Emile Hirsch Joins Craig Roberts’ Directorial Debut JUST JIM

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Though Submarine star Craig Roberts is just 23 years old, he’s already gearing up to begin production on his directorial debut.  Roberts will lead Just Jim, which revolves around “a teenage loser whose life is turned around by the appearance of an enigmatic, handsome neighbor.”  ScreenDaily reports that Emile Hirsch has now joined the cast, and one imagines he’d be a swell fit for the aforementioned neighbor.  Filming begins in Wales this week, and co-stars include Aneirin Hughes, Nia Roberts, Richard Harrington, Matthew Aubrey, and newcomers Ryan Owen and Charlotte Randall.  The pic will be released in the UK and Ireland sometime in 2015.

The Welsh Roberts—who was recently seen onscreen in Neighbors, The Double, 22 Jump Street—previously directed a music video for the band Los Campesinos, but Just Jim marks his first time helming a feature film.  He’s definitely a promising young talent in front of the camera, so I’m curious to see how he fares behind the scenes.

LONE SURVIVOR Blu-ray Review

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‘Tis the season for red, white and blue patriotism, which finds perfect cinematic expression in the pro-American military thriller Lone Survivor, which recently debuted on Blu-ray.  Based on The New York Times bestselling book “Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of Seal Team 10,” Lone Survivor doesn’t stop to ask any big questions about what we’re doing in the Middle East, let alone offer any Kubrick-ian treatise on the nature of war.  Instead, it simply dramatizes with harrowing effectiveness the true story of four heroic Navy SEALs who fought against the Taliban to the bitter end out of unmitigated love of country and their fellow American soldiers.

Hit the jump for my complete Lone Survivor Blu-ray review.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt May Lead Zemeckis’ TO REACH THE CLOUDS, Emile Hirsch Joins TEN THOUSAND SAINTS, and Sarah Paulson Set for CAROL

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We’ve got a few interesting casting stories to get to this afternoon.  Briefly:

  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt may be leading the next live-action feature from director Robert Zemeckis, the biopic To Reach the Clouds.
  • Emile Hirsch has joined the young ensemble cast of American Splendor directors Bob Pulcini and Shari Berman’s coming-of-age indie Ten Thousand Saints.
  • Sarah Paulson (12 Years a Slave) has joined the impressive cast of Todd Haynes’ latest film Carol.

Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned films and casting.

Emile Hirsch Talks LONE SURVIVOR, What Peter Berg Made Him Do to Land the Role, the Honor of Portraying a Navy SEAL, Future Projects, and More

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Now playing in theaters is director Peter Berg’s (The RundownThe Kingdom) adaptation of the true-life memoir of Marcus Luttrell, Lone Survivor.  The powerful film tells the story of four Navy SEALs on an ill-fated covert mission who try to neutralize a high-level Taliban operative, but are ambushed by enemy forces in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan.  The film stars Mark WahlbergTaylor KitschEmile HirschBen FosterEric BanaAlexander LudwigAli Suliman, and Rohan Chand.  For more on the film, here’s the latest trailer.

At the New York City press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Emile Hirsch.  He talked about the challenges of making the film, the honor of portraying one of the Navy SEALs, the mood on set while they were filming, what Peter Berg made him do to land the role, the long gun fight sequence, upcoming projects, what he’s going to do to play John Belushi, and more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch and Eric Bana Talk LONE SURVIVOR, Working with Real Navy SEALs, and More

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It’s tough enough to perform in a film loaded with heart, military logistics, and action, but in Lone Survivor, Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch and Eric Bana were also tasked with delivering an authentic and admirable representation of real Navy SEALs who lost their lives in the hills of Afghanistan during a devastating mid-mission attack.

With the film now playing in limited release and its January 10th nationwide expansion approaching, all four actors sat down for a press conference in New York City to talk about working with the sole survivor of the real-life ambush, Marcus Luttrell, the connections they built with members of the SEAL community, the pressure to honor their sacrifice, and more. Hit the jump for the full discussion.

LONE SURVIVOR Review

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After watching Battleship and Lone Survivor, I have no doubt that director Peter Berg has a deep and earnest respect for America’s military.  While one movie is a silly blockbuster and the other is based on a true-story tragedy, they both celebrate the honor and dedication of men and women in uniform.  Where I take issue with Berg is how he expresses his adoration of the troops.  In Battleship, a movie with aliens, spaceships, and explosive pegs, throwing in an appreciation of sailors is a nice sentiment.  In Lone Survivor, appreciation isn’t a sentiment; it’s a cause.  Berg’s desire to honor the Navy SEALs who lost their lives on a FUBAR mission is admirable, but the film’s heavy emphasis on action makes physical endurance appear more commendable than deeds and intentions.

BONNIE AND CLYDE Review: Emile Hirsch and Holliday Grainger Star in the Multi-Channel Miniseries Event

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In 1934, two young adults — Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker — were ambushed and killed by law enforcement in North Louisiana, immortalized after a murderous two-year crime spree that had captivated the nation.  The tale of the two elicited such a frenzied response not because of the crimes themselves, which were mostly petty or forgettable during a time that included such infamous figures as John Dillinger and Pretty Boy Floyd, but because of Bonnie.  She wasn’t a captive during Clyde’s raids, she participated and occasionally led them.  Pictures found of the two from a hideout showed a cigar-smoking, gun-toting female, linked up with a man she was involved with, but not married to.  The tabloid nature of the duo’s misdeeds still carries some resonance today, which the new miniseries Bonnie and Clyde focuses on.  Hit the jump for more. 

