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“Out of the Furnace” may be this generation’s movie that shows a family’s struggle from the ill effects of the Iraq war and the Great Recession.
Director Scott Cooper’s powerful drama has an all-star cast that included Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck, Willem Dafoe, Forest Whitaker and Zoe Saldana. There’s no question the acting is nearly flawless with this cast.
The revenge film is about when a younger brother mysteriously disappears in the Appalachian Mountains after a bare knuckle fight. His older brother takes the matter into his own hands for justice.
Latino-Review was present at the press conference late last month to discuss about the film.
Questions asked from the press ranging from characters motivation, Braddock’s setting and the cast chemistry.
“Out of the Furnace” is currently released in theaters in New York and Los Angeles. It will be expanded nationwide tomorrow.
- Gig Patta
Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation and Brian de Palma's Blow Out are two films in the American cinematic canon that present to their audiences worlds of conspiracy and voyeurism through the provocative role of the audiophile. No less important or enticing, these films are, however, now decades old, taking place well before the digital revolution and our new state of Diy. So what happens when digital brings a new found intimacy to the voyeuristic landscape? J.R. Hughto's second feature Diamond on Vinyl proves to be a most suitable, and thought-provoking playback of these themes, a SoCal-set Noir that effortlessly weaves genre into a naturalistic story of a man who is just trying to gain some semblance of a normal life.The premise goes down like this:...
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From Scott Cooper, the critically-acclaimed writer and director of Crazy Heart, comes Out Of The Furnace, a gripping and gritty drama about family, fate, circumstance, and justice that hits theaters today. Recently, Director Scott Cooper and stars Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson and Zoë Saldana sat down with press in a small press conference to talk about the film. Check it out below.
Russell Baze (Christian Bale) has a rough life: he works a dead-end blue collar job at the local steel mill by day, and cares for his terminally ill father by night. When Russell’s brother Rodney (Casey Affleck) returns home from serving time in Iraq, he gets lured into one of the most ruthless crime rings in the Northeast and mysteriously disappears. The police fail to crack the case, so – with nothing left to lose – Russell takes matters into his own hands, putting his life on »
- Melissa Howland
Oscar Sunday is three months from today, March 2, 2014 and this year, it’s anyone’s game. The Academy has a history of playing up all the glamour and suspense, and this year should be no different.
In what’s classic TV, take a look at the opening of the 43rd Academy Awards in 1971, featuring an introduction by Academy President Daniel Taradash.
The big A-listers of the day all appeared at the Oscars – Goldie Hawn, Jeanne Moreau, Melvyn Douglas, Ryan O’Neal, Leigh Taylor-Young, George Segal, Jennifer Jones, Lee Grant, Maximilian Schell, Ginger Rogers, Jack Nicholson, Ali McGraw, Robert Evans, Quincy Jones, Sally Kellerman, Jim Brown, »
- Michelle McCue
New York-based distributor Tribeca Film has picked up North American distribution rights to “Palo Alto,” the Gia Coppola film based on James Franco’s book of intertwined short stories, targeting a theatrical release for spring 2014.
In a switchup from the more multi-platform strategies usually favored by Tribeca Film — often with theatrical and digital/VOD releases happening simultaneously — the “Palo Alto” distribution calendar will have more traditional windows, starting with a theatrical run that will be followed later by digital and VOD.
The first film by Coppola, the granddaughter Francis Ford Coppola and niece of Sophia Coppola, “Palo Alto” has had festival runs in Venice, Telluride and Toronto. Emma Roberts, Franco, Jack Kilmer, Nat Wolff, Zoe Levin and Val Kilmer star.
Drawn from Franco’s 2010 collection of short stories, the film follows a trio of storylines: One about a young woman (Roberts) caught between flirting with her soccer coach (Franco) and »
- Gordon Cox
The director has never been short of opinions – so why has he become evasive when we catch up with him in Brooklyn?
With the interview over, Spike Lee finally opens up. For 40 minutes the film director has sat in a defensive crouch, with his arms folded and his legs crossed, parrying questions as though they were accusations. More evasive than abrasive, he insists that neither new technology, changes in his personal life or the way that he's perceived have any effect on him or his work. A couple of times he responds as though there was another interviewee in the room.
Asked a perfectly reasonable questions such as: "How does an independent filmmaker like yourself measure success?", he'd say: "It depends who you ask."
"Well I'm asking you," I keep pointing out, hoping, in vain, for a credible answer.
Lee is small, slender and stylish. He is dressed all in black – sneakers, »
- Gary Younge
The actual 2013 Black Friday is over, but the deals aren't as Amazon is continuing the deals up through Cyber Monday and today's new schedule of sale items includes one of the best deals yet, $200 off the Bond 50: The Complete 23 Film Collection Blu-ray, which includes Skyfall, but that's not it. Beyond that we have deals on A Good Day to Die Hard. The Last Emperor (Criterion Collection), the Francis Ford Coppola: 5-Film Blu-ray Collection, Friday Night Lights and "Girls". Outside of what's below I am constantly updating my main page with the week's Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals right here, and it will continue to update until the deals are done. Otherwise, start shopping. Bond! Bond 50: The Complete 23 Film Collection with Skyfall Blu-ray ($99.99) Check Out These Deals Midnight in Paris Blu-ray ($6.49) Pacific Rim Blu-ray ($7.99) Epic Blu-ray ($9.96) Heat Blu-ray ($8.49) Man of Steel Blu-ray ($19.96) Moneyball Blu-ray ($3.99) 21 Jump Street Blu-ray »
- Brad Brevet
<Warning: Slight spoilers ahead>
Scott Cooper is an actor’s director.
