Wes Bentley is one of the few actors that can successfully balance a career in both independent and studio films.
Bentley first gained attention for his breakout role in the Academy Award-winning film American Beauty, and has since gone on to appear in such big budget studio movies as Ghost Rider, Jonah Hex, The Hunger Games, and most recently Interstellar. But the actor has also starred in a number of independent films including There Be Dragons, The Time Being, Cesar Chavez, The Better Angels, and the upcoming Night of Cups, which was directed by Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life, Badlands). His latest film is After The Fall, which opens in New York theaters and on VOD December 12th before opening in Los Angeles theaters on December 20th.
After The Fall was co-written and directed by two-time Academy Award-nominated editor turned first time director Saar Klein (Almost Famous, The Thin Red Line). The film revolves around a suburban father and husband named Bill Scanlon (Bentley) that due to economic difficulties embraces a life of crime in order to support his family. While Bill begins an unusual friendship with troubled police officer Frank McTiernan (Jason Isaacs), his wife Susan (Vinessa Shaw) discovers his secret and becomes determined to do anything to save her family and their lifestyle.
I recently had the absolute pleasure of speaking with Wes Bentley about After The Fall, Interstellar, and Knight of Cups. The accomplished actor discussed After The Fall, his reaction to its unusual poster, why he liked the script’s economic themes, Jason Isaacs, Bill and Frank’s odd friendship, Susan’s true motivations, Saar Klein’s advantage as a first time director, Interstellar, watching Christopher Nolan direct, Knight of Cups, who has scenes with in the film, working with Terrence Malick, and balancing independent and studio movies.
Opening in theaters on December 19th is Annie, which is a reboot of the beloved musical and ‘1980s movie.
The new film is an updated version of the classic story and was directed by Will Gluck (Friends with Benefits, Easy A). The plot revolves around Annie (Academy Award-nominee Quvenzhane Wallis), a foster kid living with a mean foster parent named Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz). She soon sees her life change when business tycoon and New York mayoral candidate William Stacks (Academy Award-winner Jamie Foxx) takes her in. The movie was produced by musician Jay-Z and superstar actor Will Smith (I, Robot), and also stars Rose Byrne (X-Men: First Class), Bobby Cannavale (Chef), and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Pompeii).
I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Will Gluck about his work on Annie. The accomplished director discussed his new film, how he got involved with the project, his concept for the reboot, the out-of-the-box casting of Quvenzhane Wallis, if he was surprised by the media reaction to that choice, Jamie Foxx’s influence on the music in the movie, drawing inspiration from the musical as well as the ‘80s film, and breaking the forth wall.
Opening in Los Angeles theaters on December 19th, and New York theaters on December 12th is the new thriller from Academy Award-nominated writer and director Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter) called The Captive. The film stars Ryan Reynolds (Green Lantern), Scott Speedman (Good Neighbors), Rosario Dawson (Gimme Shelter), Mireille Enos (TV's The Killing), Kevin Durand (Resident Evil: Retribution), and Bruce Greenwood (Flight).
IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Atom Egoyan and Scott Speedman to talk about their work on The Captive. The Oscar-nominated writer/director and popular actor discussed their new film, its themes, why Egoyan wanted to make the movie, Speedman's character's motivations, and casting Ryan Reynolds against type.
Actor William Fichtner is a true scene-stealer! For almost 20 years he has shined in every part he’s played on film and television no matter how small the role.
Fichtner has appeared in such films as Heat, Armageddon, Go, The Perfect Storm, Pearl Harbor, Black Hawk Down, The Dark Knight, The Lone Ranger, Elysium, and most recently director Tommy Lee Jones’ The Homesman. But he is probably best known to television audiences for his role as FBI agent turned fugitive Alexander Mahone on Prison Break, and his current series Crossing Lines. Fichtner also starred in last summer’s hit movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which was a reboot of the popular franchise and will be available on Blu-ray and DVD beginning December 16th.
