Leslie Mann Is Audrey Griswold in VACATION; Billy Bob Thornton Joins OUR BRAND IS CRISIS; Ben Foster Enlists for FINEST HOURS

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We’ve got a trio of intriguing casting stories to share this afternoon.  Briefly:

  • Leslie Mann will play the grown-up version of Audrey Griswold in the upcoming Vacation reboot.
  • Billy Bob Thornton is in talks to join Sandra Bullock in director David Gordon Green’s (Prince Avalanche) political drama Our Brand Is Crisis.
  • Ben Foster is the latest actor to join the cast of Disney’s coast guard drama The Finest Hours.

Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned castings.

MANGLEHORN Review | TIFF 2014

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In my review of Joe, I mentioned how I liked David Gordon Green’s return to smaller, character driven stories.  His newest film, Manglehorn, is another character piece, and while I stand by my appreciation for his decision to make this kind of movie, it also failed to hook me.  It’s an interesting film in how it tries to handle a character who is an intriguing collection of contradictions with regards to how he interacts with others, but eventually his navel-gazing and obsession with a lost love becomes tedious.

Sandra Bullock Confirmed to Star in David Gordon Green’s OUR BRAND IS CRISIS

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Last December, we reported that Sandra Bullock was in early talks to star in the political comedy Our Brand Is Crisis.  The story is based on the 2005 documentary of the same name from Rachel Boynton, and revolves around the use of American political campaign strategies in Bolivia to help elect Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada as president.  According to Variety, Bullock has now signed on to star with David Gordon Green set to direct.  Bullock, who will also serve as an executive producer, agreed to lead the project after meeting with Green “who has been in the mix for the directing job for some time,” and “the actress was convinced to join the project on the strength of his vision.”  George Clooney and Grant Heslov are still executive producing from a script by Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy).

Bullock is also attached to star in Tate Taylor‘s Tupperware Unsealed, which is about the inventor of Tupperware.  As for Green, he’s also attached to direct the college football project Score and the gritty thriller Line starring Chris Pine.  Hit the jump to check out the trailer for the 2005 documentary.

HOMELAND Season 4 Premiere Date Set for October 5th with Back-to-Back Episodes; Amazon Pilot Images Revealed Ahead of August 28th Debut

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Some TV premiere news is at hand.  Firstly, Showtime has announced that the Homeland Season 4 premiere date has been set for October 5th at 9pm ET/PT, when the first two episodes of the season will air back-to-back.  Season 4 has been described as a reboot of sorts, as we will follow Claire Danes’ Carrie Mathison on assignment in the Middle East.  Filmed entirely in South Africa, the new season also stars Mandy Patinkin and Rupert Friend, with Corey Stoll and Suraj Sharma booked as guest stars.  Additionally, Showtime’s new drama series The Affair starring Dominic West and Ruth Wilson will debut on October 12th at 10pm ET/PT, a week earlier than initially planned.  The series explores two marriages and the emotional and psychological effects of an extramarital affair.

Hit the jump for news and images concerning new Amazon pilots from the likes of Steven Soderbergh, David Gordon Green, and Whit Stillman starring Ron PerlmanAdam Brody, Mena Suvari, and more. 

RED OAKS Comedy Pilot Teams Steven Soderbergh With David Gordon Green, Announces Cast

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Red Oaks seems like it could definitely be my type of jam. A comedy set in 1985 at a country club in New Jersey?  This has enough shades of Caddyshack to pique my interest.  Of course it doesn’t hurt that the show will be produced by Steven Soderbergh or that the pilot will be directed by David Gordon Green (Eastbound & Down).  Red Oaks is gearing up to shoot as a pilot for Amazon (who are still implementing their voting policy when it comes to determining what gets picked up to series).

And now the cast has been announced.  Red Oaks stars Craig Roberts (Submarine) as David Myers, a college student who’s an assistant tennis pro at the Red Oaks Country Club in suburban New Jersey in 1985.  Paul Reiser (Mad About You), Richard Kind (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Jennifer Grey (Dirty Dancing), Oliver Cooper (Californication), Gage Golightly (MTV’s Teen Wolf) and Ennis Esmer (CTV’s The Listener).  Guest stars include Josh Meyers, Freddie Roman and Alexandra Socha.

