THE RIOT CLUB Review | TIFF 2014

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It’s nice to think that we live in a pretty fair world.  Sure humanity is sprawling and varied, but our differences are mostly overcome by a sense of harmony or karma.  It’s nice to think that, but it’s not necessarily true.  Life isn’t fair.  We aren’t all born with equal opportunity.  You can’t be “whatever you want to be” when you grow up.  The fact of the matter is our destiny comes with restrictions based on the circumstances into which we are born.  Location, time period, genetics—these are all factors that determine the ill-defined (but definitely real) limit to our reach, and like it or not, few are more significant than wealth and status.  Director Lone Scherfig’s (An Education) new film, The Riot Club, tackles class and social structure head-on from the eye of the young elite, following the members of a small and extremely exclusive club at the illustrious Oxford University.  The film pulls no punches as it examines class structure from this “soon-to-be ruling class” point of view, and while it verges on going a bit over-the-top, it’s ultimately a winning and infuriatingly familiar story told with vigor, bombast, and debauchery galore.

THE RIOT CLUB Clip Featuring Sam Claflin and Max Irons; Plus THE SOUND AND THE FURY Clip

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Hopefully you’ve had your morning coffee and don’t plan on having a glass of wine for a while now because these new clips from The Sound and the Fury and The Riot Club might make you think twice about drinking either of them.  James Franco’s latest is just days away from its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and has its Toronto International Film Festival screening coming up right after, so the team behind it has unveiled a clip from the film, teasing the intensity we’ve got coming.

We’ve also got Lone Scherfig’s The Riot Club making its way to TIFF for a world premiere.  Even though Joey King and Scott Haze both look like they can get a little nasty in that piece from The Sound and the Fury, the Riot Club clip actually might be tougher to stomach.  Hit the jump to find out why.

First Images from MY OLD LADY, NED RIFLE, THE RIOT CLUB, and STILL ALICE

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

  • My Old Lady (Directed by Israel Horovitz) starring Maggie Smith, Kevin Kline, and Kristin Scott Thomas.
  • Ned Rifle (Directed by Hal Hartley) starring Aubrey Plaza.
  • The Riot Club (Directed by Lone Scherfig) starring Natalie Dormer, Max Irons, Sam Clafin, Jessica Brown Findlay, and Douglas Booth.
  • Still Alice (Directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland) starring Kristen Stewart, Alec Baldwin, Kate Bosworth, and Julianne Moore.

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

First THE RIOT CLUB Trailer Starring Max Irons and Sam Claflin

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If you’re a fan of of spoiled rich kids getting their comeuppance or secret societies gone out of control, then you’ll love this first trailer for The Riot Club.  Directed by Lone Scherfig (An Education) from screenwriter Laura Wade’s adaptation of her critically-acclaimed play, ‘Posh’, the film follows two Oxford University freshmen who attempt to work their way into the infamous and highly selective Riot Club.  Much like the similarly themed Skulls and Cruel Intentions, all manner of terrible things then happen to everyone involved.

Steve recently sat down with star Sam Claflin to talk about his upcoming films, which include The Riot Club, so see what he had to say here The film also stars Max IronsDouglas BoothNatalie DormerJessica Brown Findlay, and Holliday Grainger, and opens in the UK on September 19th.  Hit the jump to watch the first The Riot Club trailer.

First-Look Images from THE DEVIL’S HARVEST Starring Terence Stamp, Max Irons, and Barry Pepper, and Peter Greenaway’s EISENSTEIN IN GUANAJUATO

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Check out some first-look images from the following films:

  • The Devil’s Harvest – Director George Mendeluk’s epic romance set against the backdrop of political upheaval in 1930s Ukraine stars Terence Stamp, Max Irons, Barry Pepper and Samantha Barks.
  • Eisenstein in Guanajuato – Writer-director Peter Greenaway’s tale of Soviet Russian director Sergei Eisenstein’s experiences in Guanajuato, Mexico stars Elmer Bäck, Luis Alberti, Stelio Savante, and Lisa Owen.

Hit the jump to check out the images and for more on each picture.

