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Cannes Review: Tommy Lee Jones’ Awkwardly Interesting ‘The Homesman’ Co-Starring Hilary Swank & Meryl Streep

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 18, 2014 6:01 AM
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The Homesman
Eight years ago (gosh, was it really that long?), Tommy Lee Jones made his long-awaited feature directorial debut with the contemporary neo-western “The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada.” The film premiered at Cannes, and proved a big hit there, winning a Best Actor trophy for Jones, and a Best Screenplay prize for “Babel” scribe Guillermo Arriaga. But the film never quite found an audience outside the Croisette, and perhaps for that reason, the only thing that Jones has made in the meantime was a modest HBO adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s “The Sunset Limited.”

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.

So, James Franco Is Already Filming Cormac McCarthy's 'Child Of God' With Tim Blake Nelson Starring

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 6, 2012 3:20 PM
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If you recall, during TIFF James Franco revealed, that his plans for a Scott Rudin-produced adapatation of "Blood Meridian" were on hold (more on that in a second). He had shot some test footage at the end of 2010 for the film with Mark Pellegrino, Scott Glenn, Dave Franco and Luke Perry but it appears that's about as far is got. However, the multi-tasking thesp was still intent to adapt something by Cormac McCarthy and said he planned to make a film out of "Child Of God." Who knew less than six months later that it would be happening.

Review: 'Big Miracle' Has A Lot of Heart But Not Much Of A Pulse

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 2, 2012 1:03 PM
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In the new true-life eco-adventure "Big Miracle," three gray whales are trapped under a large sheet of ice near Barrow, Alaska (the same town the vampires took over in "30 Days of Night"), drawing nationwide media attention and the political interest of then-president Ronald Reagan, who sees it as a PR coup that could land his Vice President George Bush in the White House. Various groups (Greenpeace, an oil magnate, the indigenous people) seize upon the crisis as an opportunity to push their various agendas, with a single goal in mind: freeing the whales. With so much riding on the situation for so many people, then, it's strange that "Big Miracle" is placid and free of drama, tension, or any kind of stakes. It's so good-natured, its heart so large, that it just merrily swims along; you're never once worried that anything will go wrong.

Watch: Trailer For ‘Flypaper’ May Be The Worst Thing You See This Week

  • By Matthew Newlin
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  • June 20, 2011 11:27 AM
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Here it is, folks: the trailer no one’s been waiting for. After a lukewarm reception at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, the Patrick Dempsey/Ashley Judd bank heist/comedy “Flypaper” finally has a trailer courtesy of Yahoo.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tommy Lee Jones, John Hawkes & More Go For Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 5, 2011 10:54 AM
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Hal Holbrook, James Spader, Tim Blake Nelson, Bruce McGill & Joseph Cross All CirclingHoly shit. Daniel Day Lewis and Sally Field were announced in tiny little drips of information, but the faucet on Steven Spielberg's dream project "Lincoln" is on full blast with a massive cast angling for parts.

Watch: Trailer For Indie Drama 'Yelling To The Sky' Starring Zoe Kravitz & Gabourey Sidibe

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 4, 2011 6:24 AM
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Earlier this week SXSW unveiled their massive lineup. It's a daunting task for anyone to sift through the numerous films that will be playing the fest and PR teams will be in overdrive to get eyeballs on their film in the coming weeks but so far so good, as one of the early trailers to drop points to a movie that has piqued our interested.

Exclusive: Tim Blake Nelson Talks 'Leaves Of Grass,' Edward Norton & Working With Tony Kaye

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 27, 2010 8:03 AM
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Filmmaker Talks Distrib Who Bailed On 'Leaves' & The Mad Genius Of Kaye's 'Detachment'One of the best films of the year is Tim Blake Nelson’s “Leaves of Grass,” now available on DVD. You may not be familiar with the picture, however — yanked from the schedule plenty of times, it completed a small theatrical run in September, the kind of treatment given to disappointing low-fi indies or schlock genre fare.

Tim Blake Nelson Still Signed On For More 'Hulk' Films & Would Love To Return As The Leader

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 27, 2010 4:11 AM
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Actor Says He's Game If Marvel Will Have Him; If More 'Hulk' Films Are Made With Mark RuffaloWe recently had a chat with writer/director/actor/cool dude Tim Blake Nelson on the occasion of his latest, "Leaves of Grass," hitting DVD (full interview coming soon). One of the questions we were most curious to ask revolved around the ongoing Marvel universe, and if we'd see him there again after appearing in Louis Leterrier's "The Incredible Hulk" as scientist Samuel Sterns, last seen beginning a curious mutation into a character comic fans know as the Leader.

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