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Who is Oscar Isaac? He stars as a fictitious '60s folk singer in the new Coen Brothers' film "Inside Llewyn Davis," and although he's made plenty of films you've probably seen, he's seemingly come out of nowhere, so much so that a reporter at Cannes (where the film won the Grand Prix award) asked the actor, "Where have you come from?"
The 33-year-old was born in Guatemala, raised in Miami, and educated at Juilliard. He's been acting for more than 10 years, just in roles that haven't gotten him a lot of attention -- until now.
Even if you remember him from "Drive" or "Robin Hood," you've likely never heard him sing before, but he's actually been singing for years. Before breaking out as an actor, he sang and played lead guitar in the band The Blinking Underdogs.
Since you'll likely be seeing a lot more of Isaac, here's a »
- Sharon Knolle
★★★★☆ Playing in competition at the 70th Venice Film Festival, David Gordon Green's rural noir Joe (2013) - based on Larry Brown's grit-lit novel - stars Nicolas Cage as Joe Ransom, a man who, in the words of Johnny Cash, "Won't back down". Joe leads a work crew clearing trees so the land can be cultivated, and spends his evenings slumped on his sofa, at local dice games or at the whorehouse. Along the way he befriends Gary (Tye Sheridan, previously seen in The Tree of Life and Jeff Nichols' Mud), a homeless stray who washes up at a derelict house with his sister, mother and abusive father, Wade (Gary Poulter).
The boy works hard, earns money and looks up to Joe as a real man - the father he always wanted. However, Joe has what might be labelled anger and authority issues. He tussles with a local tough and »
- CineVue UK
Kanye West's moody new album is being largely praised by critics, but one group is not as enthusiastic toward the rapper's fresh material.
West has come under fire from the American Parkinson Disease Association regarding a lyric in his song "On Sight": "A monster about to come alive again / Soon as I pull up and park the Benz / We get this b— shaking like Parkinson's."
The group called the verse "distasteful and the product of obvious ignorance," according to TMZ.
The Apda is the largest organization dedicated to assisting those with the disease and to finding a potential cure. Its founding dates back more than 50 years.
West is surely not the first rapper to make seemingly snide remarks about Parkinson's in his lyrics. On Eminem's 2010 song "Won't Back Down," he said, "Girl, shake that ass like a Donkey with Parkinson's / Make like Michael J. Fox in the drawers playin' with a etch-a-sketch. »
- Matthew Jacobs
We get it. We're fans of the Game of Thrones too. But we draw the line at dressing like a member of the Stark family. Well, outside of our private viewing parties, that is. Maggie Gyllenhaal's love for the HBO hit, however, knows no fashion bounds. The Won't Back Down star stepped out on the red carpet in a fur jacket thick enough for the coldest Westeros night, a patterned skirt that Daenerys would totally covet and black suede boots we've definitely seen the men of the Lannister family wear. Maybe Maggie's just campaining for a role in season five? At least, we hope that's her excuse. »
With the blind auditions a thing of the past, Season 4 of "The Voice" is ready to move on the next level: The battle rounds. That's right, it's time for coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and newbies Shakira and Usher to pit two of their team members against one another before deciding which one to eliminate. Talk about pressure.
As a reminder, the coaches still have the option to steal another coaches eliminated contestant. With each coach able to steal two, it's the chance for someone to make up for missing out on talent the first time around.
First battle of the night:
"One of the most beautiful things to me about this song is that there's something so hypnotic about it," Hillary advises. »
Maggie Gyllenhaal, is that you?! Anne Hathaway, Miley Cyrus and Ginnifer Goodwin are just a few of Hollywood's gutsy girls to rock short pixie haircuts, and now the Won't Back Down actress has jumped on board, too. We spotted Peter Sarsgaard's ladylove in New York with a freshly-cut cropped 'do featuring soft, tousled pieces to frame her face—a surprising departure from her standard shoulder-length locks. The playful style is fuss-free and fashion-forward, and clearly suited for only the most confident woman. From the looks of things, the multitasking mother of two and actress seems to fit the bill just fine! »
Spring is in the air — and one celebrity who's prepared for the warmer weather is the newly shorn Maggie Gyllenhaal. The Brooklyn-based mom of two recently cut her hair into a chic pixie, joining stylish stars Michelle Williams, Anne Hathaway, Ginnifer Goodwin, Charlize Theron and Miley Cyrus in the short-and-sweet category. The Won't Back Down actress, 35, was first spotted with her new hairstyle on Friday, March 22 as she arrived at Lax in Los Angeles. Gyllenhaal, wearing oversized shades and a denim shirt, toted daughter [...] »
- Fan Winston
Maggie Gyllenhaal touched down in La with her girls, Ramona and Gloria, on Friday. Maggie sported a cropped hairstyle and shades as she made her way out of the airport with her daughters. Maggie welcomed baby Gloria in April of last year, and we caught our first glimpse of the little one in August, when Maggie took the girls to visit their father, Peter Sarsgaard, and grandmother Naomi Foner on the set of Very Good Girls. Maggie, for her part, hasn't appeared on the big screen since last year's Won't Back Down, but she has two high-profile projects ahead. This Summer, Maggie stars opposite Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx in the action-thriller White House Down, and she also has a role alongside Michael Fassbender in the recently shot comedy Frank. View Slideshow › »
- Lindsay Miller
Political films really ought to start coming with warning labels. For every Mr. Smith Goes To Washington or Wag The Dog, there's a Fahrenheit 9/11 or a 2016: Obama's America eager to sully the brand with didacticism, condescension, and a shocking lack of perspective. It is to that latter pile that we must unfortunately add Won't Back Down. Despite an appealing cast (Maggie Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Holly Hunter) and a hot-button subject, Back features a story that might be better served by a powerpoint presentation than a narrative film. Even when it's at its most cinematic, it never manages to bring any heat to an issue that could well change the face of American life.
