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As if things couldn't be going any better for Xavier Dolan. The future is so bright for this kid that he's gotta wear shades. Hot out of Cannes with the Jury Prize for his sensational "Mommy," the wunderkind now has Oscar glory in his sights. Canada has selected "Mommy" to be their official Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film. Of course, it's a long road from submission to nomination, but right now Dolan is very, very hot. He's already lining up his his English language debut, "The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan," with Jessica Chastain to star. And while there is considerable buzz, of all the branches, the Foreign Language branch can be pretty unpredictable at times, so it'll be interesting to see if Dolan's cachet carries weight with that crowd. "Mommy" opens today in Quebec. If you live in Montreal, you can see the film avec sous-titres en anglais. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
So...how about a new trailer, Warner Bros.? All week, the studio has been dropping new posters for Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar," a movie we believe could factor into the Oscar race if it turns out to be as good as we think it might. Anyway, until we actually see the thing, this poster will have to suffice. And...spoilers? Probably not, but it looks like Matthew McConaughey and his astronaut crew leave Earth and land on a very watery new world, one that they hope will be humanity's salvation. That's right, because back home, the soil has been ravaged, food is scarce and things are looking grim, so it's up to a canny band of explorers to set things right. Co-starring Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Ellen Burstyn, John Lithgow, Michael Caine, Casey Affleck, Wes Bentley, Bill Irwin, Mackenzie Foy, and David Gyasi, "Interstellar" arrives on November 7th. And there »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Andy Cohen's "Plead the Fifth" game on "Watch What Happens Live!" is pretty ingenious. Celebrities who are normally guarded throw their hands in the air and say, "Well! The rules say I have to be honest!" and just go with it. On the late-night Bravo show, Craig Ferguson opened up about his talk show (which will soon be hosted by Tony winner James Corden) and selected the worst guest he's ever had. All I can say is I believe it. I can't think of a single occasion when that woman has ever not seemed antisocial. Yes, that's a double negative and I don't care if it hurts you. And hey, look! That's our queen of award season Jessica Chastain. The time is now to avenge that ridiculous "Zero Dark Thirty" Oscar snub. (Via Splitsider) »
- Louis Virtel
Paramount Pictures continues its marketing campaign for Christopher Nolan’s highly anticipated new film by unveiling yet another new Interstellar poster—the fourth such one-sheet of the week. While the first two posters were a diptych of sorts, showing Matthew McConaughey on an ice planet and back on Earth, respectively, the third poster focused on space at large. This fourth and presumably final poster (of this week, at least) sees McConaughey trekking through yet another uncharted planet, knee-deep in a liquid substance (water?) while the gorgeous heavens paint the sky above him. I’m wary of seeing too much footage from the film before it hits theaters, so if Paramount wants to just continue releasing posters that tease the epic scope and locations of the film without getting into plot, that would be fine by me. Take a look at the new Interstellar poster after the jump. The film opens »
- Adam Chitwood
Andrea Mandell reminds that actress Jessica Chastain is enjoying another incredibly busy year on the big screen. Which of her three major releases this year could bring her a third Oscar nomination? Her movie "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby" with James McAvoy just opened to great reviews. Coming soon will be the potential Christopher Nolan blockbuster "Interstellar" with Matthew McConaughey. And just officially announced is that "A Most Violent Year" will open in the United States just before the final Oscar qualifying date of December 31. Watch the new trailer for that J.C. Chandor film in which she stars with Oscar Isaac. USA Today -Break- Join the lively film and TV discussions going on right now in the Gold Derby message boards Steve Pond scoops that directors with foreign language film Oscar nominations will have more at stake than ever. Mark Johnson, chairman for the Academy's foreign language film committee, has »
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
There's a limit to how much Matthew McConaughey can be featured on posters for a single movie, it seems. This week appears to be "Interstellar" one-sheet week, with two arriving so far featuring the actor walking on a planet and looking up at the stars, and now comes another, which boldly puts no one from the starry cast on it at all. Sorry, Topher Grace! Instead, this one brings us the athletic-shoe-style slogan "Go Further," with a space thingy moving at tremendous speed towards the edge of the galaxy. Why? Because we all ruined the Earth, and now, the last resort is to go to outer space to find another planet that humanity can destroy live on. Or something like that. Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Ellen Burstyn, John Lithgow, Michael Caine, Casey Affleck, Wes Bentley, Bill Irwin, Mackenzie Foy, and David Gyasi are joining McConaughey on his voyage. "Insterstellar" opens on November 7th. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Another Interstellar poster has gone online, and it's the prettiest of the bunch so far. The film stars Matthew McConaughey and revolves around a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole “to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.” The most recent trailer gave us a hint of how gorgeous the space scenes will be, and this poster is another glimpse at that promise. It also doesn't have a tagline that mixes the hope of discovery with the reminder that we're all going to die unless we leave Earth. Hit the jump to check out the new Interstellar poster. The film opens in 2D and IMAX on November 7th, and also stars Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck, Michael Caine, David Oyelowo, Wes Bentley, John Lithgow, Ellen Burstyn, Topher Grace, David Gyasi, Mackenzie Foy, Bill Irwin, »
- Matt Goldberg
It’s September, so why wouldn’t we start predicting an Oscar race that won’t finish for another five months?
To be fair, Venice, Telluride, and the Toronto film festivals have all concluded. Many films have screened. Many films have connected with audiences, and a rough draft of the Oscar race is beginning to come into focus. Sure, no Academy member will even begin popping in those screener DVDs for another couple of months, but it’s still worth discussing what has buzz and what is likely to still be on voters’ minds once the weather finally begins to cool off. »
- Nicole Sperling
Ridley Scott makes new movies faster than you change underpants. And these aren't little indies knocked out on weekends. With his big biblical epic "Exodus: Gods And Kings" headed to theaters by the end of the year, he'll spend the fall switching gears entirely, making the sci-fi "The Martian." Matt Damon will star, and probably Jessica Chastain and Kristen Wiig (though the trades can't decide if they are in the movie, out of the movie or still tentative). And now another actress is perusing a contract. "House Of Cards" and "The Fantastic Four" star Kate Mara has been offered a role in the movie, and....that's the only news there is. No details on the part. The project is sounds promising, centering on a stranded astronaut on Mars, who must figure out a way to get back home to Earth. It has a script by Drew Goddard, based on the book by Andy Weir, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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
It’s looking fairly concrete that the next Ridley Scott film we’ll be getting is The Martian (after the upcoming Exodus: Gods and Kings of course). The film will star Matt Damon as an astronaut who is stranded on Mars and must find his way back home. The script was written by the amazing Drew Goddard (based on Andy Weir’s e-book turned Crown novel). And it could be good, I’m looking forward to seeing Scott work in a somewhat smaller scope. I mean, it’s a sci-fi movie set on another planet but it looks as though it’s sort of an intimate film in the vein of Cast Away. Last week we had heard that Jessica Chastain and Kristen Wiig were in the mix to appear in the film. I’m not sure if that’s still the case (it’s possible that this movie has a big female cast, »
- Evan Dickson
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