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The Two Faces Of January is from the producers of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, the writer of Drive and by the author of The Talented Mr. Ripley, so you know, it already has some pretty darn impressive history for this adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s classic thriller, that stars Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac.
It’s 1962. A glamorous American couple, the charismatic Chester MacFarland (Viggo Mortensen) and his alluring younger wife Collette (Kirsten Dunst), are in Athens during a European vacation. While sightseeing at the Acropolis they encounter Rydal (Oscar Isaac), a young, Greek-speaking American who is working as a tour guide. Drawn to Colette’s beauty and impressed by Chester’s wealth and sophistication, Rydal gladly accepts their invitation to dinner. However all is not as it seems with the MacFarlands….and so we begin.
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- Dan Bullock
Happy Oklahoma Day! For serious that's what it is today so any of you reading from the Sooner state enjoy yourselves just a little bit more for the rest of us today
I'm just a girl who cain't say no,
I'm in a turrible fix I always say "come on, let's go"
Just when I outta say nix!
It's also Earth Day today and we'll celebrate when we look at Pocahontas for "Best Shot" tonight. Have you rescreened in yet to choose your shot. You've only got 6 more hours to get your link in. We'll post at 10 tonight
And now, the linkage...
Allure's Nude Issue" has 4 actresses talking about their bodies while naked (Nia Long, »
- NATHANIEL R
In between supervising the new 2K digital film transfer of “Scanners” for Criterion and nabbing a competiting slot in the Cannes Film Festival for “Maps To The Stars,” Canadian provacteur David Cronenberg has found time to write his very first novel, joining the ranks of other directors like Guillermo Del Toro. As is becoming standard in the literary world – at least for larger properties – the novel has its very own trailer, however this one has the benefit of Cronenberg himself at the helm. Just over two minutes long, the trailer for “Consumed” is very much in the Cronenberg mold so you definitely don’t want to be watching this at work. We don’t want to spoil what small fun there is in the teaser but we will note that it finds the “Videodrome” director working with a found-footage aesthethic and that it ends with a few glowing quotes about »
- Cain Rodriguez
Tommy Lee Jones, Bennett Miller, David Cronenberg and Atom Egoyan will duke it out with Jean-Luc Godard, Mike Leigh, Ken Loach, Michel Hazanavicius and the Dardenne brothers for the Palme d’Or at the 67th annual Cannes Film Festival, which unveiled its official selection lineup this morning in Paris by fest topper Thierry Fremaux.
The wide-ranging competition slate is typically heavy on French filmmakers, with Olivier Assayas’ international co-production “Clouds of Sils Maria” and Bertrand Bonello’s fashion-designer biopic “Saint Laurent” joining Hazanavicius’ “The Search” and Godard’s 3D experiment “Goodbye to Language.” Fremaux noted that Godard, famously a no-show at the 2010 Cannes premiere of his “Film socialisme,” had “promised he’ll be there — which doesn’t mean he will!”
One of the more intriguing developments of this year’s competition is the unusual dominance of Canadian auteurs. »
- Justin Chang and Elsa Keslassy
The Two Faces of January looks like being one of the more beautiful, enigmatic of thrillers heading into cinemas. And we've got our hands on three exclusive character posters. Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac are all stylishly front and centre in these posters, giving a glimpse at the characters behind a 1960s-set thriller about a glamorous and mysterious American couple (Mortensen and Dunst) who woo a stranger they meet on holiday in Greece (Isaac) into a complex web of murder, deceit and a dangerous battle of wits. As far...
- Matt Risley
Directed by: Peter Jackson
Running Time: 2 hrs 41 mins
Release Date: April 8, 2014
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Plot: A hobbit named Bilbo (Freeman) travels with dwarves to their stolen land of Erebor, which has been taken over by a dragon named Smaug (Cumberbatch).
Who’S It For? Skeptics of the first Hobbit to see if they can be won over, and anyone else who enjoyed Peter Jackson’s previous Lord of the Ringsmovies.
Watching The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey last year was exactly like re-reading a long re-written prologue to a short story you already saw the 71-minute animated film of in fifth grade. »
- Nick Allen
I've recently been circling around the idea of actually getting a tattoo. If I get one, it will be my first. But I've been thinking about some of the tattoos that I've seen in the movies over the years, and I started looking them up online to remind myself of what they looked like. I would never get a tattoo that I saw in a movie, it'd have to be an original design, but I was looking for a little inspiration.
