Jessica Chastain might be the hardest-working woman in showbiz. She’s in a new movie — The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them — out this week, and she also just premiered Miss Julie at the Toronto Film Festival. She will be in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar in just a couple of months. Oh, and J.C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year in December. It’s strange to think that just three years ago, almost none of us knew who the heck Jessica Chastain was, and now she’s become a permanent fixture of the movie landscape, seeming to star (and give great performances) in films left and right.Of course, the actress herself would be the first to tell you that some of this is an illusion: Because she’s acted for people like Terrence Malick and Christopher Nolan, who like to take their time releasing movies, she often winds up having films come out long, »
- Bilge Ebiri
In the film, McConaughey plays Arthur Brennan, who treks into Aokigahara -- known as "The Sea of Trees" -- a mysterious dense forest at the base of Japan's Mount Fuji where people go to contemplate life and death. Thinking he’s found the perfect place to die, he encounters Takumi Nakamura (Ken Watanabe), a Japanese man who has also lost his way. The two men begin a journey of reflection and survival, which affirms Arthur's will to live and reconnects him to his love with his wife Joan (Naomi Watts).
McConaughey has previously talked about the intensity of the new film, telling Entertainment Weekly, "I say another title for this film is 'You've got to go through annihilation to get to salvation »
Brad is back from the 2014 Toronto Film Festival and it's the topic that dominates much of this episode. We're talking the best and worst of the fest, stories from the fest and Vince from FilmDrunk.com joins us to describe his first time in Toronto from a very different perspective. Brad also gives a brief review of The Drop as well as Wild before we get into some of the listener questions and comments as well as our regular assortment of games. Hope you enjoy. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. »
- Brad Brevet
Not satisfied with those images from earlier in the week that showcased Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice’s Batmobile on set in the streets of Detroit? Well, you’re in luck. For a brief clip has weaved its way online that captures the vehicle in motion during a night shoot.
The video, which comes by way of Instagram user ‘brasherj’, offers up a look at Bruce Wayne’s trusty four-wheeled companion from afar as it speeds around a corner. Also, the clip captures the roar of the engine itself, which still sounds as intimidating as you’d expect even though this is raw footage.
As we already knew, the Batmobile in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is set to be a far cry from Christopher Nolan’s tank-like tumbler; in fact, Zack Synder’s incarnation of the fan favourite is much more classical than its predecessor, opting for a sleek, »
- Michael Briers
Following his Oscar-winning performance in Dallas Buyers Club last year, Matthew McConaughey has the anticipated sci-fi drama Interstellar from director Christopher Nolan coming this fall (which could result in the actor getting yet another Oscar nod). And after that, another awards-worthy performance seems to be following next year with The Sea of Trees from Good Will Hunting director Gus Van Sant. We haven't seen footage yet, but the story follows a man who journeys into the infamous “Suicide Forest” at the foothills of Mount Fuji with the intention of killing himself. Sounds pretty powerful, right? And now we have the first photo from the film which also stars Inception and The Last Samurai actor Ken Watanabe. Here's the first photo from Gus Van Sant's The Sea of Trees from EW: The Sea of Trees is directed by Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Elephant) and written by Chris Sparling (Buried). In the film, »
- Ethan Anderton
James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain might be two of the friendliest, most jovial people in real life, but in their latest film, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, they’re in the middle of an especially unfortunate situation. They play Conor and Eleanor, a loving couple who become strangers after their marriage disintegrates. The film was originally split in two, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her in an effort to offer both perspectives on the situation, but come September 12th, we’ll get a combination of the two, Them. In honor of the film’s release, we got the opportunity to sit down with McAvoy and Chastain to talk about the process of making the two movies and then see them turned into one. We also discuss McAvoy’s improvising skills, X-Men: Apocalypse, if the way they work changes when moving from one director »
- Perri Nemiroff
The ranks of female film directors are about to swell a little more, as Katie Holmes confirms her plan to helm the upcoming adaptation of the debut novel from Annie Weatherwax – All We Had. The script is being written by Josh Boone (Stuck In Love, The Fault In Our Stars), with Holmes starring and pulling producer duties alongside Jane Rosenthal (Little Fockers) and Berry Welsh (NYC 22).
The story is described as ‘wry and sharply observed’ by publishers Simon And Schuster, and centres on a mother and 13 year old daughter, who find themselves existing on the verge of poverty in small town America, after their old life implodes. Holmes will play the role of the mother, but there is no news yet on wider casting.
