Saturday, August 28, 2010

Eat Pray Love

From producer Brad Pitt and director Ryan Murphy (TV’s Nip/Tuck, Glee) comes Columbia Pictures’ new drama Eat Pray Love starring Academy Award-winner Julia Roberts. The film is based on Elizabeth Gilbert‘s international bestseller of the same title.

Eat Pray Love also stars James Franco (Spider-Man trilogy), Richard Jenkins (TV‘s Six Feet Under), Viola Davis (Nights in Rodanthe), Billy Crudup (Mission: Impossible III) and Oscar-winner Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men).

In the film, Liz Gilbert (Roberts) is a modern woman on a quest to marvel at and travel the world while rediscovering and reconnecting with her true inner self. At a crossroads after a divorce, Gilbert takes a year-long sabbatical from her job and uncharacteristically steps out of her comfort zone, risking everything to change her life. In her wondrous and exotic travels, she experiences the simple pleasure of eating in Italy, the power of prayer in India, and, finally and unexpectedly, the inner peace and balance of love in Bali.
Indeed, there really is more than one way to let yourself go and see the world.

Eat Pray Love is produced by Dede Gardner, with a screenplay by Ryan Murphy & Jennifer Salt. Executive producers are Brad Pitt, Stan Wlodkowski, and Jeremy Kleiner. Director of Photography is Robert Richardson, ASC. Production Designer is Bill Groom. Editor is Bradley Buecker. Costume Designer is Michael Dennison. Music by Dario Marianelli. Music Supervision by PJ Bloom.

Opening soon across the Philippines, Eat Pray Love is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. Visit to get the latest movie news, video clips, games and free downloads. Find us on Facebook and join our fan contests.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

'TRON Legacy' Billboard Art

Disney has just launched the billboard art for the highly-anticipated TRON: Legacy!
Directed by Joseph Kosinski, TRON: Legacy is a 3D high-tech adventure set in a digital world that’s unlike anything ever captured on the big screen.

In the film, Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund), a rebellious 27-year-old, is haunted by the mysterious disappearance of his father Kevin Flynn (Oscar®-winner Jeff Bridges), a man once known as the world’s leading video-game developer.

When Sam investigates a strange signal sent from the old Flynn’s Arcade—a signal that could only come from his father—he finds himself pulled into a digital world where Kevin has been trapped for 20 years.
With the help of the fearless warrior Quorra (Olivia Wilde), father and son embark on a life-and-death journey across a visually-stunning cyber universe—a universe created by Kevin himself that has become far more advanced with never-before-imagined vehicles, weapons, landscapes and a ruthless villain who will stop at nothing to prevent their escape.

Presented in Disney Digital 3D™ and scored by Grammy® Award-winning electronic music duo Daft Punk, TRON: Legacy hits Philippine theaters January 2011, in Disney Digital 3D™ and IMAX® 3D.

The action-adventure is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International through Columbia Pictures.

George Clooney As 'The American' Assassin

Academy Award-winner George Clooney plays Jack, a weapons maker for professional assassins and a killer himself, who suddenly becomes the target, in Focus Features’ new thriller 'The American." 

Adapted from Martin Booth’s 1990 novel A Very Private Gentleman, the film will be shown soon exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas (Trinoma, Glorietta 4 & Greenbelt 3).

In many ways, the character fits Clooney: smart, handsome, worldly. But the character is hardly the man, who in addition to being voted “sexiest man alive,” is a writer, director, producer and humanitarian.
Indeed, as The American director Anton Corbijn says, Clooney is able to weave all of these identities together: “He’s a director’s favorite in terms of understanding what a director needs from an actor. He’s directed three films and so he knows that it’s very important to have an actor who’s on set. So George is never in the trailers. He’s on set and ready.”

“Jack is a character George hasn’t played before; it’s always interesting when an actor finds something new,” continues Corbijn. “He’s so good with dialogue, and in this movie he is playing a man of few words who is always on the lookout and constantly in a state of tension.”

Producer Grant Heslov adds, “Jack is someone who is only now finding moments of beauty in his life. Even if he now makes the right choices, does fate have a different idea for him? George brings this stillness to the role of Jack, who spends a lot of time in silence. That’s a challenge for an actor, to keep the inner life going on-screen.”

