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Who is Oscar Isaac? He stars as a fictitious '60s folk singer in the new Coen Brothers' film "Inside Llewyn Davis," and although he's made plenty of films you've probably seen, he's seemingly come out of nowhere, so much so that a reporter at Cannes (where the film won the Grand Prix award) asked the actor, "Where have you come from?"
The 33-year-old was born in Guatemala, raised in Miami, and educated at Juilliard. He's been acting for more than 10 years, just in roles that haven't gotten him a lot of attention -- until now.
Even if you remember him from "Drive" or "Robin Hood," you've likely never heard him sing before, but he's actually been singing for years. Before breaking out as an actor, he sang and played lead guitar in the band The Blinking Underdogs.
Since you'll likely be seeing a lot more of Isaac, here's a »
- Sharon Knolle
Big Bad Wolves blends elements of the horror thriller and comedy genres. The ultimate premise is revenge but knowing Keshales and Papsuahdos work were in for a hearty multilayered visual treat. Honestly these two do not let down as filmmakers their willingness to take major risks yields some highly rewarding results. Magnet will release Big Bad Wolves on the Us on January 17 2014. Big Bad Wolves features the onscreen talents of Lior Ashkenazi (Rabies) Kais Nashif (Body of Lies) Dvir Benedek (The Attack) Menashe Noy (Rabies) Ami Weinberg (Munich) and Gur Bentvich (OffWhite Lies). »
Feature James Clayton 15 Nov 2013 - 06:43
The Counsellor has arrived, and with it we find Sir Ridley Scott returning to cinemas. He keeps on returning and will make many more future returns. The fact that he turns 76 at the end of this month is irrelevant because the director shows no sign of stopping, and there's no reason why he should.
At least, that's my personal view as someone who always looks forward to seeing Scott's latest feature at the multiplex. It's good to know that he's still going strong and making films at a prolific rate, because the movie scene would be slightly sorrier without him. A quick sweep across a filmography that includes such eclectic classics as Alien, Blade Runner, Legend, Gladiator and Kingdom Of Heaven (the Director's Cut, »
Here’s your first look at Atlas Independent’s Mojave starring Garrett Hedlund and Oscar Isaac. From writer/director William Monahan (The Departed), the film is currently being shopped at this week’s Afm.
Mojave, from the original screenplay by Oscar-winning writer William Monahan, is an intense, classical thriller about a desolated, violent artist, Tom, (Garrett Hedlund) who escapes into the desert and encounters, instead of solitude, what he was really looking for: a worthy antagonist, in the form of a homicidal, chameleon-like drifter, Jack (Oscar Isaac).
Monahan has also penned Edge Of Darkness starring Mel Gibson, Body Of Lies featuring Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe, and Mark Strong and London Boulevard starring Colin Farrell, Keira Knightley, and Ray Winstone.
Both Hedlund and Isaaccan be seen in Joel »
- Michelle McCue
Each week Cinelinx will chose one director for an in-depth examination of the “signatures” that they leave behind in their work. With the release of The Counselor last week, we examine the trademark style and calling signs of Ridley Scott as director.
Although Ridley Scott’s career may not have as many hits as Speilberg’s or Scorsese’s despite being active for just as long, his work has influenced the art of filmmaking just as much. While Speilberg may have blazed trails with his storytelling and Scorsese with his characters, Ridley Scott made waves due to the sensory impact of his movies on their audiences. Like George Lucas, Scott understood the importance of visual and audio stimulation and how these attributes could be used as impactful film making tools. While Lucas’ work resulted in raising audience’s expectations for special effects, Ridley Scott’s work has raised audiences’ expectations »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
Abu Dhabi Film Festival’s locations panel also talks about importance of international shoots for training local crews.
Michael ‘Mick’ Flanagan, head of the Abu Dhabi Film Commission, said attracting film shoots to Abu Dhabi isn’t just about the desert. “We have amazing new architecture,” that is attractive to productions set in the near future. “We want to showcase what we have other than the desert. We don’t just want to do war movies. We go out there to say, ‘We’re not just sand guys.’”
Abu Dhabi offers a new 30% cash back rebate for international production and has recently welcomed two Syrian productions; the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced Beware The Night; and will soon welcome Fast & Furious 7. “It’s a generous incentive because we really are at the beginning of the film industry here and the best way to attract people is to give them cash. To me, incentives is just »
- email@example.com (Wendy Mitchell)
Somewhere in an unnamed Afghanistan village torn apart by a war, a beautiful unnamed woman (Golshifteh Farahani) watches over her older soldier husband (Hamid Djavadan) in a decrepit room while Taliban-like gangs roam the streets. He is reduced to a vegetative state of because of a bullet in his neck sustained not through battle, but in a barroom brawl over an insult. One day, she begins a solitary confession to this silent man. She talks (and talks and talks) about her childhood, her suffering, her frustrations, her loneliness, and her dreams. She touches him, bathes him, kisses him – things she could never have done before, even though they have been married for 10 years. The paralyzed man becomes the title ‘patience stone’ which, according to myth, when placed in front of a person shields him or her from suffering and unhappiness. In this wait for her husband to come back to life, »
- Tom Stockman
A retired general lies on his deathbed, bitter and alone, prompting his estranged, ultra-orthodox Jewish son to try and save his soul from hell in “A Place in Heaven.” Yossi Madmony’s quasi-biblical story covers the history of Israel through 40 years and three wars, but, like the director’s previous film, “Restoration,” it is, at heart, a film about relationships between fathers and sons. Both character-driven and allegorical, this complex, good-looking, Toronto-bound epic drama should resonate with niche arthouse audiences in North America.
