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If Joel Edgerton has one piece of advice to aspiring actors, it’s this: always be sure to check your inbox.
“I found an email the other day from my old agent in London, that I’d just sort of discarded because I was too busy at the time,” Edgerton recalls on a recent afternoon in New York, looking a tad professorial in full-rimmed glasses and beard. “It was this screenplay for a film by a first-time filmmaker that, if I was interested, I should consider auditioning for.” As it turned out, the filmmaker was Steve McQueen and the movie was “Hunger.”
Well, you win some and you lose some in this business, and lately Edgerton has been chalking up the wins. After back-to-back breakout performances in the Oscar-nominated “Animal Kingdom” (2010) and “Warrior” (2011), the 40-year-old Australian actor and screenwriter has been working nonstop in Hollywood, from his Navy Seal commander »
- Scott Foundas
One of the most exciting movements in cinema in the last decade or two or so has come from Australia. Mostly (but not exclusively) tied to the production company Blue Tongue Films (which includes luminaries like Joel Edgerton, David Michod, and Spencer Susser), but also encompassing experienced figures like Andrew Dominik, Cate Shortland, Julia Leigh, Justin Kurzel, and John Hillcoat, the films are loosely tied together by the simple mark of quality, with great movies like "Animal Kingdom," "Snowtown Murders," "The Proposition" "Somersault," and "Chopper" emerging from the land down under since the dawn of the 21st century. Could the next name to join them be Julius Avery? The director won the Jury Prize at Cannes for his short "Jerrycan," and now makes his directorial debut with crime thriller "Son Of A Gun," which has managed to attract an A-list star and two of the business' busiest, fastest-rising young »
- Oliver Lyttelton
As harsh and unsparing as the sun-scorched no man’s land of its setting, The Rover arrives as one of the most hypnotic post-apocalyptic road movies since the first Mad Max. That’s high praise, to be sure, but it’s easy to understand why it’s justifiable when one considers the involvement of writer-director David Michôd, whose Animal Kingdom was 2010′s single most breathtaking debut. Here, Michôd proves again why he’s one of the most exciting filmmakers on the scene, suffusing each frame of The Rover with an intoxicating undercurrent of dread.
Credit is also due to stars Guy Pearce, whose ruthless drifter could teach Clint Eastwood a thing or two, and Robert Pattinson, who successfully busts out of heartthrob purgatory with a performance that’s at once compulsively watchable and utterly heartbreaking. Even without the rich atmosphere, Pearce and Pattinson would be worth the price of admission. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Tonight is the "Closing Night" of the New York Film Festival (Birdman and I'm happy to report that it's wondrous) though there are screenings tomorrow making the title only honorary, really. We'll wrap up soon with Inherent Vice and Birdman thoughts and things we learned at the fest. All the screenings and the first wave of Oscar seeking interviews (coming at'cha soon) have left us seriously behind on the matter of movie trailers / teasers so here are three which you may well have seen already but let's discuss in abbreviated Yes No Maybe So fashion.
Yes - This does what teasers, hell trailers themselves, should do: intrigues but doesn't give the game away. If only full trailers would follow suit. Come on studios: Help moviegoers rediscover a little something called curiousity.
No - It's not really fair since he's had a couple of low key years but I'm feeling Clooney fatigue for some reason. »
- NATHANIEL R
Exclusive: Olivia Thirlby (Juno, Dredd) and Nelsan Ellis (True Blood) have joined the ensemble cast of The Stanford Prison Experiment, about the infamous 1971 psychological exercise in which college students exhibited shocking cruel and sadistic behavior when divided into camps of prisoners and prison guards.
Helmed by Kyle Alvarez (C.O.G.), the Tim Talbott-scripted film stars Ezra Miller, Michael Angarano, and Billy Crudup as Dr. Philip Zimbardo, the Stanford professor who would later write the book on the psychology of good and evil behavior. Thirlby will play Christina Zimbardo, Professor Zimbardo’s wife and fellow academic. She’s currently starring in O.P.C. at the American Repertory Theater with Melissa Leo and next appears onscreen in The Wedding Ringer in January. Ellis, who had a beloved run as Lafayette Reynolds on HBO’s True Blood, will play Jesse Fletcher in Stanford. He appeared as Martin Luther King, Jr. in Lee Daniels »
- Jen Yamato
Joel Edgerton has forged out a pretty impressive Hollywood career for himself. The Australian thespian has appeared in the likes of Animal Kingdom, Warrior, Zero Dark Thirty and The Great Gatsby to critical acclaim. But for Star Wars fans he will always be thought of as Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith.s Owen Lars. And now turns out that Edgerton has pretty big plans if Uncle Owen is included in a possible spin-off Obi-Wan movie... but only if he can be more than a "nerdy moisture farmer." Edgerton explained to ComingSoon.net that the Owen in Episode IV had "been through some shit," and it became clear that the idea of an Obi-Wan solo film might find room for Edgerton's character. As the conversation continued, the actor became more enthused, and he even declared: Okay, we.re gonna talk about this. This is a necessary addition »
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Dec. 16, 2014; Digital Release Date: Dec. 2, 2014
Price: DVD $30.99, Blu-ray $34.99
Acclaimed magician Stanley Crawford (Firth), has dazzled audiences across Europe with feats of supernatural amazement, but when it comes to explaining the inexplicable, Stanley is a dedicated skeptic. Enter Sophie Baker (Stone), psychic, soothsayer, and stunning seductress. As Stanley and Sophie embark on misadventures up and down the French Riviera, will they discover proof of a world beyond the laws of physics or have they fallen under the sway of a more earthly chemistry?
