12 Years a Slave (film)
12 Years a Slave is a 2013 biographical period drama film and an adaptation of the 1853 slave memoir Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup, a New York State-born free African-American man, kidnapped in Washington, D. C. by two sold into slavery. Northup was put to work on plantations in the state of Louisiana for 12 years before being released; the first scholarly edition of Northup's memoir, co-edited in 1968 by Sue Eakin and Joseph Logsdon retraced and validated the account and concluded it to be accurate. Other characters in the film were real people, including Edwin and Mary Epps, Patsey; the film was directed by Steve McQueen. The screenplay was written by John Ridley. Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as Solomon Northup. Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Lupita Nyong'o, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt, Alfre Woodard are all featured in supporting roles. Principal photography took place in New Orleans, from June 27 to August 13, 2012; the locations used were four historic antebellum plantations: Felicity, Bocage and Magnolia.
Of the four, Magnolia is nearest to the actual plantation. 12 Years a Slave was named the best film of 2013 by several media outlets. The film holds a rating of 96% on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic, indicating "universal acclaim", it earned over $187 million on a production budget of $22 million. The film won 3 Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress for Nyong'o, Best Adapted Screenplay for Ridley; the Best Picture win made McQueen the first black British producer to receive the award and the first black British director of a Best Picture winner. The film was awarded the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts recognized it with the Best Film and the Best Actor award for Ejiofor. 12 Years a Slave was named the 44th greatest film since 2000 in a BBC poll of 177 critics. In 1841, Solomon Northup is a free African-American man working as a violinist, living with his wife and two children in Saratoga Springs, New York. Two white men and Hamilton, offer him short-term employment as a musician if he will travel with them to Washington, D.
C. However, once they deliver him to a slave pen run by a man named Burch. Northup proclaims that he is a free man, only to be savagely beaten with a wooden paddle and a leather belt. Northup is shipped to New Orleans along with other captive African Americans, he is told by the others that if he wants to survive in the South, he must adapt to being a slave and not tell anyone he is a free man. A slave trader named Theophilus Freeman gives Northup the identity of "Platt", a runaway slave from Georgia, sells him to plantation owner William Ford. Ford gives him a violin. However, tension grows between Northup and plantation carpenter John Tibeats which ends with Northup savagely beating and whipping Tibeats. Tibeats and his group try to hang Northup. Although they are not successful, Northup is left on the noose for hours before he is cut down. To save Northup's life, Ford sells him to another slave owner named Edwin Epps. In the process, Northup attempts to explain that he is a free man, but Ford tells him he is too afraid and that he cannot help him now.
Edwin Epps, unlike Ford, is sadistic. Northup meets Patsey, a favored slave who can pick over 500 pounds of cotton a day, twice the usual quota. Epps rapes Patsey while Mrs. Epps abuses and humiliates her out of jealousy. Sometime cotton worms destroy Epps's cotton. Unable to work his fields, Epps leases his slaves to a neighboring plantation for the season. While there, Northup gains the favor of the plantation's owner, Judge Turner, who allows him to play the fiddle at a neighbor's wedding anniversary celebration and to keep his earnings; when Northup returns to Epps, he uses the money to pay a white field hand and former overseer, Armsby, to mail a letter to his friends in New York. Armsby agrees and accepts Northup's saved money, but betrays him to Epps. In the middle of the night, a drunken Epps wakes Northup and questions him menacingly about the letter while holding a knife to Northup's stomach. Northup is narrowly able to convince Epps that Armsby is Epps relents. Afterwards, Northup mournfully burns the letter to prevent Epps from finding it.
