THE RIOT CLUB Review | TIFF 2014

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It’s nice to think that we live in a pretty fair world.  Sure humanity is sprawling and varied, but our differences are mostly overcome by a sense of harmony or karma.  It’s nice to think that, but it’s not necessarily true.  Life isn’t fair.  We aren’t all born with equal opportunity.  You can’t be “whatever you want to be” when you grow up.  The fact of the matter is our destiny comes with restrictions based on the circumstances into which we are born.  Location, time period, genetics—these are all factors that determine the ill-defined (but definitely real) limit to our reach, and like it or not, few are more significant than wealth and status.  Director Lone Scherfig’s (An Education) new film, The Riot Club, tackles class and social structure head-on from the eye of the young elite, following the members of a small and extremely exclusive club at the illustrious Oxford University.  The film pulls no punches as it examines class structure from this “soon-to-be ruling class” point of view, and while it verges on going a bit over-the-top, it’s ultimately a winning and infuriatingly familiar story told with vigor, bombast, and debauchery galore.

THE RIOT CLUB Clip Featuring Sam Claflin and Max Irons; Plus THE SOUND AND THE FURY Clip

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Hopefully you’ve had your morning coffee and don’t plan on having a glass of wine for a while now because these new clips from The Sound and the Fury and The Riot Club might make you think twice about drinking either of them.  James Franco’s latest is just days away from its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and has its Toronto International Film Festival screening coming up right after, so the team behind it has unveiled a clip from the film, teasing the intensity we’ve got coming.

We’ve also got Lone Scherfig’s The Riot Club making its way to TIFF for a world premiere.  Even though Joey King and Scott Haze both look like they can get a little nasty in that piece from The Sound and the Fury, the Riot Club clip actually might be tougher to stomach.  Hit the jump to find out why.

Robert Pattinson, Sam Claflin, Douglas Booth, and Max Irons Circling POSH

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An abundance of handsomeness could be in store for director Lone Scherfig’s (An Education) adaptation of Laura Wade‘s stage play PoshThe Daily Mail reports that Robert Pattinson, Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), Douglas Booth (Noah), and Max Irons (The Host) are all in various stages of negotiations to star in the film.  The story centers on a fictional Oxford fraternity called The Riot Club and focuses on two new freshman inductees getting an overview of the club during one night.  The entirety of the story takes place in a private dining room, so it’ll be interesting to see how Scherfig translates the play to the screen.

Irons would take on the lead role in the film, but details regarding the other actors’ parts are unknown.  No one has officially signed on yet, and Pattinson is expected to mull over the script once he wraps The Rover.  As one can imagine, matching up the schedules of four up-and-comers is a bit of a logistical nightmare, so don’t set this cast lineup in stone just yet.

ONE DAY Review

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More than a tale of two people taking too long to realize they should be in a romantic relationship, Lone Scherfig’s One Day mostly succeeds as a story about the ups and downs of a close friendship over the course of twenty years.  I imagine most people have had this kind of relationship, where two people grow closer, grow apart, and change drastically over the, but One Day does a solid job of hitting the emotions associated with that experience.  But the film can’t manage the actual love story as leads Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess never find the intimate chemistry that’s so crucial to the film.

5 Movie Clips from ONE DAY Starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess

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Five clips from Lone Scherfig’s One Day have gone online.  The film tracks one day (July 15th) over twenty years in the relationship between Emma (Anne Hathaway) and Dexter (Jim Sturgess).  I assumed from the trailers that Emma and Dexter only meet for one day every year, but that’s not what happens at all.  The day is a window into their lives and showing how much they both change, come together, and grow apart over the course of two decades.  If you have a friend you’re close to but rarely see or hear from, you’ll want to give them a call after the movie.  Look out for my review of the film next week.

Hit the jump to check out the clips.  One Day opens August 19th.

New Trailer and Images from ONE DAY

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A new trailer for director Lone Scherfig’s (An Education) adaptation of One Day has been released. The film stars Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess, and centers on two friends who continue to meet on July 15th–the anniversary of the day they met at their college graduation–over the course of twenty years. While the first trailer wasn’t great, the international trailer and this new trailer show some promise. I’m intrigued by the story, and Scherfig’s proven her talent behind the camera.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer. One Day hits theaters August 19th.

International Trailer for ONE DAY

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The international trailer for One Day has been released. Directed by Lone Scherfig (An Education), the adaptation of the David Nicholls book stars Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess. While the first U.S. trailer that was released was a little too “Lifetime Original Movie” for my liking, this international trailer seems to give a better feel for how the finished film will be. I’m intrigued by the story, and I’ve been told that Nicholls’ book is fantastic. Hit the jump to watch the international trailer yourself. One Day hits theaters August 19th.

Lone Scherfig’s ONE DAY Pushed Back to August 19th

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Focus Features has rescheduled Lone Scherfig’s romantic drama One Day from July 8th to August 19th.  The film stars Jim Sturgess and Anne Hathaway as friends who continue to meet on July 15th–the anniversary of the day they met at their college graduation–over the course of twenty years.  While Anne Hathaway’s British accent is cringeworthy, I like the story and I dug Scherfig’s previous film, An Education.

One Day will now be going up against major studio films on August 19th: The 3D remake of Fright Night, the 3D remake/reboot of Conan the Barbarian, and Robert Rodriguez’ Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World.  Hit the jump for the official synopsis.

