Alex Garland, the author of The Beach and screenwriter of 28 Days Later and Dredd, makes his directorial debut with Ex Machina, which features two next-generation Star Wars actors in a thriller about an artificial-intelligence experiment. Domhnall Gleeson plays a low-level programmer who’s selected by his internet company’s reclusive CEO (Oscar Isaac) to take part in a unique Turing Test with Ava (Alicia Vikander), an alluring and sophisticated creature who might be more advanced than both men can fathom. “One day, the AIs are going to look back on us the same way we look at fossils,” says Isaac’s genius. READ FULL STORY
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Oscar Isaac is having a pretty good year. The Juilliard-trained actor has been on a bit of a roll since being cast as the lead in Inside Llewyn Davis; the Coen brothers’ ’60s folk noir may not have gotten the awards traction that could have made Isaac’s breakout a truly golden ride, but it’s not like the lack of an Oscar nomination dimmed his prospects either. Not only did he score a choice role opposite Jessica Chastain in director J.C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year, which recently received an awards-season friendly 2014 release date—he was also cast in Star Wars: Episode VII. But you already knew that one.
In his latest, an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s 1964 novel The Two Faces of January, Isaac plays Rydal, a clean-shaven, fedora-sporting American abroad who’s been leading the life of a quiet, small time scam artist in Greece till he takes up with a beguiling American couple played by Kirsten Dunst (Colette) and Viggo Mortensen (Chester). When a symbol of Chester’s less-than-honest past pays him an unexpected visit, a violent incident tethers the three travelers for the remainder of the slow-burning thriller, directed and adapted by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Hossein Amini (The Wings of the Dove).
“He didn’t look, necessarily, like the part was described in the book, but he can do anything. He has this thing that my favorite kind of actors have in that they’re kind of edgy and dangerous, but he has this innocence as well,” said Amini, who met Isaac on Drive, which he wrote the screenplay for. “You can feel it when he’s flirting with Kirsten, and he looks over and sees Viggo and feels guilty and tries to include him in the conversation. He can switch moods so quickly. I don’t know many actors who can go toe-to-toe with Viggo.”
EW spoke to Isaac about The Two Faces of January (available now on VOD and in select theaters on Sept. 26), the game-changing moments of his career and even a bit about Star Wars, which he’s currently filming in London.
A Most Violent Year, director J.C. Chandor’s film about a successful New York businessman whose quest for the American Dream is punctured by the gritty realities of 1981 New York, will open Dec. 31 and qualify for this year’s Oscar’s races.
Oscar Isaac plays Abel, the idealistic and well-intentioned gas businessman whose growing profits bump up against the New York underworld. His wife, Anna (Jessica Chastain), has some family connections who might be able to lend him some muscle. Albert Brooks also stars.
The film, distributed by A24, will expand nationally in January. It’s Chandor’s third film, following Margin Call and last year’s All Is Lost. READ FULL STORY
Director J.C. Chandor turns back the clock to 1981, one of the deadliest years in New York City history, for A Most Violent Year, an action-packed drama (due this fall) about surviving the American dream. Oscar Isaac plays Abel, a principled gas businessman whose growing profits bump up against the New York underworld. His wife, Anna (Jessica Chastain), has some Brooklyn connections who might be able to lend some muscle when rivals start hijacking their gas trucks. “Her father and brother are well-connected on the wrong side of the law and Abel is not,” says Chastain. “There are certain things he won’t do, [so] she thinks maybe she has to. Like, maybe I have to be the man, too.” READ FULL STORY
The Coen brothers latest movie was sweet music to the ears of the Toronto Film Critics Association. Inside Llewyn Davis and its star, Oscar Isaac, were named Best Picture and Best Actor respectively, and the sibling filmmakers were mentioned as runners-up for Best Director and Best Screenplay. Alfonso Cuarón won Best Director for Gravity, and Spike Jonze won the screenwriting award for Her.
