Benicio Del Toro is reportedly in talks with Disney and Lucasfilm for a role in ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’.
Benicio Del Toro has reportedly been offered the villain role in Star Wars: Episode VIII. A number of sources close to the casting process confirmed Del Toro’s possible involvement in the sequel to Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Monday (20th July).
Benicio Del Toro at the Los Angeles premiere of Escobar: Paradise Lost in June 2015.
Amy Schumer’s shoot for GQ, in which she was photographed dressed as a ‘Star Wars’ character, was not approved by Lucasfilm.
Amy Schumer’s Star Wars themed GQ shoot was not approved by Lucasfilm. Schumer featured on the cover of GQ’s August edition in a shoot she designed herself. She was pictured in suggestive poses with robots C-3PO and R2-D2, can-can dancing with Storm troopers and partying in a bar with some beloved Star Wars characters. Some Star Wars fans took to Twitter to express their distaste and Lucasfilm was forced to reply, confirming they had nothing to do with the shoot.
Amy Schumer at the 2015 CinemaCin Big Achievements Awards, held in Las Vegas in April.
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The cast and crew of the hugely anticipated upcoming 'Star Wars' movie 'The Force Awakens' took to San Diego Comic Con International to treat the eager fans to a few surprises in celebration of the franchise's return. Among some of the people that appeared on the panel were director J.J. Abrams, producer Kathleen Kennedy and stars Adam Driver, Mark Hamill, Gwendoline Christie and of course Harrison Ford.
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30 years ago, the Rebel Alliance struck their killing blow against the Galactic Empire. The Emperor has been defeated, and his right hand man, Darth Vader, is dead. The second Death Star has been destroyed, and celebration reigned across the galaxy. But it was not the victory we once thought it was. With Imperial soldiers scattered across the galaxy, the Storm Troopers have rallied behind a new leader, a new Dark Lord of the Sith. But old heroes will rise once again, and come out of retirement, to once again wage war across the stars. The Force has awakened once more.
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'Ex Machina' is a triumph for Garland.
Ex Machina, the directorial debut from writer Alex Garland, received critical acclaim when released in the UK earlier this year, and now, as it arrives on U.S soil, it's making waves again.
Domhnall Gleeson [L] and Oscar Isaac [R] in Ex-Machina
The intriguing, intelligent sci-fi drama stars Domhnall Gleeson as a programmer working for an internet-search giant who wins a competition to spend a week at his CEO's private mountain estate. Upon his arrival, Caleb learns that the reclusive businessman Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac) has chosen him to be the human component in a Turing Test charging him with evaluating the capabilities of an A.I (Alicia Vikander).
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Despite nods from the Academy with his two previous films, J. C. Chandor has been completely ignored for 'A Most Violent Year'.
With just three features under his belt, filmmaker J.C. Chandor has won critics over with his clever writing and directing and his ability to use a cast against expectations. After 'Margin Call' (2011) and 'All Is Lost' (2013), 'A Most Violent Year' is his most ambitious film yet, a twist on the Scorsese-style gangster drama that can't help but get under the skin.
Anchored by razor-sharp performances by Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain, it was an early favourite for Oscar attention, with lots of attention from critics (Golden Globes, Critics' Choice, American regional groups, London Critics). And yet the film was completely ignored by Oscar voters.
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Slick and seductive, this exploration of artificial intelligence may essentially only have three characters, but it's complex, provocative and thoroughly engaging. After writing screenplays for films like 28 Days Later and Never Let Me Go, Alex Garland moves easily into the director's role, telling a superbly atmospheric story that twists and turns in subtle ways to both draw us in and freak us out. And the cast adds even more depth to the interaction.
Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson) is one of the smartest geeks at a technology mega-corporation, and he's thrilled when he wins a competition to spend two weeks with company founder Nathan (Oscar Isaac) at his vast isolated estate somewhere in the far reaches of what looks like Scandinavia. Once there, Nathan assigns Caleb to evaluate his latest invention, a robot named Ava (Alicia Vikander), and see if she passes the Turing Test: does Caleb remember that he's interacting with a computer? As Ava and Caleb check each other out, the heavy-drinking Nathan watches perhaps a bit too closely. Caleb begins to realise that he's never out of view, and Ava warns him not to trust Nathan. Then strange power cuts begin to hint that something else is going on here.
