Jude Law Talks ANNA KARENINA, Working with Director Joe Wright, and SHERLOCK HOLMES 3

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Opening tomorrow is director Joe Wright’s adaptation of the classic Leo Tolstoy novel Anna Karenina.  The film takes place in late 19th century Russian society and stars Keira Knightley as an adulterer who questions her happiness.  In true Wright fashion, this isn’t exactly a straightforward adaptation; the director has set much of the film in a lush theater that uses over 100 interconnected sets to allow the action to move fluidly through a door and into a separate setting entirely.  The film also stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Matthew Macfadyen, Kelly Macdonald, Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, and Olivia Williams.  For more on Anna Karenina, here’s Matt’s review, five clips, and all our previous coverage.

At the press day, I spoke to Jude Law.  We talked about what it was like to collaborate with Joe Wright and his unique camera angles, how he found out Wright wanted to tell the story in an unconventional way, the status of the 3rd Sherlock Holmes movie with Robert Downey Jr., and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Keira Knightley Talks ANNA KARENINA, Director Joe Wright’s Bold Vision, Moving Away from Dark Period Pieces, JACK RYAN, and More

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Keira Knightley plays the title character in Anna Karenina, director Joe Wright’s bold, new romantic drama adaptation of the epic Tolstoy story of forbidden love set in 1874 Imperial Russia.  The film, which opens in theaters on November 16th, marks the acclaimed director’s third collaboration with the Academy Award-nominated actress and also stars Jude Law and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.

At the film’s Los Angeles press day, Knightley talked about what drew her to the project, what about Wright’s vision made it stand out for her, why she saw Anna Karenina as a terrifying character, how she worked with the other actresses to create the impressive on-screen chemistry for the film’s female relationships, how her costumes played a pivotal role in telling her character’s story, why her film choices are all about story rather than where or when it’s set, and how she likes period, sci-fi and fantasy films as a dramatic tool.  She also explained why she decided to move away from darker period pieces and do more contemporary films that are pure entertainment including the recently completed music drama, Can a Song Save Your Life?, and the large scale Tom Clancy thriller, Jack Ryan, directed by Kenneth Branagh, in which she stars opposite Chris Pine.  Hit the jump to read the full interview.

Keira Knightley Talks ANNA KARENINA, Working with Director Joe Wright, and JACK RYAN

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Opening this Friday is director Joe Wright’s adaptation of the classic Leo Tolstoy novel Anna Karenina.  The film takes place in late 19th century Russian society and stars Keira Knightley as an adulterer who questions her happiness.  In true Wright fashion, this isn’t exactly a straightforward adaptation; the director has set much of the film in a lush theater that uses over 100 interconnected sets to allow the action to move fluidly through a door and into a separate setting entirely.  The film also stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Matthew Macfadyen, Kelly Macdonald, Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, and Olivia Williams.  For more on Anna Karenina, here’s Matt’s review, five clips, and all our previous coverage.

At the press day for the film, I spoke to Keira Knightley.  We talked about her working relationship with Joe Wright (they’ve previously made Atonement and Pride & Prejudice), how she found out Wright wanted to tell the story in an unconventional way, her love of doing long takes, and why she wanted to do Kenneth Branagh‘s Jack Ryan.  Hit the jump to watch.

5 Clips from Joe Wright’s ANNA KARENINA Starring Keira Knightley, Jude Law, and Aaron Johnson

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Five clips from director Joe Wright’s adaptation of the classic Leo Tolstoy novel Anna Karenina have been released.  The film takes place in late 19th century Russian society and stars Keira Knightley as an adulterer who questions her happiness.  In true Wright fashion, this isn’t exactly a straightforward adaptation; the director has set much of the film in a lush theater that uses over 100 interconnected sets to allow the action to move fluidly through a door and into a separate setting entirely.  Early word has praised the gorgeous framing device, and it should be fun to take it all in when the pic hits theaters later this month.

Hit the jump to watch the clips.  The film also stars Matthew Macfadyen, Kelly Macdonald, Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, and Olivia WilliamsAnna Karenina opens on November 16th.

8 New Posters Highlight the Many Loves of ANNA KARENINA

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Focus Features has released eight posters for Joe Wright‘s Anna Karenina.  Each poster highlights a different kind of love featured in the movie, although some of them are a bit redundant like the “forbidden love” and “scandalous love” between Anna (Keira Knightley) and Vronsky (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) or the “pure love” and “romantic love” between Levin (Domhnall Gleeson) and Kitty (Alicia Vikander).  Adjectives aside, Anna Karenina is a big, bold romance film, and while I wasn’t completely taken with it, I talked to plenty of people at TIFF who were.

Hit the jump to check out the posters.  The film also stars Jude Law, Matthew Macfadyen, Kelly Macdonald, and Olivia WilliamsAnna Karenina opens November 16th.

