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Set in mountainous Sevier County, Tennessee, director James Franco’s Child Of God tells the tale of Lester Ballard (played by Scott Haze), a dispossessed, violent misfit whom the narrator describes as “a child of God much like yourself perhaps.” Ballard’s life is a disastrous attempt to exist outside the social order. Successively deprived of parents and homes and with few other ties, Ballard descends literally and figuratively to the level of a cave dweller as he falls deeper into crime and degradation. Child Of God is based on a novel by Cormac McCarthy and Franco does a good job depicting the squalor of backwoods life, but his film is so relentlessly oppressive and dreary, with its themes of necrophilia and aberration that it hardly makes for a fun time at the movies. McCarthy’s No Country For Old Men wasn’t exactly a light comedy, but the Coen »
- Tom Stockman
Madison Avenue continues to rush to the Oscars.
ABC is nearing sell-out of its advertising inventory for its 2015 broadcast of the annual awards from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, according to two media-buying executives and other people familiar with the situation, even though it is seeking what may be some of the highest prices ever charged for the event.
ABC is seeking around $1.9 million for a 30-second spot in the program, these people said. The cost of a spot in the most recent broadcast, hosted in March by Ellen DeGeneres, went for between $1.8 million and $1.9 million. The Oscars are set for a Feb. 22 broadcast on ABC with Neil Patrick Harris set to host for the first time and Craig Zadan and Neil Meron reprising their role as producers. Executives from the network could not be reached for comment.
The slight uptick in ad prices suggests that so-called “event »
- Brian Steinberg
The Coen Bros. – Joel and Ethan – are among that rarified group of filmmakers whose every project is eagerly anticipated with the assumption of excellence. This writing and directing team have been producing the highest quality cinema for over thirty years, and have almost never put a foot wrong. Inevitably, their work attracts the most interesting and talented casts and, though they often collaborate with particular performers regularly, they never shy away from adding new people to their routine roster. Their next film, Hail, Caesar! is no exception.
Set amid the Hollywood studio system of the 1950s, Hail, Caesar! follows Eddie Mannix – a ‘fixer’ whose own talents are tested when a star disappears during filming. George Clooney makes his fourth Coen Bros. appearance (after O Brother Where Art Thou, Intolerable Cruelty and Burn After Reading) in the lead role as Mannix, and will be supported by fellow Coen Bros favourites Josh Brolin »
- Sarah Myles
30. No Country for Old Men (2007)
Scene: Coin Flip
There was a brief period of time from 2006-2009 when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences made some more daring, but wholly deserved choices for Best Picture. It began in 2006, when Martin Scorsese finally won for The Departed which, while not his best and not nearly as dark as, say, Taxi Driver or Raging Bull, still leaned that direction. Three years later, they handed the Oscar to The Hurt Locker over the blockbuster Avatar, rewarding quality over audience love. But in between the two it was given to No Country for Old Men, an incredibly dark neo-Western based on the Cormac McCarthy novel of the same name. It’s still one of the Coen Brothers’ best films, an incredible cat-and-mouse journey through West Texas in the 1980′s. The film stars Josh Brolin, Tommy Lee Jones, »
- Joshua Gaul
Defy the odds with a new trailer & posters from director Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken. Based on the incredible true story of former Olympian & WWII hero Louis Zamperini, the upcoming epic drama starring Jack O’Connell, Domhnall Gleeson, Miyavi, Garrett Hedlund & Finn Wittrock opens in theaters on December 25th, 2014.
Universal Pictures has launched the #IAmUnbroken project inspired by Louis Zamperini’s indomitable spirit. With his determination and resilience, Zamperini exemplified the strength of the human spirit to overcome any obstacle and remain Unbroken.
The #IAmUnbroken social movement works to spread inspiring stories of triumph over adversity, reminding us to live every day to the fullest and to never doubt the resilience of the human soul. To share your own #IAmUnbroken stories, or that of a loved one, visit www.IAmUnbroken.com.
By uploading videos, photos, and social media posts with hashtag #IAmUnbroken, a few select stories will be chosen »
- Michelle McCue
A third trailer has been released Angelina Jolie's upcoming World War II movie Unbroken. It tells the true story of Louis “Louie” Zamperini, an Olympian and war hero who survived 47 days in a raft with two other crewmen after it crashed in the ocean. They were then captured by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp. This movie tells the inspirational story of heroism and the journey this man went through to survive his trials.
