I’ve uploaded new released stills of Duplicity and great news that Clive will be on the March issue of Esquire magazine. Thanks to Steph for the headsup! Please note that the new stills will have a huge watermark in the middle. Clive does really looks so hot on the cover!
Try as he might, Tom Tykwer can’t seem to make a splash in America. Tykwer turned heads in 1999 with the absolutely brilliant Run, Lola, Run; the $7.2 million that film grossed in the U.S. is more than his next three features pulled in domestically combined. Most recently, 2006’s Perfume: The Story of a Murderer cobbled together $132 million worldwide, with less than $3 million of it coming from the States, despite heavy marketing. (Come to think of it, even I saw that movie abroad.)
Tykwer looks to change all that with The International, a globetrotting thriller from Columbia. Clive Owen and Naomi Watts star as an INTERPOL agent and a Manhattan attorney, respectively, trying to take down the more sinister elements of a high-powered banking institution linked to illegal arms dealing. Their quest to expose fiduciary corruption will send them on the run worldwide; this probably won’t involve mild-mannered bank tellers pulling out Uzis on the streets of Istanbul, but I’m going to go ahead and imagine that it will. Read the rest of this entry »
US Weekly has a little interview with Clive Owen to promote his new film The International. Clive has already given a hand-full of interviews in Berlin, where the film premiered at the Berlin Film Festival opening night.
The US Weeklypiece makes sure to mention the smoldering star’s wife (boo!) and his daughters (aw!), as well as Julia Roberts. Because even though Clive is promoting a film where his leading lady is Naomi Watts, they still have to ask about Julia Roberts. I guess because he’s contractually obligated to discuss how the world revolves around her? Whatever. I would buy a magazine with only pictures of Clive Owen in various poses.
Hollywood luckiest leading man? This year Clive Owen is starring with two of the town’s hottest actresses. First, the British actor, 44, portrays an Interpol agent taking down a corrupt world bank in The International (out February 13), alongside Naomi Watts. Next, the father of two (he’s been married to Sarah-Jane Fenton for 13 years) reunites with Julia Roberts in the thriller Duplicity (out March 20). He opens up to US about his star stints. Read the rest of this entry »
I came to Berlin in search of movies, Clive Owen and wild boars, though maybe not necessarily in that order. In my four days here, I’ve seen no wild boars — more on these elusive fellows later — and, sadder still, no Clive Owen. But now that I’m about halfway through the 59th Berlin International Film Festival, or the Berlinale, I can say I’ve seen quite a few movies — although, as I’ve found to be the case with any film festival, I’m haunted by the feeling that I’m not catching the right ones, or the best ones. Read the rest of this entry »
Who is the bigger criminal? He who robs a bank or he who founds one? Early on in this all-star blockbuster, which had its world premiere at the 59th Berlin Film Festival on Thursday, a Machiavellian Eurobanker explains: “This is the very essence of the banking industry … to make us all slaves to debt.”
Later, Armin Müller-Stahl’s former East German communist zealot warns Clive Owen’s dishevelled British Interpol agent that his mission to expose villainous bankers is doomed since all governments, terrorist groups and crime syndicates depend on the same deeply dodgy financial institutions for their survival.
What a topical, subversive opening to the Berlinale this could have been: Berthold Brecht meets Jason Bourne. Alas, it swiftly becomes clear that The International is not The Brecht Ultimatum but an old-fashioned action thriller in superficially modern clothes. Owen and his legal-eagle partner Naomi Watts are less interested in tackling global financial injustice than in bringing down a single Luxembourg megabank heavily involved in arms dealing, coups and organised crime. Read the rest of this entry »
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