Posted on Thursday, February 4th, 2016 by Angie Han
How do you mourn the death of a spouse you never really loved, who represented a life that you never really wanted? If you’re like Davis, the character played by Jake Gyllenhaal in Jean-Marc Vallée‘s Demolition, you start by writing a series of long, rambly, bizarrely confessional letters to the company behind the vending machine that failed to spit out the peanut M&Ms you paid for.
And because Demolition is an indie dramedy, those letters eventually lead Davis to a sympathetic customer service rep, Karen (Naomi Watts), who, along with her rambunctious son Chris (Judah Lewis), may be just what Davis needs to destroy his life so he can rebuild it again. Demolition is making its way into theaters this spring after debuting at TIFF last year, and you can watch the new trailer after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, December 18th, 2015 by Angie Han
Jean-Marc Vallée is pulling a Cary Fukunaga. The Dallas Buyers Club director is set to direct all seven episodes of the HBO limited series Big Little Lies, which will reunite him with his Wild stars Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern. Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Adam Scott, and Zoë Kravitz also star. More about the Jean-Marc Vallée Big Little Lies project after the jump. Read More »
Any name actor probably wants to work with Jean-Marc Vallée right now. With Dallas Buyers Club, the director helped land Oscar wins for both Jared Leto (The Suicide Squad) and Matthew McConaughey (Mud). His followup film, Wild, scored Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern Oscar nominations and plenty of acclaim. Jean-Marc Vallée might direct Big Little Lies next for HBO, reuniting with Witherspoon. Learn more after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, September 8th, 2015 by Angie Han
Fresh off of playing a guy fighting to get his life back after losing his wife in Southpaw, Jake Gyllenhaal plays a guy fighting to get his life back after losing his wife in Demolition. The new film by Jean-Marc Vallée takes that premise in a very different direction, however. For one thing, Demolition‘s Davis begins his path to redemption by writing a complaint letter to a vending machine company.
His complaint is received by customer service rep Karen (Naomi Watts), who is intrigued rather than weirded out by his intensely personal notes. With the help of Karen and her cute precocious kid (Judah Lewis), Davis starts the process of tearing down his life so he can build it up again. Chris Cooper plays Gyllenhaal’s father-in-law. Watch the Demolition trailer after the jump.
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Dallas Buyer’s Club was a big film at the end of 2013. This year, Wild, the new film from its director Jean-Marc Vallee, is said to be a powerful movie as well, thanks in part to a great performance from Reese Witherspoon. Now Vallee is setting up to make a new film, and this one will potentially combine major factors from his last two movies: it’ll be a story based in truth, anchored by a significant female performance. Vallee is in talks to be the Janis Joplin biopic director; he’ll direct Amy Adams as Joplin in a film about the late singer’s life. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, July 10th, 2014 by Angie Han
Reese Witherspoon‘s only release in the first half of 2014 was Devil’s Knot, which actually premiered on the festival circuit last year. But the second half of the year brings not one, not two, but three juicy roles for her in three very different movies.
One of those is Wild, the new film from Dallas Buyers Club helmer Jean-Marc Vallée. Witherspoon plays Cheryl Strayed, who wrote the memoir on which the movie is based. After the death of her mother and the breakup of her marriage sends Cheryl spiraling toward rock-bottom, she sets out to heal herself by hiking the 1,000-mile Pacific Crest Trail. The first Wild trailer has just landed, and you can see it after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 by Angie Han
Matthew McConaughey had quite the year last year, but 2013 isn’t looking so bad, either. Following up another impressive turn in Jeff Nichols’ Mud, he’ll next be starring in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, and then Dallas Buyers Club, directed by Jean-Marc Vallée.
At the center of the story is Ron Woodroof, a Texas man diagnosed with HIV in the early days of the disease. Desperate to live and running out of time, he starts looking into alternative treatments from other countries, and eventually smuggling them in to share with a “buyers club” of other HIV-positive people. The first trailer has just hit, and you can see it after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, August 22nd, 2013 by Angie Han
As Dallas Buyers Club prepares for its world premiere at TIFF, director Jean-Marc Vallée has booked his next gig. He’s just signed on for Wild, the Nick Hornby-scripted, Reese Witherspoon-starring adaptation of Cheryl Strayed‘s bestselling memoir. Hit the jump for plot details and more.
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One’s an multiple Oscar winner, the other a romantic comedy mainstay, but together they’re going to tell the true story of how one man single-handedly saved innumerable people from death. Hilary Swank and Matthew McConaughy have just signed on to star in The Dallas Buyer’s Club, written by Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack and directed by Jean-Marc Vallee (The Young Victoria). A project that’s been long in the making, it’s about Texas electrician Ron Woodroof who, in 1987, was diagnosed with AIDS and given six months to live. Instead, he lived six years, illegally smuggling medicine into the United States. Read More »