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Love And Mercy - Featurettes


The cast and crew of the forthcoming Brian Wilson biopic 'Love and Mercy' discuss their experiences of depicting the life of one of the greatest musicians of all time, from his beginnings with the Beach Boys, to the complex emotional troubles of his later life. Among the stars are John Cusack, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Brett Davern, Kenny Wormald and Jake Abel.

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'Love & Mercy' Takes Brian Wilson Back To Both Good And Bad Days


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After garnering acclaim on the festival circuit, the Beach Boys biopic 'Love & Mercy' finally hits American cinemas this weekend (it opens in the UK next month), offering audiences a powerful glimpse into the complex mind of musician Brian Wilson.

Paul Dano with Brian Wilson and the cast of 'Love & Mercy'Paul Dano with Brian Wilson and the cast of 'Love & Mercy'

In the early 1960s, Wilson formed the band with his brothers Carl and Dennis, his cousin Mike Love and their friend Al Jardine, adopting the surfer culture as an image (their earliest hits included 'Surfin'', 'Surfin' Safari', 'Surfer Girl', 'Surf City' and 'Surfin' USA'). And their 1966 album 'Pet Sounds' is regarded as one of the best rock albums of all time, featuring such classics as 'Wouldn't It Be Nice', 'God Only Knows' and 'Sloop John B'.

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A Week In Movies: Chappie And Cinderella Premiere In New York And L.A., Ethan Hawke Is Snapped On-Set, And New Trailers Arrive For Movies Starring Veterans Ian Mckellen, Ben Kingsley And Maggie Smith.


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Chappie

Neill Blomkamp's new film Chappie held its world premiere this week in New York, just a day before before it opened around the world. Blomkamp (who previously made District 9 and Elysium) was present along with stars Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, Sharlto Copley and Dev Patel.

Photos - World film premiere of 'Chappie' at AMC Loews Lincoln Square - NYC

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Brian Wilson's Troubled Life Story Hits The Big Screen In Bill Pohlad's 'Love & Mercy' [Trailer]


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The full story of The Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson is finally hitting the movies in the form of Bill Pohlad's challenging, life-spanning biopic 'Love & Mercy' which stars Paul Dano and John Cusack as the respective younger and older Wilsons.

Paul Dano in 'Love & Mercy'
Paul Dano stars as a young Brian Wilson in 'Love & Mercy'

While being responsible for writing one of the most important rock albums in history, 1966's 'Pet Sounds', Brian Wilson was at the most fragile stage of his life during that decade. Dragged down mentally and emotionally by the stress of song-writing he took comfort in drug use and was subsequently forced to seek a range of psychological treatments. As tensions within the band grew, he became more and more erratic and lost in a confusing world of hallucinations and psychosis. Paul Dano plays Wilson's enthusiastic younger self, while John Cusack takes on the role of the broken man that came decades after. Paul Giamatti also makes an appearance as Wilson's crooked psychologist Eugene Landy who fed him excessively high dosages of medicative drugs and prevented him from seeing his partner Melinda Ledbetter (who is played by Elizabeth Banks). 

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Love & Mercy - Teaser Trailer


In the mid-1960s, The Beach Boys were at the top of their game. Having released ten classic albums, a young songwriter and leader of the band, Brian Wilson (Paul Dano), was preparing to create the greatest album in history. His aggressive pursuit of the perfect sound for the band's eleventh studio album, 'Pet Sounds', had a negative effect on his psychological well-being. Almost two decades later in the 1980s, Wilson (John Cusack) is trapped in his own mind, sedated by medication and a troubled psychiatrist. But a young woman, Melinda Ledbetter (Elizabeth Banks), believes that she can restore him to the great man he once was, through a mixture of Love and Mercy.

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65th Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale)

Paul Dano - 65th Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) - 'Love & Mercy' - Photocall at Hotel Hyatt - Berlin, Germany - Sunday 8th February 2015

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65th Berlin Film Festival - Love & Mercy photocall

Paul Dano - Celebrities attends the photocall and press conference for Love and mercy in the Grand Hyatt Hotel. - Berlin, Germany - Sunday 8th February 2015

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Paul Dano and Elizabeth Banks
Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks and Bill pohland
Paul Dano and Elizabeth Banks
Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks and Bill pohland

Things We Want reading Arrivals

Paul Dano - The New Group benefit reading of "Things We Want" held at the Signature Theatre - Arrivals. at Signature Theatre, - New York, New York, United States - Monday 5th January 2015

