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The new issue of Necsus features an interview with Eric de Kuyper, who worked with Chantal Akerman for decades, and audiovisual essays on Monica Vitti and Jules Dassin's Topkapi. Also in today's roundup: Simon Callow and Alex Ross on Orson Welles, Carlotta Films co-founder Vincent Paul-Boncour on Jacques Rivette's Out 1, and a big New York magazine cover package on Adam McKay's The Big Short featuring interviews with Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt and Michael Lewis, author of the bestselling book. And the Berlinale will present an Honorary Golden Bear and an Homage series to cinematographer Michael Ballhaus, best known for his work with Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Martin Scorsese. » - David Hudson »
Unlike Ridley Scott with "Exodus: Gods and Kings," director Alex Proyas has chosen to issue an apology for casting a bunch of white people from Europe and Australia as Egyptians in "Gods of Egypt." Interestingly enough, studio Lionsgate also offered an apology and a promise to do "better." It's too late to do "better" for this particular film, which comes out February 26, 2016, but cynics could see this as an attempt to avoid the fate of Scott's "Gods and Kings."
"Gods of Egypt" is a fantasy film inspired by the classic mythology of Egypt, starring Gerard Butler, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Geoffrey Rush, and Brenton Thwaites. Here's how director Alex Proyas and Lionsgate responded to the calls of whitewashing (via Forbes):
"The process of casting a movie has many complicated variables, but it is clear that our casting choices should have been more diverse. I sincerely apologize to those »
- Gina Carbone
Studio, director apologise over lack of diversity in Gods Of Egypt cast.
Proyas and Lionsgate both issued statements to Forbes, which was one of a number of voices questioning the extent of the white casting in the Egypt-set action-adventure title.
In an unusual but refreshing move, Lionsgate, backers of Tyler Perry’s Madea franchise and Netflix series Orange Is The New Black, issued the following statement on the casting: “We recognize that it is our responsibility to help ensure that casting decisions reflect the diversity and culture of the time periods portrayed.
“In this instance we failed to live up to our own standards of sensitivity and diversity, for which we »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
This week’s Vulture cover story, on Adam McKay’s The Big Short, asks whether America is angry enough for a Hollywood version of Occupy Wall Street, and if McKay’s brand of dick jokes can actually teach us something about the financial crisis and what went wrong in 2008. The man who really knows what went wrong is Michael Lewis, the author of the book on which the movie is based and a few other masterworks of financial journalism. Here, he talks about the Hail Mary long shot of making of the movie, its chances to make audiences furious about bailouts, and why no one really got all that furious the first time around.What did you think of the movie?The hair. The hair is their hair. I was shocked by how close, especially the principals, captured the actual people. Christian Bale was so much like Michael Burry that »
- Jessica Pressler
Adam McKay’s The Big Short — the subject of this week’s Vulture cover story — stars Christian Bale as Michael Burry, a California doctor who, despite having only one functioning eye, saw the crisis before anyone else. Here he talks about his character research, shadowing real-life subjects, and his performance in the film, hailed by Big Short author Michael Lewis as “borderline creepy."Did you know Adam before you signed up for The Big Short? I’d not met Adam, but he just called me, you know, he’s obsessed with the financial crisis, and he’s a very engaging guy. I really drank the Kool-Aid when it comes to Adam, he’s the shit. And I loved the idea that the guy who had done all of the Will Ferrell films was going to be tackling this. And when he sent me the script, I just fell for it. »
- Jessica Pressler
David O. Russell's highly anticipated Christmas release "Joy" with Jennifer Lawrence headlining as a woman who rises from humble beginnings to head her own business empire got its first screening on Saturday. Lawrence -- who won an Oscar for her first collaboration with Russell ("Silver Linings Playbook," 2012) and a nomination for their second ("American Hustle," 2013) -- is a slam-dunk to reap another bid. In the demanding role of a Long Island housewife turned inventor she delivers one of her best performances to date. Along for the ride are Robert De Niro as her less-than-understanding father, Edgar Ramirez as her supportive ex-husband and Bradley Cooper as a home shopping channel exec who believes in her dream. -Break- And what of the writer/director? While Russell directed Lawrence as well as "The Fighter" (2011) supporting players Christian Bale and Meilissa Leo to Oscars, he has ...' »
Earlier this month Lionsgate released the first trailer for Gods of Egypt, with the film subsequently coming in for criticism, not only for its overuse of CGI, but also the lack of diversity – or “whitewashing” – of its cast. Taking note of the backlash, both director Alex Proyas and Lionsgate have now issued statements apologising for any offence their casting decisions have caused.