That term may be thrown around a lot, but the actor-turned-writer-director-producer truly fits the bill. After an “unremarkable career as an actor” (“I wasn’t going to have Matt’s career, Ben’s or Jude’s or all those one-named actors that we all know”), Cooper decided to follow in the footsteps of his favorite thesps, including his mentor Robert Duvall, who had all happened to have made that transition to the other side of the camera.
His background as an actor helped him draw out “realistic and truthful performances” from Christian Bale, Casey Affleck and Woody Harrelson, he told audiences following Nov. 25’s Variety Screening Series showing of his film “Out of the Furnace.”
“I think actors, when they are directed by actors — because we speak the same language — I think they feel safe, I think they feel like they can take risks, »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Beginning in the 1960s with the shock of the new Hollywood, the waves of cultural sea change in the U.S. were reflected onscreen. The cinematic renderings of our fears and desires at this moment in time took on many shapes. But perhaps the best gift that moviemaking heyday gave us was the paranoid thriller, a genre that took on a life of its own in confronting political conspiracy, social alienation and self-deception. So without further ado, here are six that any self-respecting film fan must see.1. "The Conversation" Dir. Francis Ford Coppola (Netflix) Though everyone says "The Godfather" is Coppola's masterpiece, he was admittedly working for hire to make such smaller-scale art films as "The Conversation" two years later, a quiet study in alienation starring Gene Hackman as San Francisco surveillance expert Harry Caul. Hackman was the go-to man for urban paranoid thrillers in the 1970s -- a real »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Written and directed by John Carpenter
With his filmmaking career beginning in the midst of the new Hollywood and its touchstones in American film history, it’s perhaps easy to see why the work of John Carpenter has been somewhat overshadowed by more celebrated filmmakers such as Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, or Francis Ford Coppola. He found a niche in the horror genre with the landmark Halloween, and he proceeded to make one idiosyncratic, wholly original, and generally skillful film after another. Some were rather uneven, particularly in recent years, but for every Memoirs of an Invisible Man, there has been The Fog, Escape from New York, The Thing, or They Live. Carpenter’s list of credits boasts some exceptional work — inventive, daring, visually, and technically creative — but amongst these titles, one film stands out as a favorite of many cinephiles in general and Carpenter fans in particular. »
- Jeremy Carr
"There are too many secrets between us, brother. Far too many." In an exclusive sneak peek at tonight's episode of the CW's breakout hit Reign, things get pretty awkward between the main trio after last week's hot kiss between Bash (Torrance Coombs) and Mary (Adelaide Kane), which they don't know Francis (Toby Regbo), his brother and her fiancé, just so happened to see. In the video, Bash, Francis and Mary have a little pow-wow, but not about the romantic entanglements currently going on between the three of them; no, Bash finally tells them about what's been going on in the woods. "The people of this faith, they claim that I owe them a debt," he explains of interrupting their »
These days you can watch any movie you desire online. Yet there's still one thing the magical wonders of instant streaming haven't solved for indecisive movie-lovers: what the heck to watch! Moviefone is here to recommend the best streaming movies from Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Instant and new digital releases from iTunes and Vudu each week in Moviefone's Digital Download.
This week's Digital Download picks range from a metal-clawed mutant and street racing crews, to gay cabaret owners and a man imprisoned for 25 years. Check out our suggestions below, and happy streaming!
Comedy: 'The Birdcage' (1996)
A remake of the 1978 French-Italian film "La Cage aux Folles," Mike Nichols's "The Birdcage" stars Robin Williams and Nathan Lane as a gay couple who run a cabaret club in Miami. However, when Williams's son (Dan Futterman) from a previous marriage wants to introduce them to his fiancee's (Calista Flockhart) very conservative parents, »
- Erin Whitney
Chicago – Veteran actor Bruce Dern is now up to bat. That is how he describes what is at stake in his role as Woody in director Alexander Payne’s new film, “Nebraska.” But this film icon – with an over 50 year career – also has plenty other stories to offer, regarding Jack Nicholson, his family, his life and performing a “Derns-ser.”
Bruce Dern began his on-screen career in TV beginning in 1960, taking various character parts during that era, with regular cowboy roles in “Wagon Train,” “The Virginian” and “The Big Valley.” He made his film debut in the horror classic “Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte” (1964), and created memorable characters in such diverse films as “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They” (1969), “Drive, He Said” (1971), “The Great Gatsby” (1974), “Smile” (1975) and “Family Plot” (1976). Recent films include roles in “Monster” (2003), “The Astronaut Farmer” (2006) and as Frank Harlow in the HBO series “Big Love” (2006-11). He was nominated »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
A look at the life of filmmaker John Milius.
