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Mr. Dynamite. The Hardest Working Man in Show Business. The Godfather of Funk. No matter what he's called, there is no denying the energy and charisma of James Brown, and the mark he made on the musical landscape. He was a showman pure and simple, with the talent to back up his bravado. Get on Up sees his life get the musical biopic treatment, and while it's as energetic and chaotic as the man's life for the most part, it ultimately becomes your standard flat and cliched biopic. Kicking off in 1993, then smashing back to 1988 (and an addled Brown brandishing a shotgun in a strip mall), which makes way for a trip to Vietnam in 1969, then flitting immediately back to the musicians childhood, The Help director Tate Taylor's approach becomes pretty clear as he dips in and out of important moments of Brown's life at the drop of the hat. »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Stephen Goldblatt, who was the cinematographer on Mike Nichols’ last three screen productions — including HBO’s “Angels in America,” which Nichols considered to be the crowning achievement of his career — spoke to Variety at the Camerimage Film Festival on Friday about his friend, who died Wednesday.
Like Goldblatt, the majority of Nichols’ cinematographers were not American-born. German director of photography Michael Ballhaus, who worked on three of Nichols’ movies, said that Nichols — who was born in Germany — valued the outsider’s eye when directing films about American society.
“He liked how I brought a fresher view to these very American stories we were doing, and encouraged that,” Ballhaus told Variety in 2010.
Goldblatt, who was born in South Africa and moved to the U. »
- Leo Barraclough
When the first trailer for Jurassic World arrives next week, we'll likely get to see Bryce Dallas Howard in some capacity along with a peek at the new dinosaurs on the scene. But now that Howard has dealt with prehistoric specimens, she's ready to move on to mythical creatures. THR reports the Spider-Man 3 and The Help star is in talks to take a role in Disney's remake of the 1977 classic Pete's Dragon. The film already counts the legendary Robert Redford as part of the cast, along with child actors Oakes Fegley as the title boy and Broadway star Oona Laurence as his friend. So who will Howard play in the updated version of the tale? Well, the actress will be paying a forest ranger who finds the boy in the woods and doesn't believe his stories about a dragon who has raised him after his parents died in a car crash. »
- Ethan Anderton
The Help actress is eyeing the lead role in the Disney film, reports Variety.
The 1977 movie centred around Pete and his best friend and dragon Elliot.
Solid biopic of the godfather of funk and soul, but there’s not much genuinely memorable about it beyond Chadwick Boseman’s stunning breakout performance. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
I’m skinny but I’m strong. I can read a little and I like to sing.” So does James Brown describe himself as a young man, just out of prison and ready to get on with his life. His cruelly long sentence for a petty nonviolent crime, of course, is but one racially charged injustice a black man would face in mid-20th-century America. Director Tate Taylor (The Help) — and screenwriters Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth (Edge of Tomorrow) and Steven Baigelman — avoids turning this solid, sympathetic biopic of the godfather of funk and soul into a sermon on racism, instead homing in »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Disney.s reboot of Pete.s Dragon seems to have lined up its female lead. Bryce Dallas Howard is currently in early talks to play female lead in the miovie as the studio try to get everything in order before they steam ahead with production. Variety was the first to report that Bryce Dallas Howard, who has previously starred in The Help and The Village, and is also the daughter of director Ron Howard, has entered negotiations to star in Pete's Dragon. The trade also went on to confirm that acting icon Robert Redford could be in line to continue his recent on-screen renaissance with the film as well. It.s believed that the Sundance to Paul Newman.s Butch in William Goldman.s seminal 1969 masterpiece will star alongside Oakes Fegley, who will play the titular character. That.s to say he will portray Pete - not the dragon. That »
The story is a reinvention of the 1977 film that revolves around Pete and his best friend Elliot, who happens to be dragon. The first pic was a musical, but sources say this will be a straight narrative. The movie will be live-action with CGI used to bring the dragon to life.
Jim Whitaker is producing.
- Justin Kroll
Thanks to Wired, a seven-page prequel comic to Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi epic Interstellar has arrived online for our reading pleasure. Entitled ‘Absolute Zero’, the the “lost chapter” has been written by Nolan with art from Sean Gordon Murphy and explore’s Dr. Mann’s earlier Lazarus mission to find a hospitable planet for humanity…
Read the full comic over at Wired.
