April 23, 2014

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Eastwood, Kidman, De Niro lead list of expected TIFF attendees

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Bruce Springsteen is coming. Nicole Kidman will be there, as well. Hilary Swank, Bill Murray, Robert De Niro and Helen Mirren are expected. Clint Eastwood’s even going, and he hasn’t been there in 20 years.
We’re talking about the 35th Toronto International Film Festival, which released its official list of expected guests this morning. The full schedule is expected to be online today, as well, though at the moment the page doesn’t seem to be updating.
As for the celebrity guest list, the Toronto Star has a rundown. The overwhelming list of expected attendees includes billionaires (Bill Gates), up-and-coming talents (Kat Dennings, Chloe Moretz), and plenty of Oscar winners (Swank, Mirren, Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, Kevin Spacey). They will be supporting a bevy of anticipated films.
It looks to be a stunning, star-studded TIFF. We can only hope the quality of each title lives up to the star power that will be lighting Toronto from within.
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Noomi Rapace of ‘Dragon Tattoo’ the next Marion Cotillard?

HollywoodNews.com: Forget about all the casting news being generated about the U.S. reboot of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” on the blogsphere.
Noomi Rapace, the actress who originated the role of dark femme Lisbeth Salander in the Swedish version of “The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo” is being groomed for an Oscar.
Deadline and Collider report that the film is eligible as the film was released for a qualifying run in a Los Angeles County theater back in March. Furthermore, “Dragon Tattoo” was made for the big screen, not TV, in its country of origin.
Already Rapace has won the Swedish equal of an Oscar for best actress. To date, “Dragon Tattoo” has made $103 million worldwide.
Rapace’s agents at UTA and managers at Magnolia see the actress as the next Marion Cotillard, the French actress who won the Oscar for “La vie en rose” and went on to star in Hollywood blockbusters like “Public Enemies” and “Inception.”
Already, Rapace is in talks for parts in “Sherlock Holmes 2,” “Mission: Impossible IV,” McG’s “This Means War,” “The Last Voyage of the Demeter” and “The Raven” among many others.
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‘Inception’s’ Marion Cotillard “respects the environment”

HollywoodNews.com: ‘Inception’ star Marion Cotillard has revealed that she tries her best to respect the environment and wants to strike a healthy balance between her jet-set lifestyle and being eco-friendly.
The French actress, 34, told Interview magazine: “It’s a paradox to be an actress, living in the city, taking planes all the time, trying to find the right balance in this life, which is not so eco-friendly, and still trying to respect the environment.”
Cotillard, who stars in the Christopher Nolan film alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Ellen Page, also spoke about her recent trip to the Congo with Greenpeace.
She said: “It’s one of the most ancient forests in the world and I met all of these amazing people who are trying to fight against the timber industry cutting down the trees there.”
She added: “I really connected to the people there – their hopes and despair and struggles. It was an intense and beautiful trip.”
And the star is happy that environmental awareness is spreading. She said: “Ten years ago, my mind-set wasn’t really normal for most people. I sounded like a crazy person talking about the environment. People saw me as a hippie who wanted to make my own cheese and live with animals in a house without electricity.”
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Leonardo DiCaprio travels to Nepal for “Save the Tigers Campaign”

HollywoodNews.com: Leonardo DiCaprio has made a secret visit to Nepal as part of his work with the World Wildlife Fund’s Save the Tigers Campaign.
The “Titanic” star’s three day-visit to the country included travelling to the Bardiya National Park to meet with conservation officials. The area is one the four designated tiger reserves in the mountainous country.
The campaign is aiming to raise $20 million with the goal of doubling the international tiger population, which currently sits at just 3,200 the Indian Express reports.
The actor is currently promoting his new thriller “Inception” that co-stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard.
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Hollywood Movie Roundup: Buckle up for ‘Inception’

HollywoodNews.com:
INCEPTION
Finally, the wait is over.
Warner Bros.’ Leonardo DiCaprio headliner “Inception” directed by “Dark Knight’s” Christopher Nolan finally unspools in over 3,800 locations.
“Inception” follows Dom Cobb (DiCaprio) a master thief at stealing others’ dreams and a pivotal player in the world of corporate espionage. While he has become an international fugitive, he is given a shot at redeeming his life. Cobb and his team are given the chance to plant an idea in the subconscious of another person, pulling off the perfect crime. However, a larger dark power looms over Cobb.
The film cost $160 million and is expected to pull in anywhere from $45 to $60 million this weekend. Already, “Inception” has bagged $3 million from midnight showings at 2,000 theaters. “Inception” also stars Michael Caine, Ellen Page, Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
“Inception” has scored a wonderful 84% on the Tomatometer with top critics such as Justin Chang at Variety exclaiming “If movies are shared dreams, then Christopher Nolan is surely one of Hollywood’s most inventive dreamers.”

THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE
The second wide release of this weekend is Walt Disney’s “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” inspired by the Mickey Mouse vignette in “Fantasia.”
Getting a head start of “Inception,” “Apprentice” bowed on Wednesday and in its first two days at the B.O. has generated $7.1 million. The Jerry Bruckheimer production looks to make $30 million by Sunday.
“Apprentice” stars Nicolas Cage as an age-old sorcerer and Jay Baruchel as his protégé. The duo are fighting an arch-nemesis in modern day Manhattan, Maxim Horvath portrayed by Alfred Molina. Along the way, Baruchel’s Dave Stutler gets a crash course in magic and sorcery.
The director Jon Turteltaub who has worked with Cage and Bruckheimer on “the “National Treasure” franchise has reaped great B.O. success from creating family adventure features.
The big question is whether “Apprentice” has the legs to make its $150 million budget back.
“Apprentice” has scored a rotten rating of 40% on the Tomatometer with USA Today’s Claudia Puig blasting “The disjointed plot is a mélange of clichés with logic that feels conjured up on the spot. Magical legends are cobbled together as if by someone in Screenwriting 101. Or, as is the case here, by a half dozen writers, seemingly at cross purposes.”
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Leonardo DiCaprio’s “Inception” premieres in Los Angeles

HollywoodNews.com: Christopher Nolan’s latest film, “Inception,” which boasts an all star cast featuring Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ken Watanabe, Cillian Murphy, Tom Hardy, and Tom Berenger, had its premiere last night in Los Angeles.
View the slideshow from the premiere below:

Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a skilled thief, the best in the dangerous art of extraction: stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb’s rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved. Now Cobb is being offered a chance at redemption. One last job could give him his life back but only if he can accomplish the impossible—inception. Instead of the perfect heist, Cobb and his team of specialists have to pull off the reverse; their task is not to steal an idea but to plant one. If they succeed, it could be the perfect crime.
But no amount of careful planning or expertise can prepare the team for the dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move. An enemy that only Cobb could have seen coming.
This summer, your mind is the scene of the crime.
“Inception” hits theaters this Friday.
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Leonardo DiCaprio’s ‘Inception’ is a movie you have to see twice

By Roger Friedman
HollywoodNews.com: “Is it okay to like a film but not really understand it?”
That’s what someone asked yesterday after the afternoon screening of Chris Nolan’s “Inception.”
The answer is yes, of course. And “Inception” is a movie you will have to see at least twice. It’s “Memento” meets Kubrick, and not easy to navigate under the best of circumstances. But this much is clear: “Inception,” which evolves at one point into three simultaneous films, is gorgeous, provocative, and mesmerizing. Does it make sense? Hard to say. Is it fascinating to watch? Definitely. You will leave the theater totally captivate and throttled by it.
First of all, it’s a film with a lot of inside jokes. Here are a couple: in the first 20 minutes, which are really nuts, Leonardo DiCaprio’s Cobb propels out a window on a bungee cord and then repels up the side of the building. I am not sure whether this is intentional, but the whole sequence looks like it’s borrowed from the “Batman” TV series of the 1960s. Nolan, of course, directed the hit film, “Batman Begins.”
And: Marion Cotillard plays Leo’s dead wife in the movie. Cotillard also won an Oscar for playing Edith Piaf. In “Inception,” every time Joseph Gordon Levitt puts his Walkman or IPod on, it’s playing Piaf. Loudly.
The plot of “Inception” also involves something that looks like what Michael Jackson used to do with Propofol. Leo and co. knock people out with IV drugs, then explore their subconscious. It’s about dreams, and their layers.
“Avatar” looks like it was made with Crayolas compared to the oil painting going on in “Inception.” Talk about 3D–the characters in “Inception” are constantly diving three dreams deep into consciousness to untangle their problems.
Early reviews of “Inception” called it genius. Then the backlash started, with some weekly reviewers ready to pounce all over it. I have to say, during the first 20 minute sequence, “Inception” requires more attention than any other film of the last 20 years.
More even than “Memento,” Nolan’s masterwork. Like “Memento,” “Inception” is a puzzle, and needs time to ponder before solving. It gets so involved and complex that when Ellen Page asks DiCaprio for a plot recap–”Wait? Whose subconscious are going into?”–that the audience breaks out in a knowing laugh.
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Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Christopher Nolan talk ‘Inception’

