Clint Eastwood‘s new film Hereafter is one of the most talked about films going into this year’s festival. When the schedule for the festival was announced, it featured one sole performance, and no press screenings.
Industry bloggers threw a fuss and Warner Bros responded that they planned to have a press screening sometime on the first Saturday of the festival. And they followed through with that promise. TIFF Press received an e-mail less than two hours before the newly announced screening. Most critics learned about the screening after it was too late. And what kind of screening room did they find to screen this highly anticipated movie? One that fit less than 140 people. To give you perspective, the biggest press screening room fits 557 people (I know this because we just saw Dustin Lance Black’s directorial debut on that screen).
Why would Warner Bros be so elusive about a press screening? Why screen the film only once publicly? Could it possibly be THAT bad? Might they be trying to prevent bad buzz from spreading fast? And if so, why submit the film to a film festival in the first place?
Update: I have talked to someone involved who says the press screening was scheduled weeks in advance. But the information was not available on any of the press schedule board updates. So I’m not sure why the majority of press were only alerted of it an hour and forty five minutes before the screening.
I can’t answer any of the questions above, but I can tell you what I thought of the film.
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Is this a Clint Eastwood movie or one by M. Night Shyamalan? OK, I’m kidding, and now that I’ve completely stacked the deck against Hereafter by even mentioning that name I guess I should backtrack.
Clint Eastwood has called Hereafter his ‘chick flick.’ It features Matt Damon as a retired/reluctant psychic who brings together a boy (twins Frankie and George McLaren) who lost his brother and a woman (Cécile De France) who nearly died in the 2004. The film is certainly about loss and dealing with the ugly turns life takes, more than it is about the supernatural. Oh, hell, I’m probably not doing this one any favors. Just watch the trailer, after the break, and hopefully that will get the idea across. Read More »
Clint Eastwood‘s upcoming Hereafter, starring Matt Damon, is now slated to close this year’s installment of the New York Film Festival. David Fincher’s The Social Network is opening the fest and Julie Taymor’s The Tempest is another of the big films; new additions to the program include Certified Copy, We Are What We Are (the ‘Mexican cannibal movie’), Another Year and Meek’s Cutoff. That is, most of the big Cannes films are in the fest, including Palme d’Or winner Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives.
Hereafter is written by Peter Morgan and features Damon as a reluctant psychic dealing with issues with his girlfriend (Bryce Dallas Howard) while Cecile De France plays a TV journalist who has a near-death experience during the 2004 tsunami. Their lives all come together along with a young boy dealing with the death of his twin brother. Early reports pegged it as a more supernatural film than it really seems to be. Rather, the movie is about loss and grief, and Eastwood has called it his ‘chick flick.’
After the break, the entire NYFF program as it currently stands. Read More »
The Entertainment Weekly fall preview issue is a bonanza of first looks and new images. Scans from the magazine are showing up online, and they have the first official still from the Coen Bros. remake of True Grit, new images from Let Me In and Buried, and the first look at Clint Eastwood‘s drama Hereafter. In addition, there’s a spy pic of Kristen Stewart on the set of On the Road, which is finally shooting after years of development by various filmmakers. Read More »
For the last two years or so, we’ve been reporting on Summit Entertainment’s Untitled Cancer Comedy, which was formerly titled I’m With Cancer. The movie finally has an official title: Live With It, clever eh?
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Elias Koteas has never been one of the more high-profile character actors out there, but he’s always one of my favorites. (Not because of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, where he played Casey Jones, but for films like Crash and The Adjuster.) Directors like David Fincher and Martin Scorsese have started using Koteas, which has increased his profile, and now he’s cast in Winnie, the biopic about Winnie Mandela.
He joins Terrence Howard and Jennifer Hudson, who play Nelson and Winnie Mandela. Koteas will be De Vries, “an overzealous officer in the apartheid police stage who rises in power and becomes intent on stopping Winnie and the black anti-apartheid activists from gaining power.” So not a role that audiences will look kindly on, but a major role. I’ll take it. [THR]
After the break, Green Lantern gets a dad and Fred Ward and Jessica Chastain book new roles. Read More »
Buried director Rodrigo Cortés will next direct Sigourney Weaver in Red Lights, in which she’ll play Margaret Matheson, “a para-psychologist who attempts to debunk a very reputable psychic who has just returned to the limelight after 30 years.” What are the chances her character is named after author Richard Matheson? Pretty good. Cortés told Bloody Disgusting the film is “”about how the brain does not give a true picture of reality.”
After the break, new talent for The Thing and The Help (can we combine those into one film, The Helpful Thing?) and two roles for True Blood‘s Grant Bowler. Read More »
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I was thrilled a couple weeks ago to see that Oren Moverman will rewrite and direct Rampart, based on a story and script by James Ellroy. The film covers the scandal that engulfed the Rampart Division of the LAPD in the ’90s and now, perhaps appropriately, Ice Cube is in the cast. The guy went from being a full-on anti-authority spokesman to reformed family man and comedy filmmaker, and now he’s going back to the subject of crooked cops.
The irony is that Cube will play a cop in the film — he’s the homicide detective that investigates a dirty Rampart cop played by Woody Harrelson. Ben Foster is in the film, as well, but we don’t yet know his part. [Deadline]
After the break, Bryce Dallas Howard joins Viola Davis in The Help and Paul Reubens gets blue. Read More »