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Proof it's never too early for Oscar season: This week, trailers for "Captain Phillips," "Gravity" and, now, "August: Osage County" were released, trumpeting what look like awards-worthy performances and Best Picture bona fides.
It's the trailer for "August: Osage County," however, that should have Oscar watchers standing at attention: Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Tracy Letts, the screen adaptation stars past Oscar winners Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and Chris Cooper, plus Ewan McGregor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Margo Martindale, Abigail Breslin, Juliette Lewis, Dermot Mulroney and Sam Shepard. Oscar king Harvey Weinstein produced the film alongside George Clooney.
"Life is very long," Shepard, as Weston family patriarch Beverly, says at the beginning of the first "August: Osage County" trailer. Not for Bev, as it turns out: his mysterious death forces the fractured Weston family to reunite, bringing old rivalries back to the forefront. Streep plays Bev's wife, Violet, a role »
- The Huffington Post
• He might be King of the North to some, but Game of Thrones actor Richard Madden (he plays Robb Stark on the HBO series) is about to reach a whole new demographic when he takes on the role of Prince Charming in Disney’s live-action adaptation of Cinderella. Downton Abbey’s Lily James will play the title role in the Kenneth Branagh-directed film, with Cate Blanchett as the wicked stepmother. With a script from Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada), we’re starting to get excited to see what Branagh does with the film, and to finally see »
- Lindsey Bahr
Mia Wasikowska, Olivia Williams and Evan Bird have joined the cast of David Cronenberg's upcoming thriller, "Maps to the Stars." Already signed to the project are Julianne Moore, John Cusack and Robert Pattinson. Wasikowska is best known for starring roles in "Jane Eyre" and "Alice in Wonderland," Williams has had key supporting roles in "Rushmore" and "The Ghost Writer," and Bird appeared on AMC's "The Killing." Cronenberg's latest cerebral genre film is a ghost story that also skewers L.A.'s celebrity-obsessed culture. Bird will play a drug-addicted child star, Williams is his manipulative mother »
- Brent Lang
It's not an easy thing to play the girlfriend. Hollywood history is littered with actresses who have been cast a few times opposite high-profile male co-stars, and who even started making a name for themselves, but were destined to fade after just a few shots at big-screen girlfriend status. Imogen Poots, the 23-year-old British actress you may recognize from 28 Weeks Later or Jane Eyre, is on the rise, and that means-- you guessed it-- a lot of girlfriend parts. But in all of them, which includes the new film Greetings from Tim Buckley, you can see how she's making the most of it and turning these women not just into props for the male leads, but real characters. That's an especially hard job in Tim Buckley, in which Penn Badgley stars as a young Jeff Buckley, performing at a tribute concert for the father he barely knew, years before he »
I am appalled to learn that Film Education, the charity that provides curriculum-based teaching resources, teacher training and cinema-based events across the UK, has closed (Report, 23 April). Film Education has been a vital resource for me during seven years heading a media department at an outstanding north London comprehensive girls' school.
Every September I launch the Young Film Critic of the Year Award as part of my induction into the UK film industry and introduction to journalism courses. In October I take my As and A2 students in lesson time to National Schools Film Week, an astonishing network of morning film screenings that take place for a fortnight throughout the whole of Britain.
While my daughter's Lambeth primary class – many of whom have never been to the cinema before – were watching A Shark's Tale in Leicester Square, my As students attended a marketing event on Dear Wendy and my A »
Today’s film is the 2007 short Wish. The film is written and directed by Matt Day, and stars Christian Cooke, Jack Bence, Scarlett Rose Patterson, and Imogen Poots. Imogen Poots has been building acclaim over the last decade with strong supporting turns in films such as 28 Weeks Later, Me and Orson Welles, and 2011′s Jane Eyre. Her newest feature, Greetings From Tim Buckley, opened in limited release in American theatres this weekend.
- Deepayan Sengupta
Nicholas Stoller’s “Townies,” announced last May, will pit Seth Rogen in an against-type role as a suburban family man against Zac Efron in an against-type role as a rowdy frat boy, two casting choices that we find positively titillating. News that Dave Franco and Christopher Mintz-Plasse had signed on broke last month, upping the ante. And now it seems that another potential frat brother has been cast. Craig Roberts, who some will recognize from Richard Ayoade’s directorial debut “Submarine,” is currently filming the project according to his talent agent, Curtis Brown. Roberts has also played smaller roles in “Jane Eyre” and the little-seen “Red Lights," but in "Submarine," he showed a sensitive and sly comic touch, which might be a nice texture to add in the mix here. We know that sticking a bunch of funny people in one place isn’t necessarily a recipe for comedy genius, »
- Tess Hofmann
Oscar-winner Neil Jordan, the filmmaker responsible for Interview with a Vampire and Ondine, as well as creator of the Showtime TV series The Borgias, returns to the supernatural horror genre with Byzantium, a vampire drama starring Gemma Arterton (Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters) and Saoirse Ronan (The Host).
