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[Although this film is 14 years old, I recognize the possibility that many of you haven’t seen it. Therefore, there are some slight spoilers below. ] As promised in last week’s introduction to this brief series of articles, today I take a look at director Andrew Dominik’s debut film Chopper, which was released in 2000. Based on From The Inside, the autobiography of Mark Brandon Read (aka “Chopper”), the film achieves something quite rare in that it manages to be unflinchingly brutal, warm, and funny in equal measure. A lot of crime films, especially after Pulp Fiction, have aspired to meld tones like this. But most of them have failed, in large measure because of their self-consciousness. Chopper isn't self-conscious. It doesn't achieve its alchemy by laying a grouping of desired ingredients out on the table and willing them to collide. The film is one hundred percent the result of an authentic interest in its subject. Dominik is so true to his reading of Read’s life that the film reads as an extension of his personality, »
- Evan Dickson
I picked up writer/director/editor Gareth Evans' The Raid 2 on Blu-ray this week and damn if it wasn't worth every penny. The quote on the box from our own Matt Goldberg calls the film "one of the greatest action movies ever made" and, after watching it, I can't say that I disagree. Evans takes everything that made The Raid great and augments it to create an unforgettable action spectacle that is bigger in every conceivable way. It goes without saying that the stunt work and fight choreography is top notch, but work that strong shouldn't be taken for granted so I'm mentioning it anyway. Additionally, Dp's Matt Flannery and Dimas Imam Subhono use of color and contrast manage to make the film's extreme violence look and feel more artful than a hammer ripping someone's throat out has any right to be. I'm cramped for space here, but »
- Jason Barr
With a bunch of casting news/rumors and plot points beginning to leak out about the second season of HBO’s acclaimed anthology series True Detective, I wanted to take another look at the talent surrounding the show. Basically, I’m thrilled to see that it’s really the one program out there that’s looking to be more like a movie than a TV show. Television has always been a very different medium than film, but True Detective is really working hard to bridge the gap, in a big way too. This next season, if it’s as good an as artful as the first, could really do it. On the inaugural season, it almost came as a shock how cinematic the series was. Series creator and writer Nic Pizzolatto created a blueprint for something that could have been just another procedural, but the talent that came together really elevated it. »
- Joey Magidson
Following the news that Vince Vaughn is in talks to play the central antagonist in season two of True Detective, plenty of new story details, possible casting decisions and even director’s being considered have started rolling in, and we have all the latest on the HBO drama for you right here.
While both Colin Farrell and Taylor Kitsch are in talks for two of the male leads, Mad Men star Elizabeth Moss is being eyed for True Detective’s female lead (there are said to be a total of four leading roles, only one of which is a woman), while Michelle Forbes (The Killing) is circling a key role in the drama as well.
The following is a spoiler-free synopsis of the series which gives us an idea of the direction that season two of True Detective will take when it returns to the small screen hopefully next year. »
- Josh Wilding
Yesterday, it was announced that Vince Vaughn is in early talks to take on one of four main roles in True Detective Season 2. Now, it looks like Mad Men star Elisabeth Moss is also circling one of these four lead characters, with The Killing's Michelle Forbes looking to sign on in some capacity as well.
If he signs on, Vince Vaughn will play the main protagonist, though it is noted that he may not necessarily be the villain or a murderer, as True Detective is primarily a mystery based series. Elisabeth Moss is eyeing the lead female detective, while it is not known which role Michelle Forbes is currently vying for.
