At the core of many powerful films is a very simple concept, driving the motives and tribulations of all that transpires onscreen. A common theme that might be defined as the core of several of this year's most prolific pictures is fear. Such a versatile motif finds its way into the hearts of a wide variety of movies, ranging from the imaginative spectacle that is Ang Lee's big screen adaptation of Life of Pi to David O. Russell's on-edge romantic dramedy Silver Linings Playbook to the hardest hitting of the year's cinematic contributions, namely Zero Dark Thirty, from filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow.
In all of these movies and several more of the year's best — including Ben Affleck's Argo, Tom Hooper's Les Miserables, and Sacha Gervasi's Hitchcock — we can find fear manifesting a daunting, albeit driving, entity. The below exclusive clip of the latest Q&A conducted for EPIX and LA Times' Envelope Screening Series gathers each of these directors to touch upon the element of fear, a conversation provoked by Lee, in his or her film. Whether or not this base human emotion is more a charging force than its primal colleague love is an issue into which the auteurs sink their hungry teeth.
Additionally, the filmmakers delve into the challenges in and highlights of making their respective movies. Check out the video below to hear Affleck, Bigelow, Hooper, and the rest chime in about some of 2012's most memorable features.
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S1E18: Once Upon a Time prides itself on the complexity of its characters, demonstrating to viewers time and time again that not everything is clear-cut. Every character's backstory is filled with an twist that shows how they came to be the person they are. And it's this unprecedented look at our beloved fairytales that makes fans continually come back for more. "The Stable Boy" is no exception.
This episode delves into Regina's fairytale past, to a time long before she was ever known as The Evil Queen. In fact, some could even describe her back then as being downright sweet, especially in comparison with her controlling mother. And while that in itself is enough to pique our curiosities, the story also explains the real reason behind her unrelenting hatred for Snow White. Up until now we've been led to believe it was simply due to Snow's beauty and King Leopold's obvious favoritism for his daughter over the Queen, but in actuality the problem is much deeper than that.
As we've learned from this show: evil is made, not born. And while it's been relatively easy to hate the Queen so far, this new information could give us a change of heart. But that's the reason we love this show: you never know what to expect.
"Why can't I just be myself?" - Regina
"Because you could be so much more if you just let me help you." - Regina's mother
We start off in the fairytale world and meet a side of Regina we've never seen before. Instead of an evil, manipulative Queen, we get a sweet, kind, young woman who has a love for riding horses. Her mother, on the other hand, is an entirely different story. She's never satisfied with anything her daughter does and uses magic as a means of discipline. In short, she's the spitting image of the Regina we know. And it's because of her mother's cruelty and intolerance that Regina hides relationship with the stable boy, Daniel. During one of their secret rendezvous, a young Snow White goes by on an out-of-control horse and Regina saves her. Grateful for saving his daughter's life, King Leopold proposes to Regina, hoping she will become a replacement for Snow White's dead mother.
But young Regina doesn't care about the glory and power that comes with being Queen. She wants to marry for love, so makes plans to run away with Daniel. He even gives her a makeshift ring for her, and Storybrooke Regina still carries it around with her. But once again, they are interrupted by Snow who catches them kissing. Regina confides in Snow of her plans to run away with Daniel and pleads with her to not tell anyone about this, especially Regina's mother. In the end, Snow promises to keep their secret safe.
"What did I ever do to make you hate me so much?" - Mary Margaret
Meanwhile, the Storybrooke plot continues to center around Kathryn's murder investigation with Mary Margaret as the only suspect. David has come to his senses and asks Emma if he can visit Mary Margaret to apologize for not believing her innocence, but Emma quickly refutes his request. And while it would've been nice for a star-crossed lovers reunion, it makes sense that Emma wants to respect Mary's request for privacy.
Mr. Gold convinces Mary Margaret to the talk to the DA before the trial in the hopes that her kindness and personality will make her appear less guilty, however, that plan proves unsuccessful (though we shouldn't be surprised since Gold is secretly working for Regina). But August, the ever-mysterious writer, swoops in to help and suggests that Emma retrace her steps. The two of them set out to check the site where the heart was buried, and they find a shard from a broken shovel. Emma sneaks into Regina's garage and, sure enough, she finds a shovel with a piece missing that just happens to be a perfect fit for the shard found at the crime scene. This is it. Emma's finally caught Regina, right? Not so fast...
"I should've let her die on that horse." - Regina
Back in the fairytale world, Snow White does her best to keep her promise to Regina. But given that she's just a little girl, she's easily manipulated. Regina's mother is no fool and realizes that her daughter is keeping secrets from her, so she uses Snow to find out what they are, acting like all she wants in the world is her daughter's happiness. So, of course, Snow buys the whole act and, since she doesn't want to see Regina lose her mother, she reveals Regina's plan to run away with Daniel. But rather than let her daughter live happily ever after, Regina's mother stops them before they can leave and rips out Daniel's heart. Familiar?
