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From Scott Cooper, the critically-acclaimed writer and director of ‘Crazy Heart,’ comes a gripping and gritty drama about family, fate, circumstance, and justice. Russell Baze (Christian Bale) has a rough life: he works a dead-end blue collar job at the local steel mill by day, and cares for his terminally ill father by night. When Russell’s brother Rodney (Casey Affleck) returns home from serving time in Iraq, he gets lured into one of the most ruthless crime rings in the Northeast and mysteriously disappears. The police fail to crack the case, so – with nothing left to lose – Russell takes matters into his own hands, putting his life on the line to seek justice for his brother. The stellar cast of also includes Woody Harrelson, Forest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe, Zoe Saldana and Sam Shepard. ‘Out Of The Furnace’ opens in cinemas on December 6th in the US and on January 31st in the UK.
‘Out of the Furnace’ explores some of the darker corners of the American psyche, in particular through your character Rodney, an Iraq war veteran unable to find an emotional or financial footing in the town in which he grew up. What was it about this sort of exploration of redemption, family and loyalty that intrigued you?
Casey Affleck: It is an unusual script. It feels very real and the stakes are very high. I immediately realized that it was unique and I wanted to be a part of it. I’m drawn to stories that explore the mystery and drama of human relationships, love and death and honor, what we are doing here and what matters in life. I think the ideas about justice, revenge, loyalty, betrayal…. asking what we value, how we take care of each other? These are questions the film raises and things I find interesting. How does this country, America, take care of its military? How do you as a son take care of your father? How as a brother do you take care of your brother? What’s sort of “expected” of you when someone you love and care for goes to jail?
‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ follows a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) is at a crossroads. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles-some of them of his own making. Written and directed by Academy Award-winners Joel and Ethan Coen, the film also stars Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund, F. Murray Abraham and Justin Timberlake. Grammy-winner T Bone Burnett produced the film’s soundtrack which includes music performed by, among others, Oscar Isaac, Marcus Mumford and Justin Timberlake. ’Inside Llewyn Davis’ is set for a December 6th release in the US and a January 24th release in the UK and Ireland.
How did the ball start rolling with you playing this character, Llweyn?
Oscar Isaac: It must have been a couple of years ago, I don’t remember when, but I read something on one of the trades that the Coens were going to be doing a movie about the folk scene in the 60s. Immediately, because I’ve been a huge fan of the Coens, forever, since I started watching movies, and I also have had a love for music and folk music… I was immediately like, “Oh, that’s it right there! I need to be a part of that.” So I let my reps know about that (laughs), I was like, “Let me know what’s going on about that.” And finally the time came to when they were auditioning and seeing people, and so I was able to get in for an audition and I met Ellen Chenoweth, who was the casting director, I came in for her, and I did a couple of the scenes and went home and recorded “Hang Me”, which is the Dave Van Ronk version of an old folk song – they were having a lot of people sing and put stuff on tape.
Thranduil & Legolas Highlighted In New ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug’ Clip: “Your World Will Burn”
With the release of the epic adventure on the horizon, Warner Bros. Pictures has set loose, via IGN, this new clip from ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.’ The film continues the events of ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,’ in which the hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) travels with the wizard Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen) and a company of thirteen dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) into the Kingdom of Erebor, taking them through Mirkwood, Esgaroth, and Dale to combat with the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumbebratch).
‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ arrives in cinemas on December 13th while ’The Hobbit: There and Back Again’ concludes the trilogy on December 17th, 2014. ’The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ is the second installment of a three-part series based on J. R. R. Tolkien’s 1937 novel ‘The Hobbit,’ beginning with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.’ The three films together act as prequels to Peter Jackson’s ‘The Lord of the Rings’ film trilogy.
Marcia Gay Harden is the latest addition to the cast of the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ film. The erotic drama is currently shooting in Vancouver with Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele, the duo at the center of the story. Harden will portray Dr. Grace Trevelyan Grey, the adoptive mother of Christian Grey, Mia Grey (Rita Ora) and Elliot Grey (Luke Grimes).
Also in the adaptation of the EL James novel are Eloise Mumford as Anastasia’s best friend, Kate Kavanagh; Victor Rasuk as Anastasia’s close friend José; Jennifer Ehle as Anastasia’s mother, Carla; and Max Martini as Grey’s bodyguard. Marcia Gay Harden recently finished shooting Woody Allen’s latest film, ‘Magic in the Moonlight,’ and appears on HBO’s ‘The Newsroom’ and ABC’s comedy ‘Trophy Wife.’ ’Fifty Shades of Grey’ opens on February 13th, 2015
Wonderful New Trailer For Spike Jonze’s ‘Her’ – Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams & Scarlett Johansson
Warner Bros. Pictures has released this second trailer for writer-director Spike Jonze’s ‘Her.’ Starring the likes of Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde and Scarlett Johansson as “Samantha”, ‘Her’ opens from December 18th in the US and on January 24th in the UK.
Set in the Los Angeles of the slight future, ‘Her’ follows Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix), a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing touching, personal letters for other people. Heartbroken after the end of a long relationship, he becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system, which promises to be an intuitive entity in its own right, individual to each user. Upon initiating it, he is delighted to meet “Samantha” (Scarlett Johansson), a bright, female voice, who is insightful, sensitive and surprisingly funny. As her needs and desires grow, in tandem with his own, their friendship deepens into an eventual love for each other.
Speaking with Playboy Magazine for their 60th Anniversary Special Edition, Ben Affleck touched on a number of topics relating to his upcoming portrayal of Batman/Bruce Wayne. The exchange sheds light on his reaction to any backlash, how his Batman differs from Christian Bale’s, and what convinced him to take on the role.
PLAYBOY: When Warner Bros. named you Batman, the internet exploded with hostility. After climbing back from career adversity to win the best picture Oscar for Argo, was your initial reaction more “Not Again” or “Screw You”?
AFFLECK: It wasn’t either, really. I expected that reaction. Warner Bros. told me, “You should know what you’re getting into.” They showed me the reactions to other folks who had been cast in these roles. They said this is how it tends to play out initially.