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  • AviChristiaans
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    Directed by Ned Benson, and starring James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain and Viola Davis.

    Set to premiere today at 2PM, Monday September 9th, at the Toronto Film Festival.  

    No official theater release  is set as yet. 

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    Tye-Grr
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    This one sounds interesting. I’m hoping that reactions are positive, and that they help shed some light on the his/her aspect (two films VS one film perhaps split by an intermission). 

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    vinny
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    This seems interesting. Not sure how this will play out with the Oscars though. If Chastain gets nominated I’d be happy though. Would be nice to see her win after losing to Octavia Spencer for “The Help” (I thought Spencer was good but Chastain was much better).

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    This film probably won’t be out until next year, and yes, yes Jessica Chastain this and that, but I’d love for McAvoy to finally get some attention. He’s one of those easily overlooked actors from the recent era. 

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    Scottferguson
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    Since this is a fresh devoted thread –

    These are two separate 90 minute films telling the same story from two different points of view.
    They are meant to be seen in either order – at the Festival, though they will be shown together, the order will be reversed at the two screenings.
    It has no US distributor.
    This sounds like a natural for high-end cable, Netflix  or VOD play more than theatrical, although obviously the producers would like to make a sale that would get it into theaters.
    The reaction to this is likely to be determinative as to where it will be shown down the line.

    As someone else pointed out, if the two films were released separately, Chastain and McAvoy could be eligible in both lead and supporting for playing the same role in simultaneously eligible different films.

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    black30
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    This seems interesting. Not sure how this will play out with the Oscars though. If Chastain gets nominated I’d be happy though. Would be nice to see her win after losing to Octavia Spencer for “The Help” (I thought Spencer was good but Chastain was much better).

    Sup Actress should never be an aim for a budding leading lady of Chastain’s caliber. The insult is losing Best Actress to Jennifer Lawrence as Tiffany for Silver Linings Playbook. 

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    BrokenFan
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    [quote=”vinman422″]This seems interesting. Not sure how this will play out with the Oscars though. If Chastain gets nominated I’d be happy though. Would be nice to see her win after losing to Octavia Spencer for “The Help” (I thought Spencer was good but Chastain was much better).

    Sup Actress should never be an aim for a budding leading lady of Chastain’s caliber. The insult is losing Best Actress to Jennifer Lawrence as Tiffany for Silver Linings Playbook. [/quote]

    Nah.

    But I think Jenn is the one with the last laugh, or rather the Oscar. 

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    Riley
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    Jessica Chastain!

    When was the last time that this kind of simultaneous two-parter was attempted?  The only thing that I can remember that was even slightly similar was Grindhouse.  It seems like box office poison.

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    Titanium
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     This sounds like a natural for high-end cable, Netflix  or VOD play more than theatrical, although obviously the producers would like to make a sale that would get it into theaters. 

    I agree. I could see this going on HBO or Netflix as a 2-pater/miniseries. So for all we know it could be getting Emmys instead of the Oscars. 

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    Scottferguson
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    Jessica Chastain!

    When was the last time that this kind of simultaneous two-parter was attempted?  The only thing that I can remember that was even slightly similar was Grindhouse.  It seems like box office poison.

    Grindhouse wasn’t the same story told twice, so not exactly the same thing.

    The only similar case I can think of is Alain Resnais’ Smoking/No Smoking, from Alan Ayckbourne’s two related plays with the same characters. They could be shown in either order, two stories about the same subject. The original plays were the same way.

    It doesn’t easily fit a theatrical release model. But we’ll see.

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    Nope.  Oscars, SAG, Golden Globe, BAFTA, Critics Choice all got it right that year.  Octavia Spencer deserved it. Deal with it. Her role was far more dominant in that movie than Chastain who was good.  

    I find Chastain to be a fine but right now completely overrated actress in these parts.  She was too plain and boring as the lead in ZD30 which is why she became an also ran by the time of the Oscars.  Maybe that was the fault of the script but I think it was more the fault of the actress.  All her other much hyped performances- Tree of Life, Take Shelter, fine.  Nothing more.  Nothing less. 

    Her career is really just taking off so I won’t dismiss her yet but I think she’s far from the second coming some make her out to be.  And no, Octavia Spencer and Jennifer Lawrence did not rob her.  Please.

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    Tye-Grr
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    ^I thought Chastain was perfection in ‘Zero Dark Thirty’. She should’ve easily been the winner.

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    montana82
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    If perfection is a complete bore than yes she acheived it well.

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    Tye-Grr
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    I guess I appreciated the subtleties more than you did. Sometimes the quieter performances are the better ones. Screaming and shouting doesn’t always equate good acting.

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    I guess I appreciated the subtleties more than you did. Sometimes the quieter performances are the better ones. Screaming and shouting doesn’t always equate good acting.

    And a quieter performance doesn’t always mean there was subtleties going on. It may mean the actor didn’t make the character stand out enough or make a strong enough impact.  And the Chastain character she created could have been played by an android.  Again, that may have been the fault of the script but after seeing some of her other performances I’m not so sure.

    Emmauelle Riva was the quiet subtle performance that got robbed.  Which is why some experts thought she was the one who could beat Lawrence.

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