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Over the course of one night in an Irish country estate in the 1880s, a man and a woman engage in an illicit romantic relationship. The problem is, that Julie (Jessica Chastain) is the daughter of an Irish Count, and Jean (Colin Farrell) is the valet of her father. Despite his well-read and well-travelled nature, Jean is still a servant, and cannot indulge in the love with his boss' daughter. Julie, however, knows that Jean must do as he commands, and begins a game of forcing him more and more into the romantic confrontation they are both denied.
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Brainy blockbuster maestro Christopher Nolan heads into deep space with this epic adventure, which is packed with thoughtful ideas and big emotions even if the plot wobbles badly in the middle. But although it ultimately feels somewhat forced, the film is still a mesmerising exploration of parenthood and survival, bending time and gravity in ways that keep our brains spinning. And the seamless visual effects combine with some wrenching performances to make it unmissable.
It opens in a future America where a desperation for food has overtaken the need for technology and innovation. Which is a problem for Nasa pilot Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), who is now working a massive corn farm that he runs with his father (John Lithgow). Then Cooper and his daughter Murph (Mackenzie Foy) discover a gravitational anomaly that leads them to a secret base run by father and daughter scientists Brand and Amelia (Michael Caine and Anne Hathaway), who are looking for a new home planet for humanity since Earth is dying. So Cooper joins up and heads through a wormhole with Amelia and crew (Wes Bentley and David Gyasi). Meanwhile, Murph (who grows up to be Jessica Chastain) gets involved in the project back on earth, wondering if her dad will ever return home as he promised.
The first act of the story is a beautiful depiction of yearning for discovery, that innate curiosity that drives people to do crazy things in the hopes of pushing the humanity forward (or in this case, saving it). Nolan directs this section beautifully, with sharp editing propelling the story out into space with real energy and passion. But once they begin visiting other planets, there are some extended episodes that feel oddly contrived, including an encounter that leads to unexplained violence, explosions and melodrama. These kinds of things undermine the characters' motivations to the point where the audience just has to take Nolan's word for it and ride it out, even as the underlying ideas begin to lose their weightiness.
Continue reading: Interstellar Review
In 1981, New York City saw its most violent year in the city's history. When an immigrant arrives in the city in pursuit of the American Dream, he never expected that his journey would result in so much bloodshed. The man's name is Abel Morales (Oscar Isaac), and he will do anything to grow his family's business and secure the dream for his wife Anna (Jessica Chastain). But as the NYPD are forced to double their efforts with regards to putting an end to the violence, an investigation begins into the business Abel has bled to support. When the police start asking questions, Anna is forced to confront her husband about the nature of his work which, in turn, forces him to finally be totally truthful with her.
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Mankind is doomed. Following generations of neglect and a lack of care, the planet Earth is a polluted mess and food supplies have all but run out. Only one hope remains for humanity if it is to survive into its next generation - they must leave Earth behind. Cooper (Matthew Mcconaughey), is a widowed engineer, living in a time where engineers are no longer needed. He also happens to be one of the world's best pilots. He is offered the choice to stay with his children and except the fate of the human race, or captain a mission through a newly discovered wormhole in search of a new, habitable planet which can sustain the prolonged existence of our species. He chooses the latter option, and begins his interstellar travels in search of a new home.
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James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain play a troubled young couple in Ned Benson's innovative romance
The upcoming romantic drama The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby is the pinnacle of a number of years’ work by debut director Ned Benson.It’s an amalgamation of three films telling the same story, the first two which, were screened at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and billed as ‘works in progress’. The addition of a third part, called Them, makes the whole of The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby.
The basic premise – girl and boy fall in love, get married before running into various obstacles in their relationship – is as old as time itself, but the innovation that Benson brings is in the structure and format.
Continue reading: First Look At New Movie 'The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby' [Trailer]
Conor (James McAvoy) and Eleanor (Jessica Chastain) play a couple who fall in love and get married, before hitting various hiccups in their relationship. However, this film is far from the clichéd love story, and instead tells the tale from both points of view, as well as relatable and engaging look at the relationship of two people still trying to figure out who the other person truly is. The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby charts the highs and lows in a relationship between two people trying to recreate the past, so as not to let their love fade away.