Some time Patsey is caught by Epps going to a neighboring plantation in order to acquire soap, as Mrs. Epps won't let her have any. In retaliation, Epps orders Northup to whip Patsey to near death. After the incident, Northup destroys his violin in a rage. Northup begins working on the construction of a gazebo with a Canadian laborer named Samuel Bass. Bass is unsettled by the brutal way that Epps treats his slaves and expresses his opposition to American slavery, earning Epps's enmity. Northup decides to reveal his kidnapping to Bass. Once again, Northup asks for help in getting a letter to Saratoga Springs. Although Bass is hesitant at first because of the risks, he agrees to send it. One day, the local sheriff arrives in a carriage with another man; the sheriff asks Northup a series of questions to confirm that his answers match the facts of his life in New York. Northup recognizes the sheriff's companion as Mr. Parker, a shopkeeper. Parker has come to free him, the two embrace, though an enraged Epps furiously protests the circumstances and tries to prevent Northup from leaving.
Northup rides off to his freedom. After being enslaved for 12 years, Northup is restored to freedom and returned to his family, leaving behind the other slaves; as he walks into his home, he sees his wife
Charles Robert Redford Jr. is a retired American actor, director and businessman. He is the founder of the Sundance Film Festival. Redford began acting on television in the late 1950s, including an appearance on The Twilight Zone on January 5, 1962, he earned an Emmy nomination as Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Voice of Charlie Pont. His greatest Broadway success was as the stuffy newlywed husband of co-star Elizabeth Ashley's character in Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park. Redford made his film debut in War Hunt, his role in Inside Daisy Clover won him a Golden Globe for best new star. He starred in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, a huge success and made him a major star, he had a critical and box office hit with Jeremiah Johnson, in 1973 he had the greatest hit of his career, the blockbuster crime caper The Sting, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award. The popular and acclaimed All the President's Men was a landmark film for Redford. In the 1980s, Redford began as a director with Ordinary People, one of the most critically and publicly acclaimed films of the decade, winning four Oscars including Best Picture and the Academy Award for Best Director for Redford.
He continued acting and starred in Brubaker, as well as playing the male lead in Out of Africa, an enormous box office success and won seven Oscars including Best Picture. He released his third film as a director, A River Runs Through It, in 1992, he went on to receive Best Picture nominations in 1995 for Quiz Show. He received a second Academy Award—for Lifetime Achievement—in 2002. In 2010, he was made a chevalier of the Légion d'Honneur, he has won BAFTA, Directors Guild of America, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild awards. In April 2014, Time magazine included Redford in their annual Time 100 as one of the "Most Influential People in the World", declaring him the "Godfather of Indie Film". In 2016, Redford was honored with a Presidential Medal of Freedom. Redford retired from acting after completing the film The Old Man & the Gun, released in October 2018. Redford was born on August 18, 1936, in Santa Monica, California, to Martha W. and Charles Robert Redford Sr. a milkman-turned-accountant.
He has a stepbrother, from his father's remarriage. Redford is of English, Scottish and Scots-Irish ancestry, his paternal great-great grandfather, English-born Elisha Redford, married Irish-Catholic Mary Ann McCreery in Manchester Cathedral. They had a son named the first in line to have been given the name. Redford's family moved to Van Nuys, while his father worked in El Segundo, he attended Van Nuys High School. He has described himself as having been a "bad" student, finding inspiration outside the classroom, being interested in art and sports, he hit tennis balls with Pancho Gonzales at the Los Angeles Tennis Club to warm him up. After graduating from high school in 1954, he attended the University of Colorado Boulder in Boulder, Colorado for a year and a half, where he was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. While there, he worked at the restaurant/bar The Sink. While at Colorado, Redford began drinking and as a result lost his half-scholarship and was kicked out of school, he traveled in Europe, living in France and Italy.
