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‘American Hustle,’ ‘Gravity’: AFI Awards 2013 - big-studio movies rule once again (photo: Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper in ‘American Hustle’) The American Film Institute has released AFI Awards list featuring the Top Ten Movies of 2013. As usual, the AFI Awards mostly focus on mainstream, popular fare from the big studios; in fact, they’re a sort of more upscale, Oscar-friendlier People’s Choice Awards, i.e., no Twilight, no The Fast and The Furious, no Adam Sandler, scattered super-hero movies. (You’ll see why they’re so big-studio-friendly once you scroll down a bit to check out the list of this year’s AFI Awards’ jury members.) Six of the AFI’s Top Ten 2013 movies come courtesy of the Hollywood majors: American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Gravity, Her, Saving Mr. Banks, and The Wolf of Wall Street. Additionally, 12 Years a Slave was released by Fox Searchlight Pictures, a subsidiary of »
- Anna Robinson
The 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival will honor Lupita Nyong'o with the Breakthrough Performance Award for her turn as young slave Patsy in “12 Years a Slave,” and Thomas Newman with the Frederick Loewe Award for Film Composing for Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks” at its annual Awards Gala on January 4. Newcomer Nyong’o has already been scoring some honors from critics’ circles -- the La film critics voted her Best Supporting Actress, while the Boston critics placed her as runner up. Meanwhile Newman, an 11-time Oscar nominee ("Skyfall," "Wall-e"), is in the running to nab another nomination for "Saving Mr. Banks."Previously announced gala honorees are Nyong'o's "12 Years a Slave" director Steve McQueen, Sandra Bullock, Bruce Dern, Matthew McConaughey and Julia Roberts. Past recipients of the Breakthrough Performance Award include Mariah Carey, Marion Cotillard, Jennifer Hudson, Felicity Huffman, Carey Mulligan and Jeremy Renner. In the years »
- Beth Hanna
It sucks to be a struggling artist, especially during a bitter New York winter, when your only place to crash is a friend's or stranger's couch. Those are the blues for Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac), a folk singer struggling to make a living in Greenwich Village in 1961. Making matters worse, Llewyn may have just knocked up Jean (Carey Mulligan), the wife of his best friend and fellow folk singer Jim (Justin Timberlake). Whoops. Joel & Ethan Coen's latest pic is a musical odyssey in the tradition of O Brother, Where Art Thou? (complete with Homeric references), following Llewyn from club performances to a session gig to an important audition in Chicago. Ready to get folked up? First, jam on these five »
Los Angeles Film Critics Awards winners 2013 (photo: Sandra Bullock in ‘Gravity’) The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (Lafca), which has been around since the early ’70s, announced earlier today, December 8, 2013, their list of 2013 winners and runners-up. Although there were a handful of offbeat choices, what’s most surprising is how mainstream were most of the Los Angeles Film Critics’ picks this year — Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity was the top film, with a total of four wins — and that there were no less than three ties, including one for Best Picture: Gravity and Spike Jonze’s Her. See below. (See also: Full list of Boston Society of Film Critics 2013 winners.) Best Picture (tie): Gravity and Her. Best Foreign-Language Film: Blue Is the Warmest Color, directed by Abdellatif Kechiche. Runner-up: The Great Beauty, directed by Paolo Sorrentino. Best Documentary: Stories We Tell, directed by Sarah Polley Runner-up: The Act of Killing, »
- Andre Soares
Los Angeles, Dec 8: Get your hands on a two-tone leather jacket, recently sported by actress Carey Mulligan, for warmth and style.
The classic leather jacket, by 3.1 Phillip Lim, is the perfect style staple, reports dailymail.co.uk.
The biker shape versatile jacket can be worn with floral dresses to baggy jeans and everything in between.
You can team it with a check shirt and black skinny jeans like Mulligan or wear it with an oversized winter coat slung over the top.
The two-tone effect is a great way to update your wardrobe with the latest shades. Look rock-chic with leopard print jacket that can be. »
- Machan Kumar
The folk music scene in New York City in the 1960s produced a legend in Bob Dylan, but he wasn’t first. It had been a fad for some time before him, enough that record labels and radio stations had already taken note. It’s entirely possible that there was a Dylan before Dylan, a great talent who didn’t find his opportunity or his audience. The Coen Brothers’ new film Inside Llewyn Davis posits the existence of such a man, and he may well be the most interesting character they’ve ever created.
