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12 Years a Slave clip: Chiwetel Ejiofor fights Michael Fassbender

30 December 2013 2:30 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

12 Years a Slave has premiered a new clip exclusively through Digital Spy.

The preview, viewable above, sees Chiwetel Ejiofor's Solomon Northup grappling with his sadistic master Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender).

Directed by Shame's Steve McQueen and based on Northup's memoir, the film centres on a free black man from New York who is abducted and sold into slavery in the antebellum United States.

Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Lupita Nyong'o, Sarah Paulson and Brad Pitt star in the film, which is screening in Us cinemas now and will open in the UK on January 10.

12 Years a Slave review: Chiwetel Ejiofor stuns in unflinching drama

Oscars 2014: 15 movies facing off in the Academy Awards race »

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Why Paul Dano Will Never Be a (Run-of-the-Mill) Movie Star

26 December 2013 4:58 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Many young, successful actors dance into the bright lights of fame as if were the path to the after life, but Paul Dano keeps slinking around them. On a weekday afternoon last month, the lanky 29-year-old sauntered into the folksy diner Rucola in Brooklyn’s Boeurum Hill neighborhood and looked relieved to find the place nearly empty. He sunk comfortably into anonymity and ordered a coffee. "This is easier," he said with a sigh. "The whole being-in-a-room interview thing, at a junket or a film festival, is very inhuman. You meet the person, have five or 10 minutes to talk, and it's not like a conversation." His bulging eyes and towering figure belie a soft-spoken quality that gives the impression of discomfort with overexposure. "When you repeat yourself so many times, even if you're speaking the truth, the repetition starts to feel false," he said. "Sometimes, you just feel like the words you're speaking, »

- Eric Kohn

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Prisoners - Blu-ray Review

21 December 2013 7:31 AM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Although the film loses some momentum towards the ending, Prisoners is a gripping thriller that shows how far a normal man will go when pushed to the extreme. The movie is hard to watch, but the performances of its incredible ensemble cast make the journey impossible to turn off. Directed by Denis Villeneuve and written by Aaron Guzikowski (Contraband), Prisoners features Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Terrence Howard, Melissa Leo, and Paul Dano. Set at Thanksgiving, the film opens with Keller Dover (Jackman), his wife Grace (Bello), their teenage son (Dylan Minnette) and small daughter (Erin Gerasimovich) going to a neighbor’s house for Thanksgiving. Keller owns a carpentry business and the lunch is with his long-time »

- Patrick Luce

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Casting: Brown, Gervais, Soul, Roop, Bell

19 December 2013 5:59 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »


Daniel Wu ("New Police Story") and Clancy Brown ("Carnivale") have joined the cast of Duncan Jones' "Warcraft" for Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures. Filming begins in Vancouver next month.

The pair join a cast that includes Paula Patton, Anson Mount, Paul Dano, Colin Farrell, Travis Fimmel, Anton Yelchin, Ben Foster, Toby Kebbell. [Source: Screen]

Night at the Museum 3

Ricky Gervais will reprise his role as Dr. McPhee in Shawn Levy's "Night At The Museum 3" at 20th Century Fox.

Ben Stiller is reprising his lead role, and Gervais is back as his boss. Robin Williams also is returning as Teddy Roosevelt in the Christmas 2014 release. [Source: Deadline]

The Next Chapter Of The Purge

Zoe Soul ("Prisoners") has been cast in James DeMonaco's "The Purge" sequel which is apparently going by the title of "The Next Chapter Of The Purge" at Universal Pictures, Blumhouse and Platinum Dunes.

Like this past Summer's sleeper hit, »

- Garth Franklin

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Warcraft Adds Clancy Brown and Daniel Wu

18 December 2013 5:21 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures have closed deals for Daniel Wu and Clancy Brown to join the cast of Warcraft, based on Blizzard Entertainment's award-winning Warcraft universe. Charles Roven, Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni and Alex Gartner will produce. Stuart Fenegan, Jillian Share, Brent O'Connor and Blizzard's Mike Morhaime and Paul Sams will serve as executive producers. Chris Metzen, Rob Pardo and Nick Carpenter from Blizzard will co-produce.

The script was written by Charles Leavitt and rewritten by Duncan Jones. Production is set to begin as planned in Vancouver this January.

Daniel Wu has twice been nominated for Best Actor at the prestigious Golden Horse Film Festival (Night Corridor, Like a Dream) and won the Golden Horse Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2004 with New Police Story. One Nite in Mongkok brought Wu a Best Actor nomination at the Hong Kong Film Awards. Other credits include The Shinjuku Incident, Protege, »

- MovieWeb

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Prisoners Blu-Ray Review

18 December 2013 9:24 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

“Somebody needs to make him talk, or they’re gonna die,” growls Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman), the terrified father of an abducted girl and the searing centerpoint of Dennis Villeneuve’s excellent film Prisoners, to a horrified family friend (Terrence Howard) whose daughter has also been taken. The ‘him’ in question: sinister man-child Alex Jones, played to perfection by Paul Dano, whom Keller has taken hostage in his conviction that Alex can lead him to the missing girls.

