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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts will fete Ethan Hawke with a career retrospective on Dec. 18.
The event is part of “BAFTA: A Life in Pictures,” a series of onstage interviews in which “some of the film world’s leading talent share insights into the experiences that helped them hone and develop their craft,” BAFTA said.
The series has previously hosted Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Meryl Streep, David Fincher and Cate Blanchett, among others. Recordings of previous events in the series are available at http://guru.bafta.org/features/a-life-in-pictures.
Hawke first came to prominence in 1989 in “Dead Poets Society,” since when he has starred in more than 40 films, including “Reality Bites,” “Gattaca,” “Great Expectations,” “Assault on Precinct 13,” “The Purge” and “Woman in the Fifth.” In 2002, his role in “Training Day,” opposite Denzel Washington, earned him an Oscar nomination for supporting actor.
- Leo Barraclough
Here's brief history of Deadshot for the uninitiated courtesy of the DC Wiki:
Deadshot is a hired assassin and the world's greatest marksman. Having been a super-villain and anti-hero, he'll commit any murder for the right price because of a notorious suicidal death wish.
There's more to the character, but that's the gist of it.
If cast, Courtney will join other rumored cast members Jared Leto as The Joker, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Tom Hardy as Rick Flag, and Will Smith as Digger Harkness a.k.a. Captain Boomerang but it’s uncertain which character Smith will play. Jesse Eisenberg who co-stars in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” as Lex Luther may also join. Of course, none of this has been confirmed. »
- Kellvin Chavez
Randall Emmett and George Furla's Emmett/Furla Oasis Films is upset at being cut out of The Man Who Made It Snow, to star Jake Gyllenhaal. The production company has filed a $5 million lawsuit against the film's screenwriter that seeks an injunction against any distribution of the movie. The Man Who Made It Snow comes from a script by Brett Tabor, based on the nonfiction book of the same name by Max Mermelstein. Set to be directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, The Equalizer), the film tells the story of Mermelstein, an American who cracked the inner circle of the Colombian
- Eriq Gardner
Production has finally begun on the sequel to last year's surprise action hit, Olympus Has Fallen. Entitled London Has Fallen, the new movie moves the bulk of the action to the UK, with the catalyst being the death of the British Prime Minister 'under mysterious circumstances'.
The funeral of said Pm attracts leaders and posh people from across the world, and that's when the plot to, er, kill them all kicks in. Oh, and the terrorists this time apparently want to take down 'every known landmark in the British capital'.
If they destory that nice coffee shop we got to whenever we head down to London, then we'll have the bastards ourselves.
Several years go Eminem was being set up for a pseudo follow-up to 8 Mile, Southpaw. Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutters was somewhat inspired by Eminem's life in the writing of the story and Antoine Fuqua (The Equalizer, Training Day) soon became attached to direct. Well, it didn't quite work out as planned and in the end, Jake Gyllenhaal stepped in to play the left-handed boxer. Given his recent performances in Prisoners and Nightcrawler, I'm willing to bet few »
- Sean Wist
The frontrunners in this year’s Oscar actor races look to be made up of a lot of first-time nominees. Patricia Arquette is sitting pretty at the top of most pundits’ lists for supporting actress for “Boyhood” and J.K. Simmons is most people’s pick for supporting actor for “Whiplash.” The competitive best actor race is shaping up to be made up of almost entirely first-time nominees.
It’s only the best actress race where the veterans are thriving, from frontrunner Julianne Moore for “Still Alice” (a four-time nominee) to the likes of Oscar winners Reese Witherspoon, Hilary Swank and Marion Cotillard and frequent nominees Amy Adams and Jessica Chastain. Rosamund Pike and Felicity Jones are the only newcomers circling the field.
Moore is currently considered the one to beat, and not just because her performance as a professor diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in “Still Alice” is stunning work—she »
- Jenelle Riley
Remember when Disney announced that J.J. Abrams would direct Star Wars: Episode VII and all of Twitter lit up with lens flare jokes? (Not me. I made a Felicity joke.) Jacob T. Swinney thinks that (possible) overuse of the camera effect has led to an unfair devaluation of the camera effect. He writes,
Lens flares seem to catch a bad rap. While some are simply a stylistic element (and some are even mistakes), there are plenty of thoughtful and symbolic uses of light scattering through the lens. Here is a compilation showcasing the many different types and uses of lens flares in a variety of films.
