Watch Andrew Garfield And Jessica Chastain In First Trailer For ‘The Eyes Of Tammy Faye’

Bless us for this special day. The first trailer for the Searchlight Pictures film, The Eyes of Tammy Faye, has been released.

The movie, which is about the rise, fall, and redemption of televangelist Tammy Faye, stars Andrew Garfield and Jessica Chastain.

In the 1970s and 80s, Tammy Faye and her husband, Jim Bakker, played by Garfield, rose from humble beginnings to create the world’s largest religious broadcasting network and theme park, and were revered for their message of love, acceptance and prosperity. Tammy Faye was legendary for her indelible eyelashes, her idiosyncratic singing, and her eagerness to embrace people from all walks of life. However, it wasn’t long before financial improprieties, scheming rivals, and scandal toppled their carefully constructed empire.

Michael Showalter directed this film based on a script by Abe Sylvia. In addition to Garfield and Chastain, this movie also stars the talented Vincent D’Onofrio, Sam Jaeger and Cherry Jones.

The trailer looks like it should be an interesting little movie. Lots of talented people involved in the making of this film, so we’re hoping it doesn’t disappoint.

Check out the trailer below. It’s set to hit theaters September 17, 2021.

Lupita Nyong’o And Jessica Chastain’s Spy Thriller ‘The 355’ Pushed Back A Year

Back at the Cannes Film Festival in 2018, Universal Pictures purchased domestic distribution rights for ‘The 355‘ for a cool $20 million.

The female-led heist thriller stars Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o and Diane Kruger.

The globe-trotting espionage thriller follows a group of international spies — a brigade that also includes Penelope Cruz and Fan Bingbing — who team up to stop a potentially world-altering event. Together, the five women form a faction called ‘355,’ a nod to the assembly of female spies that united during the American Revolution

It was supposed to hit theaters on January 15, 2021, but thanks to the pandemic, it has been pushed back one year, to January 14, 2022.

You have to believe that was a tough decision for the studio, considering they’ve been sitting on this movie for a couple years. Now they have to wait another year.

But after paying $20 million for it, they want to make sure theaters are fully open when they finally decide to release it. If all goes according to plan, things should be at least 90% normal come Summer 2021, so the release date changes should begin to slow down.

We’ll probably see a few more, with films that were rescheduled to be released in January or February, but everything after March/April should be good to go.

Jessica Chastain And Sam Rockwell Star In Trailer For ‘Woman Walks Ahead’

Fresh off a Best Supporting Actor win at the Oscars, Sam Rockwell returns to the big screen in Susanna White’s historical drama Woman Walks Ahead.

The film stars Jessica Chastain as widowed artist Catherine Weldon who travels alone to North Dakota to paint a portrait of Chief Sitting Bull. But while she’s there, she finds herself in the middle of conflict between the Lakota tribe and the US Army.

It premiered at TIFF last year, and the reaction was pretty mixed. It doesn’t look like it’s a bad film, but maybe just a bit of a boring one.

It’s scheduled to hit theaters June 29, 2018. You can check out the official synopsis and trailer below…

“Based on true events, Woman Walks Ahead tells the story of Catherine Weldon (Jessica Chastain), a widowed artist from New York who, in the 1880s, traveled alone to North Dakota to paint a portrait of Chief Sitting Bull (Michael Greyeyes). Her arrival at Standing Rock is welcomed with open hostility by a US Army officer (Sam Rockwell), who has stationed troops around the Lakota reservation to undermine Native American claims to the land. As Catherine and Sitting Bull grow closer, and as their friendship—and his life—are threatened by imperious government forces, Catherine must contend with the violence that underlies her position.”

Jessica Chastain Confirmed For ‘It: Chapter 2’ And Bill Hader Could Be Joining Her!

Just yesterday (April 12) we told you that ‘It: Chapter 2′ was scheduled to start filming in July in Toronto, and we should expect to hear more casting news soon.

Well, we were right. It was confirmed late Thursday that Jessica Chastain will play the grown up version of Beverly Marsh. It’s a great casting decision considering she looks like the mother of the actress who played Beverly in the original film. As you all know, this sequel will feature a 27-year time jump to show the characters returning to their hometown as adults to take on Pennywise once again.

In addition to the Chastain casting news, we are now hearing that Bill Hader and James McAvoy are in talks to join her. McAvoy is in talks for the role of Bill and Hader is going for the role of Richie, who was played by Finn Wolfhard in the original movie.

Sources stress that negotiations are early and that the script is still being worked on,” but we wouldn’t be surprised to hear official confirmations soon. I believe Hader and McAvoy would be great in the movie.

We will continue to keep you posted as more casting news is released. We’re sure every actor in Hollywood wants to be involved. This sequel is basically a guaranteed success. The first installment made over $700 million worldwide.

