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Senior Staff Writer and Blu-ray nut Scott Davis takes his weekly look at what’s new and hot in the world of Blu-ray…
In this week’s UK edition, we have Steve Carell and Channing Tatum wrestling in Foxcatcher, lots of singing in the woods with Meryl Streep and Anna Kendrick in Into The Woods, and arguably the best film of 2015 so far, A Most Violent Year, starring Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain…
One of the outstanding films of 2015 so far, J.C. Chandor’s magnificent epic stars Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola and Albert Brooks and is set in 1981, New York City’s most violent year ever.
See Also: Read our review of A Most Violent Year here
Acclaimed with a huge standing ovation at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, director Bennett Miller’s excellent sports drama was not as successful »
- Scott J. Davis
Director: J.C. Chandor
Running Time: 120 mins
Features: Commentary with J.C. Chandor, Neal Dodson & Anna Gerb. Featurettes, Behind The Violence (Making Of), The Contagious Nature Of Violence (Director Interview), Conversations With Oscar Isaac & Jessica Chastain, Trailers/TV Spots, Deleted Scenes, Behind The Scenes Photos
Imagine if Sidney Lumet had directed The Long Good Friday. That instead of a blood-soaked gangster thriller about a man trying to better himself with guns and fists you had something more thoughtful, yet just as sinister. Writer/director J.C. Chandor’s third film takes the backdrop of New York at the outset of 1981 – the notorious year of the title – and uses it as context for the engrossing story of an entrepreneur trying to operate the cleanest way possible in the murkiest of environments.
Oscar Isaac plays Abel, who runs a heating oil »
- Steve Palace
Amy Adams drop dead gorgeous on Oscars' Red Carpet Amy Adams at the 83rd Academy Awards Looking drop dead gorgeous, Amy Adams is pictured above donning a scintillating blue dress while arriving at the 2011 Oscar ceremony, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in the fast-thumping heart of Hollywood. Adams was – for the third time in six years (more info below) – a Best Supporting Actress nominee. This time around, she was shortlisted for her performance in David O. Russell's The Fighter, a generally well-regarded and surprisingly successful (in the U.S.) boxing drama that earned fellow supporting actress Melissa Leo the evening's Oscar. Another The Fighter actor, Christian Bale (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight), took home the Best Supporting Actor Oscar statuette. In fact, the film's only major cast member left without an Oscar nomination in the acting categories was lead Mark Wahlberg (pictured with wife) – though he did »
- D. Zhea
In the film, Fanning plays an “aspiring model who moves to Los Angeles, where her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has.”
Refn’s Drive star Christina Hendricks is part of the supporting cast that also includes Jena Malone (Inherent Vice), Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows), Desmond Harrington (Wrong Turn), Alessandro Nivola (Selma), Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road) and Keanu Reeves (John Wick).
The Neon Demon is set to be released in early 2016.
- Scott J. Davis
From Alessandro Nivola, over breakfast, we learn how Nicolas Winding Refn poached an entire family, including Elle Fanning and Christina Hendricks, from Sally Potter's Ginger And Rosa and spun them into The Neon Demon, with Alessandro channeling Anton Walbrook's portrayal of Boris Lermontov in Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's The Red Shoes wrapped into Tom Ford.
Coco Chanel is the link between Jean Renoir's masterpiece La Règle Du Jeu (The Rules Of The Game) and Anne Fontaine's Coco Before Chanel, in which Alessandro plays Chanel's lover who "borrowed" her for two days. How James Gray, Darren Aronofsky and Matteo Garrone will factor in is yet to be determined. Emily Mortimer and Dolly Wells with Olivia Wilde and Evan Rachel Wood »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
The nominations for the 69th annual Tony Awards were announced on Tuesday by Mary-Louise Parker and Bruce Willis, recognizing the best of the 2014–15 Broadway season. “Fun Home” and “Something Rotten!” dominated the musical categories, while “Hand to God,” “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” and the revival of “You Can’t Take It With You” were among the most recognized plays. Notable acting nominees include Elisabeth Moss (“The Heidi Chronicles”), Carey Mulligan, Bill Nighy, and Matthew Beard (“Skylight”), Micah Stock (“It’s Only a Play”), Ben Miles (“Wolf Hall”) and Bradley Cooper and Alessandro Nivola (“The Elephant Man”) in the play categories, as well as musical theater stars Tony Yazbek (“On the Town”), Michael Cerveris and Beth Malone (“Fun Home”), Ken Watanabe and Kelli O’Hara (“The King and I”) and Kristin Chenoweth and Andy Karl (“On the Twentieth Century”). The winners will be crowned June 7 at »
Despite Hollywood’s cutthroat reputation, the industry’s penchant for helping one another was a common refrain at the 4th annual Reel Stories, Real Lives event at Milk studios Hollywood on Saturday, benefitting the Motion Picture & Television Fund.
