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A quartet of up-and-coming actors talked about breaking in, the struggles with auditions and their most difficult roles at Variety’s annual 10 Actors to Watch panel at the Hamptons International Film Festival. Held Saturday at Nick & Toni’s in East Hampton, the brunch featured actors Christopher Abbott (“James White”), Thomas Mann (“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”), Bel Powley (“The Diary of a Teenage Girl”) and Keith Stanfield (“Selma”) and was moderated by Variety editor Jenelle Riley. Special guests in attendance included chef Bobby Flay and Oscar winner Morgan Freeman.
Asked when they first fell in love with acting, many of the actors revealed they started out doing plays in school. “I did ‘Shrek’ in sixth grade,” said Powely. “All the girls in my class auditioned for Princess Fiona, but I decided I wanted to play the donkey.” Powley added that she didn’t originally want to be an »
- Variety Staff
James White is a powerful new drama entering on the troubled title character, played by Christopher Abbott, an exciting young actor known recently for his work on the TV series Girls, and in the superb 2011 indie movie, Martha, Marcy, May, Marlene. After an impactful debut at Sundance earlier in the year, the film arrives in the UK at the BFI London Film Festival, with it firmly wedged in the Love category. Told from an almost first-person perspective, the story begins in his native New York City, where it immediately becomes apparent that White’s father has recently passed, and the young man isn’t coping particularly well with it, or life in general. As well as grieving his father’s death, White also has his mother’s battle with cancer to contend with. With the treatment affecting her memory, »
- Paul Heath
Read More: Watch: Debut 'James White' Trailer is a Devastating, Disorienting Heartbreaker The 51st Chicago International Film Festival has announced that it will present the Emerging Artist Award to both Josh Mond and Christopher Abbott, the director and the star of the critically lauded drama "James White." The Sundance-winning feature will screen at the festival before the award is presented to Mond and Abbott. "James White" follows the titular New Yorker as he deals with the death of his long-absent father and the imminent passing of his terminally ill mother (played by Cynthia Nixon). Of the news, Anthony Kaufman, programmer of the Chicago International Film Festival said, "In his first feature as a director, Josh Mond has crafted a remarkably assured dramatic film, which is made all the more visceral and moving by Christopher Abbott's riveting performance." "James White" will screen on October 16 and 17, with the second screening. »
- Ryan Anielski
James White The Film Arcade Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: B Director: Josh Mond Screenwriter: Josh Mond Cast: Christopher Abbott, Cynthia Nixon, Scott Mescudi, Makenzie Leigh, Scott Cohen, Ron Livingston, David Call Screened at: Review, NYC, 6/24/15 Opens: October 2015 If you’ve ever had the misfortune to grieve over the death of a person close to you, you may or may not want to see your sorrows reflected on the big screen. “James White” does not pull punches, though there are moments of humor, and to its credits the acting of the two principals is astonishing. However if plot is your main focus rather [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
The festival, now in its fifth year, will launch with the world premiere of “Somm: Into the Bottle” and include a Nov. 12 gala for “Spotlight” and screenings of awards season contenders “Carol” and “Youth.”
Travolta has been selected for a Career Achievement Tribute and is expected to attend the Nov. 14 world premiere of his electrician drama “Life on the Line,” which also stars Kate Bosworth.
The lineup includes a screening of “Landfill Harmonic,” followed by a performance by 24 members of the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a Paraguayan musical youth group whose members play instruments made out of recycled products from »
- Dave McNary
The actress, who plays lawyer Miranda in the show and movie spinoffs, said she was really proud of the series and would definitely be up for another film.
The film will get a limited release on November 13 in the Us.
Watch the trailer for Sex and the City below: »
Audience Award – Best of Next! Winner, Revelations Prize, Deauville Film Festival Don Quixote Award, Locarno International Film Festival Directed by Josh Mond, James White stars Christopher Abbott in a frenetic »
- Ryan Adams
★★★☆☆ The guys at Borderline Films are making something of a habit of striking, complex psychological dramas such as Antonio Campos' After School and Simon Killer, or Sean Durkin's excellent Martha Marcy May Marlene. The third member of this cinematic triumvirate is Josh Mond who having served as producer on the aforementioned films makes his directorial debut with James White (2015). A rigorous and austere drama, it's ostensibly a coming-of-age movie, albeit on in which the catalyst for change is the crippling cancer of the protagonist's mother. Christopher Abbott and Cynthia Nixon both give splendid performances, lending clear-eyed tenderness to this maternal bond.
- CineVue UK
This is a capsule review. A full review will be posted closer to release.
Though shot in a manner that will draw comparisons to another of this year’s festival breakouts, Josh Mond’s stealthily impactful James White most immediately recalls the 2012 hipster odyssey The Comedy. In both movies, a well-off and lazy 30-something New Yorker deals with the passing of their father by chasing a buzz, getting laid, and generally ignoring all responsibility. Whereas The Comedy was slow to peel back the thick armour of irony protecting the soft side of its selfish jerk, James White’s titular lay about is an exposed, damaged nerve from the get-go, while still being a thoroughly self-centered dirt-bag.
As played by Christopher Abbott, the unemployed, substance-abusing James has a likeable, man-child charm that helps soften his rough edges. That’s the problem: James is always just tolerable enough to his mother (Cynthia Nixon »
- Sam Woolf
Abbott stars in the title role as a millennial on the verge of a nervous breakdown as his mother (Cynthia Nixon) loses a battle with cancer.
Just as his ailing mother needs him most, James spirals out of control with drugs and aggression.
