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• Pick your top 10 films of 2013
A sequel to execrable Adam Sandler comedy Grown Ups, a documentary about the life of iconic Us author Jd Salinger and the big screen adaptation of Twilight author Stephenie Meyer's latest teen-orientated tome have been named among the worst movies of the year by Time magazine.
The magazine's annual list of the top 10 most awful films also features a joint venture by M Night Shyamalan and Will Smith, an action movie starring Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds and a thriller based on the much-hyped but ultimately poorly-reviewed debut original screenplay from acclaimed author Cormac McCarthy.
- Ben Child
Marcia Gay Harden and Dylan Neal have joined the cast of "Fifty Shades of Grey". Jamie Dornan stars as Christian Grey, the sexy billionaire who seduces college student Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson).
Harden will play Christian Grey's adoptive mother, Dr. Grace Trevelyan Grey. Neal plays Anastasia's stepfather and husband of Carla Adams (Jennifer Ehle). Filming is currently underway in Vancouver. [Source: NY Daily News]
A United Kingdom
David Oyelowo ("The Butler," "The Help") has been set to star in and produce the Seretse Khama biopic "A United Kingdom" for Pathe. A director is currently being sought ahead of a shoot next year in London and Botswana.
Oyelowo will play Seretse, heir to the African throne of Botswana, created a sensation in 1948 by engaging in a whirlwind romance in London with Ruth Williams, a white English office worker he married. The interracial union was opposed by their families, governments and tribal elders. »
- Garth Franklin
The Ibero-American film industry will get its own award ceremony starting in 2014.
The first Platinum Iberoamerican Film Awards (Premios Platino del Cine Iberoamericano) will be held on April 5 2014 in Panama City and honour the best films from 22 Latin American and European countries.
The announcement of the awards for films from territories in Europe and America where Spanish and Portuguese are spoken was made on December 4 at the Ventana Sur market in Buenos Aires.
Promoted by Fipca, the Iberoamerican Federation of Film and Audiovisual Producers, and Egeda, the management association of audiovisual producers’ rights founded in Spain, the awards have been created to recognise the cinema of the region.
It is estimated that 900 Ibero-American productions have reached the theatres in their countries this year.
“The awards will help us to put our cinema in the context of the industry,” said Fipca vice-president Ignacio Rey (pictured in centre). “This is an initiative to make our films cross boundaries between »
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• Inside Llewyn Davis lead Oscar Isaac is set to join fellow Julliard classmate Jessica Chastain in A Most Violent Year. Isaac is replacing Javier Bardem (reportedly over a disagreement about the script) in the film, which tells the story of a man who immigrates to the U.S. and works his way up to become a successful businessman. Set in 1981 in New York, the movie will deal with citywide corruption. The Wrap also reports that Stanley Tucci is a potential for the film, which J.C. Chandor (All Is Lost) will direct. Isaac currently has three thrillers in post-production: Mojave with Garrett Hedlund, »
- Lindsey Bahr
We’ve got a few casting announcements to attend to. Briefly: Oscar Isaac will replace Javier Bardem in director J.C. Chandor’s (All Is Lost) new film A Most Violent Year opposite Jessica Chastain. Zach Galifianakis is in negotiations to star opposite Owen Wilson in the heist comedy formerly titled Loomis Fargo. Oscar-winner Marcia Gay Harden and recording artist Rita Ora have been added to the cast of Fifty Shades of Grey. Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned casting. While director J.C. Chandor is currently fielding plenty of Oscar buzz for his Robert Redford-fronted film All Is Lost, the filmmaker is also gearing up to begin production early next year on A Most Violent Year. Javier Bardem had been poised to star as a Hispanic man who “arrives in America with dreams of making it and ends up as a very successful businessman,” but THR reports that »
- Adam Chitwood
Despite giving a few very solid performances over the past couple of years, only now is actor Oscar Isaac starting to breakout. With a starring role in the Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis, and several upcoming projects that have us very excited (Mojave, The Two Faces of January), Isaac is finally starting to get the recognition that he deserves.
It’s clear that Hollywood is beginning to sit up and take notice of the gifted actor and now, relatively new but very promising director J.C. Chandor has cast Isaac in his upcoming film, A Most Violent Year.
The period drama currently has Jessica Chastain set for the female lead and co-starring alongside her was supposed to be Javier Bardem. Due to a disagreement over the script though, he dropped out and now Isaac is being called in to replace him.
