Not that I make a point of getting hung up on awards in general or the Oscars specifically, but it’s almost impossible to wrap my brain around the fact that actor Carey Mulligan’s only Academy Award nomination was for her breakthrough performances as young Jenny Mellor in 2009’s An Education. Considering her fine work in such films as Public Enemies, Brothers, Never Let Me Go, Drive, Shame, Inside Llewyn Davis (this one might hurt the worst), Far from the Madding Crowd, Suffragette, and last year’s exceptional Mudbound, Mulligan has been so reliable in so many different types of roles that perhaps we’re guilty of taking her for granted.
Debuting at Sundance at the beginning of the year, her latest movie, Wildlife, marks the directorial debut from actor Paul Dano, who also co-wrote the screenplay with longtime life partner Zoe Kazan, adapting it from the novel by Richard Ford. In it, Mulligan plays Jeanette Brinson, mother to teenager Joe (Ed Oxenbould), and the pair finds themselves living alone circa the early 1960s in Great Falls, Montana, when her recently unemployed husband Jerry (Jake Gyllenhaal) decides to leave home to fight wildfires hundreds of miles away. The film is told largely from Joe’s perspective but the light it shines of Jeanette allows not only for Mulligan to turn in one of the finest performances of her career but also for her to sculpt a flawed characters put in an impossible situation, allowing her to make mistakes that she owns, resulting in one of the most progressive and provocative dramas you’ll likely see all year.
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With the Toronto International Film Festival in full swing, we’re starting to get a better glimpse of some of the movies playing the festival. Several of them have already made the rounds on the festival circuit as far back as Sundance in January but are now ramping up their marketing campaign as awards season lingers around the corner. That’s where Paul Dano‘s directorial debut comes into play.
Wildlife is an adaptation of Richard Ford’s acclaimed novel of the same name, and it finds Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan as a couple on the outs in 1960s Montana as a forest fire rages in the mountains not too far away. It’s up to their son Joe (Ed Oxenbould of The Visit) to become the man of the house and try to keep his family together, even as all seems hopeless. Watch the new Wildlife trailer below. Read More »
Actor Paul Dano makes his directorial debut with Wildlife, a new drama starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan. The film is an adaptation of the Richard Ford novel of the same name. Watch the Wildlife trailer below.
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Everyone wants in on that sweet Netflix original series action, including Carey Mulligan. The Drive actress is the latest big name to appear in a Netflix series as she headlines Collateral, a new drama which originally debuted on BBC Two. Below, the Collateral trailer sets up the central mystery of the show: the murder of a pizza delivery driver.
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Right now we’re in a bit of a dead zone for theatrical release,s with most movies released this month being neither good enough for a summer blockbuster release or hopeful enough for a debut during awards season. But plenty more of the latter movies are just around the corner, and Netflix has just debuted the first teaser trailer for what could turn out to be a major contender for Academy Awards.
Mudbound is an adaptation of Hillary Jordan’s prize-winning 2008 novel of the same name, which tells the story of two families both at odds and tied together while struggling to get by in the racially divided Deep South during World War II. The film features an impressive ensemble cast that includes Jason Clarke, Carey Mulligan, Rob Morgan, Mary J. Blige, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Mitchell and Jonathan Banks, all turning in award worthy performances. Get a look at the movie with the Mudbound trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, January 23rd, 2017 by Angie Han
Any movie should consider itself lucky to have an ensemble as good as the one anchoring Mudbound, which includes Jason Mitchell, Garrett Hedlund, and, most unexpectedly, Mary J. Blige. Directed by Dee Rees (whose debut feature Pariah was a breakout favorite at Sundance 2011), the drama follows two families — one black, one white — living on the same farm in the Mississippi Delta around the time of World War II.
The white McAllans own the property, despite the fact that household head Henry (Jason Clarke) is a Memphis gentleman who knows little about the land, and seemingly moved his family to the country on a whim. The Jacksons, on the other hand, have worked these acres for generations, for one white owner after another. Both clans are forever changed when World War II hits, and then again when the war ends and brings their loved ones back home. Read More »
Actor Paul Dano is gearing up to make his directorial debut. It was announced over the summer the Swiss Army Man star would direct Wildlife, based on Richard Ford‘s coming-of-age novel. Dano co-wrote the adaptation with actress, partner, and screenwriter Zoe Kazan (Ruby Sparks), but neither of them will star in the film. The stars of Wildlife are Jake Gyllenhaal (Nocturnal Animals) and Carey Mulligan (Inside Llewyn Davis).
Below, learn more about Paul Dano’s directorial debut.
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The Golden Globes were last night, but the Awards season is far from over, as the Oscars and more events are still to come. Generally one of the few joys of all this awards coverage are The Hollywood Reporter roundtables, which puts some of the most talked about actors, writers, directors, and more artists in a room together for an hour. This year’s actress roundtable features Carey Mulligan (Suffragette), Jennifer Lawrence (Joy), Cate Blanchett (Carol), Jane Fonda (Youth), Brie Larson (Room), Helen Mirren (Woman in Gold), Charlotte Rampling (45 Years), and Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs).
Watch The Hollywood Reporter actress roundtable after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, June 5th, 2015 by Angie Han
We got a brief teaser for Suffragette back in April thanks to the U.K. election. But today we have a much better look at what may very well be the source of Meryl Streep‘s next Oscar nomination.
Directed by Sarah Gavron, the historical drama chronicles the fight for women’s suffrage in 1910s England, led by activists like Emmeline Pankhurst (Streep). But the real center of this particular story is a foot soldier in the movement, a working class woman named Maud played by Carey Mulligan. Watch the new Suffragette trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, April 15th, 2015 by Angie Han
It’s easy to take for granted the right to vote when you don’t remember ever not having it. In truth, women won that right less than a century ago in the U.S. and the U.K. And though the victory feels inevitable in retrospect, it was a painful struggle at the time.
In the first Suffragette trailer, Carey Mulligan plays a foot soldier of the movement — a young wife and mother who’s decided to fight for herself and women like her. Meryl Streep plays Emmeline Pankhurst, a legendary activist. Watch the first Suffragette trailer after the jump. Read More »