It's been a busy week for studios looking to push their year-end prestige product. Sony dropped a splashy new trailer for "The Walk" while announcing the film would open the New York Film Festival and Disney has offered up the first materials for "Bridge of Spies." Yesterday we got the poster, today we get the trailer.
CANNES — In 2015, it's much easier to tell which company produced an animated movie as opposed to who directed it. That’s a tad disheartening considering how much energy the studios behind these films exert trying to nudge their directors into the spotlight.
It's hard not to be excited for Steven Spielberg's "Bridge of Spies." A Cold War drama starring Tom Hanks as an American lawyer recruited by the CIA to help rescue a pilot detained by the Soviet Union, yeah, it ticks a lot of "prestige" boxes. And we all know that can be a two-way street. But this could be great.
Along with today's announcement that Robert Zemeckis' "The Walk" will open the 2015 New York Film Festival comes a new trailer for the film, featuring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as high-wire artist Philippe Petit. While the initial teaser sold the spectacle of the film, this one plays up the procedural that we all saw put forth in "Man on Wire," Petit and his team's incredible precision job in pulling the whole thing off.
Don't cry for Harvey Weinstein. The venerable mini-major movie tycoon may have just discovered he has a potential art house hit on his hands.
Robert Zemeckis' "The Walk," which tells the story of French high-wire artist Philippe Petit, has been selected as the opening night presentation of this year's New York Film Festival. Petit's 1974 walk between the Twin Towers of New York's World Trade Center was fodder for the 2008 documentary "Man on Wire," which won the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature. Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as Petit in Zemeckis' film.
Alejandro González Iñárritu is still picking up awards in the wake of the Oscar-winning "Birdman." Tuesday night he was on hand in Los Angeles for the Sundance Institute Celebration, honoring him with the Vanguard Leadership Award, and his comments on the state of film and entertainment were as pointed as they were in the text of last year's Best Picture winner.
Focus Features will certainly have a timely player in the race later this year in Tom Hooper's "The Danish Girl," starring Eddie Redmayne. But the studio, which has seen great Oscar luck in recent years with films like "Dallas Buyers Club" and "The Theory of Everything," will also be looking to find some room for Sara Gavron's drama "Suffragette," centered on early members of the British women's suffrage movement of the turn of the 20th Century.
Whatever you might think of "American Sniper," it was a landmark moment for Clint Eastwood in a career already filled with landmark moments. The film was the biggest domestic moneymaker of 2014, raking in over $350 million, good for more than double Eastwood's previous high mark ($148 million for 2008's "Gran Torino"). So how is he following it up? By bringing another real-life persona to the screen.
Fox Searchlight made a big splash at Cannes with Paolo Sorrentino's "Youth." On the heels of the director's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar winner "The Great Beauty," it's a film that could be right up the Academy's alley, with performances from Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel leading the way. And now, the distributor has given it — predictably — a release date right in the thick of things.