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Title: Cake Director: Daniel Barnz Starring: Jennifer Anniston, Adriana Barraza, Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy, Anna Kendrick, Sam Worthington. Alfred Hitchcock once said that “Cinema is not a slice of life, but a piece of cake,” and snotty moviegoers will surely drool in seeing Jennifer Aniston finally committing to a challenging role with a raw interpretation. ‘Cake’ is the first low-budget, indie-style film since 2006’s ‘Friends with Money,’ where the comedic actress takes on a dramatic role, portraying a woman suffering from chronic pain, both mental and physical. The film opens at a support group where the acquaintances of Nina, a suicide victim (Anna Kendrick), are asked to share what [ Read More ]
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- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
We are in the middle of what could be a career-changing two-day span for Jennifer Aniston. The "Friends" icon and star of such blockbuster fare as "Marley & Me," "Bruce Almighty" and "We're the Millers" shocked many by earning a SAG Awards nomination Wednesday for her role in the indie drama "Cake." By Thursday morning she may have a Golden Globe nomination to go along with it. Directed by Daniel Barnz, "Cake" went somewhat under the radar after it earned a standing ovation at the Toronto Film Festival in September (although this pundit was certainly there). The movie finds Aniston playing Claire, a woman suffering from chronic pain who becomes strangely fascinated by the suicide of a young woman (Anna Kendrick) from her support group. Obviously, Claire is suffering from more than just physical pain and Aniston, as I wrote in my review, "makes you believe this character is at her »
- Gregory Ellwood
Increasingly fascinated by the recent suicide of fellow chronic-pain group member Nina (Anna Kendrick), Claire Simmons (Jennifer Aniston) initiates an unorthodox relationship with Nina’s husband Roy (Sam Worthington) in her pursuit for answers surrounding Nina’s death.
Watch Claire as she fights her own demons and fantastical hallucinations of Nina below:
Cake is set for limited release in early 2015. »
- Sacha Hall
The Friends actress stars in director Daniel Barnz's drama.
Aniston plays Claire, a woman who becomes obsessed by the suicide of a member of her chronic pain support group (Anna Kendrick).
She enters into a relationship with the woman's widower (Sam Worthington) in a misjudged attempt to confront her own problems.
The trailer for the dark comedy shows plenty of anger and frustration as Aniston’s character pops pain pills and drives away her husband, friends and chronic pain support group.
It’s the first film from Cinelou, which is planning an awards qualifying run in December, followed by a wide release in January.
“Cake” premiered in September at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Daniel Barnz directed the Black List script by Patrick Tobin. Aniston stars as an acerbic woman who becomes fascinated by the suicide of another woman, played by Anna Kendrick, in her chronic pain support group.
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- Dave McNary
Jennifer Aniston famously de-glammed herself for the role of a disheveled pill-popper suffering from post-traumatic stress in the darkly comic "Cake," and now viewers can get a look at the final result in the film's first trailer. The film's new trailer highlights Aniston's performance, which has been acclaimed on the fest circuit, despite mixed reviews for the film itself. With an Oscar-qualifying run scheduled for next month, Aniston is clearly aiming for awards buzz here, and it helps that she's surrounded by a sterling cast loaded with Oscar nominees like Adriana Barraza, Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy, and Anna Kendrick, with Sam Worthington ("Avatar") also thrown in for good measure. Daniel Barnz ("Won't Back Down") directed. Watch the trailer here: More ABC Us news | ABC World News "Cake" will open in New York on January 13, before expanding wider. Do you think Jennifer Aniston has a shot at an Oscar nomination? »
- Dave Lewis
Jennifer Aniston doesn’t wear any makeup in her latest film — save for scars and other disfigurements. The former Friend and rom-com regular takes a right turn with Cake, playing a woman suffering with chronic pain who carries plenty of emotional hurt as well. After a member of her support group commits suicide, Aniston’s Claire hopes to find salvation by inserting herself into the lives of the late woman’s husband and son. Adriana Barraza, Anna Kendrick, Sam Worthington, Mamie Gummer, Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy, Chris Messina, Lucy Punch and Britt Robertson also star for director Daniel Barnz. Upstart Cinelou Releasing will open the film, which has been generating some Oscar buzz for Aniston, on January 25 in New York.
