At the dawn of her career, Brit Marling pulled a rare feat when two films she produced, wrote and starred in were featured side-by-side at the Sundance Film Festival. The Georgetown-educated filmmaker...
Winona Ryder and director Edgar Wright will be among the star-studded panel judging the competition at next year's (15) Sundance Film Festival. Ryder and Wright, along with True Detective director Cary Fukunaga, will preside over the U.S. Dramatic Jury competition, while Interstellar co-writer Jonathan Nolan and actress/writer Brit Marling are part of the jury for the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize, which recognises science in film.
The jury members will vote on a number of films featuring stars including Viola Davis, James Franco, Jennifer Lopez, Ewan McGregor, Ryan Reynolds and Jesse Eisenberg.
The annual festival, which was founded by Robert Redford, runs from 22 January to 1 February (15) in Utah.
Actress Brit Marling was left horrified while researching lab work for her role in new sci-fi drama I Origins after accidentally destroying a student's thesis project. The Arbitrage star and actor Michael Pitt portray molecular biologists who make a groundbreaking discovering in the film, and they headed to private research school John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland to brush up on their science knowledge prior to shooting.
However, Marling reveals the trip didn't end so well for her.
She explains, "Mike Cahill, the director, his brother went to John Hopkins so Michael Pitt and I went down to the lab, and we put on the lab coats and the gloves and we learned how to splice DNA.
"The bad thing is I accidentally broke someone's thesis experiment and he'd been working on it for two years. It was really bad... He passed it (DNA slide) to me and I was looking at it through the microscope and it was so beautiful I got really excited and I turned to pass it to Michael Pitt and I dropped it. So that happened. And it didn't even make it in the film...!
"But then I made it up to him because I was like, 'I'm basically your lab slave now' and I just spent the rest of the month pipetting saline solution to test tubes for him, helping him back out. It was a rough start."
WENNThe BRIT Awards may no longer be the must-see event it was in the 90s, but it's still by far the British music industry's biggest night. Here's a look at the list of this year's nominees and the acts who should perhaps start preparing their acceptance speeches ready for February 19. British Male Solo ArtistDavid Bowie, Jake Bugg, James Blake, John Newman, Tom OdellConsidering the BRITs' reputation for awarding sales over talent, it's surprising but pleasing to see that both Gary Barlow and Robbie Williams have been snubbed here. The panel may want to justify giving New Boring singer-songwriter Tom Odell the Critics Choice award last year, but there would surely be an outcry if David Bowie didn't get the sentimental vote and pick up his first BRIT in nearly 30 years.Who Will Win: David BowieWho Should Win: David BowieBritish Female Solo ArtistBirdy, Ellie Goulding, Jessie J, Laura Marling, Laura MvulaLaura Marling surprised everyone by pipping Ellie Goulding to this award in 2011 but considering the latter's triumphant twelve months, it's difficult to see her doing the same this year. Just as long as the caterwauling Jessie J doesn’t get her hands on it.Who Will Win: Ellie GouldingWho Should Win: Laura MvulaBritish GroupArctic Monkeys, Bastille, Disclosure, One Direction, RudimentalIt’s encouraging to see the BRITs recognise two of the year's best commercial dance acts in this category, but British Group almost always goes to a guitar band so Arctic Monkeys are almost certain to add to their tally of five.Who Will Win: Arctic MonkeysWho Should Win: DisclosureBritish Breakthrough ActBastille, Disclosure, Laura Mvula, London Grammar, Tom OdellLondon Grammar produced one of the most beautiful albums of last year with If You Wait but as this award is voted for by listeners of Radio 1, it will inevitably go to the act with the biggest fan base. Step forward the unfathomably successful Bastille.Who Will Win: Bastille Who Should Win: London GrammarBritish SingleBastille ("Pompeii"), Calvin Harris ("I Need Your Love"), Disclosure ("White Noise"), Ellie Goulding ("Burn"), John Newman ("Love Me Again"), Naughty Boy ("La La La"), One Direction ("One Way Or Another/Teenage Kicks"), Passenger ("Let Her Go"), Rudimental ("Waiting All Night")Bar Passenger's contrived snoozefest, this isn't a bad list of the best-selling singles of the last year. Again voted for by the public, One Direction will inevitably walk away with the award. But it's a shame that it'll be for their karaoke mash-up of Blondie's "One Way Or Another"/The Undertones' "Teenage Kicks" rather