Say hello to Oscar Isaac because he's here to stay. The Inside Llewyn Davis star is set to replace Javier Bardem in writer-director J.C. Chandor's A Most Violent Year, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The director confirmed the news at Monday night's Gotham Awards.
The film is a period piece set in 1981 – which Chandor describes as "one of the most violent years on record" – and follows a Hispanic man who immigrates to America and becomes an extremely successful businessman.
After taking a few steps toward stardom in his busy 2011 – Isaac starred alongside Ryan Gosling in Drive, as well as with Channing Tatum in 10 Years and Madonna on the historical drama W.E. (but you didn't see those) – and receiving favorable reviews from critics for his performance in the recent Coen Brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis, signing on to Violent might be the final credential Isaac needs to secure a name for himself in the acting world. Not only is the film helmed by Chandor, who has most recently been pushing his film All Is Lost during this year's Oscar season, but two-time Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain has already committed to playing the female lead and Stanley Tucci has been rumored to take on a supporting role. Not to mention that the male lead role was previously slotted for the well-known Bardem before he dropped out due to "disagreements about the direction of the script," according to THR. To say the least, Isaac has most definitely surrounded himself with the right kind of people to advance his career.
Additionally, Violent and Inside Llewyn Davis aren't the only movies helping to push his name out there. Isaac is set to star in four upcoming indie films: Mojave, In Secret, Ex Machina, and The Two Faces of January. And with such a busy schedule, and his ever-rising fame, it’s no wonder that Isaac was willing (and able) to turn down a role in Ridley Scott's Exodus. And when you're able to turn down a role, you’ve either made it, or, well... you're just dumb. We guess we'll find out soon enough if Isaac is the former or the latter. (Although, we hope, and assume, it will be the former).
A Most Violent Year is set to begin filming in January 2014.
Actor Oscar Isaac is set to replace Javier Bardem in A Most Violent Year after the Spanish star reportedly fell out with director J.c. Chandor. The Skyfall star was cast alongside Jessica Chastain in the film about a Hispanic businessman who fights to protect his heating oil empire in 1981 New York, but dropped out earlier this year (13) due to creative differences with Chandor, who also wrote the script.
Chandor tells The Hollywood Reporter, "It was very sad, after eight months of working on the script with Bardem, for that to fall apart. We just never could get there."
The filmmaker admits finding a replacement was easy: "As I was having these problems with Bardem, the answer was right in front of my eyes. It's really neat because Jessica was pushing Oscar because they were classmates at Juilliard. And he literally is this character."
Chandor is also keen to re-team with his Margin Call star Stanley Tucci, and is reportedly courting him for a role in the movie, according to TheWrap.com.
A Most Violent Year will start filming in New York in January (14) and is set to hit theatres in the U.S. in 2015.
As the winds of award show nominations pick up, you won't be surprised to find 12 Years a Slave at the top of every list. But the Academy, the Golden Globes, and the various other captains of the circuit are inclined to overlook some of our smaller, more personal favorites in lieu of the big, grand, and wholly unavoidable awardable pictures like Steven McQueen's American slavery epic. That is not to rob 12 Years of Slave of its due credit — the film absolutely deserves as much awards attention as it is getting. It's simply the sort of movie that you know will get awards attention right out of the gate... whereas pictures just as pristine such as Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig's Frances Ha, likely won't be the center of attention come Oscar night. But that's what the Independent Spirit Awards are for: to recognize the movies that we cherish with intimacy rather than with grandeur. Among them are Frances Ha, new release Nebraska, Robert Redford's nearly wordless All Is Lost (also a viable candidate for the Academy, due to its own dezzling veneer), the Coen Bros' upcoming Inside Llewyn Davis, and, yes, of course, 12 Years a Slave.
Check out the full list of nods below.