By Anjelica Oswald
Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance as a sleazy freelance TV reporter determined to go to any length in search of crime footage in Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler could get him “recognized as one of the most daring actors working in Hollywood today” and has been called some of the “best work of his career.” With this type of praise, award contention usually follows, but historically speaking, “genre films” don’t fare well at the Oscars. It’s not impossible for films that deviate from the Oscar norm — biopics, period pieces or dramas — to secure Oscar nominations for the actors involved, but looking back through the years, from 2000 to the present, shows that these films constitute a lower percentage of overall nominees.
Musicals are a type of “genre film” that actors have managed to score Oscar nominations for, though they have had more difficulty doing so since the late 60s. »
- Anjelica Oswald
It's a belated release, but we'll take it: David Michod's "The Rover" is finally getting a soundtrack release. Lakeshore Records will release the album digitally on October 7th and on CD November 11. We revealed details of all the music featured in the post-economic collapse drama during Cannes, but now you'll be able to actually have the music all in one place. The highlight, beyond existing tracks by Tortoise and William Basinski already available online, is an original score by Antony Partos (“99 Homes,” “Animal Kingdom”) with additional music by Sam Petty (“Animal Kingdom”). Here’s some details from the press release. Antony Partos is one of Australia’s most awarded film composers. His passion lies in creating innovative scores that morph acoustic with an eclectic mix of bespoke elements. His feature film credits include the Sundance Festival winning film, Animal Kingdom (starring Guy Pearce and Oscar® nominee Jacki Weaver), The Home Song Stories (starring. »
- Edward Davis
For more than a century, great artists, novelists and filmmakers have examined the question: What is the American Dream? Their stories of men and women rising from rags to riches, in means dignified and corrupt, have electrified audiences. The latest masterwork to explore that dream state (or the lack thereof) is Ramin Bahrani’s 99 Homes, a masterfully acted and searing look at a fractious time of modern American history: the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, which left both rich and poor out of their homes. However, in a world of enormous disparity between the ultra-rich and the paycheck-to-paycheck poor, a better question would be: Where is the American Dream?
Well, it is certainly not in Florida, where 99 Homes is set, a state where the prosperity of gated communities meets the grind of small-town poverty. Bahrani’s drama opens on a man lying dead in his bathroom, from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. »
- Jordan Adler
Out of the Past: Ayres’ Neo-noir is a Pulpy Brood
With a little luck, Australian director Tony Ayres’ latest film, Cut Snake will evolve beyond the festival circuit, unlike his accomplished 2007 drama The Home Song Stories with Joan Chen, which still remains unavailable in the Us. A period piece neo-noir, Ayres and screenwriter Blake Ayshford take a familiar premise down a surprisingly knotty path that makes for an intriguing and apprehensively sweaty yarn.
It is Sydney, 1974, and Pommie (Sullivan Stapleton) has just been released from prison. He seems to be looking for someone, showing up on an old woman’s doorstep, looking for an old friend named Sparra (Alex Russell). His friend doesn’t live there anymore, but an underlying uneasiness about Pommie’s insistence convinces us he’s going to find out where he went. Sure enough, he’s next seen staking out Sparra’s new home right outside of Melbourne, »
- Nicholas Bell
A full year after debuting at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, the Australian thriller Felony is poised to hit theaters in the United States this fall. Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby, Animal Kingdom) wrote the film and stars in the story of a detective trying to hide a drunk driving accident after celebrating a major drug bust earlier in the day. One of his colleagues (Tom Wilkinson) tries to cover up the truth while another (Jai Coutney) is intent on finding out what really happened. This doesn't look half-bad, and Jai Courtney actually seems like a decent actor when he's using his native Australian accent. Watch the trailer! Here's the Us trailer for Matthew Saville's Felony from YouTube: Watch the much different trailer for the release of Felony in Australia right here. Felony is directed by Australian filmmaker Matthew Saville, from a screenplay written by actor/producer Joel Edgerton, »
- Ethan Anderton
Australian character actor Joel Edgerton has made a real name for himself in the States over these past few years, starting with his performance in the Australian crime drama/thriller Animal Kingdom. Edgerton recently wrote the story for The Rover – Guy Pearce’s post-apocalyptic crime/drama that released in theaters earlier this year – and he penned the script for another Australian film project: Felony, the upcoming cops/crime morality tale, which also features Edgerton as the headliner.
