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Brad Pitt takes his husband duties seriously. The Fury actor, 50, covered for his wife Angelina Jolie on Sunday, Dec. 14. Pitt hit Los Angeles for the Unbroken Roger Deakins Image Exhibition, representing the Jolie-Pitt family at the event for the upcoming Jolie-directed drama Unbroken. The Counselor star stood in his wife's place, mingling with guests and stars such as actor Josh Brolin and cinematographer Deakins. Jolie, 39, was unable to attend Sunday's event as she is currently suffering from chickenpox. She recorded a video on Friday, Dec. [...] »
Holy Moses, Exodus: Gods and Kings is #1! It took intense prophet Christian Bale and a cycle of plauges to dethrone Katniss Everdeen at the box office this weekend, as Exodus: Gods And Kings opened on top with an estimated $24.5 million! Ridley Scott's $140 million biblical epic certainly got a better start than the director's last film The Counselor, which opened with only $7.8 million last year. But Exodus (which took an additional $50 million overseas) floundered »
- Dave Davis
Exodus: Gods and Kings, 2014.
Directed by Ridley Scott.
The defiant leader Moses rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses, setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.
When revered director Quentin Tarantino takes to interviews and discusses that filmmaking is a young man’s game and that so many auteurs overstay their welcome, one can’t help but feel that Ridley Scott is a perfect representation. Coming off of a roll of commonly agreed-upon terrible movies (The Counselor, Prometheus) Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings seems to be an attempt at re-creating something in the vein of Gladiator; his sprawling lengthy epic that won the award for Best Picture.
Let’s just get it out of the way, Exodus: Gods and Kings is another misfire, »
- Robert Kojder
Death on the Nile: Scott’s Biblical Epic Unworthy of the Gods
Arriving just in time for ritual slaughter is Ridley Scott’s update on the Moses fable with Exodus: Gods and Kings, an epic reveling in its white-washed glamour casting, a detail which ends as a faux pas eclipsed by the rather banal treatment on hand. Those unfamiliar with this particular bit of mythology may be a bit confused with Scott’s attempt at subtle rendering, eschewing grandiose melodrama for an angle that (at least tries) to favor a bit of soul searching for Moses, the key to his success hinging upon the identity crisis brought about by being raised as an elitist royal before he’s promptly banished when the taint of Hebrew heritage is revealed. Too solemn in its mighty grandeur, Scott’s treatment seems already mummified, an update that has even less cinematic magic than »
- Nicholas Bell
Fernandes joins from Company 3.
Fernandes will focus on Molinare’s film offering and high end dramas. Prior to Company 3, she held the position of VFX line producer at Prime Focus.
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Ridley Scott is one of the most powerful directors working in Hollywood. (If he can get The Counselor made, he can do anything.) Following The Counselor, Scott turned to the story of Exodus, and cast a predominantly white cast for the film Exodus: Gods and Kings. Egyptian pharaoh Ramses II is played by Joel Egerton, […]
- Russ Fischer
For a filmmaker of 76 years of age, Ridley Scott is showing no signs of slowing down. He just shot Prometheus, The Counselor, and this December’s Biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings in quick succession, and while he’s prepping the sci-fi thriller The Martian to start production early next year, he’s also still talking about sequels to Prometheus and Blade Runner. It’s the latter that he addresses today, revealing that while he won’t be directing Blade Runner 2, it is poised to begin production next year. That’s somewhat surprising news given that we haven’t heard anything about a replacement director being set, but Scott now says he’ll only be involved in the picture as a producer. However, he also let slip how Harrison Ford fits into the film’s story. More after the jump. In a lengthy profile in Variety, it’s mentioned that »
- Adam Chitwood
It pains me to write this, but: Cameron Diaz has had a rough few years, career-wise. For the past half-decade, she's starred mostly in films that failed critically, commercially, or both. The role call: Sex Tape, The Other Woman, The Counselor, Gambit (which wasn't even released theatrically in the Us), What to Expect When You're Expecting, The Green Hornet, Knight and Day, and The Box. (A few exceptions: Bad Teacher, which got mixed reviews but grossed over $100 million—enough to inspire both a quickly-canceled CBS sitcom and a sequel, which is still in development—My Sister's Keeper, which landed more »
- Hillary Busis
English actress Natalie Dormer is best known for playing beguiling femme fatales as astute as they are alluring—currently as Margaery Tyrell on Game of Thrones, formerly as Irene Adler on Elementary and Anne Boleyn on The Tudors, as well as "The Blonde" who seduces Brad Pitt in The Counselor. “I love those women that I play that have sexual power," Dormer told The Daily Beast in an interview published today. "But I’m trying to step away from it for me, and for my artistic growth. It’s also more who I am. I’m not that woman." And »
- Carolyn Todd
If you didn’t think FX could get any better as a network, you were wrong. After providing countless high quality shows for viewers to enjoy over the past several years (give or take a Tyrant), FX has now picked up a new adventure series starring one of the best actors working in Hollywood today: Tom Hardy. The series, which is titled Taboo, take place in 1813 and follows Hardy’s James Keziah Delaney, who is a “rogue adventurer who returns from Africa with 14 ill-gotten diamonds to seek vengeance after the death of his father. Refusing to sell the family business to the East India Company, he sets out to build his own trade and shipping empire and finds himself playing a very dangerous game.” Taboo was created by Hardy and his father, Chips Hardy. The series is executive produced by Ridley Scott (Prometheus, The Counselor) and written by Steven Knight. »
- Chris King
As the Mc at Saturday night’s 14th annual World Soundtrack Awards — the culmination of Film Fest Gent — announced, “this should be called the Alexandre Desplat Awards,” after the French maestro was named as winner of both composer of the year and creator of the year’s best original film score (“Grand Budapest Hotel”).