To prove that, he has made this compilation of purposeful, thoughtful lens flares throughout cinematic history. Or actually, mostly recent films with a few older ones thrown in for cred. Still, he makes a compelling case. Abrams even makes the list. The supercut is »
- Mily Dunbar
Fury, which stars Pitt as the leader of a tank crew fighting its way across Germany in the spring of 1945, captured nearly $2.6 million in its first four days in Australia.
That.s below the $3.05 million debut in 2009 of Quentin Tarantino. brutal drama, which wound up earning a potent $13.8 million.
And Fury.s ensemble cast of Pitt, Logan Lerman, Shia Labeouf, Michael Peña and Jon Bernthal isn.t as stellar as Basterds. Christoph Waltz, Mélanie Laurent, Michael Fassbender, Eli Roth and Diane Kruger.
The box-office remains in a trough as takings totalled $9.8 million, a »
- Don Groves
(Cbr) Empire has an interview with "Fury" director David Ayer that includes his first remarks regarding his comic book movie debut, the recently announced "Suicide Squad." "I can say that it's a 'Dirty Dozen' with supervillains," said Ayer of the well-established anti-hero team. "Then I can ask the question, 'Does a movie really need good guys?'" Since its debut in 1987, the Squad has included numerous DC villains as part of its constantly shifting roster, including Captain Boomerang, Deadshot, Bronze Tiger and Harley Quinn. When asked by Empire how he would go about casting these unusual characters Ayer's answer was straightforward. "Like one would cast any other role. I don't know what I'm going to do. I’m going to do what I do in my typical fever dream of directing." "Suicide Squad" will be the third film in DC's slate of super hero films to star more than one super-powered character, »
- Brett White, Comic Book Resources
Released in 2012, police thriller End Of Watch arguably marked a major turning point in writer-director David Ayer's career. While he'd directed films before, they hadn't received this level of critical acclaim or financial success - and with good reason. Featuring a great pair of performances from Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena as a pair of cops cruising the mean streets of South Central Los Angeles, it was an engrossing, intense film, where death seemed to lurk at every turn.
Fury is something of a departure for Ayer, whose films, whether he wrote them (Training Day, Dark Blue, S.W.A.T) or wrote and directed them (Harsh Times, Street Kings). It leaves the streets of Los Angeles far behind for a bold and intensely visceral look at the final days of World War II, »
David Ayer‘s “Fury” is a big war movie set in a tiny little space. The tale of a World War II tank crew led by Brad Pitt also includes Shia Labeouf, Michael Pena, Logan Lerman and Jon Bernthal. The brutal combat film deals with themes familiar from Ayer's last movie, “End of Watch,” or his script for “Training Day”: tensions between men in tough, violent jobs. In preparation for “End of Watch,” Ayer stuck Pena and Jake Gyllenhaal in a car together for months of Lapd ridealongs. With a bigger cast and less time for “Fury,” the director settled for a shorter. »
- Steve Pond
“Fury” opened to No. 1 at the U.S. box office on Friday — ahead of two-time champ “Gone Girl” and newcomer “The Book of Life” — with $8.8 million. This includes $1.2 million from Thursday night showings. The tank tale looks to haul $25 million in its debut weekend.
Pitt stars as an army sergeant who commands a Sherman tank and a five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines in Germany during the end of WWII. This is a record opening for director David Ayer, who wrote and directed 2012’s “End of Watch” and scripted “Training Day.” The movie also stars Shia Labeouf, Logan Lerman and Michael Peña.
Aside from Pitt’s star power, the $68 million production — backed by Columbia Pictures in association with Qed Intl. and LStar Capital — has the critics on its side, earning 80% on Rotten Tomatoes.
- Maane Khatchatourian
This Time, It’s War: Ayer’s Latest Depiction of Men Under Fire
At last leaving behind the pulpy, sometimes overly chewy cop action/dramas he’s been churning out, David Ayer returns with his most sobering film yet, Fury, reconstituting a title previously used famously by both Fritz Lang and Brian De Palma (both for very different purposes). His most homosocial film yet, Ayer delivers a sometimes grueling slog through the horrors of war, hardly shirking away from the excessive violence of the situation, even if the sexual depravities written off as necessary casualties transpire conveniently out of sight. Sometimes pretentious and sometimes straining a bit too hard for an extra degree of pathos, it’s nonetheless an arresting film that’s often unsettling and unpredictable.
