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Viggo Mortensen explains rooting for the bad guy in 'The Two Faces of January'


In The Two Faces of January—a sumptuous adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s 1964 novel of the same name that opens Friday—Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst portray Chester and Colette MacFarland, a golden couple embarked on a whistle-stop tour of southern Europe’s most glittering capitals.

Exuding wealth, privilege, and a uniquely American post-war pluck, the immaculately turned-out jet-setters’ fortunes grind to an abrupt halt in Athens where they meet an American tour guide named Rydal (Oscar Isaac)—an expat grifter with a straw fedora and palpable lust for Colette.

An accidental murder sets the three on the run together through the islands of Greece and, later, Turkey. As the authorities begin to close in, their allegiance to one another grows increasingly strained and—as with the best movies in the film noir canon—no one turns out to be who they initially seemed. “It’s nice to play someone with secrets,” says Mortensen. “I’m playing a con man who’s also a jealous husband. He’s got a lot of hidden fears. It’s a real banquet for an actor.”

Speaking from Spain’s San Sebastian Film Festival earlier this week (where he was promoting Jauja, the period drama Mortensen stars and co-produced), the actor voiced high praise for Hossein Amini, screenwriter of such films as The Wings of the Dove and Drive, who makes his directorial debut with Two Faces of January. READ FULL STORY

Viggo Mortensen's Cannes winner 'Jauja' gets U.S. distribution


The Viggo Mortensen-starring ‘Jauja’ finally has U.S. distribution—Cinema Guild has slated the film for an early 2015 release. The movie is set in a Patagonian military outpost during the genocidal campaign against the native Patagonian population in the last 1800s. Mortensen plays a former captain whose teenage daughter falls in love and runs away with a young soldier.

‘Jauja,’ like all of the other films directed by Lisandro Alonso, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. The movie won the FIPRESCI in the Un Certain Regard section of the festival earlier this year. It will play at the Toronto Film Festival and the New York Film Festival, where he is Filmmaker in Residence, later this year.

Kathryn Hahn, Missi Pyle, Steve Zahn, more join 'Captain Fantastic'

Captain Fantastic, an upcoming comedy drama starring Viggo Mortensen, got some new cast members on Monday: Steve Zahn (Dallas Buyers Club), Kathryn Hahn (Bad Words), Missi Pyle (Gone Girl), and Erin Moriarty (True Detective) are all set to co-star in the film, which Entertainment One acquired the international rights to on Monday.


Casting Net: Cameron Diaz will be 'The Other Woman.' Plus: Chris Hemsworth, Sylvester Stallone, Viggo Mortensen

Cameron Diaz is attached to play The Other Woman, a comedy about an unwitting mistress who, upon learning her boyfriend is really a married man, teams up with his wife for revenge. Kristen Wiig is also being considered for the film, though it’s unclear whether she would play the wife. Screenwriter Melissa Stack (who penned the Black Listed, but unproduced, I Want to F— Your Sister) penned the script. No director is yet set for the film. [TheWrap]

• Chris Hemsworth is set to star in Candy Store, a thriller from Syriana writer-director Stephen Gaghan about a former elite spook whose attempt to restart his life quietly in Brooklyn is cut short when he realizes his old enemy is alive in well in his new home. [TheWrap]

• Sylvester Stallone is setting aside the massive explosions for a supporting role in Reach Me, an ensemble drama about a people connected to a self-help book by an ex-football coach. Nelly, Danny Aiello, and Omari Hardwick (Sparkle) costar. Director John Herzfeld (2 Days in the Valley) also penned the script. [Variety]

Viggo Mortensen will produce and star in an untitled fantasy drama about a Danish man who travels with his daughter to a desert that is separate from modern civilization. Argentine director Lisandro Alonso (La Libertad, Liverpool) wrote the script with Fabian Casas. [Variety]

• Game of Thrones‘ Kit Harington is in talks to bring his envious head of hair to Pompeii, a thriller about the famed Roman city that was buried in ash when the volcano Mt. Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D. Harington will play a slave racing against time to save his beloved and his best friend. Who else to better direct the historically scalding carnage than Paul W.S. Anderson (the Resident Evil oeuvre)? [THR]

• Jack Nicholson is being pursued to play Robert Downey Jr.‘s father in The Judge, a drama about a lawyer who has to defend his Alzheimer’s-suffering pops when he’s accused of killing their mother. No deal is close, however. David Dobkin (The Change-UpFred Claus) will direct from a script originally penned by Nick Schenk (Gran Torino). [THR]

• Maria Bello has signed onto an untitled horror thriller from producer James Wan (Saw, Insidious) about a group of college students who are discovered murdered inside an abandoned house, and probably not from any rusty nails. Will Canon (The Brotherhood) is directing from a script by first-time feature screenwriter Max La Bella. [Variety]

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'On the Road' one sheet: How do you sell the Beat Generation? -- EXCLUSIVE

Jack Kerouac’s On the Road is such a seminal, sui generis work of Beat Generation fiction that it’s taken 55 years since its publication for a feature film adaptation to make its way to movie theaters. Everyone who’s read the book has an idea of how the story of two friends on a meandering road trip across America should look. Perhaps the biggest challenge facing director Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries) was distilling all those disparate ideas into a single, unified feature film.

Then comes an even trickier question: How do you sell it? The Beats weren’t exactly known for being commercially oriented artists, but when you have a film featuring stars like Kristen Stewart, Viggo Mortensen, Amy Adams, and Kirsten Dunst, you kinda want to have them on your movie poster. How do you do that without making it seem like a crass play to boost your box office?

