Only one more day until the release of “Aloha” in the U.S. and the first reviews are finally getting released. While the movie isn’t receiving good reviews so far, most of them do seem to enjoy the performances in the movie and especially Rachel’s performance as Tracy. A round-up of the reviews can be found below, especially those who highlight Rachel’s performance. We will edit this post when more reviews are released.
“Even with its off-balance, overstuffed storytelling, the film maintains a charm and energy that never flags, with brisk pacing and generally engaging performances from its deep-bench cast […] McAdams, meanwhile, plays likely the strongest, most rounded female character Crowe has ever written, a woman suddenly face to face with the life she has and the one she might have had, and the actress brings a grounded, unforced earthiness to the role that is a joy to watch.”
–Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
“The Little Prince” had it’s first press screening during the 68th Annual Cannes Film Festival earlier today. Rachel did not attend the press events but the director Mark Osborne, co-star Mackenzie Foy and actors who are voicing the international versions of the movie attended the photocall and press conference. The first reviews are getting released. We will round-up the reviews in this post and update it when more are getting released.
“The Little Prince turns out to be a respectful, lovingly reimagined take on Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s classic 1943 tale […] the film remains a consistent visual treat (the computer animation is more inspired in this section, with the grown-ups depicted as a colorless, zombified mass of tall, narrow bodies) and always echoes Saint-Exupery’s core theme of looking at the world through the hopeful, uncorrupted eyes of a child, where sometimes what appears to be a hat may in fact be a boa constrictor with an elephant inside.”
–Scott Foundas, Variety
Various media outlets, including Yahoo! Italy, are reporting that “Southpaw” will have it’s world premiere during the 13th Annual Ischia Global Film & Music Fest in Italy. The movie will be the opening film of the festival. The festival runs from July 11-19 held in Ischia, Italy. Rachel stars in the movie alongside Jake Gyllenhaal, Forest Whitaker, Naomie Harris, 50 Cent, Rita Ora, and Oona Laurence. The movie is directed by Antoine Fuqua. Producer Harvey Weinstein – from The Weinstein Company – recently revealed that the movie was offered a slot during the Cannes Film Festival but was unable to get screened in competition because Jake’s jury duties. The movie will be released on July 24 in the U.S. and U.K.
Update: THR confirms the news. “Southpaw” will be the opening film of Ischia Global Fest. Let’s hope Rachel and the rest of the cast and crew are able to attend!
The Weinstein Company presented their upcoming slate during this year’s Cannes Film Festival, which kicked off on Wednesday, and Rachel’s co-star Jake Gyllenhaal joined Harvey Weinstein during the presentation. An interesting fact was revealed: apparently “Southpaw” was selected for the Cannes Film Festival, but it was unable to play in competition because Jake is part of the jury. The Wrap is reporting TWC will show the movie privately at the festival the coming days. Variety is reporting the following story:
The Weinstein Co.’s Cannes presentation is always an early launching pad for fall awards season. But on Thursday afternoon at the Majestic Hotel, Harvey Weinstein actually started handicapping the 2016 Oscars race from the South of France.
Joined by Jake Gyllenhaal onstage, Weinstein said it was an outrage that the star was snubbed for his performance in “Nightcrawler,” which was released by Open Road Films last fall. “We’ll get revenge,” Weinstein said. “This transformation in ‘Southpaw’ is amazing,” Weinstein added about the upcoming summer movie directed by Antoine Fuqua, where Gyllenhaal plays a professional boxer. Weinstein revealed that “Southpaw” had been selected for Cannes, but it couldn’t play in competition because Gyllenhaal is a member of the jury.
Even though Weinstein compared the film to “Raging Bull,” it also looks like an entertaining summer crowd-pleaser. The new trailer reveals a plot twist involving Rachel McAdams (who plays Gyllenhaal’s wife) that suggests her role in the film might not be large. The drama, which showcases another major transformation for Gyllenhaal, comes across as “Rocky” meets “The Pursuit of Happyness.”
Rachel’s upcoming animated movie “The Little Prince” did get selected for the festival and is screening out of competition. The movie will have it’s premiere screening next week on May 22nd. The movie was also part of Weinstein’s presentation because they will release it in “select European and Australian territories” according to Deadline. Variety gave the trailer the following grade:
The Little Prince
This film based on the classic children’s story is the most promising animated pic to come out of the Weinstein Co. in years.
Rachel’s upcoming movie “Spotlight” – in which she stars alongside Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Liev Schreiber, Stanley Tucci and John Slattery – has found several international distributors including a multiterritory deal with Sony. Variety is reporting the following story:
Entertainment One has inked sales on “Spotlight,” including a multiterritory deal with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions. Pic, about the Boston Globe’s investigation into child abuse in the Catholic Church, stars Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton and Rachel McAdams.
