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IT 2 Gets Jessica Chastain

IT 2 Gets Jessica Chastain

IT 2 will officially begin filming this Summer, and now it’s learned Jessica Chastain has joined the cast of the sequel. It’s also reported that James McAvoy and Bill Hader are in talks for roles as the adult versions of the children. Jessica Chastain is playing the adult Beverly Marsh, the group’s lone female member who as an adult …

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Watch: The Huntsman Winter’s War Teaser

Watch a teaser above for the upcoming trailer for The Huntsman Winter’s War starring Chris Hemsworth.

The Huntsman Winter’s War has a April 22, 2016 release directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan also starring Jessica Chastain, Emily Blunt and Charlize Theron.

Synopsis:

Long before the evil Queen Ravenna (Theron) was thought vanquished by Snow White’s blade, she watched silently as her sister, Freya (Blunt), suffered a heartbreaking betrayal and fled their kingdom. With Freya’s ability to freeze any enemy, the young ice queen has spent decades in a remote wintry palace raising a legion of deadly huntsmen—including Eric (Hemsworth) and warrior Sara (Chastain)—only to find that her prized two defied her one demand: Forever harden your hearts to love.

When Freya learns of her sister’s demise, she summons her remaining soldiers to bring the Magic Mirror home to the only sorceress left who can harness its power. But once she discovers Ravenna can be resurrected from its golden depths, the wicked sisters threaten this enchanted land with twice the darkest force it’s ever seen. Now, their amassing army shall prove undefeatable…unless the banished huntsmen who broke their queen’s cardinal rule can fight their way back to one another. 

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The Huntsman Winter’s War Character Posters & Synopsis Released

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Character posters, the synopsis and the official title for the Snow White and the Huntsman spinoff have been announced.

The movie is officially titled The Huntsman Winter’s War which will feature Chris Hemsworth reprising as the titular character. As it is a spinoff, and not a direct sequel, Kristen Stewart will not be back as Snow White from the 2012 movie. 

The Huntsman Winter’s War has a April 22, 2016 release directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan also starring Jessica Chastain, Emily Blunt and Charlize Theron.

Synopsis:

Long before the evil Queen Ravenna (Theron) was thought vanquished by Snow White’s blade, she watched silently as her sister, Freya (Blunt), suffered a heartbreaking betrayal and fled their kingdom. With Freya’s ability to freeze any enemy, the young ice queen has spent decades in a remote wintry palace raising a legion of deadly huntsmen—including Eric (Hemsworth) and warrior Sara (Chastain)—only to find that her prized two defied her one demand: Forever harden your hearts to love.

When Freya learns of her sister’s demise, she summons her remaining soldiers to bring the Magic Mirror home to the only sorceress left who can harness its power. But once she discovers Ravenna can be resurrected from its golden depths, the wicked sisters threaten this enchanted land with twice the darkest force it’s ever seen. Now, their amassing army shall prove undefeatable…unless the banished huntsmen who broke their queen’s cardinal rule can fight their way back to one another. 

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New Crimson Peak Poster


Crimson Peak Trailer
 

Legendary released a new poster for Crimson Peak; check it out below.

Crimson Peak has an October 16, 2015 release starring Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska, Burn Gorman and Doug Jones, directed by Guillermo del Toro.

Synopsis:

Legendary Pictures’ Crimson Peak, a co-production with Universal Pictures, is a haunting gothic horror story directed by the master of dark fairy tales, Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy series, Pacific Rim), written by del Toro and Matthew Robbins and starring Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston and Charlie Hunnam.  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 that breathes, bleeds…and remembers.  Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, del Toro and Callum Greene produce, and Jillian Share executive produces. 

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Watch: Crimson Peak International Trailer

Watch a new international trailer for Crimson Peak, which is directed by Guillermo del Toro starring Tom Hiddleston.

Crimson Peak has an October 16, 2015 release also starring Jessica Chastain, Charlie Hunnam, Mia Wasikowska, Burn Gorman and Doug Jones.

