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Premature Oscar Predictions: The 2015 Best Actress Contenders

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 11, 2014 2:10 PM
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Premature Predictions: Actresses, 2015
You know the deal by this point, so we'll get to it as quickly as we can. Every year, to draw a line under the awards season, we take a moment to look ahead at some of the possibilities for the films and performances that we could be talking about in the context of the Oscar race in the eleven months to come. We've already discussed the Best Picture and Best Actor possibilities, and now, we've picked out some potentials to succeed Cate Blanchett as the winner of the Best Actress Academy Award.

First Look: Jessica Chastain In J.C. Chandor's 'A Most Violent Year' Plus Official Synopsis

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 19, 2014 9:25 AM
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A Most Violent Year
Following a busy 2013 getting the word out for "All Is Lost," director J.C. Chandor isn't wasting a moment, and is already back to work with his next movie, "A Most Violent Year." And with A24 already planning a fall awards season release, we're not having to wait long at all for our first glimpses of the film.

First Look: Jessica Chastain & Colin Farrell In Liv Ullman's 'Miss Julie'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 16, 2014 1:42 PM
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Miss Julie Jessica Chastain Colin Farrell
While we didn't see much of Jessica Chastain at the multiplex in 2013, aside from the horror thing "Mama," 2014 promises to bring us a whole lot of the actress. Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar" is, of course, already scheduled and the now-filming "A Most Violent Year" is expected to be ready for the awards season, also the dual movie "The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby His & Hers" will likely see some kind of release in the next twelve months. And one more to keep an eye out for, at least on the festival circuit, is Liv Ullman's "Miss Julie."

Watch: First Trailer For Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' Starring Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain & Many More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 14, 2013 11:10 AM
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Interstellar trailer
So, is Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar" gearing up to be the biggest blockbuster about agriculture ever? That's certainly the last word on it, as the always secrecy prone filmmaker hasn't let any details yet slip out about his movie.

Watch: Vogue Short Films Starring Jessica Chastain & Kate Winslet

There are all kinds of avenues these days for directors and stars to do some quick work these days, so enter Vogue magazine, who have commissioned director Matthew Frost for a series of shorts. And the prestige of the magazine has allowed them to land a couple of big names to get it off the ground. Read More »

Jessica Chastain & Vanessa Redgrave To Star In 'The Secret Scripture'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 15, 2013 9:50 PM
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The Secret Scripture Jessica Chastain Vanessa Redgrave
While we haven't seen much of Jessica Chastain on the big screen in 2013, she's been no less busy. She's already got the two picture "The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby His & Hers" in the bag, Liv Ullman's "Miss Julie" has wrapped and she's currently in the midst of Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar." And continuing to mix up the projects she takes on, it looks like Chastain's next movie will be a drama that finds her returning to Ireland.

Watch: First Trailer For CK Williams Inspired 'Tar' Starring Jessica Chastain, James Franco, Mila Kunis & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 11, 2013 8:25 AM
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Almost a year since it premiered at the Rome Film Festival, the dramatic omnibus "Tar," which features a star-studded cast that includes Jessica Chastain, James Franco, Mila Kunis, Zach Braff, Bruce Campbell and Henry Hopper, is still without a U.S. distributor or release date. But we guess it's coming out somewhere in the world as the first trailer for the movie has finally arrived.

Watch: Trailer & Poster For James Toback & Alec Baldwin's 'Seduced & Abandoned'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 28, 2013 2:29 PM
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Seduced And Abandoned
You’re known as one of the most provocative filmmakers in the world (James Toback). Your lead actor is one of the most celebrated thespians working in America (Alex Baldwin). So who wants to finance “Last Tango In Tikrit” (the working title), your would-be erotic political drama set in the Middle East where two journalists from opposing viewpoints have a torrid sex affair during the middle of the Iraq War? Turns out not too many people. And this is all hilariously documented in “Seduced & Abandoned,” Toback’s documentary made with Baldwin about their travels to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival trying to drum up money for this movie (read our review of the film here).

Updated: Guillermo Del Toro's 'Crimson Peak' Will Spookily Materialize In Theaters April 2015

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 25, 2013 11:25 AM
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Guillermo del Toro's next phantasmagorical outing is getting a new moniker. His forthcoming Gothic romance "Crimson Peak," starring the scarily great Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska, Charlie Hunnam and Tom Hiddleston, has been given the more anonymously spooky title "Haunted Peak" and a tentative release date of April, 2015. Shooting begins in February at Pinewood Toronto Studios and lasts until May. In between now and then, del Toro will direct the pilot for "The Strain," an FX series based on a trilogy of lousy vampire novels the filmmaker co-wrote with "The Town" scribe Chuck Hogan.

TIFF 2013: Our 5 Favorite Films Of The Festival, Plus Our Complete Coverage

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • September 16, 2013 4:17 PM
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TIFF 2013 Wrap-Up
Though coming hot on the heels of Telluride and overlapping this year with Venice, the Toronto International Film Festival is anything but a third string pony. In fact it's probably the largest, glitziest and most glamorous of the fall festival season players and no-one doubts that Toronto knows how to roll out the red carpet as well as any of them. But outside the stars, closed off streets and screaming fans, the programmers also make festivities a cinephile’s dream year after year. 2013 was no different.

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