Colin Farrell, who will star as the lead detective, is close to wrapping up his deal. Taylor Kitsch is still the frontrunner to play a younger detective. HBO has not yet confirmed any casting for the crime drama. »
We've already heard Colin Farrell was in talks for the second season of HBO's "True Detective" with names such as Taylor Kitsch and Garrett Hedlund circling the show's move to the lesser known venues of California. Yesterday we learned Vince Vaughn was in talks for one of the season's three lead roles and today The Wrap adds Elisabeth Moss ("Mad Men") to the mix for the female lead along with Michelle Forbes ("The Killing") for what is being called a "key role". According to The Wrap, the second season will "follow the death of Ben Caspar, the corrupt city manager of a fictional California city who's found brutally murdered amid a potentially groundbreaking transportation deal that would forever change freeway gridlock in the state. Three law enforcement officers (Farrell and likely Kitsch and Moss) from different cities and branches of the government are tasked with finding out who did it. »
- Brad Brevet
Richard Jenkins needs no introduction—if you believe he does, you simply haven’t been paying attention to the movies over the past four decades. The Oscar-nominated actor has deservedly earned the reputation of being one of the best character actors in the business, who can move from blockbuster roles to indies, from drama to comedy, with ease, skill and craft. His career has seen him work with the likes of the Coen brothers, David O. Russell, Matt Reeves, Andrew Dominik, Tom McCarthy and many more, all the while maintaining an ambition to play interesting characters, in distinct movies. The actor’s latest effort, in “4 Minute Mile,” may not boast auteur credentials, but it’s another opportunity for Jenkins to sink into the kind of part best played by him. He portrays a down-and-out track coach, who takes on training a troubled kid with tremendous potential. Together they form an unlikely bond, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Andrew Dominik is sort of an enigma. He doesn’t self promote. He doesn’t suffer fools. Some people find him rude, while others regard him as honest and matter-of-fact. He doesn’t give canned answers to journalists. He’s not a pushover in the studio environment. He’s successfully positioned himself so that when you think of him, you think of his work. In a professional context I’ve spoken to him several times at length on the phone or via email (this was some time ago, I was an assistant to one of his reps in 2007) and he’s still a mystery to me in many ways. When someone mentions him, my mind almost never moves to a memory or recollection those days. Instead, I immediately go to the final half hour of The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and how that stretch of »
- Evan Dickson
The CV of filmmakers cinematographer Roger Deakins has amassed speaks for itself, with the Coen Brothers, Andrew Dominik, Martin Scorsese, Sam Mendes, Ron Howard, Edward Zwick, Norman Jewison, M. Night Shyamalan, Paul Haggis, John Sayles and David Mamet all utilizing his exceptional talents behind the camera. And certainly we're big fans. Deakins provided our "Best Shot Of The Year" from Denis Villeneuve's "Prisoners" (and he'll be reteaming with the director on "Sicario"), and we took the time to highlight his 5 Best Films. And today we have another way to appreciate the cinematographer. A five-minute tribute, "Shadows In The Valley," has emerged online and it's an evocative summary of Deakins' work. Utilizing Nick Cave and Warren Ellis' "Song For Bob" from "The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford" (which is featured), the video runs through sixteen of Deakins' »
- Kevin Jagernauth
With the shoot of Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice well underway, a fresh piece of casting news has come to light. Scoot McNairy, who gave great performances in Gareth Edwards' Monsters, Andrew Dominik's Killing Them Softly and Ben Affleck's Argo, has joined the film in an unspecified role.
Still, just because the role is unspecified, it doesn't mean that some guessing games haven't been going on. Either Nightwing or The Flash have been suggested thus far.
The film heads into cinemas on May 6th 2016, so it may be we've got quite a long time before we find out for certin who McNairy is played. More as we get it, though.
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Scoot McNairy is the best actor right now that no one has heard of. Incredibly versatile, deeply talented and something of a chameleon too, he's quietly racked up a CV of films that includes Gareth Edwards' breakout "Monsters," Andrew Dominik's "Killing Them Softly," Gus Van Sant's "Promised Land," Steve McQueen's "12 Years A Slave," David Michôd's "The Rover," the upcoming "Frank," and that has all led to a starring role in the new AMC series "Halt & Catch Fire." And now, McNairy is making the blockbuster leap. Deadline reports that the actor has joined the ensemble of "Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice." His role? No one is talking, but if you ask us, he'd be a great Flash. Just saying. And we'd also have to assume that Bruce Wayne himself—Ben Affleck—likely put in a good word for the actor after his nice turn in "Argo. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Thanks to The Help and Zero Dark Thirty, she’s one of the hottest actresses in Hollywood right now, but Jessica Chastain may be migrating to the small screen for her next major acting gig, if HBO has its way. According to Nerdist, True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto, who previously hinted that he is hoping to focus on female detectives in the show’s second season, wants Chastain to take on one of the lead roles and has in fact already offered the part to her.
No word out of Chastain’s camp yet, but that’s certainly a hard offer to walk away from, if Nerdist’s scoop turns out to be true. True Detective will no doubt rank among the best shows of 2014, and it gave Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson some of the best material of their careers. Provided Pizzolatto can make lightning strike twice, a role »
- Isaac Feldberg
Cannes - Ned Benson's "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby" seems to have been well-received in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival after debuting in two parts in Toronto last year. With that reception has come a lot of favorable ink for actress Jessica Chastain. Perhaps it's for those reasons and more (like, um, relaxing in the south of France) that the actress was as cheerful as ever when Greg Ellwood sat down with her to discuss her performance in the film earlier this week. While the two-film experiment (telling the story from both her character and James McAvoy's separate perspectives) has been combined for a single experience, the "Him" and "Her" versions will still get modest releases. That's a bonus, as far as Chastain is concerned. "I just see it as it's like Olivier Assayas has the film 'Carlos,' and there's the five-hour version, »
- HitFix Staff
Based on the inspirational poem by early 20th century, Lebanese writer Kahlil Gibran, the high profile adaptation is currently in post-production.
