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With production set to begin very soon on Disney and LucasFilm's Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One, the BBC reports that Sherlock actor Jonathan Aris has joined the cast. The actor's Spotlight profile, a website where actors and filmmakers can post their resumes, revealed that he is playing "Senator Jebel" in Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One. That listing was later removed from his page, so it's unclear if this is the confirmed character or not.
If, in fact, the actor has signed on for the Star Wars anthology movie, he will join a cast that includes Felicity Jones, Riz Ahmed, Sam Claflin, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn and Forest Whitaker. The story centers on a group of Rebel Alliance soldiers who embark on a mission to steal plans for the original Death Star. The plot is set between the events of Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith and »
The Flickering Myth Podcast pulls a double header…
On the latest episode of The Flickering Myth Podcast, Scott Davis and Rohan Morbey sit down to talk about the weekend releases, including Southpaw and Inside Out. Does Southpaw pack a punch, and does Inside Out hit you in the feels? Give the podcast a listen and find out!
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Southpaw features a cast that includes Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler), Rachel McAdams (Aloha), Rita Ora (Fifty Shades of Grey), Naomie Harris (Skyfall), Forest Whitaker (Out of the Furnace), 50 Cent (Real Steel) and Victor Ortiz (The Expendables 3). Inside Out features a voice cast that includes Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, »
- Luke Owen
When it comes to blockbuster franchises like Star Wars, which keep secrets under lock and key while mounting massive productions around the world, there’s really no telling from where the next scoop is going to come.
Today, it appears that the BBC has latched onto an interesting bit of information about Star Wars: Rogue One – it’s spotted that Sherlock veteran Jonathan Aris’ Spotlight page (basically LinkedIn for actors) lists him as playing “Senator Jebel” in the ensemble Star Wars Anthology film.
The credit has mysteriously disappeared from Aris’ page, but here’s a screen grab:
Now who or what a Senator Jebel is remains to be seen, but it’s a safe bet that his official stature will make him an Imperial ally, seeing as Rogue One is set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. Whether he’s a spy helping the rebels or »
- Isaac Feldberg
As director Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) gears up to start principal photography on Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One, BBC reporter Lizo Mizimba has uncovered what is likely to be a minor piece of casting news, with British actor Jonathan Aris (Sherlock) set to play a character called Senator Jebel.
Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One is set for release on December 16th, 2016 and will be directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) with a cast that includes Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler), Diego Luna (Elysium), and Forest Whitaker (Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai).
Via Star Wars 7 News
- Gary Collinson
According to the actor's Spotlight page, he has been cast as Senator Jebel in the Gareth Edwards-directed spinoff.
Star Wars Anthology spinoffs we want to see: From Max Rebo to Dude, Where's My Jar (Jar)?
The movie will follow a band of raiders as they attempt to hijack the Empire's massive Death Star base.
Meanwhile, Forest Whitaker was recently cast in a role that is currently shrouded in secrecy.
Ben Mendelsohn is rumoured to be starring in Rogue One as well, but it was recently suggested that he has yet to sign on the dotted line.
Last week, we took at look at the career of writer-director Judd Apatow. This week, we're shifting gears to look at a solid performer who often goes under-appreciated... Forest Whitaker Forest Whitaker is the consummate character actor. While he's been the lead in dozens of well-received films, he's the heavyweight you call in when you need an absolute pro to give your film a... Read More »
- Chris Bumbray
Directed by Antoine Fuqua.
Boxer Billy Hope turns to trainer Tick Willis to help him get his life back on track after losing his wife in a tragic accident and his daughter to child protection services.
If Antoine Fuqua has succeeded in any way by making Southpaw, it’s confirmation that we do not need another boxing drama anytime soon – or at the very least not one as lifeless, predictable and uninspired as this. It sullies the name of the great ones to even mention Southpaw in the same review.
Having said that, there is no easy way around the pitfalls of the movie without drawing comparisons as to why similar pictures work so well; after all, our appreciation of such stories is driven by what we’ve seen before and »
- Gary Collinson
Despite the extra beef, Jake Gyllenhaal fails to connect in this by-the-numbers boxing flick
The boxing movie is the ultimate temptation for screen actors keen to prove their macho mettle. Playing a pugilist can be faked, but if you want to look really convincing, you have to pump up – and, if things are done authentically, you can never be sure that your pretty face won’t be irreversibly modified in the process. The main draw of Antoine Fuqua’s Southpaw is the metamorphosis undergone by Jake Gyllenhaal, who spent five months in training to transform himself into a lumbering, mumbling slab of battered meatloaf.
