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The Labor Day star's past as a Hollywood brat featured more than his share of drugs, booze and tattoos. How much did he draw on his own history in his portrayal of fugitive killer Frank?
Labor Day spins the story of Frank, an escaped convict who gatecrashes suburbia and proceeds to cook a peach cobbler to die for. "Let's put a roof on this house," says Frank, up to his muscled forearms in flour, as he prepares to add the pastry to the filling. Labor Day, it should be noted, is not a film to skimp on its metaphors. The peach cobbler represents the tumbledown family home, sad and broken and in need of repair. No doubt it also represents Frank, whose crusty exterior contains a warm, gooey centre. Perhaps it even says something about the actor who plays him too.
If you're looking for the classic outsider on the inside, »
- Xan Brooks
This is a reprint of our review from the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. At the risk of blatantly repeating ourselves, Jake Gyllenhaal and director Denis Villeneuve are on the cusp of a banner 2013 that is about to hit its crest. Their first-unveiled collaboration, the harrowing, Fincher-with-more-emotional-resonance crime thriller “Prisoners” has already bruised audiences in Telluride and Toronto (read our review here). But if “Prisoners” is the grimmest studio film you’ve seen since “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,” then “Enemy”—chronologically their first collaboration—is the equally dark but more experimental and arty cousin. And a terrifically haunting one at that. Imagine the Paul Thomas Anderson of “There Will Be Blood” making a Brian De Palma movie, or Claire Denis directing Christopher Nolan’s “Memento.” While those superlatives do give you a taste of the striking, sensual disposition simmering in the French-Canadian filmmaker’s engrossing Kafka-eque mindfuck »
- Rodrigo Perez
This past weekend, Wes Anderson's latest star-studded film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, received a limited release. And while that means only 4 screens were playing the film (it will expand in the coming weeks), that didn't stop it from smashing box office records. Variety reports the film picked up $800,000 at the box office, meaning each screen raked in $200,000, and that's enough for the film to become the highest grossing live-action limited release debut of all time. The previous record was held by P.T. Anderson's The Master. And if you'd like a closer look at the model of the titular hotel, check out construction photos below. Here's the construction photos of The Grand Budapest Hotel via The Film Stage: And don't forget to check out our interview with Wes Anderson himself right here. The Grand Budapest Hotel is written and directed by Wes Anderson (The Royal Tenenbaums, Moonrise Kingdom, Rushmore »
- Ethan Anderton
Sometimes you just have no idea where certain careers will take you. When you saw Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, could you have dreamed that Mark Wahlberg would go on to become both a respectable actor and box office success? Imagine if in twenty years, Justin Bieber was earning Oscar nominations in Paul Thomas Anderson movies; that.s basically how the brother of pop star Donnie Wahlberg came across. So when it comes time to honor a full career in front of the camera, don.t be surprised when you realize Wahlberg has amassed a stellar body of work. MTV seems to realize this, as they.ve selected Marky Mark to be this year.s recipient of the prestigious Generation Award at this year.s MTV Movie Awards. Conan O.Brien will be hosting the festivities on April 9th, as they.ll be honoring a wide swath of 2013 releases, »
Zack Snyder's gorefest slaughters competition at the cinemas, Grand Budapest Hotel makes a grand appearance and Oscars winners get box-office boost
• More Us box office analysis here
300 rules the roost
Critical scoffing about its fanboy roots notwithstanding, 300: Rise of an Empire got the last laugh at the weekend. A sequel to the 2007 movie that established director Zack Snyder as a genre rock star, the Warner Bros action film smashed its way to the top of the charts in North America. Its estimated $45.1m (£27m) haul contributed to a $132.9m global assault. Next weekend's action release Need for Speed may apply the brakes to a degree, but that movie's largely unknown cast and brand may struggle to stop Rise of an Empire from holding on to pole position for a second weekend. And if that's not enough of a belaboured car racing metaphor for you, try this for size: »
- Jeremy Kay
What's the biggest winner at the box office this week?
Is it "300: Rise of an Empire," which debuted atop the chart with an estimated $45.1 million? Maybe, but that film did about as well as expected, and certainly nowhere near the $70.9 million opening of the original "300" seven years ago. Is it "Mr. Peabody & Sherman," which opened in second place with an estimated $32.5 million? That, too, was on the lower end of expectations, and well behind the $43.6 million debut of original cartoon "The Croods" at this time a year ago.
