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Okay, now take that one step further and replace Ellen DeGeneres with Matthew Broderick, Bradley Cooper with Nathan Lane, Angelina Jolie with Megan Mullally, Meryl Streep with Stockard Channing, and so on and so forth. See what we’re getting at?
Ellen’s epic Oscar selfie gets sent up, Broadway style, in the first look at the upcoming comedy It’s Only a Play. The production examines the frantic behind-the-scenes antics of a new Broadway show and the eccentric creative and business types behind it. The link to Ellen’s selfie is directly »
- Marc Snetiker
Before U.S. Olympian-turned-wwii hero Louis Zamperini died on July 2 at age 97, director Angelina Jolie showed him the film she’s made about him (in theaters Dec. 25), adapted from Laura Hillenbrand’s 2010 best-seller. “I brought it on my laptop to the hospital,” Jolie says. “It was a deeply moving, very profound few hours of my life. Telling his story is a giant responsibility.”
It was certainly an extraordinary life: Zamperini competed in the 1936 Olympics in track, enlisted with the U.S. Air Force in WWII, survived a crash into the Pacific, spent 47 days marooned on a raft, and then endured »
- Sara Vilkomerson
The name Jack O’Connell may not mean anything to you now, but the way things are going it will very soon. The young English actor is poised to blow up with a lead role in Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken, and has already wowed critics with the prison drama Starred Up. Today we have a trailer for […]
The post ”71′ Trailer: Jack O’Connell Leads Acclaimed British Thriller appeared first on /Film. »
- Angie Han
Just announced this morning, Berlin Film Festival standout '71, directed by Yann Demange, was added to the 2014 Toronto Film Festival lineup. The pic stars Jack O'Connell whose name is one you better get used to hearing as he also stars in Angelina Jolie's Unbroken later this year and clearly appears to be a star on the rise. Taking place over the course of a single night in the life of a young British soldier (O'Connell), '71 follows his plight as he's accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the streets of Belfast in 1971. Unable to tell friend from foe, and increasingly wary of his own comrades, he must survive the night alone and find his way to safety through a disorientating, alien and deadly landscape. Paul Anderson, Richard Dormer and Sean Harris co-star. Roadside picked the film up out of Berlin, but has yet to set a domestic release date, »
- Brad Brevet
One of the best films I saw at this year’s Berlin Film Festival was ’71, which is the feature directorial debut of Yann Demange (whose credits include some high-profile and acclaimed British television series like Top Boy, Criminal Justice, Secret Diary of a Call Girl). The film is set in Belfast in 1971 and it’s about a young British soldier (Jack O’Connell) that’s accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot. Trapped behind enemy lines, he’s unable to tell friend from foe, and we follow as he tries to find his way home, while the locals battle for supremacy. One of the reasons the film is so powerful is that it doesn’t portray any character or side in absolutes. Each person we meet along the way has depth, and Demange doesn’t pull any punches when depicting the violence of the times. With '71 doesn't yet »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Jack O’Connell looks set to be 2014′s breakout star, with a leading role in Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken (a movie which is released just in time for awards season) and a recent appearance in prison drama Starred Up.
After glowing reviews for the actor following the movie’s premiere at this year’s Berlin Film Festival – you can find the HeyUGuys verdict by clicking here – ’71 looks set to go a long way in putting O’Connell on the path to becoming a household name, and today, we have the first very impressive trailer for you.
Jack O’Connell plays Gary Hook, a young British soldier accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the streets of Belfast. Unable to tell friend from foe, and increasingly wary of his own comrades, the raw recruit must survive the night alone and find his way to safety through a disorientating, alien and deadly landscape. »
- Josh Wilding
Don't forget the name Jack O'Connell. You'll be hearing it a lot very soon, particularly during the awards season when he leads Angelina Jolie's "Unbroken." Regular Playlist readers know we've sung his praises following his performance in the prison drama "Starred Up," and he turned our heads again at the Berlin Film Festival with a lead role in "'71." There's a good reason he's on our On The Rise 2014: 12 Actors To Watch list, and now a trailer has arrived for the latter film. Directed by Yann Demange, the film tells the story of a British soldier left behind in the gritty street battles of Belfast in 1971. The movie is terrific, with Jessica Kiang calling it in her review a story "negotiated with real intelligence and sensitivity." Roadside Attractions has the U.S. rights, but no release date has been set just yet. "'71" opens in the U.K. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
While his talents weren’t greatly utilized in this spring’s 300: Rise of an Empire, the same can’t be said for Jack O’Connell‘s next dramas. This month his prison drama Starred Up finally lands in the U.S. (our review) and later this year he’ll be seen leading Angelina Jolie‘s WWII survival story Unbroken. The rising actor also […] »
- Jordan Raup
Though it was only announced only last month, things are moving so fast on Angelina Jolie's next directorial effort that filming actually begins today.
