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If there's one Old Testament image everyone knows, it's the parting of the Red Sea. And when shooting that scene in Exodus: Gods and Kings (in theaters Dec. 12), director Ridley Scott knew that he want to treat the incident as realistically as possible. "You can't just do a a giant parting, with walls of water trembling while people ride between them," says Scott, who remembers scoffing at biblical epics from his boyhood like 1956's The Ten Commandments. "I didn't believe it then, when I was just a kid sitting in the third row. I remember that feeling, and thought that »
- Sara Vilkomerson
Thanks to an erroneous posting over on IMDb, moviegoers around the world assumed that Ridley Scott’s upcoming sword and sandals epic, Exodus: Gods and Kings, had an appropriately massive run time to match, with the page pegging the film’s length at an eye-watering, bum-numbing three hours and twenty minutes.
However, 20th Century Fox took to the movie’s official Twitter account and verified the correct length of Scott’s biblical motion picture, stating that the film will run for a much more reasonable two hours and twenty minutes.
— Exodus (@ExodusMovie) October 21, 2014
Well, we say correct when it should be not-quite-finalized; after all, there’s every chance that the final cut of Exodus: Gods and Kings could dip below or indeed balloon past that aforementioned run time »
- Michael Briers
Watch for the parting of the sea scene at the 3:20 mark – it looks amazing.
Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses (Christian Bale) as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton), setting 400,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.
20th Century Fox will release Exodus: Gods And Kings in theaters on December 12.
Visit the film’s official site: exodusgodsandkings.com
- Melissa Thompson
Not too long ago, we thought that Interstellar was going to be one of the longest movie released this year. Not that there's anything wrong with a long movie, but depending on what you're going to see, your interpretation of what constitutes as "long" will vary. That having been said, we've now got a new candidate for the longest film in 2014, as well as the film that will most likely divide the audience in two. That movie is Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods And Kings. The IMDb page for the upcoming Christian Bale/Joel Edgerton epic clocks the movie in at a balmy 3 hours and 20 minutes. The only movie that could seriously challenge Exodus: Gods And Kings for the longest movie you tried to fit into your holiday celebration schedule is The Hobbit: The Battle Of Five Armies, and even that film probably won't come close to what Ridley Scott »
The crime thriller starring Joel Edgerton, Tom Wilkinson, Jai Courtney and Melissa George opened at 10 cinemas in the Us last Friday, grossing an estimated $US4,200 via new distributor Gravitas Theatrical.
A month earlier the title was released on VoD platforms in what is known as the premium VoD window, priced at $9.99 to rent and $14.99- $16.99 for download-to-own. Last Friday the prices dropped to $6.99 and $9.99 respectively.
Gravitas Theatrical orchestrated prime placement of the title on sites such as iTunes and last week staged a well-publicised premiere in Los Angeles attended by Edgerton and Courtney.
The Goalpost Pictures production got mostly effusive reviews after its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
The latest batch of Us reviews is mixed. The Los Angeles Times. Kenneth Turan is an admirer, »
- Don Groves
Moral and ethical boundaries are crossed with serious consequences in Felony, a new movie written by and starring Joel Edgerton. In the film, Edgerton plays Detective Mal Toohey, who is out celebrating with his crew after pulling off a successful drug bust. Despite having a few drinks, he feels okay to drive and gets behind the wheel. On his way home, however, he inadvertently clips and seriously injures a young boy riding his bicycle.
Mal does the right thing by calling the police, but he knowingly lies about how the boy crashed. Soon after, veteran detective Carl Summer (Tom Wilkinson) arrives on the scene with his partner, rookie cop Jim Mellic (Jai Courtney), and they both handle the incident differently. Carl is willing to cover it up for Mal’s sake, but Jim senses that something is off and becomes determined to get to find out what happened. For these three men, »
- Ben Kenber
If Joel Edgerton has one piece of advice to aspiring actors, it’s this: always be sure to check your inbox.
“I found an email the other day from my old agent in London, that I’d just sort of discarded because I was too busy at the time,” Edgerton recalls on a recent afternoon in New York, looking a tad professorial in full-rimmed glasses and beard. “It was this screenplay for a film by a first-time filmmaker that, if I was interested, I should consider auditioning for.” As it turned out, the filmmaker was Steve McQueen and the movie was “Hunger.”
