After the release of The Force Awakens at the end of 2015, Disney and Lucas films didn't mess around delivering the general public its first announcement/teaser for The Last Jedi back at the start of 2016. Now, well over a year later, we finally get to see some proper footage from the upcoming movie.
Many of the key cast from Star Wars: The Force Awakens will feature in The Last Jedi including Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron and Adam Driver as Kylo Ren who famously slaughtered his much-loved father in a face to face battle that made for one of the most pivotal scenes in the history of Star Wars.
As ever with new Star Wars releases, the scrip and the story outline is one of Hollywood's most closely guarded secrets and few official details have been released to the public. We do know that the story will pick up where The Force Awakens ended with Rey going off into a mountainous setting to hunt down Luke Skywalker in a bid to train with him and learn his knowledge.
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Driver worked with Martin Scorsese on historical drama ‘Silence’.
Driver worked with Scorsese on historical drama Silence and was initially intimidated by the legendary director. However Driver soon found that Scorsese was very good at “demystifying himself” and allowing actors to take ownership of their role.
Adam Driver in Silence
Faith is a topic Martin Scorsese can't quite shake, courting controversy with complex films like The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) and Kindun (1997). And now he has adapted the Shusaku Endo novel into this profound exploration of religion. As seen through the eyes of a 17th century Jesuit priest in Japan, it's a dark, contemplative film that sometimes feels a bit too murky for its own good. But it also has bracing insight into our need to believe.
At the centre of the story is the disappearance of Father Ferreira (Liam Neeson) as Japan cracks down on foreign religions in 1640, brutally persecuting local converts. Back in Portugal, two of Ferreira's proteges, Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield) and Garrpe (Adam Driver), volunteer to go in search of him. But the journey is dangerous, requiring them to trust exiled Japanese drunk Kichijiro (Yosuke Kubozuka) to sneak them into a rural village near Nagasaki. There they find an underground group of devout Catholics who are hiding from the cruel Inquisitor Inoue (Issei Ogata). After they split up to search for Ferreira, Rodrigues is captured by Inoue and interrogated by his interpreter (Tadanobu Asano), who is determined to show him that Christianity can never take root in Japan.
The film has an eerie resonance in today's divisive global climate, where everyone seems determined to protect their own culture from any outside influence, especially a religion that seems to run counter to long-held traditions. But the film's deeper themes explore the idea that we all have a yearning to understand the world and our existence in a way that makes sense to us. So debating the relative benefits of Christianity and Buddhism is actually beside the point. When the movie lets these ideas simmer under the surface, it has real power, especially in Rodrigues' experiences, which are gruelling both physically and emotionally.
Continue reading: Silence Review
Unpredictable filmmaker Jim Jarmusch ricochets from his artful vampire movie Only Lovers Left Alive into this offhanded comedy-drama. The central theme this time is poetry, as Jarmusch weaves the quiet everyday observations of William Carlos Williams' writings into a movie set in his hometown. It's a whimsical story packed with wry humour, thoughtful emotion and some spicy details in both the people and places.
It takes place in Paterson, New Jersey, but the title is also the name of the central character. Paterson (Adam Driver) is a bus driver who enjoys his daily routine with his girlfriend Laura (Golshifteh Farahani). As he scribbles poetry in his journal, Laura longs to be a cupcake-baking country singer. Their days are livened up by their expressive bulldog Marvin, who accompanies Paterson to the bar each night, where he chats with barman Doc (Barry Shabaka Henley) and the locals. Then one day his routine is broken, and a series of small events seem to conspire to change the course of his life.
There isn't actually much plot in this movie, which gently observes Paterson's repetitive days with a sense of sardonic wit. Driver and Farahani are terrific in their roles as dreamers whose lives are coloured with artistic expression. They're so cheerful, even in challenging situations, that we can't help but love them. By contrast, Paterson's boss (Rizwan Manji) has a list of complaints to recite every morning, and a couple in the bar (William Jackson Harper and Chasten Harmon) seem to be fighting about nothing. And then there are three other intriguing poets Paterson encounters over the course of the film: a rapper (Cliff Smith), a young girl (Sterling Jerins) and a Japanese tourist (Nagase).
Continue reading: Paterson Review
A week in the life of Paterson (Adam Driver); a bus driver who happens to live in Paterson, New Jersey to the amusement of everyone he meets. He's also a talented poet, who writes based on his simple daily observations and is never found without his notebook. He lives his life on a strict schedule; he goes to work, goes home, walks his English bulldog Marvin, grabs a beer at the local bar and returns home to his wife. He is married to a woman called Laura (Golshifteh Farahani), whose life isn't quite as routine as Paterson's everyday schedule. She dreams of becoming a country singer and encourages her husband to go out and publish some of his work. But is he ready to share his mind with the rest of the world?
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The follow up to ‘Episode VII: The Force Awakens’ is due for release next December.
The title of the next Star Wars instalment, Episode VIII may have been accidentally uncovered.
Website AVS Forum has been doing some detective work and found that Lucasfilm has just applied for a new trademark, which may give a clue about the next movie’s title.
