HBO Greenlights David Simon Miniseries SHOW ME A HERO Starring Oscar Isaac and Catherine Keener; Paul Haggis to Direct

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HBO is back in business with The Wire and Treme creator David Simon.  Though the insanely smart and wonderfully talented writer is currently developing a Martin Luther King Jr. miniseries America: In the King Years at the network, it appears that a miniseries of a different sort will materialize first.  HBO has now given the greenlight to Show Me a Hero, which is based on the non-fiction book by Lisa Belkin and tells the story of Nick Wasicsko, the youngest big-city mayor in the country in the 1960s who was forced by a federal court to build a number of low-income housing units in white neighborhoods of his town, Yonkers, New York.  The result of the effort was the eruption of tensions in the city and the destruction of his political future.  Oscar Isaac and Catherine Keener are poised to lead the six-hour drama.

So we’ve got David Simon writing a racially charged miniseries with Oscar Isaac and Catherine Keener starring.  Sounds fantastic right?  Well then we have the director: Paul Haggis.  More after the jump.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Rumors: Mercenaries, Sith Witches, and Fallout from Harrison Ford’s Injury

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The Star Wars: Episode VII rumor mill continues to churn away as new plot details have possibly surfaced.  But before we get to those, let’s get to some production rumors following Harrison Ford‘s leg injury.  According to the less-than-reliable New York Post, Oscar Isaac‘s role is being expanded to make up for less Han Solo.  However, another source tells the Post, “‘The basic story line will not change that much.’ The source said no characters were being dramatically expanded, but ‘the order of filming scenes could be shifted’ to work around Ford’s absence.”  This seems far more likely, and the source adds that “Shutting down the movie is impossible,” and I believe that as well.  I’m not sure the movie’s insurance would cover such a shutdown, and even if it did, Disney seems determined to hit the release date no matter what.

Hit the jump for some more Star Wars: Episode VII rumors.  The film opens December 18, 2015, and also stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, and Daisy Ridley[Possible spoilers ahead]

TOP 5: STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Cast Announced, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, GODZILLA Trailer, Zack Snyder to Direct JUSTICE LEAGUE, THE INTERNET’S OWN BOY

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I’ll say this much for The Amazing Spider-Man 2: it’s unique. I can’t recall a film off the top of my head that delivers one cringeworthy moment after another, eye roll upon eye roll, only to stick the landing and actually make me semi-look forward to the next installment. As many have stated already, Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone are actually quite good in the film as its emotional anchors. As much as I enjoy Sam Raimi‘s Spider-Man (and love his Spider-Man 2), I’ll take Garfield over Tobey Maguire as my wall-crawler of choice any day of the week. Still yet, that doesn’t change the fact that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a tonal mess for about 90% of its runtime. To make matters worse, Jamie Foxx‘s Electro is so poorly written, and so ridiculously portrayed, that he’d be right at home in a Joel Schumacher Batman movie. And yet, that ending still resonates with me and I’m kind of interested to see what’s next. Like I said, it’s unique.

We’ll talk more about The Amazing Spider-Man 2 after the jump with Matt’s review and Steve’s video interviews. In addition, this week’s Top 5 also highlights the Star Wars: Episode VII cast announcement, the new international Godzilla trailer, Zack Snyder officially landing the Justice League directorial gig, and the first trailer for the excellent looking doc The Internet’s Own Boy. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

Meet the Cast of STAR WARS: EPISODE VII – An Introduction to John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Domhnall Gleeson, and More

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The floodgate finally opened this morning as J.J. Abrams popped the top of his mystery box and officially unveiled his cast for Star Wars: Episode VII.  Some of the names were familiar, as they’d been making the rumored shortlist rounds for months, while some came entirely out of the blue.  Save for the fact that it would have been nice to have one or two more females in the bunch, there really aren’t many complaints to be made about this lineup.  Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy have put together a rather exciting and eclectic group of actors, and we’re all eager to see them in action.