While going through all the movie tattoos that I could think of, I decided to put together a list of some of the most memorable tattoos have been featured on the big screen. Here they are in no particular order.
How many of you forgot about how badass McConaughey was in this dragon slaying action film?! He sported some crazy cool tattoo art in it. »
- Joey Paur
The 'Spider-Man' star, who stars alongside Mortensen in the upcoming thriller, told Haper's Bazaar magazine that although his casting convinced her to accept the part, she was nervous about working with him.
The 31-year-old actress said that she later learned that he was very shy.
She revealed that although many people see Mortensen as a very serious man, he's actually very funny and thinks he should consider more comedic roles. (Ani) »
- Smith Cox
Now in its 57th year, the storied San Francisco International Film Festival has selected its Opening and Closing Night films. On April 24, the fest will kick off with Opening Night film "The Two Faces of January," Hossein Amini's Patricia Highsmith adaptation starring Oscar Isaac, Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst. Centered on a con artist, his wife and a mysterious ex-pat tour guide as they attempt to flee Greece following a violent incident that interlocks the trio, the 60s-set film premiered at the 2014 Berlinale where it picked up solid reviews. This is Amini's debut feature as a director. He wrote the slick, tightly crafted screenplay for Nicolas Winding Refn's 2011 "Drive," and was among the many scribes on both "Snow White and the Huntsman" and "47 Ronin." Amini's 1997 Henry James adaptation "The Wings of the Dove" nabbed him a Oscar nomination. Magnolia Pictures will distribute "Two Faces of January" later this year. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The San Francisco International Film Festival has announced its opening and closing night films with the Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst-starring "The Two Faces of January" kicking things off April 24th. "Alex of Venice," from director Chris Messina, will close the fest on May 8th. "We are delighted to offer these exceptional films by first-time directors who are best known for their work in other areas of the film world,” said San Francisco Film Society Executive Director Noah Cowan. "Championing talented artists who aren't afraid of taking risks is at the heart of the Film Society's mission and our ongoing support of filmmakers around the world. I can't think of a better pair of films to kick off and wrap up what is going to be an amazing festival." "The Two Faces of January" is the directorial debut of Hossein Amini, perhaps best known for writing "Drive." The film »
- Ben Travers
The 57th annual San Francisco International Film Festival has chosen its opening and closing night films.
The fest will open with a presentation of Hossein Amini’s Patricia Highsmith adaptation “The Two Faces of January,” which stars Oscar Isaac, Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst. The two-week festival will close with Chris Messina’s “Alex of Venice.” The drama features Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Don Johnson and Messina.
“We are delighted to offer these exceptional films by first-time directors who are best known for their work in other areas of the film world,” said San Francisco Film Society executive director Noah Cowan. “Championing talented artists who aren’t afraid of taking risks is at the heart of the Film Society’s mission and our ongoing support of filmmakers around the world. I can’t think of a better pair of films to kick off and wrap up what is going to be an amazing festival. »
- Francesca Bacardi
Amini’s debut and Patricia Highsmith adaptation The Two Faces Of January (pictured) stars Oscar Issac, Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst in the story of a wealthy couple on holiday in Greece who are plunged into danger alongside a local tour guide.
“We are delighted to offer these exceptional films by first-time directors who are best known for their work in other areas of the film world,” said newly installed San Francisco Film Society executive director Noah Cowan.
“Championing talented artists who aren’t afraid of taking risks is at the heart of the Film Society’s mission and our ongoing support of filmmakers »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Despite not being nominated for Best Director, Louise Archambault’s Gabrielle managed to pull off what we thought was the impossible (our Leora Heilbronn has pegged the drama as the film that should win, but favored Denis Villeneuve’s Enemy as the best bet) winning Best Motion Picture at the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards (a.k.a Canadian Oscars). If the out of synch supposed “live” telecast wasn’t bad enough (all awards including the winning film were announced almost one hour prior to on twittersphere), the show’s producers gave Gabrielle winning producers Luc Déry and Kim McCraw the equivalent of end of toilette paper roll in terms of time.