Synopsis:

Legendary Pictures’ Crimson Peak, a co-production with Universal Pictures, is a haunting gothic horror story directed by the master of dark fairy tales, Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy series, Pacific Rim), written by del Toro and Matthew Robbins and starring Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston and Charlie Hunnam.  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 that breathes, bleeds…and remembers.  Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, del Toro and Callum Greene produce, and Jillian Share executive produces.

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First Look At Jessica Chastain In Crimson Peak

Check out a first look at Jessica Chastain from Guillermo Del Toro’s upcoming spook-thriller Crimson Peak.

Crimson Peak has an October 16, 2015 release also starring Charlie Hunnam, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, Burn Gorman and Doug Jones.

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Synopsis:

Legendary Pictures’ Crimson Peak, a co-production with Universal Pictures, is a haunting gothic horror story directed by the master of dark fairy tales, Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s LabyrinthHellboy series, Pacific Rim), written by del Toro and Matthew Robbins and starring Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston and Charlie Hunnam.  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 that breathes, bleeds…and remembers.  Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, del Toro and Callum Greene produce, and Jillian Share executive produces.

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No Jessica Chastain Captain Marvel Talks

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Jessica Chastain recently made some comments leading to speculation she might be up for the role of Carol Danvers in the recently announced Captain Marvel movie.

This past September saw Jessica Chastain state she would love to do a superhero movie, and she also stated in an interview she participated in talks with Marvel.

However, it appears those talks were not about Captain Marvel as Jessica Chastain took to her official Twitter account to clear things up.

While Jessica Chastain may not be up for Captain Marvel, our pick is for Moondragon in Guardians of the Galaxy 2.

The Captain Marvel movie has a July, 6, 2018 release date.

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Jessica Chastain Wants A Superhero Role: How About Moondragon?

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Jessica Chastain, star of Christopher Nolan’s upcoming Interstellar, Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak and Mama, and Zero Dark 30, recently questioned where the heck was the Black Widow movie and wondered why it was taking so long.

Now the actress states she not only wishes she could have been Black Widow, but Jessica Chastain also says she wants to do a superhero movie.

Speaking with the Guardian, Chastain offers:

“I would love to do a superhero movie! I would have loved to have played Black Widow.”

It’s noted that Jessica Chastain had opportunities to play in superhero movies, with mention she dropped out of Iron Man 3. However, it turns out Chastain doesn’t want to play a supporting role — she wants to play the superhero role.

 “A couple of times I’ve gotten really close. The problem is, if I do a superhero movie, I don’t want to be the girlfriend. I don’t want to be the daughter. I want to wear a fucking cool costume with a scar on my face, with fight scenes. That’s what I’d love.”

So any ideas which superhero Jessica Chastain could play?

Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn recently offered that the sequel will feature additional female cosmic characters

Our recommendation: How about Moondragon?

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Robert Downey Jr. Thinks There Should Be Black Widow, Hawkeye & Hulk Movies

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With Marvel Studios having so many release dates for untitled movies as well as seemingly having the Midas touch (i.e. Guardians of the Galaxy), movies featuring the other characters are becoming a major hot topic.

And right in the heat of things is a Scarlett Johansson Black Widow movie, especially considering Johansson’s recent “super hero” movie, Lucy, is closing in on $300 million without being tied to Marvel or The Avengers franchise.

Stan Lee recently stated he thinks Marvel will eventually do a Black Widow movie, and now Robert Downey Jr. takes it a step further by stating he thinks there should be movies for not only Black Widow, but for Hawkeye and more films for Hulk as well.

USA Today caught up with Robert Downey Jr. at the Toronto Film Festival where they first note Jessica Chastain is all for a Black Widow movie: “Where is the Scarlett Johansson superhero movie? I don’t understand it, why is it taking so long for this?”

Regarding Robert Downey Jr., he fist gave kudos to Gwyneth Paltrow for her performances in the Iron Man movies before stating it makes sense to have a Black Widow movie spinning out of the The Avengers.

It would be kind of more appropriate for a character that already was like a Black Widow (to lead a movie). It just seems like whatever Scarlett does people want to go see it.”

Robert Downey Jr. then also added that after seeing The Avengers 2, Hawkeye and Jeremy Renner should get their own flick, with mention of continuing the Hulk franchise.

