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The freshly rebooted saga will inevitably be a box office smash for Disney, the studio now behind the franchise, but for it to continue as a multi-billion-dollar juggernaut, it will need to speak to a generation of 20-year-olds raised on “Hunger Games,” “Avatar” and “Harry Potter,” franchises that may feel more digitally savvy than Han Solo, Princess Leia and the growing generations of Skywalkers.
The first of Abrams’ planned films, due out in December 2015, aims to set up an endless array of sequels, prequels and spinoffs. But, if Disney wants the saga of a galaxy far, far away to expand, it can’t just be embraced by the Baby Boomers and Gen-Xers who were weaned on the original trilogy in the ’70s and ’80s, »
- Brent Lang
Over the years, Oscar Isaac is an actor that’s been constrained to supporting roles, having cropped up in films like Drive, Robin Hood and Zack Synder’s Sucker Punch. But when the Coen Brothers placed him front and center for their wonderful, critically-acclaimed drama Inside Llewyn Davis, it was almost a bygone conclusion that the actor’s career would receive a monumental shot in the arm.
Fast forward to today, and Isaac has landed himself a number of eye-catching roles including Alex Garland’s promising sci-fi Ex Machina, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and, more recently, X-Men: Apocalypse. But before diving into the genre of science fiction, the actor is set to play Abel Morales in J.C. Chandor’s upcoming drama, A Most Violent Year, which recently debuted an all-new featurette that takes a closer look at the concept of the American Dream.
Joining Isaac for the film »
- Michael Briers
Watch the trailer Here.
Directed and written by Academy Award nominee J.C. Chandor (All Is Lost, Margin Call), A Most Violent Year is a searing crime drama set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically the most dangerous year in the city’s history. Also starring David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola, and Albert Brooks, the gripping story plays out within a maze of rampant political and industry corruption plaguing the streets of a city in decay.
With a sound indicative of era, Ebert’s score uses piano, »
- Michelle McCue
A24 Films has issued a new A Most Violent Year featurette and poster in support of writer/director J.C. Chandor’s (All Is Lost) upcoming crime drama. The featurette is a nice look at not only the making of the piece, but the American economic situation that inspired it. The film is set in New York in 1981 and revolves around “an American immigrant (Oscar Isaac) and his wife (Jessica Chastain) trying to expand their business as violence and corruption threaten to destroy all they have built.” I'm excited to see this movie next week, I typically love Isaac and Chastain so even if it's not all that violent or action-packed, which I've heard, I should be just fine watching a solid drama featuring the pair. Check out the first A Most Violent Year featurette and poster after the jump. The film also stars Alessandro Nivola and Albert Brooks. A Most Violent Year »
- Evan Dickson
The Film Independent Spirit Awards are back with their list of the 2015 nominations. Leading the pack is the existential comedy Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) with a whopping six nominations, including one for actor Michael Keaton and one for director Alejandro G. Iñárritu. Closely following with a solid five nominations are Boyhood, Nightcrawler and Selma.
Boyhood (read our review here) is Richard Linklater’s ultimate character study, which filmed over the course of a decade, creates a time-lapse examination like no other before it. The film follows six year old Texas boy Mason, played by Ellar Coltrane, through his childhood years as he transitions into the life of a young adult ready to take on college. Boyhood received nominations for best film, director, editor, supporting actor and actress. It is bold experiment in film and should prove a serious awards contender.
- William Fanelli
On Monday, Nov. 17, the filmmaker and stars of “A Most Violent Year” spoke to a SAG audience following a screening of the film. Moderated by Variety’s Jenelle Riley, the conversation was filmed by SAG Foundation, the non-profit arm of SAG and marked the first time actors Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac spoke together at length about the film. They were joined by writer-director J.C. Chandor.
“A Most Violent Year” tells the story of Abel Morales (Isaac), an immigrant in 1981 struggling to grow his business while being investigated by the FBI and dealing with corrupt competitors. Chastain plays his tough-as-nails wife, who happens to have a mob connection.
Chastain not only stars in the film, she was instrumental in getting Chandor to cast Isaac, who she attended the Juilliard School with. “There was another actor attached for awhile,” said Chastain, “But the right actor came on board.” Added Chandor, “Jessica »
- Variety Staff
The Independent Spirit Awards were never supposed to be a harbinger of the Oscars, but in recent years, the booze-infused celebration in Santa Monica — held the night before the Academy Awards — had become just that. All the acting winners at last year’s Oscar ceremony picked up a Spirit first, and so did best picture champ “12 Years a Slave.”
