The actor will wrap up his final projects before focusing on directing.
Robert Redford has said he will retire from acting once he has completed the two films he is working on.
In an an interview with his grandson Dylan, the 80 year old announced he was done in front of the camera, saying he will now be focusing on directing.
Robert Redford is retiring from acting
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Bryce Dallas Howard and Robert Redford star in the new re-boot.
Nostalgia is certainly the order of the day at Walt Disney Studios, with the film company determined to update some of the family favourites in the next few years. One classic to be given a contemporary makeover is 1977's 'Pete's Dragon', which has just arrived on screens.
Bryce Dallas Howard plays Grace the forest ranger in 'Pete's Dragon'
The iconic Oscar nominated musical, which was a live action epic featuring an animated dragon, has returned; though this time without the sing-a-longs and with Elliott the dragon becoming a CGI masterpiece. Those who remember the original directed by Don Chaffey will know it as a story about an orphan on the run from his cruel adoptive parents, who is guided to the safety of a town in New England by this enormous fire-breathing creature with the power of invisibility. Elliott manages to wreak havoc on the town though, leaving Pete initially only welcomed by Nora and her father who live in a lighthouse.
Continue reading: Disney Re-Makes Family Classic 'Pete's Dragon', But It's Not A Musical
This hugely enjoyable adventure is a loose remake of the 1977 Disney hit that blended cartoon and live-action. By contrast, this movie feels almost unnervingly realistic, with seamless effects that bring a gigantic green furry dragon remarkably to life. With strong characters and a pointed story, this is a great movie for kids. And grown-ups might find themselves getting caught up in it as well.
Six years after being lost following a car crash, 12-year-old Pete (Oakes Fegley) is still living in the deep forest, playing happily with his dragon companion Elliot, who's like an enormous cuddly green puppy dog. But sawmill worker Gavin (Karl Urban) is travelling deeper into the woods. His brother, the mill's owner Jack (Wes Bentley), is urging caution, perhaps because his fiancee is the park ranger Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard). Then one day on the work site, Grace spots Pete in the trees and brings him back to civilisation. No one believes his fanciful tales of life with a dragon, just like they didn't believe Grace's father (Robert Redford) decades ago. But Grace's sparky daughter Natalie (Oona Laurence) does. And she decides to help Pete get home.
What follows is a fairly low-key adventure, as various factors come into play, mixing threats against this primordial forest with threats against Pete's bond with Elliot. It's a simple structure that immediately resonates with the audience, mainly because director-cowriter David Lowery keeps everything within the realm of believability. And the actors deliver similarly authentic performances as people trying to grapple with a rather startling discovery. Urban has the most thankless role in this sense: the hothead who immediately makes all the wrong decisions for selfish reasons. But he brings some complexity where he can. And he's nicely balanced by Howard, Bentley and a seriously twinkly Redford. Meanwhile, both Fegley and Laurence deliver solid turns as believably resilient kids.
Continue reading: Pete's Dragon Review
That generic title obscures a surprisingly complex exploration of the real-life events surrounding the fall of iconic American newscaster Dan Rather in 2004. And while the film's script is rather talky (it's like Aaron Sorkin's The Newsroom crossed with George Clooney's Good Night and Good Luck), it's strongly made point is too important to ignore. And it features yet another storming, intelligent performance from Cate Blanchett.
She plays Mary Mapes, a producer at the classic CBS news programme 60 Minutes, who just a few months before the 2004 presidential election is working on a story about incumbent George W. Bush's shady National Guard service during the Vietnam War. She has an ace team of investigators (including Topher Grace, Dennis Quaid and Elisabeth Moss), plus the nation's top news anchor Rather (Robert Redford). But after the story airs, Mary is attacked with questions about the authenticity of a series of memos that trace irregularities in Bush's service record. Her boss (Bruce Greenwood) applies plenty of pressure as the controversy gains more traction than the story itself. And the media storm that follows catches everyone by surprise.
