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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, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
With Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn and Taylor Kitsch reportedly set for three of the leading roles in season two of HBO’s True Detective, the hunt for the show’s female leads continues. Elisabeth Moss and Rachel McAdams were recently named as favourites, but a new report lists Seven actresses in contention.
While they could still be in the running, it seems as if creator and writer Nic Pizzolatto is casting a wide net to find the right person for the still pretty mysterious role. Here’s the full list of True Detective candidates:
Brit Marling (Another Earth), Oona Chaplin (Game of Thrones), Kelly Reilly (Flight), Jessica Biel (The A-Team), Malin Akerman (Watchmen), Jamie Alexander (Thor: The Dark World) and Rosario Dawson (Sin City).
However, a Variety reporter adds to the information in the video below by stating that McAdams and Moss are up for role of Vince Vaughn’s wife, »
- Josh Wilding
The Wrap has word of seven actresses who are trying out for a major role on True Detective this week. According to an exclusive report from writer Jeff Sneider, those auditioning for the HBO drama include: Rosario Dawson, Jessica Biel, Brit Marling and Malin Akerman. Rounding out this list of potential tryouts include the lesser-known Jaimie Alexander (Thor: The Dark World), Oona Chaplin (Game of Thrones) and Kelly Reilly (Flight).
According to Sneider, these actors will be reading for Nic Pizzolatto, the creator and screenwriter of True Detective. Sneider says that Dawson is a favourite, aided by a stellar recent track record working on Danny Boyle’s Trance, Chris Rock’s Tiff favorite Top Five and Netflix’s Daredevil series. Meanwhile, being a Puerto Rican actor in a show that takes place in California (and where all of the other rumored stars are white) could be an advantage over the other choices, »
- Jordan Adler
The Wrap reports that Jessica Biel, Malin Akerman ("Watchmen"), and Jamie Alexander ("Thor") have also emerged as strong contenders for the part. Elisabeth Moss and Rachel McAdams, who were previously rumored, are still said to be in the running.
Creator Nic Pizzolatto and HBO are reportedly set to hold another round of auditions to find the right actress out of this lot as the network needs to make a decision shortly.
Whoever wins is expected to star opposite Colin Farrell and Taylor Kitsch as the other two lead detectives in a story about a trio of law enforcement officials investigating a murder that appears to be tied to »
- Garth Franklin
Touch of Class: Ullmann’s Update of Classic Text Ultimately Lifeless
There are a scant few equals to the texts of playwright August Strindberg’s, his 1888 play Miss Julie still ranking as one of theater’s most celebrated and intelligent titles. A forerunner of a movement toward naturalism, director Liv Ullmann pares down the visual flourish which hearkens back to Strindberg’s initial contrivance. Her first film since the critically celebrated Faithless (2000), which was written by Ullmann’s longtime collaborator Ingmar Bergman, the passion that burned through that relationship drama is replaced by reserved bouts of class driven animosity. While true to the initial spirit of Strindberg’s text, the focus here is devoted nearly entirely to class issues, leaving some of the play’s more subtle motifs rather neglected. Considering the extravagant and mesmerizing 1951 version from Swedish filmmaker Alf Sjoberg, Ullmann’s adaptation is a chewy piece of meat, »
- Nicholas Bell
If you haven't seen the first season of HBO's masterful True Detective, you really need to get on that now. Unless of course you enjoy crap television; in which case please continue viewing those awful reality shows.
At any rate, the second season of True Detective is still trying to narrow in on a cast. Its looking very likely that Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn and Taylor Kitsch will appear in some capacity, there has been a lot of talk of who the female lead will be.
Early reports named Jessica Chastain, Elisabeth Moss and Rachel McAdams, but now The Wrap has a list of seven actresses that Exec Producer Nic Pizzolatto is looking at, and those ladies are not on it; however, The Wrap does note that does not mean they're out of contention for the role.
