War is changing. The days of pilots getting involved in a conflict are gone, and now they have all but been replaced by drones which they pilot remotely. Major Thomas Egan (Ethan Hawke) is a trained pilot who joined the army in order to fly. He is aiming his drone at a known terrorist hideout, when he is given the confirmation to fire. As the missile is fired, a child who is playing gets into the way of the missile - too late for the shot to be aborted. Egan knows what he has done, and despite completing the mission, he believes he has failed. From that point on, he will be haunted by the thought of the "good kill".
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After a good year for movies and television in 2014, the American Film Institute has honoured the very best that the year had to offer.
For the past fifteen years, the American Film Institute has honoured ten films and ten television shows that truly show off what the year had to offer. 2014 had a particularly good year for films, however, so for the first time, the AFI Awards actually awarded eleven motion pictures with the honouree status. A whole host of celebrities gathered in celebration.
Angelina Jolie at the 15th Annual AFI Awards (Credit Frazer Harrison - Getty Images)
The honoured films consisted of 'American Sniper', 'Birdman', 'Boyhood', 'Foxcatcher', 'The Imitation Game', 'Interstellar', 'Into The Woods', 'Nightcrawler', 'Selma', 'Unbroken' and 'Whiplash'. For the celebration, Academy Award-winning Matthew Mcconaughey ('Interstellar') was seen, along with Ethan Hawke ('Boyhood'). Brad Pitt and Edward Norton ('Birdman') were also seen together, after appearing opposite one another in 1999's 'Fight Club'.
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'The Bartender' (Ethan Hawke) is the nickname given to a Temporal Agent whose job it is to stop crime before it occurs through the use of time travel. His aim is to make sure the law is enforced and people are protected throughout time, but it seems he has finally met his match when one seriously intelligent criminal manages to repeatedly slip through his clutches and cause devastating bomb explosions that have wiped out thousands. It's not an easy life, jumping in and out of a timeline as a career, but work is getting on top of The Bartender and he's about to discover just how exhausting time travel really can be, for both him and his nervous recruits.
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'Born To Be Blue' will look at the life of Chet Baker.
Ethan Hawke has been cast as the late jazz musician Chet Baker in a movie about the trumpeter’s life. The new biopic Born To Be Blue will start shooting early next year, it was announced by The Hollywood Reporter.
Ethan Hawke, star of Boyhood, will play Chet Baker in the forthcoming biopic Born To Be Blue
Canadian director Robert Budreau, most famous for 2006’s That Beautiful Somewhere, is taking charge of the movie having written the screenplay himself. It will reportedly concern events near the end of Baker’s life when he staged a comeback after years of struggling with drug addiction.
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Richard Linklater is well known in the film industry as one of the stand out names in indie movie making. Responsible for a wide variety of films including the decade spanning romance 'Before Sunset' (and its sequels), music fuelled comedy 'School Of Rock', social misfit drama 'Slacker', and innovative animated thriller 'A Scanner Darkly', Linklater has inspired a generation of filmmakers and scooped two Oscar nominations and numerous film festival awards along the way. After 21 years, this Texas born innovator is still thoroughly impressing, his latest project 'Boyhood' having caused a stir for its unique quality of having been filmed over thirteen years. Just what will he do next?
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Richard Linklater's 'Boyhood' is a triumph of innovative cinema and is deservedly the favorite to win Best Picture at the Oscars.
It's no surprise that Richard Linklater's movie Boyhood was this week installed as the favorite to win Best Picture at the Oscars next year. Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, the movie is ground-breaking cinema and the critics are absolutely unanimous in their praise.
Co-stars Ellar Coltrane [L] and Lorelei Linklater [R] in 'Boyhood'
Boyhood stars Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as the parents of Mason, a child played by the stellar Ellar Coltrane, who grows up before our eyes. It's a stunning time-capsule of a movie that charts the rocky terrain of childhood through road trips, family dinners, birthdays and graduation.