Jessica Chastain Is In Talks To Star As Beverly In The Upcoming ‘It’ Sequel

Right after it was revealed the ‘It‘ sequel would jump several years into the future to show the kids as adults, fans started campaigning for Jessica Chastain to play the adult version of Beverly.

And it looks like those fans are going to get their wish. According to multiple sources, the 40-year-old actress is in talks to star as Beverly in the sequel. The negotiations are still in the early stages, but both sides want the deal to close. We already know that director Andy Muschietti will return to direct, Gary Dauberman has returned to write the script, and Bill Skarsgard will return as Pennywise.

It: Part 2 is expected to be released September 6, 2019, which means more casting news will be released soon. Things will be moving pretty fast now.

“Chastain has been linked to the sequel for some time following its monster opening weekend, as the Muschiettis mentioned her in an interview with Variety as a top choice to play adult Beverly in the sequel. Rumors even surfaced of a post-credits scene in which Chastain could have made a cameo, though that never came to fruition.”

As mentioned above, this sequel will feature the kids as adults, and they’ll be forced to face Pennywise one more time. We will keep you posted as more information is released. It was one of my favorite films of 2017, so I can’t wait to see what they do with the sequel.

Jessica Chastain And Octavia Spencer Will Team Up To Star In Road Trip Comedy

The last time Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer were on the big screen together was back in 2011 for The Help. That movie did very well at the box office and with critics, and now they’re hoping their next film together has the same success.

According to the report, the script for this road trip comedy resulted in a bidding war between Paramount, Universal and Fox. Universal put in the highest bid and now holds the rights.

The project is still untitled and plot details are hard to find, but it’s being compared to the 1987 classic Planes, Trains And Automobiles. Both Spencer and Chastain will play women trying to get home in time for the holidays.

So basically, Chastain and Spencer will most likely be playing two complete opposites who are forced to join together to make it home to their respective families. It will be interesting to see Chastain try her hand at comedy. I’m assuming she’ll be playing more of the straight man, but that’s also the role Spencer typically plays, so we’ll see what happens.

We will keep you posted as more information about this film is released. For now, keep it on your radar.

Movie Review: The Huntsman: Winter’s War – Bad Pacing, Poor Acting and a Confusing Plot

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If I saw the first Huntsman movie, I couldn’t tell you. I will tell you after seeing its sequel, I doubt I ever will. One dimensional storytelling and two of the worst accents I’ve ever heard turned this into a miss for me.

This story follows Snow White and The Huntsman, though apparently Kristen Stewart was in the last one and doesn’t appear here. This sequel kind of tries to pull in some Frozen by sticking in an evil Snow Queen played by Emily Blunt. Chris Helmsworth reprises his role as The Huntsman and this time is dealing with her, and her desire to revive her sister.

Yeah, they actually tried to shamelessly cash in on two movies, by slipping a little Frozen in, though a decidedly more adult version. It’s really attacking that mass consumer index from all angles.

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I think an accountant may have written this movie. At least I would think that, if it wasn’t so damn pretty. Because it is a good looking movie. Every single inch of it, from the cast, to the CGI, fight scenes, backdrop and lighting is gorgeous to look at.

Then, Chris Helmsworth spits out line after line with a Scottish accent only a cartoon character would sport. Its painful to listen to. The first time he did it, I laughed in surprise. The accent was so distracting that I decided to look into the first movie, and watched a few clips.

Why was he Scottish in this movie, but not that one? Can you do that? Suddenly just become Scottish? Is that like The Huntsman’s superpower? The sudden, inexplicable ability to sound like the Scottish version of Yosemite Sam?

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Also, I was so confused as to what was going on. I mean, seriously lost through the vast majority of it. I think this is supposed to be one of those sequel/prequels, where they slip in the backstory through the story, but the pacing was off and most of the time, I was too busy laughing at that bad accent to care.

If this was on mute, I might think it was a different movie. They invested a lot into effect, but feels like they threw together a script over a weekend and decided to let Helmsworth try out his new accent just because. The attempt to squeeze every little coin out of this franchise is sad.

It got some disappointing results at the box office. It hit number 2 in the box-office at its debut and has earned about $19 million, but I’m guessing that’s not nearly what the first one made. I think they tried to get too much out of the movie and as a result, lost the magic that likely drew viewers to the original. But I have to admit, seeing this gives me no desire at all to see the original. Bad pacing, poor acting and a confusing plot made this too much trouble to watch, despite how pretty it was to look at.

WE GAVE IT: 2 Stars – Watch the Official Trailer and Official Movie Poster below!

2 Stars

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Movie Review: Crimson Peak – Not Heart Pounding, But Unsettling And Darkly Beautiful

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Let’s start off by saying that while Crimson Peak has been advertised as a ghost story, it’s not so much that as it is a story with a ghost in it.

