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The old adage tells us there are no small parts, only small actors—but a background extra might take umbrage to that statement. Still, there is a long history of actors breaking out with a minimum of screen time. And when it comes to the Oscar race, there is always the question of whether an actor has “enough” to be nominated. Of course, Judi Dench famously scored a supporting actress statuette for less than 10 minutes of screen time in “Shakespeare in Love,” but does anyone question it was a worthy performance? It’s not even the shortest to win—that would be Beatrice Straight, who landed the trophy for a six-minute scene in 1976’s “Network.”
This year, there are a handful of performances that have pundits wondering if there’s enough screen time to earn a nomination. One of the most discussed is Laura Dern, an adored veteran of the screen, »
- Jenelle Riley
The British star will collect the Actor Tribute and Miller the Director Tribute at the 24th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards in New York City on December 1.
Swinton most recently appeared in Snowpiercer and her credits include The Grand Budapest Hotel, Broken Flowers, The Deep End, Orlando, Only Lovers Left Alive, and Michael Clayton, which earned her a best supporting actress Oscar in 2008.
“Swinton’s broad and iconoclastic body of work permeates the indie film landscape, thrilling and challenging audiences. Miller’s films, both narrative and documentary, have similarly »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Actress Tilda Swinton and director Bennett Miller will receive tributes at the Gotham Independent Film Awards, the 24th annual kudofest presented every year by the New York-based Independent Filmmmaker Project (Ifp).
Swinton gets this year’s actress tribute for a body of work that includes “Snowpiercer,” “Only Lovers Left Alive” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” — all of which opened this year — as well as “Michael Clayton,” the 2007 feature for which she won an Oscar. Miller, meanwhile, takes the director tribute as he enters awards-season contention with “Foxcatcher,” the wrestling drama that stars Steve Carrell and Channing Tatum.
The Gothams are one of the earliest trophy ceremonies in the film industry’s awards season, and often highlight indie titles that go on to become serious contenders in the Oscar race. »
- Gordon Cox
According to Deadline, Universal is hard at work trying to strike a deal with both Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass in order to reunite them for a new Bourne movie. Two years ago the Jeremy Renner starring and Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton) directed The Bourne Legacy brought some cool ideas to the franchise but many […]
Matt Damon and Bryan Cranston, everyone's favorite Jewish dentist, are both in early talks to star in The Great Wall for Legendary Pictures. Acclaimed Chinese director Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers) has signed on to direct the film which will explore the mysteries behind why the Great Wall was built and the secrets it holds. The most recent draft of the screenplay was penned by Bourne writer Tony Gilroy (also of Michael Clayton). Damon is certainly making himself busy these days. He is about to start shooting The Martian with Ridley Scott and now another Bourne is in the works. Cranston, fresh off his Emmy win for the final season of "Breaking Bad" (a show I've still managed to not watch), can now find the time to probably do whatever movie he wants. I am not well versed in Yimou's filmography, but what I have seen is rather impressive. »
- Mike Shutt
I came away from Dan Gilroy's "Nightcrawler" with a new level of respect for Jake Gyllenhaal. He's been taking a lot of interesting chances lately, having already decorated his career with a string of notable filmmaker collaborations, but now he seems to really be pushing himself by exploring unique characters that might scare off most stars. The physical specificity of his "End of Watch" cop, the obsession of his "Prisoners" detective, and now, the blind ambition of his "Nightcrawler" psycho. But he doesn't play this guy as "psychotic." A driven creep looking for work and unsettlingly quick to learn and absorb, Lou Bloom finds his way into the world of freelance journalism on the night streets of Los Angeles in the film. He's never really given a big, broad outburst moment, but the drawn coil of the narrative leaves you expecting it, and that plays to the film's advantage. »
- Kristopher Tapley
As a gonzo freelance news cameraman prowling for the goriest, grizzliest scoops he can find, Jake Gyllenhaal gives such a buggy, twitchy performance that — with his sunken cheeks, bulging eyes and greasy hair — he resembles some Cronenbergian mutant in an intermediate stage of transformation. He’s the main attraction in “Nightcrawler,” , but doesn’t have much to say beyond the familiar, shopworn hand-wringing about shutterbugs willing to do anything to get the shot and the desensitized voyeur audience — us — that laps it all up. A flashy but hollow first directing gig for veteran screenwriter Dan Gilroy (“The Bourne Legacy”), this Oct. 31 Open Road release is a star vehicle that will test audience enthusiasm for Gyllenhaal’s big, mannered star turn — a feast of capital-a acting that’s sometimes amusing to watch but not believable for so much as a second.
