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To celebrate the music and DVD release of the film, Brian Wilson performed on Monday night at Vibrato Jazz Grill in Beverly Hills for an intimate crowd where he and his wife, Melinda Wilson, were joined by actors Paul Dano and Elizabeth Banks, who portrayed them in director Bill Pohlad’s musical biopic.
They were joined by about 150 guests consisting of members of the Academy, industry insiders, friends, family members and press.
Wilson performed an eleven-song set, including his original song from Love & Mercy as well as Beach Boys favorites “California Girls” and “Good Vibrations”, and was joined on stage by Paul Dano with the actor singing “You Still Believe in Me. »
- Michelle McCue
Imagine being serenaded by Brian Wilson with a bucket list of Beach Boys classics by an 11-piece band, replete with those timeless celestial harmonies, in a room that could barely hold 150 people or so. It’s not fantasy; it’s what happened on Monday night at Vibrato Grill Jazz in Bel Air, where the filmmakers behind “Love & Mercy” — about the making of Wilson and the Beach Boys’ magnum opus, “Pet Sounds,” and Wilson’s later dysfunctional relationship with therapist Eugene Landy — celebrated the DVD release of the film.
Cast members Paul Dano, who plays the young Wilson, and Elizabeth Banks, who plays Wilson’s salvation and later wife Melinda Ledbetter, were in attendance, as was the film’s director Bill Pohlad and other luminaries like Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the star of “The Walk.”
Banks told Variety that upon first reading the film’s script her first reaction was “‘Holy s—, I »
- Steve Chagollan
In Love & Mercy, this year’s biopic of Beach Boys’ frontman Brian Wilson (Paul Dano, John Cusack), Elizabeth Banks stars as Melinda Ledbetter, Wilson’s wife and manager who supported the singer when his mental health began to fail in the 1980’s. The actress received high praise for her performance and may be in the running come Oscar season.
The role of the supportive female caretaker for a mentally ill man is one that has been portrayed on the big screen by many legendary actresses and has, in many cases, been awarded with recognition from the Academy.
Taking on the role of emotional supporter to a mentally ailing individual requires heavy lifting from an actress, and the Academy has shown their appreciation for the feat in recent years as well as throughout its nearly nine decades-long history.
2012’s Silver Linings Playbook centered on a young »
- Patrick Shanley
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This month will see the exact date (after years of Internet hoaxes) Marty McFly travelled to in Back to the Future Part II – 21.10.15. Still no hoverboards. Still no Cubs World Series wins. Still no Jaws 19 (although Universal have made it a mock-trailer). And, if you’re going by Robert Zemeckis’ – the trilogy’s original director – word, definitely no »
- Oli Davis
There's a lot to lose out there.
Brian Wilson had a pretty rough go of it. Physically and emotionally abused by his father (Bill Camp), in the band he gets little support from his brothers (Brett Davern and Kenny Wormald) and considerable hostility from his cousin Mike (Jake Abel), and later in life is mentally tortured by control freak Dr. Gene Levy (Paul Giamatti). All the while, Brian (Paul Dano/John Cusack) suffers from a significant mental illness--whether schizophrenia or something else is ambiguous--and writes the music that makes the Beach Boys a household name to this day. Love & Mercy (2015) fully and even ruthlessly expresses the torturous aspects of Wilson's life while still servicing the musical genius and fan expectations. To its credit, the film is far more devoted to the former than the latter.
- Jason Ratigan
With the New York Film Festival (Sept. 25-Oct. 11) adding new titles to the Oscar buzz after Venice-Telluride-Toronto, it’s time for Oscar voters to catch up on some films that opened in the distant past — i.e., between January and August.
The two are fact-based tales about the music scene in Southern California; they respectively deal with Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys in the 1960s, and with N.W.A in Compton in the 1980s. They’re very different in tone and approach, but both are about the creative act, and how artists can be frustrated but eventually nourished by their surroundings.
