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'Some Velvet Morning': Neil LaBute on twists, that ending, and Stanley Tucci as a bad guy

Neil LaBute’s latest film, Some Velvet Morning, is a wild and sometimes shocking ride, starring Stanley Tucci (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) and Alice Eve (Star Trek Into Darkness), both in roles that twist and turn their way through the relationship drama. In the film, which was written and directed by LaBute, Tucci plays a man who drops in unexpectedly on his former lover (Eve) after leaving his wife. The two are well-matched as they repartee their way through a gorgeous Park Slope brownstone, with a George and Martha from Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf-type fierceness, minus the alcoholism. But as in much of LaBute’s work — Fat Pig, The Shape of Things — things are not always what they seem.

Casting Net: Jessica Chastain in talks to join Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar', more

Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) is reportedly in talks to join Christopher Nolan’s (The Dark Knight Rises) time-travel epic, Interstellar. She’d be joining a cast that currently includes Oscar-winner Anne Hathaway and Matthew McConaughey. Since she’s started getting more significant roles, Chastain has never really ventured into pure science fiction territory (we’re not counting Take Shelter). She famously dropped out of Oblivion when offered the Zero Dark Thirty role, so we’re excited for her to take on a new kind of film. The two-time Oscar nominee (The Help, Zero Dark Thirty) is currently filming Liv Ullmann’s adaptation of Miss Julie and will soon start work on Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak [Deadline]

• Ethan Hawke (Before Sunset) has signed on to join Neil LaBute’s (Possession) thriller The Geography of Hope. The film will tell the story of two crooks (Hawke and Ed Harris) in the 1970s who are hiding out in Baja after messing up a job. They find two women to keep them interested while they’re in hiding, but eventually things get complicated. Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel) and Emmanuelle Devos (Coco Before Chanel) star as the women. [Screen Daily]


SXSW: 'The OC's Adam Brody talks about making Neil LaBute's 'Some Girl(s)' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO


It seems like former cast members of The OC are having a bit of a renaissance lately. Ben McKenzie’s on Southland, Chris Carmack is heading to Nashville, and Mischa Barton is in the new film A Resurrection. Adam Brody attributes the attention to 2013 marking 10 years since we got to know Seth Cohen and his crew. We caught up with Brody at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, where he is starring in Some Girl(s) from writer Neil LaBute (In the Company of Men). The drama has all the classic elements of a LaBute film — the intimacy of a play, loads of dark humor, and a manipulative protagonist.

It follows Brody’s character, a writer, who on the eve of his wedding decides to go back and rehash old relationships by visiting his former flames. Kristen Bell, Zoe Kazan, and Emily Watson costar as some of his past loves. Unlike comedies that have used a similar trope (see: High Fidelity), Some Girl(s) is dark, and much like the 2005 play it grew out, puts an emphasis on each relationship scene by almost being a movie unto itself.

Read on to find out what Brody and director Daisy von Scherler Mayer (The Carrie Dairies, Mad Men), had to say about the film and check out an exclusive clip.


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