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Joel Edgerton (born 23.06.74) Joel Edgerton is an Australian actor, producer and screenwriter, best known for his roles in films like 'Star Wars Episode 2: Attack of The Clones' and 'The Great Gatsby' and 'The Warrior'.

Net Worth: According to Celebrity Net Worth in 2013, Joel Edgerton has a net worth of three million USD.

Childhood: Joel Edgerton was born in Blacktown, New South Wales, Australia, to Michael and Marianne Edgerton. He attended The Hills Grammar School in Sydney, graduating in 1991. After this, he moved to the University of Western Sydney, where he studied at Nepean Drama School. Edgerton then went on to work at Sydney Theatre Company amongst other venues.

Career Edgerton: made his screen debut in an episode of the Australian television show, 'Police Rescue', in 1995. This was followed by his feature film debut the following year in 'Race the Sun'. After appearing in a series of short films and television movies, Edgerton landed a role in 'Star Wars Episode 2: Attack of the Clones' in 2002. In 2004, Edgerton appeared in the film 'King Arthur' alongside Clive Owen before reprising his role in 'Star Wars Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith'. In 2006, Edgerton appeared in the film 'Smokin' Aces', before landing a main role in the television series 'Dangerous' in 2007. Edgerton later appeared in the children's animated movie, 'Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole' in 2010. The following year, Edgerton shot into the limelight following his starring role opposite Tom Hardy in 'Warrior'. This was followed by an appearance in 'Zero Dark Thirty' in 2012, and a large part in 2013's 'The Great Gatsby'. Also in 2013, Edgerton wrote his first feature-length screenplay for 'Felony', which also saw Edgerton star. In 2014, Edgerton appeared opposite Christian Bale in the Ridley Scott film 'Exodus: Gods and Kings'.



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Loving Review

Excellent

While this film tackles a huge issue in the history of race relations in America, it's also a remarkably involving true story about a couple tenaciously holding on to each other in the middle of a storm of oppression. By taking such a personal approach, writer-director Jeff Nichols grounds the movie in authenticity, eliciting fine performances from the entire cast, with especially notable turns from Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton.

It's 1958, and cross-racial marriage is illegal in Virginia. So Richard Loving (Edgerton) takes his pregnant black girlfriend Mildred (Negga) across the state line to Washington D.C. to get married. When they return to the family farm, they're immediately arrested and exiled to Washington, where they start a family. But Mildred longs to raise their three children back in their rural hometown, with their extended families around them. When Richard consults a civil-liberties lawyer (Nick Kroll), he finds that there may be some legal hope for them if they are willing to take on the system. This requires the help of a constitutional expert (Jon Bass) and the tenacity to stand up to a century of ingrained prejudice.

The film is written and directed with a sharp attention to detail, which means including some facts that are rather messy. This sometimes leaves scenes feeling unfinished, but the point is that real life isn't as tidy as it is in the movies. This also means that the film never tries to build a melodramatic sense of momentum, remaining intimate and somewhat reticent, echoing Richard and Mildred's personalities. Many of the biggest scenes take place off camera, while we are instead watching these steely, softspoken people who changed American law by quietly remaining true to their love for each other. Both Negga and Edgerton deliver subtle, wrenching performances as everyday people who express their strong views mainly in telling glances and touches that say more than words ever could.

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Joel Edgerton seen on the red carpet at the 74th Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 8th January 2017

Joel Edgerton
Joel Edgerton

Joel Edgerton at the 28th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Film Awards Gala held at Palm Springs Convention Center, California, United States - Monday 2nd January 2017

Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga
Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga
Joel Edgerton
Joel Edgerton

Joel Edgerton Had To Dial Everything Down For Loving


Joel Edgerton

Loving is the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, whose landmark 1967 Supreme Court case abolished laws that prohibited interracial marriage. The film reteams Edgerton with Midnight Special director Jeff Nichols, focussing on the couple rather than the court case.

Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga in Loving

As he approached making the film, the name of the case haunted Edgerton. "I kept seeing the words Loving v Virginia," he says. "I saw those words together and I thought it was very powerful obviously. It felt like humanity versus the system, which is really what the movie is about. I just kept thinking about a human quality, a human desire that we all share versus the system that's all about everything else."

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Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga who play Richard Loving and Mildred Jeter Loving in Jeff Nichols' new movie 'Loving'. Seen at the New York premiere held at the Landmark Sunshine Theater - New York, United States - Thursday 27th October 2016

Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga

'Loving' Star Ruth Negga Tipped For Oscar After Wowing Cannes


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It’s only May, but critics already believe they have a frontrunner for next year’s Best Actress Oscar, Loving star Ruth Negga. The acclaimed drama debuted at the Cannes Film Festival yesterday (May 16th) and has already garnered plenty of Oscar buzz, especially for the Ethiopian-Irish actress.

