From a very young age, all Barry Seal had wanted to do was fly and by the time he was 15 he'd already qualified for a license to fly a plane himself. As Barry grew older, he took his passion on as a profession and became a fulltime pilot flying routine trips from one city to another.
When he’s approached by the CIA to become a freelance pilot on their behalf Barry finds it hard to refuse the lure of spy life. And so began a complex life of lies whilst working for the CIA and his double life working for notorious drug lord, Pablo Escobar.
Even before Pablo reached the pinnacle of his power, he had too much money to know what to do with and he had major problems transporting drugs into his target market, Florida in the USA. Barry Seal was the answer to Pablo’s problems. He had the aircraft and he had the knowledge to manoeuvre under the radar.
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In their new film Other People, Saturday Night Live's Molly Shannon and Breaking Bad's Jesse Plemons play Joanne and David, a dying mother and her struggling son.
It's a warm, edgy comedy drama that grapples with issues of illness, mortality and sexuality in fresh, thoughtful ways. Shannon says the material connected to her as a mother. "I really related to what a mother would do for her children," she says, "how she would go to the end of the earth for her kids and it's all she worries about. Joanne is fighting for her life, but also coming to terms with the fact that her life is going to be cut short."
Opposite her, Plemons plays a young gay man who has returned home from New York after his writing career didn't quite go to plan. He liked the idea of this character. "Aside from being a gay character, it was such a specific moment in both of their lives," he says. "And there's this sort of underlying sadness, where you know it's not going to work out but you still love the person, and you're going through a lot."
For a biopic of a real-life person, this feels like an oddly standard mob thriller. It's the true story of Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger, and it's told with gritty filmmaking and robust performances. But there's very little about the movie that sets it apart, leaving it as yet another depiction of violent criminal ambition and betrayal. And by the end, it's difficult to escape the feeling that we've seen it all before.
It opens in 1975 South Boston, where Jimmy Bulger (Johnny Depp) runs the Irish mafia, while his brother Billy (Benedict Cumberbatch) is a senator. Their childhood friend John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) is an FBI agent who has asked for their help in taking down the rival Angiulo family, which Jimmy sees as a win-win situation: he'll get rid of the competition while avoiding jail himself. Over the next 10 years, Jimmy expands his operation dramatically, and he's not afraid to get his own hands dirty as he sorts out problems that are created by his sidekicks (including Rory Cochrane, Jesse Plemons and W. Earl Brown), all of whom are increasingly annoyed at his control-freak ways. But as Jimmy becomes even more notorious, the FBI boss (Kevin Bacon) pressures John to take him down.
The actors dive into their roles. Depp transforms himself physically into a prowling thug with terrifyingly piercing eyes. He may be a heartless killer, but he's also a caring family man. Opposite him, Edgerton has a trickier role as a federal agent who operates more like the gangster he'd rather be, casually ignoring the law to push his own agenda. In the sprawling supporting cast, only a few characters emerge memorably: Cumberbatch has a sparky presence, Cochrane offers some thoughtfulness, and Bacon gets to chomp on the scenery. Other roles are much briefer, especially the sidelined female characters.
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Lance Armstrong is a cycling legend, with seven Tour De France wins under his belt among other accolades, feats that were made all the more impressive following his battle and subsequent recovery from testicular cancer. Despite his illness, he seemed better than ever before on the road on his return and by 2004, he had attracted the attention of reporter David Walsh, who grew suspicious that the athlete was using performance enhancing drugs, along with many of his cyclist friends. Armstrong used a genius combination of loopholes and convincing acting to make people believe otherwise but he was ultimately exposed and shamed for his tactics by a determined journalist.
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Sometimes, the greatest hiding place is in plain sight. For twelve years from the mid-1990s, he was the FBI's second most wanted fugitive, behind Osama Bin Laden. Throughout the 1970s, he was an FBI informant, revealing information to bring down an Italian American crime family, and he was the brother of a US senator. But really, his informant years were to stop another family from invading his own turf. Whitey Bulger (Johnny Depp) was one of the most brutal and violent criminals in Boston, being the secret puppet master behind one of the most dangerous crime families in history.
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The 'Black Mass' trailer has been released and Johnny Depp is absolutely terrifying as criminal, Whitey Bulger.
Johnny Depp is almost unrecognisable in the trailer for Black Mass. The 51-year actor plays the notorious American gangster, Whitey Bulger, in the upcoming film. The first official trailer was released on Thursday (23rd April). It shows Depp, with a receding hairline and incredibly piercing blue eyes, intimidating a colleague over dinner. Depp's intimidating voice becomes a voice over as other scenes from the movie, including Depp wielding a gun and dumping a dead body, cut in.
