New Images from A LITTLE CHAOS, LOVE & MERCY, MISS JULIE, and MR. TURNER

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The impressive lineup announced for the upcoming 2014 Toronto International Film Festival includes a number of extremely promising films, and we’ve got some new images from four such features for your perusing pleasure.  Briefly:

  • A Little Chaos – (Directed by Alan Rickman) Starring Kate Winslet, Stanley Tucci, Matthias Schoenaerts, and Alan Rickman.
  • Love & Mercy – (Directed by Bill Pohlad) Starring Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks, John Cusack, and Paul Giamatti.
  • Miss Julie – (Directed by Liv Ullmann) Starring Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell, and Samantha Morton.
  • Mr. Turner – (Directed by Mike Leigh) Starring Timothy Spall, Dorothy Atkinson, Marion Bailey, Paul Jesson, Lesley Manville, Martin Savage, Joshua McGuire, Ruth Sheen, David Horovitch, and Karl Johnson.

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses, and click here to check out all of the TIFF images released thus far.  The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 4 – 14th.

TRUE DETECTIVE SEASON 2 Plot Rumors Revolve Around Corruption and Addiction

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A few days ago the news hit that True Detective Season 2 was zeroing in on its leads (Colin Farrell is reportedly in talks to join the hit HBO series with Taylor Kitsch being in the mix for another role).  The day before that creator Nic Pizzolatto revealed that there will be four central roles and William Friedkin claimed to be considering a directing gig on the series (Season 2 will have multiple directors, standing in contrast to Season 1 which was directed solely by Cary Fukunaga).

At the time Pizzolatto seemed reticent to discuss plot specifics, backing away from the rumor that Season would deal with the U.S. transportation system.  But now talk of that story angle has returned with a much greater degree of specificity.  There’s also a lot of new info in terms of the demons that will be haunting our protagonists.  Hit the jump for more on True Detective Season 2 plot rumors.

TRUE DETECTIVE: Colin Farrell in Talks for Season 2 of the Hit HBO Series; Taylor Kitsch Also in the Mix

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True Detective season 2 may have finally begun casting its major roles as Colin Farrell is in talks to join the hit HBO series.  Additionally, Taylor Kitsch might be in the mix as well  Earlier today, we posted an interview with HBO’s President of Programming Michael Lombardo and Chairman and CEO Richard Plepler, and Lombardo said he assumed “at least some announcements will be happening in the next week.”  Since Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson got two juicy roles and earned nominations for Best Actor in a Drama Series, the show is presumably a hot ticket in Hollywood for actors and actresses looking for rich material in an acclaimed series that won’t permanently take them away from acting in movies.  Yesterday, creator and writer Nic Pizzolatto revealed that there will be four central roles, and now Farrell presumably has one of them, and Kitsch is being eyed for a part as well.

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SAVING MR. BANKS Blu-ray Review

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Sometimes a movie that screams Academy Award-pedigree just doesn’t score the nominations–let alone the rewards.  Such was the case in 2013 for Saving Mr. Banks, which landed numerous critics’ award nominations but tallied only one Oscar nom (for Best Original Score).  Perhaps that says more about the strength of the then seemingly wide-open Oscar field than the film itself, since Saving Mr. Banks is a thoroughly delightful film.  Hit the jump for my Saving Mr. Banks Blu-ray review.

Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly, Eva Marie Saint and Akiva Goldsman Talk WINTER’S TALE, Fairy Tales, and the Movie’s Secret Message

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Life isn’t a fairy tale.  Life requires life beyond loss and according to writer-director-producer Akiva Goldsman, that’s why we need fairy tales for adults like his new movie, Winter’s Tale.  The book-to-film adaptation stars Colin Farrell as a thief named Peter Lake.  Peter’s perfectly fine stealing to get by, but after crossing paths with Jessica Brown Findlay’s Beverly Penn, he abandons everything he’s known for something he’s experiencing for the very first time – true love.

Just ahead of the film’s Valentine’s Day debut, Goldsman, Farrell and Brown Findlay as well as co-stars Jennifer Connelly who portrays Virginia, a mother with an ailing daughter whose fate becomes intertwined with Peter Lake’s, and Eva Marie Saint who steps in as the older version of Beverly’s younger sister, all sat down for a press conference in New York City.  Check out what the gang had to say about the challenge of enticing an audience to suspend disbelief, their personal experiences with miracles, the ups and downs of shooting the film’s most intimate scene and more. Hit the jump for more. 

