17 items from 2012
Every profile of Felicity Jones tends to breathlessly announce that the actor is on the brink of superstardom, though since these interviews go back to 2008, you wonder how long this can continue. "I understand it," she says. "It's a way of selling something. I think you have to zone a lot of those things out, and people will take notice when you do something interesting."
Of course, judging success by fame is too blunt a measure for an actor who insists she picks her jobs according to how interesting she finds them, not on whether they will catapult her on to magazine covers: she turned down the lead in the big-budget Mirror Mirror, with Julia Roberts as the evil queen, »
- Emine Saner
Following news this weekend that James Gunn (Super, Slither) is in talks to direct Guardians of the Galaxy, we’ve now got some more brilliant news regarding another of Marvel’s highly anticipated Phase Two films in the form of the female lead in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the sequel to last year’s blockbuster.
Chris Evans will of course be reprising his leading role, with word surfacing last month that Anthony Mackie is in talks to play Falcon, with Samuel L. Jackson returning as Nick Fury, and Sebastian Stan expected to return this time as the antagonist, Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier.
And now the New York Post there are three brilliant young actresses circling the female lead: Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air, The Twilight Saga), Felicity Jones (Like Crazy, Albatross), and Imogen Poots (Fright Night, 28 Weeks Later).
The character’s identity is naturally being kept under wraps at this point, »
- Kenji Lloyd
With his next starring project, Lee Daniels' The Paperboy, making its world premiere at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, Brit actor David Oyelowo (who we recently interviewed Here) will star in the Channel 4 (UK) drama titled Complicit. The project will be directed by Niall MacCormick (Albatross) from a script penned by Guy Hibbert (Omagh), and, per Oyelowo, is "about the politics of torture within MI5," adding further that it's "about that thin line that MI5 officers have to straddle in the wake of Guantanamo.” The "MI5" being the UK's internal counter-intelligence and security agency; and "Guantanamo" of course being the »
Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy, Country Strong, and the upcoming On The Road and Inside Llewyn Davis), Oscar nominee Richard Jenkins (The Visitor), Jessica Brown Findlay (PBS. .Downton Abbey.), Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls), Oscar nominee Terrence Howard and three-time Oscar nominee Amy Adams (The Fighter) will star in acclaimed fine artist Andrew Levitas. comedy/drama Lullaby. It was announced today by Mimi Steinbauer, President and CEO of Radiant Films International, and producers Andrea Stone-Brokaw of Ananta Productions and Cary Brokaw (The Player, Short Cuts, Angels In America, Closer) of Avenue Pictures. Radiant Films will be offering the film to international buyers of the Cannes Film Market.
Levitas will direct the feature film from his own script which is set to start shooting in June 2012 in New York City. The Producers are in discussion with several domestic distributors but the North American rights have not been licensed.
Filled with considerable comedic beats, »
- Michelle McCue
Loveable Irish rogue, Colin Farrell, has been offered the role of leading male protagonist in the upcoming adaptation of Mark Helprin’s 1983 novel, Winter’S Tale. The project will be Akiva Goldsman’s (The Da Vinci Code) directorial debut, and it will feature Jessica Brown Findlay (Albatross), as well as a strong supporting cast, including Russell Crowe and Will Smith.
The bestselling story follows Peter Lake as he attempts to burglarize a Manhattan mansion, before finding a young dying girl lives there. Despite the circumstances in which they meet, they soon discover they are kindred spirits.
The Warner Bros film is due to begin shooting in New York, in October, with Benjamin Walker, Tom Hiddleston, Luke Evans, Aaron Johnson, Garrett Hedlund and Liam Hemsworth all rumoured to be in line to replace Farrell, should negotiations fall through.
- Martin Daniel McDonagh
With his next starring project, Lee Daniels' The Paperboy, officially on its way to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, Brit actor David Oyelowo (who we recently interviewed Here) will star in the Channel 4 (UK) drama titled Complicit. The project will be directed by Niall MacCormick (Albatross) from a script penned by Guy Hibbert (Omagh), and, per Oyelowo, is "about the politics of torture within MI5," adding further that it's "about that thin line that MI5 officers have to straddle in the wake of Guantanamo.” The "MI5" being the UK's internal counter-intelligence and security agency; and "Guantanamo" of course being the USA's detention/detainment/interrogation facility in Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba. The project is listed as being in pre-production. He's certainly a busy man these days (with the aforementioned The Paperboy, The Butler, Middle Of Nowhere, Lincoln and One Shot all on the horizon),...