Cooper is a pilot and engineer with a huge ambition to save the world. With little discoveries left to be made on Earth and the development of pioneering technology ever slowing down, mankind's only chance of survival is to take to the stars - though there's a chance there's nothing out there either. But human endeavour once again proves fruitful as a team of space explorers discover a wormhole in the void of the universe. Cooper decides to join them on their intergalactic expedition to find out if there are any other habitable worlds out there. However, he has a big decision to make as the trip means leaving his beloved family behind with the possibility that he might never return. This is a dangerous mission unlike anything mankind has ever done before, but is it worth it to find a way to save the world?
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After Christopher Nolan and Matthew McConaughey surprised fans at Comic-Con with a new trailer for Interstellar, has any new light been shed on this sci-fi adventure film?
Christopher Nolan and Matthew McConaughey made a surprise visit to the San Diego Comic-Con last week to unveil the full trailer for their new movie, Interstellar. It seems fans were impressed but, with a November release date for the motion picture fast approaching, what do we actually know about this sci-fi adventure?
We know that it has an all-star cast with Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway taking the leads and Michael Caine, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck, John Lithgow, Matt Damon and William Devane featuring, among others.
Continue reading: What Do We Know About Christopher Nolan's Interstellar?
The 37 year-old actress' rep confirmed that she hasn't got a role in the crime series, nor has HBO even offered her one.
Despite numerous reports that have surfaced as of late, Jessica Chastain will not be appearing in the second season of HBO's hit crime series 'True Detective.'
The Nerdist previously reported that the Academy-Award nominated actress was targeted by the television network, who offered her a leading role in the series, but she has not yet made a decision.
However, this claim was instantly quashed by E!News, who report that HBO never made an offer and Chastain's rep also told the website that she "is not doing the series."
Continue reading: Jessica Chastain Will Not Be Appearing In 'True Detective' Season 2
With the Earth facing a bleak future, pilot and engineer Cooper wants to know how it can possibly be saved from its inevitable demise. The world seems to be slowing down in terms of technological advancement and important discovery, but one group of scientists and explorers are determined to keep pushing the boundaries of human endeavour in the hope that human beings can learned enough to save themselves. When an unusual wormhole like void is discovered in space, the scientists prepare to embark on an interstellar voyage of wisdom to unlock the hidden mysteries of the universe and uncover the key to time travel. It's an expedition that faces great danger and has never before been undertaken by man, and while Cooper is concerned about his separation from his family, he can't pass up this opportunity to explore the stars.
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'Zero Dark Thirty' star Jessica Chastain and 'Prisoners' actress Maria Bello are spotted arriving at the 2014 National Board Of Review Awards Gala in New York where they pose for photographers before the event begins.
In light of Fast & Furious' new release dates, we take a look at the box office landscape for 2015.
Yesterday the release date for Fast & Furious 7 was announced for April 2015. As predicted, this allows for some production delays and for the cast and crew to have a mental health break following Paul Walker’s death.
It also means that the film will be pitched against a different set of competitors, which might affect the franchise’s profits. In July 2014, the main competitor to our favorite fast-cars-no-plot franchise would have been Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
Vin Diesel broke the news via Facebook yesterday.
At a time where scientists and explorers are on the verge of reaching a stalemate with making new discoveries and extending the limits of human endeavour, a group of ever-curious space explorers uncover a wormhole in the universe that can allow them to make critical shortcuts through spacetime. The team set out on an intergalactic expedition never before untaken by man, to find whole new worlds of new discoveries, hidden dimensions and unearth the key to time travel.
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The first teaser trailer for Christopher Nolan's sci-fi epic was released this week
Earlier this week we were treated to the first teaser trailer for Christopher Nolan's sci-fi epic Interstellar. The trailer really did put the 'teaser' back in to teaser trailer, as it consisted only of archive footage of various historical events, with Matthew Mcconaughey's rich Texan drawl narrating something inspirational over the top of the images. It gave absolutely nothing away in regards to what we can expect to see in the film, but frankly we don't even care.
Not to jump to conclusions, but Nolan might have done it again
Nolan has been working in relative secrecy on the project along with his brother, Jonathan Nolan, with the basis of the film apparently being inspired by a story by physicist Kip S. Thorne. We already know this, as well as the fact that McConaughey will be starring in the film alongside Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck, Michael Caine and others, and after seeing the first glimpse of the film this is still all we know in regards to what the Nolan Bros. have in store for us. Their secrecy might make some angry, but frankly the secrecy is just making us more and more excited for the complex film.
Anyone interested in how movies get made will love this feisty behind-the-scenes documentary, which uses sharp comedy to explore the messy business side of cinema. Both smart and very funny, it may not tell us much that we don't know (mainly that it's almost impossible to get a film financed unless it's a blockbuster with bankable stars), but it reveals things in ways that make us wonder about the future of the movies.