He studied painting at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and took classes at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. Redford's career, like that of many major stars who emerged in the 1950s, began in New York City, where an actor could find work both on stage and in television, his Broadway debut was in a small role in Tall Story, followed by parts in The Highest Tree and Sunday in New York. His biggest Broadway success was as the stuffy newlywed husband of Elizabeth Ashley in Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park. Starting in 1960, Redford appeared as a guest star on numerous television drama programs, including Naked City, The Untouchables, The Americans, Whispering Smith, Perry Mason, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Route 66, Dr. Kildare, Playhouse 90, The Twilight Zone, Captain Brassbound's Conversion with a young Christopher Plummer, among others. In 1960, Redford was cast as Danny Tilford, a mentally disturbed young man trapped in the wreckage of his family garage, in "Breakdown", one of the last episodes of the syndicated adventure series, Rescue 8, starring Jim Davis and Lang Jeffries.
Redford earned an Emmy nomination as Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Voice of Charlie Pont. One of his last television appearances was on October 7, 1963, on Breaking Point, an ABC medical drama about psychiatry. Redford made his screen debut in Tall Story in a minor role; the film's stars were Anthony Perkins, Jane Fonda, Ray Walston. After his Broadway success, he was cast in larger feature roles in movies. In 1962 Redford got his second film role in War Hunt, was soon after cast alongside screen legend Alec Guinness in the war comedy Situation Hopeless... But Not Serious, in which he played a soldier who spends years of his life hiding behind enemy lines. In Inside Daisy Clover, which won him a Golden Globe for best new star, he played a bisexual movie star who marries starlet Natalie Wood, rejoined her along with Charles Bronson for Sydney Pollack's This Property Is Condemned —again, as her lover, though this time in a film which achieved greater success; the same year saw h
James Edward Franco is an American actor and college instructor. For his role in 127 Hours, he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor. Franco is known for his roles such as Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy, he is known for his collaborations with fellow actor Seth Rogen, having appeared in eight films and one television series with him. Franco is known for his work on television, he portrayed the title character in the television biographical film James Dean, for which he won a Golden Globe Award. Franco had a recurring role on the daytime soap opera General Hospital and starred in the limited series 11.22.63. He stars in the David Simon-created HBO drama The Deuce. Franco volunteers for the Art of Elysium charity, has taught film classes at New York University, the University of Southern California, UCLA, Studio 4, Palo Alto High School, Playhouse West. James Edward Franco was born in Palo Alto, California on April 19, 1978, his mother, Betsy Lou, is a writer and occasional actress, his father, Douglas Eugene "Doug" Franco, ran a Silicon Valley business.
His father was of Portuguese and Swedish ancestry, while his mother is Jewish, from a family of Russian Jewish descent. His maternal grandfather, changed his surname from "Verovitz" to "Verne" some time after 1940, his paternal grandmother, Marjorie, is a published author of young adult books. His maternal grandmother, owned the prominent Verne Art Gallery in Cleveland and was an active member in the National Council of Jewish Women. Franco's family upbringing was "academic and secular", he grew up in California with actors Tom and Dave. A "math whiz", Franco interned at Lockheed Martin, he was encouraged by his father to get good grades and did well on his SATs. He graduated from Palo Alto High School in 1996; this led to him attending CSSSA in 1998 for theater studies. In his high school years, Franco was arrested for underage drinking and being a part of a group that stole designer fragrances from department stores and sold them to classmates; these arrests led to Franco becoming a ward of the state.
Facing the possibility of juvenile hall, he was given a second chance by the judge. He recalled of his troubles with the law. I was uncomfortable in my own skin. I was shy. I changed my ways just in time to get good grades."Although the idea of becoming a marine zoologist interested him, Franco had always secretly wanted to become an actor but feared being rejected. He enrolled at the University of California, Los Angeles as an English major, but dropped out after his first year to pursue a career as an actor, since he would have had to wait two years to audition for their acting program, he instead chose to take acting lessons with Robert Carnegie at the Playhouse West. Around this time, he took up a late-night job at McDonald's to support himself because his parents refused to do so, he was a vegetarian for the year prior to working there. While working at the establishment, he would practice accents on customers, an experience he remembered nostalgically in a 2015 Washington Post editorial titled "McDonald's was there for me when no one else was".