The meaning of the title soon emerges in a tale-within-a-tale that begins shortly after the founding of modern Israel: When a brave, much-admired officer dubbed Bambi (Alon Moni Aboutboul) returns to base after a daring mission, the cook’s assistant, a young rabbi, enviously tells him that he has earned a place in heaven for endangering his life on behalf of his Jewish brethren. As a secular Zionist, »
- Alissa Simon
The political unrest and assassinations of the 1960s, culminating in the Watergate scandal, provided fertile ground for paranoid thrillers, from "The Parallax View" to "Chinatown" to "Klute." It says something about the state of contemporary filmmaking that a global trauma like 9/11 and the subsequent War on Terror has led to a spate of such mediocre films as "Rendition," "Lions for Lambs," "Body of Lies" and "Traitor." (Quick: Can you remember anything about any of these movies without looking them up on IMDb?) Toss "Closed Circuit" on the remainder pile with these »
- Alonso Duralde
There was a day and age where breaches of trust perpetrated by Governments believing themselves to be above the law would have felt more like fiction than fact. The kind of stuff you'd find in a Tom Clancy novel or the plot to the latest James Bond adventure.
Recently I came across the trailer for the new film The Fifth Estate, the cinematic adaptation of Julian Assange and the rise of WikiLeaks. It's a gripping bit of promotion complete with espionage, high drama, and the stark realization that there are horrible things going on around us. Secrets that our Government doesn't want us to know. And as I watched this trailer with all it's very relevant themes, only one thought crossed my mind:
No one cares.
That is in no way an indoctrination of Assange, Wikileaks, of the people behind the film. »
- Flickering Myth
New Batman Vs Superman movie to possibly use Detroit Michigan as Gotham City. According to a new report from Latino Review, the "Batman vs. Superman" movie peeps might be planning to make the Motor City, Detroit, Michigan the possible Gotham City location. They say, the production team were spotted, scouting out Detroit as a possible location. Michigan is offering great tax incentives right now,and is currently hosting the big Transformers 4 movie filming. Additionally, they revealed that Morocco was another location where some of the filming might take place. If this is true, it's speculated that the Moroccan desert might be where either Bruce Wayne or Lex Luthor discover the radioactive meteorite known as Kryptonite. Warner Bros. has a great relationship with Morocco as they've filmed three movies there in the past. They were: " Body Of Lies," "Sex & The City 2," and Chris Nolan’s "Inception." As previously reported, Ben Affleck »
With Ben Affleck now fully committed to play Batman, pre-production and location scouting is currently underway for a February production start date. We got the scoop on two major cities which may play a huge part and offer clues to the upcoming sequel.
But before we begin, a quick humble brag. Who told you that we would we know who the Goddamn Batman was before Labor Day? Also who first mentioned Affleck early this year?
Fun & Fabulous Fanboy Fact Of The Day: Did Ya Know When Affleck Was Approached To Direct Justice League They Also Wanted Him To Play Batman?
— elmayimbe (@elmayimbe) February 8, 2013
Anyway, back to the story.
According to sources, the production team scouted the Motor City of Detroit, Michigan as a possible location to sub for Gotham City.
If an edgier Batman is what they are going after, then I can totally see the next cinematic Gotham City in the vein of Detroit. »
- El Mayimbe
As the rumor mill for Man of Steel 2 continues to move along, Warner Bros. will no doubt be dropping casting hints and story points in their usual piecemeal fashion. Rather than wait for them to lead with the story, we're taking it upon ourselves to make them follow our lead!
Despite how mum the studio might be right now over what is happening regarding this project, there are no doubt things happening behind the scenes. Agents are calling studios, production people are examining costs, and there are definitely actors who have no idea they are being talked about for potential roles that could change their careers.