Since some of these names might still be a tad unfamiliar to you (and since this is Star Wars), we’ve put together a handy introduction to the confirmed actors that will be kicking off this new Star Wars trilogy once Episode VII hits theaters on December 18, 2015.  Read on after the jump.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Cast Announced; Includes John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Adam Driver, and More; First Photo Released

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So it look like we won’t have to wait until Star Wars Day (May 4th) to get the Star Wars: Episode VII cast.  After months and months of speculation, the cast has officially been announced to coincide with the table read (when the word would have leaked anyway).  Some of the names we knew, some are a complete surprise, and others are a welcome return (we knew R2-D2 would be back, but so is the original man in the can, Kenny Baker!)

Hit the jump for to see the Star Wars: Episode VII cast.  The film opens December 18, 2015.

First Clip and New Images from THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY Starring Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, and Oscar Isaac

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The first clip and new images from The Two Faces of January have gone online.  The movie centers on an American con artist (Viggo Mortensen) and his wife (Kirsten Dunst) who strike up a relationship with a stranger (Oscar Isaac) in 1960s Athens.  In the clip, we see Isaac’s character giving a brief tour and talking about the tale of Theseus while Mortensen and Dunst’s characters discuss the Parthenon’s architecture.  However, these mundane conversations provide a nice, subtle nod at the deception and oversights that likely lay ahead.

Hit the jump to check out The Two Faces of January clip and images.  The film opens in the U.K. on May 16th, but currently doesn’t have a U.S. release date.

First Look at Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson in Alex Garland’s Sci-Fi Thriller EX MACHINA

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The first image has arrived from 28 Days Later and Sunshine screenwriter Alex Garland’s directorial debut Ex Machina.  The psychological thriller revolves around a billionaire programmer who invites a young employee to spend a week at his remote estate and to participate in a test involving an artificially intelligent female robot that he invented.  Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson star, and based on this first image it appears that Isaac is playing the inventor.  The actor previously told us that the pic is a “provocative, sci-fi sexual thriller” and described it as “a great three-hander with people torturing each other with their brains, in rooms.”  It’s certainly a fascinating premise, and Garland’s track record as a screenwriter (which also includes Never Let Me Go and Dredd) is great so I’m eager to see how he fares in the director’s chair.

Hit the jump to check out the first Ex Machina image.  The film also stars Alicia Vikander and does not currently have a release date, but this Ex Machina image debut may be a sign that it could pop up on the 2014 Cannes Film Festival schedule that goes up soon.

First Trailer and Poster for THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY Starring Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, and Oscar Isaac

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The thriller The Two Faces of January, the directorial debut of Drive screenwriter Hossein Amini, is set to premiere at the Berlin Film Festival, and the first trailer and poster have now gone online.  The movie centers on an American con artist (Viggo Mortensen) and his wife (Kirsten Dunst) who strike up a relationship with a stranger (Oscar Isaac) in 1960s Athens.  The trailer makes the film look exciting and puts an emphasis on the interesting dynamic between the three characters, especially the one between Mortensen and Isaac.  Also, it wasn’t until I watched this trailer that I realized there wasn’t a new movie featuring Mortensen last year.  That’s simply unacceptable.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer and poster.  The Two Faces of January currently has no U.S. release date, but will open in the U.K. on May 16th.

TOP 5: Our Favorite Movies of 2013, New Trailer for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, First Trailer for THE RAID 2: BERANDAL, Cinemath

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Because I’ve grown tired of never following through on my New Year’s resolutions to get in shape, this year I’m trying something more attainable: to keep a list of all the movies I watch in 2014. Many thanks to my colleague, Mr. Goldberg, for throwing out a Letterboxd recommendation in this collage of films he watched in 2013. I joined the site shortly after reading his rec and think it’s a great way not only to keep a viewing diary (and actually stick with a resolution for once) but also to create/share your own lists and communicate with fellow movie lovers. If you want to keep up with my 2014 watch diary, check out my Top 10 of 2013, and/or my most anticipated for 2014 then hit me up on Letterboxd by clicking here.

