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Before J.J. Abrams secured the job of kicking off Disney’s Star Wars sequel trilogy, numerous filmmakers were linked with the director’s chair on Star Wars: Episode VII, including David Fincher (Se7en, Fight Club), who has spoken about meeting with Disney and Lucasfilm during a promotional interview for his new film Gone Girl.
“I talked to [Kathleen Kennedy] about it, but I think that it’s a different thing from… I don’t know what Disney-Lucasfilm will be like,” Fincher tells Total Film. “It’s tricky. My favourite is The Empire Strikes Back. If I said, ‘I want to do something more like that,’ then I’m sure the people paying for it would be like, ‘No! You can’t do that! We want it like the other one with all the creatures!’ “I always thought of Star Wars as the story of two slaves [C-3Po and R2-D2] who go from owner to owner, »
- Gary Collinson
Actor Oscar Isaac is probably best known to film fans as the titular character in the Coen Bros. film Inside Llewyn Davis. Isaac received lots of acclaim for his work as a young folk singer wandering around Greenwich Village in the early 1960s, but something leads me to believe that he.s probably going to be known for a much bigger role come late 2015. Isaac has landed a part playing a yet to be revealed characer in Jj Abrams. upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII. While secrecy surrounds the project, Isaac has revealed at least one thing he really loves about the process of making the new film . actually shooting on film. The actor recently sat down with The Huffington Post to talk about his current and upcoming projects, but it didn.t take long for the talk to shift to a film set in the very far future. Isaac reveals »
Along with the announcement J.C. Chandor's A Most Violent Year will hit UK theaters on January 23, 2015 came the above new picture from the film featuring Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac as Anna and Abel Morales in the film, which will have a limited December 31 release here in the states before expanding in January. The film is set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically one of the most violent years in the city's history. The film follows the lives of an immigrant and his family trying to expand their business and capitalize on opportunities as the rampant violence, decay, and corruption of the day drag them in and threaten to destroy all they have built. I've included the first trailer below in case you missed it previously or just want to give it another watch. sb id="991407" height="360" width="640" »
- Brad Brevet
It had been a question mark on the fall landscape, but no longer: J.C. Chandor’s “A Most Violent Year” is arriving in theaters on December 31st in the U.S. and will make its world premiere at the AFI Film Festival in November. Today, Icon Film Distribution announced that the movie will be released in the U.K. and Ireland on January 23, 2015. The movie stars Oscar Isaac (“Inside Llewyn Davis”) and two-time Academy Award® nominee Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty”), and is one of our most anticipated movies left in the year. Here’s the full press release. The studio has released a new photo which you can see above. A Most Violent Year is a drama set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically one of the most violent years in the city’s history. The film follows the lives of an immigrant and his family »
- Edward Davis
The richly talented J.C. Chandor’s latest feature film, A Most Violent Year, takes him back onto terra firma after the oceanic All Is Lost, and back to Manhattan, the scene of his terrific debut Margin Call. This one is set a few blocks from Wall Street’s snake pits in the world of big oil, and a new image from the film shows its protagonist Abel Morales (Oscar Isaac) and his wife (Jessica Chastain) in action.Set in New York’s murderous months of 1981, A Most Violent Year pitches its superb cast into a murky milieu that encompasses corruption, crime and murder. Isaac’s crude-dude is an immigrant who has to navigate these perilous waters with all the canniness and savvy at his disposal. But with his wife in the Lady Macbeth role, his scruples slowly fall away and the allure of criminal shortcuts becomes too great to resist. »
Jc Chandor’s new film set for Jan 23 launch in UK.
The film’s dating suggests it could be an awards contender - it premieres as the opening night of AFI Fest on Nov 6 and is released by A24 in the Us on Dec 31.
FilmNation handles international sales. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
Jc Chandor’s new film set for Jan 23 launch in UK.
