New to Blu-ray: THE JUNGLE BOOK, SHERLOCK Season 3, ENDER’S GAME, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include a Diamond Edition of Walt Disney’s last film, the latest season of one of the most engrossing shows currently on television, a Best Picture winner, a current Oscar nominee, and more.  Briefly:

Saoirse Ronan Talks HOW I LIVE NOW, What Drew Her to the Project, Reading the Book after Filming, Ryan Gosling’s HOW TO CATCH A MONSTER, and More

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From filmmaker Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland) and adapted from Meg Rosoff’s novel of the same name, the dramatic thriller How I Live Now is set in the near-future and tells the story of an American teenager named Daisy (Saoirse Ronan), who is sent to stay with relatives in the English countryside.  With escalating conflict in Europe turning the UK into a violent and chaotic military state, Daisy is separated from her cousin Edmund (George Mackay) and must fight to protect her youngest cousin, Piper (Harley Bird), while attempting to reunite them as a family.

At the film’s press day, actress Saoirse Ronan spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about what drew her to this project, her desire to play a character that’s not quite as likeable as the ones she’s played in the past, waiting until after shooting the film to read the book it was adapted from, how they decided on Daisy’s look, and how she thinks she’d fare in a situation like this.  She also talked about the experience of working with Wes Anderson on The Grand Budapest Hotel, and being a part of Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut, How to Catch a Monster.  Check out what she had to say after the jump. 

HOW I LIVE NOW Giveaway

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Opening in theaters this Friday, November 8th is director Kevin Macdonald’s (The Last King of Scotland) adaptation of Meg Rosoff’s novel How I Live Now.  The story takes place in the near future and stars Saoirse Ronan as Daisy, a teenage girl from New York City who travels to England in order to spend the summer with relatives.  She strikes up a romance with another handsome young man (George MacKay), but when World War III suddenly breaks out, Daisy’s small group finds itself struggling to survive in a world full of chaos.  I caught the film at TIFF and it’s an interesting (not to mention realistic) look at global warfare through the eyes of a self-involved teenager.  In anticipation of the film’s release, we’ve been provided with some goodies to give away to a few lucky fans.  A grand prize winner will receive a Roku 1 and a poster and copy of the book, both signed by the film’s cast.  Two secondary winners will receive signed copies of the poster and book.

Hit the jump to find out how you can win, and be sure to watch Steve’s video interviews with Ronan and MacKay from TIFF.  How I Live Now opens in theaters on November 8th.

George MacKay Talks HOW I LIVE NOW, Working with Kevin Macdonald, THOSE IN PERIL, SUNSHINE ON LEITH, and More at TIFF

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One of the many films to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival was director Kevin Macdonald’s (The Last King of Scotland) How I Live Now.  Based on the Meg Rosoff novel of the same name, the film takes place in the near future and stars Saoirse Ronan as Daisy, a teenage girl from New York City who travels to England in order to spend the summer with relatives.  After she strikes up a romance with a young man (George MacKay), war suddenly breaks out, and Daisy’s small group finds itself struggling to survive in a world full of chaos.  The film also stars Tom Holland and Anna ChancellorHow I Live Now opens in the UK on October 4th and November 8th in America.  Click here to watch the trailer.

While at TIFF I landed an exclusive video interview with George MacKay.  He talked about premiering at TIFF, how he got cast, working with Kevin Macdonald and his unique camerawork, how he got into acting, upcoming projects like Those in Peril and Sunshine on Leith, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Saoirse Ronan Talks HOW I LIVE NOW, MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS, THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, HOW TO CATCH A MONSTER, and More at TIFF 2013

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One of the many films to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival was director Kevin Macdonald’s (The Last King of Scotland) How I Live Now.  Based on the Meg Rosoff novel of the same name, the film takes place in the near future and stars Saoirse Ronan as Daisy, a teenage girl from New York City who travels to England in order to spend the summer with relatives.  After she strikes up a romance with a young man (George MacKay), war suddenly breaks out, and Daisy’s small group finds itself struggling to survive in a world full of chaos.  The film also stars Tom Holland and Anna ChancellorHow I Live Now opens in the UK on October 4th and November 8th in America.  Click here to watch the trailer.

