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As we arrive at the end of July with just one month to go in the summer, this weekend is going to be one more test of whether starpower makes a difference when it comes to box office hits as we have two action movies featuring top stars as well as a smaller box office comedy starring two Oscar-winning actors who have never appeared in a movie together, although both of them may be considered past their prime.
Before we get to that, Scarlett Johansson stars as the title character in French action director Luc Besson's sci-fi action thriller Lucy (Universal), which co-stars Morgan Freeman in his third movie of the year.
This week's "Chosen One" is Anton Corbijn's adaptation of John Le Carée's post-humous spy thriller A Most Wanted Man (Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions), starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, Willem Dafoe and Robin Wright. »
Gold Derby has exclusively confirmed the titles of episodes being submitted to Emmy judges by Netflix for nominees from "House of Cards," "Orange is the New Black," and "Derek." -Break- After Emmy nominations were announced on July 10, nominees were tasked with submitting samples of their best work to judges. Series producers choose six episodes of each show, which are distributed randomly to three groups of voters (all members of the TV academy are invited to participate) who view two episodes. Actors submit one episode to juries comprised of other actors. What do you think about these Emmy submissions? Join the lively debate now in the Gold Derby message boards Best Drama Actress Robin Wright, "House of Cards" Episode: "Chapter 26" Best Drama Actor Kevin Spacey, "House of Cards" Episode: "Chapter 26" Best Drama Series "House of Cards" DVD A »
Rachel McAdams hit Today on Tuesday morning to chat about A Most Wanted Man, the spy thriller based on John le Carre's book and co-starring Willem Dafoe, Robin Wright and Daniel Bruhl, as well as Philip Seymour Hoffman in his last completed film. List The Hollywood Reporter Reveals Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films "It's got a lot of tangled webs and lots of threads to follow, and lots of surprises," she told Matt Lauer. "I went back to the book often, for details for character but also just for mood and feeling, and Le Carre is so detail-oriented that
- Ashley Lee
With Emmy Award season in full swing (the show airs Aug. 25), we look at three Emmy nominees who came up in Hollywood and are enjoying a career boost from their work in television. These days it's possible to move more fluidly than ever before between movies and TV (the late great James Garner was a rare example of a star who could swing both ways). The Third Golden Age of Television --easily viewed on multi-platforms by a wide range of viewers--has proved a boon for these movie actors. This Career Watch focuses on three drama series acting nominees who are taking advantage of the boom in fresh outlets: Jon Voight, Robin Wright and Kevin Spacey. Jon Voight, 75, supporting actor in Showtime’s “Ray Donovan”: Signature line: “Uh, well, sir, I ain't a f'real cowboy. But I am one helluva stud!” – as wannabe male hustler Joe Buck in 1969’s “Midnight Cowboy. »
- Susan Wloszczyna
A Most Wanted Man Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade: A- Director: Anton Corbijn Screenplay: Andrew Bovell, from John le Carré’s novel Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Grigoriy Dobrygin, Willem Dafoe, Robin Wright Screened at: Dolby88, NYC, 7/10/14 Opens: July 25, 2014 What is it like to be a spy? Some cynics say that it’s a game indulged by its proponents; that our spies know their spies and vice versa, and the groups, however hostile their countries to each other, simply exchange information freely, thereby keeping their jobs. Others, less cynical and more naive, think that spies are like 007, licensed to [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
Insiders claim that the couple plans to marry while spending time in South Africa this summer working on The Last Face in which Theron, 35, is starring and Penn, 53, is directing. "They want to get married very soon," a source told Us Weekly.
Theron, already a mother to adopted son Jackson, 2, apparently always planned to give him a little brother or sister. The actress "always intended to have another child,” according to the source, who added, “Sean is revitalized with Charlize.”
Theron and Penn went public with their relationship roughly eight months ago following nearly two decades of friendship. "Charlize has seen Sean grow up, »
The author wrote a story on the Oscar winning actor for the NY Times which you can read Here.
“He seemed to kiss his lines rather than speak them. Then gradually he did what only the greatest actors can do. He made his voice the only authentic one, the lonely one, the odd one out, the one you depended on amid all the others. And every time it left the stage, like the great man himself, you waited for its return with impatience and mounting unease.”
“We shall wait a long time for another Philip.”
