New Images from BOYCHOIR, THE CONNECTION, ESCOBAR: PARADISE LOST, and THE FORGER

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Earlier today, the Toronto International Film Festival announced new additions to their Galas and Special Presentations programs. Among the films with new images and synopses are:

  • Boychoir (Directed by François Girard) starring Dustin Hoffman, Kathy Bates, Josh Lucas, Kevin McHale, Eddie Izzard, Debra Winger, and Garrett Wareing
  • The Connection (Directed by Cédric Jimenez) starring Jean Dujardin, Gilles Lellouche, Céline Sallette, and Benoît Magimel.
  • Escobar: Paradise Lost (Directed by Andrea Di Stefano) starring Benicio del Toro, Josh Hutcherson, and Claudia Traisac.
  • The Forger (Directed by Philip Martin) starring John Travolta, Christopher Plummer, Tye Sheridan, Jennifer Ehle, Marcus Thomas, Anson Mount, Abigail Spencer, and Travis Wade.

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 4 – 14th.

New HECTOR AND THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS Trailer Shifts Simon Pegg From Comedy to Drama

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A new Hector and the Search for Happiness trailer has gone online.  Based on the book of the same name by François Lelord, the film stars Simon Pegg as the titular Hector, an eccentric psychiatrist who’s going nowhere and whose patients aren’t getting any happier.  One day, he musters up the courage to set out on a quest to find out if happiness really exists.  I had actually never seen any of this film’s trailers before today, so I went and revisited the first and second trailers as well.  And I think I prefer this brand new one the most.  It sells the character’s need to go on this journey a bit more.  Or maybe I’m just getting old and schmaltzy.  The comedic elements of the first two trailers are still present, but now I get the restlessness of the character’s life.

Hit the jump to check out the new Hector and the Search for Happiness trailer.  The film opens in the U.K. on August 15th and in the U.S. on September 19th.  Rosamund Pike, Christopher Plummer, Toni Collette, Stellan Skarsgard, and Jean Reno also star.

HECTOR AND THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS Trailer: Simon Pegg Goes Around the World to Find True Joy

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A new Hector and the Search for Happiness trailer has gone online.  Based on the book of the same name by François Lelord, the film stars Simon Pegg as the titular Hector, an eccentric psychiatrist who’s going nowhere and whose patients aren’t getting any happier.  One day, he musters up the courage to set out on a quest to find out if happiness really exists.  While this trailer is all well and good, I have trouble accepting the premise that someone would leave Rosamund Pike to find greater happiness.  It’s easier to believe that someone can transport onto a starship that’s going at warp speed.

Hit the jump to check out the Hector and the Search for Happiness trailer.  The film opens in the U.K. on August 15th, and also stars Christopher Plummer, Toni Collette, Stellan Skarsgard, and Jean Reno.

Christopher Plummer to Lead REMEMBER; Anna Kendrick, Orlando Bloom, More Join DIGGING FOR FIRE; Anton Yelchin Set for VINCENT & ROXXY

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With the Cannes Film Festival on the horizon, a number of casting announcements are being made.  Here’s the latest:

  • Christopher Plummer will lead director Atom Egoyan’s thriller Remember alongside Martin Landau.
  • Drinking Buddies director Joe Swanberg just wrapped his latest film, Digging for Fire, as Anna Kendrick, Orlando Bloom, Mike Birbiglia, and Jenny Slate have been revealed as additions to the cast.
  • Anton Yelchin will star in the indie Vincent & Roxxy alongside Megalyn Echikunwoke.

Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned casting.

First Image and Official Synopsis for THE FORGER Starring John Travolta, Christopher Plummer, and Tye Sheridan

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As acquisitions and sales at the Berlin Film Festival continue, the first image and synopsis have been released for Philip Martin‘s The Forger.  According to the synopsis, the movie” tells the story of a former child art prodigy and second generation petty thief, Ray Cutter (John Travolta) who arranges to buy his way out of prison to spend time with his ailing son, Will Cutter (Tye Sheridan). Ray and his father, Joseph Cutter (Christopher Plummer), must come together to carry out one last big job for the syndicate who financed his early release.”  I’m a bit confused by this synopsis.  If you were an art prodigy, then wouldn’t you commit counterfeiting instead of petty thievery?  That’s like being a guitar prodigy and deciding to play the slide whistle.