Well, you win some and you lose some in this business, and lately Edgerton has been chalking up the wins. After back-to-back breakout performances in the Oscar-nominated “Animal Kingdom” (2010) and “Warrior” (2011), the 40-year-old Australian actor and screenwriter has been working nonstop in Hollywood, from his Navy Seal commander »
- Scott Foundas
One of the most exciting movements in cinema in the last decade or two or so has come from Australia. Mostly (but not exclusively) tied to the production company Blue Tongue Films (which includes luminaries like Joel Edgerton, David Michod, and Spencer Susser), but also encompassing experienced figures like Andrew Dominik, Cate Shortland, Julia Leigh, Justin Kurzel, and John Hillcoat, the films are loosely tied together by the simple mark of quality, with great movies like "Animal Kingdom," "Snowtown Murders," "The Proposition" "Somersault," and "Chopper" emerging from the land down under since the dawn of the 21st century. Could the next name to join them be Julius Avery? The director won the Jury Prize at Cannes for his short "Jerrycan," and now makes his directorial debut with crime thriller "Son Of A Gun," which has managed to attract an A-list star and two of the business' busiest, fastest-rising young »
- Oliver Lyttelton
I always find it a bit strange when studios pre-screen random clips from upcoming movies, but with the racially insensitive hubbub currently surrounding Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods And Kings, any talk about the actual movie could do absolutely no harm. There’s the age old saying that “there is no such thing as bad publicity,” and the worst case scenario after screening some clips only involves a few negative articles running on random entertainment sites – at least people might forget about the race card, right?
I attended the last New York City pre-screening of the Exodus: Gods And Kings footage preview, expecting nothing more than a slew of clips in the vein of Darren Aronofsky’s Noah. Everyone knows the story of Moses, Rhamses, and the ten plagues, and everyone knows actors like Sigourney Weaver and Christian Bale, so what could go wrong when there’s a budget worth millions and millions of dollars? »
- Matt Donato
The series of clips shown went from massive battles to small, intimate character moments that really tried to give you a sense of the grand scale the film is trying to work on as well as the personal story it’s trying to tell beneath it. Bible stories seem to be the new avenue for filmmakers to go down these days, and though Darren Aronofsky’s Noah left a little to be desired it looks like Ridley Scott is embracing his usual overblown sword and sandals method to tell this timeless biblical tale of Moses and Ramses.
- Sean Hutchinson
Patch of Blue: Saville’s Sophomore Film Lost in Endless Ellipses
For his first film since his 2007 feature debut Noise, Australian director Matthew Saville returns with Felony, which seems to be a labor of love for Joel Edgerton, who besides starring in the film also wrote and produced. Presenting us with a complicated moral conundrum, an intriguing introduction and sly triangle of dueling intentions garners some tension, but the film overstays its reach by the third act, which feels like a repetitive extension of the perspectives at hand. Hardly the banal cop drama its oblique title would imply, Saville’s film still lacks a certain finesse that would make this scenario have some sort of lasting impression.
Policeman Mal Toohey (Edgerton) parties a bit too hard one night after a significant raid on a drug lab, a bust that endangered his life. Driving home, he’s about five blocks away »
- Nicholas Bell
In the new drama Felony, star/writer Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby, Zero Dark Thirty) takes an unflinching look at morality within the ranks of detectives working in Sydney, Australia after his character Malcolm accidentally runs over a child while driving under the influence. Tom Wilkinson plays Carl, a veteran detective who attempts to sweep the whole thing under the rug for the sake of Malcolm's family and the department, but his partner Jim (played by A Good Day to Die Hard star Jai Courtney) grows suspicious. »
Now available On Demand and opening in select cities this weekend is director Matthew Saville’s (Noise) crime drama Felony. Starring Joel Edgerton (who also wrote the screenplay), Tom Wilkinson, Jai Courtney, and Melissa George, the film is about three detectives that become entangled after a tragic accident leaves a young child in critical condition. One of the men is guilty of the crime, one wants to uncover the truth, and one is trying to cover it up. Last week in New York City I landed an extended video interview with Joel Edgerton. He talked about what it's like winning the "actor's lottery," the realness of the people and situations in Felony, the moral ambiguity of the film, reactions from screenings, how he hopes audiences will react after seeing the movie, what it was like working with Ridley Scott on Exodus: Gods and Kings, the challenge of adapting The Bible, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
We don't yet know who will be cast as Marvel's Doctor Strange, but it seems like every known actor has been rumored for the role. We look back at all eighteen actors who have reportedly been in the running over that last four years and give you a bit of info on the casting woes.