The film follows actor Alec Baldwin and director James Toback as they head to the Cannes Film Festival to secure funding for their planned Iraq-set riff on Last Tango in Paris. They meet with a variety of experts who tell them that their hoped-for budget is three times too high for a movie starring Baldwin and Neve Campbell. So they talk to Chastain, Bejo and Kruger about taking over the lead role. They also consult with a range of prominent filmmakers including Scorsese, Coppola, Polanski and the Last Tango maestro himself, Bertolucci. But the more time they spend with the people who control the money, the more they wonder if their movie will ever get made.
It's fairly clear from the start that Last Tango in Tikrit is a joke project, but everyone takes it seriously. And as they talk to prospective investors, Baldwin and Toback consider adjusting the film to get more cash by, for example, shooting scenes in Russia or China. It's fascinating to hear these billionaires offer advice on how to get their movie made. And hilariously, no one worries about Baldwin's insistence that the story requires explicit sexual scenes.
Continue reading: Seduced And Abandoned Review
Jennifer Lawrence tripped and fell after winning Best Actress at the Oscars
Jennifer Lawrence fended off stiff competition from Emmanuelle Riva and Jessica Chastain to win Best Actress at the Oscars on Sunday evening (February 24, 2013). The Silver Linings Playbook star was the early favourite in the betting, though Amour actress Riva won plenty of support in the weeks leading up to the ceremony at the Dolby Theatre. She was also celebrating her birthday on Sunday.
Lawrence - who ticked off a few people at the Golden Globes, announcing "I bet Meryl" - looked visibly stunned as she made her way to the stage, though she slipped and fell in her huge Christian Dior dress. Someone from the audience rushed to her aid, though Lawrence managed to compose herself and make it on stage. The fall appeared to rock the first-time Oscar winner, who quickly rushed through her speech before being ushered backstage. Twitter buzzed into life after the unfortunate stumble, with one Oscar-viewer joking, "Jennifer Lawrence just lived her dream and her nightmare." The reviews aggregating website Rotten Tomatoes tweeted, "Jennifer Lawrence is Best Actress, and Worst Stair Climber at Oscars. But if anyone can brush it off, it's her. Congrats, tiny dancer."
Lawrence's award preceded Daniel Day-Lewis's win in the category of Best Actor. He is the only actor to win the award three times.
Continue reading: Oscars 2013: Jennifer Lawrence Falls Over After Winning Best Actress
Expanded from a sharp 3-minute short, this horror mystery is packed with clever jolts and witty freak-out moments. Argentine filmmaker Muschietti creates such an oppressively intense atmosphere that we only barely notice how thin and underdeveloped the script is. But when we're not cringing from the eerie imagery, it's difficult not to see the contrivances and conveniences that fill the plot.
Orphans Victoria and Lilly (Charpentier and Nelisse) have survived in a woodland cabin for five years, and when they're discovered they are understandably animalistic. But their Uncle Lucas (Coster-Waldau) takes them in, fending off a custody battle with an aunt (Moffat) to raise his nieces with his rock-chick girlfriend Annabel (Chastain). Then Lucas is hospitalised after a strange nighttime incident, and Annabel is left alone in the house with these still-feral girls. Their strange behaviour makes Annabel suspect that they weren't alone in that cabin, and may have brought a jealous maternalistic ghost with them. So the consulting psychologist (Kash) starts to investigate the cabin's history.
Oddly, despite the fact that Chastain's personal odyssey is at the centre of the film, most of the narrative comes from the psychologist's procedural investigation into the identity of the woman the girls are calling "Mama". This involves implausible luck as he discovers ludicrously detailed records in dusty archives and then helpfully leaves his documents lying around so the right person can find them. Meanwhile, Coster-Waldau is needlessly marginalised in a corny plot turn early on. And it doesn't help that we never quite accept Chastain as a goth rocker, even though she gives it her best shot.
Continue reading: Mama Review
A poll conducted by voters reveals that the American public have got Jennifer Lawrence pegged as the winner of the Best Actress Oscar, for her performance in Silver Linings Playbook. Lawrence has already bagged a Golden Globe, a Satellite Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award, amongst others and the voters in Reuters’ poll seem pretty confident that she can repeat that success at next weekend’s Academy Awards.