BEST FEATURE 12 Years A Slave All Is Lost Frances Ha Inside Llewyn Davis Nebraska
BEST LEAD FEMALE Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine Julie Delpy, Before Midnight Gaby Hoffman, Crystal Fairy Brie Larson, Short Term 12 Shailene Woodley, The Spectacular Now
BEST LEAD MALE Bruce Dern, Nebraska Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years A Slave Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis Michael B. Jordan, Fruitvale Station Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club Robert Redford, All Is Lost
BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE Melonie Diaz, Fruitvale StationSally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years A Slave Yolanda Ross, Go For Sisters June Squibb, Nebraska
BEST SUPPORTING MALE Michael Fassbender, 12 Years A Slave Will Forte, Nebraska James Gandolfini, Enough Said Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club Keith Stanfield, Short Term 12
BEST DIRECTOR Shane Carruth, Upstream Color J.C. Chandor, All Is Lost Steve McQueen, 12 Years A Slave Jeff Nichols, Mud Alexander Payne, Nebraska
BEST FIRST FEATUREBlue Caprice Concussion Fruitvale Station Una Noche Wadjda
JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD Computer Chess Crystal Fairy Museum Hours Pit Stop This Is Martin Bonner
BEST SCREENPLAY Woody Allen, Blue Jasmine Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, Richard Linklater, Before Midnight Nicole Holofcener, Enough Said Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber, The Spectacular Now John Ridley, 12 Years A Slave
BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY Lake Bell, In A World Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Don Jon Bob Nelson, Nebraska Jill Soloway, Afternoon Delight Michael Starburry, The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister & Pete
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHYSean Bobbitt, 12 Years A Slave Benoit Debie, Spring Breakers Bruno Delbonnel, Inside Llewyn Davis Frank G. Demarco, All Is Lost Matthias Grunsky, Computer Chess
BEST EDITING Shane Carruth & David Lowery, Upstream Color Jem Cohen & Marc Vives, Museum Hours Jennifer Lame, Frances Ha Cindy Lee, Una Noche Nat Sanders, Short Term 12
BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM A Touch Of Sin Blue Is The Warmest ColorGloriaThe Great Beauty The Hunt
BEST DOCUMENTARYThe Act Of Killing After Tiller Gideon's ArmyThe Square Twenty Feet From Stardom
PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARDToby Halbrooks & James M. JohnsonJacob JaffkeAndrea RoaFerderick Thornton
TRUER THAN FICTION AWARDS Kalyanee Mam, A River Changes Course Jason Osder, Let The Fire Burn Stephanie Spray & Pancho Valez, Manakamana
SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARDS Aaron Douglas Johnston, My Sisters' Quinceanera Shaka King, Newlyweeds Madeleine Olnek, The Foxy Merkins
ROBERT ALTMAN AWARDMud
Critically-acclaimed drama 12 Years A Slave looks set to dominate the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards after landing seven nominations. The period movie, about a free black man from New York who is abducted and sold into slavery, has landed filmmaker Steve McQueen a nod for Best Director, while Chiwetel Ejiofor is shortlisted for Best Male Lead, and Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o will compete in the supporting actor and actress categories, respectively.
12 Years A Slave has also scored nods for screenplay and cinematography, and the film will also be up against All Is Lost, Frances Ha, Inside Llewyn Davis and Nebraska for the Best Feature title.
Father-and-son movie Nebraska is another multiple nominee, earning five mentions - Alexander Payne is up for Best Director, alongside McQueen, J.C. Chandor for All Is Lost, Jeff Nichols for Mud and Shane Carruth for Upstream Color; and Bruce Dern will battle for Best Male Lead, against Ejiofor, Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station), Robert Redford (All Is Lost) and Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club).
Meanwhile, the Best Female Lead contenders include Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine, Julie Delpy for Before Midnight, and Shailene Woodley for her role in The Spectacular Now.
Among the other notable nominations: James Gandolfini has been shortlisted posthumously for Best Supporting Male for his performance in his last film, romantic comedy Enough Said, and the Best First Screenplay category features Lake Bell for In A World and Joseph Gordon-Levitt for Don Jon.
Jeff Nichols' Mud will receive the Robert Altman Award, which recognises the director, casting director and ensemble cast of a movie.
To be eligible for an Independent Spirit nod, all films must have been made for less than $20 million (£13.3 million). Movies must have either screened at a major film festival, including Sundance, Toronto or the Los Angeles Film Festival, or run for at least a week at a commercial theatre.
The winners will be unveiled at a ceremony in California on 1 March (14), on the eve of the 2014 Academy Awards.
We often lament the state of Hollywood as we know it for its propensity for mindless actioners, superfluous sequels, and illegitimate romances. But if there's one thing the latter half of 2013 taught us, it's that there's still a wealth of artistic integrity brewing at showbiz sea level. This year brought two new names into the directing game: Destin Cretton, who helmed the unbelievably moving dramatic feature film Short Term 12, and Garth Davis, responsible for the chilling, crisp, and beautiful Sundance Channel miniseries Top of the Lake. Both of these previous unknowns have earned a good deal of chatter for their achievements this year, and both are moving onto new projects already.
Variety reports that Cretton, who also helmed the 2012 music-themed indie I Am Not a Hipster (to far less impressive results than his follow-up film) and a number of shorts over the past decade, is in talks to take on Lionsgate's developing adaptation of The Glass Castle, writer Jeannette Walls' 2005 memoir about growing up in a nontraditional, definitively dysfunctional family. Having pumped such an impressively authentic humanity into Short Term 12, which starred Brie Larson as a counselor at a foster care facility for underprivileged children, Cretton seems a fitting choice for Walls' often heartbreaking, regularly jagged story. Jennifer Lawrence is set to star as Walls in the dramatic film.
