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Jessica Chastain wants to be in a comic book movie. She's come close in the past, as she was offered the role of Maya Hansen in Iron Man 3, but she unfortunately had to pass on that opportunity, letting the part go to Rebecca Hall instead. The reported reasoning behind the decision was that she had a scheduling conflict, but judging some recent remarks from the actress, a case could be made that she turned down the role for other reasons. The Oscar nominee recently sat down for an interview with The Guardian and revealed that she is fighting for the chance to be in a superhero movie, but that she doesn.t want to get stuck in just some minor supporting role. Said Chastain, "A couple of times I.ve gotten really close. The problem is, if I do a superhero movie, I don.t want to be the girlfriend. »
Over the years, we’ve seen the superhero genre grow and change significantly, as superhero films aren’t just some of the biggest moneymakers at the box office, but they’re starting to be taken more seriously not just by the audience, but by Hollywood talent and studio executives as well.
Actors didn’t take comic book movie roles very seriously in the past (like Pierce Brosnan, who passed on the opportunity to play Batman), but that’s all changed in the last few years as more and more superhero films are becoming populated by award-winning talent. The Dark Knight trilogy was jam packed with Academy Award-winning actors, while Marvel has slowly been expanding their resume to include legendary Hollywood stars like Robert Redford (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) and Michael Douglas (Ant-Man) to go along with the handful of award-nominated cast members they already have. The studio is even »
- James Garcia
(Cbr) Jessica Chastain has already said she’d like to see Scarlett Johansson’s "Black Widow," and now the two-time Oscar nominee has gone on the record about her desire of another superhero movie starring another talented actress — herself! Chastain tells The Guardian she “would love to do a superhero movie,” and even wanted to play Black Widow once upon a time. She’s flirted with the genre before, almost appearing in "Iron Man 3" as Maya Hansen, a role that ultimately went to Rebecca Hall. However, Chastain says that while she’s interested in appearing in a superhero film, she has one very important caveat: She wants to be the superhero. “The problem is, if I do a superhero movie, I don’t want to be the girlfriend,” she said. “I don’t want to be the daughter. I want to wear a fucking cool costume with a scar on my face, »
- Josh Wigler, Comic Book Resources
Jessica Chastain has said that she is eager to star in a superhero movie.
"I would love to do a superhero movie!" she told The Guardian. "I would have loved to have played Black Widow."
Chastain was briefly attached to play Iron Man 3's Maya Hansen, a part that eventually went to Rebecca Hall. The star added that she would only sign up for a comic book film if the role was more substantial than just "the girlfriend".
"A couple of times I've gotten really close," she commented. "The problem is, if I do a superhero movie, I don't want to be the girlfriend. I don't want to be the daughter.
"I want to wear a f**king cool costume with a scar on my face, with fight scenes. »
You may know him as ever-so-nice Matthew Crawley from Downton Abbey but hes turned into an all-American badass for new film The Guest. Dan Stevens will be joining us at 11.20am BST on Wednesday 3 September to answer your questions so what do you want to ask him?
No more Mr Nice Guy: Viv Groskops recent interview
As unlikely transformations go, its up there with Helen Mirren kicking ass in Red or Selena Gomez as a bikini-clad robber in Spring Breakers. Dan Stevens, best known for his turn as charming and gentle Matthew Crawley in Downton Abbey, is now ripped, bearded, sexy and maybe a little bit evil in gritty new thriller The Guest. He plays a war veteran visiting the family of a fallen comrade but it quickly becomes unclear whether hes a benevolent friend or an unpredictable thug. Downtons world of sugar tongs and forelock-tugging has never been so far away. »
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We know some of your are waiting for Netflix, so if you still haven't seen Iron Man 3 yet, you may want to stop reading, because this story contains Major Spoilers.
One of the lingering mysteries left by Iron Man 3 is the true identity of the evil Mandarin. In the film, Ben Kingsley plays Trevor Slattery, an actor pretending to be the most dangerous terrorist in the entire world. He is soon discovered to be working as a media smokescreen for Aldrich Killian. The character went onto appear in Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King, where he is incarcerated with a group of true sycophants. He is eventually blasted out of jail by a minion of the 'real' Mandarin. But who is the 'real' Mandarin?
In fact, he »
★★☆☆☆From former Christopher Nolan cinematographer Wally Pfister and packing an all-star cast, there were plenty of reasons to be excited about Transcendence (2014). Sadly, the end result is a disappointing mess of a movie which fails to deliver on its strong premise. Transcendence follows Will Caster (Johnny Depp), one of the leading minds in artificial intelligence research along with his wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall). That makes them the target of anti-tech extremists, and an assassination attempt leaves Will wounded and dying from a radioactive bullet. With time running out, Evelyn and colleague Max (Paul Bettany) hatch a desperate plan to upload Will's consciousness into a sentient A.I. construct.
