Ewan McGregor decided to make The Impossible as soon as he read the script. Still, there was that nagging feeling that this project — the true story of one family torn apart when the 2004 tsunami hit Thailand — could go terribly wrong.
"The nature of putting a movie camera on something is that it turns it into a cinematic thing," says McGregor during an interview at the Toronto International Film Festival this past September, "and if you're making a cinematic statement about a terrible tragedy like this you have to be doing it for the right reasons."
Helmed by Spanish director Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage), the film turned out to be one of the big hits at the Toronto festival. Anything but exploitive, it's a powerful drama that brings images of a catastrophe that's already fading from memory rushing back.
McGregor and Naomi Watts star as English tourists Henry and Maria (changed from a Spanish family, the Alvarez Belons, in real life) who, with their three young boys, travel to a coastal resort in Thailand for a relaxing beach vacation over the Christmas holidays. Instead, a colossal wall of water washes their hotel away and rips their family in two, leaving Henry and their two youngest boys searching for critically injured Maria and their oldest son.
A few hours before the film had its world premiere in Toronto, we sat down with McGregor to discuss the joys and stresses of bringing this real-life drama to the screen.
After getting dirty and despicable for his part as the villainous plantation owner/boy emperor Monsieur Candie in Tarantino's Django Unchained, Leonardo DiCaprio cleans up, and then some, for Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby and his blue eyes radiate warmth and, yes, deception, in the second trailer, hitting the interwebs some six months after the first preview dropped and this one bears the distinct imprint of its director's previous efforts - the dangerous love of Romeo + Juliet and the spectacular joie de vivre of Moulin Rouge! - while giving F. Scott Fitzgerald's beloved classic a graphic novel makeover.
Tobey Maguire brings his wide-eyed naivete to the role of Nick Carraway, wooed as he is by Gatsby's wealth and charm while not entirely sure if the facade is anything more than smoke and mirrors, and Carey Mulligan is luminous as Daisy and looks divine in the period costumes. We see a little of Joel Edgerton as adulterer Tom Buchanan and a whole lot of grandiose circus-like bangers, making us even more excited about what's sure to be an inventive take on the lure of opulence, lost love, artifice and the Roaring Twenties.
To the trailer!
The actor best known for comedies such as Knocked Up and Forgetting Sarah Marshall has been performing a decidedly darker role on Broadway recently, as a devout man whose loss of faith makes him suicidal in "Grace."
"The guy just plunges off the deep end in a really kind of emotionally raw and draining way," Rudd says during a turnaround trip to Los Angeles to promote his latest film, Judd Apatow's This Is 40. The actor was back onstage in New York the night after the interview.
He plays against his loveable-good-guy type in both projects. In "Grace," he starts out confident, then unravels. In This Is 40, he's having a full-on mid-life crisis, dreaming of living a different life while his business struggles and his marriage falters. Rudd stars with Apatow's real-life wife, Leslie Mann, and the couple's two daughters, Maude and Iris, in the comedy in theaters Friday.
Paul Rudd talks Anchorman 2 and his wardrobe choices after the jump!
There sure is a LOT of spandex, sweating and thick-necked dudes in the first trailer for Michael Bay's new movie Pain & Gain. And it being a Michael Bay movie, and since it's set in scorching Miami, there are at least a few scantily-clad ladies getting out of pools in slow motion.
Mark Wahlberg stars as a gym rat with dreams of a better life where his businesswear doesn't include sweat pants and he can pay his rent on time. He devises a plan to kidnap a wealthy jerk (Tony Shalhoub) and gets two iron-pumping enthusiasts (Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie) to help him and swears no one will get hurt since he's watched a lot of movies and knows what he's doing. So naturally, there's plenty to worry about.
Pain & Gain is based on a true story and marks the first non-Transformers movie Bay has made since 2005.
Check out the first trailer right now.
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It’s been three years since Quentin Tarantino plucked Christoph Waltz from movie obscurity to star as the villainous Nazi Colonel Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds.
The actor had been working for years in his native Germany, occasionally toiling in English language B-movie projects for decades, but his Oscar-winning turn in the Tarantino film catapulted him into fame in Hollywood. And we couldn’t be happier.
Since his breakout performance, Waltz has turned in a string of English-language performances in films like Water for Elephants and Carnage but returns to work with Tarantino in this month’s Django Unchained. At Comic-Con in July, Cineplex had a chance to sit down with Waltz and get the scoop on Django.
Find out what Christoph Waltz has to say about his unique take on Django Unchained beyond the cut.
Picture it: It's the New Year. The high of the holidays has faded and the inevitable drudgery of winter has just set in. Depressing, ain't it? Well thankfully there are a slew of glittering awards shows to lift your spirits before things get too sad.
On Sunday January 13, 2013, the Golden Globes delivers a dinner party-meets-gala vibe with funny ladies Tina Fey and Amy Poehler helming the stage. The flash of celebrity will be on full display with plenty of red carpet viewing. And in amongst the stars who have hig- powered stylists on speed dial, like Zero Dark Thirty's Jessica Chastain, or an inherent flair for fashion, we're down with the looks sported by Lincoln's Daniel Day-Lewis, will be some celebs who need to step it up, wardrobe-wise.
And we're not talking about newbies who don't know better. We've pegged five veteran stars that need to hit the refresh button on their red carpet looks.
Get the list of Stars Who Need Style after the jump!
Marion Cotillard has been keeping a terrible secret. The producers at Warner Brothers were quite clear, and her contract spelled it out: for five months, she would be the exclusive property of The Dark Knight Rises. While shooting the role of Miranda, a do-gooding philanthropist with a dark secret, she could not work on any other movies, even during her many weeks off.
"I didn't have a major part in the Batman movie, but I had to be available for it at all times. The script changed constantly, and I needed to be ready to get on the next plane and be on set as soon as they needed me," Cotillard explains during an interview, in French, at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Then it happened: filmmaker Jacques Audiard (A Prophet) offered her the starring role in Rust and Bone (De rouille et d'os). He wanted her to play Stéphanie, an orca whale trainer at Marineland where, one day, the aquatic circus turns into a danse macabre as a whale attacks Stéphanie, robbing her of her legs, and her will to live. She grows bitter, tormented and disillusioned.
It was the kind of challenge Cotillard couldn't refuse.
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