Serious-minded, thought-provoking animal documentary will have a lengthy life, mostly in ancillary markets.
The Ryan Reynolds-narrated documentary charts the murky waters of several ethical and practical issues behind the life of a young orca named Luna.
Although it’s rated G and is opening (in a very modest way) opposite the family-friendly 3D leviathan Dolphin’s Tale, The Whale is a thoughtful, philosophical, political and ultimately sad documentary that ponders the impulses behind, and advisability of, intense interaction between human beings and another smart species. What initially seems likely to be yet another touchy-feely animal doc ultimately charts some very murky water that forces the viewer to consider tricky ethical and practical issues that go beyond the normal reach of run-of-the-mill, kid-aimed nature films. Theatrical exposure will be very limited, but this Hollywood star-assisted re-do of a previously shown film should have a long swim in ancillary venues. Having already played Seattle and Tacoma, The Whale opens Sept. 23 in New York and in Los Angeles a week later.
Made by the husband-and-wife team of director Michael Parfit and producer Suzanne Chisholm, the earlier work was called Saving Luna, which won the Audience Choice award at the 2008 Santa Barbara Film Festival and went on the tour many other festivals. The following year, however, Eric Desatnik, founder of Yale’s Environmental Film Festival, sensing greater potential in the piece, recruited then-married Reynolds and Scarlett Johansson to join him as executive producers, got the filmmakers to re-edit and add new footage, and had Reynolds speak the narration.
The center of attention here is Luna, a young orca who, at age two, for some reason became separated from his large family, “like a child in a supermarket,” and was stranded in Nootka Sound, an ultra-scenic area more than halfway up the west coast of Vancouver Island. Backed up by images of the black-and-white “killer whale” cavorting, showing off and constantly begging for attention, Reynolds unassumingly informs that Orcas, who have about the same life spans as humans, are very social beings that spend their whole lives in extended family groups. In other words, unless he can somehow rejoin his pod, Luna will have to make do with human contact.
I’ve uploaded a few candids of Ryan leaving the Darby Club in NYC last night (Sept 22). Enjoy!
2011 Candids > Ryan has dinner at the Darby club in New York City – 9/22/11
Ryan was spotted with James Hong and Marisa Miller on the set of ‘R.I.P.D.’ at Mount Auburn Cemetery today (Sept 22) in Boston, MA. I’ve added a few photos to the gallery.
MOVIES > R.I.P.D > On the set – 9/22/11
I’m enjoying all the recent candids of Ryan! I’ve added photos of him on the set of R.I.P.D on Saturday (Sept 17). Enjoy!
MOVIES > R.I.P.D > On the set – 9/17/11
I’ve updated the gallery with two, beautiful high quality photos of Ryan from the Marks and Spencers campaign. Click the below image to view in the gallery!
STUDIO PHOTOSHOOTS > PHOTOSHOOTS > Photo #45 (High Quality)
Ryan was back on the set of R.I.P.D. yesterday (Sept 13), and I’ve updated the gallery with photos! Enjoy!
MOVIES > R.I.P.D > On the set – 9/13/11
Ryan was spotted taking his dog, Baxter for a walk and out and about in Boston, MA earlier today (Sept 11th). I’ve updated the gallery with candids.. enjoy!
CANDIDS/OUT AND ABOUT > 2011 Candids > Ryan and his dog, Baxter take a walk in Boston, MA – 9/11/11
Marks and Spencer have turned to the Hollywood A-list to model their autumn 2011 collection.
The Mail Online can exclusively reveal that actor Ryan Reynolds, 34, and model-turned actress Rosie Huntington-Whitely, 24, are the new faces of the British High Street chain.
The pair star in a glamorous print campaign for the new Autograph collection, which was shot by BAFTA awards photographer Greg Williams at the St Pancras Grand in London.
Ryan was spotted paying a visit to good friend Sandra Bullock’s home in Hollywood, CA on Aug 2th. I’ve added a few candids to the gallery :)
2011 Candids > Ryan Visits Sandra Bullock at her house in HW – 8/27/11
Ryan Reynolds lays in the grass in the trailer for his film Fireflies in the Garden, which also stars Julia Roberts.
Synopsis: To an outsider, the Taylors are the very picture of the successful American family: Charles (Willem Dafoe) is a tenured professor on track to become university president, son Michael (Reynolds) is a prolific and well-known romance novelist, daughter Ryne (Shannon Lucio) is poised to enter a prestigious law school, and on the day we are introduced to them, matriarch Lisa (Roberts) will graduate from college—decades after leaving to raise her children. But when a serious accident interrupts the celebration, the far more nuanced reality of this Midwestern family’s history and relationships come to light.
Fireflies in the Garden will hit theaters on October 14!