TELLURIDE — There is a moment near the end of "Wild" where Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon) runs into a young boy and his grandmother out on a weekend hike. Strayed has walked hundreds of miles on the Pacific Crest Trail in an attempt to deal with personal, emotional pain that has plagued her most of her young adult life. After learning of Strayed's heartbreaks the young boy (Evan O'Toole) sings her the song "Red River Valley." In the hands of a lesser director this scene could have been overly saccharine and misplaced. But director Jean-Marc Vallée makes it as artful and touching as it needs to be. Clearly, we should not have doubted him.
In case you hadn't heard, Hollywood would like everyone to forget the summer of 2014 ever happened. Sure, there were some notable exceptions such as "Guardians of the Galaxy," "Lucy," "X-Men: Days of Future Past" and "22 Jump Street," but for the most part it was a summer of disappointment.
PARIS - Coming up with a new twist for a horror film without going down some very disgusting roads hasn't been that easy in the 21st Century. It's one reason franchises like "Saw," "Paranormal Activity" and "The Purge" have hit such a cord with viewers and spawned a ton of sequels. One film that's trying to add a new twist to the supernatural thriller (with more than a touch of horror thrown in) is the Dowdle brothers' "As Above/So Below" which arrives in theaters on Friday.
One of the benefits of being discovered on a hit TV show is that a chance at a significant movie career is usually in the cards. Actually, it usually only occurs with talent on show that hits the pop culture lexicon. In this case, "Game of Thrones."
Sophie Turner has spent the last four years on "GoT" playing Sansa Stark and as any loyal viewer can tell you, she's been put through the ringer. She's seen her father beheaded (poor Ned), been engaged to a mad king against her will, was almost raped and then forced to marry the show's most popular character, Lord Tyrion (Peter Dinklage), who doesn't happen to be that popular in King's Landing. Those key dramatic moments, among others, is just one reason Turner has come to the attention of casting directors, producers, international financiers and movie directors. She's got talent that's ready to be explored in other projects. The first of those new films, "Another Me," hits theaters in select markets today, but let's get to what all "GoT" fans want to hear about first: season five.
Turner spoke to HitFix Thursday from Belfast where she's in the middle of shooting the current "GoT" season. She's expected to continue production until the middle of December, but notes " I mean it's very unpredictable because there are so many parts on 'Game of Thrones.' If someone gets injured? The schedule can just like totally flip and I could be shooting a lot longer or a lot shorter."
The 18-year-old actress obviously wasn't going to spill specific details about the upcoming stretch, but did discuss how she's stopped reading the novels in preparing for each new season.
"I kind of read the 'Game of Thrones' books as the seasons [went on]," Turner says, "But now that the storyline and scripts are kind of going away from the books I decided I'm just going to read the scripts so I don't get confused and read the books later."
As for where Ms. Stark will end up Turner sounded quite excited about her character's new direction. More importantly, she thinks viewers will be too.
"'Game of Thrones' is so unpredictable and it was a big surprise what is happening to her this season," Turner says. "I am so excited because it gives me the opportunity to work with new people and it goes in a completely different direction. I think the fans will really like where her storyline is going this season."
The point of the interview, however, way to discuss "Another Me" and Turner is clearly proud of her work in Isabel Coixet's thriller. Based on a novel by Cathy MacPhail, the movie finds Turner playing Fay, a teenager in suburban Wales who is trying to juggle the pressures of school with a her father's debilitating illness. As time passes a number of events occur that makes her think someone is following, impersonating or playing mind games with her. What she's unaware of is that dear old dad (Rhys Ifans) knows exactly what's going on and doesn't have the heart to tell her.
"Me" premiered at the 2013 Rome Film Festival this past November and has been released in Italy and Spain. It also features an intriguing cast including Claire Forlani as her mother, Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Fay's drama teacher and Geraldine Chaplin as a very strange neighbor.
PARIS - Walking through the Paris catacombs, it's hard to believe Hollywood hasn't mined this wonder more on the big screen. There have been films that have tried, 2007's "Catacombs" being one of them, but its a rare few that have ever gotten access to shoot in the actual underground tunnels and quarries. The upcoming thriller "As Above/So Below" is the exception.
There was buzz late last month that both the Toronto International Film Festival and The Weinstein Company wanted to bring "St. Vincent," which stars Bill Murray, to the 2014 edition of the annual awards season kickoff. The problem was, reportedly, that no one could find him. Murray supposedly doesn't have a cell phone (or perhaps even E-mail?), but even though he continues to crash one party after another it looks like somebody tracked him down as TIFF announced today that "St. Vincent" is now a late addition to the festival.
We first received an extended sneak peek at the comedy "Let's Be Cops!" during CinemaCon, a convention for the nation's theater owners, at the end of the March. In that context, "Cops" looked funny. In fact, it looked like it could be a major summer hit and turn both Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans, Jr. into legitimate movie stars.
Something happened to Rose Leslie in the woods and it's not good.
Hollywood has lost a second iconic voice in less than 24 hours. Lauren Bacall, star of screen, stage and television, passed away at the age of 89 Tuesday.
The Toronto International Film Festival announced more selections Tuesday for the upcoming 2014 edition of the annual awards season kick-off. The majority of the festival's program was announced last month, but this group includes intriguing world premieres from notable directors such as Todd McCarthy ("The Cobbler") and Gina Prince-Bythewood ("Beyond the Lights").