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The Many Faces Of Viggo Mortensen

2 May 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

This week, David Oelhoffen's African western Far From Men has been released West of the Atlantic. In my review, I called it a great film, and this has in no small measure to do with its lead actor Viggo Mortensen. Therefore, this week's quiz will be about him. Actors don't often come as multifunctional as Viggo Mortensen. Having grown up in in the United States, Denmark, Venezuela and Argentina, he is fluent in English, Spanish and Danish, proficient in French and Italian, and somewhat knowledgeable in several others. Apart from that, he is a musician, a writer, a poet, and a photographer. In on-set stories by cast and crew, they often describe him as a renaissance man, borderline superhuman, and a kind colleague too. In...

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Far From Men Proves Yet Again That Viggo Mortensen Is an International Treasure

1 May 2015 2:09 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Viggo Mortensen has become the unlikeliest of movie stars. Ever since hitting the jackpot with the Lord of the Rings movies (after what seemed like half a lifetime of supporting roles in mainstream fare), he’s carved out the career other stars merely boast about wanting to have – avoiding big studio gigs and taking on small, arty fare, often using his own leverage and bankability to get these little passion projects made. Half the time, the multilingual actor doesn’t even perform in English; earlier this year, Lisandro Alonso’s Jauja had him speaking Spanish and Danish.Now, in Far From Men, Mortensen plays a French schoolteacher in the Algerian countryside in 1954. Daru is the kind of unassuming, quiet character immediately made interesting by the fact that Mortensen is portraying him: There’s a haunted quality to the actor’s presence — to the way he moves, to the way he »

- Bilge Ebiri

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8 Westerns Not Set In The Old West

30 April 2015 11:31 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

This week, it might feel a lot like Marvel-brand Avenging is the only game in town, but for anyone who wants a quieter, more nourishing time at the movies than the smash-quip-fight-quip-boom rhythm of Joss Whedon's inescapable blockbuster, David Oelhoffen's great Algeria-set western, "Far From Men" also opens. Our review from Venice is here, but to summarize, the film is a lovely, elegiac portrait of a hesitant friendship between opposites (played brilliantly by Viggo Mortensen and Reda Kateb), and draws strength from its stunning cinematography, its setting in the mountains and desert plains of civil war-torn Algeria, and its evocative score by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis. It's a film both new and familiar, as despite the language the characters speak, the cultural specificity of their problems, and the fact that it is based on an Albert Camus short story, it is unmistakably a western in the truest »

- Jessica Kiang

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Kirsten Dunst's 13 Best Performances, From Child Vampire to Manic Pixie Dream Girl

30 April 2015 10:18 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Kirsten Dunst, 33-years-old today, is a blonde and dimpled starlet who can seamlessly shift between coquettish and somber. With her petite face and womanly figure, Dunst has often played the innocent, sexy girl-next-door with an edge. Her screen presence implies a carefree spirit, but the actress has spoken openly about the hard times she's faced, struggling with depression and drugs. You can see both an incandescence and a darkness in her work. We've taken a look at some of Dunst's most iconic roles, ranking them from worst to best.   Read More: Kirsten Dunst On the Time She Got Burned By Viggo Mortensen 13) "Elizabethtown" (2005) Dunst's role in "Elizabethtown" (as the cute and quirky Claire) inspired critic Nathan Rabin to coin the culturally iconic phrase "Manic Pixie Dream Girl." The expression refers to certain female character types (Natalie Portman and Zooey Deschanel are repeat offenders) whose sole purpose is in »

- Anya Jaremko-Greenwold

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Review: Far From Men, A Western In Algeria

30 April 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

(How can you be Far From Men when Viggo is around?) An Algeria-based western might seem like an odd idea on paper, but David Oelhoffen's Far From Men (Loin des Hommes), starring Viggo Mortensen, turns out to be a pretty great film. It's even fair to call it a crowd-pleaser. Far From Men takes place in Algeria during the late 1950s, when the North-African country was still ruled by France, but already knee-deep in a grim civil war for independence. Viggo Mortensen plays Daru, a teacher who lives high in the Atlas mountains, running a small French school for the local children. One day, a policeman delivers an unwanted guest: an arrested murderer who needs to be brought to a nearby city, for trial. The...

