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Do you want to do something different with New Year's Eve this year? Forget the noisemakers, party hats, and Prosecco (Oh, you actually do Champagne? Well, sorry, Mr. Rockefeller) and go see a crime drama starring Llewyn Davis and Jessica Chastain with bangs! All Is Lost's J.C. Chandor (no relation to Jc Chasez) directs Chastain and Oscar Isaac in A Most Violent Year, a thriller about an immigrant and his family in New York City during the winter of 1981 (one of the most violent years in NYC's history). The film opens on December 31, so if you hear people talking, they're probably just counting down. »
- Jesse David Fox
A Most Violent Year will expand nationwide throughout January 2015. It is understood the film will compete in all categories including Chastain in lead categories.
Chandor directed from his screenplay about the travails of an immigrant family in New York during winter 1981, statistically one of the most violent years in the city’s history.
Chandor’s All Is Lost opened in 2013 and earned a number of awards. »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
J.C. Chandor is definitely on the rise, with a surprising amount of people favoring his dark horse Robert Redford film All Is Lost over Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity juggernaut in last year's "solo and in peril" sweepstakes. And A Most Violent Year definitely looks like it could be the film that really solidifies his place on the map. The film is set in New York in 1981 and revolves around “an American immigrant (Oscar Isaac) and his wife (Jessica Chastain) trying to expand their business as violence and corruption threaten to destroy all they have built.” A24 has just released a trailer for the film that's incredibly intense and foreboding and surprisingly successful in making you feel like you know these characters already. Oscar Isaac is such a chameleon, I had to look twice to make sure this was in fact the same Isacc from Inside Llewyn Davis. And of course »
- Evan Dickson
“A Most Violent Year” is set in New York City during the winter of 1981 — one of the most violent years in the city’s history. The film follows the lives of an immigrant family trying to expand their business and capitalize on opportunities amid violence, decay and corruption.
A24 acquired the rights early this year. Image Nation Abu Dhabi are co-financing “A Most Violent Year,” which is produced by Before The Door’s Neal Dodson and Washington Square Films’ Anna Gerb, along with Chandor.
A24 also released a teaser trailer for “A Most Violent Year.”
- Dave McNary
J.C. Chandor's “A Most Violent Year” starring Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain joins the Oscar race with a Dec. 31 release date in New York and Los Angeles, with plans to roll out wide in January 2015. Set during in crime-ridden New York in 1981, the film follows the lives of an immigrant and his family as they attempt to capitalize on the American Dream while rampant violence, decay, and corruption threaten to destroy all they have built. Also read: Oscar Isaac in Talks to Replace Javier Bardem in J.C. Chandor's ‘A Most Violent Year’ Albert Brooks co-stars in the film, »
- Gina Hall
Oscar campaigns are laid out months in advances, and as we discussed on our recent podcast, some awards season psychics like to set up the narrative far in advance, even if a lot can change. Those prognosticators better get ready, because the first trailer for J.C. Chandor's "A Most Violent Year" is here, and it looks like strong stuff. The latest from the director behind "Margin Call" and "All Is Lost" is led by Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain, telling the story of an immigrant and his family trying to expand their business amidst the rampant violence, decay, and corruption during one of the most violent years in New York City's history. The film looks to be a pretty fascinating look at the cost of ambition, and the cinematography by Bradford Young ("Ain't Them Bodies Saints") looks pretty damn impressive. "A Most Violent Year" arrives in limited release on »
- Kevin Jagernauth
A24 has slotted a December 31 release date for J.C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year. The pic will open in NYC and Los Angeles on that date, then expand nationally. Chandor is currently completing the film starring Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain for A24, FilmNation and Participant Media. A Most Violent Year, co-financed by Participant and Image Nation Abu Dhabi, takes place in New York in 1981, a year in which the city had one of its highest tallies of violent crime. An immigrant and his family are trying to grow a business and their ambition collides with the crime element. Check out the trailer:
A24 made its biggest purchase to date with the pickup of A Most Violent Year at Sundance, where it acquired domestic distribution rights from Participant Media ahead of its production start. The plan even then was to release the film wide during 2014’s awards season, as »
- The Deadline Team
A Most Violent Year, director J.C. Chandor’s film about a successful New York businessman whose quest for the American Dream is punctured by the gritty realities of 1981 New York, will open Dec. 31 and qualify for this year’s Oscar’s races.