- Anders Nelson
Kerry Washington was a big winner at the 44th annual NAACP Image Awards Friday night (Feb. 1), taking home two individual awards and sharing in a third.
Washington won best actress in a drama series for "Scandal," and the show also won the award for best drama. She also won the award for best supporting actress in a movie for her role in "Django Unchained."
Other movie winners included "Red Tails" for best motion picture, Denzel Washington for best actor in "Flight," Viola Davis for best actress in "Won't Back Down" and Samuel L. Jackson for best supporting actor in "Django Unchained."
Pics: The 2013 Image Awards
TV honorees included LL Cool J ("NCIS: Los Angeles"), Don Cheadle ("House of Lies"), Cassi Davis and Lance Gross ("Tyler Perry's House of Payne"), Omar Epps ("House") and Vanessa Williams ("Desperate Housewives"). Bet's "The Game" was named best comedy series.
Usher and Alicia Keys won »
Los Angeles — Kerry Washington was a triple threat at the NAACP Image Awards.
The star of ABC's "Scandal" picked up a trio of trophies at the 44th annual ceremony: outstanding actress in a drama series for "Scandal," supporting actress in a motion picture for "Django Unchained" and the President's Award, which is given in recognition of special achievement and exceptional public service.
"This award does not belong to me," said Washington, who plays a slave separated from her husband in "Django Unchained," as she picked up her first trophy of the evening for her role in the film directed by Quentin Tarantino. "It belongs to our ancestors. We shot this film on a slave plantation, and they were with us along every step of the way."
I didn't want to let this little awards factoid get lost in the hubbub surrounding this year's Oscar nominees but here this: Viola Davis, last year's shouldawon Oscar casualty who handed Daniel Day Lewis his SAG trophy for Lincoln last weekend, just won her second consecutive Best Actress prize at the NAACP Image Awards. She was, of course, the big winner last season for The Help which also took the Picture and Supporting Actress trophies. This year her prize is for the far less heralded Won't Back Down. Residual affection from The Help or just another PSA that Viola is among the world's great screen actors and deserves those leading roles? (It's a surprising win when you realize that she beat both Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis from Beasts of the Southern Wild and breakthrough player Emayatzy Corinealdi from Middle of Nowhere to take that trophy again. (The other nominees were »
- NATHANIEL R
Now that we're in 2013, it seems a bit strange to hear about a film competition that only nominates black actors, black filmmakers, and Tyler Perry. But we have one, and it's presented by the NAACP Image Awards, which just announced its winners. George Lucas' "Red Tails," which has a 39% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes, took home the Best Film award, beating "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Django Unchained" and "Flight." At the same time, "Red Tails" lost to "Beasts of the Southern Wild" in the Best Independent Film category. So who knows what this all means. Denzel Washington won Best Actor for "Flight" and Samuel L. Jackson won Best Supporting Actor for "Django Unchained." Tyler Perry once again went home empty-handed. Best Film: * Red Tails * Beasts of the Southern Wild * Django Unchained * Flight * Tyler Perry's Good Deeds Best Actor: * Denzel Washington (Flight) * Jamie Foxx (Django Unchained) * Morgan Freeman (The Magic of Belle Isle »
Takings for Les Mis, Lincoln and Zero Dark Thirty warm up as the snow melts
Les Misérables opened spectacularly a couple of weekends ago with £8.13m, then suffered a hefty 46% drop on its second frame when blankets of snow discouraged cinemagoing across the country. For round three, would the stage musical adaptation rally its forces to man the box-office barricades, or crumble?
