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“In her first collaboration with master director Woody Allen, Blanchett knocks it out of the park in the best performance of her already illustrious career,” said Durling.
Blanchett’s past work includes the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “Elizabeth,” “Babel,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley” and “Notes on a Scandal.” She won an Oscar in 2005 for her portrayal of Katharine Hepburn in “The Aviator,” and was nominated for both supporting and leading actress in 2008.
- Alex Stedman
After a trio of stylish, deeply emotional films in "I Killed My Mother," "Heartbeats" and the epic "Laurence Anyways," Xavier Dolan has shifted gears somewhat for his fourth feature, "Tom At The Farm." It seems the eye for visuals is still there, but an eerier tone and colder atmosphere pervades this thriller, and the first trailer has arrived to provide a tantalizing look at the picture. Dolan takes the lead role in this one, playing Tom, who arrives to the funeral of his late boyfriend, only to tangle with his former lover's family who had no idea their son was gay. And what emerges is a film that we compared to the work of Patricia Highsmith ("Strangers On A Train," "The Talented Mr. Ripley"), that is both a thriller and a family drama, with Dolan bringing elements from those two genres to once again create his own unique picture. In our Venice review we wrote, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Even in the midst of Harry Potter hoopla, Daniel Radcliffe boldly tackled a starring role in the stage production of Equus that challenged the limitations of the Potter franchise and the perceptions of his loyal fanbase. Now that he’s officially graduated from Hogwarts, the 23-year-old continues to follow his own beat. In Kill Your Darlings, he plays a young Allen Ginsberg in 1940s New York City, just as the writer was experiencing his literary — and sexual — awakening as a freshman at Columbia. The man somewhat responsible for both is Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan), a mesmerizing but troubled free-thinker who »
- Jeff Labrecque
Because historical films often feature elaborate, detailed period dress, they almost always win the Oscar for Best Costume Design. Last year, the award went to the 19th century literary adaptation "Anna Karenina." Recent winners have also been set among European royalty ("Marie Antoinette," "The Duchess," "The Young Victoria") as well as Hollywood royalty ("The Aviator," "The Artist"). A pair of fantasy films have also won in the last 10 years: "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" and "Alice in Wonderland." "Return of the King" winner Richard Taylor could contend again this year for Peter Jackson's "Rings" prequel "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." Oscar-nominee Gary Jones ("The Talented Mr. Ripley") also designed a fantasy film in the running: "Oz the Great and Powerful." »
Though Matt Damon has had a fairly lengthy Hollywood career, his Emmy nomination for lead actor as Scott Thorson, Liberace's lover, in HBO's "Behind the Candelabra" is his first. Of course, that's because Damon usually focuses on the big screen.
You may recognize him from movies like "The Bourne Identity" and, most recently, "Elysium." He's also that guy who wrote a script with his buddy, Ben Affleck, and won an Oscar for it. Surely, you remember "Good Will Hunting."
Welcome to Before They Were Emmy Nominees. Each Tuesday and Wednesday between now and the Emmy Awards on Sept. 22, we're going to look back at some early and obscure roles of a few of this year's acting nominees. (See Zap2it's Before They Were Nominees photo gallery.)
For Damon, obscure roles really aren't his thing. After all, he's one of the biggest movie stars on the planet. There are definitely some you may have missed, »
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
What's It About? J.J. Abrams' second "Star Trek" installment follows the Enterprise crew when they're called back home and find an unstoppable force of terror within their own organization. Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) leads the Enterprise against a one man weapon of mass destruction. Why We're In: This sequel is exhilarating from start to finish with tons of spectacle and a solid narrative. Abarams' film perfectly mixes classic references that will excite any "Star Trek" fan, but won't make newbies feel left out. "Star Trek Into Darkness" was one of Moviefone's Best Movies of 2013 (So Far).
Watch: Get a behind-the-scenes look at the special effects of "Star Trek Into Darkness" (Video)
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- moviefone (@moviefone) September 10, 2013
- Erin Whitney
This week: One of the biggest blockbusters of the summer, J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek Into Darkness," beams itself home on DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D and various retail exclusives packaged with collectibles and exclusive extras.
Also new this week is the twisted horror film "Frankenstein's Army," the Blu-ray debut of "The Talented Mr. Ripley" starring Matt Damon and the definitive "Friday the 13th": The Complete Collection on Blu-ray with all 12 films featuring movie maniac Jason Voorhees.