Jolie has penned and will both direct and star in "By the Sea" alongside partner Brad Pitt as her co-star and fellow producer. Production is now underway in Malta and has commandeered Mgarr ix-Xini beach on the Mediterranean island through November 10th. It's unclear at present if stage work will be necessary at another location.
The schedule means Jolie will wrap the film by the time the press tour for her previous directorial effort and potential awards candidate "Unbroken" begins in December.
Story details remain under wraps other than it being a "intimate, character-driven drama". It will likely score a release sometime in 2015.
Source: The Malta Independent »
- Garth Franklin
While Hollywood has been fighting to get new tax incentives cleared by Sacramento that would help stem runaway production, Australia has faced its own battle to push for legislation that would allow it to be more competitive as a location destination. In recent years, the strong Oz dollar has hampered Australia’s ability to attract large-scale foreign films, but one mega-production may soon be setting sail for the Gold Coast.
Disney is understood to be considering an early 2015 shoot for Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales in Australia. I hear Oz is just one location being mulled, but if the movie were to set up shop Down Under, it could do so under potentially lucrative circumstances. Last year, in the largest inducement it’s ever offered to a Hollywood production, the Oz government confirmed it would give Disney a one-off payment of A$21.6M (Us$20.14M) to »
- Nancy Tartaglione
It's been an interesting run of films for director Clint Eastwood in the 10 years since his "Million Dollar Baby" crashed the 2004 Oscar party and ran away with the gold. I say "interesting" because, at least in awards season terms, it's been a run particularly notable for lots of revving but nothing that ever materialized as a significant player. Right after "Baby" it was the one-two punch of "Flags of Our Fathers" and "Letters from Iwo Jima" in 2006, a bold play for the then-75-year-old filmmaker. While developing an adaptation of John Bradley's book for the former, Eastwood felt a perspective from the Japanese side of the WWII equation was warranted, so he quickly developed the latter. And it was "Letters" that felt like it had more on its mind, yielding surprise (for some) nominations for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay, as well an Oscar for Best Sound Editing. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Angelina Jolie looks poised to be in this year’s Oscar race as a director with the World War II Pow story Unbroken, opening Christmas Day, but it looks like she’s going to shoot a whole other movie before that film hits theaters. It was announced last month that Jolie would write, direct, and star in By the Sea alongside partner Brad Pitt for Universal, and now word comes that production on the pic actually gets underway today in Malta. By the Sea is commandeering a beach in Malta for shooting purposes until November 10th, meaning Jolie will have wrapped the pic by the time the press tour for Unbroken begins in December. More after the jump. News of the production start for By the Sea comes courtesy of the Malta Independent (via THR), which notes that construction of sets on Mgarr ix-Xini beach is already underway. It’s »
- Adam Chitwood
Sharlto Copley, the star of "District 9," is joining the cast of "Powers," the Sony PlayStation Network series. Copley will be playing the lead male role, homicide detective Christian Walker, in the show which is based on the comic of the same name. "Powers," as the title suggests, exists in a world where certain people have superhuman abilities, a group referred to as Powers. Copley's Walker, along Deena Pilgrim (previously cast Susan Heyward) are assigned to investigate cases where someone has died due to an individual with superpowers. According to the same Deadline report which names Copley as the lead, also joining the cast is Michelle Forbes as Retro Girl, one of the aforementioned Powers. Forbes has appeared on "The Killing," "True Blood," "Orphan Black," and more. She can also be seen in the upcoming "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1." The comic series "Powers" began at Image Comics in »
- HitFix Staff
The pair will share the screen for the first time in nine years for By The Sea. They last worked together on Mr and Mrs Smith, which is where the couple met.
Jolie, who will direct the movie having also penned the script, told The Inquirer that the movie deals with some heavy relationship issues.
"We have been shy of it for quite a few years because it's very heavy, about a relationship, people going through and surviving a lot together," Jolie explained.
"It's not easy. So we were nervous about being able to handle the material as actors and to take it on together."
She added: "Obviously Brad is willing to have me direct him in a film and work with me.
"He's extremely supportive, which is wonderful, because we're interested in different aspects of film. »
The summer blockbuster season isn't what it used to be. We no longer have to wait until July for Hollywood's epic spectacles, with studios now lining up their tentpole releases as early as March - this year we saw the likes of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in theatres before the calendar had ticked over to May.