“This role reminds me of George’s Oscar-nominated work in Michael Clayton, in that he can convey so much through his eyes alone,” offers producer Jill Green. “Audiences instinctively place their trust in George, which is important to our establishing the character of Jack.”

However, producer Anne Wingate says, “It’s a much darker role for George, yet he embodies the character so well. We were all rather ecstatic to get him to play the part.”

Of his leading man, Corbijn states, “He is a serious actor yet keeps everyone entertained on set, so cast and crew enjoy his company, and he takes pleasure in the work. He’s so good at keeping everyone motivated. George also knows how to deal with the attention he gets in public with charm and grace, which was invaluable.”

Friday, August 13, 2010

First Look: 'Due Date' Movie Poster

Warner Bros. makes a big reveal of its upcoming blockbuster comedy “Due Date” !

From “Hangover” director Todd Phillips, “Due Date” stars Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis as two unlikely companions who are thrown together on a road trip that turns out to be as life-changing as it is outrageous.  

“Due Date” is written by Alan R. Cohen & Alan Freedland and Adam Sztykiel & Todd Phillips, from a story by Cohen & Freedland.  

The film also stars Michelle Monaghan (“Made of Honor”), Oscar® nominee Juliette Lewis (“Cape Fear,” “Whip It”) and Academy Award® winner Jamie Foxx (“Ray”).  

The film is being produced by Phillips and Dan Goldberg, who previously collaborated on “The Hangover.”  Scott Budnick, Thomas Tull and Susan Downey are serving as executive producers on the film.
Opening soon across the Philippines, “Due Date” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

'Cats & Dogs: The Revenge Of Kitty Galore

In the eternal battle between cats and dogs, one crazed feline has just taken things a paw too far.

Kitty Galore, a former elite agent for spy organization MEOWS, has gone rogue.  In 48 hours, she plans to unleash a diabolical device designed to not only bring her canine enemies to heel but take down her former kitty comrades and make the world her scratching post.

Faced with this immediate and unprecedented threat, cats and dogs will be forced to work together for the first time in history in an unlikely alliance to save themselves—and their beloved humans—from global cat-astrophe.

It’s time for the fur to fly.

The comedy “Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore,” a blend of live action, state-of-the-art puppetry and computer animation in 3D, stars Emmy Award winner Christina Applegate (“Friends,” “Samantha Who?”), Oscar® nominee Michael Clarke Duncan (“The Green Mile”), Emmy Award nominee Neil Patrick Harris (“How I Met Your Mother”), Emmy Award winner Sean Hayes (“Will & Grace”), James Marsden (“Hairspray”), two-time Oscar® nominee, Emmy and multiple Grammy Award winner Bette Midler, Oscar® nominee Nick Nolte (“Affliction,” “The Prince of Tides”), Emmy Award winner Joe Pantoliano (“The Sopranos”), comedian and rapper Katt Williams (“The Katt Phenomenon”), Chris O’Donnell (“NCIS: Los Angeles”), Emmy Award nominee Jack McBrayer (“30 Rock”), SNL regular Fred Armisen (“Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy”) and Paul Rodriguez (“Tortilla Soup,” “Comic Relief VII”).

The film is directed by Brad Peyton and written by Ron J. Friedman & Steve Bencich, based on characters created by John Requa & Glenn Ficarra.  It is produced by Andrew Lazar and Polly Johnsen, with Brent O’Connor and Bruce Berman serving as executive producers.  The creative behind-the-scenes team includes director of photography Steven Poster, production designer Rusty Smith, editor Julie Rogers and composer Christopher Lennertz.

Visual effects are supervised by Randy Starr, and animatronic effects by David Barclay.  The animal actors appear through Boone’s Animals for Hollywood, under the supervision of trainer Boone Narr.
“Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore” will be presented in 3D where available.
Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, a Mad Chance/Polymorphic Pictures Production: “Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore,” distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.

Photos by Warner Bros.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

'Sucker Punch' Character Posters

Warner Bros. has released the official character posters of its upcoming action-adventure Sucker Punch from director Zack Snyder (Watchmen, 300).