Desplat, with his 13 nominations and six wins since 2007, is apparently a clear favorite of the Wsa committee that decides on such affairs, despite facing such stiff competition from Steven Price, who won the Oscar for “Gravity,” and Hans Zimmer (“12 Years a Slave”), who, along with his then-publicist, the late Ronni Chasen, helped bring worldwide recognition to Gent as a showcase for film music.
The composer of the year award recognizes a talent’s body of work for the previous year, and the ever-prolific Desplat was recognized for no less than seven films, including “Budapest,” “Philomena,” “The Monuments Men »
- Steve Chagollan
World Soundtrack Awards also honour Pharell Williams’ Happy from Despicable Me 2.
Alexandre Desplat has been named Best Film Composer at the 14th World Soundtrack Awards, held last night in Ghent. He also won best original film score of the year for Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel.
The Lifetime Achievement Award winner was Francis Lai.
World Soundtrack Awards 2014
Film Composer of the Year: Alexandre Desplat
Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film: »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
When it comes to Brad Pitt’s hair, it’s almost as popular as the actor himself. Over the past three decades, Pitt has built a brand around his quiet acting style, sexy build, and gorgeous hair. While he looks stunning with a buzz cut, and seriously handsome with a classic ‘do, it’s his long hair that has caused debate. Is Pitt better or worse looking with long hair? And are the movies he’s in with said long hair good or bad? Sure, the second question doesn’t come up as much but it’s a fair one to ask. Pitt with long hair in The Counselor is one unfortunate combination.
Check out our matrix of Pitt’s career as it relates to the length of his hair. It’s safe to say that the actor has had the most hits or misses when he grows things down to his shoulders. »
- Stacy Lambe
We’ve seen Javier Bardem play as bad as bad can be in No Country for Old Men, and we’ve recently seen him play a morally compromised but clear-eyed weirdo in The Counselor (above). And he’s explored exaggerated action-film villainy in Skyfall. Now he’s in talks to go into full-on cartoon villain mode for Pirates of […]
- Russ Fischer
Esquire has named Penelope Cruz as its 2014 “Sexiest Woman Alive,” and it is hard to see anyone having a problem with that choice. The actress from 2013's “The Counselor” and 2011's “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” graces the cover of Esquire's November 2014 issue. The contents inside the mag include the requisite photo shoot, of course, but also a woven-in tale of bullfighting in her native Madrid, and an interview with Cruz that proves her to also be 2014's most private woman alive. Also read: Penelope Cruz Clarifies Stance on Middle East Conflict Below are some photos released by Esquire. »
- Tony Maglio
Édgar Ramírez has been an actor on the rise for the past seven years, after he first came into prominence playing the deadly and mysterious Paz in The Bourne Ultimatum. Following roles in Vantage Point and Che (Part 1), the Venezuelan-born actor delivered a breakthrough performance in the mini-series Carlos, which lead to roles in Wrath of the Titans, Zero Dark Thirty, The Counselor and Deliver Us from Evil.
The actor takes on a character close to his heart in the fascinating indie drama The Liberator, where he plays the historic figure Simon Bolivar, who became a legend by literally liberating South American countries such as Peru, Panama, Northern Brazil, Panama, Ecuador, Colombia and the actor's home country of Venezuela. I had the chance to speak with the actor earlier this summer about The Liberator, which hits theaters on October 3. Here's what he had to say below.
I have to say, »
Moses is the hero Egypt deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So says the lord.
I might be getting some movies confused there, but regardless, Christian Bale is back in action hero form in the trailer for Ridley Scott’s latest swords and sandals epic Exodus: Gods and Kings, a retelling of the Biblical story of Moses (Bale) and his exodus from Ancient Egypt under the rule of Rhamses (Joel Edgerton). Exodus is one of several Christian stories to hit the big screen this year, including Son of God, but it’s also finding Scott back in top form, away from the turgid and surreal drama of The Counselor and back to the period genre that won him an Oscar for Gladiator. Exodus also stars Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley, John Turturro and Aaron Paul, and it’s set for a December 12 release date nationwide. Watch the fairly lengthy trailer, »
- Brian Welk
"Your parents never told you the truth. The year of your birth, there was a prophecy that our leader would be born to liberate us. That leader is you." Yes, that's basically a line from the recent "Jupiter Ascending" trailer, but no, this exact quote comes from "Exodus: Gods and Kings," the latest Biblical epic attempting to shatter the Christmastime box office. From "Gladiator" and "The Counselor" director Ridley Scott, "Exodus" retells the classic Moses legend with ex-Batman Christian Bale as the chosen one and Joel Edgerton as Ramesses, wearing more eye-liner than Jack Nicholson's Joker. This is The Good Book as The Comic Book. There's already controversy surrounding Scott's decision to whitewash cast — a fair and necessary conversation that could pick up steam closer to its release — but as far as white-casts-playing-Middle-Eastern-characters are concerned, "Exodus: Gods and Kings" has a mighty ensemble to amplify its CG spectacle. »
- Matt Patches
Brad Pitt may be worth hundreds of millions of dollars, but he says it's not his financial wealth that makes him "feel like the richest man alive." The Counselor actor, 50, recently spoke to Psychologies magazine and dished on the great joy that his family brings him. "You learn to value the basic beauty of family, of watching your children grow and evolve," Pitt said of his kids with new wife Angelina Jolie. "It's the most beautiful thing you can experience. I feel like the richest man alive [...] »
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