First International Trailer for Billy Bob Thornton’s JAYNE MANSFIELD’S CAR

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The first trailer for Billy Bob Thornton’s latest directorial effort, Jayne Mansfield’s Car, has landed online by way of an international trailer.  The story revolves around a man whose wife leaves him for an Englishman and moves away to England. 20 or 30 years later, in 1969, the wife dies but wishes to be returned to Alabama where she grew up, so the English family meets—and clashes with—the original family that she abandoned.  The film is still awaiting a U.S. distribution deal despite a seriously stacked cast that includes Thornton, Robert Duvall, John Hurt, Kevin Bacon, Frances O’Connor, Robert Patrick, and Ray Stevenson.

There are laughs to be found in the first half of the trailer which centers on the culture clash between the two families, but the second half hints at some genuinely touching drama that comes out of the situation.  I’m eager to see how the full feature plays out, especially since Thornton hasn’t directed since 2001’s Daddy and Them.  Hit the jump to watch the trailer.

Tom Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie’s ONE SHOT Now Titled JACK REACHER

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Paramount’s upcoming crime thriller, starring Tom Cruise, has changed its title from One Shot to Jack Reacher.  The Christopher McQuarrie film, itself an adaptation of the Lee Child novel, “One Shot,” stars Cruise in the now title role.  In the novel, Jack Reacher is an ex-military investigator tasked with tracking down a serial sniper.  Known for his imposing size (6’5”, 250 lbs), Cruise was seen as an odd choice for the role, but was supported by the author himself.  Jack Reacher also stars Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, Robert Duvall, David Oyelowo and Werner Herzog as the villain.  Keep an eye out over the next couple of weeks for the first trailer to drop.  Hit the jump for more on Jack Reacher, which opens this December 21st.

Watch a Montage of Famous Actors in Their Feature Film Debuts

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It’s always a fun treat when a now-famous actor pops up in a small role in an older movie you haven’t re-watched in a while.  We previously posted a “Before They Were Famous” supercut, but now someone has edited together a montage of actors in their very first feature film roles. While you’re most likely aware of the majority of these appearances, I’m willing to bet you’ll find at least a few surprises in this video.  I had no idea Jon Hamm was in Clint Eastwood’s “old guys can be astronauts too” movie Space Cowboys, but I now feel compelled to move the pic to the top of my Netflix queue.

Watch Jack Nicholson, Woody Allen, Emma Thompson, Zach Braff and many more make their feature debut after the jump.

Zoe Saldana in Talks to Star in Revenge Drama OUT OF THE FURNACE Opposite Christian Bale [UPDATED: Casey Affleck May Join Cast]

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Just over a week ago, we learned that Christian Bale was looking to make writer/director Scott Cooper’s (Crazy Heart) revenge drama Out of the Furnace his next project. Now Variety reports that Zoe Saldana (Star Trek) is in talks to join the production. The story centers on a man who is released after serving four years in prison only to find that his younger brother has been brutally murdered. He sets out to avenge the death and track down the killer. Robert Duvall is expected to play Bale’s uncle, and Viggo Mortensen is circling the villain role.

Should she sign on, Saldana would play Bale’s ex-wife, a waitress who’s now married to the town sheriff. A number of actors are circling the role of Bale’s brother, including Casey Affleck, Taylor Kitsch, Garrett Hedlund, and Channing Tatum. I loved Cooper’s Crazy Heart, and it looks like he’s assembling a stellar cast for his long-awaited follow-up which is said to be “a gritty throwback to 1970s movies.” No deals have been made and the studio still hasn’t greenlit the project quite yet, but they’re looking to start filming this spring as Bale is shooting two Terrence Malick films back-to-back starting this summer. Saldana is currently filming the Star Trek sequel, and is expected to return for James Cameron’s Avatar 2 and 3 whenever he gets around to actually filming them. [Update: Variety has updated their story to say that Casey Affleck is now the certified frontrunner to play Bale's brother.]

Christian Bale in Talks to Star in Revenge Drama OUT OF THE FURNACE; Robert Duvall May Co-Star [Updated: Viggo Mortensen and More Circling]

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After hanging up the Batman cowl for the last time, Christian Bale is now looking towards the future. Heat Vision reports that Bale is now in negotiations to star in writer-director Scott Cooper’s (Crazy Heart) revenge drama Out of the Furnace. Previously titled The Low Dweller, the film centers on a man who is released after serving four years in prison only to find that his younger brother has been brutally murdered. He sets out to avenge the death and track down the killer. We previously reported that Bale was considering the pic as a post-Batman project last August, but it appears he’s now settled on starring.