The new trailer, likes its predecessor, highlights the vivid imagery photographed by Jordan and his cinematographer Sean Bobbitt (The Place Beyond the Pines), in addition to teasing enough of the story to grab your attention, without spoiling too much about its various twists and turns along the way.
Byzantium was adapted for the screen by Moira Buffini (Jane Eyre), based on her play, and weaves together two storylines: one focused on the centuries-old eternal schoolgirl Eleanor (Ronan) finding a kindred spirit in a human male teenager, while the ...
- Sandy Schaefer
The Godzilla cast expands as Jane Eyre star Sally Hawkins joins the ensemble. The screenplay was crafted by the talented trio of Max Borenstein (writer of the forthcoming fantasy flick The Seventh Son) Frank Darabont (deliverer of the amazing Stephen King adaptations The Mist Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile) and Dave Callaham who wrote the screenplay for the first Expendables feature. You can expect their story to make its way to the masses on May 16 2014 courtesy of Warner Brothers and Legendary Pictures. »
The actress will portray a scientist alongside Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Ken Watanabe, and David Strathairn. Details regarding the story are slim at this point, but, judging from the set photos and videos that emerged last month, there will be destruction aplenty in this big-budget reboot.
Godzilla comes to theaters May 16th, 2014 and stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Ken Watanabe, David Strathairn, Richard T. Jones, Sally Hawkins. The film is directed by Gareth Edwards. »
So, what do you get when you mix Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe and Juliette Binoche? Nope, not a Euro-flavored film about the intersecting lives of a multi-culti group of beautiful looking people living in, oh I dunno, Paris. Instead it's the cast of "Godzilla." And the ensemble has just gotten even more puzzling. Brit actress Sally Hawkins -- who put the happy-go-lucky in "Happy-Go-Lucky" and "Made In Dagenham," and featured in fare such as "Never Let Me Go," "Jane Eyre," "Submarine" and more -- has come aboard the picture. And that's all we can tell. The Gareth Edwards-directed picture is now shooting, but there are no details (though we bet it involves a monster and stuff getting exploded), so no idea what her role is at this point. But our guess is that the disaster in the movie maybe is globe-spanning in nature, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
For Adriano Goldman ("Jane Eyre," "Sin Nombre"), it's definitely about the company you keep. The Brazilian director of photography has shot Robert Redford as a former '70s Weather Underground radical on the run in "The Company You Keep," as well as Meryl Streep as the dysfunctional Midwestern matriarch in the upcoming adaptation of Tracy Letts' Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "August: Osage County" (November 8). In both instances, Goldman has adopted what he calls "sophisticated realism" to get the most out of the political thriller, which is Redford's best movie in years, and the eccentric black comedy that's already attracting Oscar buzz as part of the Weinstein Company's slate of contenders. "Realism is something you can still make bigger than life as opposed to naturalism, which is taking whatever you get from a location and using it," Goldman remarks. "I really like the challenge of making a place look real, like constructing a suburban. »
- Bill Desowitz
Director Park Chan-Wook (Oldboy, Lady Vengeance) returns to his signature of revenge-themed stories with Stoker, a brilliant spring time distraction in the horror genre that is splendidly eerie as much as it is exquisite in its visual composition. It is more like a Hitchcock film than the paint-by-numbers fright film of the week that have polluted theaters on what seems like a weekly basis. It is also the first English speaking film for the South Korean filmmaker, who admits it was a difficult challenge working on a Hollywood studio film, but the Wentworth Miller’s story was sparse with dialogue and that allowed him to bring his distinct brand of filmmaking that made it undoubtedly his.
- Ernie Estrella
Stoker has been making waves as the first English language psychological thriller by Korean director Park Chan-wook. Recently, Wamg got the chance to speak with director Park Chan-wook, as well as stars Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska, and Matthew Goode at an La press conference for the film. Director Park Chan-wook had a translator on hand so that he could speak with the press. Check out the press conference audio below.
After India’s (Wasikowska’s) father dies in an auto accident, her Uncle Charlie (Goode), who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her emotionally unstable mother Evelyn (Kidman). Soon after his arrival, she comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives, but instead of feeling outrage or horror, this friendless girl becomes increasingly infatuated with him.
