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First Look: Jessica Chastain in J.C. Chandor's 1981-Set Crime Drama 'A Most Violent Year'

12 May 2014 11:56 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

More images have arrived via Entertainment Weekly of Jessica Chastain in "All Is Lost" director J.C. Chandor's newest endeavor, "A Most Violent Year." The period crime drama is now in post-production. A24 Films has slated an awards-friendly release. Chastain stars alongside Oscar Isaac ("Inside Llewyn Davis") as the heads of an oil business who get caught up in the New York City criminal underworld. (More on Chastain's most busy year here.) Also starring are David Oyelowo ("Middle of Nowhere"), Albert Brooks ("Drive"), Elyes Gabel ("World War Z") and Catalina Sandino Marino ("The Bridge"), while Christopher Abbott (once Charlie on "Girls") and Peter Gerety ("Inside Man") have been added to the cast with undisclosed roles. Here's the official synopsis:"A Most Violent Year" is a thriller set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically one of the most violent years in the city’s history. The film follows »

- Beth Hanna and Ryan Lattanzio

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First Look At Jessica Chastain, Oscar Isaac And Albert Brooks In A Most Violent Year

2 May 2014 6:31 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

There are a lot of reasons to be excited about A Most Violent Year, an upcoming period drama set in crime-ridden New York City in the winter of 1981. For one, it hails from director J.C. Chandor, the man behind whip-smart financial drama Margin Call, as well as All Is Lost, which gave Robert Redford one of the finest roles of his career. For another, it has an absolutely phenomenal cast, including Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain and Albert Brooks. Now, thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we have our first look at the film.

Though the images (one above, one below) don’t give much away, they do showcase Isaac, Chastain and Brooks in character. The caption which ran alongside the pics in EW read as follows:

J.C. Chandor (All Is Lost) turns back the clock to 1981, one of the deadliest years in New York City history, for this action-packed drama (due this »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Second Annual First Time Fest

21 April 2014 8:08 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

The second installment of the First Time Fest, the Second Time Around, took place in New York City from April 3rd to April 7th where ten first time filmmakers were able to showcase their films and possibly be in competition to receive distribution of their films by Cinema Libre Studios. Since its debut in March of last year, the First Time Fest has grown to honor and embrace first time filmmakers for their efforts in trying to make their first work and trying to get recognized in an ever difficult field of art.

Johanna Bennett and Mandy Ward thought up of the idea for this type of film festival seven years ago when they realized that no other event had honored the first time filmmaker. Taking this idea in mind, they agreed to bring these newcomers to the field and give them advice as well as bring them closer to »

- Catherina Gioino

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Indie Spotlight: James White, A New Feature from Borderline Films Starring Christopher Abbott, Cynthia Nixon, Ron Livingston, and Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi

19 April 2014 6:01 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Borderline Films, the production company behind Afterschool, Martha Marcy May Marlene, and Simon Killer, is now looking to give their fans an opportunity to contribute to their newest feature, James White.  Filmmakers Antonio Campos, Sean Durkin, and Josh Mond (who makes his directorial debut on this film) are reaching out via Kickstarter to help secure post-production editing costs and music rights.  James White is in good company, as the banner's previous films have played the Cannes Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, New York Film Festival, and Toronto International Film Festival, and have been nominated for five Independent Spirit Awards, four Gotham Awards, and won Best Director at Sundance (Sean Durkin for Martha Marcy May Marlene).  In addition to the behind-the-scenes names that are becoming quite familiar on the festival circuit, the pictures features Christopher Abbott, Cynthia Nixon, Ron Livingston, and Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi in front of the camera as well. »

- Dave Trumbore

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87th Academy Awards Dates and Early Predictions: Another Streep?

18 April 2014 5:07 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Oscar 2015 dates (Meryl Streep in ‘Into the Woods’) The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and ABC announced yesterday, April 17, 2014, the Oscar 2015 dates. The Academy Awards ceremony will air live on ABC on February 22, 2015 — or about ten days earlier than the Oscar 2014 ceremony. Key Oscar 2015 dates are as follows: Saturday, November 8, 2014 The Governors Awards (where Honorary awards are handed out). Wednesday, December 3, 2014 Official Screen Credits and music submissions due to the Academy. Monday, December 29, 2014 Oscar 2015 nominations voting begins 8 a.m. Pt. Thursday, January 8, 2015 Oscar 2015 nominations voting ends 5 p.m. Pt. Thursday, January 15, 2015 Oscar 2015 nominations announced. Monday, February 2, 2015 Oscar 2015 Nominees Luncheon. Friday, February 6, 2015 Final voting for the Oscar 2015 winners begins 8 a.m. Pt. Saturday, February 7, 2015 Scientific and Technical Awards. Tuesday, February 17, 2015 Final voting for the Oscar 2015 winners ends 5 p.m. Pt. Oscar Sunday, February 22, 2015 87th Academy Awards begins 7 p.m. Et/ 4 p.m. Pt. As in previous years, the Oscar »

