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"Her whole life was her dad. He's the center of her universe," says Rachel Weisz about her role as Lena Ballinger in the new film "Youth." Her character is not only the daughter of famed composer/conductor Fred Ballinger (Michael Caine) but also his assistant. In our recent interview (watch below), she adds, "She still sleeps in the same bed as him. She hasn't flown the coop, shall we say. She's regressed and childish and hasn't become a grown-up. For her, she has to leave her youth. She's been in her youth way too long." -Break- Related: Watch our chats with 'Youth' stars Harvey Keitel and Jane Fonda The two characters are on a vacation in the Swiss Alps along with Fred's best friend, director Mick Boyle (Harvey Keitel). She has been married to Boyle's son, but he is now leaving Lena for another woman. Over the course of the movie, »
I’ve been teasing it out for a few weeks, but I absolutely adored Youth. Paolo Sorrentino’s film is a beautiful feast for the eyes, incredibly well acted by the quartet of Michael Caine, Paul Dano, Jane Fonda, and Harvey Keitel, not to mention incredibly poignant. Reviews out of the Cannes Film Festival had been mostly positive, but I was very nearly blown away by how great this was. Not only is it among the top dozen things I’ve seen this year, I think it has a good chance to be an under the radar Oscar contender in the acting categories, among other places. I’d watch out for Youth, which opens in limited release on Friday… The movie is a drama with comedic tinges. We follow retired orchestra composer Fred Ballinger (Caine) as he spends an annual holiday at a resort in the Alps. He’s joined, »
- Joey Magidson
Last week, we took a look at the career of the excellent Elizabeth Banks, one of the most talented actresses working today. This week, we examine the storied career of one of the great legends of our time... Michael Caine I can't believe it's taken me this long to get to Michael Caine. In fact when I was looking at potential subjects for this week's column, I quickly dismissed... Read More »
- Chris Bumbray
Ahoy folks. I’ve been tackling Academy Award and Golden Globe predictions for a while now, as you all know, but there are of course other awards and/or precursors worth mentioning. Over the rest of the season, I’ll be trying to figure those out too, with today marking the starting point for 2015 as I attempt to decode what the Screen Actors Guild might do (with today also Black Friday, as we all do shopping, voters in various precursors are watching screeners). SAG is one of the most important precursors, mainly because it shows off what the acting branch of the Academy might be thinking. This year, with such a wide open race in almost all categories, you have to imagine that SAG will be one of the biggest guild announcements of the year. Below you’ll see my predictions in all of the SAG categories, but keep in »
- Joey Magidson
First of all, I hope all of you enjoyed your turkey yesterday! Now, with the month of November all but over, it’s time to turn our attention to December, the final month of the year. After this, we start fresh, with a whole new set of releases, but with the next few months to come being on the weaker side, this is really the pinnacle. Oscar contenders, blockbusters, it all hits theaters between December 1st and December 31st, and I’m running down the best for you. Below you’ll see the ten top titles opening this month, along with some bonus picks as well. Take a look and make sure you schedule your cinema going accordingly… Here now are the ten best bets for flicks to see in the month of December: 10. Concussion – Can Will Smith take home a Best Actor trophy? Will folks turn on the NFL after they see this drama? »
- Joey Magidson
In Youth, the latest drama from Italian director Paolo Sorrentino which earned a Palme d’Or nomination at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Harvey Keitel plays an aging director on vacation in the Swiss Alps with his composer best friend, played by Michael Caine.
Some early Oscar buzz has surrounded the film, particularly for Jane Fonda’s brief, yet powerful, performance, and Keitel once more finds himself in an Oscar film.
The 76-year-old star, who has been appearing in films for nearly 50 years, may not control the same transcendent star quality of such contemporaries as Robert De Niro or Al Pacino, but a look at the actor’s resume reveals that he has been a part of an Oscar-nominated film in nearly every decade since he first appeared on film.
In 1974, Keitel appeared in Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, the romantic drama about »
- Patrick Shanley
In “Youth,” Michael Caine plays a world renowned composer reflecting upon his past and his future while vacationing in the Swiss Alps. David Lang, himself a world renowned Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, felt a special kinship with the character when he was brought on board to write the score. As he tells us during a recent webcam chat (watch below), “I really wanted it to be as accurate as possible. I really wanted to feel that this man was a real composer. It’s such a great gift to my field -- to nerdy classical musicians everywhere -- to make a major motion picture about a composer. -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions He continues, "I really loved the idea that it might be something that would happen to me. I really did try to project myself into the character as much as possible.” Lang »
oh it's just me and Jane. just an average Thursday night.More adventures from Oscar's holiday festive campaign trail. This time the Oscar frontrunner (Spotlight) and an Oscar possibility too many people are sleeping on (Youth)...
