New UNBROKEN Trailer and Images Starring Jack O’Connell as Olympian and War Hero Louis Zamperini

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Universal has released a new Unbroken trailer online along with a batch of new images.  Angelina Jolie‘s film tells the incredibly true story of Louis Zamperini (Jack O’Connell), a former Olympian and WWII bombardier whose plane crashed at sea in 1943.  Zamperini and two crewmates floated adrift for 47 days and 2000 miles, eventually finding themselves caught by the Japanese Navy and sent to a POW camp where Zamperini was targeted by a sadistic overseer.  O’Connell looks good and the cinematography is very pretty, but this trailer also features people shouting platitudes like “You can take it, you can make it,” and “A moment of pain is worth a lifetime of glory.”  It looks like prime Oscar-bait, and while it turn out to be a good movie, the sappy tone of the trailer makes me feel like the film should be called “Unbroken: It Will Inspire the Living Shit out of You“.

Hit the jump to check out the Unbroken trailer and images.  The film opens December 25th, and also stars Domhnall Gleeson, Miyavi, Garrett Hedlund, and Finn Wittrock.

Garrett Hedlund to Play Hook in Joe Wright’s PAN

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Last month, we reported that Hugh Jackman was in talks to play Blackbeard in Joe Wright‘s Peter Pan origin story, Pan, and now it looks like Garrett Hedlund (TRON Legacy) will be signing on to play Hook.  Per the film’s logline, the story is about “an orphan [who] is taken to the magical world of Neverland, where he becomes the savior of the natives and leads a rebellion against the evil pirates.”  According to Deadline, Hedlund beat out Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire) and Ezra Miller (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) for the role.  Deadline says “Hook” is a lead role, but doesn’t specify if he’s a captain in this origin story.

Pan will open in 3D on July 17, 2015.  Hedlund will be seen in theaters later this year in William Monahan‘s Mojave and Angelina Jolie‘s Unbroken.

INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 New York Film Festival.  Inside Llewyn Davis opens today in limited release.]

It’s a terrible thing to feel like you’re not the protagonist of your own story—to simply exist with nowhere to go. Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) is a man who doesn’t fit into his own life, and in the Coen Brothers’ most melancholy film to date, Inside Llewyn Davis, we’re taken on the moving journey of a folk singer trying to succeed in the right place at the wrong time. He can’t create a future from the songs of the past, and he lives ambivalently in the present. Toning down the stylized hyperrealism of their previous movies, Joel and Ethan Coen have created a work that still bears their signature, yet takes them and us to a restrained, yet tonally and emotionally frustrating place. Anchored by a subtle, touching performance from Isaac, as well as beautiful renditions of folk songs, Inside Llewyn Davis is a somber look at a wandering musician.

3 Clips and 5 New Images from the Coen Brothers’ INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS Starring Oscar Isaac, Justin Timberlake, and John Goodman

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CBS Films has released three clips and five new images from the Coen Brothers‘ upcoming film, Inside Llewyn Davis.  The story takes place in the Greenwich Village folk scene in 1961, and follows singer Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) as he struggles with his career and strained personal relationships.  It’s one of the best films I’ve seen this year and the soundtrack is a must-buy.  These are good clips that won’t spoil anything, and they also highlight Isaac’s strong performance.  John Goodman‘s character, an ornery jazz musician, also explains a traditional commit suicide.

Hit the jump to check out the clips and the images.  The film also stars Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, Adam Driver, Stark Sands, and Garrett HedlundInside Llewyn Davis opens December 6th.

First Image from Biopic PELÉ; New Image from MOJAVE Starring Garrett Hedlund and Oscar Isaac

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The first image from the biopic of soccer legend Pelé—aptly titled Pelé—has been released.  The film chronicles the life of the titular “King of Football,” tracing the Brazilian soccer prodigy’s life as he led the country to its first World Cup win in history and solidified himself as the greatest player of all time.  Leonardo Lima Carvalho plays the young version of Pelé, and he can be seen here playing with a “football” made of socks in the alleys of Bauru where he grew up.  Under the direction of Michael Zimbalist and Jeff Zimbalist, the film is currently in production in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Additionally, a new image from writer/director William Monahan’s new thriller Mojave has been released just a few days after a handful of debut photos landed online.  The film centers on a near-suicidal artist (Garrett Hedlund) who escapes into the desert to take an existential crisis head-on, only to encounter a doppelganger-like antagonist in the form of a brilliant, homicidal drifter (Oscar Isaac).  Check out the images from Pelé and Mojave after the jump.

First Images from William Monahan’s MOJAVE Starring Garrett Hedlund; Monahan Talks about Challenges of Selling the Movie

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We’ve reported on William Monahan‘s Mojave for a couple years, but he’s been working on it for much longer.  In a recent interview, the Oscar-winning screenwriter (The Departed) said his second directorial feature was written “part time and on weekends for about 10 years now.”  He finally got it finished, filmed it, and now the first three images have been released.  The film centers on a near-suicidal artist (Garrett Hedlund) who escapes into the desert to take an existential crisis head-on, only to encounter a doppelganger-like antagonist in the form of a brilliant, homicidal drifter (Oscar Isaac).  Monahan mulled over selling the script and came to the conclusion that rather than “let it go be distorted and made improperly” he would do the right thing and just make it myself and forego the money.”

Hit the jump for more.  The film also stars Walton Goggins and Louise BourgoinMojave is currently making the rounds at the American Film Market to pick up distribution.

