VERY GOOD GIRLS Trailer: Elizabeth Olsen and Dakota Fanning Want to Lose Their Virginity

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The first Very Good Girls trailer for first-time writer/director Naomi Foner’s upcoming drama has been released online.  The film stars Elizabeth Olsen and Dakota Fanning as two best friends who, while home for one last New York summer, make a pact to lose their virginity before leaving for college.  Complications arise when they both start seeing the same man (Boyd Holbrook), which begins to test their lifelong friendship.  The film looks like a fairly run-of-the-mill coming-of-age drama with two talented actresses in the lead roles, but reviews from its Sundance debut last year were underwhelming to say the least.  That said, there is a silver lining in that Jenny Lewis wrote the original music.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer, click here to read Matt’s review, and click here to watch Steve’s video interview with Olsen and Fanning.  The film also stars Demi Moore, Ellen Barkin, Richard Dreyfuss, Peter Sarsgaard, and Clark GreggVery Good Girls will be available on iTunes June 24th and opens in theaters July 25th.

Peter Sarsgaard and Dakota Fanning Talk NIGHT MOVES, Working with Kelly Reichardt, BRAIN ON FIRE, BONE TOMAHAWK and More

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“To cook meat well, don’t touch it too much.”  According to Peter Sarsgaard, that’s the approach writer-director Kelly Reichardt takes to her movies and you can absolutely see that in her latest, Night Moves.  Jesse Eisenberg and Dakota Fanning lead as Josh and Dena, a couple and pair of environmental activists determined to blow up a dam in Oregon.  In order to get the job done, they team up with Sarsgaard’s Harmon, a former Marine who has a little more knowhow.  Even though the trio actually manages to pull it off, their success doesn’t have the intended effect and instead leaves them suffering the consequences themselves.

With Night Moves getting a limited release on Friday, May 30th, Sarsgaard and Fanning sat down with Collider to talk about their experience making the film.  After the jump, check out what they told us about their collaboration with Reichardt and thoughts on Dena and Harmon’s choices as well as what’s happening with Bone Tomahawk and Fanning’s reaction to scoring the lead role in the book-to-film adaptation, Brain on Fire. 

Irons and Miller Join HIGH-RISE; Sarsgaard and Ryder to Lead EXPERIMENTER; Galifianakis Has TULIP FEVER; Butler Set for DEN OF THIEVES

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We have a few casting stories for you this morning.  Briefly:

  • Jeremy Irons and Sienna Miller will join Tom Hiddleston in Ben Wheatley‘s adaptation of J.G. Ballard‘s High-Rise.
  • Peter Sarsgaard and Winona Ryder will lead the biopic Experimenter, The Stanley Milgram Story.
  • Zach Galifanakis has signed on to Justin Chadwick‘s period romance Tulip Fever.
  • Gerard Butler is set to star in the heist drama Den of Thieves.

Hit the jump for more details on these casting bits.

First Trailer for NIGHT MOVES Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, and Peter Sarsgaard

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There are no turtles or tornadoes in this first look at Kelly Reichardt’s thriller Night Moves, but it’s a taut trailer nonetheless.  Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, and Peter Sarsgaard star as three radical environmentalists who plan to put their ideologies to the test by conspiring to blow up a hydroelectric dam.  The trailer gives a great sense of the inherent danger in perpetrating such an act, not just for the renegades who fear being caught, but for the sense of mistrust that grows among them.

Night Moves is due out on May 30th.  Hit the jump to watch the trailer.

BLUE JASMINE Blu-ray Review

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Though the movie may be currently overshadowed by decades old events that have no bearing on the film itself, Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine is one of his stronger late-period films, with a brilliant performance by Cate Blanchett as a woman of money who finds herself living with her sister (Sally Hawkins) and on the verge of madness.  My Blue Jasmine Blu-ray review follows after the jump.  

Gerard Butler Circling GODS OF EGYPT; Peter Sarsgaard and Liev Schreiber Join Tobey Maguire in PAWN SACRIFICE

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Following this year’s Olympus Has Fallen, it appears that Gerard Butler may have found his next project.  Deadline reports that the actor is circling director Alex Proyas’ (I, Robot) fantasy adventure pic Gods of Egypt.  The pic takes place within the world of Egyptian mythology and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones) is already set to play Horus, who sets out for revenge against his uncle for killing his father, Osiris.  Butler is in talks to play Set in the pic, the murderous brother of Osiris and a god of the desert, storms, and foreigners.  It’s decidedly fantastical territory and comes just after Proyas’ planned Paradise Lost adaptation was scrapped due to budget issues.

Hit the jump for casting news regarding the Bobby Fischer film Pawn Sacrifice.