The one-sheets feature individual cast members Emily Browning as Babydoll, Vanessa Hudgens as Blondie, Abbie Cornish as Sweet Pea, Jamie Chung as Amber, Jena Malone as Rocket and Carla Gugino as Madam Gorski.
Jamie Chung as Amber
Emily Browning as Babydoll
Vanessa Hudgens at Blondie
Carla Gugino as Madam Gorski
Jena Malone as Rocket
Abbie Cornish as Sweet Pea

Sucker Punch is an action fantasy that takes us into the vivid imagination of a young girl whose dream world provides the ultimate escape from her darker reality. Unrestrained by the boundaries of time and place, she is free to go where her mind takes her, but her incredible adventures blur the lines between what's real and what is imaginary...with potentially tragic consequences.

Opening across the Philippines in March 2012, Sucker Punch will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Monday, August 9, 2010

'Salt' Passes Php100-M Gross In 12 Days!

MANILA, Aug. 9 – There’s no stopping the tenacious Evelyn Salt in her box-office domination!  Angelina Jolie’s power-packed action-thriller Salt breached the landmark P100-million gross Sunday, Aug. 8 or 12 days after its release.  This according to Victor R. Cabrera, managing director of distributor Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc.
The film’s cumulative nationwide gross now stands at a spectacular P100.11-million, easily beating the final grosses of previous spy megahits such as Wanted (P94.65-M), Mr. & Mrs. Smith (P83.26-M) and all three Jason Bourne movies --  The Bourne Ultimatum (P58.07-M),The Bourne Supremacy (P35.90-M) and The Bourne Identity (P 36.80-M).
Salt also became the 2nd P100-M hit for Columbia this year, after last June’s blockbuster The Karate Kid.
The Philip Noyce-directed actioner continued to impress discriminating local critics.  “Among the fine cinematic lessons Salt teaches is a veritable crash course in relentless editing for maximum suspense and visceral impact,” wrote Nestor Torre in his column.  “From the film’s shocking start to its `twist within a twist’ conclusion, the movie’s pacing and ever-intensifying conclusion doesn’t let up until the viewer ends up feeling like a very wet and limp dishrag—no kidding.”
Widely-read columnist Scott Garceau wrote that after the expositional back-story, “Salt kicks into high gear and doesn’t look back. There are enough stunts here to fill a Die Hard trilogy or a handful of Jason Bourne flicks.”
The cinemas that posted the biggest grosses for “Salt” are Trinoma (P6.13-M), SM Mall of Asia (P5.04-M), Glorietta 4 (P3.90-M), SM Megamall (P3.65-M), SM North EDSA (P3.20-M), SM Cebu (P3.12-M), Greenbelt 3 (P3.11-M), Power Plant (P3.03-M), Alabang Town Center(P2.83-M) and Ayala Cebu (P2.66-M).
Also doing great business are Gateway (P2.65-M), Shang Cineplex (P2.29-M), Eastwood (P2.23-M), Robinsons Ermita (P2.19-M), Greenhills (P2.01-M), Gaisano Davao (P1.92-M), Robinsons Galleria (P1.87-M), Market! Market! (P1.71-M), Festival (1.67-M) and SM San Lazaro (P1.33-M)
In the film, CIA officer Evelyn Salt (Jolie) swore an oath to duty, honor and country. Her loyalty will be tested when a defector accuses her of being a Russian spy. Salt goes on the run, using all her skills and years of experience as a covert operative to elude capture. Salt's efforts to prove her innocence only serve to cast doubt on her motives, as the hunt to uncover the truth behind her identity continues and the question remains: "Who Is Salt?"
Still playing across the Philippines, “Salt” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. to get the latest movie news, video clips, games and free downloads. Find us on and join our fan contests.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Bette Midler And Christina Applegate Voices In 'Cats And Dogs'

Hollywood icon Bette Midler and Emmy-nominee Christina Applegate breathe life to the lead kittens in Warner Bros.’ new comedy adventure in 3D, “Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore.”

In the film, what’s going on is nothing less than the endless war between two species at odds since their earliest ancestors sought out the first caveman’s campfire. But now, one renegade cat agent – Kitty Galore -- has upped the ante. Determined to not only break the bond between dogs and humans forever but also pit feline against feline, Kitty’s bid for global domination could jeopardize the future of all creatures, four- and two-legged alike.