HBO Orders New Comedy VICE PRINCIPALS from EASTBOUND & DOWN Creators Danny McBride and Jody Hill

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HBO is on a roll as of late when it comes to new comedies.  The network launched the new Mike Judge series Silicon Valley to great success earlier this year, it’s developing a new comedy with Bill Hader, and now the network has ordered a pitch from the creators of Eastbound & Down straight to series.  Deadline reports that HBO has ordered 18 episodes of the new comedy Vice Principals from creators/executive producers Danny McBride and Jody Hill, with those 18 installments poised to be split up into multiple seasons.  McBride and Hill were the brains behind the four-season run of HBO’s unabashedly nutty Eastbound & Down, and they will again steer the ship of Vice Principals with Eastbound alum David Gordon Green also set to executive produce.

As the title suggests, the new comedy will tell the story of a high school and the people that almost run it, the vice principals.  With guys like McBride and Hill at the helm, that’s an incredibly fruitful premise.

David Gordon Green Attached to Direct College Football Project SCORE from Don Johnson

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Here’s some interesting news that should delight fans of HBO’s Eastbound & DownDavid Gordon Green is attached to reteam with Don Johnson on a new project set in the world of college football in the 1980s.  Titled Score, the project will star Johnson as an outrageous coach who goes out of his way to break all of the NCAA’s rules by recruiting criminals to play for him.  Johnson scripted the story and Gordon Green is attached to direct.  Don’t expect a guaranteed theatrical release for this one because it’s being packaged as a streaming project, though it’s unclear if it’s a feature film, miniseries, or series.  Hit the jump for more.

JOE Review

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[This is a re-post of my Joe review from the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.  Joe opens today in limited release.]

After watching Prince Avalanche earlier this year, I hoped that director David Gordon Green would continue with smaller, more intimate stories. With his follow-up, Joe, he has not only built on the palette-cleanser of Prince Avalanche, but also delivered one of his best movies. Featuring tremendous performances from stars Nicolas Cage and Tye Sheridan as well as a cast of non-professional actors, Joe is both compassionate towards its characters and non-judgmental towards their actions. It’s a story about men teetering between honest living and losing all restraint with their violent tendencies. Casually and with great subtlety, Green examines not only the inner struggle to maintain control, but also how much responsibility we owe to others and the limits of that responsibility.

AFF 2014: Tye Sheridan and Director David Gordon Green Talk JOE, Viewing It as a Western, the Festival Circuit, MANGLEHORN, and More

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One of my favorite films of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival was David Gordon Green‘s JoeNicolas Cage plays the eponymous character who is trying to live a quiet life in a rural town, but must confront his inner demons when he meets and wants to protect Gary Jones (Tye Sheridan), a young man in danger of following in the footsteps of Joe’s dark past.  It’s a terrific movie, and I’m so glad that audiences will be able to see it next month.

Joe will open this year’s Atlanta Film Festival, so I got the chance to interview Green and Sheridan.  During our conversation, we talked about moving from studio features to a trilogy of indies (Prince Avalanche, Joe, and the upcoming Manglehorn), viewing the film as a western, Joe as the last man on the frontier, Green and Sheridan’s upcoming projects, the festival circuit, and much more.  There’s also a fun story of how Cage got Sheridan into a Snoop Dogg concert.  Hit the jump to check out the interview with David Gordon Green and Tye Sheridan.  The 2014 Atlanta Film Festival begins tonight and runs to April 6th.  Joe opens in theaters and on VOD on April 11th.

Chris Pine to Star in David Gordon Green Thriller LINE

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A promising new thriller will be shopped to buyers at the upcoming Berlin Film Festival.  Heat Vision reports that Chris Pine is attached to star in the “gritty thriller” Line, which Pineapple Express helmer David Gordon Green will direct.  Penned by The Walking Dead scribe Sang Kyu Kim, Pine is set to star as a patrol agent on a downward spiral following the loss of his wife and young son.  When he unexpectedly finds himself the caretaker of a ten-year-old orphan after a shootout with a criminal cartel, he must go on the run and protect the boy while dealing with enemies on both sides of the law and border.  Hit the jump for more.