Ruth NeggaRuth Negga stars in Loving.

In the drama Negga stars opposite Joel Edgerton, as married interracial couple Mildred and Richard Loving, who battle against the supreme court for their right to live together as husband and wife, during a time when interracial marriage was illegal.

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Joel Edgerton , Ruth Negga - 69th Cannes Film Festival - 'Loving' - Premiere at Palais de Festivals, Cannes Film Festival - Cannes, France - Monday 16th May 2016

Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga
Colin Firth and Joel Edgerton
Jeff Nicholls, Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga
Jeff Nicholls, Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga
Jeff Nicholls, Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga
Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga and Jeff Nicholls

Midnight Special Review

Excellent

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.

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Joel Edgerton - The 66th annual International Berlin Film Festival (Berlinale) Midnight Special Premiere at Berlinale Palace in Potsdamer Platz. at Berlinale Palace - Berlin, Germany - Friday 12th February 2016

Joel Edgerton
Joel Edgerton, Jaeden Lieberher, Michael Shannon and Jeff Nichols
Joel Edgerton, Jaeden Lieberher, Michael Shannon and Jeff Nichols
Joel Edgerton, Jaeden Lieberher, Michael Shannon and Jeff Nichols
Kirsten Dunst, Joel Edgerton, Jaeden Lieberher and Michael Shannon
Kirsten Dunst, Joel Edgerton, Jaeden Lieberher and Michael Shannon

Jane Got A Gun Trailer


Jane Hammond has always been an independent woman, but living in the developing West is precarious even for her. After a treacherous few years and constant aggravation from a nasty gang called The Bishop Boys, Jane marries a man by the name of Bill 'Ham' Hammond and things settle down.

However, when Hamm returns home badly injured after running into The Bishop Boys, Jane decides there's no other option but to face her past and take on the Colin McCann and the rest of the infamous gang. Jane contacts the only person she knows who she thinks will be able to help her, her ex-fiance and gunslinger Dan Frost. Recruiting Frost and returning to the family home, the three await the arrival of the gang. One way or another score will be settled.

Jane Got A Gun will be released in the UK from Spring 2016.

Carey Mulligan Wins Best Actress At Hollywood Film Awards 2015 In Good Showing For British Stars


Carey Mulligan Will Smith Robert De Niro Tom Hooper Alicia Vikander Eddie Redmayne Saoirse Ronan Joel Edgerton

British star Carey Mulligan was among the winners at the 19th annual Hollywood Film Awards for her central role as Maud in the new movie Suffragette, a laundry worker who joins the fight for the right for women to vote.

The 30 year old star, who gave birth to her first child with husband Marcus Mumford just a few months ago, won Best Actress at the 2015 edition of the gongs, which are the first major ceremony in a long run of black-tie events leading up to the Academy Awards on February 28th.

The Hollywood Film Awards winners are announced in advance and are not televised, but prominently features movies not on general release and are a reasonable indicator of what will be on offer during awards season.

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‘Jane Got A Gun’: Everything You Need To Know About Natalie Portman’s New Western


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Natalie Portman is taking on a whole new genre with her latest film, Jane Got a Gun. The trailer for the upcoming movie was released earlier this week and it bears all the hallmarks of an epic Western including gun slinging, shoot outs and a torrid but ultimately ill-fated romance.

Natalie PortmanNatalie Portman at the 68th Cannes Film Festival in May 2015.

Read More: Despite Oscar, Natalie Portman Was "Woefully Underprepared" For Black Swan.

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Life Review

Good

Beautifully written and directed, this fact-based drama is an odd mixture of excellent acting and not-quite-right casting. Anton Corbijn clearly knows the subject, since he's a celebrity photographer making a movie about a celebrity photographer. But in this case, the subject of those photos is the elusively magnetic James Dean, a tricky person to recreate dramatically.

It's set in early 1955, as James Dean (Dane DeHaan) has just finished filming East of Eden and is hoping to land the lead role in Rebel Without a Cause. No one knows who he is yet, but freelance photographer Dennis Stock (Robert Pattinson) has a feeling he could become a big star. When Dennis' agent (Joel Edgerton) lands a commission from Life magazine, Dennis follows James from Hollywood to New York and home to his Indiana farm. But James is evasive and mercurial, and it takes a lot of tenacity for Dennis to crack through his shell to get the shots he needs. Eventually they even become friends, inspiring each other to pursue their dreams on their own terms.