So it’s particularly confusing that this year’s Spirit nominations completely shut out what is supposed to be one of the season’s heavyweights: The Weinstein Co.’s “The Imitation Game.” It wasn’t a good day for Harvey Weinstein in general, since his entire awards season slate of “St. Vincent,” “Begin Again” and “Big Eyes” (which only got a screenplay nod) was left out.
While the Oscar voters and Spirit nominating committee don’t overlap, in a competitive awards season, these nominations do matter. It gently nudges voters on »
- Ramin Setoodeh and Jenelle Riley
Just a few moments ago, the 2015 Independent Spirit Awards announced their nominations for their 30th annual ceremony, once again providing a mix of future Academy Award nominees and smaller contenders getting their moment in the sun. In terms of the former, Birdman (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) lead the nominations with a half dozen citations, followed by Boyhood and Selma with five each. Nightcrawler also scored a total of five, with Whiplash not far behind at four. They mixed with more fringe contenders like Love is Strange (also at four) and the aforementioned smaller players that won’t even sniff Oscar love, such as A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (three nominations). Overall, it was an eclectic mix, to say the least. I won’t speculate about potential winners just yet, but I will do a quick bit of analysis. Obviously, Birdman, Boyhood, and Selma solidified their causes as top tier Academy Award players, »
- Joey Magidson
It's our only episode this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday, but I think we have a good one for our paid subscribers as we talk a little about the coming of the Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens trailer, Michelle MacLaren getting the Wonder Woman directing gig and the importance of that film, the box office results of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 and, finally, a review of Horrible Bosses 2. Hope you enjoy! If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a »
- Brad Brevet
The saga continues. The rumours and speculation surrounding Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been about as gargantuan as a fully grown rancor, and when it was learned that brand new music was to be composed by the legendary John Williams for the trailer, guessing games on when said trailer would be released went into overdrive.
— Bad Robot (@bad_robot) November 24, 2014
Teased as an 88 second “tiny peek”, the first trailer for the latest instalment of the blockbuster series will hit select theatres in America. Accompanied by a drawing of a Tie fighter blasting it’s way through the drawing, one has to wonder whether the trailer will highlight the resurgence of the evil Galactic Empire. »
- Jamie Mulvaney
After the success of "X-Men: Days of Future Past," 20th Century Fox and director Bryan Singer are moving forward with "X-Men: Apocalypse," in which one of the franchise's biggest villains will be introduced. The Wrap is now reporting that Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) has just signed a deal to play the main villain, beating out other actors like Idris Elba and Pedro Pascal. Apocalypse's real name is En Sabah Nur, which translates to "the first one," alluding to the fact that he is considered the first human born with the mutant-x gene. Given his ancient heritage, he is extremely powerful and considers himself a God. "X-Men: Apocalypse" is set to hit theaters on May 27th, 2016. »
X-Men: Apocalyse, Wonder Woman, and other films have made recent film casting, screenwriting, and director news. These films come from movie studios primarily based in the United States. The castings, screenwriters, and directors are subject to change. Wonder Woman Warner Bros. has signed…Michelle MacLaren to direct Wonder Woman, the Gal [...]
- Rollo Tomasi
If you look close enough, you can literally see Oscar Isaac's star rising by the second. The Inside Llewyn Davis and A Most Violent Year actor is not only set to play a major role in the upcoming Star Wars sequel The Force Awakens, but he's now lined up another major gig as villain in the next X-Men movie, titled X-Men: Apocalypse, due out on May 27, 2016. Inspired by the popular Age of Apocalypse comic storyline, Isaac will play Apocalypse, or En Sabah Nur, whose roots date all the way back to Ancient Egypt, hence that postcredits introduction in X-Men: Days of Future Past. This guy is pretty powerful, is said to be one of the first-ever mutants (if not the first), and may even be invincible... which should cause problems for our returning mutants, who he'll no...
- Erik Davis
Ready for the first look at Star Wars: Episode VII?
Star Wars.com released this info today:
An early 88-second tease of Star Wars: The Force Awakens can be seen in 30 theaters across North America beginning Friday morning, November 28. Following this weekend, the tease can be seen in theaters around the world this December.
