Everybody’s Chattin + Trailers Spotlight: Jeff Nichols’ LOVING + Warren Beatty’s ‘Rules Don’t Apply’


Happy almost Friday everyone! It’s been quite a busy week for me, in and out of work, so I’m glad the weekend is just around the corner!! I’m going to see Captain Fantastic tonight so very excited for that.

Ok, about those links…

Keith posted his Blindspot review on A Man Escaped

Dell posted his thoughts on Steve Jobs movie

Meanwhile, Courtney argued that Swiss Army Man might be the most uplifting movie yet

I love birthday tributes and Margaret just posted a massive one on the legendary Harrison Ford

Steven posted a review one of my brothers’ favorites, Smokey and the Bandit

Well, we can’t agree on everything but that’s what makes blogging fun, right? Eddie reviewed Midnight Special and Jordan reviewed Sing Street, they feel quite differently than I did about each movie.

Trailers Spotlight

This week I’m highlighting two movies that deal with forbidden romance, relationships that break the rules of sort, though both are set in very different circumstances. Whether it’s society’s rules of the time or rules mandated by strict employers, the couples in these films face challenges to stay together. Both films are released in November.


Release: November 4, 2016
Director: Jeff Nichols
Writer: Jeff Nichols
Stars: Ruth Negga, Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton


Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple, are sentenced to prison in Virginia in 1958 for getting married.

Check out the brand new trailer:

“I know we have some enemies. But we have some friends too.”
– Mildred Loving

This beautifully-shot film is poised to be a real tearjerker. I love Nichols’ work, as well as Joel Edgerton and Nichols’ muse Michael Shannon. But it’s Ruth Negga‘s performance I’m most looking forward to seeing. I cried just watching this trailer, it’s certainly a timely film, especially in light of recent events in my state as well as in Texas. As a non-White person who have many friends who married people outside of their own race, this is certainly a topic I’m intrigued by. In fact, before I met my hubby who shares my Southeast Asian heritage, back in college I’ve gone on dates with a Latino, as well as Caucasian guys. I remember feeling a bit uneasy walking or dining with my White boyfriend in the small town I lived in, as some older people would stare. I don’t think they meant any harm though, so I can’t imagine what the Loving couple had to go through endure living in 1950s America!

Director Jeff Nichols was able to tell the story of the Loving family as accurately as possible by relying on Nancy Buirski’s documentary The Loving Story (2011), which captured many details of their private lives: “We had this beautiful documentary footage unearthed from the mid-’60s where we got to go into their home and see them and watch them,” Nichols said. “It’s an unusual thing to have access to.” (per IMDb)


Release: November 23, 2016
Produced and Directed by: Warren Beatty
Screenplay by Warren Beatty; Story by Warren Beatty and Bo Goldman
Cast: Alec Baldwin, Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Haley Bennett, Candice Bergen, Matthew Broderick, Dabney Coleman, Lily Collins, Steve Coogan, Alden Ehrenreich, Taissa Farmiga, Ed Harris, Megan Hilty, Oliver Platt and Martin Sheen

An aspiring young actress (Lily Collins) and her ambitious young driver (Alden Ehrenreich) struggle hopefully with the absurd eccentricities of the wildly unpredictable billionaire (Warren Beatty), who they work for.

It’s Hollywood, 1958. Small town beauty queen and devout Baptist virgin Marla Mabrey (Collins), under contract to the infamous Howard Hughes (Beatty), arrives in Los Angeles. At the airport, she meets her driver Frank Forbes (Ehrenreich), who is engaged to be married to his 7th grade sweetheart and is a deeply religious Methodist. Their instant attraction not only puts their religious convictions to the test, but also defies Hughes’ #1 rule: no employee is allowed to have any relationship whatsoever with a contract actress.

This one seems to have a similar comedic vibe as Hail, Caesar!, and hey, the new Han Solo Alden Ehrenreich is in this, too. Hopefully this one will be a better movie though. It’s also got has an amazing cast, interesting to see Bening & Beatty working together again (after Bugsy & Love Affair in the 90s), haven’t seen either one of them in ages. I haven’t seen Matthew Broderick in a long time either, he looks pretty funny here.

Apparently Warren Beatty first pitched a Howard Hughes biopic as early as 1973. He continually tried to get a film involving Hughes off the ground every year or two since then. One can say it’s a film 40 years in the making. (per IMDb)

What do you think of either of these trailers?

26 thoughts on “Everybody’s Chattin + Trailers Spotlight: Jeff Nichols’ LOVING + Warren Beatty’s ‘Rules Don’t Apply’

    1. Yeah I was crying as I’m watching it! I was worried it’d be overly melodramatic but it didn’t look like it from the trailer.