Continue reading: 'Boyhood' Has 99% On Rotten Tomatoes. It Is Almost The Perfect Movie
Ellar Coltrane's unforgettable journey happened both off and on screen
When Ellar Coltrane was auditioning for the role of Mason as a 6-year-old, Richard Linklater was more interested in the resilience of his parents rather than the acting skills of the young protégée that would become the centrepiece for his most audacious film yet.
Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane, Richard Linklater at an Academy screening of 'Boyhood' - Photo: Getty 2014/Michael Loccisano
This is because his parents would have to keep this young actor interested in the role of a lifetime, spanning 12 years and shot for only three days per year. Ellar Coltrane got the part, and as we watch Mason grow up before our very eyes, a 19-year-old actor owes a huge part of his upbringing to the process of filming ‘Boyhood’.
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By shooting this film over 12 years, writer-director Richard Linklater is able to explore family dynamics in an intensely involving way that's never been seen on-screen before. Watching the film is such an immersive experience that it's impossible not to be moved as the characters grow up before our eyes. But this isn't a gimmicky drama; it's a masterwork of writing, directing, editing and acting.
The story opens in as a single mother (Patricia Arquette) makes the difficult decision to take her young children Samantha and Mason (Lorelei Linklater and Ellar Coltrane) back to Houston to live near her mother (Libby Villari) so she can go to university. Eventually the kids' absent father (Ethan Hawke) arrives for a visit, and over the following years both parents do their best to raise the kids on alternating weekends. Step-parents (Marco Perella, Brad Hawkins and Tamara Jolaine) come and go, while the children grow into young adults. Samantha leaves for college, and Mason discovers a talent for photography, which will shape his future. And he also has a first experience with love before graduating from high school and facing the world on his own.
As the title suggests, the film centres on Mason, and the remarkable Coltrane ages from 6 to 18 over the course of the story. Watching him grow up physically is sometimes startling, but it's his emotional process that makes the film a true classic, mainly because his inner development is pretty much the only plot the movie has. And it's utterly riveting: over two hours and 45 minutes, there isn't a single dull moment. This family shifts and changes, going through rhythms of playfulness, private jokes, dark emotion and deep pain. They also offer a running commentary on 12 years of American history, discussing politics and other issues while making major decisions about their own lives.
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'Boyhood' hits cinemas this weekend (11-13 July)
Shot over 12 years, Richard Linklater's new film Boyhood is being called the best movie of the decade. Its cast members have been out talking about the experience.
Co-stars Ellar Coltrane and Lorelei Linklater in 'Boyhood'
Ethan Hawke, who plays the family's father, has made eight films with Linklater. He commented on the uniqueness of this project: "We see very dramatic portraits of terrible parents or stereotypical good parents, but you don't see them both at the same time very often: parents struggling to be good parents, failing sometimes and succeeding other times, much like our own parents and ourselves. [Linklater] thinks life is pretty dramatic and beautiful and exciting as it is. For me, that's kind of revolutionary."
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Richard Linklater's 'Boyhood' has impressed critics with its novel approach to time but will audiences be as impressed when it reaches UK and US cinemas?
Boyhood is a coming-of-age film which literally follows its cast as they grown over the space of 12 years. The long filming has certainly impressed the critics but will it be as popular when it reaches our screens?
Boyhood follows Ellar Coltrane's character Mason from a child to a young adult.
When Mason was an unwitting 6-year-old boy, he had no idea - like the rest of his peers - just how much of a rollercoaster his next ten years would be. Many of the problems he would experience throughout his journey through boyhood and adolescence would remain, but either intensify or weaken with age. For example, as a 6-year-old, living with his single mother and struggling to have a proper relationship with his absent father who is living in Alaska was an issue that he would struggle to comprehend completely until he was old enough to have romantic relationships himself and understand them. Other issues that would never fade in his adulthood quest include moving homes, making friends and having his heart broken, but in the end all of those tempestuous experiences would shape the man he would become at 18-years-old.