In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, when the Foot Clan threatens New York City, a group of mutated turtle warriors must emerge from the shadows to protect their home. Fichtner plays Eric Sacks, a famous scientist and the CEO of Sacks Industries who has ties to both the Foot Clan’s leader Shredder, as well as the origins of the Turtles. In addition to Fichtner, the film also stars Megan Fox (Jonah Hex) as April O’Neil, Will Arnett (The Nut Job) as Vern Fenwick, and Academy Award-winner Whoopi Goldberg (Ghost) as Bernadette Thompson, as well as Johnny Knoxville (Bad Grandpa) as the voice of Leonardo, and Tony Shalhoub (Pain & Gain) as the voice of Splinter.
I recently had the honor of speaking with the great William Fichtner about his work on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, as well as The Homesman. The impressive veteran actor discussed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, his knowledge of the source material before agreeing to appear in the film, if it’s true that Sacks was originally going to be revealed as the villain Shredder, if the actor took inspiration for his character from any real life CEOs, his friendship with Michael Bay, Bay’s role as producer, why he liked working with director Jonathan Liebesman, The Homesman, and being directed by Academy Award-winner Tommy Lee Jones.
Opening in theaters on December 19th is the new movie from Academy Award-nominated writer and director Mike Leigh (Another Year, Secrets & Lies) called Mr. Turner, which is already earning early Oscar buzz. The film stars Timothy Spall (The Love Punch, The King's Speech), Paul Jesson (Coriolanus), Dorothy Atkinson (Topsy-Turvey), Marion Bailey (Vera Drake), Leslie Manville (Maleficent).
IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had the absolute pleasure of sitting down with Timothy Spall to talk about his work on Mr. Turner. The acclaimed English actor discussed his new film, what it's like on a Mike Leigh set, how the director and cast create the script together, and how Leigh frames his shots.
Opening in theaters, OnDemand and iTunes December 5th is the new Boston-set crime drama By the Gun, which was directed by James Mottern (Trucker) and stars Ben Barnes.
Barnes is best known for playing Prince Caspian in the last two installments of The Chronicles of Narnia trilogy, as well as appearing in such films as Stardust, Killing Bono, The Words, and The Big Wedding. Barnes will soon be seen opposite Oscar-winner Jeff Bridges in the highly anticipated adventure fantasy Seventh Son, which will be released in theaters on February 6th, 2015.
By the Gun stars Barnes as Nick Tortano, a young and ambitious Boston mafia criminal whose life spirals out of control once he becomes a made man. With Nick's girlfriend (Leighton Meester), family, and friend's lives at risk, he is faced with a difficult decision; continue to pursue his criminal ambitions or concentrate on the ones he loves. He can't have both, but Nick is determined to gun down anyone in his path. In addition to Barnes and Meester, the film also stars Harvey Keitel (Pulp Fiction), Toby Jones (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), and Paul Ben-Victor (Daredevil).
I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Ben Barnes about his work on By the Gun, as well as Seventh Son. The popular young actor discussed his new film, shooting in Boston, what he learned about his character from the local community, practicing a Boston accent, his character’s dilemma, appearing in a gangster movie with Harvey Keitel, Seventh Son, why it’s original release date was postponed, and working with the great Jeff Bridges.
Opening in theaters on December 20th and VOD and iTunes December 5th is the new crime thriller Poker Night, which was written and directed by Greg Francis (FBI: Criminal Pursuit). The film stars veteran actors Titus Welliver (Argo), Ron Perlman (Drive), Ron Eldard (Super 8), and Giancarlo Esposito (The Usual Suspects), as well as Beau Mirchoff (I Am Number Four).
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English actor Jason Isaacs has been delivering strong and entertaining performances in film and on television for over 25 years!
Isaacs has appeared in such popular films as Armageddon, The Patriot, Black Hawk Down, Resident Evil, Pater Pan, and Green Zone. But it was his role as Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter film series that made him a household name. For comic book fans, Isaacs has voiced in animated projects two of DC Comics greatest villains: Ra’s al Ghul (Batman: Under The Red Hood) and Sinestro (Green Lantern: Emerald Knights). On TV he starred in the acclaimed but short-lived series Brotherhood with Jason Clarke, as well as NBC’s Awake. He currently plays The Inquisitor on Star Wars Rebels, and will star in the upcoming mini-series Dig for USA Networks, which premieres on March 5th, 2015.
