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Michael Fassbender’s steely and seductive gaze is the star of the new red band trailer for “Shame”, visionary director Steve McQueen’s stark and frank look at sex addiction, and also my personal favorite film of the year so far. Fassbender stars as Brandon, a carefully controlled man whose neatly compartamentalized life begins to unravel when his mess of a little sister – played brilliantly by Carey Mulligan in a role unlike anything you’ve seen her in – moves into his apartment.
NSFW alert at the highest capacity here, as there are some very revealing glimpses of the NC-17 film. Its restrictive rating may prevent some movie theaters from showing it, but do try your best to find it near you when it releases on December 2.
Baz Luhrmann’s 3D adaptation of iconic 1920s New York classic “The Great Gatsby” has been filming in Australia for over a month now, and today we finally have our first look at leading lady Carey Mulligan on set and in costume as Daisy Buchanan, thanks to Just Jared. Joining her in the new photos and looking all fancied up and dapper are co-stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire, who play Jay Gatsby and Nick Carraway, respectively.
Mulligan won the role of Daisy a full year ago after an extensive search that saw the likes of Scarlett Johansson, Keira Knightley and Natalie Portman vying for the part. But Luhrmann was enthusiastic that Mulligan was his Daisy, saying: “Regarding the role of Daisy Buchanan, I was privileged to explore the character with some of the world’s most talented actresses, each one bringing their own particular interpretation, all of which were legitimate and exciting. However, specific to this particular production of The Great Gatsby, I was thrilled to pick up the phone an hour ago to the young Oscar-nominated British actress Carey Mulligan and say to her: ‘Hello, Daisy Buchanan.’” Luhrmann’s impressive – and highly Australian – cast is rounded out by Joel Edgerton as Tom Buchanan, Isla Fisher as Myrtle Wilson, newcomer Elizabeth Debecki as Jordan Baker and Jason Clarke as George Wilson.
“The Great Gatsby” already has a Christmas Day, December 25, 2012 release date. See below for the new images of Mulligan as Daisy, and head to Just Jared for even more.
I saw “Shame” recently and, to put it lightly, it’s the best movie I’ve seen in 2011 so far. Visionary director Steve McQueen’s stark visual style, Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan’s top-of-their-game acting, the frank way of addressing its controversial subject matter, all of it is sublime. A new trailer has arrived, touting its newly garnered NC-17 rating from the MPAA, and Mulligan’s lovely and sad (and long) rendition of “New York, New York”, lifted from a scene in the film, sets the tone for montages of Fassbender’s rapidly unraveling life. It’s an appropriately slow-paced and languid, almost dream-like glimpse of the film that employs much of the same style to brilliant effect.
Do yourself a favor and see “Shame” when it finally hits theaters on December 2, 2011.
Thus far former boybander Justin Timberlake has steered clear of mixing his musical and acting talents, but could that all change now? Variety reports Timberlake has been offered a lead role in the Coen Brothers’ 1960s folk music drama “Inside Llewyn Davis”, and not for nothing, Oscar Isaac landed the titular role in the film because of the tremendous musical talents he demonstrated during auditions, and co-star Carey Mulligan has proven musical ability as well.
Isaac plays Davis, a fictional character loosely based on 1960s Greenwich Village based musician Dave Van Ronk, nicknamed “Mayor of MacDougal Street”, whose circle of friends and fellow musicians included Bob Dylan, Tom Paxton, Patrick Sky, Phil Ochs, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and Joni Mitchell. Despite being talented and passionate, he can’t make ends meet just playing music. Timberlake has been offered the role of Jim, a fellow folk musician who is married to Mulligan’s character Jean.
Timberlake has been tentatively seeking out a film career for years, but got his big break when he played Napster founder Sean Parker in David Fincher’s modern masterpiece “The Social Network”. He’s taken mostly lead roles since, in this summer’s “Friends with Benefits” and the currently playing “In Time.” The role in the Coens’ new film would be his biggest and most prestigious yet, and while he was bandied about but not nominated for an Oscar for “Network”, “Inside Llewyn Davis” could bring him closer than he’s ever been. One step closer to EGOT for the multi-tasking entertainer.
Carey Mulligan received an Oscar nomination in 2010 for her role as an idealistic schoolgirl in 2009′s “An Eduction” and has leveraged that newfound status in Hollywood to pile up an increasingly impressive body of work. Not slowing down for a bit, she has signed on to two more high profile gigs, Variety reports. Joining the recently cast Oscar Isaac, she has snagged the female lead in the Coen Brothers’ 1960s folk music drama “Inside Llewyn Davis”, and has entered negotiations for a lead role in Spike Jonze’s still untitled next feature.
There is no word on her role in each film, though in the former she might likely play a folk musician based on a real person, alongside Isaac’s titular character, based on real-life 60s folk musician Dave Van Ronk, nicknamed “Mayor of MacDougal Street”, whose circle of friends and fellow musicians included Bob Dylan, Tom Paxton, Patrick Sky, Phil Ochs, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and Joni Mitchell. In the Jonze pic, she’ll join Joaquin Phoenix in a tale about world leaders having to work together on impending “cataclysmic events.”
Mulligan currently has two awards season films in play, opposite Ryan Gosling in Nicolas Winding Refn’s ultra-violent arthouse actioner “Drive” (also starring Isaac) and opposite Michael Fassbender in NC-17 sex addiction drama “Shame” from director Steve McQueen. She’s not partaking much in the way of campaigning for Supporting Actress for either film though, too busy playing Daisey Buchanan for Baz Luhrmann’s 3D adaptation of “The Great Gatsby”, currently shooting in Australia. She plans to shoot “Llewyn” next February and then hop onto Jonze’s project by spring.
