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Second Opinion – A Most Violent Year (2014)

25 January 2015 7:01 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A Most Violent Year, 2014.

Written and Directed by J.C. Chandor.

Starring Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola, Ashley Williams, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Elyes Gabel and Albert Brooks.

Synopsis:

In New York City 1981, an ambitious immigrant fights to protect his business and family during the most dangerous year in the city’s history.

Watching A Most Violent Year I couldn’t help but think of some of the truly great artists from 1970’s American cinema. Men such as Sidney Lumet, Martin Scorsese, William Friedkin, Al Pacino, Gordon Willis and Vilmos Zsigmond were instrumental in the films I grew up watching as ‘serious’ movies once I was aware of film making as an art form and not just as spectacle. The fact that I’m opening this review by mentioning these legendary artists tells you all you need to know about how I strong I feel about director J.C. Chandor’s third film. »

- Gary Collinson

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A Most Violent Year Review

25 January 2015 2:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: J.C. Chandor

Cast: Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Albert Brooks, Alessandro Nivola, Elyes Gabel, Catalina Sandino, Peter Gerety, Jerry Adler, Annie Funke

Certificate: 15

Run Time: 125 minutes

Synopsis: During the cold winter of 1981, an honourable and ambitious immigrant is forced to fight and protect his business and family from the corruption and unscrupulousness sweeping New York City.

 

Margin Call’s J.C Chandor continues to prove how masterful he is at balancing understated boldness with restrained menace in his latest film A Most Violent Year. The film’s metaphoric contradictions will have you transfixed from the get go: attentively attuned to the thrilling, fast-paced action one second and then… Bam! You’re frustrated beyond belief because the pace of this gripping film is so sluggishly steady it’ll have you begging the screen ‘C’mon – give me something’! It’s The Godfather in warm yellow tones, but not. It’s about principled capitalism, »

- Sacha Hall

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Sundance: ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Actor Michael Shannon Airs His Beef With Video on Demand (Video)

24 January 2015 5:54 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The VOD business model disincentivizes theaters and hurts filmmakers, the ’99 Homes’ star tells TheWrap Editor-in-Chief Sharon Waxman

Same-day video-on-demand releases undermine theatrical sales, actor Michael Shannon told TheWrap Editor-in-Chief Sharon Waxman on Saturday during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

“Then none of the theaters want to pick the movie up, because they’re like, ‘Why are we going to show your movie if you’re just going to let everybody watch it at home?'” Shannon said, citing a film he presented at the festival in 2014 as an example.

“I had a movie here last year that »

- Deborah Day

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Celebrity Big Brother Live Eviction watched by 2.2 million

24 January 2015 4:17 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Celebrity Big Brother: Live Eviction was seen by an average audience of 2.29 million (9.6%) on Channel 5 yesterday evening (January 23).

Down by more than 600k on last Friday's live show, the latest episode was seen by a further 348k (2.0%) on Channel 5+1.

An average audience of 995k (6.3%) watched Celebrity Big Brother's Bit on the Side from 10-11.30pm.

Channel 5 also secured 336k (1.6%) for Race to the Pole at 7pm, followed by 879k (3.9%) for Ice Road Truckers at 8pm.

With an average audience of 5.82 million (25.3%), BBC One's live coverage of the Fa Cup fourth-round match between Cambridge and Manchester United was the evening's highest-rated show outside of soaps.

It was preceded by The One Show, which entertained 4.5 million (22.2%) at 7pm.

With guests including Gary Lineker, Jessica Chastain and McBusted, The Graham Norton Show rounded the evening off with 3.42 million (24.8%) at 10.35pm.

Over on ITV, Benidorm entertained 4.03 million (16.9%) at 9pm, while The Martin Lewis »

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Interstellar Arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack March 31 With Authentic IMAX Film Cell

23 January 2015 3:53 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Hailed as “the most exhilarating film this century”, director Christopher Nolan’s “must-see masterpiece” (New York Post) Interstellar makes its highly anticipated debut on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand March 31, 2015, from Paramount Home Media Distribution.

The film arrives two weeks early on Digital HD March 17, 2015.

