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Natalie Portman will be seen in a second Terrence Malick film soon (fingers crossed), as well as new films from Xavier Dolan, Alex Garland, and Pablo Larraín within the next year, but before that, she’ll finally debut her first directorial effort in U.S. theaters this summer. Following a premiere at Cannes Film Festival last year, we now have the U.S. trailer for A Tale of Love and Darkness.
Based on a bestselling book of the same name by author Amos Oz, it chronicles Oz’s early life during the end of the British Mandate for Palestine and the beginning of the new formed Jewish state. With cinematography from Slawomir Idziak (Black Hawk Down, Gattaca), the reception thus far has been a bit muted, but we’re looking forward to see what Portman can do behind the camera considering the great directors she’s worked with thus far. »
- Jordan Raup
While 2015 marked a breakout year for Oscar Isaac, this year has been a rather quiet one for the actor (as far as movie releases go), with the exception of his villainous appearance in X-Men: Apocalypse. But with a slate of big films, which now includes Steven Spielberg’s The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, in the works, 2017 and beyond are looking rather ambitious.
As Variety reports, Isaac has just been confirmed to join Mark Rylance in Spielberg’s forthcoming religious drama The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara. The story follows a young Jewish boy living in Bologna, Italy in 1858, who was taken from his family by force and later raised as a Christian. The struggle to free him becomes wrapped in a larger political struggle between national governments and the Papacy. Isaac, who’s role is not yet known, will star opposite Rylance, who’s set to play the role of Pope Pius IX. »
- William Fanelli
From Giant Country to a pulsing Italian thriller, it’s understood Rylance will reteam with Steven Spielberg on the project, itself a big-screen rendition of David Kertzer’s eponymous novel. Pulling from his regular pool of talent, Spielberg’s adaptation will be penned by Tony Kushner, who worked with the illustrious director across both Lincoln and Munich.
When it comes to Oscar Isaac’s casting, Variety didn’t disclose which role the actor has landed, but it is refreshing that Isaac is pursuing intriguing projects – Edgardo Montara, not to mention Alex Garland’s Annihilation – as a tonic to the blockbuster fare of the Star Wars universe.
First published in ’97, The Kidnapping Of Edgardo Montara recounts the »
- Michael Briers
While Oscar Isaac‘s face is now known around the world thanks to the “Star Wars” franchise, he’s using his time between movies taking place in a galaxy far, far away to keep working with auteurs, and tackle serious or interesting subject matter. He’s reteamed with “Ex Machina” director Alex Garland for “Annihilation,” he’s got Terry […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
The Emmy voters snubbed Show Me A Hero yesterday, though they continued to rubber-stamp nominations for all things Modern Family-related. It’s possible that many of them simply resubmitted last year’s ballot, from which David Simon’s exceptional limited series was absent, because its air date left it out of 2015 Emmy contention. We’re obviously still be a bit sore about it, but Oscar Isaac seems to be doing well. He’s got Star Wars: Episode VIII in the works, and he’s just wrapped production on his second Alex Garland film, Annihilation. Oh, and according to Variety, he’s just signed on to the new Steven Spielberg movie—all in all, not a bad week.
- Danette Chavez
After finding blockbuster success for the first time as Poe Dameron in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Oscar Isaac is getting back into the drama game. According to Variety, the indie favorite is set to join the cast of Steven Spielberg’s “The Kidnapping of Edgardo Montara.” Isaac will star opposite the previously announced Mark Rylance, who continues his blossoming career with Spielberg after “Bridge of Spies” and “The Bfg.”
Adapted by Tony Kusher from the novel by David Kertzer (the screenwriter last teamed with Spielberg for “Lincoln”), “The Kidnapping of Edgardo Montara” has been on the director’s radar for quite some time. The story, set in 1858, centers around a Jewish boy in Bologna, Italy who is taken from his family and raised Christian. His family takes it upon themselves to bring their son back, though the »
- Zack Sharf
After working with the Coens, Steven Soderbergh, Ridley Scott, Nicolas Winding Refn, Alex Garland, J.J. Abrams. and Rian Johnson, Oscar Isaac is now adding the most accomplished name in blockbuster filmmaking to his resume: Steven Spielberg. He’s in talks to join the director’s next next feature The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, which already has Mark Rylance on board, Variety reports.
Adapted by Tony Kushner based on David Kertzer‘s book, it follows a secretly baptized Jewish boy in Italy who is kidnapped to be raised as a Christian, which ignites a larger political battle. Spielberg plans to shoot the film early next year after wrapping Ready Player One, which recently went into production. As we wait for more details, including Isaac’s exact role, check out Amazon‘s description of the book below, followed by a new video essay on the historical accuracy of Saving Private Ryan.