Starring as the voice of Kitty Galore, the scariest, loopiest, fur-challenged feline to swipe a claw since the maniacal Mr. Tinkles earned a permanent time-out at Doggie Alcatraz, Midler says, “I’ve been asked if I believe people are going to like this movie because they think their animals talk to them. Well, I don’t know about anyone else but I had an animal that did talk to me. She was a Jack Russell terrier, a dear friend of mine, and she spoke in complete sentences.”

“I don’t think Kitty is misunderstood; she’s just evil,” Bette Midler states, confessing, “I like her a lot. She’s great. Villains are the most fun to play, they’re so over-the-top and usually the silliest. Here you have a wonderful combination of evil and absolute ridiculousness, which is irresistible.”

A former MEOWS agent, Kitty went rogue after losing all her fur in a depilatory vat that she fell into while trying to escape guard dogs at a cosmetics lab. Shunned by the human family who no longer recognized her, she landed on the street. Now a few hacks shy of a hairball, Kitty is one sour puss bent on avenging her losses on a grand scale.

Creating her cadence and vocal mannerisms was a process based both on looks and back-story, Midler explains. “You start with a sketch. In time, the sketch gets increasingly life-like and fleshed out until the creature is right there in front of you and sort of tells you what its voice should sound like. Kitty has gigantic eyes and very sharp, pointed little teeth. She seems refined so I tried to make her sound like a well-bred cat with a bad nature. She was obviously once a star and her stardom was snatched away from her so now she’s quite bitter and, as the title says, wants revenge.

“Having fun with it is key,” Midler continues. “Kitty gets whacked out sometimes and sputters because her mind is racing faster than she can talk.”

In the face of such sweeping peril, cats and dogs must join forces. Thus, dogs Butch (Nick Nolte) and Diggs (James Marsden) find their nascent partnership has grown to include MEOWS operative Catherine, who bravely puts all nine of her lives on the line with them, to bring Kitty down.

Describing the edgy alliance, Applegate says of her character, Catherine, “She’s a tough, smart, fearless cat, raised with the stereotypical distaste for dogs, but she’s willing to open up and take this chance. They’re working together for a common goal but are still a little bit at each other’s throats from the get-go.”

Applegate adds, “It’s absolutely absurd and fantastic, this whole secret high-tech world they have and yet it’s presented as perfectly normal. It’s as if all that other stuff they do—like purring and doing tricks, or tearing up the yard—is just designed to distract us from what’s really going on.”

Opening soon across the Philippines in Digital 3D and regular format, “Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

'Going The Distance' With Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore (He’s Just Not That Into You) stars in New Line Cinema’s raucous and romantic comedy with both heart and heat, Going the Distance. The film tells the story of what can happen when a beer-and-barbecued wings-fueled one-night stand accidentally turns into something more.

In the film, Erin’s (Barrymore) wry wit and unfiltered frankness charm newly single Garrett (Justin Long) over beer, bar trivia and breakfast the next morning. Their chemistry sparks a full-fledged summer fling, but neither expects it to last once Erin heads home to San Francisco and Garrett stays behind for his job in New York City. But when six weeks of romping through the city inadvertently become meaningful, neither is sure they want it to end.

Barrymore reveals, “I liked this story because it had a lot of humor and it was sexy, but it was also surprisingly emotional. I couldn’t stop thinking about these characters and I really cared about why or how they were or weren’t able to work out their issues. Any story that deals with the complexities of a relationship in a very comical and contemporary way totally interests me.”

The role of aspiring journalist Erin required Barrymore to be both tough and vulnerable, with a smartass sense of humor. “Drew has often played an America’s sweetheart type of character, but Erin is strong-willed, she curses, she speaks her mind freely and is really on equal footing with the guys. Drew played it without losing any of her charm,” director Nanette Burstein states.

“Erin is a very strong girl; she can go to bars and win at video games and hang with the boys,” Barrymore offers. “But she put a relationship ahead of her dreams before and resented it, so she’s not going to do it again. I really liked playing someone with a sharp tongue and wit and honesty. I loved her bravado.”

“Being an educated woman of around 30, still interning in a shrinking job market, there’s a lot of competition and that’s frustrating,” producer Adam Shankman says. “So, like a lot of young professionals, Erin goes out after work to blow off steam. She plays as hard as she works,” he adds. “I think Drew felt that was a refreshing change of pace and she was fantastic in the role.”