This account is based on Mapes' own memoir about these events, which gives the film a personal, as opposed to journalistic, tone. It hints heavily at both government and corporate efforts to discredit the story, putting Mapes and her entire team in an impossible situation. The film also makes it clear that those memos were indeed real, and that the controversy was actually just misdirection. What brings this to life is the revelatory acting from the ensemble cast, led beautifully by Blanchett, who gives Mary a passion for the truth that's fuelled by her inner demons. And the entire supporting cast adds layers of wit and insight, although Redford kind of relaxes on his easy charm as the engaged, engaging Rather.
Continue reading: Truth Review
Pete is a young boy who lives in the forest, not many little boys would survive in the wilderness alone, but Pete has a HUGE force on his side, one that most people wouldn't ever believe. Pete is constantly accompanied and protected by his dragon Elliot.
Grace is the forest ranger who's grown up hearing her father's stories about a fierce dragon in the forest but to her his stories are nothing more than the fairy tale, as most would surmise. However, Graces views on the whole situation might just start to change when she crosses paths with the little forest boy.
As Pete regales Grace with his adventurous way of life accompanied by his green friend, some of his stories start to ring a bell with her father's tales. With the help of Natalie, a local girl similar in age to Pete, Grace begins to try and trace back Pete's roots.
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The actor is alive and well after his death was reported on twitter as part of a hoax.
Robert Redford’s agent has confirmed the actor is alive, after reports of his death appeared on Twitter on New Year’s Eve. Redford’s agent said the actor had been the victim of a ‘sick’ death hoax, with reports claiming he had died after falling off a golf buggy in Santa Monica, California.
Robert Redford was the victim of an internet death hoax on New Years Eve.
'This is a sick hoax. I just spoke to him and there is no truth to this whatsoever,' Redford's publicist, Cindi Berger, said, adding that the actor was at home and fine. Rumours of Redford’s death spread quickly around twitter, after a fake Sky News report appeared.
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The 2016 Sundance Film Festival is really hotting up now with yet more films added to the 120 strong line-up which already includes the previously announced nine horrors from the Midnight Category. Introducing: the films for the US and World Cinema Documentary and Dramatic Competitions, as well as the 2016 Next showcase.
Robert Redford brings another year of awesome indie films
65 films have just been unveiled for the newly announced category line-ups as we reflect on this year's top Sundance gems like 'Dope', 'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl' and 'Tangerine'. Stay tuned for more announcements in the coming weeks though for the US' biggest indie film festival founded Robert Redford.
Continue reading: 2016 Sundance Film Festival: The First Half Of The Line-Up Revealed
Chris Evans is back as the all-American hero, and the first official trailer for his return was released this week
Captain America: The Winter Soldier had its first official trailer go viral this week (24 Oct.) and whilst it gives us a reasonable look at what we can expect from the the return of Chris Evans as the first Avenger, there may have been certain elements that you could have missed in the action-packed preview.
The Winter Soldier trailer leaves plenty of questions
We get to see plenty of Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Samuel L Jackson returning as Nick Fury. In all it looks as though the film has a strong S.H.I.E.L.D. presence, but this doesn't give us a great indication of what the film might offer. As for the potential bad guys, it looks as though Robert Redford might have a few sinister ideas up his sleeve and the masked badass we see here and there might be his accomplice, but what does it all mean?
Solid start for the Oscar-tipped movie.
Get ready to be underwhelmed: when we say 12 Years A Slave’s box office was solid on opening, we’re talking about a limited release. $960,000 from 19 theaters over the weekend is pretty good going, though.
Chiwetel Ejiofor stars in 12 Years a Slave as Solomon Northup.
Steve McQueen’s powerful slave drama, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Sarah Paulson, Alfre Woodward, and Brad Pitt – an all-star ensemble indeed – has been a hit with the critics, and its relative success on a limited release suggests the film has the fiscal legs to see it through a competitive season.