Tanya Wexler’s first film in a decade has a good cast, sees a reunion with writer Stephen Dyer and, if the images which have appeared online are anything to go by, some nice period detail however there’s an excellent chance that it’ll be referred to everywhere as ‘that Vibrator movie’.
Hugh Dancy, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jonathan Pryce are joined by Felicity Jones whose star is firmly in the ascendant following a couple of choice roles with Niall MacCormick’s Albatross and long-distance love fest Like Crazy. Oh, and Rupert Everett’s in it which means it’ll be great.
Gyllenhaal spoke about her role in 2010,
In Hysteria I play a firecracker whose father is a doctor who is in the business of curing hysterical women. He cures them basically by getting them off and that actually happened. I end up having a sort of unexpected love affair with »
- Jon Lyus
Though producing pal Brian Grazer recently managed to score some renewed interest in the Dark Tower adaptation, writer / producer Akiva Goldsman isn’t letting the thought that he’ll be polishing that script detract him from finally calling the shots on passion project Winter’s Tale. He’s already reached out to Russell Crowe and Will Smith to take supporting roles and has locked in his female lead, with Jessica Brown Findlay on to star.Findlay, who appeared in last year’s Albatross, is probably better known these days as Lady Sybill Cawley from Downton Abbey. But she’ll be trading contentious toff types for Noo Yoik attitude, playing a dying young woman who falls for the thief that breaks into her swanky West Side mansion.Goldsman has adapted the story from Mark Helprin’s 1983 novel, a sprawling narrative that flits between modern-day and 19th century New York. There are »
Looking for a quirky, British, coming-of-age dramedy, that though far from rubbish, isn’t quite as good as it thinks it is? Then look no further than Albatross, the debut cinematic effort for both its director and its writer, Niall MacCormick and Tamzin Rafn.
The lives of a family on the Isle of Man are turned upside down and inside out when a new cleaner, Emelia, is hired to work at their hotel. Emelia is seventeen, precocious and belligerent. She befriends the family’s bookish elder daughter Beth and begins an affair with her father, one hit wonder novelist Jonathan and events inevitably spiral out of control.
- Jack Kirby
This live feed for the 2012 BAFTA Awards red carpet (please scroll down) seems to be working. So, you should be able to watch at least the BAFTA 2012 red carpet arrivals online. If you're in the United Kingdom, you might also want to check out BBC3 at 7:30 p.m. London time for the red carpet arrivals (featuring Miss Piggy), and BBC1 at 9:00 p.m. London time for the actual BAFTA ceremony at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. [BAFTA 2012 winners.] Presenters at the 2012 BAFTAs include Slumdog Millionaire's Anil Kapoor, Skyfall's Bérénice Marlohe and Naomie Harris, Sling Blade's Billy Bob Thornton, Bridesmaids' Chris O'Dowd, Bel Ami's Christina Ricci and Holliday Grainger, The King's Speech/A Single Man's Colin Firth, and Red Tails/Jerry Maguire' Cuba Gooding Jr. Also, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2/The Woman in Black's Daniel Radcliffe, Johnny English Reborn »
- D. Zhea
How to watch the 2012 BAFTA Awards live-streaming online? Well, if you're in the United Kingdom, you might want to check out BBC3 at 7:30 p.m. London time for the red carpet arrivals (featuring a Louis Vuitton-clad Miss Piggy), and BBC1 at 9:00 p.m. London time for the actual BAFTA ceremony at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. If you're elsewhere, things get more complicated. [Addendum: The BAFTA ceremony can be watched here right now. Watch BAFTA 2012 online live-streaming red carpet arrivals here, and later check out BAFTA 2012 winners.] There's also the BAFTA Awards online YouTube channel, though it's unclear whether they'll provide live coverage of the red carpet/awards ceremony or if clips will be posted there (however shortly) after the fact. Right now, all the BAFTA YouTube page says is the following: "The Orange British Academy Film Awards are on 12 February 2012. Watch our exclusive coverage right here, in the build up and on the night." Additionally, Stephen Fry provides some added tips on the video clip below (please scroll down). [Addendum: No live coverage at either site so far, as the red carpet arrivals have already begun.] Else, »
- D. Zhea
Hitting DVD this week is Albatross, a coming-of-age comedy-drama about a Emelia (Jessica Brown Findlay), a verbose, would-be writer’s incendiary effect on a struggling author, Jonathan (Sebastian Koch), and his respective family, including wife Joa (Julia Ormond) and daughter Beth (Felicity Jones).
