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‘The Current War’ Star Michael Shannon Calls Nikola Tesla a ‘Rock Star’ (Exclusive Video)

16 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

In The Weinstein Company’s “The Current War,” contemporary leading men Michael Shannon, Benedict Cumberbatch and Nicholas Hoult play some of yesteryear’s literal megawatt stars, as they compete to determine whose electrical system will power the world. And while the film focuses on the battle between George Westinghouse (Shannon) and Thomas Edison (Cumberbatch), Nicholas Hoult’s Nikola Tesla may have faced the most pressure — after Elon Musk helped make his character a household name. “I think Nick was really in the hot seat,” Shannon told TheWrap CEO and editor-in-chief Sharon Waxman at the Toronto International Film Festival. “Because Tesla’s, »

- Matt Pressberg

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4 Men Jennifer Lawrence Graciously Allowed Into Her Heart

15 September 2017 1:55 PM, PDT | | See recent Popsugar news »

It's no secret that Jennifer Lawrence is one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, but despite her killer acting ability and recognizable star status, she's actually just a regular gal trying to keep her private life private. While we do appreciate the glimpses she gives us of her quirky personality, she usually stays pretty under the radar when it comes to romance. The 27-year-old's most public relationship was with British actor Nicholas Hoult, her most talked-about fling was with Chris Martin, and most recently, she's been getting hot and heavy with director Darren Aronofsky. See all of the men who should be thanking their lucky stars that they caught Jen's eye ahead. RelatedJennifer Lawrence's Best Candid Quotes »

- Caitlin Hacker

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Rebel In The Rye – Review

14 September 2017 9:58 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

The world’s obsession with J.D. Salinger has always been there. Perhaps the fact that so little of his work was ever published is a part of it. Perhaps it’s the fact that the press and readers graced him with such high praise early on in his career (possibly prematurely). Perhaps it’s the enigmatic label that he put upon himself.

Rebel In The Rye touches on many of these issues but in a rather soft-handed, unoffensive way. Most importantly, it shows J.D. Salinger at his worst – an ego-centric and tenacious singular voice. His dedication to his voice is only matched by his determination to let it be heard. Even after his death in January 2010, we still can’t stop talking about the infamous man and what made him tick.

The 2013 documentary Salinger attempted to piece together the writer’s life, thoughts, and personal quirks into an eye-opening film – yet, »

- Michael Haffner

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Tiff 2017: ‘The Current War’ Review: Dir. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (2017)

14 September 2017 2:30 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The Current War review: Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon play warring inventors in this story of the invention of mass-produced electricity.

The Current War review by Paul Heath.

After delighting audiences with the superb Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon tackles The Current War, a film based on true events, notably the race to bring electricity to the masses.

Benedict Cumberbatch is pioneer and inventor Thomas Edison, while Michael Shannon, in his second role here at Tiff following Guillermo del Toro’s celebrated The Shape Of Water, plays his professional nemesis George Westinghouse.

We follow the pair on two very different journeys in conducting electricity and beaming it into homes across the United States. In the mix as well are Tom Holland as Edison’s right-hand man and Nicholas Hoult as Serbian-American inventor Nikola Tesla. There’s also Katherine Waterston as Westinghouse’s other-half Marguerite Erskine, »

- Paul Heath

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Movie Review – Rebel in the Rye (2017)

14 September 2017 7:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Rebel in the Rye, 2017.

Written and Directed by Danny Strong.

Starring Nicholas Hoult, Zoey Deutch, Kevin Spacey, Sarah Paulson, Lucy Boynton, Victor Garber, Hope Davis, Amy Rutberg, and Brian d’Arcy James.


The life of celebrated but reclusive author, J.D. Salinger, who gained worldwide fame with the publication of his novel, The Catcher in the Rye.