Oscar Isaac plays Abel, the idealistic and well-intentioned gas businessman whose growing profits bump up against the New York underworld. His wife, Anna (Jessica Chastain), has some family connections who might be able to lend him some muscle. Albert Brooks also stars.
The film, distributed by A24, will expand nationally in January. It’s Chandor’s third film, »
- Jeff Labrecque
Lots of questions have been surrounding J.C. Chandor's "All is Lost" follow-up "A Most Violent Year" this season, but we've been telling you to chill out, it's coming, etc. The sound mix has been moving along this month and it's being primed for a big winter bow. Now it has a date: Dec. 31. A platform release in January is expected to follow. A24 is getting it in right under the wire. I still wouldn't rule out, say, an AFI Fest premiere to get the ball rolling, though. They're going to want to screen the heck out of this thing before all the late drops that are still unfinished — "Unbroken," "American Sniper," "Into the Woods," etc. — come out swinging. I suppose a New York Film Festival spot is possible, but the whole "secret screening" game seemed to hit the skids there last year and if anything, I might watch for "Fury" to play that card, »
- Kristopher Tapley
A24 has announced a release date for J.C. Chandor's film A Most Violent Year, setting up the drama to hit theaters just under the wire for an awards qualifying run. The film from the All Is Lost director will hit theaters in New York and Los Angeles on Dec. 31 and then expand nationally throughout Jan. 2015. A24 also released a new teaser trailer and poster (see below) for the film, which stars Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain and Albert Brooks. Set in New York City during the winter of 1981 (statistically one of the most violent years in the
- Rebecca Ford
A new photo is out of Alicia Vikander in the upcoming sci-fi feature "Ex Machina". "28 Days Later" and "Sunshine" writer Alex Garland scribe makes his directorial debut on the film which also stars Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson.
Isaac plays a billionaire programmer who picks a young employee (Gleeson) to help him test out an A.I.-driven, female robot (Vikander) on his estate. No word on a release date as yet. [Source: The Playlist]
Broad Green Pictures has closed a $3 million deal for the U.S. rights to the high-profile Toronto Film Festival title "99 Homes". Broad Green will reportedly release it next spring and try for Oscar season 2015
Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon star in Ramin Bahrani's film about an evicted construction worker who ultimately goes to work for the real-estate broker who forced his family out of their home. [Source: Deadline]
Production has officially begun on "Vacation," the »
- Garth Franklin
Traditionally speaking, January is considered the dumping ground in cinematic circles; a proverbial graveyard in which studios send projects that are deemed to be not up to scratch. Films such as Contraband and The Devil Inside are perhaps the most notable examples of late, but with the wholly rebooted The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Paul Thomas Andreson’s Inherent Vice and Ex Machina on course to release in January, 2015, this year could very well be the exception.
The latter of which is certainly one that’s peaked our interest. Coming by way of Alex Garland — British screenwriter behind 28 Days Later and 2012’s beloved Dredd reboot — Ex Machina is an existential thriller that centres around artificial intelligence and, thanks to Swedish website Moviezine, we now have our first look at Alicia Vikander’s A.I. character.
Ex Machina also stars two actors that currently have roles in another in-development sci-fi that goes »
- Michael Briers
★★★★☆Hossein Amini's The Two Faces of January (2014), based on the Patricia Highsmith novel of the same name, is an atmospheric thriller set in Greece and Turkey during the early 1960s. Chester MacFarland (Viggo Mortensen) and his glamorous wife Collette, (Kirsten Dunst) are holidaying in Athens when they run into Rydal (Oscar Isaac), a young, Greek-speaking American working as a tour guide. Rydal, we discover, likes to con clients unsure of the lingo or local currency. He doesn't even draw the line at short-changing his date, American tourist Lauren (Daisy Bevan). However, Rydal finds he's met his match when he becomes entangled in the shady affairs of Chester, who's on the run for selling fake shares in the Us.
