The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival gets underway later this week, and we here at Collider are happy to bring you an exclusive clip from a film that will be playing as part of the special presentation selection: A Promise. Set in 1912 Germany, the film revolves around a love triangle between an ailing factory owner (Alan Rickman), his young bride (Rebecca Hall), and his protégé, played by Game of Thrones star Richard Madden. Inspired by Stefan Zweig’s novel Journey into the Past, the pic marks the English-language debut of French filmmaker Patrice Leconte.
Hit the jump to watch the clip. The Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 5 – 15th.
Sometimes a film perfectly fits into current events. The filmmakers can perhaps glean the zeitgeist, but there’s no way of knowing that the release of the finished product will coincide with the day’s headlines. John Crowley‘s Closed Circuit could clearly see the privacy-versus-security argument through the Closed Circuit Televisions (CCTV) that dominate London. Someone is always watching, and that’s supposed to lower crime, but it can also be seen as a way of seeing every citizen as a potential criminal or victim. Crowley and screenwriter Steven Knight couldn’t have known that someone like Edward Snowden would come forward and reveal a massive surveillance program being conducted by the NSA and CIA. They also couldn’t know that the partner of the journalist who assisted Snowden would be detained at the airport by British authorities several months later. With Closed Circuit, Crowley hasn’t just made a tense, mature thriller, but one where the story’s immediacy is felt throughout.
The international suspense thriller Closed Circuit tells the story of two ex-lovers, Martin Rose (Eric Bana) and Claudia Simmons-Howe (Rebecca Hall), who are bound together on the defense team for a high-profile terrorism case that turns out to be such a far-reaching conspiracy that it places both of their lives in jeopardy. From director John Crowley, the film also stars Ciarán Hinds, Jim Broadbent, Riz Ahmed, Anne-Marie Duff and Julia Stiles.
During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Rebecca Hall talked about why she found this story so gripping and intriguing, making sure the complicated issues in the film were easy for audiences to digest, how much fun she had working with Eric Bana, what made their characters’ romantic relationship so interesting, how exciting it was to get to work in and around London in real locations, and how she feels about the concept of being spied on. She also talked about what attracted her to Transcendence, and what it was like to work with acclaimed cinematographer Wally Pfister on his directorial debut. Check out what she had to say after the jump.
Today, we’re bringing you five clips from Focus Features’ new thriller, Closed Circuit. John Crowley (Boy A) directs Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall as “two ex-lovers, Martin and Claudia, [who] find their loyalties tested and their lives at risk when they are joined together on the defense team in a terrorism trial.” The plot works in aspects of a legal drama along with MI-6 and terrorist cell elements, drawing its title from the closed-circuit cameras blanketing London.
Hit the jump to watch the clips. The film also stars Riz Ahmed, Jim Broadbent, Kenneth Cranham, Anne-Marie Duff, Ciarán Hinds, and Julia Stiles. Closed Circuit opens August 28th.
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:
- Words and Pictures (Directed by Fred Schepisi) Starring Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche.
- A Promise (Directed by Patrice Leconte) Starring Rebecca Hall, Alan Rickman, and Richard Madden.
- Child of God (Directed by James Franco) Starring James Franco, Scott Haze, Tim Blake Nelson, and Jim Parrack.
- The Wind Rises (Directed by Hayao Miyazaki) Featuring the voices of Hideaki Anno, Miori Takimoto, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Masahiko Nishimura, Jun Kunimura, Shinobu Otake, and Mansai Nomura.
Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 5 – 15th.
Filming is underway on Transcendence, the directorial debut of Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister (Inception). The film revolves around a group of scientists trying to build the first self-aware supercomputer, and Depp plays a man who uploads his brain to the machine, but is then killed. The film is being co-financed by Beijing-based company DMG Entertainment, but unlike its previous collaborations on Iron Man 3 and Looper, there will be no Chinese-specific footage in Transcendence. DMG found Dan Mintz tells the L.A. Times that the movie “is about that moment when human consciousness and the insanely fast rise of computing power collide.” He continued that the story is “more science reality than science fiction” and that it something that is likely to happen in our lifetimes. That’s an interesting and also somewhat creepy concept, and I’m interested to see what Pfister will do with it.
Hit the jump to check out a photo from the set, a promo poster, and a brief international featurette that has Rebecca Hall giving a shout out to the people of China. The film also stars Kate Mara, Cillian Murphy, Paul Bettany, Clifton Collins Jr., Cole Hauser, and Morgan Freeman. Transcendence opens April 18, 2014.
Focus Features has released a trailer and poster for the thriller Closed Circuit. Per the official synopsis, “Two ex-lovers, Martin (Eric Bana) and Claudia (Rebecca Hall), find their loyalties tested and their lives at risk when they are joined together on the defense team in a terrorism trial.” That may be the simple plot description, but judging by the trailer, the film looks far more complicated. The title comes from the closed-circuit cameras that litter London, and the plot also involves the legal drama as well as the machinations of MI-6 and terrorist cells. I’m curious to see if director John Crowley has found a way to bring all of these aspects together into a solid flick.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer and poster. The film also stars Riz Ahmed, Jim Broadbent, Kenneth Cranham, Anne-Marie Duff, Ciarán Hinds, and Julia Stiles. Closed Circuit opens August 28th.