Interstellar is out now, with a cast that includes Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club), Anne Hathaway (The Dark Knight Rises), Jessica Chastain (The Help), Mackenzie Foy (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn), Wes Bentley (The Hunger Games), Casey Affleck (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints), Topher Grace (Spider-Man 3), John Lithgow (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Bill Irwin (Lady in the Water), David Gyasi (Cloud Atlas), Ellen Burstyn (Requiem for a Dream), David Oyelowo (The Butler) and Matt Damon (Elysium).
Check out our reviews of Interstellar here and »
- Gary Collinson
• Hannibal Buress is joining Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg in Daddy's Home. Sean Ander and John Morris are directing the film, which tells the story of a radio executive (Ferrell) who wants to be the best stepdad he can to his wife's two children. But, his plans are disrupted when the children's biological father shows up. Buress will play a sarcastic handyman who believes the stepdad to be racist, the result of some ploying on the part of Wahlberg's character. Linda Cardellini also stars as Ferrell's wife. The film began shooting on Monday in New Orleans. [THR] • Clive Owen, Jaeden Lieberher, »
- C. Molly Smith
Exclusive: The Help’s Ahna O’Reilly and The Hobbit’s Richard Armitage are in the midst of filming Sleepwalker, a psychological thriller from writer Jack Olsen and director Elliott Lester (Nightingale). O’Reilly leads the cast as a grad student who goes to a campus sleep clinic to treat her insomnia and nightmares, but instead starts experiencing unsettling changes in her waking reality every time she wakes up. With the help of a doctor, she attempts to find her way back to normalcy by unraveling the tangled knot of her dreams, reality, and shockingly tragic past.
English actor Armitage is hot off of ruling Middle Earth under heavy beard and armor in Peter Jackson’s nearly-completed Hobbit trilogy. He stars in Sleepwalker as the handsome sleep researcher who develops a unique relationship with O’Reilly. After leading New Line’s summer disaster actioner Into The Storm, Armitage returns to »
- Jen Yamato
In recognition of his acclaimed performance as a sadistic music instructor in this year's indie hit Whiplash, J.K. Simmons, the veteran character actor, will receive this year's Spotlight Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival's 26th annual Psiff Awards Gala on Jan. 3. The fest will run Jan. 2-12. All four previous recipients of Psiff's Spotlight Award — Julia Roberts (2014, for August: Osage County), Helen Hunt (2013, for The Sessions), Jessica Chastain (2012, for The Help, The Tree of Life, Take Shelter, The Debt and Coriolanus) and Amy Adams (2009, for Doubt) — went on to
- Scott Feinberg
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival announced today that Steve Carell is the recipient of this year's Outstanding Performer of the Year Award for his work in Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher." The news comes right on the heels of the film's Thursday night AFI Fest premiere and theatrical release this weekend. "He's made us laugh for so many years with his great comedic abilities," Sbiff Executive Director Roger Durling said, "but he shows this year that his range and artistry runs deep with his career-changing performance in 'Foxcatcher.' He is unrecognizeable physically and emotionally." Indeed, Carell is outstanding in this film, and curiously, there have been those who don't think he'll figure into the Best Actor Oscar race. Maybe it's some combination of expecting the film to struggle with Academy types (it's a chilly exercise, to be sure) and the notion that his is more of a supporting performance than a leading one, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Chadwick Boseman is looking at me with a huge grin on his face. On the one hand, the "Get on Up" star is no doubt in a great mood after being celebrated by well-wishers for his performance as the legendary James Brown in last summer's well-received biopic. The late love is thanks to Universal Pictures, who has organized a Sunday brunch at SoHo House West Hollywood to help remind voters about Boseman's critically acclaimed portrayal. Director Tate Taylor ("The Help"), producer Brian Grazer and co-star Craig Robinson are all on hand, but Boseman is the center of the attention. Now back to why he's smiling. While the 37-year-old actor deserves all the accolades he receives for "Get on Up," and a Golden Globe nomination in the Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical category seems likely, there are other events in the air that may soon turn him into a household name. »
- Gregory Ellwood
By Anjelica Oswald
Originally planned to screen as a 30-minute preview at AFI Fest, Ava DuVernay’s Selma, centered on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights marches from Selma to Montgomery, premiered in its entirety and stirred up more Oscar buzz ahead of its Christmas Day release.