A breathtaking filmmaking achievement, Interstellar has been named one of the Top Ten movies of the year by Rolling Stone, Esquire, theNew York Post and more, and has received five Academy Award nominations including Best Visual Effects, Best Production Design, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing and Best Original Score. Academy Award-winner Matthew McConaughey1 stars as ex-pilot-turned-farmer Cooper, who must leave his family and a foundering Earth behind to lead an expedition traveling beyond this galaxy to discover whether mankind has a future among the stars. The film also stars Academy Award-winners Anne Hathaway2 and Michael Caine3 and Academy Award-nominees Jessica Chastain4 and »

- Michelle McCue

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'Interstellar' DVD and Blu-ray Releases March 31

23 January 2015 9:50 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Hailed as "the most exhilarating film this century", director Christopher Nolan's "must-see masterpiece" (New York Post) Interstellar makes its highly anticipated debut on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand March 31, 2015, from Paramount Home Media Distribution. The film arrives two weeks early on Digital HD March 17, 2015.

A breathtaking filmmaking achievement, Interstellar has been named one of the Top Ten movies of the year by Rolling Stone, Esquire, the New York Post and more, and has received five Academy Award nominations including Best Visual Effects, Best Production Design, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing and Best Original Score. Academy Award-winner Matthew McConaughey stars as ex-pilot-turned-farmer Cooper, who must leave his family and a foundering Earth behind to lead an expedition traveling beyond this galaxy to discover whether mankind has a future among the stars. The film also stars Academy Award-winners Anne Hathaway and Michael Caine and Academy Award-nominees Jessica Chastain and John Lithgow. »

- MovieWeb

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‘Mommy’ Review: Xavier Dolan’s Latest Wavers Between Powerful and Exasperating

23 January 2015 9:02 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

It’s hard not to empathize with this troubled teen and his equally mercurial mother, but the writer-director undercuts his characters by wallowing in classist squalor

The artist shows us the world and demands that we face its injustices and explore our own role in perpetuating them. The brat, meanwhile, sulks in his room and grumbles, “The world sucks, man.”

Writer-director Xavier Dolan wears both hats in his latest film, “Mommy,” which wavers between gritty, poignant drama and a wallow in how much it sucks to be poor and to wear unattractive clothes. (It’s the same kind of classist »

- Alonso Duralde

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Update: Interstellar available to pre-order on Blu-ray, released March 31st

23 January 2015 8:38 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Yesterday we reported that Christopher Nolan’s Oscar-nominated sci-fi epic Interstellar was available to pre-order at online vendor Amazon, but today Paramount Home Entertainment has officially announced the release of the film on March 31st on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand, with a digital release on March 17th.

The Blu-ray release for Interstellar is set to include a cell from an original 70Mm IMAX print of the film in addition to three hours of bonus content, details of which you can view below, as well as a look at the artwork for the release.

–The Science of Interstellar — Extended cut of the broadcast special.

–Plotting an Interstellar Journey — Discusses the film’s origins, influences and narrative designs.

–Life on Cooper’s Farm—Bringing Americana and the grounded nature of a farm to a sci-fi space movie.

The Dust—Learn how cast and crew avoided sand blindness, and see how to create, »

- Scott J. Davis

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Jessica Chastain Would "Absolutely Love" To Be In A Star Wars Movie

23 January 2015 8:27 AM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Jessica Chastain has been on many a fan's wishlist for a variety of different roles for quite a long time, but, unless you count Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, she's yet to make the leap into a big tentpole/Cbm type property -- no matter how much she may want to. Chastain has previously expressed her desire to play a superhero after turning down a couple of comic book movie roles that she didn't think were up to much, but it turns out she's just as interested in Star Wars. Digital Spy asked her about it since her friend and A Most Violent Year co-star Oscar Isaac will be seen piloting an X-Wing in The Force Awakens, and she responded very positively to the idea. So Disney/Lucasfilm, I think I speak for everyone when I say: get this woman in a future Star Wars film. The relevant chat comes in »

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SAG-o-Metrics: Predicting the Acting Oscars Based on SAG Nominations (Infographic)

