Raffey Cassidy Doubles Down With ‘Vox Lux’ Acting Challenge

Sixteen-year-old actress Raffey Cassidy (The Killing of a Sacred Deer) has dual roles in Vox Lux, making it possibly the most challenging role she’s had to tackle thus far. In the film she plays the younger version of pop star Celeste (Natalie Portman) as well as Celeste’s daughter Albertine. The feature was nominated for the Gold Lion for Best Picture at the Venice Film Festival.

“I guess it’s trying not to make it gimmicky or being the same person,” said Cassidy in discussing playing two roles in Vox Lux. “It was also fun to do, (but it’s) kind of challenging at the same time. It was shot sequentially so we did young Celeste then I’d move on to Albertine so I’d completely forget the Celeste character and focus on Albertine.” Click on the media bar to hear Cassidy talk about learning from Vox Lux co-stars Natalie Portman and Jude Law:

Vox Lux is now playing in select theaters.

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To Take On ‘Holmes,’ Will Ferrell Needed John C.Reilly As His Watson

John C. Reilly was an acclaimed, Oscar-nominated dramatic actor — until Will Ferrell came along, that is. By casting Reilly in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Ferrell brought out the funny side of Reilly that audiences had yet to explore. Reilly appreciated getting the chance to let his sense of humor shine, so he worked with Ferrell again in Step Brothers, and the pair have reunited yet again for a new film, Holmes and Watson, where the duo bring their comedic spin to the legend of Sherlock Holmes. When we spoke to Ferrell, he said there’s nobody he’d rather have as his partner in crime (solving) than Reilly. (Click on the media bar below to hear Will Ferrell)

You can investigate Holmes and Watson when it opens on Christmas Day.

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Steve Carell’s Movie Youth Impacted By ‘Welcome to Marwen’ Director Robert Zemeckis

Director Robert Zemeckis’ career has included a healthy share of excellent films (Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Forrest Gump, Flight), and now he’s back with Welcome to Marwen. The project, penned by Zemeckis and Caroline Thompson (Edward Scissorhands), centers on the true story of Mark Hogancamp’s (Steve Carell) intriguing manner of dealing with a nearly soul crushing attack.

Creating a town via miniatures, Hogancamp builds an art installation where he can be the hero of his own story. Hogancamp was the subject of the 2010 documentary Marwencol.

In the clip below, Carell talks about how Zemeckis, whom he describes as a “legend,” impacted him as a moviegoer.

Welcome to Marwen, co-starring Diane Kruger and Carell’s The 40-Year-Old Virgin co-star Leslie Mann, opens nationwide December 21.

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Christian Bale Reflects On ‘Vast Undertaking’ Of Taking On Dick Cheney With ‘Vice’

Christian Bale received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his work in The Big Short, a feature directed by Adam McKay. The pair reunite for Vice, a look into the life of former Vice President Dick Cheney. Bale gained over forty pound to play Cheney, and since the actor is definitely used to drastically changing his body in various films (The Machinist, Rescue Dawn, and Batman Begins come to mind), taking on the physicality of Cheney wasn’t the biggest challenge of Vice.

Instead, Bale wanted to make sure he didn’t deliver a predictable impersonation of Cheney, and thought it was a “vast undertaking,” the actor was determined to capture the essence of his character (click on the media bar to hear Bale).

Vice, co-starring Sam Rockwell as George W. Bush, opens nationwide December 25.

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Rachel Weisz May Be A “Favourite” Come Oscar Season Time

Rachel Weisz reteams with The Lobster director Yorgos Lanthimos in The Favourite, a look into Queen Anne’s (Olivia Colman) relationships with Lady Sarah (Weisz) and a cunning servant named Abigail (Emma Stone). The picture is getting huge awards buzz, and Weisz may get her first Oscar nomination since her Best Supporting Actress win for The Constant Gardener.

Sandy Powell’s costumes are incredible,” said Weisz. “She used the silhouettes from the period but she used materials that wouldn’t have been used then. So she used black and white leather and denim and things that are very anachronistic and all the female characters are wearing black and white so we look like a chess board.”

Click on the media bar to hear Rachel Weisz discuss a pivotal scene in The Favourite which displays Olivia Colman’s prodigious acting talents: 

The Favourite is now playing in select theaters and will open nationwide in January 2019.

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Katherine Waterston Is Haunted By The Past In ‘State Like Sleep’ Trailer

Katherine Waterston, seen in this year’s Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, stars in the presumably tiwsity thriller State of Sleep. The narrative center on Katherine (Waterston), a widow whose celebrity husband (Michiel Huisman) committed suicide a year ago. A fateful phone call leads Katherine to revisit her past and discover some dark truths about her husband. Luke Evans and Michael Shannon co-star in the feature. Shannon and Waterston both worked on the HBO series Boardwalk Empire.

Directed and penned by Meredith Danluck, State Like Sleep hits theaters January 4 and is available on On Demand starting January 1. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!

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