UPDATE, FRIDAY AM: I’ve just gotten word that added to the below will be a new promo for Macbeth. Justin Kurzel’s version of the Shakespeare tale stars Michael Fassbender as the iconic eponymous antihero and Marion Cotillard as his scheming Lady.
EARLIER EXCLUSIVE: In what’s become a highly anticipated annual event, The Weinstein Co is gearing up for tomorrow’s screening of first-look footage from its upcoming films. Two years ago, TWC first rented a plush room in the Majestic Hotel to show about 20 minutes of three of its 2012 awards contenders: Django Unchained, Silver Linings Playbook and The Master. It was a prescient move that got the awards conversation started. Last year, the reel was bumped up to 40 minutes and included clips from such pics as The Butler, The Grandmaster, One Chance, Fruitvale Station, August: Osage County and Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom. Harvey Weinstein has increasingly used this invite-only Cannes reception as a platform to tout the company’s slate and whet the appetite for releases later in the year. He’s also trotted out talent from the movies. This year’s event, co-hosted by Worldview Entertainment, goes down tomorrow at the Majestic replete with cocktails and a special press conference.
Among those set for the preview reel are Toronto sensation Begin Again, the John Carney-directed pic starring Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Hailee Steinfeld and Adam Levine. Ivanhoe Pictures and Beijing Galloping Horse just acquired the Chinese theatrical and all platform rights. It opens in North America and Europe this summer. Also due is a new trailer from The Giver, the feature adaptation of Lois Lowry’s dystopian young-adult novel that stars Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges, Brenton Thwaites, Alexander Skarsgard, Katie Holmes and Taylor Swift. It releases in August. Also with an August release, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For is getting a teaser trailer, and animated soccer movie Underdogs is screening a new trailer. Un Certain Regard title The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby is unspooling a new trailer. The movie screens in UCR on Saturday in the third version to appear at a festival after two versions played Toronto, one titled Him and the other Her. James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain star as a married couple whose relationship disintegrates.
St. Vincent De Van Nuys, the Ted Melfi-directed comedy that stars Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts, Bill Murray and Chris O’Dowd and has a late-October release, is presenting a new trailer. Tim Burton’s Christmas Day release Big Eyes, based on the true story of painter Margaret Keane and her manipulative husband Walter, also is screening a new trailer. Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz star; Burton came to Cannes last year to present his vision to buyers.
There will be a clip from TWC’s big Berlin pickup, The Imitation Game, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing and has a November 21 limited release. Weinstein paid $7M for the WWII tale from Graham Moore’s Black List script that Morten Tyldum directed. Saul Dibb’s Suite Française will debut a new trailer. Last year in Cannes, TWC closed a multi-territory deal on the movie that’s produced by eOne and TF1. Michelle Williams, Matthias Schoenaerts, Kristin Scott Thomas, Sam Riley and Margot Robbie star in the adaptation of Irene Nemirovsky’s novel about a young French woman who falls for a German officer in Nazi-occupied France.
Finally, a teaser trailer for CGI/live-action pic Paddington will unspool. Colin Firth voices the curious Peruvian bear who travels to London in search of a home. The TWC-Dimension label is releasing the movie in the U.S. on December 12. Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters and Jim Broadbent also star in the David Heyman production. There is also an ‘In Production’ montage which will include stills from Antoine Fuqua’s Southpaw, Justin Chadwick’s Tulip Fever, and Simon Curtis’ The Woman In Gold. Deadline will be on hand at the event tomorrow and report back with more details.