Watch 6 Clips from WINTER’S TALE Starring Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, William Hurt and Eva Marie Saint

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In advance of the Valentine’s Day release of Akiva Goldsman’s Winter’s Tale, Warner Bros. has sent over us 6 movie clips from the film.  The adaptation of the Mark Helprin novel follows a burglar (Colin Farrell) who falls for an ailing heiress (Jessica Brown Findlay), and discovers that neither death nor time can stand in the way of true love.  These new clips give a great look at the romantic fantasy drama’s cast of characters across time and space.

Winter’s Tale also stars Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt and Eva Marie Saint, Winter’s Tale opens February 14th.  Hit the jump to watch the clips.

Crazy Synopsis for DOGTOOTH Director Yorgos Lanthimos’ Latest, THE LOBSTER, Starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz

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A few days ago, we reported that Colin Farell and Rachel Weisz would be starring in the English-language debut of Dogtooth director Yorgos Lanthimos.  At the time, the logline for the film stated, “an unconventional love story set in a dystopian future where finding a partner is a matter of life or death.”  If you’ve seen Dogtooth or Lanthimos’ follow-up, Alps, you know his films are far stranger than that one-line synopsis.  Today, we have a longer, more detailed synopsis, and it doesn’t disappoint when it comes to Lanthimos’ bizarre stories.  Simply put, it sounds like Logan’s Run meets The Island of Dr. Moreau.

Hit the jump to read the synopsis.  The film also stars Ben Whishaw, Lea Seydoux, Olivia Colman, Ariane Labed (Alps), and Aggeliki Papoulia (Dogtooth).  Shooting begins on March 24th in Ireland.

30 New Images from WINTER’S TALE Starring Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, William Hurt and Eva Marie Saint

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In advance of the Valentine’s Day release of Akiva Goldsman’s Winter’s Tale, we have 30 new images from the film to share with you.  The adaptation of the Mark Helprin novel follows a burglar (Colin Farrell) who falls for an ailing heiress (Jessica Brown Findlay), and discovers that neither death nor time can stand in the way of true love.  These new images give great looks at the romantic fantasy drama’s cast of characters across time and space.

Also starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt and Eva Marie Saint, Winter’s Tale opens February 14th.  Hit the jump to view all the images.

Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz to Star in THE LOBSTER, the English-Language Debut of DOGTOOTH Director Yorgos Lanthimos

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Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz are set to lead The Lobster, which will mark the English-language debut of Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos.  I’ve only seen Lanthimos’ previous two films, Dogtooth and Alps, and they’re incredibly weird.  Their plots’ defy easy description, and judging by THR’s synopsis, The Lobster sounds like it will be only slightly less nuts: “an unconventional love story set in a dystopian future where finding a partner is a matter of life or death.”  If you’re a fan of Lanthimos’ work, that probably makes you giddy, and I hope I’ll enjoy this one more than Dogtooth and Alps.

He’s certainly got a strong cast, which also includes Ben Whishaw, Lea Seydoux, and Olivia Colman.  Lanthimos will also be re-teaming with actresses Ariane Labed (Alps) and Aggeliki Papoulia (Dogtooth).  Shooting begins on March 24th in Ireland.

New Trailer for WINTER’S TALE Starring Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, and Russell Crowe

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Warner Bros. has released a new trailer for Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman’s directorial debut Winter’s Tale.  Based on the novel of the same name by Mark Helprin, the story takes place in a mythic New York City and spans more than a century, revolving around a thief (Colin Farrell) whose love appears to transcend time.  As opposed to some of the time-bending TV spots that have been playing recently, this new trailer smartly focuses on the love story aspect between Farrell and the character played by Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey).  We also get plenty of Russell Crowe’s villain and his goofy accent.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Jennifer Connelly and William HurtWinter’s Tale opens February 14th.