Kevin Spacey was the man of the hour, receiving a special tribute for his enduring support of the Fund. But the rest of the evening entailed a series of stories about people the Fund has helped, written by top industry writers including Jason Fuchs, Bill Dubuque and Beau Willimon, and read by familiar faces like Lizzy Caplan, Tony Goldwyn and John Stamos, who joked that since the “Full House” Netflix reboot is officially happening, he and Spacey should combine shows to create “Full House of Cards.”
In addition to being a longtime supporter of the hospital and the Fund’s work to provide homes for members of the industry who need help, »
- Seth Kelley
Jennifer Lawrence in a long, red dress at the Oscars Jennifer Lawrence at the Academy Awards Stunning in a red dress, Jennifer Lawrence arrives at the 2011 Academy Awards held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Lawrence was a first-time Best Actress Oscar nominee for her first major film role: a near-destitute, young Ozark woman looking for her missing drug-dealing father in Winter's Bone, Debra Granik's generally well-received indie drama. Winter's Bone also earned nominations for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (John Hawkes), and Best Adapted Screenplay (Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini; based on the novel by Daniel Woodrell). Jennifer Lawrence's competitors in the Best Actress Oscar race were: Annette Bening for Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right. Michelle Williams for Derek Cianfrance's Blue Valentine. Nicole Kidman for John Cameron Mitchell's Rabbit Hole. Natalie Portman, the eventual winner, for Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan. »
- D. Zhea
Outer Critics Circle, the organization of writers and publications covering NYC theater outside NYC, honored the finest talent on and off Broadway with the announcement of this year’s nominees. Led by Broadway stars Raúl Esparza and Katie Finneran, the announcement ceremony took place at Manhattan’s Friars Club. Winners in all 24 categories will be announced on May 11, and the 65th annual Gala Awards Dinner will be held at Sardi’s Restaurant on May 21. New musical “Something Rotten!” led the pack with 12 nominations, followed by “On the Twentieth Century,” “An American in Paris,” and “Wolf Hall.” Because “Disgraced,” “Fun Home,” and “Hand to God” received nominations in previous seasons, those productions were not under consideration this year. Acting nominees include Bradley Cooper, Patricia Clarkson, and Alessandro Nivola for “The Elephant Man,” Elisabeth Moss and Bryce Pinkham for “The Heidi Chronicles,” Ben Miles for “Wolf Hall,” Kelli O’Hara and Ruthie »
Although it is very light on action and violence, A Most Violent Year features powerful performances in a slow-burning drama about a good man trying to make an honest living while everyone around him seems to be happy to cut corners anyway they can. Written and directed by J. C. Chandor (Margin Call and All Is Lost), the film features an incredible ensemble cast including Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola, Albert Brooks, and Elyes Gabel. Set in 1981’s New York City, the film follows Abel Morales (Isaac), the owner of the small Standard Oil, a heating oil […] »
- Patrick Luce
Nivola, who recently starred in Selma and A Most Violent Year, will join the project alongside Elle Fanning (Maleficent) and Christina Hendricks (Lost River), who he starred alongside in 2012’s Ginger and Rosa. Nivola is also set to join Bradley Cooper for a London revival of The Elephant Man.
- Scott J. Davis
With every new casting announcement on Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon, we learn a little more of its deranged premise. A horror set in the fashion world, its early descriptions lend it an edge of Lynch via way of Cronenberg. In short, it’s setting itself up to be a visual delight that will shake your morals loose at the same time.
Refn has himself described it as a “horror film about vicious beauty” and reports from various outlets indicate that it’s set to focus on “a group of supermodels going to extremes in their attempts to keep looking the way they do,” which will include the use of “voodoo and cannibalism.” Needless to say, The Neon Demon won’t receive a PG-13 rating based on those cultish activities its starry cast will likely get mixed up in. That ensemble so far includes Elle Fanning, Christina Hendricks, »
- Gem Seddon
Exclusive: Alessandro Nivola has just signed on for a lead role in the Nicolas Winding Refn-directed Neon Demon. He will play a fashion impresario who taps Elle Fanning as his muse. The project reunites Nivola with both Fanning and Christina Hendricks, who played his daughter and wife in the Sally Potter-directed 2012 film Ginger and Rosa. Nivola was most recently seen in the Jc Chandor-directed A Most Violent Year, and in the Ava DuVernay-directed Selma. He also starred… »
A Most Violent Year - Lionsgate - Blu-ray and DVD Director: J.C. Chandor Cast: Jessica Chastain, Oscar Isaac, Albert Brooks, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola. Full cast + crew Despite what the title implies, A Most Violent Year isn't a movie about a bloodbath. At least not a literal bloodbath. It's all about how an entrepreneurial businessman (Oscar Isaac) in 1980s New York is trying to make a competitive but honest living in the heating oil industry. However, everyone around him, including his wife (Jessica Chastain), isn't so inclined to keep things honest, and the clash of ethics between the two makes for a smartly written, beautifully shot, and superbly acted drama about what it takes to hold on to the American dream. The...
