Five for the Fifth: March 2013 Edition

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Hello folks, welcome to the third Five for the Fifth of the year!

As is customary for this monthly feature, I get to post five random news item/observation/poster, etc. and then turn it over to you to share your take on that given topic. You can see the previous five-for-the-fifth posts here.

1. Ok, I have been kind of pooh-poohing the whole idea of a Justice League movie, but even though that seems ill-advised from the start, it seems like that news simply refuse to die down. But yesterday I read this news that made me go WHOA!!!

El Mayimbe of Latino Review reported that Warner Bros. has given Christopher Nolan complete control of the studio’s DC Universe. We already know he’s overseeing Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, but being an adviser of one movie is one thing, but the entire DC universe?? Now, as if that’s not too-good-to-be-true enough, reportedly WB is making one of those offers-you-can’t-refuse to Christian Bale for him to reprise his role as Batman alongside Henry Cavill‘s Superman in Justice League. Ok, before I go on.. allow me just picture those two British beauties together…

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Ahhh… ok, now before I lost my train of thought.

It’s no surprise that Bale loves working with Nolan. He has said in numerous interviews that if Nolan were to come to him with a good script for another Batman movie, he wouldn’t rule it out. Does that mean we could possibly see Bale in the Man of Steel’s after credit scene? Oh geez, I thought it wouldn’t be possible for me to get any more excited about the Superman movie!

I’d LOVE it if this news were true, but until I hear from the mouth of one of the parties involved, especially Nolan, I’d try not to get my hopes up. My pal Ted who reads Latino Review regularly did tell me the site have some good track record though. Apparently they’re the first site that reported Heath Ledger was going to play The Joker and a lot of people called it BS at the time.

So now I’m just curious to see what you think. Would you take a moment to vote below?

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2. Fairy tale adaptations are here to stay in Hollywood… and so are monster movies. Well, the two Harry Potter alum Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe are in talks to star in each of those.

As you might’ve read on Terrence’s Movie News Monday, the 22 year-old Emma Watson is considering to star as Cinderella. It’s a Disney’s live action remake of the fairy tale, with Kenneth Branagh attached to direct and Cate Blanchett as the wicked stepmother. Oooh, I like the sound of this already!! I think I’m more enthralled by the idea of Branagh + Blanchett that it doesn’t matter who plays Cinderella, ahah. Apparently this wouldn’t be more on the Disney vein than a darker version of the story, which was what Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go) initially pitched the studio.

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Now, the 23-year-old Radcliffe on the other hand, has been gravitating towards darker films and playing against type. He’s certainly keen on shedding that boy wonder image and I commend him for that. After starring as American poet Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings, he’s now set his sights on playing a hunchback. Yep, he’s apparently in final negotiation to play Igor, the hunchback assistant of Frankenstein in Mary Shelley’s famous monster tale. This version will focus more on Igor rather than Frankenstein, and according to Screen Rant, this version of Igor is “pathologically dirty and dressed in old clown clothing.” Oy.

More info from that article: The movie, which was written by Max Landis (Chronicle) and will be directed by Paul McGuigan (Push), will be told from Igor’s perspective and have more of a sci-fi spin than previous adaptations. The film will also deal with themes of friendship and redemption.

Thoughts on these two projects and Emma & Daniel’s casting, respectively?

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3. Switching gears to a movie I’m looking forward to by The Coen Brothers. A couple of weeks ago, CBS Films announced that it has  acquired US rights to INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS.  Written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen and produced by Scott Rudin and Joel and Ethan Coen, the film stars Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund, F. Murray Abraham and Justin Timberlake. Whoah!! What a cast! Check out the two stills below, Isaac looks pretty darn good here. Could it be a career-making role for him, a la Joaquin Phoenix in Walk The Line?

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This film follows an aspiring singer-songwriter (Isaac) as he navigates the 1960s folk-music scene in New York City’s Greenwich Village. Grammy winner T Bone Burnett produced the film’s soundtrack which includes music performed by, among others, Oscar Isaac, Marcus Mumford and Justin Timberlake. The Coen Brothers have collaborated with Rudin before in two Oscar-caliber films No Country For Old Men and True Grit.

