7 items from 2013
Zero Dark Thirty star to play Anastasia Steele's mother in big-screen adaptation of erotic literary blockbuster
• News: Fans protest 50 Shades casting
Ehle, known for turns in Zero Dark Thirty, Contagion, Possession and the 1995 TV version of Pride and Prejudice, will play the mother of blushing virgin Anastasia Steele. The character, Carla May Wilks, is described as a flighty and self-centred woman who enjoys turning her hobbies into ill-fated business schemes.
Fifty Shades centres on kinky billionaire Christian Grey's recruitment of Anastasia to be his well-remunerated sexual submissive. Author El James, whose steamy novel has sold more than 70m copies worldwide, revealed last month that Charlie Hunnam will play Grey and Dakota Johnson will portray Anastasia Steele in the big-screen adaptation. »
- Ben Child
Peter Debruge: Looking back on 11 days and several hundred movies, it’s somewhat disheartening to realize this is the year that Oscar hype all but overwhelmed the Toronto Film Festival. Things have been gradually building up to this, considering that the festival served to launch such best-picture winners as “American Beauty,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” “The King’s Speech” and “Argo,” among others, but it’s unfortunate that this hollow chatter has taken the place of substantial conversation about the merits of the many films on offer, the vast majority of which were conceived with no designs on earning little gold statues.
There’s a silver lining for those who’ve been following from a distance all the buzz around such heftily financed pictures as “12 Years a Slave,” “August: Osage County,” “Rush,” “Gravity” and “Prisoners,” as well as the scrappy, super-indie “Dallas Buyers Club,” a movie no one wanted to make but »
- Scott Foundas, Justin Chang and Peter Debruge
Cinema is a kind of uber-art form that’s made up of a multitude of other forms of art including writing, directing, acting, drawing, design, photography and fashion. As such, film is, as all cinema aficionados know, a highly collaborative venture.
One of the most consistently fascinating collaborations in cinema is that of the director and actor.
This article will examine some of the great director & actor teams. It’s important to note that this piece is not intended as a film history survey detailing all the generally revered collaborations.
There is a wealth of information and study available on such duos as John Ford & John Wayne, Howard Hawks & John Wayne, Elia Kazan & Marlon Brando, Akira Kurosawa & Toshiro Mifune, Alfred Hitchcock & James Stewart, Ingmar Bergman & Max Von Sydow, Federico Fellini & Giulietta Masina/Marcello Mastroianni, Billy Wilder & Jack Lemmon, Francis Ford Coppola & Al Pacino, Woody Allen & Diane Keaton, Martin Scorsese & Robert DeNiro »
- Terek Puckett
For the sake of argument, let’s agree that the Neil Labute narrative unfolds like this: the provocative playwright turned filmmaker stormed the indie world in 1997 with his disturbing, brusque and scathing critique of the male psyche “In The Company of Men.” Labute's controversial, piquant, sometimes pungent plays and films continued along a purposefully challenging and similar path -- often about the battle of the sexes with a deeply cynical mind -- until the mid aughts when he attempted to go in a new direction: 2006 brought his gonzo and much-reviled remake of "The Wicker Man," 2008 saw a racially charged thriller starring Samuel L. Jackson ("Lakeview Terrace") and 2010 saw an African-American-centered remake of the British comedy "Death at a Funeral." While Labute had already experimented with directing material he had not written (“Nurse Betty,” “Possession”), this latter period lacked focus and arguably dissolved away at the auteurial stamp making for anonymous works. »
- Rodrigo Perez
Ever since the ink dried on Anthony Burgess' novel version of a A Clockwork Orange, Hollywood filmmakers have mined over and over a two pronged theme about the near future. First, the veneer that separates the mundane world from absolute anarchy is thinner than tissue paper. Second, in the future, everyone will be a mad-dog killer for fifteen minutes.
It's these concepts that are explored in James DeMonaco's (screenwriter for Assault on Precinct 13 and Crash) new sf thriller, The Purge. Starring Ethan Hawke (Sinister, Brooklyn's Finest) and Lena Headey (Possession, The Brothers Grimm), the film's premise gives us a surprisingly strong springboard for this well worn topic: By 2023, the wise New Founding Fathers of America will institute a once-a-year 12 hour period where all street crimes are legal and all police and fire services are suspended.
- Jason Stewart
• Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) is reportedly in talks to join Christopher Nolan’s (The Dark Knight Rises) time-travel epic, Interstellar. She’d be joining a cast that currently includes Oscar-winner Anne Hathaway and Matthew McConaughey. Since she’s started getting more significant roles, Chastain has never really ventured into pure science fiction territory (we’re not counting Take Shelter). She famously dropped out of Oblivion when offered the Zero Dark Thirty role, so we’re excited for her to take on a new kind of film. The two-time Oscar nominee (The Help, Zero Dark Thirty) is currently filming Liv Ullmann »
- Lindsey Bahr
As the poster states, the film stars chameleon-like actor Stanley Tucci (The Hunger Games, The Devil Wears Prada) and his ‘mistress’ Alice Eve (Star Trek Into Darkness, She’S Out Of My League). After spending four years apart, Tucci turns up on Eve’s doorstep to tell her he’s finally left his wife. Of course after four years things change, but they eventually rekindle the kink that brought them together in the first place (as shown in the poster below).
Not much is known about the film and it took some searching on the Internet to find even a basic plot line. However, eager audience members won’t have to wait too long, as the film premieres at Tribeca Film Festival later in April.
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
7 items from 2013
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