- Steve Montgomery

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‘James White’ Starring Cynthia Nixon, Christopher Abbott Launches Kickstarter Campaign

15 April 2014 5:18 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Borderline Films, the production company behind “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” has launched a Kickstarter campaign for its next movie “James White,” which marks the feature directorial debut of Josh Mond. The film stars Christopher Abbott (Charlie on HBO's “Girls”) as the title character, a young New Yorker struggling to take control of his reckless, self-destructive behavior in the face of momentous family challenges. Cynthia Nixon co-stars as his mother, while Scott Mescudi (aka Kid Cudi) and Ron Livington play key supporting roles. Also read: ‘Martha Marcy May Marlene’ Producer Josh Mond Sets Directorial Debut ‘James White’ (Exclusive) “James White” has already wrapped production but. »

- Jeff Sneider

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First Look At Christopher Abbott In Josh Mond’s ‘James White’ & Kickstarter Campaign Underway

11 April 2014 4:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

We’ve always liked to support the smaller projects and Josh Mond’s James White needs you to finish what they’ve started, and you can help via Kickstarter to get the post-production, editing, sounds design/mixing, and securing music rights side of the film completed!

We’re bringing this one to your attention for a couple of reasons. It’s not just because the team at Borderline Films already have an intelligent and powerful project history but mainly because we believe in these guys and the films they’re making…and want you to be a part of something unique.

Borderline Films, is made up of three filmmakers: Mond, Antonio Campos, and Sean Durkin. Ten years after founding Borderline as film students at Nyu, their feature films have played at the Cannes Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, New York Film Festival, and Toronto International Film Festival. They’ve been »

- Dan Bullock

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It’s Not About a Girl: Josh Mond’s “James White” Has Much More in Store

10 April 2014 5:00 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Freshly deposited in our inbox, we’ve been directed towards a Kickstarter film project that…we’re already itching to see. Inching ever so closely to a true picture lock, the Borderline Films trio of Antonio Campos, Sean Durkin and Josh Mond are throwing some nifty perks onto Kickstarter in order to help in the editing, sounds design and mixing, and securing music rights departments for Mond’s James White.

Aside from some behind the scene stills and an intimate look at how folk look like towards the end of a film production (see the trio’s Kickstarter vid below), here is what we now know: supporting actor Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi who will write the film’s score, Matt Hannam (Enemy) has boarded the project as the film’s editor, they’ll re-team with Coll Anderson on the sound design and Randall Poster will try his darndest to lock Mond’s soundtrack wishlist. »

- Eric Lavallee

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Allison Williams on why HBO's 'Girls' are still friends -- and what's in store for season 3's finale

21 March 2014 1:43 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

When we first met Lena Dunham’s Girls, each one had a clear role to play: Hannah (Lena Dunham) was our neurotic protagonist. Shoshannah (Zosia Mamet) was the naive one. Jessa (Jemima Kirke) was the selfish free spirit. And Marnie — played with pretty, uptight perfection by Allison Williams — was the only member of the group who really seemed to have her life figured out.

That was then. Since its pilot, Girls has systematically stripped away everything that helped Marnie maintain her carefully constructed facade — her long-term boyfriend, her job, even her friendships with the other girls. But even though her »

- Hillary Busis

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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #99. Josh Mond’s James White

20 February 2014 6:15 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

James White

Director: Josh Mond

Writer: Josh Mond

Producers: Borderline FilmsAntonio Campos, Sean Durkin and Josh Mond

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

Cast: Christopher Abbott, David Call, Cynthia Nixon, Ron Livingston, Scott (Kid Cudi) Mescudi, Mackenzie Leigh

Continually proving that three heads are better than one, what we’ll soon learn with Josh Mond’s feature debut is that the Borderline trio might be like-minded in philosophy, but naturally, are completely different in approach. Employing a curious cast, James White might prove to be more visually and emotionally more daring than the work of his closest peers in Campos and Durkin.