THE WHITE QUEEN Review: Max Irons and Rebecca Ferguson Watch the Throne

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Viewers will not have to wait until spring to get another dose of the middle ages.  The White Queen, a BBC limited series picked up by Starz, chronicles the Wars of the Roses, which incidentally was an inspiration for George R. R. Martin when writing Game of Thrones.  The White Queen is based on the book series The Cousins’ War, by author Philippa Gregory (The Other Boleyn Girl).  It begins in 1464 just as Edward IV (Max Irons) rose to power as King of England after taking the throne from his cousin, Henry VI, and follows the course of York and Lancaster backstabbing that eventually leads to Richard III’s rule.  Hit the jump for more on the series.

Official Trailer for Starz’s New Limited Series THE WHITE QUEEN

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Starz has released a full-length trailer for its new limited series The White Queen.  Based on Phillippa Gregory’s best-selling series of novels that dramatize the War of the Roses, the show is told from the perspective of three women who laid claim to the English throne in the mid 15th century: Elizabeth Woodville (The White Queen), Margaret Beaufort (The Red Queen), and Anne Neville (The Kingmaker’s Daughter).  It’s clear from this debut trailer that the show is very heavily influenced by the success of HBO’s Game of Thrones, but the prospect of telling an historical story from a female perspective is certainly promising.  Moreover, the “limited series” (ie. miniseries) nature of the show means that Starz will be telling a complete story from beginning to end in 10 episodes.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The show stars Rebecca Ferguson, Max Irons, Janet McTeer, James Frain, Amanda Hale, Faye Marsay, David Oakes, Eleanor Tomlinson, Aneurin Barnard, Ben Lamb, and Tom McKayThe White Queen will premiere on Starz on August 10th.

First Image and Teaser for THE WHITE QUEEN Starring Max Irons as King Edward IV

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The first teaser trailer for The White Queen is now available along with the first image of star Max Irons (The Host) as King Edward IV.  The ten-part miniseries is based on the best-selling historical novel The War of the Roses by Philippa Gregory.  It centers on the battle that ensues when The House of York’s King Edward IV falls for a commoner under The House of Lancaster.  Also starring Rebecca Ferguson, Janet McTeer, James Frain, Amanda Hale, Faye Marsay, David Oakes, Eleanor Tomlinson, Aneurin Barnard, Ben Lamb and Tom McKay, the BBC co-production will air on Starz on an as-of-yet undetermined date.  Hit the jump to watch the teaser and see the image of Irons, who also stars in this weekend’s sci-fi film, The Host

THE HOST Review

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Writer/director Andrew Niccol’s The Host opens this holiday weekend with star Saoirse Ronan (Hanna).  Adapted from Twilight author Stephenie Meyer’s sci-fi novel of the same name, The Host centers on Melanie Stryder (Ronan), one of the last human survivors of an alien invasion.  Unfortunately for Melanie, she’s quickly captured and implanted with an alien parasite known as a Soul, which attempts to replace her consciousness and take over her body; Melanie isn’t having it. The two entities must learn to cooperate or face the loss of the loved ones they each hold dear.

While Niccol makes his best attempt at adapting this story, the fault lies with the source material.  The tension that manifests in the first two acts rapidly diminishes in a lackluster conclusion that, while certainly an original take on conflict resolution, ultimately falls flat on screen.  Hit the jump for my review of The Host.

Max Irons and Jake Abel Talk THE HOST, Working with Saoirse Ronan, Stephenie Meyer’s Input, Plus Irons’ THE WHITE QUEEN and Abel’s PERCY JACKSON Sequel

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Next up from Twilight author Stephenie Meyer is an adaptation of her sci-fi novel, The Host.  Centering on Melanie Stryder (Saoirse Ronan), a teenage girl who tries – and fails – to outrun a group of alien invaders who want to implant a parasite, known as a Soul, into her body.  While Melanie herself is divided between her own consciousness and that of the parasitic Soul named Wanderer, her attention is also split between two potential suitors: her boyfriend, Jared (Max Irons) and another human survivor, Ian (Jake Abel).

During a recent round of interviews, we sat down with Irons and Abel to talk about The Host, working from director Andrew Niccol’s adaptation, getting character input from Meyer and changes between the book and the film.  Irons also talked about his upcoming television series The White Queen, which he’s currently filming and Abel commented on the upcoming Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters film, which will be released in 3D.  Hit the jump to watch the interview.

