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'Calvary' Director John Michael McDonagh In Talks With Guy Pearce For Next Film ’War On Everyone’

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • July 10, 2014 2:05 PM
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Guy Pearce Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark
EXCLUSIVE: The U.S. may have a few more weeks to wait before “Calvary” opens on August 1st (our review is here meantime), but we were lucky enough to get to meet the director, John Michael McDonagh, of “The Guard” and “brother of playwright and director Martin” fame, at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. A lot of what we chatted about was more germane to “Calvary” and so we’ll save that up for a date closer to August, but McDonagh was also extremely forthcoming about the other projects on his horizon, and included a little bit of new casting information for his next directorial outing “War On Everyone.”

Guy Pearce Explains Why He Almost Didn't Take The Role Of Aldrich Killian In 'Iron Man 3'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 7, 2014 11:18 AM
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Iron Man 3, Guy Pearce
While he's not generally opposed to the idea, Guy Pearce rarely goes down the path of blockbuster tentpoles, preferring to work with interesting directors and weighty material. But he's an open-minded dude, and so when Marvel came calling for him to play the slimy Aldrich Killian in "Iron Man 3," he took the meeting. But as the actor explained to Total Film, he had some conditions before signing on.

Guy Pearce, Cobie Smulders, Kevin Corrigan & More Starring In Andrew Bujalski's Next Film 'Results'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 20, 2014 5:00 PM
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The Rover
If Joe Swanberg can go Hollywood, working with folks like Jake Johnson, Olivia Wilde and Anna Kendrick on recent projects, then so too can fellow mumblecore director Andrew Bujalski. The "Mutual Appreciation" and "Computer Chess" director has quietly started putting his next movie together, and it features a pretty killer lineup of talent, with names you'll recognize, for what sounds like a pretty promising project.

Watch: New Featurette For ‘The Rover’ Plus New Photos & Quentin Tarantino Praises The Film

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 19, 2014 12:35 PM
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The Rover, Robert Pattinson, Guy Pearce
One of our favorite films of the summer is David Michod’s “The Rover” starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson. It’s a completely stark and austere tale of a man hell bent on retrieving what is his, by any means necessary. But remember, it’s not quite post-apocalyptic. “It’s post-catastrophic economic collapse!” Michod stressed in a recent Reddit AMA. Got that? Our review described it as “bleak and compelling… it shows Michôd can work with other genres and textures, and still make a film that is unmistakably his, and that is how auteurs are made.”

Guy Pearce Joins Kristen Stewart & Nicholas Hoult In Drake Doremus' 'Equals,' Plus More Casting News

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 12, 2014 3:17 PM
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Breathe In, Guy Pearce
Guy Pearce isn't a movie star, and he's totally fine with that. The Australian actor has been a familiar face on screen for getting on twenty years, and has occasionally brushed against potential A-list-dom, but after getting burnt with things like "The Time Machine," has pretty much settled into doing whatever the hell he wants, whether it's solid character actor roles like this week's "The Rover," or fun B-movie fare like "Lockout."

Review: David Michôd's 'The Rover' Starring Robert Pattinson & Guy Pearce Is A Bleak & Compelling Apocalypse Tale

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • June 12, 2014 12:30 PM
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The Rover
Having proven with the terrific “Animal Kingdom” that he could take a potentially small story of desperate men and blow it up into something much grander, David Michôd attempts something like the opposite with “The Rover,” taking the epic, sweeping backdrop of a post-apocalyptic, dusty Australian desert, and turning in a tiny two-hander road movie that is as spartan as its predecessor was operatic.

'The Rover' Director David Michôd On Robert Pattinson, Guy Pearce & How We're "Hurtling Toward Oblivion"

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • June 11, 2014 1:29 PM
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Bone-dry, brutal and so slender it’s almost emaciated, Australian director David Michôd’s second feature, after his terrific debut “Animal Kingdom,” premiered in Cannes to high anticipation and ultimately mixed reviews. We ourselves really liked “The Rover,” which stars Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson as unlikely companions on a bleak road trip across as collapsed and exhausted near-future Australia (review here) but can understand how Michôd’s vision of a hellish ruined world, in which the first luxury to disappear is human kindness, might have proven simply too unrelentingly bleak for some; it’s the type of film into whose deliberately empty spaces one can read everything, or nothing at all.

Watch: New TV Spot & Behind The Scenes Footage Of 'The Rover,' Plus A Timeline Collapse Of The Future

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 6, 2014 9:40 AM
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The Rover
”You don't learn to fight, your death's gonna come real soon," Guy Pearce intones in this new TV spot for "The Rover." And it's a warning and challenge to co-star Robert Pattinson, with the pair dropped into a sun-cooked, post-apocalyptic future for "Animal Kingdom" director David Michod's next. And if you weren't able to attend Cannes, the good news is that the movie is shortly on its way to theaters. And it's one you'll want to watch.

Listen: Tracks From ‘The Rover’ Soundtrack Including Tortoise, Colin Stetson, William Basinski & More

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 23, 2014 2:00 PM
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The Rover
You wouldn’t think of a barren, sun-scorched movie like David Michod’s “The Rover” having much in the way of recognizable music in it. And it doesn’t really. The movie has an original score by Antony Partos (“Animal Kingdom”) that’s said to be droning, discordant and moodily ambient. But the movie also includes score, sound design and song pieces from Sam Petty, the sound designer/musician on Michod’s “Animal Kingdom” and projects like "Hesher," "Lore" and "The Grandmaster."

Cannes Review: David Michod's 'The Rover' Starring Guy Pearce & Robert Pattinson

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • May 17, 2014 8:53 AM
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Having proven, with the terrific “Animal Kingdom,” that he could take a potentially small story of desperate men and blow it up into something much grander, David Michod attempts something like the opposite with “The Rover,” taking the epic, sweeping backdrop of a post-apocalyptic, dusty Australian desert, and turning in a tiny two-hander road movie, that is as spartan as its predecessor was operatic. It’s a mark of just what a talent the director is, then, that he can, on the evidence of this morning’s Cannes press screening, turn in such distinctive and compelling work in either register. Because “The Rover” which admittedly plays right into our wheelhouse, is a fascinating movie, flawed but occasionally brilliant, and it’s also not at all the film we were expecting. Bleak, brutal and unrelentingly nihilist, and with only sporadic flashes of the blackest, most mordant humor to lighten the load, it feels parched, like the story has simply boiled away in the desert heat and all that’s left are its desiccated bones. In a good way.

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