While this news will almost certainly be met in many quarters with derision, it is important to note that, of late, Holmes has finally begun to come into her own. »
- Sarah Myles
Toronto — If it's September, not only is it fall film festival time, but it's also time for the return of the Contender Countdown. Yes, your weekly snapshot of the Best Picture race is back and who knew 2014 might actually deliver another real race? By this point last season, the showdown between "12 Years a Slave" and "Gravity" was well under way. There were some films on the horizon that had a chance at joining the fray, but it never really came to pass. The 2015 season is markedly different. Venice, Telluride and Toronto have ended with only two major contenders having been vetted by pundits and audiences alike, "The Imitation Game" and "Birdman." Neither is the frontrunner yet, although the former may jump into the lead fairly quickly. Toronto's major honor, the People's Choice Award, will be announced on Sunday. Over the past six years three winners went on to win the Best Picture Oscar ("Slumdog Millionaire, »
- Gregory Ellwood
Filmmaker and legendary special-effects guru Douglas Trumbull gave a special demonstration at the Toronto Film Festival, screening 10 minutes of Ufotog, his high-intensity, 3-D immersive work-in-progress that he filmed at 120 frames per second. Most Hollywood movies are filmed and projected at 24 frames per second, the industry standard for almost 100 years, even though digital camera and projector technology has opened the door for much greater speeds. In 2012, Peter Jackson filmed The Hobbit at 48 frames per second—and though the film grossed more than a billion around the globe, many viewers flinched at the film’s “soap-opera” look.
Trumbull, who famously worked with »
- Jeff Labrecque
Drop your buzzword "McConnaissance" all you like, Matthew McConaughey’s about to make some art. From Richard Linklater’s "Bernie" in 2011 (or even arguably the deliciously good/bad B-movie "The Lincoln Lawyer") to present day, McConaughey hasn’t stepped into a bad role. In fact, all of them have been good, if not great. Turns with William Friedkin, Steven Soderbergh, Martin Scorsese and Cary Joji Fukunaga have all been stellar. And a film with Christopher Nolan is coming this fall as a kind of cherry on top of all his success. But his next project, with Gus Van Sant, sounds a lot more minimalist, philosophical and lyrical. Titled “Sea Of Trees,” in what sounds like a existential two-hander, McConaughey stars as a suicidal American on his way to die who befriends a Japanese man lost in a dense, mysterious forest near Mt. Fuji, and the two search for a way out. »
- Edward Davis
It's that time again, when I ask you which film didn't fulfill your hopes and expectations. In 2012, the majority of the votes went to Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises and last year, Shane Black's Iron Man 3 received the most votes. Which film will it be this year? Please remember, do not vote for a film that you haven't seen yet. Also, do not vote for the film that you thought was the worst, unless you were truly disappointed with it based on your expectations. As for me, I'll briefly share with you the three films from 2014 so far that I found to be most disappointing - in no particular order. I'll start with Transcendence, a film directed by first-time director Wally Pfister - Nolan's longtime cinematographer. My expectations were incredibly high as I had expected some of that Nolan magic might've rubbed off on Pfister but »
Now, that's a ride!After a series of unauthorized photos of Batman's wheels from the set surfaced online, Zack Snyder took to Twitter to share an official photo of the Batmobile from the upcoming "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice." "Here’s a real picture of the #Batmobile," the director captioned the pic of Caped Crusader's car.Snyder's version definitely looks part Christopher Nolan, part Tim Burton -- pulling elements from both vehicles.Even though we got a partial look at the car in the first shots of Ben Affleck in costume, this is a much better photo of the vehicle -- complete with guns and lights. The highly-anticipated flick doesn't come out until March 25th, 2016, but Snyder has been sharing photos from the set to tide fans over. Back in May, he posted a sneak peek photo of Affleck as Batman, writing, "I shot this with my @Leica_Camera M Monochrom. »
- tooFab Staff
I ran into Elvis Mitchell in Toronto, where the former Nyt critic with the hairstyle that always fills me with envy is beginning to figure out what films will play the inaugural Greenwich International Film Festival next June 4-7 in the picturesque Connecticut town. Mitchell, already the curator of Film Independent at Lacma and host of NPR’s The Treatment, just recently took the job as the festival’s Marquee Director. I ask Elvis, since you can throw a dart at a calendar and hit a film festival going on somewhere, what’s the point of yet another?