While at TIFF I landed an exclusive video interview with Saoirse Ronan.  She talked about premiering at TIFF, how she got cast, working with Kevin Macdonald and his unique camerawork, what she collects, the way she prepares for a role, which of her characters connects the most with her fans, the possibility of her playing a comic book character, and more.  In addition, she also talked about upcoming projects like Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, Ryan Gosling’s How to Catch a Monster, Mary Queen of Scots, how she’d like to do a musical and a silent film, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

TIFF 2013: HOW I LIVE NOW Review

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In Kevin Macdonald’s How I Live Now, perspective on life is supposed to be shown between two extremes.  Life is either ideal or a waking nightmare, and through this comparison we can learn to put our priorities and values in order.  But painting the world in white and black makes the movie uninteresting from both sides.  Furthermore, the good times and end times are about as complex as home realty: location, location, location.  There’s no room for the grey area, which is where most of us live in the real world.

Posters for RIDDICK, KILL YOUR DARLINGS, HOW I LIVE NOW, and MR. NOBODY

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A package of posters to open:

  • RiddickVin Diesel, Katee Sackhoff, and David Bautista star in the sci-fi action sequel directed by David Twohy.
  • Kill Your DarlingsJohn Krokidas’ biopic follows the volatile friendships of Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe), Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston), William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster), and Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan).
  • How I Live NowSaoirse Ronan, Tom Holland, Anna Chancellor, George McKay, and Corey Johnson star in the Kevin Macdonald-directed feature set in the near-future UK.
  • Mr. NobodyJared Leto stars as the last-living mortal in 2092.  Sarah Polley, Diane Kruger, Linh-Dan Pham, Rhys Ifans, Natasha Little, Toby Regbo, and Juno Temple co-star.

See the posters after the jump.

TIFF 2013 Adds BASTARDS, METALLICA THROUGH THE NEVER, Preview of Spike Jonze’s HER, and More

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The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival has made the final touches on its line-up, and made some nice additions.  For the first time, TIFF will have movies in IMAX.  The films that will be going big are Gravity, Man of Tai Chi, Metallica Through the Never, and The Wizard of Oz.  All of these movies except Man of Tai Chi will also be in 3D.  Other additions include Claire DenisBastards, a conversation with Spike Jonze and a preview of his new film Her (the full film is scheduled to debut as the closer at the New York Film Festival), Ron Howard‘s Jay-Z documentary Made in America, and more.

Hit the jump for the new additions.  The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 5 – 15th.

TIFF 2013 Adds THE WIND RISES, HOW I LIVE NOW, FADING GIGOLO, SOUTHCLIFFE, James Franco’s CHILD OF GOD, and More

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The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival has added 22 more films to its already-impressive Galas and Special Presentations line-up.  Among the notable additions are Hayao Miyazaki‘s The Wind Rises, Kevin Macdonald‘s How I Live Now, Guillaume Canet‘s Blood Ties, James Franco‘s Child of God, John Turturro’s Fading Gigolo starring Woody Allen, Sean Durkin‘s (Martha Marcy May Marlene) Southcliffe, and Lee Sang-il‘s Japanese remake of Unforgiven.  This is the point where TIFF attendees’ schedules fall apart.  I love the festival, but it’s incredibly front-loaded, which is unfortunate because that means some very hard choices.  But among these films, The Wind Rises is the one on my can’t-miss list.

Hit the jump for the full list of additions.  The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 5 – 15th.

First Trailer for Kevin Macdonald’s HOW I LIVE NOW Starring Saoirse Ronan, George MacKay, and Tom Holland

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The first trailer for director Kevin Macdonald’s (The Last King of Scotland) new film How I Live Now has landed online.  Based on the Meg Rosoff novel of the same name, the film takes place in the near future and stars Saoirse Ronan as Daisy, a teenage girl from New York City who travels to England in order to spend the summer with relatives.  She strikes up a romance with another handsome young man (George MacKay), but when World War III suddenly breaks out, Daisy’s small group finds itself struggling to survive in a world full of chaos.  It’s a truly fascinating setup, and Macdonald looks to have found a refreshingly grounded way to tell the story.  This sort of realistic sci-fi is far too rare, and I’m very much looking forward to catching the full film.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Tom Holland and Anna ChancellorHow I Live Now opens in the UK on October 3rd, but doesn’t yet have a US release date.

