The Martian first look

Last year, we saw Matt Damon in astronaut mode in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar (above). And now The Bourne Identity star is returning to space with The Martian, the adaptation of Andy Weir‘s novel of the same name. Alien director Ridley Scott is at the helm of the sci-fi drama which follows an astronaut (Damon) who was part of the first team to walk on Mars. But when a dust storm catches his crew off guard, he ends up left behind on the planet, with no way to signal his astronaut colleagues, or mission control back on Earth, that he’s still alive. I guess that’s what he gets for trying to leave Matthew McConaughey behind in Interstellar

Earlier this year we got an unconventional first look at the set of The Martian thanks to a Super Bowl bet that Damon made with author Andy Weir. (Find out more about that here.) But now we actually have an official first look photo from the film with Damon in full astronaut gear. Check out The Martian first look photo after the jump. Read More »

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Leave it to Guillermo del Toro to create a haunted house so gorgeous, we’d gladly put up with any number of ghosts to visit it. No wonder Tom HiddlestonJessica Chastain, and Mia Wasikowska are willing to stick around what is clearly a pretty terrible place. The new Crimson Peak trailer has just dropped, and you can check it out after the jump.

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Even with Kristen Stewart out, the cast of The Huntsman just keeps getting more interesting. Jessica Chastain is reportedly joining Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron in the Snow White and the Huntsman follow-up.

Meanwhile, Emily Blunt has closed her deal to star, and Nick Frost is poised to return after all. More on the Huntsman Jessica Chastain casting after the jump. Read More »

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From the set of The Force Awakens, to its concept art and everything in between, it’s a busy day in Star Wars Bits. Below, read about the following:

  • Read how J.J. Abrams reacted when Harrison Ford got hurt on the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • Ewan McGregor is still waiting for his Star Wars standalone phone call, plus comments on Kylo Ren’s lightsaber.
  • Could a Han Solo video game be in the works?
  • Billie Lourd is most certainly in The Force Awakens.
  • See a cool prequel easter egg in Star Wars #1 and read about more secrets in the book.
  • Darth Vader #1 is a bit hit already, plus new variant covers.
  • Jessica Chastain would love to be in a Star Wars movie.
  • J.J. Abrams used Disney codenames on the set of The Force Awakens.
  • More video of Dave Filoni, Killian Plunkett and Henry Gilroy talking Star Wars Rebels.
  • A potential location is The Force Awakens is described, as are some new characters and an action scene.

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A Most Violent Year is a slow burn of a film, primarily centered around a simple land deal that entrepreneur Abel Morales (Oscar Isaac) is trying to put together to sustain and grow his young oil business. Yet somehow, writer/director J.C. Chandor is able to up the stakes until they are almost unbearably tense. What hangs in the balance is not merely Morales’ business and the future of his family, but also his sense of self, his moral center. If you extrapolate it further, the film becomes and indictment of American capitalism, in the same way that films like Nightcrawler did in 2014.

With some beautiful cinematography from Bradford Young and some dynamite performances from the leads, A Most Violent Year manages to be haunting, wistful, and unforgettable. Hit the jump to see my full video review of the film.

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First Look: Jessica Chastain in ‘Crimson Peak’

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Guillermo del Toro and Legendary Pictures are following Pacific Rim with Crimon Peak, a horror thriller in the grand old “big haunted house” mode, but with a cast and budget that are more typical of today’s tentpole films. The cast includes Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston, and Charlie Hunnam. The first image of Jessica Chasten in Crimson Peak — in a stunning head to toe costume designed by Kate Hawley — is now available. See it below. Read More »

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There’s no denying the visceral power and prowess of Christopher Nolan‘s Intersellar. The ninth film from the popular director is his most ambitious, and it looks jaw-droppingly gorgeous. The sets, miniatures, and images of space travel and planets all combine to make a film the scope of which rivals any other space movie.

Emotionally, the film comes close to achieving a similarly momentous effect. Interstellar follows Coop (Matthew McConaughey), a father forced to leave his family in a possibly mad attempt to preserve the future of humanity by finding another habitable planet. The tale is filled with drama, humor, intense action and surprising plot twists. There’s rarely a dull moment in the movie because the story is so compelling and poignant.

But maybe it’s all a bit too much. The script, by Nolan and his brother Jonathan, packs ideas and theories in every single scene. Concepts about love, survival, physics, and time burst from the film more prominently than the emotion and visuals. Even with a nearly three-hour runtime, so many ideas are presented that the film rarely has time to focus on one over another. The result is a technical marvel with a powerful narrative that ends up feeling a tad empty because we aren’t sure exactly which point it’s trying to make. Read More »

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Jessica Chastain is one of the most popular and talented actresses working today. She’s in Interstellar this week, A Most Violent Year after that, then Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak and Ridley Scott’s The Martian next year. And those are just the confirmed ones.

When an actress has that much buzz surrounding her, you know the big guns come calling. And in Hollywood, these days, Marvel Studios has the biggest gun. Chastain confirmed in a new interview she’s spoken to Marvel about some possible things in the future, but she doesn’t want to play a secondary character. She wants to be a kick-ass hero with a costume and action scenes. However, even though she knows the Captain Marvel release year off the top of her head, she later said that was not the role she talked to them about.

But she did talk to them. So below, watch Chastain’s video interview talking about potentially working for Marvel and run through a few possible Jessica Chastain Marvel roles she could go. Read More »

A Most Violent Year trailer

Jessica Chastain will be seen in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar in a few days, but that’s actually just one of two big premieres she has this week. The other is J.C. Chandor‘s A Most Violent Year, which makes its worldwide debut at the AFI Fest in Los Angeles on Thursday.

This one puts her with Oscar Isaac as a married couple struggling to grab ahold of the American dream in 1980s New York City. He’s an immigrant businessman, and she is his well-connected wife — who it seems may be even more of a schemer than he is. David Oyelowo, Albert Brooks, and Alessandro Nivola also star. Watch two new A Most Violent Year trailers after the jump.

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