Joel Edgerton Talks FELONY, the Moral Ambiguity of the Film, Screening Reactions, Ridley Scott’s EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS, and More

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Now available On Demand and opening in select cities this weekend is director Matthew Saville’s (Noise) crime drama Felony.  Starring Joel Edgerton (who also wrote the screenplay), Tom Wilkinson, Jai Courtney, and Melissa George, the film is about three detectives that become entangled after a tragic accident leaves a young child in critical condition.  One of the men is guilty of the crime, one wants to uncover the truth, and one is trying to cover it up.

Last week in New York City I landed an extended video interview with Joel Edgerton.  He talked about what it’s like winning the “actor’s lottery,” the realness of the people and situations in Felony, the moral ambiguity of the film, reactions from screenings, how he hopes audiences will react after seeing the movie, what it was like working with Ridley Scott on Exodus: Gods and Kings, the challenge of adapting The Bible, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Exclusive FELONY Clip Finds Joel Edgerton Confessing His Troubles

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Today, we have an exclusive clip from the upcoming drama FelonyJoel Edgerton stars as Malcolm Toohey, a celebrated detective who becomes embroiled in an investigation when a tragic accident occurs.  I’m a big fan of Edgerton, and always want to see him take on more lead roles.  The movie premiered at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, and you can click here to see Edgerton’s interview with Steve.

Hit the jump to check out the Felony clip.  The film also stars Jai Courtney, Melissa George, and Tom WilkinsonFelony is now available on VOD and will be in theaters on October 17th.

Joel Edgerton Talks FELONY, Ridley Scott’s EXODUS, JANE GOT A GUN Production Troubles, His Directorial Debut, and More at TIFF 2013

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One of the many films to premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival was Australian director Matthew Saville’s (Noise) Felony.  Starring Joel Edgerton (who also wrote the screenplay), Tom Wilkinson, Jai Courtney, and Melissa George, the film is about three detectives that become entangled after a tragic accident leaves a young child in critical condition.  Per the synopsis, “one is guilty of a crime, one will try to cover it up, and the other attempts to expose it.”

Shortly before the premiere I sat down with Joel Edgerton for an extended video interview.  He talked about the issues that Felony explores, his writing process, financing, what he collects, his upcoming directorial debut (it’s explores what it would be like to run into the person who you used to terrorized in school), and much more.  In addition, he talked about playing Ramses in Ridley Scott‘s Exodus, how he was cast, shaving his head for the role, and the shooting locations.  Finally, he talked about the difficult production of Jane Got a Gun and how they got the film back on track.  Hit the jump to watch.

Director Matthew Saville Talks FELONY, the Australian Method of Filmmaking, Film vs. Digital, Working with Joel Edgerton, and More at TIFF 2013

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One of the many films to premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival was Australian director Matthew Saville’s (Noise) Felony.  Starring Joel Edgerton (who also wrote the screenplay), Tom Wilkinson, Jai Courtney, and Melissa George, the film is about three detectives that become entangled after a tragic accident leaves a young child in critical condition.  Per the synopsis, “one is guilty of a crime, one will try to cover it up, and the other attempts to expose it.”

Shortly before the premiere I sat down with Saville for an extended video interview.  He talked about being at TIFF, the Australian method of filmmaking versus the tentpoles of Hollywood, working with Joel Edgerton, the difficulties of financing the film, his editing process, film vs. digital, what to do in Melbourne, the current state of television programming and the increased availability of programming through platforms like Netflix and VOD, future projects including an adaptation of Dark Victory (more info here on what it’s about) and his continuing work on the Pivot series, Please Like Me, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

New Images from THE DOUBLE, FELONY, THE GRAND SEDUCTION, HALF OF A YELLOW SUN, THE INVISIBLE WOMAN

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Yesterday, the Toronto International Film Festival announced its 2013 line-up for the Galas and Special Presentation programs.  Among the film with new images and synopses are:

  • The Double (Directed by Richard Ayoade) Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn, and Noah Taylor.
  • Felony (Directed by Matthew Saville) Starring Tom Wilkinson, Joel Edgerton, Jai Courtney, and Melissa George.
  • The Grand Seduction (Directed by Don McKellar) Starring Brendan Gleeson, Taylor Kitsch, Gordon Pinsent, Liane Balaban, and Mark Critch.
  • Half of a Yellow Sun (Directed by Biyi Bandele) Starring Thandie Newton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, John Boyega, and Anika Noni Rose.
  • The Invisible Woman (Directed by Ralph Fiennes) Starring Ralph Fiennes, Felicity Jones, Kristin Scott Thomas, Tom Hollander, and Joanna Scanlan.