  1. Thanks so much for the mention Ruth. Really appreciate it. As for the trailers, you know how enthusiastic I am for anything Jeff Nichols does. I’m really excited for Loving. And that is the first I have seen of Rules Don’t Apply. It looks like a hoot.

    And you mentioned Hail Caesar! I’m rewatching it tonight hoping for a better impression than before.

    1. You’re welcome Keith! Yeah, Nichols seems pretty consistent in his work, and I always love a good love story, and this one is as timely as ever. Rules Don’t Apply is just released today, but yeah, looks like fun.

    1. I’m glad they’re making a film of the Lovings. They certainly has a compelling and important story to tell, that’s for sure. Must see indeed Michael!

  2. Hmmm, good to see Beatty back on the big screen! Loving has Oscar written all over it, doesn’t it? Mind you, it’s directed by Jeff Nichols so I don’t have a problem with that.

    1. Yeah it’s been ages since I saw Beatty in anything and he’s back directing too. Yeah I think there’s Oscar buzz already for Ruth Negga (hey finally an actress who shares my name, he..he..)

  3. Loving looks great as I definitely want to see that. Rules Don’t Apply might be good as long as Warren Beatty keeps his ego in check for this film as the last time he did a film, the budget went bigger all because he wanted more takes and things went horrible to the point that the film flopped. The movie was Town & Country and…. whoa…. it was horrible.

    1. Oh man, I’m glad I haven’t seen Town & Country! But ‘Rules Don’t Apply’ looks promising at least, that Alden kid is going places!

  4. First, thanks for the link!

    Loving looks great. I’m really looking forward to it. Question: weren’t two other stars once attached to this? I think I remember hearing about this a couple years ago, but starring someone else.

    I’m on the fence about Rules Don’t Apply after that trailer. It feels like a bad spoof of The Aviator with Beatty chewing scenery left, right, and center. I’ll probably see it, but I won’t be in a rush.

    1. My pleasure Dell! I don’t remember about the actors previously cast for ‘Loving’ but I like the cast they have now, and I think both Shannon and Edgerton have worked w/ Nichols before. Ahah, a spoof of The Aviator, well I hope that won’t be the case. I think the focus is more about how the lives of the two young lovebirds intersect w/ the eccentric billionaire’s.

    1. Ahah, you and your distaste against romance! Well I think Rules Don’t Apply is more up your alley, it looks similar to Hail, Caesar! based on the trailer.

      1. I might have something to do with the fact I’ve been single, l,ike haven’t had a proper lasting relationship, for a long, long time. Don’t even ask cos its embarrasing, haha!

        1. Hey, nothing to be embarrassed about, I mean if you haven’t found the right person there’s no shame in that. I was fortunate I met my hubby in college, who’s also from my home country even though we’re thousands of miles away from home. I was blessed I didn’t have to *kiss a lot of frogs* as they say before I found my prince, but at the same time I tell people not to rush into things when it comes to love.

    1. My pleasure! Yeah I heard Oscar buzz when Loving premiered at Sundance and I thought it might be too early. But hey if it can maintain its traction then more power to them!

  5. I’m on the Nichols too, hopefully this one will be good like his other pictures.

    You know I watched Hail Caesars! on the flight to San Francisco, enjoyed the first half of it but then I thought The Coen Brothers somehow didn’t know how to move the story forward or something, I ended up very disappointed. Probably one of the few films of theirs that I thought they didn’t think all the way through. Beatty’s Rules Don’t Apply looks interesting but it’s not a picture I’d run out to see on opening weekend.

    1. Hi Ted! I totally agree w/ Hail, Caesar! It had a lot of potential and the first half was indeed promising, but then it just went off the rails. The finale, esp in regards to Channing Tatum’s character is just preposterous and just plain silly.

  6. I can’t decide how I feel about Loving, especially Joel Edgerton’s performance. I have to say though that I recently discovered Ruth Negga in a very different role on AMC’s Preacher and think she’s a very interesting actress.

    1. I really like Joel, he seems to be a consistent actor. I saw him in a tiny Aussie indie ‘Felony’ and he’s terrific in that. I haven’t seen Preacher yet but I might when it’s out on Netflix. It’s cool to see an actress who shares my first name, it’s pretty rare 🙂

      1. Haha that’s true, I even thought of that when I was writing her name. I like Joel too (though he was a bit much in The Great Gatsby but that was probably the point). I’m just not sure I’m on board with what his performance in that preview but sometimes it can be so hard to tell til you actually see the movie.

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