First CRIMSON PEAK Image Features Jessica Chastain in Gothic Garb for Guillermo Del Toro’s New Ghost Story

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Guillermo Del Toro‘s Crimson Peak is easily one of my most-anticipated films of 2015.  It’s been eight years since Pan’s Labyrinth was released, and the director will now be returning to a smaller canvas following Hellboy II: The Golden Army and Pacific Rim (not to mention the false starts on The Hobbit and At the Mountains of Madness).  Crimson Peak is part-ghost story, part-gothic romance, and part-haunted house flick.  Putting that combination together in the hands of Del Toro is an incredibly exciting prospect, and that’s not to mention a stellar cast featuring Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, and Charlie Hunnam

The first Crimson Peak image has been released, and it shows Chastain in a beautiful crushed blue velvet dress, standing in dilapidated surroundings.  The trailer we saw at Comic-Con (one of the few that hasn’t officially been released online) was terrific, and I’m eager to see what else Del Toro has in store.  Hit the jump to check out the image, and click here for our set visit report.  Crimson Peak opens in regular theaters and IMAX on October 16, 2015.

Jeff Daniels Eyed for Steve Jobs Movie; Edgar Ramirez Joins Jennifer Lawrence in JOY; Susan Sarandon and Kathy Bates Set for Xavier Dolan’s Latest

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We’ve got a trio of interesting casting developments to address this afternoon.  Briefly:

  • Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom star Jeff Daniels is being eyed to play Apple CEO John Sculley in the Sorkin-penned Steve Jobs biopic.
  • Zero Dark Thirty actor Edgar Ramirez is in final negotiations to join Jennifer Lawrence in director David O. Russell’s next film, Joy.
  • Susan Sarandon and Kathy Bates have been added to the increasingly fantastic cast for Mommy director Xavier Dolan’s English-language debut, The Death and Life of John F. Donovan.

More on the aforementioned casting after the jump.

Exclusive: Jessica Chastain, Shailene Woodley and More Talk Acting, Secrecy, and More in Clips from Epix’s HOLLYWOOD SESSIONS

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With awards season on the way, actors are lining up to plug their movies in the hopes that the pictures might get Academy voters to sit up and pay attention.  As for general audiences, people like listening to celebrities, and Epix and the L.A. Times have teamed up to co-produce Hollywood Sessions, a five-part TV series of hour-long episodes featuring conversations with popular actors.  Today, we have exclusive clips from a group conversation with actresses Jessica Chastain, Shailene Woodley, Jennifer Aniston, Emily Blunt, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.  While there aren’t any hard-hitting questions, there are nice little anecdotes like Chastain talking about the secrecy surrounding the Interstellar script and Woodley’s insightful answer about how loss-of-virginity scenes are handled in movies.

Hit the jump to watch the Hollywood Sessions clips.  The series will premiere on December 8th at 8pm ET/PT on Epix, and also features interviews with Steve Carell, Benedict Cumberbatch, Robert Downey Jr., Michael Keaton, Eddie Redmayne, Emma Stone, and Christoph Waltz.

New A MOST VIOLENT YEAR Clip Carries a Loaded Gun in the Upcoming Drama Starring Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain

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A24 has released a new A Most Violent Year clip.  The film takes place in New York City in 1981, and stars Oscar Isaac as a businessman trying to get a loan to expand his shipping company, but must contend with pressure from his wife (Jessica Chastain), the deputy attorney general (David Oyelowo), and organized crime families.  This premise and this clip may hint at a more intense story, but the film is actually pretty dull and consists largely of Isaac’s character moping around to get enough loans to save his business investment.

Hit the jump to check out the A Most Violent Year clip.  The film opens in limited release on December 31st before expanding nationwide in January, and also stars Albert Brooks and Alessandro Nivola.

National Board of Review Names A MOST VIOLENT YEAR Best Film of the Year; also Wins Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress

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Yesterday, the New York Film Critics Circle named Boyhood as the best film of 2014.  Today, the National Board of Review has revealed they decided to go a different way by selecting J.C. Chandor‘s A Most Violent Year for the year’s best film.  The NBR must have been enraptured with the tale of a guy trying to get a loan because they also gave the movie Best Actor for Oscar Isaac (who tied in the category with Michael Keaton for Birdman) and Best Supporting Actress for Jessica Chastain.

It’s a list filled with choices I don’t really agree with (other than The LEGO Movie for Best Original Screenplay even though they gave Best Animated Feature to How to Train Your Dragon 2), but the one that really gets me is giving Best Director to Clint Eastwood for American Sniper.  Combine that with Jersey Boys and 2014 showed that Eastwood really needs to stop directing movies because he has no vision whatsoever.  Hit the jump for the full list of winners, which also includes the National Board of Review’s Top Films of 2014 list.

