Alex Ebert, the frontman of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, won a Golden Globe for his work composing the score to last year’s Robert Redford drama All Is Lost. This year, Ebert has once again partnered with director J.C. Chandor on A Most Violent Year, which takes them off the high seas and into the gritty, crime-ridden world of 1981 New York. READ FULL STORY
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Technically, A Most Violent Year isn’t set during New York City’s most violent year. According to writer/director J.C. Chandor, that would be 1991—when the crack epidemic led to a spike in violent crime in the city’s worst neighborhoods.
But 1981, in which his film is set, was one of the most dangerous years on record. New York was emerging from the Taxi Driver 1970s, when President Gerald Ford and the federal government had essentially told the bankrupt city to drop dead. “Even though the country was starting to rebound a little bit by then, New York City was still dealing with the horrible repercussions of all the cutbacks of the ’70s,” says Chandor. “It also turns out that it’s just an amazing transition year, with [President] Reagan coming into office. So it just felt like a real explosive time in the city where optimism was starting to creep in again.” READ FULL STORY
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
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.
Click below for a complete list of winners. READ FULL STORY
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
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