Very much a screenwriter’s movie in its habit of »
- Scott Foundas
Dan Gilroy's been at this for a while now. His first produced screenplay was the largely-forgotten "Freejack," a science-fiction action movie starring Emilio Estevez, Mick Jagger, and a fresh-off-his-Oscar-win Anthony Hopkins in 1992. The other main co-star in the film was Rene Russo, who ended up married to Gilroy after that film, and now, a full 22 years later, she's co-starring in "Nightcrawler," which is Gilroy's move from being a writer to being a writer-director. If this is any indication of what he can do when he's in full control, then let the era of Dan Gilroy commence. Disturbing and dark, "Nightcrawler" is many things. It is a remarkable La movie, something I would not say lightly. I have a lot of problems watching movies that are "about" La, just like I have a lot of problems watching movies about making movies. I have trouble separating what I know from what I'm watching. »
- Drew McWeeny
Directed by Dan Gilroy.
A young man stumbles upon the underground world of L.A. freelance crime journalism.
A security guard discovers a chain fence being cut by a mysterious individual who assaults him for his watch. The thief in question is Lou Bloom who sells his stolen goods but seems to be travelling around the world without a sense of purpose; however, the epiphany arrives when he witnesses freelance cameramen filming a traffic accident.
What unfolds next is the amateur photographer immersing himself in the whole news credo “If it bleeds it leads” to the point that his entrepreneurial spirit is able to flourish. Lou Bloom is also a sociopath who is prepared to do anything to get what he wants, whether it be making sexual favours part of business agreements, »
- Trevor Hogg
The pictures - first published by the New York Times and Rolling Stone - give a first look at rising actress Katherine Waterston and lead Joaquin Phoenix in Anderson's first feature since 2012's Oscar nominated The Master.
Inherent Vice, adapted from the Thomas Pynchon book of the same name, represents the first major role for 34-year-old Waterston, who has had prior roles in Boardwalk Empire, Michael Clayton and Being Flynn. She finds herself working opposite Phoenix, who previously worked with the director on The Master, for which he received an Oscar nomination.
Speaking about the movie, the actress said: "This whole film is sort of the smoke clearing after the '60s and everyone coming to, wondering what the hell happened.
"There's a lot of uncertainty on every page of the novel. »
George Clooney’s directorial efforts are divisive to say the least. For every The Ides Of March, there’s a flaccid schmaltz fest like The Monuments Men. While his upcoming roster of projects is hectic, including the Coens’ Hail Caesar (nothing to do with tyrannical simians) and production duties on Our Brand Is Crisis and Pioneer, he’s announced his next directing gig: Hack Attack.
Based on the book Hack Attack, by journalist Nick Davies, the drama will centre around the recent phone hacking scandal in the UK. For those unaware of the story – Rupert Murdoch’s tabloid behemoth, News Of The World, came under fire when it was revealed that many of the paper’s reporters had illegally tapped the phones of celebrities (Hugh Grant for one), politicians and even a bunch of regular joes. The subsequent court case and inquiry saw many of the Notw’s major players »
- Gem Seddon
Jake Gyllenhaal has a razor-thin scar on the palm of his hand. It’s a permanent souvenir from the set of “Nightcrawler,” the Toronto Film Festival thriller, in which the actor plays a twisted crime paparazzo. On the Los Angeles shoot last fall, director Dan Gilroy was filming Gyllenhaal simmering alone in a house after his character, Lou, suffers a professional setback. “We were in the middle of a scene with a mirror,” Gyllenhaal recalls on a recent afternoon. “I hit the mirror.” The violent act wasn’t in the script, and Gyllenhaal still isn’t sure what propelled him to do it. “It was just a choice in that moment that happened,” says Gyllenhaal, who accidentally sliced open his hand on a shard of glass.
Doctors at Cedars-Sinai eventually stopped the bleeding and stitched him up, and Gyllenhaal returned to work eight hours later, with his wrist wrapped in gauze. »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Venice — The absence of hefty U.S. fare is beginning to be felt as the Venice Festival enters its second stretch.
Many of this year’s really big guns — the Weinstein Co.’s Oscar hopeful “The Imitation Game,” Denzel Washington starrer “The Equalizer,” David Fincher’s “Gone Girl” and Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Inherent Vice” — are now firing off at Telluride, Toronto and even, in Anderson and Fincher’s case, the New York Film Festival.
Ethan Hawke starrer “Good Kill,” sold by Voltage Pictures and on paper Hollywood’s biggest indie commercial play at Venice, has still to world preem on the Lido. Given the high costs of opening a film on the Lido, especially for star-studded U.S. movies, however, Venice’s 71st edition raises the question of whether the balance of fest power is shifting to North America.
In the past two decades, Venice has held world premieres for several hundreds of U. »
- John Hopewell
Return to the sinister and violent world of Samcro as Sons Of Anarchy Season 6 premieres in the UK on Blu-ray & DVD on 1st September from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, and we’ve got two pairs of tickets to giveaway for an exclusive London screening of the opening two episodes!
