September 25, 2016

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“Snowden” is an important and entertaining biopic

About a week ago, I caught a screening of Snowden, but the embargo was still in place. Now, I can more comfortably say that it’s quite good, easily Oliver Stone’s best film in some time. Not only that, it’s a top notch role for and performance by Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the title part. Snowden has been looming for almost a year now, threatening to be a potential player in the Oscar race, and now that it’s about to hit this weekend, I can safely say that it’s a very strong film. As for its Academy Award prospects, well…that remains to be seen.
For those unaware, this biopic is a look at Edward Snowden (played here by Gordon-Levitt), who we see go from dedicated work in the military that’s cut short by injury to the work with the CIA and intelligence community that will make him famous/infamous. All the while, he’s attempting to carry on a loving relationship with Lindsay Mills (Shailene Woodley). As he becomes more and more disillusioned with the government’s surveillance practices, he ends up deciding to speak out and show the American people what’s going on. Once he’s outed as a whistleblower though, the response is not exactly what he expected. Stone obviously directs and co-writes here with Kieran Fitzgerald (based on books by Luke Harding and Anatoly Kucherena), and he’s got a hell of a cast in place. In addition to Gordon-Levitt and Woodley in their roles, there’s supporting turns from Nicolas Cage, Ben Chaplin, Scott Eastwood, Rhys Ifans, Melissa Leo, Logan Marshall-Green, Timothy Olyphant, Zachary Quinto, Joely Richardson, Ben Schnetzer, Keith Stanfield, and Tom Wilkinson, among others. Cinematography here is done by Academy Award winner Anthony Dod Mantle. All in all, the talent here is top notch.
What worked for me was the combination of Gordon-Levitt and Stone’s restrained enthusiasm for the story. I also enjoyed Woodley, though her part is somewhat underwritten. Gordon-Levitt finds the character in Snowden and embodies him in a way that captivates, regardless of your politics. I’m always a fan of JGL, but he’s especially good here. Similarly, Stone manages to not go overboard on conspiracy theories here, instead just being dedicated to telling a good story and making a good movie. As biopics go, this is a pretty strong one. If nothing else, this gets Stone back in the spotlight after a handful of disappointments.
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“Star Trek Beyond” is a rare success for the 2016 summer movie season

It hasn’t been a particularly great summer movie season, I think we can all agree with that sentiment. Outside of a small handful of releases, it has been one disappointment after the next. This week, however, things pick up with the emergence of Star Trek Beyond, a sequel that not only manages to improve on what came before it, but really fits in with the entire franchise so far to date. It was very impressive what this film does, without ever really calling attention to itself. I suspect it’s going to be a pretty big hit, and rightly so, as it’s a high quality effort.
The sequel picks up a while after the events of Star Trek into Darkness (itself taking place a bit after Star Trek). The crew of the Enterprise, led by Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine), is in the middle of a five year mission when they wind up being attacked by a mysterious new enemy named Krall (Idris Elba). Their ship is destroyed, much of the crew is captured, and the main members of our team of heroes are separated. Kirk is paired with Chekov (Anton Yelchin) among the Enterprise’s ruins, Doctor ‘Bones’ McCoy (Karl Urban) is trying to save an injured Commander Spock (Zachary Quinto), Scotty (Simon Pegg) meets a stranger who can potentially help them all in Jaylah (Sofia Boutella), while Lieutenant Uhura (Zoe Saldana) and Sulu (John Cho) are among the captives of Krall. Eventually they all come together in order to save the day. In some ways it’s like a long television episode, but I mean that in a good way. Justin Lin directs, while Pegg co-wrote the screenplay with Doug Jung (though uncredited work was apparently done by Roberto Orci, Patrick McKay, and John D. Payne). The rest of the cast includes Shohreh Aghdashloo, Lydia Wilson, Deep Roy, and more. Michael Giacchino again provides the score.