Marvel makes it look easy. That’s what kept running through my head while watching Iron Man 3 Thursday night. Pumping out one solid standalone film after another with the overall goal of creating a whole that is equally, if not more, entertaining than its formidable parts can’t be that easy. And yet, Marvel makes it seem that way. In a medium outside of their native reach no less. Granted, Iron Man 3 isn’t without its flaws. But it doesn’t have to be. It succeeds on the exact level it’s meant to: in moving both the individual character and universal stories ahead in an entertaining and logical way. If “Marvel makes it looks easy” was my primary takeaway from IM3, “DC has their work cut out for them” isn’t far behind.
But enough Marvel love for one opening paragraph. In this week’s Top 5 we’ve got Iron Man 3 interviews with director Shane Black and more, a video blog review for Star Trek Into Darkness, the Pacific Rim trailer from WonderCon, Fox’s courting of Michael B. Jordan the the role of Human Torch in its upcoming Fantastic Four reboot, and the new trailer for Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx‘s White House Down. A brief recap and link to each is a “Continue Reading” click away.
With writer-director Shane Black‘s Iron Man 3 now playing around the world and opening in America this weekend, I recently got to speak with the cast and filmmakers here in Los Angeles. During my video interview with Guy Pearce and Rebecca Hall, we talked about how their families reacted when they were cast, script changes during production, how it’s hard to talk about the movie without giving away some of the twists and turns, what it was like working with Shane Black, and more. In addition, I tried to get Hall to talk about Wally Pfister‘s Transcendence (it didn’t work), and Pearce talks briefly about The Rover with Robert Pattinson. Hit the jump to watch.
Kicking off the blockbuster movie season, Marvel Studios is releasing Iron Man 3 on May 3rd. This time out, brilliant billionaire inventor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.), aka Iron Man, faces a terrifying enemy, known as The Mandarin (Sir Ben Kingsley), whose reach knows no bounds, and he must rely on his own instincts to protect those that he loves. From director Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang), the film also stars Gwyneth Paltrow (“Pepper Potts”), Don Cheadle (“James Rhodes”), Guy Pearce (“Aldrich Killian”), Rebecca Hall (“Maya Hansen”) and Jon Favreau (“Happy Hogan”).
During this press conference at the film’s Los Angeles junket, co-stars Guy Pearce and Rebecca Hall, along with Shane Black, talked about the ambitions for Iron Man 3, the version that will be shown in China with additional footage, giving up the use of the F-word for the PG-13 film, why Christmas was the right setting for the story, what made this version of The Mandarin the perfect villain, and working with co-star Robert Downey, Jr. Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.
Although Iron Man 3 has already had its world premiere, we here in the States have to wait a little over a week before we get to see it. In the meantime, a new TV spot and 10 new images feature not only the principal cast of Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow, but new looks at the supporting cast. We get new looks at James Badge Dale, Jon Favreau, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, Guy Pearce and Ty Simpkins, plus a TV spot takes us inside the surprisingly rustic cabin retreat of Tony Stark.
Also starring Don Cheadle and Ben Kingsley, Iron Man 3 opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 3rd. Hit the jump to watch the TV spot and check out the new images.
A new international TV spot has been released for Iron Man 3, and MTV just aired a clip from the upcoming superhero flick. Thankfully, neither the clip nor the TV spot are big on spoilers. It’s just selling the hell out of the action, and that really can’t be spoiled since it’s going to be far more effective on the big screen than it is on your computer monitor or television. My larger concern is if the 3D will help or hinder the picture.
Hit the jump to check out the clip and the TV spot. The film stars Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale, Jon Favreau, and Ben Kingsley. Iron Man 3 opens in 3D on May 3rd.
Marvel has released a new featurette for director Shane Black’s sequel Iron Man 3, and this one focuses on the film’s large cast of characters. In addition to a fair amount of new footage, we get to see nearly the entire cast (including Jon Favreau) discuss their characters and how the film stacks up against the first two Iron Man pics. Naturally everyone has great things to say about the film, but Ben Kingsley appears genuinely enthused about tackling The Mandarin and Robert Downey Jr. claims that it’s the most emotionally satisfying and entertaining Iron Man film yet.
Hit the jump to watch the new featurette and click here if you missed the first clip from the pic. The film also stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, and Rebecca Hall. Iron Man 3 opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 3rd.
An international TV spot for Iron Man 3 has gone online. The spot still has the grim tone of almost everything we’ve seen so far, but it also has the same amount of action. It also has a very cool ending, and fans of the comics will enjoy the reference even if the reference will probably be unnamed in the actual film. That’s all I’m going to say because some might consider what happens to be a minor spoiler.
Hit the jump to check out the TV spot, but again be warned that it contains a minor spoiler. The film stars he film stars Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, and Ben Kingsley. Iron Man 3 opens in 3D on May 3rd.
Yesterday, a bounty of Iron Man 3 goodness made its way online. In addition to a rather intense new trailer, we shared a video blog after having seen 15 minutes of footage from the movie as well as interviews with Robert Downey Jr. and director Shane Black & Marvel’s Kevin Feige. The trailer is packed with so much new footage, that we’ve gone back and taken some high-resolution screengrabs from the clip that are now available for your perusing pleasure.
Hit the jump to take a look at the images, and let us know what secrets you think can be gleaned from some of these new photos. The film also stars Don Cheadle, Gwyneth Paltrow, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, and Ben Kingsley. Iron Man 3 opens in 3D on May 3rd.