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I've grown very cautious when it comes to anticipating anything from Ridley Scott. As much as I found interest and intrigue in Prometheus, Scott just hasn't been hitting on all cylinders for some time now and even I can't argue against Prometheus naysayers and you won't find me making arguments for Exodus: Gods and Kings, The Counselor or Robin Hood. So, as much as I want to get excited about The Martian, I'm keeping my expectations in check. That said, today Empire has revealed the first pictures from the upcoming movie based on Andy Weir's 2012 e-book publication that centers on an astronaut (Matt Damon) who is stranded on a Martian colony and struggles to survive. Back on Earth, Nasa tries to mount a rescue mission. Here's the official plot: During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. »
- Brad Brevet
Last night, the first image from 20th Century Fox’s The Martian landed online, giving us our first look at Matt Damon in director Ridley Scott’s upcoming thriller. Now, an official version of that photo plus a few other images from the film have been released online. Based on Andy Weir’s self-published 2012 novel of the same name, the movie revolves around an astronaut who finds himself stranded on Mars after he is injured and presumed dead by his team. With limited resources and a finite amount of time before his oxygen runs out, Mark Watney (Damon) must use the power of science to keep himself alive on the red planet. Speaking with Empire, Scott says he thinks of The Martian as “a 21st century Robinson Crusoe." Indeed, comparisons to Crusoe and the more recent Cast Away are inevitable, but Scott has filled out the film with a stellar »
- Adam Chitwood
Today we have the first photo from Ridley Scott's upcoming "The Martian" film, starring Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, Michael Pena, Kristen Wiig, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jeff Daniels, Mackenzie Davis, Sean Bean, and Donald Glover. Check it out below and watch the movie in theaters on November 25th. Plot: Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive . and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old "human error »
Last night we brought you a first-look image of Matt Damon in Ridley Scott’s upcoming sci-fi drama The Martian, and now Empire has released a high quality version of the shot, along with a further two stills; check them out here…
During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, Nasa and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible, rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney’s safe return. »
- Gary Collinson
Well, this looks a bit familiar. Roughly a year after popping up in outer space as Dr. Mann in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, Matt Damon is decked out in astronaut attire yet again in the first image from Ridley Scott’s The Martian. Damon leads the big screen adaptation of the Andy Weir novel as Mark Watney, an astronaut who’s presumed dead and left behind by his crew. However, Watney actually survived the nasty dust storm and now he’s got to figure out how to survive on the hostile planet with limited resources and no way of calling for help. The Playlist tracked down the image on the Spanish site Entradanumerada.com, but it looks to be a scan from Empire Magazine. Check out the first The Martian picture for yourself below. The film also stars Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Pena, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Donald Glover, »
- Perri Nemiroff
Aside from returning Matt Damon to the far reaches of space, The Martian looks like departing from Interstellar's philosophical ruminations in favour of an out-and-out astronaut-in-distress thrills (Cc Apollo 13, Marooned, Gravity). Damon plays a marooned astronaut called Mark Watney and the new issue of Empire magazine is debuting a first look at him and his Mars-worn spacesuit. Based on Andy Weir’s self-published 2012 novel, The Martian sees Watney as part of a science team conducting experiments on the red planet. When a storm forces the team to evacuate, Watney is injured and presumed dead, then left behind to fend for himself. With little hope of rescue and limited resources, he uses the power of science to keep himself alive on the planet’s barren surface."Any survival story is fascinating,” expands Scott in Empire. “I think of it as a 21st century Robinson Crusoe.” The director, who, presumably »
It might seem odd for Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain to star in almost back-to-back sci-fi films that are kind of similar — Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” and Ridley Scott’s “The Martian” — but evidently the resemblances weren’t enough to scare off either actor, or the prospects of working with these directors and their great casts were too good to pass up. Written by Drew Goddard (“Daredevil,” “The Cabin In The Woods”) as a project he was originally going to direct, “The Martian” centers on an astronaut (Damon) who has just become one of the first people to walk on Mars. But after a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking he's dead, he finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive. Even if he can get word out, his supplies will be gone long before a rescue could arrive, »
- Edward Davis
Thanks to Reddit, we’ve got our first look at Matt Damon in Ridley Scott’s upcoming sci-fi The Martian, which is based on the novel of the same name by Andy Weir and sees Damon as Mark Watney, an astronaut stranded on the red planet. Hmm. Sounds kind of familiar…
During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, Nasa and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible, rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, »
- Gary Collinson
Kate Mara, Michael Pena, Kristen Wiig, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jeff Daniels, Mackenzie Davis, Sean Bean, Donald Glover and Naomi Scott also star in the film about an astronaut (Damon) stranded alone on Mars who has to figure out how to survive.
