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Dec 2010
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Rosamund Pike and Paul Giamatti star as husband and wife (for a time) in “Barney’s Version,” the adaptation of Mordecai Richler’s novel about an older man reflecting on his successful but troubled life. The Times caught up with them to talk about their new movie, which opened in L.A. on Friday, the absence of character movies, changing notions of masculinity and the pros and cons of facial hair. A complete video sit-down with Giamatti follows below.

— Steven Zeitchik and Deborah Vankin

Why do you think we see so few character-driven films like “Barney’s Version” these days?

Rosamund Pike: “It’s because the smart intelligent adults who are its audience are not the people who are going to make box-office gold. There’s just not enough of them as there are teenagers who will go and see ‘Twilight.’ I also think people don’t observe people so closely anymore. And we’re not living in the 1970s, that’s the other thing. If we were living in the 1970s, ‘Barney’s’ would be a mainstream studio movie.”

Paul Giamatti: “A movie like ‘Barney’s Version’ doesn’t have a gimmick, which is tricky to pull off these days. It hearkens back to the 1970s movies like [Paul Mazursky’s comedy-drama] ‘An Unmarried Woman.’ I’d like to think there’s more room for things like that. My idea of having a production company is because I’m interested in doing these smaller things. I’d like to think there’s more room for things like that.”

This movie feels like it fits into a larger group of films about men who have the outward trappings of maturity but are really quite scared and childlike inside. What do you think that’s about?

PG: “At one point Rosamund’s character says to mine, ‘You’re still a child.’ There is a lot of that going on in movies. Certainly the guys in ‘Sideways’ are growing up uncomfortably. Judd Apatow has these child-men. There’s a weird refusal to grow up in movies. I don’t know generationally what that [means].”
RP: “I think the idea of the alpha male has gone out. Although I’m still looking for one.”

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Dec 2010
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Rosamund Pike attended the Moet British Independent Film Awards 2010 earlier tonight and looked gorgeous in a blue and black dress. Rosamund is nominated for the award of Best Supporting Actress for her role in Made in Dagenham. The first images have been added to the gallery.

Edit: Unfortunately Rosamund did not win the award, Helena Bonham Carter did for her role in The King’s Speech.

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Dec 2010
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Rosamund Pike attended The Consul General Of Canada Screening Of ‘Barney’s Version’ on December 2 looking absolutely fabulous.

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Nov 2010
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Barney’s Version will be released on January 28, 2011 in the UK.

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Nov 2010
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SUPPORTING ACTRESS:

British actress Lesley Manville is a veteran of such Mike Leigh films as “Vera Drake” and “All or Nothing,” but she is little known in Hollywood.

That’s changing with Leigh’s “Another Year,” in which Manville is the mirror reverse of Sally Hawkins’ eternal optimist in the director’s 2008 film “Happy-Go-Lucky.” Manville is heartbreaking as a lovelorn woman who sees everyone around her getting at least some of what they want, while she perpetually holds an empty glass.
While reviews are mixed at best for Tyler Perry’s “For Colored Girls,” the ensemble drama does offer some excellent performances, with Loretta Devine and Kimberly Elise among the standouts.

Other possibilities: Helena Bonham Carter, “The King’s Speech”; Marion Cotillard, “Inception”; Minnie Driver, “Conviction”; Cecile de France, “Hereafter”; Greta Gerwig, “Greenberg”; Gemma Jones, “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger”; Keira Knightley, “Never Let Me Go”; Mila Kunis, “Black Swan”; Ellen Page, “Inception”; Rosamund Pike, “Barney’s Version”; Sissy Spacek, “Get Low”; Olivia Williams, “The Ghost Writer.”

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Nov 2010
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New Films International says it has acquired the worldwide rights to Christopher B. Landon’s “Burning Palms,” an edgy comedy set in Los Angeles.

Starring Zoe Saldana, Dylan McDermott, Paz Vega and Rosamund Pike, the film interlaces five stories set in different Los Angeles neighborhoods where no taboo is left unexplored as each character careens toward a dark and often comic fate, the producers said in a synopsis released Wednesday.

“We are excited to be distributing ‘Burning Palms’ worldwide and we are planning the U.S. theatrical release for early 2011,” Nesim Hason, president of New Films International and New Films Cinema, said in a statement.

“‘Burning Palms’ is a smart, independent, cast-driven film that we expect will be a breakout film in the United States theatrically and deliver in the international marketplace,” added Ron Gell, New Films chief content officer.

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Nov 2010
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Rosamund Pike attended the 127 Hours premiere at the London Film Festival on October 28. Pictures of the premiere and the after party have been added to the gallery.