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One of my favorite activities each year is compiling a list of actors who really nailed their brief but not necessarily coveted roles. Oh sure sometimes a small part is a true get and key to the narrative. There's no way to watch 12 Years a Slave, for example, and miss the importance of "Mistress Shaw", so perfectly rendered by Alfre Woodard. And some tiny parts are designed as cameos for stars: think Jean DuJardin and Matthew McConaughey in The Wolf of Wall Street. But the bulk of small roles each year in any actor's medium, go unnoticed with the actors adding depth to the ensemble and colors to the director or writer or showrunner's palette. Me, I love looking at the peripheries and seeing which actors are hungry, which find ways to maximize their tertiary characters or simply inhabit them so well that you get everything you need in that one scene or, »
- NATHANIEL R
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 13 Mar 2014 - 05:44
Our voyage through history's underappreciated films arrives at the year 2011, and a great year for lesser-seen gems...
Even a cursory glance at the top 10 grossing films of 2011 reveals something strange: nine of the entries are sequels. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 brought the fantasy franchise to a close with a staggering $1.3bn haul. Transformers: Dark Of The Moon wasn't too far behind with just over $1.1bn. On Stranger Tides continued the Pirates Of The Caribbean series' wave of success, despite mixed reviews.
Elsewhere in the top 10, you'll find another Twilight, a fourth Mission: Impossible, a second Kung Fu Panda, a fifth Fast, another Hangover, and further Cars. Standing alone on the list is The Smurfs, the adaptation of Peyo's Belgian comic strip. In fact, 2011 saw the release of no fewer than 28 sequels - the most we've yet seen in any given year. »
Steve McQueen’s bold adaptation 12 Years A Slave can now add another string to its bow: in September it is set to become part of the national curriculum in the Us. The film follows the story of Solomon Northup, a free man of colour who is tricked into slavery. It is a heartbreaking, no-holds barred look at the reality of slavery and has caught the eye of those in charge of the curriculum.
The National School Boards Association has decided to make the film essential viewing in all state-run schools from September and will also provide copies of the 1853 memoir, written by Northup himself.
The board has partnered with Montel Williams, an American talk show host, who had the following to say on the project:
“When Hollywood is at its best, the power of the movies can be harnessed into a powerful educational tool … This film uniquely highlights a shameful period in American history, »
- Amanda Keats
Ahead of tomorrow's Independent Spirit Awards, SnagFilms has curated a selection of past Spirit Award nominees available to stream for free online. Titles include "The Woodsman," starring Kevin Bacon in his nominated role, Paul Dano's big breakthrough film "L.I.E.," nominated for Best Film and "Bill Cunningham New York," nominated in the Best Documentary Feature category. Read More: Stream 33 Oscar Nominees and Winners for Free on SnagFilmsThe Spirit Awards, hosted by Patton Oswalt, air March 1 at 10pm Et/Pt on IFC. Stream the films below. [Full Disclosure: SnagFilms' is Indiewire's parent company.] »
Award-winning producer/directors Josh and Jason Diamond, aka The Diamond Brothers, reviewed the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K yesterday at an event hosted by Adorama Rental Company in downtown Manhattan. The co-directors of 2012 documentary Bring on the Mountain and executive producers of features including Light and the Sufferer, starring Paul Dano, and Exploding Girl, starring Zoe Kazan, talked about some of the pros and cons of using the Production Camera 4K, which is available now for preorder for the reduced price of $2,995. Josh and Jason, who recently completed a 13-part series for Fila and a launch spot for Sony’s PS4, […] »
- Graham Winfrey
We’re getting closer to Hollywood’s night to shine – the Oscars. This year’s nominations are a bevy of brilliant films, performances and crafts, the motion picture industry at its best.
The Academy Awards is the gold standard by which every other awards show is measured, because when it comes to the biggest night in film, nobody does it better than Oscar!
In anticipation of the star-studded night at the Dolby Theatre, the gang at Wamg has chosen their favorite nominees – from the Best Picture and Best Acting categories to the technical categories, here’s a close-up look at our Top 10 Favorite nominees.
