Magazine article Screen International

Fox Unveils Footage of Final Gandolfini Film

Magazine article Screen International

Fox Unveils Footage of Final Gandolfini Film

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CINEEUROPE: Other highlights of Fox presentation include Ridley Scott and Ben Stiller presenting their next films.

Fox International wowed the crowd at CineEurope today with a star-studded, behind-the-scenes slate presentation that had an especially poignant moment showing the first footage from James Gandolfini's final feature film, Animal Rescue.

Bullhead director Michael R Roskam is now in post production on the film, which also stars Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and Matthias Schoenaerts in the Dennis Lehane-scripted story of a Brooklyn bartender (Hardy) who crosses paths with organised crime. Gandolfini plays a bar owner who has to contend with the Chechen mob.

Fox Searchlight International executive VP Rebecca Kearey said everyone at Fox feels "very honoured" to be working on Gandolfini's final film.

Ridley Scott took to the stage in Barcelona alongside Javier Bardem to talk about The Counselor (which was previewed in four scenes and the new international trailer). Scott said he was "mesmerized and blown away" by Cormac McCarthy's screenplay, which he says boasts "some staggeringly interesting characters."

Bardem, who stars alongside Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz and Penelope Cruz, said of Scott: "he is a master and he knows how to put things together." Of McCarthy's writing, he added: "It inspires your mind and your thoughts and your imagination and also your gut. McCarthy is like a punch in the stomach." (He also starred in McCarthy adaptation No Country For Old Men.)

Ben Stiller also came on stage in Barcelona to introduce footage from The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. He said the movie "above all isn't cynical....I hope people walk out thinking, 'It's never too late to make a change in your life'." He got a big laugh when he added: "There are no giant robots in it, I hope that's okay."

Other highlights in the Fox presentation included extended trailers for Walking With Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie and The Book Thief, an action sequence from The Wolverine, and Bryan Singer's behind-the-scenes video tour of the set of X-Men: Days of Future Past. …

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