In the other major acting categories, Oscar frontunners Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine), Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club), and Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle) won.
Hayao Miyazaki’s animated biopic The Wind Rises won for Best Animated Feature, and Neighboring Sounds was named Best First Feature edging Fruitvale Station and Lake Bell’s In a World….
The Toronto critics have a contrarian bent, and are not relied on to necessarily forecast the Oscars. In recent years, they’ve honored The Master, The Tree of Life, Hunger, and Wendy and Lucy for Best Picture.
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Golden Globes: 'Inside Llewyn Davis' star Oscar Isaac on his nomination and general distaste for cats
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Congrats on the nomination! That must feel great. But does having to do hours of interviews at the crack of dawn put a damper on things?
OSCAR ISAAC: [Laughs] A little bit. My family is like, “What the crap, man? Answer your phone!”
If you decide to indulge yourself and celebrate, what will you do?
I guess do some drinking. I’ve been trying to stay away from it because you need the energy, but I might have to have a celebratory champagne. I do love streaking, so I’m kind of fighting the urge to streak in the airplane up and down the aisle. I’ll let you know as I get into this champagne. READ FULL STORY
• Inside Llewyn Davis lead Oscar Isaac is set to join fellow Julliard classmate Jessica Chastain in A Most Violent Year. Isaac is replacing Javier Bardem (reportedly over a disagreement about the script) in the film, which tells the story of a man who immigrates to the U.S. and works his way up to become a successful businessman. Set in 1981 in New York, the movie will deal with citywide corruption. The Wrap also reports that Stanley Tucci is a potential for the film, which J.C. Chandor (All Is Lost) will direct. Isaac currently has three thrillers in post-production: Mojave with Garrett Hedlund, The Two Faces of January with Kirsten Dunst, and Ex Machina with Domhnall Gleeson. [THR]
'Inside Llewyn Davis': Oscar Isaac, Marcus Mumford, and the Punch Brothers perform a song from the film -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
The star of the upcoming Coen brothers film Inside Llewyn Davis may be the dark, handsome, and somewhat mysterious Oscar Isaac, but the soul of the film is its music — a folk-inspired soundtrack featuring some of the biggest names in music, including Justin Timberlake. Isaac is featured on several of the tracks, which he performs himself in the film as the titular down-on-his-luck songsmith Llewyn Davis. To celebrate the film, the producers staged a concert in New York with folk geniuses the Punch Brothers (literally — band leader Chris Thile won a MacArthur Genius Award in 2012) and filmed the event for an upcoming Showtime special. The Punch Brothers were joined by Isaac and Mumford & Sons frontman Marcus Mumford (who associate produced the soundtrack) on “Fare Thee Well,” which you can listen to in an exclusive clip below.
Inside Llewyn Davis is a road-trip story. The title man is a musician on a mission — he wants to make his living playing music. Unfortunately, life keeps getting in the way. His friends and family are exasperated with the man and his impractical job. He, himself, is freezing, unable to afford a winter coat. Still, Llewyn is determined to share his passion through records and live shows, so he takes to the road to look for opportunities.
The new trailer tells us a little more about the despondent man but stops just short of letting us see him audition for a big music mogul.
Check out the trailer below:
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The new trailer for Joel and Ethan Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davis shows the titular character trekking around, selling his songs and clutching a cat.
The film is set in the 1960s when the music scene in New York was struggling. Inspired by the book The Mayor of MacDougal Street by folk singer Dave Van Ronk, the story follows Llewyn Davis as he struggles to make a living with his music.
Co-starring Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund, and Adam Driver, the film features live singing produced by T-Bone Burnett and Marcus Mumford (Mulligan’s husband). Burnett also worked with the Coen brothers on the soundtrack to O Brother, Where Art Thou.
If the songs in the trailer are any indication, the film is going to have another great soundtrack to accompany the classic Coen brothers eclecticism. Check it out here:
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