From our understanding, the two actors who came the closest have been Joaquin Phoenix and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The first concept that almost went into production was to have a 30 something actor as Strange, who could be the new center of the Marvel cineverse in the way Iron Man is currently. The thinking was that by casting younger they could get more movies out of the chosen actor. When a deal with Gordon-Levitt couldn't be made, the script was changed to have an older Doctor Strange. During that rewrite period we went six months without any casting rumors. »
- Free Reyes
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Life After Beth (zombie rom-com; Aubrey Plaza, Dane DeHaan; rated R) Camp X-Ray (drama; Kristen Stewart, Payman Maadi; premieres 10/17 on Mod and in theaters; rated R) Extraterrestrial (sci-fi horror; Brittany Allen, Freddie Stroma; pretheatrical release premieres 10/17; not rated) Felony (thriller; Joel Edgerton, Tom Wilkinson, Jai Courtney; premieres 10/17 on Mod and in theaters; not rated) Rudderless (drama; Billy Crudup, William H...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
British actor Tom Wilkinson makes you want to root for the bad guy in Felony, a lifeless Australian morality play about three corrupt police officers who cover up a hit-and-run. That's a problem, since star/screenwriter Joel Edgerton and director Matthew Saville want you to feel conflicted in your loyalties — and to be moved to feel for all the cops: Malcolm (Edgerton), a family man who hits a little girl with his car, sending her into a coma; Jim (Jai Courtney), a short-tempered whistle-blower; and Carl (Wilkinson), a burnout who helps Malcolm conceal his crime. The three lead actors are limited by their characters' kiddy-pool-shallow behavior: Jim hounds Malcolm because he suspects Carl, a bullying boozehound, is up to even more no good, while Malcolm has glassy- »
Malcolm Toohey is a textbook example of a good cop, as we see in the opening of "Felony," written by and starring Joel Edgerton. Toohey is the kind of police officer that doesn't hesitate to charge into a dangerous situation, and by the end of the early moments of the film, his actions find him taking two shots to his bulletproof vest protected chest, all in the name of bringing down a bit player in a much bigger criminal ring. It's the kind of bravery that has earned him the respect of his colleagues. Meanwhile, on the homefront, with a beautiful wife and two young kids, things couldn't look better. But one bad decision, followed by a heat-of-the-moment lie, is all it takes for Malcolm's life to potentially unravel around him. What begins with so much promise in "Felony" is undone by a story that prefers sensationalist melodrama over tackling »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Jeremy Renner and director Michael Cuesta braved the red carpet on Thursday night for the premiere of their gritty new docudrama “Kill the Messenger,” based on the life of late San Jose Mercury News journalist Gary Webb.
Webb’s stories exposed connections between South Central crack cartels, and CIA-funded paramilitaries in Nicaragua and solicited a shaming campaign from other papers (and, by some reports, government intimidation) before he took his own life in 2004.
“The thing is, Gary actually wasn’t a whistleblower,” said “Homeland” veteran Cuesta. “He was a journalist. He was just doing his f—ing job. Before the script came to my attention, I didn’t know the grind that he went through, the discreditation campaign, the price that he paid; so that really made me want to make this movie. There’s a sense of knowing that this thing he’s tapped into is way bigger, but he doesn’t stop. »
- Steve Macfarlane
There will be Star Wars: Episode VII spoilers throughout the rest of this story, so stop reading now if you don't want to know any more about the movie than you already do. That said, this latest bit of news is more a confirmation of things we've heard in the past than it is some startling revelation.
When news first broke that director J.J. Abrams and his team were eyeing Adam Driver as a main cast member, it was heavily rumored that he would be playing a villain on par with Darth Vader. Though the actor was later confirmed for a role, we still don't know who he is playing.
Actor Joel Edgerton has helped clear that up a bit. Talking with MTV about his latest release Felony, in theaters next week, Joel Edgerton let it slip that he knows more about the upcoming sequel than most people.
Not because »
Adam Driver was one of the more surprising casting choices that Star Wars: Episode VII had up its sleeve, and that's meant in a good way. While the actor broke into the spotlight with his role on the HBO show Girls, Driver managed to secure parts in films like Lincoln, Inside Llewyn Davis, and This Is Where I Leave You - all of which have kept him in the Hollywood conversation. With his sweet gig playing a character in the long-awaited J.J. Abrams-directed sequel; we still don't know who Driver will turn out to be in the galaxy far far away. But we just got a massive clue. Joel Edgerton, at least according to MTV News, isn't as in the dark as the rest of us apparently, as he's commented on working with the knowledge of Adam Driver's top secret role in Star Wars: Episode VII. Edgerton explains »
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