Hit the jump for the image and press release.

Exclusive: First Trailer for Peter Chelsom’s HECTOR AND THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS Starring Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike and Toni Collette

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We here at Collider are very happy to exclusively debut the first trailer for director Peter Chelsom’s upcoming drama/comedy Hector and the Search for Happiness.  Based on the book of the same name by François Lelord, the film stars Simon Pegg as the titular Hector, an eccentric psychiatrist who’s going nowhere and whose patients aren’t getting any happier.  One day, he musters up the courage to set out on a quest to find out if happiness really exists.  The pic looks to be an excellent showcase of Pegg’s comedic sensibilities while also touching on some promising dramatic themes as well, and it’s bolstered by an incredibly solid ensemble cast.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer and to check out a couple of new images.  The film also stars Rosamund Pike, Christopher Plummer, Toni Collette, Stellan Skarsgard, and Jean RenoHector and the Search for Happiness opens in the U.K. this Autumn.

Nicole Kidman May Supplant Naomi Watts as QUEEN OF THE DESERT; Christopher Plummer Joins THE FORGER; Ben McKenzie is THE SWIMMER

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Here’s today’s helping of casting news:

Hit the jump for more on each announcement.

First Full Trailer for MUHAMMAD ALI’S GREATEST FIGHT Starring Christopher Plummer, Benjamin Walker, and Frank Langella

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HBO has released the first full trailer for director Stephen Frears’ (The Queen) new film Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight.  The pic focuses on Muhammad Ali’s refusal to go to Vietnam and the court battle that ensued, centering on Justice Harlan (Christopher Plummer) and his clerk, played by Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter star Benjamin Walker.  Ali’s is portrayed using archival footage, as the majority of the film involves the internal debates between the justices and clerks who faced an incredibly tough decision at a tumultuous time for America.  There’s certainly plenty of conflict to draw from, but I’m interested to see if Frears can keep the film engaging given its limited scope.

Hit the jump to watch the full trailer.  The film also stars Frank LangellaDanny GloverBob BalabanEd Begley Jr.Barry Levinson, and Pablo Schreiber.  Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight premieres on HBO on October 5th.

First Teaser Trailer for MUHAMMAD ALI’S GREATEST FIGHT Starring Benjamin Walker and Christopher Plummer

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HBO has released the first teaser trailer for director Stephen Frears’ (The Queen) new film Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight.  The pic focuses on Muhammad Ali’s refusal to go to Vietnam and the court battle that ensued, centering on Justice Harlan (Christopher Plummer) and his clerk, played by Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter star Benjamin Walker.  This teaser doesn’t show too much footage from the film, but it looks like Ali won’t actually be portrayed onscreen by an actor.  Instead, we see archival footage of the legendary fighter while the narrative plays out in the courtroom and the judge’s chambers.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Frank Langella, Danny Glover, Bob Balaban, Ed Begley Jr., Barry Levinson, and Pablo SchreiberMuhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight premieres on HBO on October 5th.

Ryan Reynolds to Star in MISSISSIPPI GRIND, Joel Edgerton Eyes Jeff Nichols Pic and Christopher Plummer Replaces Michael Caine in IMAGINE

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Check out the latest casting news below:

  • Ryan Reynolds (Green Lantern) is set to star in writers-directors Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden’s gambling pic, Mississippi Grind, along with Ben Mendelsohn (Killing Them Softly).
  • Joel Edgerton (Warrior) is eyeing the new untitled picture from writer-director Jeff Nichols (Mud) which co-stars Michael Shannon (Man of Steel).
  • Christopher Plummer (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) will replace Michael Caine (The Dark Knight) in Imagine, the directorial debut of screenwriter Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love) that stars Jennifer Garner, Al Pacino, Annette Bening and Bobby Cannavale.

Hit the jump for more on each picture.