Where this goes is surprising because most of Garland's scripts and novels escalate to scenes of outrageous horror. But this story remains controlled and internalised; even when it gets violent, it remains emotionally resonant. And these three characters are fascinating (the fourth person in the house is Nathan's mute sushi chef, played by Sonoya Mizuno). Their conversations are packed with subtext, continually shifting the power while making us wonder who's really in control here. And the actors play them with earthy authenticity. Vikander has an uncanny humanity even though 80 percent of her body is a special effect. Gleeson is thoroughly likeable, easy to identify with as he falls into the rabbit hole. And Isaac is simply magnetic in the way he combines Nathan's groovy laid-back attitude with something vaguely sinister.
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With this confident drama, J.C. Chandor (Margin Call, All Is Lost) continues to evolve as a filmmaker, giving the mob movie a remarkably thoughtful twist with vivid characters and situations. This film holds us in a vice-grip, cleverly squeezing in on the characters and the audience with both emotional and moral dilemmas. And Oscar Isaac delivers yet another superbly textured performance, this time as a man trying desperately to remain outside the criminal world.
The title refers to 1981, when the crime rate in New York was at an all-time high. Abel (Isaac) has built his heating-oil company into a real contender, but has refused to indulge in the dodgy dealings of his competitors. Which has been difficult since he's married to Anna (Jessica Chastain), daughter of a notorious gangster. Then just as Abel takes out a loan to expand his business even further, he's hit by an indictment from the DA (David Oyelowo), which jeopardises the bank's loyalty. Meanwhile, his rivals' goons are hijacking his tanker-trucks and threatening his family. Although his chief competitor (Alessandro Nivola) denies this. And as things squeeze in on Abel and his lawyer (Albert Brooks), Anna urges them to take illegal action to get things back on track. After all, that's how business works in 1981 New York.
Isaac is utterly magnetic as Abel, a man who rejects the corruption and violence everyone else accepts as part of life. His interaction with an especially feisty Chastain is steely and riveting, as is his relationship with his young protege Julian (Elyes Gabel), a terrified hijacked driver whose storyline takes some surprising turns, some of which are a little obvious. All of the acting in the film is contained and bristling with emotion, giving the characters remarkable layers of texture that make them unusually believable and often startlingly easy to identify with.
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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' is overwhelmingly the most anticipated movie of 2015.
J.J Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been revealed as the most anticipated movie of 2015. Fandango's annual Host List is based on a survey of more than a thousand movie fans and shows that the latest film in the Star Wars empire is more anticipated than Joss Whedon's Avengers sequel Age of Ultron.
Oscar Isaac stars in Star Wars: The Force Awakens
That movie, once again starring Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson et al, came second in the annual list, while the final movie in The Hunger Games franchise, Mockingjay - Part 2, came third. Somewhat surprisingly, Fifty Shades of Grey came in fourth position on the list, while Jurassic World, starring Chris Pratt, came fifth.
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'A Most Violent Year' has a 95% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
There were murmurings of surprise when JC Chandor's drama A Most Violent Year was named film of the year by the National Board of Review in December. However, after a great swathe of positive reviews ahead of its release on New Year's Eve, the movie is considered to have a real chance of at least scoring a nomination for the biggest night on the movie's calendar.
Set during the winter of 1981 - statistically one of the most crime-ridden periods in New York City's history - A Most Violent Year follows the lives of an immigrant played by Oscar Isaac and his family as they attempt to capitalize on the American Dream.
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Winning first prize in a competition, Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson) is sent to meet the CEO and creator of the company he works for. Arriving at the mysterious private home of the illusive Nathan (Oscar Isaac), Caleb believes that he may have a chance to relax and get to know the man that created the company, and possibly earn a promotion at some point in the future. What he soon realises, is that Nathan has organised this event in order for Caleb to serve as a test subject, used to monitor the progress on of the greatest achievement of mankind to date - a fully functioning AI named Ava (Alicia Vikander). As Caleb realises what is going on, he steadily begins to learn about the meaning of being human, all through his interaction with what will soon be mankind's replacement.