With 15 per cent of the votes, Lawrence may have been the favourite but her heels were being well and truly snapped at by Jessica Chastain, star of Kathryn Bigelow’s political drama Zero Dark Thirty, with 11 per cent of the vote. Of course, awards shows are all about surprises and the statuette could well be awarded to one of the category outsiders, such as 85 year-old Emmanuelle Riva (Amour) and 9 year-old Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild). Naomi Watts is also nominated, for her role in the tsunami disaster movie the Impossible.
In the Best Supporting Actress category, 26 per cent of the 1,586 voters felt that Anne Hathaway was most likely to take home the prize, for her brief but powerful performance in Les Miserables.
Jennifer Lawrence is still the odds-on favourite to win Best Actress at the Oscars next month for her turn in Silver Linings Playbook, but don't be surprised should Zero Dark Thirty's Jessica Chastain snatch the gong away from her after an awards' season filled with bad omens for the young Hollywood star. The first being that she's won Best Actress at pretty much every awards' show going - how many times have we seen that before a surprise knockdown at the Oscars?
Lawrence probably deserves the award; her comical performance opposite Bradley Cooper in David O'Russell's quirky movie was lauded by critics as her finest performance yet, though something in the air suggests the Hunger Games star may have to wait for her riches. It all started following her Golden Globes success, when Lawrence yelled "I beat Meryl!" upon collecting her award. Hollywood was instantly aghast - was this a sly dig at Meryl Streep? Lindsay Lohan certainly thought so. How dare she! Nobody criticizes Meryl! Anyway, Lawrence cleared up the controversy during an appearance on the David Letterman show, though we get the feeling she never quite recovered from it. Next up was the actress' hosting of Saturday Night Live during which she poked fun at Quvenzhané Wallis, her 9-year-old rival in the Best Actress category at the Oscars, quipping, "The alphabet called. It wants its letters back." To Jessica Chastain she offered, "In Zero Dark Thirty you caught bin Laden. So what? In Winter's Bone I caught a squirrel, and then ate it." Sure it was all in jest, though Hollywood still raised an eyebrow.
And then, of course, there was Lawrence's infamous wardrobe malfunction at the SAG Awards this past weekend, when her Christian Dior gown appeared to split in two.for some reason. It was a key moment too: all eyes were on the actress as she made her way onto the stage to collect her prize.
Continue reading: Is Jennifer Lawrence's SAG Awards Malfunction A Bad Omen For The Oscars?
As the Sundance Film Festival continues in Utah, buzz is emerging about the new Nicole Kidman movie Stoker, in which she plays the widowed mother of teen Mia Wasikowska as they deal with the arrival of the unexpectedly sexy Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode). From the director of Old Boy, a new trailer depicts the film as a stylish, warped and very black comedy. It comes to cinemas on March 1st.
Here in Britain, two leading awards contenders open this week. Steven Spielberg's Lincoln stars Daniel Day-Lewis, the front-runner in the Best Actor race. This would be his unprecedented third win in the category. And Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty stars Jessica Chastain, who is currently the favourite for Best Actress, although Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook is giving her some serious competition.
But no one should write off iconic French actress Emmanuelle Riva's astonishing turn in Amour. She won the London Critics' Circle Film Award for Best Actress on Sunday. The London critics also gave Amour their Film of the Year title, and it's up for Best Picture at the Oscars as well.
Blistering writing, directing and acting hold us firmly in our seats as this procedural drama snakes its way to a riveting action finale. Although it's sometimes not easy to know whether director Bigelow and writer Boal are celebrating or criticising the way America has conducted itself on the world stage in its war on terrorism. Clearly the characters believe that these dodgy methods are essential tools in their job. But the film cleverly respects and challenges our own views on the issues.
The story begins with the events of 9/11, after which the CIA is determined to track down Osama bin Laden. Spearheading the search is tenacious analyst Maya (Chastain), who works with her colleague Dan (Clarke) to interrogate prisoners and mobilise their team (including Ehle and Perrineau) to action. Their bosses (Chandler and Strong), the CIA director (Gandolfini) and the national security advisor (Dillane) offer support and challenges. And eventually they get approval to illegally send a black-op team into bin Laden's suspected hide-out in Pakistan.
It's astonishing that Boal and Bigelow have managed to tell this true story without taking sides. They have been criticised for possibly using classified details or for depicting torture as an interrogation tool, but the facts can't be denied just because we don't like them. And your attitude going in will probably colour how you feel about the movie: some will find this a story of triumph while others will be troubled by the methods it depicts. Either way, it's impossible to ignore the film's urgency as it pulls us into a fascinating story.