THE INSIDER Blu-ray Review

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The line between opinion and truth on news outlets has been getting awfully blurry lately.  As corporations dictate the commentaries and presumptions delivered by major media outlets, journalistic integrity seems like a thing of the past.  It’s amidst this cloudy backdrop of subjective news sources that Touchstone releases the Blu-ray of Michael Mann’s critically-acclaimed 1999 drama The Insider – a film that examines the perils of allowing corporations to control the news.  The film, which was nominated for seven Academy Awards, resonates today more than ever as it pulls back the curtain on contemporary journalism and the sleaziness of the tobacco industry.  More on Touchstone’s Blu-ray of The Insider after the jump.

Rosamund Pike and Christopher Plummer Join Simon Pegg in HECTOR AND THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS

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Rosamund Pike and Christopher Plummer have been added to the cast of director Peter Chelsom’s drama/comedy Hector and the Search for Happiness.  Based on the book of the same name by François Lelord, the film stars Simon Pegg as the titular Hector, an eccentric psychiatrist who’s going nowhere and whose patients aren’t getting any happier.  One day, he musters up the courage to set out on a quest to find out if happiness really exists.  It was announced today that Pike will play Hector’s long-time girlfriend, while Plummer is set as Professor Coreman, the leading guru for Happiness Studies at UCLA.

Pegg and Pike are actually set to first team up in Edgar Wright’s comedy The World’s End, which reunites the Shaun of the Dead/Hot Fuzz team of Wright, Pegg, and Nick Frost.  Production on Hector and the Search for Happiness will begin in January, once Pegg and Pike have wrapped World’s End.  Hit the jump to read the full press release.

What’s Filming Where, Including IRON MAN 3, DJANGO UNCHAINED, THE TOMB, ENDER’S GAME and More

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You’re driving down the street, and it’s suddenly blocked off.  You notice these weird yellow signs with nonsensical letters or numbers.  There’s unusual glow lighting up a neighborhood you can’t usually see from your house.  What you might have here is a film company shooting in your town.  It happens a lot, and you never know where they might pop up…until now.

The following is a semi-comprehensive list of films currently shooting, what they’re shooting, and where they’re shooting.  We’ll be telling you where you might get to see the very famous, the kinda famous and (if all goes well) the soon-to-be famous. While we can’t list every single movie, television show, or student film in production, you’ll get a pretty good idea of what the heck is going on where all those people are buzzing about.  Want to know where in the world are Matt Damon, Harrison Ford, Sylvester Stallone, Woody Harrelson, and Leonardo DiCaprio? Hit the jump for more.

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO Blu-ray Review

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Even though the trilogy had already been made into films (with many of those film’s cast members moving on to American roles), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was such an international phenomenon that the notion that people don’t like reading subtitles allowed for an American version. To make it into a big prestige project, director David Fincher and writer Steve Zaillian were brought in to adapt the successful novel for the big screen. Here Lisbeth Salander is played by Rooney Mara – who got an Oscar nomination for her work – and Mikael Blomkvist is played by Daniel Craig. Their characters investigate the Vanger family at the insistence of Henrik (Christopher Plummer), because he thinks someone in the family killed his niece. Our review of the Blu-ray of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo follows after the jump.

Winners of the 84th Academy Awards; THE ARTIST Wins 5 Including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor

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The Oscars are finally over.  The front-runner, The Artist, won the awards race by picking up Best Picture, Best Director (Michael Hazanavicius), Best Actor (Jean Dujardin), Best Costume Design, and Best Score.  There were also some big upsets as “locks” like The Tree of Life for Best Cinematography and Rise of the Planet of the Apes for Best Visual Effects were no match for Hugo, which ended up taking those categories and three more (Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Art Direction).  As for nice surprises…not really (unless you loved Hugo).

It was a forgettable year for the Oscars, and Billy Crystal, turning in his safe, predictable, and family-friendly routine was the perfect fit for a year that screamed “Don’t rock the boat!”  Last year’s Oscars took a chance on pairing Anne Hathaway and James Franco, and the show was a mess.  This year, they played it safe and the ceremony was still dull.  Quite simply, there was no films to root for and the “upsets” were for the establishment.  It was also funny to have the show and actors celebrate the theater when audiences are moving to OnDemand services, and studios are trying to make the theatrical release window even shorter.   Hit the jump for a full list of the winners, click here for mine and Adam Chitwood’s Oscar predictions (he did way better than me), and click here for my live-blog of the ceremony.

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