Daisy Ridley as Rey
Father Sebastião Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield) and Father Francisco Garrpe (Adam Driver) are Portuguese Jesuit priests who set out on a dangerous mission to Japan in a bid to find their mentor Father Cristóvão Ferreira (Liam Neeson) who has been missing for sometime. It's the seventeenth century, and despite what the Bible might say about the importance of spreading the Christian word of God throughout the world, there are just some places on this Earth that brutally forbid it. Needless to say, Ferreira has been ousted from the church to which he belongs after publicly denouncing his faith to save his own life. Rodgrigues and Garrpe are about to discover just how violent the world can be towards everything that they've ever worked for when they arrive in Japan. Surely there is no test of faith that can match the journey that lies ahead for them.
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Michael Palin is to play Don Quixote, with 'Star Wars' actor Driver as a character based on the explorer's servant Sancho Panza.
After nearly twenty years of trying to get it off the ground, director Terry Gilliam claims that he’s finally getting the chance to make his Don Quixote movie – and apparently, the success of the Star Wars movie is to thank for it.
His latest proposal for the project, which has reportedly been unsuccessfully launched on seven separate occasions going back nearly two decades, involves Adam Driver portraying a character based on the Spanish adventurer’s loyal servant Sancho Panza, while Gilliam’s old ‘Monty Python’ colleague Michael Palin is to play Don Quixote himself.
Terry Gilliam at the Cannes Film Festival 2016
Gifted director Jeff Nichols takes on another genre in his fourth film with actor Michael Shannon, after Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter and Mud. This one's an involving character-based sci-fi adventure made in the style of classic films like E.T. or Close Encounters. As the characters are thrown into an extraordinary situation, the story gradually reveals its fantastical secrets without resorting to the usual overblown blockbuster formula, which makes the movie remarkably resonant and genuinely thrilling.
Shannon plays Roy, a man who is on the run across Texas with his 8-year-old son Alton (Jaeden Lieberher) and his childhood friend Lucas (Joel Edgerton), who's now a state trooper. And the FBI is on their trail, investigating the religious cult they escaped from. Led by the defiant Calvin (Sam Shepard), the cult seems to have been centred around the unusual ability Alton has to gather information from government satellites. Which is why the FBI is so intent on tracking him down. Working with the FBI, NSA Agent Sevier (Adam Driver) is fascinated by Alton's abilities, and he begins to worry what might happen if the boy is captured. Meanwhile, Roy and Lucas have reunited with Alton's mother Sarah (Kirsten Dunst) and are continuing their journey across the American South. And time is clearly of the essence, since Alton is growing seriously ill.
Writer-director Nichols skilfully keeps the audience gripped by the central mystery, dropping in hints and revelations along the way that slowly build up to the final big picture. This forces the viewer into the same perspective as the characters, who don't have a clue what's going on but are gripped by the possibilities of what they're witnessing. This also makes it impossible to predict where the story might go next as it cycles through action, humour, emotion and exhilarating drama. Through all of this, the actors all offer beautiful textures in their characters, underplaying even the most intense scenes to make them feel strikingly realistic.
Continue reading: Midnight Special Review
Driver, who played Kylo Ren in 'The Force Awakens' to great acclaim, was asked about the new director Rian Johnson and the script.
Adam Driver, the actor behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens' baddie Kylo Ren, has described the script for upcoming eighth movies as "really great" and has called the new director Rian Johnson as "intelligent".
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly at a screening of his new movie Midnight Special on Monday night (March 28th), Driver joked: “They’re still at war. It’s still Star Wars, they’re not at peace.”
Set for release on December 15th 2017, Star Wars Episode VIII is currently filming but hasn’t yet got an official title. Much talk has been about who is to replace Han Solo, but there are changes behind the camera as well as in front of it, with Johnson taking over the direction from J.J. Abrams.
Continue reading: 'Star Wars' Actor Adam Driver Says New Script Is "Really Great"
‘The Force Awakens’ and ‘Girls’ star made his ‘SNL’ debut on Saturday night.
This weekend saw Adam Driver make his debut as a host on ‘Saturday Night Live’. The ‘Girls’ and The Force Awakens actor took part in a number of funny sketches, but most memorable was when he played Star Wars villain Kylo Ren in an ‘Undercover Boss’ parody.
Adam Driver plays Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
If you're one of the few people left on the planet who hasn't seen The Force Awakens here’s what you need to know: Kylo Ren is a super-scary villain who can literally choke the life out of you and be careful of your thoughts when you're around him.
Continue reading: Watch Kylo Ren Play 'Undercover Boss' As Adam Driver Hosts 'SNL'
Is it nearly time to say goodbye to Hannah, Marnie, Jessica and Shoshanna?
Lena Dunham’s HBO series ‘Girls’ is reportedly set to end after the show’s sixth season, according to E! News. The series, which debuted in 2012, begins it’s fifth season next month but sources tell E! that Dunham has already decided on an end date for the comedy-drama.
Will Lena Dunham be ending ‘Girls’ after six seasons?
