Rosamund Pike Mines The Moral Complexities of ‘7 Days in Entebbe’

7daysBased on a true story, 7 Days in Entebbe centers on Brigitte Kuhlmann (Rosamund Pike) and Daniel Böse (Daniel Brühl), terrorists who hijacked an Air France flight in 1976 along with two other gunmen. They demanded the release of 40 Palestinian prisoners and their attempts were thwarted by the Israeli Defense Forces.

An Oscar nominee for her performance in Gone Girl, Rosamund Pike loves taking on challenging roles that do are not just simple minded studio fare. Recently she was seen in the underrated Western Hostiles and 7 Days in Entebbe continues her quest at finding thought provoking material. “That’s what really interested in me about it,” said Pike. “There’s uncertainty on all sides here. There’s this kind of debate about morality and what’s the right thing to do. You even see that on the part of the terrorists. Because mine and Daniel’s character, German, left-wing, intellectual types – they felt that there was a real moral urgency behind their cause. They weren’t aiming to kill anybody and I think all that and more is very interesting.”

Click on the media bar to hear Pike elaborate on what intrigued her about 7 Days In Entebbe:

7 Days in Entebbe, directed by Narcos filmmaker José Padilha, opens nationwide March 16.

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Christian Bale Focuses On Process, Not Reward, With Acting Path


Hostiles is an 1892 Western about Army Capt. Joseph Blocker (Christian Bale), a brave and emotionally scarred man who is forced to escort a dying war chief (Wes Studi) and his family back to their tribal land. Bale reunites with Out of the Furnace filmmaker Scott Cooper for the project which, amidst all of its violence, calls for a deeper recognition of different cultures.

Films like The Promise and Hostiles feature subtle social themes within its narrative, and Bale believes cinematic storytelling can deepen with today’s current social climate. “There’s a larger opportunity happening right now with all of the sexual harassment allegations” said Bale. “The shift in cultural perspective in the war of philosophy about refugees. The whitewashing of casting in movies and you just think of the potential of more interesting dialogue, (along with) with far more fascinating movies if we do finally embrace that (dialogue).”

Click on the media bar to hear Bale discuss what he learned from shooting Hostiles (he mentions Chief Philip Whiteman, who gave Bale insights on the Cheyenne culture, in the clip):

Hostiles, co-starring Timothée Chalamet and Rosamund Pike is now playing nationwide.

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Rosamund Pike Explores Western Terrain With Christian Bale In ‘Hostiles’


Director Scott Cooper reunites with Out of Furnace actor Christian Bale in the epic Western Hostiles. The 1892 set feature centers on a soon to be retiring Army Captain (Bale) who reluctantly escorts a dying Cheyenne war chief (Wes Studi) to Montana. During their journey they meet a widow (Rosamund Pike) whose family was killed by Indians, and together they traverse the various antagonists who mean to do them harm.

“If I have confidence in a director and I trust their judgment,” said Pike on collaborating with Cooper. “I can be completely free and that’s where the real joy of the job lies.”

Pike, who turned in an Oscar nominated performance in Gone Girl, is an esteemed actress in her own right, and in the clip below she talks about admiring the acting talents of Christian Bale.

Hostiles, co-starring Rory Cochrane, is now playing nationwide.

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Christian Bale Talks Creative Bond With ‘Hostiles’ Director Scott Cooper


The epic and oftentimes harrowing Western Hostiles centers on an Army Captain (Christian Bale) who is nearing the end of his service. An unwavering leader who has been scarred by the ravages of war, he is given one final task that he initially refuses to accept – escort a dying Cheyenne war chief (Wes Studi) and his family  from New Mexico to tribal lands in Montana.

During their trek they meet a widow (Rosamund Pike) whose family was murdered by Indians on the plains as well as “hostiles” who have their own distinct motives. Director Scott Cooper, who previously worked with Bale in Out of the Furnace and also helmed the crime drama Black Mass, cites The Searchers as an inspiration for Hostiles.

In the audio clip below, Christian Bale explains why he loves working with Cooper.

Hostiles, co-starring Ben Foster, opens nationwide December 22.

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That’s a Wrap: The Week in Movies

Director James Gunn is getting out ahead of the inevitable questions. Speaking on his Facebook page, Gunn stated that he will return to write and direct a third installment in the Guardians of the Galaxy series. The second installment is set to arrive May 5.

After Robin Williams‘ scene-stealing role, it may be hard to imagine anyone else in the role of the Genie in Aladdin, but a new live action version of the animated favorite from Disney may have found their man. According to Deadline, Will Smith is in talks for the role.

HBO Films is preparing an adaptation of the popular book Fahrenheit 451 and according to Deadline, two of the central characters have been cast. Michael B. Jordan will star as the young fireman Montag, who forsakes his world, battles his mentor Beatty (Michael Shannon) and struggles to regain his humanity.

Riz Ahmed has joined the cast of The Sisters Brothers, a film that centers on a pair of brothers who are hired to kill a prospector who stole from their boss. Set in the 1850s, Variety reports that the movie also stars Joaquin Phoenix, John C. Reilly and Jake Gyllenhaal.

Rosamund Pike has been tapped to play American reporter Marie Colvin in a still untitled film. Colvin, who lost her left eye in 2001 and wore a distinctive eye patch, worked primarily in conflict zones like Chechnya, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka. The reporter died in 2012 during a rocket attack while covering the civil war in Syria.

Amy Schumer has signed on to star in I Feel Pretty. Deadline reports that the script was written by and will be directed by Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein. The storyline is being kept under wraps.

Guillermo del Toro‘s Cold War drama The Shape of Water now has a Dec. 8 release date. The fantasy adventure film stars Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Lauren Lee Smith, Michael Stuhlbarg and Octavia Spencer.

Deadline reports that David Oyelowo has signed on for Only You, a thriller written and directed by Mean Creek‘s Jacob Estes. The film is expected to be a time travel thriller.