Great news, the Hollywood Reporter is reporting that “A Most Wanted Man” found another financer and production company. The article also confirm that Rachel, Hoffman, Dafoe and Wright are all cast in the movie.
It was reported earlier that the filming for the movie is expected to start in September in Germany.
Based on John le Carre’s bestselling book, the modern-day spy thriller stars Philip Seymour Hoffman and Rachel McAdams.
TORONTO — New financing and production venture Demarest Films has come aboard to co-finance and co-produce Anton Corbijn’s espionage saga A Most Wanted Man, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe and Robin Wright.
A Most Wanted Man is based on John le Carre’s acclaimed novel of the same name. Screenwriter Andrew Bovell adapted for the big screen.
The spy thriller is set in present-day Hamburg, Germany, where a mysterious half-Chechen, half-Russian man, brutally scarred from torture, surfaces in the city’s Islamic community, on the run and desperate for help. He seeks to recover his late Russian father’s fortune and soon connects with a conflicted British private banker and a young female lawyer fiercely determined to protect the rights of persecuted émigrés.
The press kit for “Passion” was released via the production compagnies website. It also features in interesting and in-depth interview with director Brian de Palma. Thanks to tempjord for the heads up! You can read it below/inside, but be aware that it contains some major spoilers especially when you haven’t seen the original so don’t read further if you don’t want to get spoiled.
I high lighted the parts interesting to Rachel and her character Christine in italic. You can also see the scans of the Italian magazine FilmTV in our gallery, it features an article on “Passion“. The movie will have it’s world premiere at the Venice Film Festival tomorrow, and will have it’s North America premiere at TIFF next week.
How would you pitch the story?
It is a struggle for power between women and a murder mystery.
What attracted you to the story?
The fact that it is a thriller, the best genre for visual storytelling, with a certain element of fun to it. And a genre that I haven’t done since “Raising Caine”, 22 years ago. I liked the characters in the Alain Corneau film but I thought of a different way to reveal the murder. I rewrote the script so that there were constant surprises, many possible suspects and you did not know for sure who was the murderer. I also worked out quite a few tricks to make the audience believe one thing when something else happens.
Vs. Magazine released a web quality preview of their upcoming fashion spread on their official website, including the first pages of Rachel’s shoot. We added them in our gallery, she looks absolutely stunning. The photos – and it looks like the interview as well – were taken by Drew Barrymore. I hope we are able to add the high quality scans and shoot in our gallery soon but in the mean time you can enjoy these.
The first reviews of Terrence Malick’s “To The Wonder” are coming in after the first press screening for the movie earlier today. Only producers Nicolas Gonda and Sarah Green and actresses Romina Mondello and Olga Kurylenk – who is the lead in the movie – attended the photocall, press conference and premiere. Rachel only has a (smaller) supporting role in the movie, she reportedly has only a few minutes of screen time, which was kind of expected since she didn’t spend as much time on set as Kurylenk and Affleck.
This post is a round up of the first reviews, we will update it later on with new ones so keep coming back. The movie will have it’s North American premiere next week (September 10) during the Toronto International Film Festival.
“Neil then rekindles a romance with Jane (a never-better Rachel McAdams), a sylph-like rancher who may have been his childhood sweetheart. This being a Malick film, their dates involve running through the long grass and sharing close encounters with snuffling bison at magic hour on the prairie. At his best, Malick can show you a kind of divinity in the world that we otherwise rarely glimpse, and these scenes, shot with skin-prickling tenderness by Emmanuel Lubezki, positively ache with it.”
“McAdams has the least to do of the principals, but is wonderfully haunted and sad in her brief appearances”
FilmStage released a new article with more details – which they based on the production notes of the movie – on “To The Wonder“. The movie, directed and written by Terrence Malick, will premiere September 2 (Sunday) at the Venice Film Festival. You can read the article below/after the jump, I high lighted the parts most interesting to Rachel’s character Jane. Keep in mind, this article contains spoilers so don’t read further if you don’t want to read them.
TO THE WONDER, written and directed by Terrence Malick, is a romantic drama centered on Neil, a man who is torn between two loves: Marina, the European woman who came to United States to be with him, and Jane, the old flame he reconnects with from his hometown. In TO THE WONDER, Malick explores how love and its many phases and seasons – passion, sympathy, obligation, sorrow, indecision – can transform, destroy, and reinvent lives.
As TO THE WONDER opens, Neil and Marina are together on the French island of Mont St. Michel – known in France as The Wonder of the Western World (Merveille de l’Occident) – and invigorated by feelings of being newly in love. Neil, an aspiring writer, has left the United States in search of a better life, leaving behind a string of unhappy affairs. Looking into Marina’s eyes as the Abbey looms in the distance, Neil is certain he has finally found the one woman he can love with commitment. He makes a vow to be true to this woman alone.
