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When critics and audiences began raving about Albert Brooks’ menacing portrayal in the 2011 thriller Drive, I was curious as to why Oscar Isaac, who had a small but outstanding performance in the same film, was not getting any love. Three years later, Isaac is finally starting to get his due. After a terrific performance as the title character in Inside Llewyn Davis and with lots of buzz surrounding his upcoming films A Most Violent Year and The Two Faces of January (not to mention that Star Wars episode), Isaac is becoming one of the most in-demand actors in Hollywood. So, it is no surprise that he is turning to HBO to keep his options fresh, as the network just greenlit Show Me a Hero, a new six-hour miniseries starring Isaac.
In the drama, which is based on true events (and Lisa Belkin’s non-fiction book of the same name), Isaac will play Nick Wasicsko, »
- Jordan Adler
Rumble has already attached Juan Carlos Fresnadillo to direct spy thriller “Tin Man” from a script by Seth Lochhead (“Hanna”). The “28 Weeks Later” director is developing “Tin Man” with producer Laura Bickford.
The move comes with Lancaster having a pair of Bold Films titles opening in the fall: Sundance Grand Jury prize winner “Whiplash” at Sony Classics and Jake Gyllenhaal’s crime thriller “Nightcrawler”at Open Road.
Lancaster has hired Jon Shiffman, formerly of Comerica Bank and Media Rights Capital, as the CFO and COO. Stephanie Wilcox, former director of development at Bold, has come on as VP of development and production.
Rumble’s slate is focused on auteur-driven film and TV projects with appeal to a global marketplace. Its first project is “Children of the Gun,” a dystopian parable written by Will Dunn »
- Dave McNary
David Simon is back in business at HBO. Seven months after his critical darling Treme ended its four-season run, the premium cable network has greenlit miniseries Show Me a Hero, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Crash's Paul Haggis will direct, with Oscar Isaac (Drive, Star Wars: Episode VII) and Catherine Keener (Captain Phillips) attached to star in the six-hour entry. Based on the nonfiction book by Lisa Belkin, Show Me a Hero explores notions of home, race and community through the lives of elected officials, bureaucrats, activists and ordinary citizens in Yonkers, N.Y. Simon and William F.
- Lesley Goldberg
Film Fest Ghent, whose World Soundtrack Awards initiated a spate of annual film music showcases around the world over the past decade, has named French composer Francis Lai as the recipient of the Wsa’s Lifetime Achievement Award for the event’s 14th edition (Oct. 14-25).
The honor for Lai, best known for his scores on Claude Lelouch’s landmark “A Man and a Woman” and Arthur Hiller’s blockbuster hit “Love Story,” is in keeping with the French skew of Ghent’s film fest proper, which is entering its 41st year. (Catherine Deneuve is this year’s poster girl.) In this regard, according to fest spokesperson Riema Reybrouck, a series retrospectives on French directors are in the planning stages.
A selection of Lai’s work will be performed at the WSAs on Oct. 25, where American film composer Cliff Martinez will also hold court as the main guest of the musical proceedings, »
- Steve Chagollan
The French composer will be honoured at the World Soundtrack Awards which take place October 25th as part of the Gent Film Festival.
French composer Francis Lai is to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 14th World Soundtrack Awards which take place during the 41st Gent Film Festival, which will this year focus on France.
Born in Nice in 1932, Lai’s composing credits include Claude Lelouch’s Oscar winning A man And A Woman (1966). Lai went on to collaborate with Lelouch on numerous films. In 1970 Lai scored his biggest international hit with the soundtrack to Love Story.
- email@example.com (Sarah Cooper)
One of the more interesting bromances in recent memory belongs to director Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling. The pair couldn't stop falling over themselves praising each other through the press runs of the widely acclaimed "Drive" and the divisive "Only God Forgives," and now a new mashup pays tribute to the creative work the pair delivered. Running ten minutes long, the video compares and contrasts the slick cool of "Drive" and what could be perceived as a rebuke of that cool, the dour and grim "Only God Forgives." A principled man in the former and a tortured soul in the latter, Gosling commands the screen without having to do much, while Refn places his star in one beautifully framed shot after another. Here's hoping they do a third movie sometime down the line. Watch below. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The 2014 Emmy Nominations were announced today, with Game of Thrones and American Horror Story picking up quite a few nominations in top categories. The Walking Dead also picked up nominations for visual effects and sound editing. The official list is below and the winners will be announced live during the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards on August 25th.