Three New TV Spots for ANNA KARENINA Starring Keira Knightley, Jude Law, and Aaron Johnson

by     Posted 2 years, 48 days ago

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Three new TV spots for director Joe Wright’s (Hanna, Pride & Prejudice) adaptation of the Leo Tolstoy classic Anna Karenina have landed online.  The romance pic stars Keira Knightley as an adulterer who questions her happiness, and Wright has boldly chosen to set most of the film’s action inside a rundown theater with over 100 interconnected sets that allow the action to move fluidly through a door and into a separate setting entirely.  The stunning visuals are on full display in these TV spots, highlighting the gorgeous settings in which Knightley, Jude Law, and Aaron Johnson interact.

Hit the jump to check out the TV spots, and click here to read Matt’s review of the film from the Toronto Film Festival.  The pic also stars Kelly Macdonald, Olivia Williams, Matthew Macfadyen and Domnhall GleesonAnna Karenina opens on November 9th.

TIFF 2012: ANNA KARENINA Review

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Joe Wright is a gifted director.  His direction is daring, inventive, captivating, and unforgettable.  But that doesn’t make him a great director.  A great director finds a way to take the material he’s given and bring it to its maximum potential.  Joe Wright doesn’t elevate his movies; he exceeds them.  Pride and Prejudice and Hanna are marvelous, but Atonement and The Soloist are terrible.  Granted, any director can only do so much with a script he’s given, but Wright seems content to leave his poor stories in the dust so that we can sit in awe at his bold direction like the long take of Dunkirk in Atonement or the musical colors in The Soloist.  In his new film, Anna Karenina, Wright has once again blown past his story by using a melodrama to wrap his fascinating framing device rather than the other way around.  Anna Karenina is a wonder to behold, but it leaves you wondering what you’re holding.

New Images from RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4, LES MIS, LOOPER, RED DAWN, FLIGHT and Many More!

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We’ve got a lot of images from the upcoming slate of late-2012 films:

  • Paranormal Activity 4, directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, opens October 19th.
  • The Impossiblestarring Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts, opens October 11th.
  • Flightstarring Denzel Washington and John Goodman, opens November 2nd.
  • Not Fade Awayfrom writer/director David Chase, stars John Magaro, Will Brill and Jack Huston and opens December 21st.
  • Les Miserables, starring Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe and Amanda Seyfried, opens December 14th.
  • Anna Kareninastarring Keira Knightley, Jude Law and Aaron Johnson, opens September 7th.
  • Resident Evil: Retributionstarring Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez and Sienna Guillory, opens September 14th.

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses, including a full second page featuring featuring Looper, This Must Be the Place, The Man with the Iron FistsWreck-It Ralph, Frankenweenie, Red Dawn, and Chasing Mavericks.

Poster Round-Up: ANNA KARENINA, KILLING THEM SOFTLY, TAKEN 2, DEADFALL, and BUTTER

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We’ve got quite a few new posters to share this afternoon.  Briefly:

  • Anna Karenina – A trio of character posters for director Joe Wright’s (Hanna) adaptation of the classic romance novel feature stars Keira Knightley, Jude Law, and Aaron Johnson.  The film opens on November 16th.
  • Killing Them Softly – This UK poster for Andrew Dominik’s (The Assassination of Jesse James) crime drama is magnificently patriotic, with a gun-wielding Brad Pitt front and center.  The film opens on October 19th.
  • Taken 2 – The UK poster for the Liam Neeson-fronted sequel is fairly simple, but you don’t really need anything besides Neeson and the film’s title to sell tickets.  The pic opens on October 5th.
  • Deadfall – The Brazilian poster for this thriller starring Eric Bana and Olivia Wilde.  The film opens on December 7th.
  • Butter – A straightforward poster for this film about the world of competitive butter-carving, starring Jennifer Garner, Olivia Wilde, Rob Corddry, and Hugh Jackman.  The film opens on October 5th.

Hit the jump to check out all the posters.

New Images from LAWLESS and ANNA KARENINA

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Some new images from two promising fall releases have surfaced.  First up is new images from director John Hillcoat’s (The Road) prohibition-era drama Lawless.  The film stars Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, and Jason Clarke as three brothers who became bootleggers in the South during Prohibition.  I caught the film at Comic-Con and thought it was great.  The violence is brutal and hard-hitting, but the film is grounded with engaging characters and bits of dark humor.  Moreover, Guy Pearce is terrifying as a corrupt FBI agent who’s obsessed with bringing the Bondurant brothers down.  Lawless opens on August 31st, and I highly recommend checking it out.