Rachel is currently attached to star in “Maudie“, the bio-pic about Canadian fol artist Maud Lewis. Producer Mary Young Leckie will hit the IFF market at the Toronto Film Festival. Thanks to our visitor tempjord we now have a detailed plot about the movie.
I would also recommend anyone who is interested to know more about Maud Lewis to watch this beautiful short film about her life. Keep in mind the production of this movie seems to be in early stages, so noting is offiical.
Feature / Drama / English
Produced by Rink Rat Productions and Screen Door
Directed by Jean-François Pouliot
Written by Sherry White
Maudie is an unlikely love story in which a curmudgeonly miser hires a tiny disfigured woman to be his housekeeper and ends up managing her artistic career as a she becomes a well loved folk artist. Inspired by the life story of Nova Scotia folk artist Maude Lewis.
EVERETT LEWIS (48) is a man who owes nothing to anyone. Tall, skinny and shabby, abandoned by his parents at a very young age, he has nevertheless managed to become a proud and self-sufficient man, largely by collecting scraps and peddling fish. He lives in a 10X12 foot house that has neither running water nor electricity, but at least it’s all his. Everett is his own boss and has everything he needs, except maybe a woman to clean the house and cook his meals. When he posts an ad for a live-in housekeeper, the only interest generated is from a strange looking woman – short, hunched over, with gnarled up hands and two huge bright brown eyes. And her name is MAUDE DOWLEY (32).
I came across a photo taken of Rachel’s Vs. Magazine editorial on InstaGram. Like we reported before Rachel is gracing the cover of the magazine, which will hit newsstand early September, and her shoot is shot by actress Drew Barrymore. We added the (low quality) preview in our gallery, and we can’t wait to see more of this!
In other news, it looks like Rachel might not attend Venice Film Festival later this week. Various foreign news sources are reporting that only Olga Kurylenko and Javier Bardem are expected. A Belgium journalist confirmed to our twitter account that only Olga, Javier and Noomi Rapace – for “Passion” – are announced to do interviews. I am still hoping that Rachel will make an appearance, especially since it was announced during the press conference that she was expected to attend.
The New York Film Festival announced this year’s schedule earlier today. Like we reported before “Passion” has been selected for the festival – which runs from September 28 to October 14 – and director Brian de Palma will do a Q&A on October 7.
The movie will screen on September 29, October 6 and October 11. The NYFF also released new stills of the movie including one of Rachel. Be sure to check them all out via this link.
Passion – Brian De Palma, 2012
USA | English | Format: DCP | 100 minutes
Brian De Palma exhibits great panache and a diabolical mastery of frequent, small surprises in his cinematically most ingenious movie since his magical comedy-of-coincidences, Femme Fatale. With tongue planted in cheek, or maybe not—it’s up to you to decide—De Palma turns French director Alain Corneau’s 2010 Love Crime into a droll, erotic tale of female competition. Noomi Rapace more than matches her performance in the original Girl with the Dragon Tattoo as the assistant to an unscrupulous advertising honcho (Rachel McAdams), who steals her ideas and acts as if it’s all good sport. It’s great fun until De Palma zeros in on the fury in Rapace’s eyes. The De Palma trademarks are all present and deployed with coolly calculated abandon: a brilliant use of split screen; a confusion of identical twins; dreams within dreams; and shoes to die for.
The movie will make it’s world premiere next week – September 7 – at the Venice Film Festival (in competition) and will have it’s North America premiere at TIFF a few days later on September 11. Thanks to tempjord for the heads up! The official TIFF site currently hold a 18A rating, which is a R rating in the US, for the movie.
The Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) is presenting it’s seventh annual International Financing Forum (IFF) at this year’s Toronto Film Festival. Their aim is to bring together producers with agents, financiers etc. for upcoming movies. OMDC released an official press release earlier this day in which they introduced this year’s projects including “Maudie“. According to the release Rachel is set to star in the movie, which will be directed by Jean-François Pouliot and the script is written by Sherry White.
Producer Mary Young Leckie with Maudie, based on the true story of Canadian artist, Maude Lewis, to be directed by Jean-François Pouliot (Seducing Dr. Lewis) and set to star Rachel McAdams (Midnight in Paris, Sherlock Holmes)
Rachel will portray the late Canadian folk artist – and title character – Maud Lewis. GlobalNews has more information on the project:
Lewis, who died in 1970 at the age of 67, was disabled as a result of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and lived most of her life in poverty in Nova Scotia. Her husband Everett Lewis encouraged her to paint and she went on to capture outdoor scenes and animals on surfaces like pulp and metal.
Her one-room home is currently on display at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax along with a large collection of her work. Several documentary films have been made about Lewis and she is the subject of a book, The Illuminated Life of Maud Lewis, and the stage play A Happy Heart: The Maud Lewis Story.
Production of Maudie is expected to begin next year in Ontario.
It looks like the project is still in the early stages, but we will keep you posted on this project.