Now playing in limited release and expanding this weekend is one of the best films of the year: Joel and Ethan Coen‘s Inside Llewyn Davis. The story takes place in the Greenwich Village folk scene in 1961, and follows singer Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) as he struggles with his career and strained personal relationships. Loaded with incredible performances, an all-star cast (featuring Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund, F. Murray Abraham, Adam Driver, Stark Sands and Max Casella), and a fantastic soundtrack (put together by T-Bone Burnett), Inside Llewyn Davis should not be missed. For more on the film, read Matt’s review.
At the Los Angeles press day, I landed a video interview with Carey Mulligan. She talked about how she was cast, what it was like working for the Coen brothers, whether the script changed much, future projects, if she knew Drive would be such a great film during production, and more. Hit the jump to watch.
It was the only game in town, so Oblivion’s first place finish this weekend didn’t come as a shock. Universal’s sci-fi release had a solid debut – earning an estimated $38.1 million from 3,783 locations, or just under what G.I. Joe: Retaliation managed three weeks back. Oblivion also topped its initial domestic projection of $35 million, though the real strength of the Tom Cruise vehicle is overseas.
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|| Scary Movie 5
|| G.I. Joe: Retaliation
|| The Place Beyond the Pines
|| Olympus Has Fallen
|| Evil Dead
|| Jurassic Park 3D
|| Oz the Great & Powerful
With AMC’s award-winning series Mad Men airing new episodes Sunday nights, I recently had the chance to participate in a roundtable interview with Christina Hendricks. Since the cast is always guarded when talking about upcoming episodes, most of the interview covered the twists and turns of last season, how much she finds out about upcoming storylines, Joan and Don’s (Jon Hamm) relationship, the wardrobe, what the most challenging storylines were for her to play, and more. In addition, she also talked about Ryan Gosling‘s directorial debut, How to Catch a Monster. Hit the jump to either read or listen to what Hendricks had to say.
Opening this weekend in New York and Los Angeles is one of the best films you’re going to see this year: director Derek Cianfrance’s The Place Beyond the Pines. The pic centers on a professional motorcycle rider turned bank robber (Ryan Gosling) and a rookie police officer (Bradley Cooper). Saying more would be detrimental to your enjoyment of the film, and I would encourage you to be very careful when reading about it. Pines also stars Eva Mendes, Bruce Greenwood, Dane DeHaan, Ray Liotta, Ben Mendelsohn, and Rose Byrne. For more on the film, here’s images, clips, and everything we’ve previously posted on the film.
At the recent New York City press day, I got to speak with Gosling. We talked about how he prepared to make sure his character looked real and authentic on screen, the motorcycle stunts, whether he’s seen the Mondo Drive posters, his directorial debut How to Catch a Monster, whether he has seen a cut of Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives (Gosling says it’s “very very extreme.”), and reveals that they’ve asked some of the fans who made Drive posters to make some Only God Forgives posters! Hit the jump to watch.
It was about a year ago that Mondo first confirmed that Tyler Stout would be working on a new poster for Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive. This sent collectors into a frenzy of anticipation, a frenzy that only increased when it was also announced that Stout’s poster would serve as the cover at on a Mondo Vinyl release of the Drive soundtrack. We were told to expect both in June, and then…the waiting began. It seems that–between one thing and another—both projects hit a few snags on their way to that June, 2012 drop date, but the wait appears to be over: we know now what the poster looks like and when the soundtrack will drop (we’ve also got a pretty good idea when the poster will arrive). Wanna know what we know? Meet me after the jump, folks.
There’s zero empirical evidence to back up the theory, but here at Limited Paper we tend to think that there aren’t a lot of hard-core collectors out there with big Valentine’s Day plans. Quite frankly, when the vast majority of your spending money is being pushed towards one fancifully-colored 24x36” sheet of paper after another, there isn’t much budget left for schmoozing the ladies (or the gents, if that’s your thing). Sure, you could’ve bought her that diamond-encrusted toaster she’s always wanted, but there’s something like 400 prints dropping this week: one has to prioritize.
But what if you have a significant other…and they’re also into poster collecting? Well, good news, buddy: Bottleneck Gallery’s Get a Room (opening in NYC this Friday) is filled with a ton of romantic, movie-themed posters your guy or gal will be jazzed to have hanging on their wall, and we’ve got preview pics for you (including new work from Craig Drake, Godmachine, and Cuyler Smith) after the jump.
Just this past week, Limited Paper named Australian artist Ken Taylor as the “Most Vital Artist of 2012,” and the response to that decision seemed unanimously positive. While some readers seemed to have a few minor quibbles about which posters made up our “20 Best Posters of 2012” list” list, I heard from literally no one who felt that Taylor—the guy who also created 2012’s best print—was the wrong choice for Artist of the year. How will he fare in 2013? Only time will tell, but if the first Mondo poster of the year is any indication, Taylor’s skills only seem to get sharper. See for yourselves: we’ve got his poster for Jurassic Park (and find out when it’s going on sale) after the jump, folks.
Oh, and they’ve also announced a few updates regarding when we’ll see the next Mondo Gallery show and where Tyler Stout’s Drive is at. It’s all waiting for ya after the jump, folks.
We’ve got a ton of stuff to get through in Limited Paper today, including a look at Mondo’s next big gallery show (featuring artwork from Australian duo We Buy Your Kids), FroDesignCo’s series of Mythic Beasts Travel Posters (featuring Limited Paper’s spirit animal, the Chupacabra), Gallery1988’s Rated G (featuring work from Justin White), and—because why the hell not—we also need to provide an update on our latest contest/giveaway while teasing the next one. Phew. Bring a bookmark and meet me on the other side of the jump, my fellow poster junkies.
