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.

Director Liv Ullman Talks MISS JULIE, the Classic Appeal of the Story, the Cast, Financing Headaches, and More at TIFF

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One of the many films to premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival was director Liv Ullman’s Miss Julie, a film adaptation of August Strindberg’s famous 19th Century play.  In the film, Jessica Chastain plays an aristocratic woman who strikes up a relationship with her father’s valet (Colin Farrell).  The film explores issues of power through the lenses of social class, gender, and family.  Unlike most modern movies, Miss Julie is deliberately paced and takes its time exploring the characters through long scenes filled with dialogue and emotion.  Those who choose to pay attention will be dazzled by the performances and absolutely transported back in time.

Shortly after the premiere, I landed an exclusive video interview with Liv Ullman.  She talked about the how Chastain, Farrell, and Morton approached their performances, the classic appeal of the story, her first cut and what she removed from the film, some of the lessons she’s learned over the course of her career, the incredible production design, how she shot most of the film in order, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Jessica Chastain Talks MISS JULIE, Director Liv Ullman, What Al Pacino Taught Her Making SALOME, and Her Reaction After Watching CRIMSON PEAK

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Over the last few years Jessica Chastain has demonstrated again and again that she’s one of the best actors working in Hollywood.  Whether it be hunting down Osama bin Laden in Zero Dark Thirty, playing the wife of a man plagued by apocalyptic visions in Take Shelter, or putting on fifteen pounds to play the outcast Celia Foote in The Help, Chastain is always fearless and believable on screen.  In her latest movie, Miss Julie, a film adaptation of August Strindberg’s famous 19th Century play being directed by Liv Ullmann, Chastain plays an aristocratic woman who strikes up a relationship with her father’s valet (Colin Farrell).  The film explores issues of power through the lenses of social class, gender, and family.  Unlike most modern movies, Miss Julie is deliberately paced and takes its time exploring the characters through long scenes filled with dialogue and emotion.  Those who choose to pay attention will be dazzled by the performances and absolutely transported back in time.

Shortly after the premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, I landed an exclusive video interview with Jessica Chastain.  She talked about what the last few years have been like and how shooting Miss Julie in chronological order helped her as an actress along with what she learned from director Liv Ullman.  We also discussed the advice Al Pacino gave her on her first film, Salomé, the importance of stepping outside of your comfort zone as an actor, her reaction after watching Guillermo del Toro‘s Crimson Peak, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

New Images from A LITTLE CHAOS, LOVE & MERCY, MISS JULIE, and MR. TURNER

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The impressive lineup announced for the upcoming 2014 Toronto International Film Festival includes a number of extremely promising films, and we’ve got some new images from four such features for your perusing pleasure.  Briefly:

  • A Little Chaos – (Directed by Alan Rickman) Starring Kate Winslet, Stanley Tucci, Matthias Schoenaerts, and Alan Rickman.
  • Love & Mercy – (Directed by Bill Pohlad) Starring Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks, John Cusack, and Paul Giamatti.
  • Miss Julie – (Directed by Liv Ullmann) Starring Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell, and Samantha Morton.
  • Mr. Turner – (Directed by Mike Leigh) Starring Timothy Spall, Dorothy Atkinson, Marion Bailey, Paul Jesson, Lesley Manville, Martin Savage, Joshua McGuire, Ruth Sheen, David Horovitch, and Karl Johnson.

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses, and click here to check out all of the TIFF images released thus far.  The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 4 – 14th.

Colin Farrell Talks SAVING MR. BANKS, How Passionate He Was about Signing On, What He Collects, WINTER’S TALE, MISS JULIE, SOLACE, and More

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Now playing in limited release and expanding nationwide this weekend is Saving Mr. Banks, the new film from The Blind Side director John Lee Hancock.  Based on a true story, the pic focuses on Walt Disney’s (Tom Hanks) twenty-year pursuit of the film rights to author P.L. Travers’ (Emma Thompson) novel Mary Poppins and the rocky relationship that formed between the two when she finally came to Hollywood.  Loaded with great performances, a strong script, and the first time Walt Disney has been portrayed on screen, Banks is a likely contender for this year’s award season.  The film also stars Paul Giamatti, Bradley Whitford, Jason Schwartzman, B.J. Novak, Annie Rose Buckley, Ruth Wilson, Rachel Griffiths, Kathy Baker, and Colin Farrell.

At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive interview with Colin Farrell.  He talked about how he got involved in the project, what it was like to work with animals and kids, how he’s changed as an actor, if he likes to switch it up in each take, what he collects, future projects like Akiva Goldsman’s Winter’s Tale,  Solace Miss Julie, and more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Jessica Chastain and Colin Farrell to Star in Liv Ullmann’s MISS JULIE

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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.

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