- The Deadline Team
Awards season is heating up, and one of the potential Best Actress contenders, believe it or not, may be Jennifer Aniston. The actress rarely goes down the indie road, but when she has before (The Good Girl), it's resulted in some solid work. This time she's getting plenty of acclaim for Cake, a film that strips down Aniston to being a plain, scarred, troubled woman, angry at the world and everyone around her. And there's an interesting supporting cast here too with Anna Kendrick, Sam Worthington and Adriana Barraza appearing as well. The buzz indicates the film may not be as good as Aniston's performance, but we'll see. Here's the first trailer for Daniel Barnz's Cake, originally from ABC News: Cake is directed by Daniel Barnz (Beastly, Won't Back Down) from a script by Patrick Tobin (No Easy Way). Claire Simmons (Jennifer Aniston) is in pain. Her physical »
- Ethan Anderton
Following its debut this fall at the Toronto International Film Festival, Cinelou Releasing has debuted the first trailer for their indie drama Cake, starring Jennifer Aniston. William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman also star in this highly anticipated drama from director Daniel Barnz. No release date has been given at this time, but be sure to check back for more updates.
While struggling with her own trauma, Claire Simmons (Jennifer Aniston), a woman in a chronic-pain support group, begins to investigate the suicide of a fellow group member, Nina (Anna Kendrick). They barely knew one another when Nina was alive, but as Nina keeps appearing in Claire's dreams and Percocet-fuelled hallucinations, Claire becomes consumed with curiosity about her death. How did Nina know she was ready to die? What was she thinking in her final moments?
These questions give Claire a new-found - if slightly disturbing - sense of purpose, »
The persona adopted by Jennifer Aniston in the early stages of her career has been thoroughly decimated for her next feature, Cake. Gone is the shiny hair, the perfect make-up… basically her impossibly beauteous image has taken a backseat for her performance in Daniel Barnz’s darker-than-night comedy.
In the role of Claire Simmons, Aniston tackles heavier material than we’re used to seeing her handle. Sure, she’s dabbled in less fluffy fare for The Good Girl and Horrible Bosses, but it seems like the former Friends star is trying to shake the sheen from her reputation. In the pic, Aniston plays a struggling Los Angeles woman who turns to a series of vices to help dull her chronic pain.
Her turn in Cake has already landed her a round of critical praise following its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival. This stream of positive reviews are no »
- Gem Seddon
“It was very beneficial to have worked in Utah with these actors and wonderful crew. We could not have done the movie without the input from the Texas Rangers. Their expertise plus their natural acting abilities within the film made this a memorable experience.
“I hope the »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
With early, festival-driven campaigns already ramping up (see: Julianne Moore in “Still Alice”) and sleeper candidates generating buzz (major question marks like Amy Adams in “Big Eyes”), the 2015 Best Actress race is tightening up. Is there room for surprises? Jennifer Aniston hopes so. Words has arrived through the wire that Cinelou Films’ distribution fledgling Cinelou Releasing has picked up the actress’ dramedy vehicle “Cake” for release before the end of the year. The film played to mixed reviews at September’s Toronto Film Festival, but clearly Cinelou bigwigs Mark Canton and Courtney Solomon see awards potential. A press release indicates that the movie will have a one-week qualifying run in December before rolling out in January. Based on a blacklisted script by Patrick Tobin and directed by "Phoebe in Wonderland" and "Beastly" director Daniel Barnz, “Cake” follows Claire (Aniston), a divorcee suffering from chronic back pain, the lingering effects of »
- Matt Patches
Exclusive: After the dark comedy Cake set tongues wagging at Toronto about Jennifer Aniston’s performance, there has been speculation that the film’s makers would capitalize on that momentum by putting the movie out before year’s end to qualify for Oscar consideration. Cinelou Films’ producers Mark Canton and Courtney Solomon have launched a new prestige arm in Cinelou Releasing, and they have set Cake as their first film. The pic will have a one-week qualifying run in December before rolling out in January. Canton, Kristin Hahn and Ben Barnz produced with Solomon.
“When my life and producing partner Ben Barnz and I first read Cake just fourteen months ago, we knew we had to go to Jennifer Aniston. It was the most obvious un-obvious choice – she’s mega-talented, but we’ve never seen the whole range of her extraordinary comic and dramatic abilities showcased in one role,” said director/Ep Daniel Barnz. »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Misty Upham found dead in Seattle suburb (photo: Misty Upham and Juliette Lewis) Actress Misty Upham, who had gone missing since October 6, 2014, was found dead on Thursday, October 16, in a wooded area along the White River in suburban Seattle. The cause and time of death remain unclear. Best known for her roles in Frozen River, which earned her an Independent Spirit Award nomination, and August: Osage County, Upham was 32. According to a statement her father, Charles Upham, sent to media outlets, Misty Upham was last seen on October 5, walking from her sister's apartment in Muckleshoot, Washington. Her father added that she suffered from bipolar disorder and had bouts of depression and anxiety — she had gone missing in the past — but said he didn't believe she was suicidal. "The truth is Misty is not stressed over money or career. Her career is going great," he wrote last Sunday, October 12. "As her »
- Anna Robinson
The drama stars Aniston as Claire, a woman suffering from constant and chronic pain following a car crash.
