12 items from 2015
This month Alan Rickman's A Little Chaos, Ryan Gosling's Lost River and Russell Crowe's The Water Diviner see these performers make the dizzying leap from actor to director. But in which of their colleagues' footsteps might they follow?
We take a look at six different categories of actor-turned-directors.
Too handsome to be a supporting actor, and lacking the gravitas of a major star, Ben Affleck looked to be heading towards Kilmer-ville before he released Gone Baby Gone, a dark Dennis Lehane thriller he co-wrote and directed, with brother Casey taking the lead. Follow-up The Town proved solid, but his next effort, Argo, was a surprise Best Picture winner. The fact Affleck didn't receive a Director nomination suggests he's not yet been forgiven for the likes of Gigli, but the forthcoming Lehane adaptation Live By Night should fix that.
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Jessica Chastain seemingly became famous overnight. While she shot “Wild Salome” with Al Pacino earlier (the movie still hasn’t come out stateside, but you can read our review here), 2011 marked The Year Of Chastain. Suddenly, she had a string of movies coming to cinemas: Terrence Malick’s “The Tree Of Life,” Jeff Nichols’ “Take Shelter,” Ralph Fiennes’ directorial effort “Coriolanus,” John Madden's "The Debt," and, of course, “The Help,” which earned the actress her first Academy Award nomination. She was everywhere, and in high demand, soon garnering work and acclaim in films by Christopher Nolan, Kathryn Bigelow, John Hillcoat, J. C. Chandor, and more (later this year she has films coming out by Guillermo del Toro and Ridley Scott). Read More: Jessica Chastain Talks 'A Most Violent Year,' Avoiding Brooklyn Cliches, & An Unlikely Political Inspiration In a recent and very engaging one-hour conversation with photographer/filmmaker Sam Jones on. »
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The 20th Jameson Empire Awards takes place in London this Sunday in a flurry of red carpet glamour and confetti-strewn celebration of the medium we all love. At the heart of the festivities will be acting great and national treasure Ralph Fiennes, the newly-announced recipient of this year’s Empire Legend award. The Suffolk-born actor follows in the footsteps of Helen Mirren, Tim Burton and Tom Cruise in collecting the accolade.Even by the vaulted standards of his 25-year career, Fiennes is experiencing a purple patch. A Golden Globe nominee for his exceptional comic turn as M. Gustave in The Grand Budapest Hotel, he’s also kicked-started his directorial career in fine style with contrasting period pieces, Coriolanus (2011) and The Invisible Woman (2013), in recent years.Fiennes, of course, is twice Oscar-nominated. He was first recognised by the Academy for his indelible depiction of SS commandant Amon Goeth in Schindler’s List, »
London — Actor-director Ralph Fiennes, who plays Voldemort in the “Harry Potter” franchise and M in the next James Bond film, will receive the Legend Award at the Jameson Empire Awards, which takes place in London on Sunday.
Fiennes, who has starred in more than 30 films, first came to international attention for his portrayal of the concentration camp commandant in “Schindler’s List,” for which he won the BAFTA and was Oscar nominated in 1994.
He was again nominated for an Academy Award in 1997 for “The English Patient.” He has received multiple BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations, most recently for his performance as the concierge M. Gustave in “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”
His upcoming film projects include the Coen Brothers’ “Hail, Caesar!” and the new Bond installment “Spectre,” in which he plays M.
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- Leo Barraclough
The Grand Budapest Hotel star to collect honour at a ceremony this weekend.
Since his BAFTA-winning breakout performance in Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List (1993), Fiennes has starred in more than 30 films including The English Patient, the Harry Potter franchise, The Constant Gardener and The Reader.
More recently, his leading role as meticulous concierge M. Gustave in Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel earned him BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations.
His upcoming film projects include the Coen Brothers’ Hail, Caesar! and the new James Bond feature, Spectre, in which »
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Exclusive: Dejan Zecevic’s sci-fi thriller is currently in production in Serbia.
Korea’s More In Group has launched sales on South Korea-Serbia-Slovenia co-production The Rift at Filmart.
Award-winning Serbian director Dejan Zecevic, whose latest feature was The Enemy, a horror film set in the aftermath of the Bosnian civil war, is currently in production with the sci-fi thriller.
The Rift stars American actor Ken Foree, who was in George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead and Knightriders as well as the Robert Pattinson starrer Water for Elephants; Slovenian actress Katarina Cas, who was in The Wolf of Wall Street and Danny Collins; Swedish veteran Bo Svenson (The Great Waldo Pepper, Kill Bill, Vol. 2) and Serbian star Dragan Micanovic (Bad Company, Coriolanus).