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New Movies: 'Avengers: Age of Ultron,' 'Far From the Madding Crowd,' & More

30 April 2015 6:15 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

This weekend, things go awry after Tony Stark jumpstarts a dormant peacekeeping program, and the Avengers have to take down the villainous Ultron in "Avengers: Age of Ultron." Plus, Carey Mulligan is overwhelmed with suitors in Victorian England in "Far From the Madding Crowd."

Also in theaters this weekend: "Welcome to Me" stars Kristen Wiig as a lottery winner who immediately quits her psychiatric meds and buys her own talk show. "Tangerines" follows an Estonian man who takes in a wounded man after war shows up at his front door. The film was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2015 Oscars. "Iris" is a documentary about fashion icon Iris Apfel, from late legendary documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles. "Far From Men" stars Viggo Mortensen as a French teacher in a small Algerian village who forms an unexpected bond with a dissident during the Algerian War, and is then ordered to »

- Jonny Black

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New Movies: 'Avengers: Age of Ultron,' 'Far From the Madding Crowd,' & More

30 April 2015 6:15 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

This weekend, things go awry after Tony Stark jumpstarts a dormant peacekeeping program, and the Avengers have to take down the villainous Ultron in "Avengers: Age of Ultron." Plus, Carey Mulligan is overwhelmed with suitors in Victorian England in "Far From the Madding Crowd."

Also in theaters this weekend: "Welcome to Me" stars Kristen Wiig as a lottery winner who immediately quits her psychiatric meds and buys her own talk show. "Tangerines" follows an Estonian man who takes in a wounded man after war shows up at his front door. The film was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2015 Oscars. "Iris" is a documentary about fashion icon Iris Apfel, from late legendary documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles. "Far From Men" stars Viggo Mortensen as a French teacher in a small Algerian village who forms an unexpected bond with a dissident during the Algerian War, and is then ordered to »

- Jonny Black

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Far From Men Boasts Viggo Mortensen and Grand Mountain Photography

28 April 2015 9:00 PM, PDT | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

Viggo Mortensen finds himself caught between his two heritages in Far From Men, David Oelhoffen's beautiful, melancholy drama about a French teacher named Daru (Mortensen) who runs a remote school amid the desolate mountains of his native Algeria circa 1954. Daru's tranquil existence is upended when he's tasked by his former military brethren — now engaged in war with Algerian rebels seeking independence — with transporting an Arab man named Mohamed (Reda Kateb) to a far-off police station. Mohamed's crime is murdering his cousin, though that soon becomes a secondary concern to Daru, who reluctantly takes up this mission and is promptly accosted by angry French farmers looking to use Mohamed as a scapegoat for their own grievances, and then is captured »

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Watch: 'Far From Men' Director David Oelhoffen Explains the Importance of Brotherhood

28 April 2015 12:35 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Watch: Viggo Mortensen Fights to Survive in Exclusive 'Far From Men' Trailer and Clip David Oelhoffen, the director of "Far From Men," got candid about the themes of his film during Indiewire's Tribeca Apple Talks at the Apple Store in SoHo, Manhattan. At the forefront of his mind was the brothers-in-arms-type union between the two main characters in the film. "It's not a 'Walt Disney' brotherhood," explained Oelhoffen to Indiewire's Casey Cipriani. "For me, brotherhood is not a magic word." "Far From Men" stars Viggo Mortensen ("A History of Violence," "The Lord of the Rings") as an ex-soldier who is forced out of his reclusive lifestyle during the Algerian War in order to bring a man accused of murder to prison. The two men attempt to find common ground as they make their way across the war-torn countryside.  The film will open for a limited release in theaters »

- Becca Nadler

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Jessica Madsen Braves Leatherface

27 April 2015 5:05 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Once again, rather strangely, heading to British TV for its young cast, Texas Chainsaw Massacre prequel Leatherface has just gained Jessica Madsen. The Mr. Selfridge actress joins Sam Strike (Eastenders) and James Bloor (Dci Banks).The new Chainsaw film follows 2013's hapless Texas Chainsaw 3D as the eighth film in the scrappy franchise. It's the second to be called Leatherface, following Jeff Burr's third instalment in 1990 starring a young Viggo Mortensen. It's also the second attempt at a prequel, after Jonathan Liebesman's Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning in 2006.Like Liebesman's film, the new Leatherface is following the hulking killer's early years in the 1970s, although in this case we'll find him in his teens before he dons the mask and picks up the saw. It seems to be a mystery revolving around three teenage psychopaths, one of whom will grow up brain William Vail with a hammer and endlessly chase Marilyn Burns. »