Saoirse Ronan Talks THE HOST, Working with Writer/Director Andrew Niccol, Plus BREAKING BAD, HOW I LIVE NOW and Ryan Gosling’s Directorial Debut

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Writer/director Andrew Niccol’s adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s The Host opens this weekend.  The film stars Saoirse Ronan as Melanie Stryder, one of the last remaining humans on Earth after a race of parasitic aliens have taken over most of the world.  Melanie is unique in that she forms a bond with her parasite and sets out to free other humans, if they’ll accept her as one of them.  The film also stars Max Irons, Jake AbelDiane KrugerWilliam Hurt, Frances Fisher and Boyd Holbrook.  For more on the film, here’s 5 clips, the trailer, and a featurette.

At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed an extended interview with Ronan.  We talked about making The Host, how she got involved in the project, what it was like to work for Niccol, what’s special about all the great directors she’s worked with, Kevin MacDonald‘s How I Live Now, Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut How to Catch a Monster, and her love of Breaking Bad.  Hit the jump to either read or watch the interview.

Tom Holland Talks THE IMPOSSIBLE and Kevin Macdonald’s HOW I LIVE NOW Starring Saoirse Ronan

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Expanding this weekend in more theaters is director Juan Antonio Bayona’s The Impossible.  Based on a true story, the film stars Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor as the parents of three boys vacationing in Thailand in 2004 when the tsunami hit.  Having survived, but finding themselves separated, the family members search for each other amidst the chaos, encountering strangers caught up in the same situation along the way.  The film also stars Tom Holland, Samuel Joslin, and Oaklee Pendergast.  For more on The Impossible, here are eight clips and the trailer.

At the recent Los Angeles press day I got to speak to Tom Holland.  We talked about how he got involved in the movie, the transition from stage to screen, what surprised him about making a movie, and more.  In addition, Holland talked about Kevin Macdonald’s How I Live Now which also stars Saoirse Ronan.  Hit the jump to watch.

Director Kevin Macdonald Talks MARLEY, HOW I LIVE NOW with Saoirse Ronan, BLACK SEA and More

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For nearly half a century, Bob Marley’s music and his message have resonated powerfully on a global level that remains unparalleled. Academy Award-winning director Kevin Macdonald’s new documentary, Marley, is the definitive life story of the musician, revolutionary, and legend from his early days to his rise to international superstardom. Made with the support of the Marley family, Marley features rare footage, incredible performances and revealing interviews with the people that knew him best. The film also gives the audience a more emotional connection to Marley’s life as a man.  Magnolia Pictures will release Marley theatrically and on VOD on Friday, April 20th.

At the press day for Marley, we sat down with Macdonald for an exclusive interview.  We talked about what inspired him to make a documentary about the enigmatic Bob Marley who transcended music to become a cultural, political and social icon for change. He told us about what he hoped to achieve by making this film, how he set out to reveal a human side of a towering figure in musical history, and why he thinks Marley still speaks to people around the world today as powerfully as he did when he was alive and more profoundly than any other rock artist or popular music artist. Macdonald also discussed his upcoming projects including How I Live Now with Saoirse Ronan, Bobby Fischer Goes to War and Black Sea.

HANNA Star Saoirse Ronan to Star in World War II Drama HOW I LIVE NOW

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Young actress Saoirse Ronan is set to star in an adaptation of Meg Rosoff’s novel How I Live Now. Variety reports that The Last King of Scotland helmer Kevin Macdonald is onboard to direct, from a script by Jeremy Brock (The Last King of Scotland) and Tony Grisoni (best name ever). The period drama tells the story of Daisy, a teenage girl from New York City who travels to England in order to spend the summer with family. World War II breaks out and Daisy and another young girl find themselves attempting to survive alone in the woods as they search for safety.

Ronan was fantastic in this year’s Hanna, and this role sounds like it’s right in her wheelhouse. The actress has been busy as of late, as she’s currently filming Neil Jordan’s Byzantium. Ronan is also set to star in Andrew Niccol’s adaptation of the Stephanie Meyer sci-fi novel The Host. Hit the jump to read a synopsis for How I Live Now.

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