All the praise you've been hearing for 12 Years a Slave?
It's all true. Forget the awards season speculation, that's window dressing at best. The fact of the matter is that Steve McQueen's film is a masterpiece, a devastating portrait of humanity at its most abhorrent and resilient. It's also exceptionally well-acted, as a new featurette makes clear with a partial run-through of performances clocking in at over seven minutes.
Seemingly everyone who has seen 12 Years a Slave on the festival circuit is singing the film's praises.
A new clip and TV spot promoting Steve McQueen's latest film give a good sense of why. Basically, because 12 Years a Slave looks pretty amazing, swinging a sledgehammer of emotion right into the audience's gut.
Apparently it's already time to start talking about awards season. If that's your thing, then a behind the scenes featurette indicates you damn well better be paying attention to 12 Years a Slave.
A new featurette for the latest from director Steve McQueen puts a spotlight on its amazing source material and cast, which is basically awards catnip.
Amidst all the anticipatory event movie madness around San Diego, the first trailer for 12 Years a Slave has landed online, accompanied by a simple and evocative one sheet.
Just so you're prepared, the trailer will have you shouting, "MY EMOTIONS!"
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Okay, the 84th Annual Academy Awards happened. They're over. That means we should all just sit back and enjoy that we have a long stretch of time ahead of us until the next awards season rises from the Pacific Ocean like Godzilla or some Lovecraftian monstrosity. Before we move on to the serenity of non-awards season, though, there are a few videos that might make your day a bit more enjoyable, starting with Sacha Baron Cohen on the red carpet as his The Dictator character His Excellency Admiral General Aladeen. Then there's a classily-edited montage of films that were notably snubbed back in the nomination phase, and finally there's a huge trailer for Jimmy Kimmel's fictitious Movie: The Movie.
When Pulitzer Prize winning novelist and American treasure Cormac McCarthy suddenly had a spec screenplay in the ether, Ridley Scott prompted went about making it his next project. While Scott always has at least a half-dozen potential projects lined up at any given moment, he set them all aside in favor of The Counselor. When Scott's involvement was confirmed, word was that he wanted Michael Fassbender to play the title character, but Fassbender's schedule suggested that he might be too busy.
Opening in theaters on January 27th is the new action-packed, wilderness-survival thriller from director Joe Carnahan (The A-Team) called The Grey. The movie features an exceptional cast of veteran actors including Liam Neeson (Taken), Dermot Mulroney (Abduction), Frank Grillo (Warrior), James Badge Dale (Shame), Dallas Roberts (3:10 to Yuma), Joe Anderson (The Crazies), and Nonso Anozie (Conan the Barbarian).
IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had an opportunity to sit down with actors Dermot Mulroney, Frank Grillo, James Badge Dale, and Dallas Roberts to discuss their work on The Grey. The exceptional group of actors talked about the new film, their characters' arcs, working with director Joe Carnahan, the movie's physically taxing demands, and why Frank Grillo actually got himself arrested to research his role.
As awards season continues to ceaselessly pummel us all with official nominations, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts has issued their nominees for the 2012 Orange British Academy Film Awards. These potential BAFTA Awards winners include plenty of the ringers we've been seeing on pretty much every list of Stateside nominations, especially The Artist with a whopping twelve nods, but the Brits have also shown some love for films largely getting lost in the shuffle over here.
With just days to go before the Oscar nominations are announced on January 24th, it is now time to narrow down the predictions to 5 in each category. Rather than list each name alphabetically, the contenders have been listed in the order of their likelihood of receiving the nomination. In each category, the 5th slot could possibly go to a “dark horse” instead…