We start out by meeting the lead Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska), a woman who had unusual desires for a woman in the late 1800s. She wants to be a famous writer, rather than a wife. Her dad has other idea, wanting her to marry the local Dr. McMichael (Charlie Hunnam). However, Edith instead focuses on a poor, but aristocratic Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston). She’s seduced by his dream of restarting the red clay mine of his family home. After her father’s mysterious death, Edith marries Thomas, only to start receiving mysterious warnings from her dead mother, about the place she’s gone to live, referred to as Crimson Peak.

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There’s quite a bit to say about the acting in this film, as there’s not much action. The characters must be carried by nothing more than dialog or the occasionally nefarious look. In that Mia Wasikowska is great as a wide eyed girl. growing increasingly suspicious of her husband’s family. Thomas Sharpe, played by Tom Hiddleston, is equally good, playing the loving husband with a nefarious side as well. And Jessica Chastain, who got the rare opportunity to spread her wings as the nefarious sister, might have found her best role yet.

However, even the excellent acting fades away among the amazing visuals that are this film. It’s a gothic story, with an excellent, complex gothic atmosphere. Everything from the scenery and the small details of the gothic home, all the way to the score that plays in the background competes for your attention. It’s a thrilling, gorgeous film that is carried based on excellent direction and beautiful visuals.

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Their story is a simple one. Girl looking to solve mystery. However, it’s simple because it needs to be. The characters themselves are so multifaceted, the background so rich, that if we were dealing with a complex story, it would feel like a messy mishmash. Instead, the balance is perfectly formed, ensuring that you can understand the plot while you enjoy the characters.

I do have to point out that this is not a scary horror flick. It’s less about monsters and spirits than it is the atmosphere. If you were a fan of The Others, then it’s likely you’d enjoy this. However, if you’re looking for something like Hellboy, this is not the flick for you. The conflict here is internally driven and much of the horror is purely cerebral.

Towards the end of the movie, the momentum slows a bit and some might find that it drags. In addition, the CGI effects for the ghosts were a bit underwhelming. However, the atmosphere and the characters carry this well enough. While it might not be heart pounding, it’s certainly an unsettling, darkly beautiful movie that viewers with tamer horror tastes will likely enjoy.

If that’s your kind of style, and The Others is among your favorites, than Crimson Peak is absolutely worth the watch.

WE GAVE IT: 3.5 Stars – Watch the Official Trailer and Official Movie Poster below!

4 stars

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Movie Review: The Martian (2015) – A Sharp, Clever Movie That Is Free From Sappy Sentimentality

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The Martian, featuring Matt Damon, is crushing it at the box offices and pleasing critics alike. So what is it about this space based flick that has so many people rushing to the theaters, while calling it Scot Ridley’s best movie since Blackhawk Down? Let’s find out.

The premise is a bit of Cast Away, without the crippling depression and soccer ball friends. Matt Damon plays Matt Watney, an astronaut who went on a mission to Mars, only to get left behind after his crew gives him up for dead following a storm. The movie is surprisingly simple, with Watney trying to find a way to get home, while the people back at NASA try to get him back. There’s also a lot of film time that features the crew that left him behind. Despite three different storylines and scenes going on, they manage to match it all together pretty seamlessly.

Matt Damon is pretty impressive in this movie, playing the affable and sarcastic Watney with cocky vulnerability. He plays his part with enough humor to keep this from turning into a heart pounding Gravity copy, and instead, making it a bit lighter and fun.

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What I loved about this movie was the complete absence of clichés. The only thing working against Matt was time. There are no evil politicians plotting against him, no crazy space aliens or weirdly nefarious rivals bent on his demise. Instead it’s a space movie that focuses on the science of space, rather than the fantastic.

That allowed Matt’s character to create his own urgency, rather than driving it with a cliché like a wife pining away for him at home, or a precocious kid begging the president of NASA to save his daddy. Instead they made Matt likeable enough in his own right to make people root for him.

Both Jessica Chastain and Jeff Daniels play leaders in their own right, with Chastain running the return crew and Daniel’s running the home base in NASA. Both leaders are compassionate and competent, devoutly devoted to bringing Mark home, even as time works against them.

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The movie is contained entirely within NASA. There’s no clichéd outside pressure or unnecessary characters. Instead, it plays out much in the same way I’d imagine a real space disaster would play out. The movie allows us to focus on that, without dragging us away into too many superfluous side stories.

For such a serious premise, the movie is surprisingly funny, with more than a few laugh out loud moments. The laughs come from a genuine place and fit in seamlessly, thanks to the excellent writing and surprisingly bare bones premise. It’s a sharp, clever movie that is free from sappy sentimentality.

It’s not just worth the watch. This is a must watch. For anyone who has ever doubted Matt Damon’s acting talent, this movie will make you look at him in a new way. This is a clever, refreshing intelligent movie that doesn’t try to be to high minded. It simply works that way because it was intelligently written.
WE GIVE IT: 4.5 STARS!

four and a half stars

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