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With 2014 winding down, HitFix has been dabbling in all corners of the "year-in-review" game. Hopefully you've enjoyed the trip down recent memory lane. Now it's time for a thorough assessment of the year in film performances, and for a 12-month stretch marked in some quarters as "weak," there sure was a lot of stand-out work in front of the camera. One curious note on the year's best portrayals, as we see them, is how many of the characters seen on screen this year were broken or damaged, desperate to show a forthright side, or to earn love or respect. Or to just be who they are. As well and otherwise, there are brilliant examples of outward showmanship, and plenty others of internalized drama. The resulting cross-section is as varied as ever. It was tough to narrow it down even to 30, of course, so at the end of the day, great work didn't make the cut. »
- Matt Patches, Kristopher Tapley
A Most Violent Year marks J.C. Chandor’s third film as a director, and though it hasn’t been officially released yet, it’s already starting to accumulate just as much acclaim and awards buzz as his previous two efforts did.
Starring Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain, A Most Violent Year follows Abel Morales (Isaac) as he tries to expand his business during the most violent year in New York’s history. His wife, Anna (Chastain), proves to be a Lady Macbeth-like character who helps make her husband’s business dreams become a reality, at any cost. But, as they try to close on an important deal, the couple find themselves forced to deal with the rampant violence, decay and corruption, which threaten to engulf their home city.
While talking with Chandor at the recent press day for the film, which was held in Los Angeles, he explained why the »
- Ben Kenber
Take another look @ set images from the upcoming horror feature, "Crimson Peak", co-written, produced and directed by Guillermo del Toro, starring Mia Wasikowska, Charlie Hunnam ("Sons Of Anarchy"), Tom Hiddleston ("Thor") and Oscar-nominee Jessica Chastain, filming in Hamilton Ontario @ Dundurn Castle:
"...the film is set in 'Cumbria', in a crumbling mansion...
"...in a largely rural and mountainous region of northern England in the 19th century.
"Young author 'Edith Cushing' (Wasikowska) discovers that her charming new husband 'Sir Thomas Sharpe' (Hiddleston)...
"...is not who he appears to be..."
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- Michael Stevens
(thanks to Paddy @screenonscreen) Best Film Gone Girl Best Director Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler) Best Actor Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler) Best Actress Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) Best Supporting Actor J. K. Simmons »
- Ryan Adams
Today we have the first look at Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) in the upcoming "Crimson Peak" horror film, which is directed by Guillermo del Toro (Pacific Rim). Check out the photo below, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at Tom Hiddleston (Thor). Plot: Set in the 19th century, the film stars Mia Wasikowska as a new bride who discovers that her husband (Hiddleston) is not who he appears to be. Chastain plays her sister-in-law. "Crimson Peak" also stars Charlie Hunnam and Doug Jones. It's set to hit theaters on October 16th, 2015. Photos: (click to enlarge) »
Want to see Doctor Strange meet the Incredible Hulk? With Edward Norton no longer playing Bruce Banner in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the best chance to see his version next to new McU addition Benedict Cumberbatch is in the form of a new video produced by Variety. The Hollywood trade has brought together pairings of this year's best actors and actresses, and those two stars, being recognized this year for The Imitation Game and Birdman, are one of them, interviewing each other about their craft and films. As for the current Hulk, you can look to another video to see Mark Ruffalo, an Oscar contender for Foxcatcher, chatting with Jessica Chastain, who is being honored this year primarily for A Most Violent Year. Other pairings include Reese Witherspoon and...
- Christopher Campbell
And now, an update on the Aaron Sorkin/Danny Boyle Steve Jobs film that doesn’t come from a leaked e-mail. After Jessica Chastain and Natalie Portman passed on a role, it seems Oscar winner Kate Winslet is the latest actress up for the female lead in the film. She’d star opposite Michael Fassbender as Jobs, Seth […]
- Germain Lussier
In perhaps the coolest, nerdiest spot of interstellar marketing, the front page of The Martian‘s script made its way onto a Nasa spacecraft earlier this month. Per Empire, the title page from Drew Goddard’s screenplay was included in a capsule for the maiden trek of Nasa’s Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (Mpcv). The mission, which took off on December 5th, saw the craft shoot up 5600 miles above Earth for its four-and-a-half hour journey.