Should Jane Fonda ever tell you you have good tastes in movies, it'll get you drunker than whatever cocktail is in your hand. My personal guarantee to you! If, hypothetically speaking, you're a self-proclaimed actressexual cinephile Oscar pundit (ahem) and two of your favorite movies of all time happen to be They Shoot Horses Don't They (1969) and Klute (1971), and Jane Fonda says this aloud to you, you might feel a little like you've peaked. Is this real life...?
The 77 year-old American icon, along with her Youth co-stars Paul Dano and Michael Caine were the glitziest guests of Fox Searchlight's holiday party in New York City last week. (If the star's of the company's buzziest »
- NATHANIEL R
In director Paolo Sorrentino's upcoming drama Youth, a meditation on fame and aging being released by Fox Searchlight on December 4, we see octogenarian British composer Fred Ballinger (Michael Caine) retreat to a spa in the Alps, where he meets a disaffected, Sean Penn–esque American actor (Paul Dano). In this exclusive Vulture clip, the two artists swap philosophical musings on the perils of creating for the masses. »
- Stacey Wilson Hunt
Read More: Review: Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel Give Their Best Performances in Years in Sorrentino's Whimsical 'Youth' With the highly anticipated release of Paolo Sorrentino's "Youth" just a little under a week away, Indiewire is excited to present an exclusive batch of character posters that put the drama's star-studded ensemble at the forefront, including Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Jane Fonda, Paul Dano and Rachel Weisz. The film premiered to critical acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival in May and went on to screen at Tiff in September, where Caine, Keitel and Fonda earned considerable praise and Oscar buzz for their powerful late-career performances. The film's official synopsis reads: "'Youth' explores the lifelong bond between two friends vacationing in a luxury Swiss Alps lodge as they ponder retirement. While Fred (Caine) has no plans to resume his musical career despite the urging of his loving daughter Lena (Rachel. »
- Zack Sharf
“I think that in all the movies that I have done, the theme of the passing of time is one of my obsessions,” explains writer/director Paolo Sorrentino during our recent conversation (watch below) about his new film “Youth.” The film, which Fox Searchlight is releasing on December 4, focuses on two lifelong friends: world-famous composer Fred Ballinger (Michael Caine) and Hollywood film director Mick Boyle (Harvey Keitel). They reflect on their pasts and contemplating their futures while vacationing in the Swiss Alps while each deals with a woman on the edge. In the case of Fred it his daughter Lena (Rachel Weisz) while Mick must massage the ego of actress Brenda Morel (Jane Fonda). -Break- Dish all the Oscar races in our red-hot forums with Hollywood insiders For Sorrentino the idea of the film was whether or not the two men could, “live again in youth,” despite their advanced age. »
Sir Michael Caine almost quit acting in the 90s after he realised he was too old to ''get the girl'' on screen. The 82-year-old actor - who has been hailed the greatest living movie star - almost turned his back on his career 20 years ago because he was no longer being cast as the hunk and, instead, assigned to play the father in movies. Speaking to Shortlist magazine, he said: ''I was 62, 63 and one day I got a script and I read it and I sent it back to the producer with a letter saying the part »
It's that time of the year again, when The Hollywood Reporter produces and publishes its awards season roundtable conversations with those who are in contention. In today's chat, the actors congregate and speak; specifically, Will Smith, Samuel L. Jackson, Benicio Del Toro, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Caine and Joel Edgerton all gather for THR's awards season Actor Roundtable, during which they discussed a variety of subjects, from Hollywood racism, prejudice, Quentin Tarantino, the use of the N-word in movies, violence in movies, rebooting one's career and much more. The entire video isn't online yet; but THR has released a few individual clips teasing us with what's to come. »
- Tambay A. Obenson
You know that trick where you pronounce "Michael Caine" as if you were Michael Caine by saying the words "my cocaine"? Well, it turns out Michael Caine has been using that trick this entire time. Since the day he learned to speak as a toddler. Or so suggests his spot-on Michael Caine impression on Colbert last Friday. My God, do you think Michael Caine is the one who taught the world the "my cocaine" trick so we could all be Michael Caine? That Michael Caine. He's not just Alfred from the Batman movies, that's for sure. »
- Halle Kiefer
This week, Neil Calloway questions the wisdom of remaking classic films…
In the 1980s Frank Oz, the man who is both Miss Piggy and Yoda, asked Michael Caine if he wanted to star in a remake of Bedtime Story, a 1964 film that despite starring David Niven and Marlon Brando, was not a success. Why Caine asked, would anyone want to remake a film that nobody liked the first time around? Oz replied that there was little point making a new version of a film that was good the first time around, as it couldn’t be improved on, but with a bad film, you could make a better version of it.