than the far superior "Story Of My Life."Who Will Win: One DirectionWho Should Win: Naughty BoyBritish Album of the YearArctic Monkeys (AM), Bastille (Bad Blood), David Bowie (The Next Day), Disclosure (Settle), Rudimental (Home)A welcome departure from the bombastic EDM favoured by the likes of Guetta et al, Disclosure's Settle was the album that 2013 needed. But following the return-to-form of AM, BRITs favorites Arctic Monkeys will probably pick up the second and arguably the most coveted award of the night.Who Will Win: Arctic MonkeysWho Should Win: DisclosureInternational Male Solo ArtistBruno Mars, Drake, Eminem, John Grant, Justin TimberlakePossibly the biggest snub of the awards is the lack of Kanye West, who like his former touring partner Jay-Z, has been entirely ignored in favour of Justin Timberlake's two bloated and self-indulgent comeback albums and Eminem's regressive Marshall Mathers sequel. More encouraging is this year's most leftfield nominee John Grant, but with Bruno Mars set to perform on the night, this category will only go one way.Who Will Win: Bruno MarsWho Should Win: John GrantInternational Female Solo ArtistJanelle Monae, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Lorde, PinkSuggesting the BRITs panel aren't too keen on the whole twerking phenomenon, Miley Cyrus is another major omission here. Lorde might be worth an outside bet but currently the most bankable pop star on the planet, Katy Perry will probably reign supreme.Who Will Win: Katy PerryWho Should Win: Janelle MonaeInternational GroupArcade Fire, Daft Punk, Haim, Kings Of Leon, Macklemore & Ryan LewisIf there was an award for Best International Single, Daft Punk would run away with it. But despite the mixed reaction to their last album, the BRITs are more likely to favour Kings of Leon than any of the more adventurous names on the list.Who Will Win: Kings Of LeonWho Should Win: Haim
Rockers Bastille and dance duo Disclosure will lead the way at the U.K.'s 2014 Brit Awards after landing four nominations apiece. The quartet's Pompeii hit will go head-to-head with Disclosure's White Noise for British Single, while Bastille's Bad Blood debut will compete against the electronic stars' Settle for the British Album of the Year prize.
The two acts will also fight it out for British Group and Best Breakthrough Artist.
David Bowie has landed a nod in the British Male Solo category, alongside James Blake, John Newman, Tom Odell and Jake Bugg, while the British Female Solo category will be a battle between Ellie Goulding, Jessie J, Laura Marling, Birdy and Laura Mvula.
Goulding has also scored a double nomination for British Single with her Calvin Harris collaboration I Need Your Love and solo hit Burn both earning mentions, while contenders for the International categories include Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Lorde, Arcade Fire, Daft Punk, Kings of Leon and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
The winners will be unveiled during a ceremony in London on 19 February (14), when the shortlists for the Brits Global Success Award and the British Music Video title will both be announced.
The full list of nominees is as follows:
British Male Solo:
British Female Solo:
Best Breakthrough Act:
Bastille - Pompeii
Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Goulding - I Need Your Love
Disclosure - White Noise
Ellie Goulding - Burn
John Newman - Love Me Again
Naughty Boy featuring Sam Smith - La La La
Olly Murs - Dear Diary
One Direction - One Way Or Another
Passenger - Let Her Go
Rudimental featuring Ella Eyre - Waiting All Night
British Album of the Year:
Arctic Monkeys - AM
Bastille - Bad Blood
David Bowie - The Next Day
Disclosure - Settle
Rudimental - Home
International Male Solo:
International Female Solo:
Kings of Leon
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
British Producer of the Year:
Flood and Alan Moulder
Brit Critics Choice:
Brit Marling has joined James Nesbitt in director Danny Boyle's Babylon, UK cop drama about an American PR expert who attempts to bolster the image of the London police department. After her breakout in 2010's After Earth, Marling took a few parts in other films, but this will be her first starring role in a TV series. The show would look at every side of police work, like a (hopefully) more inventive Law and Order; with the American character there to bridge cultural differences, this could be the next British/American crossover hit. Boyle will be producing and directing while the show is written by Peep Show alums Sam Bains and Jesse Armstrong. And while Peep Show was a comedy, the amazing way in which it built moments and orchestrated the most elaborate possible embarrassment for its characters speaks to two great storytellers who should be able to transition well to drama.