Here’s the trailer:

I’m definitely looking forward to this. Not only is the music-themed story intriguing, I’m glad to see Isaac in the lead role! He’s one of those actors I’d love to see more of. According to his IMDb page, before he became an actor, he played lead guitar and sang vocals for his band The Blinking Underdogs so  he should be a natural in this role.

So, what do you think of this movie and the trailer?


Coens_Jolie4. On a related note, the Coen brothers are to work on the screenplay for Angelina Jolie‘s next directorial effort Unbroken, a historical drama about American second world war hero Louis Zamperini. Per THR, the Oscar-winning film-makers will rewrite an initial draft of the story, based on Seabiscuit author Laura Hillenbrand’s 2010 novel Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption.

Zamperini definitely had an extraordinary story worth-telling. He was a Los Angeles high school track star who raced in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. In 1943, his Air Force plane crashed in the Pacific. He survived without food and water for 47 days, enduring shark attacks, aerial attacks and hunger before washing ashore on a Japanese island behind enemy lines, where he was held as a prisoner of war for two years and tortured by his captors. I’ve always been interested in survival stories, as Keith just outlined in his latest Phenomenal Top 5 on Man vs. Nature list, this genre has that combination of rousing adventure that showcase the power of the human spirit.

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Mr Zamperini… then and now at 94 year old

What the articles did not mention is that Mr. Zamperini is a devout Christian and according to Wikipedia, he has forgiven all the guards when he was held captive as a POW in Sugamo prison in Tokyo. He even went out of his way to Japan to tell them he has forgiven them. I do hope his faith does not get overlooked in this story.

As for Jolie, I haven’t seen In the Land of Blood and Honey so I don’t know if she’s a good director or not. If any of you has seen it, curious to hear what you think. Not sure who’ll be cast as the protagonist. He kind of look like Freddie Prince Jr. as a young man, but there’s no way I’d like him to play this role, ahah.

What do you think of this project? Any particular actor you’d like to see getting cast as Zamperini?


5. For the last question of the day, I’ll just keep it simple. Spring movie season is upon us, and there’s a garden variety out there from fantasy movies like Oz the Great and Powerful, franchise hopeful The Host (yes, another one from Stephanie Meyers), military drama Emperor and big, bombastic action flicks Olympus Has Fallen and G.I. Joe Retaliation. Funny that after Gerry Butler tried to rescue the president in ‘Olympus,’ Channing Tatum will attempt to do the same a few months later.

Well, now my last question to you is, which Spring movie are you most excited about?


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That’s it for the March 2013 edition of Five for the Fifth, folks. I’d love to hear your thoughts on any of these subjects.

Five new-to-me actors I’d love to see more of – based on 2012 viewings

One of the joys of watching movies is discovering new talents. The movies they appear in aren’t always great, but the actors’ screen charisma and/or performances are memorable and you see their potential. This is kind of a variation of favorite performances list, such as what Keith is doing with his Top 5 of various lead and supporting performances (like this one). But for this post, I’d like to focus on those I either wasn’t aware of prior to 2012, or that I haven’t seen them act until last year. Some of these actors have been working steadily and relatively well-known to some, but they were ‘obscure’ to me until recently. Thus I’m excluding actors like Richard Armitage, Michael Peña, Anthony Mackie and Jim Sturgess who all impressed me last year, but I have been familiar with them for some time.

In any case, based on my 2012 viewings (not exclusive to 2012 movies) , here are five new-to-me actors I’d like to see working more in Hollywood.

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[In alphabetical order]

Jason Clarke

JasonClarkeThe first time I saw this 43-year-old Australian actor was in Public Enemies as ‘Red’ Hamilton, John Dillinger’s partner in crime. I wasn’t impressed with the film but I sort of remembered Clarke’s role. He apparently was in the lead role of the now-defunct police procedural show The Chicago Code on FOX. I haven’t seen Lawless yet, but he played one of the three Bondurant brothers with Shia La Beouf and Tom Hardy. But he surely made his mark in Zero Dark Thirty. It’s not a big role but he’s certainly memorable. It could’ve easily been a simple thug or bully type of roles, but there’s a certain sensitivity in Clarke’s performance that somehow made him a sympathetic character. His flawless American accent certainly proves his versatility, so I hope to see more of him getting more prominent roles. I’m excited to see him in the upcoming William Monaghan’s directorial debut Mojave.

