May 21, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
The titular character in the Coen brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis” appears in nearly every scene of the film and the directors told us at this year’s Cannes Film Festival that they knew that whoever took on the challenge of Llewyn had to be, most importantly, an incredible musician that you wanted to spend time watching. “We were screwed until we met Oscar [Isaac]!” joked Ethan Coen.
This is Oscar Isaac‘s break out role, taking on a character who is flawed and unsure of life and himself and infusing him with heart and soul. “A lot of [the character] was so underplayed and so quiet it needed to be constructed with the full context of the music coming in and I think it’s the music where you really see his soul coming out, but we never really had conversations about his personality” mused Isaac.
May 19, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
“Inside Llewyn Davis” was perhaps our most anticipated film of this year’s Cannes Film Festival and the Coen Brothers latest film did not disappoint, weaving a melancholy yet genuinely funny and enjoyable story of a down on his luck folk singer. It’s essentially a thin plot but it doesn’t matter, as the Coens and cinematographer Bruno Delbonnol have constructed a beautifully woven tale about the failures and successes life throws at us – and the directors cleverly sidestep answering any of those questions.
This is a return to lighter fare for the brothers and it’s a pleasure to watch Llewyn (played by the incredible Oscar Isaac in an awards-worthy performance) travel up and down Manhattan, rotating through friends’ couches, taking a road trip to Chicago and trying to return a cat to his owner, all while trying to make it big as a folk singer.
May 8, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Gearing up for next week’s premiere at Cannes Film Festival, today sees the release of a red band trailer for the Coen brothers “Inside Llewyn Davis”.
There aren’t many new scenes in this new video compared to the trailer we received back in Janaury, just the expected cussing, but the tone begins to feels more melancholic towards the end before finishing with the same scene as the earlier trailer – Oscar Isaac gathering the courage to perform for a nightclub owner.
Also starring Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Justin Timberlake and John Goodman, we’re hoping for a premiere at Cannes early next week so we can bring you an exclusive review, but “Inside Llewyn Davis” will be released to the public this coming December – hoping to be a contenders for next year’s awards season.
April 18, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
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A bevy of rising stars are headed to the Cannes Film Festival next month as Festival director Thierry Fremaux announced the main lineup of the 66th Annual event this morning. Carey Mulligan, already heading to the Croisette for opening night film “The Great Gatsby”, will also premiere the Coen Brothers’ 1960s folk music drama “Insie Llewyn Davis”, also starring Oscar Isaac, Justin Timberlake and Garrett Hedlund.
The duo of Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling, who previously premiered the beautiful and violent “Drive” at the festival in 2011, have reteamed again and will show “Only God Forgives” in competition. “Saturday Night Live” alum Will Forte has a big potential breakthrough moment as he shows off his serious acting in Alexander Payne’s father-son roadtrip drama “Nebraska”, while James Gray’s “The Immigrant”, previously “Lowlife”, brings Jeremy Renner and Marion Cotillard to the Croisette. Cotillard will also appear in Guillaume Canet’s English-language remake “Blood Ties”, which is playing out of competition and which also stars Zoe Saldana and Mila Kunis.
We already knew Sofia Coppola’s “The Bling Ring” will open the Un Certain Regard section of the fest, and will welcome young stars Emma Watson, Taissa Farmiga, Israel Broussard and Katie Chang, and now joining them in the sidebar will be Sundance’s big winner “Fruitvale”, Ryan Coogler’s feature directorial debut starring Michael B. Jordan.
The full lineup can be found below.
April 4, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
With a great cast, a classic tale and an incredible director, our excitement for the hotly anticipated 3D adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” has always been high. Over the last few months the excitement has really ramped up, thanks to images and trailers showcasing everything we love about director Baz Luhrmann, but today’s trailer really delivers – and now we can’t wait for it’s premiere at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Huge fans of Luhrmann, we’re so pleased to see his trademark over-stylised direction, with lush colours that pop off the screen, gorgeous costumes, sweeping cinematography (which we imagine can only help with the 3D aspect), and what sounds like the soundtrack of the year.
The newly released trailer contains much more exposition, giving us backstory for Gatsby and Daisy (played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan in what are sure to be awards-worthy performances) and also provides more information on Tom, Daisy’s brutish husband played by Joel Edgerton.
Also starring Tobey Maguire as the narrator Nick Carraway, Callum McAuliffe as a young Gatsby and Isla Fisher as Tom’s lover, Luhrmann’s film will premiere at Cannes on May 15th – but will actually be on wide release in US on May 10th.
Check out the trailer below the cut.
March 12, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
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Ever since it was delayed from a Christmas 2012 release to May 2013, speculation has pegged Baz Luhrmann’s splashy 3D adaptation of “The Great Gatsby” to be eyeing the Cannes Film Festival Opening Night slot, and today the festival has made it official.