During the film’s production, Le Carré himself visited the set several times, »
- Michelle McCue
The author worked with the late actor on one of his last films, A Most Wanted Man, which adapted le Carré's novel of the same name.
Speaking to The New York Times, the writer said that whenever Hoffman left the room, "you were afraid you'd seen the last of him".
Le Carré described the actor as "a shining, artistic polymath with an intelligence that came at you like a pair of headlights".
"Philip took vivid stock of everything, all the time," he continued. "It was painful and exhausting work, and probably in the end his undoing.
"The world was too bright for him to handle. He had to screw up his eyes or be dazzled to death."
A Most Wanted Man centres around Günther Bachmann (Hoffman), the ruthless head of a secret anti-terrorism team in Hamburg.
The Deauville American Film Festival is to pay tribute to Hollywood actress Jessica Chastain at the upcoming edition of the festival, which runs September 5 to 14.
The Festival presented her with its “New Hollywood” award in 2011.
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“Through her successive roles, (Chastain) has confirmed her emotional capacity to grab the limelight like no one since Nicole Kidman, and the Festival presented her with its “New Hollywood” award.(…) We salute her grace and talent, and the beauty of the truth she brings to her performance, which Christopher Nolan and Guillermo del Toro will raise to new heights in their forthcoming films,” said Bruno Barde, Deauville’s artistic director.
Added Barde, “The tribute is a token of our affection, admiration, recognition and esteem for the talent of the recipient. For the past few years, we have been paying tribute to those actresses who embody the cinema of today, and who will form the legacy of tomorrow.”
- Elsa Keslassy
Robin Wright's frontrunner status in the Drama Actress race at the Emmys for her role on "House of Cards" has boosted her ranking on our Dream Emmy ballot. Indeed, she is pulling perilously close to Tatiana Maslany, who was shockingly snubbed by the TV academy for her tour-de-force performance on "Orphan Black." Have you cast your ballot for our Dream Emmys yet? You only have until August 24, the day before the Emmys are handed out to do so. Start by voting for your choice for Drama Actress below. -Break- Join in the red-hot debate about all the Emmy snubs going on right now in our fiery forums Among Maslany's other competition for the Dream Emmy are a pair of past winners of the corresponding race at TV's top honors: reigning two-time Emmy champ Claire Danes ("Homeland") and 2011 victor Julianna Margulies ("The Good Wife"). Trailing on our dream ballot are »
An aging star gets digitised to stay young forever in the eyes of Hollywood. Here's the trailer for The Congress...
Trying to find some breathing room amidst the current influx of blockbuster movies is the wonderful-looking The Congress, from director Ari Folman. Folman was previously responsible for the terrific Waltz With Bashir, and his new film features Robin Wright, Harvey Keitel and Danny Huston.
Wright plays an aging actress in this one, who decides to preserve her digital likeness for a future Hollywood. The trade off is that her likeness is then controlled by the studio ('Miramount Studios'), who can include her in any film it wants. She, in turn, gets the support she needs to care for her son.
20 years later, though, enter Jon Hamm as the studio's head animator, and stardom beckons.
Glenn Whipp of the Los Angeles Times has just entered his predictions, bring our Emmy Experts panel up to an even dozen. Below, we detail his picks and compare them to the first 11 Emmyologists to make their forecasts. Click here to see charts revealing how all of our Experts rank nominees in all top categories according to likellihood of winning. -Break- Join the red-hot discussion about the Emmys going on right now in our fiery forums Click on each underlined category to see the individual Experts predictions for that race. And make your own predictions here. Be the best and win $1000. Drama Drama Series Whipp is with the overwhelming majority (11) to predict that "Breaking Bad" will repeat in this race. The only Expert not to back this bid is Mike Cidoni (AP) who is going with "True Detective." Drama Actress He makes it seven votes for Robin Wright ("House of Cards". »
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods The Congress (psychological sci-fi; Robin Wright, Harvey Keitel, Jon Hamm; pretheatrical release; not rated) Teenage (documentary; voices: Jena Malone, Ben Whishaw; not rated) Under the Skin (surreal sci-fi; Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy McWilliams; rated R) Video Games: The Movie (documentary about gaming history and culture; narrator: Sean Astin; available on Mod and in theaters; not rated) Streaming/Digital Download: Rent from...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Ari Folman’s The Congress, much like his animated documentary Waltz With Bashir, is a hard movie to categorize. The film opens with Robin Wright playing Robin Wright, who decades after catapulting to success as The Princess Bride reluctantly sells her digital likeness to the fictional Miramount Studios so that she has the money to better care for her ailing son. After the 30-minute live-action opening, centered around Wright’s decision to sell her likeness, the film jumps 20 years into the future where the computer-generated 34-year-old version of Wright is Hollywood’s biggest action star, and the 60-
- Chris O'Falt
Robin Wright is best-known for playing Princess Buttercup in the adored 1987 fantasy adventure The Princess Bride. She broke our hearts as the beloved but broken Jenny of Forrest Gump. And now she's downright scary as Claire Underwood in House of Cards. With The Congress, she takes on her most daring role yet, playing a version of herself over decades, in live-action and animation. Get a glimpse of what that means with the film's trailer. Watch it in hi-res at Apple. Based on the Stanislaw Lem novel The Futurological Congress, The Congress has Robin Wright playing a version of herself at the end of her career. Movies are changing, moving away from real actors, and instead scanning them to make new movies where their stars never need age, or even be on set. The journey of this Alamo Drafthouse release goes to all kinds of unexpected places, but a clip from »
We’d seen an international trailer earlier this year but now we’ve got the UK trailer for the unique-looking The Congress, and I really must emphasise it’s completely original flavour.