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TriBeCa Diary, The Home Stretch: Sad Arnold

25 April 2015 10:22 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Although your humble correspondent missed three days of TriBeCa films in a row due to a back injury, there was no way he could miss Maggie. Director Henry Hobson was able to attract Arnold Schwarzenegger to his low-key zombie project, despite the fact that Hobson was making his feature debut with a budget so small that you could make Maggie two or three times over for the amount that Arnold was paid to appear in Terminator: Genisys. The uniqueness of Hobson’s vision is evident from the first scene, where he is able to establish clearly the particulars of his zombie semi-apocalypse with only the barest minimum of exposition. As society teeters on the edge, both law and medicine struggling to handle the “Necroambulist” virus, Abigail Breslin plays the infected Maggie and Schwarzenegger plays her father, agonizing over the decision of what to do when she turns.

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- Mark Young

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Time Machine: Veterans Wallach and Coppola - Godfather 3 in Common - Are Special Oscar Honorees

24 April 2015 12:28 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson on the Oscars' Red Carpet Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson at the Academy Awards Eli Wallach and wife Anne Jackson are seen above arriving at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony, held on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The 95-year-old Wallach had received an Honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards in November 2010. See also: "Doris Day Inexplicably Snubbed by Academy," "Maureen O'Hara Honorary Oscar," "Honorary Oscars: Mary Pickford, Greta Garbo Among Rare Women Recipients," and "Hayao Miyazaki Getting Honorary Oscar." Delayed film debut The Actors Studio-trained Eli Wallach was to have made his film debut in Fred Zinnemann's Academy Award-winning 1953 blockbuster From Here to Eternity. Ultimately, however, Frank Sinatra – then a has-been following a string of box office duds – was cast for a pittance, getting beaten to a pulp by a pre-stardom Ernest Borgnine. For his bloodied efforts, Sinatra went on »

- D. Zhea

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Watch The Hateful Eight teaser: Quentin Tarantino previews Western

16 April 2015 4:41 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

A teaser for Quentin Tarantino's highly-anticipated Western The Hateful Eight has been unveiled.

The 97-second clip includes no actual footage from the film, but does outline the basic storyline of eight strangers coming together in a blizzard.

Tarantino's dangerous group is comprised of Tarantino's The Bounty Hunter (Samuel L Jackson), The Hangman (Kurt Russell), The Prisoner (Jennifer Jason Leigh), The Sheriff (Walton Goggins), The Mexican (Demián Bichir), The Little Man (Tim Roth), The Cow Puncher (Michael Madsen) and The Confederate (Bruce Dern).

The film will also include Zoë Bell, Channing Tatum and James Parks.

Viggo Mortensen was originally linked to The Hateful Eight as well, but scheduling conflicts made his involvement impossible.

Tarantino revived and re-worked The Hateful Eight last year even after a draft of the screenplay was leaked online.

The Hateful Eight is expected to be released in the Us on November 13 this year. A UK release is yet to be set. »

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New VOD and Streaming Movies, Plus: Roll the Dice with Mark Wahlberg in 'The Gambler' at Home Now

14 April 2015 3:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

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 Big Eyes (Tim Burton-directed drama about artist Margaret Keane; Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Danny Huston; rated PG-13) The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death (WWII-set horror sequel; Helen McCrory, Jeremy Irvine; rated PG-13) Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (Unedited) (comedy; Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke, Adam Scott; unrated) Far from Men (drama; Viggo Mortensen, Reda Kateb; premieres 4/14 on Mod to coincide with the Tribeca Film...

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- Robert B. DeSalvo

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On Demand DVD New Releases April 13-19

13 April 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | ChannelGuideMag | See recent ChannelGuideMag news »

On Demand DVD New Releases April 13-19 Big Eyes (pictured) Margaret is a painter with a unique touch: Her paintings all are formed with big eyes. Her new husband Walter sees what he wants and goes for it. It’s not the relationship Walter is after, but the ability to take credit for Margaret’s work. Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Krysten Ritter (PG-13, 1:45) 4/14 Far From Men A French teacher in a small Algerian village during the Algerian War forms an unexpected bond with a dissident, and is then ordered to turn him in to the authorities. Viggo Mortensen, Reda Kateb … Continue reading →

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- Meredith Ennis

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Viggo Mortensen Was Offered Wolverine Role in X-Men