23 January 2015 5:40 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

One of the great things about awards season is that it provides a rich field for statistic analysis. Attentive viewers can use the Golden Globes (the first major awards show of the season) and SAG Awards (the second) as a sort of predictive measure for the major acting awards at the Oscars. We looked at the Oscar-nominated roles in the four major acting categories (sorry, Jen and Naomi), and cut out anyone who didn't win or get nominated for a Golden Globe and a SAG. Then, we went back five years (because any more than that is insane - who are we, »

- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl

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A Most Violent Year review: Oscar Isaac in brooding crime drama

23 January 2015 2:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: Jc Chandor; Screenwriter: Jc Chandor; Starring: Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Albert Brooks; Running time: 125 mins; Certificate: 15

It's often the case that period stories can tell us more about our current society than those set in the present day. In his first non-contemporary script, writer-director Jc Chandor probes at urgent ideas about gun control and proportional response within the framework of a brooding, meticulous crime drama.

In the grim winter of 1981, statistically one of the most crime-ridden years in New York's chequered history, principled oil entrepreneur Abel (Oscar Isaac) is trying to forge a righteous path amidst the chaos. His oil trucks are being hijacked at gunpoint, attracting the kind of attention he doesn't need from the district attorney (David Oyelowo), and he's on the brink of losing a crucial real estate deal thanks to his snowballing misfortune.

The idea of man wrestling with forces beyond his control is common throughout Chandor's work, »

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Movie Review – A Most Violent Year (2014)

22 January 2015 12:03 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A Most Violent Year, 2014.

Written and Directed by J.C. Chandor.

Starring Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola, Ashley Williams, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Elyes Gabel and Albert Brooks.

Synopsis:

In New York City 1981, an ambitious immigrant fights to protect his business and family during the most dangerous year in the city’s history.

How far do you go to chase your American Dream while all around you is being torn asunder in the most violent year in the history of the greatest city in the world? For Abel Morales (Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis), an immigrant who has worked his hands to the bone to become the city’s premium purveyor of oil, he will go as far as being decent and upstanding will take him. Along with his wife Anna (Jessica Chastain, Interstellar), they have worked their way to the top, but despite Abel’s best intentions of keeping his business clean, »

- Scott J. Davis

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Jessica Chastain Muses on Future With Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo: "Marriage Is Not an Important Thing"

22 January 2015 10:25 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Jessica Chastain is an independent woman! Echoing comments recently made by fellow actress Mindy Kaling in Good Housekeeping's February 2015 issue, the 37-year-old Interstellar star says she's not sure if she'll ever tie the knot. Chastain has been dating Italian fashion executive Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo since 2012, and "everything is fantastic," she tells People in its Feb. 2 issue, on stands Friday. How come they're not engaged? "I'm not quite sure of what I want in my life, and who knows if marriage is part of it," she says, "so to me marriage is not an important thing." She admires her boyfriend's "passion for the arts," but says little else about Passi »

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Anne Hathaway: "My New Year's Resolution Is to Be More Like Jessica Chastain" -- Find Out Why

22 January 2015 2:14 AM, PST | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Who doesn't want to be like Jessica Chastain? Anne Hathaway spoke to Us Weekly at the NYC premiere of Song One on Tuesday, Jan. 20, revealing that her red carpet resolution for the New Year is to be more like her fellow Oscar nominee. Hathaway stormed the awards show circuit in 2013, when she was nominated (and ultimately took home an Oscar) for her role in Les Miserables. She returned to the Academy Awards in 2014 to present, but 2015 has been entirely different so far. "My beauty [...] »

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Interview: Director Michael Jolls Mocks ‘The Great Chicago Filmmaker’

21 January 2015 7:00 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago - A mockumentary in the style of 2009’s political comedy “In the Loop,” “The Great Chicago Filmmaker” aims the camera back at burgeoning directors who mar their projects with delusion and self-admiration. Motivated by real-life horror stories from Chicago film sets, the movie follows a young director (played by Devin Sanclemente) on his journey to birth the next indie sensation, but stumbling over his own ego in the process.