Colin Farrell Talks SAVING MR. BANKS, How Passionate He Was about Signing On, What He Collects, WINTER’S TALE, MISS JULIE, SOLACE, and More

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Now playing in limited release and expanding nationwide this weekend is Saving Mr. Banks, the new film from The Blind Side director John Lee Hancock.  Based on a true story, the pic focuses on Walt Disney’s (Tom Hanks) twenty-year pursuit of the film rights to author P.L. Travers’ (Emma Thompson) novel Mary Poppins and the rocky relationship that formed between the two when she finally came to Hollywood.  Loaded with great performances, a strong script, and the first time Walt Disney has been portrayed on screen, Banks is a likely contender for this year’s award season.  The film also stars Paul Giamatti, Bradley Whitford, Jason Schwartzman, B.J. Novak, Annie Rose Buckley, Ruth Wilson, Rachel Griffiths, Kathy Baker, and Colin Farrell.

At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive interview with Colin Farrell.  He talked about how he got involved in the project, what it was like to work with animals and kids, how he’s changed as an actor, if he likes to switch it up in each take, what he collects, future projects like Akiva Goldsman’s Winter’s Tale,  Solace Miss Julie, and more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

SAVING MR. BANKS Review

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All films based on real events should have historical license.  The most important thing is trying to tell the best story possible, and if that means playing a little fast and loose with the facts, then so be it.  But when those facts become elastic in order to serve an agenda coated in mawkish sentiment, then history a serious consideration rather than a suggestion.  In the case of Saving Mr. Banks, Disney is attempting to rewrite history in service of bolstering the argument of corporate wisdom seducing the misguided artist who doesn’t understand that synergy is the best way to catharsis.  The film pays a bit of lip service to cold studio pragmatism, and Tom Hanks is at his most charming, but Saving Mr. Banks‘ warm, sunny attitude can’t mask calculating, self-congratulatory motives.

First Images from THE JUDGE Starring Robert Downey Jr. and WINTER’S TALE Starring Colin Farrell; Plus New THE LEGO MOVIE Images

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As 2013 winds down to a close, Warner Bros. has unveiled some new images from a few of its 2014 titles.  The debut image from director David Dobkin’s (Wedding Crashers) dramedy The Judge shows Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall face-to-face, as Downey Jr. plays a man who returns to his hometown when his father is suspected of murder.  The film opens on October 10, 2014.  Additionally, the first image from writer/director Akiva Goldsman’s fantasy pic Winter’s Tale highlight’s the film’s lead romantic duo played by Colin Farrell and Jessica Brown Findlay.  The story revolves around a thief who breaks into the home of a bed-ridden young woman and ends up falling in love with her, but as we saw in the debut trailer it also involves a significant time jump.  The film will hit theaters on February 14, 2014.

Finally, Warner Bros. has also released a few new images from The LEGO Movie, which opens February 7, 2014.  Hit the jump to check out high-resolution images from all three aforementioned films.

First Trailer for Akiva Goldsman’s WINTER’S TALE Starring Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly and Russell Crowe

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The first trailer for writer-director Akiva Goldsman’s Winter’s Tale adaptation.  Based on the Mark Helprin novel, Goldsman’s directorial debut centers on a a thief (Colin Farrell) who breaks into the home of a bed-ridden young woman (Jessica Brown Findlay) and ends up falling in love with her.  Russell Crowe stars as Pearly Soames, a violent crime lord and leader of the Short Tail gang who is after the thieving protagonist. In charge of tracking him down is Romeo Tan (Kevin Corrigan), Soames’ ruthless right-hand man who acts as his boss’s enforcer in 1916 New York.

Also starring Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt, Eva Marie Saint, Ripley Sobo and Mckayla Twiggs, Winter’s Tale opens February 14th.  Hit the jump to watch the trailer.

Colin Farrell and Paula Patton Up for WARCRAFT Leads

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With a January production start-date looming for the long-awaited feature film adaptation of World of Warcraft, Legendary Pictures and director Duncan Jones (Moon) are now focused on casting for the fantasy pic.  Deadline reports that Paula Patton and Colin Farrell are currently in the mix for two lead roles, with Patton in firm negotiations and Farrell mulling over an offer.  The report notes that Farrell’s chances of signing on are 50/50 since talks have yet to begin, but he would certainly make an interesting choice for Warcraft.  Hit the jump for more.

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