“To me, both Erin and Garrett are really honest, flawed characters,” Shankman observes. “Garrett behaves pretty badly at times, Erin behaves pretty badly at other times, and they both behave selfishly. But even though life is giving them an ‘out,’ they’re honestly trying to make a go of it before they decide if it’s too big of a commitment. And while humor infuses almost everything, the emotional scenes with Justin and Drew really anchor the film.”

Like many real couples facing time apart, the characters in Going the Distance try to maintain both the humor and the emotion that flows freely when they’re together.

“Even though Erin and Garrett are separated by thousands of miles, we wanted to make sure that we didn’t separate the heart and the humor,” Barrymore concludes. “We tried to bring in both everywhere, across the board.”

Opening soon across the Philippines, Going the Distance is a New Line Cinema production, and distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Who's Who In "Inception" - Know The Characters Of Inception

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ Inception directed by the highly acclaimed Christopher Nolan is the most talked about movie of the moment. Everyone’s been buzzing about the film’s mind blowing scenes, exceptional effects, and excellent storyline.

The film starring multiple Oscar nominee Leonardo Di Caprio opened in multiple IMAX screens on its worldwide release last July 15.

"Inception is a film that asks the audience to come on a journey into the human mind – its going to be an incredibly immersive experience, and in IMAX, they are going to get the best version of that…we have done all kinds of things to re-format the film for The IMAX Experience, and as a result, you get enhanced clarity, sound and a closer relationship with the action. I think IMAX is going to be a really amazing way to see Inception." Director Christopher Nolan said in an interview.

“Inception” was written and directed by Oscar® nominee Christopher Nolan (“Memento,” “The Dark Knight”), who also produced the film with Emma Thomas.  Chris Brigham and Thomas Tull served as executive producers, with Jordan Goldberg co-producing.

Nolan’s behind-the-scenes collaborators included three-time Oscar®-nominated director of photography Wally Pfister (“The Dark Knight,” “The Prestige,” “Batman Begins”), production designer Guy Hendrix Dyas (“Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” “Elizabeth: The Golden Age”), two-time Oscar®-nominated editor Lee Smith (“The Dark Knight,” “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World”), Oscar®-nominated costume designer Jeffrey Kurland (“Bullets Over Broadway,” “Collateral”), and Oscar®-nominated special effects supervisor Chris Corbould (“The Dark Knight”).  The music is by Academy Award®-winning composer Hans Zimmer (“The Dark Knight,” “The Lion King”).

Concurrently with the film’s nationwide theatrical release, “Inception: The IMAX Experience” will be released in select IMAX® theatres.  “Inception” will be digitally re-mastered into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® through proprietary IMAX DMR® technology.  With crystal clear images, laser-aligned digital sound and maximized field of view, IMAX provides the world’s most immersive movie experience. 

Inception List of Characters

In addition to filming all over the world, “Inception” features an international ensemble cast, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Tom Berenger and Dileep Rao, who were all working with Nolan for the first time, as well as Ken Watanabe, Cillian Murphy and Michael Caine, who were reunited with the director.

Thomas observes, “The movie has some great roles, and the actors really responded to the material, which made the casting process very smooth. We felt very lucky to have such a remarkable level of talent. I think the actors were also inspired by the rest of the cast; they wanted to work together and be a part of it.”
They also wanted to work with Christopher Nolan.

Ellen Page affirms, “I am such a fan of Chris’s, so the idea of being a part of this film was very exciting. And I was blown away by the script; it was like nothing I had ever read. I completely disappeared into it, and when I finished, I was literally sweating. It was so conceptually original and so incredibly moving, with a powerful emotional spine that one can really connect to. It was phenomenal to work with a filmmaker who is able to create entire worlds, things you’ve never seen before, in such an amazing way.”

Ken Watanabe, who previously teamed with Nolan on “Batman Begins,” recalls, “When Chris called and asked me to join him, it was easy to say yes, because it was a wonderful opportunity to work with a director I loved working with before. And after I read it, I was even more pleased. So my heart and my head told me I definitely had to do this movie.”

“I was very excited by the script, and then when Chris told me the other actors involved, I knew it couldn’t get any better,” says Cillian Murphy, who was in both “Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight” “I think Chris’s films are intelligent and hugely entertaining, and this one fits that bill beautifully.”

