Posted on November 2nd, 2012 by Frederik

“Hitchcock” has celebrated its world-premiere at yesterday’s opening of the AFI Film Festival. Director Sacha Gervasi and actor James D’Arcy – who plays Anthony Perkins playing Norman Bates – were on hand at the premiere, the rest of the cast was absent unfortunately. But that didn’t stop the critics from enjoying the film, especially the lead performances by Hopkins and Mirren. A collection can be found below.

The Los Angeles Times, Glenn Whipp
Hopkins fills the master’s shoes and jowls as capably as you’d expect […] but it was Mirren who earned the evening’s biggest ovation, drawing a huge round of applause after a speech in which the long-suffering Reville dresses down Hitchcock, detailing the ways she tirelessly and endlessly supported her husband through their marriage.

Hitflix, Gregory Ellwood
Among the supporting actors, Johansson is fine as the pro’s pro in Janet Leigh, but there isn’t much of an arc to her character. Sadly, Toni Collette also doesn’t have much to do as Hitchcock’s longtime assistant Peggy Robertson and that makes you wonder if much of her performance is on the cutting room floor. Ralph Macchio is memorable in one short scene as screenwriter Joe Stefano. Jessica Biel has one of the few legitimate arcs among the supporting cast as Vera Miles, a onetime protégé of Hitchcock’s who has decided to take her life in another direction. Industry audiences and cinephiles will find much of the inside jokes about moviemaking entertaining, but it’s the performances of Hopkins and Mirren which will drive “Hitchcock” to successful returns on the art house circuit.

Indiewire, Charlie Schmidlin
Based on Stephen Rebello’s book, “Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho,” the source material proves there’s indeed a compelling story to be told here, but while Gervasi’s comedy-drama presses charmingly on this period in Hitchcock’s career, the film ultimately collapses under its own lightweight intentions of tribute turned romance. And while there are many relationships and aspects of Hitchcock’s life that provoke cinephilic glee, like his mid-production bickering with Peggy and Saul Bass (Wallace Langham), or the fevered arguments with Paramount over budget, Gervasi continually employs the hindsight method of historical storytelling; namely, using the audience’s present knowledge to telegraph a knowing chuckle from a character’s clueless perspective.

The Wrap, Mickey Glazer
“I think they liked it,” Gervasi told TheWrap. “They seemed to laugh, they seemed to applaud.” The audience did both for the surprisingly funny film. The AFI audience gave two applause breaks during the screening: one following a pivotal Mirren monologue and the other during an appropriately “Hitchcock” scene at the end, where the real action is heard, imagined and enjoyed but not seen. In another full circle, the film’s epilogue (non-spoiler) mentions that Hitchcock never won an Oscar, but did win the AFI’s Lifetime Achievement award in 1979.”

Posted on October 29th, 2012 by Frederik

The Hollywood Reporter has exlusively posted a new poster for the upcoming “Hitchcock”. This one features master filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins) holding a knife with one hand and his wife, Alma Reville (Helen Mirren), with the other, under the tagline, “Behind Every Psycho Is a Great Woman.” Lower down is a series of headshots of other cast members in character, arranged like a film strip, including Scarlett Johansson, Toni Collette, Danny Huston, Jessica Biel, James D’Arcy and Michael Wincott.

Posted on October 10th, 2012 by Frederik

Fox Searchlight Pictures has unleashed, via iTunes Movie Trailers, this first trailer for Sacha Gervasi’s upcoming biopic ‘Hitchcock.’ ‘Hitchcock’ chronicles the making of the seminal 1960 Alfred Hitchcock suspense horror ‘Psycho,’ with Anthony Hopkins portraying the legendary director. Don’t except too much of Toni though, there a couple of short bits of her at Hitchcock’s tea party scene, standing behind him during the “shower scene” filming and the premiere. The trailer is otherwise great and makes curious for more.

“Hitchcock” is based on the book ‘Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho’ by Stephen Rebello. Alongside Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren, the film also stars Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh, James D’Arcy as Anthony Perkins, Jessica Biel as Vera Miles, Michael Stuhlbarg as Lew Wasserman, Toni Collette as Hitchcock’s secretary Peggy, Michael Wincott as Ed Gein, Kurtwood Smith as Geoffrey Shurlock, Richard Portnow as Barney Balaban, and Danny Huston as Whitfield Cook. Fox Searchlight Pictures has announced a November 23rd US release date for Sacha Gervasi‘s film.

Posted on October 10th, 2012 by Frederik

Today, Fox Searchlight has published a second poster for the upcoming “Hitchcock” (you can spot Toni on the lower right). Also, the film’s official website has been launched. The film will have its world-premiere at the AFI Film Fest on November 1 and will release theatrically in the USA on November 23. Additionally, a couple of stills from the film have been released as well, although they don’t feature Toni. The stills, featuring Hopkins, Mirren, Johansson and D’Arcy can be found at Dread Central.

Posted on October 5th, 2012 by Frederik

People Magazine has premiered a first batch of official stills from the upcoming “Hitchcock”. While Toni, who plays Hitch’s loyal assistant, isn’t featured in these pictures, we get a first glance at Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh, Jessica Biel as Vera Miles, James D’Arcy as Anthony Perkins as well as Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren as the Hitchcocks. You can watch the scan in the gallery. “Hitchcock” will world-premiere next month, on November 1st, at the AFI Film Festival and releases in US theaters on November 23, 2012.
Posted on September 28th, 2012 by Frederik

On November 1, 2012, the World Premiere of “Hitchcock” will open the AFI FEST 2012 at Grauman’s historic Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard. The film stars Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock, Helen Mirren as his wife, Alma Reville, Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh, Jessica Biel as Vera Miles; and James D’Arcy as Anthony Perkins. The film is directed by Sacha Gervasi and also stars Toni Collette, Danny Huston, and Michael Stuhlbarg. From a screenplay by John J. McLaughlin, the film is based on the book Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho by Stephen Rebello. “Hitchcock”, a love story about one of the most influential filmmakers of the last century, Alfred Hitchcock, and his wife and partner, Alma Reville, takes place during the making of the distinguished director’s seminal 1960 movie “Psycho”.