Robert Redford has a real chance at the Oscars with 'All Is Lost'
Cinemagoers are spoilt for choice this weekend as awards season begins to come into focus and the major studios release their best hopes for the Globes and Oscars in 2014. Captain Phillips and Gravity are still around though an interesting new offering takes elements of both - namely, isolation and the ocean.
Robert Redford in 'All Is Lost
Robert Redford stars in All Is Lost, a tense adventure movie about a man who must fight for survival after being lost at sea. It's written and directed by J.C Chandor - the man behind the exceptional and severely underrated banking crisis movie Margin Call - and features Redford as the sole cast member. There's also next to no dialogue and the shooting script was only 31 pages long. It's testament to Redford then that the reviews have focused on the veteran's ability to keep the audience gripped.
Continue reading: All Is Lost: How Robert Redford Became The Frontrunner For The Oscars
'Insidious' star Patrick Wilson and his wife Dagmara Dominczyk arrive at the New York Film Festival premiere of one-man movie 'All Is Lost'. The star, Robert Redford, is seen talking to an interviewer on the red carpet with his wife Sibylle Szaggars standing next to him. The star has talked a lot about this unique film which contains almost no dialogue, and told UK Screens, 'I believe in the value of silence. When you take it into a dramatic form, it brings an intensity.'
Robert Redford and his wife Sibylle Szaggars posed on the red carpet at the premiere of his new ocean adventure movie 'All Is Lost' during the New York Film Festival. Redford is the sole actor in the flick about a lone sailor whose boat gets wrecked beyond repair leaving him stranded on a life raft in the middle of a storm.
Robert Redford is creating Oscar buzz for his role as a lone sailor in J.C Chandor's 'All Is Lost'
'All is Lost' is a film that depicts a journey of one man fighting for survival while battling his own conscience.
What began as a peaceful sail at sea quickly unravels into a fight for survival, as a man is left alone in the heart of the ocean. Robert Redford is the only cast member and has very little dialect but can this be his triumphant return to the Oscars that has eluded him for nearly all his career?
Robert Redford in 'All Is Lost'
Actor sees the festival as a great reflection of change in the film industry
Robert Redford has been London to launch the UK version of his curated Sundance Film Festival, and the veteran actor was in bullish mood as he got proceedings underway with an impassioned speech about how the Sundance Festival was a great aggregator of the continual change that was going on in the film industry.
"Because music and film have become more and more integrated over the last few years and Sundance is floating with change we believe change is inevitable and so we treat it as a positive thing and float with it," he told Cover Media. "I know some people are maybe afraid of change they react against it but we see it as positive one of the changes that has taken place outside of technology and film coming more and more together is music and film. Rather than just be a background effect to a film like the old days it's become more integrated to the point that sometimes music is the film. We have a music lab and documentary lab and also a film lab."
Redford was also concerned about the US treatment of films and the arts in general, commenting "When you have a country [the U.S.] with an extremely conservative body that sees money spent on movies and the arts as trivial, it's bad. Someone needs to step up and argue about the economic benefits. The arts can bring billions to the table and there is an economic benefit." Sundance London runs from April 25th to April 28th.
Continue reading: Robert Redford In Bullish Mood At Sundance London Launch
The night included tributes to Streisand from various actors and raised money for the Lincoln Center.
Barbra Streisand’s iconic career in showbiz has been honored with the Lincoln Center’s Chaplin Award. Among the attendees of the ceremony were former president Bill Clinton, Liza Minnelli and singer Tony Bennett. The night raised $2 million dollars in total for the Center to support independent cinema. Streisand, who turns 71 today, is one of few performers to hold what 30 Rock referred to as the “E.G.O.T.” – a collection of the four major US awards – Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.
Accepting the award, Streisand told the audience: "Ever since I can remember, people have been calling me bossy and opinionated. Maybe that's because I am. Three cheers for bossy women."
