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Black Mass, 2015.
Directed by Scott Cooper.
The true story of Whitey Bulger, the brother of a state senator and the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston, who became an FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading his turf.
Taking on the challenging story of adapting the life of James “Whitey” Bulger was always going to be difficult and Black Mass combines strokes of visual and acting genius with a clunky script and a timeline that never quite works.
Covering 1975 through to 1994 when he went on the run, a lot is packed into the 137 minute run time. Whilst it’s undeniable that that the movie is packed full of tense scenes and it is a gripping story; unfortunately the jumping around in time misses out so »
- Helen Murdoch
“Gods of Egypt” director Alex Proyas and the film’s studio, Lionsgate, have issued apologies for the lack of diverse casting in the mythological action film, which has generated controversy for its predominantly white cast.
Movie, #GodsOfEgypt in which everyone is white? Egyptians, in history and today, have Never been white. Bring Back Geography!! It's Africa!
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) November 12, 2015
Why does the Egyptian extras from #GodsOfEgypt look like they're from a Seth Rogen movie? pic.twitter.com/y4Rm4eyjYA
— BlackGirlNerds (@BlackGirlNerds) November 12, 2015
Proyas issued a statement apologizing for the lack of racial diversity in the cast on Friday. “The process of casting a movie has many complicated variables, but it is clear that our casting choices should have been more diverse. I sincerely apologize to those who are offended by the decisions we made.”
Lionsgate also acknowledged the need for more inclusive casting in a statement obtained by Variety, »
- Variety Staff
Various Hollywood films set in famous time periods of history have often been criticised for their lack of historically accurate racial diversity. Last year for example, Ridley Scott came under fire when his Ten Commandments epic "Exodus: Gods and Kings" utilised an essentially white cast like Joel Edgerton, Sigourney Weaver and Aaron Paul in the key roles of Egyptian royalty.
Now another ancient Egypt-set epic, Alex Proyas' fantastical tale "Gods of Egypt," has also generated controversy for its predominantly white cast. The difference this time? Proyas himself has issued a statement apologizing for the lack of racial diversity in the cast. He tells Forbes:
"The process of casting a movie has many complicated variables, but it is clear that our casting choices should have been more diverse. I sincerely apologize to those who are offended by the decisions we made."
Lionsgate also acknowledged the need for more inclusive casting »
- Garth Franklin
Xan Brooks, Peter Bradshaw and Catherine Shoard review Black Mass, a biopic of James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, the former king of south Boston’s underworld. The film, which stars Johnny Depp as Bulger, tells the story of the gangster’s rise to power, aided by a compromised FBI agent (Joel Edgerton) obsessed with ridding the city of the mafia. Black Mass, which also stars Dakota Johnson and Benedict Cumberbatch, is released in the UK on Friday 27 November
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- Xan Brooks, Peter Bradshaw, Catherine Shoard, Dan Susman, Henry Barnes and Joan Portillo
Joel Edgerton, who stars as crooked FBI agent John Connolly in Scott Cooper’s biopic of James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, explains how a mixture of boyhood loyalty and ambition led the lawman into a dangerous pact with one of Boston’s most notorious gangsters. Black Mass, which stars Johnny Depp as Bulger alongside Dakota Johnson, Benedict Cumberbatch and Jesse Plemons, is released in the UK on Friday 27 November
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- Andrew Pulver and Henry Barnes
Black Mass, 2015.
Directed by Scott Cooper.
The true story of James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, the notorious gangster who used his status as a FBI informant under John Connolly to take over South Boston.
In Scott Cooper’s Black Mass, there is no protagonist. The film’s rather populated by bad guys, with the good either on the fringes or at the end of the gunsights of one of Boston’s most notorious historical criminal factions: James ‘Whitey’ Bulger’s Winter Hill Gang. This cabal of murderers and racketeers ruled Boston for years, thanks to a shady deal Bulger cut with the FBI in the 70s and which he used as a licence to treat his home town like his own lawless kingdom.
The figure who would traditionally confront such a »
- Amie Cranswick
I know I will be after watching the debut trailer for this great looking sci-fi from writer/director Jeff Nichols, the same man behind 2013’s Mud. “Roy is a father desperate to protect his uniquely gifted, eight-year-old son Alton. Joined by Joel Edgerton and Kirsten Dunst’s characters, this group must race to get Alton to a secret […]
Read You should keep an eye out for Midnight Special on Filmonic.