The twisted morality play at the center of Prisoners revolves around Keller’s divisive, ends-justify-the-means approach to justice; are his brutal tactics warranted if the girls turn up unharmed? Or is there a limit to how much evil can be done in pursuit of a greater good? Luckily, Villeneuve doesn’t indicate a clear moral high ground, instead choosing to revel in the murky behaviors of his characters. The result is one »

- Isaac Feldberg

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The HeyUGuys Most Anticipated Movies of 2014

18 December 2013 5:15 AM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

With 2015 looking like the year of the sequel, 2014 is very much an original affair with the likes of 12 Years a Slave, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Lego Movie and George Clooney’s Monuments Men all being released. That said, there are still a fair few sequels being released this year including the likes of Captain America: Winter Soldier, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, 300: Rise of an Empire and Muppets Most Wanted and The Raid 2: Berandal. Reboots this year include the latest Jack Ryan movie with Chris Pine taking the lead role in Shadow Recruit and a remake of Robocop.

Collectively the HeyUGuys team have come together to bring you all of our most anticipated movies of 2014. There’s an awful lot to read here but we hope that it will help you to plan your cinematic diaries for the coming year. A lot of the movies don »

- David Sztypuljak

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Fox Searchlight to Re-Release 12 Years a Slave This January

18 December 2013 4:13 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley announced today that the company will re-release director Steve McQueen's Golden Globe Award nominated film 12 Years a Slave in select cities for a special return engagement on Friday, January 17.

The most-nominated film of the year, 12 Years a Slave has already garnered over 20 major nominations from groups including The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (Nominated for 7 Golden Globes including Best Picture), Screen Actors Guild (Nominated for 4 SAG Awards including Best Ensemble), Film Independent (Nominated for 7 Spirit Awards including Best Feature), and has earned numerous Critics Groups accolades including Best Picture from Washington DC Area Film Critics and New York Film Critics Online. After winning the Audience Award at the Toronto International Film Festival and the Mill Valley Film Festival, 12 Years a Slave opened domestically on October 18 and has grossed over $35 million, making it the most successful English-language specialty platform release of the year. »

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Blu-ray Review: Riveting ‘Prisoners’ Connects Even on Repeat Viewing

17 December 2013 1:32 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Denis Villeneuve’s “Prisoners” seems to have been lost in the awards season conversation and that’s a shame. Not only is Richard Deakins’ cinematography some of the best in his career but Jake Gyllenhaal and Hugh Jackman’s emotional work here deserves more credit than it’s been getting. Newly released on a gorgeous Blu-ray (with, sadly, scant special features), “Prisoners” is the kind of adult drama that seems certain to pick up more fans on the home market. It’s really worth your time.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

What would you do if your loved ones were in jeopardy? Is there anything that would stop you from torturing the person you thought responsible for your daughter’s kidnapping? And could you sleep at night if you the detective in charge of saving young lives? “Prisoners” is not just an intense drama, it is an expertly crafed one from Deakins’ beautiful camera work to great editing, »

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New DVD Blu-ray: 'Elysium,' 'Prisoners,' 'Predator 3D'

17 December 2013 11:30 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week

"Ain't Them Bodies Saints"

What's It About? This little Texan indie is part romance and part dramatic thriller. Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, and Ben Foster headline this top-notch cast about a man on the run, the woman he loves, and the sheriff who tries to get between them. (Not in a romantic way, just, you know, because he's a man of the law and Affleck's character broke out of jail.)

Why We're In: It's a slow and sweet Sundance favorite, and the Texas weather looks a whole lot hotter than the snow most of us are dealing with every day.

Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week

"Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde" (1920) - Deluxe Edition

What's It About? John Barrymore stars as Dr. Jekyll and evil Edward Hyde in this classic silent horror film directed by John S. Robertson. Scientific experiments! Debauchery! Murder!

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- Jenni Miller

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Prisoners (Blu-ray+DVD+UltraViolet Combo Pack)

17 December 2013 7:00 AM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Blu-ray Review


Directed by: Denis Villeneuve

Cast: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Terrence Howard, Maria Bello, Viola Davis

Running Time: 2 hrs 33 mins

Rating: R

Due Out: December 17, 2013

Own Prisoners on Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital Download 12/17

Plot: After two girls disappear in a quiet Pennsylvania neighborhood, one of the fathers (Jackman) kidnaps a potential suspect previously released from police custody (Dano). Meanwhile, a detective (Gyllenhaal) obsessively seeks to find the children before time runs out.