While network HBO has declined to comment on the story, The Hollywood Reporter also claims that a source has confirmed the show will end its run after series six. ‘Girls’ was renewed for a fifth season by HBO last year and it is set to premiere on Sunday Feb. 21st.
Continue reading: Is Lena Dunham's 'Girls' Set To End After Its Sixth Season?
Appealing both to a new generation of viewers and fans of the series since the beginning, this 30-years-later sequel to 1983's Return of the Jedi is a thrilling adventure. Filmmaker J.J. Abrams has managed to capture the tone of the original trilogy while telling a story about young, vibrant new characters whose connection to the overall saga deepens intriguingly as events unfurl.
Over the past three decades, the Empire has regrouped, forming the First Order to crush the Old Republic for good. And the plucky Rebellion hasn't offered much resistance since leader Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) disappeared. The Empire's top henchman Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) is searching for him just as diligently as the rebel leader General Leia (Carrie Fisher). But the real action is happening out of their grasp, as disaffected storm trooper Finn (John Boyega) teams up with rebel pilot Poe (Oscar Isaac) and then feisty scavenger Rey (Daisy Ridley) and expressive droid BB-8. Along the way, Han Solo and Chewbacca (Harrison Ford and Peter Mayhew) find themselves back in the fray. And everyone is startled when there's a strong stirring in the force.
Abrams beautifully recreates the scruffy, clanky mechanical atmosphere of the original trilogy, infusing scenes with witty banter and John William's soaring score to throw us right back into that familiar galaxy. This includes the saga's main themes: the temptation of power, how true heroism is often accidental, and the tension between parents and children. Combine this with a plot that propels itself with a series of unexpected adventures and battles, all centred on the characters, and the film taps strongly into the teen in all of us.
Continue reading: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens Review
Alton is a very special young boy who has been given a unique gift. When his father, Roy, finds out that Alton is in trouble with his freedom - and life - in jeopardy, Roy takes matters in his own hands and kidnaps his son. On the run and being hunted by religious extremists and special agents, Roy takes to the road with his close friend in order to protect his son.
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After the victory of the Rebel Alliance over the Galactic Empire and subsequent demolition of The Death Star, you'd imaging life in a certain galaxy would be a little more subdued, but as we soon learn, life for Princess Leia, Luke and Hans wasn't exactly easy following their small yet essential victory.
30 years on and to most citizens - humanoid and alien - the stories of evil Lord Darth Vader and the Jedi Masters are just a legend, a story they tell their children that starts with the well-known overture: 'A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away'. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the seventh film in the Star Wars series and is an additional story to the original Star Wars outline.
The film follows a set of new characters as they join the battle and fight the evil forces once again threatening to destroy their galaxy. The Force Awakens was directed by Jj Abrams and sees a number of cast favourites return to the story including Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher.
To the outside world, Jude and Mina on a very happy course. They live in an apartment in New York City and when Mina falls pregnant, it's just another happy occurrence. However, everything isn't what it seems and this is even more evident when the baby arrives. Mina instantly becomes incredibly agoraphobic and leaves the outside world behind. Cutting herself and the baby off from medicines and any form of external contaminates leaves Mina becoming more and more paranoid and their son actually suffering from her efforts.
Jude must find a way to stop Mina spiralling out of control and bring her back to reality before it's too late for all of them.
Hungry Hearts is a psychological drama directed by Saverio Costanzo which sees Adam Driver taking on one of his hardest roles to date.
'Girls' is back... tomorrow! If you've missed Hannah, Marnie, Jessa and Shosh as much as we have then you only have 24 more hours to wait. The premiere of 'Girls' season 4 premieres on Sunday 11th January.
After the week of terrorist attacks, massacres and hostage taking we've all witnessed, we're all in desperate need of some light-hearted relief. Fortunately, Girls is back and just in the nick of time it seems.
Girls is back on Sunday!
Josh (Ben Stiller) and Cornelia (Naomi Watts) are a middle-aged married couple struggling to keep up with their quickly ageing bodies and still feeling like they're in their twenties. They're tired of pretending to be grown up and the thought of having children becomes an evermore difficult decision. Filmmaker Josh soon meets a 25-year-old couple named Darby (Amanda Seyfried) and Jamie (Adam Driver); a couple that still have their whole lives ahead of them and bathe Josh and Cornelia in a comforting wave of nostalgia. Cornelia has reservations about spending their time with people so much younger than them, but it soon becomes clear that their presence has given Josh a new lease of life and made them realise that they don't have act the age they're expected to act, and they are free to let go to; that is, at least, until Josh is diagnosed with arthritis.
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Check out the trailer for 'Girls' Season 4!
Girls is back! For a whole 1 minute 31 seconds. HBO released the official trailer for season 4 on Friday (7th November) and it's certainly got everyone talking!
The cast of Girls (L-R): Driver, Williams, Kirke, Dunham, Mamet, Karpovsky.
Lena Dunham has never seen Star Wars? What?
Lena Dunham says that her friend and co-star Adam Driver finally persuaded her to watch Star Wars, but only because she insisted he watch 'Girls'. Driver is rumored to playing the primary villain in J.J Abrams 'Star Wars: Episode VII' and he asked Dunham to watch the original movie in the franchise ahead of the new movie.