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses.  The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 5 – 15th.

TIFF 2013 Line-Up Announced; 12 YEARS A SLAVE, GRAVITY, RUSH, THE FIFTH ESTATE, LABOR DAY, and Many More to Debut

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The Toronto International Film Festival has announced part of its line-up for 2013.  The festival will kick off with Bill Condon’s Julian Assange movie, The Fifth Estate, and close with Daniel Schecter’s Jackie Brown prequel, Life of Crime.  In between, you have the premieres of Ron Howard’s Rush; Jason Reitman’s Labor Day starring Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet; Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender; Richard Ayoade’s The Double starring Jesse Eisenberg; David Gordon Green’s Joe starring Nicolas Cage; Atom Egoyan’s West Memphis Three movie Devil’s Knot starring Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon; the North American premiere of Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity, and many more.  Even the Mike Meyer’s documentary Supermensch that we reported on yesterday will be on hand, so it looks like he’s already completed it.  Unfortunately, I’m sure TIFF will front-load their schedule like they always do, so there will be plenty of tough choices, but Gravity and 12 Years a Slave are the must-sees that immediately jump to mind.

Hit the jump for a list of the Galas and Special Presentations.  Please note that there are plenty of other categories that will be announced soon including the full Midnight Madness, Documentary, and Masters line-up so stay tuned.  The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 5 – 15th.

Mike Epps to Play Richard Pryor in Nina Simone Biopic, NINA; Kid Cudi Adds TWO NIGHT STAND; Jai Courtney Commits to FELONY

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Casting additions today are as follows:

  • Mike Epps (The Hangover) will portray comedian Richard Pryor in Nina, the Nina Simone biopic from writer/director Cynthia Mort that stars Zoe Saldana (Avatar) and David Oyelowo (The Last King of Scotland).
  • Hip hop artist, Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi will join the indie rom-com, Two Night Stand, which marks the directorial debut of Max Nichols.
  • Jai Courtney (Spartacus: Vengeance) will star opposite Joel Edgerton (Warrior) and Tom Wilkinson (Michael Clayton) in Felony.  Matthew Seville (Noise) directs from Edgerton’s script.

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Cynthia Nixon to Play Emily Dickinson in A QUIET PASSION; Peter Facinelli Heads to GALLOWS HILL; Tom Wilkinson Joins FELONY

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I have a great deal on casting for you.  Three for the price of one:

  • Cynthia Nixon is attached to play legendary poet Emily Dickinson in the biopic A Quiet Passion, written and directed by Terence Davies.
  • Twilight star Peter Facinelli joined Gallows Hill, a supernatural horror movie directed by Victor Garcia.
  • Tom Wilkinson will star opposite Joel Edgerton in Felony, an Australian thriller that Edgerton wrote.  Matthew Saville will direct.

Hit the jump for details on each project.

Screen Australia to Finance THE ROVER Starring Robert Pattinson, FELONY Starring Joel Edgerton, HEALING Starring Hugo Weaving, and AIM HIGH IN CREATION

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Now that he’s done filming The Twilight SagaRobert Pattinson is on a wonderful mission: use his star power to help directors we like get their movies made.  The first notable example is Cosmopolis, the latest off-kilter film from director David Cronenberg that hits theaters on August 17.  The next is The Rover, the second feature by Animal Kingdom director David Michod that co-stars Guy Pearce.  According to THR, Screen Australia has stepped up to finance the The Rover.  Here is why you should care:

“Set in the Australian desert, the futuristic western tells the story of Eric, who has left everything, everyone and every semblance of human kindness behind him, as he’s forced to join an injured gang member, Rey, to hunt down Rey’s gang after they steal the last of Eric’s possessions.”

I was hooked by word eight.  Screen Australia will also finance Felony starring Joel EdgertonHealing starring Hugo Weaving, and the Kim Jong-il movie Aim High in Creation.  Hit the jump for details.

Joel Edgerton to Write and Star in Thriller FELONY

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Coming off a strong performance in last year’s Warrior, star Joel Edgerton has committed to writing and starring in the thriller FelonyMatthew Saville (Noise) is onboard to direct, and the logline is as follows:

Driving home after a celebration drink with his team after the long waited bust of a major gang, a decorated police officer (Edgerton) runs a young cyclist off the road.  As he gives CPR to the child, fellow officers arrive to take his statement.  In a split second decision he tells them a lie about the accident which will change all their lives in this edge of your seat thriller.

Edgerton is making a name for himself not only as an actor, but also as a burgeoning screenwriter.  He stars in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby and Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty later this year, and he recently sold his drama script One Night Stand.  Hit the jump for the press release concerning Felony.

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