After 15 months of training, Franco began auditioning in Los Angeles. His first paid role was a television commercial for Pizza Hut, featuring a dancing Elvis Presley, he found guest roles on television shows but his first break came in 1999, after he was cast in a leading role on the short-lived but well-reviewed NBC television series Freaks and Geeks, which ran for 18 episodes and was canceled due to low viewership. The show became a cult hit among audiences, he has since described the series. In another interview, Franco said: "When we were doing Freaks and Geeks, I didn't quite understand how movies and TV worked, I would improvise if the camera wasn't on me... So I was improvising a little bit back but not in a productive way." After his film debut Never Been Kissed, he played a popular jock Chris in Whatever It Takes, a modern-day remake of the 1897 play Cyrano de Bergerac. He was subsequently cast as the title role in director Mark Rydell's 2001 TV biographical film James Dean. To immerse himself in the role, Franco went from being a non-smoker to smoking two packs of cigarettes a day, bleached his dark brown hair blond, learned to ride a motorcycle as well as play guitar and the bongos.
To have a greater understanding of Dean, Franco spent hours with two of Dean's associates. Other research included studying his movies. While filming James Dean, the actor, to get into character, cut off communication with his family and friends, as well as his then-girlfriend. "It was a lonely existence," he notes. "If I wasn't on a set, I was watching James Dean. That was my whole thinking. James Dean. James Dean." Despite being a fan of Dean, Franco feared he might be typecast if he'd captured the actor too convincingly. Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly wrote: "Franco could have walked through the role and done a passable Dean, but instead gets under
Michael Corbett Shannon is an American actor and musician. He has been nominated twice for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his roles in Revolutionary Road and Nocturnal Animals, he earned Screen Actors Guild Award and Golden Globe Award nominations for his role in 99 Homes, a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Play for Long Day's Journey into Night. Shannon made his film debut in 1993 with Groundhog Day and received widespread attention for his performance in 8 Mile, he is known for his on-screen versatility, performing in dramas. His projects include Pearl Harbor, Bad Boys II, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, The Iceman, Man of Steel, The Shape of Water. Shannon is a frequent collaborator of Jeff Nichols, appearing in all of his films: Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter, Midnight Special, Loving, he is known for his role as Nelson Van Alden in the HBO period drama series Boardwalk Empire, for which he was nominated for three Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Shannon was born in Lexington, is a grandson of entomologist Raymond Corbett Shannon. His father, Donald Sutherlin Shannon, was an accounting professor at DePaul University, his mother, Geraldine Hine, is a lawyer, he was raised by his divorced parents in both Lexington and Chicago, Illinois. Shannon's first film role was as the main character in the music video for the Every Mother's Nightmare song "House of Pain", in which he played a troubled teenager, running away from his abusive lifestyle, he became a stage actor in Chicago. He helped found A Red Orchid Theatre, where he still performs, he has since worked with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Northlight Theatre, other acting companies. Shannon originated the role of Peter Evans in Bug in 1996 and starred in the 2006 film adaptation with Ashley Judd and Harry Connick Jr. directed by William Friedkin. His roles in Bug and Killer Joe were written by Steppenwolf ensemble member Tracy Letts. Shannon made his film debut with a small role in Groundhog Day in 1993 as a wedding groom.
He had roles in Jesus' Son, Pearl Harbor, 8 Mile and Vanilla Sky. He played the villain in Kangaroo Jack. After a role in Bad Boys II, he had a major role in Grand Theft Parsons as the hippie, Larry Oster-Berg. In 2006, he played the leader of Lynard, in Let's Go to Prison. Shannon has appeared in several shows in the West End in London, including a production of Woyzeck directed by Sarah Kane. In 2008, Shannon was featured in the off-Broadway production of Stephen Adly Guirgis's The Little Flower of East Orange, presented by LAByrinth Theater Company and The Public Theater, directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman and featuring Ellen Burstyn. In 2008, he starred in the romantic drama film Revolutionary Road, alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, his performance as the clinically insane son earned him universal acclaim, won the Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. In 2010, he portrayed Doc Cross Williams in the film adaptation of Jonah Hex. Shannon played Federal Prohibition agent Nelson Van Alden in the HBO television show Boardwalk Empire, which began in 2010.