The Hollywood Reporter’s Stephen Farber says the film is “intelligently written, vividly shot, tightly edited and sharply acted,” and that it “represents a rare example of craftsmanship working to produce a deeply moving piece of history.” Meanwhile, Paul Webb’s screenplay and David Oyelowo’s portrayal of Dr. King have been praised. The Wrap’s James Rocchi says, “Oyelowo’s performance would be impressive enough if it merely recreated the icon we now revere as perfectly as he does through a variety of methods… But Oyelowo, and Webb’s screenplay, also give us a rich, rewarding portrait of King as a man, »
- Anjelica Oswald
This weekend’s onslaught of smaller new films will have awards contenders and big names to jostle with at the box office. Awards hopefuls Foxcatcher and The Homesman begin their theatrical runs in limited New York and L.A. rollouts, with the former a likely winner in the first weekend when the numbers come in Sunday. The films from Sony Pictures Classics and Roadside Attractions, respectively, tell particularly American stories, though from very different eras. The Daily Show‘s Jon Stewart took time off in 2013 to work on his directorial debut. Open Road’s Rosewater, starring Gael García Bernal, will begin its theatrical rollout this weekend. It will be the biggest opener of this weekend’s cadre of specialty newcomers, playing in several hundred locations in the U.S. and Canada. Actor Chris Lowell also makes his filmmaking launch with Beside Still Waters. The project had smooth sailing until it came time for distribution, »
- Brian Brooks
The Flickering Myth Podcast goes into outer space…
It’s had fairly mixed reviews across the board, but if there is one thing to say about Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar is that there is a lot to talk about! On episode #80 of the Flickering Myth Podcast, Luke Owen is joined by Scott Davis, Rohan Morbey and special guest Martin Deer to talk about the movie and give their thoughts and opinions.
Interstellar chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.
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- Luke Owen
In a refreshing trend shift from the barrage of interconnected superhero flicks, musicals and music-inspired features are making a swift comeback. Hurrah! This next sonorous outing, Song One, comes from writer-director Kate Barker-Froyland, and the first trailer has arrived to sweep you up with its romantic leanings.
In the pic, Interstellar‘s Anne Hathaway careens back down to Earth as Franny, a woman who finds herself adrift with grief when her estranged brother Henry winds up in a coma. Keen to learn more about her brother since she upped sticks years ago, she begins to track down a series of musicians her sibling once loved. One of those talented musos is real-life singer-songwriter Johnny Flynn who plays Hathaway’s love interest, the shy and retired James Forester.
The first preview is a very enticing introduction to the movie as a whole. Granted, it doesn’t seem to venture into new romantic drama territory, »
- Gem Seddon
Star-studded support! Emma Stone made her Broadway debut on Tuesday, Nov. 11 as Sally Bowles in Cabaret. The Help star, 26, took over the roll from Oscar nominee Michelle Williams, performing alongside Alan Cumming. For her big premiere, Stone’s longtime boyfriend Andrew Garfield was in the audience. “Andrew came sharply dressed in a suit,” a source who attended the show tells Us Weekly. “Andrew came backstage after the show with Emma’s mother and his guests. He kissed her and congratulated her.” The couple, who met on the set [...] »
Film Arcade and Cinedigm have released the first trailer and poster for the romantic drama Song One, set against the backdrop of Brooklyn's vibrant modern-folk music scene.
Oscar winner Anne Hathaway (Interstellar, Les Miserables) stars as Franny, whose musician brother Henry (Ben Rosenfield, Boardwalk Empire) is injured and hospitalized in a coma following a car accident. Franny returns home after a long estrangement and begins to use his notebook as a guide to how his life has evolved in her absence. Franny seeks out the musicians and artists Henry loved, in the course of her journey meeting James Forester (Johnny Flynn), his musical idol, whose success and fame belie a shy and private man. As a strong romantic connection develops between Franny and James, the question becomes if love can bloom even under the most adverse circumstances.
After graduating in 2003 from New York's Juilliard drama school Chastain nurtured her craft until 2011, when she appeared in four films in quick succession including "The Tree of Life", "Take Shelter", "The Help" and "The Debt", followed by "Zero Dark Thirty", gaining her an Oscar nomination.
Currently starring in "Interstellar", Chastain's upcoming features include "A Most Violent Year", "Crimson Peak" in post-production, plus "The Zookeeper's Wife" and "The Martian", both currently in pre-production.
"Probably there are some people who feel great about themselves," said Chastain.
"...and don’t second-guess anything they say or do or wear, but that’s just not me..."
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- Michael Stevens
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