Best Picture – American Hustle
By Jim Batts
The Best Picture Oscar usually goes to the film that shines a light on a social injustice, a historical event, or individuals battling injury or disease. The most wildly entertaining (sorry Marty and Leo, but three hours of arrogant »
- Movie Geeks
After winning the Best Actress Award at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival for Bradley Rust Gray’s “The Exploding Girl,” Zoe Kazan added a big-budget rom-com (“It’s Complicated”) and more indie dramas (“Meek’s Cutoff”) to her resume, starred on Broadway (“A Behanding in Spokane”) with Christopher Walken, and wrote the charming (and underrated) screenplay for “Ruby Sparks,” in which she starred with her longtime partner Paul Dano. As if that’s not enough, the 29-year-old is back, this time playing identical twin sisters in “The Pretty One.” First-time writer/director Jenée Lamarque’s quirky film also stars Jake Johnson (“New Girl,” “Safety Not Guaranteed,” “Drinking Buddies”), Ron Livingston (“Office Space,” “Swingers”), and John Carroll Lynch (“Fargo”), but the film centers around Kazan’s layered performance as Laurel and Audrey, sisters whose similarity stops at genetics. Laurel is an eccentric wallflower who has never blossomed; she lives at home, cares »
- Kristin McCracken
Oscar Isaac, Anna Kendrick, Jon Hamm and Paul Dano have been booked as presenters at the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards, Film Independent revealed exclusively to TheWrap on Tuesday. They will join previously announced presenters that include Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Andy Samberg, Jason Bateman, Will Forte, Octavia Spencer, Greta Gerwig and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The show will take place on Saturday, March 1 and will be hosted by Patton Oswalt. Isaac is a Spirit Award nominee for his leading role in “Inside Llewyn Davis,” and is currently working on the J.C. Chandor film “A Most Violent Year” with Jessica Chastain. Also read:. »
- Steve Pond
12 Years a Slave Directed by: Steve McQueen Written by: John Ridley Main cast members: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong’o, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt, Paul Giamatti, Scoot McNairy, and Alfre Woodard Number of Oscar nominations in total: Nine Other nominations besides Best Picture: Best Director (McQueen), Best Actor (Ejiofor), Best Supporting Actor (Fassbender), Best Supporting Actress (Nyong’o), Best Adapted Screenplay (Ridley), Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, and Best Film Editing Notable precursor wins: Tied for Best Picture at the Producers Guild of America Awards, won Best Drama at the Golden Globe Awards, won Best Supporting Actress at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, won Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay at the Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards and and USC Scripter Award. Chances at winning Best Picture: One of the top three contenders and main frontrunners for the award Chances »
- Joey Magidson
Love and Mercy
Director: Bill Pohlad
Writer: Oren Moverman
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
He has proven himself as an discerning producer (e.g: 12 Years A Slave, The Tree of Life, Into the Wild) and unlike his directing debut (1990′s Old Explorers) Pohlad is working from an Oren Moverman script, has got a solid acting team and has two of those major actors (John Cusack and Paul Dano) playing the Brian Wilson and a solid tech team for this uncharacteristic biopic.
Gist: This explores Brian Wilson’s life and explores his legendary battle with mental illness, as well as the love that keeps him alive. Paul Giamatti will play Brian Wilson’s therapist Dr. Eugene Landy, while John Cusack and Paul Dano are set to star as the »
- Eric Lavallee
Canadian director Denis Villeneuve's (Incendies) gripping new thriller Prisoners (2013) - starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal and Paul Dano - arrives on DVD, Blu-ray and digital download this coming Monday (3 February) courtesy of UK distributors Entertainment One. To celebrate the home entertainment release of Villeneuve's latest labyrinthine drama, we're delighted to announce that we've been provided Three DVD copies of Prisoners to give away to CineVue's loyal regular fanbase absolutely free of charge. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
- CineVue UK
Hugh Jackman plays a suburban father driven to violent extremes by the disappearance of his young daughter in Denis Villenueve's dark thriller Prisoners. Co-starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a cop investigating the kidnapping, this was one of the most emotionally powerful and critically praised movies of last year.
The film is available to watch online now without a subscription, thanks to blinkbox.
Here are five reasons for you to stop whatever you're doing and watch Prisoners as soon as possible:
1. Hugh Jackman's most intense performance yet
Jackman's Keller Dover, a God-fearing type who takes matters into his own hands once he think he has found his daughter's kidnapper, is a character that makes Wolverine look positively cuddly and mild-mannered by comparison.
Gyllenhaal's Detective Loki is tasked with unravelling the web of small-town mysteries that seem to lead back to the real kidnapper, and »
Bring home the 2014 Golden Globes winner 12 Years a Slave on Digital HD February 18 and Blu-ray and DVD March 4. Director Steve McQueen's cinematic masterpiece has been hailed by critics as "a game-changing movie event,"(Peter Travers, Rolling Stone) receiving top honors from critics, outstanding reactions from audiences and a coveted "A" CinemaScore.
Now, go even deeper into Solomon Northrup's journey with exclusive, never-before-seen features on the Blu-ray and DVD including the documentary "A Historical Portrait" that explores director Steve McQueen's unique artistry in bringing this remarkable story to life with readings from the book by actor Chiwetel Ejiofor that brings authenticity and dimension to the real story of Solomon; "The Team" which profiles the creative minds assembled by McQueen to bring Solomon Northup's journey to life; and "The Score" that follows film composer Hans Zimmer as he creates his dramatic score.