THR caught up with Chandor at the Gotham Awards the »
- Matt Joseph
Oscar Isaac is to replace Javier Bardem in J.C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year co-starring Oscar-nominated Jessica Chastain. Bardem had been announced earlier this year but has left the project due to script disagreements. Director J.C.Chandor, best known for 2011′s fast-paced drama Margin Call, explained the situation and how Isaac was awarded the part:
“It was very sad, after eight months of working on the script with Bardem, for that to fall apart. We just never could get there. As I was having these problems with Bardem, the answer was right in front of my eyes. It’s really neat because Jessica was pushing Oscar because they were classmates at Juilliard, and he literally is this character.”
Not many plot details have been given away but we do know it will centre on a Hispanic man (Isaac) who immigrates to America in the 1980′s and becomes a very successful businessman. »
- Victoria Bull
After working with Nicolas Winding Refn, Ridley Scott, Zack Snyder, Steven Soderbergh and hell, even Madonna, you would think that plenty of doors are already open for Oscar Isaac. Well, we're sure teaming with the Coen Brothers for "Inside Llewyn Davis" (and knocking it out of the park) kicked down a few more. So when Javier Bardem exited "All Is Lost" director J.C. Chandor's "A Most Violent Year," Isaac got called up to replace him. And he'll co-star with Jessica Chastain in the 1981-set movie—which Chandor describes as "one of the most violent years on record," hence the title—about "a Hispanic man who immigrates to America and winds up a very successful businessman." Stanley Tucci is also being courted for a supporting role. Sounds great to us, and with filming kicking off in January, perhaps we'll see Isaac back in the awards hunt next fall. [THR/The Wrap]Though Jim Carrey »
- Ken Guidry
“Inside Llewyn Davis” star Oscar Isaac is in negotiations to replace Javier Bardem in J.C. Chandor’s next film “A Most Violent Year,” which also stars Jessica Chastain, multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap. Additionally, TheWrap has exclusively learned that Chandor is courting his “Margin Call” star Stanley Tucci for a key supporting role. Isaac’s casting remains far from official, as the two sides remain far apart on a deal. Bardem exited the project several months ago due to creative differences with Chandor, who also wrote the script. Also Read: TheWrap Screening Series: How Oscar Isaac »
- Jeff Sneider and Lucas Shaw
Just yesterday, we reported on All Is Lost director J.C. Chandor signing on to write and potentially direct a biopic of American Football icon Vince Lombardi. We mentioned his next film, A Most Violent Year, which was supposed to star Jessica Chastain and Javier Bardem. Get out your erasers, because Bardem is out, but Chandor has Oscar Isaac lined up to replace him.According to Chandor, Bardem dropped out over disagreements with the direction of the script, and Chastain pushed for Isaac as her co-star instead. "It's really neat because Jessica was pushing Oscar because they were classmates at Juilliard," Chandor tells The Hollywood Reporter. "And he literally is this character."So who is this character? He’s a Hispanic man who arrives in America with dreams of making it and ends up as a very successful businessman. Will there be a price to pay? Well, the movie is set »
Awards-season hopefuls J.C. Chandor and Oscar Isaac are set to team up on Chandor's next project, A Most Violent Year. Writer-director Chandor, who is in the Oscar hunt with his film All Is Lost, confirmed at last night's Gotham Awards that the Inside Llewyn Davis star will replace Javier Bardem in the period drama that already has two-time Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain onboard as the female lead. Chandor was spied at the Gotham Awards chatting intensely with Isaac as he had been previously at the Cannes Film Festival, the Telluride Film Festival, the Academy's Governors Awards and elsewhere. When
- Scott Feinberg, Tatiana Siegel
The cast of writer-director J.C. Chandor's upcoming drama A Most Violent Year has changed slightly. The Hollywood Reporter today brings word that Inside Llewyn Davis star Oscar Isaac will take over from the previously-announced Javier Bardem. Jessica Chastain remains attached to play a leading role. A Most Violent Year is set in 1981, statistically said to be among the most violent years on record. Isaac will play the lead, a Hispanic man who comes to America and finds great success at business. The film will be produced by Neal Dodson and Anna Gerb. (Photo Credit: FayesVision / WENN.com) »
Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem are both Oscar winners, sure, but the real stars of their family? The couple's 2-year-old son Leo and 4-month-old daughter Luna! In an interview with WSJ Magazine published Monday, Dec. 2, Cruz says she feels "lucky and grateful" to be a mother and calls parenting "the best thing in the world." But the 39-year-old actress isn't the type to publicly gush about her little ones. "That's when the lion comes out," she says jokingly, when asked about her two children. "I try not to talk about them during interviews at all." Photos: Penelope stuns in a series of designer gowns She does, however, tell the interviewer she needs »
Entertainment Geekly is a weekly column that examines contemporary pop culture through a geek lens and simultaneously examines contemporary geek culture through a pop lens. So many lenses!