Source: Empire »
- Garth Franklin
If you look very closely at the gallery below, you'll spot the cover star of our latest issue (on sale this Thursday, May 28): Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, otherwise known as Ant-Man, the hero of Marvel's upcoming insect-themed action spectacular. He's the biggest thing in our superhero special issue, featuring the latest on everything from Suicide Squad to Captain America: Civil War. (N.B. The left-hand cover the newsstand edition and the right-hand cover for subscribers only.)But that's not all! You can also look forward to two free posters, one of Henry Cavill's Superman and another of Ben Affleck's Batman, in honour of next year's Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, also covered in the new issue.On top of all these comic-book shenanigans, there's plenty more in this new-look Empire, from Jessica Chastain talking Crimson Peak to Guy Ritchie on The Man From U.N.C.L.E., not »
Brace yourselves, you guys, because you're about to have all the feels. Elsa Pataky just posted yet another too-cute-for-words photo of her hunky hubby, Chris Hemsworth, playing with their daughter India, and it's a doozy. The little one is seen sitting on her dad's lap in a stunning English countryside while the actor chats her up in full costume. "Visiting Papa on set!! #happydays #londongreen #thehuntsman #papaehija #lovethem," the proud mama wrote as a caption to the family pic. Hemsworth is currently filming the highly anticipated prequel to Snow White and the Huntsman, alongside Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt, Jessica Chastain and Sam Claflin. Before the »
Mel Brooks will present Steve Martin with the American Film Institute’s 43rd Life Achievement Award, the institute announced Thursday. Brooks received the AFI’s 41st Life Achievement Award in 2013. Martin first rose to prominence as a stand-up comedian and quickly established himself as a leading man. His major breakout role came in 1979 as Navin Johnson in “The Jerk,” which Martin co-wrote. He followed up with roles in films including “Three Amigos,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles,” and “L.A. Story.” See photos: Party Report at AFI Fest: Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman, Ari Emanuel, Jessica Chastain, and a Mob The legendary actor, »
- Joe Otterson
Stars: Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Elyes Gabel, Lorna Pruce, Christopher Abbott, Matthew Maher, Albert Brooks, Jerry Adler, Quinn Meyers, Chester Jones, Ashley Williams, Glenn Fleshler, Jimmy Palumbo, Daisy Tahan | Written and Directed by J.C. Chandor
There are some movies that you come away from knowing that you liked it, loved the way it was shot and knew the acting was good, but something just seemed to be missing. These are the ones you have to take the time to step back from and think about what you have just seen, what it was trying to tell you and what you take away from it. This is exactly what I found with A Most Violent Year.
At first I couldn’t pinpoint exactly what it was about the film which focuses on 1981 a year that saw a spike in criminal activity in New York, but the answer lies in »
- Paul Metcalf
Two years after making his U.S. debut with the crackerjack kidnapping drama “Prisoners,” French-Canadian director Denis Villeneuve ups his own ante with “Sicario,” a blisteringly intense drug-trade thriller that combines expert action and suspense with another uneasy inquiry into the emotional consequences of violence. A densely woven web of compelling character studies and larger systemic concerns, Villeneuve and screenwriter Taylor Sheridan’s bleaker, more jaundiced riposte to Steven Soderbergh’s 2000 “Traffic” may prove too grim and grisly for some audiences and too morally ambiguous for others. But with its muscular style and top-flight cast, this fall Lionsgate release should score solid (if less than “Prisoners”-sized) business from discerning adult moviegoers, along with dark-horse awards-season buzz.