LOVELACE Review

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

The world wanted to possess Linda Lovelace. Celebrity always involves an aspect of ownership (it’s why we feel justified in judging the lives of famous people even though they’re personally strangers to us), but Lovelace was treated as a possession by her family, her husband, and ultimately the world as she became famous not for any aspect of her personality, but because she had one particular talent. In Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman‘s biopic Lovelace, the filmmakers change the narrative of Lovelace from sex icon to victim of domestic abuse. The movie finds a tenuous connection between the public and private possession of Lovelace, but the narrative’s strength comes from stars Amanda Seyfried and Peter Sarsgaard taking a mature approach to domestic violence, which helps Lovelace rise above its melodrama and poor structure.

Peter Sarsgaard Talks BLUE JASMINE, Letting Go of His Ego, Acting Opposite Cate Blanchett, Woody Allen’s Directorial Approach, THE KILLING and More

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In Woody Allen’s new film, Blue Jasmine, Peter Sarsgaard delivers an engaging performance as Dwight, a diplomat who is quickly smitten with Jasmine’s (Cate Blanchett) beauty, sophistication and style.  Jasmine sees him as a potential lifeline, but Dwight is no knight in shining armor.  Sarsgaard, who is noted for his range and ability to access what is behind the often complicated facades of the characters he plays, admits that Dwight is not interested in what’s going on with Jasmine but rather how she might serve to further his political ambitions.

In an exclusive interview, Sarsgaard talked about how he was returning from a search and rescue effort in the Gila Wilderness when he got the call that Woody wanted to meet with him, how he only read his small part but never knew the rest of the story, why he had to let go of his ego to play the role, how he wondered why Blanchett was acting so strangely in their scenes together, why he appreciated Allen’s economical approach to directing that kept the performances fresh, how they bonded as musicians, and his favorite Woody Allen movies.  He also discussed the final The Killing episode, his upcoming films: Lovelace, Night Moves, Bone Tomahawk and Lady Grey, and why he likes working with first time directors.  Check out the interview after the jump. 

Cate Blanchett, Peter Sarsgaard and Andrew Dice Clay Talk BLUE JASMINE, Meeting and Working with Woody Allen, Plus Allen’s Best Female Protagonists

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Woody Allen’s new film, Blue Jasmine, finds the director in peak form as he explores what happens when an elegant New York socialite, Jasmine (Cate Blanchett), moves into her sister Ginger’s (Sally Hawkins) modest apartment in San Francisco to try to pull herself back together again after everything in her life falls to pieces, including her marriage to wealthy businessman Hal (Alec Baldwin).  The film features an impressive ensemble cast that also includes Peter Sarsgaard, Andrew Dice Clay, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Stuhlbarg and Louis C.K.

At the press conference in Los Angeles, Blanchett, Sarsgaard and Clay talked about how they first heard that Allen wanted to meet with them, their reaction when they read their pages of the script, what it was like working with the legendary director, how the majority of his directing happens in the script, how their wardrobe influenced their performances and revealed the chronology of their characters, why Jasmine ranks among the best of Allen’s female protagonists, and the good, the bad, the ugly and the really funny about their characters and where they end up by the end of the story.  Check out the interview after the jump.

Trailer for LOVELACE Starring Amanda Seyfried and Peter Sarsgaard

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Radius-TWC and Millennium Entertainment have released the trailer for the biopic, Lovelace.  The film stars Amanda Seyfried as the titular porn star who rose to prominence following 1972’s Deep Throat, the first pornographic feature film to be a mainstream success.  Lovelace would eventually go on to claim that her husband Chuck Traynor (Peter Sarsgaard) physically and verbally abused her, and coerced her into the pornography business.  When I caught the film at Sundance, I thought the script and structure were somewhat weak, but Seyfried and Sarsgaard saved the picture with their memorable performances.  This trailer does what most indie trailers are doing these days: showing you the whole movie to the point where there are scenes from the very end.  It’s disheartening because not only is it a lazy way of making trailer, but it’s probably turning more people away from the movie rather than drawing them in.

If this approach doesn’t bother you, hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Hank Azaria, Bobby Cannavale, Sharon Stone, Adam Brody, Chloe Sevigny, Juno Temple, Chris Noth, Robert Patrick, and James FrancoLovelace opens August 9th.

New Images from Woody Allen’s BLUE JASMINE Featuring Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Louis C.K., and More [UPDATED]

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A number of new images from Woody Allen’s latest film Blue Jasmine have made their way online.  The pic stars Cate Blanchett as a New York City housewife who travels to San Francisco to be with her sister (Sally Hawkins) after losing all of her money when her husband (Alec Baldwin) turns out to be a white collar criminal.  As we saw from the fantastic first trailer, the film finds Allen navigating considerably darker territory than his recent efforts, and the culture clash between Blanchett’s socialite character and the more blue collar sensibilities of Hawkins, Andrew Dice Clay, and Bobby Cannavale is incredibly enticing.

