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For the first time ever, the Santa Barbara Film Festival’s Outstanding Performer of the Year Award will be given to two people, and in keeping with a year for strong female roles, it will go to two of the season’s leading ladies: Brie Larson (“Room”) and Saoirse Ronan (“Brooklyn”).
“This is an incredible year for emerging talent to take center stage and showcase their abilities,” festival director Roger Durling said. “We’ve long been following the careers of Brie and Saoirse and their recent roles as empowered young women transcend time, place and circumstance.”
The awards will be presented on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016 at the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara.
Previous recipients of the outstanding performer of the year honor include Steve Carell (“Foxcatcher”), Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine”), Jennifer Lawrence (“Silver Linings Playbook”), Viola Davis (“The Help”), James Franco (“127 Hours”), Colin Firth (“The King’s Speech”), Penélope Cruz (“Vicky Cristina Barcelona »
- Kristopher Tapley
Simon (Jason Bateman; Horrible Bosses, TV’s Arrested Development) and Robyn (Rebecca Hall; Transcendence, Iron Man 3, The Prestige) are a young married couple whose life is going just as planned until a chance encounter with an acquaintance from Simon’s high school sends their world into a harrowing tailspin. Simon doesn’t recognize Gordo (Joel Edgerton) at first, but after a series of uninvited encounters and mysterious gifts, a horrifying secret from the past is uncovered. As Robyn learns the unsettling truth about what happened between Simon and Gordo, »
- Gary Collinson
Ruining the Freudian allure of living fast and dying young by only really caring about the second part, Life is more successful as a reminder to prep your will than it is as a character study. This slice of biopic life finds actor James Dean as he stands on the precipice of stardom, and therefore, his untimely death. Director Anton Corbijn’s sleepy deconstruction of a Golden Age icon proves all too effective at exposing the duller details of Hollywood’s affair with Dean, before he became an industry legend and early martyr of American youth culture.
Patient pacing, the masks separating private and public appearance, the worth of an individual man: all interests of Life that also made Corbijn’s previous film, A Most Wanted Man, a thoughtful exercise in screw-tightening espionage. But the gulf of engagement one feels between modern terror politics and Silent Generation celebrity is wide »
- Sam Woolf
After a critically-acclaimed release during the summer, Joel Edgerton’s directorial debut The Gift is released on Digital Download today, as well as debuting on Blu-ray and DVD next Monday, December 7th.
And to celebrate the home entertainment release, we have some new interviews with the stars of the film, including Jason Bateman and Edgerton, as well as producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, Insidious). In addition, a new poster has been released for the release, which you can check out below (eyes peeled for a Flickering Myth quote!).
Joel Edgerton, Writer/Director: “The Gift started for me with a simple premise: what would happen if a high school bully ran into his victim fifteen or so years later? What would or could be the effects? How might the past come to bear on the present? How could the past, unaccounted and unresolved, rupture a present situation? I was interested in »
- Scott J. Davis
Unlike Ridley Scott with "Exodus: Gods and Kings," director Alex Proyas has chosen to issue an apology for casting a bunch of white people from Europe and Australia as Egyptians in "Gods of Egypt." Interestingly enough, studio Lionsgate also offered an apology and a promise to do "better." It's too late to do "better" for this particular film, which comes out February 26, 2016, but cynics could see this as an attempt to avoid the fate of Scott's "Gods and Kings."
"Gods of Egypt" is a fantasy film inspired by the classic mythology of Egypt, starring Gerard Butler, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Geoffrey Rush, and Brenton Thwaites. Here's how director Alex Proyas and Lionsgate responded to the calls of whitewashing (via 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 »
- Gina Carbone
Studio, director apologise over lack of diversity in Gods Of Egypt cast.
Proyas and Lionsgate both issued statements to Forbes, which was one of a number of voices questioning the extent of the white casting in the Egypt-set action-adventure title.
In an unusual but refreshing move, Lionsgate, backers of Tyler Perry’s Madea franchise and Netflix series Orange Is The New Black, issued the following statement on the casting: “We recognize that it is our responsibility to help ensure that casting decisions reflect the diversity and culture of the time periods portrayed.
“In this instance we failed to live up to our own standards of sensitivity and diversity, for which we »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
The film follows Simon (Jason Bateman; Horrible Bosses, TV’s Arrested Development) and Robyn (Rebecca Hall; Transcendence, Iron Man 3, The Prestige); a young married couple whose life is going just as planned. That is until they experience a chance encounter with an acquaintance from Simon’s past which sends their world into a harrowing tailspin. Although Simon doesn’t recognize Gordo (Joel Edgerton) at first, after a series of uninvited encounters and mysterious gifts, a horrifying secret from the past is uncovered.
As Robyn learns the unsettling truth about what happened between Simon and Gordo, her world unravels and she starts to ask the question: how well do we really know the people closest to us?
You can read our review for The Gift here.
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- Dan Powell
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
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