Joel Edgerton
Australian actor
Joel Edgerton
Joel Edgerton is an Australian film and television actor. He is best known for his roles in 2000s and 2010s films like Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002), Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005), Animal Kingdom (2010), The Thing (2011), Warrior (2011), The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012) and Zero Dark Thirty (2012).
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Watch The Ominous Trailer For 'It Comes At Night,' Our Most-Anticipated Horror Movie Of 2017
Huffington Post - 19 days
Warning: This trailer may induce chills. Previewing what could be one of the indie horror events of the year, A24 released the first trailer for “It Comes at Night” on Tuesday. Reminiscent of “The Witch,” the eerie clip oozes paranoia. The latest from “Krisha” director Trey Edward Shults, “It Comes at Night” stars Joel Edgerton as a father determined to protect his wife and son from some sinister presence lurking outside their home. A desperate family shows up soliciting refuge, sparking mistrust between the clans.  “It Comes at Night” also stars Riley Keough, Carmen Ejogo, Christopher Abbott and Kelvin Harrison Jr. It opens Aug. 25. function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commerci ...
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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: "The Forgotscars:" Celebrating the Oscar Omitted
Huffington Post - about 1 month
I do this every year. I don't know if anyone reads it. Frankly, it's hard to know who reads my stuff lately. It gets lost in the abyss of a Trump presidency. Anyway, with the nominations just announced for the 89th Academy Awards, naturally I'm left bummed out with the omissions. That said, this year the Academy - for the most part - got it right. Sure, they flubbed. I mean no Amy Adams? Are you nuts? The Best Actress race should've been between the Arrival star and 20th Century Women's Annette Bening yet neither were nominated. This is Ridley Scott and Ben Affleck bad. Other omissions? An as expected low showing for Nocturnal Animals, and a complete shaft to Tom Hanks. Oh, and yes Mel Gibson there's a place for you in Trump's America. Anyway, back to the start and me writing this column each year. Here's my annual "forgotscars" - a list of nominees of those not nominated. There are no awards but feel free to weigh in on the comments section. Best Picture Deadpool Lo ...
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Joel Edgerton's quest for 'nutritional' storytelling
CNN - about 1 month
Joel Edgerton is an Aussie actor whose first time on the Oscar shortlist has been a longtime coming. Before "Loving," many may not have known him by name, but just call him a "Creator."
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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Another Guy Making Oscar Predictions
Huffington Post - about 1 month
A week from today the nominations for the 89th Academy Awards will be announced, and I'd expect a few jaw-dropping omissions (Ryan Gosling?) and additions (Michael Keaton?) like every year. That said, I think we'll see less surprises this year than in years past (ie. La La will sing and dance to the tune of a lot of nods. I'll also say #oscarssowhite isn't going to happen this year. There's just too many amazing performances and films to pass over this year plus Cheryl Boone Isaacs totally revamped the Academy's voting process. Anyway, here I am writing down my Oscar predictions like everybody else in the world. Read on, and predict your own. Guess right on all, and win a pony! Best Picture I'm going to say the Academy uses eight slots this year, but will add the last two here in case they go all the way or to nine. Arrival Hell or High Water Hidden Figures La La Land Lion Loving Manchester by the Sea Moonlight Hacksaw Ridge Fences Potential Surprises Sil ...
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The Best Films 2016
Huffington Post - 2 months
As we go forward, movies guide us. They give us directions. They motivate us. They provide rest stops, comic relief and flashbacks to the past. And they reassure us that we will thrive. It's a perfect time to reflect on the most inspiring films, performances and artistic achievements of this last year. Check out the best in film in 2016. (Photos courtesy of Fox Searchlight, Disney Studios, 20th Century Fox, A24, Amazon Studios, Roadside Attractions) Best Films Arrival -- (***1/2) Director Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Prisoners), creates a compelling sci-fi movie, based on Eric Heisserer's thoughtful, feminist screenplay. Aliens arrive in massive floating pods in 12 locations around the world. A linguist (Amy Adams) tries to communicate with them and save humanity. Jeremy Renner and Forrest Whitaker co-star in a film filled with suspense, dread and brain-numbing science. The Birth of a Nation -- (****) An uncompromising retelling of the country's most heralded sl ...
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Loving Is A Quiet Dignified Film
Huffington Post - 3 months
Courtesy Focus Features Loving is the new film from acclaimed writer/director Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter, Mud, Midnight Special) Loving celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving, (portrayed in the film by Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga), who fell in love and were married in 1958. The couple grew up in Central Point, a small town in Virginia which was more integrated then surrounding areas in the American South. The film opens with the couple in love and preparing to have a baby. But things quickly turn south when Mildred and Richard are both arrested after authorities discover their marriage. At the time, multi racial families could wed in the north, but the south still enforced laws infringing on their rights. Oddly, the film sheds light on the fact that, had this couple not decided to honor their union though God, country and community, local authorities may well have let them slide. The implication is clear, ...