Following its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this year, James White will get a limited release on November 13 in the Us. »
James White, which stunned audiences at the Sundance Film Festival when it made its debut in January, has just received its first trailer, following the release of the film’s official poster a little over a week ago. Check it out down below after the plot synopsis…
Both Christopher Abbott (Girls), who stars as the titular character, and Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City), who plays his mom, have garnered a large amount of praise for their performances in the indie drama. On top of that, the film took home the Best of Next Audience Award at Sundance.
James White (Christopher Abbott) is a troubled twenty-something trying to stay afloat in a frenzied New York City. He retreats further into a self-destructive, hedonistic lifestyle, but as his mother (Cynthia Nixon) battles a serious illness James is forced to take control of his life. As the pressure on him mounts, James »
- Justin Cook
James White (Christopher Abbott) is a troubled twenty-something trying to stay afloat in a frenzied New York City. He retreats further into a self-destructive, hedonistic lifestyle, but as his mother (Cynthia Nixon) battles a serious illness, James is forced to take control of his life. As the pressure on him mounts, he must find new reserves of strength or risk imploding completely. Check out the first... Read More »
- Sean Wist
"So I'm just going to come right out and say this - you're a mess." The Film Arcade has debuted the official trailer for James White, a film that premiered at Sundance this year to some raves from a few of my critic friends. From the same guys who made Martha Marcy May Marlene and Simon Killer previously, this directing debut of Josh Mond tells a story about a New Yorker "that explores loss and the deep relationship between a mother and son". Co-starring Cynthia Nixon, Scott "Kid Cudi" Mescudi, Ron Livingston and Makenzie Leigh. This starts out a bit odd, but the end of the trailer actually makes this worth seeing. Here's the first official trailer for Josh Mond's James White, originally from Yahoo: A coming-of-age story about a young New Yorker (Christopher Abbott) struggling to take control of his reckless, self-destructive behavior in the face of momentous family challenges. »
- Alex Billington
James White Trailer. Josh Mond‘s James White (2015) movie trailer stars Christopher Abbott, Cynthia Nixon and Scott Mescudi. James White‘s plot synopsis: “A coming-of-age story about a young New Yorker struggling to take control of his reckless, self-destructive behavior in the face of momentous family challenges.” According to Deadline, “The first trailer for Sundance hit James White is here – prepare […] »
- Marco Margaritoff
Here’s the first trailer for Josh Mond’s Sundance winner James White, starring Cynthia Nixon and Christopher Abbott as a cancer patient and her alcoholic son. As his mother leans on the eponymous character for emotional stability, James spirals into self-destructive pattern, in what’s a tightly controlled, affecting character study. The Film Arcade will open James White on November 13, 2015. »
- Sarah Salovaara
After generating buzz at Sundance this year, indie drama James White will be making a stop at Tiff and has finally received a trailer. Directed by Martha Marcy May Marlene and Simon Killer producer Josh Mond, the film stars Christopher Abbott as the title character and Cynthia Nixon as his dying mother. The film also stars Ron Livingston, Scott ‘Kid Cudi’ Mescudi, and Mackenzie Leigh. Here’s the synopsis:
James White (Christopher Abbott) is a troubled twenty-something trying to stay afloat in a frenzied New York City. He retreats further into a self-destructive, hedonistic lifestyle, but as his mother (Cynthia Nixon) battles a serious illness James is forced to take control of his life. As the pressure on him mounts, James must find new reserves of strength or risk imploding completely.
Stories of tortured twenty-somethings in a big city are popular these days, but James White looks like it goes deeper into this concept. »
- Sarah Pearce Lord
Here’s the first trailer for James White, which marks the feature directorial debut of Josh Mond, who produced Martha Marcy May Marlene and Simon Killer. The film was a source of constant conversation at Sundance this year, where we all sadly missed every screening. Much of the talk about the film centered on the lead […]
- Russ Fischer
From the team behind the critically acclaimed “Martha Marcy May Marlene” comes “James White,” a heartbreaking film starring Cynthia Nixon (“Sex and the City”) and Christopher Abbott (“Girls”). Abbott stars as the titular character, a reckless young man who’s forced to grow up and take responsibility for himself and his mother (Nixon) as she battles cancer. Writer-director Josh Mond (a “Martha Marcy” producer) makes his directorial debut with the film, which is sure to carry strong performances from its lead actors. The film also stars Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi, Makenzie Leigh (“Gotham,” “The Slap”), and Ron Livingston (“Office Space”). Keep in mind, if Nixon goes for an Oscar, the acclaimed actor could become an Egot winner! Set to open Nov. 13, check out the trailer for “James White” below. Inspired by this post? Check out our film audition listings! »
The first trailer for Sundance hit James White is here – prepare for feelings. Starring Christopher Abbott, Cynthia Nixon and Scott "Kid Cudi" Mescudi, the film is a coming-of-age story about a young New Yorker whose self-destructive tendencies run up against his need to support his mother as she struggles with terminal illness. In the official trailer, we get a long look at that, particularly the way Abbot’s character’s heavy drug use seeps into what’s actually happening… »
Read More: Sundance Review: Christopher Abbott and Cynthia Nixon Triumph in Devastating 'James White' Just a couple of weeks after giving Sundance hit "James White" a November release date, The Film Arcade has released an emotionally haunting debut trailer for the upcoming awards contender. Starring Christopher Abbott and Cynthia Nixon, the acclaimed drama won the Best of Next Award at Sundance and will stop at Tiff before its November theatrical release. Abbott plays the eponymous James White, whose self-destructive lifestyle must be reevaluated after his mother (Cynthia Nixon) gets diagnosed with cancer. The Film Arcade has already announced an awards push for the film's lead performances, and the visceral trailer proves why such a movie is a no-brainer. "James White" will open on November 13 in limited release. Watch the debut trailer above, courtesy of Yahoo! Movies. Read More: Exclusive 'James White' Poster Announces the Awards »
- Zack Sharf
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