Was it "Frozen," which earned an Oscar bounce of $3 million after winning trophies last weekend for Best Song and Best Animated Feature -- an impressive figure, considering that the movie is already playing at home on many cable providers' video-on-demand services? Was it "12 Years a Slave," which saw a post-Oscar bounce of 123 percent and added another estimated $2.2 million to its theatrical »
- Gary Susman
Mark Wahlberg is the young stud who takes the 1970s porn scene by storm in Paul Thomas Anderson's hugely engrossing rise-and-fall drama. Anderson expertly steers the tale between comedy, tragedy, intimacy and excess, assisted by a terrific cast. Burt Reynolds reaches a career high as the filmmaking svengali who puts "Dirk Diggler" on the map and while John C Reilly, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Don Cheadle all make an impression, it's co-stars Julianne Moore and Heather Graham who really help Dirk to make it big. »
300: Rise of an Empire speared its competition and kept on raking in the dollars on its opening weekend.Warner Bros. and Legendary’s hyper-stylized 3-D sequel earned an estimated $45 million from 3,470 theaters. Despite lackluster reviews, audiences turned out in droves to watch Eva Green’s Atremisia and the rest of the scantily clad warriors take to the sea for battle in the $108 million pic. Smart People director Noam Murro took the helm from Zack Snyder this time around — though Snyder produced and wrote the film. Audiences (62 percent male) slapped the epic with a B Cinema Score.The lure of IMAX helped. »
- Lindsey Bahr
We know you've barely recovered from this year's selfie and pizza shenanigans, and it's really too early to start thinking about next year's Academy Awards without risking serious mental health repercussions.
But next awards season is already looking sort of exciting. There are new offerings from Paul Thomas Anderson and Christopher Nolan, a David Fincher adaptation of our favourite book from last year, and the role that may very well net Benedict Cumberbatch his first Oscar nomination. Enticed? Read on...
For eight years, Christopher Nolan alternated Batman chapters with standalone sci-fi projects, and now that his Dark Knight trilogy is wrapped up, he theoretically has carte blanche to explore original stories for the forseeable future. First up is Interstellar, a time travel-based sci-fi which has been described as Nolan's "most ambitious film yet".
Nolan's similarly ambitious Inception earned a Best Picture nomination in 2011, and with a cast led by »
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- Brad Brevet
Director: Ava DuVernay
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: David Oyelowo
In July of 2013, it was announced that Lee Daniels would not be moving forward with his Mlk biopic, Selma, and a high profile supporting cast has since went on to graze other projects. But when one door closes, another opens, and perhaps the only feasible option more exciting than Daniels at the helm was the news that Ava DuVernay would be taking on director duty, and retaining David Oyelowo as Mlk. DuVernay, who was the first black woman to win Best Director at Sundance in 2012 for the superb Middle of Nowhere (which also starred Oyelowo), will undoubtedly imbue the weighty subject matter from her scintillating perspective, marking it as one of the most exciting projects to look forward to in the coming year or so. »
- Nicholas Bell
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Writer: Paul Thomas Anderson
U.S. Distributor: Warner Bros.
Arguably among the top five American auteur filmmakers who works on the larger scale, Paul Thomas Anderson has proved once before (with Punch-Drunk Love) that he is comfortable working in comedy. The massive ensemble, presence from composer Jonny Greenwood and cinematographer Robert Elswit ensures another all-round quality effort.
Gist: Based on the Thomas Pynchon novel and set in Los Angeles in 1970, drug-fueled detective Larry “Doc” Sportello investigates the disappearance of a former girlfriend.
Release Date: December 12th. A major festival play date is possible, but not obligatory.
More Top 200 Most Anticipated Films of 2014 Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #18. Christophe Honore’s MetamorphosesTop 200 Most Anticipated »
- Eric Lavallee
Director: Christophe Honore
Writers: Christophe Honore
Producer: Philippe Martin
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: George Babluani, Damien Chapelle, Sebastien Hirel
While his last film, 2011’s Beloved was unfairly criticized for being more of the same from the musically inclined provocateur, whose films sometimes feel like (in tone, not visual style) a sexually playful Jacques Demy, his latest effort, an adaptation of the Roman poet Ovid’s epic mythological narrative, sees Honore changing it up a bit. Continuing his penchant for adapting difficult literary works (his 2004 Isabelle Huppert headlined Ma Mere was an unfinished novel by Georges Bataille and 2008’s The Beautiful Person was inspired by a novel by Madame de La Fayette), Honore’s cast consists of mostly unknown actors, his first film in over a decade not to star either of his muses, Louis Garrel or Chiara Mastroianni. With such lofty aspirations, the enigmatic Honore’s latest »
- Nicholas Bell
Mark Wahlberg arrived on our screens back in the mid 90’s with roles in movies like Basketball Diaries and The Substitute. Since then he has gone on to become one of Hollywood’s biggest and best known leading men.