“The process of casting a movie has many complicated variables, but it is clear that our casting choices should have been more diverse,” states Proyas. “I sincerely apologize to those who are offended by the decisions we made.”
“We recognize that it is our responsibility to help ensure that casting decisions reflect the diversity and culture of the time periods portrayed,” adds Lionsgate. “In this instance we failed to live up to our own standards of sensitivity and diversity, for which we sincerely apologize. Lionsgate is deeply committed »
- Gary Collinson
“Gods of Egypt” director Alex Proyas and the film’s studio, Lionsgate, have issued apologies for the lack of diverse casting in the mythological action film, which has generated controversy for its predominantly white cast.
Movie, #GodsOfEgypt in which everyone is white? Egyptians, in history and today, have Never been white. Bring Back Geography!! It's Africa!
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) November 12, 2015
Why does the Egyptian extras from #GodsOfEgypt look like they're from a Seth Rogen movie? pic.twitter.com/y4Rm4eyjYA
— BlackGirlNerds (@BlackGirlNerds) November 12, 2015
Proyas issued a statement apologizing for the lack of racial diversity in the cast on Friday. “The process of casting a movie has many complicated variables, but it is clear that our casting choices should have been more diverse. I sincerely apologize to those who are offended by the decisions we made.”
Lionsgate also acknowledged the need for more inclusive casting in a statement obtained by Variety, »
- Variety Staff
This is the latest and probably final trailer for biographical drama The Big Short, starring a lot of big names like Brad Pitt, Steve Carell or Christian Bale. “Four outsiders in the world of high-finance who predicted the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s decide to take on the big banks for their lack of […]
Brad Pitt and Ryan Gosling were front and center at the premiere of their new film The Big Short in NYC on Monday, looking dapper as always. The handsome actors were joined by their costars Steve Carell and Finn Wittrock, who was accompanied by his lovely wife, Sarah Roberts. Missing from the fun, though, were Max Greenfield and Christian Bale, who popped up at the premiere of the movie during AFI Fest in La earlier this month. Brad recently made headlines when he and Angelina sat down for a rare joint interview with Tom Brokaw for NBC's Today and spoke about their working relationship and how Brad handled Angelina's medical procedures. Brad revealed he was in France when he found out about Angelina's health scare, saying, "I was out in France, and Angie called me and I got straight on a plane to return." Read on to see »
- Monica Sisavat
The film, an adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s novel, tells the story of a young mother and her 5-year-old son who are held captive in a small room. Lead actress Brie Larson has already received nominations at the Gotham Awards and yesterday’s Independent Spirits for her performance, and is a favourite for the Academy Awards next year.
The festival will be closed by Adam McKay’s The Big Short, which has an ensemble cast featuring Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell, Christian Bale and Brad Pitt, and recently premiered at Los Angeles’ AFI Fest (Nov 5-12).
Watch the official trailer for Terrence Malick’s Knight Of Cups. With an ensemble cast headed by Christian Bale and supported by Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman and Imogen Poots, "Knight of Cups" centers around a screenwriter and his spiraling odyssey in the sexualized, hard-partying and urban landscape of Hollywood.
- Allan Ford
The second trailer has arrived online for Knight of Cups, the latest film from acclaimed director Terrence Malick, which stars Cate Blanchett, Christian Bale and Natalie Portman. Watch it below after the official synopsis…
See Also: New images from Knight of Cups
Rick (Bale) is a slave to the Hollywood system. He is addicted to success but simultaneously despairs at the emptiness of his life. He is at home in a world of illusions but seeks real life. Like the tarot card of the title, Rick is easily bored and needs outside stimulation. But the Knight of Cups is also an artist, a romantic and an adventurer.
In Terrence Malick’s seventh film a gliding camera once again accompanies a tormented hero on his search for meaning. Once again a voiceover is laid over images which also seek their own authenticity. And once again Malick seems to put the world out of joint. »
- Amie Cranswick
“All those years, living the life of someone I didn’t even know,” mutters Christian Bale’s Rick in the poignant new trailer for Knight of Cups. Acting as Terrence Malick’s seventh directorial effort, the film charts the existential crisis experienced by Bale’s decorated screenwriter who, despite being surrounded by fame and excess, sleepwalks through life in search of a purpose.