One of the most-celebrated films of the year, »
After teaming up last year for the Sundance selected drama Kill Your Darlings, young actors Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) and Dane DeHaan (Chronicle) are looking to reunite in two drastically different roles. After playing Allen Ginsberg and Lucien Carr respectively, Radcliffe and DeHaan are in talks to play Lee Atwater and Karl Rove in College Republicans, a film that once had Paul Dano and Shia Labeouf involved with Richard Linklater directing. Now The Wrap reports it will be Radcliffe and DeHaan's Kill Your Darlings director John Krokidas at the helm of the film which topped the Black List in 2010. Read on! The script comes from Wes Jones and took the top spot on the Black List amidst Oscar contenders like Argo, American Hustle and Margin Call. With flares of The Social Network, the film would follow a young Karl Rove (former White House Deputy Chief of Staff) as he vies »
- Ethan Anderton
Directed by Denis Villeneuve.
When Keller Dover's daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family?
Prisoners stars Hugh Jackman as Keller Dover, a man whose daughter has been kidnapped along with her friend right in their own neighborhood. The number one suspect is a strange man named Alex Jones (Paul Dano), who is let go by the police after not having enough evidence to convict him. Keller is more than sure that Alex took the girls and he will stop at nothing to make Alex tell him where they are. Meanwhile the detective working the case, Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal), must search all possible »
- Gary Collinson
Daniel Radcliffe clearly had a blast making Kill Your Darlings (he said as much on our Podcast, which you can find lurking at the bottom of the page). So it makes sense that he’d be seriously considering a reunion with director John Krokidas and co-star Dane DeHaan for College Republicans.If it all comes together – and various representatives have denied that it’s a done deal to The Wrap – the film would see Radcliffe and DeHaan playing the young Lee Atwater and Karl Rove long before they became powerbrokers in American politics.It would also represent a resurgent level of interest in Wes Jones’ script, which hit the Black List back in 2010 and later attracted the interest of Richard Linklater and Paul Dano as director and star, but then went quiet.The story is based on real events from the 1970s and follows Rove (DeHaan) as he runs a »
Is it just me or is this the week of reunions? First, Jennifer Lawrence and David O. Russell, then, Liam Neeson and Martin Scorsese, and now, Dane DeHaan, Daniel Radcliffe and John Krokidas. Yup, that’s right, the Kill Your Darlings trio will team up again to make College Republicans. The Wes Jones-penned script, which was on the 2010 Black List, has been making the rounds in Hollywood for a while now. Paul Dano and Shia Labeouf were actually set for the lead roles at one point but of course, that didn’t work out.
The film, which is being described as a buddy comedy, will tell the true story of “Karl Rove (DeHaan), who under the guidance of Lee Atwater (Radcliffe), runs a dirty campaign for for the College Republican Chairman in 1973.” Definitely sounds like interesting material for the two young actors and it’s great to see both »
- Matt Joseph
Given Hollywood's focus more on things that go boom and sell toys, and less on dramas with human beings, it's probably not a total shock that "College Republicans" hasn't gained much traction since landing on the 2010 Black List. At one point Richard Linklater was attached to direct, with Shia Labeouf and Paul Dano linked to lead roles at various times, without anything ever coalescing. But the project is taking another swing at getting made, this time with a pair of compelling actors taking the starring roles. "Kill Your Darlings" pals Dane DeHaan and Daniel Radcliffe, will once again go to school together on the big screen. And that's not all. They're bringing their 'Darlings' director John Krokidas along to helm. Penned by Wes Jones, the film is based on the true story of Karl Rove (DeHaan), who, under the guidance of Lee Atwater (Radcliffe), runs a dirty campaign for for »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Radcliffe would play Lee Atwater and DeHaan stars as Karl Rove in the 1973-set film in which aspiring politician Rove runs a dirty campaign for national College Republican Chairman under the guidance of campaign manager Atwater (Radcliffe).
Filming on the project aims to begin in November.
Source: The Wrap »
- Garth Franklin
Film: "12 Years a Slave"; Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Brad Pitt, Lupita Nyong'o, Alfre Woodard, Adepero Oduye, Paul Dano, Sarah Paulson; Director: Steve McQueen; Rating: ***1/2
Based on a true story of Solomon Northup published in 1853, "12 Years a Slave" is a cold-hearted, even-toned film about American slavery, not an easy one to sit through.
Director McQueen has nothing new to offer that we aren't aware of. But it is his unflinching portrayal of Solomon Northup with scenes of brutal realism, dramatic dialogue, cartoonish villains and a plot that highlights the torture which the slaves endured that sets it apart.
Set in 1841, the narration begins at Saratoga Springs, New York.. »
- Leon David
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