January Jones and Kristen Schaal Join Will Forte in Amazing-Sounding Fox Comedy LAST MAN ON EARTH

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I can’t remember the last time I was this excited for an impending TV series, but I cannot wait to see The Last Man on Earth.  The Fox comedy hails from creator Will Forte and executive producers Phil Lord & Chris Miller—you know, the geniuses behind 21 Jump Street, The LEGO Movie, and Clone High.  Forte stars in the show as Phil Miller, the literal last man on Earth who is living out his days alone on the planet.  We previously saw a teaser for the show before production began, giving us a brief taste of what we might expect from the series.  Forte subsequently grew out a massive beard before beginning production on the show in earnest, and despite the title, we now have a few new additions to the cast that include Mad Men alum January Jones and Bob’s Burgers star Kristen Schaal.  More after the jump.

GOOD KILL Review | TIFF 2014

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Writer-director Andrew Niccol has some thoughts about drone warfare, and he wants to share them with you.  His new film, Good Kill, is one of the first mainstream fiction films to deal directly with the subject as opposed to some wishy-washy, pretentious subtext in a Hollywood picture (I’m looking at you, RoboCop remake).  While Niccol once again shows himself to be a great “idea man”, he can’t manage to create a story even half as interesting as his subject.

New Images from Andrew Niccol’s GOOD KILL, YOUR RIGHT MIND Starring Katherine Heigl, and HUNGRY HEARTS

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It’s hard to believe it, but the fall film festival circuit is fast approaching.  Things kick off with the Venice Film Festival on August 27th, and today new images from three films that will be showcased in Italy have landed online.  Briefly:

  • Good Kill – Writer/director Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, Lord of War) returns to timely material by telling the story of a Las Vegas-based drone pilot.  The film stars Ethan Hawke and January Jones.
  • Your Right Mind – Actress Katherine Heigl fronts director Ami Canaan Mann’s (Texas Killing Fields) contemporary romance as a former country singer fighting for custody of her daughter.  Ben Barnes and Clea DuVaal also star.
  • Hungry Hearts – Rising star Adam Driver leads this offbeat love story of a couple that meets, gets married, and anticipates the arrival of their baby until they are told that they will have an “indigo” child.  Alba Rohrwacher and Roberta Maxwell also star.

Hit the jump to check out the new images and synopses for the aforementioned films.  The 2014 Venice Film Festival runs from August 27 – September 6th.

Olivia Wilde to Star in MEADOWLAND; January Jones Leads THE SHUDDERING; Michiel Huisman Joins Romantic Drama THE AGE OF ADALINE

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Here’s the latest casting news to come across the wire:

  • Olivia Wilde is set to star in director Reed Morano’s psychological thriller Meadowland, penned by Chris Rossi.
  • January Jones will star in the supernatural thriller The Shuddering, directed by George Ratliff from a David Coggeshall script.
  • Michiel Huisman will star opposite Blake Lively in The Age of Adaline, director Lee Toland Krieger’s romantic drama also starring Harrison Ford and Ellen Burstyn.

Hit the jump for more on each picture.

First Trailer and New Images from SWEETWATER Starring January Jones, Jason Isaacs, and Ed Harris

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Today is the one-two punch of trailers for the worst films I saw at Sundance this year.  Earlier, we got the trailer for The Lifeguard, and now we have Sweetwater (which will be called “Sweet Vengeance” in some territories).  The western stars January Jones as a frontier woman who hunts down a religious fanatic Prophet Josiah (Jason Isaacs) when he murders her husband over a land dispute.  Ed Harris co-stars as a crafty lawman who’s hunting down Josiah for different reasons.  The trailer desperately tries to give off a Django Unchained vibe by highlighting the violence, but there are plenty of violent westerns.  Sweetwater is one of the really shitty ones.

Hit the jump to check out some new images along with the trailer to see what I mean.  Sweetwater currently has no domestic release date, although I wouldn’t be surprised if it were dumped directly to video.

January Jones Talks MAD MEN Season 6, Betty’s Parenting and Weight Issues, Her Preparation Process, the Possibility of Betty and Don Reconnecting, & More

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With AMC’s award-winning series Mad Men returning Sunday night, I recently had the chance to participate in a roundtable interview with January Jones.  Since the cast is always guarded when talking about upcoming storylines, most of the interview covered the way Betty Draper (Jones’ character) has changed over the five seasons, the big storyline of last season, how even the actors don’t know what’s coming up on future episodes until they get the script, her costumes, her thoughts on Don and Betty getting back together, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to either read or listen to what Jones had to say.

New MAD MEN Season 6 Trailer Teases More Internal Conflict for Don Draper

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Though the clips featured in the latest Mad Men promo from AMC all come from last season (because as we all know, creator Matthew Weiner keeps an iron grip around most of the promotional material), the message is still clear: moving forward, things are still not going to get easier for Don Draper (Jon Hamm).

The show has also released a telling poster that highlights Don’s internal struggle as he tries to move forward with his life but keeps getting pulled back into his old ways.  There have also been a few glamourous promo photos that tease the show’s movement into the 1970s.  For the latest TV trailer and a few thoughts on the upcoming season, hit the jump.

January Jones Talks SWEETWATER, Her Participation in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, and Betty’s Evolution on MAD MEN at Sundance 2013

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Though the 2013 Sundance Film Festival certainly hasn’t been lacking in coming of age stories or tales of ennui over the past week, the fest also played host to a peculiar western called Sweetwater.  Directed by Logan and Noah Miller, the film stars January Jones as a woman in the 19th century west who runs up against a flamboyant and dangerous preacher (Jason Isaacs) and a rambunctious sheriff (Ed Harris) when her world is thrown into chaos.

