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Old 06-22-2014, 05:18 AM
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Good point Wendy

Some reviews from the Edinburgh International Film Festival screenings, they seem more positive than after the Sundance screenings:

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The cast is strong, not only does it demonstrate Hoffman’s true mastery of his craft but it also demonstrates the great ability of Rachel McAdams. Other less central characters are also well cast and they deliver excellently. There are no weak links to be found in the chains of this cast.
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Based on a late novel by John Le Carre, this cleverly tangled tale takes a risk by having recognisable American actors affect German accents, but the performances are otherwise strong enough and the narrative sufficiently absorbing that they either convince or at least don’t distract [...] Only McAdams’ character seems off; the film isolates her unconvincingly (where are her colleagues?), and she seems too young and vulnerable to be flying solo over such dangerous ground.
A Most Wanted Man – Anton Corbijn directs cleverly tangled, high-tension John Le Carre tale featuring late Philip Seymour Hoffman performance | The List
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Corbijn, though, never preaches. The elegance with which he attacks this quiet, contemplative tale about security and duty is as expected from previous work; it may build gradually to its gut-punch finale, but gorgeously so. And you simply can’t take your eyes off the hulking, tragic anti-hero and the centre of it all.
EIFF 2014: A Most Wanted Man | The Skinny
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Hoffman brings luminosity to this afflicted amd flawed character in Andrew Bovell’s meticulous script that contains additional critiques of equal justice and Islamaphobia in a post-9/11 society. A pulsating final act is a notable and welcome gear change after the deftly developed threads tighten and unravel towards a very good twist. Corbijn’s statuary final shot featuring a red stop light signals an end to various aspects of the story but similarly parallels the end of a career for an actor of momentous acclaim and flair for his craft.
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Old 06-22-2014, 10:52 PM
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I love that bolded part!!
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Old 06-23-2014, 07:26 AM
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The covers for the movie tie-in versions of "A Most Wanted Man" have been released. Below are a few different versions I've come across so far...





It also appears that there will be a re-released version of the audio book to coincide with the film's release:

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Old 06-23-2014, 10:16 PM
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Wow! Thanks for all the info, Nick!
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Old 06-25-2014, 05:28 PM
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The official A Most Wanted Man website (for the US) is now live!

For now, there isn't much "new" material - just a synopsis, cast biographies and a gallery of already-released images, but the website does appear to be playing parts of the score which is kinda cool.
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Old 06-26-2014, 04:55 AM
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Thanks for the heads up Nick Rachel's official bio features a new still:

Her bio still mentions Passengers so I hope they will update/change it
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Old 06-26-2014, 11:13 AM
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Thanks, Nick and Lindsey! EXCITING!!! I'm getting so pumped for these!

The official Twitter account just posted this:

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Old 06-27-2014, 04:34 AM
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Thanks for sharing Amanda I love the facebook/twitter art they released so far!

Review from Digital Spy after the EFF screening:
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The supporting cast provides solid support, with Willem Dafoe impressively understated as Tommy, the head of a bank that terrorists might be using to hold funds. Indeed, his superb exchanges with Gunther are often understated in low-key in voice but incendiary in content. As Annabel, a plucky lawyer who helps Issa's cause, Rachel McAdams offers the sympathetic, humanistic heart of the movie. It's a shame that her German accent is unconvincing, littered with jarring American twangs, its dubious nature often evoking Arthur Bostrom's Officer Crabtree in classic sitcom Allo Allo. Following his genial turn as Nikki Lauda in Rush, it's also disappointing that Daniel Brühl barely has a line to deliver.
A Most Wanted Man: Seymour Hoffman excels - Edinburgh Film Festival 2014 - Movies Review - Digital Spy
EDIT: The Telegraph just released a new trailer for the UK and it features lots of new footage You can watch it here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/c...r-Hoffman.html
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Old 06-27-2014, 04:35 PM
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Poor Rachel and her accent. It's so funny how some reviews say it's bad and others say it's great and then others don't even bother to mention it.

And WOO!!!! for the trailer! Thanks for the link, Lindsey! It looks like it's uploaded at YouTube now too here (though without sound, maybe??).

Also, the official FB page just posted this today:

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I'M GETTING SO EXCITED, YOU GUYS!!!
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Old 06-28-2014, 01:44 PM
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Thanks for the fb post Amanda The sound is off in the trailer so I hope they will fix it soon. It kind of looks like a trailer for a non-english movie now for english audiences
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Old 06-28-2014, 09:24 PM
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It kind of does! I'm loving the pickup in promo for this one.
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Old 06-30-2014, 04:23 AM
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Interesting interview/article with screenwriter Bovell:

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Australian screenwriter and playwright Andrew Bovell never got to meet Philip Seymour Hoffman but the actor signed up for a key role in A Most Wanted Man while Bovell was still working on the script of espionage thriller.

Hence Bovell could tailor the dialogue of Hoffman’s character for the actor, who plays Gunther Bachmann, the leader of a Hamburg-based anti-terrorist squad whose remit is to stop an atrocity like 9/11 from happening on German soil.


“With an actor like Hoffman, you need less dialogue because he could convey a line with a look,” Bovell tells IF. During development the writer met with Corbijn in London and Hamburg but the conversations were mostly about the tone and mood the director wanted.

Bovell didn’t get to visit the set because when shooting started in October 2012 he was immersed in writing the stage version of Kate Grenville’s novel The Secret River for the Sydney Theatre Co.

He saw several cuts before watching the final print and says, “I’m very impressed with the film. We set out to capture the relationship between the West and Islam post 9/11, and the fact we have lost the ability to recognise innocence. It’s a very European film that is very truthful about spying and quite truthful to the novel.”

Apart from Hoffman, who died in February, aged 46, the cast includes Daniel Brühl, Willem Dafoe, Nina Hoss and Rachel McAdams. Grigoriy Dobrygin plays a young half-Chechen, half-Russian immigrant who tries to infiltrate Hamburg’s underground Islamic community.

Among the producers are Simon Cornwell and Stephen Cornwell, the sons of John le Carré (who was born David Cornwell). Stephen Cornwell says they hired Bovell after admiring his work on Lantana, which he adapted from his play Speaking in Tongues.

“We all had a huge respect for Lantana which really spoke to a lot of the levels of character intrigue and deception we wanted,” says Cornwell. “Lantana had the same richness of characterisation and story-telling."

The reviews after its world premiere at the Sundance festival and last week at the Edinburgh Film Festival have been overwhelmingly positive.
More: Bovell finds his Most Wanted Man
EDIT: Entertainment One released the trailer with voices on their youtube channel:
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Old 06-30-2014, 09:20 PM
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Definitely interesting, thanks for sharing it, Lindsey. And for the link to the proper trailer!
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Old 07-02-2014, 09:53 AM
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I think that the UK release date got pushed back with a week. Various media outlets, including Empire, are reporting a September 12 release. Film Distributors Association is still listing the movie on September 5th but the official description of the UK trailer also says September 12th
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How sad!
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