4 items from 2014
Nic Cage returns to theaters this weekend in a shaggy beard, beat-up workman’s clothes, and with a bottle often by his side in Joe, a film whose premise — a southern ex-con of questionable trustworthiness and potential violence befriends, and becomes a surrogate paternal figure to, a young boy (Tye Sheridan) — recalls not only Clint Eastwood’s A Perfect World but, more closely still, last year’s Matthew McConaughey–headlined Mud. Directed by David Gordon Green with the sort of somber rural melancholy he brought to George Washington and Prince Avalanche, it’s a project that finds Cage back in more straightforward dramatic territory after a sharp detour, in the past several years, toward genre efforts and B-movies. In Joe, Cage largely sets aside his signature eccentricity to deliver a sturdy, soulful performance that’s cast in the same mold as McConaughey’s Mud turn. Which is fine, except that »
- Nick Schager
Life brought David Gordon Green back to Texas, where the director shot his last three features — “Prince Avalanche,” “Joe” and the upcoming “Manglehorn,” which stars Al Pacino as an ex-con trying to go straight in the Lone Star State — while living in laid-back Austin, among such indie helmers as Jeff Nichols, Andrew Bujalski and the Zellner brothers.
Last week, on the eve of SXSW, Green was inducted into the Hall of Fame by the Austin Film Society, co-founded by one of Green’s inspirations, Richard Linklater. While Linklater hails from Houston, Green grew up in Dallas, where he had his first brush with filmmaking on the set of Oliver Stone’s “Born on the Fourth of July.”
“I’m an extra in the movie,” says Green, who can be seen cheering a home run at a baseball game during the opening credits. “I look into the camera and wiggle my eyebrows. »
- Peter Debruge
In Hollywood, film stars don’t audition. It’s a fact. Scripts are written with the roles tailored for individual actors, and the financing of a film is no longer a question of how good the script is, but rather who is “attached” to star. In other words, big names don’t roam the town with head shots, and they no longer fight to stand out in a cold reading and be the best amongst a mass of actors trying to make it big.
But that doesn’t mean that movie celebrities didn’t have to audition like anybody else to get where they are today. In fact, not only did they audition endless times for small roles to keep some change tingling in their pockets, they would often find themselves getting rejected. Yes, now it’s kind of hard to believe that De Niro and Brando got rejected for certain roles, »
- Alvaro Hernandez Blanco
Feature Den Of Geek 24 Jan 2014 - 06:00
In Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Kevin Costner plays high-ranking CIA operative Thomas Harper, the handler responsible for recruiting and looking after young agent-to-be Jack Ryan (Chris Pine). The role marks the start of a busy year or so for Costner, who'll soon be appearing in 3 Days To Kill, Draft Day, Black And White and McFarland.
For an actor whose pace has slowed in recent years, it marks a fresh period of work, and we're hoping it'll build to another directorial gig for Costner, who hasn't been behind the camera since 2003's acclaimed Open Range.
Costner talks a little bit about his directing plans in the round-table interview below, which took place while Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit was still filming last year. The »
4 items from 2014
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