Actor Reese Witherspoon thinks Toronto is the perfect place to launch Rendition, a lacerating political thriller about the disappearance and torture of a man who is victimized by the CIA.
“It’s pretty exciting,” Witherspoon told Sun Media yesterday before Rendition – a possible Oscar contender this year – made its world premiere as a Gala at the 32nd Toronto International Film Festival.
“I think the Toronto film festival is always great for films that are filmmaker-driven and have a real idea behind them,” she said, suppressing a nagging cough but never complaining. “There are so many great tastemakers here, people who really enjoy film, people who really appreciate what we are trying to get out, what we are trying to reveal.”
In 2005, Toronto also launched Walk the Line, the Johnny Cash biopic that generated a best actress Oscar for her.
Now a seasoned veteran of Hollywood at 31, Witherspoon also knows how to keep on topic and maintain her privacy. She deftly demonstrated that yesterday when one question bumped into persistent rumours that she and co-star Jake Gyllenhaal became romantically involved on the film (she is now a single mom who is divorcing husband Ryan Phillippe).
I have added two brief clips of Reese from this past week’s segments from Entertainment Tonight and E! News, one is an interview with Reese about this Jake Gyllenhaal rumors and the other is a very cute short clip of Reese on the red carpet. I also added captures to the gallery. I apologize for the poor quality, I am having problems with my cable. (Better than nothing, right 😉
This is just a brief note to let you guys know you can stream the majority of the Rendition Toronto press confrence on your computer over at the official TIFF website. Just select Rendition and the trailer will begin playing, and after you’ll be treated to the press conference.
If anyone is able to save this footage please contact us so we can add it to our video archives. 🙂
As earlier reported, Penelope was recently dropped by IFC films. IFC acquired domestic theatrical rights for Penelope last year at Toronto. It set release dates in April and then again in August before pulling the plug as part of its move to focus on its core business of smaller-budget indies. IFC was partnered with the Weinstein Co., which had acquired TV and homevid rights. Now it seems according to Variety, as if Summit Entertainment has acquired North American distribution rights.
Summit co-chair Rob Friedman made the announcement Wednesday. “It is the kind of material that will allow our marketing group to really shine,” he said.
Futhermore, Summit plans the film to be released on February 1st, 2008!
Well over 100 new images of Reese at The Toronto Film Festival have been added the gallery. You can view all of the new additions here. In this batch is a portrait session the cast of Rendition took. Remember to register/log in to view all the lovely new additions!
Ms. Witherspoon looked like a true movie star at the Toronto Film Festival Rendition premiere. She wore a stunning black number and had her hair on soft waves. It may be one of my personal favorite Reese looks of all time!
Unfortunately the word from Toronto is that Rendition does not quite live up to the expectations and early buzz. Below is a quote from Variety regarding Reese’s performance, which was quite crushing for me to read… Read full review here:
Even Witherspoon, normally the most spirited of performers who can inject even limited characters and blah scripts with her own spark, can do little but mope around and search for different ways to look worried. A limited acting exercise, to say the least.
Two of young Hollywood’s biggest superstars descended upon the Toronto International Film Festival on Friday to promote what’s already one of the most buzzed-about movies of the 10-day movie marathon.
Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal, rumoured to have become romantically involved when they shot the taut, post-9-11 thriller Rendition last year, sat with two people between them at a packed downtown news conference and weren’t asked any questions about their alleged relationship.
The flaxen-haired Witherspoon, dressed in a black and navy cap-sleeved dress with black patent stilettos, said she was happy to take on the role because of how it personalized the after-shocks of terrorism.
Witherspoon plays the pregnant wife of an Egyptian-American travelling abroad who is detained – and soon savagely tortured – following a deadly suicide bombing that kills a CIA operative. She embarks upon a mission to find her husband as Gyllenhaal, playing a CIA man with a conscience in Egypt, tries to determine the terrified man’s guilt or innocence.
“We become more anesthetized as we see more news and coverage of things that I just don’t connect to anymore … it feels like the suicide bombings are so prolific and sometimes you don’t find the stories of reverberation, and how the families are affected,” said the 31-year-old actress.
Reese Witherspoon is currently in Toronto, Canada at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival. She attended the press conference for Redition earlier today with fellow cast Jake Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard, and looked stunning in black and navy blue dress with black pumps. Her hair was lovely in loose waves! The first available pictures are now up in the gallery. The world premiere of the film is tonight so I’m sure we’ll see premiere pictures soon!