Back on the big screen, Isaacs had small but pivotal roles in the recent films John Wick with Keanu Reeves, and David Ayer’s Fury starring Brad Pitt. But now you can see the actor in the new Civil War film Field of Lost Shoes, which will be available on VOD and DVD on December 12th. As well as the new drama After the Fall, which will open on VOD and in New York theaters on December 2nd before opening in Los Angeles theaters on December 20th.
Field of Lost Shoes is based on a true story of the American Civil War, culminating at the Battle of New Market, May 1864. In the film a group of teenage cadets sheltered from war at the Virginia Military Institute must confront the horrors of an adult world when they are called upon to defend the Shenandoah Valley. Leaving behind their youth, these cadets must decide what they are fighting for. Isaacs plays future Vice President John C. Breckinridge, the man who sends the young boys to war. In addition to Isaacs, the film features a terrific cast that includes Keith David (Platoon), David Arquette (Scream), Lauren Holly (Any Given Sunday) and Tom Skerritt (Top Gun). The movie was directed by Sean McNamara (Soul Surfer), and written by first time screenwriters Thomas Farrell and Dave Kennedy.
After The Fall follows Bill, a suburban father and husband (Wes Bentley) who embraces a life of crime in order to support his family. Isaacs plays Frank, a disgraced police officer that takes Bill under his wing. The film also co-stars Vinessa Shaw (Side Effects), and was co-written and directed by Academy Award-nominated editor Saar Klein (The Thin Red Line, Almost Famous).
I recently had the absolute pleasure of speaking with the great Jason Isaacs about his work on Field of Lost Shoes, After the Fall, Fury, and the upcoming mini-series Dig. The acclaimed veteran actor discussed Field of Lost Shoes, playing a historical character, his research, if he stays in character when he’s not shooting, Breckinridge’s inner turmoil, After the Fall, why Frank helps Bill, Fury, working with Brad Pitt and director David Ayer, and shooting his upcoming mini-series Dig.
Opening in select theaters on December 12th and wide release on January 9th is the new crime comedy Inherent Vice. The film is based on the novel of the same name by author Thomas Pynchon, and was written and directed by Academy Award-nominee Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, Magnolia, There Will Be Blood, The Master).
Set in 1970, Inherent Vice follows drug-fueled Los Angeles detective Larry "Doc" Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) as he investigates the disappearance of his former girlfriend Shasta Fay Hepworth (Katherine Waterston). While on the case, Doc bumps heads with an outdated police officer named Lt. Det. Christian F. “Bigfoot” Bjornsen (Josh Brolin), his on-again off-again girlfriend Deputy D.A. Penny Kimball (Reese Witherspoon), and a drug crazy doctor named Rudy Blatnoyd (Martin Short). In addition to Phoenix, Waterston, Brolin, Witherspoon, and Short, the film also stars Owen Wilson (Free Birds), Jena Malone (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), Joanna Newsom (TV’s Portlandia), Sasha Pieterse (X-Men: First Class), Hong Chau (TV’s Treme), Michael Kenneth Williams (12 Years a Slave), Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight), Maya Rudolph (The Way Way Back), and Academy Award-winner Benicio Del Toro (Guardians of the Galaxy).
Along with a few other select members of the press, I recently had the absolute pleasure of sitting down with Academy Award-nominee Josh Brolin, three-time Academy Award-nominee Joaquin Phoenix, and actress Katherine Waterston to talk about their work on Inherent Vice. The two acclaimed actors and the talented actress discussed their new film, collaborating with director Paul Thomas Anderson, what it’s like working on his set, Phoenix’s scenes with the great Martin Short, and Big Foot’s love of frozen bananas.
Opening in theaters on December 12th is the new dramatic comedy Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, which was directed by Arthur Allan Seidelman (The Sisters). The film stars Academy Award-nominee Gena Rowlands (The Notebook), Cheyenne Jackson (United 93), Julian Sands (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Academy Award-nominee Jacki Weaver (Magic in the Moonlight), and Academy Award-winner Rita Moreno (West Side Story).
IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had the absolute pleasure of sitting down with Gena Rowlands and Cheyenne Jackson to talk about their work on Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks. The successful actor and legendary actress discussed their new movie, learning to dance, and their characters' unusual friendship.