June 13, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Things are getting a little racy – for 19th Century France – for Elizabeth Olsen and Oscar Isaac in our look at the first official image released from Emile Zola novel adaptation “Therese” (formerly “Therese Raquin”, like the book).
Collider has also revealed the official synopsis: “Set in the lower depths of 1860s Paris, THERESE is a tale of obsessive love, adultery and revenge based on Emile Zola’s scandalous novel, Thérèse Raquin. Therese (Elizabeth Olsen of “Martha Marcy May Marlene”), a sexually repressed beautiful young woman, is trapped into a loveless marriage to her sickly cousin, Camille (Tom Felton of the “Harry Potter” franchise), by her domineering aunt, Madame Raquin (two-time Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe winner Jessica Lange). Therese spends her days confined behind the counter of a small shop and her evenings watching Madame play dominos with an eclectic group. After she meets her husband’s alluring friend, Laurent (Oscar Isaac), she embarks on an illicit affair that leads to tragic consequences.”
LD Entertainment has set “Therese”, directed by Charlie Startton, for a September 27th limited release. See the full image of Olsen and Isaac below.
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 16, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
“Inside Llewyn Davis” co-stars Garrett Hedlund and Oscar Isaac are set to work together again as Hedlund is replacing Jason Clarke in psychological thriller “Mojave”, according to Screen Daily.
William Monahan wrote and will direct he two-hander, which follows “an angst-ridden artist who heads into the desert to wrestle with his existential crisis, only to meet a homicidal drifter who happens to be his doppelganger.” Hedlund will play the artist, Isaac his antagonist.
Hedlund and Isaac are premiering the Coens’ 1960s folk music drama “Iside Llewyn Davis” at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday. Hedlund was last seen earning rave reviews for his performance as Dean Moriarty in Walter Salles’ long-gestating adaptation of “On the Road.” He also has indie ensemble drama “Lullaby” set for release later this year and just signed on to star in crime thriller “Violent Talent” with Toby Kebbell and Margot Robbie.
May 10, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Increasingly in-demand rising star Oscar Isaac will play Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar in a new film directed by Brad Furman, according to Deadline.
From a black list script by Matt Aldrich, Furman and Isaac will tell the story of Escobar, who rose from meager beginnings as one of seven children of a farmer and a school teacher to one of the richest and most murderous drug lords in history. No word on how expansive this biopic will be, but producer Scott Steindorff described it as “a cross between The Godfather and a war movie, capturing the complexity of the man while showing the violent lifestyle.” Naturally, it’s not the only Escobar story in the works. A fictional account of the drug lord, revolving around an Irish surfer who meets him and falls for his niece, is in the works with Josh Hutcherson and Brady Corbet starring and Benecio Del Toro as Escobar.
Isaac is one of our Faces to Watch in 2013 and clearly for very good reason. His higheset profile role yet in the Coen Brothers “Inside Llewyn Davis” will premiere at Cannes next week and was recently set for an awards-friendly December 6th release. Also completed are thriller “Two Faces of January” with Viggo Mortensen and period drama “Therese” with Elizabeth Olsen, and still to film are indies “Mojave” with Jason Clarke, “Memorial Day” with Max Minghella and “Ex-Machina” with “Anna Karenina” stars Domnhall Gleeson and Alicia Vikander.
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.
May 3, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Alicia Vikander has landed and is now in negotiations for the female lead role in screenwriter Alex Garland’s directorial debut “Ex-Machina”, according to The Wrap. Vikander had been up for the role against British actress Felicity Jones, but emerged victorious and will reunite with “Anna Karenina” co-star Domhnall Gleeson, who stars opposite Oscar Isaac.
Isaac stars in the futuristic thriller as a billionaire who hires a young employee (Gleeson) to “spend a week at his remote estate and participate in a test involving his latest invention – an artificially intelligent female robot.” With a lovely young lady like Ms. Vikander playing the robot, we’re betting human-like feelings start forming here. At least we know Vikander and Gleeson have plenty of romantic chemistry.
The two played would-be lovers Kitty and Levin in Joe Wright’s “Anna Karenina”, which helped make Vikander one of our Breakout Stars of 2012. The one-two punch of “Anna” and Danish Oscar entry “A Royal Affair” provided Vikander with quite the introduction to Hollywood, and she’s booked more and more intriguing projects ever since. She’s already wrapped on Bill Condon’s Wikileaks film “The Fifth Estate” with Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Bruhl as well as Australian thriller “Son of a Gun” opposite Ewan McGregor.
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 8, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Oscar Isaac has a busy 2013 ahead of him! His first lead film “Inside Llewyn Davis” is rumoured to bow at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and now the rising actor is in negotiations, along with former “Harry Potter” star Domhnall Gleeson to join a new indie pic, “Ex Machina“.
The film, scripted by Alex Garland who will also make his directorial debut with the pic, follows “a billionaire programmer who handpicks a young employee to spend a week at his remote estate and participate in a test involving his latest invention – an artificially intelligent female robot.”
The Wrap report that Isaac will play billionaire programmer and Gleeson the employee, and that Felicity Jones and Alicia Vikander are two of several up and coming actresses being considered for the female lead, presumably of the artificially intelligent robot.
One of our Faces to Watch in 2013, Isaac recently joined “Partisan“, will co-star with Jason Clarke in psychological thriller “Mojave”, and play Max Minghella’s brother in “Memorial Day”. Hossein Amini’s thriller “The Two Faces of January” with Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst, and the period pic “Therese” with Elizabeth Olsen are also both set to be released this year.
Gleeson played Bill Weasley in the final two-parter “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” and recently earned raves for his role as Levin opposite Vikander’s Kitty in Joe Wright’s “Anna Karenina.” Most recently he wrapped up shooting on musical comedy “Frank” opposite Michael Fassbender.
March 14, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Oscar Isaac, one of our Faces to Watch in 2013, has joined an indie film titled “Partisan“.
To be directed by first-time feature director Ariel Kleiman, Deadline reports that the film is a “confronting fable about a vengeful man raising his children to attack the world that wronged him.” Sarah Cyngler scripted the film along with Kleiman.
Isaac has a busy 2013 ahead of him. The hotly anticipated “Inside Llewyn Davis” is the latest from the Coen Brothers, and is a drama set in the 1960s about a bunch of folk musicians. The first trailer showed off gorgeous cinematography and “all the characters feel like Coen signatures”. It is tipped to premiere at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Isaac has also wrapped filming opposite Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst in “Two Faces of January”, and has romanced Elizabeth Olsen in the period drama “Therese.” Isaac is also set to join Jason Clarke in psychological thriller “Mojave” and play Max Minghella’s brother in “Memorial Day.”