Gyllenhaal is as intense as you might expect playing champion bruiser Billy Hope, who has it all, loses it all, then hits that much-slogged Hollywood highway Redemption Road. Despite some ferociously Scorsese-esque effects in the showdowns that bookend the film, Southpaw is closer to Rocky than to Raging Bull, »
- Jonathan Romney
The Weinstein Company released their new drama flick, "Southpaw," into theaters this weekend. I just checked it out and thought it was excellent, delivering lots of great drama and a very good storyline, capped off with some great feel good moments. It stars: 50 Cent, Forest Whitaker, Jake Gyllenhaal, Oona Laurence and Rachel McAdams. In the new flick, New York boxer, Billy Hope (Jake Gyllenhall), has won the World Light Heavyweight championships, but sustained a pretty heavy eye injury during the fight, prompting his wife ,Maureen, to convince him to go ahead and retire while he's at the top. Unfortunately, at a ceremony to announce his decision, Billy is taunted by an up-and-coming boxer, Miguel "Magic" Escobar, which led to a huge brawl in which Maureen accidentally got shot and killed by Miguel's brother ,Hector, who fled the scene. This whole incident didn't sit well with Billy at all, who was already quite volatile. »
- Andre Braddox
The Weinstein Company released their new drama film, "Southpaw," into theaters this weekend, and the top, major movie critics have turned in their reviews. It turns out that the movie got a pretty mixed bag with an overall 57 score out of a possible 100 across 41 reviews at Metacritic.com site. The film stars: 50 Cent, Forest Whitaker, Jake Gyllenhaal, Oona Laurence and Rachel McAdams. We've added blurbs from a few of the critics,below. Mick Lasalle at the San Francisco Chronicle, gave it a really nice 100 score, stating: "The experience of Southpaw is rather like seeing the truth behind the cliches, revived in all their pain and power to surprise." Richard Roeper from the Chicago Sun-Times, gave it an 88 score, saying: "While Southpaw will surprise almost no one who has seen a fair amount of boxing movies, Fuqua’s direction and the excellent performances keep the action humming." Alonso Duralde over at TheWrap, »
- Andre Braddox
Sony’s video-game adaptation comedy Pixels opens across America this weekend and early indications suggest the film could debut to around $30 million, though those estimates may fall in light of the tragic events in Louisiana on Thursday.
Three people were killed and nine others injured at a shooting during a screening of Trainwreck on Thursday night, and the incident may well affect attendances at cinemas this weekend with lower than expected box office totals. However, Pixels could take top spot come Sunday night depending on how Marvel’s Ant-Man and Universal’s Minions hold across their second and third weekends respectively.
The action comedy, directed by Chris Columbus, cost around $90 million and although reviews have been poor thus far, it may have enough to make its money back through its domestic run. Josh Gad, Michelle Monaghan, Peter Dinklage and Kevin James co-star.
See Also: Read our review of Pixels here
Paper Towns, »
- Scott J. Davis
While "Southpaw" brings with it the redemptive tale of a boxer getting knocked down and getting back on his feet again, professionally and emotionally, it also presents one of the final film scores by the late James Horner, who suddenly passed away last month. Today, we have an exclusive listen to one of his contributions to the film. "A Long Road Back" contains the swell and pull that Horner built his reputation on, adding a nice sonic backbone to Antoine Fuqua's punchy tale. Their collaboration was so fruitful, Horner was already working on their next project together. Read More: Review: Antoine Fuqua's 'Southpaw' With Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, And Forest Whitaker "...his team flew out here, to Baton Rouge, and they brought me all the music for 'The Magnificent Seven,' " the director recently told NPR. "He already wrote it for me based on the script. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
In "Southpaw," Jake Gyllenhaal plays boxer Billy "The Great" Hope, a fighter once at the top of his game who's now hit rock bottom. And as we see in this clip, premiering today exclusively on Moviefone, that includes losing not just his livelihood, but where he lives, too.
The short scene between Billy and his manager, Jordan (played by Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson), is a pivotal one, as Billy suddenly begins to realize the severity of his situation. As Jordan explains, Billy will need to sell his house to pay off his debts; when Billy says he'll just train for another fight to make some cash, Jordan reveals that no trainer -- including his own -- will touch him.
"It's just business, man," Jordan says in a half-hearted effort to comfort a distraught Billy, though of course, for the boxer, it's anything but.