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"Loving": The Love that Breaks the Chains
Huffington Post - 3 months
Long before marriage between people of the same gender became a popular issue, marriage even between different races was prohibited in large sections of the United States. States throughout the South and the upper Mid-west forbade marriage, cohabitation, sexual relations and even officiating at weddings between whites and non-whites. The laws identified such behavior as a threat to society and the polity. Jeff Nichols new film "Loving" is the story of the successful challenge to these laws, a story of courage and deep feelings well told. Nichols, who strokes character development with the sure hand of revelatory brilliance, has already notably probed the capacity of human nature in "Mud" and "Take Shelter." "Loving" is the strong, restrained, eloquent story of two very ordinary, but resolute people who had the courage and support to fight the racist marriage laws of their time. Richard Loving (Joel Edgerton - "Black Mass," "The Gift") is a working class white southerner, a ...
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'Loving' Star Ruth Negga On Why Interracial Couples Aren't A Statement
Huffington Post - 4 months
In the movie “Loving,” Ruth Negga gives what is easily one of the best onscreen performances of the year. Period. She isn’t flashy or overemotional, but rather ignites the screen with a quiet gravitas. She plays the soft-spoken Mildred Loving, a black and Native American woman who took on the state of Virginia in 1967 for the right to stay married to her husband Richard Loving, who was white. The couple had been sentenced to a year in prison for violating Virginia’s Racial Integrity Act of 1924. At the time of the case, a total of 16 states had similar laws, known as “anti-miscegenation” laws.   Because of the Lovings and their landmark case, Loving vs. Virginia, the laws banning interracial marriage across the South were struck down, deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. And yet, despite a 1996 TV movie and a stellar 2011 documentary by Nancy Buirski, the Lovings and their story are still widely unknown.   That’s all about to change with “Loving,” written and dire ...
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'Loving' Provides A Graceful, Intimate Portrait Of A Marriage That Changed History
NPR - 4 months
Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga play Richard and Mildred Loving, a Virginia couple whose interracial marriage propels them to the forefront of the civil rights movement — and to the U.S. Supreme Court.
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Loving
Huffington Post - 4 months
For a long time it was a forbidden love. Through slavery, the reconstruction era, on into the 20th century, particularly in the South, interracial romantic relations were looked down on and marriages were illegal. Anti-miscegenation laws were on the books in 16 states below the Mason-Dixon line. Marry someone not of your race and face jail time. Though several legal cases challenged those laws, none turned the tide until Loving v. Virginia in 1967. (Photo courtesy of Focus Features) Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton co-star in the romantic historical drama Loving. The small town of Central Point, Virginia, 52 miles northeast of Richmond, was a bit of a utopia in the 1950s. Unlike other parts of the South, black and white folks worked and lived together. Interracial friendships were normal. Loving relationships less so, but not unheard of. Mildred Jeter (Ruth Negga, World War Z), an African-American with some Rappahannock Native American blood, and Richard Loving (Joel Edgerton, ...
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[$$] ‘Loving’: A Modest Couple Changes History at the Supreme Court
Yahoo News - 6 months
Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton play the Lovings, a mixed-race Virginia couple jailed for marrying in 1958 who reluctantly fight back and change history.
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Film Clip: 'Loving'
Wall Street Journal - 6 months
Watch a film clip from "Loving," starring Ruth Negga, Joel Edgerton, and Will Dalton. Photo: Focus Features
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Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga on Loving, interracial marriage and gay rights – video interview
Guardian (UK) - 9 months
At the Cannes film festival, Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga, the stars of Jeff Nichols’s Loving, a biopic of Richard and Mildred Loving, a white man and a black woman who were arrested in Virginia in 1958 for marrying, talk to Nigel M Smith. They tell how their case echoes through to the legilisation of gay marriage in modern America. Nichols explains why he wasn’t keen on making the couple’s story a traditional court room drama Continue reading...
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Interracial marriage drama prompts Oscar buzz at Cannes
Yahoo News - 10 months
US filmmaker Jeff Nichols said Monday he hoped his rapturously received Cannes contender "Loving", about an interracial couple's landmark marriage-rights case, would help change the current vicious tone of America's culture wars. The movie, which prompted early Oscar buzz after a press preview, tells the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a Virginia couple who battled before the Supreme Court in 1967 for their right as a white man and an African-American woman to live together as husband and wife. Critics praised the film's restrained style and knock-out lead performances by Joel Edgerton ("Zero Dark Thirty") and Ethiopian-Irish actress Ruth Negga, best known for the BBC miniseries "Criminal Justice".
