The Best Performances of 2014

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The right director and the right script don’t mean anything without the right actor. Performers are the ones who bridge the gap between the minds behind the camera and the ones in front of the screen. It is their personalities that draw us in, their expressions that tell the story, and their faces that we remember.

There were no shortage of great performances this year, across all genres and all budgets. Inevitably, a few stood out above the rest. See our list of the best performances of 2014 after the jump. Read More »

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Scarlett Johansson hail caesar

Way back in 2001, when she was just a teenager, Scarlett Johansson had a supporting role in Joel and Ethan Coen‘s The Man Who Wasn’t There. Now that she’s all grown up, she’s getting ready to team up with them again.

The Avengers actress is in talks to board Hail Caesar!, the Coens’ upcoming comedy about ’50s Hollywood. She’ll join Josh Brolin and George Clooney. Channing Tatum, Tilda Swinton, and Ralph Fiennes are also negotiating to appear. Hit the jump for character details and more.

UPDATE: We’ve just received word that Jonah Hill has also entered talks. More after the jump.

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Sometimes the wrong news gets traction. The story that Harvey Weinstein wanted to cut a big chunk from Snowpiercer got a lot of attention, and for good reason. The story made people angry; it’s the sort of thing that really lodges in memory.

We covered the follow-up, reporting that the film would be released uncut in the US. But we didn’t cover it insistently enough. The news of the uncut release isn’t what stuck in the minds of many people. Perhaps Harvey Weinstein has a too-reliable reputation for slicing up films. I’ve talked to many people, in person, on FaceBook, and via Twitter, who assume they should avoid the theatrical release of Snowpiercer. There’s still an assumption that audiences will see a truncated version of the movie.

So this is an attempt to make the situation as clear as possible. There is only one cut of Snowpiercer. That cut is the original and preferred cut overseen by the director, Bong Joon-ho. The same film that played in South Korea and other countries is what you’ll see in US theaters. The movie played on eight US screens last weekend,  Read More »

tilda swinton julia

Do you want to disappoint Tilda Swinton? No, of course you don’t. Over the weekend, the actress took part in a Reddit AMA to promote her new film Snowpiercer. During the session she gave many charming and informative answers to a wide variety of questions. Asked about an unappreciated movie of hers that she hopes more people might see, she wrote enthusiastically about Erick Zonca‘s 2008 film Julia.

The movie, inspired by John Cassavetes’ Gloria, features Swinton in the lead role as a woman who kidnaps a young boy in hopes of ransoming him for a large amount of money. Below, read her comments, and watch the trailer for the film.

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Channing Tatum Coen Brothers

I probably shouldn’t be as excited as I am about the idea of Joel and Ethan Coen directing Channing Tatum in their new film Hail Caesar!. And yet here we are. After Tatum’s gigs with Phil Lord and Chris Miller, not to mention his work with Steven Soderbergh, I can’t wait to see what the Coens do with him.

We know this new film from the brothers is the third in their loose, so-called “idiot trilogy,” with O Brother Where Art Thou? and Intolerable Cruelty being the first two chapters. The common thread is George Clooney, who also stars in this upcoming film. And now, in the way that casts for movies by the Coens tend to do, the new film’s roster has become even more impressive. We’ve got a bit more info about Channing Tatum’s Hail Caesar! role below, along with details on fellow new recruits Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes. Read More »

Tilda Swinton Snowpiercer

This week, audiences in the US finally get to see Bong Joon-ho‘s post-apocalyptic sci-fi film Snowpiercer. It is a terrific movie — an intense tale of social strife with a spectacular cast and a real aesthetic vision. (It also has some of the best action scenes in a film so far this year.)

Even with all the great stuff Snowpiercer has going for it, one asset really stands out. Tilda Swinton can be relied upon to give an attention-getting performance in just about anything. Here, she throws herself into the material, putting some dental appliances to good use and spitting out dialogue with a conviction that could wither just about any onlooker. But not Chris Evans; in this clip, Swinton’s speech only angers him, and makes him more determined to act. Watch below. Read More »

Snowpiercer US trailer

After playing squeaky-clean Captain America in The Winter Soldier, Chris Evans gets to play a much grittier sort of hero in Bong Joon-ho‘s Snowpiercer. Some of that grit is literal — Evans’ Curtis looks like he hasn’t had a shower in a good long while — but mostly, it’s spiritual.

The dark thriller is set in an Earth that’s been ravished by a new ice age. The only humans left are the inhabitants of the Snowpiercer, a train that endlessly circles the globe. Inside, however, there’s trouble brewing. The lower classes in the back of the train, led by Curtis, are plotting an uprising against the rich folks in the front. Watch the new Snowpiercer U.S. trailer after the jump.

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john cena tilda swinton

Judd Apatow‘s next film, Trainwreck, has just filled out its cast. Apatow will direct a script written by and starring Amy Schumer. Now almost a dozen new actors have joined a cast which already included Bill Hader, Brie Larson and Colin Quinn. They are recent Oscar nominee Barkhad Abdi, comedian and director Mike Birbiglia, Girls neighbor Jon Glaser, SNL MVP Vanessa Bayer, WWE superstar John CenaPerks of Being A Wallflower star Ezra Miller and last, but definitely not least, Oscar-winner Tilda Swinton. The film is scheduled for release July 24, 2015. Read More »

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