Opening in theaters and VOD on January 23, Song One centers on Franny (Anne Hathaway), a woman who returns to Brooklyn after her musician brother Henry (Boardwalk Empire’s Ben Rosenfield) slips into a coma after a car accident. Initially judgmental about Henry’s career path, Franny sees her sibling in a truer light after listening to his music and revisiting his old haunts.
Part of Franny’s journey includes meeting Henry’s music idol James Forester (Johnny Flynn, who’s excellent in the role), and their unexpected bond forms the basis of this narrative.
Filmmaker/writer Kate Barker-Froyland, who met Hathaway as the director’s assistant on The Devil Wears Prada paints Brooklyn with a nostalgic and resonant eye, and much of the movie is shot during the dead of night, when the city’s music scene comes alive.
During the Song One interviews, I asked Anne Hathaway if the perception of Los Angeles as an industry town and New York existing as an artistic haven holds true. Hathaway, who has resided in both areas, said comparing the two cities isn’t the way to go, and she also elaborates on why she’s found a home in Los Angeles.
L.A. was an industry town for me until I made friends and that took a really long time to kind of find my group and now that I have it, it’s not an industry town. I have a wonderful and vibrant life out here.
Click on the media bar below to hear Anne Hathaway talk about her thoughts on Los Angeles and New York:
It’s been an eventful year for Jessica Chastain, thanks to her work this year on Interstellar and the relationship drama The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby.
Although she’s done solid work in both films, Chastain is getting the most awards talk for her work in the upcoming films A Most Violent Year and Miss Julie.
Opening December 5, Miss Julie is directed by Liv Ullmann, whose illustrious career includes starring in the Ingmar Bergman classics Persona, Cries & Whispers, and Scenes of a Marriage. With Ullmann behind the camera doing her interpretation of August Strindberg’s renowned play, it’s easy to see why Colin Farrell and Jessica Chastain signed on the dotted line.
The movie’s official boilerplate is below:
Miss Julie depicts a fierce battle between a man and a woman, a struggle for power and dominance enacted through a cruel and compulsive game of seduction and repulsion.
A country estate in Ireland in 1880s. Over the course of one midsummer night, in an atmosphere of wild revelry and loosened social constraints, Miss Julie and John, her father’s valet, dance and drink, charm and manipulate each other. She, all hauteur longing for abasement; he, polished but coarse – both united in mutual loathing and attraction.
By turns seductive and bullying, savage and tender, their intimacy leads to desperate plans and vision of a life together… Unsure if the morning brings hope or hopelessness, Julie and John find their escape in a final act as sublime and horrific as anything in Greek tragedy.
Miss Julie opens in New York and Los Angeles on December 5. The trailer is below:
Also included is a previous Jessica Chastain interviewed I did several years before, as she talked about the joy she gets in fighting for her movie roles:
The Dark Knight trilogy filmmaker Christopher Nolan sends Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway to a new galaxy in his ambitious, science fiction epic Interstellar. Playing a pilot turned farmer named Cooper, McConaughey is eventually tasked with leading a group of explorers to find a new inhabitable planet for humankind.
During the Interstellar press conference, Nolan elaborated on his passion for the project (he co-wrote the film with brother Jonathan Nolan):
“For my part, I look for a great story. What I found in Jonah’s draft was a very relatable situation. A great opportunity to challenge myself as a filmmaker in terms of various technical issues but also emotional issues. I’m a father myself and I related to the character as a father. I wanted to really push that in the telling of the story. I couldn’t tell you any more specifically . . . I just look for something that grabs me and holds me emotionally.”
One emotionally charged sequence, which I won’t spoil, has Cooper experiencing an incredibly profound moment. McConaughey talks about how he approached the scene below, and Nolan adds that “manly man tears” were shed after watching that sequence in dailies.