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Felicity Jones Answers ‘A Monster Calls,’ Emily Browning Joins Tom Hardy In 'Legends' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 24, 2014 9:22 AM
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"The Impossible" filmmaker J.A. Bayona is prepping his next project, and it's a doozy, with an adaptation of Patrick Ness' fantasy novel "A Monster Calls," and he's now putting his cast together. And the first one on board is Felicity Jones, with the actress joining the Black List approved story that follows an adolescent boy with a terminally ill single mother begins having visions of a tree monster, who tells him the truths about life in the form of three stories, helping him to eventually cope with his emotions over his dying mom.

Interview: Writer/Director Ben Lewin Talks Uncovering The Amazing True Story Of 'The Sessions' And Casting John Hawkes

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 22, 2012 12:03 PM
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Sundance likes nothing more than an overnight success. Countless directors have, over the thirty-odd years of the festival, gone from total unknowns to the hot new thing, and they're usually some fresh-faced whippersapper, relatively speaking. This year's festival had one of those, in "Beasts of the Southern Wild" director Benh Zeitlin, but it also had, in the shape of "The Sessions" helmer Ben Lewin, a rather more atypical overnight success, as Lewin is a 65-year-old filmmaker with credits stretching back nearly four decades.

John Hawkes Talks Working With First Time Feature Director Sean Durkin In 'Martha Marcy May Marlene'

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • October 21, 2011 5:10 AM
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Actor Talks Spielberg's 'Lincoln,' Says He'd Love A 'Deadwood' MovieInstant recognizability can be a problem for actors, especially if they have grander ambitions than being a movie star. But John Hawkes somehow found a way to keep from being typecast – or even singularly associated with one role – while having one of the most interesting and unique faces in modern movies. For some viewers, he’s Richard, the shoe salesman who furtively connects with Miranda July in "Me and You and Everyone We Know"; for others, he’s Sol Star, the businessman, sheriff's best friend and town backbone in HBO’s “Deadwood;” and for still others, he’s the terrifying Ozark mountain uncle who helps his niece find her father in “Winter’s Bone.” And he’s inevitably going to be connected to his turn as Patrick, the charismatic, intimidating leader of a rural community in Sean Durkin’s intense, riveting feature debut, “Martha Marcy May Marlene.”

Sean Durkin And Elizabeth Olsen Discuss The Optimism At The Heart Of 'Martha Marcy May Marlene'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 18, 2011 4:06 AM
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From the mind of Sean Durkin, “Martha Marcy May Marlene” is an unsettling and stunning experience (check out our Sundance review). The film follows the dual narrative of Martha (Elizabeth Olsen), a young girl who becomes absorbed into a small cult community, only to escape to the confines of her sister’s lake house. As we see both parts of this story run parallel, we discover that Martha may not be ready to assimilate back into society, as she quarrels with her sister and her sister's husband, unable to understand what could be considered a “right” way to behave. Meanwhile, we also are given a window into her life on the cult commune led by the creepily magnetic Patrick played by John Hawkes.

Director Sean Durkin Talks Food, Violence And Open Endings In 'Martha Marcy May Marlene'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 10, 2011 2:00 AM
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All The Lowdown From The NYFF Screening Of One Of The Year's Best FilmsIt may feel like you've been hearing about "Martha Marcy May Marlene" all year; the film, the debut of director Sean Durkin (who was the producer of Antonio Campos' underseen "Afterschool"), bowed at Sundance, and has spent the last nine months picking up new fans at every subsequent festival, from Cannes to Toronto, and launching its young star, Elizabeth Olsen, into stardom. And take it from someone who finally saw the film last week; the praise is much deserved.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tommy Lee Jones, John Hawkes & More Go For Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 5, 2011 10:54 AM
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Hal Holbrook, James Spader, Tim Blake Nelson, Bruce McGill & Joseph Cross All CirclingHoly shit. Daniel Day Lewis and Sally Field were announced in tiny little drips of information, but the faucet on Steven Spielberg's dream project "Lincoln" is on full blast with a massive cast angling for parts.

We Read It: Casting Quentin Tarantino's Slavery/Spaghetti Western Epic 'Django Unchained'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 5, 2011 4:28 AM
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You’ll recall in 2008 we did, what we thought, was a very good job of casting Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” (some of us are still convinced our picks were better than Q.T.’s, but that’s another story). And unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that Tarantino has recently finished his latest script, one entitled “Django Unchained.” So yes, we’re at it again.

Oscar Nominee John Hawkes To Star In 'Surrogate'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 15, 2011 3:33 AM
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While he didn't end up taking home the trophy, an Oscar nomination for John Hawkes was vindication enough for the longtime character actor, who's been putting in exceedingly good work in numerous films over the years. And while the shine of Oscar may add a few more dollars to his paycheck, the actor doesn't seem to be in any hurry to leave his indie roots for glossier fare.

'Black Swan' Takes Best Feature, Actress, Director & Cinematographer At Indie Spirit Awards

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 27, 2011 1:05 AM
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The second-to-last hurrah of the movie season took place this afternoon, with the Independent Spirit Awards, the looser neighbor to the big Oscar show tomorrow night. And while it's unlikely "Black Swan" will repeat the feat on Sunday, Fox Searchlight must be very pleased to close off their year in such a winning a fashion.

Sundance '11 Review: 'Martha Marcy May Marlene' A Stunner With A Breakout Turn By Elizabeth Olsen

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 27, 2011 6:52 AM
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From our reviews correspondent over at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, James Rocchi.

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