Continue reading: Zero Dark Thirty Review
With the Oscars just a month or so away, Jessica Chastain couldn’t have asked for a much better moment to be thrust further into the public eye; the star is in the top two grossing films from the weekend’s US Box Office, with supernatural thriller Mama topping the charts and the Oscar-nominated Zero Dark Thirty taking second place.
Opening above expectations, the BBC reports that Mama took in a credible $28.1 million, with Zero Dark Thirty – which is based on the US army’s search for terrorist Osama Bin Laden – taking $17.6 million for second; this in spite of criticisms about the film’s handling of interrogation and torture scenes. Behind that, Silver Linings Playbook – another Oscar favourite – continued its success, taking a further $11.4 million on its 10th week of release. There was slightly better news for the disappointing Gangster Squad too; the mobster film had taken disappointing opening takings the previous weekend, but managed to hold on to a top five placing on its second weekend with takings of $9.1 million. It still doesn’t look like setting the world alight, but at least it’s not dropped off the map entirely.
Rounding out the top five was Broken City, which took $9 million, whilst elsewhere Django Unchained became Quentin Tarantino’s most commercially successful film ever, as it added $8.2 million to its total to reach $138.4 million domestically.
Jessica Chastain's star power is really starting to show. Since starring in 7 films in 2011, and a further four last year, plus being nominated for countless awards, movie makers are getting some serious bang for their buck with her.
Guillermo Del Toros' latest horror movie Mama was made on a low budget and had some pretty poor reviews, however with the well renowned director at the helm and Jessica Chastain's face all over it, it took an impressive $28m over the weekend. Having been produced for around $15m it's almost doubled that in just two days. Nice.
Not too far behind is her major hit of the year Zero Dark Thirty, in which she stars as the head of the team hunting for Osama bin Laden. That took $17.6 million. Trailing with $11.35m is another big contender in this year's awards, Silver Linings Playbook starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper.
If you thought the Golden Globes' passed by with only minimal fashion disasters, than you were wrong. Ok, so Jessica Chastain's dress was pretty horrible, and Jennifer Lawrence and Zooey Deschanel wore similar outfits, but on reflection, it appears Eva Longoria took home the prize for biggest wardrobe blunder of the evening.
Eagle eyed commentators - specifically the UK's Sun newspaper - noticed that as Longoria posed for red-carpet photographs in her elegant Emilio Pucci creation, the dress had gaped open! The Desperate Housewife unwittingly became the centre of attention as her male guest looked on in horror. The actress was unaware of the malfunction, though was probably a little red-faced after seeing the snaps the following morning.
As awards season kicks off, today with the BAFTA nominations and tomorrow with the Golden Globe award ceremony, actors, actresses, directors and producers everywhere will be biting their nails and praying for a win from at least one of the big three coming up, the aforementioned two, of the Oscars, nominations for which will also be released tomorrow.
There are very few surprises in the BAFTA nominations as this year has some clear stand-out offerings to the trade, and as announced by Alice Eve and Jeremy Irvine, here's the low down on the biggest prizes.
Nominations for best film are the big five: Argo, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Lincoln and Zero Dark Thirty. Despite BAFTA being a British institution, there's not a British film in sight (except Les Mis, but the majority of leads aren't from the fair isle). Luckily, however, there's a whole separate award for Brits. In that list, the contenders are Anna Karenina, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (that was 2012? it seems so long ago), Les Miserables, Seven Psychopaths and a much deserved Skyfall.
Jason Clarke may be treading in Jessica Chastain’s shadows when it comes to praise for Zero Dark Thirty but he’s fast being recognised as a rising star in Hollywood. In an interview with Comingsoon.net, the interviewer remarks that on watching another on-screen pairing between Clarke & Chastain (Lawless, which came out before ZD30), he realised that Clarke is one of those actors that’s in tons of movies, but you probably don’t know who he is yet.
With a knowing smirk on his face, Jason Clarke explains how he got involved in Kathryn Bigelow’s controversial movie. “Heard about it going on,” he reveals, “really wanted to be part of it, because you realise it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of something so relevant.” Since the interview took place, Zero Dark Thirty has become embroiled in controversy, over its portrayal of various torture tactics used by the CIA to get information out of their captives. Clarke’s character Dan is an integral part of those powerfully dramatic scenes and we reckon it won’t be long before he starts getting the roles and the recognition that he deserves.
