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Jacki Weaver is killing it. She already had a prolific career in Australia, but when Animal Kingdom came out and earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress, she quickly became a hot commodity in America. Since, she’s delivered some chilling material in Stoker and also scored another Academy Award nomination for her work in David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook, and now she’s adding yet another noteworthy achievement to the list, appearing in a Woody Allen film. In Magic in the Moonlight, Weaver steps in as Grace, a grieving widow who misses her husband so much that she turns to a supposed psychic medium (Emma Stone) to put them back in touch. While in New York City promoting the film’s release, Weaver sat down with us to talk about the art of nailing a supporting character, working with Allen, whether or not she believes in psychic mediums, »
- Perri Nemiroff
Though it wasn’t until her breakout performance in Animal Kingdom that Jacki Weaver really became well known stateside, since that explosive 2010 film, she’s steadily increased her profile in Hollywood. The actresses’ newest project is Woody Allen’s Magic In The Moonlight, which hits theatres tomorrow and stars Colin Firth and Emma Stone.
Set in the roaring 20s, the film sees Firth as a British stage magician who attempts to expose Sophie (Stone), a fraud spiritualist trying to exploit a wealthy family. However, this being a Woody Allen film, “professional and extremely personal complications” quickly arise.
Last week while Weaver was in NYC doing some press for Magic In The Moonlight, we caught up with her for an exclusive interview. Delightful to talk to and eager to speak about her new film, Weaver and I discussed what it’s like working with Woody Allen, the wonderful sets and costumes that we see here, »
- Justine Browning
Complex imagining TV prequels to movies. Hilarious. The description of "Kramer Loves Kramer" is priceless.
New Republic "I don't f***ing care if you like it." an excellent piece on gender politics in the now with framing guest appearance by Amy Poehler
Av Club "I Killed At the Movies" interesting article from Ignatiy Vishnevetsky on film criticism for the camera
The Dissolve an excellent review of Sex Tape which I have no plans to see and therefore can read interesting reviews freely
Variety Ben Whishaw will be the new voice of Paddington
Cinematically Insane on possible corporate mergers and what that might mean for classic film fans. Uh oh.
Pajiba Ewan McGregor rumored for True Detective Season 2? (at this rate with the male cast the female role is »
- NATHANIEL R
Joss Whedon spoke about Avengers: Age of Ultron, which is still filming in London, firstly discussing Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson's characters Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, saying: "They're on Team Ultron, which makes things really hard for the Avengers because all of sudden they're dealing with powers that they're not used to... With the first Avengers, everybody pretty much had the power of being able to punch somebody, and now we have a woman who can get inside your head and move objects, and a boy that can move faster than anything, and a robot Ultron who can self-replicate and is out of his mind. So all of sudden, it's a darker, weirder, tougher world that they're living in." Taylor-Johnson chimed in adding, "There's a lot of clashing. He's quick tempered. He gets agitated. He's impatient. But he's super protective... They're very yin-and-yang in that twin sense. In his power, »
- Brad Brevet
Drake Doremus got our attention with his bittersweet romance Like Crazy back in 2011, and his follow-up Breathe In didn’t give us any reason to take our eyes off the talented writer-director. Now, he’s gearing up to shoot what just may be his most exciting project yet – a sci-fi romance titled Equals, set in a dystopian future where emotions have been eradicated and the new breed of unfeeling human beings are all called Equals.
The cast for the film, led by Nicholas Hoult, Kristen Stewart and Guy Pearce, was already promising, but now we’re hearing that two-time Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver is also in negotiations to join the cast, which just increases our anticipation for this movie. Equals centers on Silas (Hoult), who falls victim to what is called Switched-On Syndrome, beginning to feel for the first time, and is ostracized and targeted by the government. Soon, he »
- Isaac Feldberg
Glen Powell ("The Expendables 3," "The Dark Knight Rises") has joined the cast of Tim Story's "Ride Along" sequel at Universal Pictures. Ice Cube and Kevin Hart reprise their roles in the follow-up, while details of Powell's role are under wraps. [Source: Deadline]
Jason Sudeikis ("We're the Millers") and Jeremy Irons ("The Borgias") have joined the cast of Stephen Hopkins' Jesse Owens biopic "Race" which Focus Features has just acquired. Filming begins July 24th in Montreal and Berlin.