- Melissa Howland
India Stoker (Mia Wasikowska) was not prepared to lose her father and best friend Richard (Dermot Mulroney) in a tragic auto accident. The solitude of her woodsy family estate, the peace of her tranquil town, and the unspoken somberness of her home life are suddenly upended by not only this mysterious accident, but by the sudden arrival of her Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode), whom she never knew existed. When Charlie moves in with her and her emotionally unstable mother Evie (Nicole Kidman), India thinks the void left by her father’s death is finally being filled by his closet bloodline. Soon after his arrival, India comes to suspect that this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives. Yet instead of feeling outrage or horror, this friendless young woman becomes increasingly infatuated with him.
- Movie Geeks
Mia Wasikowska gained international fame after playing the title character in Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland," a movie that grossed over $1 billion worldwide. It's interesting to hear Wasikowska admit that she made a conscious decision to steer clear of similar roles (or, as she explains, "pale with dark circles under her eyes" roles) -- something a lot of actors don't like to admit.
In Wasikowska's latest effort, "Stoker," she plays India Stoker, a high school student who lives with her mom, Evelyn (Nicole Kidman). Shortly after her father's mysterious death, India's life gets more complicated when her father's charming yet somewhat strange younger brother, Charlie (Matthew Goode), moves in, and certain relationships become ... inappropriate. Here, Wasikowska discusses "Stoker," her eclectic career choices, being name-dropped by Meryl Streep at the Golden Globes and her newfound love for Nashville honky-tonks.
I have to admit, I look at pencils differently now after seeing this movie. »
- Mike Ryan
Twelve years ago, HBO put to screen a miniseries that was one part Television event, one part historical drama, which had the considerable backing of executive producers Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks and the hype of being something of a spiritual successor to their highly acclaimed war film Saving Private Ryan. Through ten one hour long episodes, essentially using TV as a medium to explore a vast and epic journey through the Second World War that would simply be impossible to map on the big screen, and with Stephen E Ambrose’s critically acclaimed non-fiction book as source material and a huge cast representing a collective of real world heroes, one of the most ambitious storytelling exercises the small screen has ever mounted was brought to life. The result was much fanfare, both critically and among the masses, a recurring trope that continues to this day, and the fledgling start »
- Scott Patterson
There's a creepy intruder in the Stokers' handsome, isolated estate, but it's India's Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode), whose existence India was unaware of until he arrived following the death of her father (Dermot Mulroney) in a mysterious car accident. Dashing, cultured and oozing melodramatic evil, he's an homage to Joseph Cotton's Uncle Charlie – a murder in a suit jacket at the dinner table – from Alfred Hitchcock's "Shadow of a Doubt."
Park, the celebrated South Korean filmmaker of stylistic, hyper-violent revenge tales ("Oldboy," "Lady Vengeance") has long drawn Hitchcock comparisons. In "Stoker," he makes them explicit, with references not just to "Shadow of a Doubt," but "Psycho" and maybe even "The Birds," if we can agree that Hitchcock forever owns violent attacks in phone booths. »
If there's one thing you walk away with after seeing "Stoker," it's the unsettling feeling that evil cannot be altered, disciplined, or stopped. The dark psychological thriller, directed by South Korean director Chan-wook Park ("Oldboy") and based on a script by Wentworth Miller ("Prison Break"), is the anti-"Looper": Evil is pure nature, there's no nurture involved.
"Stoker" focuses on a troubled young girl named India (Mia Wasikowska), who's dealing with the death of her father (Dermot Mulroney), her wine-addled mother (Nicole Kidman) and her recently arrived Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode). It's an exquisitely shot film, almost artistically so, with plenty of attention to detail. "Stoker" is also very dark, however, as it becomes a sinister tale of the beast within and what happens when you can no longer contain these excruciating urges.
- The Huffington Post
South Korean director Park Chan-wook makes his first foray into Hollywood and the English language with his upcoming title Stoker, and speaking exclusively to HeyUGuys ahead of the films release, he discusses his admiration for his lead star Mia Wasikowska.
Wasikowska, who is just 23 years of age and has appeared in titles such as Jane Eyre and Lawless, plays India, a troubled adolescent who develops feelings towards her beguiling uncle Charles (Matthew Goode), in spite of her own mothers (Nicole Kidman) interest in her deceased father’s brother.
Park, who reached worldwide acclaim with the outstanding Oldboy, returns in a similarly visceral fashion, and although he has own technique stamped all across Stoker, he remains hugely impressed and pleasantly surprised with his Australian leading lady.
“I was really surprised by Mia’s work,” he said. “I’ve worked with some great actors before, but it was the first time coming »
- Stefan Pape
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