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'A Most Violent Year' leading man Oscar Isaac was seen arriving at the New York premiere of the movie held at Florence Gould Hall and accompanied by a blonde female guest.
Jessica Chastain talks about her role and casting for 'A Most Violent Year' in an interview on the red carpet of the movie's New York premiere held at Florence Gould Hall. The stunning redhead looked super classy in a floor length, long sleeved red dress that perfectly complimented her flaming locks.
'A Most Violent Year' was the surprise winner of the National Board of Review's Film of the Year.
Crime drama A Most Violent Year, starring Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain, has been named film of the year by the influential National Board of Review. JC Chandor's movie also picked up acting awards from the prestigious New York based collective of academics, students and historians.
Jessica Chastain [L] and Oscar Isaac [R] in A Most Violent Year
Isaac shared his best actor prize with Birdman's Michael Keaton, while Clint Eastwood won best director for his tense Iraq drama American Sniper.
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Set three decades after the devastating events of 'Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi', the latest instalment sees a whole new adventure for Luke Skywalker and company, as both the light and dark of the universe clash once again. Episode VII, entitled 'Star Wars:
Oscar Isaac will now play prominent roles in the X-Men and Star Wars franchises.
Oscar Isaac, the actor who rose to prominence after strong showings in Drive and Inside Llewyn Davis, will play the primary villain in Bryan Singer's X-Men: Apocalypse - the next instalment in Fox's long-running Marvel Comics franchise.
Oscar Isaac has been cast as the villain in X-Men: Apocalpyse. He looks like a villain. So that's good.
Given the May 27, 2016 release date, the casting now means Isaac will appear in two blockbuster franchises in quick succession. He is due to appear in J.J Abrams hugely anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens - the first trailer for which hits this Friday (November 28, 2014).
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The 35 year-old actor will portray the first human born with the mutant-X gene in the next 'X-Men' instalment.
American actor Oscar Isaac has just finished filming for the hugely anticipated, 'Star Wars: Episode VII,' and now the 35 year-old star is reportedly set to portray the main villain in the upcoming, 'X-Men: Apocalypse.'
Isaac has been cast as the villain in 'X-Men: Apocalypse'
This could be Isaac's biggest role to date as he has the task of playing the first human born with the mutant-X gene, who is from ancient times, which fans were first introduced to during the end credits of this year's 'X-Men: Days of Future Past.' The scene was set in ancient Egypt and featured Apocalypse as a young man building a pyramid by moving giant stones through telekinetic powers.
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In 1981, New York City saw its most violent year in the city's history. When an immigrant arrives in the city in pursuit of the American Dream, he never expected that his journey would result in so much bloodshed. The man's name is Abel Morales (Oscar Isaac), and he will do anything to grow his family's business and secure the dream for his wife Anna (Jessica Chastain). But as the NYPD are forced to double their efforts with regards to putting an end to the violence, an investigation begins into the business Abel has bled to support. When the police start asking questions, Anna is forced to confront her husband about the nature of his work which, in turn, forces him to finally be totally truthful with her.
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Celebrities including Oscar Isaac and F. Murray Abraham attended The Delacorte Theatre for the opening night of Daniel Sullivan’s “fast-moving if stiff-jointed” production of “King Lear” on Tuesday evening (Aug 5).
John Lithgow plays King Lear while Annette Bening, Jessica Collins and Jessica Hecht star as his daughters Goneril, Cordelia and Regan. The reviews so far have been mixed-to-positive – Newsday’s Lina Winer said: “We do feel all degrees of temperature in Lithgow's Lear, a performance in which hot and cold both burn.”
In attendance for the special opening night was Oscar Isaac, who broke through with his performance as the titular character in Inside Llewyn Davis – The Coen Brothers excellent fictional biopic of a struggling folk singer trying desperately to navigate the Greenwich Village scene one freezing winter in America’s freewheeling 60s.
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