In today’s casting news:
- Andrew Garfield is in negotiations to join Helen Mirren in The Woman in Gold, previously titled The Lady in Gold. Daniel Brühl is also in talks.
- Kevin Bacon is set to star in the Blumhouse production 6 Miranda Drive; Radha Mitchell is in talks to star opposite him.
- Jordi Molla will take a villainous turn in the indie feature Term Life, starring Vince Vaughn, Bill Paxton and Hailee Steinfeld.
- It looks like Liam Neeson will have a cameo in the upcoming Entourage movie, as he was recently seen on set filming a short scene.
Hit the jump for more on each picture.
Michael Winterbottom‘s Face of an Angel is currently being shopped around the European Film Market at the Berlin Film Festival, and a clip from the promo reel has gone online. The film is inspired by Barbie Latza Nadeau‘s book “Angel Face: Sex, Murder and the Inside Story of Amanda Knox” and according to Variety, “uses a fictional adaptation of the tragic story of the 2007 murder case in Umbria, Italy, and ensuing media circus as a springboard for a wider investigation of society’s fascination with violence.” While the trailer seems to fall in line with this logline, the full synopsis seems to tell a much different story.
Hit the jump for more. The film stars Daniel Bruhl, Kate Beckinsale, and Cara Delevingne.
As a director, Ron Howard has always described himself as a journeyman who put the story first. He’s never embraced a particular visual style, which means he can make something great, or something less than, but it’s always going to be determined by the material and the performers. 2013’s Rush is one of his better films, though it didn’t catch on domestically. Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl star as ultra-competitive Formula One race car drivers who approach the sport differently, but eventually come to respect each other. My review of the Blu-ray follows after the jump.
Although it doesn’t have a U.S. release date just yet, director Anton Corbijn’s thriller A Most Wanted Man will be premiering at Sundance in just a couple of weeks. In order to drum up some interest, a new international trailer for the film is making its rounds online today. The film, adapted from the John le Carré novel, centers on a bizarre love triangle among a half-starved Russian man secreted into Hamburg, an idealistic German civil rights lawyer, and a sixty-year-old man who is inheriting a failing British bank. All of that hodgepodge aside, this trailer plays up the thriller aspect of the novel as it centers on the German intelligence operation tasked with infiltrating suspected terrorist cells, an objective that leads the operatives to cross paths with the aforementioned trio.
A Most Wanted Man stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Daniel Brühl, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright and Willem Dafoe. Hit the jump to watch the trailer.
The Broadcast Film Critics Association has unveiled its list of nominees for the upcoming Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, and 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle lead the pack with 13 nominations each—though three of Hustle’s nominations come from “Comedy” categories. The BFCA added some genre categories last year for Action, Sci-Fi/Horror, and Comedy, so the list of nominations is a bit more diverse than those we’ve seen previously. That being said, Brie Larson made the overall Best Actress cut for her excellent turn in Short Term 12, and it’s nice to finally see The World’s End and star Simon Pegg getting some attention (nicer still that BFCA recognizes actual comedies in the Best Comedy category, unlike the Golden Globes). Other notable additions include Scarlett Johansson nabbing a Best Supporting Actress nod for her voice-only role in Her and Christian Bale landing a Best Actor nomination for the aforementioned American Hustle.
Hit the jump to check out the full list of nominations and to find out how closely the Critics’ Choice Awards correlate with Oscar. The 19th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards will be held on January 16, 2014.
As we continue our in-depth look at the coming awards season, it’s now time to delve in the Best Supporting Actor race. It’s a tough category this year, with a number of impressive turns from a variety of actors. The two big standouts emerged at the Toronto Film Festival this past September with Jared Leto earning extremely high praise for his turn as a transsexual opposite Mattthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club, and Michael Fassbender turning heads as a ruthless slave owner in the highly emotional 12 Years a Slave. But there are plenty of other contenders as well, with both Jonah Hill and James Franco firmly in the race for a pair of more comic performances.
Hit the jump to read the latest edition of Oscar Beat, in which we examine the Best Supporting Actor category.
With director James Wan‘s The Conjuring hitting Blu-ray/DVD this coming Tuesday, I can’t encourage those who missed the film in theaters to give it a watch from the comfort of their own homes enough. As I’ve said before, I think it’s fantastic (one of my favorites so far this year, in fact) and I can’t wait to see how it holds up on multiple viewings outside of the theater. While the wife and I take great pride in our movie collection, there aren’t many new releases that I consider “must haves” on day one. The Conjuring is the exception to that rule and an instant classic that any horror fan can be proud to own.
My ringing endorsement aside, this week’s installment of the Top 5 includes Carrie interviews with Chloe Grace Moretz and more, the first trailer for Wes Anderson‘s The Grand Budapest Hotel, Kill Your Darlings interviews with the likes of Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan, a Star Wars editorial that argues against four rules being the key to making the franchise great again, and The Fifth Estate interviews with Benedict Cumberbatch and more. Like all the times before, a brief recap and link to each of the above resides after the jump.
[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. The Fifth Estate opens today.]
Our modes of storytelling change with technology. As we see in the opening credits of Bill Condon’s The Fifth Estate, we’ve gone from cave paintings to hieroglyphics to the written word to the printing press to the typewriter and currently to the computer. But as The Fifth Estate shows, some stories stay the same, and in the case of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the story is “power corrupts”. Through the structure of a fast-paced, high-stakes thriller, Condon paints a compelling portrait both of Assange and the brave new world created by his controversial brand of journalism. The film is occasionally beset with bursts of editorializing, both on the character of Assange and how WikiLeaks changed the world. But Condon also raises fascinating questions regarding privacy and transparency, power and responsibility, and seeking “truth” in the digital age.
