Summary: It depicts the last day of freedom for a young man (EN) before he begins serving a
seven-year jail term for drug dealing. Prowling through the city until dawn with
his two close male friends (Hoffman and Pepper) and his girlfriend (Dawson), he is forced to re-examine his
life and how he got himself into his predicament, which leads to a shocking,
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2/12/03 25th Hour will be shown today in competition at the Berlin Film Festival along with a press conference. I believe that EN will be present but I can't state that for certain.
1/25/03 25th Hour will be shown in competition at the Berlin Film Festival, which runs from February 6-16. There is no word as to whether EN will go to the festival.
1/20/03 If you missed EN and Spike Lee Jan 10th appearance on The Charlie Rose Show, an audioclip is now available at Charlie Rose Show website.
1/10/03 LAST MIUTE ANNOUNCEMENT- TONIGHT's Charlie Rose Show will feature EN and Spike Lee talking about 25th Hour which opens today nationwide. There might be articles/reviews on the film in your local newspapers and a few mentions on the entertainment news programs (ET,Access Hollywood, E! News) tonight if you're interested. Toronto Sun has an article on EN - Working Serious Hours plus there is another article on 25th Hour and the decision to include a post 9/11 vision of NYC. Spike Lee delivers a cinematic love letter to New York (article is published in a number of newspapers under diff titles)
12/19/02 Thursday's NY Times and LA Times contain reviews on 25th Hour. The NYT review is favorable, the LA Times is not. NYT review: Confronting the Past Before Going to Prison and LA Times: Two movies warring in one
12/18/02 EN has received a best actor Golden Satellite nomination (given out by the International Press Association) for his performance in 25th Hour with Robin Williams ("One Hour Photo"), Jack Nicholson ("About Schmidt"), Daniel Day-Lewis ("Gangs of New York"), and Michael Caine ("The Quiet American") also receiving nominations in this category . EN has previously won a Golden Satellite for American History X.
12/16/02 PM Update- I posted images from the 25th Hour Premiere
12/15/02- CHUD has posted 6 different QuickTime video clips from 25th Hour. 25th Hour video clips. Today's New York Times includes an interview with Spike Lee and Edward Norton and includes a picture of both (you'll have to go to the article directly, the NYT is very testy about permissions so I can't post them) Box Office He Wants, Not a Drink
12/14/02 Variety has given 25th hour a favorable review. There may be some minor plot spoilers, so just be aware. 25th Hour Variety Review. EN will be making the following TV appearances to promote the film: this Wednesday, Dec 18 on both the Early show and on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart (his Death to Smoochy costar), and on December 26th he will be on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. There may be additional appearances in the coming weeks (these dates above may also tend to shift- appearances dates tend to be rather mercurial). Thanks to Joanne for finding out about all these appearances!. The December 19th release date for 25th Hour has come with the notation of a limited release (tends to indicate only some selected cities). It may be more than just limited: the press release announcing the world premiere (which is on Monday) states that the December 19th date is valid only for New York and Los Angeles and that it will go nationwide on Friday, January 10th, 2002. You may want to stop by the 25th Hour official site. In addition to the downloads, trailer and flash presentations for each hour, detailed production notes and cast bios have been posted (although they refer to EN as "Ed" in the bio section, when he prefers "Edward"). There are two interesting Newsweek articles on 25th Hour costar Philip Seymour Hoffman (who also costarred with EN in Red Dragon) - A Few Good Scenes and Character Counts
12/13/02 Newsweek online has a web exclusive article on 25th Hour costar Philip Seymour Hoffman- Character Counts
12/12/02 More Oscar ads are out, so check your local bookstore for the The Hollywood Reporter and Variety or else you may end up at the mercy of an eBay seller to get one. Yet another favorable group of 25th Hour reviews at AICN including a description of a Q&A with Spike Lee at a DGA screening. The World premiere of 25th Hour is Monday, December 16th at the Ziegfeld Theatre in NYC. You won't be able to see the film, you probably won't be able to get an autograph, but if you want to stand out in the cold for a fleeting glimpse of EN, good luck to you. Take a look at the release that was sent out to the news agencies World Premiere of Touchstone Pictures' 25th Hour
12/6/02Yahoo! Movies 25th Hour has A TON of NEW Pictures. Yahoo! Movies 25th Hour Aint-it-Cool News has a report from someone who was at a London screening of 25th Hour that included a Q&A with Spike Lee. AICN 25th Hour report. If you're interested in getting the Oscar ad for "25th Hour", you should buy the weekly edition of The Hollywood Reporter Nov 26-Dec 2 "Golden Globes preview" issue. You can buy the whole issue for about $5 and they're probably available at one of the bookstores with a large newsstand area like Borders or Barnes and Noble. There are already a few eBay sellers who are auctioning the 25th Hour ad alone for more than that.