“The funny thing is honestly at this point everyone deserves a franchise. I think Jeremy Renner is — when folks see the Avengers: Age of Ultron he’s just a rockstar, a bada–. And Ruffalo is pumped. He does great (work). I’d like to hear them talk even more seriously about a Hulk franchise, because that’s been one of the toughest ones to get right. But I’m sure that my parent company is feeling expansive and and bold after the summer they’ve had.”

Black Widow, Hawkeye and Hulk will be joining Iron Man in next May’s The Avengers 2.

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Interstellar: First Look At Topher Grace, John Lithgow & Jessica Chastain

New set images from Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar have hit the net featuring a look at Topher Grace, John Lithgow, Jessica Chastain and Matthew McConaughey.

Interstellar has a November 7, 2014 release with an all-star cast consisting of the recently added Matt Damon, Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Bill Irwin, John Lithgow, Casey Affleck, David Gyasi, Wes Bentley, Mackenzie Foy, Timothée Chalamet, Topher Grace, David Oyelowo, Ellen Burstyn and Michael Caine.

Synopsis:

The new script chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.

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Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar Adds John Lithgow, Topher Grace, Elyes Gabel; More On The Plot

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:8280:]]The past few weeks have seen a plethora of actors added to the cast of Christopher Nolan‘s upcoming science-fiction epic, Interstellar.

Joining Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, and Michael Caine are the newly announced cast additions of John Lithgow, Topher Grace (said to be in negotiations), Wes Bentley, Casey Affleck, Mackenzie Foy, Ellen Burstyn, Timothee Chalament, and Bill Irwin.

Update: Add one more to the cast with Game Of Thrones actor Elyes Gabel.

Typical of Christopher Nolan is the fact that not many details are known about the characters in Interstellar other than Matthew McConaughey is playing the film’s lead with “Cooper.”

The plot for Interstellar has been kept under wraps except for a possible leaked script that stated the film is set in the future where the world governments and economies are collapsed with the 20th century to blame. A mysterious rip in space and time occurs with what’s left of NASA investigating the mysterious anomaly as a possible last ditch effort for the salvation of mankind.

Another description for Interstellar states the movie delves into physicist Kip Thorne’s gravity fields theories, and reveals it’s a space travel story about a group of explorers who travel through a worm hole into another dimension. It’s said Interstellar is based on real science that explores the mind-bending territory of black holes and gravity waves and touches on some of the hypotheses that Albert Einstein could never prove.

Warner Bros. recently attached themselves to the film, which is being distributed by Paramount, by giving up the rights to Friday The 13th and South Park.

Recently is was also announced that Christopher Nolan will serve as executive producer on the Superman/Batman Man of Steel sequel as well.

Interstellar has a November 7, 2014 release directed and written by Christopher Nolan based on his brother Jonathan’s screenplay.

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Movie Review: Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

Not Quite Dark Enough and Not What You’re Expecting

A Film Review of Zero Dark Thirty

By: Lawrence Napoli

 

How do you fight a war on terror?  Conventional warfare waged by the US government would have you believe that attacking the enemy on their home turf is not only the key to victory, but also a means of keeping the front lines of the fight far away from civilians in the homeland: the primary target for terror.  Unfortunately, the war on terror has been proven to be anything but a conventional conflict and so other strategies were employed such as targeting the leadership of terror cells and none were regarded as nefarious as Osama bin Laden.   Of course, terror cells exist to operate outside the influence of leadership so this strategy doesn’t directly prevent the loss of innocent lives.  However, the leaders have influence and information about their networks and the elimination/capture of these individuals provide a much needed morale booster because progress can’t exactly be disclosed to the media the way it has in wars past due to the classified nature of all operations.