Boyle seems determined to bring his signature visual style to both UK and American television, with projects developing on both sides of the Atlantic. In addition to Babylon, over here he's working with Simon Beaufoy and Christian Colson, who helped write and produce Boyle's films Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours, to beat Michael Bay to the story of the Norweigens who helped destroy Hitler's nuclear facilities. Their project is called Telemark and would appear on FX.
Boyle is confident that both Telemark and Babylon will be able to capture his unique filmmaking style, which is both visually ambitious and adrenaline-filled, despite the limited budget of television. So add Boyle to the list of talent who's stepping over to television from the world of film. Even if it's simply because he believes these two ideas are best suited for series instead of standalone stories, it does make it ever clearer that the move between the two mediums is a lateral one. And with Boyle's last film, Trance, underperforming at the box office, maybe he'll find that TV actually marks a better place for some of his ideas. Either way, it's a great gain for TV fans.
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Ah, the coveted Barclaycard Mercury Prize, where David Bowie and post-dubstep trailblazers you have never heard of pile in next to Arctic Monkeys for a televised extravaganza (ok, a televised gig in a room, where drunk industry people are eating meat and potatoes).
So what’s it all about? Well, in theory, it’s an indie-leaning prize for Album of the Year. Yep –that’s basically it. No ‘Most Charismatic Baby In A Music Video’. No ‘Most Dynamic Slut Drop’. It’s all about the music. One album of it. The best album, ever (this whole year). David Guetta and Psy do not feature – it’s a more chinstroking affair, accompanied by lots and lots of whingeing.
In typical Brit style, we love to hate the Mercury Prize. Even if you win, you can’t REALLY win. Every year the shortlisted nominations are greeted with much mewling and sniveling about the lineup and this year is no exception (YAY! Let’s have a good old moan up!).
As in, 2013’s Albums of the Year shortlist is great...if your favorite ice cream’s vanilla, your favorite dog is a golden retriever, your favorite cerea- you get the idea (you’re boring, not an idiot!).
The best bit is, you can be a dad who likes Pavement, a blogger who only likes Slayer and cats with dwarfism, or Katy Perry’s biggest fan (maybe). A colorful tapestry of impossible-to-please music lovers hating on this prize, while secretly rooting for the indie bedrock at its core is what makes Britain – and this prize - great.
Here are the contenders.
Arctic Monkeys: AM David Bowie: 'The Next Day' Disclosure: Settle Foals: Holy Fire Jake Bugg: Jake Bugg James Blake: Overgrown Jon Hopkins: Immunity Laura Marling: Once I Was An Eagle Laura Mvula: Sing To The Moon Rudimental: Home Savages: Silence Yourself Villagers: Awayland
Pick an artist at random and bitch about them, maybe while wearing a Joy Division t-shirt. That’s the charm of the Mercury Prize: a little healthy cynicism - and a lot of pretending you know anything about the albums in question down the pub.
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It looks like Ellen Page and Alexander Skarsgard are more than just co-stars. While promoting their indie thriller The East in San Francisco, director Zal Batmanglij snapped a pic of the couple frolicking in the grass. Although they have yet to officially confirm their relationship, it only takes one glance at this adorable picture to see that the actors are more than friends.
The photo (below), which Batmanglij tweeted on June 8, shows the 36-year-old True Blood hunk planting a tender kiss on 26-year-old Page. The Juno star later retweeted the photo, adding the caption "Canadian tuxedo party" in reference to their matching denim shirts.
This reminds me of shooting. When we'd lie in the grass listening to Toby practice Rostam's piano piece. #TheEast twitter.com/z_al/status/34…
— Zal Batmanglij (@z_al) June 9, 2013
The pair met on the set of The East and have reportedly been dating for about a year. Indeed, they've been looking pretty cozy in their many red carpet appearances to promote the movie.
The East, which is currently in theaters, tells the story of an FBI agent who goes undercover to infiltrate an anarchist group, only to find herself falling in love with its leader. While Page plays Skarsgard's former lover in the film, it looks like her real-life relationship with the Swedish actor is anything but over.
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Imagine, if you can, you've landed yourself an elite, no-nonsense job as an operative for a private intelligence firm, only to see your priorities shift upon infiltrating the anarchist group you were tasked with taking down. Sounds like a recipe for a very awkward conversation with your boss — or the plot to upcoming thriller The East.