Who’S It For? Moviegoers ready for a tense story that will take them to very dark places.


Enabled by the success of movies like Mystic River and Gone Baby GonePrisoners does some special things with the tension it easily acquires (making children disappear has an incredible effect on the audience, certainly). Thanks to Villeneuve’s pacing, we are embedded with Jackman as he descends into desperation, and we feel the »

- Nick Allen

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For Your Streaming Consideration: Eight Unsung Male Performances from 2013

16 December 2013 12:22 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

While 2013 was certainly a banner year for women in film, let's look back at eight career-best and breakthrough male performances that have been critically unsung at the tail-end of this year as awards roll in and showier performances chew the spotlight. Clips after the jump.Also, check out my list of eight unheralded female performances in 2013 films now streaming here.Paul Dano and Jake Gyllenhaal, "Prisoners" (iTunes) Best Supporting ActorsNo doubt the highlight of this flawed yet exceptionally crafted American thriller by Canadian director Denis Villeneuve, Paul Dano and Jake Gyllenhaal deliver some of the finest work of their careers in "Prisoners." Dano, a disturbed and mentally handicapped young man, and Gyllenhaal, a hardened police detective, share few scenes together, but they are the pulse of the movie. While Dano spends much of his running time locked in a makeshift prison cell in the hands of Hugh Jackman's loudly grieving father, »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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New on DVD/Blu-ray: Prisoners (2013)

15 December 2013 7:27 AM, PST | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

For a film that had so much trouble landing its leading men in the wind-up to production, it’s incredible how well director Dennis Villeneuve’s “Prisoners” turned out. An unpredictable, white knuckle thriller that rarely lets up, I guess the fact so many good actors took a swing at the film’s two major roles before Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal finally landed the gigs is evidence of the movie’s strong script. All of that comes through in the movie, now hitting DVD/Blu-ray this December 17, 2013. How far would you go to protect your family? Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) is facing every parent’s worst nightmare. His six-year-old daughter, Anna, is missing, together with her young friend, Joy, and as minutes turn to hours, panic sets in. The only lead is a dilapidated Rv that had earlier been parked on their street. Heading the investigation, Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal) arrests its driver, »

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Star Wars Icon Among Surprising Nominees for the 2013 Sf Film Critics Awards

14 December 2013 7:25 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Leonardo DiCaprio, ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’: 2013 San Francisco Film Critics Awards nominations (photo: Leonardo DiCaprio in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’) There were few surprises among the nominations for the 2013 San Francisco Film Critics Circle Awards. First of all, the somewhat surprising absentees: Amy Adams and Christian Bale for American Hustle; Emma Thompson for Saving Mr. Banks; Julia Roberts for August: Osage County; Forest Whitaker for The Butler; Tom Hanks for Captain Phillips; Joaquin Phoenix for Her; Oscar Isaac for Inside Llewyn Davis. Additionally, Spike Jonze’s Her is missing from the Best Picture roster, even though Jonze was nominated in both the Best Director and Best Original Screenplay categories. (See San Francisco Film Critics Awards 2013 Winners.) Now, among the surprising inclusions are Best Actress nominee Brie Larson for Destin Cretton’s Short Term 12 (Larson is turning out to be 2013′s Elizabeth Olsen — think Martha Marcy May Marlene »

- Steve Montgomery

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Golden Globe Nominations – ’12 Years a Slave’ Tops the List

12 December 2013 5:56 AM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Here’s the full list of nominations for the 2013 Golden Globe Awards. As awards season kicks off, we get to see who may come out on top at this years Oscars, the daddy of all award ceremonies.

Check out the list below which is led by Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave which stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dwight Henry, Dickie Gravois, Scoot McNairy, Paul Giamatti, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Michael Fassbender, Sarah Paulson and Brad Pitt. If you missed our interviews from the Lff earlier in the year, you can click here to have a watch.

Who do you think will take best Picture?

The Golden Globe Awards are set to take place January 12th.


Best Motion Picture – Drama

“12 Years A Slave” “Captain Phillips” “Gravity” “Philomena” “Rush

Best Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical

American Hustle” “Her” “Inside Llewyn Davis” “Nebraska” “The Wolf Of Wall Street

Best Director

Alfonso Cuaron – “GravityPaul Greengrass »

- David Sztypuljak

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No 7 – For Ellen

12 December 2013 3:13 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

So Yong Kim's story about a vulnerable rocker and his daughter is music to Andrew Pulver's ears, as we continue our list of this year's top 10 films

• The 10 best films of 2013: Have your say

For Ellen arrived somewhat unheralded in cinemas, a product of the 2012 Sundance film festival; unheralded, perhaps, because of its opaque title and director So Yong Kim's track record of wispy meditations on Korean-American identity. But what a pleasure it turned out to be. It's never easy to create a plausible musician on screen – Spinal Tap has seen to that – and particularly a nail-varnish-wearing, soul patch-sporting rocker of the type that Paul Dano impersonates here.