Stephan James is portraying the black racing legend in the story about his famed run at the 1936 Olympics. Sudeikis will play Larry Snyder, Owens' obsessive coach, while Irons will play American Olympic committee head Avery Brundage. [Source: THR]
- Garth Franklin
Performer Ben Mendelsohn has, over the course of his 30-year career, garnered acclaim for supporting turns in numerous movies, including The New World, Australia, Animal Kingdom, Killing Them Softly, and The Place Beyond The Pines. His involvement in a feature thus raises interest in it for many film fans, and this held true for his latest project as well. Titled Starred Up, the film is directed by David Mackenzie, and marks the screenwriting debut of Jonathan Asser. Mendelsohn stars alongside Jack O’Connell, Rupert Friend, and David Ajala, and a Us trailer for the film has now been released. The trailer can be seen below. Sound on Sight was able to see the film at Tiff 2013, and our review can be read here.
- Deepayan Sengupta
The film follows 1880s Texan Ranger, David (Hemsworth) who rides out to investigate a series of murders in an isolated frontier town. However, it looks like local zealous preacher Abraham (Harrelson) is mighty suspicious of strange folk…
It sounds like fairly standard genre fodder, but Harrelson should be excellent (I can already hear his drawl) and if we’ve got a dodgy preacher, then hopefully we’ll have some of the moral ambiguity of revisionist westerns like Clint Eastwood’s brilliant Unforgiven.
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- Claire Joanne Huxham
The Rover opens with a man at the end of his rope. Eric (Guy Pearce) has nothing. Except for his car. Naturally, when Eric steps out of his vehicle to grab a drink, it’s stolen by a group of bandits, and for the first time in a while, Eric has a purpose: get his car back. It’s deliberate in its simplistic structure, but sweating from point A to point B is only the surface of director David Michôd‘s layered second feature film. It’s a lean movie compared to Michôd’s directorial debut Animal Kingdom, and that was by design. “I wanted to make something much more elemental and an intensely intimate about a small number of characters in vast and empty landscape,” Michôd tells us, reflecting on The Rover‘s stiflingly hot environments while sitting in the air conditioned meeting room of the Four Seasons Hotel. “I »
- Jack Giroux
For anybody who has and will see David Michôd's "The Rover," there's another strong lead besides Robert Pattinson and Guy Pearce: its soundtrack is like another character. The score for the film was composed by Antony Partos and performed by sound designer Sam Petty. (They both also helmed the sounds for Michôd's "Animal Kingdom.") Michôd initially presented his cast with previously recorded and powerful songs from accomplished saxophonists and composers Colin Stetson and William Basinski, post-rockers Tortoise, Italian composer Giacinto Scelsi and -- yup -- pop star Keri Hilson. Partos and Petty chewed on them too, and riffed on the descending scenery for Pattinson's Rey and Pearce's Eric. What they weaved in became a gorgeous black mass of ominous, dissonant, agitated and aggressive compositions to rove to in the Australian outback. Today, we exclusively reveal "The Rover" score tracks on their own; below, Michôd and Partos discuss arriving at sounds, »
Now playing in limited release is writer/director David Michôd’s thriller The Rover. The film stars Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson and takes place 10 years after the collapse of society, revolving around a man who sets out to reclaim his last possession from a gang. The pic is based on an original idea by Michôd and Joel Edgerton and marks Michôd’s long-awaited follow-up to his well-received 2010 feature debut Animal Kingdom. For more on the film, watch the trailer or read Matt’s review. Recently, I landed an extended video interview with David Michôd. he talked about the genesis of the project, how he wrote the role with Pearce in mind but didn’t tell him, casting the rest of the film including his initial meeting with Robert Pattinson, deleted scenes, how The Rover was the last Australian movie shot on film, upcoming projects, and more. Hit the jump to watch. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
David Michod's post-apocalyptic follow to Animal Kingdom, The Rover, is in theaters now and Twitch is very happy to have a signed poster for the film to give away to one lucky reader. Michod and his two leading men - Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson - have all signed this thing and all you need to do to have a chance to win is write me here and name the film in which Pearce starred as a drag queen. Please include your mailing address. Winner will be drawn at random.The Rover, David Michôd's highly anticipated follow-up to Animal Kingdom, is set in a world 10 years following the collapse of society. The rule of the law has disintegrated and life is cheap. The film follows...