Lena Dunham has never seen Star Wars
"The funny thing is I've never actually seen Star Wars," Dunham told E! Online, "I understand that this is a huge cultural phenomenon but I get none of the references. As a young woman growing up in New York City it's actually not that hard to avoid Star Wars. It's not that hard to move out of Star Wars circles."
With filming once again under way following Harrison Ford's broken leg, Adam Driver explains what makes the Star Wars films so special.
Ahead of the greatly anticipated release of the seventh Star Wars film next year, Adam Driver, one of the new cast members took a moment to talk about what made Star Wars so special to him and millions of fans as children. According to Driver, the films have such a lifespan because of their grounded nature and ability to mimic relatable scenarios in a sci-fi fantasy setting.
Adam Davis was announced as being part of the latest Star Wars films earlier this year
In his interview with Total Film, Driver stated: "The thing about Star Wars that's so good - sure there's this huge [canvas]. It's space, it's a long time ago in a galaxy far away. That's set up immediately. But in the midst of all those things, what has made those movies last so long is that they're all grounded."
Daniel Radcliffe effortlessly proves that the indie rom-com could be his thing.
Daniel Radcliffe is eliciting another couple of thousand words this week, on whether he can safely navigate a "post-Harry Potter" movie career. The reason for this is What If - a new indie romantic-comedy starring the Wizard Boy himself as medical school dropout Wallace who's been repeatedly burned by bad relationships.
It's got all the hallmarks of a sort of...new...(500) Days of Summer. It's got the cool guy from Girls (Adam Driver), who plays Wallace's roommate Allan. It's got the cool girl from Ruby Sparks (Zoe Kazan), who plays an animator living with her steady long-term boyfriend. The thing is: Wallace forms an instant connection with Kazan's character - but can they ever be just friends? Yep, so it all sounds horrendously formulaic - but isn't that what we want from our indie romantic comedies? We want Brooklyn apartments that the characters couldn't ever afford in real life. We want coffee shops and skinny lattes and little dogs and Adam Driver and maybe, just maybe, we want Daniel Radcliffe.
Continue reading: 'What If': We Now Know That Daniel Radcliffe Does Indie Rom-Coms, Well
Rumours regarding the plot of Star Wars are already circulating and websites suggest people working within Pinewood Studios are being kept in the dark. However, some sources have managed to glean some information and have passed on the rumours.
The plot of Star Wars is already being widely discussed despite the producers' attempts to keep the story line under wraps. Rumours are flying amuck about the possible plot and some of them are originating from inside the Pinewood Studio.
The Star Wars Episode VII script is top secret.
The website, makingstarwars.net, has allegedly spoken to people working within the studio and with close proximity to the cast and crew. Although the website emphasises these rumours are merely speculative and that none of the sources have read the script, there appears to be some information creeping through.
Continue reading: 'Star Wars Episode VII' Rumours - Will "Jedi-Hunters" Be The Villains?
The first edition of BookCon also hosted a special Q&A with the stars of the film.
Apparently the first ever BookCon, held in NYC over the weekend isn’t just limited to what its name would suggest. Case in point: Tina Fey, Jason Bateman and author Jonathan Topper dropping in to promote their upcoming film, This Is Where I Leave You. There is a tie-in, in that the film is based on the eponymous book by Topper. Both the novel and the film adaptation tell reunion tale of the Altman family.
Tina Fey and co. are currently promoting their latest flick, due out in September.
The members of the family are all dealing with their individual issues, when they are forced to reconnect after the death of their father and the family patriarch.
That cast photo isn't the end...
We waited months for an official word on the Star Wars Episode VII cast, but even after a photo was released on the official Star Wars Website to announce the actors old and new, rumors persist surrounded further cast members and further revelations.
And they’re not unfounded. It’s true that Abrams had to rush out a cast announcement ahead of May 4 – which is known by many as Star Wars day (may the Fourth be with you, etc). And that throws up many questions; could everyone make the read-through that day? Is the casting process completely finished? Were some people written out when Abrams and “Empire Strikes Back” writer Lawrence Kasdan retooled the script?
Continue reading: Rumors Persist Despite 'Star Wars Episode VII' Cast Announcement
The 'Star Wars: Episode VII' cast has finally been announced. Let's meet them.
The Star Wars: Episode VII cast has finally been announced, they’ve taken their sweet time with that one! So, who have producers picked to join original cast members Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker?
Adam Driver was rumoured to have joined the Star Wars cast back in February
Continue reading: Driver, Domhnall, Daisy: Meet The 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Cast
Now we've got the Star Wars Episode VII cast list, let the guessing begin...
After months of rumors, speculation and a whole lot of nothing from Jj Abrams’s we were admittedly taken aback when the Star Wars Episode VII cast was officially unveiled yesterday. Alongside original stars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker, Star Wars Episode VII will add seven new faces to the franchise. John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow have all been announced as joining the Star Wars cast, but sadly that’s where news ends as we don’t yet know who any of these actors will be playing. So armed with a leaked casting call list, lets try and work out who might be playing who in Episode VII.
