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For years he has waited while others mopped up the applause. Now the star of the Coen brothers' Inside Llewyn Davies is finally hot property
This is Oscar Isaac's fourth Cannes. He was here in 2009 with Agora, then Robin Hood in 2010, then Drive the year after. Actually, he's quite the film fest fixture: at Venice with W.E. and Toronto with 10 Years. So it's testimony to his quicksilver skills – or to a collective forgetfulness – that he was greeted at Cannes like a starlet emerged fresh from the ether. A miraculous discovery found fully formed on the shore.
"Is that guy a real folk singer?" asked the veteran critic next to me as the end credits rolled on the Coen brothers' latest, Inside Llewyn Davis, in which Isaac stars as a Dave van Ronk-ish singer-songwriter seemingly destined for obscurity in early 1960s New York. "Where have you come from?" was »
- Catherine Shoard
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
It’s taken Oscar Isaac a fair old while to get to top billing, having shone in a number of roles, including in Drive, and survived the obligatory backwards steps (like with W.E.) but it has fallen to the Coens to throw him his big opportunity in their return to directing following the regrettable association with Gambit (it was of course only the script they took charge of.)
In Inside Llewyn Davis, Isaac plays the titular hero, a loosely adapted version of the folk musician Dave Van Ronk, whose memoir “The Mayor Of MacDougal Street” gives the Coens a lot of their narrative frame. Set over two weeks in 1961, the film portrays New York’s folk-rock scene of the period, specifically focusing on the life and work at the time of Dylan-lite singer-songwriter Llewyn Davis, as he aims to make it on the scene and bounces »
- Simon Gallagher
Here’s some brand new photos featuring Joel Kinnaman on the set of the upcoming remake of “RoboCop” by director José Padilha (Rio, eu te amo, Elite Squad) and starring Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises, Paranoia, Monster Butler, Lawless), Michael Keaton (30 Rock, Toy Story 4), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury, Old Boy, Django Unchained, The Avengers), Joel Kinnaman (Knight of Cups, Easy Money, The Darkest Hour) and Abbie Cornish (An Ordinary Man, Seven Psychopaths, The Girl, W.E.). Film Synopsis: In a crime-ridden city, a fatally wounded cop returns to the force as a powerful cyborg with submerged memories haunting him. The film is scheduled for release in the United [ Read More ]
- Brian Corder
Director Alexandre Courtès' asylum horror The Incident (a.k.a. Asylum Blackout) arrives on DVD here in the UK this coming Monday, May 13th, and to celebrate the release we have two copies of the film to give away to our readers courtesy of Koch Media.
Read on for a synopsis and details of how to enter the competition...
George (Rupert Evans - Elfie Hopkins, Hellboy), Max (Kenny Doughty - I Against I, Snowpiercer) and Ricky (Joseph Kennedy - Robin Hood, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll), work in the kitchen of a high security asylum. One night, just before dinner time, a big storm shuts down the security system, the doors open and the lunatics break loose. Help is on its way and should soon arrive. They just have to wait for it and survive until then… Also starring Dave Legano (Snow White and the Huntsman, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince »
- Flickering Myth
Andrea Riseborough is a chameleon actress who makes her mark in everything she does, from Madonna's "W.E." as fashionplate Wallis Simpson and Tom Cruise's seductive housemate/overseer in "Oblivion" to terrorist in James Marsh's elegantly crafted Ira thriller "Shadow Dancer," which played the Sundance Fest in January. The movie is available now on iTunes and On Demand and hits theaters May 31 (Rotten Tomatoes reviews, running at 93%, are here). Marsh is a doc and feature director I always take seriously, from the exquisite style of Oscar-winning Philippe Petit doc "Man on Wire" (2008) and his humorous "Project Nim" (2011, my interview with him here) to his taut installment of the "Red Riding" trilogy (2009). "Shadow Dancer," while it keeps its scope small, does not disappoint. Gorgeously photographed on scrubby Belfast locations, the movie keeps its focus close on the pale faces of a family in 1993 trapped on their own precarious tightrope »