A MOST VIOLENT YEAR Featurette and Poster Delve Into the American Dream With Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain

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A24 Films has issued a new A Most Violent Year featurette and poster in support of writer/director J.C. Chandor’s (All Is Lost) upcoming crime drama. The featurette is a nice look at not only the making of the piece, but the American economic situation that inspired it.  The film is set in New York in 1981 and revolves around “an American immigrant (Oscar Isaac) and his wife (Jessica Chastain) trying to expand their business as violence and corruption threaten to destroy all they have built.”  I’m excited to see this movie next week, I typically love Isaac and Chastain so even if it’s not all that violent or action-packed, which I’ve heard, I should be just fine watching a solid drama featuring the pair.

Check out the first A Most Violent Year featurette and poster after the jump.  The film also stars Alessandro Nivola and Albert Brooks.  A Most Violent Year opens in limited release on December 31st before expanding in January 2015.  

THE COLOR OF TIME Trailer and Poster: James Franco, Jessica Chastain, Mila Kunis, and More Go through the Life of Poet C.K. Williams

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Starz Digital Media has released The Color of Time trailer and poster.  We last reported on this film over two years ago, and at the time it looked like it was an adaptation of the poetry of Pulitzer Prize-winner C.K. Williams, but as this new trailer and synopsis explain, it’s really more of a biopic.  The plot has Williams (James Franco) preparing for a reading in New York City, but he’s haunted by memories from his past.  The Color of Time has the hook of being handled by 12 directors, and the cast also includes Mila KunisJessica Chastain, Zach Braff, Henry Hopper, and Bruce Campbell.  However, looking at this trailer, it seems like the ensemble of directors really wanted to make The Tree of Life minus dinosaurs.

Hit the jump to check out The Color of Time trailer and poster.  The film will be available for early digital download on December 2nd, On Demand and on iTunes on December 9th, and in theaters on December 12th.

Jessica Chastain and Colin Farrell Are Playing with Fire in New MISS JULIE Trailer

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The U.S. trailer for director Liv Ullmann’s adaptation of the August Strindberg stage play Miss Julie has been released online.  The film stars Jessica Chastain as a daring young woman who strikes up a flirtation with an overwhelmed valet (Colin Farrell) right under the nose of his fiancée (Samantha Morton).  Ullmann’s adaptation is simplistic in nature, as it merely revolves around these three characters and the emotions at play.  The film premiered at TIFF to a so-so response, but it looks to be a swell acting showcase for this trio of incredibly talented performers.

Check out the new Miss Julie trailer after the jump, and be sure to check out Steve’s video interviews with Chastain and Ullmann from TIFF.  Miss Julie opens in theaters on December 5th.

Jessica Chastain Demands Respect in First A MOST VIOLENT YEAR Clip

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A24 Films has released the first A Most Violent Year clip from writer/director J.C. Chandor’s (All Is Lost) upcoming crime drama.  The film is set in New York in 1981 and revolves around “an American immigrant (Oscar Isaac) and his wife (Jessica Chastain) trying to expand their business as violence and corruption threaten to destroy all they have built.”  This new clip, in no uncertain terms, serves to highlight Chastain’s performance in light of Best Supporting Actress consideration, as she explains to the District Attorney (played by David Oyelowo) how she and her husband must be respected.  This is absolutely one of my most anticipated films of the year, and response from its premiere at AFI Fest was incredibly positive, with many noting that Chandor once again uses a very specific story to draw parallels to what’s going on in our world today.

Check out the first A Most Violent Year clip after the jump.  The film also stars Alessandro Nivola and Albert BrooksA Most Violent Year opens in limited release on December 31st before expanding in January 2015.

Christopher Nolan, Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, and More Talk INTERSTELLAR, the Evolution of the Script, and Grounding the Film with Emotion

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Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar is finally in theaters.  As most of you know, Nolan wrote the screenplay based on a previous draft by his brother, Jonathan Nolan (The Dark Knight).  The story finds a crew of astronauts led by Matthew McConaughey setting off into deep space in order to find a new planet that might be inhabitable.  Loaded with a great cast (Anne HathawayJessica ChastainCasey AffleckMichael CaineDavid OyelowoWes BentleyJohn LithgowEllen Burstyn,  Topher GraceDavid GyasiMackenzie FoyBill Irwin, and Timothee Chalamet) and amazing visuals, Interstellar should be seen on the biggest screen possible.  If you have an IMAX theater near you, I strongly suggest seeing it in that format.  For more on the film, watch these featurettesclip, or click here for all our coverage.

At the recent Los Angeles press day I was able to participate in a press conference with Christopher Nolan, Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, co-writer Jonathan Nolan, producer Emma Thomas, and Jessica Chastain.  They talked about the experience of making the film, how the project came together, how much the script change once Nolan replaced Steven Spielberg as director, writing a science fiction movie with so much hope, working in the space suits, space exploration, if there were any deleted scenes, the involvement of NASA, and so much more.  Hit the jump for what they had to say.

INTERSTELLAR – What Did You Think?