Box Office: $229 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 87% Fresh
Storyline: When a ruthless genetically engineered mastermind named Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch) declares war on the Federation, Captain Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto) and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise (including Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, John Cho and Anton Yelchin) embark on a manhunt that takes them into dangerous Klingon territory. The ultimate sacrifice must be made »
- Robert DeSalvo
Obviously, not all movies suck these days — I’ve given green lights to plenty of films in recent years, and I’ve even raved about a few — but I can’t shake the sense that, in the aggregate, movies suck. (Of course, I still love Teh Movies and still want to see every movie ever made, so that makes me some sort of masochist, I suppose. Perhaps I should write 50 Shades of Celluloid…) It seems to me that the last great year for movies was 1999, when the incredibly great movies weren’t only incredibly great but seemed to herald a new era for movies. There was a freshness in the air that year… and it didn’t get followed up on, not in any collective sense. If it had been, these movies wouldn’t still feel more modern than lots of the crap (and even lots of the good stuff) we’re getting today, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
This hugely entertaining maneating plant musical comedy under-performed at the 1986 box office only to end up a video hit. But this isn't the same film you might remember.
As well as the original version, we're finally getting the director's cut where [spoiler alert] everyone dies and the plants take over the world, with some Godzilla-sized flowers laying waste to New York amping up the B-movie creature-feature spirit. Sleight-of-hand master Frank Oz directs and pulls off the split-second timing that pre-cgi movies like this demanded – almost every shot contains some kind of trick. The songs are catchy, Steve Martin gives the best example of scene-stealing ever, and there are cameos from John Candy, Bill Murray and Christopher Guest. More than anything though, either cut is a showcase for the considerable talents of Rick Moranis, »
- Phelim O'Neill
For an entertainment journalist, there is nothing quite like covering a film festival, especially one as influential and deep as the Toronto Film Festival, which began 11 days of wall-to-wall must-see movies yesterday. I suppose it’s not unlike covering the Olympics, with simultaneous spectacular events taking place at different venues, forcing sportswriters to choose between gymnastics and swimming. You want to see everything, but you simply can’t, which is frustrating, but at least you have the perfect conversation-starter for every stranger you meet: “So what did you see today?”
Toronto itself gives off an almost Olympic vibe during the festival, »
- Jeff Labrecque
Based on a novel by crime scribe Patricia Highsmith - who also wrote Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train - René Clément's striking study of a glamorous and complex psychopath, Plein Soleil (1960), features a career-defining turn from a young, beautiful and ultra-cool Alain Delon. To celebrate the DVD and Blu-ray release of the restored version of Plein Soleil this coming Monday (9 September), we have Three Blu-ray copies of the film to give away to our readers, courtesy of our friends at StudioCanal. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
Delon stars in his debut leading role as Tom Ripley, a young American who's paid by the wealthy Greenleaf family to travel to Europe to persuade his friend, errant playboy Philip Greenleaf (Maurice Ronet), to return to »
- CineVue UK
Any actor or actress who turns down the opportunity to star as Cate Blanchett's love interest is a mystery to us, so count Mia Wasikowska as the newest Hollywood enigma. The "Jane Eyre" actress has bowed out of the lesbian love-affair drama "Carol," with Rooney Mara stepping in to replace her, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
"Carol," directed by Todd Haynes ("Far From Heaven" and "I'm Not There"), depicts an unhappily married woman in 1950s New York (Blanchett) who longs to leave her husband behind but fears losing her daughter. She falls for a department-store employee who also pines for a better life (Mara).
The movie is based on the novella "The Price of Salt," by "The Talented Mr. Ripley" scribe Patricia Highsmith. The script comes from Phyllis Nagy (HBO's "Mrs. Harris"), with production slated to begin in spring 2014.
The new casting choice reduces the age gap between the two leads, »
- Matthew Jacobs
Oscar-nominated actress Rooney Mara is set to co-star opposite Cate Blanchett in Todd Haynes’ Carol. The suspense drama, adapted from the novella by Patrica Highsmith (The Talented Mr. Ripley), is set in 1950s New York. Mara will play a 20-something clerk working in a department store and dreaming of a better life who falls for an older, married woman (Blanchett). Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley are producing Carol for Number 9 Films, with Christine Vachon’s Killer Films co-producing. Shooting is set to begin in spring 2014. U.K. broadcaster Channel 4's Film4 is a
- Scott Roxborough
Matt Damon plays Ripley, the handsome young gay killer who becomes infatuated with Greenleaf, so much so that when he kills him (Spoiler Alert!) he assumes his identity and tries to fool his friends (played by Gwyneth Paltrow and Phillip Seymour Hoffman) that Greenleaf is alive and well.
