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"When you read about the scene you see this mania for authenticity," says Joel Coen, describing what enticed him and his brother Ethan into making Inside Llewyn Davis, a film about folksingers in Greenwich Village just before Bob Dylan touched down and took off. But Coen isn't really praising the folksingers' authenticity — it's their mania that fascinates him. In the very next sentence he goes on: "You have these guys like Elliott Adnopoz, the son of a neurosurgeon from Queens, calling himself Ramblin' Jack Elliott. In the film we have »
The awards season just got more unpredictable. The last three award-giving bodies have chosen different movies for their top honors. The Gotham Awards picked the Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis" as their top choice while the New York Film Critics Circle awarded David O. Russell's "American Hustle" with the Best Picture of the Year nod.
Now comes the National Board of Review. They chose the equally fantastic movie "Her' from Spike Jonze as the Best Film of the year. Even in acting categories, the three award-giving organizations vary. For Best Actor, Gotham chose Matthew McConaughey for "Dallas Buyers Club," while New York Film Critics crowned Robert Redford for "All is Lost." The Nbr chose Bruce Dern from "Nebraska" as the actor to beat.
Inside Llewyn Davis is one of the best films of 2013. Of course, everyone can pretty much count on that without having seen it. This is, after all, the new Coen brothers film. Sure, you should never prejudge a movie, but considering it's written and directed by the duo behind No Country for Old Men, Fargo, Raising Arizona and a dozen other American classics, it's not exactly a risky bet to assume any film they make is going to stand out in whatever year it's released. (Plus, having seen it, I can attest it is indeed one of the year's finest.) Their latest is a beautiful, soulful, funny and yet oddly solemn film that follows a week in the life of Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac), a folk singer trying to make a living in New York City in 1961. And no, you don't have...
- Peter Hall
Inside Llewyn Davis is one of the best films of 2013. Of course, everyone can pretty much count on that without having seen it. This is, after all, the new Coen Brothers film. Sure, you should never pre-judge a movie, but considering it's written and directed by the duo behind No Country For Old Men, Fargo, Raising Arizona, and a dozen other American classics, it's not exactly a risky bet to assume any film they make is going to stand out in whatever year it's released. (Plus, having seen it, I can attest it is indeed one of the year's finest.) Their latest is a beautiful, soulful, funny, and yet oddly solemn film that follows a week in the life of Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac), a folk singer trying to make a living in New York City in 1961. And no, you don't...
- Peter Hall
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 5 Dec 2013 - 06:54
Our voyage through history's underappreciated films arrives at the year 2001, and a vintage year for lesser-seen gems...
Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C Clarke may have seen 2001 as the year we'd head off to meet alien intelligences in the depths of space, but in reality, its cinematic landscape was dominated by fantasy rather than extra-terrestrials. Rowling and Tolkien dominated the box office, with Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone and The Fellowship Of The Ring earning almost $1bn each, while Monsters, Inc and Shrek thrilled old and young audiences alike.
At the other end of the spectrum of success, 2001 was such a vintage year for movies that we had to whittle our usual selection of 25 films down from an initial selection of more than 40. This is why the decision was made - with heavy heart - to exclude some of our favourite films, »
Hot Jennifer Lawrence, Wet Robert Redford: New York Film Critics Awards 2013 winners (photo: Jennifer Lawrence in ‘American Hustle’) A crime drama featuring con men, mafiosi, and FBI agents, the David O. Russell-directed, real-life inspired American Hustle won three New York Film Critics Circle Awards earlier today, December 3, 2013: Best Picture; Best Screenplay for Russell and Eric Singer; and Best Supporting Actress for Jennifer Lawrence for her performance as con man and FBI mole Christian Bale’s steamy, big-mouthed wife. (Full list of Nyfcc 2013 award winners.) Last year, Jennifer Lawrence was the New York Film Critics’ runner-up in the Best Actress category for both The Hunger Games and Silver Linings Playbook. The latter film, also directed by David O. Russell, earned her the Best Actress Academy Award earlier this year. Besides Jennifer Lawrence, whose The Hunger Games: Catching Fire may turn out to be the biggest 2013 blockbuster in North America, »
- Andre Soares
"American Hustle" won awards for Best Picture, Supporting Actress (Jennifer Lawrence) and Screenplay from the New York Film Critics' Circle, thus boosting its odds to snag top Oscars next. Historically, the circle has a 40% rate of correctly predicting Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Over the past 10 years, for example, the two kudos agreed four times: "The Artist" (2011), "The Hurt Locker" (2009), "No Country for Old Men" (2007) and "Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" (2003). It may be argued that the circle helped to propel a few of those champs to Oscar glory by casting early attention on important indies. Steve McQueen ("12 Years a Slave") won Best Director. Robert Redford ("All is Lost") and Cate Blanchett ("Blue Jasmine") won Best Actor and Actress. Laurels for Best Supporting Actor went to Jared Leto ("Dallas Buyers Club"). The overlap rate »
It may only be November, but the starter pistol has already fired and the Oscars race is well and truly under way. We've already seen a host of films - from Gravity to Captain Phillips - released in cinemas, but many more are on their way looking to leave their impression on Academy Awards voters.
