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"You need to experience the dynamite... to know that the dynamite can go off." Just last week we featured Starred Up as our latest Monthly Must See, an intense, brutal but incredible prison movie from English director David Mackenzie starring Jack O'Connell and Ben Mendelsohn. You may not recognize the name at first, but you should certainly recognize his films - David Mackenzie's filmography includes Young Adam, Asylum, Hallam Foe (or Mister Foe in the Us), Spread with Ashton Kutcher, the sci-fi Perfect Sense and the music film Tonight You're Mine, all before he went on to make Starred Up. Last week I sat down for a chat with David on the realism of the film and finding actor Jack O'Connell, who plays inmate Eric Love. As a big fan of Starred Up, I was anxious to get a chance to sit down with Mackenzie and drill him on »
- Alex Billington
With Starred Up, David Mackenzie has crafted an instant classic not just of the prison sub-genre, but one of the best dramas of the year so far. As his eight feature, the movie treads new ground for a talent whose last high-profile movie was the Ewan McGregor-starring Perfect Sense, but showcasing astonishing performances from Jack O’Connell, Ben Mendelsohn and Rupert Friend – and proving he can bring out the beauty in the brutality – it’s also his greatest work so far. HeyUGuys had a chat with him about it.
Were you always interested in making a prison-set film? Or was it Jonathan Asser’s screenplay that drew you in?
It’s a hard one; you choose a project on the basis of a number of reasons. All the things that come across your path are a major reason, you know. I definitely think I was interested in trying to make a movie that was, »
- Gary Green
New couple alert! Sebastian Stan and Margarita Levieva are dating, multiple sources tell Us Weekly. "They've been friends for awhile," a source tells Us of the Captain America: The Winter Soldier actor and the Revenge alum. "They're having fun together and seeing where it goes," the insider adds. "They're both very art-minded and thoughtful people." Indeed, the couple—who both starred in Ashton Kutcher's 2009 flick Spread—are having fun. Another source tells Us the new couple "didn't leave each other's side" while at Taylor Schilling's 30th birthday party at [...] »
This drama is adapted from the book of the same name by Navy Seal Chris Kyle, which recounts his journey from working as a rodeo cowboy to becoming the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history, with over 150 confirmed kills. Luke Grimes is playing fellow Seal team member Marc Lee, although no further character details were given.
Clint Eastwood is directing from an adapted screenplay by Jason Dean Hall (Paranoia, Spread), with Bradley Cooper, Andrew Lazar, Robert Lorenz and Peter Morgan producing. It isn't known when production will begin.
The true star of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's Vogue spread was the couple's 9-month-old daughter North West, and Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher shared a cute smooch on the Kiss Cam the day before her pregnancy news broke -- plus other top stories from Monday, Mar. 24! 1. So Cute and Confused! North West Furrows Brows in Kimye's Vogue Spread #WorldsMostTalkedAboutBaby! Kim Kardashian and Kanye West cover the April 2014 issue of Vogue, but the true star of the inside spread is the engaged couple's 9-month-old [...] »
Attack the Block director Joe Cornish is set to direct a spy movie called Section 6 for Universal Pictures. This will be the writer-driector's second film. The movie will tell the origin story of the formation of Great Britain's secret intelligence agency, Military Intelligence, Section 6, also known as MI6. Earlier this year British actor Jack O'Connell (300: Rise of An Empire) was attached to star in the project.
Directors David MacKenzie (Spread) and Tom Hooper (Les Miserables) were up for the directing gig as well, but Cornish beat them out. The guy did an awesome job with Attack the Block. I've been looking forward to seeing what he would do next, and I think this will be a great project for him to take on. He recently worked on the Ant-Man script with Edgar Wright. »
- Joey Paur
The project is based on the memoir of the same name written by Navy Seal sniper Chris Kyle, who has the most confirmed kills of any sniper in U.S. military history. Sienna Miller is playing the soldier's wife, who is raising his kids while he is off fighting overseas. Clint Eastwood reportedly spent the past week deciding between Sienna Miller and Jaimie Alexander (Thor: The Dark World) for the role. Kate Mara was a contender for the role, but she was forced to drop out after signing on to play Sue Storm in The Fantastic Four.
"This is how young offenders turn out..." Film4 has debuted the first official UK trailer for Starred Up, one of my favorite festival films of 2013. It's a prison drama about a father and son in the UK's hardcore penal system and it's awesome, with touches of Bronson, A Prophet and Short Term 12. Above all it features a phenomenal lead performances by young actor Jack O'Connell (seen above) and Ben Mendelsohn, both of whom get plenty of time in the footage shown here. This trailer is actually pretty damn good, building up the intensity perfectly to the end. Hopefully this convinces a lot of people to see it. Take a look! Here's the first official UK trailer for David Mackenzie's Starred Up, direct from Film4's YouTube: Starred Up, directed by British filmmaker David Mackenzie (Asylum, Mister Foe, Spread, Perfect Sense), stars Jack O'Connell, Ben Mendelsohn (Animal Kingdom, The Dark Knight Rises, »
- Alex Billington
8 items from 2014
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