Even though the movie has A-list actors, "The Talented Mr. Ripley" does not shy away from the fact that Ripley loves and lusts after Greenleaf and he even acquires another male lover at the end of the film, which is something that Rantasmo talks about in his latest installment of "Needs More Gay."
In the video Rantasmo dissects the gay elements of "The Talented Mr. Ripley" and even shares some information on the »
- The Huffington Post
Sure, Matt Damon looks cool in Elysium with his big gun and bald head, but if you're like us, you're probably missing that gorgeous hair of his. The actor has hair worth committing to memory, which is why we created this quiz to test just that. Can you tell his Contagion hair from his The Talented Mr. Ripley locks from his Good Will Hunting cut? Good luck identifying Matt Damon's various 'dos. »
- Jesse David Fox,Jed Egan,Justin McCraw
New York — When Cate Blanchett was last in New York, in between her nightly performances in the acclaimed touring production of "Uncle Vanya," she would slip uptown, to the East Side, to stealthily research her role in Woody Allen's latest, "Blue Jasmine."
In it, Blanchett plays Jasmine, a socialite in breakdown, a modern Blanche DuBois (a role Blanchett played a few years ago on stage, the "detritus" of which she says stays with her), distraught and destroyed by the betrayal of her Bernie Madoff-like financier husband (Alec Baldwin). On Jasmine's stomping ground, the Upper East Side, Blanchett bent her ear to the neighborhood's accents of affluence.
"I drank way too much wine sitting in restaurants by myself," says Blanchett, today sitting in a midtown office in a sleeveless emerald green top and skirt.
The polished refinement, though, is only a small element – a surface that cracks – to Blanchett's enormously layered performance in "Blue Jasmine. »
In the more than 40 years since he gave up touring as a standup comic to focus on his film career, Woody Allen has never missed his old life on the nightclub circuit. Until one night last month, as he sat in the audience at the Cafe Carlyle watching another legendary comic, Mort Sahl, work the room.
“Mort Sahl is the guy who inspired me to go on stage for the first time in my life, and when I saw him the other night, I had that feeling again of, ‘I can do this,’ ” Allen says a few days later over iced coffee in the Carlyle’s venerable bar, Bemelmans. After seeing Sahl at the Carlyle, Allen went home and YouTube’d some of the comedian’s vintage performances. “He was as great as I remembered,” says Allen. “So I thought, ‘Gee, it would be nice to get up there and do that again. »
- Scott Foundas
Matt Damon is one helluva movie star! The 42-year-old actor has starred in over 60 films since starting his career back in 1988. From classics like Saving Private Ryan and The Talented Mr. Ripley to Ocean's Eleven, his action-packed Bourne trilogy and, more recently, Contagion and We Bought a Zoo, Damon does it all in front of the camera. But Damon isn't just a talented actor. He's also an accomplished screenwriter. Back in 1997, Damon and his Bff Ben Affleck won a Best Original Screenplay Oscar for their film Good Will Hunting. In celebration of his upcoming futuristic flick Elysium, let's take a look back at Damon's impressive acting career. And don't forget to see Elysium, in »
Fans of the time traveling book series Outlander have been waiting with bated breath for this casting news, and now we have it. Starz today announced that Scottish actor (you can hear the fans’ sighs of relief already) Sam Heughan will be playing Scottish warrior Jamie Fraser in its upcoming adaptation of Diana Gabaldon‘s popular series.
It’S Official! Sam Heughan Cast As Jamie Fraser In Starz & Sony Pictures TV’S “Outlander” New Original Series Based on Diana Gabaldon’s International Best-Selling Novels From “Battlestar Galactica” Executive Producer Ronald D. Moore
Beverly Hills, Calif., July 9, 2013 – Starz in association with Sony Pictures Television has announced today that Sam Heughan will play the role of Jamie Fraser in the original series “Outlander,” adapted from Diana Gabaldon’s international best-selling books, which will premiere on Starz in 2014. The chivalrous young Scottish warrior, Jamie Fraser, has been adored worldwide by fans of the »
- Erin Willard
• Keira Knightley (Anna Karenina) is attached to produce and star in an adaptation of Suzanne Rindell’s The Other Typist for Fox Searchlight. Set in 1923, the story follows Rose, a typist for the New York City Police Department. She’s old-fashioned and set in her ways till she befriends the new woman in the office, Odalie, who is glamorous and modern and loves to have fun at speakeasies. But Rose gets a little obsessed, hence the comparisons to The Talented Mr. Ripley. There’s no director attached yet. Knightley will be appearing next alongside Chris Pine in Kenneth Branagh’s »
- Lindsey Bahr
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