In addition to SPWA, which will handle Latin America, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe outside of the former Yugoslavia, Greece, Turkey, the Middle East, Israel and India, eOne has secured sales of the film in Italy (BIM), Portugal (Lusomundo), former Yugoslavia (Discovery), the Baltic States (Estonian Theatrical Distribution), South Africa (Times Media), Hong Kong (Golden Scene), Indonesia (Queen), Singapore (Shaw), South Korea (Activers), Taiwan (Caichang), Thailand (Sahamongkol) and airline rights (EIM).
EOne is handling international sales of “Spotlight” in all territories outside of the U.K., Canada, Spain, Benelux and Australia/New Zealand, where the company is distributing the film directly, and in the U.S., where the film is being distributed by Open Road, which is planning for a wide release.
The 2015 Cannes Film Festival announced it’s official schedule earlier today and “The Little Prince” will have it’s premiere screening on Friday May 22nd. The current reported running time is 1h50. The animated movie is directed by Mark Osborne and Rachel will voice The Mother. Marion Cotillard, James Franco, Jeff Bridges, Mackenzie Foy, Paul Rudd, Benicio Del Toro, Paul Giamatti, Albert Brooks, Bud Cort, and Ricky Gervais also star. For more information about the festival and the full screening guide be sure to head over to the official website. No word yet if Rachel or other cast members will attend the premiere. The festival runs from May 13-24.
The 2015 Cannes Film Festival has announced part of their official line-up earlier today. It was announced that Rachel’s upcoming animated movie “The Little Prince” is selected for the festival. It will screen out of competition. The movie is directed by Mark Osborne and the running time is 1h48 according to the official website. Wild Bunch, who handles international sales, is reporting the following plot:
Long synopsis: Rediscover one of the most beloved stories of all time. From Mark Osborne, Academy Award® nominated director of Kung Fu Panda, comes the first-ever animated feature film adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s iconic masterpiece, The Little Prince. At the heart of it all is The Little Girl, who’s being prepared by her mother for the very grown-up world in which they live – only to be interrupted by her eccentric, kind-hearted neighbor, The Aviator. He introduces his new friend to an extraordinary world where anything is possible. A world that he himself was initiated into long ago by The Little Prince. It’s here that The Little Girl’s magical and emotional journey into her own imagination – and into the universe of The Little Prince – begins.
Cast: Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, James Franco, Jeff Bridges, Mackenzie Foy, Paul Rudd, Benicio Del Toro, Paul Giamatti, Albert Brooks, Bud Cort, Ricky Gervais
The festival runs from May 13-May 24. We hope Rachel and the rest of the cast is able to attend the festival!
The MPAA rated Rachel’s upcoming movie “Aloha” PG-13. The movie is expected to be released on May 29, 2015 in the U.S. Film Launching UK is reporting the movie will be released on September 4, 2015 in the U.K.
Title: Aloha (2015)
Reason: Rated PG-13 for some language including suggestive comments.
Distributor: Columbia Pictures
Alternative Titles: Deep Tiki, Untitled Cameron Crowe, Untitled Hawaii Project
Rachel co-stars in the movie alongside Emma Stone, Bradley Cooper, Bill Murray, John Krasinski, Danny McBride, and Alec Baldwin.
The Box Office reported earlier this week that The Weinstein Company moved up the release date for “Southpaw” from July 31, 2015 to July 24, 2015. Box Office Mojo is also confirming the new date. The movie is now up against Pan, Paper Town, Pixels, Irrational Man, and The Vatican Tapes. Launching Films UK is reporting the movie will be released on July 24, 2015 in the U.K. The first trailer of the movie was released last week, so be sure to check out our previous post in case you missed it. The official trailer description has also been updated with a new detailed plot:
From acclaimed director Antoine Fuqua (TRAINING DAY) and starring Academy Award® nominated Jake Gyllenhaal (NIGHTCRAWLER, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN) comes a story of tragedy, loss and the painful road to redemption… Billy “The Great” Hope (Gyllenhaal) is the reigning Junior Middleweight Champion whose unorthodox stance, the so-called “Southpaw,” consists of an ineloquent, though brutal, display of offensive fighting…one fueled by his own feelings of inadequacy and a desperate need for love, money and fame. With a beautiful family, home and financial security, Billy is on top both in and out of the ring until a tragic accident leaves his wife (Rachel McAdams) dead and sends him into a downward spiral. His days now an endless haze of alcohol and prescription drugs, his daughter taken by Child Services and his home repossessed by the bank, Billy’s fate is all but sealed until a washed up former boxer named Tick (Forest Whitaker) agrees to take the bereaved pugilist under his wing so long as he agrees to his strict ethos. Relentless and utterly committed to a fighter that thinks as much as he throws punches, Tick rebuilds Billy into a new man: one that is agile, fearsome and uncompromising in the ring while thoughtful, loving and disciplined outside of it. Now, as he works to regain custody of his daughter and mounts a professional comeback, Billy must face his demons head-on as he learns that, sometimes, your greatest opponent can be yourself.