Michael Fassbender’s year is ending on a high note, with the release of Shame, director Steve McQueen’s critically acclaimed feature that focuses on a single man’s addiction to sex, and his inability to cope with intimacy or love. His world begins to crumble when his needy and troubled younger sister (played by Carey Mulligan) turns up and moves into his apartment.
Shame screened at London Film Festival this past weekend, and was by all accounts an intense and powerful feature, with the Guardian calling it “fluid, rigorous, serious cinema; the best kind of adult movie” and THR commending Mulligan for being “terrific in this unexpected role of a deeply wounded and troubled soul.”
This writer chose to see 50/50 at LFF instead, one of our most anticipated films for fall, but Shame is released in the UK in early January, with a states-side release set for 2 December.
Looks like the folks over at the Hollywood Awards love up and comers as much as we do. Already giving awards to Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Breakthrough Actor), Jessica Chastain (Breakthrough Actress) and Felicity Jones (New Hollywood), the annual ceremony will also honor Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo of “The Artist”, Elle Fanning of “Super 8″, Amber Heard of “The Rum Diary”, Anton Yelchin of “Like Crazy”, Andrea Riseborough of “W.E.” and Shailene Woodley of “The Descendents” with the Hollywood Spotlight Award, intended to highlight promising up and coming actors who gave breakthrough performances this year in film.
Carey Mulligan, who took home Breakthrough Actress for “An Education” in 2009, will also be honored with the Hollywood Supporting Actress Award for her role as wayward sister to Michael Fassbender in Steve McQueen’s critically acclaimed “Shame”, as well as a desperate young mother opposite Ryan Gosling in Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Drive.”
“It is a privilege to honor Carey Mulligan, Bérénice Bejo, Jean Dujardin, Elle Fanning, Amber Heard, Andrea Riseborough, Shaileen Woodley and Anton Yelchin for their great talent,” Carlos de Abreu, founder and executive director of the event, tells THR. Other actors given awards at the gala ceremony on October 24th include Michelle Williams for Best Actress for her role in “My Week with Marilyn”, Christopher Plummer for Supporting Actor for “Beginners” and Glenn Close for Career Achievement, but mostly for her passion project “Albert Nobbs.” The big ones, Director and Actor, will be announced later this week.
Hands down, one of our most highly anticipated upcoming movies is the long-gestating big screen adaptation of worldwide blockbuster musical “Les Miserables”. Australian actors Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe – both acting and singing heavyweights, well done, Tom Hooper – have been officially set for the lead roles of Jean Valjean, a reformed escaped convict and Javert, the by-the-numbers police inspector relentlessly on his tail, but there are plenty of other crucial roles to be cast.
As Jean Valjean journeys through 19th century France with Javert hot on his heels, they meet plenty of new friends and foes along the way. Who will be the tragic symbol of the plight of the poor, Fantine? Her lovely daughter Cosette? The student revolutionaries Enjolras and Marius? There are rumors abound for most of these roles, including the likes of Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush for Monsieur and Madame Thenardier, the crowd-pleasing, hilariously greedy innkeepers tasked by Fantine to take care of Cosette, but one fact remains crucial: Whoever joins the cast must be talented in both acting and singing at the level that Victor Hugo’s classic story and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s libretto demands. Here’s a few actors that fit the bill who we would love to see join Jackman and Crowe in the film.
Hot on the heels of its rapturous reception in its premiere at the Venice and Telluride Film Festivals, the first scene clip and nearly 30 new photos have been released from Steve McQueen’s dark erotic drama “Shame”, starring man of the moment Michael Fassbender as a thirty-something sex addict whose carefully compartmentalized life begins to spiral out of control when his mess of a younger sister (Carey Mulligan) moves into his apartment.
Variety calls it a “mesmerizing companion piece to [McQueen's] 2008 debut, Hunger.” Britain’s The Guardian praises both Fassbender and Mulligan’s “dynamic performances” and says the film itself “is fluid, rigorous, serious cinema; the best kind of adult movie.”
“Shame” will also give audiences their first sample of Mulligan’s singing voice, which she may or may not apply to playing the role of Eliza Doolittle in an upcoming big screen adaptation of “My Fair Lady.” THR surmises, “Mulligan’s heretofore unknown vocal abilities are revealed in a rendition of ‘New York, New York’ that, protracted nearly to the breaking point, is nearly as excruciating as it is exquisite.”
Nicolas Winding Refn must have really enjoyed his time shooting the highly anticipated “Drive.” Already set to reunite with star Ryan Gosling on no less than three upcoming films, he’s now planning a reunion with his leading lady as well. The Playlist reports Refn has cast Carey Mulligan as the female lead of “I Walk with the Dead”, described as a “sex thriller.”
Plot details are scarce, to say the least, though the project has been in the works for a while. “I’ve always wanted to make a movie with lots of sex,” the director told The Playlist back in 2009. “So I wrote this story called, ‘I Walk With the Dead’ and it takes place in Miami and it’s just going to have a lot of sex in it. I have two films that are getting made with French investors and one is ‘Only God Forgives’ and one is ‘I Walk With the Dead.’ ” “Only God Forgives” is one of the films he will make with Gosling, and there’s no word yet which will precede the other, though presumably both will wait until after he finishes remaking “Logan’s Run” this fall, also with Gosling in the lead.
Since her stunning breakout and Oscar-nominated role in 2009′s “An Education”, Mulligan has been at the top of every wishlist for new projects, but has been taking her time to carve out a smart and interesting career path. In addition to “Drive”, she can also be seen on the festival circuit this fall starring opposite Michael Fassbender in Steve McQueen’s “Shame.” She is currently down under in Australia gearing up to shoot the iconic role of Daisy Buchanan opposite Leonardo DiCaprio and Joel Edgerton in Baz Luhrmann’s 3D retelling of “The Great Gatsby.”
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