Hit the jump to take a look at the Blue Jasmine images.  The film also stars Louis C.K., Peter Sarsgaard, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Max CasellaBlue Jasmine opens on July 26th. [Update: We've updated the article with more high-resolution images.]

First Trailer for Woody Allen’s BLUE JASMINE Starring Cate Blanchett and Alec Baldwin

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Sony Pictures Classics has released the first trailer for Woody Allen‘s new film Blue Jasmine.  The pic stars Cate Blanchett as a New York City housewife who travels to San Francisco to be with her sister (Sally Hawkins) after losing all of her money when her husband (Alec Baldwin) turns out to be a white collar criminal.  Jasmine looks to take on a considerably darker tone that Allen’s recent output, but there’s still plenty of humor sprinkled throughout – particularly pertaining to Blanchett’s socialite clashing with her sister’s blue collar friends (played by the likes of Andrew Dice Clay and Bobby Cannavale).  Blanchett looks to be giving an incredibly strong lead performance supported by an unsurprisingly talented ensemble, and I’m definitely enthused by the prospect of Allen once again tackling a character who is in the midst of an emotional crisis.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Louis C.K., Peter Sarsgaard and Michael Stuhlbarg.  Blue Jasmine opens in limited release on July 26th.

Featurette for THE KILLING Season 3 Teases a New Case and Direction for the AMC Series

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A new extended featurette for the upcoming third season of the resurrected AMC drama series The Killing has been released online, offering up a bounty of footage and info about the crime show’s return.  Season three picks up a year and a half after the events of the season two finale, as Mireille Enos’ Linden is now working in an isolated job outside the police force and Joel Kinnaman’s Holder has a new partner.  Linden gets roped back in when bodies start piling up and Holder realizes that his serial killer case may be connected to one of Linden’s past cases.  New cast member Peter Sarsgaard—who plays a death row inmate—notes that the season has three different narratives that are connected, so it’ll be interesting to see if showrunner Veena Sud can successfully weave the storylines while maintaining momentum or if the show will get bogged down with melancholy and minimal development like season two.

Hit the jump to watch the full featurette.  The two-hour season three premiere of The Killing airs on AMC on June 2nd.

TV Casting: Kevin Pollak Joins BEVERLY HILLS COP Pilot; Peter Sarsgaard Signs on for THE KILLING Season 3

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We’ve got a couple of interesting TV casting stories to share this evening.  First up, prolific character actor Kevin Pollak has joined the cast of CBS’ upcoming Beverly Hills Cop pilotEddie Murphy is producing the hourlong series alongside Shawn Ryan (The Shield, Last Resort), and Brandon T. Jackson (Percy Jackson & the Olympians) was cast in the lead role of Axel Foley’s son last October.  Now THR reports that Pollak is set to co-star as Rodney Daloof, the in-house lawyer for the Beverly Hills Police Department.  The character is described as “incredibly risk-averse, a stickler for the rules, and a loud-mouthed bully,” so yeah, it sounds like Pollak should be able to knock this one out of the park.

The series is envisioned as a police procedural with a comedic element, and Murphy will be reprising his role as the senior Foley in the pilot with the possibility of recurring should CBS pick the pilot up to series.  Hit the jump for news concerning Peter Sarsgaard taking on a major role in the upcoming third season of AMC’s The Killing.

Peter Sarsgaard Talks LOVELACE, Woody Allen’s BLUE JASMINE, Kelly Reichardt’s NIGHT MOVES, S. Craig Zahler’s BONE TOMAHAWK and More at Sundance

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One of the many films to premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s Linda Lovelace biopic Lovelace.  The film stars Amanda Seyfried as the titular porn star who rose to prominence following 1972’s Deep Throat (the first pornographic feature film to be a mainstream success).  Lovelace would eventually go on to claim that her husband Chuck Traynor (played by Peter Sarsgaard) physically and verbally abused her, and coerced her into the pornography business.   The film also stars Juno Temple, Wes Bently, Sharon Stone, Hank Azaria, Adam Brody, and James Franco as Hugh Hefner.

The day after the premiere, I sat down with Sarsgaard for an exclusive interview.  We talked about how he got cast in Lovelace, his initial hesitation to play Chuck Traynor, Sundance, how he prepares for a role, working with Woody Allen on Blue Jasmine, director Kelly Reichardt’s Night Moves, director S. Craig Zoller’s western Bone Tomahawk, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

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