Sicario
Posted on May 20th, 2015 with No Comments

Hello everyone! I’ve added more photos from the Sicario premiere at Cannes yesterday.



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Sicario
Posted on May 20th, 2015 with No Comments

At a press conference on Tuesday morning at Cannes, where the drug-trade drama “Sicario” will premiere in competition, Emily Blunt talked about a topic that seems to be prevalent at every festival panel this year: sexism in Hollywood. “In this film, you’d been asked early on if you’d write my part for a guy,” Blunt said, as she turned to director Denis Villeneuve.

“People were afraid [of the screenplay] because the lead was female,” Villeneuve said. “The screenwriter was asked to rewrite it several times.” But then Lionsgate came onboard, and allowed for the character to stay a woman.

Blunt plays an FBI agent enlisted on a mission to Mexico with potentially shadier characters played by Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin. There aren’t any other women in the unit. “I get asked a lot, ‘You play a lot of tough female roles,’” Blunt said. “I don’t see them as tough.” She added: “I found this character damaged and vulnerable. She’s struggling in the role of being a female cop. It’s not safe.”

When asked about the lack of female co-stars onscreen, Blunt said with a resigned shrug: “It’s something I’ve become quite used to. It happens quite a lot on films. There aren’t a ton of chicks around.”

A reporter told Blunt about the report that several women at Cannes were turned away from the red-carpet premiere of “Carol,” because the festival mandates a high-heels-only policy when it comes to footwear. “I think everyone should wear flats, to be honest,” Blunt said. “We shouldn’t wear high heels anymore. That’s just my point of view I prefer to wear Converse sneakers. That’s very disappointing.”

Villenueve jumped in: “As a sign of protest, Benicio, Josh and I will walk the stairs in high heels tonight.” The line got a big laugh, and now every photographer on the red carpet will be angling to see if they keep that promise.

Later that evening, she walked the red carpet in tall metallic stiletto sandals, but changed to flats for the “Sicario” afterparty.

Via Variety

Sicario
Posted on May 20th, 2015 with No Comments

On top of the rapturous reception for Carol and Pixar’s Inside Out — both instant Oscar contenders — comes another one in the space of 24 hours that deserves awards love in Lionsgate’s fall entry Sicario, a white-knuckle thriller that pulls no punches. Director Denis Villeneuve, on the heels of another memorable thriller two years ago called Prisoners, has now proven again he is the real deal to the tune of an enthusiastic seven-minute standing ovation at Tuesday night’s red carpet premiere (I clocked it). And not just for him (although this festival looks at directors as gods), but also for an exceptional cast who turned out tonight including Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin.

This story (which may remind some of Traffic but seemed closer in tone and ultimate impact for me to Oscar-winning The French Connection), dealing with the battle for dominance of an elite FBI task force against a powerful Mexican drug cartel, takes many different turns but is anchored by recognizable human beings caught up in circumstances that test their morality and survival skills to the limit in a very changed and dangerous world. Villeneuve is a director whose ability to stage thrilling, intricate sequences is almost without parallel right now, at least based on what has been seen at this festival so far. It is an astounding piece of direction.

When I talked to her at the Baoli Beach after-party, Blunt used the word “emotion” to describe what was happening in the action scenes they were shooting. She told me she had only been a new mother (to daughter Hazel) for four months when the film had to start shooting. She was inclined not to do it but her impression of Villeneuve was so positive, and well, how do you turn down this role? Blunt is the highly capable FBI agent who is really there at the center of this film. She is the conscience of the audience and it is simply the best, and most complex, work this fine actress has ever done on film. Last year she proved she could do action with the best of ’em on the Tom Cruise film Edge Of Tomorrow (or Live, Die, Repeat as it is also known now). She told me she was so impressed with Sicario cinematographer Roger Deakins, who would only give her his trademarked laid-back endorsement after a scene. “Yeah, it was good,” he nonchalantly would say expressing his approval. “That’s the way my dad would treat me too. I really liked it,” said Blunt. This role takes her career to a new level.

And for Del Toro, who is simply commanding and chilling as an agent exacting revenge in unconventional ways, it is a return to the kind of acting that won him an Oscar 15 years ago in Traffic. This role easily puts him back in that race for a second statuette. People will be talking about this one for sure. Wow. He’s also very good in The Perfect Day, a sales title that premiered in Directors’ Fortnight a few days ago — I liked that one too. So did Sony Pictures Classics’ Michael Barker, who attended tonight’s premiere, although he told me he doesn’t understand why the reviews on Perfect Day were not more enthusiastic. Quite frankly, if the business were dependent on critical reception in Cannes it would be all over. That movie is highly entertaining and some lucky distributor will pick it up. Tim Robbins is also very good in it.

