Jessica Chastain Didn’t Go Into ‘Miss Sloane’ Alone

Miss SloanJessica Chastain is in line for another Academy Award nomination for her role in the thriller Miss Sloane. Chastain plays a high powered lobbyist who is determined to win at any cost – even if it means compromising members of her own team. The film reunites her with John Madden, the director behind 2010 drama The Debt.

Chastain was tailor made for the role and couldn’t wait to make the film and be reunited with Madden. She was also fascinated by the political world that the narrative documented. (Click on the media bar below to hear Jessica Chastain)

Miss Sloane, co-starring John Lithgow and Sam Waterston, is now playing in limited release.

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Going ‘Rogue’: Felicity Jones And Her Respect For ‘Star Wars’

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORYStar Wars fans, the wait is almost over as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is upon us. There is a lot of excitement and anticipation for the film, not only for the fans, but for the cast. The film features a talented ensemble which includes Mads Mikkelsen, Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland). and Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), who plays the heroine Jyn Erso.

For many it would be a dream come true to headline a Star Wars film, and that seems to be the case for Felicity Jones who says it was a privilege to star in the beloved franchise. She goes on to say she felt a great responsibility not only being in a Star Wars film, but also playing a strong female character which she also took great pride in. (Click on the media bar below to hear Felicity Jones)


Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in theaters December 16.

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Natalie Portman To Receive Desert Palm Achievement Award

jackie55Oscar winning actress Natalie Portman (Black Swan) will be honored by the Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) with the Desert Palm Achievement Award for performance in Jackie. The actress will receive the honor at the Film Awards Gala on January 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

Natalie Portman truly brings to life one of this country’s most treasured public figures in the acclaimed new film Jackie,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “Portman delivers a transformative and deeply human portrayal of the former First Lady following the assassination of John F. Kennedy, one of the most challenging moments in our nation’s history. It is our honor to once again present the Desert Palm Achievement Award to actress Natalie Portman.

The actress previously received the award in 2011 for her work in Black Swan. Previous recipients of the honor include Cate Blanchett, Julianne Moore, Sandra Bullock, Halle Berry, Marion Cotillard, Anne Hathaway, Charlize Theron, and Naomi Watts.

Portman starred earlier this year in A Tale of Love and Darkness, a project which marked her feature directing debut. Jackie, co-starring Peter Sarsgaard and Greta Gerwig, opens in select theaters December 9.




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‘CinemAddicts’ Podcast Reviews ‘La La Land’ And ‘Things To Come’

lalaland5On this week’s episode of CinemAddicts, we review La La Land, the Damien Chazelle (Whiplash) directed musical which is a shoo-in for a Best Picture Oscar nomination.

The Los Angeles set story, which is inspired by the Jacques Demy films The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and The Young Girls of Rochefort, centers on the relationship between a struggling actress (Emma Stone) and jazz musician (Ryan Gosling). The picture also features a cameo from J.K. Simmons, the Oscar winning best actor from Whiplash. Though the picture features inspired craftsmanship from Chazelle and is a first rate moviegoing experience, it has a few flaws (which are discussed on the podcast).

Isabelle Huppert, seen this year in Louder Than Bombs and Elle, gives a terrific performance in Things To Come as a philosophy professor who’s experiencing her share of struggles. Whether it’s her husband’s decision to separate or her mother’s mental deterioration, Nathalie’s is not having a great year. For cinephiles who love intimate, nuanced dramas, Things to Come is a worthwhile watch.

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Sour Grapes, and Zootopia are also discussed on this week’s show. Click on the media bar to hear CinemAddicts.

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With ‘Hamilton’ & ‘Moana,’ Lucky Lin-Manuel Miranda Strikes Gold Twice

nup_175644_0108Shortly after leaving the Broadway stage from his Tony winning show Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda finds himself with another hit on his hands with Pixar’s Moana where he composed and wrote songs for the film.

As many know, putting together and making a Pixar film can take much longer than making a live feature film. That was the case for Lin-Manuel Miranda who told us getting Moana was a surreal experience because it was while he was in preparations for Hamilton.

For a lot of creative people, it can be very difficult balancing two completely different projects. But for Miranda, it was refreshing working on both projects because once he was overdosing working on Hamilton day and night he had newfound energy working on Moana.


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