- Tim Gray
Flatliners: Ellen Page is in talks to star in a new version of Flatliners. The 1990 original starred Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, and Kevin Bacon as medical students who engage in dangerous experiments as they attempt to learn about the afterlife. Niels Arden Oplev (the original Swedish version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) will direct. [Variety] Okja: Jake Gyllenhaal and Paul Dano (who appeared together in Prisoners, above), as well as Kelly Macdonald and Bill Nighy are in various stages of discussion to join Tilda Swinton in Okja, described as a "multilingual monster movie" from Korean director Boon Joon-ho. The director's credits include action-thriller Snowpiercer as well as the monster movie The Host; the new project will reportedly...
- Peter Martin
Details on are scarce at the moment, but the new film is called Okja, a “multilingual monster movie” that will feature “a Korean female lead and a host of English-language supporting actors whose scenes will be set in New York.”
Along with Gyllenhaal, the film has already secured the services of Oscar Winner Tilda Swinton (A Bigger Splash), who worked with Joon-ho on Snowpiercer. In addition, Paul Dano (Love & Mercy), Bill Nighy (About Time) and Kelly MacDonald (Anna Karenina) are in talks to join the eclectic castlist.
Joon-ho enjoyed huge international success with Snowpiercer, which has grossed over $82million worldwide despite still not being released in some territories, such as the UK. Chris Evans, Ed Harris, John Hurt, Jamie Bell, Kang-ho Song, »
- Scott J. Davis
Returning to the creature feature well after 2006's The Host, ace Korean director Bong Joon-ho's next film Okja (no English title as of yet) is gearing up for production early next year and a cast of big names is starting the circle the project. Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Kelly Macdonald and Bill Nighy are all in discussions to join the already confirmed Tilda Swinton, who partnered to great acclaim with the filmmaker on his last film Snowpiercer.Lewis Pictures, which brought us Haemoo, is handling production and the film will be shot both in Korea and New York, in Korean and in English. No names have been floated yet for the lead character, a young Korean girl from the countryside.Following modern foreign classics such as Memories...
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Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho pulled together an all-star lineup for his first English-language film, Snowpiercer, and got some of the most memorable performances of the year out of them. No surprise, then, that heavyweight talents are eagerly lining up to join his new film Okja. Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Kelly Macdonald, and Bill Nighy are looking […]
- Angie Han
Sources close to the production told Variety that the cast negotiations were “preliminary discussions with old friends.” Swinton, in Korea, at the Busan Film Festival earlier this week, dropped heavy hints that she will soon work again with Bong, though did not name the project.
“I’m already planning more adventures with Bong Joon-ho,” said Swinton this week. “He is a great master.”
“Okja” is currently in early pre-production ahead of a shoot that will begin in April next year and span locations in Korea and the U.S. Delivery of the completed picture is expected in the first or second quarter of 2017.
Production is headed by Korea-based Lewis Pictures, which will likely structure the movie as an indie effort. Budget »
- Patrick Frater
Flatliners: Ellen Page is in talks to star in a new version of Flatliners. The 1990 original starred Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts and Kevin Bacon as medical students who engage in dangerous experiments as they attempt to learn about the afterlife. Niels Arden Oplev (the original Swedish version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) will direct. [Variety] Okja: Jake Gyllenhaal and Paul Dano (who appeared together in Prisoners, above), as well as Kelly Macdonald and Bill...
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Several days ago we learned that Bong Joon-ho's latest film will see him reteam with his Snowpiercer star Tilda Swinton. Now The Wrap has revealed that several more talented folks are circling Okja, a monster film which will feature a Korean female lead and a host of English-language supporting actors; the actors in question are Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Kelly McDonald, and Bill Nighy. No... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
It’s a crying shame that Bong Joon-ho’s fantastic sci-fi thriller Snowpiercer has yet to make it to the UK in any official release. But perhaps frustrated film fans can find hope in the cast being built for the director’s next film, creature feature Okja, which has Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Kelly Macdonald and Bill Nighy in various stages of negotiations to join up.Snowpiercer’s Tilda Swinton has confirmed that she’ll reunite with Bong for the film, which the director is largely keeping under wraps, but is said to be a bilingual monster movie with a Korean female lead and a batch of supporting English-language actors based in New York. The director, who also made 2006’s The Host (so good that we can’t wait to see what he does with a bigger budget and cast), has the backing of Lewis Pictures and is currently scheduled to shoot next year. »
It was recently revealed that Tilda Swinton will re-team with Snowpiercer director Bong Joon-ho for his next movie, and we now know what that will be and who is set to join the Doctor Strange actress as part of the cast.