The voters also choose Gabrielle‘s Gabrielle Marion-Rivard as Best Actress in a Leading Role, while the heavily favored Enemy grabbed five awards, Best Direction for Villeneuve, Best Original Score for the excellent Danny Bensi/Saunder Jurriaans pairing , Best Editing, »
- Eric Lavallee
It's not uncommon for movie and TV stars to make the jump from the screen to the printed page; many well-known actors have capitalized on their name recognition to help boost their profiles as emerging authors. Notable examples include Viggo Mortensen (Lord of the Rings), who found success with his self-published poetry; James Franco (This is the End) recently rolled out a well-received short story collection entitled Palo Alto; and Ethan Hawke (Sinister, The Purge) has won acclaim for the novels The Hottest State and Ash Wednesday. While we don't hear nearly enough about actors from the world of horror and sci-fi making a successful transition to those same genres in print, it's not as rare a phenomenon as you might think. Let's examine the literary legacies of three notable horror stars who carved out thrilling new careers as horror writers... Thomas Tryon Genre Role: I Married a Monster from Outer Space »
- Gregory Burkart
Comic book movies are often seen as the domain of spandex-clad demigods who battle moustache-twirling villains, but if 300 and Sin City - which both originated on the pages of Frank Miller works - are anything to go by they're not essential to telling a great story.
With sequels to 300 and Sin City incoming, we take a look at 8 great examples of comic book-inspired films with no superheroes in sight.
Sin City (2005)
Co-directed by comic creator Miller and digital filmmaking pioneer Robert Rodriguez, this adaptation stayed faithful to the source material, with the filmmakers shooting actors on green screen and rendering the locations - almost exactly how they appeared on the page - in post-production.
Ghost World (2001)
Long before he was jousting with Shia Labeouf, comics »
Director: Lisandro Alonso
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
We’re used to our favorite auteur Argentinean filmmakers making us wait and this will have been the longest he has been between feature film projects. An expert in the vérité form, the untitled fifth feature following La libertad, Los muertos, Fantasma and Liverpool, Lisandro Alonso teamed with the linguistically versatile Viggo Mortensen for what should be one more distinctly art-house item.
Gist: A father and daughter journey from Denmark to an unknown desert that exists in a realm beyond the confines of civilization.
Release Date: He has been in the Directors’ Fortnight and Un Certain Regard sections at the Cannes Film Festival. Perhaps he’ll attain the “highest” section of them all with a Main Comp showing…
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- Eric Lavallee
Kodi Smit-McPhee, Harry Greenwood, Tom Budge, Lincoln Lewis, Matt Nable, Anthony Hayes, Lachy Hulme and Ashleigh Cummings are among the big ensemble cast announced today for the Endemol Australia/Nine Network miniseries Gallipoli.
A three-month shoot starts in and around Melbourne on March 17 with Glendyn Ivin (Beaconsfield, Puberty Blues) directing. The screenplay by Christopher Lee (Howzat! Kerry Packer.s War, Paper Giants, Rush, Police Rescue) is adapted from the best-selling book by Les Carlyon.
The producers are John Edwards (Howzat! Kerry Packer.s War, Beaconsfield, Paper Giants, and Offspring), Imogen Banks (Puberty Blues, Offspring) and Robert Connolly (producer of Balibo and The Boys, director of Underground: The Julian Assange Story, The Slap). Nine.s co-Heads of Drama Jo Rooney and Andy Ryan and Endemol Australia CEO Janeen Faithfull are executive producers. .Smit-McPhee plays 17-year-old Thomas .Tolly. Johnson, who lies about his age to enlist with his brother Bevan in the »
- Don Groves
Phase 4 will release the film in autumn. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
At some point, I.d love to be able to report on a story involving Viggo Mortensen joining a screwball comedy in which he plays the funniest man on Earth, but his career has just featured a string of characters that are either caught up in the aftermath of some devastating event, or they.re actually going through said devastating event. To be expected, the Oscar-nominated actor won.t be changing things up with Captain Fantastic, the Electric City Entertainment drama in which Mortensen is in talks to take the lead. If only this were a superhero film, or a big screen version of the interstitial character from Do Not Adjust Your Set. Oh well. The film.s description, via Deadline, doesn.t go into much detail, but it paints a somewhat solemn picture of adaptation in the modern world. Mortensen will play a man whose idealism led him to »
Viggo Mortensen is in talks to star in a film called Captain Fantastic. The title of the film can be deceiving, but just know that it's not a superhero movie. It's actually a drama that will be written and directed by Matt Ross.
Mortensen will play "an idealistic father who, after a decade of living off the grid in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, must return with his six young kids to assimilate back into society."
We all know Mortensen is very picky with the projects he chooses, so this must be a good one. Here's what the young director had to say about landing such a talented actor,
”Viggo Mortensen’s dedication to his craft and to the world of the story he’s telling have been an inspiration to me for years. There is a depth to his art that I greatly admire. Any film he’s »
- Joey Paur
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