Gist: This coming-of-ager is about a troubled young man (Abbott) in the midst of momentous family challenges.

Release Date: Shooting began towards the end of 2013, so this rushed this could be ready for Cannes but would likely be a perfect fit for Venice and Nyff.

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- Eric Lavallee

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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #112. J.C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year

18 February 2014 5:15 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

A Most Violent Year

Director: J.C. Chandor

Writer: J.C. Chandor

Producers: Before The Doors’ Neal Dodson, Washington Square FilmsAnna Gerb, J.C. Chandor

U.S. Distributor: A24

Cast: Jessica Chastain, Oscar Isaac, Ashley Williams, Albert Brooks, David Oyelowo, Christopher Abbott, Elyes Gabel, Catalina Sandino Moreno

He tapped into mindset of Wall Street before the chic of Scorsese, and he reminded us how film is, in its essence, a visual medium by garnishing a sinking boat/solo journey with more food for thought and while Margin Call and not too shabby sophomore feature All is Lost are bold statements and offer a broad idea of his range, J.C. Chandor’s star might shine bright with A Most Violent Year – a big leagues thriller featuring 80′s trimmings and a Chastain/Isaac combo.

Gist: Set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically one of the most violent years in the city’s history. »

- Eric Lavallee

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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #128. Mona Fastvold’s The Sleepwalker

13 February 2014 6:30 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The Sleepwalker

Director: Mona Fastvold

Writers: Mona Fastvold, Brady Corbet

Producers: 4 1⁄2′s Karin Julsrud and Turid Øversveen, Tandem PicturesJulie Christeas and Schuyler Weiss

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

Cast: Gitte Witt, Christopher Abbott, Brady Corbet, Stephanie Ellis

American indie meets Fjord sensibilities from a video/short filmmaker who was an unknown up until the mention of a collaboration with Brady Corbet on his forthcoming directorial debut, The Childhood of a Leader. Unsurprisingly, the forthy, crispy cold, moody Bergmanesque drama with plenty of unresolve played like another Corbet-starring anti-Sundance vehicle in Simon Killer. We’re looking forward to our repeat viewing.

Gist: Written by Fastvold and Corbet, we find a young attractive couple renovating their Le Corbusier-like estate in the woods…Their lives are soon dismantled upon the arrival of unexpected guests. The Sleepwalker pokes at genre expectations and narrative contrivance in an effort to reveal something altogether more disturbing. »

- Eric Lavallee

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Best of Fest: Caitlin’s Top Five Films of Sundance 2014

12 February 2014 9:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

#5. Love Is Strange

Big-screen romance has moved far beyond cigar smoking gentlemen with obscenely chiseled jaw lines holding doors for iconic beauties that don’t mind being called “darling”. Slowly but surely, cinema has come to honor the wonderfully varied ways in which we connect. Yet there remains an obsession with aggressively youthful lovers (critically acclaimed Blue is the Warmest Color being a recent example). Ira Sach’s Love Is Strange portrays lifetime lovers Ben and George, beautifully performed by John Lithgow and Alfred Molina respectively, who finally tie the knot in a quaint lower Manhattan ceremony. The heartfelt portrait does not earn its praise simply because older gay couples have been underrepresented, but for capturing, with honesty, the tender intimacies shared by people that have spent 39 years in love. With the warmth of its domestic settings and slice-of-life sensibility, Love is Strange maintains its subtlety while delivering an emotional wallop. »

- Caitlin Coder

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Girls Season 3 - Episode 4 Review

10 February 2014 11:41 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Sadé Green reviews the fourth episode of Girls season 3...

After last week's hilariously cringe worthy episode, 'Dead Inside' explored the extreme self-involved tendencies of the Girls and blimey... they are unbelievable!

It has always been evident that Hannah, Jessa and Marnie (somehow Shoshanna doesn't seem as bad compared to these three) have really been lacking in Vitamin D on account of being shoved so far up their own backsides. But this week was a new low as Hannah and Jessa could not muster up a single ounce of empathy towards their respective situations.