Throughout the early going of Rebel in the Rye (written and directed by Danny Strong, two-time Emmy winner for the hit television show Empire and co-writer for a few of the Hunger Games films, also based on the biography J.D. Salinger: A Life) it seems that the movie is looking to avoid plunging into the abyss that often comes from taking a historical figure and stretching the coverage of that particular person so far across a feature-length picture, that in the end there’s an unshakable feeling that all that’s being »

- Robert Kojder

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The Current War Review

14 September 2017 5:17 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s sophomore feature, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl was a heartfelt, humorous and devastating coming-of-age exhibition that handled its challenging subject matter with the necessary heft, heed and nimbleness. The acumen, command and inventiveness shown by Gomez-Rejon in his adaptation of Jesse Andrews’ novel justly earned the director a seat behind the camera for a far more high-profile and hotly-anticipated picture, The Current War.

A dramatization of the combative and cut-throat sprint between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse to illuminate the United States, The Current War is a biographical history lesson rooted in the electric transmission system competition in which Westinghouse’s alternating current (AC) and Edison’s direct current (DC) vied for supremacy.

Benedict Cumberbatch characterizes an egotistical, family-oriented Thomas Edison, burdened by genius and fearful of his own mortality. The opposition, George Westinghouse, is interpreted by Michael Shannon. An entrepreneur and engineer, Shannon’s »

- Joseph Falcone

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Photos: Deadline Studio At Tiff 2017 – Part 3: Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone, Benedict Cumberbatch, Steve Carell & More

13 September 2017 6:18 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Actors and directors of the top Tiff premiering films have been stopping by the Deadline Studio in Toronto all week; including Jennifer Lawrence from mother!; Emma Stone, Steve Carell and Sarah Silverman from Battle of the Sexes; Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon and Nicholas Hoult from The Current War; and many more. Click on the photo above to launch the gallery. Keep watching Deadline for more photo galleries and video interviews from the Deadline Studio at Tiff 201… »

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Greta Gerwig’s ‘Lady Bird’ to Open Austin Film Festival

13 September 2017 9:05 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Austin Film Festival has selected A24’s “Lady Bird,” starring Saoirse Ronan, as its opening night film on Oct. 26.

Lady Bird,” directed by Greta Gerwig in her feature debut, premiered on Sept. 3 at the Telluride Film Festival, then showed on opening night at the Toronto Film Festival. Gerwig has been confirmed to attend the Austin screening.

The film focuses on the edgy relationship between Ronan’s brash high schooler and her mother, played by Laurie Metcalf. The comedy-drama, set in 2002 in Sacramento, Calif., also stars Tracy Letts in the father role and Lucas Hedges and Timothee Chalamet as the romantic interests. A24 opens “Lady Bird” on Nov. 10.


Telluride Film Review: Saoirse Ronan in ‘Lady Bird

Peter Debruge of Variety gave the film a strong review: “The real surprise is just how honest and personal this film proves to be — again, par for the course with Gerwig, and yet, fairly rare among first-time directors, »

- Dave McNary

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Tiff Review: ‘The Current War’ Offers an Electric History Lesson and Overwrought Melodrama

12 September 2017 5:21 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

The title is The Current War, but it’s subject is truly more history than battle. It’s flashier to think about our modern day electrical system as a conflict between two geniuses fighting for their vision’s victory, but the truth is more complex. Michael Mitnick’s script understands this (mostly) despite the title representing it. The way he documents the personal, professional, and public struggles experienced isn’t as much about letting the audience choose a winner as it is to represent facts for posterity’s sake. Whether the Chicago World Fair picked Thomas Edison’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) direct current (DC) or George Westinghouse’s (Michael Shannon) alternating current (AC) is moot when compared to the result. In the end no one truly lost this “war” because the world at-large ultimately won it together.

If Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s film depicts any “versus” scenario it’s in the abstract. »

- Jared Mobarak

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X-Men: Dark Phoenix Will Take Beast In A Different Direction

11 September 2017 11:19 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Although the X-Men film franchise has proven to be among the most enduring and bankable in the superhero genre today, it’s impossible to deny that it’s experienced a few missteps along the way. Luckily, director Matthew Vaughn put the series back on track with 2011’s First Class, a flick that many would describe as a “soft reboot.” Followed soon after by Days of Future Past and Apocalypse (both directed by Bryan Singer), one could say that Fox is embracing the source material like never before.

Next on the agenda is that of X-Men: Dark Phoenix, which we can only hope will right the wrongs of 2006’s The Last Stand. Granted, it’s been said the upcoming blockbuster will be a bit more “grounded” and less cosmic than the comic book arc serving as inspiration, but Simon Kinberg couldn’t possibly do more damage than Brett Ratner did, right? »

- Eric Joseph

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X-Men: Dark Phoenix Features ‘Very Different’ Story For Beast

11 September 2017 9:38 AM, PDT | | See recent Screen Rant news »

At the Toronto International Film Festival, Nicholas Hoult discusses X-Men Dark Phoenix, teasing something 'very different' for Beast. »

- Rose Moore

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The Current War trailer sees Benedict Cumberbatch play Thomas Edison

11 September 2017 1:57 AM, PDT | The Independent | See recent The Independent news »

The actor stars alongside Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult, Katherine Waterston, and Tom Holland »

- Clarisse Loughrey

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‘Rebel in the Rye’ Tops Weak Indie Box Office

10 September 2017 2:20 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

With the Venice Film Festival now complete and the deals at Toronto just getting started, this weekend was a slow one for the indie box office. The lone standout this weekend was IFC’s J.D. Salinger biopic “Rebel in the Rye,” which made $44,280 from four screens for a PSA of $11,070. Written and directed by Danny Strong, the film stars Nicholas Hoult as J.D. Salinger, as he navigates his relationship with socialite Oona O’Neill (Zoey Deutch) while writing his most famous work, “Catcher In The Rye.” Sarah Paulson and Kevin Spacey also star. The film received a 33 percent rating on Rotten. »

- Jeremy Fuster

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‘The Current War’ Review: Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon Short Circuit a Shockingly Dull Epic — Tiff

10 September 2017 1:25 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, director of the perceptive and unjustly maligned “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” is a young, thoughtful filmmaker with an inventive visual imagination and a very bright future ahead of him. That being said, something clearly went very, very wrong during the making of “The Current War.” A lifeless period drama about the rivalry between two of America’s greatest geniuses, Gomez-Rejon’s lavish third feature unfolds like a more historically accurate riff on “The Prestige,” albeit one lacking even a trace amount of magic (Nikola Tesla factors in, however, and Nicholas Hoult’s performance pays tribute to David Bowie).

The initial aim, however, may have been closer to “Hamilton.” First conceived as a stage musical by eventual screenwriter Michael Mitnick, “The Current War” tells the story of the race to light up the world. It begins, rather inexplicably, in December of 1880, after Thomas Alva Edison (a »

- David Ehrlich

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Toronto Film Review: ‘The Current War’

10 September 2017 1:14 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s “The Current War” tackles a fascinating pivot point in technological and commercial history: the late 19th century battle between Thomas Alva Edison and George Westinghouse to fully electrify the United States. It benefits from a smart, snappy script and a well-rounded cast, and gives its director the chance to employ virtually every camera trick known to man. What it can’t do, however, is generate even the slightest bit of interest in what happens to any of its characters.

Directing his first feature after breaking through with “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” Gomez-Rejon seems wary of turning this period drama into a science lecture or a stuffy prestige project, and thus errs on the side of flashy modern technique. Ironically, this flattens the film into a much duller creature than it might have been had he embraced technical geekery and 19th century rhythms, its style calling attention only to itself. At »

- Andrew Barker

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Jessica Chastain says she isn’t portraying Lilandra in X-Men: Dark Phoenix

8 September 2017 12:34 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Although her character was never officially confirmed by 20th Century Fox, it has been assumed that Jessica Chastain is taking on the role of Lilandra, the Shi’ar Empress, in the next instalment of the main X-Men series, X-Men: Dark Phoenix.