Jack O’Connell plays Zamperini in the film, and Domhnall Gleeson and Finn Wittrock play Phil and Mac, who are the other two airmen that Zamperini endured several weeks with on the raft in the Pacific. The movie also stars Garrett Hedlund and John Magaro as POWs "who find an unexpected camaraderie during their internment," and Japanese actor Miyavi as a "brutal camp guard known only to the prisoners as 'The Bird. »
- Joey Paur
Academy Award® winner Angelina Jolie directs and produces Unbroken, an epic drama that follows the incredible life of Olympian and war hero Louis “Louie” Zamperini (Jack O’Connell) who, along with two other crewmen, survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII—only to be caught by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.
Adapted from Laura Hillenbrand’s (“Seabiscuit: An American Legend”) enormously popular book, Unbroken brings to the big screen Zamperini’s unbelievable and inspiring true story about the resilient power of the human spirit.
Starring alongside O’Connell are Domhnall Gleeson and Finn Wittrock as Phil and Mac—the airmen with whom Zamperini endured perilous weeks adrift in the open Pacific—Garrett Hedlund and John Magaro as fellow POWs who find an unexpected camaraderie during their internment, »
- Kellvin Chavez
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales: Javier Bardem is in early talks to star as a villainous character opposite Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Bardem would play a ghost pirate seeking revenge. The fifth installment of the series is scheduled to shoot in February, aiming for release in 2017. Bardem previously played villains to superb effect in the Coen brothers' No Country for Old Men and the James Bond adventure Skyfall (above). [The Wrap] Jurassic World: Director Colin Trevorrow debuted the first official poster for Jurassic World via social media, featuring the tag line: "The Park Is Open." It doesn't tell us anything new about the movie, which is heading to theaters on June 12, 2015, but the dark...
- Peter Martin
Unnerving charisma factory Javier Bardem could be giving Johnny Depp a run for his booty when Pirates Of The Caribbean 5 starts shooting in Australia. The actor is reportedly close to signing up as Jack Sparrow’s latest nemesis, following in the footsteps of Geoffrey Rush, Bill Nighy and Ian McShane. His character will apparently share the supernatural tendencies of Nighy’s tentacle-faced Davy Jones and Rush’s undead pain in the backside Barbossa. Anyone who’s seen Bardem in No Country For Old Men or Skyfall knows he can do spooky in spades, so Sparrow may have quite a fight on his greasy, no good hands.
Depp and Bardem previously worked together on Before Night Falls, where the former famously appeared in drag. While the casting has yet to be confirmed, I can’t see the Spanish star dragging his heels too long over the prospect of a sun-drenched escapade messing about in boats. »
- Steve Palace
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales: Javier Bardem is in early talks to star as a villainous character opposite Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Bardem would play a ghost pirate seeking revenge. The fifth installment of the series is scheduled to shoot in February, aiming for release in 2017. Bardem previously played villains to superb effect in the Coen brothers' No Country for Old Men and the James Bond adventure Skyfall (above). [The Wrap]...
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Bardem is reportedly set to play a ghost captain who blames Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow for the death of his brother and is searching for a supernatural object to aid him.
Another key role yet to be cast is a love interest for Depp, a woman who is accused of being a witch. Joachim Ronnin and Espen Sandbreg are directing the film.
Geoffrey Rush is also reportedly set to return as Barbosa in the project which begins a five month shoot next year in Australia.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Javier Bardem seems to love playing villains. A couple of his best villainous roles include Anton Chigurh from No Country for Old Men and Silva in Skyfall. Now according to The Wrap, the actor is in talks to play the villain in the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean film, which might be titled Dead Men Tell No Tales.
Christoph Waltz was previously rumored to be up for the role of Captain Brand, but the latest report claims that Bardem currently holds the offer and is in discussions. If cast, the actor would join Johnny Depp. It was also recently revealed that Orlando Bloom would reprise his role if the studio offered it to him. He did say that there have been some discussions.
- Joey Paur
Javier Bardem is probably one of the most consistently charismatic bad guys we’ve had the pleasure of watching over the last few years, and now the No Country For Old Men star is about to hit the high seas. The actor is in talks for the Pirates of the Caribbean 5. The rumour mill grinds out that Bardem would play a ghost captain who blames Sparrow for the death of his brother and is searching for a supernatural object to aid him. While the role isn’t going to test Bardem’s acting prowess to any great level, it still would be great to see him take on something a bit more lighter. »
- email@example.com (Vic Barry)
Oscar winner Javier Bardem is in talks to join Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, the fifth installment in Disney’s blockbuster franchise to be helmed by Kon-Tiki‘s Joachim Ronnin and Espen Sandbreg. Oscar-nominated for his lead turns in Before Night Falls (2000) and Biutiful (2010), Bardem nabbed his lone Academy Award win when he took on the role of stone-cold killer Anton Chigurh in 2007’s No Country For Old Men. The Spanish thesp also gave one of his career-best performances playing the Bond villain Silva in 2012’s Skyfall. Pirates 5 is set for a July 7, 2017, debut.