How often do we hear stories about two actors being up for the same role only to lose that role to another actor with more weight? Rumor has it that was exactly the case for Steve Martin and Robin Williams when Tim Burton cast the Joker in 1989's Batman. »
One thing we're really excited to see over the next year or so is the blooming of Oscar Isaac into a full-blown movie star. The actor's been stealing the show for a few years now in films like "Body Of Lies," "Robin Hood," "Drive" and "The Bourne Legacy," but looks ready to move to the next stage up; he's tipped for awards for his lead role in the Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis" (read our review from Cannes here), and he's got a number of other lead roles on the way, including "Therese," "The Two Faces Of January" and "Ex Machina." In fact, Isaac's busy enough that he's been forced to drop a project he had on his slate. Back in May, Isaac was announced as playing legendary drug dealer Pablo Escobar in a then-untitled project written by Black List veteran Matt Aldrich, set to be directed by "The Lincoln Lawyer" helmer Brad Furman. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
It's been a while since a Ridley Scott film fully delivered on its pre-release promise: disagreement lingers as to what degree of disappointment "Prometheus" was, while the likes of "Robin Hood," "Body of Lies" and "A Good Year" languish largely unloved in his recent history. Still, given the sheer volume of talent involved, it's hard not to get a little excited for his upcoming thriller "The Counselor" -- not least because it represents the first time an original screenplay by Pulitzer Prize winner Cormac McCarthy has been filmed. The all-star cast is also pretty mouthwatering -- in more ways than one. »
- Guy Lodge
New York — You don't need a TV drama to tell you these are dark days for Detroit.
But a once-great city's headline status facing bankruptcy serves as poignant timing for the debut of "Low Winter Sun," a gritty cop show whose Motor City setting gives this unforgiving saga even greater urgency.
"Low Winter Sun" premieres on AMC Sunday at 10 p.m. Edt right after the midseason premiere of "Breaking Bad," adding up to quite a drama-series twofer. Like its companion show, but in its own way, "Low Winter Sun" is not a series for the faint of heart.
Of course, piling on Detroit is not the point of the series, nor is this locale even essential to its story (the series is adapted from a British miniseries that was set in Edinburgh, Scotland). But Detroit at this moment proves an all-too-apt backdrop, an even-more-accommodating setting than even the show's creative team might have planned. »
Lebanese writer/director Ziad Doueiri (West Beirut – ’98, Lila Says- ’04) finally returns behind the camera for his third feature, an adaptation of the novel by Algerian writer Yasmina Khadra. A successful Arab surgeon living in Israel finds his life shattered when he finds his wife was involved in a suicide bombing thus sending him on a journey full of unintentional discovery. A thoroughly profound, layered and complex film, the Israeli and Palestinian conflict provides the backdrop for what is essentially a thriller with a love story at its core. With Ali Suliman in a dramatically anchor-heavy lead role, and equally strong perfs from supporting players Reymond Amsalem and Uri Gavriel, according to our four-star review, “this is perhaps the most humanistic take on the never-ending conflict to ever be presented on the screen, definitely an important and compelling film.” The Attack [06.21 - NYC and Washington] received its world premiere showing at Tiff last fall where »
- Yama Rahimi
“It’s clear that viewers are as excited to have Whose Line back on the air as we are,” said CW President Mark Pedowitz said Monday in a statement. “We have wanted to bring comedy back to The CW for a long time, and Aisha [Tyler], Wayne [Brady], Colin [Mochrie] and Ryan [Stiles] have brought funny to the network in a big way. We’re very excited to have them back for another season.”
A premiere date will be announced at a later date.
Ready for more of today’s TV dish? »
- Megan Masters
Sundance Channel has assembled the international cast of its eight-part miniseries The Honourable Woman starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and directed by Hugo Blick. Joining Gyllenhaal is Stephen Rea (The Shadow Line) as Hugh Hayden-Hoyle — a top M16 spy on the verge of retirement, digging deep into the family of Nessa Stein (Gyllenhaal). His bitter ex-wife Anjelica is played by Lindsay Duncan (The Hollow Crown). Janet McTeer (Damages) plays the Head of MI6 Julia Walsh, who has a personal hold over Hayden-Hoyle (Rea). Andrew Buchan (Broadchurch) will play Nessa Stein’s brother Ephra Stein — seemingly over-shadowed by his sister within the Stein family business. He is joined by Katherine Parkinson (Sherlock) as his highly strung pregnant wife Rachel Stein. British theatre and television actress Eve Best (Nurse Jackie) is Monica Chatwin, a key MI6 agent from the Washington Bureau – spoiling for a fight with her UK counterparts. Belgian actress Lubna Azbal (Incendies, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Title: Just Like a Woman Director: Rachid Bouchareb (‘Outside the Law,’ ‘Days of Glory’) Starring: Sienna Miller, Golshifteh Farahani (‘Chickens with Plums,’ ‘Body of Lies’), Tim Guinee (‘Iron Man,’ TV’s ‘Revolution’), Roschdy Zem (‘The Cold Light of Day‘)and Chafia Boudraa (‘Outside the Law’) Contending with the important issues of cultural differences and self-importance and identity can be a difficult process for many women in an ethnically diverse city. Finding their rightful place in society while also achieving their personal goals and dreams is the strong motivating factor that drives the two diverse female lead characters in the new drama ‘Just Like a Woman.’ While the two women, Marilyn and Mona, [ Read More ]
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- Karen Benardello
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