- Peter Hall
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the historic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, Paramount Pictures will re-release its Academy Award and Golden Globe Award-winning film Selma nationwide for a special encore engagement. The film will play in theaters across the U.S. beginning Friday, March 20th. Tickets are on sale today online and at theater box offices. For a list of theaters and to purchase tickets, visit SelmaMovie.com.
Moviegoers who purchase a ticket to see Selma at a participating theater can receive an additional ticket free. This limited time offer is only available at participating theater box offices. Selma won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song for "Glory" by Common & John Legend. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture and Golden Globe Awards for Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director.
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the historic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, Paramount Pictures will re-release its Academy Award and Golden Globe Award-winning film Selma nationwide for a special encore engagement.
Directed by Ava DuVernay, the film will play in theaters across the U.S. beginning Friday, March 20th.
Tickets are on sale today online and at theater box offices. For a list of theaters and to purchase tickets, visit www.SelmaMovie.com
Moviegoers who purchase a ticket to see Selma at a participating theater can receive an additional ticket free. This limited time offer is only available at participating theater box offices.
Selma won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song for “Glory” by Common & John Legend. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture and Golden Globe Awards for Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director.
- Michelle McCue
While some critics and cinemagoers may rate the sequel to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel as less witty and entertaining than the original, others would disagree.
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel raked in $4 million last weekend, well ahead of the first edition.s $3.4 million in 2012.
The key question now is whether the second iteration of the adventures of hotelier Sonny (Dev Patel) and senior citizens played by Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy,. Ronald Pickup et al will have the staying power of the predecessor, which wound up with $21.4 million.
Achieving a multiple of more than six times the opening weekend may be a tall order for the Fox Searchlight film directed by John Madden.
Elsewhere, there wasn.t much of a post- Oscars bounce for the key winners as nationwide receipts eased by 5% to $12.1 million, according to Rentrak.s estimates.
Fifty Shades of Grey continues to drop like a stone, »
- Don Groves
Cult favourite Nicolas Cage has carved out an eclectic and brilliant career spanning the decades and across genres, with forays into action, drama and comic book adaptations to name but a few. To celebrate the release of his latest film, Dying of the Light, out on Blu-ray and DVD from the 2nd March 2015 courtesy of Signature Entertainment, we take a look back at some of his greatest roles.
Dying of the Light (2015)
This brilliant thriller, directed by Paul Schrader and executive produced by cinematic wunderkind Nicolas Winding Refn, stars Cage as Evan Lake, a desk-bound Langley CIA agent, forced into retirement by signs of early onset dementia. At the same time he discovers that his former nemesis, Jihadist Muhhamed Banir (Alexander Karim – Zero Dark Thirty, TV’s Tyrant), is not dead as has been assumed for the last two decades, but alive and receiving experimental medical treatment. Banir’s exact »
- Phil Wheat
Author, journalist, and fellow First Time Fest juror Gay Talese hosted an Alabama Night in New York screening at Paramount Pictures of Ava DuVernay's Oscar nominated film Selma, a forceful and passionate look at a turning point in Civil Rights history. David Oyelowo in a spectacular performance as Martin Luther King Jr., Carmen Ejogo as his wife Coretta, Tom Wilkinson as President Lyndon B. Johnson, Tim Roth as Alabama Governor George Wallace, Keith Stanfield as Jimmie Lee Jackson, with Oprah Winfrey, Common, Cuba Gooding Jr., Tessa Thompson, Dylan Baker, Giovanni Ribisi, Martin Sheen and Alessandro Nivola are part of the remarkable ensemble.
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Exclusive: It’s tempting to say that Alessandro Nivola lives a charmed life, and that might be true if he weren’t working so hard. He’s Zelig in plain sight: At this moment in time you can see him in Selma as Justice Department civil rights lawyer John Doar, who would become the lead prosecutor in the government’s case against the murders of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner. And you can see him on the other side of the mirror, as a mobbed-up oil distributor and bete noir of Oscar Isaacs in A Most Violent Year. He played another nemesis, FBI agent Anthony Amado, on the trail of Bradley Cooper in American Hustle. And he’s still batting it around with Cooper, but now on Broadway, where he plays Frederick Treves, the humanistic doctor who rescues Cooper’s John Merrick – Aka the Elephant Man – from life in a freak show booth. »
- Jeremy Gerard
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