Johnny Depp and his wife, Amber Heard.
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Fargo season 2 will be a prequel, and the Coen brothers are returning as producers.
Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons have signed on to appear in season 2 of FX's critically acclaimed drama Fargo. The follow-up to the debut season - an adaptation of the Coen brothers movie - will premiere next fall, with production slated to begin in Canada in January 2015.
Martin Freeman starred in the first season of FX's 'Fargo'
According to E! News, Dunst will play Peggy Blomquist, a beautician with dreams of the big city. Peggy is trying to figure out what she really wants from life. Plemons - who played the chillingly emotionless Todd on Breaking Bad - will play Dunst's husband Ed, a butcher's assistant who is supportive of her quest despite not quite understanding it.
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The Emmy award-winning 'Fargo' was approved for a second season earlier this year, and the first casting announcements have been made.
Director Noah Hawley’s adaptation of the Coen brothers’ 1996 movie of the same name was a big hit on FX earlier this year, scooping the Emmy award for outstanding miniseries, and was green-lit for a second season back in July.
Kirsten Dunst (pictured) and Jesse Plemons will star in the second season of 'Fargo', due in late 2015
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George Briggs is a claim jumper who has only ever known a dishonest life. When he finds himself in serious trouble (sat astride an impatient horse with his hands bound behind his back and a noose around his neck tied to a branch), he starts to think this could finally be the end for him. That is until he is found by a lone woman with a wagon named Mary Bee Cuddy who agrees to free him from his plight in exchange for a favour. Living alone, she is struggling to carry out an important personal mission; she wants to take three insane women from Nebraska to Iowa now that their husbands can now longer cope with them. Thus, she asks Briggs to help her on the dangerous five week journey and, despite his serious reservations, he agrees to act as her aide and protector against the brutalities they may face along the way.
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Benedict Cumberbatch has been cast in the role of Billy Bulger, the brother of notorious US gangster Whitey Bulger, in the upcoming biopic 'Black Mass'. He replaces Guy Pearce who was forced to drop out of the project due to scheduling issues.
Benedict Cumberbatch will star alongside Johnny Depp in an upcoming film biopic of notorious US gangster and murderer, Whitey Bulger. Guy Pearce had initially landed the role of Billy Bulger, the brother of crime lord Whitey. Unfortunately, as the producers told Variety, "We were not able to make it work with Guy." Hence, Cumberbatch is replacing Pearce who was forced to drop out of the movie due to scheduling issues.
Benedict Cumberbatch will star in Black Mass as Billy Bulger.
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JJ Abrams is eschewing the CGI techniques adopted by the prequel Star Wars movies.
Jj Abrams is re-creating the desert planet Tatooine from the original trilogy for Star Wars: Episode VII. Scenes will be shot in what is being described as a "Morocco-like environment," according to the Hollywood Reporter.
JJ Abrams Is Helming Star Wars Episode VII
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Filming on Star Wars Episode 7 is underway at Pinewood Studios, though the cast is yet to be completed.
Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn has confirmed that shooting on Star Wars Episode 7 is underway at Pinewood Studios in London. "We have a lot of them [in place]," he said of the casting, which is yet to be disclosed, "We're just not completely done yet."
Alan Horn Revealed Further Details About Star Wars Episode 7
Horn, interviewed by The Hollywood Reporter's Stephen Galloway at Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television in Los Angeles, also hinted that running into difficulties with the script.
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Stars Wars Episode 7 begins shooting in May - but have Jesse Plemons, Adam Driver, Gary Oldman, Mupita Nyong'o, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill signed on the dotted line?
Disney and Lucasfilm have confirmed that Star Wars: Episode 7 will begin shooting at Pinewood Studios in May and, crucially for fans, will be set 30 years after the events of 1983's Return of the Jedi, accordng to the Hollywood Reporter.
Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger told Disney's annual shareholder's meeting in Portland, Oregon, that the film "will star a trio of new young leads along with some very familiar faces."
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Muppets Most Wanted and Need For Speed premiere in L.A., while Veronica Mars opts for Austin and Noah holds its world premiere in Mexico City. Captain America: The Winter Soldier wows critics, and new clips promise laughs in Chef and eye-catching action in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. And five actors contend to be Star Wars' new hero...
Two new films held their premieres in Hollywood this week. Muppets Most Wanted's world premiere was attended by stars Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Kermit and Miss Piggy. Meanwhile, Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper and Imogen Poots walked the red carpet for Need for Speed, which also hits cinemas this weekend. Take a look at photos from the colorful if not slightly odd 'Muppets Most Wanted' Premiere. Or the marginally more grown up premiere for 'Need for Speed' and you can read the 'Need for Speed' Movie Review here.