In November of that year, he began starring in the one man play Mistakes Were Made at the Barrow Street Theatre in New York City, with performances having run through February 27, 2012. Shannon had performed the show in 2009 at A Red Orchid Theatre in Chicago. In 2011, Shannon starred in the drama film Take Shelter, he received rave reviews for his performance, a Saturn Award for Best Actor. In 2012, he played a corrupt cop in the film Premium Rush and directed by David Koepp, appeared on Broadway in Grace along with Paul Rudd and Ed Asner. In 2013, he starred as legendary mob hitman Richard Kuklinski in The Iceman, distributed in May 2013, his performance received much acclaim from critics. That year, Shannon portrayed General Zod, the main antagonist in Zack Snyder's film Man of Steel. Shannon portrayed music icon Elvis Presley alongside Kevin Spacey as President Richard Nixon in Elvis & Nixon. In 2015, he was seen in the biographical drama film Freeheld, as well as the independent drama film 99 Homes as housing agent Rick Carver, a role that earned him widespread critical acclaim, nominations for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role.2015 was the release year for The Night Before where Shannon played Mr. Green alongside Seth Rogen, Anthony Mackie, Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
The following year, he starred in the psychological thriller film Nocturnal Animals, alongside Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal. His performance as a detective investigating the violent incident garnered him critical acclaim, was nominated for his second Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, he played Col. Richard Strickland in Guillermo del Toro's romantic fantasy film The Shape of Water; the film had its world premiere at the 74th Venice International Film Festival, where it won the Golden Lion. In 2018, he played the lead role as Gary Noesner in Waco on Paramount Network. In 2002, Shannon formed the indie rock band Corporal, along with Rob Beitzel. Shannon writes lyrics for the band. In 2010, Corporal released their self-titled debut album. Following the album's release two MP3 tracks have been released for download; the first track "Glory" was released in 2011 and the second song titled "Obama" was released
Matthew David McConaughey is an American actor and producer. He first gained notice for his breakout role in the coming-of-age comedy Dazed and Confused, before going on to appear in the film Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation, A Time to Kill, the comedy film Larger than Life, Steven Spielberg's historical drama Amistad, the science fiction drama Contact, the comedy EDtv, the war film U-571. In the 2000s, McConaughey became best known for starring in romantic comedies, including The Wedding Planner, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Failure to Launch, Fool's Gold, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past. Since 2011, he has preferred dramatic roles, including The Lincoln Lawyer, Killer Joe, The Paperboy, Magic Mike, The Wolf of Wall Street, Dallas Buyers Club, The Sea of Trees, Free State of Jones. McConaughey achieved critical success in 2013 and 2014. In 2013, McConaughey portrayed Ron Woodroof, a cowboy diagnosed with AIDS in the biographical film Dallas Buyers Club, which earned him the Academy Award, Critics' Choice Movie Award, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, all for Best Actor, among other awards and nominations.
In 2014, he starred as Rust Cohle in the first season of HBO's crime drama anthology series True Detective, for which he won the Critics' Choice Television Award and TCA Award, was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award. Matthew David McConaughey was born on November 1969, in Uvalde, Texas, his mother, Mary Kathleen "Kay"/"KMac", is a former kindergarten teacher and published author who taught McConaughey. She was from Trenton, New Jersey, his father, James Donald "Jim" McConaughey, was born in Mississippi in 1922 and raised in Louisiana, where he ran an oil pipe supply business. In 1953, Jim was drafted in the 27th round by the NFL's Green Bay Packers, he was released before the season began and never played an official league game in the NFL. McConaughey's mother and late father married each other three times, having divorced each other twice, he has two older brothers and Patrick. Michael, nicknamed "Rooster", is a self-made millionaire who stars in the CNBC docu-series West Texas Investors Club, as of 2018 stars in the A&E reality show Rooster & Butch with Wayne Gilliam.