Directed by Ari Folman, the visionary director of Waltz With Bashir, the film follows ageing actress (Robin Wright, playing a version of herself) who chooses to take her final job: one that’ll preserve her digital likeness for a future Hollywood. The deal is set up by longtime agent (Harvey Keitel) and the head of Miramount Studios (Danny Huston). Her virtual alias will be controlled by the studio, and will star in any film they want with no restrictions. In return, she receives healthy compensation so she can care for her ailing son.
Twenty years later, under the creative vision of the studio’s head animator (Jon Hamm), Wright’s digital double rises to immortal stardom. With her contract expiring, »
- Dan Bullock
At long last, Ari Folman's "The Congress," the Israeli auteur's half-animated followup to his fully animated "Waltz with Bashir" (2008), is available to stream. This electrifying fantasy about an actress (Robin Wright) who sells her soul to the studio system offers plenty of visual derring-do and optimism about the future of cinema -- despite being very anti-Hollywood. And it makes you wonder why distributors were so perplexed by this ground-shattering film since it bowed at Cannes Directors' Fortnight in 2013. Thankfully, the intrepid Drafthouse Films saved the day and brought "The Congress" to VOD, and will take it to theaters in NY/La in September. But more about the film, an absolute must-see that has midnight-movie potential all over it: Robin Wright plays a not-too-distant version of herself, a washed-out, middling actress inveigled by her agent (Harvey Keitel) to hand over her likeness to an imperious Harvey Weinstein-type (Danny Huston). Her. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Robin Wright has had a lot of good parts over the course of her career — whether it's Kevin Spacey's coolly conniving House of Cards wife, Forrest Gump's soul-searching Jenny, or the lovely title character in The Princess Bride — but Ari Folman's new film The Congress gives Wright the role she was born to play — literally. In The Congress, Wright stars as Robin Wright, satirizing herself as an aging actress who decides to embrace screen immortality by selling her digital likeness to a Hollywood studio. The agreement means that Wright can now be "cast" in any film the studio wants, and over the next two decades, the studio's head animator (played by Jon Hamm) puts Wright in the big-budget blockbusters she'd largely eschewed in favor of indie movies. If that premise sounds more than a little bit trippy, we haven't even gotten to the part where Robin Wright »
- Kyle Buchanan
Despite featuring psychedelic animation deserving of a canvas only movie houses can provide, The Congress is getting a more fitting release on VOD later this month. The lengthy history behind director Ari Folman’s follow-up to the mesmerizing Waltz With Bashir proves that you don’t have to be Richard Linklater to have the life of your passion project stretch out beyond typical production limits. Conceived in 2008, funded and shot in 2011, and finally premiered at Cannes in 2013, The Congress getting an on-demand release this month provides the ironic cherry on top of a film already awash in confounding self-awareness.
Robin Wright stars as Robin Wright, an actress of fading stature in the Hollywood system that made her famous with hits like The Princess Bride and Forrest Gump. Introduced breaking down at the sound of her agent (Harvey Keitel) recounting her rise and fall from stardom, The Congress sets out immediately »
- Sam Woolf
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