Following its world premiere at the South by South West Festival, Veronica Mars also held red carpet premieres in Hollywood and New York with Kristen Bell and the cast. You can see the 'Veronica Mars' cast have their selfie game on point at SXSW for the premiere. Or you can read our 'Veronica Mars' Movie review here. And in Mexico City, Darren Aronofsky turned up with cast members Jennifer Connelly, Logan Lerman and Douglas Booth for the world premiere of his new film Noah, which also released a new extended trailer ahead of its release in two weeks. Here the detail on the 'Noah' movie making first waves in mexico despite religious controversy. And here's that 'Noah' extended trailer.
Star Wars Episode 7 will cast either Ed Speelers, Jesse Plemons, Matthew James Thomas, Ray Fisher or John Boyega in the lead role.
Sources close to the Star Wars Episode 7 casting have confirmed that Disney and Lucasfilm has rounded the role of lead Jedi down to five young actors - one of whom will score the biggest movie part in years. With Girls star Adam Driver set to play the primary villain, Jj Abrams and his team have some context in which to cast the good-guy, and have selected their five would-be Jedi's.
Will Jesse Plemons Get The Star Wars Lead?
After meeting with several actors over the past year, Abrams and his casting directors have chosen Downton Abbey star Ed Speelers, Attack the Block's John Boyega, Breaking Bad's Jesse Plemons and theatre actors Matthew James Thomas and Ray Fisher as the final five for the lead role.
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With the sheer size of the Star Wars franchise, Episode VII was always going to be a big deal. J.J Abrams took on a daunting task when he agreed to helm the reboot following Disney’s acquisition of LucasFilms, but have the casting rumors got you excited?
Zac Efron is the latest name attached to the Star Wars franchise
The latest of those rumours concerns a certain former Disney employee, who has attempted to shake off his teen heartthrob reputation by doing, actually, very little at all. He stoked the fire when he confirmed a meeting with Disney and J.J took place.
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With the script finished, production is go, says J. J. Abrams.
J.J. Abrams has confirmed that with the script now finished, filming for Star Wars: Episode VII is set to begin in May. Abrams also confirmed that he has talked to Breaking Bad actor Jesse Plemons about a possible role in the film. Abrams was, however, surprised to read about rumors of Plemons’ casting before an official announcement was made.
Abrams dodged the question of whether he would be directing all three films on his own.
“He is one of the actors that we’ve talked to, yeah,” Abrams said, speaking at the Television Critics Association Summer Press tour.. “But, you know. It’s not often that I read about actors that I’m going to be meeting … that I get to read articles about actors who are going to come in. And so I get to see someone and say, ‘Oh, I read that I’m going to see you.’ … It’s usually agents talking to people about what’s happening. It’s a lot of noise.”
This jagged, meandering exploration of a Scientology-style movement is hauntingly mesmerising and packed with meaty performances. As he did in There Will Be Blood, writer-director Anderson is exploring how people control and influence each other, this time focussing on a twisted mentor-protege relationship that's strikingly well-played by Hoffman and Phoenix.
The story takes place just after the war, as seaman Freddie Quells (Phoenix) struggles to overcome his physical and psychological injuries and fit back into society. After drifting across America, he stows away on a boat captained by Lancaster Dodd (Hoffman), who is known as the Master to followers of the Cause. He takes Freddie under his wing and coaches him to tap into his eternal soul by exploring who he was in past lives. So Freddie becomes part of the family with Dodd's strong-willed wife (Adams), doubtful son (Plemons) and more gung-ho daughter and son-in-law (Childers and Malek). And Freddie's stubbornness both annoys and challenges Dodd.
It's fascinating to watch these two men develop a tight connection while quietly jostling for power. The cycles of interaction make the film lurch in fits and starts as Freddie tries to elevate himself using Dodd's process, but continually finds another way all his own. In other words, both men are using each other to work out their own inner turmoil. While Hoffman gives a layered performance that bristles with quiet shadows and superficial bravado, Phoenix contorts his body and face into a man who has literally been crumpled up by his past. Meanwhile, the darkly intense Adams sneaks up and steals every scene she's in.
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Alex (Kitsch) is a smart guy who has wasted his life so, after getting in trouble while impressing a hot girl (Decker), his Naval-officer brother (Skarsgard) drafts him into service. Later on a Pacific Rim war-game exercise, Alex ends up in charge of the only ship nearby after aliens invade earth and put a force-field around Hawaii. Working with his plucky crew (including Rihanna, Asano, Tui and Plemons), Alex must figure out how to out-wit these Transformer-like killers. By the way, the hot girl turns out to be the daughter of the admiral (Neeson).
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