33rd Starz Denver Film Festival Gallery Update
I’ve added photos of Aaron at the premiere of Rabbit Hole at the 33rd Starz Denver Film Festival.
Rabbit Hole’s Aaron Eckhart Goes Mainstream with Actioner The Expatriate
*Here is that C.I.A project that Aaron was cut off talking about during the Scream Awards. This project sounds awesome!*
Aaron Eckhart, who’s getting Oscar buzz for the upcoming John Cameron Mitchell drama Rabbit Hole opposite Nicole Kidman (December 17) and played Harvey Dent/Two Face in The Dark Knight, is finalizing negotiations to star as an ex-CIA agent in The Expatriate, an action-thriller and father-daughter drama from A.E. Amel’s original screenplay. Philipp Stölzl (North Face, Goethe!) will direct what Essential Entertainment executive producer John Fremes calls “a kinetic commercial thriller” with worldwide appeal. Essential is producing along with Informant Media and Smash Media. Shooting is intended for early 2011 in Belgium and Montreal.
The synopsis is after the jump.
Former CIA agent Ben Logan (Eckhart) hopes to make a fresh start with his estranged 15-year-old daughter Amy. He takes work in Belgium as a security expert for a large multinational corporation. Arriving one morning at the branch office, Logan discovers his division no longer exists, his colleagues have all vanished, and his assistant is actually a trained operative intent on killing both him and daughter. To survive long enough to figure out what happened and why someone wants them killed, Logan and Amy flee, with a highly trained kill squad in pursuit. Father and daughter, little more than strangers, must rely on one another. And to do so, they must learn to trust each other. That trust is shattered when Amy learns the truth about her father’s shadowy past that has thrust them into the midst of a dangerous global conspiracy.
Starz Denver Film Festival opening night with Aaron Eckhart: Falling through a Rabbit Hole
Source: Denver Westword
?When programmers chose Rabbit Hole to open the Starz Denver Film Festival, they likely did so because of its quality and local link; director John Cameron Mitchell is from Colorado Springs. But this meditation on a couple dealing with a child’s death is appropriate for another reason. The fest’s been dedicated to the late George Hickenlooper, who was invoked multiple times last night.
The film’s co-star, Aaron Eckhart, was easily the biggest celeb to tread the red carpet — and pretty much the only one the average onlooker didn’t need to have identified for him. The press mobbed Eckhart in the moments before the event got underway inside the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, when Denver Film Society chairman David Charmatz, senior vice president of product and planning development for Starz Entertainment, welcomed the nattily clad attendees.
5th International Rome Film Festival Gallery Update
A massive update, I’ve added photos of Aaron at the Rome Film Festival from the press conference to the premiere of Rabbit Hole.
Filming ‘Rabbit Hole,’ about couple losing a child, was challenging: Eckhart
Source: Canadian Press
ROME — Aaron Eckhart, who plays a father in mourning in the drama “Rabbit Hole” opposite Nicole Kidman, said Monday he prepared for the movie by going to a “harrowing” session of a grief group, but turned to the Internet to avoid intruding on others’ private pain.
Eckhart said he can’t even pretend to come close to the feeling of someone who has lost a child, as his character experiences in the film, but he and Kidman tried to show how a couple can be intimate but unable to communicate with each other at that point in their relationship.
Directed by John Cameron Mitchell, “Rabbit Hole” looks at how each of the parents copes with the loss of their 4-year-old son and what impact it has on them as a couple. Eckhart’s Howie holds on to reminders of his son; Kidman’s Becca tries to throw them away and seeks to sell their house.
“I don’t pretend to even come close to that feeling,” Eckhart told The Associated Press at the Rome Film Festival, where the movie was presented. “As an actor if you haven’t experienced it first hand, then you make substitutions.”
One day Eckhart went to a grief group — as his character does in the movie — under the pretext that he was a grieving parent. He said he found that “harrowing and somewhat unethical” and didn’t go back. Instead, he watched video blogs posted by people after suffering a loss.
“They are very intense and very heart-wrenching,” he told a press conference in Rome. “It’s easy to be an actor after you’ve watched those video blogs because the pain just permeates them.”