James Bond and the Doctor don’t have very much in common. Bond is a violent British superspy. The Doctor is a pacifist alien traveler. Bond jets around to exotic locations and uses expensive gadgets; the Doctor spends a curious amount of time in Wales and uses semi-abstract technology that makes funny noises. Weirdly, if the two characters ever met, they would probably be enemies. Bond is the kind of guns-blazing loose »
- Darren Franich
[Editor's Note: The Fyc series brings together all Film Experience contributors to highlight our favorite fringe Oscar contenders. Jose Solis asks you to reconsider Cameron Diaz's supporting performance in The Counselor.]
It’s not only her scenery chewing, her car-fucking skills, her ability to pull off excess jewelry and animal print or the lustful-yet-motherly way in which she looks at her pet cheetahs. It's her commitment to this insanity that makes Cameron Diaz brilliant in The Counselor. Playing the heartless envoy from hell, Malkina, she creates one of the most compelling visions of evil contemporary cinema has given us. Because her evil seems to have roots in a horrifying childhood (her parents were thrown out of a helicopter!) she escapes the burden of just being a universal symbol of cruelty (a la Javier Bardem in No Country for Old Men). She even shows us a glimpse of what might be underlying human qualities underneath her faux-bronzed skin when she shows envy and certain disappointment at not being able to love the way her friend Laura (Pé) does. Diaz delivers Cormac McCarthy »
The thriller “The Counselor” follows a lawyer (Michael Fassbender) who finds himself in over his head after getting involved in a dangerous drug deal. Novelist Cormac McCarthy wrote the unconventional screenplay; Ridley Scott directed the film. “Ridley was very respectful of Cormac and wanted to make sure that his vision and Cormac’s vision were properly merged,” says producer Nick Wechsler. “It is the first produced screenplay from this very esteemed writer, and we have a grand master as a director, so there were a lot of people who wanted to be in this movie.” Although the film stars Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, and Brad Pitt, casting director Avy Kaufman came on to the project before anyone was attached and started the casting process from scratch. “[It] was not easy, but [it was] fun looking for these ‘character types,’ ” Kaufman says of the very specific, criminally minded types being cast. »
I made my Slim Pickings joke last week and this week, I got nothing. Things are a bit better this week anyway with a nice mixture of the new, the old and the quirky independent that has gone straight to VOD.
I imagine things will pick up massively into December as Now TV adds Iron Man 3 and Oz: The Great and Powerful and then the other service providers try and compete.
For now though below are the films to look out for this week, Enjoy!
The latest horror film to borrow Guillermo Del Toro’s name in order to present itself, is this ghost story from director Andres Muschietti. Jessica Chastain plays a woman who reluctantly becomes foster-mother to her partners’ two nieces after they are recovered from living feral in the wilderness. The problem is the girls were looked after by something nasty in the woods and »
- Chris Holt
The novel, written by Jean-Patrick Manchette, follows a businessman who is hunted down by a pair of sociopaths after witnessing a murder on the coast of France. The book was previously adapted into a graphic novel by Jacques Tardi, which was nominated for two Eisner Awards. Another Jean-Patrick Manchette adaptation, The Gunman, is set for release next year, starring Sean Penn, Idris Elba and Javier Bardem.
Steve McQueen will receive the director of the year award at the 25th annual Palm Springs Intl. Film Festival. The helmer is being honored for “12 Years a Slave” at the Jan. 4 gala, where the previously announced Sandra Bullock, Bruce Dern and Matthew McConaughey will also be honored.
The fest, which boasts 135,000 attendees, has become a key stop on the awards circuit. For years it was a local affair and then became synonymous with Oscar’s foreign-language films, screening the vast majority of pics submitted by the countries.
However, with an earlier Oscar balloting, the timing of the fest became very important to strategists and the gala is crowded with potential contenders. This year, the Academy sends out ballots Dec. 27 and nominations are unveiled Jan. 16. The Festival runs Jan. 3-13.
“Director Steve McQueen captivates his audiences by challenging them with often unorthodox and unrelenting subject matter and technique,” said festival chairman Harold Matzner. »
- Tim Gray
We’ve just received the following official press release confirming the brilliant UK national treasure Stephen Fry will return to host the 2014 Ee British Academy Film Awards early next year. The prestigious annual event is the UK equivalent to the Oscars and after doing such a superb job last year, with the likes of Argo, Skyfall and Silver Linings Playbook deservedly honoured, he’ll be bringing his unique multi-talents to the ceremony on the 16th February 2014.
London, Thursday 21 November: The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) is delighted to announce that Stephen Fry will again host the Ee British Academy Film Awards on 16 February 2014 at the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden. Last year’s BBC One show enjoyed its highest ratings since 2004 and this will be the ninth time that Fry has hosted the ceremony. »
- Craig Hunter
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