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Zero Dark Thirty is a film based on accounts from several sources concerning the pursuit of OBL and it has been recognized as an Oscar front-runner due to the issues it raises concerning torture, the nature of terrorism and the various methods used to combat it.  It has also been maligned for inaccuracies, which appears to be the theme for this year’s Academy worthy film productions seeing how both Lincoln and Argo have been singled out for their dramatic skewing.  The fact is that nobody should be going to the cinema for a history lesson and anyone accepting dialogue from a Hollywood star as the gospel truth of what happened in real life ought to have their heads examined, but with the ever increasing sentiment of ignorance and apathy in American society, it’s a legitimate concern that some people might.  The fine line between fiction and fact is not going to be explored in this review, but my primary criticism to Mark Boal’s script is the severe lack of action and the fact that it grinds the overall pacing down to a slow crawl.  Granted, the central idea of this story is depicting how the importance of information gathered through interrogation, interviews, office work, data review, fact checking and various other unglamorous tasks were vital in revealing OBL, but if blurring the details was the order of the day, throwing in a couple more spec-ops sequences would have helped.

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I don’t seem to find any exceptional artistic merit to this film outside of its subject matter.  Just about everything from the production value, to the cinematography, to the format of the story and the performance by the cast is standard fare.  That’s not to say that Zero Dark Thirty isn’t less than perfectly adequate, but when it comes to communicating the emotion this film left me with when I walked out of the theatre I can’t say anything other than “I saw it, I got it and now I’d like to see something more interesting thank you.”  It’s the same feeling of being unimpressed that I felt when I left The Hurt Locker.  There are simply better political thrillers out there (Enemy of the State, No Way Out, andAll the President’s Men).  There are more graphic depictions of torture (Hostel, The Last House on the Left, and Ichi the Killer).  There are more disturbing depictions of psychological trauma (Misery, Memento, and the original Manchurian Candidate).  Zero Dark Thirty is not any of these types of films, yet it has been celebrated and skyrocketed to the top of the Oscar contenders for somehow doing all these things well.  I disagree and I do not understand the enhanced credibility afforded to Kathryn Bigelow’s films because I find them to be lesser versions of other films involving similar subject matter.  Perhaps the Academy is catching wind of this seeing how she is not amongst the best directors nominated this year.  I put my money on there being less members of the Academy with an axe to grind with James Cameron.

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The only performance worth getting into is the one belonging to Jessica Chastain.  This actress has been coming out of the woodwork over the past 3 years with noteworthy performances in films such as The Help (2011), The Tree of Life (2011) and Lawless (2012).  I always said there seems to be a lack of serious American film actresses that can compete with the English K/Cates or anyone else from the UK, but Chastain certainly has the potential to take up Meryl Streep’s mantel.  However, her full skill set is not, I repeat NOT on showcase for Zero Dark Thirty.  The character she plays, Maya (who probably doesn’t really exist) is an enigma due to her lack of emotions outside of anger and petulance.  This makes her very difficult to identify with as a protagonist, but when it comes to seeing her as an anti-hero she lacks any semblance of charisma. 

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“A” for effort, but a “B” for execution.

The reason she is nominated for best actress in this film is her keen ability to portray solemnity and frustration, two emotions in abundance for any in pursuit of OBL over the years.  The problem with this is that Maya undergoes zero transformation despite the ups and downs and the fluctuation in circumstances does not reflect any deviation in the character’s demeanor.  I sense there is more depth to Maya, but it seems as if that was too classified to show on the big screen.  As a result, Maya gives the distinct impression of being a very intelligent and capable woman, but is really just a spoiled, little brat with exceptional tunnel vision.  Perhaps these are the ideal characteristics to join the spook patrol for the CIA, but does not a compelling fictional character make for a dramatic film.      

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Zero Dark Thirty is easily the most underwhelming Oscar nominated film this year which is a jagged little pill to swallow considering the mystery and intrigue surrounding the hunt for OBL.  We, the people will never get the full story or anything close to resembling the actual truth regarding this situation, but it is an interesting fiction the powers that be have allowed the mob to indulge in that it’s not particularly interesting in the first place.  There are several instances where I sense any of the Jack Ryan films attempting to be channeled, but these moments ultimately come up way short when it comes to entertainment value.  What’s interesting to note is how its box office performance reflects the decent, but not great quality of this film.  Budgeted at $40 million with earnings just over $89 million is far from failure, but equally far from phenomenal.  I would have thought more Americans would have been more interested in a story about how public enemy #1 was finally dispatched.