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Linkin Park DJ Joseph Hahn has apparently taken to directing movies and for his debut he's put together a cast that includes James Frecheville (Animal Kingdom), Vincent D'Onofrio, Gina Gershon, Peter Stormare and Cameron Monaghan (The Giver). D'Onofrio even co-wrote the screenplay with Sam Bisbee and Joe Vinciguerra based on Eric Bogosian's novel of the same name, Mall. Here's the plot: Malcom's done with his life. Only the noise of Crystal Meth gives him a reason to keep going - everything else it has long regardless. Equipped with a bag full of weapons and self-made bombs, he makes his way to the nearby mall to really stir things up. On his personal war campaign, he not only changes his life radically, but also the fate of other people who are in the wrong place at the same time: a teenager whose favorite pastime is smoking pot in his dreary existence, »
- Brad Brevet
We have two signed posters from The Rover to give away to lucky readers. The Rover takes place ten years after society collapsed and follows a hardened loner (Pearce) who tracks down a gang of thieves with the help of one of their own (Pattinson) to reclaim the car they stole. Read Matt's review here or watch out video interview with Robert Pattinson, Guy Pearce and Director David Michod here. Pearce, Pattinson, and Michod signed the posters for our The Rover giveaway. Find how how you can win one after the jump. The Rover is now in theaters. In order to enter the contest, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and address and include The Rover Giveaway in the headline. You also need to “like” Collider on Facebook. The giveaway will be open until July 4th and is only open to residents of the United States. Also, only one entry per person. »
- Brendan Bettinger
The Rover, David Michôd‘s highly anticipated follow-up to Animal Kingdom, is set in a world 10 years following the collapse of society. Recently, Wamg sat down with David Michôd, Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson in a small press conference to talk about the film. Check it out below!
In David Michôd’s new film The Rover the rule of the law has disintegrated and life is cheap. The film 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) in their wake. Forcing Rey to help track the gang, Eric will go to any lengths to take back the one thing that still matters to him. Michod also wrote the film based on a story he conceived with Joel Edgerton.
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- Melissa Howland
After the kinetic, Scorcese-like Animal Kingdom, David Michôd's sophomore effort takes a very different tack. Set in a desiccated Australia, post some sort of apocalypse that seems to inevitably befall the country/continent on screen. After screening the film at this year's Cannes film festival (and giving it a positive review), I had the pleasure of speaking with Michôd (pronounced with "no 'd' at the end") by phone exclusively for Twitch. We began by discussing the somewhat ambivalent reception the film had during its midnight screening on the Croisette. How was it showing The Rover to the Cannes audience? [It was] pretty overwhelming. In a strange way, I can't even really remember what emotional state I was in when that was happening because that state...
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We were rather big fans of David Michod's last directorial effort, the superlative Aussie drama Animal Kingdom. So we're positively giddy at the impending relase of his sci-fi Western The Rover, starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson. Ease yourself into the movie's cold, desolate universe with our exclusive featurette, which has R-Patz aplenty. Watch the video below and then let us know what you think in the comments! The Rover is in UK cinemas from 15 August 2014.
- Matt Risley
After expanding from a limited release in 5 theatres to 599, the film saw its per-screen average tumble from $13,860 ( £8,150) to $835 (£490).
The Rover's Us distributor A24 said of the film's performance: "David Michod made an excellent film that received very strong reviews for its unique filmmaking and wonderful performances from Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson.
"Unfortunately we were unable to find a broader audience this weekend, but have no doubt that the film will gain fans as we continue to push it out in the weeks and months ahead."
Pattinson has struggled to replicate his Twilight box office success in his post-Edward Cullen career.
His collaboration with David Cronenberg »
Directed by: David Michod
Running Time: 1 hr 35 mins
Release Date: June 23, 2014 (Chicago)
Plot: Ten years after a global economic collapse, a loner (Pearce) looks for his stolen car with the help of an abandoned American (Pattinson).
Who’S It For? Viewers who like their thriller spaced out, with ebbs of intensity. On a smaller scale, this movie is also for anyone who has not yet confirmed Pattinson’s acting abilities.
There is a profound interest in impulse within the work of Australian filmmaker David Michod, whose number of features finally reaches two with his anticipated followup to Animal Kingdom, The Rover. Even his co-writing work for Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s life-crasher movie Hesher is indicative of a storytelling force jazzed by that which is abrupt and unexplainable, and without worry of how polarizing these weirdo choices may be. With »
- Nick Allen
The Rover is the handiwork of Aussie David Michôd, whose overpraised 2010 Animal Kingdom was memorable chiefly for the nightmarish mother-son tag-team of Jacki Weaver and Ben Mendelsohn. This one is even darker — but also sillier, easy to watch at arm’s length and easier to shake off. It’s overbaked art-pulp. You’re always thinking, What fresh horror is around the next bend?Guy Pearce is Eric, a stuporous loner who moves through a flat section of Australia, ten years after “the crash” (whatever that is). He’s drinking at a bar when thieves, fleeing a disastrous hold-up, demolish their pickup truck (the wittiest thing in the movie is the sight of the tumbling truck through the bar’s window) and make off with his car. This injustice makes him angry. Like the absurdly indignant protagonist of Point Blank and Payback (both derived from a Donald E. Westlake’s The »
- David Edelstein
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