Mark Duplass

MarkDuplassI finally caught Safety Not Guaranteed and loved it. It was a surprisingly heartfelt comedy filled with quirky but likable characters. One of those characters is Kenneth, a man who placed an classified ad for a time-travel partner. I can’t help but being drawn to Ken despite (or because of) his eccentricities, just like Aubrey Plaza’s character did. He’s currently working on a couple of TV shows, I should check out The League, a semi-scripted comedy about a fantasy football league that my pal Ted told me about.

Apparently Duplass (who often collaborates with his brother Jay) is sort of a triple-threat, he has been writing, directing and producing a few indie projects and shorts, so now that he’s acting, I guess he’s more of a quadruple-threat. He also has a small part in Zero Dark Thirty which unsurprisingly offers a bit of comic relief. I could see him doing serious roles, too. He has a naturally affable presence but there’s a certain unpredictable quality about him that makes me think he could effectively play an antagonist.

Chris O’Dowd

ChrisODowdAs you probably already know, I adore The Sapphires. It’s my favorite movie at last year’s TCFF and I had a bit of a crush on him. Not a full-blown crush, just a smidgen, but I think he’s just so lovable and sweet in that role… a sensitive rebel with a big heart. I have yet to see Bridesmaids and no way in heck am I watching HBO’s Girls just to see him, so I hope this tall Irish actor gets busier in Hollywood.

I’m excited to see his two upcoming comedy dramas, one is called Hippie Hippie Shake with Cillian Murphy and a bunch of British actors, and the other called Calvary with Brendan Gleeson, directed by John Michael McDonagh (brother of In Bruges‘ Martin McDonaugh).
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Tomer Sisley

TomerSisleyThis is perhaps the most obscure of the bunch as I don’t think his movie The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch was released here in the US. I quite enjoyed the movie, it was a pretty enjoyable action thriller and this German-born actor is fun to watch. He’s actually of Russian and Yemenite origin, but has been living in France since he was 9 so he speaks four languages: French, English, German and Hebrew, wow! He’s certainly easy on the eyes and has the athleticism to could pull off all the action stunts. Then I found out he was a stand-up comic as well. He’s probably quite well-known in France and he’s got a few French movies in the works, hopefully some Hollywood casting agent would notice him soon enough.
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Benjamin Walker

BenWalkerYes, I was one of those few people who was entertained by Abraham Lincoln:Vampire Hunter. Walker is no Daniel Day Lewis but I thought he’s quite charismatic and has the talents and screen presence as a leading man. It’s not the first time he played a US president as he was cast in the Broadway musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Like Sisley, he’s also got a funny bone as he did his first performing experience at the Juilliard School in New York as a stand-up comedian. I could totally see him do comedy, he shows some of that in Vampire Hunter, I think he’d be awesome. I’m surprised he hasn’t been cast yet as Liam Neeson’s son in one of his action flicks, I mean this 6’3″ actor looks so much like him!

Anyway, I’m looking forward to his next film with one of my current crushes, Henry Cavill in The Great Wall.
 

Honorable Mention:

Oscar Isaac

OscarIsaacThough he only had a tiny role in Bourne Legacy, I quite like this Guatemala-born actor and I wish he had a bigger part. Heck, he’d even make a good leading man if the producers don’t mind a non-white actor in that role. I realized later on that he played Prince John in Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood. He’s not only talented, but like Mark Strong, he’s also got one of those faces which enables him to play roles of various ethnic groups. Looks like he’s getting a lot of roles already, yay! He’s got at least four movies out later this year, including the Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis with Carey Mulligan and Mojave with Jason Clarke. Looking forward to both of those!


Thoughts on any of these actors? Are you a fan of their work?