Film News in Five: Tues 7th Jan, 2014


Films in Five reports on the main headlines in movie news this week…

1 BAFTA shortlist released for its Rising Star award 

The BAFTAs has just announced its shortlist for the public-vote BAFTA gong, the Rising Star award. This goes to an actor deemed to “have demonstrated exceptional talent, and … destined to be [a] bright star in the future of cinema”. The list of 5 features Dane DeHaan (Kill Your Darlings), Lupita Nyong’o, (pictured) (12 Years a Slave), young British actors George MacKay (Sunshine on Leith) and Will Poulter (We’re the Millers), and last but not least Léa Seydoux (Blue Is the Warmest Colour) who’s actually already a big name in the French film world. [Reports The Guardian]

2  Scorsese and DiCaprio to be jointly honoured

Martin Scorcese and Leonardo DiCaprio are to receive a joint award for their incredibly successful, long-running film collaboration. The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) will honour the director and the actor with the Cinema Vanguard Award at the festival this year. Scorsese and DiCaprio have worked together on a number of highly acclaimed films – including Gangs Of New York, The Aviator, Shutter Island, The Departed and of course the soon-to-be-released The Wolf Of Wall Street. [Reports MSN Movies]

SBIFF executive director Roger Durling said: “Scorsese and DiCaprio’s partnership has become a legendary cinematic pas de deux recalling other great collaborations like John Ford and John Wayne, Fellini and Mastroianni, John Huston and Bogart – and even Scorsese and De Niro.”

3 Inside Llewyn Davis named Critics Best Film of 2013 

The Coen brothers’ recent hit movie, Inside Llewyn Davis, has been named 2013’s best film by the US’ National Society of Film Critics [Reuters reports]. The tale of a struggling folk singer in early 1960s Greenwich Village stars Oscar Isaac, of 2011’s Drive. The up-and-coming actor has reportedly said that working with Joel and Ethan Coenwas the best experience of my life“.

4 Exciting Phillip Seymour Hoffman movie heading our way

In 2014 we’ll see another John Le Carré novel make it to the big screen. This time, directed by Anton Corbijn (Joy Division movie Control, and George Clooney movie The American). The film, entitled A Wanted Man, tells the story of a half-Russian, half-Chechen immigrant to Hamburg who raises the suspicions of both German and US intelligence. The picture stars the seemingly unfallible Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Wright, Willem Dafoe, Daniel Bruhl and Rachel McAdams. The film is set to debut at Sundance, with release dates to follow soon after. [Reports]

5 Shia LeBeouf’s on set eccentricities cause a stir

According to hot tabloid reports, Lawless star Shia LaBeouf has alienated the rest of the cast of the Brad Pitt tank movie Fury, by taking things a step too far to ‘get into character’. The Mail on Sunday reported via its “source” that LaBeouf pulled one of his own teeth out and failed to wash himself during the entire shoot, to better replicate conditions of life on the frontline in the second world war. The actor’s behaviour proved so unpopular among cast members including Brad Pitt and Logan Lerman, that he was set up in a bed and breakfast to be kept at bay. []


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