The Aussie actor can be seen later this year in the highly-anticipated and long-delayed version of The Great Gatsby, due out in May. He plays the role of George Wilson, alongside Carey Mulligan, Isla Fisher, Leonardo Dicaprio and Tobey Maguire. Jason Clarke’s light will not be hidden under that bushel for much longer!
Continue reading: Who Is Jason Clarke? Introducing Zero Dark Thirty's Rising Star
The CIA have entered the fiery debate surrounding Kathryn Bigelow's latest movie Zero Dark Thirty, claiming the Hollywood portrayal of the hunt for Osama Bin Laden "departs from reality" in significant ways.
In a strange letter to CIA employees - obtained by the Washington Post - director Michael Morell said that the Oscar tipped movie leads viewers to believe that a "few individuals" were behind the hunt for the al-Qaeda leader, instead of the "hundreds of officers" who were involved in the case. He also rejects the film's depiction of CIA interrogation and the implication that it helped extract key intelligence from detainees. "The film takes considerable liberties in its depiction of CIA personnel and their actions, including some who died while serving our country," Morell said. "We cannot allow a Hollywood film to cloud our memory of them". Though based on true events, Bigelow has made no secret of the fact that her latest movie is just that, a Hollywood movie, driven by the actress Jessica Chastain. However, it did little to perturb senators John McCain, Dianne Feinstein and Carl Levin, who noted that the film was "grossly inaccurate and misleading."
In his letter, Morell signed off by reminding colleagues that "the Bin Laden operation was a landmark achievement by our country, by our military, by our Intelligence Community, and by our Agency."
To win a Screen Actors Guild Award is one of the most prestigious accolades an actor or actress can receive in their career. 2012 has given us some fantastic films, so the competition is even more fierce. We can all speculate but what do the bookies have to say? Paddy Power have compiled their odds, and here they are.
Daniel Day-Lewis is leading the pack for the coveted prize of Best Actor, with odds of 4/11. Having received almost unanimously positive reviews for his performance in Lincoln, this is no real surprise. He's beating competition of Flight's Denzel Washington at 4/1, Hugh Jackman in Les Miserables, at 6/1, The Sessions' John Hawkes at 7/1, and dragging a little way behind with 14/1 is Bradley Cooper for his role in Silver Linings Playbook.
Silver Linings Playbook is doing considerably better for the prize for Best Actress, as Jennifer Lawrence is the favourite to win it for her role in the film, with pretty good odds of 8/15. Jennifer Chastain, who has also been praised very highly for her role in Zero Dark Thirty is the second favourite with odds of 7/4. Marion Cotillard has odds of 8/1 for her role in Rust and Bone, which is the film's only recognition in the nominations. Helen Mirren in Hitchcock has 14/1 odds, and Naomi Watts is bringing up the rear for her role in The Impossible.
Following the tragic events of the twin towers bombing on September 11th 2001 in New York City, Islamic extremist group Al Qaeda's leader Osama Bin Laden was the most wanted man in the entire world. He had managed to evade capture and certain execution for nearly ten years when, in the year of the 10th anniversary of the tragedy, he was found by the extraordinary Navy SEAL Team 6 and shot dead at his residence in Abbottabad, Pakistan on May 2nd. The event, however tarnished with conspiracy theories and speculation, marked a moment in history and was seen as a giant step in the current war on terror.
'Zero Dark Thirty' is the gritty historical drama telling the story of when Bin Laden was successfully captured and assassinated by a remarkable group of CIA operatives whose covert operations and well-kept secrets gave America their biggest victory in many years. With director Kathryn Bigelow ('Point Break', 'Strange Days') and writer Mark Boal ('In the Valley of Elah') who have previously worked alongside one another on the six time Academy Award winning war flick 'The Hurt Locker', it is set to be a seminal movie that may itself become an important part of history. It is set to be released on January 25th 2013.
Starring: Jessica Chastain, Scott Adkins, Jason Clarke, Joel Edgerton, Chris Pratt, Jennifer Ehle, Mark Strong, Taylor Kinney, James Gandolfini, Mark Duplass, Harold Perrineau, Jennifer Ehle, Kyle Chandler, Frank Grillo, Stephen Dillane & Edgar Ramirez.
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The highly controversial Zero Dark Thirty heads to cinemas screens in under a month, with the release for the film falling on December 19, 2012. The movie has drawn huge attention given that it focuses on the events that led up to the eventual killing of notorious terrorist Osama Bin Laden – the man behind the September 11 attacks on New York.