The hugely popular, critically acclaimed TV series Sons Of Anarchy returns for a sixth season with 13 action-packed episodes featuring one of the most shocking finales in TV history.
The season opens with Clay (Ron Perlman: Hellboy, Drive) framed for the murder of Damon Pope (Harold Perrineau: Zero Dark Thirty, 28 Weeks Later). Jax (Charlie Hunnam: Pacific Rim; Children of Men) has taken up leadership of the gang but his family life is suffering from his single-minded pursuit of John Teller’s vision. Jax must find a way to keep Tara (Maggie Siff: Funny People, Michael Clayton) from »
- Dan Bullock
One of the most fascinating and bizarre thrillers of the fall, Nightcrawler, continues to pique our interests with its very strange, off-kilter trailers. The teaser, which featured a lot of Jake Gyllenhaal addressing the camera, emphasized the film’s dark comedy. A more recent trailer highlighted its disorienting psychological themes. Now, we have the newest preview for the film, which reveals more about the crime elements of the story. Nevertheless, the different types of marketing are probably suitable for a movie about a man with a very offbeat personality.
Jake Gyllenhaal has been on a roll in the last two years, with acclaimed turns in End of Watch and Prisoners. His role in Denis Villeneuve’s duality drama Enemy was the finest of his career and signalled the arrival of more daring performances from the Oscar-nominated actor. Nightcrawler, which premieres at Tiff (like Prisoners and Enemy did last year), is »
- Jordan Adler
You may remember earlier this year seeing a rather rail-thin Jake Gyllenhaal at red carpets and other public appearances. You may also remember reports that the actor had gone to the hospital because he had badly cut his hand with glass after punching a mirror. No, this wasn’t the sign of Hollywood excess or a troubled actor in a downward spiral— it was all for a role in a new movie. Titled “Nightcrawler,” the crime thriller is the directorial debut of screenwriter Dan Gilroy, the writer of “Freejack” and “Chasers,” the co-writer of "The Bourne Legacy" and brother of Tony Gilroy (the screenwriter behind the ‘Bourne’ series, “Michael Clayton” among many others). “Nightcrawler” is about an out of work man (Gyllenhaal) who man stumbles upon the underground world of L.A. freelance crime journalism. A new viral clip has emerged and it hints at the desperation in unemployment that »
- Edward Davis
Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s black comedy stars Michael Keaton.
Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance, directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu and starring Michael Keaton, has been selected as the opening film of the 71st Venice Film Festival (Aug 27 - Sept 6), where it will play in competition.
The film will receive its world premiere on August 27 in the Sala Grande of the Palazzo del Cinema at the Lido, following the opening ceremony hosted by Luisa Ranieri.
The black comedy tells the story of an actor (Keaton) - famous for portraying an iconic superhero - as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Tilda Swinton is known for her unique appearance and eccentric roles, but that only scratches the surface of this international star.
Swinton began her career in creative, arthouse flicks before slowly transitioning to more mainstream roles, though don't pigeon-hole her as merely an actress; she's inspired designers and appeared in performance art around the globe. This summer, she's back on the big screen (and nearly unrecognizable) in the critically acclaimed "Snowpiercer."
2. Her paternal ancestry is Anglo-Scot and can be traced back a thousand years, to the Middle Ages. A Thousand Years. I can't even process that...
3. Clan Swinton is of Saxon origin and descended from the nobles of the kingdom of Northumberland, »
- Jonny Black
A few months after he played Captain America for the second time in The Avengers, and a few months before he’d play Captain America for the third time in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Chris Evans went to Prague in the spring of 2012 to film Snowpiercer (rated R, out now). For Bong Joon-ho, a South Korean phenom shooting his first English-language feature, this presented a supersize challenge. You see, Evans’ character, who leads a ragtag, rag-wearing lower-class community in a full-blown revolt against their decadent overseers, is supposed to be malnourished. “The only difficult aspect of shooting Chris was hiding all his muscle mass, »
- Darren Franich
The trio of stars is joining the cast of Joel and Ethan Coen's "Hail, Caesar!," according to The Hollywood Reporter. They'll appear alongside George Clooney and Josh Brolin in the period comedy about a studio fixer in 1950s Hollywood.
Tatum will play a dashing Gene Kelly-esque movie star, with Fiennes as a studio director. Swinton will embody an ambitious Hollywood gossip columnist.
This is Tatum and Fiennes's first movie with the filmmaking brothers, while Swinton reteams with them after "Burn After Reading." This is also a reunion with Swinton's "Michael Clayton" costar Clooney.
The Coens seem to be aiming for a more comedic film than their last, the moody folk music tale "Inside Llewyn Davis," and we hope this ends up being somewhere along the lines of the sharp and cynical "Barton Fink. »
- Kelly Woo
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