Hayek will present a work-in-progress in Cannes’ Official Selection on May 17. The actress also features in the voice cast alongside Liam Neeson, John Krasinski, Frank Langella, Alfred Molina and Quvenzhané Wallis.
The animated, portmanteau picture features the work of Roger Allers, Tomm Moore, Tichal Socha, Joan Gratz, Nina Paley, Joann Sfar, Bill Plympton, Mohammed Harib, and Paul and Gaetan Brizzi, who will all also be present at the event.
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After landing the role of Marilyn Monroe in Andrew Dominik's Blonde, it looks like Jessica Chastain might head into blockbuster action territory after that. If a rumor from Schmoes Know is accurate (and they've been on the money lately with certain reports), then Chastain is currently being sought for the female lead in Mission: Impossible 5 the next sequel of the Tom Cruise led action franchise at Paramount Pictures which is already slated for release on Christmas Day next year. That likely means that Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol female lead Paula Patton won't be back, but the series has never reused any females from the previous films, making Ethan Hunt a less sexually driven James Bond of sorts. Chastain previously almost worked with Cruise on Oblivion before she was replaced with Olga Kurylenko, so it sounds like the two are eager to work together. We'll likely get more »
- Ethan Anderton
Filmmaker Andrew Dominik’s long-in-the-making attempt to turn Joyce Carol Oates’ Pulitzer Prize finalist “Blonde,” a loose (and beloved) 700-page take on the life of Marilyn Monroe, into a feature film has steadily become a prime candidate for inclusion on listicles that chart great-sounding films that never happened. It’s like Dune! Or The Man Who Killed Don Quixote! But it could still totally happen! But the news that Dominik’s feature has snagged a new leading lady to play the Monroe part, despite the long-time attachment of another famous blonde and little public indication that he needed a fresh face, seems to indicate that this thing might actually happen after all. The Wrap shares that Dominik’s film has now cast Jessica Chastain as Monroe, with an eye to start filming in August. As much as we really want to see this film – a true passion project for Dominik, as »
- Kate Erbland
It was recently reported that Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) is close to signing a deal to play Marilyn Monroe in Andrew Dominik's "Blonde." And now comes word that Paramount Pictures is considering the actress to star opposite Tom Cruise in "Mission: Impossible 5." At this point, the news is just a rumor. But according to SchmoesKnow, Chastain will play the lead female role, which is Tom Cruise's right hand woman. There aren't a lot of details, but it sounds like she'll be a fellow agent. "Mission: Impossible 5" will be directed by Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher) from a script by Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3). It's set to hit theaters on December 25th, 2015. »
There is no word on Chastain's potential role in the film yet.
The movie will open on December 25, 2015 in the Us. A UK release is yet to be confirmed. »
Yes, you’ve read the headline correctly. There is yet another film on the horizon based around Hollywood starlet of the 1950′s Marilyn Monroe. After we have already seen the 2011 film My Week With Marilyn and the 2012 documentary Love, Marilyn (among many others), one would assume that Hollywood that would get bored of films based on the ill-fated icon. However that is not the case, and so Brad Pitt will be producing a new ‘re-imagined’ film chronicling the life and stardom of Marilyn Monroe titled Blonde.
Blonde is based on the novel of the same by Joyce Carol Oates, which is said to re-interpret Monroe by focussing on the ‘poetic and spiritual life of Norma Jeane Baker — the child, the woman and the fated-celebrity better known by her studio name of Marilyn Monroe’. Jessica Chastain has reportedly been persuaded to star in the film by Pitt after initial hesitations, in »
- Ben Read
So, let's start with the caveats. This is a rumor, and it's coming from the folks at Schmoes Know, who in the last little while have been okay with their track record concerning this kind of stuff. That said, this could still totally be off base and wrong, but it's intriguing enough to consider. According to the site, Jessica Chastain is being sought for a starring role in "Mission: Impossible 5" with Tom Cruise, and has received an offer. It's not known what the role would be, but it wouldn't be the first time these two have tried to work together. You might have forgotten but Chastain was originally attached to "Oblivion," but scheduling forced her drop out, and she was replaced by Olga Kurylenko. And theoretically, Chastain would be able to fit this movie into her schedule. Though she just signed up for Andrew Dominik's "Blonde," that movie (last we heard anyway, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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