The events of September 11, 2001 had a profound effect on the United States of America that forever changed us as a nation. We live in a post-9/11 world, and it is impossible to go back to “the way things were before.” Though it’s been a decade since the event, in the scope of things we’re still living in the immediate aftermath of the most devastating domestic terror attack in history. Filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow has now dealt with these effects in two films, as she previously focused on the events of the Iraq War with her 2008 Best Picture winner The Hurt Locker, and her brilliant 2012 drama Zero Dark Thirty masterfully chronicles the decade-long hunt for the man responsible for the 9/11 attacks: Osama Bin Laden. The result of the latter is a taut procedural thriller that not only entertains, but also provides a difficult and introspective look at America’s place in the post-9/11 world. Hit the jump for my review of Zero Dark Thirty on Blu-ray.
It appears that Warner Bros. and director David Yates may have settled on who they want to play Jane in the upcoming Tarzan adaptation. Word on the project has been fairly quiet since Yates committed to it as his next project after helming four Harry Potter films back-to-back. Last November, it was reported that Alexander Skarsgard was the frontrunner to tackle the title role in the film, with Samuel L. Jackson being eyed for a supporting role as a an ex-mercenary who helps Tarzan save the Congo from a warlord. Now word comes that recent Best Actress nominee Jessica Chastain is being eyed to tackle the role of Jane in the film. Hit the jump for more.
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby has an intriguing premise. It is a double feature that explores “how a married couple in New York City deals with an emotional, life-altering experience, from two different perspectives.” The perspective of the husband (James McAvoy), a restaurateur, is seen in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him, while the story of the wife (Jessica Chastain), who is going back to school, is told in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her. The first images from the film have been released, and we can see one of the ways writer/director Ned Benson has chosen to approach the project.
Hit the jump for more. The film also stars Viola Davis, Bill Hader, William Hurt, Isabelle Huppert, Ciarin Hinds, and Jess Weixler. [Update: We've taken down the images at the request of the production company.]
Every year, Jimmy Kimmel Live follows the Oscars with a star-studded sketch. Last year, audiences were treated to a trailer for Movie: The Movie, which featured dozens of movie stars parodying every film genre and cliché. Naturally, every hit needs a sequel, and JKL has delivered with Movie: The Movie 2V. I’ll let you be the judge between which trailer is better, but I would say the sequel surpasses the original when it comes to the obligatory Matt Damon joke.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. Movie: The Movie 2V opens Arbor Day.
A new batch of presenters has been announced for the upcoming 85th Academy Awards ceremony, and we figured now would be a good time to round up all of the presenters announced thus far in one handy story. It was announced today that Jane Fonda, Kristen Stewart, Jennifer Garner, and Kerry Washington have joined the rather long list of presenters for the ceremony, which will be hosted by Seth Macfarlane.
We already learned that Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner, and Mark Ruffalo from The Avengers will be presenting together, and Macfarlane has put together a tribute to movie musicals from the past decade that includes Dreamgirls’ Jennifer Hudson, Chicago’s Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Les Miserables’ Hugh Jackman, Amanda Seyfried, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, Helena Bonham Carter, and Samantha Barks. Hit the jump to take a gander at the entire list of presenters, and click here to catch up on all of our recent Road to Oscar series. The Oscars will be held this Sunday, February 24th, at 7pm EST on ABC.
Continuing on with our “Road to Oscar” feature, today we’re going to take a look at how the race for Best Actress played out over the past 12 months. With the 85th Academy Awards taking place this coming Sunday, we figured this week would be a nice opportunity to reflect on how a number of Oscar categories got to where they are today. Join us after the jump as we break down the race for Best Actress.
Yesterday, we showed you Part 1 of Zach Galifianakis‘ Between Two Ferns – Oscar Edition. Today, Part 2 has gone online and features his interviews with Jessica Cheststain (0 Dark 30), Sally Field (Linkin Park), and Brad Lee Cooper (Silver Lining Cookbook). Between the two parts, I enjoyed this one more because Galifianakis gets a little more time to play off his guest, especially his Hangover co-star Cooper. There’s also a special surprise by a certain Lewis.
Hit the jump to check out the latest episode of Between Two Ferns.
Though Jessica Chastain may or may not find herself an Oscar winner by month’s end, she’s certainly going to continue taking on interesting and challenging roles. Variety reports that Chastain and Colin Farrell have been set to star in writer/director Liv Ullmann’s adaptation of the August Strindberg stage play Miss Julie. The story takes place in 1874 and concerns a young woman “attempting to escape an existence cramped by social mores,” who strikes up a relationship with a senior servant. The play explores issues of power through social class, gender, and family, and I’m interested to see how the dialogue-heavy source material is adapted to the screen.
Chastain will be taking on the lead, and one assumes Farrell will be playing the servant character but his role is not specified. Samantha Morton is also set to co-star. Chastain is currently starring in the Broadway play The Heiress and Farrell recently wrapped up roles in the fantasy Winter’s Tale and the Walt Disney/Mary Poppins film Saving Mr. Banks. This marks Chastain’s first commitment to a project since she landed a Best Actress nomination, and she’s said to be weighing and vetting several offers carefully to plot out her 2013 schedule. As well she should.