- Anne Thompson
Oscar winner Jim Broadbent will play Tommy Butler, the detective who relentlessly sought to bring the gang behind the infamous August 8, 1963 robbery of a Royal Mail train to justice. The BBC‘s two-part drama The Great Train Robbery kicks off with The Robbers’ Tale, the story of how the heist was planned and executed. Luke Evans will play Bruce Reynolds, the mastermind behind the heist. The second part, A Coppers’ Tale, will feature Broadbent leading the Scotland Yard team Butler assembled to bring the thieves to justice in a race against time. Also joining A Coppers’ Tale are Tim Pigott-Smith (Downton Abbey, Alice In Wonderland), Robert Glenister (Law & Order: UK, Hustle), Tom Chambers (Waterloo Road), Tom Beard (Salmon Fishing In The Yemen), James Wilby (Titanic) and James Fox (W.E., Utopia). Created by Broadchurch and Camelot exec producer Chris Chibnall, the films are produced by World Productions for BBC One. Part »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
Tom Cruise could really use a box office hit right about now and "Oblivion" might be the film to do the trick. Already a success overseas, the sci-fi mindbender opens in the U.S. just two weeks ahead of the official summer movie season's launch with "Iron Man 3."
It's not just Cruise who could use a hit after a string of recent disappointments, but also the entire movie industry. So far the year has produced only three real hits ("Oz," "The Croods" and "Identity Thief") and a few modest overachievers ("Olympus Has Fallen," "Mama," "Safe Haven"), to say nothing of the even more troubling dearth of movies that are actually, you know, good.
The quick take on "Oblivion" is "great visuals, not-so-great story," but it's worth saying a little more about this ambitious piece of sci-fi filmmaking from director Joseph Kosinski ("Tron: Legacy").
Cruise stars as Jack Harper, a »
"Shadow Dancer," the narrative thriller from James Marsh ("Project Nim," "Man on Wire"), which premiered at Sundance and screened at Berlin, has a new poster (exclusive to Indiewire) that depicts the somber intensity of the film's story. Based on the novel of the same name by Tom Bradby, who also adapted the screenplay, "Shadow Dancer" stars Andrea Riseborough ("W.E.," "Made in Dagenham") as single mother and Ira member Collette McVeigh. The history of the Ira is a complicated one and to those of us in America who don't know it -- or who aren't somewhat familiar thanks to Steve McQueen's "Hunger"-- it is an Irish paramilitary organization which fought to remove Northern Ireland from the United Kingdom beginning in 1969. "Shadow Dancer," which takes place in the 1990s, follows Collette after she is arrested by MI5 officer Mac (Clive Owen) for a bomb plot in London. Mac gives Collette »
- Erin Whitney
Tom Cruise stars in Oblivion, an original and groundbreaking cinematic event from the visionary director of Tron: Legacy and producers of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. On a spectacular future Earth that has evolved beyond recognition, one man’s confrontation with the past will lead him on a journey of redemption and discovery as he battles to save mankind.
When director Joseph Kosinski wrote the story for Oblivion in 2005, he listed in the treatment a soundtrack from the mastermind behind M83, Anthony Gonzalez. He felt that M83 was an artist whose music fit the story he was trying to tell, and knew that when he made the film, his temp score should become his permanent one.
The French native, who has toured internationally with bands from Depeche Mode and The Killers to Kings of Leon, debuted in 2001 and recently released his first double-disc album, “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming” as his sixth record. »
- Michelle McCue
Tom Cruise stars in Oblivion, an original and groundbreaking cinematic event from the visionary director of Tron: Legacy and producers of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. On a spectacular future Earth that has evolved beyond recognition, one man’s confrontation with the past will lead him on a journey of redemption and discovery as he battles to save mankind. Oblivion arrives in theaters nationwide on Friday, April 19, 2013.