As for Davis, whose 7-episode series featured Elisabeth Moss as a New Zealand detective struggling with the mysterious impregnation and disappearance of a pre-pubescent girl, Deadline reports his negotiations for Warner Bros' Shantaram, a long-gestating novel adaptation being produced by Johnny Depp. The source material comes from author Gregory David Roberts and follows an Australian escaped convict and drug addict on his journey to India. Joel Edgerton has been tapped to star in the picture. Shantaram would mark Davis' feature debut.
Beyond Cretton and Davis, 2013 has brought many other budding filmmakers to our attention: Pablo Larraín (No), J.C. Chandor (All Is Lost), Sebastián Silva (Crystal Fairy and Magic Magic), and Randy Moore (Escape from Tomorrow) among them. We're happy to see two members of this lot getting their due recognition.
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Robert Redford was terrified of sustaining an injury during the shooting of his new solo movie All Is Lost as it would have forced the entire project to shut down. The Hollywood veteran plays a man stranded on a yacht in the middle of the Indian Ocean and he is the only actor to appear in the film, which is virtually dialogue-free.
The bold move to have just one actor onboard led to huge insurance premiums to cover losses in case Redford, 76, hurt himself in a stunt scene, and director J.C. Chandor admits they all lived in fear of an injury.
Chandor tells the Sydney Morning Herald, "It was very expensive (the insurance) and it hung over our entire shoot.
"Mr Redford and I never really slept well for the entire time, knowing that it would have been a total loss, basically, if something had gone wrong."
The film includes a number of stunts, and Redford's body double was on hand to help make sure the star did not take any risks.
Chandor adds, ''He was a wonderful guy, he was Mr Redford's body double in five or six shots, and all the other times he was there helping me build the sequences so we could do them safely."
The Cannes Film Festival: where big name Hollywood stars and renowned American directors rub shoulders with the global elite. It's like moviedom's version of the Olympics, filmmakers and performers from around the world spend a week along the beaches of France, showing off their latest work in hopes of generating buzz and finding breakout success.
This year's slate of films sports plenty of recognizable faces: Ryan Gosling reteams with his Drive director Nicolas Winding-Refn for Only God Forgives; the Coen Bros. will show their loose Dave Van Ronk biopic starring Oscar Isaacs, Carey Mulligan, and Justin Timberlake; Steven Soderbergh's HBO movie Behind The Candelabra touts Matt Damon and Michael Douglas; and the "Out of Competition" category boasts Emma Watson's bad girl crime pic Bling Ring and the James Franco-directed Faulkner adaptation, As I Lay Dying. A packed roster.
On top of that, Cannes 2013 also has an eclectic collection of foreign films that look equally fascinating — if they can live side by side with the Hollywood elite, that means something.
Dive in to the full lineup below and watch out for Hollywood.com's coverage of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival when the debuts begin in mid-May:
Opening film: The Great Gatsby, dir: Baz Luhrmann
Closing film: Zulu, dir: Jérôme Salle
CompetitionOnly God Forgives, dir: Nicolas Winding-RefnLa Grande Bellezza, dir: Paolo SorrentinoBehind The Candelabra, Steven SoderberghThe Immigrant, dir: James GrayVenus In Fur, dir: Roman PolanskiStraw Shield, dir: Takashi MiikeNebraska, dir: Alexander PayneJeune Et Jolie, dir: Francois OzonThe Past, dir: Asghar FarhadiInside Llewyn Davis, dir: Joel & Ethan CoenJimmy P., dir: Arnaud DesplechinHeli, dir: Amat EscalanteGrisgris, dir: Mahamat-Saleh HarounLike Father Like Son, dir: Hirokazu Kore-EdaLa Vie D’Adèle, dir: Abdellatif KechicheBorgman, dir: Alex Vann WarmerdamA Touch Of Sin, dir: Zhangke JiaMichael Kohlhaas, dir: Arnaud DespallièresUn Château En Italie, dir: Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi
Out of CompetitionBlood Ties, dir: Guillaume CanetAll Is Lost, dir: J.C. Chandor
Un Certain RegardThe Bling Ring, dir: Sofia Coppola (Opening film)Omar, dir: Hany Abu-AssadDeath March, dir: Adolfo Alix, JrFruitvale: dir: Ryan Coogler*The Bastards, dir: Claire DenisNorte, Hangganan Ng Kasaysayan, dir: Lav DiazAs I Lay Dying, dir: James FrancoMiele, dir: Valeria Golino*L’Inconnu Du Lac, dir: Alain GuiraudieBends, dir: Flora Lau*L’Image Manquante, dir: Rithy PanhLa Jaula De Oro, dir: Diego Quemada-Diez*Anonymousv, dir: Mohammad RasoulofSarah Préfère La Course, dir: Chloé Robichaud*Grand Central, dir: Rebecca Zlotowski
Midnight ScreeningsBlind Detective, dir: Johnnie ToMonsoon Shootout, dir: Amit Kumar*
Homage To Jerry LewisMax Rose, dir: Daniel Noah
Special ScreeningsSeduced And Abandoned, dir: James TobackWeekend Of A Champion, dir: Roman PolanskiMuhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight, dir: Stephen FrearsStop The Pounding Heart, dir: Roberto MinerviniBite The Dust, dir: Taisia Igumentseva (Cinéfondation)*
Gala Screening in honor of IndiaBombay Talkies, dirs: Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar, Karan Johar
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Robert Redford is pushing the boundaries of filmmaking by starring in a movie without dialogue.