- The Deadline Team
Pirates of the Caribbean 5: Dead Men Tell No Tales is rushing to a theater near you as fast as any seemingly unnecessary sequel to a $3.7 billion dollar franchise can: it's coming regardless, so let's lean in and hope for the best, even if 2011's Gore Verbinski-less, Rob Marshall-driected installment, On Stranger Tides, felt a little...off somehow.
Johnny Depp is of course returning to play Captain Jack Sparrow who will be facing off against Captain Brand a ghost who blames Captain Jack for the death of his brother. Geoffrey Rush will return as Captain Barbosa and I think he's technically alive at this point. So room for only one major ghost pirate at this point and The Wrap reports that Javier Bardem - portrayer of excellent villains in Skyfall and No Country For Old Men - is in talks to be Captain Brand.
There's probably room »
After once being in talks to take the role of Blackbeard in Joe Wright's Pan (the role eventually went to Hugh Jackman), it sounds like Javier Bardem might end up setting sail after all. The Wrap reports the Spanish actor is in early talks to take the villain role in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. The role would make Bardem a ghost pirate named Captain Brand, who is hellbent on getting revenge on Captain Jack Sparrow, because he believes the perpetually drunk and flamboyant hero to be responsible for killing his brother. The role was offered to Christoph Waltz previously, but didn't stick. THR adds some more info about Bardem's character as the trade says Captain Brand is also looking for a supernatural object to aid him in his quest. While Bardem made for quite a villain in Skyfall and No Country for Old Men, »
- Ethan Anderton
Pirates of the Caribbean 5, sometimes referred to as Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, has found its villain! Javier Bardem is in early talks to square off with Johnny Depp's iconic Capt. Jack Sparrow in this latest Disney adventure.
Christoph Waltz had previously been rumored to play Brand, but it is now Javier Bardem who is the frontrunner for the part. The actor is no stranger to playing villains. He famously portrayed baddies in both Skyfall and No Country for Old Men. Disney currently has no comment. And no further character details have been released.
It's believed that Javier Bardem may have been sold on the idea of starring in a Pirates movie after his wife Penélope Cruz took the lead female role in 2011's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. He is also said to be intrigued by working with the two »
Like wife, like husband? Penelope Cruz (aka Esquire's Sexiest Woman Alive) logged time in the franchise world by appearing "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," and now her husband is being offered a role in the watery franchise. The Wrap reports that Bardem is in early talks to play the villain in the fifth entry in the long-running series. Christoph Waltz was apparently rumored, but instead Bardem is the guy now eyeballing the part. Of course, the actor has done the bad guy thing before in "No Country For Old Men" and "Skyfall," and his villains are certainly never subtle. So he would fit perfectly in the 'Pirates' arena, where everything is painted in broad, eyeliner ready strokes. We should have this confirmed soon, as according to Inside Film, pre-production on the sequel —to be directed by “Kon-Tiki” filmmakers Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg— will kick off this month, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Javier Bardem played the deadpan psychopath Anton Chigurh in "No Country For Old Men" and terrorized James Bond in "Skyfall." Now, he may be turning his evil eye on Johnny Depp. The Oscar winner is reportedly in talks to play the villain in the long-in-the-works "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales," in which Depp will reprise his signature role as Captain Jack Sparrow. Plot details are few and far between, but Bardem would be playing a ghost captain looking to avenge his brother's death, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Penelope Cruz, Bardem's real-life wife, appeared in the fourth "Pirates" films, but it's not known whether she will return for the fifth installment. However, Geoffrey Rush is set to return as Captain Barbosa. Orlando Bloom is also hoping to return to the franchise. Shooting will reportedly begin in Australia sometime next year, with Joachim Ronnin and Espen Sandbreg ("Kon Tiki") directing. »
- Dave Lewis
We’ve seen Javier Bardem play as bad as bad can be in No Country for Old Men, and we’ve recently seen him play a morally compromised but clear-eyed weirdo in The Counselor (above). And he’s explored exaggerated action-film villainy in Skyfall. Now he’s in talks to go into full-on cartoon villain mode for Pirates of […]
- Russ Fischer
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