Digital Spy looks at 15 films competing for golden statues below...
Paul Greengrass and Tom Hanks's bracing hijacking drama Captain Phillips left audiences on the edge of their seats and threw its leading man right into the mix for the Best Actor race. Greengrass bagged a directing nomination back in 2007 for United 93, so expect him to be in the race.
12 Years a Slave
Josh Brolin and Diane Lane are officially divorced ... this according to court documents obtained by TMZ ... and it's clear, Diane is looking to get her old identity back. Lane -- who recently appeared in "Man of Steel" -- initially filed the divorce docs back in February, seeking to end the marriage that began in 2004. Lane had cited "irreconcilable differences" for the split.The docs, filed November 27 in L.A. County Superior Court, show that Diane »
- TMZ Staff
On paper, "Oldboy" could have been a hit -- a remake of a celebrated South Korean thriller by one of America's most talented filmmakers, Spike Lee, and starring an actor who specializes in brooding, tightly wound men of action, Josh Brolin.
Not that anyone was expecting it to top the box office chart, not on a holiday weekend bound to be dominated by "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." Still, the film failed to live up to even the most modest predictions (in the $2 to $3 million range). In fact, its debut barely made a dent in the chart; it opened in 17th place with $850,000, or just $1,458 per venue.
How did "Oldboy" flop so spectacularly? There's a lot of blame to go around. Here's who'll receive the brunt of it:
Spike Lee. Lee has certainly had an uneven career, in part because he rushes toward controversy instead of shying away from it, »
- Gary Susman
The latest project from the Coen brothers, Inside Llewyn Davis, is set to be rolled out across theaters throughout December. It’s been three years since True Grit surged as one of the most pleasantly surprising audience hits of 2010, which was also the fourth straight year we were fortunate enough to receive a top-tier Coen product; that run of No Country for Old Men to Burn After Reading to A Serious Man and then True Grit was surely one of the most remarkable consecutive streaks in recent movie history.
I guess they deserved a little time off. The only problem is, this built up anticipation for their next project, and so hearing the musical-based premise of their newest »
- Darren Ruecker
The Coen Brothers have often been hailed by film fans as among the top tier of filmmakers, with a filmography that includes Fargo, The Big Lebowski, A Serious Man, Raising Arizona, and No Country For Old Men, among others. Thus, many were excited to learn of a new feature from the brothers, one that would be a folk musical this time around, working with a cast that includes Carey Mulligan, Oscar Isaac, Justin Timberlake, Adam Driver, and John Goodman. With the soundtrack’s release, one song, titled Please Mr. Kennedy, caught the ear of many, and now the accompanying scene has been released, and can be seen below.
(Source: The Playlist)
The post Watch a new clip from ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ highlighting the song “Please Mr. Kennedy” appeared first on Sound On Sight. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Amazon is offering some Incredible DVD/Blu-ray deals today, including over a dozen Blu-rays at $3.99 each and tons of others at 80% off! I haven't seen prices this low in a very long time. Like all amazing deals, they will only last for so long so do not wait to buy. $3.99: Kick-Ass (Three-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy) - $3.99 (74% off) X-Men: First Class (+ Digital Copy) [Blu-ray] - $3.99 (84% off) Drive (+ UltraViolet Digital Copy) [Blu-ray] - $3.99 (80% off) Limitless (Unrated Extended Cut + Digital Copy) [Blu-ray] - $3.99 (80% off) Red (Special Edition) [Blu-ray] - $3.99 (80% off) 21 Jump Street (+ UltraViolet Digital Copy) [Blu-ray] - $3.99 (85% off) Moneyball (+ UltraViolet Digital Copy) [Blu-ray] - $3.99 (80% off) Fight Club (10th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray] - $3.99 (80% off) Pulp Fiction [Blu-ray] - $3.99 (74% off) Conan the Barbarian [Blu-ray] - $3.99 (74% off) Kill Bill: Volume 1 [Blu-ray] - $3.99 (74% off) Dances with Wolves (Two-Disc 20th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray] - $3.99 (80% off) Green Lantern [Blu-ray] - $3.99 (74% off) Twilight [Blu-ray] - $3.99 (74% off) The Twilight Saga: New Moon [Blu-ray] - $3.99 (74% off) The Twilight Saga: Eclipse [Blu-ray] - $3.99 (74% off »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
[Editor's Note: The Fyc series brings together all Film Experience contributors to highlight our favorite fringe Oscar contenders. Jose Solis asks you to reconsider Cameron Diaz's supporting performance in The Counselor.]