- CineVue UK
A movie we hoped would appear somewhere on the fall festival slate—it seemed like a no brainer for Tiff's Midnight Madness or Austin's Fantastic Fest—"Ex Machina" continues to be one that intrigues us. Not only because it marks the directorial debut of "28 Days Later," "The Beach" and "Sunshine" writer Alex Garland, but also because it rounds up Oscar Isaac, Alicia Vikander and Domhnall Gleeson to lead the movie. The first image arrived this spring, and now a tantalizing new look has dropped. Moviezine has uncovered this latest look, which is an eye-popping peek at Vikander's robot character. And the movie's premise has some real potential for a great sci-fi tale, following a billionaire programmer (Isaac) who picks a young employee (Gleeson) to help him test out an AI-driven, female robot (Vikander) on his estate. Again, no word yet on when we'll see it, but the movie is already »
- Kevin Jagernauth
From the moment Adam Driver stepped into the Star Wars: Episode VII rumor mill, there was talk about him playing a villain and we’ve been running with that idea ever since. However, a photo just surfaced of Driver in costume on set that suggests otherwise. Hit the jump to find out what Driver was donning on set, but be aware; there are some spoilers in this article. Star Wars: Episode VII is due in theaters on December 18, 2015 and also stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Gwendoline Christie, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong’o, Miltos Yerolemou and Max von Sydow. The images come from Rick Lawrence’s Facebook page (via Star Wars 7 News) and while they are a little blurry, it does look as though that’s Driver donning an X-Wing pilot uniform. Does that mean »
- Perri Nemiroff
Duncan Jones has apparently been out of the loop for awhile, working on a tiny little indie project you’ve probably never heard of. So he didn’t know that Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are adapting the comic book Preacher into a series for AMC. When he asked Ain’t It Cool News’ Eric Vespe a question about the project on Twitter, Rogen jumped in to offer him the director’s chair. Jones accepted the offer, and things spiraled from there. I really can’t wait for the episode set on the Millennium Falcon. Here’s how the exchange went down.
@EricVespe @Sethrogen @evandgoldberg Are they doing it as TV or film?
— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) September 12, 2014
@ManMadeMoon @EricVespe @evandgoldberg TV show for AMC. Wanna direct some episodes? (I should note that we haven't finished a pilot script)
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) September 12, 2014
Jones had a little fun before giving an apparently earnest answer. »
- Mily Dunbar
There are certain styles of cinema that what a bygone age, classics that you’d not expect to be recreated because modern movie making has changed, whether that is a positive or negative thing. The Two Faces of January is somewhat of a surprise because instead of being a modern thriller it looks back to the styles of directors like Hitchcock and stylistically could easily with such classics as Strangers on a Train; fitting as both are written by author Patricia Highsmith.
The Two Faces of January is the tale of Rydal (Oscar Isaac) an American tour guide working in Athens. Aligning himself with Colette (Kirsten Dunst) and Chester MacFarland (Viggo Mortensen) an American couple, they seem to be an easy way to make a quick buck. »
- Paul Metcalf
(Cbr) It’s well established by now that J.J. Abrams frequently casts childhood friend Greg Grunberg in television and film projects, ranging from "Felicity" and "Alias" to "Lost" and "Star Trek." So it’s to be expected for fans to wonder whether the "Heroes" veteran might appear in the Abrams movie everyone’s speculating about — "Star Wars: Episode VII." The answer, perhaps, is just as expected. Asked on Twitter, “Hey, is it pretty safe to say that you’re gonna have a minor cameo in 'Episode VII' like all of his other movies #luckycharm?” Grunberg replied, “Yes @smgulz it Is safe to assume I have a role in #StarWarsEpisodeVII – If I say more than that, Jj will have me killed.” Grunberg joins a cast that includes "Star Wars" veterans Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker, and franchise newcomers John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, »
- TJ Dietsch, Comic Book Resources
The race for Oscar is akin to a political campaign, and the first three Fall film festivals have made a significant impact on all the major races. Consider that Venice, Telluride and Toronto take place within three weeks of each other and you have a huge indicator of how the season will progress. With that in mind, here are eight major takeaways that are still buzzing in our heads as the Oscar race begins. "The Imitation Game" just got a huge head start. Harvey's had a tough year at the box office. He isn't going to have a tough year with Oscar. "The Imitation Game" was the hit of Telluride and took the People's Choice Award at Toronto (something The Weinstein Company movies seem to have an awful amount of luck with). It's not quite the slam dunk that "The King's Speech" or "The Artist" were because it "appears »
- Gregory Ellwood
First of all, something of an apology. I have been writing this column thinking that every single title due for release the following Monday would of course be released via some kind of pay to stream service. Of course it would, we are living in the future, and this is how things are done isn’t it?
Apparently not, last week I included Jeremy Saulnier’s much loved Blue Ruin in the pay to stream section and then it didn’t come out the way I thought it might. Turns out that some companies still have a fairly limited release pattern so Blue Ruin was released by channel 4’s DVD label and appeared on DVD and Blu but didn’t show up to stream on any of the major providers, not even Sky Store or Playstation Network.
So turns out that being a channel 4 release, you can of course rent »
- Chris Holt
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