Scott Elliott, Zoe Kazan, Josh Hamilton, Ethan Hawke, Paul Dano, Jonathan Marc Sherman, Peter Dinklage and Adam Bernstein
Zoe Kazan, Josh Hamilton, Ethan Hawke, Paul Dano, Jonathan Marc Sherman and Peter Dinklage
Zoe Kazan, Josh Hamilton, Ethan Hawke, Paul Dano, Jonathan Marc Sherman and Peter Dinklage
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New York premiere of 'Into The Woods' - Arrivals

Zoe Kazan and Paul Dano - Photographs from the red carpet as a vast array of stars arrived for the World Premiere of Disney's film musical 'Into The Woods' which was held at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City, New York, United States - Tuesday 9th December 2014

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Zoe Kazan
Zoe Kazan
Zoe Kazan and Paul Dano

Into The Woods World Premiere Arrivals

Zoe Kazan and Paul Dano - Photographs from the red carpet as a vast array of stars arrived for the World Premiere of Disney's film musical 'Into The Woods' which was held at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City, New York, United States - Tuesday 9th December 2014

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True Detective Season 2: Which Pairing Can Pick Up From Cohle and Hart?


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Nic Pizzolatto put the sincerity and quality of True Detective’s story over multiple seasons of the show, asserting that a strict 8-episode format would be condusive to a strong third act. And judging by the critical claim he’s received – his creation is being talked about in the same breath as The Wire – one is inclined to trust the man who risked everything to write the new HBO anthology series.

True DetectiveWoody Harrelson [L] and Matthew McConuaghey [R] as Hart and Cohle in 'True Detective'

“One of the reasons I wanted to do an anthology format is I like stories with endings. I like a good third act. And continuing serial dramas, they tend to have really good beginnings and really long middles and then sort of have to hustle to develop an ending. And I like the idea of telling a self-contained story,” explained Pizzolatto.

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Video - Meryl Streep And Leonardo DiCaprio Among 2014 National Board Of Review Awards Gala Arrivals - Part 2


The 2014 National Board Of Review Awards Gala in New York was chock-full of Hollywood's biggest stars of the moment including 'The Wolf Of Wall Street' star and director Leonardo Dicaprio and Martin Scorsese, as well as Meryl Streep who later shocked attendees with her speech against Disney's apparent bigotry and anti-Semitism.

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Meet The Cast of 12 Years a Slave [Video]


Chiwetel Ejiofor Michael Fassbender Benedict Cumberbatch Paul Dano Paul Giamatti Alfre Woodard

If '12 Years a Slave' doesn’t win a single award from now until the Oscars, it will still go down in history as one of the 21st century’s most important, affecting films. The story of Solomon Northrup’s enslavement and the subsequent hell he faced is as brutal as any ever told, and to truly extract even a modicum of sincerity, the entire cast had to be both honest and befittingly talented.

Chiwetel EjioforChiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender in 12 Years a Slave

But when you’re speaking of a cast that comprises Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Brad Pitt, Pual Giamatti, Quvenzhané Wallis and Michael K. Williams, honesty and talent is never in question.

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12 Years a Slave Review


Extraordinary

Much more than a film about 19th century slavery in America, this sharply well-told true story has a lot to say about the world we live in today. And as he did in Hunger and Shame, filmmaker Steve McQueen puts us right into the middle of the story so we live it ourselves. Watching this film is a riveting, unnerving and ultimately moving experience.

It's based on a firsthand account by Solomon Northrup (Ejiofor), a musician who is living with his family in 1841 Saratoga, New York, when two friendly men offer him a great gig. But they drug him and sell him to slave traders, who send him to New Orleans and strip him of his identity. He spends the next 12 years working for two masters. Ford (Cumberbatch) is a fair man who puts him under the watchful eye of the cruel Tibeats (Dano). Then he is sold to Epps (Fassbender), a harsh boss who sends him into cotton fields and angrily suspects that Solomon is more educated than he admits.

Made with an earthy, realistic style, there's a clear sense that McQueen and screenwriter Ridley stuck closely to the details of Northrup's memoir, which was published shortly after his release and became a bestseller at the time. By never indulging in Hollywood-style exaggeration, the events remain grounded in the characters, drawing on the spiky interaction between them. At the centre, Ejiofor is utterly magnetic, delivering a transparent performance that takes our breath away. In his terrified eyes, we experience this horror ourselves.

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12 Years A Slave - Featurettes


Director Steve McQueen joins the stars of '12 Years A Slave' to praise the immense level of acting skill that went into creating the movie. Among those actors were main star Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o.

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