Here's the list of actresses who have been called back this week to »
- Philip Sticco
Jeff Sneider reveals the exclusive list of the seven women aiming to star in the second season of HBO's "True Detective." Creator Nic Pizzolatto and network executives are holding final auditions to make their selection for the female lead. The ladies are: Rosario Dawson ("Sin City"), Jessica Biel ("Total Recall"), Jaimie Alexander ("Thor"), Malin Akerman ("Trophy Wife"), Brit Marling ("Babylon"), Kelly Reilly ("Flight"), and Oona Chaplin ("Game of Thrones"). Rumored actresses Elisabeth Moss ("Mad Men") and Rachel McAdams ("About Time") have not been completely ruled out. The lead actress could be opposite the trio of lead men Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch, and Vince Vaughn. The Wrap -Break- Calling it an "absolute stunner," Universal Pictures is negotiating the return of lead actor Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass to the "Bourne" film series. The...' »
While Elisabeth Moss and Rachel McAdams are said to still be in the running for the female lead in Season 2 of True Detective, creator Nic Pizzolatto and HBO are having a difficult time finding just the right actress to take on the part, and are holding another round of auditions, which includes 7 other actresses, a few more well known than the others.
The network needs to make a decision soon as True Detective gears up for production and a 2015 return date. The Wrap has learned who has been invited back to read for the coveted role this week, though HBO has no comment on the casting as of yet.
True Detective Season 2 will take place in »
True Detective Season 2 already has a great male cast in place, with Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch, and Vince Vaughn all signed on for major roles. But it’s had a tougher time trying to pin down the female lead. Elisabeth Moss and Rachel McAdams have both been named as possibilities in recent weeks, but neither’s […]
- Angie Han
Elisabeth Moss and Rachel McAdam were recently reported to be the front-runners for the remaining (female) lead in True Detective season two, but it turns out the situation may be more complicated than that. Seven other names are reportedly in the mix for the remaining True Detective season two lead, and have been invited back to audition for the role for series creator/writer Nic Pizzolatto later this week.
HBO’s philosophical neo-Noir drama is an anthology series, which is why season two is going to have both a different setting and different characters than season one. Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch, and Vince Vaughn have all but officially locked down lead roles in season two, while Moss (Peggy Olson from Mad Men) and McAdams (Irene Adler from Click to continue reading ‘True Detective’ Season 2 Female Lead Shortlist Revealed
- Sandy Schaefer
With Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn and Taylor Kitsch seemingly good to go for "True Detective" season two, the one major part left to cast is the female lead. And as has been the case with nearly every movement surrounding the show, rumors are flying, and today comes a brace of new names that are apparently in the mix. But first, an update on two previously mentioned contenders. According to The Wrap, the recently rumored Elisabeth Moss and Rachel McAdams have likely had the conversations but nothing is locked in (though they could still be in play), so the door has been opened to a host of other actresses to vie for the role. So, who are they? According to the the trade, Brit Marling, Oona Chaplin, Kelly Reilly, Jessica Biel, Malin Akerman, Jaimie Alexander and Rosario Dawson are all being looked at. They believe the latter is the most likely candidate, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
"True Detective" has a woman problem.
Creator Nic Pizzolatto is still searching for "the one" - an actress for the lead role in season 2 of the acclaimed HBO drama. The Wrap reports that he's auditioning seven actresses this week.
It's quite a diverse list of women who boast a range of acting styles and looks, all looking to play Ani Bezzerides, a "tough, no-nonsense Monterey sheriff whose troubled upbringing has driven her to gambling and alcohol."
Pizzolatto has to hurry »
- Kelly Woo
Contrary to reports citing that actresses like Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) and Rachel McAdams (About Time) were close to signing deals to appear on the hotly anticipated second season of True Detective, their names do not appear on a new shortlist released by TheWrap. Today the site revealed the names of seven actresses currently vying to fill one of the series’ leading roles.
The actresses in question are, Brit Marling (The Keeping Room), Oona Chaplin (Game of Thrones), Jaimie Alexander (Thor), Kelly Reilly (Eden Lake), Malin Akerman (Watchmen), Rosario Dawson (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For) and Jessica Biel (Total Recall).
