadly act of political terrorism during the Vietnam War.
“Phillip Noyce is an exceptionally talented filmmaker and we’re excited to see him »
- Dave McNary
McGregor will take on the starring role of Seymour 'Swede' Levov, a blonde Jewish businessman living in Newark, New Jersey, whose ordinary life is disturbed by the chaos of the 1960s under the presidency of JFK's successor Lyndon B Johnson.
The Lincoln Lawyer writer John Romero wrote the script for the long-gestating project.
Noyce's The Giver will be released in the summer.
American Pastoral will begin shooting in early 2015. »
9 items from 2014
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