Variety.com — On Monday, Nov. 17, the filmmaker and stars of “A Most Violent Year” spoke to a SAG audience following a screening of the film. Moderated by Variety’s Jenelle Riley, the conversation was filmed by SAG Foundation, the non-profit arm of SAG and marked the first time actors Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac spoke together at length about the film. They were joined by writer-director J.C. Chandor.
“A Most Violent Year” tells the story of Abel Morales (Isaac), an immigrant in 1981 struggling to grow his business while being investigated by the FBI and dealing with corrupt competitors. Chastain plays his tough-as-nails wife, who happens to have a mob connection.
Chastain not only stars in the film, she was instrumental in getting Chandor to cast Isaac, who she attended the Juilliard School with. “There was another actor attached for awhile,” said Chastain, “But the right actor came on board.” Added Chandor, “Jessica started whispering about this guy to me and it was sort of meant to be. She was sort of acting as an agent.” To which Chastain quipped, “Where’s my 10 percent?”
Chastain also revealed that she sent a long email to Chandor endorsing Isaac–something that Isaac was not aware of until this Q&A.
In addition to talking about preparing for the film, the actors revealed their worst audition stories, both of which involved prominent actors who were not named. “A Most Violent Year” hits theaters Dec. 31, 2014.
IndieWire.com — Before it lands in theaters, a new featurette from the movie has arrived. “It’s the Wild West in New York City at this moment,” Isaac says, describing the backdrop of the movie he stars in. “There’s a violence around and the general thought is when someone has a gun, you get a gun too to defend yourself.”
A new poster has arrived as well and it quotes The Playlist review from writer James Rocchi. “What good is the American dream if you can’t sleep at night because of the things you did to achieve it?,” he asked rhetorically in his A-grade review. Check out the new poster and feature clip. “A Most Violent Year” opens on December 31st in limited release.
An early 88-second tease of Star Wars: The Force Awakens can be seen in 30 theaters across North America beginning Friday morning, November 28. Following this weekend, the tease can be seen in theaters around the world this December.
Filmed by Elvira Lind. This original song was written by Oscar and Niall Rasputin. Performed in a staircase in Notting Hill, London.
Indiewire.com — Oscar campaigns are laid out months in advances, and as we discussed on our recent podcast, some awards season psychics like to set up the narrative far in advance, even if a lot can change. Those prognosticators better get ready, because the first trailer for J.C. Chandor’s “A Most Violent Year” is here, and it looks like strong stuff.
The latest from the director behind “Margin Call” and “All Is Lost” is led by Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain, telling the story of an immigrant and his family trying to expand their business amidst the rampant violence, decay, and corruption during one of the most violent years in New York City’s history. The film looks to be a pretty fascinating look at the cost of ambition, and the cinematography by Bradford Young (“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”) looks pretty damn impressive.
“A Most Violent Year” arrives in limited release on December 31st and will expand in 2015.
Oscar Isaac was challenged by Garrett Hedlund, and he fulfilled his obligation on Saturday.
Isaac, who may have taken the frigid, charitable plunge on the “Star Wars” set, claimed to have Harrison Ford and Adam Driver by his side. There were definitely two people in frame, but they were covered by blankets. Isaac explained that the two actors were in costume and due to their signed non-disclosure agreements they could not be filmed.
The Two Faces of January hits VOD and digital platforms on August 28, and opens in US theaters on September 26.
In 1962, the charismatic Chester MacFarland (Viggo Mortensen) and his alluring younger wife Colette (Kirsten Dunst), arrive in Athens by boat via the Corinthian Canal. While sightseeing at the Acropolis they encounter Rydal (Oscar Isaac), a young, Greek-speaking American who is working as a tour guide, scamming tourists on the side. Drawn to Colette’s beauty and impressed by Chester’s wealth and sophistication, Rydal gladly accepts their invitation to dinner. However, all is not as it seems with the MacFarlands and Chester’s affable exterior hides darker secrets.