Even though bookshelves currently feature the sequel to James Sallis’ novel Drive, on which Nicolas Winding Refn’s 2011 cult film was based, the director has no plans to adapt it. We previously brought you the author’s thoughts on an adaptation of Driven; that film may still go ahead, just not with Refn and star Ryan Gosling attached. However, Refn commented on the fact that even though a Drive sequel is out of the question, the character of The Driver may yet appear again on screen. Hit the jump to get this sorted out.
For the past month, we’ve been running a new column here at Collider.com called Limited Paper , and—thus far—it’s been a smashing success: we’ve received shout-outs from a number of artists, galleries, and dealers within the poster community, we’ve showcased a ton of awesome prints, and we’ve seen our readership continue to grow with each passing installment. But occasionally, our esteemed readership has pointed out that—for as awesome as the screenprints presented in Limited Paper are—they’re usually sold out by the time we show ‘em to you. Depending on how badly you want those prints, that could be a problem. Luckily, we’ve got a solution: Unlimited Paper. Meet me after the jump for links to some super-cool screenprints that you can buy…right now.
If you had told me that the dad on Malcolm in the Middle would become one of my favorite actors, I’d never have believed you. But after years of amazing work on AMC’s brilliant drama Breaking Bad, Bryan Cranston has shown that he can transform himself into any character and make it believable. It’s probably why during the last few hiatuses he’s landed small but important roles in films like Drive, John Carter, The Lincoln Lawyer, Red Tails, Larry Crowne, and this summer’s remake of Total Recall. In director Len Wiseman’s film, Cranston plays Vilos Cohaagen, who was originally played by the great Ronny Cox. And like the original, Cohaagen is a close friend and ally of Quaid/Hauser (Colin Farrell) who wants to see his friend return home.
Last summer I got to visit the set of Total Recall when the production was filming in Toronto and participated in a group interview with Cranston. He talked about why he wanted to play the role, what’s different about his version of Cohaagen, what are his characters motivations, filming the action, his process as an actor, his thoughts on the end of Breaking Bad, and a lot more. In addition, Cranston reveals that he was offered Kevin Bacon‘s role in X-Men: First Class but turned it down to be in director Nicolas Winding Refn‘s Drive. Hit the jump to either read or listen to what Cranston had to say.
Regular readers of our site know that we all loved Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive and would jump at the chance to see the director return with star Ryan Gosling for a possible sequel. The original centered on an LA stunt driver who moonlighted as a wheelman for criminals. Now that the second book from Drive author, James Sallis, has been out on the shelves for a couple of months, he’s been kind enough to give some updates on the sequel’s progress. Driven, the follow-up to the sure-to-be cult classic, is admittedly in the earliest of stages of development. The good thing is that the plot of the sequel takes place seven years after the original, which would hopefully be more than enough time to get a second film off the ground (the first took six years all told). Hit the jump to see what Sallis had to say about Gosling, writing the sequel and more on Driven.
Since the MTV Movie Awards air in the middle of the summer, they’re allowed to pull from successful spring pictures. This year, they’ve done exactly that and awarded The Hunger Games with eight nominations. However, MTV didn’t forget the movies of last summer, and also gave eight nods to Bridesmaids. As for the other nominees, the Twilight series has always dominated the MTV Movie Awards in the past, but The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 only pulled in two nominations this year. It may be a case of out-with-the-old, in-with-the-new, but it’s worth noting that this was the first year where nominees were chosen by a panel of industry insiders instead of online voting. I don’t know why MTV made that change (it’s not like anyone can make the awards more respectable), but fans will still get to choose the winners. While the MTV Movie Awards are really more of a platform for funny sketches and showing clips from upcoming movies, an awards ceremony that allows you to give Drive an award for “A Real Hero” can’t be all bad.
Hit the jump to check out the nominees. The 2012 MTV Movie Awards air live on June 3rd at 9/8c.
The soundtrack and Cliff Martinez‘ score for Drive will be revered for years to come. The music plays perfectly into the 80s vibe, so it’s only fitting that the geniuses at Mondo will release the soundtrack and score on vinyl this summer. To sweeten a deal that was already pretty sweet, Mondo has hired artist Tyler Stout to design the album cover and packaging, and there will also be a limited edition screen-printed poster. The 2xLP is due out in June, so you’ve got a little time to track down a record player.
Jean Dujardin must have been just as surprised as everyone else when he didn’t hear his name being called out as they announced the Best Actor award at tonight’s César ceremony in Paris. The Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma opted instead for Omar Sy, who stars in Untouchables, the biggest box-office smash of 2011 in France. A choice that many question.
“Jean Dujardin will win an Oscar for best actor but not a César. How embarrassing…” tweeted (in French) @Les_Cesar_fake, a sentiment that was shared by many others.
Shortly after winning Best Actor, Omar Sy’s Wikipedia page was updated and said that he had won the best actor award “even though he didn’t deserve it.” The comment was removed five minutes later… Another running joke is “Omar m’a tuer” (Omar killed me), in reference to the film of the same name. Maybe the Académie did not want to overcompensate Dujardin… or maybe this was their way of telling the Oscars, “We can do out own thing just to annoy you and everyone else.”
The Artist nevertheless won six of the ten awards it was nominated for, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress. Hit the jump for a recap of the evening and a full list of winners.