But instead of attempting to distil a hard-partying, cooler-than-thou muso, Dano's Joby Taylor is an intensely vulnerable, childlike figure, as ineffectual as a 10-year-old. We first see him as he drives chaotically through the snow into a small American town (naturally, »

- Andrew Pulver

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SAG Awards Nominations

11 December 2013 3:16 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Nominees for the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® for outstanding performances in 2013 in five film and eight television categories as well as the SAG Awards honors for outstanding action performances by film and television stunt ensembles were announced this morning in Los Angeles at the Pacific Design Center’s SilverScreen Theater in West Hollywood.

The big omissions of the day – Robert Redford in All Is Lost and Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf Of Wall Street from the Best Actor category. Fox Searchlight’s 12 Years A Slave saw the most nominations in the Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Outstanding Performance by a Cast categories.

20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominations

Theatrical Motion Pictures

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Bruce Dern / Woody Grant – “Nebraska” (Paramount Pictures)

Chiwetel Ejiofor / Solomon Northup – “12 Years A Slave” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Tom Hanks / Capt. Richard Phillips »

- Michelle McCue

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’12 Years a Slave,’ ‘Breaking Bad’ Lead SAG Nominations

11 December 2013 10:34 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Twelve Years a Slave” has solidified its status as an awards-season front-runner, leading the SAG Awards nominations with four.

August: Osage County,” “Lee DanielsThe Butler” and “Dallas Buyers Club” each received three nominations for the 20th iteration of the SAG Awards, announced Wednesday morning at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles.

“12 Years” — which has been widely regarded as likely to draw a Best Picture Oscar nod — received nominations for cast ensemble, Chiwetel Ejiofor for lead actor, Michael Fassbender for supporting actor and Lupita Nyong’o for supporting actress.

See Also: Reactions from today’s nominees

August: Osage County,” “The Butler,” “Dallas Buyers Club” also took cast ensemble nominations as did “American Hustle.”

Jennifer Lawrence, who won the Oscar and SAG Award lead actress awards this year for “Silver Linings Playbook,” took a nomination for “American Hustle” — giving the David O’Russell drama a pair of nods. “Captain Phillips, »

- Dave McNary

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SAG Award Nominations Are In- Who Got In? Who Got Snubbed?

11 December 2013 8:34 AM, PST | | See recent LRM Online news »

The award season is now in full swing. This morning, SAG-aftra announced the nominees for the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. Nominations and wins at these awards often add to one’s Oscar hopes, so it’s always interesting to see which projects are getting the most attention.

One neat personal note here is that, since I’ve been a card-carrying member of the Screen Actors Guild for 7 years, I get to cast my votes on all of these. Looking forward to that.

And the nominees are…

20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominations

Theatrical Motion Pictures

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Bruce Dern / Woody Grant – “Nebraska” (Paramount Pictures)

Chiwetel Ejiofor / Solomon Northup – “12 Years A Slave” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Tom Hanks / Capt. Richard Phillips – “Captain Phillips” (Columbia Pictures)

Matthew McConaughey / Ron Woodroof – “Dallas Buyers Club” (Focus Features)

Forest Whitaker / Cecil Gaines – “Lee DanielsThe Butler »

- Mario-Francisco Robles

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SAG Awards 2014 Nominations: '12 Years a Slave' Takes the Lead

11 December 2013 2:45 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

The Screen Actors Guild has released their 2014 nominations honoring their colleagues in film and television. Although the winners won't be announced until January 18, the SAG noms are definitely of interest to Oscar prognosticators.

"12 Years a Slave" led the pack with four nominations, which includes best actor and best supporting actor, best female performance, and best cast. "August: Osage County" did very well, as did "The Butler" and "Dallas Buyers Club."

Check out the full list below, and start making your Oscar predictions!

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Bruce Dern / Woody Grant - "Nebraska" (Paramount Pictures)

Chiwetel Ejiofor / Solomon Northup - "12 Years A Slave" (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Tom Hanks / Capt. Richard Phillips - "Captain Phillips" (Columbia Pictures)

Matthew McConaughey / Ron Woodroof - "Dallas Buyers Club" (Focus Features)

Forest Whitaker / Cecil Gaines - "Lee Daniels' The Butler" (The Weinstein Company)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in »

- Jenni Miller

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