As for Villeneuve, he seemed excited by the reaction to Sicario here but was totally modest when I caught up with him at the party. Actually he was more concerned with catching up with his own kids who were in Cannes with him. Without giving any spoilers, I have to say there is a “dinner scene” that he changed with an inspired, if risky, idea on the spot (from a great script by Tyler Sheridan) which is an instant cinematic cDenis-Sicariolassic. This guy is just very smart.

And thank god for Brolin’s world-weary FBI veteran. He gives the picture what flash of light it has and it is one of his best outings in awhile. He seemed like he was having a great time here in Cannes. He knows the drill.

Producer Basil Iwanyk ( The Town) came up to me at the party to say how much he likes his own movie. “I know that sounds strange, like walking around and saying how much I love my wife, but I feel this one is just something special, ” he said, pointing out the contributions of Deakins and composer Johann Johannsson as well as editor Joe Walker among others. Johannsson, who scored Prisoners and was recently an Oscar nominee for The Theory Of Everything, said he has a great working relationship with Villeneuve. Other producers are Black Label Media’s Molly Smith, Trent and Thad Luckinbill and Paris-based Edward McDonnell, who told me he originally had the project, pitched it to everyone, and was turned down by all until the ideal package finally came together.

Perseverance has paid off in spades this time. Audiences should turn out, but be warned it doesn’t hold back on the violence. It’s real and shot, by Deakins, almost like a documentary at times. Blunt was stunned when I informed her Deakins is a 12-time bridesmaid at the Oscars. “We have GOT to change that this time,” she said.

Lionsgate topper Rob Friedman was among those soaking up the accolades. The company, with Roadside Attractions, also has Gus Van Sant’s unfairly criticially reviled The Sea Of Trees in competition this year. Friedman has spoken to Cannes main man Thierry Fremaux about that reception: “Thierry thinks now it should have played later in the festival,” he said. Hopefully the company will be able to have the last laugh on critics who seem almost giddy to bring that film down. But hey, that’s Cannes.

Sicario, which in Mexico means “hitman,” opens in the U.S. on September 18 and just before that it is likely to turn up next at the Toronto Film Festival.

Via: Deadline

Interviews
Posted on May 20th, 2015 with No Comments

New initiative from the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction celebrates the modern day book club

Emily Blunt, Mary Portas and Sophie Ellis-Bextor have shared their favourite books written by women to launch the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction’s new campaign, #ThisBookClub.

Designed to celebrate the modern day book club and the way that novels encourage discussion and bring people together, it will see various events taking place across the country, including literary quiz evenings.

“This is a wonderful way to bring together books and readers, to celebrate twenty fabulous years of the prize and to share favourite novels past and present, with friends, readers and writers,” said novelist Kate Mosse, co-founder of the award and chair of the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction board.

To launch the campaign, Baileys Prize asked three pairs of prominent women – actress Emily Blunt and her sister, the literary agent Felicity; writer Janet Ellis and her daughter, the singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor; and Mary Portas and her wife Melanie Rickey – to pick the books written by women that they would like to share with each other. Emily Blunt chose Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad to share with her sister Felicity, saying: “I just felt like my hair was blown back by it. I believe that a great book can change your life in a way that I don’t think cinema can – a book can resonate with you in such a way, it shifts you forever.” Felicity in turn chose Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life, explaining: “It’s a story of life’s infinite possibilities and the idea of many lives lived and [as an actress], my sister lives many lives!”

For more information on #ThisBookClub, to view full interviews and portraits, to download The Brilliant Woman’s Guide to a Very Modern Book Club or for more information about the #ThisBookClubLive events, visit the website here.

Via: Harpers Bazaar

Events Gallery Sicario
Posted on May 19th, 2015 with No Comments

The first HQ images of Emily during the 68th Annual Cannes Film Festival premiere of ‘Sicario’ are added in our gallery. Stay tuned for more additions and more Cannes coverage.



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Events Gallery Sicario
Posted on May 19th, 2015 with No Comments

Emily is current in Cannes to promote her latest project ‘Sicario’. The first batch with HQ images of Emily attending the photocall alongside her co-stars Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin and director Denis Villeneuve have been added in our gallery. Stay tuned for more coverage!



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