This is a very satisfying sequel, while also being perhaps the most appropriate screen adaptation of the Star Trek original series. It’s a lot of fun, exciting in all the right ways, but not solely concerned with action. Lin handles all of that from the director’s chair, but Pegg and his co-writer(s) came up with a script that tackles ideas in the process. It owes a lot to the television series, but it’s done in a loving and slightly less than obvious way. Most of all, what […]

A new Trailer for “Snowden” shows off the biopic as a potential Oscar player

Earlier today, a new full length Trailer dropped for Snowden, the Oliver Stone helmed biopic of a certain notorious whistleblower. This conspiracy/political thriller seems right up Stone’s wheelhouse, with an A-list cast on to help, including Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the title role. We’ve only seen little teases for the film so far, along with a delayed release from last year (when the movie apparently wasn’t finished yet) to this year, so it’s pretty much been an X factor. Now, a bit more is known, so some musings can be done. Of course, you can see the Trailer at the end of the piece, but for now, let’s dive in and see what we can potentially make of this one…
For those unaware, this is a biopic of Edward Snowden (played here by Gordon-Levitt), who we see go from dedicated work in the military to the work with the CIA that will make him famous/infamous, while carrying on a loving relationship with Lindsay Mills (Shailene Woodley). As he becomes more and more disillusioned with the government’s surveillance practices, he ends up deciding to speak out and show the American people what’s going on. Once he’s outed as a whistleblower though, the response is not exactly what he expected. Stone obviously directs and co-writes here with Kieran Fitzgerald (based on books by Luke Harding and Anatoly Kucherena), and he’s got a hell of a cast in place. In addition to Gordon-Levitt and Woodley in what seems to be the juiciest roles, there’s Nicolas Cage, Scott Eastwood, Rhys Ifans, Melissa Leo, Timothy Olyphant, Zachary Quinto, Joely Richardson, Keith Stanfield, and Tom Wilkinson, among others. Cinematography here is done by Academy Award winner Anthony Dod Mantle.
Just going by the Trailer, it looks like this should be closer to Stone’s highly regarded works than his also rans. Gordon-Levitt seems very good too, though his accent could throw some off. I didn’t mind it, however, as he actually sounds like Snowden. Woodley is in a role that voters often take a shine too, so if she has the material, I’d expect her to receive some praise. Mostly, it just looks like a great companion piece to CitizenFour, offering up a fictional version of that award winning documentary. Provided Stone can keep some of his conspiracy theory tendencies in check, there appears to be a lot to like here.
Speculating on awards, there’s a chance that this could be […]

SNOWDEN starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto

The TEASER TRAILER for Open Road Film’s upcoming thriller, SNOWDEN, has arrived. Written and directed by Academy Award®-Winning Director Oliver Stone, SNOWDEN features an all-star cast including Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson, Rhys Ifans and Nicolas Cage. The script is based on the books The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man by Luke Harding and Time of the Octopus by Anatoly Kucherena.
SNOWDEN stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and is written and directed by Academy Award®-Winning Director Oliver Stone. The script is based on the books The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man by Luke Harding and Time of the Octopus by Anatoly Kucherena.

RELEASE DATE: December 25, 2015
CAST: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson, Rhys Ifans, Nicolas Cage
DIRECTOR: Oliver Stone
PRODUCERS: Moritz Borman, Eric Kopeloff, Philip Schulz-Deyle
WRITER: Kieran Fitzgerald, Oliver Stone
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Adam Levine gets love interest on ‘American Horror Story’

HollywoodNews.com: Jenna Dewan is one lucky girl as she isn’t just married to Channing Tatum, but she also gets to play Adam Levine’s love interest on ‘American Horror Story.’
She has reportedly just been cast for the second season which will have her in one of the major couples of the season, states People. But these two aren’t the only major stars appearing on the second season.
Jessica Lange, James Cromwell, Joseph Fiennes, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe, Zachary Quinto and Lizzie Brochere are all cast for the upcoming season.
Will you tune in?
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Adam Levine will appear on Season 2 of ‘American Horror Story’

HollywoodNews.com: Adam Levine is definitely branching out from just a music career as he will soon be releasing his first fragrance, and now he will also be taking on acting.
Levine will reportedly be making his acting debut on the second season of the FX show ‘American Horror Story,’ states UsMagazine.com. Contract negotiations are reportedly still going on at this time for the appearance.
Levine will reportedly be acting alongside Jessica Lange and Zachary Quinto.
Do you think he’ll be any good?
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Winners Announced for 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards

HollywoodNews.com: Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, handed out top honors to The Artist, The Descendants and Margin Call at this afternoon’s 27th Film Independent Spirit Awards. My Week With Marilyn, Beginners, 50/50, A Separation and The Interrupters also received awards at the ceremony, held in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica.
Tune in to IFC tonight at 10:00 pm ET/PT to catch all the action at the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards, with actor, writer and producer Seth Rogen hosting. Highlights include: John Waters as the Voice of God, musical performances by My Morning Jacket and K’Naan.
The Spirit Awards was the first event to exclusively honor independent film, and over the past 27 years, has become the premier awards show for the independent film community, celebrating films made by filmmakers who embody independence and originality. Artists receiving industry recognition first at the Spirit Awards include Joel & Ethan Coen, Spike Lee, Oliver Stone, Ashley Judd, Robert Rodriguez, David O. Russell, Edward Burns, Aaron Eckhart, Neil LaBute, Darren Aronofsky, Spike Jonze, Charlie Kaufman, Hilary Swank, Marc Forster, Todd Field, Christopher Nolan, Zach Braff, Amy Adams and many more.
This year’s major category winners were The Weinstein Company’s The Artist, which won Best Feature, Best Director, Best Male Lead and Best Cinematography and My Week With Marilyn, which won Best Female Lead; Fox Searchlight’s The Descendants, which won Best Supporting Female and Best Screenplay; Focus Features’ Beginners, which won Best Supporting Male and Pariah, which won the John Cassavetes Award; Summit Entertainment’s 50/50, which won Best First Screenplay; Roadside Attractions’ Margin Call, which won Best First Feature; Sony Pictures Classics’ A Separation, which won Best International Film; and The Cinema Guild’s The Interrupters, which won Best Documentary.
The 5th annual Robert Altman Award was given to one film’s director, casting director, and ensemble cast. J. C. Chandor’s Margin Call received this award, along with casting directors Tiffany Little Canfield and Bernard Telsey and ensemble cast members Penn Badgley, Simon Baker, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Mary McDonnell, Demi Moore, Zachary Quinto, Kevin Spacey and Stanley Tucci.
Film Independent, in partnership with NowLive and Yahoo!, streamed a Live Arrivals Show exclusively on Yahoo! Movies (http://movies.yahoo.com) to its audience of more than 26 million US users, across the web, mobile and iOs devices.
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“Star Trek” sequel begins principal photography

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: For a little while there, it sounded like J.J. Abrams wouldn’t be able to return to the “Star Trek” realm for an anticipated follow-up to his massive franchise reboot. The man’s busy, and on his “Super 8” promo tour, he hedged bets on coming back for “Star Trek 2.” But rest easy, Trekkies. Abrams is back in the director’s chair, and production on the sequel is officially underway.
Paramount Pictures announced that principal photography has commenced in Los Angeles, as the production eyes a May 17, 2013 release. Returning cast members include Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, and Anton Yelchin. They are joined by new cast members Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve and Peter Weller.
The “Star Trek 2” script was written by Alex Kurtzman, Robert Orci and “Lost” mastermind Damon Lindelof.
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Benedict Cumberbatch snags major “Star Trek” sequel role

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek” sequel already ranks high on our Need-To-See list (though we’ll have to wait until 2013) until we’re able to take the next adventure with Capt. Kirk (Chris Pine), Dr. Spock (Zachary Quinto) and the crew of the Enterprise. But new casting news has us looking for a wormhole to 2013 so we can see this sequel now.
Benedict Cumberbatch has been confirmed as Abrams’ villain for the sequel, according to THR. Though some recognize him for the part he plays in Steven Spielberg’s “War Horse,” Cumberbatch also currently is redefining the role of Sherlock Holmes in the modern, BBC take on the classic detective. (If you haven’t caught up with the series yet, please do so. It’s amazing, and Cumberbatch is unreal.)
“Although sources would not comment on the character and Abrams keeping story details close to the vest, it is believed that Cumberbatch will play the movie’s villain,” the trade notes.
Cumberbatch also can be seen as Gary Oldman’s right-hand spy in “Tinker, Tailor,” and he’s lending his voice to two featured characters in Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit.” To say that he’s blowing up at the moment would be an understatement. It couldn’t happen to a more talented actor.
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Zachary Quinto formally comes out as a gay man

HollywoodNews.com: Zachary Quinto has never formally addressed his sexuality, but has now come out as an openly gay man.
Quinto was recently addressing his work with the revival of the play ‘Angels in America’ to ‘New York’ magazine when he revealed what many had speculated about, states RadarOnline.com.
While commenting that the work had been the most challenging and rewarding, he revealed he also felt that “as a gay man, it made me feel like there’s still so much work to be done, and there’s still so many things that need to be looked at and addressed.”
Do you think it’s good that he opened up about this or should he not have to?
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