New Trailer for Andrew Niccol’s THE HOST, Starring Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, and Jake Abel

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Open Road Pictures has released a new trailer for writer/director Andrew Niccol’s (Gattaca) sci-fi film The Host.  Based on the novel of the same name by Twilight author Stephenie Meyer, the film stars Saoirse Ronan as Melanie Stryder, one of the last remaining humans on Earth after a race of parasitic aliens has taken over most of the world.  Melanie attempts to fight back against her parasite and sets out to free other humans, if they’ll accept her as one of them.  This trailer teases a bit more of the film’s love triangle and Niccol’s characteristically clean-looking sci-fi world.  Knowing very little about how the story plays out, I’m interested to see if the film marks a step up in maturity from Meyer’s Twilight franchise or if it skews closer towards the YA demographic.  Having Niccol onboard as the director is definitely a good sign.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer, and click here to check out five clips from the pic.  The film also stars Max Irons, Jake AbelDiane KrugerWilliam Hurt, Frances Fisher and Boyd HolbrookThe Host opens on March 29th.

Robert Pattinson, Sam Claflin, Douglas Booth, and Max Irons Circling POSH

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An abundance of handsomeness could be in store for director Lone Scherfig’s (An Education) adaptation of Laura Wade‘s stage play PoshThe Daily Mail reports that Robert Pattinson, Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), Douglas Booth (Noah), and Max Irons (The Host) are all in various stages of negotiations to star in the film.  The story centers on a fictional Oxford fraternity called The Riot Club and focuses on two new freshman inductees getting an overview of the club during one night.  The entirety of the story takes place in a private dining room, so it’ll be interesting to see how Scherfig translates the play to the screen.

Irons would take on the lead role in the film, but details regarding the other actors’ parts are unknown.  No one has officially signed on yet, and Pattinson is expected to mull over the script once he wraps The Rover.  As one can imagine, matching up the schedules of four up-and-comers is a bit of a logistical nightmare, so don’t set this cast lineup in stone just yet.

First Clip from Stephenie Meyer’s THE HOST with Saoirse Ronan and Max Irons

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The first clip from writer/director Andrew Niccol’s The Host featuring stars Saoirse Ronan and Max Irons has been released online.  The Host was author Stephenie Meyer’s 2008 follow-up to her hit Twilight franchise, and details the story of an alien race called Souls that take over the inhabitants of Earth.  At the center of the story is Ronan’s character Melanie, who fights back against the Soul, called Wanderer, that takes over her body.  While not as hotly anticipated as the Twilight adaptations were, The Host bolsters an impressive cast including Ronan, Irons, Diane Kruger, Jake Abel, William Hurt, Frances Fisher, and Boyd Holbrook. Hit the jump to see the clip.

THE HOST Featurette Reveals New Footage with Commentary from Author Stephenie Meyer and Star Max Irons

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After releasing a new trailer just yesterday, a new featurette is now available for The Host.  Some new footage is revealed along with commentary from author Stephenie Meyer and star Max Irons.  The Host 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.  Also starring Jake AbelDiane KrugerWilliam Hurt and Boyd HolbrookThe Host opens on March 29th.  Hit the jump to watch the featurette.

New Trailer for Andrew Niccol’s THE HOST Starring Saoirse Ronan

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Open Road Pictures has released a new trailer for writer/director Andrew Niccol’s (Gattaca, In Time) adaptation of the Stephenie Meyer sci-fi novel The Host. The story takes place in a future where a parasitic alien species is nearly finished wiping out the human population by taking over the consciousness of each person.  A soul named Wanderer is attempting to take control of Melanie Stryder’s (Saoirse Ronan) consciousness, but faces strong opposition by what remains of the girl.  This trailer finally does a swell job of explaining the film’s plot, and Niccol looks to have crafted a really cool-looking sci-fi world.  I’m still not entirely sure whether the story plays out as a romance or as more of a thriller, but I’m intrigued nonetheless.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer. The film also stars Max IronsJake AbelDiane KrugerWilliam Hurt, and Boyd Holbrook.  The Host opens on March 29th.

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