First Trailer for David Gordon Green’s JOE Starring Nicolas Cage and Tye Sheridan

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David Gordon Green‘s Joe was one of my favorite films at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, and now the first trailer has gone online.  The story is about the relationship that forms between the troubled titular character (Nicolas Cage) and an abused teenager (Tye Sheridan).  That’s the brief logline, but Joe is primarily a character driven piece and all the more rewarding for it.  This trailer tries to walk the balance between the tone and the loose narrative, and hits on the darkness and violence permeating the picture.  I can’t recommend the movie enough since it’s Green’s best film after George Washington and has one of Cage’s finest performances.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  Joe currently doesn’t have a U.S. release date.

TIFF 2013: JOE Review

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After watching Prince Avalanche earlier this year, I hoped that director David Gordon Green would continue with smaller, more intimate stories.  With his follow-up, Joe, he has not only built on the palette-cleanser of Prince Avalanche, but also delivered one of his best movies.  Featuring tremendous performances from stars Nicolas Cage and Tye Sheridan as well as a cast of non-professional actors, Joe is both compassionate towards its characters and non-judgmental towards their actions.  It’s a story about men teetering between honest living and losing all restraint with their violent tendencies. Casually and with great subtlety, Green examines not only the inner struggle to maintain control, but also how much responsibility we owe to others and the limits of that responsibility.

Nicolas Cage and Director David Gordon Green Talk JOE, Working with Non-Professional Actors, Future Projects, and More at TIFF 2013

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Since George Washington hit the scene in 2000, director David Gordon Green has impressed me again and again.  Whether tackling a big studio comedy like Pineapple Express, an intimate drama like Snow Angels, or outrageous characters like Kenny Powers on HBO’s Eastbound & Down, Green has repeatedly shown he’s a gifted filmmaker that can handle any subject.  In his new film, Joe, which just premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, he tackles the story of an ex-con (Nicolas Cage) who becomes a role models to 15 year old Gary Jones (Tye Sheridan), the oldest child of a homeless family led by a drunk father.  Loaded with fantastic performances (including some incredible work by non-professional actors), Joe really impressed me at this year’s festival.

Shortly after the premiere I got to sit down with Green and Cage for an exclusive video interview.  They talked about being at TIFF, the value of non-professional actors, improvising on set, how Green values the organic process over detailed planning of shots, upcoming projects like Eastbound & Down and Tokarev, and more.  Hit the jump to watch. 

PRINCE AVALANCHE Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.  Prince Avalanche opens today in limited release.]

Director David Gordon Green broke through with indie films such as George Washington and All the Real Girls, and then seemed like he would make a strong transition to larger budget features after the success of Pineapple Express. However, the quality of pictures decreased as the concepts increased. The stoner medieval comedy Your Highness was painfully disappointing, and the mean-spirited The Sitter was even worse. His new film, Prince Avalanche, is a welcome return to form as it puts Green back inside an indie budget but lets him hold onto the goofy humor of Pineapple Express and Eastbound and Down (he has directed ten episodes over the course of the series). The result is a quiet, sweet, and funny picture about loneliness featuring noteworthy performances from stars Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch.

Emile Hirsch and Director David Gordon Green Talk PRINCE AVALANCHE, Kickstarter, What They Collect, CAMP X-RAY, EASTBOUND & DOWN, and Much More

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Opening this week in limited release is director David Gordon Green’s (Pineapple Express) dramedy Prince Avalanche.  The film stars Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch and follows two workers as they spend their summer repainting traffic lines in the middle of a country highway.  While most summer movies are loaded with explosions, Prince Avalanche‘s sole focus is on the characters and their relationship.  Thankfully, Rudd and Hirsch deliver fantastic performances and the film’s scenes alternate between hilarity and heartbreak.  It’s definitely recommended.  For more on the film, here’s the trailer and Matt’s review.

The other day I sat down with Emile Hirsch and David Gordon Green here in Los Angeles.  They talked about making the film under the radar, how the project came together, the editing process, their thoughts on Kickstarter, Twitter, what they collect, the Pineapple Express sequel from This Is the End, upcoming projects like Lone Survivor, Bonnie and Clyde, Joe, Manglehorn, HBO’s Eastbound and Down, Camp X-Ray, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for the interview.

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