Streisand has been an icon of women in show business ever since her first role in the 1968 classic “Funny Girl”. She won an Oscar for the role. In a special video tribute, the organizers of the event showed clips from the film, as well as some of Streisand’s other films The Way We Were, What's Up, Doc? and the Meet the Parents sequel, Meet the Fockers. The tribute also included messages from some of Streisand’s colleagues, including Robert Redford, who said about the actress that she had been she was "a pain," but he had discovered that Streisand was "totally engaging to act with, beautiful, thorough and skilled".
The trailer for 'The Company You Keep' suggest Robert Redford has returned to form as a director.
Robert Redford appears to be back on track. Some five years after his disappointing drama 'Lions For Lambs', the Oscar winning director has returned to similar territory with 'The Company You Keep,' a slick looking drama starring an all-star cast. And when we say all-star cast, we really do mean it.
Redford stars and directs in the story of Jim Grant, a public interest lawyer and single father living in New York. Shia LaBeouf plays a scruffy intrepid journalist who exposes Grant as a man wanted for a murder he allegedly committed in his days as an anti-war radical. When another member of the Weather Underground - played by Susan Sarandon - is arrested, LaBeouf's Ben Shepard smells an opportunity to make a name for himself with a national story. The superb Stanley Tucci plays his prickly finger-pointing editor (is it us, or was he born to play a prickly finger-pointing editor?) while the excellent Anna Kendrick plays a vulnerable FBI agent. Elsewhere, there's a gruff looking Nick Nolte, the old-hand Richard Jenkins and legendary western actor Sam Elliott. Oh, and there's Brendan Gleeson. And Terrence Howard. And Julie Christie.
Ben Shepard is a young and ambitious reporter determined to make a name for himself in the media world. When Sharon Solarz, a member of the radical left organisation Weather Underground, is arrested for her involvement in a bank robbery and subsequent murder 30 years ago, Ben smells an important story that could be his big break. Meanwhile, attorney Jim Grant, a single father of an 11-year-old daughter named Isabel who was also involved in the crime, is forced on the run from the FBI as Ben sparks a new manhunt, but on the way he changes course in an effort to expose the truth and prove his innocence. Ben discovers that the whole story is more complicated than he initially thought, particularly as not everyone appears to be who they say they are.
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But some big omissions from the UK version
The second Sundance Film Festival spin-off in London has revealed its line-up, with Robert Redford once again at the helm of the event which originally started in Utah.
"Our philosophy is to give a representation of not just the programme we did in Sundance Utah, but also a representation of what is happening in the independent film scene in America," said Sundance Festival director John Cooper in a statement. "We have so many to choose from, so we look for how they play with audiences as well as what sort of buzz they create," added Trevor Groth, the event's director of programming.
Those quotes suggest a lot of variety, and there certainly is that. However, the line-up misses out a few big names, including the biopics of Apple founder Steve Jobs and porn star Linda Lovelace, starring Ashton Kutcher and Amanda Seyfried respectively. Both had their premiere at Sundance at Utah in January, but London is very much the smaller brother of the American event, with Kill Your Darlings, starring Harry Potter’s Daniel Radcliffe as beat poet Allen Ginsberg, also not being shown.
Continue reading: Sundance London Line-Up Includes Peaches
After the President is murdered in 1865, inexperienced lawyer Frederick (McAvoy) is assigned to defend Mary Surratt (Wright), who is charged with conspiracy alongside eight others. As a war hero from the North, Frederick is horrified to get this job, but is convinced by his boss (Wilkinson) that she at least deserves a fair trial. Of course, in the hysteria following the war and assassination, that's not likely. The judge (Meaney) clearly takes sides, the prosecutor (Huston) is relentlessly arrogant and the war secretary (Kline) has already decided on a verdict and sentence.