However, many thinking that this is set to be a movie fawning about the actions of President Barack Obama will be surprised – he only appears once in the film, on a TV saying that he doesn’t believe in torture, according to the Daily Mail. Much of the focus instead lies on actress Jessica Chastain’s portrayal of Maya, a female CIA Agent who becomes obsessed with catching and killing the Bin Laden.
It sounds potentially sickening, the glamorizing of such an event; however the early reviews have been somewhat positive, with much of the praise on Chastain herself. "[Chastain] is essentially asked here to carry a movie for the first time, and she rises to the occasion," writes The Hollywood Reporter, whilst Time Magazine even thought that it bettered Oscar-possible Argo, writing "Zero Dark Thirty" blew the similarly intense "Argo" "out of the water.” Oscar blogger Sasha Stone certainly felt that Zero Dark Thirty was in with a chance too, though, claiming "It's a crowded Oscar season for great films. But it's a good thing everyone had 'Zero Dark Thirty's' place in line because it is easily one of the year’s most memorable [features].”
The race to the Academy Awards is beginning to hot up with movie executives beginning to hobnob with various industry people and drum up support for their respective films. Sir Anthony Hopkins recently explained how he refused to travel to New York just for the sake of speaking to the right people about his movie Hitchcock, and we all know what Joaquin Phoenix thinks of the whole charade.
Though some people really want to win an Oscar. The people behind Denzel Washington's Flight have released a special trailer targeted at Academy voters, and the people over at Team Cloud Atlas would probably kill to just spend five minutes with one of the statuettes, any of them. One actress who would love to get her hands on the Best Actress gong for a second time (though she'd never admit it) is Marion Cotillard, whose turn in Rust and Bone has been winning quiet praise in the lead up to awards' season. The movie focuses on a man's bond with a killer whale trainer, which grows deeper after she suffers a horrible accident. Sounds pretty grisly huh? But the critics loved it, and lauded Cotillard's performance in particular. Peter Travers of Rolling Stone wrote, "As an orca trainer who loses her legs, Cotillard is astonishing, as is Schoenaerts as a boxer who helps restore her sexual identity. Audiard's hypnotic film means to shake you, and does." Tim Robey of The Telegraph said, "Cotillard, who's been waiting since La vie en rose for a role this substantial, is at her damaged, devastating best".
For punters, Cotillard represents one of the best value for money bets of awards' season. She's currently available at 8/1 to win Best Actress at the Oscars - seen as a wide open race. Pretty much everyone knew Meryl Streep was going to win last year, though in 2013, Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook), Sally Field (Lincoln), Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables) Emannuelle Riva (Amour), Ouvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild), Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), Helen Mirren (Hitchcock) or Cotillard could all scoop the prize.
Continue reading: Could Marion Cotillard Win An Oscar For Rust And Bone?
It seems there were plenty of Downton Abbey fans in the house when Dan Stevens debuted in The Heiress on Broadway, alongside Jessica Chastain. This was the first time that both Stevens and Chastain had appeared on Broadway. With both actors playing against type, only one appears to have done so convincingly.
The casting of Dan Stevens in the role of Morris Townsend is praised by the Hollywood Reporter’s reviewer David Rooney, who writes “the actor is a savvy casting choice in a part that requires beguiling charm and sufficient sincerity to keep us wondering about his character’s motives” and later adds “Stevens brings such unsullied earnestness to the role that we want to believe in his honest intentions, just as he appears to want the same. Morris is so bewitched by the material comforts of the Slopers’ swanky home on fashionable Washington Square that he seems as much a victim of his desires as the architect of any calculated scheme.”
Jessica Chastain, however, does not seem to have fared so well at the hands of the critics. The same review suggests that, despite her recent run of untouchable success in the world of film, the “underpowered Jessica Chastain (is) hampered by questionable directorial choices, dilutes the emotional impact of this nonetheless compelling melodrama.” Not such great news for Chastain, then, but an excellent Broadway debut for Dan Stevens, who has managed to impress the Downton fans, despite breaking from the confines of his nice-guy TV character.
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Instead of developing the characters or situations for comedy gold, the filmmakers instead just crank up the chaos. So while some scenes are both funny and visually impressive, this second sequel is simply too inane to make us hope there will be a part 4. Very young kids may be distracted by the hectic pacing and hyperactive characters, but everyone else will quickly be bored by the nonstop mayhem, simply because there's nothing interesting going on.
