Variety has reported that Actors on Actors Conversations are coming to be shown on PBS SoCal. The interview show features one-on-one conversations between actors and actresses including Mark Ruffalo, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jake Gyllenhaal, Reese Witherspoon and Jessica Chastain in discussion with one another about their craft and films.
Four episodes of the Variety Studio series will air, starting on December 21 at 7 p.m. Subsequent episodes are set for Sunday, December 28 at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. and on January 4 at 7 p.m. WNET in New York will also air the series, which will be distributed to PBS stations around the country in January. The videos will also stream on Variety.com beginning November 18.
Featured conversations will include: Cumberbatch (“The Imitation Game”) with Edward Norton (“Birdman”), Gyllenhaal (“Nightcrawler”) with Patricia Arquette (“Boyhood”), Josh Brolin (“Inherent Vice”) with J.K. Simmons (“Whiplash”), Oscar Isaac (“A Most Violent Year”) with Gugu Mbatha Raw (“Belle”), Eddie Redmayne (“Theory of Everything”) with Laura Dern (“Wild”), Witherspoon (“Wild”) with Michael Keaton (“Birdman”), Hilary Swank (“Homesman”) with Tilda Swinton (“Snowpiercer”), Keira Knightley “(The Imitation Game”) with Ethan Hawke (“Boyhood”), Jessica Chastain (“A Most Violent Year & Interstellar”) with Mark Ruffalo (“Foxcatcher”), David Oyelewo (“Selma”) with Jack O’Connell (“Unbroken”), Jenny Slate (“Obvious Child”) with Felicity Jones (“Theory of Everything”), Marion Cotillard (“Two Days, One Night”) with Timothy Spall (“Mr. Turner”), Christoph Waltz (“Big Eyes”) with Ralph Fiennes (“Grand Budapest Hotel”), Jennifer Aniston (“Cake”) with Emily Blunt (“Into The Woods”), and James Corden (“Into The Woods”) with Kevin Costner (“Black and White”).
The audience award-winner at the Toronto International Film Festival is often the best Picture Oscar winner as well. This year, “The Imitation Game” won the People’s Choice Award won last year by “12 Years a Slave,” and in prior years by several films directed by Brits, “The King’s Speech,” “Slumdog Millionaire” and “American Beauty.” (Other TIFF audience winners such as “Silver Linings Playbook” and “Precious” go on to win Oscars other than best Picture.)
Very British “The Imitation Game” is directed by Norwegian Morten Tyldum (“Headhunters“) and stars Benedict Cumberbatch as genius World War II code-cracker Alan Turing, who gets help from mathematicians played by Keira Knightley and Matthew Goode. Oscar-savvy Weinstein Co. is backing the moving period drama, which opens November 21.
Other awards this year are unlikely to have much impact on the Oscar race, though they may help to sell winners to audiences, distributors and exhibitors.
The Weinstein Company will return the John Carney-directed summer film to theaters on August 29
Looking for a second act, “Begin Again” will, well, begin again, with a return to theaters on Friday.
The theatrical return of the John Carney-directed musical dramedy — which stars Mark Ruffalo, Keira Knightley, and Adam Levine — was announced by its distributor, The Weinstein Company, on Monday afternoon.
Pitching it as a bid for attention as awards season ramps up, TWC distribution president Erik Lomis said, “Audiences this summer fell in love with the amazing cast and soundtrack of ‘Begin Again,’ and we’re thrilled that we have the chance to bring it back to the big screen and share it with more moviegoers.”
The flick stars Knightley as a fledgling musician who, after being dumped by her boyfriend (Adam Levine, in his big screen debut) as he becomes a pop star, is discovered by a burnt out music producer played by Mark Ruffalo. Mos Def, Catherine Keener, James Corden, and Hailee Steinfeld also feature in the movie.
Originally titled, “Can A Song Save Your Life?,” the film was bought for a reported $7 million and a $20 million P&A commitment last year after a bidding war at the Toronto International Film Festival. It made $27 million worldwide in its initial run, beginning with a June 27 release in the US.
It has been reported today that Keira is due to attend the Toronto International Film Festival, which is taking place from September 4 – 14. With both The Imitation Game and Laggies having premieres at the event, we will hopefully get some press conferences, photo calls and premiere photos!
Laggies (Lynn Shelton)
Premiere Status: International Premiere
Runtime: 100 minutes
Premiere: Wed, Sep 10 9:30pm
The Imitation Game (Morten Tyldum)
Premiere Status: Canadian Premiere
Runtime: 113 minutes
Premiere: Tue, Sep 9 6:00pm
Last week it was announced that Laggies had been given a release date and a new title of Say When for its UK distribution:
Lynn Shelton’s Laggies, starring Keira Knightly and Chloe Grace Moretz, is to be retitled Say When for its UK release.
Say When, being released in the US under its original title Laggies, is set to open across the UK through Icon Film Distribution on Oct 10.
Directed by Lynn Shelton, the film received its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January.
Actress Keira Knightley is set to return to the West End in a production of The Children’s Hour, which is scheduled to open early next year.
The star will be joined by Elisabeth Moss, best known as Peggy Olson in the award-winning series Mad Men.
Knightley, last seen on stage in The Misanthrope at the Comedy Theatre, will play a teacher at a girls’ boarding school in the new production.
Her new film – Never Let Me Go – opened this year’s London Film Festival.
Moss, who is set to make her West End debut, has also appeared in the movies Get Him to the Greek, Did you Hear About the Morgans? and Girl, Interrupted.
In the play, teachers – played by Knightley and Moss – are accused by a disgruntled student of having a lesbian relationship.
The Children’s Hour was last produced in London by the National Theatre in 1994 and was written by Lillian Hellman in 1934.
According to Empire Online, Keira has now signed on to David Cronenberg’s film, which has changed its title from The Talking Cure to The Dangerous Method:
David Cronenberg’s third collaboration with Viggo Mortensen is no longer called The Talking Cure, and will henceforth be known as The Dangerous Method. Maybe the former just wasn’t sexy enough for those Universal execs. Who the hell wants to go see a movie about, like, talking?
So the movie will sport a different title from Christopher Hampton’s (Dangerous Liaisons) original play, but otherwise the song remains more or less the same: a three-hander drama about Sigmund Freud arguing with his pupil, Carl Jung, and Jung’s affair with the emotionally volatile patient Sabina.
The play sold out its 2003 London run starring Ralph Fiennes as Jung, Dominic Rowan as Freud and Jodhi May as Sabina. Cronenberg’s version will feature Mortensen as Freud (replacing Christophe Waltz at short notice), Michael Fassbender as Jung, and Keira Knightley as Sabina.
Producer Jeremy Thomas (who worked with Cronenberg on Crash and Naked Lunch) promised Deadline that the film will feature “lots of spirited sex”. Hoorah! Shooting starts next month in Germany.