After discussing a film idea for quite some time, actor Alec Baldwin and writer/director James Toback decided to go to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and document their search for investors. During their time at Cannes, Baldwin and Toback interviewed many high-profile figures in the film industry.
In an interview to HBO, director James Toback told about how they approach the list appearing on the documentary:
I knew all the directors I approached. I was pretty friendly with a few of them. Alec wanted those particular directors. Ryan Gosling was his idea. I’ve known Jessica Chastain for several years, and she was my idea. I hadn’t thought about Diane Kruger before, but then we ran into her in the lobby of the Carlton Hotel [in Cannes, France].
Seduced and Abandoned premiered in the Special Screenings section of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival on May 20, 2013. A week prior to its premiere at the festival, the North American rights to the film were acquired by HBO Films. It later aired on HBO on October 28, 2013 and was given a cinematic release in the United Kingdom on November 8, 2013.
You can find in our gallery screencaptures and posters of the documentary, and the trailer plus a compilation of Jessica’s appearances on our video archive.
The current issue of Total Film is dedicated to Sci-Fi movies and it has a quick look on Interstellar. Sadly there’s no much info different than we already saw (the article is based on the trailer), but let’s hope they do a huge coverage when the film is about to be released. They also interviewed Jessica while in Cannes about Eleanor Rigby and Interstellar, and they have a few quotes from her.
What attracted you to Eleanor Rigby?
I read the script and was very moved by it, and when Ned Benson asked me to play Eleanor, I said: ‘I’d like to know more about her, I think also we need something about the female perspective.” I much prefer the long version of it (Him & Her), but I prefer the long version of anything. In the US it’s going to be released both ways.
What can you say about Interstellar?
Christoper Nolan is brilliant. He’s like the captain of the ship. One thing I think people will be surprised about Interstellar is it’s more emotional than you would expect it to be. It’s very warm. I like the idea of people going in and having no idea what it’s about and hopefully being surprised, and moved.
Also my friend Claudia sent in some clippings – from Cannes coverage – that you can find in our gallery as well:
A new French poster have landed online for Liv Ullmann’s first film as a director in more than a decade, Miss Julie. An adaptation of August Strindberg’s classic 1888 Swedish battle-of-the-sexes play, ‘Miss Julie’ is led by Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton.
Set on Midsummer’s Eve in a large country house, ‘Miss Julie’ details a battle of both sexes and classes, revolving around the eponymous daughter (Jessica Chastain) of a wealthy landowner, and her flirtation with and seduction of her father’s valet (Colin Farrell), a power struggle that has tragic consequences. The house’s cook and valet’s lover (Samantha Morton) observes the tryst as it unfolds.
No release date has yet been set, but MISS JULIE is expected to be released sometime later this year, assumedly in time for the winter awards season.
Variety is reporting that Icon Film Distribution has acquired the rights to A Most Violent Year for U.K. distribution.
The thriller from writer/director J.C. Chandor (“All Is Lost,” “Margin Call”) stars Oscar Isaac (“Inside Llewyn Davis”), who is set to star in “Star Wars Episode VII,” and Jessica Chastain (“Miss Julie,” “Zero Dark Thirty”), who is soon to star in Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar.”
Currently in post-production, the film is produced by Before The Doors’ Neal Dodson and Washington Square Films’ Anna Gerb, along with Chandor. It is co-financed by Participant Media and Image Nation Abu Dhabi, and is being sold internationally by Glen Basner’s FilmNation Entertainment.
Set in New York City during the winter of 1981, the most violent year in the city’s history, the film follows the lives of an immigrant (Oscar Isaac) and his family trying to expand their business and capitalize on the opportunities before them as the rampant violence, decay, and corruption of the day drag them in and threaten to destroy all they have built.
THR – Al Pacino’s films Salome and Wilde Salome based on Oscar Wilde’s play, are to be screened back-to-back and followed with a Q&A with the Oscar-winning actor and filmmaker.
The two movies will make their U.K. bows as part of a special event at the British Film Institute Southbank complex and will be presented together September 21. The Pacino Q&A will be broadcast live via satellite to cinemas across the U.K. and Ireland and the event will be hosted by Stephen Fry.
Salome is a filmed version of the play while Wilde Salome is a documentary that captures the challenges Pacino faced in performing in the play while simultaneously directing the two features.
Wilde Salome follows Pacino’s journey to Europe to understand more about one of the literary geniuses of the 20th century, Oscar Wilde.
You can check for local screenings on CineStage
Scans of People magazine digital issue has been added to the gallery. They have some gorgeous behind-the-scenes shots and Jessica’s is that one posted a few days ago, at the beach.
“I became an actress because I love movies,” said Chastain, star of the drama The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby. She’s a festival darling not only for her performances but for her screening attendance record: “Any chance I get, I’m going into the theater.”
The Film Stage has published today a set of new images of Jessica and Colin Farrel on upcoming Miss Julie, as well a (beautiful) poster.
Taking place at a large country estate in Britain over the course of one 1880s midsummer night, Miss Julie explores the brutal, flirtatious power struggle between Julie and John – a young aristocratic woman and her father’s valet.
She is all hauteur longing for abasement; he, polished but coarse. The two of them held together by mutual loathing and attraction. At turns seductive and tender, savage and bullying, their story builds inevitably to a mad, impulsive tryst. Plans are made in desperation, a vision of a life together – unsure if the morning light then brings hope or hopelessness, Julie and John find their escape in an act that is as sublime and horrific as anything in Greek tragedy.
Liv Ullman’s Miss Julie will skillfully weave this great original story of the battle between the sexes and the classes.
Miss Julie is expected to premiere in the fall and is seeking U.S. distribution.
Jessica posted today on her Instagram a look of that photoshoot she did at the beach during Cannes festival, and it happens to be from People:
We’ll be posting the scans asap.