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'The Purge' gets its training wheels taken off in the sequel. Are you prepared for 'Anarchy'?
Just over a year after the release of The Purge, James DeMonaco will drop the next instalment of the chilling sci-fi thriller, The Purge: Anarchy. The original bombed with critics but fared surprisingly well at the box office, making $90 million on a $3 million budget and meaning an even more terrifying sequel was given the go-ahead straight away.
The idea behind The Purge is pretty simple yet chillingly believable: once a year on "Purge Night," everything becomes legal in America, including robbery, rape and murder, for 12 hours. The back-story is that the government needed a way to control the population whilst keeping crime down and for 364.5 days a year, US citizens enjoy a utopia of zero crime and high employment.
Whilst the first movie saw Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey harbour a murderous syndicate during the purge, meaning a chilling band of killers is brought to their front door. In Anarchy, a couple are risking their safety by driving home late on the night of the purge but they think they'll just about make it.
Hawke struts the board for a turn in 'The Scottish Play.'
Jack O'Brien's Macbeth has debuted at Broadway's Vivian Beaumont, giving Hollywood actor Ethan Hawke a chance to show off his lesser-known skill for Shakespearean stage acting as the titular, tormented thane. Critics have largely praised the dark and atmospheric production, yet the sensation that Hawke could have delved deeper into the tortured recesses of his character's psyche seems to be prevalent.
Ethan Hawke Shows His Versatility As An Actor In 'Macbeth' But Fails To Dig Deep.
The NY Times assesses the "dismal" yet "chic" production and concludes that Hawke is lacking. "Though best known as a movie star, Mr. Hawke has demonstrated his stage-worthiness [...] His is a mumblecore Macbeth [...] He delivers Shakespeare's poetry like a moody, glue-sniffing teenager reciting Leonard Cohen lyrics to himself," writes Ben Brantley.
Continue reading: Ethan Hawke's 'Macbeth' Premieres In Bewitching But Flawed Broadway Play
It's been 18 years since Hawke, Delpy and Linklater introduced us to Jesse and Celine, and their story just gets richer, funnier and more punchy each time we see them. In 1995's Before Sunrise, they were idealistic 23-year-olds. In 2004's Before Sunset, they were thinking about bigger issues, including their future. Now at age 41, they're approaching middle age and asking questions about their life choices.
We catch up with Jesse and Celine (Hawke and Delpy) on a Greek island, where they're just finishing their summer holiday. As they prepare to go home to Paris with their 7-year-old twins (Jennifer and Charlotte Prior), Jesse's 13-year-old son Hank (Davey-Fitzpatrick) is returning to his still-angry mother in Chicago. But Jesse is wishing he had more time with Hank, and floats the idea of moving to America. This makes Celine furious, since she's just about to start an exciting new job. Clearly it's time to take stock of their relationship and make some important decisions.
Watching these characters (and the actors playing them) age is fascinating, as they encounter different issues at each stage of life. It's not necessary to have seen the earlier films, because they were essentially different people back then. This movie stands on its own as a snappy, deeply resonant look at a crunch-point in a relationship, as a couple tries to decide if their still-burning passion is strong enough to carry them forward. And Hawke and Delpy deliver the dialog impeccably, with razor-sharp wit and artistic sensitivity swirling through everything they say. Watching them is a joy.
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We take a look at the reviews for this romance
This long-running trilogy has its third film: Before Midnight. The sequel to Before Sunrise (1995) and Before Sunset (2004) - again directed by Richard Linklater and again, co-written and acted by Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy - has got the critics excited, again.