13 April 2015 4:26 AM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

We already know that Bryan Singer wanted Russell Crowe to play Wolverine in the first "X-Men" movie. Crowe turned down the role and recommended the lesser-known Hugh Jackman, who eventually won the role and has been playing the superhero ever since. But in a new interview, Viggo Mortensen revealed that he too was offered the part. "I was offered Wolverine for the first movie. I guess it would have been for the franchise then. That was before I got 'Lord of the Rings,'" he explained. "I remember going to the meeting with the director, Bryan Singer, with my son who was a total comic book expert. He was about 10 at the time. Henry came, and Bryan showed us all these models and storyboards, and Henry was instructing the director, saying, 'Oh, you're going to change this thing right here.'" Ultimately however, Mortensen had to reject the offer due to a scheduling conflict. »

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Viggo Mortensen on ‘Jauja,’ Producing, Protecting Directors’ Visions

8 April 2015 10:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Viggo Mortensen received a career tribute at Morocco’s Marrakech Film Fest after receiving a similar trib at Argentina’s Mar del Plata two weeks earlier. Lisandro Alonso’s “Jauja,” starring Mortensen, is now a highlight at the 4th Panama Festival.

In “Lord of the Rings,” he protected the Shire and the Fellowship of the Ring. These days, Mortensen is more likely protecting the original visions of some of the world’s most exciting – and challenging – young moviemakers, and bringing them to larger audiences.

Doing so, Mortensen, U.S. born, Argentina raised, New York-bred, of Danish descent, has leveraged wisely his star status and fanboy suzerainties, dazzled with his dominance of not only English and Spanish, but Danish, Amish and Lakota, and played some not exactly super-hero roles, characters who are ineffectual (Lisandro Alonso’s “Jauja,” a Cannes winner), conflicted (David Oelhoffen’s “Far From Men,“ a Venice prize winner »

- John Hopewell and Anna Marie de la Fuente

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On the Hunt: The Films of James B. Harris

8 April 2015 9:46 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

CopAt the ripe age of twenty-six—the two were born within days of each other in 1928—James B. Harris and Stanley Kubrick formed Harris-Kubrick Productions. With Kubrick leading the charge behind the camera and Harris acting as the right-hand-man producer, the duo completed three major critical successes: The Killing (1956), Paths of Glory (1957), and Lolita (1962). But where Kubrick’s subsequent work has achieved a supreme, hall-of-fame stature, Harris’s own directorial career—consisting of five excellent movies made across a four-decade span—remains, despite the valiant effort of a few notable English-language critics (Michael Atkinson, Jonathan Rosenbaum), on the relative sidelines. The latest attempt to boost Harris’s reputation: BAMcinématek’s week-long retrospective of Harris’s producing and directing output, selected by “Overdue” co-programmers Nick Pinkerton and Nicolas Rapold.Harris and Kubrick stopped working together amidst a pre-production disagreement during the making of what would become Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb »

- Danny King

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Theresa Roberts upped at eOne

7 April 2015 9:51 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

London-based publicity exec promoted to senior vice president role.

Entertainment One (eOne) has announced the promotion of Theresa Roberts to senior vice president of publicity – production, international & UK film. 

The new role will see Roberts extend her publicity expertise into the company’s growing film production business, whilst still overseeing UK publicity activities.

Roberts’ appointment is with immediate effect and she will continue to be based in London, reporting into film production president Xavier Marchand and eOne Films UK MD Alex Hamilton

The new role will see Roberts drive and oversee strategic global publicity campaigns across the slate from production through to distribution, working closely with film publicity teams across all eOne territories.

Roberts has headed up film publicity for eOne in the UK since 2008 and during that time has overseen the publicity campaigns for films including The Twlight Saga and Oscar winners 12 Years a Slave and Dallas Buyers Club.

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- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Interview: Viggo Mortensen on new film 'Jauja'

7 April 2015 3:35 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

"I've been doing this for a year," Viggo Mortensen chuckles when we ask him if he's been talking to journalists all day. It's an honest and easy response that typifies the candour and natural charm that the New York-born, Danish-American actor exudes whenever he's speaking about his films with the press or anyone else. In this case, CineVue is afforded the chance to have a chat with him about his latest movie, Jauja (2014) which arrives in UK cinemas on Friday 10 April courtesy of Soda Pictures. His year-long trail actually seems a good place to start, with director Lisandro Alonso only recently singing his praises for the monumental effort the actor has put into getting this strange and funny South American-western out there into the world.

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