THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays the NSA whistleblower in the biopic, which also stars Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo and Nicolas Cage and will screen in an out-of-competition slot.
Oliver Stone’s biopic Snowden, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the NSA whistleblower, will get its European premiere at the 64th edition of the San Sebastian Festival.
The film will screen in the Spanish festival’s official selection in an out-of-competition slot. The cast also includes Shailene Woodley (The Descendants, Divergent), Melissa Leo and Nicolas Cage.
It will be Stone’s seventh visit to the festival, but the first time one of his films has been included in the official selection. In 1986, he brought Salvador to the event for a screening that marked the first at the big Velodrome, where he later also showed Natural Born Killers (1994) and World Trade Center (2006). His films Talk Radio (1989), Looking for Fidel (2004), Alexander: The Ultimate Cut and The Untold History of the United States (2013) were also all screened at the festival. In 2012, Stone received the Donostia Award for lifetime achievement at the festival.
Snowden, shot in Germany, the U.S., China and Russia, is a Sacha Inc./KrautPack Entertainment production. Open Road will release it in the United States on Sept. 16. Wild Bunch is responsible for international distribution.
San Sebastian will unveil more titles for its official selection in the coming weeks. The festival runs Sept. 16-Sept. 24.
The first teaser for Snowden has been released, and although it features no footage from the film, hopefully we’ll it means that a theatrical trailer will be coming sooner rather than later. I would also like to apologize for the lack of updates of late–news has been slow and unfortunately I am unable to post on set photos from Allegiant. I do have a few things planned for our third anniversary of being online, however-so stay tuned for those!
I’m a little late in adding this, but if you haven’t already, be sure to check out this new photo of Shailene and co-star Joseph Gordon-Levitt from the set of Snowden in Washington D.C – great to see some official photography so early into production!
VARIETY – “Insurgent” edged past “Cinderella” at the foreign box office to capture first place on the overseas charts with $47 million.
However, the princess story still managed to put up impressive numbers, picking up $41.1 million over the weekend and pushing “Cinderella” to $253.1 million globally. Among notable openings, “Cinderella” bowed to $2.5 million in South Korea, debuted to $1.2 million in Argentina and premiered to $900,000 in Colombia.
In China, “Cinderella” has made $52.4 million in two weeks, making it the second-largest Disney live-action release behind only “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.”
Domestically, “Insurgent” opened to $54 million, missing estimates that had it debuting to between $57 million and $60 million. The positive news for Lionsgate, the studio behind the futuristic adventure, is that its foreign numbers are topping those of its predecessor “Divergent,” outpacing the earlier film by more than 30%.
DreamWorks Animation got a jump start on its stateside rollout of “Home,” debuting the alien adventure to $19.2 million in nine markets, including the United Kingdom where it earned $9.3 million to become the studio’s biggest opening in the country. It also had strong openings in Russia with $4.2 million, Spain with $2.4 million and Australia with $2.3 million.
The company could use a hit after the failures of “Mr. Peabody and Sherman” and “Penguins of Madagascar” led to costly write downs and pledges to rein in spending. “Home” touches down in the U.S. on March 27.
In China, “Taken 3? picked up $18 million, bringing its global total to $312.9 million and capturing fourth place on the foreign charts. Fifth place was nabbed by the human trafficking drama “Lost and Love,” which earned the bulk of its $16.2 million haul in China.
I’ve uploaded additional stills of Shailene’s upcoming role in Insurgent to the gallery. Enjoy!
I’ve updated the gallery with screen captures of a very young Shailene in one of her first film roles as Ashley Hedges in Moola.