Afterward, Regina follows through with her engagement to the King. But, as expected, Regina finds Snow told her mother of her runaway plan. In essence, she sees Snow as the real reason Daniel is dead. It's at that moment that a transformation occurs in Regina. At first, she's filled with pain and anger regarding Snow White's unintentional betrayal, but she makes Snow think that she's forgiven her. It's a very subtle change, it's visible in her eyes and forced smile that she is no longer the sweet girl at the start of the episode. Daniel's not the only one who lost his heart.
"I did not kill Kathryn." - Mary Margaret
"I know....but you do deserve this." - Regina
Emma returns to Regina's house the following morning with a warrant to search her garage. But if there's one thing Regina's good at, it's being five steps ahead of everyone else. Sure enough, the broken shovel is gone and a new one is in its place. Furious that she's now back to square one, Emma accuses August of giving Regina a heads up, which he immediately refutes. And while you're never really sure who to trust on this show, he's actually telling the truth. Emma returns to her office and in a fit of rage throws the vase Sydney Glass dropped off earlier and finds a listening device among the shards of glass. Not only does Emma realize that office has been bugged (which explains how Regina knew to switch shovels), but now she also knows Sydney Glass as been working for Regina all along.
But the writers left us with an even bigger cliffhanger. When Emma apologizes to August, they hear Ruby screaming: she found Kathryn in the alleyway. She's not dead after all.
What did you think of tonight's episode? Did it give you a different perspective of Regina and what caused her to be so evil? Will it make you sympathize with her more? What did you think of Kathryn's return? Will this mean good news for Mary Margaret? Sound off in the comments below or get at me on Twitter @KellyBean0415.
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This week sees the release of The Debt, a multi-generational look at the high stakes world of international espionage. Helen Mirren, Tom Wilkinson and Cirián Hinds star as retired Mossad agents whose years of dedicated service have made them revered names in the industry. The film takes place in two parts, the first being set in the year 1997, as our heroes are now retired agents. The second part is a flashback to 1966 as the trio tracks down a Nazi war criminal with Jessica Chastain, Martin Csokas, and Sam Worthington play their younger counterparts, respectively.
Taking on the task of capturing the essence of a tremendous actress like Helen Mirren is no easy one. Does up-and-comer Chastain have what it takes? Who is she? Where did she come from?
Jessica Chastain has been working in film and television since 2004, but got her start on the stage. It was while she was performing in a production of Romeo and Juliet that one of her co-stars encouraged her to audition for Julliard. She ended up getting a scholarship from Robin Williams and, in her senior year, landed an ongoing deal with TV producer John Wells. She would do a number of television series over the next few years (including ER and Law and Order: Trial By Jury) as well as appear in a touring production of Othello alongside Phillip Seymour Hoffman.
Chastain’s first film role was the title character in the independent film Jolene, co-starring Chazz Palminteri and Dermot Mulroney. Right out of the gate, Chastain received an award for her performance, taking Best Actress honors at the Seattle International Film Festival.
She followed that up with a stellar turn in the thriller Stolen with Jon Hamm and Josh Lucas. From there, her career seemed to be on the fast track; just last month, Chastain starred in The Help, based on Kathryn Stockett’s international bestselling novel about a female writer who, during the civil rights movement, writes a book about the life experiences of African-American maids. The film has already proven to be a smash hit.
Jessica also starred with Michael Shannon in Jeff Nichol’s Take Shelter, which has already won big at the Cannes Film Festival. Although it was only released wide in American theaters this week, The Debt was making a splash with audiences at the Toronto International Film Festival last September. Toronto audiences will get another glimpse of Chastain when the Ralph Fiennes-directed Shakespeare adaptation Coriolanus, in which the actresses starred with Gerard Butler and Fiennes himself.
Jessica was also very fortunate recently to have had the chance to work with one of America’s great directors, Terrence Malick (The Thin Red Line, The New World), in the highly anticipated The Tree of Life. The film stars the likes of Brad Pitt and Sean Penn and tells the story of a shattered relationship between father and son over the course of a lifetime. The film won the prestigious Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Chastain’s complex and fascinating performance impressed Terence Malick enough to secure her for at least one more opportunity: an untitled project slated for 2012.
Clearly Jessica Chastain is someone to keep a close eye on in Hollywood. Her next project will see her co-starring with Al Pacino in an adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s Salome that Pacino will also be directing. It's obvious: Chastain’s unique screen presence and obvious devotion to her craft have her well equipped to be an enormous star.
Suffice to say, she won’t be under the radar much longer.
Master Sergeant Jeffrey Sarver claims the movie's lead character, played by Jeremy Renner, is based on him but he was given no credit or compensation from the filmmakers.
Screenwriter Mark Boal wrote about Sarver in an article published in Playboy magazine in 2005, but he has maintained the film was a work of fiction.
But now the case is set to go to trial in California after a New Jersey judge ruled the Iraq war veteran can sue Boal and director Kathryn Bigelow.
U.S. District Judge Dennis Cavanaugh has also denied the defendants' motion to dismiss the lawsuit.
Charles Nagel, 36, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was accused of sending the actress a series of strange love letters and turning up at the set of her TV show in New York, as well as attempting to contact her via social networking websites.
