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So Has 'The Wettest County' Changed Its Title To 'Lawless'?

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 8, 2012 4:38 PM
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How to make god laugh? Make a plan, goes the old adage. Often times a plan is put in place, but then one piece falls out of the puzzle and you have chaos. To wit: yesterday, a user on our site posted a comment that said The Weinstein Company’s prohibition drama the “Wettest County” -- directed by John Hillcoat and starring a stellar cast that includes Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain, Gary Oldman and Mia Wasikowska -- had changed its title to “Lawless.” And as we know, the author of the book recently revealed on Twitter that the title was indeed changing.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Directorial Debut Now Known As 'Don Jon's Addiction'; 'The Wettest County' & 'He Loves Me' To Be Retitled

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 29, 2012 9:21 AM
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There are certainly some pretty horrible film titles that get churned out on a regular basis, and while they probably mean little in the grand scheme of things, naming a movie is still something Hollywood takes very seriously. On that note, it looks like a trio of highly anticipated films have had their titles put under the microscope recently, with two now set for changes and one gaining its first name.

Annapurna Pictures To Finance John Hillcoat's Cop Drama 'Triple Nine'; Could It Be His Next Film?

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 6, 2012 1:39 PM
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Last week, one of our eagle-eyed writers noticed that the generally secretive Annapurna Pictures website had listed Spike Jonze’s latest film as “in production.” Intrigued, we immediately shot off emails to Annapurna reps (the company itself does not answer questions about its production by phone). We heard nothing back until the next day when Deadline reported that Spike Jonze’s latest project, an self-penned, untitled quirky romance picture, was looking to cast Joaquin Phoenix, Carey Mulligan, Amy Adams and Samantha Morton. Coincidence? Possibly, but we’re not sitting around waiting for this one to slip through either.

Ray Winstone Says John Hillcoat & Nick Cave's 'The Death Of Bunny Munro' "Will Make 'Shame' Look Like Teletubbies"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 27, 2012 12:50 PM
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It has been a long time since we heard anything about Nick Cave's "The Death Of Bunny Munro," so we'll bring you back up to speed. First conceived as a script, when Cave couldn't get it produced he turned the story into a novel that is on bookshelves now. But in a little bit of an ironic twist, in 2009 it was reported that Cave's regular collaborator John Hillcoat ("The Road," "The Proposition," "The Wettest County") was going to adapt it for British televison. Then in the summer of 2010 Cave revealed that Ray Winstone was interested in the lead role, and then...nothing since. But the hope is still alive.

New Photo: Tom Hardy As A Bustling Prohibition-Era Bootlegger In 'The Wettest County'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 17, 2011 3:40 AM
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With The Weinstein Company set to come out victorious in bidding for distribution rights on John Hillcoat's Prohibition era crime-drama "The Wettest County In The World," the Cannes Film Festival now also brings us a new look at Tom Hardy as the hustling middle Forrest brother in Matt Bondurant's novel of the same name.

The Weinstein Company Close To Picking Up 'The Wettest County,' Film Will Land Before End of Year

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 16, 2011 12:42 PM
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Cannes is one of the biggest markets, if not the biggest, for acquisitions in the film calendar, with hundreds of deals made, ranging from pre-sales for star-laden properties to distribution rights to terrible B-movies. This year, as with the unusually busy Sundance, has already been packed with deals, happily suggesting something of a renaissance in the independent film world. On top of the news that landed over the weekend that Rian Johnson's "Looper" heads up a pack of high-profile buys also including "Playing the Field," "Arabian Nights" and "The Iron Lady," another of our most anticipated films of the moment looks to have landed an American distributor.

First Look: Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hardy & Shia Labeouf In John Hillcoat's 'The Wettest County'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • April 25, 2011 1:16 AM
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Is The Film Headed To The Cannes Film Festival This May?Here is the first look at Jason Clarke, Tom Hardy and Shia Labeouf playing the leading trio of brothers -- Forrest, Howard and Jack Bondurant -- in John Hillcoat's upcoming adaptation of "The Wettest County In The World," courtesy of what looks like a photo of dailies tweeted by producer Cassian Elwes ("Blue Valentine").

First Look At Old Timey Shia LaBeouf In John Hillcoat's 'The Wettest County'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 23, 2011 8:39 AM
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At this point, we shouldn't have to explain to you why John Hillcoat's "The Wettest County" is already one of our most anticipated films of next year. We're just glad it's happening at all especially after it fell apart early last year just as lensing was about to begin. And now courtesy of fansite Shiantology (via /Film) we have concrete proof that yes, sweet Jesus, this thing is really happening.

Gary Oldman, Guy Pearce & Mia Wasikowska Join John Hillcoat's 'The Wettest County'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 9, 2011 8:54 AM
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While we may weep for what could have been of John Hillcoat's original incarnation of "The Wettest County" that fell apart last year and featured Michael Shannon, Ryan Gosling, Paul Dano, Amy Adams and Scarlett Johansson, the cast that has come together for the revamped film is equally first rate.

Awesome: Nick Cave Confirms He'll Score John Hillcoat's 'The Wettest County'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 4, 2011 1:58 AM
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Says Andrew Dominik Only Liked Half Of An Early Score He Wrote For 'Jesse James'It was very likely going to be case anyway but Australian musician Nick Cave has now confirmed that he'll take on scoring duties for John Hillcoat's upcoming adaptation Matt Bondurant's "The Wettest County In The World," which he also wrote the script for.

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