Oscar Isaac Is Set For Star Wars Episode 7
'Girls' actor Adam Driver was one of the early names we’d pretty much pegged as a definite for the Episode VII cast. As of now the general consensus seems to be that Driver will be having a villainous turn in Episode VII. More specifically his character is thought to be an intelligent and scheming Sith. Thirty year old Driver could fit the decryption of either the confident late twenty something male that producers were looking for, or the intellectual thirtysomething. Then there’s Oscar Issac, the 35 year old actor best known for Inside Llewyn Davis, was the last and ultimately correct casting rumour. Character actor Oscar is one who has definitely got us stumped, really he could turn his hand to any type of character, wether it be hero or villain. It will surely be interesting to see which role Issac is eventually announced in.
Continue reading: Star Wars Episode VII, We've Got The Cast, Now Lets Guess The Roles
Oscar Isaac is the latest cast member to get on board (The Millennium Falcon) for JJ Abrams upcoming film, 'Star Wars: Episode VII'.
If Star Wars: Episode VII were any more shrouded in mystery we wouldn’t even know it was being made. Thankfully, a few small details are trickling through JJ Abrams privacy forcefield and we’re beginning to get a better idea of what we can expect. The cast has finally been announced and we all breathed a huge sigh of relief to hear that original cast members Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker and Anthony Daniels would all be reprising their roles.
Harrison Ford has been spotted in London along with his fellow Star Wars original cast members
While they has been plenty of rumours flying about that they would all be returning, nothing was set in stone. Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford have all been spotted in London where filming is taking place. Coincidence? We think not.
Continue reading: Who Is Newest 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Cast Member, Oscar Isaac?
We're expecting to hear something official soon, but in the meantime... more guessing
It looks as though J.J Abrams is keeping his cards as close to his chest as is humanly possible, but some day soon, we’re going to need to know that Star Wars Episode VII cast, okay? Oscar Isaac is the latest rumored to be joining Adam Driver and ‘Attack the Block’s’ John Boyega in the high profile sequel.
Are Ford, Hammil and Fisher all returning for more of this?
Isaac would be a great addition to the cast. He has shown great on-screen flexibility so far, playing the hard-headed, troublesome punk of a dad that went ahead and died to leave Cary Mulligan open to Ryan Gosling’s overtures in ‘Drive’, and most recently, his brilliant turn as Oscar Isaac, the self-loathing, selfish, quite-talented musician in the Coen Brothers’ ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ has attracted attention; although there won’t be a call for singing in Episode VII. At least we hope not.
Filming on Star Wars Episode 7 is underway at Pinewood Studios, though the cast is yet to be completed.
Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn has confirmed that shooting on Star Wars Episode 7 is underway at Pinewood Studios in London. "We have a lot of them [in place]," he said of the casting, which is yet to be disclosed, "We're just not completely done yet."
Alan Horn Revealed Further Details About Star Wars Episode 7
Horn, interviewed by The Hollywood Reporter's Stephen Galloway at Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television in Los Angeles, also hinted that running into difficulties with the script.
Continue reading: 'Star Wars Episode VII' Begins Shooting, Despite Incomplete Cast
[Spoilers] The 'Girls' season three finale was a climactic finisher.
The third season of Girls managed to pack more into its half hour, Lena Dunham-directed finale episode than the rest of the entire season combined. With major plot movements for many of the show's key characters, Dunham took her show in a bold new direction with fans hanging on for the crucial "what happened next" season four opener.
Lena Dunham's 'Girls' Has Made Its Season Three Departure.
Season three's twelfth and final episode, entitled 'Two Plane Rides,' began with a double revelation; the first hit when Hannah bumped into Adam's sister, Caroline, who had been living downstairs with Hannah's ex-stalker Laird and revealed that the pair were expecting a baby. The news coincided with Hannah opening a letter informing her that she'd been accepted on to the prestigious Iowa Writers' Workshop course. Her smile said it all.
It seems Gary Oldman and Adam Driver are joining the Star Wars Episode 7 empire.
The Star Wars Episode 7 cast will be nearing completion behind closed doors, but fans are still none the wiser as to who will be starring in one of the biggest movies of the past 20 years. Rumors have reached boiling point, though unusually, nobody has given the slightest indication that they've signed on the dotted lines for Jj Abrams new movie.
Gary Oldman May Well Be Joining the Empire
We know that the cast will feature both new and old faces, and Irish bookmaker Paddy Power are convinced that Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill will be reprising their roles as Princess Leia, Han Solo and Luke Skywalker.
Stars Wars Episode 7 begins shooting in May - but have Jesse Plemons, Adam Driver, Gary Oldman, Mupita Nyong'o, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill signed on the dotted line?
Disney and Lucasfilm have confirmed that Star Wars: Episode 7 will begin shooting at Pinewood Studios in May and, crucially for fans, will be set 30 years after the events of 1983's Return of the Jedi, accordng to the Hollywood Reporter.
Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger told Disney's annual shareholder's meeting in Portland, Oregon, that the film "will star a trio of new young leads along with some very familiar faces."
Continue reading: 30 Years After 'Return Of The Jedi', 'Star Wars' Is Set For Episode 7
The internet is split in half over Lena Dunham, but her SXSW speech is sure to tip the scales a bit.
Lena Dunham’s speech at SXSW was everything her supporters wanted it to be. The Girls creator did apologize again for that highly publicized molestation tweet – an actual full apology this time. It was about time, after the Twitter hate had been simmering for a couple of days. At the time she tweeted: ”I just made and deleted a not so great molestation joke. Sorry guys. I am really sleepy. SNL has a way bigger audience than our usual cozy girls audience, so I was seeing a rash of very different kinds of twitter rage.”
Lena Dunham gets it wrong often, but when it's right, it's very, very right.
In back-to-back tweets she added, “But I should know better, and do. Even naked girls get embarrassed. Sleep well and thanks for an amazing weekend.” It wasn’t enough to quell that infamous online rage. More to the point, Dunham talked about her experience in filmmaking, about funding for projects and her favorite topic, women in film and television, according to Variety. Dunham explained her “beg, borrow and steal” mentality when it comes to filmmaking. In the early days of her career, she maxed out a credit card, donated her $5,000 worth of babysitting funds, borrowed money from her parents and her best friend’s parents to make her DIY movies. According to her philosophy, creators have to create, no excuses. As she put it, “lack of budget is no longer an excuse. (I realized) holding up a camera and letting people wander around documentary style is no longer acceptable.”
Lena Dunham got topical on last night's SNL.
Lena Dunham hosted and helped out the SNL team with a few sketches last night. And it was hilarious – mostly if you’re a Girls fan. Much has been written about Dunham’s Girls – mostly about its white-washed, middle-class, spoiled and completely self-unaware cast of characters. At least no one can say that Dunham herself lacks self-awareness though.
Put Dunham and the SNL cast together and the fun never ends. Sort of.
In a sketch, based on the recent trend of religious flicks – Son of God and Noah being to prime examples – Taran Killan played Adam Driver as the Adam to Dunham’s Eve. The sketch was perfectly on point - wonder if it'll win the show some new viewers? Girls fans will recognize lines like: “Can you please not apple-shame me? I know I committed original sin, but at least it's original. I think I deserve some credit for that—or at least a publishing deal…”
Continue reading: Lena Dunham Goes All Old Testament On SNL
From Brooklyn to a galaxy far, far away: Adam Driver's Star Wars journey may be about to begin.
If Adam Driver’s on-screen girlfriend, Lena Dunham, is to be believed, then the ‘Girls’ star has landed a role on J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars reboot, Episode VII. Driver will, according to Variety, play a role not too dissimilar to Darth Vader.
Adam Driver, Star Wars? He and Lena Dunham celebrate after another successful night for Dunham's smash, Girls
The news came in what appeared to be a misstep from Dunham, who tweeted how proud she was that her colleague and friend has landed such a prestigious role.
Jezebel failed to scoop anything juicy on the Girls star's Vogue shoot.
Feminist blog Jezebel do a lot of good with their articles, promoting womens interests and taking a stand against unrealistic representations of women in the media. However, the online magazine's true gossip baiting intention reared its unsightly head when Girls star Lena Dunham graced the cover of Vogue last month.
Lena Dunham Featured On The Cover Of Vogue, And Jezebel Offered A Reward For The "Real" Photos.
Dunham, who writes for and acts on the HBO show, was featured in a cover shoot and article celebrating her game-changing TV success and positive influence upon women today. Lena appeared in the shoot with her Girls co-star Adam Driver in a series of dreamlike and stylised shots.
Robyn is a free spirit with an unusual, not to mention dangerous, ambition to cross the 1,700 mile Australian desert from Alice Springs to reach the Indian Ocean accompanied by four camels and a dog. Mocked at by the Alice Springs locals, she starts to train camels on a farm and learn about survival in the wildnerness. By the time she is ready to embark on her journey, she is well equipped with the knowledge and tools of basic survival in a scorching desert. Before her trip, she meets a National Geographic photographer named Rick Smoland who promises to fund her trip as long as he can visit her on her journey to take photographs. Robyn's loneliness starts to overwhelm her and she has a brief romance with the photographer, but the real revelations are what she learns about herself along the way.
'Tracks' is based on the true memoirs of the same name written by the real Robyn Davidson who spent 9 months crossing the barren Australian sands. The movie has been directed by John Curran ('The Painted Veil', 'We Don't Live Here Anymore', 'Stone') and written by Marion Nelson, and it was nominated for awards at the Venice Film Festival and the London Film Festival last year. It is set for UK release on April 25th 2014.
Filth invades the UK, while Hanks' Captain Phillips and the Coens' Inside Llewyn Davis bow in New York. We also get a look at Statham's Homefront action and much more detail from The Hobbit 2...
Two big British films hit UK cinemas this week. After storming the Scottish box office last weekend and garnering rave reviews across the board, Filth arrives in the rest of the country this week. Based on the novel by Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting), the Edinburgh black comedy stars in a career-redefining role as a deeply nasty cop. Read our 'Filth' review here.
