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Emile Hirsch keeps himself busy these days, but he’s not always making movies. The 31-year-old actor recently finished the first draft of a novel, completed a screenplay, and spends a lot of time painting still lifes in his backyard.
Meanwhile, he’s acting in a wider range of projects than ever before. A versatile performer known for immersing himself in his roles, he currently stars opposite Brian Cox in the minimalist horror-drama “The Autopsy of Jane Doe,” opening December 21, and has a range of projects — from a buddy comedy with Jk Simmons to a sweeping China-set period drama with an otherwise Asian cast—scheduled for 2017.
“The work itself is the goal,” he said, settling into Brooklyn eatery Sisters after a long day promoting “Jane Doe” in Manhattan. He was in the midst of a monthlong break from the novel, following the advice of Stephen King’s “On Writing,” his favorite guidebook. »
- Eric Kohn
A Janis Joplin biopic has drawn interest from plenty of talent over the years, including actresses Amy Adams, Renee Zellweger, Reese Witherspoon, the late Brittany Murphy, and filmmakers Lee Daniels (The Butler), Jean-Marc Vallee (Wild), and Catherine Hardwicke (Lords of Dogtown). Another name to go on that list is Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea), who’s currently in talks to […]
- Jack Giroux
In his English-language debut, The Autopsy of Jane Doe, Norwegian director André Øvredal takes a more conventional, straightforward approach to storytelling than he did with his 2010 breakthrough horror comedy, Trollhunter, and the results are downright riveting. Anchored by two strong performances from Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch, The Autopsy of Jane Doe moves with a laser-focused sense of precision, with the mystery surrounding the titular corpse growing more intriguing the more that’s revealed about her state. With his latest directorial effort, Øvredal has proven himself to be an accomplished storyteller in two languages.
After a blood-soaked murder shocks a sleepy small town in Virginia, local police are baffled to find the corpse of an unknown woman buried inside the basement of the crime scene. With the police seeking answers for who this woman is and what happened to her, the corpse is dropped off at the local mortuary run »
- Heather Wixson
Director André Øvredal’s latest film, The Autopsy of Jane Doe, recently enjoyed its debut here in Austin for the 2016 Fantastic Fest. The story follows a father and son (Brian Cox, Emile Hirsch) who work as coroners in their family mortuary business. One night, the sheriff drops off the corpse of a young woman found at a crime scene, and the duo have only a short amount of time to try and piece together what happened to the mysterious woman. But as their examination progresses, the circumstances surrounding the woman’s death become more and more unusual, revealing terrifying secrets the further they get in their work.
While in Austin, Daily Dead had the opportunity to speak with Øvredal, who discussed why he felt The Autopsy of Jane Doe was a great sophomore effort, working with his insanely talented cast, and whether or not we’ll ever see more from »
- Heather Wixson
Den Of Geek Sep 12, 2016
Alexis Arquette has died, it's been announced. She was just 47.
Some very sad news. It’s been announced that actor Alexis Arquette has died. She was just 47 years old, and was surrounded by her family as she passed away.
Arquette featured in films as diverse as Pulp Fiction, Lords Of Dogtown, Bride Of Chucky and Last Exit To Brooklyn. Perhaps her highest profile role was her scene-stealing turn as George in The Wedding Singer.
Arquette also won wide praise for the documentary Alexis Arquette: She’s My Brother, in which she documented her reassignment surgery. Her work was credited with bringing greater awareness to and of the transgender community.
Rest in peace, Alexis Arquette. Our thoughts are very much with her family and friends.
Alexis Arquette, transgender actress and member of the Arquette acting family, died Sunday morning following a lengthy illness, her brother Richmond Arquette posted on Facebook, Us Weekly reports. She was 47.
"Our brother Robert, who became our brother Alexis, who became our sister Alexis, who became our brother Alexis, passed this morning September 11, at 12:32 am," Richmond wrote. "He was surrounded by all of his brothers and sisters, one of his nieces and several other loved ones. We were playing music for him and he passed during David Bowie's Starman. »
You might be asking yourself what we’re doing writing about a forthcoming vinyl collection of performances from a stand-up comedian. Well, it just so happens that Mitch Hedberg had a small role as The Eagles road manager in Almost Famous (not to mention playing Frank Nasworthy in Lords of Dogtown), and he’s also one of the […]
- Ethan Anderton
We are pleased to announce the Industry Jury for the ShortList Film Festival, which kicks off August 9 – 23 and streams on TheWrap for two weeks. The 2016 jury includes: Director Catherine Hardwicke (“Twilight,” “Lords of Dogtown,” “Thirteen”) Jennifer Levine, President of Production and Literary Management, Untitled Entertainment Bec Smith, agent, United Talent Agency Kevin Iwashina, Founder & CEO, Preferred Content Mark Gill, President, Millenium Films Also Read: TheWrap's ShortList Winner 'Bear Story' Wins Oscar for Best Animated Short Jurors will deliberate and select a top short film from the festival to receive the $5,000 Jury Prize. Presented by PepsiCo’s Creators League Studio and Imax, »
- Wrap Staff
28 years ago today, Tom Hanks and Penny Marshall delivered us the sweet and charming story of a 12-year-old who wished to be big. It was on June 3, 1988 that Big opened in theaters. It was the film that solidified Hanks as a major Hollywood talent and earned him his first Oscar nomination. Big is also significant for being one of the earlier success stories for a female director. It was the first feature film directed by a woman to gross over $100 million at the box office. Other notable June 3 happenings in pop culture history: • 1955: Marilyn Monroe film The Seven Year Itch opened in theaters. • 1969: Star Trek, the original series, concluded on NBC. • 1983: WarGames opened in U.S. theaters, after premiering out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival. • 1987: The Untouchables opened in theaters. • 1992: During his presidential campaign, Bill Clinton played “Heartbreak Hotel” on the saxophone on The Arsenio Hall Show. »
- Emily Rome
Michael Bay propagandizes for a right-wing idea of “true America,” seething with disdain for anyone who isn’t a former elite soldier turned mercenary. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): not a Michael Bay fan
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
This purportedly true account of the 2012 “Battle of Benghazi” opens with American military contractors Jack Silva (John Krasinski: The Wind Rises, Monsters University), who has just arrived in town, and his old buddy Tyrone “Rone” Woods (James Badge Dale: The Walk, Parkland) bluffing their way past a roadblock by armed Libyans. It doesn’t matter what side the Libyans are on; in the chaos that erupted after Gaddafi’s death: the point is that they are Libyans — suspiciously lawless violent folk, that is, who cannot even get their own nation under control — and not Americans. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
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