I was a huge fan of Cooper’s Crazy Heart so I’m eager to see his follow-up. The film was sought after by directors like Rupert Sanders and Ridley Scott before Cooper signed on, and Bale actually flirted with the project back when Sanders was attached. The intent is for Robert Duvall to star alongside Bale, but no deals have been made. Cooper wrote the script and Bale plans to shoot Out of the Furnace this Spring before moving on to The Dark Knight Rises press commitments and two Terrence Malick projects. He’ll shoot Malick’s Knight of Cups this summer, followed by Lawless this fall. [Update: Variety reports that Cooper is assembling a top-notch supporting cast, with Viggo Mortensen wanted for the villain role and Casey Affleck, Taylor Kitsch, Garrett Hedlund, and Channing Tatum circling the role of Bale's brother]

Terry Gilliam’s THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE May Have New Life (Again); Gilliam also Circling Adaptation MR. VERTIGO

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No matter how the movie eventually turns out, you have to admire Terry Gilliam‘s tenacity in getting The Man Who Killed Don Quixote made.  The collapse of the production was told in painful detail in the documentary Lost in La Mancha.  In May 2010, it looked like the movie would finally get off the ground again with Robert Duvall playing Quixote and Ewan McGregor as a 21st century advertising executive who travels back in time to 17th century Spain and joins in Quixote in his adventures.  Then the project fell apart again when financing collapsed four months later.

But according to Italian site Altarimini [via The Playlist], Gilliam says he plans to start shooting in the spring with Duvall still attached to play Quixote (it’s unclear if McGregor is still on board).  While that’s far from a confirmation of a hard start date, Gilliam says the project has found new life.  He tells Empire: “There’s somebody new come along with a new bit of energy… a person who can get money.”  Hit the jump for more including what Gilliam had to say about adapting Paul Auster‘s Mr. Vertigo.

Paramount Demands Budget Cut for Alexander Payne’s NEBRASKA; Gene Hackman, Robert Duvall, Robert Forster and Jack Nicholson Considered for Lead

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Alexander Payne’s first film in seven years, The Descendants, has been gathering some very high praise from the film festival as it heads towards its November release date, but the writer-director has run into a bit of trouble on his next project. We reported back in January that Payne had chosen to make the drama Nebraska his next film. The pic centers on an aging alcoholic father who decides to take a road trip from Montana to Nebraska to collect what he believes to be a million dollar Publisher’s Clearing House prize. His estranged son decides to accompany his father in order to keep him out of trouble.

Payne was planning on beginning production in April, but Paramount had some issues. Primary among them was Payne’s insistence that the film be shot in black and white. Hit the jump to see where things stand now, including what actors are being considered to play the lead and my choice of who should land the role.

Robert Duvall Joins ONE SHOT Starring Tom Cruise

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Fans of Lee Child’s novel One Shot may be unhappy with Tom Cruise being cast as Jack Reacher in Christopher McQuarrie’s adaptation, but it’s getting tough to complain about the supporting cast.  Last week we reported that Richard Jenkins had joined the cast and now Variety is reporting that Oscar-winner Robert Duvall has come on board.  Variety has no details on his character beyond saying that Dvuall has a small but pivotal role which is significant to Reacher’s investigation into a sniper accused of murdering five people.

Hit the jump for a synopsis of the novel.  The film also stars Rosamund Pike and David Oyelowo.  One Shot is due out February 8, 2013.  As for Duvall, he recently wrapped shooting on Billy Bob Thornton’s Jayne Mansfield’s Car and the indie thriller Mississippi Wild, which stars Dakota Fanning and Ryan Donowho.

Dakota Fanning to Star in MISSISSIPPI WILD; Robert Duvall, Mickey Rourke, and Forest Whitaker in Talks to Co-Star

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Dakota Fanning and Ryan Donowho (Bandslam) have signed on to lead the indie thriller Mississippi WildVariety reports that Robert Duvall, Mickey Rourke, and Forest Whitaker are in negotiations to co-star.  The plot follows a teen (Donowho) “who has to go on the run with his girlfriend (Fanning) after stealing diamonds that belong to a local gangster.”  Rourke is being courted for the role of the gangster while Whitaker is in talks to play a gangster who’s after Rourke’s character.  There’s no word yet on who Duvall would play.  Production is scheduled to begin on March 21st in Atlanta.

Fanning recently signed on to star in Girls Night Out, but Variety says she’ll first be starring alongside Emile Hirsch and Stephen Dorff in The Motel Life.  Filming on Life is expected to begin this month.

Casting News: Robert Duvall to Star in Billy Bob Thorton’s JAYNE MANSFIELD’S CAR; Mark Duplass Joins WELCOME TO PEOPLE

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We have a couple of casting stories for you this evening. We previously broke the news that Billy Bob Thorton was heading back to the director’s chair with a script he co-wrote with Tom Epperson called Jayne Mansfield’s Car, and now it looks like the project has found its star. Robert Duvall has signed on to headline the indie project, which Duvall describes as “another Southern tale.” He elaborated on the plot in a conversation with EW

“It’s about a guy in between WWI and WWII who raises a family after his wife left him for an Englishman and moved to England. When the wife dies, she asks to be brought back to Alabama to be buried, and at that point the character hasn’t seen her in 20 or 30 years. The two families — her original family she abandoned and her English family — meet and then things get really interesting.”