2077: Jack Harper (Cruise) serves as a security repairmen stationed on an evacuated Earth. Part of a massive operation to extract vital resources after decades of war with a terrifying alien threat who still scavenges what’s left of our planet, Jack’s mission is almost complete. In a matter of two weeks, he will join the remaining survivors on a lunar colony far from the war-torn world he has long called home.
Living in and patrolling the breathtaking skies from thousands of feet above, »
- Movie Geeks
Welcome to the Punch Director: Eran Creevy (‘Shifty’) Starring: James McAvoy, Mark Strong (‘Sherlock Holmes,’ ‘Zero Dark Thirty’), Andrea Riseborough (‘W.E.’), David Morrissey (TV’s ‘The Walking Dead’) and Peter Mullan (‘War Horse’) Overcoming political struggles and legal procedures in order to defeat a menacing enemy is an all-too-important objective for both the protagonist and antagonist in the new crime action adventure, ‘Welcome to the Punch.’ Writer-director Eran Creevy aimed to showcase how both law enforcement agents and criminals take whatever means necessary to overcome whatever obstacles their nemesis puts in their way. The filmmaker succeeded in emphasizing that vengeance-driven motivation with distinct cinematography and a carefully orchestrated score. Unfortunately, Creevy’s [ Read More ]
The post Welcome to the Punch Movie Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »
- Karen Benardello
Tom Crusie stars in Oblivion, an original and groundbreaking cinematic event from the visionary director of Tron: Legacy and producers of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. On a spectacular future Earth that has evolved beyond recognition, one man’s confrontation with the past will lead him on a journey of redemption and discovery as he battles to save mankind.
Have a look as Oblivion’s cast & crew share how the bubbleship came to life and then pop over to the film’s official site - http://www.oblivionmovie.com/ – and listen the film’s exhilarating score. Composer Joseph Trapenese has collaborated with artists for several of the most anticipated soundtracks of recent memory: from Daft Punk (Tron: Legacy) to Mike Shinoda (The Raid: Redemption), as well as M83 (“Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming” and Oblivion) and Moby (“Extreme Ways” from The Bourne Legacy).
Abutting the living space on »
- Michelle McCue
Oscar Isaac, we all remember him from the 2010′s Robin Hood, or even better – from Madonna’s W.E., right? Well, guess what, he’s all of the sudden set to play the male lead in the upcoming Partisan movie, which comes from Ariel Kleiman who’s making his directorial debut with this indie flick. Not much is known about the whole thing, except that Ariel Kleiman will direct the movie from a script he co-wrote with Sarah Cyngler, which will reportedly revolve around: …a vengeful man raising his children to attack the world that wronged him. Warp Films Australia’s Anna McLeish and Sarah Shaw will produce the project.... Related posts: Oscar Isaac Joins Viggo Mortensen In The Two Faces Of January Oscar Isaac Joins Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive Oscar Isaac to Join Elizabeth Olsen in Therese Raquin Oscar Isaac Joins The Bourne Legacy »
- Jeanne Standal
Well, hell... As if lining up Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis and Edward Norton wasn't enough, the cast for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's comedy "Birdman" just keeps getting better and better. The latest addition is two-time BAFTA nominee Andrea Riseborough. While not as A-list as the rest of the cast, she's got an impressive resume behind her, thanks to "Never Let Me Go," "Brighton Rock," "W.E.," "Made In Dagenham" and "Shadow Dancer" and next month, she makes her blockbuster debut opposite His Cruiseness in "Oblivion." So yeah, Riseborough is a name that's about to become a lot more familiar. Based on a Raymond Chandler short story, "Birdman" centers on a former actor, played by Keaton, who once played an iconic superhero and mounts a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim his past glories. But his efforts to return to the spotlight are threatened by the egotistical leading actor of the play, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
It may only be February, but 2013's blockbuster season will soon be upon us, and today has seen the arrival of new posters for two of this year's big budget offerings, as well as the 3D rerelease of an old favourite. First up is Iron Man 3, with Marvel Studios releasing a new character poster for the first Phase Two offering featuring Don Cheadle's James Rhodes in his War Machine / Iron Patriot armor:
Iron Man 3 is set for release on April 26th in the UK and May 3rd in North America, with a cast that includes the returning Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow and Jon Favreau alongside Marvel Cinematic Universe newcomers Guy Pearce (Prometheus), Ben Kingsley (Hugo), Rebecca Hall (The Town) and James Badge Dale (The Lone Ranger).