Check out StarWars.com’s complete list of theaters playing the tease below!
Scheduled for a December 18, 2015, the movie release stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie and Max von Sydow along with the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker.
- Michelle McCue
Jennifer Aniston shared the origin story of “The Rachel,” Cara Delevingne and Pharrell co-star in the upcoming Chanel film, Mark Salling opens up about the death of his co-star Cory Monteith, and more in Last Lap.
Jennifer Aniston revealed that her hairstylist was “stoned out of his mind” when he gave her what would become “The Rachel.” [The Graham Norton Show] Cara Delevingne and Pharrell star in Chanel’s Reincarnation, premiering December 1. Mark Salling says Cory Monteith’s death leaves a “big, obvious” hole in Glee‘s final season. [People] Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch, and Kelly Reilly will officially be co-stars in True Detective. [THR] The Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer will premiere this week in select theaters. [moviefone] Turns out Kim Kardashian wasn’t so original with her booty-bearing magazine cover. [Vanity Fair] Speaking of, Kim K. covers the Elle Confidence Issue. With her clothes on. [Elle] Oscar Isaac will play the villain in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse. »
- Taylor Ferber
More good news today from the superhero bureau. On the heels of the X-Men franchise landing Oscar Isaac to play Apocalypse in the next film comes word that director Michelle MacLaren has made a deal to handle the first solo Wonder Woman film for Warner Bros. and DC.MacLaren, who we thought might make a good choice when Warners first announced it was looking for a female director to tackle the film, was in talks just last week and has now won the job ahead of the likes of The Babadook’s Jennifer Kent and Homeland’s Lesli Linka Glatter, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She will work with the writers to figure out a script for the film, which may craft an origin story for Gal Gadot’s Amazonian warrior following her introduction in 2016's Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice.In addition to serving as a producer on Breaking Bad, »
While Apocalypse made a quick appearance at the end credits for Days of Future Past, and we knew he'd be the central villain in the next film (he's the damn title afterall!), many have been wondering who would be cast as the villain in the upcoming film. Today, Oscar Isaac has finalized his deal to portray the iconic X-Men badguy in the next film which is set to hits theaters on May 27, 2016.
Casting has been underway for the project for a little bit, with director Bryan Singer expected to begin production early in 2015. The plot is still unknown at this time, but we know it'll feature Apocalypse, an ancient mutant whose powers have essentially made him a god, terrorizing the mutants we all know and love. »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
Congratulations, everyone: We have an Apocalypse on our hands! It appears that Fox has cast Oscar Isaac as the titular baddie in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse. But who, you may be wondering, is this evil gent into whose sinister shoes Isaac is stepping? And what, thematically, does Apocalypse add to the X-Men mythos? Here are five things you need to know about one of the most important X-antagonists of all time.1. He's an immortal mutant from ancient Egypt. This shouldn't be too much of a surprise if you stuck around for the post-credits sequence of this summer's X-Men: Days of Future Past. In it, you saw a bunch of Egyptian slaves building a pyramid while a young mutant spun giant stones around in the air. That telekinetic lad was Apocalypse — or, as he was known in his youth, En Sabah Nur. In the comics, he was cast out of »
- Abraham Riesman
Fans finally know who will be playing mutant villain Apocalypse – the mysterious figure seen in the post credits sequence of "X-Men: Days of Future Past."
AccessHollywood.com has confirmed that Oscar Isaac has been cast as the movie villain, also known as En Sabah Nur. In the "X-Men" comics, the character is often referred to as the first mutant.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (AccessHollywood.com Editorial Staff)
Though it doesn’t arrive in theaters until late next year, J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens can be glimpsed via its first official teaser trailer that will be shown beginning this weekend at 30 select theaters across the United States. The 88-second trailer will play before all showtimes of all films in the chosen theaters, briefly returning viewers to a galaxy far, far away.
The first official teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens will play at 30 lucky theaters beginning this Friday morning, so if you were planning on hitting the cinema with the family this Thanksgiving weekend, you just might get a look at the long-awaited next chapter in the epic space saga. And if you can’t make it to one of the select cinemas this weekend, no worries: the teaser trailer will be shown in theaters worldwide next month. Here’s the complete »
- Derek Anderson
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