Oscar Issac plays Llewyn Davis, who is bouncing from friend’s couch to friend’s couch while singing for practically nothing in local coffee shops and collecting no royalties on his records from his agent. He’s in the shadow of a much more commercial »
- Mark Young
From Inside Llewyn Davis to Out of the Furnace, here’s what to see and what to skip this weekend at the movies. See ThisInside Llewyn DavisOscar Isaac has an unfortunate habit of being the best thing in bad movies (W.E., Won’t Back Down, The Bourne Legacy), so I’m thrilled to say that he’s finally the best thing in a great one. As Llewyn Davis, perhaps the most talented - and most unsuccessful - folk singer in New York, Isaac is a rumpled, miserable mess. He doesn’t particularly like people, but he’s forced to prevail upon them constantly, »
- Alynda Wheat and Oliver Jones
Editor’s note: Our review of Inside Llewyn Davis originally ran during this year’s Cannes Film Festival, but we’re re-running it now as the film opens today in limited theatrical release. The eighth In Competition banner for the Coen Brothers at the Cannes Film Festival is their first in six years, since their eventual Best Picture Oscar winner No Country for Old Men. Though there isn’t a chance for the intrepid filmmaking duo to repeat the same success here, the feeling coming out of Inside Llewyn Davis is that the brothers would not have it any other way. Indeed, while terming their latest work the worst thing they’ve put out since The Ladykillers might send alarm bells ringing, when you consider their body of work since – No Country, Burn After Reading, A Serious Man and True Grit – it begins to seem not quite so bitter a pill to swallow. Tackling »
- Shaun Munro
Marrakech, Morocco– While in Marakkech to give a masterclass and participate in a tribute to Scandinavian cinema, Danish helmer Nicolas Winding Refn sat with journos to discuss his projects and philosophy on filmmaking. The director, who showed up wearing black sunglasses, was in a chatty and playful mood, giving us a taste of his staple dark and provocative sense of humor. His last film, “Only God Forgives” premiered in competition at Cannes.
Refn: I guess it’s part coincidence and partly to do with the fact that I approach everything like a pin-up magazine. I make movies about what arouses me. I don’t have an interest in the result in the end, because I enjoy the process of creativity more than the actual, finished product. It usually starts with a basic idea. Ryan and I »
- Elsa Keslassy
[Editor's Note: This feature originally ran during the 2013 Cannes Film Festival where "Inside Llewyn Davis" world premiered and won the Grand Prix award. It opens today in select theaters.] Greeted with a lot of big laughs and extended applause at its first Cannes press screening last night, Joel and Ethan Coen's latest love letter to music "Inside Llewyn Davis" did not disappoint. (Our own Eric Kohn went so far as to say "it isn't the minor Coen Bros. movie it looks like.") "Inside Llewyn Davis" substitutes the bluegrass music found in "O. Brother Where Art Thou" for folk music to tell a similar "Odyssey"-like tale of a musician struggling to get by through life as an artist. Taking place over the course of several days, Oscar Isaac (in a breakthrough performance sure to garner him awards-buzz once the film lands stateside) stars as the titular singer-songwriter, while Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake and a scene-stealing John Goodman round out the colorful supporting cast of. »
- Nigel M Smith
The Coen brothers take on the folk music scene of the 1960s in Inside Llewyn Davis, which follows a struggling singer-songwriter. Oscar Isaac plays the title character, while other famous faces like Justin Timberlake, Adam Driver, and Carey Mulligan have supporting roles - and they also sing! The movie is one of the most anticipated films of the season, and the soundtrack is its own draw. Along with the already-mentioned voices, musicians like Marcus Mumford (who also produced the soundtrack with T Bone Burnett) are contributing. Whether you end up seeing the movie or not, the soundtrack is worth a listen, and these are the songs that you have to hear. "Five Hundred Miles": Timberlake and Mulligan sing on this, a cover of an old folk song, and both sound absolutely angelic. It's soft, romantic, and gorgeous. "Green, Green Rocky Road": Try not to get a crush on »
- Shannon Vestal
Coen Brothers deliver one of their best movies with period folk drama Inside Llewyn Davis. Oscar Isaac shines as a struggling folk singer in beautiful and heartfelt film. After recent movies that include a western remake (True Grit), a Midwestern, midlife, male comedy (A Serious Man) and a heart-stopping crime thriller (No Country for Old Men), filmmaker siblings Joel and Ethan Coen continue to surprise with yet another subgenre they’ve yet to try. Inside Llewyn Davis is a folk music drama of all things, set in 1961 New York City and clubs, coffee bars and apartments throughout Greenwich Village. Pop singer/actor Justin Timberlake may claim the most marquee pizzazz as Jim, a folk musician married to his music partner Jean, played by Carey Mulligan of The Great Gatsby. Everything they do and say revolves around their sad sack friend, the film’s titular character Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) who »