Disorienting and visceral, the snippet for Malick’s latest can in many ways be seen as a reflection of the director’s own encounter with Hollywood, with the sombre voiceover and stirring music driving home the rapturous feeling experienced by Bale’s main lead. One thing’s certain: as this is the filmmaker’s first feature since To the Wonder almost four years ago – when Knight of Cups was shot back-to-back – we can readily expect his latest creative effort to draw the crowds.
In keeping with Malick’s M. »
- Michael Briers
Every acclaimed director eventually has to make a movie about making movies, and it’s Terrence Malick’s turn now. Named after the Tarot card, his latest Knight Of Cups sees Christian Bale and his American accent as a screenwriter in Los Angeles who, despite a successful career, lives an empty-feeling life. Coping with the death of one brother and the difficult circumstance of another, he distracts himself with a descent into Hollywood excess. The trailer that dropped… »
With a career spanning almost three decades, Brad Pitt is as passionate as ever about acting. He still finds performing a challenge and is always on the hunt for meaningful roles to plays — especially now that he’s older.
“I love acting. There’s still a fondness,” Pitt, 51, told Variety at the New York premiere of “The Big Short” Monday night at the Ziegfeld Theater. “Some stories and some characters are really special to me. The one we just finished is special because it has relevance and it asks, ‘What it’s going to mean in our time right now?’ Those are the stories that get me excited. I don’t know how many more I’ve got left in me so each one has to be meaningful.”
- Paul Chi
Were you under the impression that being a glamorous Hollywood big shot is a fun and easy way to have an emotionally fulfilling life? Not so, says Terrence Malick! The official trailer for the director's Knight of Cups is out, and it makes Los Angeles look like a gut-wrenching Boschian hellscape. Even including The Machinist, this is the least fun being Christian Bale has ever looked. Malick's been characteristically secretive about the film's plot, but here's the very Malick-y synopsis: Once there was a young prince whose father, the king of the East, sent him down into Egypt to find a pearl. But when the prince arrived, the people poured him a cup. Drinking it, he forgot he was the son of a king, forgot about the pearl and fell into a deep sleep. Rick’s father used to read this story to him as a boy. The road to »
- Nate Jones
Christian Bale is pondering the ever changing realities in Hollywood in the newly released trailer for his upcoming romantic drama, ‘Knight of Cups.’ The clip follows the Oscar-winning actor as he portrays Rick, a screenwriter who’s being pulled into the sexualized and hard-partying landscape of L.A. The video, which was released by the film’s distributor, Broad Green Pictures, also features the lead character’s introspective narration of his life, which is one of the signature styles of the drama’s writer-director, Terrence Malick. Besides Bale, Malick’s latest drama includes a supporting ensemble cast that features Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, Teresa Palmer, Wes Bentley, Joe Manganiello, Nick Offerman, Imogen Poots, Antonio Banderas, Joel [ Read More ]
- Karen Benardello
Last December, just months before its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival, the first trailer was released for Knight of Cups, the latest from director Terrence Malick. We haven't heard anything about this mysterious project since then, but today, Broad Green Pictures has released the second trailer, which only features a few brief new shots that weren't included in the first trailer, amounting to roughly 10 seconds of new footage. Unfortunately, these never-before-seen moments don't give us any added insight into this story.
Once there was a young prince whose father, the king of the East, sent him down into Egypt to find a pearl. But when the prince arrived, the people poured him a cup. Drinking it, he forgot he was the son of a king, forgot about the pearl and fell into a deep sleep. Rick's (Christian Bale) father used to read this story to him as a boy. »
"No one cares about reality anymore." Broad Green Pictures has debuted another new trailer for Terrence Malick's Knight of Cups, his latest feature which premiered at the Berlinale Film Festival earlier this year. It's slated for release next March, and it's another mesmerizing Malick creation this time focusing on the excessive culture of Hollywood by following a screenwriter around. Christian Bale stars, along with quite an impressive cast including Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Teresa Palmer, Imogen Poots and more. I wrote in my review from Berlinale that it's a "gorgeous, mesmerizing, pensive trip into exploring who we are and why we act the way we do." There's still a few months until this opens, but worth the wait. Here's the new trailer (#2) for Terrence Malick's Knight of Cups, direct from YouTube: A screenwriter living in La tries to make sense of the strange events occurring around him. Knight of Cups »
- Alex Billington
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