Opening this week is director Bill Condon’s WikiLeaks drama The Fifth Estate. The pic centers on the relationship between Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl) and Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch), as the story follows the early days of WikiLeaks, culminating in the release of highly controversial information leaks. I caught the film at the Toronto International Film Festival, and Condon has done a great job crafting a fascinating and entertaining look at WikiLeaks and the current landscape of news and information sharing. The Fifth Estate also stars Laura Linney, Stanley Tucci, Anthony Mackie, Peter Capaldi, Alicia Vikander, Dan Stevens, and Carice van Houten. For more on the film, read Matt’s review or watch these clips.
At this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, I landed an extended video interview with Bruhl. He talked about what it’s been like having two high-profile projects at the Festival, the parallels between Fifth Estate and Rush and how they eschew the use of a “good guy vs. bad guy” narrative, trying to tell The Fifth Estate story in a realistic way without taking sides, his meeting with Daniel Domscheit-Berg, future projects like Michael Winterbottom’s The Face of an Angel, what to do in Berlin, and much more. Hit the jump to watch.
DreamWorks has released three clips and nearly 20 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage from director Bill Condon’s WikiLeaks drama The Fifth Estate. The pic centers on the relationship between Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl) and Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch), as the story follows the early days of WikiLeaks, culminating in the release of a series of controversial and history changing information leaks. I caught the pic at the Toronto International Film Festival and it definitely provides an interesting look into the beginnings of WikiLeaks as well as a peek into the divide between new and old media. You can read Matt’s full review from TIFF here.
Hit the jump to watch the clips and b-roll. The film also stars Laura Linney, Stanley Tucci, Anthony Mackie, Peter Capaldi, Alicia Vikander, and Carice van Houten. The Fifth Estate opens on October 18th.
DreamWorks has released a new clip from director Bill Condon’s WikiLeaks film The Fifth Estate. The pic centers on the relationship between Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl) and Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch), as the story follows the early days of WikiLeaks, culminating in the release of a series of controversial and history changing information leaks. This particular clip takes place towards the beginning of the film, when WikiLeaks is starting to gain national attention. Two journalists from The Guardian (David Thewlis and Dan Stevens) pay Assange a visit, and a sort of pissing contest ensues. I caught the film at TIFF and while I wasn’t as taken with it as Matt was (read his review here), it’s certainly a fascinating and entertaining look at WikiLeaks and the current landscape of news and information sharing.
Hit the jump to watch the clip. The film also stars Laura Linney, Stanley Tucci, Anthony Mackie, Peter Capaldi, Alicia Vikander, and Carice van Houten. The Fifth Estate opens on October 18th.
Perhaps the combination of my new found love of fantasy football and my fondness of sports documentaries in general make me a less than unbiased voice, but I can’t recommend writer/director Rory Karpf‘s documentary The Book of Manning enough. The made for TV doc premiered on ESPN this past week and it blew me away from a perspective that had nothing to do with sports or athletic achievement and everything to do with its noteworthy focus on parenting, family, and legacy. This may not seem like a huge achievement on paper, but when your film’s protagonists are some of the most highly decorated football players in the history of the sport, it’s a testament to the patriarch, Archie Manning, that the biggest takeaway I have from The Book of Manning isn’t how many records he set at Ole Miss or how many of those records his son Eli broke decades later, it’s that our families and kids are the most important responsibilities we can have and the way that we treat both is ultimately what defines us as people.
Now that I’ve hit you over the head with an “After School Special” message right out of the gate, this week’s Top 5 features Rush interviews with Ron Howard, Chris Hemsworth and more, our resident scientist Dave Trumbore fact-checking the science behind Breaking Bad, Fox landing a new television series based on Batman’s Commissioner Gordon, Don Jon interviews with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and more, and a new Cinemath installment focusing on adjusting for box office inflation and the inherent dangers of comparing Gone with the Wind to The Avengers. As is often the case, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.
One of my favorite films at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival was director Ron Howard’s Rush. Based on true events, the film takes place in the world of Formula One racing, and chronicles the 1970s rivalry between Austrian driver Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) and British driver James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) leading up to their intense competition in 1976. Rush also stars Olivia Wilde and Alexandra Maria Lara.
While at TIFF, I landed a video interview with Brühl. He talked about what it’s like being at the festival with two movies (Rush and The Fifth Estate), how much he knew about the story, meeting Lauda for the first time, what his friends and family thought when he got cast, and a lot more. Hit the jump to watch.
For the past decade, I’ve approached Ron Howard‘s films with a mix of trepidation and outright dread. Apollo 13 is an amazing piece of filmmaking, but from there, he’s seemed content to play it safe to the point of inertia. A Beautiful Mind may be daring in its direction, but its story is worthy of a TV movie. Considering the horrors of the Robert Langdon movies, the unwatchable Oscar-bait Cinderella Man, and the low-ball The Dilemma, my skepticism towards his latest picture, Rush, was more than warranted. Thankfully, Howard seems to be alive again as he goes full throttle on taking the viewer inside the world of Formula 1 racing. More importantly, he has a worthwhile story at the center. While Howard still feels the need to spoon-feed the themes, the strong performances and intensity of the racing scenes make his latest picture a ride worth taking.
Director Ron Howard’s Rush delves into the competitive world of Formula 1 racing with this true-life tale of racers James Hunt and Niki Lauda. Played by Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Daniel Brühl (Inglourious Basterds) respectively, Rush chronicles their ongoing feud both on and off the race track as they push themselves to extremes in an all-out effort to win. We’ve got seven clips from the film for you to get a taste before it opens later this month.
Also starring Olivia Wilde (TRON: Legacy) and Alexandra Maria Lara (Imagine), Rush opens September 27th. Hit the jump to watch the clips.