“It’s a fair question,” he said. “The most interesting film festivals are the ones that create a personal stamp. Like, Toronto is the most democratic of festivals, where you buy your ticket and don’t feel like you’re amidst the invading forces as in Sundance and Cannes. All of the good festivals feel distinctive. »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Over the past few days several set pictures featuring the new Batmobile from Zack Snyder's Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice began sprouting up on Instagram and Twitter, but now the director has revealed an official first look at the vigilante's not-so-road-approved tank. Clearly inspired by the Tumbler in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy by way of Austin Powers, "I want a giant freaking gun on the front." In all seriousness though, it looks cool enough and I can see Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) rocking this thing down the street, making due with whatever destruction comes of it. Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters on March 25, 2016. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is the highly anticipated action adventure from director Zack Snyder, starring Henry Cavill in the role of Clark Kent/Superman, and Ben Affleck as BruceWayne/Batman. The film also stars Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, »
- Brad Brevet
Nice wheels. After several unofficial on-set photo of the Batmobile circulated online Wednesday, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder decided to tweet "a real picture" of iconic vehicle. Snyder's trusted photographer Clay Enos also commented on the leaked images, tweeting, "iPhone photography is great but some things deserve more. (Nikon D800 Iso 500 24mm f/11 1/25th sec)." A glimpse of the Batmobile was shown in May when Snyder provided the first look at Ben Affleck in costume as the Caped Crusader. It's the first new model since 2005's Batman Begins, the first in director Christopher Nolan's trilogy of films. Snyder's version of the vehicle apparently blends »
Joining his cast is none other than Jessica Chastain, herself having risen to prominence over the past few years, with her 2011 features The Tree of Life and Take Shelter followed by roles in films such as Zero Dark Thirty, Mama, and the upcoming features A Most Violent Year and Crimson Peak.
The film itself, titled The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, revolves around an American movie star who secretly corresponds with an 11-year-old in England, and Chastain will be playing the editor-in-chief of a gossip magazine. Chastain can be seen next in theatres in the Christopher Nolan film Interstellar, while Xavier Dolan’s Mommy will be opening in wide release in Canada later this month, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
With the announcement of a new Batmobile via some leaked photos and then Zack Synder’s Twitter account, we at Flickering Myth decided to look at the various incarnations of the The Dark Knight’s most iconic of accessories….
The Batmobile first debuted in DC Comics’ Batman #27, a red convertible with nothing overly special in its functionality. But in an interesting piece of trivia, the term “Batmobile” was not used until Detective Comics #48 in 1941.
Moving into the live action realm on our list is one of the most well-loved looks for people of “a certain age” of the Batmobile, courtesy of the 1966 Batman TV series starring Adam West and Burt Ward as the dynamic duo. With great gadgets like an anti-theft switch, Bat Beam, Mobile Batcomputer and the Emergency Bat-turn lever, this version of the Batmobile is well respected and has been used by many as their transport on their wedding days. »
- Luke Owen
Earlier this week photos started to surface of the new Batmobile, the one that will eventually appear in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice." (When you're shooting outdoors on public streets, chances are that photos of a giant armored vehicle will get out.) Well, Warner Bros and DC have decided to one-up these leaked photos by unleashing the first photo of the new Batmobile in all of its high-tech glory.
When "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" director Zack Snyder first teased the new iteration of the iconic vehicle, we noted that it looked like a cross between the more classic Batmobile design (last seen in the two Tim Burton "Batman" movies) and the militarized "Tumbler" design from Christopher Nolan's recent "Dark Knight" trilogy. But the actual design is far, far crazier.
To us, it looks like there were six designs of the new Batmobile and Snyder said, "Do I have to choose one? »
- Drew Taylor
Director Zack Snyder is currently filming "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" in Detroit, where the Batmobile was recently spotted. Even though Snyder already released two teaser photos of the vehicle many months ago, all the leaked shots apparently prompted him to show fans an official look at the Batmobile. It looks like a combination of Christopher Nolan's Tumbler and the Batmobile from Tim Burton's 1989 "Batman" film. There are also similarities to the Batmobile from "Arkham Knight." Check out the photo below. "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" is set to hit theaters on March 25th, 2016. Photo: (click to enlarge) »
Just last night we were swooning over our first proper look at the wheels Ben Affleck’s Dark Knight would be sitting behind for the upcoming Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. Thanks to covert snaps taking on the film’s Detroit set, we discovered the Batmobile in question was sleek but well equipped, a cross between a Bruce Wayne-friendly sportscar and the tank-like vehicle driven in the classic Frank Miller comic The Dark Knight Returns. Well, not a few short hours after we’d all gotten in such a tizzy did Warner Bros give the okay for our first actually official look at the new Batmobile, with photographer Clay Enos stating “iPhone photography is great but some things deserve better.” Zack Snyder was even more upfront about combatting the leak, tweeting the pic with: “Here’s a real picture of the Batmobile”.
He’s right you know. »
- Tom Baker
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