Felony, as the above trailer illustrates, revolves around Malcolm Toohey (Edgerton), a detective who’d recently been celebrated for his heroism, when he accidentally hits an under-age bicyclist with his car – leaving its young rider in a coma – and does not confess to the act.
Malcolm thereafter finds himself being investigated by one detective, even as another one does his best to make sure the evidence ...
- Sandy Schaefer
We are about to catch you up on a very cool looking project coming out from Down Under. The Aussie sci-fi flick Infini will bow some time in 2015 and by the looks of the teaser that dropped a couple days ago, this is one film that should be on everyone's radar. Infini is directed by Shane Abbess (Gabriel) and stars Daniel MacPherson, Luke Hemsworth, eldest brother to Chris and Liam, Grace Huang (Overheard) with Bren Foster (Force of Execution) and Luke Ford (Animal Kingdom)Set in the dark reaches of space, Infini is the story of a search and rescue team transported to a distant mining station to save Whit Charmicael (Daniel MacPherson) who is the lone survivor of a freak accident.Using Slipstream technology the team must transport into a hostile...
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The Labor Day weekend, signaling the last of summer movies, usually brings out a herd of barking dogs. I'm talking about you The November Man, The Last of Robin Hood, and As Above/So Below. So it's a satisfying shock to see a damn near great movie emerge from the muck. That would be Starred Up, a British prison drama from director David Mackenzie (Young Adam) that is a romping, stomping knockout with an unexpected emotional pull. Violence comes with the territory as the warden (Sam Spruell) exerts a losing »
There are prison movies, and then there are prison movies. David Mackenzie's Starred Up is a harrowing, violent, bold new take on the "prison movie" that is worth your time to take a look at, playing in theaters now and also available on VOD. The film also introduces the astonishing Jack O'Connell (now well-known thanks to Yann Demange's '71 and 300: Rise of an Empire, plus he stars in Angelina Jolie's Unbroken), who stars as the lead character Eric alongside Ben Mendelsohn, another badass we've already seen in the likes of Animal Kingdom, Killing Them Softly, The Dark Knight Rises and The Place Beyond the Pines. Together they take on an entire prison in Starred Up, and it's a hell of a ride. It's our next Monthly Must See film. Deep down at its core, Starred Up is much more than just a prison movie, and like »
- Alex Billington
With Mud, Shotgun Stories and Take Shelter under his belt, Jeff Nichols is quickly becoming one of the most promising and exciting filmmakers in Hollywood. His next effort, Midnight Special, isn’t set to arrive until November 25th, 2015, but already anticipation is high. Details on the sci-fi thriller have been scarce, but today we have the first plot synopsis, and you can check it out for yourself below.
Midnight Special is a supernatural sci-fi thriller from acclaimed writer/director Jeff Nichols (Mud, Take Shelter). It stars Oscar nominee Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire, Man of Steel) as Roy, a father desperate to protect his uniquely gifted, eight-year-old son Alton, played by newcomer Jaeden Lieberher.
Joined by Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby, Animal Kingdom) and Kirsten Dunst (Spider-Man, Melancholia), this group must race to get Alton to a secret location all while being hunted by an extreme religious sect led by Sam Shepard (Mud, »
- Matt Joseph
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Sept. 23, 2014
Price: DVD $19.99, Blu-ray $24.99
Robert Pattinson (The Twilight Saga franchise, Cosmopolis) and Guy Pearce (Prometheus, Lockout) star in the 2014 Australian production The Rover, the latest entry in the burgeoning post-apocalyptic crime drama genre.
Set in a world 10 years into the general collapse of society, The Rover follows hardened loner Eric (Pearce) as he travels the desolate towns and roads of the outback. When a gang of thieves steals his car, they leave behind a wounded Rey (Pattinson). Forcing Rey to help track the gang, Eric will go to any lengths to take back the one thing that still matters to him.
Set in the near future, the world of The Rover is one where mankind’s greed and excesses have pushed civilization to the breaking point.
With society in decline, the rule of law has disintegrated and life is cheap. Hardened loner Eric (Guy Pearce) travels the desolate towns and roads of the scorched and dangerous Australian outback. When a brutal gang of thieves steals his car and only remaining possession, they leave behind the wounded Rey (Robert Pattinson) in their wake. Forcing Rey to help track the gang, Eric gives chase.
Determined beyond reason, unrelenting in the pursuit of his prey, Eric will go to any lengths to take back the one thing that matters to him. »
- Gary Collinson
I was a big fan of David Michôd’s gritty crime movie “Animal Kingdom” from 2010. His follow up movie is the new Australian film “The Rover,” which looks amazing. The film is set in the future in the dangerous Australian Outback. Here are the first five minutes of the movie below. “In a dangerous near future in the Australian desert, Eric (Pearce) has left everything behind, but when his last possession is stolen by a gang of dangerous criminals, Eric sets off on a hunt to find them. Along the journey he enlists the help of Rey (Pattinson), the naïve and injured member of the gang, who was left behind.” [ Read More ]
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- Rudie Obias
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