The film, which premiered at last year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival to wide acclaim, is BAFTA award-winning filmmaker Niall MacCormick’s feature film debut.
Late last week, HeyUGuys had the opportunity to speak to Niall about what initially attracted him to Tamzin Rafn’s screenplay, the process behind finding the perfect actress to play Emelia and his thoughts on the difference between TV and film.
Here’s how it went down:
HeyUGuys: What was it about Tazmin Rafn’s screenplay that interested you the most about Albatross?
It was the relationship between the two girls. To me, the film is really about the beautiful imperfection of friendship. »
- Jamie Neish
Another week, another Monday. So it’s time for the rundown of DVDs and Blu-rays hitting stores online and offline this week. It’s another packed week, with plenty of movies waiting to take you money, so let us breakdown the new releases and highlight what you should – and shouldn’t – be buying from today, February 6th 2012.
Pick Of The Week
Joseph (Peter Mullan) is an unemployed widower, drinker, and a man crippled by his own volatile temperament and furious anger. Hannah (Olivia Colman) is a Christian worker at a charity shop, a respectable woman who appears wholesome and happy. When the pair are brought together, Hannah appears as Joseph’s potential saviour, someone who can temper his fury and offer him warmth, kindness and acceptance. As their story develops Hannah’s own secrets are revealed – her relationship with husband James (Eddie Marsan) is violent and abusive »
American cinema tends to deal with romance in two different ways. The first is the glossy approach, the kind of romantic comedies where only a second act dilemma keeps a couple apart, before their joyful reunion come the happy ending. The other option tends to be the approach that puts its leading couple through hell, dragging them to entirely different places, usually with unpleasant consequences.
At first, you can’t help but suspect that Like Crazy is taking the former approach. Starring Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones as Jacob and Anna, the film traces the early stages of their relationship, as they meet, and gradually come together. It’s charmingly done, quite possibly being the only film of its ilk to make you care for a chair. »
Albatross Trailer. Niall MacCormick‘s Albatross (2011) movie trailer stars Felicity Jones, Jessica Brown Findlay, Sebastian Koch, Julia Ormond, and Peter Vaughan. Albatross‘ plot synopsis: “Beth, a bookish teenager, befriends Emilia, an aspiring novelist who has just arrived in town. Emilia soon begins an affair with Beth’s father that threatens to have devastating consequences.”
A decent looking coming-of-age drama. The beginning of this movie trailer almost makes the film look like a comedy though, Young Adult style.
Watch the Albatross movie trailer and leave your thoughts on it in the comments section below. For more Albatross photos, videos, and information, visit our Albatross Page. Albatross will be released in limited Us theaters through IFC Films on January 13, 2012.
Who said January has nothing to offer in the new releases category? If you’re looking for a film about gospel singing goodness, a film where Giovanni Ribisi and Ben Foster continue their slow morph into becoming the same person, or a film that will destroy any nostalgic love that you had towards Fruity Pebbles, this weekend is filled with antidotes to the pre-Oscar doldrums. Just be warned that the latter is probably better than most others. Below is a handy summary of reviews of all of these new films (both brand new releases and theater expansions), direct from Indiewire and across our network of blogs: “Albatross” The Playlist: C- Jessica Brown Findlay imbues “Albatross” with an impressive freshness that no other elements of the film can equal. After a promising beginning, the film’s conclusion is both a thematic and tonal misstep. "Contraband" Leonard Maltin I never saw the »
Featuring “Like Crazy” up-and-comer Felicity Jones alongside Julia Ormond and German actor Sebastian Koch ("The Lives of Others"), the British indie film "Albatross" possesses a pretty impressive cast, especially considering the director Niall MacCormick (U.K. TV and BBC films "The Song of Lunch," "Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley" and "Wallander") is making his feature film debut. But the true shining star here, the gem to watch for in the future, is the film’s lead, Jessica Brown Findlay (the British TV series “Downton Abbey”). Unfortunately, that’s about all the movie has to offer that feels fresh, inspired and genuine. MacCormick may have directed stars like Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Andrea Riseborough and more in the past, but the cloying, unfortunately sentimental tone and predictable story beats in "Albatross" don’t do this familiar coming-of-age tale any »
17 items from 2012
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