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Sneak Peek more footage from director John Wells' adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning dark comedy play "August: Osage County", starring Meryl Streep, Juliette Lewis, Dermot Mulroney, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Margo Martindale, Chris Cooper, Julianne Nicholson, Abigail Breslin and Sam Shepard:
"...the strong-willed women of the 'Weston' family, come together during a family crisis...
"...bringing them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional women who raised them..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "August: Osage County"...
- Michael Stevens
‘American Hustle,’ ‘Gravity’: AFI Awards 2013 - big-studio movies rule once again (photo: Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper in ‘American Hustle’) The American Film Institute has released AFI Awards list featuring the Top Ten Movies of 2013. As usual, the AFI Awards mostly focus on mainstream, popular fare from the big studios; in fact, they’re a sort of more upscale, Oscar-friendlier People’s Choice Awards, i.e., no Twilight, no The Fast and The Furious, no Adam Sandler, scattered super-hero movies, mostly bypassing Harry Potter. (You’ll see why they’re so big-studio-friendly once you scroll down a bit to check out the list of this year’s AFI Awards’ jury members.) Six of the AFI’s Top Ten 2013 movies come courtesy of the Hollywood majors: American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Gravity, Her, Saving Mr. Banks, and The Wolf of Wall Street. Additionally, 12 Years a Slave was released by Fox Searchlight Pictures, »
- Anna Robinson
Adèle Exarchopoulos (‘Blue Is the Warmest Color’) and Cate Blanchett (‘Blue Jasmine’): Best Actress tie two years in a row at Los Angeles Film Critics Awards (photo: Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos in ‘Blue Is the Warmest Color’) (See previous post: "James Franco Tattoos, Gold Teeth: Lafca Winners." Another non-Hollywood Los Angeles Film Critics Association’s selection was Best Actress co-winner Adèle Exarchopoulos, cited for her performance as a young woman who falls in love with blue-haired Léa Seydoux in Abdellatif Kechiche’s controversial Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or winner Blue Is the Warmest Color. The lesbian romantic drama also took home the Lafca’s Best Foreign Language Film Award. Blue was also the luckiest color, at least in the Best Actress category: Cate Blanchett was Exarchopoulos’ co-winner, for her performance in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, in which she plays a character somewhat similar to A Streetcar Named Desire »
- Andre Soares
The upcoming film “August: Osage County” may have a star-studded cast of veteran actors, but the film is not just a collection of strong individual performances. What "August: Osage County" delivers is a true ensemble performace, with each actor playing off of each other and immersing the viewer in character and story. With seasoned performers such as Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulrooney, Juliette Lewis, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Sam Shepard on set, the atmosphere could have been intimidating. “You’re sitting at a dining room table with these people,” says actor Abigail Breslin, referring to her star-studded peers, “it was really scary. I loved it, but it was scary.” Fortunately for Breslin, the ensemble only had to look for a little direction from Streep to gel into their roles. “When she (Meryl Streep) made a change or tonal shift for a take,” said Mulroney, “it kind of rippled up the »
Los Angeles Film Critics Awards winners 2013 (photo: Sandra Bullock in ‘Gravity’) The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (Lafca), which has been around since the early ’70s, announced earlier today, December 8, 2013, their list of 2013 winners and runners-up. Although there were a handful of offbeat choices, what’s most surprising is how mainstream were most of the Los Angeles Film Critics’ picks this year — Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity was the top film, with a total of four wins — and that there were no less than three ties, including one for Best Picture: Gravity and Spike Jonze’s Her. See below. (See also: Full list of Boston Society of Film Critics 2013 winners.) Best Picture (tie): Gravity and Her. Best Foreign-Language Film: Blue Is the Warmest Color, directed by Abdellatif Kechiche. Runner-up: The Great Beauty, directed by Paolo Sorrentino. Best Documentary: Stories We Tell, directed by Sarah Polley Runner-up: The Act of Killing, »
- Andre Soares
Now playing in theaters is writer/director Scott Cooper’s (Crazy Heart) drama Out of the Furnace. Shot entirely on location in and around Braddock, Pennsylvania, the film stars Christian Bale as an ex-con steel worker who seeks vengeance when his brother (Casey Affleck) disappears after getting involved with a local crime ring. Out of the Furnace also stars Woody Harrelson, Zoe Saldana, Sam Shepard, Willem Dafoe and Forest Whitaker. For more on the film, watch the trailer or read all our previous coverage. At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed a video interview with Harrelson and Cooper. They talked about the way they collaborated to flesh out Harrelson's character, the film Cooper was trying to make, the characters, deleted scenes, and more. Hit the jump to watch. Woody Harrelson and Scott Cooper: How the film shows characters that are having the layers peeled off. Cooper talks »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
“Out of the Furnace” is not just a typical revenge thriller.