“His mind is so rich,” Marion Cotillard says, “and that’s one reason Chris is such an extraordinary director and writer. On a movie as imaginative as this, you need a director you can trust—someone to take your hand and share his vision—and I trusted him 100 percent. He really inspired me and gave me the keys I needed.”
“Chris is an extremely talented filmmaker,” DiCaprio states, adding, “I also appreciated getting to collaborate so closely with such an unbelievable cast. We had lengthy conversations about our characters, and their individual histories and relationships. And Chris definitely encouraged that; he wanted every actor, no matter how big or small the part, to have a real sense of our characters and to bring something to the table to make them our own.”

Nolan offers, “It was fascinating to watch the actors evolve as a group, very much the way the characters do in the story. It really brought a richness to their scenes together. As a writer, you hope for that kind of chemistry, but it’s not until you get on the set that you see the cast bring out their characters’ idiosyncrasies and interesting inter-relationships. That’s a vital part of any movie, especially a heist movie, and I think these actors really delivered that.

“The film follows a team of very different people, each with singular skills, who are brought together to accomplish a very special task,” Nolan continues. “If any one of them fails, it can spell disaster, so each individual is integral to their success. And we understand everything they’re going through because we are on that journey with them.”

Dom Cobb – The Extractor
Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Dom Cobb, a master in the art of extraction. The actor notes, “Cobb has achieved a level of expertise that has made him very well known in the underground black market of individuals who are able to infiltrate people’s minds and extract information.”

“At the beginning of the film,” Nolan says, “we learn that Cobb is the best extractor in the game. He is hired by corporations to steal secrets they would otherwise never have access to. It’s all based on the persistence of an idea, the notion that any concept will stay fixed in the subconscious. It’s impossible to unlearn something, and that forms the basis for what an extractor is able to do in terms of retrieving information.”
The way extraction works is through a process called dream sharing—manufacturing the world of the dream and bringing the subject into that world, which feels completely real as long as they are in it.

But Cobb’s rare skills have also resulted in him being a wanted fugitive who can never go home. Thomas shares, “From the start, we know he is a man with a past that makes it impossible for him to go back to America. But his kids are there and that motivates him more than anything else. He’s willing to take any risk in his work if it means he can get home to what he loves most.”

For that reason, DiCaprio says that the approach he and Nolan took was that “no matter how surreal the dream state, everything needed to be grounded in our connection with the character; everything had to be emotionally charged. From Cobb’s standpoint there is something very real at stake, so all of his choices, his reactions, and how he deals with the people he’s working with is a means to one end: getting back his life.”
Nolan expounds, “Working with Leo early on, we really delved into the emotional life of his character. It was very important to him that that be the guiding thread of the story, and with it he is able to draw the audience through the complex story in a very clear fashion. That’s what great actors are able to bring to a project, and Leo made a massive contribution to the film. I think he is one of our finest actors and his performance in the film is extraordinary.”

Arthur – The Point Man
Cobb’s longtime and most trusted colleague is Arthur, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. While Cobb is the master planner, Arthur takes care of the details. Gordon-Levitt asserts, “Arthur is the organized one, the one making sure everything is in its right place. The way I see it, Cobb is the artist and Arthur is the producer.

He’s the one saying, ‘Okay, you have your vision; now I’m going to figure out how to make all the nuts and bolts work so you can do your thing.’ But as fastidious and professional as he is, Arthur didn’t want to apply his organizational skills to being a lawyer or doctor or any of the things he could have been because sharing dreams is fascinating. It’s not just a job for him. I think the technology of dream sharing is something that has inspired him since he first heard about it so, ultimately, it’s not the money he’s doing it for. He wouldn’t risk his life for a good paycheck. He loves it.”

Gordon-Levitt reveals that his character’s fascination with dreams is something they had in common. “I consider myself a creative person and dreams are where we’re all artists. Everything you do in a dream—everything you see, everything you hear, everyone you talk to—is your creation. That’s evidence of how powerful the creative mind could be if we were to let it, so it intrigued me to do a movie about dreams. You could call it a heist film, but I think of it more as a con artist film. I think of our characters as gentlemen thieves, and I identify with them because they are artists, or actors. They’re lying for a living…not just lying but manufacturing truth. They’re creating reality, and that’s what I do, too,” he smiles.

