May 22nd marks the 79th anniversary of the death of notorious outlaw couple Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow [Correction: It's actually today, May 23rd], and as such, History is releasing a few photos from their upcoming miniseries, Bonnie & Clyde, which will be simulcast on History, Lifetime and A&E later this year. The miniseries has been in production for years, with an incredible amount of starts and stops. History finally settled on a winning combination of Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild) and ethereal beauty Holliday Grainger (The Borgias) to play the infamous couple, who were iconically portrayed in the 1967 film by Faye Dunaway and Warren Beaty. Hit the jump for the images and more.
Despite protests from some cinephiles, a new Bonnie and Clyde movie is on its way. So far, though, the road has been bumpy. Hilary Duff and Kevin Zegers were initially set to play Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, the two lovebird bank robbers who rose to fame during the Great Depression. However, scheduling conflicts will prevent Duff and Zegers from assuming the roles. So writer/director Tonya S. Holly must look elsewhere to fill out the cast in time to shoot The Story of Bonnie and Clyde later this year in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Missouri. Holly and producer Tom Rogers have found their new Bonnie, at least, in Lindsay Pulsipher (True Blood). Because, as Holly told THR, “Lindsay will undoubtedly bring many layers to this critical role.” Undoubtedly.
Pulsipher is currently filming the History Channel miniseries The Hatfields and the McCoys. The actress has two independent features in the can: The Oregonian (a Sundance selection) and Meth Head, which should see release later this year. Seems like a lateral move at worst, and perhaps a nice addition. Minimally, Pulsipher will look cute under that beret.
Over 40 years after Arthur Penn’s classic Bonnie and Clyde, director Neil Burger (Limitless) is set to take on the story of the outlaw duo once more. Variety reports that Burger will direct an adaptation of Jeff Guinn’s non-fiction book Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde. Up in the Air co-writer Sheldon Turner is taking on scripting duties, with Sean and Bryan Furst set to produce. Guinn’s book tells a deromanticized account of the two’s streak of bank robberies which left seven dead bodies in its wake. No word on how soon the film will go into production, but Burger recently signed on to write and direct the high-profile adaptation of the video game Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune after David O. Russel left the project. Hit the jump for a synopsis of Guinn’s book.
In previous years, Alamo’s Rolling Roadshow would travel the globe to hold screenings in places significant to the movie being shown. This year, Alamo is keeping the Roadshow to Texas and today they’ve released the custom posters for The Searchers, The Texas Chainsaw Masscare, Blood Simple, Hud, Red River, Bonnie and Clyde, Tender Mercies, No Country for Old Men, Giant, and The Last Picture Show. They’re all great and we’re all going to be super jealous if we don’t get one. You know, if you already weren’t super jealous over not being able to make it to these screenings.
Speaking of stuff that will make you jealous, Alamo has provided details of what’s going to make their special screening of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre so special. Hit the jump to check out the posters along with details on The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The 2011 Rolling Roadshow begins Friday, June 3rd with The Searchers. Click here for a full list of dates.
The Alamo Drafthouse’s Rolling Roadshow is one of the year’s great screening series as the vaunted theater brings classic films to a location that’s significant to the film being shown. So for instance, films shown at last year’s Roadshow like Dirty Harry and The Blues Brothers were shown San Francisco’s Washington Square Park and Chicago’s Joliet Prison, respectively. The shows also tend to have special guests and sweet merchandise. Oh, and the shows are free.
I was hoping that one of the screenings would swing by Georgia this year, but my state and 48 others are out of luck. Texas, home of the Alamo Drafthouse, will also be home to all of the 2011 Rolling Roadshow pictures. The films on this year’s roadshow are (I’m already jealous writing this) The Searchers, The Texas Chainsaw Masscare, Blood Simple, Hud, Red River, Bonnie and Clyde, Tender Mercies, No Country for Old Men, Giant, and The Last Picture Show. Hit the jump for the full press release and to find out where each film will play. The 2011 Rolling Roadshow begins June 3rd.
Director Arthur Penn passed away last night at the age of 88. Penn was best known for directing the classic and highly-influential 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde. Bonnie and Clyde is consistently upheld as one of the films that launched the “New Hollywood” and American cinema’s second golden age. Other must-see films in Penn’s filmography include Little Big Man, Night Moves, The Miracle Worker, and The Chase.
Speaking to his son Matthew, the New York Times reports that cause of death was congestive heart failure. Our deepest condolences go out to Penn’s friends and family.