The actresses have reportedly been “invited back to read this week for the coveted role.” Moss and McAdams could very well still be in the running, but with writer/creator Nic Pizzolatto now focusing on auditioning a new group of actresses, he’s clearly taking all options into consideration. »
- James Garcia
True Detective is said to be eyeing Fast and Furious director Justin Lin to shepherd part of the second season. According to Den of Geek, Lin would direct two episodes written by True Detective creator and executive producer Nic Pizzolatto, who pens the series on his own. Pizzolatto is also said to be in the market for additional directors to help with the anthology’s sophomore season that will see a new duo in the two male leading roles. At the moment Friday night Lights’ Tyler Kitsch, Vince Vaughn and Colin Farrell are all potential candidates. Set to be in the running for the female lead role in the new season [ Read More ]
- Sarah Anne Luoma
"Kiss my shoe!" Colin Farrell reenacts critical reaction to Chastain's debut film year
This review contains 126 year-old spoilers if you’re not familiar with August Strindbergh’s one act play, which has been adapted to film frequently. The play is about the bored, lonely, and loveless daughter of a Baron, Miss Julie (Jessica Chastain) who enjoys toying with the servants, especially with John her father's valet (Colin Farrell). She flirts shamelessly even in front of his fiancé the cook (Samantha Morton) ordering him to perform sometimes demeaning and not very valet-like duties, like kissing her shoe or bringing her flowers. The story takes place in a single night in which the valet and the lady of the house will consummate their extremely uncomfortable »
- NATHANIEL R
It was the huge success of Brian de Palma’s The Untouchables back in 1987 that made Hollywood realise that vast amounts of money could be mined from a middle-aged audience by revisiting their childhood nights spent in front of the television. Fellow 1950s TV stalwart Dragnet arrived the same year to lesser acclaim – pairing Dan Aykroyd’s stoic Joe Friday against Tom Hanks’s impossibly-named Pep Streebeck – but the ball kept rolling.
In the 1990s, the ‘movie version of the classic 1960s TV show’ became a genre of its own. Some were huge hits (The Fugitive, Maverick), some spawned brand new franchises (Mission: Impossible, The Addams Family), some were absolute disasters (The Avengers, Wild Wild West). The best of them cooked up something fresh and new from the old ingredients, creating something with pan-generational appeal. If the recipe was right, there were huge dividends to reap.
Strange then that the »
- Cai Ross
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 »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Liv Ullman's film version of the August Strindberg play “Miss Julie” may be set in the 1890s, but the beautifully dark and emotionally terrifying film is filled with sentiments that sound strangely and scarily modern, including echoes of the recent theft of celebrities’ nude photos from their cellphones and iCloud accounts, as star Jessica Chastain said at the Toronto International Film Festival. At one point in the film, Chastain's title character, an emotionally unstable noblewoman, has sex with John, a servant played by Colin Farrell. The encounter is presented in a way that blurs the lines between consent and assault — and afterwards, »
- Steve Pond
The talks about casting for the upcoming season of True Detective continue as another candidate for a lead role has entered the race. The female lead role, which Elisabeth Moss was at one point being considered for, now has some stiff competition. According to a new report, Rachel McAdams is in the running for the same part that Moss has been circling for the past few weeks. The other leads, Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch, and Vince Vaughn, are soon to be set in stone although HBO »
- Graham McMorrow
By Anjelica Oswald
Some pictures headed to the Toronto International Film Festival already with a domestic distributor — such as, The Judge (Warner Bros.) and Nightcrawler (Open Road Films) — but others are hoping to garner some bids and make some deals during the 11-day festival.
Among the recent acquisitions is The Last 5 Years, which was picked up by the Weinstein Co.’s RADiUS label.
Here are 10 acquisition titles to keep an eye on as of Monday morning:
While We’re Young
Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts, along with Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried, play two sets of New York couples who become unlikely friends in Noah Baumbach’s new film. These couples have similar interests — both Stiller and Driver are documentary filmmakers — but live vastly different lifestyles. The older couple is more intune with the modern world, whereas the younger couple are into the hipster lifestyle, obsessed with vinyls and vintage. »
- Anjelica Oswald
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