A depressed Claire comes to find solace in investigating the suicide of a woman from her chronic pain support group named Nina (Anna Kendrick).
The promo shows her attempting to procure drugs in Mexico, accompanied by her housekeeper Silvana (Adriana Barraza).
Cake is due for release in 2015. »
In a departure from the sexy boss and stripper-disguised-as-mom roles that Jennifer Aniston has played of late, the drama film Cake has Aniston playing Claire, a woman who’s hopped up on meds after a car crash that renders her in constant and chronic pain. Wallowing in self-pity and painkillers, the depressed and bitter Claire finds solace in investigating the death of Nina (Anna Kendrick), a woman from Claire’s chronic pain support group who commits suicide.
In a clip below, watch Aniston try to procure drugs in Mexico with loyal housekeeper Silvana (Adriana Barraza). »
- Teresa Jue
Editor’S Note: This is a capsule review. The full review will be released once the film hits theatres.
With its bitter-comic approach to heavy themes of suicide, addiction, and grief, and featuring the kind of protagonist that wins Sandra Bullocks Oscars, Cake makes itself available for holding at arm’s length. Its symbolism is heavy-handed from title card onward, plotting is incidental yet often contrived, and it’s hard to shake the feeling that the film is more about career therapy for a few of its stars than about seeking emotional truths.
It’d be more galling if that last part weren’t Cake‘s main feature instead of a bug. Jennifer Aniston stars as Claire Simmons, a scarred trauma survivor living with chronic pain. It’s a thoroughly abrasive role, one you could cynically call out as awards-bait if Aniston weren’t such a believable, attractive centre holding Cake together. »
- Sam Woolf
Jennifer Aniston — Oscar contender? You better believe it after the tumultuous standing ovation she received at the Elgin Theatre on Monday afternoon for her potentially career-changing film Cake after the end credits had rolled. Sans makeup but for scars and other disfigurements, Aniston proved way beyond cosmetic changes that she is the real thing. She’s heartbreakingly good, alternately bitingly dramatic and funny in this story of a woman suffering with chronic pain. It is also partially to the credit of writer Patrick Tobin and director Daniel Barnz (Phoebe In Wonderland, Won’t Back Down) that Aniston’s character Claire doesn’t strike a false note throughout.
Given the right distributor (and I hear several are in the hunt) this should be Aniston’s Monster or Monster’s Ball — or even Dallas Buyers Club, which transformed Matthew McConaughey’s career last year and brought him the Best Actor Oscar. There »
- Pete Hammond
A strong if self-consciously deglammed performance from Jennifer Aniston deserves more honest story treatment than it gets in “Cake,” . Approaching such heavy issues as suicide, grief, separation and pill addiction with a disarming sense of humor, director Daniel Barnz and screenwriter Patrick Tobin attempt to pull off an emotional bait-and-switch by suddenly revealing a more sympathetic side to their anti-heroine, falling back on one of the hoariest and most overused of movie cliches in the process. Although Aniston and other cast names will draw distrib and audience interest, this manipulatively layered “Cake” probably won’t rise to the occasion in limited theatrical play and VOD rotation.
From the opening scene of her annoyingly touchy-feely, I-respect-your-feelings support group for sufferers of chronic pain, Claire Simmons (Aniston) has the audience firmly on her side. While everyone else expresses shock and sadness over the loss of one of their own, Nina, who recently »
- Justin Chang
Toronto — Chances are that anyone who saw Daniel Barnz's "Phoebe in Wonderland" at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival has been wondering if we'd ever see "that" talented director again. In the years since, he tried to jump on the Ya wagon with the misfire "Beastly" and got terribly lost in the studio world with 2012's "Won't Back Down." He may still be a little rough around the edges, but the Barnz who showed so much promise with "Phoebe" is back with the new drama "Cake," which premiered Monday at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. And as much as "Cake" is something of a comeback for Barnz, it's really on most people's radar for being a rare dramatic turn for Jennifer Aniston, and she doesn't disappoint. We're first introduced to Aniston's character, Claire, at a chronic pain support group trying to cope with the suicide of one of their members, Nina »
- Gregory Ellwood
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