Trailer for ONE DAY Starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess

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The first trailer for One Day has been released. Directed by Lone Scherfig (An Education), the film stars Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess. One Day tells the story of two friends who meet on the night of their college graduation and proceed to meet exactly once each year on July 15 for the next two decades. The trailer looked alright until the banal voice-over came on, then it kind of spiraled into a horrifying train wreck. Still, the premise is interesting enough, and under Scherfig’s direction it could possibly turn out OK. Then again, it could be the next Leap Year.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer. One Day is set to be released on July 8th.

First Posters for ONE DAY and THE CONSPIRATOR

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Focus Features recently moved One Day up to July 8, which I quickly marked on my calendar.  As directed by Lone Scherfig (An Education), Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess are sure to charm in this high-concept romance: two friends who meet on the night of their college graduation and proceed to meet exactly once each year on July 15 for the next two decades.  It sounds very Blue Valentine, and this washed-out One Day poster does not seem concerned with such comparison.

The Conspirator perhaps boasts an even greater pedigree: Robert Redford directs Robin Wright, James McAvoy, Evan Rachel Wood, Tom Wilkinson, and Kevin Kline in the tale of Mary Surratt, the woman who was charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.  View the first posters for both One Day and The Conspirator after the jump.

First Images from JANE EYRE and ONE DAY

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Focus Features has released the first images from director Cary Fukunaga’s (Sin Nombre) Jane Eyre and Lone Scherfig’s (An Education) One Day.  Jane Eyre is based on Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel and it stars Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Bell, Holliday Grainger, Sally Hawkins, Tamzin Merchant, Imogen Poots, and Judi Dench.  One Day is adapted from the internationally praised bestselling novel by David Nicholls and it stars Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess as two people who meet on the night of their college graduation (July 15th, 1988).  “For the next two decades, every July 15th reveals to us how [they] are faring, as their friendship ebbs and flows with the passing of the years.”

Hit the jump for the images and the full synopses.

Focus Features Sets Release Dates for 2011 Films THE EAGLE OF THE NINTH, JANE EYRE, HANNA, and ONE DAY

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Focus Features has announced the release dates for its 2011 films.  The Eagle of the Ninth has been pushed back from September 24th to February 25, 2011.  The film is a Roman epic adventure directed by Kevin Macdonald (State of Play) and starring Channing Tatum of Jamie Bell.  Jane Eyre, directed by Cary Fukunaga (Sin Nombre), has landed the date of March 11, 2011.  Based on Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel, the film stars Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender.  Moving on, the action-thriller Hanna is set for April 8, 2011.  The film stars Saoirse Ronan, Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana with Joe Wright (Atonement) directing.  Finally, One Day, starring Anne Hathaway, will be released in the third quarter of 2011.  The film is directed by Lone Scherfig (An Education).

Hit the jump for the full press release, which includes synopsis for all of the films.

An Education Director Scherfig Lines Up Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess for Romantic Comedy ONE DAY

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An Education director Lone Scherfig will be following up her best picture nominee with the romantic comedy One Day, and she’s about to snag Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess as the film’s two main stars. In a conversation with Comingsoon, producer Nina Jacobson spilled the beans. Here’s exactly what she had to say:

“That is supposed to go this summer in London with Lone Scherfig directing and Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess,” she said, adding that the deals aren’t closed but that the two stars are both attached. “Their deals are being negotiated right now.”

The movie itself will be about Dexter and Emma, two friends who meet during their graduation in 1988 and reunite for one day every year for the next 20. I’m usually not much for rom-coms, but if this one has even an ounce of the charm of An Education, I’m in. And just in case you need any further proof this could be really good, it’s based on the novel by David Nicholls, who wrote both the book and screenplay for the rather criminally underrated Starter for Ten, starring James McAvoy and Rebecca Hall.

A Good Year for Directors Who Aren’t Straight White Men

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The position of director has long been dominated by heterosexual, Caucasian males in Hollywood. For evidence of this, one need only look at the Academy Award for Best Director nominations over first 81 years of the award’s existence. Only three times have female directors received nominations (Lina Wertmüller in 1976, Jane Campion in 1993, and Sofia Coppola in 2003) and only once has an African-American director been nominated (John Singleton in 1991). Homosexual directors have had more luck, with such notable openly gay directors as Rob Marshall, Gus Van Sant, and Pedro Almodovar gaining nominations, while John Schlesinger and George Cukor even won the award. Still, directing in Hollywood is not a particularly diverse game. So it is noteworthy when, as Variety points out, “it’s possible the best-director noms might not include a single English-speaking, Caucasian, straight male”.

For a look at the directors who might instead seize this year’s Oscar nominations, including Kathryn Bigelow, Lee Daniels, Tom Ford, Lone Scherfig, and Rob Marshall, hit the jump.

Director Lone Scherfig Exclusive Video Interview AN EDUCATION

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Opening this Friday is a fantastic film called “An Education”. The movie was written by Nick Hornby and it’s based on the memoir by Lynn Barber. Anyway, it’s a coming-of-age story about a teenage girl (Carey Mulligan) in 1960s suburban London and how her life changes after meeting a man nearly twice her age (Peter Sarsgaard). While the entire cast was great, Carey Mulligan’s performance was another level. Her work is exceptional and I think she’s a lock for getting nominated come awards season. Anyway, I recently say down with director Lone Scherfig and we talked about the challenges of making the movie and a lot more. Watch the interview after the jump:

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