The film’s dating suggests it could be an awards contender — it premieres as the opening night of AFI Fest on Nov 6 and is released by A24 in the Us on Dec 31. FilmNation handles international sales. »
- email@example.com (Wendy Mitchell)
One of the most iconic Star Wars actors has finished his work on the new film, plus a new actor has some thoughts for the old guard and more in this edition of Star Wars Bits: Details on the Star Wars Episode VII shoot in the Forest of Dean have been revealed. Anthony Daniels has […]
- Germain Lussier
Star Wars: Episode VII star Oscar Isaac seems to feel the same way about George Lucas' Star Wars changes as the rest of us, and he wishes that the director would have never messed with the original films. In an interview with the Huffington Post, he was asked how he felt about the updates to the rereleased films, and this is what he said:
"Well, it’s a funny thing. I mean there’s two things. As an artist, like, he made the shit, so why can’t he do whatever the heck he wants with it. There’s a part of me that appreciates that he doesn’t really care if people are upset about it. He decided to share it with all of it and he wants to go back and do stuff, whatever. But as a fan, I’d much rather go back and watch the old thing, »
- Joey Paur
The actor, who will play an as-yet unnamed character in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII, told the Huffington Post that he prefers an "old-school" approach to filmmaking.
"I'm most excited and, I know this seems nerdy, but I love the fact that Jj Abrams is shooting it on film," he said. "And that's not just from an aesthetic standpoint but it's about how a movie is filmed. It changes so many things.
"I mean, I've had to do things over again because there was a hair in the gate, which is so old school. But it just feels better, and movies are all about feeling, so I think that's something that I'm so very excited about."
He went on to say that he appreciates the fact that Lucas, as »
A bunch of "Star Wars: Episode VII" updates today. First up, a report at Total Geeks suggests the upcoming film sports a woodland battle sequence featuring thousands of extras.
The slightly over a week-long shoot took place in the Forest of Dean in Wales with many of the key cast shuttled to a location known as 'Puzzlewood'. Producer Kathleen Kennedy reportedly visited the set a number of times, and some of the crew was overheard talking about the shoot at their hotel.
The shoot is said to have included a "pivotal fight scene amongst some of the new main characters," and the tone of all the new "Star Wars" films are aiming to be more "unified, cohesive" than Marvel or Pixar's various efforts.
- Garth Franklin
Oscar Isaac ("Inside Llewyn Davis") is doing some press for his new movie "Two Faces Of January." While answering questions about it and his December film, ; "A Most Violent Year," with Jessica Chastain, he answered a few about Star Wars: Episode VII. Below, is an excerpt from an interview Huffington Post conducted with the actor. The most interesting bits are his views of movie spoilers and George Lucas tinkering with the original Star Wars saga. Hp: Okay, here's a nostalgia-based question that you'll be allowed to answer: How do you feel about the "updates" George Lucas has made to the films? Oscar Isaac: Well, it’s a funny thing. I mean there’s two things. As an artist, like, he made the shit, so why can’t he do whatever the heck he wants with it. There’s a part of me that appreciates that he doesn’t really »
Even with another flood of specialty film debuts, The Skeleton Twins, the dramedy starring Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader, had another impressive box office showing in its third weekend. Meanwhile, another dozen films tried to elbow past last week’s 14 newcomers and numerous others already in the market, to middling success among those reporting.
Other than Twins, the holdovers that look like they’re gaining some autumnal momentum include IFC Films‘ The Trip To Italy with Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, and more niche-oriented films such as American Experience/PBS Films’ doc Last Days In Vietnam and Oscilloscope’s Art And Craft. Starz Media also scored a robust gross for the second week of Not Cool, featuring YouTube star Shane Dawson, as it migrated east to New York and was also profiled on a Starz channel doc series.
CBS Films’ Pride can be proud of scoring the weekend’s highest average among new titles. »
- Brian Brooks
Oscar Isaac appears to feel the same way that a lot of other fans do about George Lucas' recent Star Wars tweaks. Isaac, who recently starred in Inside Llewyn Davis and has a role in Star Wars: Episode VII, told the Huffington Post that Lucas should have left the original Star Wars alone instead of going back and updating it. "To go back and kind of tweak it with new stuff, it doesn’t make it more interesting for me as a watcher," Isaac said, adding that the changes even made the film "less interesting." Read more 'Star Wars:
- Ryan Gajewski
We are only just on the cusp of October and you can already put the “No Vacancy” sign out on the Best Actor Oscar race. Sorry, no room. Don’t even think about jumping in. Every year of late, it seems the Actor race gets richer while the Actress contest actively searches for candidates. Remember how “sure things” Tom Hanks and Robert Redford didn’t even make the cut last year? Perhaps that is just a reflection of what juicy roles the industry is offering on either side of the gender divide.