The plot is loose, focussing more on the internal journeys these two men take than on any constructed storyline. And the film switches back and forth between their perspectives, which kind of leaves it without a point of view. But this gives both Pattinson and DeHaan the space to create authentic and complex characters. Pattinson gives his most layered performance yet, especially in scenes involving Dennis' ex-wife and young son (Stella Schnabel and Jack Fulton). Meanwhile, DeHaan creates a character who's thoughtful and fascinating, haunted by his past relationships and unafraid to stand up to the Hollywood system in the form of mogul Jack Warner (a scene-chewing Ben Kingsley). The problem is that, despite a lot of subtle (and more obvious) physical touches, DeHaan never echoes Dean's wiry, hungry energy.

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Life Trailer


James Dean is a rising superstar; handsome, slick, smart and mild-mannered, and yet rebellious with dreams of being a famous actor. For passionate Life Magazine photographer Dennis Stock, Dean poses the perfect subject for his latest project and he's determined to capture the star in all his glory ahead of the release of his break-out movie 'Easy Of Eden'. It takes little persuasion on Stock's part to get Dean to agree to the project and the pair set out on a journey from Hollywood, through New York, and over to Fairmont, Indiana where Dean was originally from. Stock's plan is to capture the raw emotion and energy of this iconic figure of angst and coolness, and it doesn't take long before the two start to build an extraordinary friendship, that's made all the more heart-breaking on screen when you consider it's the final months of his life.

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The Gift Lets Joel Edgerton Play With The Thriller Genre


Joel Edgerton

Australian actor Joel Edgerton has been starring in movies for 20 years, from homegrown hits like Erskineville Kings (1999) to playing Luke Skywalker's uncle in the Star Wars prequel trilogy to acclaimed films like Animal Kingdom, Zero Dark Thirty and The Great Gatsby. Now at 41, he has moved into writing and directing with The Gift, a twist on the classic horror-thriller genre.

Joel Edgerton in 'The Gift'Joel Edgerton takes the thriller genre to a new level in 'The Gift'

"I really loved Fatal Attraction, Cape Fear, even Pacific Heights," he notes, going on to say that his primary inspiration was from Austrian award-winner Michael Haneke. "Funny Games really rattled me, in terms of a movie where you have a couple who are besieged by somebody else. And when I watched Cache it was really interesting, because if you are halfway intelligent you are constantly guessing what is going on. You are put right in the same mindset as the central characters, as they try to piece together the truth."

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Joel Edgerton

Date of birth

23rd June, 1974

Occupation

Actor

Sex

Male

Height

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Joel Edgerton Movies

Loving Movie Review

Loving Movie Review

While this film tackles a huge issue in the history of race relations in America,...

Loving - Trailer and 'Build Our House' Clip Trailer

Loving - Trailer and 'Build Our House' Clip Trailer

Loving is a new film that documents the lives of Mildred and Richard Loving, a...

Jane Got a Gun Movie Review

Jane Got a Gun Movie Review

With its grindingly low-key tension and unusual perspectives, this Western has a chance to revamp...

Midnight Special Movie Review

Midnight Special Movie Review

Gifted director Jeff Nichols takes on another genre in his fourth film with actor Michael...

Jane Got A Gun Trailer

Jane Got A Gun Trailer

Jane Hammond has always been an independent woman, but living in the developing West is...

Black Mass Movie Review

Black Mass Movie Review

For a biopic of a real-life person, this feels like an oddly standard mob thriller....

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Midnight Special Trailer

Midnight Special Trailer

Alton is a very special young boy who has been given a unique gift. When...

Life Movie Review

Life Movie Review

Beautifully written and directed, this fact-based drama is an odd mixture of excellent acting and...

Life Trailer

Life Trailer

James Dean is a rising superstar; handsome, slick, smart and mild-mannered, and yet rebellious with...

Black Mass Trailer

Black Mass Trailer

Whitey Bulger has had the FBI under his thumb for too long, and now people...

The Gift Movie Review

The Gift Movie Review

Marketed as a horror-thriller, this sharply well-made film is actually a bleak drama with a...

The Gift Trailer

The Gift Trailer

Simon and Robyn barely have time to contemplate their perfect lives with their happy marriage...

Black Mass - Teaser Trailer

Black Mass - Teaser Trailer

Irish-American criminal mastermind Whitey Bulger was arguably one of the most dangerous men in America...

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