Meanwhile, Saoirse Ronan stars in the introspective thriller How I Live Now, set in a present-day Britain that's engulfed in war. Opening in the UK this weekend and in America next month, the film is directed by Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland), and the cast includes rising stars George MacKay (Hunky Dory) and Tom Holland (The Impossible). We gave the film 4/5 you can read the 'How I Live Now' review here.
This film may look like one of those annoyingly mannered independent films, with its wacky young cast and arty-farty black and white photography, but it's actually a fresh, smart and very funny comedy. It also features one of the most honest female characters in recent memory: Frances is a true original who is awash in optimism as she tries to navigate the obstacles in her life.
Gerwig has made a career of playing quirky goofballs (see Damsels in Distress), and Frances is definitely offbeat. But she's also likeable and real. She lives in New York with her best pal Sophie (Sumner). But their close bond is strained when Frances' romance with her boyfriend (Esper) collapses while Sophie moves forward with her partner Patch (Heusinger). Now Frances needs to find a new place to live, so she moves in with Lev and Benji (Driver and Zegen). She's also pushing her dance company director (d'Amboise) for more work. While everyone around her is growing up and building their lives, she seems to be going backwards. But she never lets that get her down.
Frances is such an engaging character that we can't help but fall for her. Her relentlessly positive approach to life may seem corny, but she also insists on achieving her goals on her own terms. This may make her progress more difficult, such as when she takes a humiliating job at her old university, but at least she has her integrity. Sort of. Meanwhile the film is punctuated with moments of hilarious slapstick, sarcasm and relationships that ring sometimes painfully true. And at the centre is her strained but unshakable bond with Sophie.
Continue reading: Frances Ha Review
The Emmy Award nominations were revealed yesterday (Thursday 11th July). Breaking Bad; House of Cards; Modern Family; Game of Thrones and Mad Men all received multiple nominations. Netflix made history by becoming the first internet network to be nominated for a number of awards.
The Primetime Emmy Award nominations were announced yesterday (Thursday 18th July). The nomination ceremony was presented by Kate Mara and Aaron Paul via a live video stream on the Emmy's website.
Kate Mara at the Vanity Fair and Juicy Couture's Celebration of 2013 in L.A.
Netflix has managed to triumph with nominations for their shows: House of Cards; Hemlock Grove and Arrested Development. The company are developing this aspect of their business, which is proving hugely popular and profitable. The future does seem bright for the company which announced it was expanding into its 64th country. It also seems likely their awards over the next few years will increase especially with recent praise of Orange is the New Black.
Continue reading: Primetime Emmy Awards 2013: How Accurate Were Nomination Predictions?
The Primetime Emmy Award Nominations will be announced on Thursday 18th July. Netflix's 'Arrested Development' is a likely contender. 'The Americans'; 'Breaking Bad' and 'Scandal' are also likely candidates.
The Primetime Emmy Award nominations will be announced on Thursday (18th July). Speculation surrounding the awards is high, with Netflix's Arrested Development predicted to triumph. The awards will be announced by Kate Mara and Aaron Paul.
Aaron Paul will announce the nominations on Thursday.
Game Of Thrones is also suspected as a strong contender in the category of Best Drama Series. Homeland who won a number of awards last year is predicted to flop owing to its disappointing second series.
Jay-Z followed indie-rockers The National in performing a track for six hours.
The multi-million selling rapper Jay-Z aimed to combine and rap and modern art this week, performing his new track 'Picasso Baby' for six consecutive hours at Chelsea's Pace Gallery in New York. Confused? Well, the lengthy 'secret' performance was used both to shoot Hova's new video and to promote his new album 'Magna Carta Holy Grail.'
Though the performance was kept hush-hush, it didn't take invited guests long to post videos and pictures to Vine, Instagram and Twitter. According to the New York Post's report, Jay-Z was entertaining the likes of, "Judd Apatow, Adam Driver, Cynthia Rowley, George Condo and others" reportedly "serenading Alan Cumming, and dancing around Marina Abramovic, Performa founder RoseLee Goldberg and even a woman on a scooter with her leg in a cast."
The marathon performance, shot by film director Mark Romanek, centred on the rapper's arty track 'Picasso Baby,' which includes the lyrics, "I just want a Picasso, in my casa . . . I wanna Rothko, no I wanna brothel," as well as referencing "Jeff Koons balloons" and "[George] Condos in my condos."
Watch Jay-Z performing 'Picasso Baby':
Frances Handley is a 27-year-old aspiring modern dancer and an apprentice for a dance company, though she has no real talent in the art. She lives in an apartment in New York with her best friend Sophie who is smarter and much more mature with an ambition in publishing. As time goes on, their bond begins to weaken as their lives take different courses and their personalities take different courses. Sophie wants to move out with another friend of hers leaving Frances to work out her own life and take care of herself for once in her life. Will this pair be separated forever by romance, ambition and growing older, or will they find it in themselves to reconcile?