- CineVue UK
To mark the release of Transcendence on 25th August, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray.
Sci-fi thriller directed by Wally Pfister and starring Johnny Depp. Dr. Will Caster (Depp) is one of the leading scientists in the world due to his pioneering work in creating sentient artificial intelligence. However, with fame and success comes the attention of a technophobic extremist group seeking to put an end to his work before he creates something beyond human control. When Caster is shot by a member of the group and falls victim to radiation poisoning, there is no hope for his survival. With the help of his wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) and friend Max (Paul Bettany) he decides to continue his latest project by linking his mind with that of the computer and creating technology more intelligent than the collective capability of the entire human race. While his earthly body dies, »
Despite Pirates of the Caribbean being one of Disney’s biggest cash cow franchises, getting the fifth installment, Dead Men Tell No Tales, off the ground has been hard to accomplish. Kon Tiki directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg are attached to helm the film, with Johnny Depp confirmed to reprise the role of Captain Jack Sparrow, but the film has been delayed several times, and is now eyeing a 2017 release date, six years after the previous installment, On Stranger Tides.
Mega producer Jerry Bruckheimer has been saying that the film will begin production in early 2015, and a new report seems to back that up. According to Inside Film, Walt Disney Pictures is currently negotiating with the government of Australia to receive a 30% incentive to shoot “a big budget feature” in the country.
THR suggests that the “big budget feature” in question is actually 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, but the »
- James Garcia
Chicago – The Internet is for real in “Transcendence”, a B-movie with grade-a production quality, loaded with terabyte-size open-ended questions, so long as one can accept it lastly with a scientific mindset. It is a film that perceives technology to be more expansive than a box of wires and computer chips, and actualizes the expanse of the internet as limitless to the realm of spiritual.
Like the notion of titling a wide-released movie “Heaven Is for Real”, the experience of “Transcendence” depends on believing in the possibility of the film’s philosophies, and through a mostly meditative state about what an internet connection can really achieve. Its hyper reality is to be accepted, do-or-discard. For some, it will play off as glossy Ed Wood, but for those who choose to roll with its prophesying, “Transcendence” will challenge and intrigue by raising questions beyond the usual blockbuster scope.
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To mark the release of A Promise on 4th August, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on DVD.
Set in Germany at the outbreak of World War I, A Promise centres on Charlotte Hoffmeister (Rebecca Hall) a married woman who falls in love with Friedrich Zeitz (Richard Madden), a protégé of her husband Karl Hoffmeister (Alan Rickman).
Bound by duty and divided by the impending war, the young lovers pledge their devotion to each other in spite of what their future holds.
A passionate and romantic drama about forbidden love, A Promise marks the English language debut of acclaimed French director, Patrice Leconte and is based on the classic novel ‘Journey into the Past’ by Austrian author Stefan Zwieg (famed for the film adaptations of Letter From An Unknown Woman and The Grand Budapest Hotel).
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When a terrorist lorry bomb wipes out 120 people in London's Borough Market, the British security forces quickly seize a chief suspect. However, his trial could reveal sensitive information so it's split into two - one part taking place in open court and the other in closed session. Barrister Martin Rose (Eric Bana) gets the public hearing while his fellow counsel - and former lover - Claudia (Rebecca Hall) gets the behind-closed-doors division. »
This dreary, drippy period romance is sorely lacking in juicy melodrama and some sizzle among supposed stifled lovebirds. I’m “biast” (pro): love the cast
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
A period romance with Alan Rickman and Rebecca Hall? Oh goody! I thought. What could go wrong? Almost everything, it transpires. Major problem: by the time this dreary, drippy would-be melodrama gets to the titular promise, there’s not enough movie left to do it the sort of heart-rending justice it needs to be as tragically romantic as we’re intended to take it as.
See, Friedrich Zeitz (Richard Madden: Game of Thrones) is the new engineer-slash-clerk at the steel factory in 1912 Germany, and has caught the eye of ailing tycoon-owner Karl Hoffmeister (Rickman: Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Gambit), who takes the »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Dutiful wife Lotte Hoffmeister (Rebecca Hall) find herself drawn to young steel works engineer Friederich (Richard Madden) when he is brought under the wing of her older, industrialist husband Karl (Alan Rickman). However, their love is tested when Friederich is sent abroad to oversee a Mexican mine and the arrival of World War 1 means puts paid to a swift reunion. French director Patrice Leconte - in his first English language movie - adapts Stefan Zweig's sensual novella Journey into the Past. »
Across the illustrious career of French auteur Patrice Leconte, he’s won a BAFTA, been nominated for two others – he has multiple Golden Bear, Palme d’Or and Golden Lion nominations, not to mention the two César wins in his home nation. So, if you were to throw Alan Rickman and Rebecca Hall into the mix for his latest production A Promise, you’re on to a winner, right? Wrong.