Here’s something you don’t hear very often: “It was a good week for strong women at the box office.” Up against two new, male-driven action movies, actress Jessica Chastain claimed first and second place with Mama and Zero Dark Thirty. Chastain’s fellow Golden Globe winner, Jennifer Lawrence, took third with Silver Linings Playbook – ahead of Gangster Squad and the big name boys that launched debuts on Friday. Both Broken City (with Mark Wahlberg) and The Last Stand (with Arnold Schwarzenegger) were disappointments – though, fittingly, Arnold’s was on a much more epic scale.
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Two films starring newly-minted Golden Globe winner Jessica Chastain topped Friday’s box office. Zero Dark Thirty, the film that brought Chastain her Best Actress win on Sunday, was expected to run neck-and-neck with Mama, the new PG-13 horror feature, at this weekend’s box office. Instead, with a better-than expected $10 million estimate from 2,647 locations on Friday, Mama should easily claim the MLK weekend title with over $25 million. Zero Dark Thirty, last weekend’s number one film, will take second with around $15 million through Sunday. Chastain’s one-two sweep upstaged the weekend’s R-rated action debuts: Broken City and The Last Stand. Both underwhelmed – though with its estimate of $3 million from 2,620 locations, Broken City at least made it into Friday’s top five. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s The Last Stand was not so lucky. With just $2 million from 2,913 locations, The Last Stand will finish the weekend near the bottom of the top ten. Finally, Silver Linings Playbook expanded into 2,523 locations on Friday, propelling the R-rated Oscar nominee into the top five on its tenth weekend in theatres. Check back tomorrow for full details.
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Parents should go to any length to protect their children. It’s not just love. It’s a biological imperative. But sometimes emotions are no match for biology, and these emotions get horribly twisted. There are some parents who kill their children and believe that this is protection. These parents find some sick, awful salvation in death. Mama hints at going to this dark, disturbing place, but ends up playing it safe. The movie dances around what it means to protect and neglect a child, and the film deserves credit for attempting to stretch beyond, “It’s good to love and nurture innocent kids.” Unfortunately, the film is bogged down in poor pacing and pushing a crummy monster rather than letting the strong performances and cinematography convey an unsettling subtext.
The 2013 Golden Globes have just wrapped up. I only watched the last hour of the ceremony because the Globes no longer have their awards season power due to voting schedule changes. Reading tweets and Facebook posts, it seems like it was a fairly entertaining show (keep an eye out for Jodie Foster‘s acceptance speech for her Lifetime Achievement Award). As for the winners, they were very “Globes” in that they were more populist choices that are unlikely to have much bearing on the Oscars. Argo may have had a good night at the Globes by winning Best Picture (Drama) and Best Director, but I still think Lincoln is the picture to beat when it comes to the Academy Awards, especially since Ben Affleck was snubbed for the Best Director Oscar nomination.
Hit the jump for the full list of winners.
The Broadcast Film Critics Association announced the winners of the 18th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards tonight. While Ben Affleck was noted as the lesser of the Best Director snubs when Oscar nominations were announced this morning, the BFCA named Affleck Best Director and his Argo Best Picture. They feature genre awards—action, comedy, and sci-fi/horror all have their own Best Picture category—so there’s a bit of an “everybody gets a trophy” philosophy. But that allowed Jennifer Lawrence to pick up two trophies: Best Actress in an Action Movie (The Hunger Games) and Best Actress in a Comedy (Silver Linings Playbook). Silver Linings Playbook earned four total; the Best Comedy winner brought Lawrence’s co-star Bradley Cooper Best Actor in a Comedy and the rest of the cast Best Acting Ensemble.
The four primary acting awards went to major Oscar contenders Daniel Day-Lewis, Jessica Chastain, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Anne Hathaway. But the BFCA also found room for Collider favorites Skyfall, Looper, and Cloud Atlas. See the full list after the break.
The nominations for the 85th Academy Awards have been announced, and it’s quite a whirlwind of nominees. As expected, Lincoln landed the most nominations with 12, followed with Ang Lee’s Life of Pi which nabbed 11. The big story here, though, is the Best Director category. Shockingly, only two (two!) of the DGA nominees for Best Director made the Oscar cut: Ang Lee and Steven Spielberg. The rest of the category was filled out by Benh Zeitlin for Beasts of the Southern Wild, David O. Russell for Silver Linings Playbook, and Michael Haneke for Amour. It was almost guaranteed that Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow would be landing nominations for Argo and Zero Dark Thirty, respectively, but shockingly neither made the cut. Apparently those films just directed themselves. Based off today’s nominations, it now looks like it’s (surprisingly) down to Lincoln vs. Silver Linings Playbook for the big win.
Hit the jump to check out the list of nominees, and click here to check them against my predictions (somehow I predicted the Best Picture and Supporting Actor categories perfectly). The 85th Academy Awards will take place on February 24th.
Opening in wide release this weekend is one of the best films of 2012: director Kathryn Bigelow’s drama about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, Zero Dark Thirty. Loaded with amazing performances, an incredible script by Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker), and perfect direction, Zero Dark Thirty is sure to be nominated for a number of Oscars tomorrow morning. In the film, Jessica Chastain plays a CIA operative spearheading the manhunt, and she stars alongside Kyle Chandler, Chris Pratt, Mark Strong, Scott Adkins, Joel Edgerton, and James Gandolfini. For more on the film, read Matt’s review.
At the recent Los Angeles press day I got to speak with Jessica Chastain. We talked about how she got involved in the project, her reaction to seeing the film, deleted scenes, the way things changed on set, and more. Hit the jump for what she had to say.