Felicity Jones Talks BREATHE IN, Her Favorite Moment to Shoot, THEORY OF EVERYTHING, Her GIRLS Guest Spot, and More

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From writer/director Drake Doremus, the indie drama Breathe In tells the story of British exchange student Sophie Williams (Felicity Jones), who comes to New York to stay with a host family while looking to reignite her musical passion and inspiration.  Frustrated musician turned piano teacher Keith Reynolds (Guy Pearce) reignites his own long-suppressed dreams when he is inspired by Sophie’s talent, and they both must figure out what they truly want out of life.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Felicity Jones talked about how flattered she was to learn that filmmaker Drake Doremus had created this film so that they could work together again, the differences between Breathe In and Like Crazy, working with a detailed outline that reads like a treatment more than a traditional script, developing an extensive backstory for her character, her favorite moment to shoot, the most challenging scene, and what she enjoys about working this way and having so much creative freedom.  She also talked about playing Stephen Hawking’s wife, Jane, opposite Eddie Redmayne in Theory of Everything, and how she came to do a guest spot on the most recent season of HBO’s Girls, which she’s a big fan of.  Check out our Felicity Jones interview after the jump.

BREATHE IN Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.  Breathe In opens today in limited release.]

The family drama genre is one that’s very easy to get wrong, and it’s rare to find a film of this kind that is genuinely moving without feeling overly manipulative or sappy.  Writer/director Drake Doremus took the Sundance Film Festival by storm in 2011 with his young love drama Like Crazy, and he returns in 2013 with an intimate take on the family drama genre that marks a major step forward for the filmmaker.  In chronicling the story of a foreign exchange student who causes a deep and devastating rift in a close-knit upstate New York family, Doremus’ Breathe In completely wraps the viewer up in the emotions of its characters and doesn’t let go for 98 captivating, intense, and ultimately heartbreaking minutes.

Final Trailer for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2

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Sony Pictures has released a final theatrical trailer for director Marc Webb‘s upcoming sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2.  The follow-up finds Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) surrounded by antagonistic forces as Electro (Jamie Foxx) emerges, Parker’s old friend Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) returns to New York City, and everyone seems to have a connection to the shady goings-on at Oscorp.  This trailer would probably be a bit more exciting if Sony hadn’t previously released an overwhelming amount of trailers, clips, and images (keep in mind that the movie is still six weeks away), but there’s still plenty of action and a heavier emphasis on Harry Osborne/Green Goblin even though Electro is the main villain.  The movie looks good; I just wish the studio hadn’t already shown us so much of it.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.  The film also stars Emma StonePaul GiamattiSally FieldChris Cooper, B.J. Novak, and Felicity Jones.  The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 2nd.

New Trailer for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Has More Footage and More Dubstep

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Sony Pictures has released yet another new trailer for Marc Webb‘s The Amazing Spider-Man 2.  In the upcoming sequel, Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) finds himself surrounded by antagonistic forces as Electro (Jamie Foxx) emerges, Parker’s old friend Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) returns to New York City, and everyone seems to have a connection to the shady goings-on at Oscorp.  This new trailer has some new footage, a lot more dubstep, and continues to make us wonder how much of the movie Sony will show us before it opens in theaters.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars The film also stars Emma Stone, Paul Giamatti, Felicity Jones, Chris Cooper, B.J. Novak, Colm Feore, and Sally FieldThe Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in 3D on May 2nd.

Brie Larson to Star in THE GOOD LUCK OF RIGHT NOW; Billy Bob Thornton Joins ENTOURAGE; Felicity Jones Is ROSALINE

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Some casting news to report:

  • Brie Larson is in negotiations to star in The Good Luck of Right Now, directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine).
  • Billy Bob Thornton is in talks to join the cast of the Entourage movie, written and directed by series creator Doug EllinAdrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara, Kevin Dillon, and Jeremy Piven are set to reprise their roles.
  • Felicity Jones is eying the titular role in Rosaline, a revisionist comedy based on Romeo & Juliet directed by Alex Timbers.

Hit the jump for more on each project.