Set in Germany in the years leading up towards the First World War, Rickman and Hall play aristocratic husband and wife Karl and Lotte Hoffmeister, respectively, who welcome the former’s ambitious new work colleague Friedrich Zeitz (Richard Madden) into their home. Though within just a few days, the guest discovers he has strong feelings for his employer’s wife, and while she feels exactly the same way, they remain reluctant to act upon it. However when Friedrich is ushered »
- Stefan Pape
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Heaven Is for Real (drama; Greg Kinnear, Kelly Reilly; rated PG) Sabotage (action; Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, Joe Manganiello, Josh Holloway, Terrence Howard; rated R) Transcendence (sci-fi; Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Cillian Murphy, Morgan Freeman; rated PG-13) The Single Moms Club (Tyler Perry-directed comedy; Nia Long, Amy Smart; rated PG-13) Cesar Chavez (drama; Michael Peña, America Ferrera; rated PG-13...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
In a shocking and dispiriting turn of events, Wally Pfister, the talented cinematographer of Inception, The Dark Knight and practically every other Christopher Nolan film, chose Transcendence, surely one of the most jaw-droppingly brainless sci-fi movies in years, as his first directing gig. And Pfister will hopefully get out just about unscathed from this agonizing trainwreck, because his consistently stylish and visually pleasing direction is the only reason Transcendence should get any stars.
But I still must ask, what was he thinking? How is it possible that an Academy Award winner who worked on one of the best and most thoughtful sci-fi films of the last decade could have looked at the story of Transcendence and thought, “Yup, sounds good”? I can’t think of a wannabe blockbuster in recent memory that has ever been as gruesomely mauled to death by its script as Transcendence – after learning that screenwriter Jack Paglen »
- Isaac Feldberg
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
What's It About? Jude Law dons impressive chops and gold teeth to play a sleazy
safecracker fresh out of jail. Dom took the fall without ratting out his boss (Demián Bichir), and now it's time to pay the piper. Richard E. Grant co-stars as his best friend, whom Dom enlists on his quest to get paid. Emilia Clarke (the mother of dragons!) plays Dom's estranged daughter, Evelyn.
Why We're In: We love darkly funny crime thrillers, and it's cool to see Jude Law back in action.
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
The Essential Jacques Demy (Criterion)
What's It About? This box set comes with the most beloved movies by the French auteur: "Lola," "Bay of Angels," "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg," "The Young Girls of Rochefort," "Donkey Skin," and "Une Chambre en Ville."
Why We're In: In addition to the digital restorations of these delightful classics, »
- Jenni Miller
"This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is Thor. This is the Thor of the Marvel Universe." So ran this week's statement from Marvel Comics, announcing that hammer-wielding Norse god Thor will be female in a new comic series. While a number of reactions from fans and industry folk have been dead on, others have been predictably hostile.
Coupled with the imminent release of Guardians of the Galaxy, which is the first Marvel Studios movie to date with a female screenwriter, this announcement has reignited an ever-brewing debate about women in superhero movies. More to the point, the lack thereof.
After Black Widow proved to be more or less second lead in Captain America: The Winter Soldier earlier this year, many were hoping that Marvel would finally bite the bullet and announce a standalone movie for Scarlett Johansson as part of their Phase Three plans. »
The fine track record that Seattle filmmaker Lynn Shelton had established with “Humpday” and “Your Sister’s Sister” met a speed bump “Touchy Feely,” which attracted mixed reviews. (Here's Toh's interview with Shelton and star Rosemarie DeWitt.) Her latest title “Laggies" was scooped up by A24 at Sundance and marks a return to form. Significantly, "Laggies" is the first Shelton film based on someone else's writing, in this case Andrea Siegel. No question Sam Rockwell marks an improvement over originally cast Paul Rudd, while Keira Knightley eventually replaced Rebecca Hall. Check out the first trailer, which showcases another mix of fish-out-of-water tropes and angst-ridden adults. Megan, 28, (Keira Knightley) enjoys hanging out with Annika (Chloë Grace Moretz), 16, who she meets outside her old high school at a class reunion gone wrong. After her boring boyfriend (Marc Webber) proposes, Megan escapes from her life by shacking »
- Anne Thompson and Nick Newman
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