Shameless self-promotion aside, the first Top 5 of 2014 features a recap of Matt, Adam, and Dave’s Top 10 of 2013 lists, a new trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2video interviews for Inside Llewyn Davis with Oscar Isaac and more, the great first trailer for writer/director Gareth EvansThe Raid 2: Berandal, and a new installment of Cinemath that breaks down the 2013 box office. Continue reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

Watch a Clip from INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS Featuring Oscar Isaac, Justin Timberlake and Adam Driver with Commentary from T-Bone Burnett

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Currently playing in theaters is the new Coen Brothers’ film, Inside Llewyn Davis.  The folk music drama centers on the title character (Oscar Isaac), a young singer attempting to navigate the Greenwich Village scene in the early 1960s.  If you need more of a hook to get you into the theater, this new clip from the film highlights the musicality of the picture, with Isaac recording a song live alongside costars Justin Timberlake and Adam Driver.  Stick around after the clip for commentary from executive music producer, T-Bone Burnett.

Also starring Carey Mulligan, John Goodman and Garrett Hedlund, Inside Llewyn Davis is in theaters now.  Hit the jump to watch the clip.

Oscar Isaac Talks INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, Collaborating with the Coen Brothers, Alex Garland’s EX MACHINA, William Monahan’s MOJAVE, and More

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Now playing in theaters 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 GoodmanGarrett HedlundF. Murray AbrahamAdam DriverStark 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 Oscar Isaac.  He talked about what it was like working for the Coen Brothers, how he felt landing the role, what it was like performing the songs and how much changed along the way, and more.  In addition, Isaac talked about working with Alex Garland on Ex Machina and William Monahan on Mojave.  Hit the jump to watch.

Watch a New Featurette for INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS that Reveals the Behind-the-Scenes Process of Bringing Stage Music to the Screen

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A new behind-the-scenes featurette from Joel and Ethan Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davis reveals the laborious process of bringing stage music to the screen.  The Coens join star Oscar Isaac, music producer T-Bone Burnett, production mixer Peter Kurland, and re-recording mixer Greg Orloff, for this eight-minute look at how the folk music drama came together.

The film also stars Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, Garrett Hedlund, and John Goodman, and is now playing theaters.  Hit the jump to watch the behind-the-scenes featurette.

INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 New York Film Festival.  Inside Llewyn Davis opens today in limited release.]

It’s a terrible thing to feel like you’re not the protagonist of your own story—to simply exist with nowhere to go. Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) is a man who doesn’t fit into his own life, and in the Coen Brothers’ most melancholy film to date, Inside Llewyn Davis, we’re taken on the moving journey of a folk singer trying to succeed in the right place at the wrong time. He can’t create a future from the songs of the past, and he lives ambivalently in the present. Toning down the stylized hyperrealism of their previous movies, Joel and Ethan Coen have created a work that still bears their signature, yet takes them and us to a restrained, yet tonally and emotionally frustrating place. Anchored by a subtle, touching performance from Isaac, as well as beautiful renditions of folk songs, Inside Llewyn Davis is a somber look at a wandering musician.

Oscar Isaac Talks INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, Preparing for the Role, Working with the Coen Brothers and T-Bone Burnett, and Balancing Acting and Music

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From Academy Award winners Joel and Ethan Coen, Inside Llewyn Davis follows folk singer Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac), who is struggling to make it in the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961.  Relying on friends for a couch to sleep on and scrounging for whatever work he can find, Llewyn attempts to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles, many of which are of his own making, while never really catching a break.  The film also stars Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund, F. Murray Abraham, Adam Driver, Stark Sands and Max Casella.

At the film’s press day, actor Oscar Isaac spoke at this roundtable interview about how he prepared for this role, the appeal of working with the Coen brothers, the experience of collaborating with T-Bone Burnett, how being a part of this film has changed the way he plays music now, balancing giving a musical performance with acting in the role, how the film made him grow, as an actor, and how you just can’t expect compliments on your performance when you’re working with the Coens.  Check out what he had to say after the jump. 

Oscar Isaac Replaces Javier Bardem in A MOST VIOLENT YEAR, Zach Galifianakis Joins Heist Comedy, and FIFTY SHADES Adds Two

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We’ve got a few casting announcements to attend to.  Briefly:

  • Oscar Isaac will replace Javier Bardem in director J.C. Chandor’s (All Is Lost) new film A Most Violent Year opposite Jessica Chastain.
  • Zach Galifianakis is in negotiations to star opposite Owen Wilson in the heist comedy formerly titled Loomis Fargo.
  • Oscar-winner Marcia Gay Harden and recording artist Rita Ora have been added to the cast of Fifty Shades of Grey.

Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned casting.

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