Sunday, August 31, 2008

The Buzz

Film Festivities
  • Edward Norton discusses the long-awaited Pride and Glory with the Baltimore Sun. Here is a snippet from the interview:
    [...] Looking like the folk tune's "worried man who sings a worried song," Norton walks into what he calls the "zone of truth" in the opening minutes of Pride and Glory, and doesn't leave it for two hours. He plays Ray Tierney, an NYPD detective from a family of cops - his influential old-school father ( Jon Voight), his Washington Heights precinct-chief brother (Noah Emmerich) and his slippery brother-in-law ( Colin Farrell), a cop in the same precinct. When Ray's investigation of a horrific group murder leads him to believe that his brother-in-law may be operating a drug-dealing hit squad, he's caught in a waking nightmare. No contemporary actor except Philip Seymour Hoffman can play ethical confusion as eloquently as Norton can, because he captures its volatility. Sometimes it comes out as distance and impassivity, sometimes as molten rage. [...]
  • The Daily Freeman gives us more details about when/where Pride and Glory will be shown at the previously mentioned Woodstock Film Festival:
    On Oct. 2, the U.S. premiere of "Pride and Glory" . . . will be shown at 6:15 and 9:30 p.m. at the Tinker Street Cinema in Woodstock.
    According to Film Festival Ticker, director Gavin O'Connor will be in attendance, and he will also be on hand for a Q&A after the screening.

  • In an article about the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival, ComingSoon lists Pride and Glory as one of "the most anticipated highlights of this year's festival." Similarly, the Times Herald-Record predicts that Pride and Glory's "simple story and great stars should make for a winner."

Like mother like daughter

  • Just like last year, both Jennifer Ehle and Rosemary Harris will have films showing at TIFF this September. Ms. Harris' film, Is There Anybody There, starring Michael Caine, is on the roster alongside P&G. Visit the TIFF website for more information.

A couple of raindrops

  • An article at IndiaFilmdom points out that:
    Chennai based SANTOSH SIVAN is today a filmmaker of international repute after his first film in English Beyond [sic] the Rains (2007) swept the critics off their feet and was also a commercial hit. [...]
  • At the Calgary Sun, Linus Roache talks about being true to his character:
    [...] The challenge for him, says Roache, was staying within the context of the times. Growing up in the south of England, Roache encountered some of these ex-Raj types in his childhood. "I knew a lot of those guys through my mother, and those old married Raj guys, they had had mistresses. It was not even morally questioned. Having servants was normal too. So it was okay, if you were brought up in that culture -- but then you have an interesting dilemma as an actor, 'cause your modern sensibility is, 'Oh god, they're not going to like me if I'm a little superior to the maid, or the foreman.' But that's chickening out of the truth of the moral context and social structure of the time. So you have to be true to it, and that also brings out the humanity of it." [...]


  • Someone has kindly posted Jennifer Ehle's 1996 BAFTA acceptance speech on youtube. For those of you who haven't seen it yet, it's a must!
  • Lastly, for your excessive diversion, there is a hilarious video dedicated to that very sensible man, Mr. Collins.

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