Sundance missed out on the opportunity to present Shotgun Stories (2007) to the world (Berlin landed the film instead) but made up for it for it with Jeff Nichols films number two Take Shelter (2011) and three Mud (2012). The filmmaker originally from Little Rock, Arkansas lined up a major studio gig for Midnight Special, re-teamed with Michael Shannon and added Joel Edgerton, Adam Driver, Kirsten Dunst, young protag Jaeden Lieberher and Sam Shepard on the January shoot. Worth noting, that’s January of 2014. Unlike Take Shelter, a film that needed its own good dose of special effects, Warner Bros. has tried to figure out the best course of action to unveil this original piece. Tied with a March 18th, this is likely headed to SXSW (Dunst let slip out of the bag) but we’re thinking a special screening (Sundance’s way to incorporate a major studio film from auteurs working for »
- Eric Lavallee
Bar none, the most competitive acting race this season is for best supporting actor. The number of ensembles with multiple standout portrayals, as well as films with scene-stealing turns, makes for a dense category that could easily stretch to 10 nominations. This year, a lot of fine work is going to be left on the sidelines.
Let’s start with the ensembles. “Spotlight” — by any measure a strong best picture contender and likely the year’s Screen Actors Guild winner for best performance by a cast in a motion picture — is filled to the brim with prospects. Indeed, the entire cast will compete in the supporting category. Michael Keaton, fresh off last year’s best actor circuit, is probably out front in “Spotlight” as the conscience of the movie. But Mark Ruffalo sparks with a fiercely mannered portrait of a beat journalist; Liev Schreiber’s dialed down editor-in-chief simmers on a different level; and Stanley Tucci, »
- Kristopher Tapley
One of our favourite films from this year’s London Film Festival was Scott Cooper‘s dazzling crime effort Black Mass, which hits UK cinemas this week. The film delivers one of Johnny Depp‘s best performances as the infamous crime boss and FBI informant James ‘Whitey’ Bulger’. Depp leads an all-star cast that also includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Joel Edgerton and Kevin Bacon.
In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) persuades Irish mobster James “Whitey” Bulger (Johnny Depp) to collaborate with the FBI and eliminate a common enemy: the Italian mob. Black Mass tells the true story of this unholy alliance, which spiraled out of control, allowing Whitey to evade law enforcement, consolidate power, and »
- Paul Heath
It's that time of the year again, when The Hollywood Reporter produces and publishes its awards season roundtable conversations with those who are in contention. In today's chat, the actors congregate and speak; specifically, Will Smith, Samuel L. Jackson, Benicio Del Toro, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Caine and Joel Edgerton all gather for THR's awards season Actor Roundtable, during which they discussed a variety of subjects, from Hollywood racism, prejudice, Quentin Tarantino, the use of the N-word in movies, violence in movies, rebooting one's career and much more. The entire video isn't online yet; but THR has released a few individual clips teasing us with what's to come. »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Warner Bros has unveiled the trailer for the upcoming sci-fi movie, "Midnight Special," starring Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Sam Shepard and Adam Driver. Check it out below. Plot: A father (Shannon) and son go on the run after the dad learns his child possesses special powers. The new movie is directed by Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter, Mud) and is set to hit theaters on March 18th, 2016. Trailer: »
Following the release of the first poster and image [check them out here], a trailer has now arrived online for the upcoming sci-fi thriller Midnight Special, which is written and directed by Jeff Nichols and stars Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Sam Shepard and Adam Driver. You can watch it below after the official synopsis…
Midnight Special is a supernatural sci-fi thriller from acclaimed writer/director Jeff Nichols (Mud, Take Shelter). It stars Oscar nominee Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire, Man of Steel) as Roy, a father desperate to protect his uniquely gifted, eight-year-old son Alton, played by newcomer Jaeden Lieberher.