12 New Images from LONE SURVIVOR Starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, and Emile Hirsch

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Universal Pictures has released some new images from director Peter Berg’s (The Kingdom) adaptation of the non-fiction book Lone Survivor.  The film tells the story of four Navy SEALs on an ill-fated covert mission who try to neutralize a high-level Taliban operative, but are ambushed by enemy forces in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan.  The film has drawn positive responses from early screenings, and Berg has more than proven himself to be a skilled action director.  Hopefully the dramatic character interplay is on point here as well.

Hit the jump to check out the new images.  The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, Eric Bana, Alexander Ludwig, Ali Suliman, and Rohan ChandLone Survivor opens in limited release on December 27th before going wide on January 10th.

Emile Hirsch Talks TWICE BORN, What Struck Him About Working with Penelope Cruz, BONNIE & CLYDE, Playing John Belushi, and More

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emile-hirsch-twice-born-interview-sliceDirected by Sergio Castellitto and based on the best-selling novel by Margaret Mazzantini, Twice Born is an epic portrait of love, loyalty and the unbreakable bonds of family.  When Italian professor Gemma (Penelope Cruz) heads off on a summer vacation to the battle-scarred city of Sarajevo with her teenaged son Pietro, she intends to show him the country where she fell passionately in love with his father, Diego (Emile Hirsch), but also uncovers a long-hidden secret.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Emile Hirsch talked about what a fantastic experience he had making Twice Born, what it was that attracted him to this opportunity, collaborating with director Sergio Castellitto and author Margaret Mazzantini, and working with co-star Penelope Cruz.  He also talked about the wide variety of projects he currently has coming out, why the Bonnie & Clyde remake (premiering on Lifetime, A&E and History on December 8th) appealed to him, and why Steve Conrad’s script for the John Belushi project stood out to him and made him want to sign on.  Check out what he had to say after the jump. 

Theatrical Trailer for TWICE BORN Starring Penelope Cruz and Emile Hirsch

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The theatrical trailer for director Sergio Castellitto’s new film Twice Born has been released online.  Based on the novel of the same name by Margaret Mazzantini, the film stars Penelope Cruz as a single mother who returns with her teen son to present-day Sarajevo where she connected with her son’s father (Emile Hirsch) during the Bosnian conflict of the 1990s.  As she tries to repair the relationship with her son, new revelations force her to rethink everything.  The trailer promises a sweeping love story told with many flashbacks that fram the relationship between Cruz and Hirsch’s characters.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer, and be sure to check out Steve’s interviews with Cruz, Hirsch, and Castellitto from the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.  The film also stars Adnan HaskovicSaadet AksoyPietro CastellittoLuca De FilippoJane BirkinSergio CastellittoMira Furlan, and Jovan DiviakTwice Born will be released in theaters and on VOD on December 6th.

New Trailer for LONE SURVIVOR Starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Eric Bana, and Ben Foster

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Universal has released a new trailer for Peter Berg‘s drama Lone Survivor.  The film is based on a true story, and centers on four Navy SEALs on an ill-fated covert mission who try to neutralize a high-level Taliban operative, but are ambushed by enemy forces in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan.   This is a much better trailer than the first one because even though there’s a much heavier emphasis on the action, this is a case where the action sells the drama.  These four SEALs were fighting for the lives, and Berg looks like he’s nailed the intensity without being exploitative.  The only moments in the trailer that give me pause are the pull quotes from Bill Simmons, Pete Hammond, and Peter Travers—three guys whose opinions I couldn’t trust less.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, and Eric BanaLone Survivor opens in limited release on December 27th and goes wide on January 10, 2014.

Behind-the-Scenes Featurette for LONE SURVIVOR Starring Mark Wahlberg, Emile Hirsch, and Ben Foster

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Universal has released a new behind-the-scenes featurette for Peter Berg‘s Lone Survivor.  The film centers on four Navy SEALs on an ill-fated covert mission who try to neutralize a high-level Taliban operative, but are ambushed by enemy forces in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan.  This behind-the-scenes featurette explains the real story behind the film, and the ethos of the SEALs.  There’s a heavy emphasis on brotherhood and fighting for the sake of the man next to you.  The tragic aspect is that at the end, there was only the “lone survivor”, Marcus Luttrell, who went on to write about his experiences, and his book became the basis for the movie.  It looks like Berg has tried to create a film in the vein of Black Hawk Down, and I hope he’s succeeded.

Hit the jump to check out the featurette.  The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, Ali Suliman, Alexander Ludwig, and Eric BanaLone Survivor will premiere at AFI Fest, open in limited release on December 27th, and go wide on January 10, 2014.

THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY Writer to Direct John Belushi Biopic; Emile Hirsch, Adam Devine, or Joaquin Phoenix Might Star

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John Belushi will always be remembered as a comic genius who died too young, and his drug-fueled life made his early death a tragedy.  A biopic has been in the works for years with The Hangover director Todd Phillips attached to helm the picture.  THR is now reporting that The Secret Life of Walter Mitty screenwriter Steve Conrad will direct from a script he co-wrote with Phillips.  The project will be an indie feature, and Conrad has already started looking at actors who could play the iconic comedian.

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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.

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