New Trailer and Poster for Drake Doremus’ BREATHE IN Starring Guy Pearce and Felicity Jones

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It’s been a bit of a wait for fans to see Like Crazy writer/director Drake Doremus’ follow-up feature, but Breathe In finally opens stateside in just a couple of months.  A new trailer and poster for the pic have been released online, and they both do a nice job of capturing the tone of the intimate family drama. Guy Pearce stars as a former rock musician and current music teacher whose life begins to unravel when he develops an attraction towards a young foreign exchange student (Felicity Jones) that is staying with his family for her final semester.  I was a big fan of the pic when I caught it at last year’s Sundance Film Festival (read my review here), and Pearce and Jones both give captivating, magnetic performances as the two leads.  The supporting cast is great as well, especially relative newcomer Mackenzie Davis.

Hit the jump to check out the new trailer and poster, and click here to read my extensive interview with Doremus about the pic.  The film also stars Amy Ryan and Kyle MacLachlanBreathe In opens in the U.S. on March 23rd.

Felicity Jones Talks THE INVISIBLE WOMAN, Her Incredible Wardrobe, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Secrecy, and TRUE STORY

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Directed by Ralph Fiennes and written by Abi Morgan (Shame), The Invisible Woman tells the story of Ellen “Nelly” Ternan (Felicity Jones), a happily married mother and schoolteacher with a secret past.  Haunted by remorse and guilt, Nelly was a young actress who caught the eye of Charles Dickens (Ralph Fiennes), becoming both his muse and secret lover.

At the film’s press day, actress Felicity Jones spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about what made you want to play Nelly, her audition process for the role, working with Ralph Fiennes as an actor and as a director, how the two of them were on the same wavelength during the shoot, how extensively she did research into the real woman, and her incredible wardrobe.  She also talked about being a part of such a huge production as The Amazing Spider-Man 2, how the secrecy about the project was inferred, so as to protect the story they’re telling, and how she got a say in the costumes she wears in the film, as well as what the experience was like working with Jonah Hill and James Franco on True Story.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

First Trailer for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 [Updated with Commentary from Marc Webb and Cast]

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Sony Pictures has released the first trailer for director Marc Webb’s sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2.  The clip emphasizes the burden on Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), as he explains in voiceover: “The more people I try to save, the more enemies I will make.  And it’s just a matter of time before I face those with more power than I can overcome.”  (See: Sinister Six.)  There’s just a bit of footage of Jamie Foxx as the new villain Electro, but the trailer closes with a cool chase/battle that promises a nice match between our agile hero and the seemingly teleportable villain.

Emma Stone, Dane DeHaanPaul GiamattiFelicity JonesChris Cooper, and Sally Field also star.  The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in 3D on May 2, 2014.  Watch the trailer after the jump, click here to check out the screengrabs, click here to check out more images and to preview the score, and click here to find out whether the post-credits sequence has already been spoiled.

New Posters for THE ARMSTRONG LIE, THE INVISIBLE WOMAN, and THE PAST

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Sony Pictures Classics has released posters for their upcoming 2013 films.  Briefly:

  • The Armstrong Lie – The new documentary from Oscar-winner Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side) looks at the rise and fall of cyclist of Lance Armstrong, but isn’t a story about doping.  According to Gibney’s it’s “about power”.  Click here to watch the trailer.  The film opens on November 8th.
  • The PastBérénice Bejo (The Artist) and Tahar Rahim (A Prophet) star in a tale about a French woman who beings a new relationship when her Iranian husband leaves her, and asks for a divorce upon his return.  The film opens December 20th.
  • The Invisible Woman – The film revolves around the secret love affair between Charles Dickens and his mistress Nelly Ternan, with director Ralph Fiennes playing Dickens and Felicity Jones playing Ternan.  Click here to watch the trailer.  The film opens on December 25th.

Hit the jump to check out the posters.

Trailer for Ralph Fiennes’ THE INVISIBLE WOMAN Starring Felicity Jones

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The first trailer for Ralph Fiennes’ second directorial effort The Invisible Woman has been released online.  The film revolves around the secret love affair between Charles Dickens and his mistress, with Fiennes playing Dickens and Like Crazy star Felicity Jones playing the titular Nelly Ternan.  Instead of sensationalizing the story, the film looks to humanize the author and his relationship with the young woman as a tragedy of sorts, with their inability to go public proving to be an ever-existent limit on the extent of their love.  As a big fan of Jones, I’m looking forward to seeing what she brings to the film with her portrayal of Ternan.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Kristin Scott Thomas, Tom Hollander, and Michelle FairleyThe Invisible Woman opens in theaters later this year.

