The 58th BFI London Film Festival announced this year’s Festival Awards’ winners at its high profile Awards ceremony, at The Banqueting House, Whitehall, this evening. Celebrating the most original, intelligent and distinctive filmmaking, the winner of the “Official Competition Winner – Best Film” award went to Andrey Zvyagintsev’s ‘Leviathan,’ a striking film that tells the tragic tale of conflict between an individual and a corrupt system in a small Russian town. The award was announced by Jeremy Thomas, BFI Fellow and President of the Official Competition jury.
Jeremy Thomas said, “We were all very engaged by the twelve films selected for Competition and really admired many of them, there were extraordinary stories and impressive images. But there was one film that we were unanimous in wanting to award Best Film, “Leviathan” directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev. Its grandeur and themes moved all of us in the same way.” The jury also commended Celine Sciamma’s ‘Girlhood’ about a young woman’s search for identity in the underprivileged suburbs of Paris.
Colin Farrell Enters The ‘Doctor Strange’ Mix; Benedict Cumberbatch & Keanu Reeves Still Said To Be Considered
Linked to the role since Comic-Con, earlier this month it was revealed that Marvel Studios‘ talks with Joaquin Phoenix to play Doctor Strange have fallen through. And while previous online rumors have linked the likes of Tom Hardy, Oscar Isaac, Justin Theroux, Matthew McConaughey, Jake Gyllenhall, Keanu Reeves, Ethan Hawke, Benedict Cumberbatch and Jared Leto to the “Master of the Mystic Arts”, and you can now add another name to that diverse list: Colin Farrell.
Colin Farrell is currently preparing to shoot the second season of HBO’s ‘True Detective,’ and Marvel has always gravitated towards actors with heat, and the lead in ‘True Detective’ is considered one of the hottest roles on television. Farrell is scheduled to wrap the second season of ‘True Detective’ early next year, and could move right into “Doctor Strange” should he be tapped to play the title role. The Wrap also point out that Cumberbatch remains high on the Marvel’s list. Furthermore, comic book fans have urged Marvel to consider Keanu Reeves, whose ‘John Wick’ has been getting stellar reviews from the fanboy press, and the studio has been paying attention. Fingers crossed we get more concrete word about this role shortly.
Snapped on the film’s set back in August (I actually thought she was just visiting her ‘Sucker Punch’ director Zack Snyder), THR now bring word that Jena Malone is a part of the ‘Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice’ cast, yet there’s no word on whether or not she’s portraying a female version of Batman’s sidekick, Robin.
Before THR’s piece, Central Michigan NBC affiliate WILX-10 reported that Jena Malone will in fact be playing Robin – which certainly isn’t out of the realm of possibility, as Snyder has said previously said that the movie was taking many cues from ‘The Dark Knight Returns,’ the classic Frank Miller miniseries published in the 1980s. That story introduced Carrie Kelley, the first full-time female Robin in the history of the Batman franchise, a schoolgirl who is saved by the Caped Crusader. And Malone’s current look is anything to go by (pictured above), it certainly seems she’s sporting Carrie Kelley hair.
The first poster has arrived online for Tim Burton’s ‘Big Eyes,’ which is set for a December 25th release in the US and a December 26th bow in the UK. Starring Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Danny Huston, Krysten Ritter, Jason Schwartzman and Terence Stamp, the film is based on the true story of Walter Keane (Waltz), who was one of the most successful painters 1950s and early 1960s. The artist earned staggering notoriety by revolutionizing the commercialization and accessibility of popular art with his enigmatic paintings of waifs with big eyes. The truth would eventually be discovered though: Keane’s were actually not created by him at all, but by his wife, Margaret (Adams). The Keanes, it seemed, had been living a lie that had grown to gigantic proportions.
From Fox Searchlight comes these new behind-the-scenes featurettes for Alejandro González Iñárritu’s (Babel, Biutiful, 21 Grams, Amores Perros) critically acclaimed black comedy, ‘Birdman’. Starring Michael Keaton, Lindsay Duncan, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, and Naomi Watts, ‘Birdman’ tells the story of an actor (Keaton) – famous for portraying an iconic superhero – as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself.
Opening today (October 17th) in the US, ‘Birdman’ arrives on January 2nd in the UK. The film is shot by academy award winning DP Emmanuel Lubezki (Gravity, The Tree of Life).
April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Don “Wardaddy” Collier (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, and with a rookie soldier (Logan Lerman) thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.
Written and directed by David Ayer, ‘Fury’ stars Brad Pitt as Don “Wardaddy” Collier, Shia LaBeouf as Boyd Swan, Logan Lerman as Norman Ellison, Michael Peña as Trini Garcia, and Jon Bernthal as Grady Travis. The likes of Jason Isaacs, Scott Eastwood, Xavier Samuel and Brad William Henke co-star. Opening in the US today (October 17th), ‘Fury’ is set for release on October 24th in the UK. It will close the BFI London Film Festival on Sunday, October 19th.
- I’ll be posting a much more in-depth interview with Brad Pitt on October 24th – look out for that.
David Ayer’s movies are visceral and real, but they’re also deeply about brotherly love, fatherhood and friendship in the most extreme circumstances – in this case the brutality and the horrors of war, and the way it can strip away the human spirit and leave the participants reacting with a sort of primal instinct for survival. And I know you spoke to a number of veterans of the 2nd Armored Division who served during World War II, to get a greater idea about that time and for authenticity…?
Brad Pitt: That was invaluable. David is ferocious about authenticity. He set us up with some beautiful experiences. We got to meet several vets who were all in their 90s; they had survived D-Day landings, and the Battle of the Bulge… it was a very humbling experience to sit in their presence and listen to their stories. They had very visceral descriptions of what it was like to be in the tank: the heat, the exhaust, it was oily, the smell of death was always in the air. Most of them were under trained, they were under-equipped, they were dealing with incredible hardships and weather, lack of food, lack of sleep. And they had to push on under the most harrowing of conditions. When our films starts, as a tank crew we’re three and half years into it. We’ve been through Africa, we’ve been in France, we’ve been in Belgium, and now we’re deep in Germany. I think in the film you feel that exhaustion and that weariness and the drama of war. I feel like we got there, and I’m proud of that. It’s a very visceral experience, and you feel the process of living in the tank and this family that is forged from this experience. It’s moving as well.