Anxious lion Alex (Stiller), chatty zebra Marty (Rock), nerdy giraffe Melman (Schwimmer) and silly hippo Gloria (Smith) are living a Lion King-style existence in Africa, although their only hope for escape has just flown away. Namely, the brainy penguins and their monkey assistants. So our heroes follow them to Monaco, where they all end up on the run from the notorious animal control agent Dubois (McDormand). They run straight into a failing circus, which they set out to bring back to its glory days so they can catch the eye of an American promoter and go home to New York. To do this means working with the current circus acts: sultry cheetah Gia (Chastain), dorky sea lion Stefano (Short) and tetchy tiger Vitaly (Cranston).
The circus premise lets the filmmakers have a lot of visual fun with the characters, most notably in a riotously colourful Cirque du Soleil-on-acid performance in London. But the plot makes no sense at all (if they can get to Monaco, surely they could get to New York, right?), and there are so many new characters that the central quartet feels almost sidelined. Especially since they've also wedged in an under-developed romance for the lemur king (Baron Cohen). Yes, it's all over the place, and being busy is not the same thing as being clever or funny.
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Victoria and Lilly are two young sisters that were found in a filthy, dilapidated old house in the woods after being missing for five years following the murder of their parents. Miraculously alive, they are placed into care with a full psychological examination to assess the extent of their obvious mental trauma. Their Uncle Lucas and his partner Annabelle agree to welcome the girls into their home and take care of them but Annabelle finds it more and more of a struggle to be around them as they frequently lash out and seem to often be apparently talking to walls. Initially thinking that their disturbing behaviour is a result of trauma, she soon begins to understand that it is something much more sinister than that; a deadly ghostly presence condemned to repeat its actions over and over again - a ghost that Victoria and Lilly believe is their mother who has come back with them.
This supernatural horror is the one of the many ghost thrillers to be released soon along with 'Paranormal Activity 4', 'Sinister' and 'House at the End of the Street' but it is definitely one of the best. Directed by Andres Muschietti in his full length feature debut and co-written by Barbara Muschietti and Neil Cross ('Luther', 'Spooks') with Guillermo del Toro ('Hellboy', 'Pan's Labyrinth') serving as executive producer, 'Mama' is based on Muschietti's 2008 Spanish short movie of the same name. It is set for release in the US on January 18th 2013.
The story centres on the three Bondurant brothers in rural Virginia. Eldest sibling Forrest (Hardy) runs the family moonshine business with middle brother Howard (Clarke). But the younger Jack (LaBeouf) wants in on the action and secretly teams up with whiz-kid Cricket (DeHaan) to speed up production and sell their wares to a big-city gangster (Oldman). Then slimy city-slicker Federal Agent Rakes (Pearce) arrives, determined to stop bootlegging no matter who he has to torture and kill. Meanwhile, a sexy barmaid (Chastain) with a shady past arrives to distract Forrest, while Jack daringly woos the rebellious daughter (Wasikowska) of the local preacher.
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The Bondurant Brothers, Forrest, Howard and Jack, take up lawless methods of achieving the American Dream during the Depression in Franklin County, Virginia. Soon their illegal money-making schemes, including selling their home brewed moonshine in their saloon, attract the attention of the local law enforcement who recruit a corrupt inner-city cop, Charlie Rakes, to break the brothers and force them to give him shares in their profits. In an attempt to gain his brothers' respect and win the heart of the pure and well brought up Bertha who seeks danger and excitement, the suggestible and smart Jack partners with the brutal and, quite frankly, untrustworthy city gangster Floyd Banner - things start to become strained for the Bondurants when the 'indestructible' Forrest is seriously injured and loyalty among the brothers is questioned.
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After escaping to Africa from Madagascar, Alex the lion; Gloria the hippo; Melman the giraffe and Marty the zebra decide it's time to head back to New York once and for all. Unfortunately, they have to rely on the penguins - Skipper; Kowalski; Rico and Private - and the two chimpanzees, Mason and Phil and their combined mechanical knowledge, to get them back home. Nothing can go wrong this time, though, can it?
Amid political and social turmoil, Martius (Fiennes) is a blunt Roman soldier, subduing insurrections in the surrounding kingdoms, making an enemy of Volscian leader Tullus (Butler) but returning home a war hero and crowned Coriolanus.
Despite the help of his military-leader mother (Redgrave), his loyal wife Virgilia (Chastain) and a respected senator (Cox), Martius is unable - and unwilling - to play the political game, insulting both the senate and the public. Banished from public life, he joins with Tullus and sets about conquering Rome his own way.
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