12/2/02- L.A. Times (12/2/02) has an article on 25th Hour screenwriter/novelist David Benioff His finest hour
11/27/02 Buena Vista has started promoting 25th Hour for Oscar consideration. Among the rotating ads on the Hollywood Reporter website are ones featuring the image of EN with the dog (as in the 25th Hour poster) with the ads linking to Buena Vista For Your Consideration site with info on 25th Hour along with other films. Currently, the site contains no new info on the film, but I thought I'd mention the Oscar push. Please note that the screenings mentioned on the site are for members of certain organizations that are eligible to vote on awards. They are not for the general public and require reservations and identification for entry, so don't just show up and expect to get in. Oscar print ads have also start appearing in the trade papers (Variety and Hollywood Reporter) for Oscar promotion. These are usually very well done and cost thousands of dollars for inclusion so you might want to take a look for them.
11/15/02 25th Hour official site has expanded to include a flash presentation, desktop wallpaper downloads, and a synopsis (as well as the trailer). There are also images from the film and flash presentations hidden by the 25 hours on the website. 25th Hour official site.
11/14/02Premiere Dec 2002 has an interview (w/pic) with EN about the film: Class Acts: Edward Norton
11/8/02 The world premiere of the film will be held at NYC's Ziegfeld Theater Monday Dec 16th. Also The New York Times Magazine published a series of "How to" articles with a "How to Maintain Continuity" article with advice from Shari Carpenter, script supervisor on 25th Hour. How to... [Thanks to Steph!]
10/14/02 The trailer is now online at the precursor to the 25th Hour official website
9/29/02 Aint It Cool News has posted two reviews from a recent test screening of the film
8/23/02 Latino Review has posted two new images from the film
8/16/02 Entertainment Weekly Fall Movie Preview issue (with Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz and Daniel Day-Lewis on the cover) includes a summary and info on the film.
8/8/02 Premiere Magazine includes a section on the film
7/2/02 I received an email from Mike, who was an extra on The 25th Hour and wrote up this wonderful, detailed report. Some of the details of what goes on in the scene may be PLOT SPOILERS, just to warn you. Here it is:
Sunday, June 30, 2002 Director Spike Lee, Ed Norton and Rosario Dawson and a whole slew of NYC, NY and local crew started filming some scenes in... Granger, Texas. Some minor setbacks like rain and what one NYC crew person called "tornadoes"... Hah! it was just a fierce wind bringing in the rainclouds- setback shooting for maybe an hour or so. Them Yankees! Hah! One scene was of the exterior of a run-down ol' diner/bar where a mustached Ed Norton pulls a "help-wanted" sign from the window... presumably to apply for a job. Not sure what's really going on...they like to keep us extras in the dark. That way we wander around in circles, be where we aren't suppose to be, bump into walls and trip over wires and stuff. It amuses the Production Assistants, especially the ones that have to babysit us.
6/20/02 Dark Horizons posted this report on yesterday's 25th Hour filming [Thanks to Joanne for the info!]
The 25th Hour: Its only relatively mundane exterior shooting, but what a line-up was seen on the NYC streets this week and 'The Ideaist' has this report:
6/3/02 - A Boston Herald (5/1/02) interview with Tobey Maguire includes the reason why Maguire decided not to act in The 25th Hour (he is a first-time producer on the film): he is promoting Spiderman worldwide and this conflicted with the filming. Here is his comments on EN and The 25th Hour or read the whole article:
"It's a character study that takes place the day before Ed Norton's character goes to prison for seven years. When it didn't work out for me timewise to do it, we made a list of people and I sent it out to Ed, who was my first choice. I couldn't believe my good fortune for my first time out."
