Release date: Friday December 10, 2010 (Wide) Genre: Drama, Thriller Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck Studio: Columbia Pictures Producer(s): Jonathan Glickman, Graham King, Tim Headington, Roger Birnbaum, Gary Barber Screenplay: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, Christopher McQuarrie, Julian Fellowes Cast: Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany, Timothy Dalton, Steven Berkoff, Rufus Sewell Official Site:thetourist-movie.com Rating:Not Yet Rated Available film art:The Tourist movie posters
Synopsis When an American tourist (Johnny Depp) realizes that a female Interpol agent (Angelina Jolie) is using him to flush out the elusive criminal with whom she once had an affair, the stage is set for a game of international intrigue that threatens to turn deadly in this Spyglass remake of Jérôme Salle’s 2005 thriller. Paul Bettany, Rufus Sewell, and Timothy Dalton co-star.
Over at the excellent Los Angeles Times blog 24 Frames, reporter Steven Zeitchik looks at why a Salt sequel might or might not happen. The stars, director, and producer were cagey about a sequel during their press tour, despite the fact that, as Zeitchik puts it, “its ending was left open wider than Red Square.” Studios see female leads as a risk, especially in a male-dominated genre, but Jolie is a wild card when it comes to action. If anything, Jolie’s dramatic work has been less commercially successful than her action films, especially since previous action flicks she’s been in — Wanted and the Lara Croft series, for example — already had built-in audiences.
Zeitchik points out the many possible roadblocks for Salt, including the packed schedules of Angelina Jolie and director Phillip Noyce. The bigger question marks are Sony and Salt’s producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura and whether or not Salt will make money in international territories.
But my answer to the question posed in the title of this post is, “Hell, yes!” Valid complaints were raised about some of Salt’s faults, but I was too busy watching Angelia Jolie show why she’s one of the best action stars out there. Sure, a friend next to me astutely guessed what Salt would do or who was who as the movie progressed, and some of the dialogue is canned, but I didn’t notice because Evelyn Salt was busy using a maxi-pad to bandage her wounds.
Between Noyce and Jolie, I’d see Salt sally forth again and again in theaters, and not just because I like the idea of a lady kicking butt. Angelina Jolie is at her finest doing action, and the stunts choreographed with longtime collaborator Simon Crane are a thing to behold. Twisty spy thrillers are a guilty pleasure that I enjoy indulging, and in a rather disappointing summer, Salt was one of the few movies I was looking forward to; luckily, it didn’t disappoint.
Would you tune in for more Salt-y adventures, or have you seen enough of Evelyn’s hijinks? Is she a second-rate Jason Bourne or one you’d pay to see again?
Synopsis: Director Phillip Noyce teams with screenwriters Kurt Wimmer (Equilibrium) and Brian Helgeland (Mystic River) to craft this thriller starring Angelina Jolie as dedicated CIA officer Evelyn Salt, who is accused by a defector of being a Russian spy. With each attempt Salt makes to prove her innocence, her mentor, Winter (Liev Schreiber), only grows more suspicious of her true motivations. The longer she eludes capture by ambitious CIA agent Peabody (Chiwetel Ejiofor), the higher the stakes get.
Cast: Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alex Pettyfer, Victor Slezak, Andre Braugher; Director: Phillip Noyce
The 81st Oscar nominations came with some surprises up its sleeve this morning, snubbing the year’s biggest film and finding room for smaller performances.
The Dark Knight, the second-largest-grossing movie of all-time, was left off the Best Picture list in favour of a list of critical favourites that include Slumdog Millionaire, the little movie that could. Slumdog, which won the Golden Globe earlier this month, also garnered nominations for adapted screenplay and for director Danny Boyle. In all, it got nine nominations.
The Reader, a post-Holocaust drama about the love affair between an older woman and a young man, was a surprise inclusion because of its controversial subject matter. It also won a Best Actress nomination for Kate Winslet, who had earlier won the Supporting Actress award at the Golden Globes. Winslet had been touted as a possible Best Actress nominee for the acidic 1950s drama Revolutionary Road, but she and co-star Leonardo DiCaprio were snubbed, as was the movie itself.
Joining Winslet in the Actress category was Melissa Leo, star of the well-received but decidedly small drama Frozen River. She’s going up against Anne Hathaway in Rachel Getting Married, Angelina Jolie in Changeling, and Meryl Streep in Doubt.
It was a good day overall in the Jolie household: husband Brad Pitt, who ages backwards as Benjamin Button, was also nominated, along with Mickey Rourke, the comeback kid, who won the Golden Globe for his portrayal of an over-the-hill wrestler in The Wrestler. Frank Langella, who played Richard Nixon in Frost/Nixon, and Sean Penn, as the gay politician Harvey Milk in Milk, are joined by longtime character actor Richard Jenkins, the star of another small but much-loved movie The Visitor.
The supporting categories also were filled with unexpected names. The Supporting Actress nominees included favourites Marisa Tomei as a stripper in The Wrestler and Penelope Cruz as an angry wife in Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona, but also Amy Adams as the innocent nun and Viola Davis as the mother of a boy who may have been abused, both in Doubt, along with Taraji P. Henson, another surprise for her turn as the adoptive mother of Pitt’s character in Benjamin Button.
The supporting actor nominations were headed by the favourites, the late Heath Ledger, as the evil Joker in The Dark Knight and Philip Seymour Hoffman as a priest who may or may not be a child abuser, in Doubt. But the rest of the list showed a tendency for the Academy to take chances: Josh Brolin as the conflicted politician in Milk, Robert Downey Jr., performing in blackface as a method actor in Tropic Thunder, and Michael Shannon as the mentally ill intruder in Revolutionary Road, the only major award for that movie.
The Quebec movie The Necessities of Life, which was on the short list for Best Foreign Film, did not make the cut.
The nominations for the 81st Annual Academy Awards:
Rumor has it that Angelina Jolie is after the catwoman role in the next Batman flick.
Could Angelina Jolie be after the role of Catwoman in the next Batman film?
That’s what Julie Newmar — the actress who played the feline anti-hero in the original TV show — has been saying to the press.
This highly dubious piece of gossip came from a comment she made to the New York Daily News (and was picked up by comicbookmovie.com), in which she apparently said: “Angelina would own the part. My industry friends tell me [she] has made inquiries about the role. I can understand how it would pique her interest.”
The chances are this is a case of the over-active Dark Knight rumour mill churning out another piece of baseless gossip, but what would you think if the news was true?
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