Nevertheless, for 2014 it’s worse than ever and we have a serious glut of qualified Best Actor possibilities — just under 30 by my count, and even more seem to be trying to gain entry. This is the year the Board Of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences really ought to amend the rules, just as »
- Pete Hammond
In Hossein Amini’s handsomely mounted The Two Faces of January, the Aegean sun shines harsh and bright on the duplicitous characters, like a celestial interrogation. An adaptation of a Patricia Highsmith novel, the film, set in Greece and Turkey in the early 1960s, brings together three Americans: elegant couple Chester and Collette McFarland (Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst), and Rydal (Oscar Isaac), a well-educated tour guide who lives in Athens impressing female tourists with his smoldering looks and bountiful knowledge of the local ruins.But Chester and Rydal are both hustlers, of a sort. The latter overcharges and seduces his tourists and skims off the top of any exchange, while the former has fled from some powerful people for whom he lost a lot of money. When Chester’s past catches up to him, Rydal offers to help the couple flee. What’s the younger man’s angle? Is »
- Bilge Ebiri
It's hard to get a read on Viggo Mortensen's con man in The Two Faces of January, and that's awfully fitting, considering who plays him. Since the Lord of the Rings trilogy made Mortensen bankable, he's mostly spent that capital on unexpected character roles in a series of modestly budgeted indies, including this throwback thriller (adapted by Hossein Amini from the Patricia Highsmith novel), where Mortensen and his wife Kirsten Dunst are thrown together with Oscar Isaac after an accidental murder in 1960s Greece. No one is who they seem, and their alliances are always up for grabs, and Mortensen had a ball with the ambiguity. "It’s always fun to have secrets," he told Vulture, "but when you’re playing a con man, you’re having secrets within secrets within secrets."The film reminded me of A Perfect Murder, where you and Michael Douglas are vying for Gwyneth Paltrow »
- Kyle Buchanan
In The Two Faces of January—a sumptuous adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s 1964 novel of the same name that opens Friday—Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst portray Chester and Colette MacFarland, a golden couple embarked on a whistle-stop tour of southern Europe’s most glittering capitals.
Exuding wealth, privilege, and a uniquely American post-war pluck, the immaculately turned-out jet-setters’ fortunes grind to an abrupt halt in Athens where they meet an American tour guide named Rydal (Oscar Isaac)—an expat grifter with a straw fedora and palpable lust for Colette.
An accidental murder sets the three on the run together »
- Chris Lee
Another day, another image from Star Wars: Episode VII, but this one just happens to be the best thing I've seen from the movie so far. It depicts a lightsaber duel under the Millenium Falcon with a Darth Vader-like figure fighting a Rebel with a green lightsaber. It's epic looking, and for a second I get excited but then I remember the prequels and how flat they were visually (not to mention narratively). Then I get excited all over again because there's no way this will be like that, right? They can't possibly make the same mistakes can they? Yesterday we saw the Chrome Troopers (as a follow up to the new Stormtroopers and the costume designs for Han Solo). But now we have this gorgeous image, besotted somewhat by an ill-conceived watermark on the part of the hosting site. Hit the jump to take a look at the new »
- Evan Dickson
The New York Film Festival starts today, and with it critics and industry members will get their first look at Gone Girl and Inherent Vice, leaving only a few studio tent poles remaining throughout the fall. They’ll also get a renewed look at Mr. Turner, Foxcatcher, and Birdman, so expect those to be back in the conversation soon.
One of the most interesting barometers for predicting the race is Movie City News’ Gurus ‘O Gold chart, a poll of all the Oscar pundits to determine the top contenders to win. They made their picks before the festivals and now after them, and they’ve got Boyhood perched atop the pedestal with the sight-unseen Unbroken, Interstellar and Gone Girl rounding out the Top 10.
This week however, all the previous week’s ranking contenders are gone from the charts in this slow week between festivals. They’ll be back with a »
- Brian Welk
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