McConaughey's ancestry includes English, Irish and Swedish, with some of his Irish roots being from the Cavan/Monaghan area. He is a relative of Confederate brigadier general Dandridge McRae, he had a Methodist upbringing. McConaughey moved to Texas, in 1980, where he attended Longview High School, he lived in Australia for a year, in Warnervale, New South Wales, as a Rotary exchange student in 1988. He attended the University of Texas at Austin, he began in the fall of 1989 and graduated in the spring of 1993 with a Bachelor of Science in Radio-Television-Film. His original plan had changed as he wanted to attend Southern Methodist University until one of his brothers told him that private school tuition would have been a burden on the family's finances, he had planned to attend law school after graduation from college, but he realized he was not interested in becoming a lawyer. McConaughey began working in television commercials, including one for the Austin, Texas daily newspaper, the Austin American-Statesman, credited as his first speaking role.
The line, "How else am I gonna keep up with my'Horns?" – a reference to his beloved Texas Longhorns sports teams – gave the local community a look at the young actor before he was cast in Richard Linklater's film Dazed and Confused. In 1992, he was cast as "Joe" in Trisha Yearwood's music video "Walkaway Joe". After some smaller roles in Angels in the Outfield, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation, Boys on the Side, the television series Unsolved Mysteries, McConaughey's big break came as the lawyer Jake Brigance in the film A Time to Kill, based on the John Grisham novel of the same name. In the late 1990s, McConaughey was cast in leading roles in more movies, including Contact, The Newton Boys, EDtv and U-571. By the early 2000s, he was cast in romantic comedies, including The Wedding Planner and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, both of which were successful at the box office. During this period, he appeared as a firefighter in the low-budget film Tiptoes, with Kate Beckinsale, in Two for the Money as a protégé to Al Pacino's gambling mogul, in Frailty with Bill Paxton, who directed.
McConaughey starred in the 2005 feature film Sahara, along with Penélope Cruz. Prior to the release of the film, he promoted it by sailing down the Amazon River and trekking to Mali; that same year, McConaughey was named People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" for 2005. In 2006, he co-starred with Sarah Jessica Parker in the romantic comedy Failure to Launch and as Marshall head football coach Jack Lengyel in We Are Marshall. McConaughey provided voice work in an ad campaign for the Peace Corps in late 2006, he replaced Owen Wilson in Ben Stiller's Tropic Thunder after Wilson's suicide attempt. On January 21, 2008, McConaughey became the new spokesman for the national radio campaign, "Beef: It's What's for Dinner", replacing Sam Elliott. McConaughey recognized that his "lifestyle, living on the beach, running with my shirt off, doing romantic comedies" had caused him to be typecast for certain roles, he sought dramatic work with other themes, he said: In 2012, McConaughey starr
Paterson is a 2016 drama film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch. The film stars Adam Driver as a bus driver and poet named Paterson, Golshifteh Farahani as his wife, who dreams of being a country music star and opening a cupcake business. Paterson was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Palm Dog Award, it was released in Germany on November 2016, by K5 International. The film spans one week, beginning with Monday, in the life of Paterson, a bus driver in Paterson, New Jersey; every day follows much the same pattern: Paterson gets up early and goes to work, where he listens to passengers talking and, during pauses, writes poetry in a notebook he carries with him. After work he walks Marvin, his wife's dog, stops for a beer at Shades Bar, where he interacts with the other patrons and the owner, Doc. Paterson's wife, loves his poems and has long urged him to publish them or at least make copies, he promises to go to the copy shop on the weekend.