The film’s executive producer, Aditya Sood, revealed why exactly the page was involved:
“Nasa really rolled out the red carpet for us. In the capsule they had some personal objects that were important to people involved in the Orion project and one of the things was Ridley’s drawing on the cover page of The Martian script. This is a movie about people who are really passionate about science and space-travel, so that was »
- Gem Seddon
After rock'eming and sock'eming some robots in his anime-influenced Pacific Rim, Guillermo del Toro is returning to the cold, dead arms of horror—and the director hopes that his next movie Crimson Peak will help bring the genre back to its gnarled, twisted roots. "It’s very much in an old mold with a little bit of extra depravity and brutality sprinkled in,” says the director, who found inspiration in classic gothic films like The Innocents and Rebecca. Set in the 19th century, the film stars Mia Wasikowska as a new bride who discovers that her husband (Tom Hiddleston) is a tad. »
- Keith Staskiewicz
Crimson Peak: Jessica Chastain looks properly gothic in the first image from Guillermo del Toro's Crimson Peak, due in theaters on October 16, 2015. The movie is a ghost story, set in a large, spooky old house; Charlie Hunnam, Tom Hiddleston and Mia Wasikowska also star. [The Film Stage] Transformers 5: Mark Wahlberg, star of this summer's blockbuster smash Transformers: Age of Extinction, says he has "committed" to doing a "couple" more movies in the series, and thinks the next one will be going into production "soon." But what about director Michael Bay, who has hinted that he wants do other types of movies? Wahlberg would only say that he can't speak for Bay. [MTV] David Fincher: Director David Fincher is now...
- Peter Martin
In what may seem like an odd story, director Ridley Scott has sent the screenplay title page of his latest project The Martian into space. The page was taken for a ride on the maiden voyage of Nasa's Orion Spacecraft, and included a drawing from the director himself depicting star Matt Damon as the title character. The page was taken from the original draft by Drew Goddard.
The title page features Matt Damon's stranded astronaut declaring: "I'll science the shit out of this planet." Which is an actual line from the book upon which the movie is based. The script page took flight on December 5, and embarked on a four and a half hour orbit 5600 miles above the Earth's surface. About the event, producer Aditya Sood stated:
"Nasa really rolled out the red carpet for us. In the capsule they had some personal objects that were important to people »
Those who attended this year’s San Diego Comic-Con got a look at some elements from Guillermo del Toro’s new gothic horror Crimson Peak, mostly props and chunks of the set. Now we have a proper glimpse at one of the main characters, with a shot of Jessica Chastain in costume provided by The Film Stage. Crimson Peak finds Mia Wasikowska as author Edith Cushing, who is freshly wed to the charming, heroic Sir Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston). She moves to live with him in the titular massive, crumbling family pile in Cumbria. But soon after she arrives, she discovers that her husband is not who he appears to be, and the house itself has some very dark secrets. That she didn’t realise this when she learned it was called “Crimson Peak” is, frankly, her own lookout.Chastain plays Lady Lucille Sharpe, Sir Thomas’ sister, a woman who »
Imagine if we ranked the best directors of photography of the year or the best-shot movies of the year… Oh boy, that list would be long. Near the top of that list would likely be a cinematographer you may not know by name yet, but he’s soon going to be ranked up there with the Roger Deakinses of the world. Dp Bradford Young already turned heads with his distinctive look for Sundance pictures like “Ain't Them Bodies Saints," "Mother Of George" and "Middle Of Nowhere." And now he’s one of 2014's Mvp shooters for lensing “Selma” and “A Most Violent Year.” The latter was directed by J.C. Chandor and stars Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain as a power couple trying to stay above the moral ugliness of the oil industry and the rise of crime in early 1980s New York. Our A-grade review from earlier in the year said, »
- Edward Davis
Manuel here to get your Friday started with some to-die for shots of two of our greatest working actresses. We’ve had behind the scenes looks at Kate Winslet’s The Dressmaker (see more of rugby-playing Liam Hemsworth and Kate in Australia here) and of Jessica Chastain’s Crimson Peak (see more of Chastain and Tom Hiddleston shooting in pseudo Burtonian drag here) but this week we finally got to see some polished official photos from their respective films.
