David Edelstein

David Edelstein joined New York magazine as film critic in January 2006, coming from Slate. While at New York, he has twice been a finalist for a National Magazine Award, the industry’s highest honor. Read More

He is also film critic for NPR’s Fresh Air, and a commentator on film for CBS Sunday Morning. He has written film criticism for the Village Voice, New York Post, and Rolling Stone, and contributed to the New York Times‘ Arts & Leisure section.

A member of the National Society of Film Critics, he is the author of the play Blaming Mom, and the co-author of Shooting to Kill (with producer Christine Vachon).

David lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. 

Michael Shannon

Academy Award®, Golden Globe® and Tony Award® nominated actor Michael Shannon continues to make his mark in entertainment, working with the industry’s most respected talent and treading the boards in notable theaters around the world. Shannon can currently be seen in Bart Freundlich’s Wolves, opposite Carla Gugino. Shannon can also be seen in Werner Herzog’s thriller, Salt and Fire, alongside Gael Garcia Bernal and Veronica Ferras.Read More

The story follows two ecologists that are sent to South America sent by the U.N. to investigate an ecological disaster, but then kidnapped by the villainous CEO (Shannon) of the large company responsible for the ecological disaster. XLrator Media is slated to release this on April 7, 2017.

Later this year, Shannon will be seen in Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s The Current War, opposite Benedict Cumberbatch. The film takes place in the late 1880s and revolves around the two titans, George Westinghouse (Shannon) Thomas Edison (Cumberbatch) and their battle to create a sustainable electricity system and market. The Weinstein Company is slated to release this on December 22, 2017.

Additionally in 2017, Shannon will also be seen in Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water, a love story set against the backdrop of Cold War-era America. The film co-stars Sally Hawkins, Richard Jenkins and Octavia Spencer. He will also star in Seth Henrikson’s Pottersville opposite Thomas Lennon and Judy Greer. The story focuses on Maynard (Shannon), a beloved local businessman who is mistaken for the legendary Bigfoot during an inebriated romp through town in a makeshift gorilla costume. The sightings set off an international Bigfoot media spectacle and a windfall of tourism dollars for a simple American town hit by hard times. Shannon also lensed Meredith Danluck’s State Like Sleep, alongside Katherine Waterson, where he plays the deceased Belgian husband of an American photographer (Waterson) who, one year after the unexpected death of her husband, receives a call that pulls her back the life she has tried to forget.

Next year, Shannon can be seen in the Nicolai Fuglsig-directed Horse Soldiers opposite Chris Hemsworth. The project follows a team of CIA agents and special forces who head into Afghanistan in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks in an attempt to dismantle the Taliban. Warner Brothers has slated the film’s release for January 19, 2018.

Shannon is currently in production in writer-director Elizabeth Chomko’s drama, What They Had, opposite Hilary Swank. The story is centers on a woman who must fly back to her hometown when her Alzheimer’s-stricken mother wanders into a blizzard and the return home forces her to confront her past, which includes her brother (Shannon). After that, Shannon will start lensing on Waco, a mini-series that will explore the true-life events leading up to and chronicling the two-month siege between the FBI, ATF and Koresh’s sect in Waco, Texas. Shannon portrays FBI negotiator ‘Gary Noesner’ opposite Taylor Kitsch who plays the role of ‘David Koresh,’ the notorious leader of the religious group. Written and directed by John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle, Shannon serves as a co-executive producer on the project.

In 2016, Shannon was seen in Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals, an adaptation of Austin Wright’s 1993 novel Tony and Susan in which he stars opposite Jake Gyllenhaal, Amy Adams and Aaron Taylor Johnson. For his performance, Shannon received an Academy Award® and Critics Choice® nomination. Earlier that year, Shannon marked his fifth collaboration with director, Jeff Nichols, with a cameo in his drama Loving, and starred in his sci-fi thriller Midnight Special. Shannon’s previous collaborations with Nichols include Take Shelter, for which he

received a 2011 Film Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Actor; as well as the films Mud and Shotgun Stories.