Luhrmann and his all-star cast – Leonardo Dicaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher and Jason Clarke – will walk up the famed red carpeted stairs to the Grand Theatre Lumiere and kick off the 2013 festival on May 15th. The film, based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s iconic American novel set in the roaring 20s, will screen in the Out of Competition category. “It is a great honor for all those who have worked on The Great Gatsby to open the Cannes Film Festival,” said Luhrmann. “We are thrilled to return to a country, place and festival that has always been so close to our hearts, not only because my first film Strictly Ballroom was screened there 21 years ago, but also because F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote some of the most poignant and beautiful passages of his extraordinary novel just a short distance away at a villa outside Saint-Raphaël.”
Luhrmann’s 2001 musical extravaganza “Moulin Rouge” also opened Cannes. This year’s festival runs from May 15th-May 26th and once again, we hope to bring you exclusive coverage straight from the Croisette. The full lineup of films will be announced on April 18th. Meanwhile, “The Great Gatsby” will actually be released in the US theaters five days prior to its big Cannes premiere, on May 10th.
January 24, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
This trailer has been a long time coming and let’s just say right off the bat, it’s already exceeding even our highest expectations. “Inside Llewyn Davis”, the newest from the Coen Brothers is a drama set in the 1960s about a bunch of folk musicians, led by Oscar Isaac in his first major leading role and supported by the likes of John Goodman, Carey Mulligan, Junstin Timberlake and Garrett Hedlund.
The entire cast does their own singing in the movie, but we don’t get to hear any of that here. Instead, we’re treated to a fierce Mulligan as a scorned ex-lover of Isaac’s Llewyn Davis, who takes off for some (“On the”) road adventures with a very Dean Moriarty-esque Hedlund. The cinematography by Bruno Delbonnel gives the film my favorite glowy, blurry, dreamy quality and all the characters feel like Coen signatures. In other words: Bring it on. There’s still no release date for this, one of our most anticipated films of the year, but with the first screening taking place in just a couple of weeks, hopefully one will be set soon.
Watch the first trailer below in the meantime.
December 19, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Everything we love about Baz Luhrmann is on full, opulent display in the new trailer for his 3D imagining of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel “The Great Gatsby.” There’s hyper-stylized 1920s New York (subbed by a soundstage in Australia), gorgeous costumes, anachronistic music and of course, a hard-partying but lovelorn Leonardo Dicaprio at its center.
Along with Carey Mulligan, looking like the perfect Daisy Buchanan and Joel Edgerton as her brutish husband Tom, we also get our first glimpse of Gatbsy’s roots in the form of Aussie up and comer Callan McAuliffe, who plays the rich playboy in his youth. Newcomer Elizabeth Debicki, Tobey Maguire, Isla Fisher and Jason Clarke also star.
“The Great Gatsby” was originally slated to open next week, but will now open on May 10, 2013, appearing to follow the “Moulin Rouge!” model, which worked out quite well both critically and box office-wise. The new trailer can be viewed below.
December 19, 2012 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
After being pushed back by six unexplained months, promo for Baz Luhrmann‘s 3D film “The Great Gatsby” is finally beginning – and to start us off Warners Bros have debuted five new gorgeous character posters.
An adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic, “The Great Gatsby” follows narrator Nick Carraway, who is played by Tobey Maguire, during the rip-roaring 1920s.
Carraway rents a house next door to a reclusive millionaire – Jay Gatsby played by Leonardo DiCaprio – who holds extravagent parties but is never seen. Carey Mulligan won the coveted role of Daisy Buchanan, the object of Gatsby’s longing, and Joel Edgerton stars as Tom Buchanan, Daisy’s husband. Isla Fisher will play Myrtle, a married woman who is having an affair with Tom – and whose death in a car accident sets the stage for the dramatic climax of the story – and Elizabeth Debecki will be Jordan Baker, Daisy’s long-time friend and Nick’s girlfriend.
A visually stunning trailer was released earlier this year, and we called it “a sort of hyper reality doubling for 1920s New York, the costumes, set pieces and cinematography pop with color and hazy, blurry, glowy hints of magical realism.” These posters mirror that magical realism, and also provide quotes from our main characters – giving audiences who haven’t read the book a glimpse into their minds.
“The Great Gatsby” is set for release May 2013.
October 16, 2012 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Promotion for the final “Twilight” film, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2” will begin soon and for British actor Robert Pattinson, a bright future in Hollywood beckons.
Several new projects are already in the works, and Deadline reports that Pattinson has today joined Carey Mulligan in a supporting role for crime drama “Hold On To Me“.
Mulligan signed on back in August to the film which was then known as “Nancy and Danny”, and will play a femme fatale in the true story. Nancy is a money-hungry woman whose big city dreams have failed and who has returned to her small home town in an attempt to land her high school crush. In order to do that, she “uses a hapless man as a pawn in a get-rich-quick scheme that quickly goes wrong.” Pattinson will play Jimmy, who is presumably the old high school love, and who is not involved in the crime. The film will be directed by Oscar winner James Marsh from a script by Brad Inglesby.
Pattinson, who came to worldwide fame after starring as Edward Cullen in the vampire love story “Twilight”, also starring Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner, has in recent months joined several high profile films including Wernor Herzog’s indie drama “Queen of the Desert” with Naomi Watts, Australian crime thriller “The Rover”, and military drama “Mission Blacklist.”