But when Paterson and Laura come home from a movie Saturday night, they find that Marvin has shredded his notebook, destroying his poems. The next day, a dejected Paterson goes for a walk and sits down at his favorite site, the Great Falls of the Passaic River. There, a Japanese man takes a seat beside him and begins a conversation about poetry after Paterson notices that the man is reading the book-length poem Paterson by William Carlos Williams; the man seems to know that Paterson himself is a poet though he denies it and hands him a gift, an empty notebook. The film ends with Paterson writing a poem in his new notebook. Adam Driver as Paterson Golshifteh Farahani as Laura William Jackson Harper as Everett Chasten Harmon as Marie Barry Shabaka Henley as Doc Rizwan Manji as Donny Masatoshi Nagase as Japanese Poet Kara Hayward as Female Student Jared Gilman as Male Student Method Man as Method Man Sterling Jerins as Young Poet In April 2014, it was announced that Jim Jarmusch would write and direct a film about a poet living in Paterson, New Jersey.
In January 2016, it was revealed that Adam Driver and Golshifteh Farahani had been cast in the film, with Oliver Simon and Daniel Baur serving as executive producers under their K5 Film banner, while Joshua Astrachan and Carter Logan would produce under their Animal Kingdom and Inkjet banners respectively. The film was shot over 30 days in fall 2015, in Paterson, New Jersey, various locations in New York; the poet Ron Padgett provided the poems attributed to the character Paterson, while Jarmusch wrote the poem "Water Falls" attributed to a young girl in the film. The film features four of three new poems written for the film; the film had its world premiere on May 16, 2016, at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, where it competed for the Palme d'Or. Amazon Studios distributed the film in the United States, it was announced that Bleecker Street was partnering with Amazon on releasing the film, on December 28, 2016. It was released in Germany on November 17, 2016 and in France on December 21, 2016.
It opened for a limited run in the eponymous city on January 27, 2017. On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 96% based on 230 reviews, with an average rating of 8.5/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Paterson adds another refreshingly unvarnished entry to Jim Jarmusch's filmography—and another outstanding performance to Adam Driver's career credits." On Metacritic, the film has a score of 90 out of 100, based on 41 critics, indicating "universal acclaim". Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter gave the film a positive review, writing: "A mild-mannered startlingly undramatic work that offers discreet pleasures to longtime fans of the New York indie-scene veteran, who can always be counted on to go his own way." Eric Kohn of Indiewire.com gave the film a positive review, writing: "But "Paterson" has too much clarity of mind to fall into a similar category. The story builds to an accidental circumstance that, on the surface, might not seem like a big deal—but in the context of Paterson’s tiny universe, resonates with tragic connotations.
The brilliantly cryptic finale explores what it means to work back from personal setbacks to find a new source of inspiration. It’s an apt statement from Jarmusch, a filmmaker who continues to surprise and innovate while remaining true to his singular voice, who here seems to have delivered its purest manifestation." Paterson on IMDb Paterson at Box Office Mojo Paterson at Rotten Tomatoes Paterson at Metacritic
Caleb Casey McGuire Affleck-Boldt is an American actor and director. He began his career as a child actor, appearing in the PBS television film Lemon Sky and the miniseries The Kennedys of Massachusetts, he appeared in three Gus Van Sant films – To Die For, Good Will Hunting, Gerry – and in Steven Soderbergh's comedy heist trilogy Ocean's Eleven, Ocean's Twelve, Ocean's Thirteen. His first leading role was in Steve Buscemi's independent comedy-drama Lonesome Jim. Affleck's breakthrough was in 2007, when he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the Western drama The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and acted in the crime drama Gone Baby Gone, directed by his brother Ben Affleck. In 2010, he directed the mockumentary, he had a string of successful films in the early 2010s, with Tower Heist, ParaNorman, Interstellar, received particular praise for his performance as an outlaw in the indie film Ain't Them Bodies Saints. In 2016, Affleck starred as the lead in the drama film Manchester by the Sea.