“Breaking Bad” (AMC)
“Downton Abbey” (PBS)
“Game of Thrones” (HBO)
“House of Cards” (Netflix)
“Mad Men” (AMC)
“True Detective” (HBO)
“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)
“Modern Family” (ABC)
“Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)
“Silicon Valley” (HBO)
“American Horror Story: Coven” (FX)
“Bonnie and Clyde” (A&E)
“Killing Kennedy” (National Geographic)
“Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight” (HBO)
“The Normal Heart” (HBO)
- Jonathan James
The nominations for the 66th Emmy Awards were released this morning, and I’m surprisingly satisfied with the results. Though there were an overabundance of nominations for the so-so Netflix series House of Cards and not nearly enough (read: any) for BBC America’s criminally-underrated Orphan Black, including for lead actress Tatiana Maslany, the categories shook out in a mostly predictable, if fair way.
Of course, heavyweights Breaking Bad and True Detective will be duking it out in the Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series categories (the latter of which saw both Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson swipe nominations). Other shows which scored big include American Horror Story: Coven, dominating the Miniseries categories, Game of Thrones, which has the most nominations at 19, and Fargo, trailing just behind with 18.
I’m particularly pleased to see Idris Elba squeak into Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie »
- Isaac Feldberg
The nominations for the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards have been announced today, with the epic fantasy series Game of Thrones leading the pack with 19 nods in total, including Best Drama Series, where it will compete against Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, House of Cards, Mad Men and True Detective. The small screen adaptation of Fargo pulled in 18 nominations, followed by American Horror Story with 17 and Breaking Bad and The Normal Heart with 16.
In terms of the broadcasters, HBO pulled in a whopping 99 nominations in total, while Netflix managed 31 nominations, thanks to strong showings for House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black. Check out the full list of contenders here…
Lead Actor in a Drama
- Gary Collinson
Below is a list of the major category nominees for the 65th annual Primetime Emmy Awards, including the major categories. A complete list can be found here. The 2014 Primetime Emmys will air live from the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles on Monday, Aug. 25 on NBC. Seth Meyers will host the ceremony. Comedy Series Outstanding Comedy Series "The Big Bang Theory" (CBS) "Louie" (FX) "Modern Family" (ABC) "Orange Is the New Black" (Netflix) "Silicon Valley" (HBO) "Veep" (HBO) Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory" (CBS) Ricky Gervais, "Derek" (Netflix) Matt LeBlanc, "Episodes" (Showtime) Don Cheadle, "House of Lies" (Showtime) Louis C.K., "Louie" (FX) William H. Macy, "Shameless" (Showtime) Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Lena Dunham, "Girls" (HBO) Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie" (Showtime) Julia Louis Dreyfus, "Veep" (HBO) Melissa McCarthy, "Mike & Molly" (CBS) Amy Poehler, "Parks & Recreation" (NBC) Taylor Schilling, »
- Katie Hasty
Mindy Kaling and Carson Daly rose before sunrise this morning to bring the entertainment world a very important announcement. The TV stars were on hand to reveal the 2014 Emmy Award nominations. After much speculation and anticipation about this year's competitive race, the moment we've been waiting for finally arrived. Stay tuned for updates as they come in!
Here are the nominations for the 2014 Emmy Awards:
Lead Actor In A Drama Series
Lead Actress In A Drama Series
Juliana Margueles, "The Good Wife"
Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or Movie
Idris Alba, »
- Alana Altmann
I’m back! It’s been a long time and I apologise for that, moving house turned out to be a far far longer process than I anticipated or had been led to believe. Three weeks turned into six, six weeks turned into three months and now here we are.
Aside from the length of time it takes, moving house was a real eye opener in other areas too. Specifically in terms of how I inform you week on week of all of this wonderful content available to stream and then how you have to put up with lacklustre delivery from various ISPs. I was living in someone else’s house on a connection that was not my own, not wanting to name names but there is one of the big three ISP’s in the UK which boasts about having one of, if not the, fastest broadband delivery on »
- Chris Holt
"The trailer is full of symbolism and philosophy that we come to expect from Mr. Kojima.
"Although cleverly disguising the story and therefore making the trailer enticing, Mr. Kojima makes sure to include enough visuals to make us comfortable that we are in for a new Metal Gear experience."
