7 items from 2015
Ever since he portrayed Anakin Skywalker in the Star Wars prequels actor Hayden Christensen has had a hard time of it. Fans took their frustrations with the modern trilogy out on him, blaming his wooden acting for making the films so bad and forgetting that an actor is limited by their script and director. He did though star in Shattered Glass which earned him some acting praise and his turn in Jumper was a lot of fun.
The last we heard of Christensen he was starring in Outcast with Nicolas Cage which meant one of two things; it was either going to be really good, or really bad. Our money is on it being really bad but we’re hopeful that Christensen’s next release American Heist might be a little better. The film sees Hayden star alongside Academy Award winner Adrien Brody in American Hesit. The synopsis of the »
- Kat Smith
Netflix continues to forge on into the world of film: The network has acquired Special Correspondents, written and directed by Ricky Gervais and starring Eric Bana, for 2016. In a very Gervais-ian role, Bana plays an arrogant radio journalist who fakes front-line war reports from the comfort of his Manhattan apartment. Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos called it "classic Ricky Gervais" for its biting, satirical bent. Gervais, meanwhile, kissed the ring of Sarandos, calling him the "new Godfather of entertainment." We're thinking it'll be like Shattered Glass, only older, funnier, and less maniacal. »
- E. Alex Jung
While American remakes of European films have always been met with much trepidation, but the latest in the long line, The Secret In Their Eyes, could be the most exciting yet. Based on the 2009 film, the new version is hotly tipped to be in and around awards season come the end of the year.
Billy Ray (Shattered Glass) writes and directs the film, which has begun filming, with an all-star cast that includes Julia Roberts (The Normal Heart), Nicole Kidman (Before I Go To Sleep) and Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave) as his leads and television stars Michael Kelly (House Of Cards) and Dean Norris (Breaking Bad) heading the supporting cast.
Written and directed by Academy Award® nominee Billy Ray (Captain Phillips,The Hunger Games), and produced by Academy Award® winner Mark Johnson (Rain Man, “Breaking Bad”), Secret In Their Eyes is an intense, powerful, haunting thriller starring Academy Award® nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor, »
- Scott J. Davis
There are few more disturbing scenes than the violent conclusion to Heavenly Creatures. Peter Jackson’s film introduced not only future Oscar-winner Kate Winslet to the world in 1994, but also the talents and charm of Melanie Lynskey. The New Zealander has since become a stalwart supporting actor in the likes of Up In the Air, Shattered Glass and The Informant.
Her gig as Rose in the incomprehensibly popular sitcom Two and a Half Men now wrapped, she is currently impressing in Togetherness, HBO’s new show from the Duplass brothers which aired its first season finale on Sunday. With roles in indie flicks Happy Christmas, We’ll Never Have Paris and Goodbye To All That reaching Antipodean screens in 2015, Lynskey spoke to Guardian Australia about her penchant for realism, »
- Interview by Alexander Bisley
Listen, we're not thrilled that the excellent, Oscar-winning "The Secret In Their Eyes" is getting a remake either, but you couldn't ask for a better team to be bringing it together. "Shattered Glass" writer/director Billy Ray is behind the camera, and he has lined up Nicole Kidman, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Julia Roberts in the lead roles, with guys like Michael Kelly ("House Of Cards") and Dean Norris ("Breaking Bad") in support. Filming is underway, but the first look at the movie has arrived in advance of its October 23rd release. Here's the official synopsis: Written and directed by Academy Award® nominee Billy Ray (Captain Phillips,The Hunger Games), and produced by Academy Award® winner Mark Johnson (Rain Man, “Breaking Bad”), Secret In Their Eyes is an intense, powerful, haunting thriller starring Academy Award® nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Academy Award® winners Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts. A tight-knit »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Hayden Christensen proved in the film Shattered Glass that he was a far better actor than you'd necessarily think by the end of the much-maligned Star Wars prequels. Heavily criticised for his portrayal of Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith, to be fair to Christensen, not too many people came out of those movies with their acting reputations enhanced.
"George Lucas is a dear friend of my family", Cage told the site. »
Truth is strange, but hardly any more interesting than fiction in “True Story,” a perplexingly serious new collaboration for James Franco and Jonah Hill. In Franco’s case, this macabre project plays right into the label-defying star’s ongoing exploration of slippery identities (here he plays a sociopath beyond redemption). Even so, one wonders just how eager audiences will be to watch a tony adaptation of ex-New York Times reporter Michael Finkel’s self-serving memoir, a conscience-cleanser written to redeem himself after being tarred and feathered for inventing a composite character in a high-profile cover story.
Unlike 2004’s respected yet low-earning “Shattered Glass,” this unconventional two-hander is less preoccupied with the undoing of a respected journo than with the odd bond that Finkel (Hill) went on to forge with convicted child killer Christian Longo (an appropriately icy Franco). Nor is the script — a surprisingly non-conceptual treatment, considering how Charlie Kaufman the project could have gone, »
- Peter Debruge
7 items from 2015
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