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<i>Jane Got a Gun</i> Gives Portman Her Best Role Since <i>Black Swan</i>
Huffington Post - about 1 year
So why aren't people packing the theaters to see "Jane Got A Gun"? Do they think it is going to be an updated version of "Annie Get Your Gun", or do they think it is a pro-NRA documentary? Let me tell you clearly. This is an old school western starring Natalie Portman, and how long has it been since you saw Portman in a good role? Answer -- 2010 in "Black Swan". This movie is raw, gritty and for fans of westerns, a godsend. In it Portman plays Jane Hammond, a frontier woman whose husband Bill (Noah Emmerich) arrives home one day full of bullets. He is alive, but barely, and he manages to whisper that the Bishop gang is coming. That one scene delivers all the questions the movie asks. These include: (1) who is the Bishop gang? (2) why do they want to kill Hammond and his wife? how will Jane fight them off? If you aren't intrigued by these questions then you are immune to good acting and a well written script. Portman pours herself into the role of Jane and she is supported royally ...
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Listen Up, Academy Members: Here's What The Oscar Nominations Should Look Like
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Oscar voting began Wednesday, giving members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences until Jan. 8 to submit their ballots for this year's prizes. We figure they need a little help in deciding which darlings should make the shortlist when nominations are announced on Jan. 14. With studios' campaigns entering the homestretch, The Huffington Post's movie gurus, Matthew Jacobs and Joe Satran, have some suggestions to help the Academy make the tough choices. In an Oscar derby as open-ended as this one, anything could happen. Here are two perspectives on what should. BEST PICTURE Joe: "Bridge of Spies" "Goodnight Mommy" "Ex Machina" "The Hateful Eight" "Joy" "Mad Max: Fury Road" "The Martian" "Room" "Spotlight" "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"            You wouldn't want to be the protagonist of many of these movies. Most of them suffered tremendously. (And I didn't even include "The Revenant," perhaps the most brutal of them all!) But the skillful filmmaking that w ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Joel Edgerton
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 41
    In 2016, he starred in the Jeff Nichols film Midnight Special, and will headline Nichols' upcoming film Loving.
    More Details Hide Details Edgerton has been an ambassador for The Fred Hollows Foundation for a number of years and has strong personal ties to the organization, which works to restore people's sight in poor countries and to improve Aboriginal health. In 2012, he visited Nepal, where he saw sight restored first hand. He has described social activism and his involvement with The Fred Hollows Foundation as "an escape" from the "materialistic life" that often surrounds an actor. Edgerton's brother, Nash, is a stuntman and filmmaker.
  • 2015
    Age 40
    He co-starred in the 2015 film Black Mass as John Connolly, FBI contact and childhood friend of notorious gangster Whitey Bulger.
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    Edgerton directed, starred in, wrote, and produced the thriller The Gift, which was released on August 7, 2015.
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    In 2015, Edgerton's directorial debut, The Gift, a psychological thriller that Edgerton also wrote, co-produced, and co-starred in, was released.
    More Details Hide Details The Gift was met with acclaim by critics and audiences alike, and earned Edgerton a nomination for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – First-Time Feature Film.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2014
    Age 39
    In 2014, Edgerton starred in the biblical film Exodus: Gods and Kings, as Ramesses II, Moses' adoptive brother, who became a notorious king.
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  • 2011
    Age 36
    He was honoured for his work in international roles with the 2011 Australians in Film Breakthrough Award.
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  • 2010
    Age 35
    In February 2010, Edgerton was cast in Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.'s 2011 prequel to The Thing, portraying helicopter pilot Sam Carter.
    More Details Hide Details He played Tom Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann's 2013 remake of The Great Gatsby.
  • 2009
    Age 34
    He appeared in a production of the same play at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in December 2009.
    More Details Hide Details He starred as fictional MMA fighter Brendan Conlon in the MMA film Warrior (2011).
    In 2009, he starred alongside as Stanley in the Sydney Theatre Company's acclaimed production of A Streetcar Named Desire.
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  • 2005
    Age 30
    In 2005, he lent his voice to the title character of The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello, an Academy Award-nominated animated short film.
    More Details Hide Details The same year, he appeared as the son of a deceased shoemaker in the British comedy Kinky Boots. He also appeared in Smokin' Aces (2006). Edgerton appeared in the film Whisper (2007), The Square (which he co-wrote and was directed by his brother), Acolytes, and Separation City.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2002
    Age 27
    He played Will on The Secret Life of Us, for which he won an AACTA Award in 2002.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1991
    Age 16
    Edgerton was born in Blacktown, New South Wales, the son of Michael, a solicitor and property developer, and Marianne Edgerton. He graduated from The Hills Grammar School in 1991.
    More Details Hide Details He attended the Nepean Drama School at the University of Western Sydney, before moving on to various stage productions, most notably at Sydney Theatre Company. Edgerton has appeared in such films as Erskineville Kings, King Arthur, Ned Kelly, and as a young Owen Lars in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1974
    Born
    Born on June 23, 1974.
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