I had the chance to speak with Jones in Park City earlier this week in anticipation of the film’s premiere, and she talked about keeping her character grounded opposite the colorful performances by Isaacs and Harris, the ambiguity of her character at the beginning of the film, and what influenced her performance.  In addition, Jones talked about her non-involvement in the sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past and the evolution of her character Betty on Mad Men over the past five seasons.  Read on after the jump.

Sundance 2013: SWEETWATER Review

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I am a huge fan of the Western genre.  So between me and the filmmakers behind the Western Sweetwater, that makes one of us.  Writer-directors Logan Miller and Noah Miller are far more interested in half-constructed ideas based solely on what seems cool.  The film rolls along without any urgency even though the audience can tell the story from start to finish, and probably tell it better.   The filmmakers somehow managed to rope in great actors like Ed Harris and Jason Isaacs to play campy stock characters, but never had any idea how to fully take advantage of their talent.  Cinematographer Brad Shield even gives the movie the look of respectability.  Despite some pretty shots and entertaining performances, Sweetwater always feels lackadaisical and half-hearted.

January Jones Says She Doesn’t Think She’s in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

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Director Matthew Vaughn’s period superhero pic X-Men: First Class was a sizeable hit with both audiences and critics when it was released in 2011, and fans are very much looking forward to the Bryan Singer-helmed sequel, X-Men: Days of Future Past.  We know that the follow-up will be a melding of the cast from First Class and the previous three X-Men films, with Ian McKellan, Patrick Stewart, and Hugh Jackman already confirmed to appear alongside James McAvoyMichael Fassbender, and Jennifer Lawrence.

I had the chance to speak with January Jones earlier today at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival about her upcoming western/thriller Sweetwater, and with production getting ready to begin on Days of Future Past, I asked her about the return of her character Emma Frost from First Class.  Jones revealed that she hasn’t been contacted about reprising that role in DOFP, saying that she doesn’t think she’s in the sequel.  Hit the jump for what she had to say.

New Black & White Images from MAD MEN Season 6

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It’s a good day to be a Mad Men fan.  Early this morning we learned that season six of the celebrated AMC drama series is poised to kick off on April 7th with a two-hour premiere, and now the network has released a batch of elegant images of the cast from the upcoming season.  Naturally, everyone is drinking and smoking and laughing.  It’s a fine way of easing fans back into the world of Mad Men, and the images are pretty revealing in that we can see that (spoiler alert) Pete has sideburns!  Shocking stuff.

Hit the jump to check out the images, which feature Jon Hamm, January Jones, Jessica Pare, Kiernan Shipka, Elizabeth Moss, John Slattery, Christina Hendricks, Vincent Kartheiser, Aaron Stanton, Rich Sommer, and Robert Morse.  Season six of Mad Men premieres on AMC on April 7th.

Ed Harris and January Jones Sign on for Revenge Drama SWEETWATER

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Twin filmmakers Logan and Noah Miller have locked down two fairly high-profile stars in Ed Harris and January Jones to anchor their sophomore effort, the revenge drama (God, there’s a lot of these nowadays) Sweetwater. Jones will step into the role of a 19thC widow who joins forces with Harris’ local sheriff to take down the “brutal sheep rancher” that killed her husband. I’m sure a man who ranches sheep can be absolutely vicious, but I can’t even think the phrase “brutal sheep rancher” without giggling. Production will begin this July in New Mexico. Hit the jump for more, including a look at the Miller brothers’ interesting road to success.

AMERICAN PIE Trilogy Blu-ray Review

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With the upcoming release of American Reunion, the first three American Pie films have been put to Blu-ray, all offering both theatrical and unrated cuts. The films follow Jim (Jason Biggs) and his best friends Oz (Chris Klein), Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas), Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas) and Steve Stifler (Seann William Scott) as they quest to get laid. In the first film, Jim is just looking for sex, in the second he finds love, and in the third he gets married. Alyson Hannigan, Tara Reid, Jennifer Coolidge, Mena Survari, Shannon Elizabeth, January Jones, Natasha Lyonne, and Eugene Levy also star. And our review of the American Pie trilogy on Blu-ray follows after jump.

MAD MEN Season 5 Promo and Billboard Teasers

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In preparation for the two-hour season five premiere of Mad Men on March 25th, AMC has rolled out some new marketing. It’s a tricky thing to do, and do well, when your popular show centers on the men and women of an ad agency, but as usual they’ve nailed it. With all the color and clutter of New York City’s skyline vying for your visual attention, these clean and minimalist billboards are refreshing, eye-catching and iconic. We’ve also got the first promo video for season five which ties in nicely to the rest of the marketing. Mad Men, starring Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss and Vincent Kartheiser, returns to AMC on March 25th. Hit the jump to check out the marketing.

New Trailer and Poster for SEEKING JUSTICE Starring Nicolas Cage

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The first US trailer and poster for the thriller Seeking Justice have been unveiled. The plot concerns a happily married man who enlists the help of a dangerous underground vigilante operation when his wife is brutally attacked. He soon finds out that he’s in over his head, as the vigilante syndicate has bigger plans in mind as part of his repayment for their services. The trailer is pretty much what you’d expect from an action-thriller starring Nicolas Cage. There’s nothing particularly new or interesting here, and January Jones is quickly becoming the go-to actress for the part of “traumatized wife.” Time will tell if Guy Pearce’s charisma is enough to carry the film, but based on this first look I’m not entirely sold that Seeking Justice is worth checking out (though Cage’s facial hair makes a strong case for the contrary).

Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Harold Perrineau, Jennifer Carpenter, and Xander Berkeley. Seeking Justice opens March 16th.

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