In the film, a Nasa space shuttle crash lands in Eastern Serbia and a team of Us and Serbian agents are sent to investigate and secure the remains of the shuttle’s lone passenger »
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With the release of the biker gang vs. dirty cops take on “Cymbeline” this weekend, audiences were treated to another Shakespeare adaptation that transports the Bard to modern day. Plays that were written 400 years ago continue to find relevance with modern audiences and continue to fit into contemporary settings with fresh retellings. But for all the talk that Shakespeare’s plays are “timeless” and “universal,” there is still a lot in his plays that is very specific to the social and political environment of Elizabethan and Jacobean England. Some storylines and characters translate well to modern settings, while others don’t. (“Measure for Measure,” for example, may be an unpopular one for reinterpretation in part because of a central plot line dependent on a law forbidding pre-marital sex.) A film's commitment to using Shakespeare’s language in a modern setting can lead to beautiful results. Also entertaining and thought-provoking are »
- Emily Rome
Riot This Way: Almeryeda Back to Contemporizing Shakespeare
While many were quick to critique director Michael Almereyda’s Y2K update of Shakespeare’s most notable play, Hamlet, wherein 90’s indie poster boy Ethan Hawke served up the royal brooding bloodline’s infamous fate within the confines of a sleek Manhattan high rise—it happens to be his most acclaimed title to date. Since then, he’s worked on a variety of shorts and documentary projects and unveiled only two other features, book ends that are set in pre and post-Katrina New Orleans (Happy Here and Now; New Orleans Mon Amour). He’s back with a modernized adaptation of one of William Shakespeare’s later and lesser beloved plays, 2014 Venice Film Festival selected Cymbeline. While several of the Bard’s lesser works have been spun into grand cinematic spectacle (such as Julie Taymor’s beautiful Titus or, to a lesser degree, »
- Nicholas Bell
As universally revered as William Shakespeare is within the English literary canon, all Michael Almereyda’s modernized Cymbeline demonstrates is that even the masters had their off-days. The centuries-old play is one of the Bard’s most contrived and convoluted works, and certainly not one that would be unanimously considered a “classic,” though simply bearing Shakespeare’s name has been enough to ensure multiple adaptations of it over the years. Almereyda’s film, disappointingly, just highlights its source material’s messier moments, never justifying its solemn tone or updated setting.
As reimagined here, Cymbeline‘s eponymous character is a drug kingpin (Ed Harris), the leader of an outlaw bike gang that rules over a burned-out town. Cymbeline’s word is law, even to the crooked cops with whom he’s embroiled in a power struggle. When his beautiful daughter Imogen (Dakota Johnson) quietly marries servant Posthumus (Penn Badgely), defying Cymbeline »
- Isaac Feldberg
Chicago – “Mend your speech a little, Lest it mar your fortunes…” is a fine piece of advice from the William Shakespeare play, “King Lear,” often cited as one of the greatest English language plays. Actor Colm Feore is the latest to portray the title role, which begins a film series by the Stratford Festival of Canada, to capture all of the Shakespeare plays.
The Stratford Festival is located in the province of Ontario in Canada, slightly south of Toronto, in the the town of Stratford. Under the umbrella Stratford Festival HD, the legendary theater organization aims to record every play by William Shakespeare in the next ten years – with full staging, live audiences, High Definition processing and enhanced sound design. The first play of this project – “King Lear” – screens in several locations around Chicago and North America on Wednesday, February 25th, 2015.
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In his review of the film, James Rocchi (The Wrap) says the film, “will have any thrillseekers in the theater clutching their armrest and shivering with imagined terrors.”
Black Sea is a suspenseful adventure thriller centering on a rogue submarine captain (two-time Academy Award nominee Jude Law) who pulls together a misfit crew to go after a sunken treasure rumored to be lost in the depths of the Black Sea. As greed and desperation take control onboard their claustrophobic vessel, the increasing uncertainty of the mission causes the men to turn on each other to fight for their own survival.
Back Lot Music is issuing the digital soundtrack album for Black Sea, directed by Academy Award winner Kevin Macdonald, it was announced today. The soundtrack features 25 new score cues by composer Ilan Eshkeri. »
- Michelle McCue
The plays of William Shakespeare have received more than their fair share of the cinematic treatment over the years. From the silent era version of The Taming of the Shrew to more recent “modern” adaptations of Titus Andronicus, Coriolanus, and everyone’s favorite standby Hamlet, the works of the Bard have been plumbed to the very depths. Yet, somehow, some of Shakespeare’s lesser known works have yet to see the light of a cinema screen. That is now being rectified with the upcoming Anarchy, a new and updated version of Shakespeare’s Cymbeline.
Anarchy takes Cymbeline out of the world of kings and courtiers and into modern-day motorcycles, street gangs, and drug dealing. The original play tells the story of King Cymbeline, his daughter Imogen, and her secret marriage to Posthumus Leonatus. Scheming members of the royal family and elsewhere lead to war between the Britons and the Romans. »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
12 items from 2015
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