9 items from 2014
It may come as a surprise to some that, a full year after his phenomenal biopic Lincoln landed in theaters, legendary director Steven Spielberg still hasn’t locked down his next big screen venture. At this point in his career, the prolific helmer (behind such classics as Raiders of the Lost Ark, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Jaws and E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial, in addition to many more) can certainly afford to be choosy with his projects, but such a long gap is unusual for Spielberg. Now, it appears he’s added another buzzy possibility to the already huge list of films he has expressed interest in: a historical drama titled The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara.
Based on David Kertzer’s book of the same name, The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara will tell the story of a young Jewish boy who, in 1858, is taken from his family by officers of the Inquisition. »
- Isaac Feldberg
2014 is already promising to be quite a year for the cinema, with tons of high-profile films slated to be released in the summer and fall. Some action films, some Oscar-baiting drama, some comedy. But they all share one thing in common: their potential to be the launching pad for Hollywood’s hottest new talent. Somewhere out there, a few select jobbing actors are about to have a fantastic year. Each major blockbuster hit carries with it the opportunity for breakout performances.
We saw it back in 2010, when Jennifer Lawrence became a superstar virtually overnight with her performance in Winter’s Bone, and even as recently as 2013, when Lupita Nyong’o's turn in 12 Years a Slave made her an industry darling. These actors have been working consistently over the past few years, but are poised to make a major splash in Hollywood this year.
With major releases on the horizon, »
- Audrey Fox
Peter Debruge: Ok, gentlemen, time to guess who will win the Oscar for best picture. I say “guess” because the word “predict” seems entirely too confident when it comes to the Academy Awards. Despite all the ink and all the effort that people put into anticipating who will win on Sunday night, all the logic and algorithms that factor into their prognostications, I still think it’s a crapshoot — and I say this as someone who once managed to win Variety’s office Oscar pool. That’s no humblebrag, mind you. Quite the opposite. My point is that only once in the last 20 years of the Academy Awards have my preferences aligned with the Academy’s — a group that prefers “Argo” to “Amour” and “The Lord of the Rings” to “Lost in Translation,” while overlooking what I consider to be the best film of 2013: “Inside Llewyn Davis.”
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- Peter Debruge, Scott Foundas and Justin Chang
Last year, we posted the first in Nick Scurfield’s Star Wars-themed “Destiny” art series. The ongoing series depicts young versions of key characters from the Star Wars universe in acts that foreshadow their (say it with me) Destiny! We now have 4 more fantastic pieces from the series, featuring “youngling” versions of Chewbacca, Han Solo, Anakin Skywalker, and Princess Leia.
This art series, with its very sentimental and cinematic feel, conjures up images of Steven Spielberg’s Empire of the Sun. If any of these characters have to be revisited in their youth on the big-screen (fingers crossed that they don’t), I wouldn’t mind someone like Spielberg directing the young actors. The same goes for J.J. Abrams, who did a wonderful job getting performances out of his young cast in Super 8.
To see more of Scurfield’s work, visit his site here. (Via: XombieDirge) »
- Eli Reyes
Svelte stud Tom Hiddleston has been cast in the leading role in Ben Wheatley's upcoming "High-Rise," an adaptation of the 1975 Jg Ballard novel scripted by Amy Jump. Hiddleston will play Robert Laing, a hotshot doctor who falls under the spell of an elusive architect, unearthing a deadly and complex world of secrets and lies beneath the lustrous visage of a newly built residential tower in England. Though the author died in 2009, his legacy prevails and some great films have come out of Ballard books: David Cronenberg's slick, psychosexual thriller "Crash" (1996) and Steven Spielberg's wonderful "Empire of the Sun" (1987). Wheatley is the visionary director of "Kill List," "Sightseers" and this year's radical mindbender "A Field in England," all written by Amy Jump. Per Screen Daily, sales are being handled by HanWay, who will take the film to the European Film Market in Berlin this week. Hiddleston, who played »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Upstaged though he was at times by his own hairpiece, Christian Bale made a welcome return to our screens last month as Irving Rosenfeld, the ambitious con artist at the centre of David O Russell's American Hustle.
Having been on an extended hiatus since The Dark Knight Rises, Bale now has a packed slate of completed projects: he stars as a blue-collar worker seeking vengeance in this week's Out of the Furnace, will be seen later this year in Terrence Malick's Knight of Cups, and just wrapped playing Moses for Ridley Scott.
To celebrate, we've selected our five highlights from Bale's CV to date.
Empire of the Sun (1987)
A 13-year-old Bale played his first starring role in Steven Spielberg's under-appreciated coming of age drama, which chronicles a young boy's experiences during World War II. After losing his parents in Shanghai, Bale's Jamie goes from a sheltered life of »
Christian Bale turns 40 on Thursday, and in honor of the actor's special day, we've rounded up some of his best onscreen pictures. From his breakout appearance in Empire of the Sun when he was 13 to his more recent, award-winning roles, he's mesmerized us with his acting chops. Join us in wishing one of Hollywood's most versatile actors a happy birthday by taking a trip down movie-memory lane. View Slideshow › »
- Lisette Mejia
Out Of The Furnace bursts onto cinema screens across the UK this week. As well as starring the likes of Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck and Forrest Whittaker, the film also sees Welsh powerhouse Christian Bale in yet another stand-out performance.
Bale’s career kicked-off when he was just a lad when he landed a part in Speilberg’s Empire Of The Sun. As he got older Bale found himself down the path to becoming the archetypal British actor, starring in period pieces A Midsummer Night’S Dream and Little Women. Luckily for us and his career, Bale was not happy with this route and morphed himself from English gentlemen into American Psycho. Since this transformation he hasn’t looked back, and has developed a reputation for being more than a little method and chameleon with his acting style. He once admitted that, with the exception of the Batman series, he »
- Kat Smith
It's amazing to see how far Christian Bale has come in his career, but it was bound to happen. He's always been an amazing actor. One of his first major roles was in Steven Spielberg's Empire of the Sun, which is one of my favorite movies of all time. This is one of Bale's first interviews ever which was conducted around the time he made the film, in 1987. The person interviewing him is Gene Shalit. Thanks to Reddit user punisher2404.
- Joey Paur
9 items from 2014
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