- Scott Foundas
Senior Staff Writer and Blu-ray nut Scott Davis takes his weekly look at what’s new and hot in the world of Blu-ray…
In this week’s UK edition, we have Steve Carell and Channing Tatum wrestling in Foxcatcher, lots of singing in the woods with Meryl Streep and Anna Kendrick in Into The Woods, and arguably the best film of 2015 so far, A Most Violent Year, starring Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain…
One of the outstanding films of 2015 so far, J.C. Chandor’s magnificent epic stars Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola and Albert Brooks and is set in 1981, New York City’s most violent year ever.
See Also: Read our review of A Most Violent Year here
Acclaimed with a huge standing ovation at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, director Bennett Miller’s excellent sports drama was not as successful »
- Scott J. Davis
A Most Violent Year, 2015
Directed by J.C. Chandor.
An immigrant New York businessman tries to expand his company’s fortunes despite setbacks from rival firms, criminal gangs and an investigation from the District Attorney.
Set in New York City in 1981, A Most Violent Year is a crime drama that harks back to the works of Coppola, Scorcese and Friedkin, telling a story about a man, his family and his values, all set against a backdrop of corruption and violence that threatens to usurp him at every turn. Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis) plays Abel Morales, a Hispanic immigrant who has built up a successful oil business but is having trouble with his trucks being hijacked and his employees being attacked. Despite his wife Anna (Jessica Chastain – Mama) having mob connections through her father »
- Gary Collinson
’80s-set corporate morality tale A Most Violent Year has been earmarked as one to watch more than most. Echoing Sidney Lumet’s urban thrillers of the ’70s, it brings a fresh sensibility to the genre by casting two of American cinema’s true up and comers – Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain.
Looking to the past while paving a way to the future, the talent behind the project is writer/director J.C. Chandor. Thn got the chance to sit down and talk turkey with the man himself. Expecting him to be a serious-minded sort, we were surprised to find Chandor open and talkative about his work, giving detailed insights into everything from his leading lady’s fingernails and getting tributed by Jonah Hill, to the elements that inspired the highly-intriguing end result…
Thn: The setting for the film is very specific and gives the story its title. What came first for you, »
- Steve Palace
Cargo Entertainment announced today that Oscar nominee Michael Shannon (Man of Steel, Take Shelter, Revolutionary Road) and Matthias Schweighöfer (Valkyrie) have been added to the cast of writer-director Siofra Campbell’s thriller The Price.
Shannon and Schweighöfer join Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Prometheus), who plays the frantic mother of a kidnapped child who realizes that her ex-partner, played by Shannon, is the instigator and must deal with the fall-out when he is double-crossed.
Under the recently announced partnership between Marina Grasic’s Cargo Entertainment and Mimi Steinbauer’s Radiant Films International, Steinbauer, in her new role as Cargo’s President of Distribution, is handling foreign sales on the project at the ongoing Cannes Film Market.
Cargo represents worldwide rights to the film.
“I’m thrilled that Michael and Matthias have come on board to join Noomi on this remarkable film. Siofra has written a mind-blowing edge »
- Michelle McCue
Director: J.C. Chandor
Running Time: 120 mins
Features: Commentary with J.C. Chandor, Neal Dodson & Anna Gerb. Featurettes, Behind The Violence (Making Of), The Contagious Nature Of Violence (Director Interview), Conversations With Oscar Isaac & Jessica Chastain, Trailers/TV Spots, Deleted Scenes, Behind The Scenes Photos
Imagine if Sidney Lumet had directed The Long Good Friday. That instead of a blood-soaked gangster thriller about a man trying to better himself with guns and fists you had something more thoughtful, yet just as sinister. Writer/director J.C. Chandor’s third film takes the backdrop of New York at the outset of 1981 – the notorious year of the title – and uses it as context for the engrossing story of an entrepreneur trying to operate the cleanest way possible in the murkiest of environments.
Oscar Isaac plays Abel, who runs a heating oil »
- Steve Palace
An aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider
Legendary Pictures’ Crimson Peak, a co-production with Universal Pictures, is a haunting gothic horror story directed by the master of dark fairy tales, Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy series, Pacific Rim), written by del Toro, Matthew Robbins and Lucinda Coxon and starring Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston and Charlie Hunnam.
In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds…and remembers. »
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