Brit Marling stars as the aforementioned operative, tasked with helping her multi-billion dollar corporation clients fight the anted-up, Occupy-Eco-Terror-esque group of anarchists called The East. It is The East's plot to get justice for the environment at any cost — a cost mostly paid by the corporations for which Marling's character Sarah works. Sarah infiltrates The East's ranks in order to bring them down from the inside — but things get complicated when she starts to fall for the group's charismatic leader, Benji (Alexander Skarsgård). Sarah must decide where her alliegance lies: with the man she's developing feelings for, or the people that pay her salary. Also starring Ellen Page and Patricia Clarkson, this thriller is not to be missed.
The East hits theaters on May 31st, but we've got an exclusive look at the film in the photos below.
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Folk star Laura Marling secretly quit music last year (12) to train as a chef. The singer/songwriter was plunged into a deep depression after ending a dysfunctional relationship, and she was gripped with crippling self-doubt about her chosen career.
The Brit became convinced her life as a musician would not last, so she decided to take a break and re-train for a new vocation as a restaurant cook.
Marling tells Uncut magazine, "I thought, 'I'm going to have to come up with a back-up plan, because I don't even know if I'm going to be able to keep this up forever.' So I walked into a London restaurant I go to a lot and said, 'I'm competent. I've got a chef's knife. Could I come in and work?' Much to my surprise and delight they said, 'Of course. We actually just lost someone so we need someone to fill in.'
"I was elated, but then I realised I had to begin work at 5.30am. I was very quickly aware that I have never actually worked a day in my life. But while that was quickly apparent, it was amazing too, because I learned lots of technical stuff and I learned how consistent you have to be at a restaurant.
"After coming out of all of that, it's been a relief opening myself up to feeling young and naive and allowing myself to behave like that."
Marling is set to return to her first love with the release of her new album, Once I Was An Eagle, next month (May13).
Actress Brit Marling learned to live on the cheap by spending a summer traveling with her writing partner and surviving off food they found in dumpsters. The Arbitrage and Another Earth star and her director pal Zal Batmanglij hit the road in 2009 and spent two months living for free as inspiration for their raw new movie The East, about the rise against corporate culture, and Marling insists it was an eye-opening experience.
She tells Glamour magazine, "We wanted to have a summer adventure. We learned to train-hop and Dumpster dive, which sounds gross, but I actually made restaurant-worthy vegan meals out of food from a Dumpster. My whole perspective on the world shifted, and I came back wanting to tell stories about the experience."
And the 29 year old admits her mum and dad were worried she'd lost her way after hearing about their daughter's plans, joking, "My parents... thought I'd lost my mind... By that point... I'd studied economics and art at Georgetown University (in Washington, D.C.), then passed on an investment banking job and headed to Cuba to make a documentary."
Cast opposite director Robert Redford in thriller "The Company You Keep"
Co-wrote, co-produced, and acted in "Sound of My Voice"
Played the daughter and chief accountant of a fraudulent hedge-fund manager (Richard Gere) in financial thriller "Arbitrage"
First gained notice for co-writing and co-directing documentary "Boxers and Ballerinas" with Mike Cahill
Released first feature-length, narrative film "Another Earth"; starred in, co-wrote, and co-produced
At the dawn of her career, Brit Marling pulled a rare feat when two films she produced, wrote and starred in were featured side-by-side at the Sundance Film Festival. The Georgetown-educated filmmaker launched her career with the critically acclaimed documentary "Boxers and Ballerinas" (2004), about the socio-political environment surrounding aspiring young athletes living in Havana, Cuba and neighboring Florida. In 2011, Marling drew raves for "Another Earth," a science fiction drama revolving around a tragic car accident that evolves into an unlikely relationship between the female driver and the widower from the vehicle she hit. Marling delivered an equally impressive performance that year with "The Sound of My Voice," as a ruthless cult leader who claims to have time-traveled from 2054. Both "Another Earth" and "The Sound of My Voice" showcased Marling's multitude of talents on and off-camera, and established her presence in Hollywood as a groundbreaking and fearless film auteur.
After a summer interning at Goldman Sachs, Marling turned down a job offer at the investment bank, telling them she wanted to be an artist.