'Frances Ha' is a black and white comedy drama with many similar qualities to a rom com, except platonic. It has been directed by Noah Baumbach ('The Squid and the Whale', 'Greenberg') who also co-wrote the screenplay with the movie's star Greta Gerwig ('Hannah Takes the Stairs', 'Nights and Weekends'). It looks at love in a way that is rarely explored in movies these days and has so far received immense reviews since its premiere at Toronto Film Festival. It is set to hit screens on July 26th 2013.
Release date 26th July 2013
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Amanda Seyfried says she lost weight after moving to Hollywood.
Les Miserables actress Amanda Seyfried says she lost her "beautiful, huge breasts" after moving to Hollywood to pursue a career in movies. The 27-year-old - who plays Linda Lovelace in a forthcoming biopic - called in on the Ellen Degeneres show this week to discuss her beginnings.
"I looked way better when I was 15. I had beautiful, huge breasts!" the actress explained, "And then I came to Hollywood and I was like I gotta lose weight. I gotta look thin. I gotta get fit. And I lost them a little bit." It seems she lost more than "a little bit," telling DeGeneres she was an D cup though that she doesn't miss them, "...because they were ... uncomfortable."
Despite her own decisions, Seyfried warned, "I was feminine. I had some nice curves. And I think we should appreciate that instead of trying to get rid of everything."
Continue reading: Amanda Seyfried Wants Her 'Beautiful, Huge Breasts' Back!
Llewyn Davis is a struggling folk musician attempting to find his place in the world by scouring New York's Greenwich Village at the height of folk in 1961. Along the way he meets old friends who are not particularly happy to see him because of his own unresolved mistakes in the past, and while he strives to find a venue to do what he loves doing, hitchhiking across roads in the freezing winter with a beat-up guitar and a homeless cat, he is forced to question not only himself as a person, but also where and what he really wants his future to be.
'Inside Llewyn Davis' is an emotional musical drama written and directed by Oscar winners Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, aka The Coen Brothers ('No Country for Old Men', 'True Grit', 'Fargo'). It has been very loosely based on the posthumous 2005 memoirs 'The Mayor of MacDougal Street' by the late New York folk artist Dave Van Ronk, and has been nominated to compete for the sought after Palme d'Or prize at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. This passionate story about love, music, finding oneself and learning from one's mistakes will hit screens in the UK on January 24th 2014.
The first trailer for Joel and Ethan Coen's new movie 'Inside Llewyn Davis' has been released, with Oscar Isaac playing a New York City folk musician who played a prominent role in the Greenwich Village music scene during the early 1960s. Joining Isaac (Drive) in the film is Carey Mulligan (The Great Gatsby), Garrett Hedlund (On The Road), John Goodman (Argo), Adam Driver (Girls) and Justin Timberlake.
The trailer features Bob Dylan's 'Farewell' and sees Davis getting turned away from various Manhattan music venues as he attempts to forge a career in the folk music business. The movie is loosely based on Dave Von Ronk's posthumously published memoir The Mayor of MacDouglal Street. Production began in New York in February 2012, and actor Isaac spoke to the Hollywood Reporter about putting his musical skills to the test. "I've been playing for 20 years, so it was kind of the perfect storm of things that came together for me to be a part of it.We did all the music live, no playback; it's like a concert movie. There's like six or seven songs in it."
Sure we could do with a wood-chipper death, but the Coen Brothers don't appear to be mellowing. The trailer features their usual sharp dialogue and humour - at one point, Llewyn's wife (Mulligan) advises him, "You should be wearing condom on condom and then wrap it in electrical tape."
Continue reading: First Look: Coen Brothers' New York Folk Movie 'Inside Llewyn Davis'
'Lincoln' will show the last four months of President Abraham Lincoln's life as he campaigned for freedom before he was tragically assassinated in 1865. It will reveal in detail the extent of his conflict with various members of the cabinet over his decision to abolish the slave trade towards the end of the American Civil War. His very close success in the House of Representatives over the proposition of the Thirteenth Amendment which outlawed slavery is portrayed as one of the most crucial steps in his work against the trade. The last months of his life also saw him fail to negotiate an end to the War and saw the Union's ultimate victory.
This drama-fuelled biopic is the important story of one of the most influential and inspiring presidents of the United States that have ever been in office. It has been based on some of the biography 'Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln' by Doris Kearns Goodwin with an adapted screenplay by Oscar nominee Tony Kushner ('Munich') and the directing genius of the legendary Steven Spielberg ('Jaws', 'E.T.', 'Jurassic Park', 'Schindler's List', 'War of the Worlds') who wanted to show Lincoln 'at work' and not just 'posing for the history books'. Spielberg has described the former president as 'arguably the greatest working President in American history'. The movie is set for release in the UK on January 25th 2013.
Starring: Daniel Day Lewis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tommy Lee Jones , Michael Stuhlbarg, Jackie Earle Haley, Jared Harris, Lee Pace, Sally Field, James Spader, Julie White, John Hawkes, David Strathairn, Bruce McGill, Hal Holbrook and Adam Driver.
Date of birth
19th November, 1983
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