For his performance as Lee Chandler, a man grieving for the loss of his children from a house fire he accidentally caused, he won the Golden Globe, BAFTA and Academy Award for Best Actor, received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination. In 2017, Affleck received critical acclaim for his leading role in the supernatural drama film A Ghost Story. Caleb Casey McGuire Affleck-Boldt was born on August 12, 1975 in Falmouth, Massachusetts, to Christopher Anne "Chris" and Timothy Byers Affleck; the surname "Affleck" is of Scottish origin. He has Irish, German and Swiss ancestry. Affleck's maternal great-great grandfather, Heinrich Boldt, known for the discovery of the Curmsun Disc, emigrated from Prussia in the late 1840s. Casey's mother was a Radcliffe College– and Harvard–educated elementary school teacher, his father worked sporadically as an auto mechanic, a carpenter, a bookie, an electrician, a bartender, a janitor at Harvard University. In the mid-1960s, he had been a stage manager, director and actor with the Theater Company of Boston.
During Affleck's childhood, his father was "a disaster of a drinker", his first experience of acting was "reenacting what was happening at home" during role play exercises at Alateen meetings. Following his parents' divorce when he was 9, Affleck and his older brother, lived with their mother and visited their father weekly, he learned to speak Spanish during a year spent traveling around Mexico with his mother and brother when he was 10. The two siblings spent "all of our time together, pretty much. At school we were in different grades, but we had the same friends." When Affleck was 14, his father moved to Indio, California to enter a rehabilitation facility, worked there as an addiction counselor. Affleck reconnected with his father during visits to California as a teenager: "I got to know him because he was sober for the first time... The man I knew before, just different."Growing up in a politically active, liberal household in Central Square, Cambridge and his brother were surrounded by people who worked in the arts, were taken to the theater by their mother, were encouraged to make their own home movies.
The brothers sometimes appeared in local weather commercials and as movie extras because of their mother's friendship with a local casting director. Casey acted in numerous high school theater productions while a student at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, he has said he "wouldn't be an actor" if not for his high school theater teacher Gerry Speca: "He kind of turned me on to acting, why it can be fun, how it can be rewarding."At the age of 18, Affleck moved to Los Angeles for a year to pursue an acting career, lived with his brother and their childhood friend Matt Damon. Despite having "the best possible first experience" while filming To Die For, he spent much of the year working as a busboy at a restaurant in Pasadena and decided to move to Washington, D. C. to study politics at George Washington University. He soon transferred to Columbia University in New York City, where he followed the core curriculum for a total of two years. However, he did not graduate: "I would do a semester of school, go do a movie...
Opportunities kept presenting themselves that were hard for me to turn down... By I didn't have roots at the school or a group of friends." Affleck acted professionally during his childhood due to his mother's friendship with a Cambridge-area casting director, Patty Collinge. In addition to local weather commercials and movie extra work, he appeared as Kevin Bacon's brother in the PBS television movie Lemon Sky, directed by Collinge's husband Jan Egleson, as a young Robert Kennedy in the ABC miniseries The Kennedys of Massachusetts; these early acting experiences "meant nothing more than a day off from school" to Affleck, he only began to consider a career as an actor when in high school. When he moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career in earnest, his first movie role was as a sociopathic teenager in Gus Van Sant's 1995 satirical comedy To Die For. During filming in Toronto, Affleck shared an apartment with co-star Joaquin Phoenix and they became close friends. Peter Travers of Rolling Stone praised Affleck's performance, saying he "skillfully capture the pang of adolescence among no-hopers."
However, Affleck had a "disappointing" experience while making the 1996 drama Race the Sun and, "as soon as the film finished, I went to school."While studying at Columbia, Affleck had a supporting role in Van Sant's Good Will Hunting, written by his brother and their