7 items from 2013
The novel, written by Jean-Patrick Manchette, follows a businessman who is hunted down by a pair of sociopaths after witnessing a murder on the coast of France. The book was previously adapted into a graphic novel by Jacques Tardi, which was nominated for two Eisner Awards. Another Jean-Patrick Manchette adaptation, The Gunman, is set for release next year, starring Sean Penn, Idris Elba and Javier Bardem.
Though British thesp Colin Firth is currently best known for character-driven dramas like The King’s Speech and A Single Man, his reputation in Hollywood may be getting a makeover within the next few years. Hot off a supporting role as a super-spy in Matthew Vaughn’s upcoming action-adventure The Secret Service, Firth has committed to another action-oriented project: gritty thriller Three to Kill.
Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher) is set to direct the film, which follows an unlucky businessman (Firth) living on the French coast, who witnesses an assassination and is then pursued by two hitmen determined to put him in the ground next. McQuarrie’s commitment to Mission: Impossible 5, which has already been scheduled for December 25th, 2015, means either that Three to Kill will be shoehorned into the director’s schedule before cameras roll on his action blockbuster or that we may have a while to wait before this thriller sees theaters. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Chloe Grace Moretz is only 16 and already has 50 credits to her name, including “(500) Days of Summer,” “Kick-Ass,” and “Let Me In.” She filmed “The Amityville Horror” remake on the North side of the city when she was only 5 and returned this week to talk about starring in her first lead role, the title part in Kimberly Peirce’s remake of the Stephen King classic, “Carrie.”
From how this part challenged her to her favorite actresses to her love for Hillary Duff, Moretz is as engaging, well-spoken, and fascinating as fans of her work would expect.
Hollywoodchicago.Com: I saw the piece in EW that mentioned that this was your first lead and I was startled because I felt like that had happened by now given how much you’ve acted. Do you feel more pressure playing lead for the first time as opposed to supporting? More nerves?
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
I actually became depressed at the thought of picking Julianne Moore‘s best movie. She’s not like Jane Fonda or Glenn Close (two of my favorite movie stars, to be clear), the fierce, lupine types who seem to take roles based on how much they can represent their signature intensity. In the case of Jane and Glenn, you basically have to pick their “fiercest” roles as favorites: for Jane, They Shoot Horses, Don’t They or Klute; for Glenn, Damages or Dangerous Liaisons. With Julianne Moore, who stars in the upcoming Carrie remake, it’s possible to forget that she was both Annette Bening‘s conflicted wife in The Kids Are All Right and the mother from Savage Grace. She’s so fundamentally different from role to role that grading them against one another feels (sigh) impossible.
But as you know, our Best Movie Ever? feature is not about pandering to critical taste. »
- Louis Virtel
Julianne Moore is a living legend for one reason (besides the unbelievable Bulgari ad above): her utter and absorbing onscreen command. Can you think of a time she was less than in complete control of her material? She even ruled in that weird-ass Vanya on 42nd Street (though she did perform in Uncle Vanya for years prior to that movie’s release, to be fair).
I like going to the movies when I know a star will flawlessly sell dialogue. You always know Meryl Streep will kill. Cate Blanchett will kill. Glenn Close will kill, perhaps in boiling water. But so will Julianne Moore, and for some reason I always feel compelled to note her flawlessness since she retains a strange underdog quality. Oh, and top of this? She is my nominee for a new gay icon.
In case you need a refresher on the rules of our Gay Icon Nominee selection, »
- Louis Virtel
Julianne Moore has played her fair share of troubled mothers over the course of her incredibly prolific and illustrious career, most memorably as the real-life incestuous socialite Barbara Daly Baekeland in "Savage Grace," who was murdered by her own son. Susanna, the rock star mother she plays in Scott McGehee and David Siegel's heartbreaking modern-day adaption of Henry James' novel "What Maisie Knew," doesn't go to such salacious extremes, but she's no less abusive in the way she subtly manipulates her young girl's burgeoning emotions after being denied sole custody following a bitter battle with her ex-husband (Steve Coogan). Indiewire sat down with Moore in New York to discuss the appeal in playing such a woman, how she developed her character's rock sound, the challenge of working opposite such a young co-star, and whether she ever revisits her own work. "What Maisie Knew" is currently playing in New »
- Nigel M Smith
If you feel like Julianne Moore got short shrift in our 10th anniversary celebration of The Hours, check out this excellent piece on the actresses "insularity" by sometime Tfe contributor David Upton at Victim of the Time.
Laura is possibly the most striking example of this [insularity] – much more self-aware than Far From Heaven’s Cathy Whitaker, and much softer and timid than Savage Grace’s Barbara Baekeland, Laura can often barely maintain the performance, often slipping sentences that reveal her true despair into otherwise guarded conversations.
Moore’s voice is probably the most vivid part of her performance in The Hours; a soft, mousy whisper, wavering with indecision and reticence. When she puts on a front of confidence, it momentarily strengthens, a striking declaration of her uncharacteristic decisiveness – “I’m gonna make a cake. That’s what I’m gonna do.”
Read the rest @ Victim of the Time. »
- NATHANIEL R
7 items from 2013
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