- Nicholas Bell
David Ayer is probably best known as the former U.S. Navy sailor who broke onto the scene with his screenplay for Training Day, the film that won Denzel Washington a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal as a nefarious L.A. police officer. Since then, Ayer has cultivated a reputation as a writer-director of intense urban thrillers; his directorial credits include Harsh Times, Street Kings and End Of Watch, all films that depict the streets as chaotic war zones where the cops and gangsters »
- Eric Walkuski
Fury is a film about an American tanker unit during the last stretch of WWII in 1945. The Allies are well into Germany at this point and only the real fanatics, primarily the SS units, are the major problem. However, being fanatics the fighting is particularly intense as it is the phase of the war where the German soldiers are protecting the fatherland itself. Fierce resistance is an understatement. The film was written and directed by David Ayer, who also wrote Training Day (2001) and The Fast and the Furious (2001). He directed End of Watch (2012) and Sabotage (2014). In short, the guy knows action.
This film is intense – as it should be. War is indeed hell. Fury successfully shows us that. The opening is a jarring scene and sets the tone. Death comes quickly, like a shadow in the fog, and it is brutal.
The film begins with the tanker crew of the tank named Fury, »
- Steven Gahm
Nobody makes movies as unrepentantly manly as David Ayer. The director started his career writing "Training Day," a script that would ultimately win Denzel Washington an Academy Award for Best Actor, and went on to write and direct similarly gritty crime movies "Harsh Times" and "End of Watch." Earlier this year, he co-wrote and directed "Sabotage," a modern day drug world variation on an Agatha Christie story that starred Arnold Schwarzenegger. All of Ayers movies up until now have been about men —sweaty, foul-mouthed, violence-loving men, with female characters serving as another way in which those men communicate with one another. But his most macho movie yet is this week's "Fury," a mud-and-blood-covered World War II yarn about a squad of soldiers in a tank (commanded by Brad Pitt) during the waning days of the European theater (read our review). We sat down with Ayer earlier this week and talked. »
- Drew Taylor
Early on in Fury, the new World War II film starring Brad Pitt, an American column of tanks is seen creeping slowly into Germany. The convoy is, in fact, so deep into Nazi territory that enemy lines don’t really exist anymore. By the April, 1945 of the film’s setting, the Nazi opposition is a shambles, scattered and divided between those willing to surrender to the Allies, and those fighting to the last man, woman and child. One of the latter group catches the convoy by surprise, striking the lead tank with an explosive. The operator, engulfed in flames and howling in agony, climbs out of the tank, grabs his pistol, and shoots himself in the head.
It’s a disturbing moment of violence, small in comparison to the body count of the rest of the film (let alone the war), but completely unbecoming of the kind of war picture Fury is being sold as, »
- Sam Woolf
Santa Monica — Jake Gyllenhaal continues to move into an interesting stage in his career. His choices as of late have been outside the box, almost like the actor is searching for something. And indeed, spend a few minutes talking specifics with him, you'll quickly learn that's the case. He's marching to his own drum, eager to explore complexity in his performances, not just wear another character's skin for a little while. Two 2014 films, Denis Villeneuve's "Enemy" and Dan Gilroy's "Nightcrawler," couldn't make this point any clearer. The former enigmatic thriller tells a twisted tale of fear with a healthy dose of Jungian symbolism to keep it firmly in "Wtf" territory. The latter news media drama sees Gyllenhaal more than a few pounds lighter stalking the streets in a story of creepy ambition. It was fitting that there were a pair of projects to bounce around and chew on »
- Kristopher Tapley
You can blame the huge success of Fargo for this. Hollywood, even before that, had been moving more and more to exploiting movie properties on the small screen. But since Fargo married up critical acclaim to a good audience? All bets are off.
Here are 23 - count 'em! - currently in differing stages of production...
The film: Earning Tom Hanks his first Oscar nomination, the beloved 1988 comedy drama Big saw him as Josh Baskin who, courtesy of a Zoltar machine, turns into an adult. Romance, work, and playing on a big piano follow.
At one point during Fury, the World War II drama starring Brad Pitt out Friday, a tank commander's head is blown off while he's hunched outside his vehicle during a fiery battle with a combatant. Fury writer-directorDavid Ayer insists he didn't include the surprise decapitation simply to shock moviegoers.
"That was a very common thing that happened," said Ayer. "There's countless stories of crews being inside tanks and then all of a sudden their commander's headless body drops into the tank and sprays blood everywhere. That was the hazard of being a tank commander, and that's why these guys were so brave."
Unlike many films about World War II, which have painted a patriotic portrait of the six-year conflict, Furyinstead offers an unapologetically gruesome look at one long day of battle in 1945, just weeks before the Nazis' final surrender.
- Cineplex.com and contributors
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