In fact, there aren't any negative reviews for this romantic epic. “Predictably, it's just as great as the first two,” say Little White Lies. “As an organic experiment in collaboration between actors and director, it is a triumph, co-created and co-owned by Delpy, Linklater and Hawke,” enthused The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw. Empire Magazine were also waxing lyrical about the film. “A bit tarter than its predecessors, but not skimping on their woozy, chatty charm, this perfectly played, gently incisive film is a welcome new chapter in one of cinema's most beguiling ongoing romances,” they write. And Time Out say “Hawke and Delpy remain as charming as ever, and their combined goofiness is more endearing than annoying.” Sky perhaps sum things the most succinctly with their review: “For those who witnessed Jesse and Celine's tentative getting together as inter railing students almost twenty years ago, it's reassuring to see them still in love.”
With a staggering 98% rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, Before Midnight looks like a must-see. So if you're thinking about what to watch this weekend (the movie is released tomorrow) then there can't be another option, especially if you're taking a special someone along to the pictures.
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Brent Magna is a former racing driver who discovers that his wife has been kidnapped by an unknown man. The man is able to communicate with him (as well as watch him) and assures him that his wife will live as long as Brent does exactly what he's told. Thus, he embarks on a deadly race in a Shelby Cobra Mustang, knocking anything and everything out of his way while building a steady collection of cops on his tail. Things go awry when a young girl with a gun attempts to gain access to the car and Brent is forced to disarm her and take her with him to rescue his wife. Time is running out; he must provide the kidnapper with exactly what he wants while attempting to avoid getting caught on the way - otherwise, the show's over.
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New scary thriller, The Purge, has been released in cinemas. Here's the round-up of the first reviews.
If you haven't already been tantalised by the creepy trailer that has been circulating - no, this is not a new fad diet - The Purge is the name of newly released horrific thriller from Staten Island (2009) director James DeMonaco thriller, starring Ethan Hawke (Sinister, Gattaca) and Lena Headey (300, Game Of Thrones).
We're in 2022 USA and the not-so-far future is rather different from the one we currently inhabit: unemployment and crime rates have hit an impossible all-time low. Great news, right? Well think again. These rates are kept low by the yearly government-authorized 'Purge': 12 hours of criminal free-for-all where all crimes, including murder, are permitted and all emergency services are suspended. The plot centres on the affluent Sandin family who live in a charming suburban neighbourhood.
Just like they do every year, the family batten down the hatches on the eve of The Purge and wait out the night as slaughter and destruction rages through the nation. However, a bloodied man begging to be saved appears outside the house and is granted entry by sympathetic young son Charlie (Max Burkholder) despite the ruling of his parents. The man is pursued to the house by a pack of masked and murderous strangers who give the family an ultimatum: hand over their 'purge-target' or they'll break in and kill everyone.
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'Before Sunrise' star Ethan Hawke, Bravo executive vice president of development and talent and TV host Andy Cohen and Dan Stevens from 'Downton Abbey' all appeared on the red carpet at the very exclusive 2013 Cfda Fashion Awards held at Alice Tully Hall in New York City.
The third, and possibly last, installment of the love story has received an almost unanimously positive reception from critics.
Richard Linklater's third and possibly final edition to his 'Before'-trilogy; Before Midnight, could be his best instalment to the series yet and his best movie to date, as critics and audiences seem to be in agreement over the movie's credentials. The Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy-staring movie premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was given a limited release in America last week, but is expected to be given a wider release by the summer given it's exceptional reception.
The movie is a semi-improvised piece, with Linklater sharing screenplay-writing credit with both of the movie's stars just as he has in the previous two movies in the instalment. Again, like the last two, the film is a tale of love, following protagonists Jesse and Celine almost two decades after they first met on a Vienna-bound train in Before Sunrise and nine years since we last saw them in Before Sunset. With an impressive 97% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes.com currently, this looks like one love story you don't want to miss this summer.
The overwhelming comment about the movie is it's intense realism towards the portrayal of love, and rather than letting the series down the latest film ties things up nicely and as Betsy Sharkey of the Los Angeles Times mentions, "the films have only gotten better by letting the relationship marinate."
Continue reading: 'Before Midnight' Could Be The Year's Best Film So Far: Review Round-Up
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