His career has been one of the most eclectic in Hollywood, having worked in Academy Award winning films like The Departed and The Fighter, to critical duds like the Planet of the Apes and Max Payne. He has also had the privilege of working with some of the best directors in the business including Martin Scorsese, David O Russell and Paul Thomas Anderson, though he has also worked with Michael Bay.
Mark’s latest movie Lone Survivor, the story of a group of solider trapped at the top of the mountain having to fight out terrorists hits cinemas this Friday.
With that in mind we’ve decided to take a look »
- Liam Hoofe
Thelma Adams previews the 2014 Academy Awards with 14 top contenders that might make a dent. At the top of the list is Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" which opens this week with Ralph Fiennes and Bill Murray. The others on her list are "Can a Song Save Your Life?" (Keira Knightley), "Get On Up" (James Brown biopic), "The Giver" (Jeff Bridges), "Gone Girl" (from David Fincher), "The Homesman" (from Tommy Lee Jones), "Interstellar" (from Christopher Nolan), "Fury" (Brad Pitt), "Home" (DreamWorks animation), "Inherent Vice" (from Paul Thomas Anderson), "Into the Woods" (Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep), "Unbroken" (from Angelina Jolie), "Boyhood" (from Richard Linklater), and "Miss Julie" (Jessica Chastain). Yahoo Movies. How will HBO's very popular and acclaimed "True Detective" end its run next Sunday night? Newly minted »
The dust has settled. I've had an opportunity to go back and look at the Oscars telecast away from a work setting (let's finally leave poor John Travolta alone). The 86th annual Academy Awards are a memory, and today, Best Picture winner "12 Years a Slave" is available on DVD and Blu-ray (nice timing, folks). It was a wild ride, an unpredictable one, and one that started in the mountains of Colorado. I was talking recently with someone about how the groundwork for phase two of a given awards season — that period of time when ballots are in hand and winners are being decided — is really laid in phase one, if not earlier. By the time you get to phase two, more or less, everyone knows what they're voting for. It almost becomes a formality. Plenty of it has to do with the movies, of course. Studios like Paramount — which does »
- Kristopher Tapley
Jason Bateman (Identity Thief) makes his feature directorial debut with the subversive comedy Bad Words. Last week, Wamg and several other members of the press sat down with him in a roundtable discussion to talk about his first time directing a feature film, F-words, and working with his young co-stars. Check it out below.
Mr. Bateman stars as Guy Trilby, a 40-year-old who finds a loophole in the rules of The Golden Quill national spelling bee and decides to cause trouble by hijacking the competition. Contest officials, outraged parents, and overly ambitious 8th graders are no match for Guy, as he ruthlessly crushes their dreams of victory and fame. As a reporter (Kathryn Hahn of We’re the Millers) attempts to discover his true motivation, Guy finds himself forging an unlikely alliance with a competitor: awkward 10-year-old Chaitanya (Rohan Chand of Homeland), who is completely unfazed by Guy’s take-no-prisoners approach to life. »
- Melissa Howland
Oscar-winning actor who died in February remembered by film industry at Academy Awards ceremony
• Xan Brooks liveblogs the ceremony
• Full list of winners as they're announced
The Oscars paid tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman, the Oscar-winning actor who died last year – devoting part of its traditional In Memoriam section to the actor whose death at the age of 46 shocked the film world.
Hoffman won the best actor award for his performance as Truman Capote in the 2005 biopic of the celebrated writer, and had three best supporting actor nominations for Charlie Wilson's War, Doubt and The Master. He was one of the most widely praised actors of his generation, creating startling performances for some of America's most acclaimed directors, including Todd Solondz (Happiness), Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, Magnolia, The Master) and the Coen brothers (The Big Lebowski). He also shone in Anthony Minghella's The Talented Mr Ripley and George Clooney »
- Andrew Pulver
2Nd Update, 12:01 Pm Pt: After much back and forth Saturday involving Sony, Universal and a last-ditch overture from Warner Bros, Sony finally closed its deal for Winter’s Knight, the Viking-mythology-tinged origin story of St. Nick and Christmas. Sony emerged as front-runner when it agreed to pay $1 million to newbie scribes Ben Lustig and Jake Thornton, for the biggest spec sale of this year so far. That was the easy part. Deals were then made for producers Marc Platt and Lawrence Grey. More challenging was making a deal with the white hot Kon-Tiki helmers Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg, but that effort was led by incoming Sony Pictures Production President Michael De Luca. His persuasive pitch was that he plans to bring in the next generation of emerging filmmakers, much the way he did at ’90s New Line with the likes of David Fincher and Paul Thomas Anderson. That, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
The Afca has about 75 members. .All our members voted on the Awards and the majority clearly felt Ivan Sen's gripping outback noir was the best Australian film from the last 12 months,. said Afca chair Richard Haridy, whose outlets are ABC Radio Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, »
- Don Groves
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