Joined by Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby, Animal Kingdom) and Kirsten Dunst (Spider-Man, Melancholia), this group must race to get Alton to a secret location all while being hunted by an extreme religious sect led by Sam Shepard (Mud, August: Osage County) and a government task force headed up by Adam Driver (Girls). It is a full-on chase, »
- Amie Cranswick
With Kirsten Dunst, Joel Edgerton, and Adam Driver along for the ride, Michael Shannon once again teams with take Shelter director Jeff Nichols for sci-fi thriller Midnight Special as a father who goes on the run to protect his son (Jaeden Liberher) after he begins to exhibit special powers. Our first trailer is very brief, giving us just a taste of what is in store for us, but it does promise a return to old school, almost 70’s era sci-fi, with the action driven by the characters (not a surprise, considering the caliber of actors on display) as opposed to the more fantastical elements. Needless to see, this has be very intrigued. Released: March 18th 2016 (U.S.)/ April 15th (Irl/U.K.) »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
The trailer for Midnight Special, a new sci-fi drama headlined by Michael Shannon and Joel Edgerton has arrived online. The film follows a father and son who go on the run after the dad learns his child possesses special powers.
This one’s a good way off with a release date set for April 15th, 2016, though we’re liking what we’re seeing so far. Kirsten Dunst and Adam Driver also star, while Shannon’s Take Shelter helmer Jeff Nichols directs.
Watch that first trailer below.
- Paul Heath
A trailer has landed for the fabulous-looking sci-fi movie, Midnight Special. See it right here...
Had things gone to plan, then Midnight Special – the new movie from director Jeff Nicholls – would have already been released. Yet the movie was pushed back to a new 2016 slot, and that means we’ve been waiting for some time for Nicholls’ movie. Given that his last two films were Mud and Take Shelter, his work is likely to be worth waiting for.
This time, his cast features Michael Shannon, Kirsten Dunst, Joel Edgerton, Adam Driver, Jaeden Lieberher, Sam Shepard, Paul Sparks, Bill Camp and Scott Haze. And the new trailer for the movie has landed.
Here, firstly, is the official synopsis for the film…
At the center of Black Mass is Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger, whose criminal empire was made possible thanks to his relationship with disgraced FBI agent John Connelly. Having grown up in the same south Boston neighborhood, Connelly recruited Bulger as a federal informant and ended up instead feeding him information and protecting him from federal scrutiny. Joel Edgerton plays Connelly as a half-naïve sycophant, half-complicit huckster in a performance that… »
Check out the first trailer for the highly anticipated Midnight Special.
In the sci-fi thriller Midnight Special, writer/director Jeff Nichols proves again that he is one of the most compelling storytellers of our time, as a father (Michael Shannon) goes on the run to protect his young son, Alton (Jaeden Lieberher), and uncover the truth behind the boy’s special powers. What starts as a race from religious extremists and local law enforcement quickly escalates to a nationwide manhunt involving the highest levels of the Federal Government. Ultimately his father risks everything to protect Alton and help fulfill a destiny that could change the world forever in this genre – defying film as supernatural as it is intimately human.
Midnight Special stars Oscar nominee Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver, Jaeden Lieberher and Oscar nominee Sam Shepard. Rounding out the main cast are Bill Camp, Scott Haze and Paul Sparks. »
- Michelle McCue
Warner Bros. Pictures released the first trailer from writer-director Jeff Nichols' upcoming film "Midnight Special" starring Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver, Jaeden Lieberher, Sam Shepard, Bill Camp, Scott Haze, and Paul Sparks.
In the sci-fi thriller “Midnight Special,” writer/director Jeff Nichols proves again that he is one of the most compelling storytellers of our time, as a father (Michael Shannon) goes on the run to protect his young son, Alton (Jaeden Lieberher), and uncover the truth behind the boy’s special powers. What starts as a race from religious extremists and local law enforcement quickly escalates to a nationwide manhunt involving the highest levels of the Federal Government. Ultimately his father risks everything to protect Alton and help fulfill a destiny that could change the world forever in this genre–defying film as supernatural as it is intimately human.
Check out the trailer below.
- Kellvin Chavez
Writer-director Jeff Nichols has become one of those storytellers who makes you stand up and take notice every time he has a new film coming out. True, the director only has three credits to his name. But since they include the outstanding Take Shelter and the incredible Mud, we.re pretty much on board with whatever type of story he.d like to tell next, especially when it looks like Midnight Special: Are you getting the same Amblin vibe off of this first footage for Midnight Special? The director once again teams with his lucky charm, Michael Shannon, for the story of a powerful young boy who is being pursued by powerful forces because of his unique abilities. Shannon is the man.s father, but who, then, is Joel Edgerton playing? From what we can tell in this trailer, the men have "abducted" 8-year-old Alton (Jaeden Lieberher), and are »
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