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A Love Story: His and Hers and Theirs

4 September 2014  

Boy meets girl. Boy and girl fall in love, get married, start a family, confront a crisis, split apart. It’s one of the oldest stories ever told, and writers and filmmakers are always searching for new ways to tell it: exactly the challenge that the screenwriter and rookie director Ned Benson faced in making “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby,” which opens Friday.

Though it was not his intention when he started nearly a decade ago, Mr. Benson ended up making not one film but three, each of which uses the same cast to tell the story of Eleanor Rigby and Conor Ludlow, played by Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy, from a different point of view. “Her” is the version of their romance, breakup and attempt at reconciliation as experienced by Eleanor, “Him” is Conor’s account, and “Them” is a kind of condensed hybrid, with both viewpoints synthesized into something more neutral and detached.

“The point is perspective and subjectivity,” Mr. Benson, 37, said last month, seated on a bench in Tompkins Square Park, just yards from the spot where the films’ final scenes were shot. “With ‘Him’ and ‘Her,’ I wanted to show their separate experiences, and the disparate ways they perceived that,” whereas “ ‘Them’ is more a straight-up two-handed love story.”

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James McAvoy to line up at Parkhead for charity fund-raising match

30 August 2014  

Hollywood actors James McAvoy , and Martin Compston will join One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson as well as Downtown Abbey’s Tom Cullen and comedian Jack Whitehall at a Scots charity football match.

The star fuelled game takes place next Sunday at Celtic Park, and has been organised between the Celtic FC Foundation and the Rio Ferdinand foundation, with proceeds being split between the UNICEF and War Child charities.

Tickets are still available for the Paul McStay’s Maestros Charity Match, sponsored by Flip and Magners, on 0871 226 1888, by visiting the Celtic Ticket Office or the Club’s retail outlets at Argyle Street, Sauchiehall Street, Clydebank, Coatbridge or East Kilbride.


“The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby” Clips

27 August 2014  

Two clips from The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby have appeared online – both have been seen in various trailers but now we have both scenes uncut. Also, there is a Q&A with director Ned Benson and Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy today in New York along with an advanced screening of the film so hopefully some images or video clips will show up shortly.

James McAvoy does the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

22 August 2014  

Yesterday James was nominated for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by his Soccer Aid manager/’ex friend’ José Mourinho, and his challenge has already been uploaded to the internet via UnitedVoices:

New Trailer for “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby”

14 August 2014  

A new and absolutely gorgeous trailer for The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby has just appeared online! Watch it in full below:

Nylon Guys: September Cover & Photoshoot

10 August 2014  

James is appearing on the cover of Nylon Guys‘ September issue, which has a brand new photoshoot as well. Hopefully scans will surface soon, but check out the shoot in the gallery and read more on the interview over at nylonguys.com.

On his career: “For a long time, I was playing the normal guy in an exceptional world, or the normal guy who was in a relationship with someone much more weird and interesting. I was holding the audience’s hand, guiding them into a world they weren’t familiar with, keeping them onside when things got grotesque. Basically I was letting everybody else do the fireworks.”

On his past roles: “The last two or three years have been so unlike what I was doing for the 10 years before them. There’s a part I’ve been offered and really want to do, but I was worried about taking it because the character is a proper mental case. And I feel like it’s been a couple of years of solely playing mental cases.”

Michael Fassbender on James’ X-Men set pranks: “Oh, he’s lethal! You’ll find him hiding underneath cars, waiting for you. He once tried to break into my trailer through the skylight. It’s like being in one of those Pink Panther films, and he’s Cato jumping out of the freezer. Just when you think the day’s over, you come home to find James sitting on your toilet with a BB gun.”

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Full Version Of “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby” Dated For October

7 August 2014  

Well, this is a project that has seen many, many tweaks, but now it looks as though the full version of the film (originally titled The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them but now looks to be The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him/Her) will be getting released in October!

To clarify, ‘Them’ is the condensed version that opens on Sept. 26th, and today, The Weinstein Company announced that “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him/Her” (yes, a slight title retweak) will be screened it its entirety (which is a little over three hours) and released in select theaters on October 10th. The film co-stars James McAvoy and has largely received rave reviews. – Source

All I can say is when is the UK getting all three of these films?!

“X-Men: Days of Future Past” Extended Cut Confirmed For 2015

5 August 2014  

Even with home video sales continuing on a downward trajectory, Hollywood seems bound and determined to follow the same playbook they have used since the early ’80s introduction of the VCR. So even though “X-Men: Days Of Future Past” will be available digitally on September 23rd and on Blu-ray on October 14th, Fox has just announced that you’re better off not bothering with either if you want the extra bells and whistles.

Last month, franchise producer Lauren Donner Shuler mentioned that a director’s cut of ‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past‘ would be coming later this year. Now, Fox’s EVP of Marketing Communications, James Finn, has clarified, saying the first upcoming ‘DOFP‘ release will be have a theatrical release, with the extended cut dropping in 2015. So forget about that noise for the moment, and let the speculation on what all the extra material might be commence.

We already know Rogue had a much larger part, with an extended sequence where she absorbed Kitty Pryde’s powers after the latter was accidentally injured by Wolverine, which leaves Logan in the past longer than intended. There was also another subplot involving Professor X, Magneto, and Iceman embarking on a mission to rescue Rogue from the Sentinels. What more could there be? Considering that nearly every actor playing every character in the history of the X-film franchise was available, perhaps quite a lot.


“The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby” Stills

25 July 2014  

At long last, a few more stills from The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby have appeared online. Huge thanks to our dear Luciana over at Jessica Chastain Network for the heads up!

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“Muppets Most Wanted” Blu-Ray Screen Captures

12 July 2014  

Earlier on this year James made a cameo in Muppets Most Wanted as “UPS Guy”. I’ve managed to grab a few Blu-Ray quality screen captures of his appearance in the film.

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