Describing the trailer as amazing, del Toro writes: "Kojima-San »
Hossein Amini is an Iranian-British screenwriter known for penning such films as “Wings of a Dove,” “Drive” and “47 Ronin." Recently, he’s taken on a more hands-on approach with his directorial debut, “The Two Faces of January,” which will screen at this year's Los Angeles Film Festival. Starring Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac, the thriller follows a glamorous American couple vacationing in Europe and the dangerous situation they find themselves in. [Editor's Note: Indiewire reached out to filmmakers with films playing at the 20th La Film Festival (June 11-19) to ask them about how they shot their indie, and what advice they had for other filmmakers. We'll be posting their responses throughout the run of the festival. Go Here for the master list.] What camera and lens did you use? We used the Ari Alexa and old Hawk Anamorphic lenses to try to capture the look of 1960's colour cinematography. What was the most difficult shoot on your movie and how did you pull it off? »
- Oliver MacMahon
After winning international attention and acclaim with the challenging Ryan Gosling vehicle Drive, Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn was a fascinating new prospect to Hollywood producers. In 2012, he was being considered for the helm of Sony's The Equalizer, which already had A-lister Denzel Washington attached. By the time The Equalizer began shooting, Refn was a footnote in its preproduction, and Training Day director Antoine Fuqua had won the gig. So what happened? While visiting the set of The Equalizer, I had the chance to sit down with the film's producer Todd Black. Excited about his gritty spin-off of the 1980s crime series, Black offered plenty of details on the production as well why Refn was dropped as a contender for its director's chair. In early 2013, The Equalizer helm went from Nicolas Winding Refn to Rise of the Planet of the Apes' director Rupert Wyatt, to Antoine Fuqua, all within »
Hossein Amini is an Iranian-British screenwriter known for penning such films as “Wings of a Dove,” “Drive” and “47 Ronin." Recently, he’s taken on a more hands-on approach with his directorial debut, “The Two Faces of January,” which will screen at this year's Los Angeles Film Festival. Starring Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac, the thriller follows a glamorous American couple vacationing in Europe and the dangerous situation they find themselves in. [Editor's Note: Indiewire reached out to filmmakers with films playing at the 20th La Film Festival (June 11-19) to ask them about how they shot their indie, and what advice they had for other filmmakers. We'll be posting their responses throughout the run of the festival. Go Here for the master list.] What camera and lens did you use? We used the Ari Alexa and old Hawk Anamorphic lenses to try to capture the look of 1960's colour cinematography. What was the most difficult shoot on your movie and how did you »
- Oliver MacMahon
The Two Faces of January has the makings of a pretty fantastic movie. It's based on the book by Patricia Highsmith, who is the author of The Talented Mr. Ripley. It was written and directed by Hossein Amini, who is the guy that wrote Drive. It has an incredible cast that includes Viggo Mortensen, Oscar Isaac, and Kirsten Dunst. The movie has been getting solid reviews while screening at the festivals, and this trailer sold me on it.
The story is set in Greece and Istanbul in the year 1962, it follows a couple of wealthy American tourists named Chester MacFarland (Mortensen) and his young wife Collete (Dunst). They meet an "American expat Rydal (Isaac), a scammer working as a tour guide. Instead of becoming his latest marks, the two befriend him, but a murder at the couple’s hotel puts all three on the run together and creates a precarious »
- Joey Paur
Based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith, Magnolia Pictures will release Hossein Amini's The Two Faces of January on iTunes/OnDemand on August 28 and in theaters September 26. Amini penned the screenplay which is set in 1962 and centers on an American couple, Chester MacFarland (Viggo Mortensen) and his wife Colette (Kirsten Dunst), who arrive in Athens by boat via the Corinthian Canal. While sightseeing at the Acropolis they encounter Rydal (Oscar Isaac), a young, Greek-speaking American who is working as a tour guide, scamming tourists on the side. Drawn to Colette's beauty and impressed by Chester's wealth and sophistication, Rydal gladly accepts their invitation to dinner. However, all is not as it seems with the MacFarlands and Chester's affable exterior hides darker secrets. When Rydal visits the couple at their exclusive hotel, Chester presses him to help move the body of a seemingly unconscious man who he claims attacked him. »
- Brad Brevet
Winter of Our Discontent: Amini’s Problem with Narrative Pabulum
Few crime writers can boast such a weighty lineage of cinematic adaptation as that of Patricia Highsmith, probably falling somewhere between Agatha Christie and Ruth Rendell, if one were to measure. Wim Wenders, Rene Clement, Anthony Minghella and Liliana Cavani have all reincarnated her most celebrated character, Tom Ripley, to the big screen, while Hitchcock, Michel Deville, Claude Chabrol (and later this year, Todd Haynes) have adapted some of her signature titles. And so, it is with great regard that screenwriter Hossein Amini arrives with his directorial debut, The Two Faces of January, a promise of scrappy ne’er-do-wells conning each other for money or guilty pleasures of the carnal sort, performed by a trio of renowned actors that rival Minghella’s starry line-up of The Talented Mr. Ripley. And yet, there’s something unnervingly stale about the whole endeavor, »
- Nicholas Bell
When three people are mixed up in a crime that could cost them their lives, who can be trusted? More importantly, who will crack under the pressure first? Those are the questions posed by the new trailer for screenwriter Hossein Amini’s (Drive) directorial debut The Two Faces of January, which can be watched above.
The Two Faces of January is based on a 1964 novel by prolifically adapted thriller and suspense author Patricia Highsmith, whose more well known works include Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley. Strangers was of course famously brought to the big-screen by legendary director Alfred Hitchcock, making it quite fitting that the trailer for Two Faces puts off a noticeably Hitchcockian vibe in mood, performance, wardrobe, and setting.
For those unfamiliar with Highsmith’s novel, The Two Faces of January is set in 1962 Greece, and centers ...
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- Michael Kennedy
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