“Joe is a tremendous actor to work with—very charismatic, extremely dedicated, and also physically adept,” Nolan says. “He is a performer who doesn’t just find the internal life of the character but also projects the physical expression of that through his movements and expressions. And that’s good because there was definitely a very physical component to playing Arthur.”

Ariadne – The Architect
To manufacture the world of the dream, one of the most vital members of the team is the architect. Ellen Page portrays Ariadne, a brilliant student of architecture, who is approached by Cobb for a job, which, Page concedes, “isn’t necessarily legal, but she is propelled by an intellectual curiosity that makes her unable to pull herself away from such a unique opportunity.”

That opportunity is to design and build places that could not exist in reality. Page offers, “When Cobb brings Ariadne into his world, so to speak, she immediately displays a natural ability to think outside the box and broaden her mind enough to facilitate what he’s trying to accomplish. She ends up becoming even more involved in the job as she discovers what’s really going on with Cobb and learns about things he can’t control. But, despite the fears that arise, she wants to try and help him in order for the team to succeed.”

Nolan relates, “In writing the script for ‘Inception,’ it was very important to me that there be a conduit for the audience—a character who is being shown this world for the first time and is eager to explore it. That’s how the character of Ariadne was born. It was also very important for the audience to see Cobb through Ariadne’s eyes and get to the core of that character. And when I met with Ellen, she had the perfect combination of freshness and savvy and maturity beyond her years. She is an extraordinary performer with incredible creativity and an innate curiosity of her own and, therefore, naturally infused Ariadne with those qualities. Ellen was able to balance the emotional life of her character with the need for Ariadne to bring the audience in and show them the truth.”

Page says, “I was excited that Chris had written an awesome role for a young woman who is intelligent and comfortable in her own skin. She is thrust into this completely new environment and unusual situation and deals with it very eloquently. She can very much hold her own, especially in a group that’s a bit of a boys’ club,” she laughs.

Eames – The Forger
Unlike Ariadne, Eames is an old hand at dream sharing and has some history with Cobb, whether as allies or possibly even competitors. Tom Hardy plays the role of Eames, who, he notes, possesses surprising skills as a forger…and not just on paper. “In the dream world, Eames can project the image of anyone, so he’s actually forging an identity in a physical manifestation and can convince another person that he’s whomever the team needs him to be in order to aid their deception. What’s especially interesting for me about these characters is the idea of the antihero, the fact that what they are doing could be considered dishonorable, but you still root for them. That’s nice because it’s not just black and white; we have a lot of gray area to play in.”

Nolan says that, like his character, Hardy is something of a chameleon. “Tom is an actor who can absolutely jump into the skin of a character and inhabit a role, and he did that very effectively with Eames. He saw the potential of the character right away and brought a wonderfully cheeky quality to his performance, which I was delighted to see come through.”

Emma Thomas adds that there was also some comic relief in the banter played out by Hardy and Gordon-Levitt. “There is a fun dynamic between Eames and Arthur in the movie. Clearly, they have a rivalry that dates back before our story begins, but they also have a grudging admiration, even if they’d never admit it. They are a pretty funny duo to watch as the heist unfolds.”

Mal – The Shade
Mal, played by Marion Cotillard, is the love of Cobb’s life. “Mal is a tricky one to describe because she is a mix of so many things,” the actress says cryptically. “But maybe it’s the kind of thing you don’t describe because different people can have different interpretations.”

“Mal is the essence of the femme fatale,” states Nolan. “Marion brought an exceptionally haunting quality to her performance. What she was able to do with just her eyes and her emotional openness is quite beautiful. And she and Leo together portray an incredibly moving couple. Underneath all of the action, I think ‘Inception’ is very much founded on a love story, and these two actors found the truth of that in a most remarkable way.”

“Leo is such a gifted actor. I have always been a great fan of his work, so it was amazing to work with him,” Cotillard says. “His commitment is total and his intensity is unlimited. You can see it in his eyes. When you share a scene with him, you can trust everything he does because he’s so authentic.”
DiCaprio has equal praise for his co-star. “It was wonderful to act alongside Marion. She can be strong and vulnerable and hopeful and heartbreaking all in the same moment, which was perfect for all the contradictions of her character.”