Most notably, Shannon garnered critical acclaim for his Oscar® nominated supporting role in Revolutionary Road, playing ‘John Givings,’ the psychologically troubled neighbor’s son. Directed by Sam Mendes and adapted by Justin Haythe, Shannon stars opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet and Kathy Bates. He went on to receive additional acclaim for Ramin Bahrani’s timely drama 99 Homes, co-starring opposite Andrew Garfield. Set against the backdrop of the economic crisis, Shannon portrayed ‘Rick Carver,’ a charismatic and ruthless real estate tycoon gaming the market and home banking system. He was nominated for a Golden Globe®, Screen Actors Guild®, Critics Choice®, Gotham Award® and Film Independent Spirit Award on behalf of this performance.

With over forty roles in film, Shannon’s credits include Matthew M. Ross’ Frank & Lola, Joshua Marston’s Complete Unknown; Liza Johnson’s Elvis & Nixon; Jonathan Levine’s The Night Before; Peter Sollett’s Freeheld; John McNaughton’s The Harvest; Jake Paltrow’s The Young Ones; Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel; Ariel Vromen’s The Iceman; David Koepp’s Premium Rush; Liza Johnson’s Return; Marc Forster’s Machine Gun Preacher; Floria Sigismondi’s The Runaways; Werner Herzog’s My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done and Bad Lieutenant; Sydney Lumet’s Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead; Oliver Stone’s World Trade Center; William Friedkin’s Bug; Curtis Hanson’s Lucky You; Michael Bay’s Bad Boys II; Curtis Hanson’s 8 Mile; David McNally’s Kangaroo Jack, Cameron Crowe’s Vanilla Sky; Michael Bay’s Pearl Harbor; John Waters’ Cecil B. DeMented; Noah Buschel’s The Missing Person and Shana Feste’s The Greatest.

On television, Shannon’s credits include Martin Scorsese’s HBO series, Boardwalk Empire, which recently completed its fifth and final season. Based on Nelson Johnson’s book of the same name, the hit show centers on an Atlantic City liquor distribution ring at the onset of Prohibition. Shannon portrayed ‘Nelson Van Alden,’ a dedicated senior agent with the Treasury Department who has a strong interest in controlling bootlegging.

Outside of his roles on screen, Shannon maintains a strong connection to theater. In 2016, Shannon was seen on Broadway co-starring alongside Jessica Lange, Gabriel Byrne, and John Gallagher Jr. in Long Day’s Journey into Night. Produced by the Roundabout Theater Company and directed by Jonathan Kent, the revival of Eugene O’Neill’s landmark 1956 drama led Shannon to a Tony® nomination for ‘Supporting Actor’ as well as 2016 Drama Desk Award for ‘Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play.’

Prior to that, Shannon appeared opposite Paul Rudd, Ed Asner, and Kate Arrington in Grace at the Cort Theatre. For his portrayal of ‘Sam,’ a distrustful and lonely computer genius who had recently lost his fiancé in a car accident, Shannon was nominated for a 2013 Distinguished Performance Drama League Award. Shannon also led Craig Wright’s off-Broadway play, Mistakes Were Made, at the Barrow Street Theater. Directed by Dexter Bullard, Shannon portrays ‘Felix Artifex,’ a small time theatre producer, who gets in way over his fast-talking head when he takes on an epic about the French Revolution. The play received its world premiere at A Red Orchid Theatre in Chicago in 2009 with the same cast and director. The critically acclaimed production garnered numerous accolades for Shannon, including an Outstanding Lead Actor Lortel Award nomination, an Outstanding Actor in a Play Drama Desk Award nomination, an Outstanding Solo Performance Outer Critics Award nomination, and a Distinguished Performance Drama League Award nomination.

Additional theater credits include Pilgrim’s Progress (A Red Orchid Theater) Uncle Vanya (Soho Rep Theatre), Our Town (Barrow Street Theatre), Lady (Rattlestick Theatre), The Metal Children (Vineyard Theatre), The Little Flower of East Orange (Public Theatre), The Pillowman (Steppenwolf Theatre), Bug (Barrow Street Theatre, Red Orchid Theatre and Gate Theatre), Man From Nebraska (Steppenwolf Theatre), Mr. Kolpert (Red Orchid Theatre), Killer Joe (SoHo Playhouse, Next Lab Theatre and Vaudeville Theatre), The Idiot (Lookingglass Theatre), The Killer (Red Orchid Theatre), and Woyzeck (Gate Theatre).

Michael Shannon grew up in Lexington, Kentucky and began his professional stage career in Chicago, Illinois.