The 68th Edinburgh International Film Festival unveiled their line-up for this year’s film festival last week and “A Most Wanted Man” is part of program as part of the Directors’ Showcase and is also nominated for the audience award. The festival runs from 18 to 29 June and the movie will have it’s first screening June 22 followed by a second screening on June 26.
A Most Wanted Man
Anton Corbijn / UK, USA, Germany / 2014 / 122 mins
A John le Carré bestseller brought to stunning life
Anton Corbijn’s sumptuously shot, impeccably structured adaptation of John le Carré’s 2008 bestselling novel is a thoroughly gripping tale set in the dangerous and dingy world of a post-9/11 German intelligence unit. Tensions are high as unit head Günther Bachmann (a truly accomplished performance by the late Philip Seymour Hoffman) is drawn into a deadly web of intrigue and espionage on the streets of Hamburg. A captivating story full of twists and surprises, expertly brought to life by a thoroughly talented cast.
As you may have noticed the reported running time of the movie is one minute longer than the version shown at Sundance earlier this year which had a 121 minutes running time. For more information about the festival and to find our how to book tickets be sure to head over to the official website of the festival. “A Most Wanted Man” will be released on July 25 in the US followed by a September 5 release for the UK.
We added some additional photos in our gallery from recent events. Some more high quality additional photos of Rachel attending the MET Gala in New York last month are added in our gallery as well as a brand new portrait of Rachel during the Sundance Film Festival to promote “A Most Wanted Man.
Lucky Red has announced earlier this week that they picked up the distribution rights of “The Little Prince” (‘Il Piccolo Principe’) in Italy. The movie is expected to be released October 7, 2015 in France, late 2015 in the US and The Wrap recently reported that eOne Films Canada picked the rights for the movie in Canada for a 2016 release. Lucky Red announced they will release the 3D animated movie on January 1, 2016 in Italy and also revealed the roles of the English voice cast. The translated (via google translator) press release can be found below/after the jump:
Lucky Red will bring the highly anticipated film, directed by Mark Osborne (creator of Kung Fu Panda) and adapted from the popular children’s book by Antoine de Saint- Exupéry, to Italian cinemas.
The Little Prince has sold 145 million copies worldwide (16 million in Italy alone) and has been translated into more than 270 languages and dialects 71 after it’s first publication. It’s the most translated book in the world after the Bible!
Universal and timeless values make it a masterpiece narrated in the Saint-Exupéry: the respect for individuals and diversity, protecting the environment, and peace. A passionate story that relentlessly generations of readers of all ages. Made of CGI and stop motion animation with a budget of $ 80 million, The Little Prince is by far the most anticipated animation project next year.
Rachel made it onto The Wrap‘s The Most and Least Liked Summer Movie Actresses 2014 List at #3 because she will appear in “A Most Wanted Man” this summer. She tied with Angelina Jolie who will appear in “Maleficent” this summer.
A study of adults 18-49 conducted for TheWrap found that the “X-Men: Days of Future Past” star has a 27 Positive Q Score, well-above average for a celebrity. Q Scores are a research tool used by TV networks as well as studios in determining how favorably or unfavorably celebrities are viewed by consumers.
Lawrence topped her closest fellow actress, Melissa McCarthy (“Tammy”), by two points. “Maleficent” actress Angelina Jolie and Rachel McAdams of “A Most Wanted Man” tied for third among actresses, each with a 23.
Here’s how Q Scores work. The Q Scores company provides a celebrity’s name and a brief description to more than 1,800 study participants. The viewers are asked if they recognize the person, and how they feel about him or her.
Be sure to go to The Wrap to see the entire list. Other actresses on the list are Meryl Streep, Shailene Woodley, and her Untitled Cameron Crowe/Hawaii co-star Emma Stone. “A Most Wanted Man” will be released on July 25 in the US and September 5 in the UK and Ireland.
Open Casting Call is reporting that there will be an open casting for “Southpaw” this Saturday (May 24) in Indiana and the second one is next week (May 31) in Pittsburg. Filming will start next month until early August and the casting call seems to confirm that Rachel, Lupita Nyong’o, and Forest Whitaker officially joined Jake Gyllenhaal in the movie. Keep in mind that Rachel’s involvement has only been reported so far, still no word from TWC and/or Rachel’s reps (but they haven’t denied the rumors either).
The Weinstein Company and Hope Films in association with Richie Productions, Escape Artists, and Fuqua Films are now prepping to shoot the feature film Southpaw starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, and Forest Whitaker. The casting directors have scheduled two open casting calls. One will be on Saturday May 24, 2014 in Indiana, Pennsylvania which is about 1-hour east of Pittsburgh. The second will be on May 31, 2014 in Pittsburgh. Film crew members can can submit resumes to the production office. Filming will take place in both Pittsburgh and Indiana from mid-June through early-August.