Additionally, we’ve got a couple of new images from director Joe Wright’s (Hanna) adaptation of the classic Leo Tolstoy novel Anna KareninaKeira Knightley, Jude Law and Aaron Johnson star in this visually impressive period pic that’s definitely high on my list of anticipated fall titles.  Anna Karenina opens on November 16th.  Hit the jump to check out all the images.

Release Date Shuffle: SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS Moves Up to October 12, ANNA KARENINA Shifted to November 16, and GAMBIT Pushed to Winter 2013

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A few release dates have been shifted for some promising upcoming pics.  Briefly:

  • Director Martin McDonagh’s (In Bruges) dark comedy Seven Psychopaths, starring Colin Farrell, has been moved up a month to October 12th.
  • Joe Wright’s (Hanna) adaptation of the classic tome Anna Karenina, starring Keira Knightley, has been pushed back slightly to November 16th.
  • The remake of Gambit, starring Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz, has been pushed to an unspecified date in Winter 2013.

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New Images From Ben Affleck’s ARGO, Robert Redford’s THE COMPANY YOU KEEP, Joe Wright’s ANNA KARENINA and Jin-ho Hur’s DANGEROUS LIAISONS

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Continuing our assault of new movie images from this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, in this grouping we’ve got the new films from Joe Wright, Ben Affleck, Robert Redford and Jin-ho Hur.

  • Anna Karenina (directed by Joe Wright) Stars Keira Knightley, Jude Law and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
  • Argo (directed by Ben Affleck) stars Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman and Kyle Chandler.
  • The Company You Keep (directed by Robert Redford) stars Redford, Shia LaBeouf, Susan Sarandon, Terrence Howard, Anna Kendrick, Stanley Tucci, Chris Cooper and Nick Nolte.
  • Dangerous Liaisons (directed by Jin-ho Hur) stars Cecilia Cheung, Dong-gun Jang and Zhang Ziyi.

Hit the jump for the images and synopses.

Line-Up for 2012 Toronto International Film Festival Announced; Includes LOOPER, CLOUD ATLAS, ARGO, TO THE WONDER, and More

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The line-up for this year’s Toronto International Film Festival has been announced and it is a doozy.  The festival will play host to some of the year’s biggest world premieres including Rian Johnson‘s Looper (which will be the festival’s opening night film), The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer‘s Cloud Atlas, Ben Affleck‘s Argo, David O. Russell‘s The Silver Linings Playbook, Derek Cianfrance‘s The Place Beyond the Pines, Joss Whedon‘s Much Ado About Nothing, Noah Baumbach‘s Frances Ha, and Neil Jordan‘s Byzantium.  Films making their International/North American debuts (which means that they’ll like show up at the Venice Film Festival first) include Terrence Malick‘s To the Wonder, Joe Wright‘s Anna Karenina, Robert Redford‘s The Company You Keep, and Billy Bob Thornton‘s Jayne Mansfield’s Car.

Hit the jump for the first wave of announced films.  The 2012 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 6 – 16th.

Dazzling First 6-Minute Clip from Joe Wright’s ANNA KARENINA Starring Keira Knightley, Jude Law, and Aaron Johnson

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Though the involvement of director Joe Wright (Hanna, Pride and Prejudice) ensured that the upcoming adaptation of Leo Tolstoy‘s Anna Karenina would be anything other than your typical period romance, the first trailer gave us a peek at Wright’s truly ambitious vision for the film.  A 6-minute clip has now landed online, with Wright’s introduction explaining how they filmed most of the drama inside a rundown theater with over 100 interconnected sets allowing for the action to move fluidly through a door and into a separate setting entirely—anything from a Russian landscape to a horse training ground.  This clip highlights some of that fluidity Wright was talking about, anchored by promising performances from Keira Knightley, Jude Law, and Aaron Johnson.

Hit the jump to watch the clip.  Anna Karenina opens on November 9th.

New Posters for ANNA KARENINA, THE IMPOSSIBLE, PARANORMAN, and HELLO I MUST BE GOING

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A batch of new posters have landed online.  Briefly:

  • A new poster for director Joe Wright’s (Hanna) adaptation of Anna Karenina.  The visually stirring period pic stars Keira Knightley, Jude Law, and Aaron Johnson.  The film opens on November 9th.
  • Two Spanish posters for The Impossible, the English-language debut of director Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage), have gone online.  The film centers on the events surrounding the Tsunami of 2004 and stars Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor.  The film opens on
  • An international poster for the stop-motion animated film ParaNorman, featuring the voices of Kodi Smit-McPhee, Casey Affleck and Anna Kendrick.  The film opens on August 17th.
  • The first poster for the Sundance drama Hello I Must Be Going.  The film stars Melanie Lynskey as a recent divorcee who retreats to the Connecticut home of her parents and begins an affair.  The film opens in limited release on September 7th.

Hit the jump to check out the posters.

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