It’s not only her scenery chewing, her car-fucking skills, her ability to pull off excess jewelry and animal print or the lustful-yet-motherly way in which she looks at her pet cheetahs. It's her commitment to this insanity that makes Cameron Diaz brilliant in The Counselor. Playing the heartless envoy from hell, Malkina, she creates one of the most compelling visions of evil contemporary cinema has given us. Because her evil seems to have roots in a horrifying childhood (her parents were thrown out of a helicopter!) she escapes the burden of just being a universal symbol of cruelty (a la Javier Bardem in No Country for Old Men). She even shows us a glimpse of what might be underlying human qualities underneath her faux-bronzed skin when she shows envy and certain disappointment at not being able to love the way her friend Laura (Pé) does. Diaz delivers Cormac McCarthy »
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Los Angeles, Nov 23: Actor Josh Brolin has reportedly checked into a rehabilitation centre for substance abuse treatment.
"He realised he needed help and is committed to his sobriety," UsMagazine.com quoted a source as saying.
Brolin was in the news after getting involved in a drunken fistfight at a pub earlier this month.
- Leon David
Washington, Nov 23: Josh Brolin has checked into a rehab in Northern California to seek help for substance abuse.
According to an insider, the 45-year-old actor realized he needed help and is committed to his sobriety, Us magazine reported.
The 'No Country for Old Men' star had recently got into a drunken fight with an unknown male at O'Brien's Irish Pub in Santa Monica, Calif.
However, according to TMZ.com, he had also claimed that he was done with drinking for good and said that such an incident would not be happening again. (Ani) »
- Amith Ostwal
It's a Wonderful Life might just escape the belated sequel treatment after all. As further caution, Stuart Heritage unearths some previously long-lost sequels from the archives
The Italian Job: The Rest of the Story
In the vein of the wholly unnecessary planned sequel It's a Wonderful Life: The Rest of the Story, The Italian Job: The Rest of the Story will ignore the main characters and concentrate on fleshing out the original's peripheral figures. In this case, it's Benny Hill's character Professor Simon Peach. The Italian Job only taught us that Peach was a deaf computer expert with a badly-hidden fetish for overweight women. But does he have any hidden layers? Nope. The Italian Job: The Rest of the Story is literally just two hours of Peach inventing the internet so that he can look down girls' tops on it until his glasses get all steamed »
- Stuart Heritage
Since the Oscars introduced the supporting awards at the 9th annual ceremony in 1936, there have been only two years when all four acting winners hailed from outside the United States. The first was back in 1964 when the winners were three Brits -- Rex Harrison ("My Fair Lady"), Julie Andrews ("Mary Poppins") and Peter Ustinov ("Topkapi") -- and Russian-born Lila Kedrova ("Zorba the Greek"). And the second came at the 80th ceremony in 2007, when two Brits -- Daniel Day-Lewis ("There Will Be Blood") and Tilda Swinton ("Michael Clayton") -- were joined by Marion Cotillard ("La Vie en Rose"), who made Oscar history by giving the first French language performance to be so honored, and Javier Bardem ("No Country for Old Men"), the first Spanish actor to win an Oscar. Could this year mark the third time that happens? Australian Cate Blanchett ("Blue »
By Mark Pinkert
This is the first article in a three-part series
In his 2006 Oscar acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actor, George Clooney said the following about Hollywood as a forum for social change:
We’re the ones who talk about AIDS when it was just being whispered, and we talked about civil rights when it wasn’t really popular. And we, you know, we bring up subjects. This Academy, this group of people gave Hattie McDaniel an Oscar in 1939 when blacks were still sitting in the backs of theaters. (About.com; “The Politics of George Clooney; Actor and Liberal Activist”)
Hollywood is often more progressive than other parts of the country, sure, and great films often lends pathos to social issues. They may even galvanize movements or rally support from previous non-believers. But there are other, extenuating facts we ought to consider before labeling Hollywood and the Academy the vanguard of social progress. »
- Mark Pinkert
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