Filming was intense, he said, and at one point some of the cast was sharing a house in Long Island to get to know each other. On set, the actors tried to keep the tone light, but still “there were times we were all crying all during the day.”
The 42-year-old actor also spoke of his relationship with Kidman, who produced the movie, and of the main challenge he faced in the role.
In the movie, the two characters are grieving at different paces and are unable to connect emotionally or sexually. They seek connection with other people — Becca with the boy who killed her son in a car accident; Howie with a fellow parent who attends his grief group.
“What I wanted to achieve in this movie with Nicole was the intimacy — a relationship over 10-20 years, having the physical and emotional intimacy and yet not being able to connect with each other,” Eckhart said. “On a daily basis, that was the challenge.”
“Rabbit Hole” also stars Dianne Wiest as Kidman’s mother and Sandra Oh of “Grey’s Anatomy” as the grieving parent in Eckhart’s group.
Aaron to receive award at Starz Denver Film Festival
Aaron Eckhart on ‘Battle: Los Angeles’
Source: Crave Online
BY FRED TOPEL
OCT 29, 2010
This summer, Battle: Los Angeles was a surprise presentation at Comic Con. The alien invasion film wasn’t much anticipated but now it’s on the radar. Aaron Eckhart plays the leader of a marine squad we follow in their tactical operation in the L.A. front of the battle. We got some face time with Eckhart to debrief on the now highly anticipated upcoming movie.
Crave Online: Were you getting a lot more action scripts after The Dark Knight?
Aaron Eckhart: Oh, I don’t know. It all depends what frame of mind you’re in in terms of what you want to go for. If I say to my agent, “I only want to do comedies. I only want to do dramas.” That sort of thing. I am interested in doing action movies so yes, this movie, but on the other hand, I did two dramas. I just did a movie with Nicole Kidman and Johnny Depp. I’m all over the map.
Crave Online: But don’t you have to be in a certain place to get the action blockbuster scripts?
Aaron Eckhart: Well, you have to prove yourself and you have to prove that when you come to Comic Con that people are going to go ape over you. Johnny I think, I don’t know if anybody’s bigger than Johnny in that way for Pirates and Alice in Wonderland. We’ll see. I think this movie is going to do decent business. I think kids are going to really like it.
Aaron Eckhart Goes to Battle: “I Didn’t Know If I Was Gonna Survive”
Source: E! Online
Today 6:00 AM PDT by MARC MALKIN
Transformers isn’t the only movie that’s dangerous for Hollywood’s health.
Aaron Eckhart reveals his upcoming action flick, Battle: Los Angeles, was injury central…
“I broke my arm,” he told me recently. “There were a lot of injuries—every day, people were going to the hospital. It was tough, but it was fun.”
The movie revolves around aliens invading Santa Monica and Venice, Calif. “It was insane,” Eckhart said. “It was the hardest movie I ever made. Every day, I didn’t know if I was gonna survive. I felt like I was at war. We were shooting M4 rifles. We had explosions, all this kind of stuff. It was like we were a coordinated Marine unit.”
Before Battle comes out in March, you can see Eckhart in the movie adaptation of the award-winning play The Rabbit Hole in theaters next month. The awards-season contender stars Eckhart and Nicole Kidman as a married couple dealing with the horrific death of their son.
This is no lighthearted comedy. The cast lived together while making the James Cameron Mitchell-directed film. “It’s an intense movie,” Eckhart said. “I just had to be there with Nicole. She was so fired up and so good and so passionate about the movie. I just hung on for dear life.”
The Rabbit Hole is just one of the many films in L.A.’s AFI Fest presented by Audi film festival, which opens Nov. 4 with Love & Other Drugs starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway. The weeklong program ends Nov. 11 with a screening of director Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan with Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis.
Video: Aaron at the Hollywood Awards Talking About ‘Rabbit Hole’
Aaron talked with PopSugar at the Hollywood Awards red carpet about Rabbit Hole. Check out the video below!
Aaron at 14th Annual Hollywood Awards Gala
The Man and The Woman together again! Aaron attended the 14th Annual Hollywood Awards Gala, presenting an award to his Conversations with Other Women co-star Helena Bonham Carter and I’ve added photos from the event in the gallery.