Vanity Fair‘s annual Hollywood Issue is something we look forward. Once again Photographer Annie Leibovitz doesn’t disappointing, bringing together for a group portrait 13 of Hollywood’s most influencial women right now. We get also individual portraits which refreshingly aren’t overly-touched-up and we see women like Helen Mirren, Jane Fonda, Cate Blanchett, Charlotte Rampling, Alicia Vikander, Brie Larson, Jennifer Lawrence and Viola Davis as they really are. Missing interestingly is Amy Schumer? And where is Rooney Mara?
In recent years cinema has seen a upswing in drone-based Movies, some of these titles have played commercial success and the festival circuit while others have been left in the dust of their own destruction. This year is no different as a star-studded cast makes its way to the TIFF ’15 in Eye in The Sky, a drone movie riddled with political ineptitude. The Film does present some very interesting dilemmas and issues surrounding drone based missile attacks, but at the same time the morality question has to be asked as well as is a strike justified if its for the greater good.
In the beginning of the Movie, we meet our hero and protagonist Steve Watts (Aaron Paul) a drone pilot whose mission is to fly over Nairobi, Kenya to track and capture three on the FBI/CIA’s most wanted list in Kenya. However, when thinks take a quick turn from a capture mission to a kill mission Colonel Katherine Powell (Helen Mirren) is faced with nothing but difficulty from the English government lead by Lieutenant General Frank Benson (Alan Rickman) whose colleagues cannot make up their mind and consistently request it to be sent up for approval. With seconds literally ticking on the clock before mass casualties can occur, the thrill ride is keeping audiences constantly at the edge of their seats.
Aaron Paul who has proven he can be very good at persuasion in Breaking Bad is at it again with an incredible performance, not to be outdone by seasoned veterans Helen Mirren or Alan Rickman whom both are absolutely remarkable as well. Rickman who plays the seriously irritated and jaded lieutenant general, also provides some of the much needed light comic relief in the Film.
eOne Films’ Eye in The Sky premieres at TIFF on Friday September 11th at 6:30 pm at Roy Thomson Hall and again at a second screening on Saturday September 12th at 11:15 am at Isabel Bader.
Food and Drama together? Sign me up for that! Production officially has begun in southwest France on the Culinary-Drama, The Hundred-Foot Journey. The Film, adapted from the Novel by Richard C. Morais, is from Participant Media and DreamWorks Studios.
In the starring role of Madame Mallory is Academy Award-Winner Helen Mirren with a Supporting Cast which includes Manish Dayal, Charlotte Le Bon and Om Puri. The Film is produced by Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey and Juliet Blake, while Academy Award-nominated Lasse Hallström directs.
In The Hundred-Foot Journey, Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. Displaced from their native India, the Kadam family, led by Papa (Om Puri), settles in the quaint Village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. Filled with charm, it is both picturesque and elegant – the ideal place to settle down and open an Indian restaurant, the Maison Mumbai. That is, until the chilly Chef Proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin-starred, classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren), gets wind of it. Her icy protests against the new Indian restaurant a hundred feet from her own escalate to all out war between the two establishments – until Hassan’s passion for French haute cuisine and for Mme. Mallory’s enchanting Sous Chef, Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon), combine with his mysteriously delicious talent to weave magic between their two cultures and imbue Saint-Antonin with the flavors of life that even Mme. Mallory cannot ignore. At first Mme. Mallory‘s culinary Rival, she eventually recognizes Hassan‘s gift as a Chef and takes him under her wing.
Everything about this sounds absolutely delightful and the only one thing upsetting is that this premieres before TIFF ’14, meaning it won’t have a chance of premiering here next September!
The Hundred-Foot Journey hits theatres August 8, 2014.
I am elated that Fox Searchlight Canada and Mr. Will Wong would like to give Readers a chance to win a Double Pass for a Movie which personally I am beyond excited to see! HITCHCOCK is a Love Story about one of the most influential Filmmakers of the last Century, Alfred Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins) and his Wife and Partner Alma Reville (Helen Mirren). The Film takes place during the making of Hitchcock’s seminal Movie Psycho. Directed by Sacha Gervasi, Hitchcock stars also Jessica Biel, Scarlett Johansson, James D’Arcy, Danny Huston and Toni Collette.
Release Dates are as follows: Friday, November 23, 2012 – Toronto, Friday, November 30, 2012 – Vancouver and Friday, December 7, 2012 – Calgary. Although Screening Venues and Times are still to be confirmed, they will be taking place the same respective week of release for each City listed.
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“I’m just a Man hiding in a corner… with a Camera”.
Oscar, we have a Dark Horse. Entertainment Weekly gets the first glimpse at Hitchcock and today from Fox Searchlight, we get a look at the first official Poster and Trailer for the Biopic about one of the most iconic Filmmakers of all time. The Film is set around the making of Psycho and focuses on the Love Story between Alfred Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins) and his Wife, Alma Reville (Helen Mirren).
Director Sacha Gervasi tells EW a little about Hitchcock in this Film stating, “Hitch lived in this world of fantasy; to him it was more real than real life. And I think Alma was able to kind of, in this film at least, smash it down a little bit”. This will be Gervasi‘s first time helming a Feature Film, after dabbling in Screenwriting with 2004’s The Terminal and 2010’s Henry’s Crime. Read more here.
Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Biel, Ralph Macchio, James D’Arcy and Toni Collette round-out a superb Cast.
Watch this brand-new Trailer below:
Fox Searchlight’s Hitchcock opens November 23, 2012 in Limited Release, expanding in weeks following.