The summer is about to explode with superheroes and dystopia as "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" and "Mad Max: Fury Road" kick off the blockbuster movie season. Throw a stone and you won't find any trouble hitting a movie with a marketing wallet to rival an independent film's production budget, but there will also be a number of movies working against that fray and hoping for a little love.
NEW YORK - You may not believe it, but Carey Mulligan isn't a fan of singing in public. Somehow though the soon to be 30-year-old actress and wife of "Mumford & Sons" lead singer Marcus Mumford keeps find herself stretching her vocal chords in one movie after another. It started with Steve McQueen's "Shame" and continued with the Coen Bros.' "Inside Llewyn Davis." Mulligan avoided it in Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby," but now find herself singing acappella in Thomas Vinterberg's "Far From The Madding Crowd." Speaking to Mulligan earlier this month, HitFix asked how she was handling being pigeonholed as a - gasp - songstress!
Eager online press got a look at George Miller's "Mad Max: Fury Road" Wednesday night in Los Angeles, with the filmmaker on hand to discuss his return to the world of his visionary debut with fellow director Edgar Wright. The unrelenting, cacophonous vehicular gumbo, which is all set to be unleashed on unsuspecting attendees of next month's Cannes Film Festival, hardly feels like the product of a 70-year-old man. And indeed, Miller's enthusiasm for discussing the work was as palpable as that pulsing through every innervating moment of the film itself.
Get ready Donut Time. Your 15 minutes of fame is right around the corner. The old school donut shop on the corner of Santa Monica Blvd. and Highland Ave. is the beginning and end point for Sean Baker's triumphant drama "Tangerine" and the Sundance breakout is about to turn it into an LA cinematic landmark.
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The end of the 1990s was the end of an era on the big screen. The independent filmmaking movement that started the decade had taken full bloom and infiltrated the business. Major studios had begun to jump headlong into the "dependent" game, amping up prestige product and utilizing the awards season as a marketing tool. The blockbuster landscape at the summer multiplex had been interesting, full of original concepts (good and bad), but something else was on the way — a new overlord in the business of film, and one that would more or less make the age of the movie star (at least as we had come to know it) a thing of the past.
NEW YORK - Matthias Schoenaerts is best known for his roles in the acclaimed French drama "Rust and Bone" alongside Marion Cotillard and in last September's thriller "The Drop" opposite Tom Hardy, but the Belgian actor has spent a good chunk of the past 18 months shooting a number of period pieces with Oscar friendly actors. The first, "A Little Chaos" with Kate Winslet, debuted at the 2015 Toronto Film Festival to not so great reviews. The second, "Suite Française" with Michele Williams, has already opened to mixed reviews in most of Europe and there currently is no U.S. release date. The third, "Far From The Madding Crowd," which finds him romancing Carey Mulligan, has earned mostly positive notices so far and opens in limited release Friday.
Woody Allen is returning to Cannes next month with his 46th directorial effort, "Irrational Man." It's Allen's second collaboration with his latest lady muse, Emma Stone, and his first with the always mercurial, but talented Joaquin Phoenix. Based on the trailer released today, "Irrational" appears to center on a "radical" philosophy professor, Abe Lucas (Phoenix), and the relationships he develops with a younger student (Emma Stone) and another professor (Parker Posey). Oh, and he might be going through some sort of mid-life crisis. It's all pretty much expected from Allen at this stage of his career, except for one tiny element, a substantial role for the one and only Ms. Posey.
Have you been watching this last leg of David Letterman shows as the late night king prepares to retire next month? If not, you're missing out. It's classy send-off after classy send-off, and Tuesday night, Michael Keaton decided to swing back by to say goodbye to his old pal from the comedy club circuit. We're a few months removed from the "Birdman" star losing the Academy Award to "The Theory of Everything" star Eddie Redmayne on Oscar night, and he had a few thoughts on that, it turned out.
If you don't believe awards season runs 365 days a year look no further than the news today that Alcon Entertainment has acquired the U.S. rights to "The 33." Based on the Copiapó mining accident in 2010, the new drama centers on 33 minters who were trapped for 69 days in a collapsed copper-gold mine in Northern Chile. Their plight captured the attention of the world and, surprise, Hollywood came calling. Independently financed by Phoenix Pictures and Half Circle, "33" is being distributed in Chile by 20th Century Fox, but not in the U.S. The news Alcon came on board and Warner Bros. will distribute makes this a somewhat unusual story.