Saito – The Tourist
Ken Watanabe portrays the role of Saito, a rich and powerful business magnate, who offers Cobb a very special job with a promise of payment more valuable than money. Simply put, if Cobb can give Saito what he wants, Saito will get Cobb home. There is only one condition: Saito wants to accompany Cobb’s team on the job to be sure he gets what he’s paying for. Thomas says, “We refer to him as ‘the tourist’ because he has no expertise, but uses his financial influence to join the group.”

Watanabe observes, “At first, it’s only a business relationship, but as the story continues, Saito and Cobb develop an understanding and a respect. They need each other.”

Nolan says that he created the role of Saito with Watanabe in mind. “I wrote the part specifically for Ken because I wanted to work with him again. I enjoyed directing him so much on ‘Batman Begins,’ but his role was smaller and we didn’t have a lot of time together. This time I made sure he had a bigger part. Ken is an extremely charismatic performer, a true movie star. He is a consummate actor who knows how to get the most out of every scene. It’s just a pleasure to watch him work.”

Robert Fischer – The Mark
The target of Saito’s business proposition is Robert Fischer, who is about to inherit control of his dying father’s multibillion-dollar empire. Cillian Murphy, who plays the part of Fischer, points out, “Despite his vast wealth, Robert is riddled with all sorts of insecurities, as one might expect of someone who has lived his entire life in the shadow of a hugely powerful individual. It doesn’t help that he has a very strained relationship with his father. So here you have a person who is about to inherit the world and is lacking for nothing except, perhaps, the thing he wants most: a proper relationship with his father.”

Thomas comments, “We were so happy to work with Cillian again. He’s a fantastic actor and he brought so much to his role. I think the character of Robert Fischer is especially interesting, because in a heist movie the mark isn’t always so multifaceted. But Robert becomes a very large part of the story’s emotional heart and a great deal of that is found in Cillian’s performance.”

Yusuf – The Chemist
One of the keys to carrying out Cobb’s operation is the use of a drug compound that enables multiple people to share different dream states. Dileep Rao appears as a chemist named Yusuf whom the actor describes as “an avant-garde pharmacologist, who is a resource for people, like Cobb, who want to do this work unsupervised, unregistered and unapproved of by anyone. Yusuf obviously has a monetary interest in helping Cobb, but he is also motivated by a burning curiosity. He has been experimenting with this stuff for so long and now he wants to see what it’s like.”

“The role of the chemist was particularly tough because you don’t want him to seem like some kind of drug dealer. He’s absolutely not,” says co-producer Jordan Goldberg. “He’s someone who is committed to the art of dream sharing and making it work in ways it hasn’t before. We needed Yusuf to be funny and interesting and obviously smart, and Dileep is all of those things.”

Completing the main cast of “Inception” is a trio of veteran actors who each play something of a paternal role to two of the characters.

Pete Postlethwaite is seen as Robert’s dying father, Maurice Fischer, while Tom Berenger takes on the part of Peter Browning, who is Maurice’s longtime legal counsel, as well as Robert’s godfather. In fact, Berenger calls Browning more of a “surrogate father” to Robert, emphasizing, “Robert even calls my character ‘Uncle Peter’ because Browning has been with him his whole life and has probably spent more quality time with him than his own father.” Michael Caine appears as Cobb’s father-in-law, Miles, who played a pivotal role in the younger man’s life. “Miles is a professor who taught Cobb about dream sharing,” Caine reveals. “Cobb ended up going against his advice and Miles doesn’t necessarily approve of what he’s done with that knowledge. But he still cares about him and worries about him all the time.”

Despite his disapproval, Miles also introduces Cobb to his most promising student, Ariadne. “He wants to help Cobb come home,” says Caine, “so, being a great judge of character, Miles makes an educated guess that she is the right one for the job and hopes for the best.”

Caine counts ‘Inception’ as his fourth film with Nolan, following “Batman Begins,” “The Prestige” and “The Dark Knight.” Nolan says, “It’s always good to have Sir Michael Caine in your film, and he was gracious enough to do this role for us. It’s a joy to have him on set.”

“As Michael says, he is our good luck charm,” Thomas smiles. “I don’t think we could make a film without him at this point.”
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