Bologna: nightfall, »
- Jordan Raup
Isaac will star opposite Oscar-winner Mark Rylance, a Spielberg favorite recently (“Bridge of Spies,” “The Bfg”), in the religious drama. Spielberg would shoot “Edgardo” in the first quarter of 2017 after he finishes “Ready Player One.”
Tony Kushner is adapting the script based on David Kertzer’s novel.
“Edgardo Montara” tells the story of a young Jewish boy in Bologna, Italy in 1858 who, having been secretly baptized, is forcibly taken from his family to be raised as a Christian. His parents’ struggle to free their son becomes part of a larger political battle that pits the Papacy against forces of democracy and Italian unification.
- Justin Kroll
Cast and crew members from Ex Machina director Alex Garland’s latest project, Annihilation, have been taking to Instagram for weeks now to share gorgeous photos from the film’s set, and now, thanks to The Film Stage, the images have all been put in one place. While cinematographer Rob Hardy is responsible for the bulk of the photos, others come from stars Gina Rodriguez and Tessa Thompson, who also appear in a few. Check them out below…
Typically, set photos are taken by outside photographers, journalists or onlookers from far distances and, as a result, turn out either blurry or distorted in some way. In this case, however, where the photographers are members of the production team, the set picture quality vastly improves. Despite there being a number of photos above, there’s not a clunker in the bunch; nearly each one highlights an incredible landscape and is stunning to look at. »
- Justin Cook
First spotted by The Film Stage, the images are pulled from Tessa Thompson’s Instagram feed, offering a fleeting glimpse into the stretch of cursed land known as Area X. Thompson, who boarded the adaptation late last year, forms part of the 12th expedition to venture into the preternatural sanctuary alongside The Hateful Eight‘s Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez and Natalie Portman as the Biologist.
David Gyasi and Ex Machina‘s Oscar Isaac round out the core cast, with Garland pulling from Jeff VanderMeer’s enigmatic Southern Reach trilogy. From the Crawler, to the Lighthouse, to the seemingly never-ending tunnel (ahem, Tower), Annihilation is bursting at the seams with sci-fi tropes, and we’re excited to see the feature film light up the silver screen at some stage next year. »
- Michael Briers
If you don’t live near a magazine stand in California or pay for an online subscription, it may be hard to keep yourself caught up on Film Quarterly, the acclaimed film journal published by University of California Press. Yet this summer, you can check out all the peer-reviewed scholarly analyses for free, to your heart’s content.
Read More: 20 Publications That Inspired Generations of Film Critics — CriticWire Survey
The biggest highlight worth checking out is Amy Villarejo’s cover story, “Jewish, Queer-ish, Trans, and Completely Revolutionary: Jill Soloway’s Transparent and the New Television.” Villarejo dives deep into the show through the lens of Soloway’s adoption of the “female gaze” toward a handful of its characters. She also looks at “Transparent” as one of the most Jewish television shows of late and the diversity of the show within a gendered and queer community. If you like TV and queer theory (who doesn’t? »
- Russell Goldman
Alex Garland‘s Annihilation is quietly wrapping up filming and I wish this movie had an official release date so I could start counting down the days until its release. It’s hard to imagine a more perfect marriage of filmmaker and material – Jeff VanderMeer‘s 2014 novel is one of the best genre novels I’ve read […]
- Jacob Hall
Following the success of last year’s low-key sci-fi drama “Equals,” writer/director Alex Garland is returning to the realm of speculative fiction by adapting Jeff VanderMeer’s “Annihilation.” The film about an expedition into the enigmatic, physics-defying Area X isn’t expected until next year, but cinematographer Rob Hardy and several cast members have shared photos from the set that make an arresting first impression.
“Annihilation” is the first entry in VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy, the other two being “Authority” and “Acceptance,” and it’s little surprise that film rights to the novel were quickly picked up — it’s a book of exceptional, intriguing strangeness that practically dares the reader to imagine its fantastical environs. Natalie Portman, Oscar Isaac, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez and Tessa Thompson lead the cast.
Read More: Interview: Alex Garland Talks »
- Michael Nordine
Having spent most of last year deservedly celebrating the success of his feature directorial debut “Ex Machina,” writer/director Alex Garland is now busy at work on his next film, “Annihilation.” And while it will likely be some time before we get any official imagery, behind-the-scenes looks from cinematographer Rob Hardy (“Ex Machina,” “Tracks“), the cast, […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
For his next go behind the camera, he's adapting Jeff VanderMeer's acclaimed work "Annihilation" which stars Natalie Portman, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, and Jennifer Jason Leigh as members of the twelfth expedition into a mysteriously cut-off area of the planet called Area X - a surrealist landscape where physics don't apply and in which previous expeditions have gone missing.