Felicity Jones Possibly Lets Another THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Spoiler Slip

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Even though her character in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was supposed to remain mysterious (or at least unannounced until the studio deemed fit to reveal it), Felicity Jones seemingly confirmed an educated guess in an interview last month.  Now, it looks like she may have unintentionally given away something much larger, and it could provide more proof that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is headed towards building the Sinister Six.

Hit the jump for a possible spoiler regarding the upcoming sequel.  The film also stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaanShailene WoodleyPaul Giamatti, Chris Cooper, and Sally FieldThe Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in 3D on May 2, 2014.

UK Trailer and Images for Drake Doremus’ BREATHE IN Starring Guy Pearce and Felicity Jones

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The first UK trailer for Like Crazy writer/director Drake Doremus’ new film Breathe In has been released online.  The film stars Guy Pearce as a former rock musician and current music teacher whose life begins to unravel when he develops an attraction towards a young foreign exchange student (Felicity Jones) that is staying with his family for her final semester.  The pic was one of my favorites of this year’s Sundance Film Festival (read my full review here), and it boasts some absolutely devastating performances from the entire cast, including Amy Ryan as Pearce’s wife.  Doremus tackles the family drama genre with a powerful intimacy that makes the story’s events that much more impactful, and the always-reliable Pearce truly shines in the lead role.  Don’t miss this one, folks.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer and some images, and click here to read my extended interview with Doremus from Sundance.  The film also stars Mackenzie Davis and Kyle MacLachlanBreathe In opens in the UK on July 19th and will be released in the US later this year.

Sam Taylor-Johnson to Direct FIFTY SHADES OF GREY; Felicity Jones in the Mix for Female Lead

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After first being first put into motion last year, a director has finally been set for Universal and Focus Features’ Fifty Shades of Grey movie.  In case you live in a hole and have somehow managed to remain blissfully unaware, the film is based on an erotic trilogy of books by author E.L. James that tracks the relationship between college graduate Anastasia Steele and a young business magnate, Christian Grey.  After rumors swirled about the likes of Gus Van Sant and Joe Wright being interested in taking the helm, a bit of a surprise choice has been settled on to direct the Fifty Shades of Grey movie: Nowhere Boy helmer Sam Taylor-Johnson.  Hit the jump for more.

Has Felicity Jones Confirmed Who She Is Playing in THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2?

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Though Sony went ahead and announced release dates for both The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and The Amazing Spider-Man 4 yesterday, the first Spidey sequel is still currently in production in New York City under director Marc Webb.  We’ve already seen a bevy of set photos that provided glimpses at the film’s villains, Electro (Jamie Foxx) and Rhino (Paul Giamatti), as well as newcomer Shailene Woodley as Mary Jane Watson, but now we may have semi-confirmation about which comics favorite character another castmember is playing.  Felicity Jones joined the film quite a while ago, but thus far the actress’ role has yet to be confirmed.  During a recent interview, though, Jones’ body language and awkward answer could very well be interpreted as a half-hearted “yes” in response to being asked about playing a specific character.

Hit the jump for more, but beware of possible spoilers for the film.  The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in 3D on May 2, 2014.

Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson to Star in Alex Garland’s Directorial Debut, EX MACHINA; Felicity Jones or Alicia Vikander May Co-Star

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Rising stars Oscar Isaac (Drive) and Domhnall Gleeson (Anna Karenina) are set to lead Ex Machina, the directorial debut from screenwriter Alex Garland (28 Days Later).  As we reported last week, the story centers on a billionaire programmer who invites a young employee to spend a week at his remote estate, participating in a test involving an artificially intelligent female robot that he invented.  At this point, I assume the theme from Weird Science kicks in.  According to The Wrap, Isaac would play the billionaire and Gleeson would play the employee.

Hit the jump for more.  Filming is set to begin this summer or fall.

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