Southpaw centers on cocky, aggressive, volatile middleweight champion Billy Hope. He expects to ride out his career with his massive winnings, his adoring fans, his beloved wife Maureen and their 10 year old daughter Leila. When Billy’s temper triggers a fight, and then a shootout that leaves Maureen dead, Billy finds his life spiraling out of control. He takes to drinking and doing drugs, ignores the heart-broken Leila, and ignores his finances. When he loses his house, his money and finally Leila, who winds up in a group foster home, he begins to find his way back to some kind of balance with the help of amateur trainer Titus “Tick” Willis, who has his own demons but who turns out to be the perfect trainer for Billy.
It was reported earlier this week that Rachel is ‘top choice’ to play the female lead alongside Jake Gyllenhaal in “Southpaw“. It has not been confirmed yet that Rachel officially signed on but we will round-up some news about the movie in this post. Many thanks to my friends Jord & Nick for the heads-up!
• The Weinstein Company will distribute the movie in the US and they presented their upcoming slate yesterday during the 2014 Cannes Film Festival market and “Southpaw” was part of the in-production slate. Deadline, Variety, and Vulture are reporting that footage of Jake Gyllenhaal was showed.
• Production Bulletin is reporting the following plot, keep in mind that it could contain (major?) spoilers:
Cocky, aggressive, volatile middleweight champion Billy Hope (Gyllenhaal) full expects to ride out his career with his massive winnings, his adoring fans, his beloved wife Maureen and their 10 year old daughter Leila. When Billy’s temper triggers a fight, and then a shootout that leaves Maureen dead, Billy finds his life spiraling out of control. He takes to drinking and doing drugs, ignores the heart-broken Leila, and ignores his finances. When he loses his house, his money and finally Leila, who winds up in a group foster home, he begins to find his way back to some kind of balance with the help of amateur trainer Titus “Tick” Willis, who has his own demons but who turns out to be the perfect trainer for Billy.
• Indiana Gazette is reporting that there will be a casting call for extras held in the Indiana Mall for the movie. They also report that filming will start mid- to late June in Indiana and in Pittsburgh in early July to early August. Backstage.com confirms the July start date for Pittsburgh.
Entertainment Weekly released the very first US poster of “A Most Wanted Man” earlier today. The movie is expected to be released July 25.
It’s been three months since Philip Seymour Hoffman died of a drug overdose, and though Hunger Games fans can still look forward to his scenes as Plutarch Heavensbee in the next two Mockingjay movies, the Oscar winner’s final leading-man role is in A Most Wanted Man, which opens in theaters on July 25.
Hoffman plays Günther Bachmann, a German intelligence agent in Hamberg torn between locking up an Islamic immigrant suspected of terrorist ties (Grigoriy Dobrygin) and manipulating him to entrap an even bigger potential threat. All the while, he has to deal with department rivals, a U.S. intelligence official (Robin Wright) pushing for information, and an immigration attorney (Rachel McAdams) who might be too close to the handsome “most wanted man.”
Deadline is reporting that Rachel is the top choice to play the female lead in “Southpaw” alongside Jake Gyllenhaal, Lupita Nyong’o and Forest Whitaker with Antoine Fuqua set to direct.
Southpaw, the long-gestating Kurt Sutter-scripted drama about a fighter who tries to overcome adversity to recapture glory, is finally getting close to the start line. I’m hearing that The Weinstein Company and director Antoine Fuqua have made Rachel McAdams their choice to play the female lead alongside Jake Gyllenhaal, with Forest Whitaker talks to play the boxing trainer who tries to guide his fighter back after his world is shattered by personal tragedy. It sends him on a downward spiral and puts his young daughter in a bad spot. I’m hearing TWC is courting 12 Years A Slave Oscar winner Lupita Nyong‘o to play the social worker watching out for the kid. Alan Riche and Peter Riche are producing with Todd Black and Jason Blumenthal. Fuqua has brought his Equalizer scribe Richard Wenk on for a rewrite.
Deadline previously reported that the movie is expected to start filming this summer.
We have added a lot of additions photos of Rachel during the Costume Institute Gala held at the MET in New York City. Many thanks to my friends Nicole and Claudia for their donations! Rachel posed with her “About Time” co-star Domhnall Gleeson and actress Rosamund Pike inside the venue. Rosamund and Rachel share the same management.