The film explores certain American themes such as violence, posttraumatic stress disorder from war, illegal bareknuckle fighting, the Great Recession and small town environments.
The movie is about an older brother who takes justice in his own hands after his younger brother mysteriously disappears in the mountains for a bare knuckle fight.
Latino-Review had an exclusive phone interview with Cooper on this drama. We discussed the cast, Braddock and the humanity in America. Please note we discuss some spoilers in the movie.
“Out of the Furnace” is currently out in theaters.
Read the full transcript below.
Latino-Review: What was the inspiration behind your story?
- Gig Patta
Is anyone a better movie actor right now than Christian Bale? (Okay, I’ll give you Daniel Day-Lewis… but it’s close and getting closer.) The 39-year-old Welshman is fully in his prime, demonstrated most recently by two powerful performances landing in the heart of Oscar season. The flashier role might be in David O. Russell’s American Hustle, which doesn’t open until Dec. 20. In Scott Cooper’s Out of the Furnace, which opened Wednesday and expanded Friday, he plays the good-intentioned ex-con whose pursuit of justice — after his ne’er-do-well brother (Casey Affleck) goes missing — puts him on »
- Jeff Labrecque
A new red-band clip from director John Wells’ adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Tracy Letts play August: Osage County has been released online, and it is very Nsfw. The story follows the women of a family whose lives have splintered in many directions until a crisis bring them back to their childhood home and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them. This new clip is a nice showcase of the complicated and tense relationship between Meryl Streep’s pill-popping matriarch and Julia Roberts’ oldest daughter. As you can see, there’s not exactly a language filter in this family, and Roberts more than holds her own opposite Streep for the film’s runtime, turning in her best performance in years. Hit the jump to watch the new red-band clip, and click here to read Matt’s review from the Toronto International Film Festival. The film also stars Julianne Nicholson, Ewan McGregor, »
- Adam Chitwood
One overriding thought dominated my time with Scott Cooper’s stunningly disappointing “Out of the Furnace” – I just don’t care. When I wasn’t picking apart the gigantic plot holes in the narrative, I was marveling at the overheated characters who have been crafted from cliché instead of the real world.
This is macho storytelling, the kind of movie that thinks it’s saying something about men who punch, drink, and hunt but lacks the realism to give its alpha-male story any weight. Only typically solid performances from a cast far-too-talented for this material give it any justification for existence.
Russell Baze (Christian Bale) is an old-fashioned good guy. He loves his girl Lena (Zoe Saldana), takes care of his dying father, and looks out for his soldier brother Rodney (Casey Affleck). Little bro is kind of a fuck-up, first seen at an Otb, just so we know »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Weinstein Co's August: Osage County has a new red band clip up for their very-eagerly-anticipated release, starring Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Abigail Breslin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale, Dermot Mulroney, Julianne Nicholson, Sam Shepard and Misty Upham. The film helmed by John Wells from the play and script by Tracy Letts, opens on Christmas Day, and looks like another winner for the top tier distributor. August: Osage County tells the dark, hilarious and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them. ] »
Christian Bale returns to the big screen for Scott Cooper.s (.Crazy Heart.) .Out of the Furnace.. He plays Russell Blaze, a mill man in the economically-depressed Rust Belt. Casey Affleck plays his brother Rodney, a soldier damaged by the Iraq War.
Is .Out of the Furnace. worth your time and money, and is it a worthy Oscar contender this awards season? Check out my movie review.
Time to retreat from the bright, twinkly lights and good cheer of the holiday season and fall into the grim world of film noir. But we’re not traveling back to the time of big sedans and even bigger fedoras. That’s the era that first inspired that phrase with classics like Detour, D.O.A., and Gun Crazy. They, in turn, inspired several modern-day full color tributes beginning in the 1980′s with Body Heat to One False Move. Out Of The Furnace is set over the last few years, but instead of a bustling metropolis its backdrop is a dying small Pennsylvania town. And the big scores aren’t jewelry stores and banks, it’s crack and meth. While the flick’s in color, the mood is just as dark as in those old black and whites. Very, very dark.