Poor, 'woe-is-me' Hannah (Lena Dunham) has to deal with the death of her editor  David (John Cameron Mitchell), her 'champion', but all Hannah can think about is the future of her e-book. Completely aghast with Miss Self-involved's behaviour, Adam (Adam Driver) struggles to comprehend how his girlfriend can be so heartless when an acquaintance has just met his untimely end. »

- Gary Collinson

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Meet Michael Zegen, the Charming New Guy on 'Girls'

10 February 2014 9:30 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Michael Zegen, wearing seasonally appropriate cut-off gloves, sips a soy chai latte in the kind of busy café that would feel right at home on Girls. "I like to think I fit right into that world," Zegen say, smiling. That's fortunate, since as of last night he joined the hit HBO series as Joe, Hannah's charming coworker in GQ's advertorial department. Zegen's casting made headlines last spring, partially due to how closely timed it was to the exit of Christopher Abbot (who played Charlie), which led many to falsely brand him "the Charlie replacement, »

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5 Depressingly On-Point Moments From Last Night's Episode of 'Girls'

10 February 2014 8:00 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

For a character who brands herself a writer, it's taken Hannah Horvath two and a half seasons to see the harsh realities facing the profession today. On last night's episode of Girls, Lena Dunham's protagonist found herself in a fortuitous (albeit frustrating) situation when she's hired by GQ as a writer. . . sort of.

12 Wtf? Moments From Girls Season Two

For all her aspirations, Hannah doesn't have all that many clips to her name. In fact, the only one mentioned on the show was Hannah's poor attempt at gonzo journalism »

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The Sleepwalker (2014 Sundance capsule)

1 February 2014 1:33 PM, PST | Pastemagazine.com | See recent PasteMagazine news »

Perhaps the most daring film in the U.S. Dramatic Competition, Mona Fastvold’s The Sleepwalker is an elliptical, borderline surreal study of childhood trauma and repressed memories. Director Fastvold lets the story simmer as the action builds in and around a secluded, half-renovated house in the woods. Ingenious use of sound design and atmospheric score drive the psychological turmoil as the film slowly reveals what the characters have been through. Actors Gitte Witt, Stephanie Ellis Christopher Abbott and Brady Corbet (who co-wrote the screenplay with Fastvold) create a mounting feeling of tension as odd behavior, inappropriate dinner stories and poor manners »

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Found: The Tumblr of Charlie From Girls

30 January 2014 8:46 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

It has been four whole episodes since Charlie, the once-loyal boyfriend of Marnie, disappeared without a trace. Given the circumstances (the actor, Christopher Abbott, quit the show) and the nature of Charlie's work (Forbid, an app that keeps you from calling your ex), it seems clear that he is never coming back. So what happened? Where did he go? Was he smothered to death by that cubby bed? Vulture has finally tracked down the answers — in the form of Charlie's private Tumblr. (We put it in chronological order, so you don't get confused.) Read on, friends. It's a happy ending. »

- Amanda Dobbins

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Best of Fest: Sundance 2014′s Top 10 New Faces

30 January 2014 8:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

They range in age, amount of screen time, supporting or principle characters, and have previous (television work, stage and or bit parts in Hollywood/Indiewood productions or next to no film experience at all. In essence these folks have a special gift and have essentially broken out. I had the fortune of having a team of four journalists (Caitlin Coder, Jordan M. Smith, Nicholas Bell and myself) covering the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and when you got a small army covering a major fest it ensures that fine performances from a new crop of acting talents don’t go undetected. Michael B. Jordan, Robin Weigert and Miles Teller (who follows up The Speculator Now with a dramatically and physically charged perf in the marvelous Whiplash) were just some of the new faces included on our top list last year.Worthy mnetions that did not break into our Top 10 include Fishing Without NetsAbdikani Muktar, »

- IONCINEMA.com Contributing Writers

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Interview: Brady Corbet & Mona Fastvold Talk The Moody Sundance Discovery 'The Sleepwalker'

24 January 2014 7:05 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Sundance is a place for discovery, where new talent can shine in front of an audience hungry for revelation. With their new film “The Sleepwalker,” co-screenwriters Mona Fastvold and Brady Corbet (she directs, he stars) have auspiciously debuted their creative partnership, which is already three screenplays deep. (He will direct their next feature, “The Childhood of a Leader,” starring Robert Pattinson, Tim Roth and Juliette Binoche, later this year, and a third project will follow.) In “The Sleepwalker,” Kaia (Gitte Witt) and Andrew (Christopher Abbott, formerly Charlie on “Girls”) are a young, seemingly happy couple renovating her family home, a foreboding modern monolith in western Massachusetts. A sudden visit from Kaia’s pregnant sister Christine (Stephanie Ellis) and her fiancé Ira (Corbet) upset the placid dynamic, stirring up Andrew’s angry tendencies and unearthing long-buried sisterly secrets (read our review here). With the sinister-yet-beautiful house acting as a »

- Kristin McCracken

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