Caine signed up, the film – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – was a huge hit, he was nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance and the film lives on as a musical to this day.
I thought of that this week »
- Neil Calloway
Olga Kurylenko hasn’t much to do except hit people and Freeman was probably thinking of his bank balance when he agreed to appear in this mess
Of the execrable Jaws: The Revenge, Michael Caine famously said: “I have never seen it, but by all accounts it is terrible. However, I have seen the house that it built and it is terrific.” One hopes that Morgan Freeman feels the same way about the new kitchen for which Momentum presumably paid. Nothing other than home improvements can explain his involvement in this cack-handed heist thriller. Freeman quite literally phones in his performance as the senator whose primary role is to ring up James Purefoy and ask whether the job has been done yet. Said “job” involves hunting down a group of jewel thieves and retrieving a memory stick that contains vital blah blah blah blah blah.
Purefoy has fun as the »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
Okay, Michael Caine, we see where you're going with this "Michael Caine" character, but maybe you could take it a little further. When you say "my name is Michael Caine. I'm a British actor, and my name is Michael Caine," it's not quite there yet. Were you really in the Batman movies? Did you really know that "you're only supposed to blow bloody the doors off"? See, the key to character work, Michael Caine, is to believe that you really are your character, Michael Caine.Pro tip: These guys get it. »
- Jackson McHenry
"Now I feel as young as I did then, because the body is going but the mind isn't. The mind is forever youthful I believe," admits Harvey Keitel, comparing the beginning of his acting career in the 1970s to his current work in the film "Youth." Directed and written by Paolo Sorrentino, the movie is about celebrated filmmaker Mick Boyle (Keitel) holidaying in Switzerland with his best friend, retired conductor Fred Ballinger (Michael Caine). Boyle gets disturbing news from veteran actress Brenda Morel (Jane Fonda) while he is working on his "testament" film at the retreat. In our recent interview (watch below), the 76-year-old character actor adds, "Paolo did such a magnificent job writing the screenplay that his reach into humanity goes very deep. He showed it in 'The Great Beauty' and 'Il Divo,' and he continues on with that reach in order to help us bring up what's deep, »
Director Louis Letterier has always been an entertaining director. Say what you will about The Transporter, Clash Of The Titans or The Incredible Hulk, but they are popcorn films, through and through. Although much of his output may be style over substance, he continues to get bums in seats, and Now You See Me was no exception; a glossy, magician’s take on Ocean’s 11, there was enough there to be enjoyed by mainstream audiences – be it solid action setpieces or a great ensemble cast.
Most of whom return here a few years later (bar Isla Fisher, apparently, with Lizzie Caplan in her stead) in the trailer for Now You See Me 2. Jesse Eisenberg has a shaved pate thanks to Batman V Superman, Morgan Freeman is present, making orange jumpsuits look distinguished and Michael Caine, Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo and Dave Franco are all back to make impossible »
- Dan Woburn
Lionsgate has unveiled the official trailer for the upcoming "Now You See Me" sequel, starring Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Dave Franco, Daniel Radcliffe and Lizzy Caplan. Check it out below. Plot: One year after outwitting the FBI and winning the public's adulation with their Robin Hood-style magic spectacles, the illusionists resurface for a comeback performance in hopes of exposing the unethical practices of a tech magnate. The man behind their vanishing act is none other than Walter Mabry, a tech prodigy who threatens the Four Horsemen into pulling off their most impossible heist yet. Their only hope is to perform one last unprecedented stunt to clear their names and reveal the mastermind behind it all. The new movie is directed by Jon M. Chu and is set to hit theaters on June 10th, 2016. A third film is already being developed by the studio. Trailer: »
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