The design team at Percival & Associates have come up with an elegant solution in the final one sheet for the film, and EW has an exclusive first look. Check it out below (click the image to embiggen):  READ FULL STORY

Toronto Film Festival: Viggo Mortensen on his happy 'homecoming' playing twins in Spanish


There’s no denying Viggo Mortensen’s total intensity and rawness as an actor, in The Road, The Lord of the Rings, and as a muse in David Cronenberg’s A History of Violence, Eastern Promises, and last year’s A Dangerous Method. In Everybody Has A Plan, his fourth Spanish-language film, helmed by Argentinean first-time feature writer-director Ana Piterbarg, the handsome blue-eyed actor wraps his arms around a dark, gritty role worthy of Cronenberg: identical twins. The movie just premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.

“We had a fantastic [premiere] screening,” said Mortensen on Sunday, his longish, salt-and-pepper hair parted, sitting next to Piterbarg, and switching between English and Spanish. “Which was a relief because it was the first time we showed it to a non-Spanish language audience. They got it, every little laugh, the nuances.”

In the movie, Mortensen plays both Agustin, an uncomfortably middle class Buenos Aires doctor and husband, who Mortensen called “arid, dry, unlovable,” and Pedro, Agustin’s scroungy, wild, estranged twin brother, who has lived outside the city in the swampy Tigre Delta since he was a teenager, and who Agustin hasn’t seen in at least 10 years. When Pedro makes a surprise visit to his brother, he reveals he’s terminally ill, and Agustin leaves his cushy, frustrating life to assume Pedro’s, full of criminals and seething, scathing violence. READ FULL STORY

'On the Road' teaser trailer: Kristen Stewart, Jack Kerouac, and jazz, baby, jazz -- VIDEO

Instantly entering the race for the best trailer of the year, the new, dialogue-free teaser for On the Road mixes an expertly edited collage of shots from the long-awaited adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s seminal Beat Generation novel with a propulsive jazzy score and a key excerpt from the novel itself spoken by Kerouac stand-in Sal Paradise (voiced here by actor Sam Riley). Also: Some excellent fontage. Check it out below:  READ FULL STORY

Robert Pattinson and David Cronenberg to reunite for 'Maps to the Stars'


For those of you who don’t get how David Cronenberg would want to work with Robert Pattinson, just look at Breaking Dawn. If Bella’s pregnancy doesn’t count as a prime example of Cronenbergian body horror, then I don’t know what does. And now, it appears that Pattinson and Cronenberg are hoping to pair up once more following their upcoming Cosmopolis. Pattinson confirmed to EW that he’s attached to the director’s long-gestating Maps to the Stars — although he’s not sure when they would begin production. “I don’t know if I’m doing it next,” he says. Cronenberg has stated that he hopes to cast frequent collaborator Viggo Mortensen as well.

The film would be based on a script by novelist and screenwriter Bruce Wagner, who has also written an adaptation of Jonathan Lethem’s novel, As She Climbed Across the Table, for Cronenberg. “It’s about child stars,” says Pattinson of Wagner’s script. “It’s very funny. It’s very, very dark.”

Cosmopolis, which is based on a 2003 Don DeLillo novel, debuted two weeks ago at the Cannes Film Festival.

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Cannes 2012 preview: Brad Pitt, Nicole Kidman, and Kristen Stewart bring Hollywood glitz to the French Riviera -- VIDEO

Since its inception in 1947, the Cannes Film Festival has been the ne plus ultra of international cinema, but rarely has the festival featured quite so many American filmmakers and Hollywood movie stars. The 2012 Cannes festival gets underway on Wednesday with the opening film, Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, and over the course of the subsequent 11 days, the festival will premiere films starring (deep breath) Brad Pitt, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Kristen Stewart, Zac Efron, Shia LaBeouf, Robert Pattinson, Kirsten Dunst, Tom Hardy, Amy Adams, Viggo Mortensen, and Matthew McConaughey (in two movies!), with filmmakers like Anderson, Lee Daniels, and John Hillcoat screening their films in competition for the first time. Meanwhile, DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted and the HBO TV movie Hemingway & Gellhorn are both premiering out of competition.

EW’s Owen Gleiberman will be detailing all his thoughts on the great and not so great at Cannes, but here’s a quick primer on what’s likely to light up the famed Croisette, in chronological order of their big premieres inside the cavernous Grand Théâtre Lumière.  READ FULL STORY

Toronto: Viggo Mortensen and Michael Fassbender are sensational as Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung in 'A Dangerous Method.' Plus, Werner Herzog's bogus redneck murder message movie

I’m not exactly a cultist for David Cronenberg — I didn’t think A History of Violence was very convincing, or even that The Fly was a great horror film — but I was primed, in Toronto, to see    A Dangerous Method, in which Viggo Mortensen plays Sigmund Freud and Michael Fassbender plays Carl Jung. Keira Knightley — yes, Keira Knightley — plays the sexed-up, tormented Russian Jewish hysteria patient-turned-psychoanalyst prodigy who comes between the two of them. When you consider that Freud and Jung, along with Einstein, were arguably the most influential thinkers of the last hundred years, there have been precious few dramatic features that have attempted to deal with who they really were. (Montgomery Clift played Freud in a 1962 John Huston biopic, and that movie was every bit as repressed as it sounds.) I went into A Dangerous Method eager to see Freud and Jung come to life on screen as they might, perhaps, have really been. And Cronenberg, at his most restrained, delivers — the movie, though less overtly exciting than some of his others, gave me just what I wanted. It’s a play of sensuality and ideas rooted in the opposing spirits (rational vs. mystical, Jewish Austrian vs. Protestant Swiss) of these two infamous allies-turned-adversaries. READ FULL STORY

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