- Flickering Myth
Ahead of its release this spring, Universal Pictures has debuted a new trailer for director Joseph Kosinski's (Tron: Legacy) Oblivion, which gives us an insight into the plot for the Tom Cruise-headlined sci-fi epic. Check it out after the official synopsis...
"On a spectacular future Earth that has evolved beyond recognition, one man’s confrontation with the past will lead him on a journey of redemption and discovery as he battles to save mankind. Jack Harper (Cruise) is one of the last few drone repairmen stationed on Earth. Part of a massive operation to extract vital resources after decades of war with a terrifying threat known as the Scavs, Jack’s mission is nearly complete. Living in and patrolling the breathtaking skies from thousands of feet above, his soaring existence is brought crashing down when he rescues a beautiful stranger (Andrea Riseborough; W.E.) from a downed spacecraft. Her »
- Flickering Myth
Video: Oblivion - exclusive trailer
Oblivion returns Tom Cruise to the sci-fi genre, where he’s found success in the past by collaborating with director Steven Spielberg on the blockbusters Minority Report and War of the Worlds. This time, Joseph Kosinski (Tron: Legacy) is directing from a script that was rewritten by Oscar-winner Michael Arndt (Star Wars: Episode VII).
A new international trailer follows the previous marketing trend, focusing on Cruise and the filmmakers behind Oblivion – including, producers Peter Cherin and Dylan Clark (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) – as well as shiny visual effects and the mystery plot. However, it also reveals Oscar-winner Melissa Leo (The Fighter) as Cruise’s boss, whose bubbly manner and accent disguises hidden intentions.
- Sandy Schaefer
January kicks off the film and television awards season, where directors, stars, critics and fans gather to find out who has been deemed The Best from the past 12 months. Yesterday I ventured into London – more specifically, the BAFTA HQ in Picadilly – to attend the announcement of the nominees who are in the running for the Ee 2013 Rising Star Award.
With past winners including James McAvoy, Shia Labeouf, Tom Hardy and 2012′s Adam Deacon, it really isn’t surprising that this year’s list will be a tough one to call. Fighting it out against each other for this prestigious award are:
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
The actress was directed by the pop superstar in last year's W.E., which divided critics on its release.
"She had been working on that story for ten years and it was very close to her heart," Riseborough told Metro.
"The first time I met her she asked me for tea because she's very fond of an English cuppa."
Riseborough continued: "I really respect how she allows her femininity to drive her. And I think that's not something we are really encouraged to do. 'P***y' for example - why is that an insult?
"Or, 'Don't be a girl!' If you used those same insults in a racial context, it would never be allowed."
Madonna's film career in »
The actor's latest two films have earned her a Bafta nomination as a rising star. But she's determined not to let it go to her head
Andrea Riseborough is perched on her bags in the hallway of her hotel (no room key yet), rattling down the line about the honour of being nominated – for a Bafta rising star award – and how she fell in love with an American (for her sins) and moved to Idaho in the middle of nowhere, to a haven in the woods, which is beautiful. Kind of like a log cabin, where she likes to sit and see the elks and play the banjo.
Unashamedly, endearingly eccentric, she talks through questions, spinning off on tangents, excited to be home; she was raised in north Tyneside before decamping to Rada in London in 2005.
Riseborough's usual persona in interviews seems to be that of a luvvie who lives »
- Henry Barnes
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