His trial at Brooklyn Federal Court concluded on Friday (05Nov10) - he was acquitted of federal interstate stalking, but found guilty on a charge of stalking the star via the internet.
Erbe burst into tears when she took the stand and faced Nagel in court on Wednesday (03Nov10), after revealing he had sent messages to her teenage daughter via Facebook.com and MySpace.com.
She told the court, "This is my daughter, who is completely innocent and relatively defenceless, and I'm not going to let this happen."
Nagel later took to the stand himself to claim he is just an over-zealous fan and blamed his own children for sending the online messages to Erbe's daughter as a prank.
Following the verdict, defence lawyer Robert Datner said, "The verdict sends a chilling effect to anyone using MySpace or Facebook. I think the fact that (Erbe) is an actress may be why we're in federal court on this case."
Nagel faces up to five years in jail. He will be sentenced at a later date.
Charles Nagel, 36, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is on trial at Brooklyn Federal Court charged with federal interstate stalking for allegedly sending the actress a series of strange love letters and turning up at the set of the TV show in New York.
He is also accused of targeting Erbe's teenage daughter by sending her messages on Facebook.com and doctoring a picture of the youngster.
Erbe took the stand on Wednesday and told the court she immediately distrusted Nagel on their first meeting, saying, "I got a very bad feeling from him. Just the way he looked at me... I was extremely uncomfortable. He stared at me openly."
And her misery was compounded when she found out he had allegedly been attempting to contact her through her daughter, and she was disgusted when she saw a doctored picture of the teen online.
Erbe sobbed as she said, "I couldn't believe it was happening... That is a seventh-grade graduation picture of my daughter with a dialogue bubble that says, 'I'm ugly,' and a cockroach drawn on her face. This is my daughter, who is completely innocent and relatively defenceless, and I'm not going to let this happen."
Defence lawyer Robert Datner then called Nagel's 12-year-old daughter Harley Quinn to testify she doctored the picture, not her father.
Nagel, who denies the charge, later took to the stand himself to claim he is just an over-zealous fan.
He told the court, "You have to be over-the-top to get a reply from a star. I try to be sweet and sometimes it doesn't pay off."
The case continues.
Charles Nagel, 36, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was charged with federal interstate stalking earlier this year (10) for allegedly bombarding the Law & Order: Criminal Intent star with creepy love letters and turning up at the set of her hit TV show in New York.
He is also accused of sending messages to Erbe's brother and her 14-year-old daughter on Facebook.com in a bid to contact the actress.
Nagel, who denies the charge, went on trial this week (beg01Nov10) in New York City and Erbe's ex-husband Kinney took the stand at Brooklyn Federal Court on Tuesday (02Nov10) to testify.
He told the court his daughter became hysterical when she allegedly received a long, rambling internet message from Nagel.
Kinney said, "She was screaming and she was crying. She was holding her computer out in front of her saying, 'It's him! It's the guy!'"
Erbe's brother Jonathan also testified that he was "terrified" when he allegedly received a message from Nagel, adding: "I was afraid for my sister."
Erbe is due to take the stand on Wednesday (03Nov10), according to the New York Daily News.
Michael Jackson is determined to stop the auction of his old Neverland Ranch home by taking out a loan to cover the money he owes to the estate's trustees.
Bosses at Financial Title Company have announced they will sell the fabled California property at auction on Mar. 19 unless the pop star comes up with the $24.5 million they claim he owes them.
The Thriller singer vowed never to return to the Santa Barbara-area estate, where he once housed a zoo and theme park, after detectives ransacked the property for evidence to use against Jackson in his 2004 child molestation trial.
But he doesn't want his former home and fixtures and fittings to go under the hammer.
A Jackson family insider insists the singer will avoid foreclosure on Neverland with a new loan, adding the auction "won't happen".
The source tells CNN, "The financing is all being worked out. There are plenty of lenders willing to work with him."
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The Deputy District Attorney assigned to take charge of the Mel Gibson drunk-driving case has been replaced by the tough lawyer who once prosecuted Courtney Love.
Gina Satriano has signed on to prosecute the movie star, who was arrested and charged with a DUI in California at the end of last month.
Satriano has her hands full at the moment--she is also currently handling the case against Death Row murderer Rodney Alcala, who is fighting accusations of mass murder at a third trial in Santa Ana, California, according to website TMZ.com.
Jewish lawyer Ralph Shapiro was the original deputy DA in charge of Gibson's case.
The switch "was not the least bit unusual" according to a spokeswoman for the Malibu, California, District Attorney's office.
Gibson has been blasted in the media for making drunken, anti-Semitic remarks during his arrest by a Jewish police officer. The actor has since apologized for his comments.
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Lifestyle queen Martha Stewart is facing another legal spat after being named in a civil lawsuit for insider training.
The TV personality, who was convicted in a 2004 criminal trial for illegal stock trading and lying about her actions, spent five months in jail and now faces civil insider trading charges from the Securities and Exchange Commission.
The charges were filed the same day she was indicted.
Stewart has denied the charges against her and insists she will fight them.
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