As suspected, the filmmaker is going to move ahead with Okja, a multilingual monster movie which follows a young girl’s journey from Korea to America. She’ll act as the female lead, while a number of English speaking actors will take part in scenes set in New York.
Speaking of the other actors, we now know who at least four of them will be, as The Wrap has revealed that Jake Gyllenhaal (Southpaw), Paul Dano (Love & Mercy), Bill Nighy (Shaun of the Dead) and Kelly Macdonald (Boardwalk Empire) have all joined the cast. With production set to begin early next year, more additions will no doubt be made soon, »
- Josh Wilding
“I’m already planning more adventures with Bong Joon-ho. He is a great master,” Tilda Swinton said just last week, confirming plans to reteam with her Snowpiercer director. Like his previous effort, an English-language debut which grossed nearly $90 million worldwide and certainly more on VOD, we’ve now learned she’ll be accompanied by a major cast yet again for the director’s follow-up.
Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Kelly Macdonald and Bill Nighy are also in talks for the feature, which is titled Okja, according to The Wrap. Details are scarce, as one might expect in this stage of the game, but it’s looking like it’ll see him return to his days of The Host as it will be “a multilingual monster movie.” Despite all of the English-language actors currently in stages to join, the lead will actually be played by a Korean actress, yet to be cast. »
- Leonard Pearce
While Bong Joon-Ho has mentioned going back to smaller budgeted movies after "Snowpiercer," that doesn't mean he's shunning star power. His forthcoming, cross-continental monster movie "Okja" is gearing up with Tilda Swinton already revealing she has a role. And it looks like she'll be surrounded with a great ensemble, just as she was on "Snowpiercer." Read More: Review: Director's Cut of Bong Joon-Ho's 'Snowpiercer' Is Visionary And Thrilling The Wrap reports that Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Kelly Macdonald and Bill Nighy are lining up roles in the movie. Plot details are still being kept under lock and key, but the story will revolve around a rural girl from Korea who travels between her country and the United States, with dialogue alternating between English and Korean. The dealmaking process for these actors is still underway, but should it all work out, cameras start rolling early next year. Forget "Pacific Rim" and. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Kelly Macdonald and Bill Nighy are poised to join Tilda Swinton in “Okja,” a multilingual monster movie from “Snowpiercer” director Bong Joon-ho, multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap. Details surrounding the project remain vague, but it is said to feature a Korean female lead and a host of English-language supporting actors whose scenes will be set in New York. Lewis Pictures is producing “Okja,” which is expected to start production early next year. Swinton has confirmed her involvement in the project, while the other actors are in various stages of discussions and while official. »
- Jeff Sneider
Tilda Swinton is returning to work with Bong on the project, and she'll be joined by four other high profile talents who've been paired up before - "Prisoners" co-stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Paul Dano, and "State of Play: The Mini-Series" co-stars Bill Nighy and Kelly Macdonald.
The story is said to revolve around a rural girl from Korea who travels between her country and the United States. Dialogue will reportedly alternate between English and Korean. Filming aims to kick off early next year.
Source: The Playlist »
- Garth Franklin
With the 53rd New York Film Festival well under way, many east coast Academy members are enjoying films that hope to earn some attention at this year’s awards. The widely-held public assumption, however, is that the majority of Academy voters reside on the west coast.
Possibly as a result of this belief, many Oscar contenders are set in and around Hollywood. Best picture winners Argo, The Artist, and Crash are recent examples with major plotlines revolving around Los Angeles.
Yet, this year, there are serious Oscar hopefuls set in other major American cities. Could this shift in locale be disastrous with the largely west coast-based Academy?
Five films this season that are receiving major Oscar buzz for their performances and direction are set in New York City.
Brooklyn, the 1950’s-set romantic drama, premiered earlier this year at Sundance and received a very warm welcome »
- Patrick Shanley
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