The Toronto International Film Festival announced it’s official schedule today. As we updated before, “Byzantium” is selected for the festival and will have it’s premiere at the festival September 9.
Sunday September 9
9:00 PM Tuesday
Visa Screening Room (Elgin)
Saturday September 15
The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema
Saoirse is expected to attend the festival according to the official press release.
Hillie Aug 15th, 2012 Site Updates, Videos 1 Reply
I’ve uploaded some old videos to the video vault, be sure to check them out.
When young actress Saoirse Ronan wowed audiences with her turn in 2007’s Atonement, we expected many more fantastic performances to follow. She’s done swell work in the meantime, with a standout role in last year’s Hanna, and now she’s gearing up to tackle one hell of a character. Deadline reports that Ronan is attached to play the title role in Working Title’s Mary Queen of Scots. There’s no word on how much of the dignitary’s life Michael Hirst’s (Elizabeth) script encompasses, but Mary was named Queen of Scotland when she was just nine months old. Hit the jump for more.
Mary’s life story is wondrously complex, but her demise began when her marriage to her cousin ended in his murder. She then wed the man many believed responsible for her late husband’s murder, resulting in an uprising against the couple. Mary was forced to abdicate her throne to her infant son, and when her attempt to gain control once again failed she fled to the protection of her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I. As Mary had once claimed to be “the rightful queen” of England (and given that many Catholics embraced this view), Elizabeth quickly had Mary imprisoned and ultimately executed.
Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are currently talking to directors with an eye towards beginning production next year, but I can’t help but hope for another reunion between Ronan and her Hanna and Atonement director Joe Wright. Hopefully we hear firm word on who’ll be taking the helm soon. The actress recently wrapped the Stephenie Meyer sci-fi adaptation The Host and will be seen in Neil Jordan’s vampire pic Byzantium.
Lindsey Jul 24th, 2012 Byzantium, Image Gallery 0 Replies
The first selected movies for the Toronto International Film Festival were announced earlier today and “Byzantium” was one of them. The festival is held September 6-10. Also two new production stills were released featuring Saorise, we added them both in our gallery.
A pair of female vampires (Saorsie Ronan and Gemma Arterton) wreaks havoc on an unsuspecting English seaside community in this deliciously depraved supernatural drama from Academy Award® winner Neil Jordan.
2012 : Byzantium > Stills
Hillie Jul 23rd, 2012 Arrietty, Interviews, Videos 0 Replies
Hillie Jul 14th, 2012 Image Gallery, The Host 0 Replies
Even as the massive Hall H audience began to exit at the tail end of this afternoon’s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 panel, Stephenie Meyer returned to the stage with director Andrew Niccol for a surprise sneak peek at the upcoming adaptation of her novel, The Host.
The footage they showed, not unlike Breaking Dawn, began with Saorise Ronan’s character opening her eyes to reveal an inhuman coloration. She’s in some kind a facility and has just been taken over by an alien life force. Diane Kruger’s character (also taken over) talks to her and reveals that most of Earth has been invaded and that human bodies are conquered and controlled. This new girl was formerly a famous resistance fighter and she needs the alien inside her to probe her memories.
The scene turns to a series of flashbacks with, in each shot, much of the frame blurred. Ronan explains that the girl was named Melanie Stryder and that she managed to escape the early wave of attacks on Earth. We see a home in Louisana where Melanie’s father kills himself rather than let his body be taken by men in all-white suits with white ties.
When the alien in her body reveals that she has a brother, Melanie’s personality fights back in her head, furious that her own mind is being used against her.
We see the story progress and Melanie go on the run with her brother and Max Iron’s character. There’s also a scene of Irons and Ronan making out against the side of a trailer.
A (presumably later) scene has the inhabited-Melanie being led to a cave in a series of desert mountains. There are men there that want to kill her because they don’t trust the alien within her, but William Hurt’s character (dressed like a grizzled cowboy) comes in with a shotgun and stops them.
A final scene shows a caravan of still-human people moving in trucks down a highway. They’re stopped by a helicopter (the body of which is completely covered in mirrors) and then pursued by cars of a similar design. There’s gunfire and the trucks finally pull over, but two of the drivers decide to crash into a wall rather than let themselves be taken. The footage cuts just as they’re about to collide.
Also starring Jake Abel and Frances Fisher, The Host arrives in theaters on March 29, 2013.