With The Expendables 3 out in cinemas now and pretty much bringing the curtain down on the summer's biggest releases, Digital Spy has flicked back through the calendar to rank this summer's box office big guns from worst to best.
Despite an ever-expanding cast list that hoovered up Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Wesley Snipes and Antonio Banderas, Sylvester Stallone's third Expendables outing landed with more of a whimper than a bang. Franchise favourites like Jason Statham and Dolph Lundgren were criminally underused, leaving us »
Outside of the Angelina Jolie action film Salt, all the hits on Australian helmer Phillip Noyce’s resume are book adaptations. That ranges from his breakout hit Dead Calm to Patriot Games, Clear And Present Danger, Sliver, The Bone Collector, Rabbit-Proof Fence, and The Quiet American; he is currently adapting Philip Roth’s American Pastoral. Noyce’s latest book transfer is The Weinstein Company’s The Giver, a Michael Mitnick and Robert B. Weiden-scripted adaptation of Lois Lowry’s Newbery Medal-winning children’s novel that took 21 years to reach the screen. That glacial development pace allowed high action dystopian tomes like The Hunger Games and Divergent to score with young audiences, books that were written much later and likely were influenced by Lowry. Vets Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Alexander Skarsgard and Katie Holmes are surrounded by young audience pleasing newcomers Brenton Thwaites, Odeya Rush, Cameron Monaghan and Taylor Swift, but »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Here we are again. Since we’re now in the middle of August folks, you must know what time it is. Yup, it’s time for me to come to you all once again with some new and (hopefully) even more up to date Oscar predictions, my second one this month. As usual, I hope they’ll represent another bit of a change from speculation on towards educated guesswork now that awards season is fast approaching us. We still have a long way to go in the season overall, and these new predictions will likely be mostly wrong in the end anyway, but with each passing update (two a month now) I’m trying to figure it all out and get more and more confident in backing particular horses. If that sounds a bit repetitive to you, well…it’s still kind of the nature of the beast for this thing. »
- Joey Magidson
"The Giver" is the latest dystopian thriller to follow an attractive teen who must fight against the totalitarian authority of misguided adults. And if that sounds like every other post-apocalyptic young adult film ever, keep in mind that at least "The Giver" came out a decade or two before such recent Ya offerings as "The Hunger Games" and "Divergent." Directed by Phillip Noyce (his first feature since 2010's Angelina Jolie thriller "Salt") and starring an impressive cast (producer Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes, Alexander Skarsgard, and a nearly unrecognizable Taylor Swift).
Based on Lois Lowry's best seller, "The Giver" focuses on a utopian community where there's no discrimination, war, pain, or hate but also no love, emotion, art, or joy. The goal is "Sameness." On the day when all 16-year-olds receive their permanent job assignment, Jonas (Aussie newcomer Brenton Thwaites) is selected to inherit the role of Receiver of Memory, »
- Sandie Angulo Chen
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Let’s face it — every actor in Hollywood has to start somewhere. For some of your favorite actresses it means working the small screen as a video vixen. While it’s not uncommon for celebrities to lend their star power to music videos, several award-winning actresses’ first roles were music videos. At that time, they were just the featured extra or eye candy. For Angelina Jolie, that’s a long way away from her Oscar win for Best Supporting Actress in Girl, Interrupted in 2000. Back in 1993, she was the star of Meat Loaf’s video for “Rock ‘n’ Roll Dreams Come Through.”
In fact, the ‘90s were a pivotal time for the video vixen and for actresses getting much of their early work. Alicia Silverstone famously appeared in two Aerosmith music videos — one alongside Steve Tyler’s daughter Liv — before becoming the star of Clueless. Courteney Cox »
- Stacy Lambe
I've spent the better part of the last few months diving into the catalog of cinematographer Roger Deakins, starting with Michael Radford's "Nineteen Eighty Four" and soaking up each and every indelible image he's given us over the last three decades. I imagine I'll write something up soon enough, as he'll surely be in the thick of things again this season with his work on Angelina Jolie's "Unbroken," but in the meantime, here's a delicious video exploration of some of his work. The video — pieced together by Plot Point Productions — leans heavily on the latter-day stuff. Lots of "No Country," "Jesse James," "Revolutionary Road," "Jarhead," "True Grit," etc. Probably that's because all of those are available in higher definition formats, but it would be great to see more of the striking imagery from "Sid and Nancy" or "Kundun" or little-seen stuff like "Mountains of the Moon" slip in. »
- Kristopher Tapley
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