Here is Kate looking ravishing as Myrtle “Tilly” Dunnage in The Dressmaker (which just wrapped production). The film follows Tilly’s return to her rural Australian town where she uses her haute couture skills to help exact revenge on those who wronged her (or so the plot description tells me). Sounds gothic and lurid and gorgeous and precisely what I’d get from this pic. Anyone read the novel? Directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse, »
- Manuel Betancourt
January 2, 2015
Director: James Marsh
Running time: 123 mins
The Woman in Black: Angel of Death
Director: Tom Harper
Running time: 98 mins
Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Running time: 119 mins
Director: Paul Schrader
Running time: 92 mins
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Running time: 90 mins
January 9, 2015
Director: Olivier Megaton
Running time: Tbc
Director: Bennett Miller
Running time: 134 mins
Director: Rob Marshall
Running time: 125 mins
January 16, 2015
Director: Clint Eastwood
Running time: 132 mins
Director: James Kent
Starring: Alicia Vikander, »
There’s always something alluring about 19th century gothic horror stories.
From the mind of Guillermo del Toro, “Crimson Peak” is being described as a ghost story and gothic romance blended together. The film has a good cast with Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam and Jessica Chastain.
The story follows a young author Edith Cushing who discovers her charming husband is not who he appears to be.
The Film Stage has the first image of Chastain in her gothic costume below. Of course, this is before the transformation of whatever she is going to be in the film.
“Crimson Peak” will be in theaters on October 16 next year.
Check out the first image below.
Source: The Film Stage’s Twitter »
- Gig Patta
Why, hello there Jessica Chastain. What a lovely and dark dress you have on. It complements the creepy stairwell you are standing in wonderfully. According to a report over at Indiewire this is our first look at Chastain as Lady Lucille Sharpe in wardrobe for Guillermo Del Toro's Gothic chiller Crimson Peak. It is everything that we have come to expect from Gothic cinema. The costume was designed by Kate Hawley who worked with Del Toro on Pacific Rim and has moved on to Suicide Squad since. In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house...
[Read the whole post on twitchfilm.com...]
Break out your Evanescence CD and dust off your Hot Topic crushed velvet wardrobe, because Guillermo del Toro and Jessica Chastain are bringing Victorian gothic back with a vengeance in “Crimson Peak.” TheFilmStage got a hold of this first image of Chastain as the mysterious Lady Lucille Sharpe. We don’t know anything about her character other than her sense of style is On Point. Via: @TheFilmStage Details are scarce on del Toro’s latest film. The plot synopsis comes up short, saying only that a young Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska) realizes her charming new husband (Tom Hiddleston) is not who he appears to be. Whether this means he’s a serial killer or a supernatural creature is up for debate. "Crimson Peak" is currently set to hit theaters on October 16, 2015. »
- Donna Dickens
Though Jessica Chastain has played some pretty fierce female characters throughout her career, according to the Oscar-nominated actress, women are definitely being under-represented in film.
In a new interview with Indiewire, the 37-year-old Chastain -- who proudly calls herself a feminist -- says she's just been "lucky" to have the opportunity to play such strong female roles in films like Zero Dark Thirty and Interstellar.
"When I speak out I'm not doing it from a selfish place because I get incredible opportunities," she says. "I'm speaking out as an audience member who is going to the cinema and noticing there's a problem here because I don't see women being represented. I don't see Asian-American actresses begin represented. I don't see women in their 60s being represented in film. ... There are these really fantastic actresses out there, but there are so few opportunities."
Photos: Who Got Hired in Hollywood?
She points out the lack of female leads when it »
In a year that’s brimming with big-name blockbuster sequels and high-profile superhero spinoffs, 2015 promises great things for movie fans. However, not every upcoming movie is a reboot, remake, or sequel. One of the most anticipated titles on the cinematic calendar comes from the maestro of genre, Guillermo Del Toro, whose haunted house horror Crimson Peak is set to arrive in the fall.
This year’s Comic-Con saw the director take to the stage to present those lucky attendees with a sneak peek at some early footage. The crowd went wild for a brief glimpse into the spooky mansion at the heart of the tale, and now the rest of the world can do the same with a first look at one of the movie’s leading ladies.
In the pic, (seen below) Jessica Chastain stands at the bottom of an elaborate staircase, decked out in full period garb. The »
- Gem Seddon
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