If you stopped members of the public and mentioned the name John Milius they wouldn’t have a ruddy clue who you were talking about - even helping them by throwing a clue of, “He works in the movie business?” Again they’d look at you as if you were wasting their time, so you stop another John or Jane Doe and ask them, hoping that the number 526 will be your lucky number.
For those out there who can’t be bothered to quickly jump on IMDb, John Milius is the brains behind the movies Dirty Harry, Apocalypse Now, Conan the Barbarian, etc. and thanks was even given to him for Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds. So now you’re brought up to speed, allow me to throw a spanner into the »
- Gary Collinson
Running time: 99 minutes
A bold, brash and passionate force whose name doesn’t quite ring as loud as that of Steven Spielberg or George Lucas, John Milius is the titular subject of this loving tribute, the directorial debut of Joey Figueroa and Zak Knutson. Some of Hollywood’s biggest names weigh in on Milius’ life, his incredible writing skill and deliver a wonderful personal touch to an industry that (perhaps now even more so than when Milius and his film school friends sought to change it in the 1970s) is too often mired in advertising and business politics rather than emotion and storytelling.
Milius himself brings both of these qualities in abundance. A straight forward chronological telling of his life, the film charts his personal turn »
- James Story
Bruce Dern’s phone hasn’t stopped ringing since he returned home to Pasadena from the Cannes Film Festival in May.
The first call, which abruptly woke him, turned out to be his daughter Laura. She’d heard from director Alexander Payne that good news was on its way. “I said, ‘Laura, don’t shit me,’ ” Dern recalls, with his typical histrionic flair. Twenty minutes later, she called back to tell him he was the festival’s best actor winner.
At 77, Dern delivers a career-best performance in Payne’s “Nebraska,” a story about a confused old man on a road trip with his son (played by Will Forte). Dern says it’s the first time in his long career he’s had the chance to fully display his chops, which he fine-tuned at the Actors Studio in New York, working with Elia Kazan.
Film Review: ‘Nebraska’
“I guess I felt »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Feature Matthew Giordano 17 Nov 2013 - 13:00
Sleepy Hollow, The Following, and Hannibal are all recent television shows that represent a growing trend amongst the major networks in that they are attempting to provide mature and engaging horror based content fit for the consumption of a mass audience. NBC in particular seems very interested in creating intellectually engaging content, especially with the recent addition of Dracula to their late autumn line-up. What makes Dracula such an intellectually stimulating show is that many of the show's themes and ideology appear to have come straight out of one of the most controversial novels of the twentieth century, Ayn Rand’s magnum opus, Atlas Shrugged.
Review Matthew Giordano 13 Nov 2013 - 07:07
With just three episodes of this season to go, Matthew is becoming impatient for some real Sons Of Anarchy mayhem...
This review contains spoilers.
6.10 Huang Wu
With the reopening of the repair shop, Jax showing restraint but not attacking Tara, Nero being back in business, and Katey Segal's angelic voice guiding us while we check in with the major players, Sons of Anarchy gives the impression that new beginnings are possible as well as the hope that things are finally looking up for everybody now that the truth is exposed. I am sure that most people were expecting a massive confrontation between Jax and Tara and I think it was wise not to jump right into that potential catastrophe. Once again though, remember moments of calm on Sons of Anarchy are pretty much always followed by complete and utter mayhem. How fitting that the »
Few actors can honestly be designated a living legend, but Bruce Dern is one of them.
Starting out on television and with Roger Corman in the '60s (you can watch his amazing recollection of this time in the terrific documentary "Corman's World"), Dern would star in a string of Westerns, including "The Cowboys," where he shoots John Wayne in the back; anchor a big-budget sci-fi movie with "Silent Running"; and get nominated for an Oscar for his performance in "Coming Home." Dern starred in movies for Walter Hill, Francis Ford Coppola, Sydney Pollack, Bob Rafelson, Joe Dante, and John Frankenheimer. He's an actor whose scope and breadth has seen him starring in both Alfred Hitchcock's last movie, "Family Plot," and Quentin Tarantino's Oscar-winning, slavery-era revenge movie "Django Unchained."
But now he's about to step into the role of his career, in Alexander Payne's "Nebraska." In the film, »
- Drew Taylor
Review Laura Akers 12 Nov 2013 - 06:55
This review contains spoilers.
1.3 Goblin Merchant Men
The primary storyline of Cole Haddon’s Dracula is ostensibly set in Victorian England, 1896. And yet, there is much that does not jive with what we know of the period in the series. I’m not talking about the miraculous technology that Dracula’s alter ego Alexander Grayson has brought to dazzle the people of London. After all, that’s supposed to be anachronistic - we don’t even have that technology today.
No, what I’m talking about has more to do with the sexual and gender politics that seem to be on display and the convoluted message that they send about what was going on in Victorian England. Now, I do not expect the series to be historically accurate. »
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