The director poking the psyche of “The Great Chicago Filmmaker” is Michael Jolls, who has been moving towards this feature debut since his 2011 short “6 Rules.” In 2013, he co-directed a 38-minute documentary about a reformed archdiocese in 1872. He now transitions to fictional documentary with “The Great Chicago Filmmaker,” of which he co-wrote and executive produced.

The film is based off an idea by Natalia Samoylova. The script was co-written by Jolls, Laurence F. Knapp, Josh Levine, Sriram Parthasarathy, and Devin Sanclemente. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Jessica Chastain on Marriage: 'To Me It Is Not an Important Thing'

21 January 2015 5:05 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

[Brightcove "4003862955001" "" "" "auto"] Her boyfriend is a real-life Italian count, but Jessica Chastain isn't looking to take on the role of countess anytime soon. "I'm not quite sure of what I want in my life, and who knows if marriage is a part of it," says the actress, 37, who has been dating Italian fashion executive Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo since 2012. "So to me, marriage is not an important thing." When it comes to their romance, "everything is fantastic," she tells People in this week's issue, lauding her boyfriend's "passion for the arts." Onscreen, the star - who appeared in four movies last year, »

- Michelle Tauber, @michelletauber

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8 Actresses Who Were Told They Weren’t Pretty Enough to Succeed

21 January 2015 10:43 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

It’s really hard to imagine, but some of the most successful actresses were actually told early on in their career that they weren't attractive enough to make it in Hollywood! 

The latest movie star to drop the bombshell about being called unattractive is Jessica Chastain, who has had quite the year, starring in four films and receiving a Golden Globe nomination.

And, sadly, she’s not the only one. Here are seven other actresses who have had the same experience.

1. Meryl Streep: The most Oscar nominated actor of all time was told to her face that she wasn't pretty enough to star in the 1976 classic King Kong? Meryl explained on The Graham Norton Show that she was asked to audition with producer Dino de Laurentis by his son. Upon meeting the actress, Dino asked his son in Italian, "Why do you bring me this ugly thing?” A sassy Meryl who also understood Italian quickly responded »

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8 Actresses Who Were Told They Weren’t Pretty Enough to Suceed

21 January 2015 10:43 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

It’s really hard to imagine, but some of the most successful actresses were actually told early on in their career that they weren't attractive enough to make it in Hollywood! 

The latest movie star to drop the bombshell about being called unattractive is Jessica Chastain, who has had quite the year, starring in four films and receiving a Golden Globe nomination.

And, sadly, she’s not the only one. Here are seven other actresses who have had the same experience.

1. Meryl Streep: The most Oscar nominated actor of all time was told to her face that she wasn't pretty enough to star in the 1976 classic King Kong? Meryl explained on The Graham Norton Show that she was asked to audition with producer Dino de Laurentis by his son. Upon meeting the actress, Dino asked his son in Italian, "Why do you bring me this ugly thing?” A sassy Meryl who also understood Italian quickly responded »

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Jessica Chastain Stunned by ''Racist Comments'' Following Diversity Speech at Critics Choice Awards

21 January 2015 9:09 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Jessica Chastain is facing backlash after using her celebrity platform to issue a public plea for the ''need to build the strength of diversity'' in Hollywood.  The 37-year-old two-time Oscar nominee made her comments at the 2015 Critics Choice Awards earlier this month when she accepted the inaugural Most Valuable Player honor. Upon taking the stage, the red-headed beauty graciously thanked her co-workers and members of her own team before she noted that the ceremony happened to be taking place on what would have been Martin Luther King Jr.'s 86th birthday.  "Today is Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, so it got me thinking about our need to build the strength of »

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Jessica Chastain on A Most Violent Year and wanting a role in Star Wars

21 January 2015 8:30 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Jessica Chastain takes on the role of a tough-as-nails gangster's daughter in her latest movie A Most Violent Year.

The Academy Award-nominated actress shines as the woman pulling the strings behind the scenes of her husband's (Oscar Isaac) under pressure heating oil empire.

Digital Spy sat down with Chastain to discuss her A Most Violent Year transformation, the shifting husband/wife power dynamic and why she's desperate to join Isaac in the cast of the new Star Wars movies.

A Most Violent Year opens in UK cinemas on January 23. »

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