- Katie Roberts
Eric Kohn is back from vacation. We talk about reports coming from the set of Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's ambitious Leonardo DiCaprio frontier adventure "The Revenant," Comic-Con, TV vs. movies, "Southpaw," which we agree is too predictable despite great performances from Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams and Forest Whitaker and Christian Petzold's post-World War II marital drama "Phoenix," starring the great German actress Nina Hoss, and "Minions." And we anticipate the upcoming film festival lineups ahead. (Read More here.) »
- Anne Thompson
Director: Antoine Fuqua; Screenwriter: Kurt Sutter; Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Oona Laurence, Naomie Harris, Forest Whitaker, 50 Cent, Rita Ora; Running time: 124 mins; Certificate: 15
Jake Gyllenhaal brings considerable heft to a boxing drama that's a little soft in places and stuffed full of the usual clichés by director Antoine Fuqua (who has yet to match his 2001 hit Training Day). Even the fighter's name, Billy Hope, is a little too on-the-nose in trying to push a credo about resilience in the face of adversity. The star, who packed on the pounds for this role, shoulders the burden with grace.
Hope is, without a shadow of a doubt, a good guy, although he is an animal when his blood is up - a Beast, as described by the lyrics of the rap track he listens to before a big fight. True to the hip-hop culture (Eminem was once attached to star and contributes one track, »
Ever since two men slipped on gloves and sparred in a squared space, boxing has been a popular subject for mass media. I mean it’s a perfect venue, one man battling another, for everything from the legitimate theatre (the stage classic “Golden Boy”) and comic strips (“Joe Palooka” was a media sensation). But it seems to have been tailor-made for cinema, since it can cross over from “sports flick” to many other genres. It’s been a setting for laughs with screen comedians from Buster Keaton to Kevin James dancing about the canvas (plus The Main Event was a boxing “rom com”). And there are boxing biographies from Gentleman Jim to Ali. One modestly-budgeted 1976 smash turned into a huge franchise with Rocky (which will soon continue with Creed). But boxing’s biggest impact may be in prestige dramas, with Wallace Beery earning an Oscar as The Champ to the »
- Jim Batts
Written by Kurt Sutter
Directed by Antoine Fuqua
All boxing films come down to three storylines, or all three wrapped in one—get beaten, get angry, get back to the top. Eighty years have passed since Wallace Beery made The Champ and Southpaw doesn’t try to rewrite the formula. It’s not a surprise, Barton Fink broke himself that way. Billy Hope (Jake Gyllenhaal) is the light heavyweight champion of the world, but it wasn’t always the high life. Billy was raised dumped from one foster home to the next because of his mother’s incarceration, but he eventually met his wife Maureen (Rachel McAdams) in a Hell’s Kitchen orphanage and turned it all around.
- Colin Biggs
A slick but soulless and cynical boxing film which shows none of Gyllenhaal’s crackling charisma
Related: Jake Gyllenhaal: ‘I’m fascinated by my own anger’
It’s the most overhyped event of the year: a hammy, cynical, empty boxing movie written by Kurt Sutter and directed by Antoine Fuqua, watchable in its first act but then increasingly dull and overwrought, fudging the idea of whether the audience should get behind its “redemption-revenge” motivation. The drama is aggressively bulked up like Jake Gyllenhaal himself in the lead, who shows none of the live-wire charisma he had in Nightcrawler; here he gets a gym-bunny makeover, mumbling machismo and a tendency to steroidal, sub-Hulk roaring in the ring. Gyllenhaal is Billy Hope, the light-heavyweight champ devoted to his lovely wife Maureen (Rachel McAdams) and daughter Leila (Oona Laurence). After addressing a charity dinner, Billy is crudely taunted by some obnoxious up-and-comer »
- Peter Bradshaw
In this excerpt from the Guardian film show Xan Brooks, Henry Barnes and Peter Bradshaw go many, many rounds with Jake Gyllenhaal in a thudding boxing drama that's had all the nuance knocked out of it. Southpaw, which is directed by Antoine Fuqua and also stars Forest Whitaker and Rachel McAdams, is released in the UK on Friday 24 July Continue reading »
- Xan Brooks, Henry Barnes, Peter Bradshaw, Richard Sprenger, Zoran Trajkovic and Andrea Salvatici
In Southpaw, Billy's inability to control his anger – though an asset in the ring – leads to an altercation at a charity event for the group home in which he and his wife Maureen (Rachel McAdams) raised. Thus deemed unsuitable to raise his own child, Billy struggles between the competing pressures brought on my his manager (50 Cent) and new trainer (Forest Whitaker).
After we quickly reprimanded Jake for not joining the cast of Sicario, the next thriller from frequent collaboratorDenis Villeneuve, Gyllenhaal confirmed that about 10% of the punches in the Southpaw actually landed, and that he spent most of the production bruised and often bloody. We thought that was enough punishment for not adding another Villeneuve film to his filmography, and »
- Sasha James
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