To the presumed delight of backers Universal and other interested parties, Tom Hooper's all-singing extravaganza has held up just fine, with a very modest 9% drop, for third-weekend takings of £4.01m, and a cume of £24.61m. Only four films released last year – Avengers Assemble, The Dark Knight Rises, Skyfall and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – managed three consecutive frames at £4m-plus, and all of them went on to achieve box office in excess of £50m.
- Charles Gant
Zero Dark Thirty (15)
The controversy over this film's use of torture is a reflection of how problematic it is to classify. Is it a historical dramatisation? A factual reconstruction? A post-Bourne spy thriller? Whatever it is, it's state of the art film-making: lean, snappy, tense, gripping and as single-minded as its heroine in the 10-year pursuit of Bin Laden. But there's still much room for complexity and ambiguity. Yes, that pursuit involves torture, but also intelligence, personal determination and, ultimately, action – all of which Bigelow is well-equipped to convey.
- Steve Rose
Django Unchained (18)
Few directors would have the imagination, the guts or the resources to reimagine America's slaving past as a spaghetti western/blaxploitation thriller, but the result is Tarantino's most politically provocative movie, and one of his most entertaining – up to a point. Foxx's odyssey from captive slave to mythical avenger, enabled by Waltz's liberal German "dentist", is often an exhilarating ride, though the action is constantly slowed up by Tarantino's love of his own dialogue – if only he'd kept that chained in.
The Sessions (15)
Severely disabled man seeks first–time sexual experience. It doesn't sound too promising but there are plenty of riches in this open–hearted drama: the performances, »
- Steve Rose
This week’s Blu-ray offerings are rather light, but here’s a look at what’s hitting shelves on Tuesday: About Cherry [Blu-ray] - $24.99 (17% off) Life's Too Short: Series 1 [Blu-ray] - $51.28 (10% off) The Man Who Knew Too Much (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] - $24.99 (37% off) Merlin: The Complete Fourth Season [Blu-ray] - $44.99 (25% off) Taken (Two-Disc Extended Cut) [Blu-ray] - $19.99 (50% off) To Rome With Love [Blu-ray] - $19.99 (44% off) Won't Back Down [Blu-ray] - $19.99 (33% off) Note: Collider earns a small referral fee when our readers purchase something on Amazon through one of our links. The money generated helps pay our staff and keep the site running. Thank you for reading and supporting Collider. »
- Adam Chitwood
Update: I originally had The Intouchables listed as releasing this week, but that date has changed to March 5. And The Paperboy was moved to January 22 as well... Maybe these studios should stop counting on Oscar nominations for their release dates. The Man Who Knew Too Much (Criterion Collection) Alfred Hitchcock twice directed The Man Who Knew Too Much, once in 1934 with Peter Lorre and again in 1956 with James Stewart. Criterion is releasing the '34 edition of the story that focuses on a man and his wife who receive a clue to an imminent assassination attempt, only to learn their daughter has been kidnapped to keep them quiet. I've never actually seen this version, but I can only assume Criterion has given it all the attention it deserves.
- Brad Brevet
Moviefone's New Release Pick of the Week "To Rome With Love" What's It About? Woody Allen's latest European jaunt features Alec Baldwin, Penelope Cruz, Jesse Eisenberg and the bespectacled one himself in an anthology of stories dealing with love, art, class and infidelity. You know, typical Woody. See It Because: It's not nearly as good as "Midnight in Paris," but there's still great performances and great moments that make it an interesting chapter in this 17th(?) revival of Allen. Moviefone's Blu-ray Pick of the Week "The Man Who Knew Too Much" (Criterion Collection) What's It About? The Alfred Hitchcock suspense is so nice, he made it twice. Criterion archives the first version of the mystery thriller about a vacationing family caught up in an assassination conspiracy, and features the iconically creepy Peter Lorre in his first English-speaking role. See It Because: Like everything else Criterion does, it comes packed with special features, »
- Eric Larnick
This week: The former CIA agent played by Liam Neeson is the one who ends up being abducted instead of his daughter in "Taken 2," the hit action sequel that also features the return of Maggie Grace as Neeson's daughter and Famke Janssen as his ex-wife in a story that moves the action to Istanbul.
Box Office: $139 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 21% Rotten
Storyline: Retired CIA agent Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) returns to America with his daughter, Kim (Maggie Grace), and gets closer with his ex-wife, Lenore (Famke Jannsen), after having rescued Kim from being sold as a sex slave in Paris. Now the relatives of the slain Albanians from the first film swear to avenge their dead by kidnapping Bryan and »
- Robert DeSalvo
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