Based on the Nick Hornby (High Fidelity) novel, Juliet, Naked centers on Annie (Rose Byrne), a woman whose boyfriend Duncan (Chris O’Dowd) has had a long standing obsession with Tucker Crowe (Ethan Hawke). The rocker drifted off some 25 year ago, and due to a simple twist of fate Annie befriends Tucker via a series of email exchanges.
Along with a great selection of music, most of which are performed by Hawke (including the Coner Oberst track “LAX), the movie also boasts a tranquil seaside location that’s absolutely eye catching. Click on the media bar to hear director Jesse Peretz (Our Idiot Brother) talk about creating the fictional town that serves as the backdrop of Juliet, Naked (the east Kent locales of Ramsgate and Broadstairs are prominently featured in the flick):
Glenn Close gives a riveting performance in The Wife, playing Joan Castelman, woman whose passion for writing and her husband Joe have been seemingly peaceful bedfellows for years. Their union takes a turn for the worse after Joe is awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Based on Meg Wolitzer’s novel, the story also focuses on the origins of the couple (Annie Starke, Close’s real life daughter, and Harry Lloyd play the younger versions of Joan and Joe) as they form a seemingly indestructible partnership. “I think one of the things that intrigued me was, for example, why she never left him,” said Close. “I wanted every other woman to understand that. Working together around the table before we started work, we started to lay the groundwork of this relationship. The shooting of it was very organic and fab.”
During our interview with Close, the actress gives her thoughts on the complex relationship between Joan and Joe Castleman (co-star Christian Slater, who plays a writer in the flick, is heard in the background):
The Wife opens August 17 in New York and Los Angeles.
The upcoming documentary City of Joyfocuses on the friendship that developed among Congolese doctor (and Nobel Peace Prize nominee) Dr. Denis Mukwege, The Vagina Monologues playwright Eve Ensler, and Congolese human rights activist Christine Schuler Deschryver. Their bond led to the 2011 creation of City of Joy, which is described as a “transformational leadership community for women survivors of violence.”
One of the community’s focus is to turn “pain to power” and give these women tools to enhance their own lives and become leaders of their respective environments. The feature is directed by Madeleine Gavin, who has carved out a successful career as the editor of such films as Nerve, The Wilde Wedding, Song One, and What Maisie Knew.
Check out the evocative trailer below and tell us what you think!
Filmmaking team E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin received acclaim several years ago with Meru, and now they are climbing a new cinematic mountain with Free Solo. The project focuses on soloist climber Alex Honnold’s attempts to climb the face of the 3,200-foot El Capitan in Yosemite National Park sans a rope. Meru won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, and don’t be surprised if Free Solo is remembered come awards season.
The trailer focuses on Honnold’s drive to accomplish his goal, a feat that has its share of bittersweet challenges (Honnold’s girlfriend understandably expresses concern over the climb). Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!
National Geographic Films will be releasing the movie this fall (exact dates have yet to be determined but should be updated on their site).
Maia Mitchell, best known for her work in The Fosters, co-stars with Camila Morrone in the engaging and refreshingly uncompromising coming of age story Never Goin’ Back.
The storyline centers on Angela (Mitchell) and Jessie (Morrone), roommates who make ends meet at a local Texas diner. When Angela splurges their rent money for a surprise trip to Galveston, the pair must do double shifts to make up for their lack of cash before enjoying a little fun in the sun. These girls, however, are not exactly straight-laced, and their drug taking tendencies and off the cuff behavior leads them down an unpredictable path.
The comedy, inspired by filmmaker Augustine Frizzell’s own life, proved to be a creatively gratifying experience for Mitchell. Click on the media bar to hear the actress talk about working on Never Goin’ Back:
Never Goin’ Back opens in wider release August 10.
In Bel Canto, Oscar winning actress Julianne Moore (Still Alice) plays Roxanne, a famous soprano who travels to South America to give a private concert for a Japanese industrialist (The Last Samurai’sKen Watanabe). A guerrilla rebel group interrupts the proceedings, demanding their comrades be released from prison. This hostage crisis leads to a Stockholm Syndrome dynamic, and the trailer suggests that Roxanne’s international renown may be used as a positive force in this crisis.
Filmmaker Paul Weitz, whose last feature directing effort was the acclaimed 2015 feature Grandma, is Bel Canto’sdirector and co-writer. The project, which is based on the bestselling book by Ann Patchett (State of Wonder, Commonwealth), received the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!
Bel Canto, co-starring Christopher Lambert, hits theaters September 14.