For most of film noir thrillers, the main hero is just an honest, »
- Jim Batts
Christian Bale and Casey Affleck star in this weekend's opening of Out of the Furnace. The crime thriller sees Bale as a blue-collar worker in Pennsylvania who must rescue his brother (played by Affleck), a war veteran who has returned from Iraq and gets caught up in a ruthless crime ring. The duo are joined by Woody Harrelson, Forest Whitaker, Zoe Saldana, Willem Dafoe and Sam Shepard. Photos: 'Inside Llewyn Davis' Sends Santa Monica Back to the Folk Era Read what The Hollywood Reporter's film critics have to say about all the films opening this weekend and find out how they are expected
- Stephanie Chan
Now playing in limited release and expanding nationwide this weekend is writer/director Scott Cooper’s (Crazy Heart) drama Out of the Furnace. Shot entirely on location in and around Braddock, Pennsylvania, the film stars Christian Bale as an ex-con steel worker who seeks vengeance when his brother (Casey Affleck) disappears after getting involved with a local crime ring. Out of the Furnace also stars Woody Harrelson, Zoe Saldana, Sam Shepard, Willem Dafoe and Forest Whitaker. For more on the film, watch the trailer or read all our previous coverage. At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed a video interview with Christian Bale. He talked about knowing when he has to do a project, his character in the film and his thoughts on what kind of movie it is, what it was like working for Terrence Malick and how Bale used gopros on set to film some of the movie himself, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
The Sundance Film Festival unveiled the 2014 lineup for its Spotlight, New Frontier and Park City at Midnight sections on Thursday. Among the highlights are Richard Ayoade's mistaken-identity thriller The Double, which stars Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska, and Steven Knight's Tom Hardy starrer Locke. The news comes a day after Sundance revealed its competition slate, with such films as Jim Mickle's Cold in July (starring Michael C. Hall, Don Johnson and Sam Shepard) and first-time feature helmer John Slattery's God's Pocket (starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Richard Jenkins) vying for top honors. Photos: The Scene in Park City at Sundance 2013 The festival, celebrating its 30th anniversary this
- Tatiana Siegel
• More on the Sundance film festival
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Anne Hathaway and Mark Ruffalo are among the marquee names set to star in films at next year's Sundance film festival, the annual celebration of indie film-making founded by Robert Redford.
Organisers, who announced a large portion of its lineup on 4 December, hinted the 2014 event will have a slightly more mature air, one perhaps befitting a festival that will celebrate its 30th year when it opens in January. "This year's lineup is reflective of film-makers wanting to tell new stories, and we're seeing a broader range of characters and ages," Trevor Groth, the director of programming, told the Hollywood Reporter. "A lot of times, the typical Sundance film-maker has a younger perspective and tells stories of what they know. »
- Ben Child
The 2014 Sundance Film Festival is right around the corner, and the Sundance Institute has released the full line-up for the competition films that will be premiering!
This year there were 12,218 total submissions, and 117 films were accepted from 37 countries around the world. It looks like there's a lot of good selection of films this year.
The Sundance Film Festival 2014 runs from January 16th to the 26th, and the GeekTyrant team will be there to cover as many movies as we possibly can.
U.S. Dramatic Competition
The 16 films in this section are world premieres and, unless otherwise noted, are from the U.S.
“Camp X-Ray” — Directed and written by Peter Sattler. A young female guard at Guantanamo Bay forms an unlikely friendship with one of the detainees. Cast: Kristen Stewart, Payman Maadi, Lane Garrison, J.J. Soria, John Carroll Lynch.
- Joey Paur
Catch an exclusive featurette from John Wells' John Wells August: Osage County. The incredible cast of the Weinstein Co release which opens on Christmas Day includes Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Abigail Breslin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale, Dermot Mulroney, Julianne Nicholson, Sam Shepard and Misty Upham. August: Osage County tells the dark, hilarious and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them. »
Scott Cooper's Out Of The Furnace hits the big screen tomorrow and we've got a massive prize pack to give away to one lucky Twitch reader! What do you get? How about a water bottle, a hoody, a 26 piece tool set, a beanie, gloves and a $25 Fandango gift card? That's a bit of swag right there ...When Rodney Baze mysteriously disappears and law enforcement fails to follow through, his older brother, Russell, takes matters into his own hands to find justice.Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Zoe Saldana, Sam Shepard, Forrest Whitaker and Willem Dafoe star in this one and all you need to do for your chance to win is email me here and name a previous film featuring both Dafoe and...
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