By Todd Gilchrist
HollywoodNews.com: Last week, journalists and critics got their first official look at Inception, Christopher Nolan’s genre (and mind-) bending new movie. Friday morning in Los Angeles, Hollywood News joined that lucky group of reporters to ask members of the cast and crew questions about the film. Writer-director Christopher Nolan and stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Joseph Gordon-Levitt spoke at length about the challenges and opportunities they tackled in the process of making Inception.
[CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE "INCEPTION" SLIDESHOW]
[Note: Although "Hollywood News" is used to distinguish questions from answers in the text below, our journalist was just one of many reporters asking questions of the filmmakers.]
Hollywood News: For the actors, besides the obvious of working with Christopher Nolan, I wanted to know, for each of you, if you’ve been fascinated by dreams in your lifetime, and if you thought differently about them since working on this film.

Christopher Nolan: I’ve been fascinated by dreams my whole life, since I was a kid, and I think the relationship between movies and dreams is something that’s always interested me, and I liked the idea of trying to portray dreams on film. And I’d been working on the script for some time, really about ten years in the form that you’ve seen it in, where this idea of this kind of heist structure. I think really for me, the primary interest in dreams and in making this film is this notion that your mind while you’re asleep you can create an entire world that you’re also experiencing without realizing that you’re doing that; I think that says a lot about the potential of the human mind, especially the creative potential; it’s something I find fascinating.
Leonardo DiCaprio: You know, it was interesting being part of this film, because I’m not a big dreamer; never have been. I remember fragments of my dream, and I try to take a traditional sort of approach to researching this project and doing preparation for it. Read books on dream analysis, Freud’s book on the analysis of dreams and tried to research it in that sort of form. But I realized that this is Chris Nolan’s dream world; it has its own structure and its own set of rules. And doing that, it was basically being able to sit down with Chris for two months every other day and talk about the structure of this dream world, [...]

Leonardo DiCaprio’s ‘Inception’ releases new photos

HollywoodNews.com: Leonardo DiCaprio’s latest film by director Christopher Nolan (“The Dark Knight”) is sure to take you on a psychological ride. The film has just released a series of new photos from the film that hits theaters on July 16th.

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Acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan directs an international cast in “Inception,” an original sci-fi actioner that travels around the globe and into the intimate and infinite world of dreams.
Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a skilled thief, the best in the dangerous art of extraction: stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb’s rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved. Now Cobb is being offered a chance at redemption. One last job could give him his life back but only if he can accomplish the impossible—inception. Instead of the perfect heist, Cobb and his team of specialists have to pull off the reverse; their task is not to steal an idea but to plant one. If they succeed, it could be the perfect crime.
But no amount of careful planning or expertise can prepare the team for the dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move. An enemy that only Cobb could have seen coming.
This summer, your mind is the scene of the crime.
Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Legendary Pictures, a Syncopy Production, a film by Christopher Nolan, “Inception.”
The film stars three-time Academy Award® nominee Leonardo DiCaprio (“Blood Diamond,” “The Aviator”), Academy Award® nominee Ken Watanabe (“The Last Samurai”), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (“500 Days of Summer”), Oscar® winner Marion Cotillard (“La Vie en Rose”), Academy Award® nominee Ellen Page (“Juno”), Tom Hardy (“RocknRolla,” “Bronson”), Cillian Murphy (“Batman Begins”), Tom Berenger (“Training Day”), Dileep Rao (“Avatar”), and two-time Oscar® winner Michael Caine (“Hannah and Her Sisters,” “The Cider House Rules”).
“Inception” was written and directed by Oscar® nominee Christopher Nolan (“Memento,” “The Dark Knight”), who also produced the film with Emma Thomas. Chris Brigham and Thomas Tull served as executive producers, with Jordan Goldberg co-producing.

Woody Allen looks to Adrien Brody for “Midnight in Paris”

Hollywoodnews.com: Despite the lukewarm reviews that Woody Allen’s latest comedy “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger” has received out of Cannes, the helmer continues to habitually churn out one film annually.
The Hollywood Reporter recently announced that Oscar winning actor Adrien Brody will join Allen’s latest romantic comedy production “Midnight in Paris” which already boasts a top-shelf cast of Owen Wilson, Marion Cotillard, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates and Michael Sheen as well as the first lady of France Carla Bruni-Sarkozy.
“Midnight” begins lensing this summer in Paris, of course.
Brody and Wilson previously starred together onscreen in “the Darjeeling Limited.” Brody can next be seen in the Warner Bros. sci-fi thriller “Splice” on June 4 and Fox’s July 9 release “Predators.”
“Midnight” follows a family’s travels in Paris, one set of protagonists being a couple who are romantically on the fence.

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