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Alright folks, one of the most anticipated movies of the year is now in theaters.  Given all the secrecy surrounding Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi epic Interstellar and the fact that it’s a wholly original story set in deep space, expectations were almost impossibly high for this one.  I caught the movie myself last night at a digital IMAX showing, and I’m still mulling it over.  In some ways it was exactly the film I expected, and in other ways it was somewhat surprising.  The visuals and set pieces are spectacular, and I do think that Hans Zimmer composed one of his best scores to date—“majestic” is the word I’d use to describe the sound he found here—but Interstellar is a lot of movie (probably too much), and I think Nolan’s reach exceeds his grasp in terms of trying to constantly surprise the audience.  The performances from Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway are incredibly strong, and Nolan’s attempt to ground the film in emotion is admirable, but I came away from the film somewhat disappointed.

Matt composed his thoughts more eloquently in his review, which you can read right here, but now we’d like to hear from you, readers.  What did you think of Interstellar?  Did it exceed your expectations?  Where does this fall in Nolan’s filmography?  Sound off in the comments after the jump.

Full-Length A MOST VIOLENT YEAR Trailer: Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain Expand Their Empire in 1981 New York

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A24 Films has released the full-length A Most Violent Year trailer for director J.C. Chandor‘s (All Is Lost) upcoming crime drama ahead of the film’s AFI Fest debut.  The film is set in New York in 1981 and revolves around “an American immigrant (Oscar Isaac) and his wife (Jessica Chastain) trying to expand their business as violence and corruption threaten to destroy all they have built.”  This looks to be very much a crime drama in the vein of The Sopranos, in that the focus is more on how the business impacts the family rather than the crime business itself.  Chandor has been a talent to watch since his debut feature Margin Call, and after seeing him shift gears so dramatically with All Is Lost, I’m really curious to see what he has up his sleeve with this new film.  Additionally, Isaac and Chastain are two of the best actors working today, so the prospect of seeming them lead a character-centric crime drama such as this is highly enticing.  Can’t wait for this one.

Watch the new A Most Violent Year trailer after the jump.  The film also stars Albert Brooks, David Oyelowo, and Alessandro Nivola and opens in NY and LA on December 31st before expanding in January 2015.

Seth Rogen Eyed to Play Steve Wozniak Opposite Christian Bale’s Steve Jobs; Jessica Chastain Sought for Role

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With Christian Bale now firmed up to play Steve Jobs in director Danny Boyle’s (Slumdog Millionaire) biopic for Sony, the rest of the cast is starting to come together.  Aaron Sorkin’s script for the film is not your traditional biopic, and instead is comprised of three long scenes that revolve around three major product launches: the Mac in 1984, the NeXT in 1996, and the iPod in 2001.  While Bale’s Jobs will no doubt be the central focus of the film, it appears that Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak also figures into some of these scenes, as word comes that none other than Seth Rogen may take on the role of Wozniak in the film.  More after the jump.

Guillermo del Toro Gives an Update On CRIMSON PEAK; Talks PACIFIC RIM 2 and 3

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Today Guillermo del Toro took part in a press day to promote the YouTube Space House of Horrors that he’s been involved with for the past few months.  In that experiment, YouTube creators had the opportunity to create original videos on terrifying cinematic sets inspired by del Toro at YouTube Spaces in Los Angeles, London, Tokyo and New York, as part of a special global programming event.  Those videos will start airing between now and Halloween.

I was unable to make it down to the event today, but I’ll be heading down to the YouTube space later this week and will come back with a full write-up.  It’s pretty cool since del Toro is helping to select the winner, who will get a development deal with Legendary Pictures.  The sets they have built to shoot this stuff on are also truly astounding and we’ll have some pics for you in that story later this week.  In the meantime, I spoke to del Toro briefly about the look of his next film Crimson Peak and got a small update on the status of Pacific Rim 2 and Pacific Rim 3.  Hit the jump for more.

Head to Space with Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway in 7 New INTERSTELLAR Images

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A collection of new Interstellar images from director Christopher Nolan’s upcoming sci-fi epic have landed online, hot on the heels of some pretty interesting comments from Nolan himself saying the film marks a specifically unique entry in his filmography.  Nolan wrote the screenplay for Interstellar based on a previous draft by his brother, Jonathan Nolan (The Dark Knight), and the story finds a crew of astronauts led by Matthew McConaughey setting off into deep space in order to find a new planet that might be habitable.  There seems to be plenty of culturally relevant themes at play here, as Interstellar’s Earth is one that has been rendered uninhabitable after years of pollution and destruction at the hands of, well, us.  Most interestingly, though, is the fact that Nolan is essentially telling a father/daughter story, and I’m curious to see how he grounds the film with this strong emotional center.

Hit the jump to take a look a these new Interstellar images, which thankfully don’t reveal too much.  The film also stars Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Casey AffleckMichael CaineDavid OyelowoWes BentlyJohn LithgowEllen BurstynTopher GraceDavid GyasiMackenzie FoyBill IrwinTimothee Chalamet, and Matt Damon.  Interstellar opens on film in 70mm IMAX and 35mm on November 5th and everywhere else on November 7th.

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