5/7/02 - The Hollywood Reporter reports today that Anna Paquin has joined the cast as Mary D'Annunzio and that filming is scheduled to start in a week. I believe that this is the role that Brittany Murphy was in talks for (since Naturelle and Mary are the only two substative female roles).
5/3/02 AM- The Hollywood Reporter mentions today that The 25th Hour is currently shooting in New York. Yesterday, Variety.com reported that director Brett Ratner is "preparing to wrap" Red Dragon (most recently reported filming location was in the Florida Keys). EN is the lead in both films so is EN currently on the set of Red Dragon or The 25th Hour or are one or both of them shooting scenes without his character? May 1st had been reported as the The 25th Hour start date months ago, but since the Variety production chart hasn't been updated in months (cast listings didn't include Hoffman or Dawson yet), I wasn't sure if filming had been pushed back due to Red Dragon filming. Also, I'm a bit confused about Tobey Maguire's role with the The 25th Hour. He was signed on to produce and star in the film early on, but then EN signed on for the lead role, so for a while I wasn't sure whether he was still producing. Both today's Variety.com and Hollywood Reporter have stories on a new deal of Maguire's, but while HR mentions Maguire just as the film's producer, V states that he is producing AND acting. So if he is in it, what role would he play since Barry Pepper and Philip Seymour Hoffman are supposed to play the two friends.
5/2/02 : The Hollywood Reporter announces that Barry Pepper is rounding out the trio of friends that include EN and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
4/30/02: From one Lecter to another: Variety reports that Brian Cox has been cast as EN's father in the film. Strangly enough, Cox originated the role of Dr. Hannibal Lecter in "Manhunter" the first adaptation of Thomas Harris's Red Dragon. EN will start filming 25th Hour after he completes working on the new adaptation of Red Dragon opposite Anthony Hopkins as Lecter.
3/28/02: Variety.com reports that Philip Seymour Hoffman is in final negotiations and Brittany Murphy and Rosario Dawson are in talks to join the cast of "The 25th Hour," although the earlier report below had indicated that Dawson had already signed on. Hoffman has a role in Red Dragon as sleazy tabloid reporter Freddy Lounds who has previously been a thorn in the side of FBI agent Will Graham (Norton). Thesps making time for 'Hour'
3/20/02 Casting news: Rosario Dawson (see her IMDB profile)
has signed on, presumably for the role of Monty's girlfriend, Naturelle. This news came via an article on
screenwriter Benioff, who just made his second million-dollar deal in the last six months.
Norton, Lee clocking in for Disney's 'Hour'
Hollywood Reporter, January 30, 2002
Actor Edward Norton and director Spike Lee are teaming for the first time on a big-screen adaptation of David Benioff's novel "The 25th Hour," which the Walt Disney Co. is coming aboard to finance and distribute. Production begins in May in New York. The low-budget project will be produced by Nick Wechsler of Industry Entertainment, which manages Benioff, and Lee's longtime associate Jon Kilick. First-time author Benioff also adapted the screenplay, which depicts the last day of freedom for a young man before he begins serving a seven-year jail term for drug dealing. Prowling through the city until dawn with his two close male friends and his girlfriend, he is forced to re-examine his life and how he got himself into his predicament, which leads to a shocking, disturbing finale. Norton is repped by Endeavor. Lee and Benioff are repped by WMA. Benioff recently sold the supernatural thriller "Stay" to Regency Enterprises for more than $1 million (HR 10/19). Kilick's association with Lee began with 1989's "Do the Right Thing" and was renewed most recently with 2000's "Bamboozled." Wechsler and Industry most recently produced "15 Minutes." (Zorianna Kit)
Character Counts: Philip Seymour Hoffman. Newsweek online December 12, 2002
Thesps making time for 'Hour' Variety, March 28, 2002
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