Continue reading: The Conspirator Review
And so we go back to 1991, where haggard spy Nathan Muir (Redford) is retiring from The Agency, but wouldn't ya know it -- that very day, his old protégé Tom Bishop (Brad Pitt) has gotten captured on a mission in Eastern China. And Tom is going to be executed -- when? In 24 hours, of course. And the CIA isn't going to save him. In fact, they're trying to paint him as a crazy renegade unaffiliated with the U.S.
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That's vital here because Norman Maclean, on whose novella-length memoir the film is based, was a writer of exceptional grace and economy. This is a simple story that must be told the way he wrote it, and Redford delivers, even using excerpts as the narration he reads. Smart move, Bob.
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Let's look at the crew -- a script co-written by Francis Ford Coppola and John Houseman as producer!
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Adapted for the screen by Francis Ford Coppola in just three weeks after Truman Capote was fired (so the story goes), Gatsby tells the story of the mysterious and elusive Jay Gatsby (Robert Redford), a superrich businessman who likes to throw wild weekend-long, gin-soaked parties at his sprawling Long Island estate. But who is he? Where did he come from? Rumors abound, but no one seems to know for sure, and as long as the band keeps playing and the booze keeps flowing, no one seems to care all that much.
Continue reading: The Great Gatsby Review
Joan Rivers, a well-known comedienne and plastic surgery enthusiast, has slammed Robert Redford for his "obvious" cosmetic work.
Plastic surgery can be a bit of a dodgy subject in the celebrity world. Some like to indulge in staving off the steady effects of time. Others think that it is probably best to avoid having surgeons remodelling their face. Others still, have been so well acquainted with the idea of face-lifts, they feel the need to comment on the work done on colleagues, as is the case here, with long-time plastic surgery aficionado Joan Rivers has spoken out against Robert Redford's recent facial work.
Joan Rivers has been a plastic surgery enthusiast for years.
Comedienne Joan Rivers has seen Redford as a victim of a specifically bad face-lift, saying that the "obvious" cosmetic work done on the 'Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid' actor was of no benefit. The 72-year-old comedienne spoke to The Scoop, explaining her thoughts on the surgery, saying: "Robert Redford had such a bad job. God, whoever did him should be ashamed - or maybe he left it too long so it's much more obvious."
Continue reading: Joan Rivers Criticises Robert Redford's Supposed Plastic Surgery
One simple thing a filmmaker can do to make a picture better is to clearly establish time and place. You'd think that such a thing would be a given, but it's surprising how many filmmakers disregard this simple concept.
For the new film "The Clearing," writer Justin Haythe and writer/director Pieter Jan Brugge (a producer on "Bulworth," The Insider" and other films, making his directorial debut) probably intended to play with time, to bend it and stretch it to serve their purposes. But in the end, they only serve to alienate us by deliberately confusing us.
The film begins like a standard-issue kidnapping story, similar to 2000's "Proof of Life" and a dozen others. The filmmakers cut back and forth between the kidnap victim and his fretting wife, trying to build an equal amount of suspense within each storyline.
Continue reading: THE CLEARING Review
With the United States in the throes of an unexpected war, the timing may not seem right for a movie about military infighting. But "The Last Castle" has a certain popcorn-picture kind of flag-waving pride about it that is enormously satisfying and oddly apropos for this particular moment in history.
Robert Redford could be a gentleman's John Wayne in his starring role as Gen. Eugene Irwin, a highly decorated and revered Army officer beginning a 10-year sentence in military prison for leading his troops, against orders from the President, on a rescue mission that ended in catastrophe.
He's a humble but cocksure leader, greatly admired even by ironhanded warden Colonel Winters (James Gandolfini), who asks the general up to his office to shake his hand before having him shown to his cell. But Winters' respect soon turns to resentment as Irwin begins questioning his methods of managing the men in his jail -- nicknamed The Castle for its stately courtyard-and-towers design.
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