Well, as it now turns out, that might not be the case after all, as Chastain has taken to Instagram to mark her first day of filming on the mutant superhero sequel by posting the now-deleted comment: “Hey folks, want a scoop? I’m not playing Lilandra…”

Assuming that Chastain isn’t just having a little fun with fans, it now begs the question whether the Shi’ar Empire will feature in the movie at all, particularly as Simon Kinberg has recently stated that the film will be “grounded” and “not too cosmic”. And if she isn’t Lilandra, then just who could she be playing?

See Also: Jennifer Lawrence »

- Gary Collinson

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Jessica Chastain Isn't Playing Lilandra in X-Men: Dark Phoenix

8 September 2017 12:27 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

After weeks of rumors, Jessica Chastain confirmed last month that she has been cast in X-Men: Dark Phoenix. While her character was never announced, it was rumored that she was playing Shi'ar Empress Lilandra, and the actress' cryptic social media comments towards co-star James McAvoy hinted that she was playing a villain, claiming that she's going to make him 'cry so hard'. The actress has now confirmed that today is her first day of shooting on X-Men: Dark Phoenix, with a humorous video of a "double rainbow" in Montreal. But she also went one step further in a now-deleted comment, saying that she actually isn't playing Lilandra. Here's what the actress had to say in the deleted comment.

"Hey folks, want a scoop? Im not playing Lilandra..."

Even after the comment was deleted on Jessica Chastain's Instagram, it sparked a flurry of comments from fans, speculating about whether or »

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‘Rebel in the Rye’: Danny Strong, Nicholas Hoult on the Lasting Influence of J.D. Salinger

8 September 2017 12:05 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

From writer/director Danny Strong, the biographical drama Rebel in the Rye is a fascinating look at the life of legendary writer J.D. Salinger, one of the most renowned and enigmatic authors or our time. As a young Salinger (played brilliantly by Nicholas Hoult) struggled to find his voice, a failed love affair and his experience fighting on the frontlines of World War II helped inform the creation of his masterpiece, The Catcher in the Rye, but that also came with overnight fame and notoriety that lead him to withdraw from the public eye for the rest of his … »

- Christina Radish

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Benedict Cumberbatch Is Thomas Edison in Electrified ‘The Current War’ Trailer

8 September 2017 9:30 AM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

In what can be described as an electric premise, “The Current War” depicts Thomas Edison (Benedict Cumberbatch) and George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon) as they go head to head for control of the electricity industry. In addition to Shannon and Cumberbatch, the primed-for-awards-season feature also stars Nicholas Hoult (playing Nikola Tesla), with direction at the hands of Alfonso Gomez-Rejon. The Weinstein Company will distribute the film, with a theatrical release in place for Nov. 24. Don't miss out on projects casting on Backstage right now! »

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Jennifer Lawrence explains why she decided to return as Mystique for X-Men: Dark Phoenix

8 September 2017 9:24 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With her initial three-film contract with 20th Century Fox expiring with last year’s X-Men: Apocalypse – not to mention her dislike for the body paint and make-up necessary for her character’s mutant form – there had been question marks as to whether Jennifer Lawrence would be returning as Mystique for the next entry in the main X-Men series.

However, Lawrence is now officially back on board for X-Men: Dark Phoenix alongside her First Class co-stars James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto) and Nicholas Hoult (Beast), and speaking to Digital Spy at the UK premiere of her new film mother!, the Oscar-winner has revealed what enticed her back for another outing (aside from what we suspect is a rather large pay rise).

“My contract was up, I didn’t have to do another one, but if I didn’t do another one, what would her story be?” said Lawrence. “I »

- Gary Collinson

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