Editor's note: The Hollywood Reporter spoke with Justin Chadwick before Nelson Mandela's death. A former actor who has cut his teeth on high-end U.K. television shows such as Bleak House, starring Gillian Anderson and Carey Mulligan and highly-acclaimed spy thriller Spooks, Justin Chadwick made his feature debut in 2008 with The Other Boleyn Girl, a costume drama boasting Natalie Portman, Eric Bana and Scarlett Johansson among its stars. Just over a year later, Chadwick shot The First Grader in Kenya, a film that proved the filmmaker's metal for making movies in Africa. Photos: Nelson Mandela and Apartheid:
- Stuart Kemp
CBS Films has sent along a new 2-minute-long trailer for their Inside Llewyn Davis drama which opens today, December 6th. Ethan and Joel Coen direct and write the film which stars Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, Garrett Hedlund, John Goodman, Adam Driver, F. Murray Abraham and Max Casella. Follow a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles -- some of them of his own making. »
From Academy Award winners Joel and Ethan Coen, Inside Llewyn Davis follows folk singer Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac), who is struggling to make it in the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Relying on friends for a couch to sleep on and scrounging for whatever work he can find, Llewyn attempts to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles, many of which are of his own making, while never really catching a break. The film also stars Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund, F. Murray Abraham, Adam Driver, Stark Sands and Max Casella. At the film’s press day, actor Oscar Isaac spoke at this roundtable interview about how he prepared for this role, the appeal of working with the Coen brothers, the experience of collaborating with T-Bone Burnett, how being a part of this film has changed the way he plays music now, balancing giving a musical performance with acting in the role, »
- Christina Radish
This week, to coincide with the release of the Coens' "Inside Llewyn Davis," Cine-List looks at the world of underpaid and over-passionate artists in film. 1. “Inside Llewyn Davis” (in theaters December 6, limited; December 20, wide). The Coens’ portrait of the early ‘60s folk music scene in New York may be their most poignant film to date, despite taking some dark and pitiless detours. Cynical musician Llewyn Davis (a just-right Oscar Isaac) is well-known among his community of artists. But he’s reeling emotionally and professionally from the suicide of his singing partner, and alienating his contemporaries with his fuck-it attitude (not to mention his ability to impregnate). Llewyn’s got talent, but as F. Murray Abraham tells him bluntly at a key moment: “I don’t hear much money in it.” The film’s music--supervised by Coens regular T-Bone Burnett-- is hypnotic, and the cast is superb. Carey Mulligan »
- Beth Hanna
This week on At the Movies, Peter Travers highlights Inside Llewyn Davis, the Coen Brothers' love letter to 1960s Greenwich Village and one of our fearless critic's top picks for 2013. The film follows a down-on-his-luck folk singer (Oscar Isaac) navigating the New York City coffeehouse scene in 1961. But unlike Dave Van Ronk or Bob Dylan,Davis' story is not one of success. "Anybody can make a movie about a winner," the Coens recently told Travers. "Why not make one about a loser?"
See What's Real in Inside Llewyn Davis
Despite his immense talents, »
With Inside Llewyn Davis hitting theaters this week, the Coen brothers are working on a "musical comedy" set around an opera. It's one of two projects that Joel and Ethan Coen are in the middle of, they told Vulture. When asked if they would ever consider making a musical, Joel Coen said Llewyn Davis is "as close to a full-blown musical as we would make." Ethan Coen added, "One of the two things we're writing now, it's not a musical per se . . . " Joel said, " . . . But it has what might be considered more traditional numbers. »
Thanks to the talent of their suffering singer, the directors have beautified the odyssey of another hapless hero
I do like the Coen brothers' wintry ones. Anyone who thinks composition is a purely visual matter should re-watch Fargo, which happily inverted the old film noir tradition which says kidnappings and extortion should come wrapped in expressionistic shadow. Instead, the film pitched daylight robbery against a blinding white tundra – film blanc – with particular attention paid to the way the Minnesota winter obliterates the horizon line. The characters just seemed to hanging there twixt land and sky, like Bellow's dangling man, caught between two voids, unsure which way is up. The Coens' collaborators are said to feel much the same way.
The snow that covers much of Inside Llewyn Davis is another matter again: it's the kind of old, grey city snow that car exhaust stains brown, and gets into your boots on the long trudge home. »
- Tom Shone
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- Laura Marie Meyers
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