The Indecent Proposal star plays a man lost at sea in a new film from Oscar-nominated writer/director J.C. Chandor, and he is the only member of the cast.
Redford has now revealed his solo performance in All Is Lost, which focuses on his character's battle to stay alive, doesn't include any talking.
Speaking during a press conference to launch his Sundance Film Festival in Utah this week (end20Jan13), Redford admitted the film has "no dialogue" but he remained tight-lipped about the rest of the details.
The 2013 Sundance Film Festival runs from 17 January (13) to 27 January (13).
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A day after the silent black and white movie picked up six trophies at France's Oscars, the Cesars, on Friday (24Feb12), it claimed the Best Feature honour at the annual Academy Awards eve celebration of indie movies in Santa Monica, California.
Filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius added to his trophy cabinet by picking up another Best Director award, making him the clear favourite to claim gold at the Oscars on Sunday, and his leading man Jean Dujardin was also a winner on Saturday afternoon (25Feb12) as he picked up Best Male Lead for his role as silent movie star George Valentin.
The Artists' four-trophy haul was completed by Guillaume Schiffman, who claimed the Best Cinematography prize at the Spirits.
The event's first award went to Christopher Plummer, who was named Best Supporting Actor for his role in Beginners. He too is now a clear favourite to take home an Oscar on Sunday night.
George Clooney's film The Descendants landed his movie daughter Shailene Woodley a Best Supporting Actress honour, while the movie's writer and director Alexander Payne scored the Independent Spirits' Best Screenplay prize.
Other major winners included Michelle Williams, who claimed the Best Female Lead award for her stunning turn as Marilyn Monroe in My Week With Marilyn, A Separation (Best International Film), The Interrupters (Best Documentary) and cancer survivor Will Reiser, whose 50/50 film about his health battle won him the night's Best First Screenplay award.
Reiser's leading man and best friend Seth Rogen hosted the Spirits.
The full list of winners is:
Best Feature - The Artist
Best Director - Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist)
Best Screenplay - Alexander Payne (The Descendants)
Best First Feature - J.C. Chandor (Margin Call)
Best First Screenplay - Will Reiser (50/50)
Best Female Lead - Michelle Williams (My Week With Marilyn)
Best Male Lead - Jean Dujardin (The Artist)
Best Supporting Female - Shailene Woodley (The Descendants)
Best Supporting Male - Christopher Plummer (Beginners)
Best Cinematography - Guillaume Schiffman (The Artist)
Best Documentary - The Interrupters
Best International Film: A Separation
John Cassavetes Award - Dee Rees (writer/director of Pariah)
Producers Award - Sophia Lin (Take Shelter)
Someone to Watch Award - Mark Jackson (Without)
Truer Than Fiction Award - Heather Courtney (Where Soldiers Come From)
Robert Altman Award - cast of Margin Call
We've all been clamoring about what new TV show might replace LOST. Candidates include Alcatraz, The River, Cougar Town...but perhaps we've been going about this all wrong. Perhaps what we need...is a MOVIE.
Robert Redford has come to terms with this. A couple of months back, it was reported that he'd be involved in a film titled All Is Lost, which would pit the star in a survival story while stranded on the ocean. It is confirmed now that Redford will indeed be starring in this new adventure thriller, which will be directed by the man behind Margin Call, J.C. Chandor.
So, a fundamental, resounding "Yes!" is in order. Redford is getting back in the game in a big way, with this project and the in-development The Company You Keep, which he is starring in and directing. All Is Lost will be Chandor's second stint at writing/directing after the well-received takedown of the economy's plunge and those arguably responsible. And the ocean...well, the ocean has done us well in film before. Remember Jaws? Remember Titanic? Remember Cougar Town: The Straight-to-Video Deep Sea Adventure? Well, All is Lost promises to blow all of those movies out of the—no. That's too much.