Thorton will reportedly star in the film as well, in addition to writing and directing it. Production is scheduled to begin this summer. We recently told you that Michelle Pfieffer would be joining Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks and Olivia Wilde in Alex Kurtzman’s directorial debut Welcome to People, and now it looks like Mark Duplass (Greenberg, co-writer/co-director of Cyrus) has signed on as well. Variety reports that Duplass is set to play a neighbor who shows an interest in Banks’ character. The film tells the story of an estranged son (Pine) who returns home for his father’s funeral and begins to uncover his secret life.  Welcome to People is set to be released sometime in 2012.

Robert Duvall Labels Performances in Kubrick’s Films as “Terrible”

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Legendary actor Robert Duvall has condemned “the great Stanley Kubrick” as an “actors enemy”.   The fiery exclamation came  during a round table interview with THR after it was revealed that director David Fincher frequently took around fifty takes to get the perfect shot whilst filming The Social Network. Fellow interviewees Mark Ruffalo and Jesse Eisenberg laugh (perhaps with disdain?) as Duvall compares Fincher to Kubrick. No doubt a comparison like that would normally be considered flattering, but Duvall continued, dismissing the performances in such classics as The Shining and A Clockwork Orange as “the worst performances I’ve ever seen in movies”. Hit the jump for more.

APOCALYPSE NOW: Full Disclosure Edition Blu-Ray Review

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Finally, the definitive Apocalypse Now! Francis Ford Coppola’s mess of a masterpiece is one of those films worth poring over, examining and dissecting, and this format and new supplements make for a heady package. Martin Sheen stars as Captain Benjamin Willard, who along with a boatload of soldiers (Albert Hall, Laurence Fishburne, Sam Bottoms, and Fredrick Forrest) traverse Vietnam on the hunt for Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando), who’s gone native and Willard’s mission states that they don’t really want him bringing Kurtz back alive. Along the way, they meet a number of different people, including Lt. Colonel Kilgore (Robert Duvall), Playboy bunnies (including Colleen Camp), and other assorted characters, more so in the Redux version, which includes the famously deleted French colonists. My review of the Apocalypse Now Full Disclosure edition on Blu-ray follows after the jump.

THX 1138 and LOST IN SPACE Blu-ray Reviews

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There are both rational and irrational reasons for hating the prequel trilogy. With the rise of Red Letter Media, that internet phenomenon that has made a name shit-talking the Star Trek: Next Generations films, and The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones, there is a more present sense of disappointment with the Lucas empire- but it’s something that has been haunting Lucas about a couple days after people started seeing TPM and word set in. But as not great as the prequels were, there’s other reasons to be bummed about those films besides just fan service. Until he made the prequel trilogy, George Lucas had a stunning cinematic record as a director. His first film THX 1138 is a classic, and deserves to be appreciated. Another reason to be disappointed is that he led the way for films like Lost in Space, the 1998 warm-up for the prequel trilogy. Lucas whetted a lot of appetites, but the man also showed a talent for the game. My review of both THX 1138 and Lost in Space on Blu-ray follow the jump.

Director Aaron Schneider and Producer Dean Zanuck Interview GET LOW

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An 8-year labor of love for producer Dean Zanuck (Road to Perdition), Get Low is an entertaining and colorful story about one man’s last-ditch quest for redemption inspired by an eccentric 1930s Tennessee hermit known as Felix “Bush,” who famously came out of hiding to throw his own funeral party while he was still very much alive and kicking.

Based on a screenplay written by Chris Provenzano (Mad Men) and C. Gaby Mitchell (Blood Diamond), Get Low is directed by Aaron Schneider, a talented young filmmaker who makes his feature debut after winning the Academy Award for his short, Two Soldiers. The film features a terrific cast that includes Robert Duvall as the mysterious backwoods recluse, Bill Murray as the fast-talking funeral home owner who senses a big payday in the offing, Lucas Black as his young apprentice, and Sissy Spacek as a lonely widow and the only person in town who ever got close to Felix.

We sat down this week with Dean and Aaron to talk about their new film. They told us about the long evolution of their project, how a well written screenplay attracted such wonderful, iconic actors, and why a combination of good fortune, good timing and good instincts led to success. They also gave us an entertaining account of how they managed to wrangle one of the most elusive actor in Hollywood into their stellar cast.

Robert Duvall and Sissy Spacek Interview GET LOW

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To get Get Low off the ground, the filmmakers knew they would need a highly skillful and creative actor in the lead role of Felix – someone capable of making a character who seems right out of a backwoods fable feel palpably real and alive. They found that quality in Robert Duvall, one of America’s most diverse and respected actors, and winner of the Academy Award for his performance as a broken-down country singer trying to turn his life around in Bruce Beresford’s Tender Mercies.

Sissy Spacek, an Oscar winner for her incisive portrait of Loretta Lynn in Coal Miner’s Daughter and whose work has been a staple of modern American filmmaking, was another important casting choice for the role of the strong, independent widow, Maddie, the old flame who thinks she is the only person on earth to have ever loved Felix, only to discover the terrible and long-hidden reason he never fully loved her back.  More after the jump:

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