With the film having just wrapped, a few beautiful photos from the location shooting have gone online courtesy of cinematographer Rob Hardy on his Instagram account. Hardy's quotes indicates that works such as Tarkovsky's "Stalker" and art like Umberto Boccioni's "States of Mind 2: Those Who Leave" are serving as inspiration for the film's look and feel.
My boo. #annihilationFilm. by director Alex Garland.
- Garth Franklin
Following up his Oscar-winning Ex Machina, Alex Garland is returning to sci-fi for his next film, an adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer‘s novel Annihilation. Starring Natalie Portman, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and David Gyasi, the film features a group of women — an anthropologist, a surveyor, a psychologist, and a biologist — who embark on a dangerous, secret expedition where the laws of nature don’t apply.
With filming now nearly wrapping up, today we have collection of images from the cast and cinematographer Rob Hardy (who shot Ex Machina) that show off what looks to be the perfect location for those that have read the book. He also states that the “only film to appear in the research library” for Annihilation is none other than Andrei Tarkovsky‘s sci-fi classic Stalker. Being that it’s also “a metaphysical journey into an area where the laws of nature do not apply, »
- Jordan Raup
In its push for more diversity among its ranks, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today issued a record 683 invitations to new members, easily the largest number of new members ever.
The new members are heavily weighted to favor women and people of color - 46% are women, 41% are people of color. Should all elect to join, it would shift the demographic makeup of the Academy from 75 to 73% male, and from 93% to 89% white.
28 Oscar winners and 98 nominees are on the list, while 283 are considered international members. Amongst the high profile names are actors like John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Idris Elba, Rachel McAdams, Eva Mendes, Rose Byrne, Cliff Curtis, Greta Gerwig, Andrew Garfield, Michael B. Jordan, Dakota Johnson, Byung-Hun Lee, Regina King, James Hong, Michelle Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Alicia Vikander, and Damon Wayans Jr.
- Garth Franklin
In addition to playing the world-straddling leader Kublai Khan in Netflix's big, expensive period action series, Marco Polo, Benedict Wong has carved out a niche in quality UK sci-fi films. He followed Danny Boyle's Sunshine with Duncan Jones' Moon, worked twice with Ridley Scott in The Martian and Prometheus, and recently came aboard Alex Garland's next picture, Annihilation. Before that comes to cinemas, he'll be seen alongside the UK's other acting Benedict in Marvel's Doctor Strange.
Many, of course, will fondly remember Wong as Errol, the optimistic innocent to Sean Lock's cynical misanthropist Vince in cult BBC comedy series 15 Storeys High, or even for a one-time appearance in The It Crowd.
We chatted to him about playing the would-be CEO of the world in Marco Polo, »
While there has been some controversy and calls of 'whitewashing' over the casting of Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One in Marvel Studios' "Doctor Strange" film, there's been little discussion about one of the key supporting roles in the film with an actual Asian actor in the role - the character of Wong which is played by Benedict Wong.
In the comics, Wong is both Strange's valet and a master martial artist. Speaking to Den of Geek this week, the actor talked about how the big-screen version of the character is quite different from the comic version:
"I'm certainly not going to be the tea-making manservant. We're heading in a different direction. He's more of a drill sergeant. There isn't any martial arts for Wong in Doctor Strange actually, he's more of a drill sergeant to Kamar-Taj. He's one of the masters of sorcery."
In the comics, »
- Garth Franklin
Any science fiction fan worth their salt will tell you that Ridley Scott, director of such classics as Alien and Blade Runner, is right up there with the most important filmmakers in sci-fi history, expanding the genre in new and perplexing directions.
Imagine our excitement, then, when we heard that Scott’s son Luke is poised to make his own directorial debut later this year with Morgan, a thought-provoking and genuinely creepy sci-fi thriller that involves shady human experiments, scientists playing God and, in true genre fashion, artificial intelligence gone rogue.
In this instance, that title role will be played by Anya Taylor-Joy of The Witch fame. Created in a remote, high-tech lab, Morgan represents the biggest breakthrough in artificial intelligence in years, and is enough to keep Swedish philosopher and author Nick Bostrom up at night. 20th Century Fox is handling distribution while Ridley Scott is attached in a producing role. »
- Michael Briers
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