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Watch: Tommy Lee Jones Rides Into Danger In First Trailer For 'The Homesman' With Hilary Swank & Meryl Streep

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 14, 2014 12:35 PM
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The Homesman
The Cannes Film Festival lineup is just around the corner, and one movie we're banking on making an appearance is the sophomore feature film directorial effort from Tommy Lee Jones, "The Homesman." The first trailer is here, and it's promising stuff.

Review: James Franco's Ambitious Adaptation Of William Faulkner's 'As I Lay Dying'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 8, 2013 7:09 PM
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As I Lay Dying, James Franco
To be certain, James Franco has never been lacking in ambition. From the meta quasi-doc "Francophrenia (Or Don't Kill Me, I Know Where the Baby Is)" to the Hart Crane biopic "The Broken Tower" to the kinky "Interior. Leather Bar." to the primate co-starring "The Ape," Franco has leapt into filmmaking, taking on challenges and narrative most other filmmakers wouldn't dare to attempt. And while there is something to admire in the ambition of the 35 year-old actor/writer/director's latest venture, "As I Lay Dying," it never amounts to much more than a curiosity.

Venice Review: James Franco's Cormac McCarthy Adaptation 'Child Of God'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 31, 2013 11:33 AM
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James Franco might not be the first person to debut a film he'd directed at each of the three major European festivals in the same year (Ulrich Seidl recently managed the feat with his 'Paradise' trilogy, albeit not in the same calendar year). But it's an undoubtedly impressive run, especially given that Franco has spent the same period of time starring in two legitimate blockbusters in the shape of "Oz The Great And Powerful" and "This Is The End," as well as working on his umpteen other projects of various shapes and sizes.

New Images From James Franco's 'Child Of God' & Adaptation Of His Book 'Palo Alto' Starring Emma Roberts

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 16, 2013 12:01 PM
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It can't be film festival season without at least a couple projects involving James Franco and 2013 is no different. Over the coming weeks we're going to see yet another film directed by the prolific polymath and another based on his book of stories, which he will star in. So let's dive right in.

Exclusive: Poster For Sundance Beltway Snipers Drama 'Blue Caprice'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 14, 2013 5:20 PM
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Blue Caprice
While all eyes are currently on the fall festival season, it's always easy to forget that the cinematic year already has a strong crop of movies that have already had their red carpet rollout and are gearing up to hit theaters. And one to keep an eye out for is "Blue Caprice," which premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival. Starring Isaiah Washington, Tequan Richmond, Joey Lauren Adams and Tim Blake Nelson, it's based on the chilling true story of the Beltway Sniper, who kept Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia at a standstill in October 2002 but randomly killing people along Interstate 95 with no apparent rhyme or reason.

Jeremy Renner's 'Kill The Messenger' Rounds Out Cast With Barry Pepper, Michael Sheen & More

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • July 25, 2013 6:28 PM
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“Kill the Messenger” is shaping up to possess one of the better ensemble casts for 2014. The true story of reporter Gary Webb (Jeremy Renner) is fraught with sadness and suicide stemming from Webb’s attempts to connect the CIA to the crack cocaine trade only to become the victim of a smear campaign. The film is being helmed by Michael Cuesta of "Homeland" fame, and already boasts a cast the includes “The Wire" badass Michael K. Williams and the recently announced Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

Tim Blake Nelson Joins James Franco-Directed 'Bukowski' & Tommy Lee Jones' 'The Homesman'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • January 29, 2013 12:45 PM
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Tim Blake Nelson has always been a talent equally as adept on-screen as he is behind the camera -- putting his stamp on such diverse films as WWII drama “The Grey Zone” and pot comedy “Leaves of Grass” -- but as his primary focus and the majority of his credits remains acting-based, he's now found back-to-back roles in the ambitious directorial efforts of his fellow peers.

Watch: 2 New Clips From Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • November 8, 2012 9:23 AM
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Now that the U.S. presidential election is out of the way, folks will be gearing up to see another president in action with Steven Spielberg’s long-brewing “Lincoln.” And with the film opening in select theaters this weekend, a pair of new clips have been released.

First Look Photos Of Lee Pace, Jackie Earle Haley, James Spader & More In 'Lincoln'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 26, 2012 2:23 PM
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While Daniel Day-Lewis is rightfully earning the most attention around "Lincoln" as he portrays the iconic President in Steven Spielberg's film, it's easy to forget that the picture is rounded out by a supporting cast of top-shelf actors. And now a fresh batch of new pics gives them a bit of shine.

Danny McBride, Logan Marshall-Green & Ahna O'Reilly Join James Franco's 'As I Lay Dying'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • August 21, 2012 9:02 AM
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For all his prolific work across a number of mediums, James Franco's ability to write and direct is, for the most part, still an unknown quantity. He's done a few shorts, and two documentaries, but his three feature films so far -- the comedy "The Ape," the Sal Mineo biopic "Sal," and Hart Crane tale "The Broken Tower" -- haven't exactly become big hits or critical favorites. However, his latest endeavor might change that.

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