New Trailer for the Coen Brothers’ INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS Highlights the Comedy and the Critical Raves; Plus 4 New Images

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CBS Films has released a new trailer for the Coen BrothersInside Llewyn Davis.  The story takes place in the Greenwich Village folk scene in 1961, and follows singer Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) as he struggles with his career and strained personal relationships.  I saw the film at the New York Film Festival, and though it was great.  It’s melancholy, but also quite moving, and the music is absolutely wonderful.  The new trailer provides a nice blend of the comic moments, the drama, and plenty of blurbs from ecstatic critics.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, Garrett Hedlund, and John GoodmanInside Llewyn Davis opens December 6th.

NYFF 2013: INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS Review

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It’s a terrible thing to feel like you’re not the protagonist of your own story—to simply exist with nowhere to go. Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) is a man who doesn’t fit into his own life, and in the Coen Brothers’ most melancholy film to date, Inside Llewyn Davis, we’re taken on the moving journey of a folk singer trying to succeed in the right place at the wrong time. He can’t create a future from the songs of the past, and he lives ambivalently in the present. Toning down the stylized hyperrealism of their previous movies, Joel and Ethan Coen have created a work that still bears their signature, yet takes them and us to a restrained, yet tonally and emotionally frustrating place. Anchored by a subtle, touching performance from Isaac, as well as beautiful renditions of folk songs, Inside Llewyn Davis is a somber look at a wandering musician.

Garrett Hedlund Joins Angelina Jolie’s UNBROKEN

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Angelina Jolie’s next directorial effort continues to fill out its cast, and Tron: Legacy actor Garrett Hedlund is the latest to sign on.  Based on the non-fiction book by Lauren Hillenbrand, Unbroken tells the incredible true story of Louis Zamperini, a former Olympian and WWII bombardier whose plane crashed at sea in 1943.  Zamperini and two crewmates floated adrift for 47 days and 2000 miles, eventually finding themselves caught by the Japanese Navy and sent to a POW camp where Zamperini was targeted by a sadistic overseer.  Jack O’Connell (300: Rise of an Empire) landed the lead role of Zamperini, and now Variety reports that Hedlund—who has long been interested in the true story—has signed on to play fellow POW, Commander John Fitzgerald.

Joel and Ethan Coen wrote the most recent draft of the Unbroken screenplay, and Jolie has nabbed genius cinematographer Roger Deakins (Skyfall, No Country for Old Men) to act as the film’s director of photography, so things are off to a great start.  Filming begins next month in anticipation of a December 25, 2014 release.  Hit the jump for a synopsis of the book.

New Trailer for The Coen Brothers’ INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS Starring Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, and Justin Timberlake

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Inside Llewyn Davis is my most-anticipated film of 2013.  The Coen Brothers are among my all-time favorite filmmakers, and if I could have afforded to fly to France to see Inside Llewyn Davis premiere at Cannes this past May, I would have.  The film garnered rave reviews at the festival, and won the Grand Prix Award.  CBS Films has released a new trailer featuring plenty of footage, and I love the balance between the hardships faced by the eponymous character (played by Oscar Isaac) and the humor (he’s got a great answer to “Do you think about the future?”).  Like the previous trailer, Marcus Mumford‘s cover of “Fare Thee Well” plays over footage.  The song will be available on the soundtrack, which will be released on September 17th.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, Garrett Hedlund, and John GoodmanInside Llewyn Davis will play at the New York Film Festival, and opens December 6th.

New Trailer and Images for The Coen Brothers’ INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS Starring Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, and Justin Timberlake [UPDATED]

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CBS Films has released a new trailer for The Coen Brothers‘ new film, Inside Llewyn Davis.  The film takes place during the 1961 Greenwich Village folk scene, and follows a week in the life of frustrated musician Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac).  This is my most-anticipated film of 2013, and I love the melancholy tone of Oscar Isaac and Marcus Mumford‘s cover of “Fare Thee Well” that plays over the trailer (the song will be available on the soundtrack that comes out September 17th).  The film premiered to rave reviews at Cannes earlier this year, and I can’t see this movie soon enough.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, Garrett Hedlund, and John GoodmanInside Llewyn Davis opens December 6th. [Update: CBS Films has released a couple of new images from the film, which are now included after the jump.]

Bruce Willis to Lead EXPIRATION; Uma Thurman to Play Anita Bryant in ANITA, Garrett Hedlund Replaces Jason Clarke in MOJAVE

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We have a few casting stories for you this afternoon.  First up, Bruce Willis is set to lead the thriller Expiration.  According to Variety, Willis plays “a hitman who is poisoned and has to find a cure before he expires.”  So it’s like D.O.A. but probably with a lot more killing of other people.  The film is currently in negotiations for a director, and the script is from Broken City scribe Brian Tucker.  What’s slightly damning about this production is that it’s from producers Randall Emmett and George Furla.  The duo previously produced the Willis films Setup and Fire with Fire.  While Willis didn’t lead those movies, they still went direct-to-DVD.  Then again, they also co-starred talking mannequin 50 Cent, so perhaps Expiration will be better if they leave him out of it.

Hit the jump for casting news on Anita and Mojave.

Garrett Hedlund to Star in Matthew Michael Carnahan’s Directorial Debut VIOLENT TALENT; Margot Robbie, Tony Kebbell, and Riz Ahmed Co-Star

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Screenwriter Matthew Michael Carnahan (State of Play) is ready to make his directorial debut with the Chicago crime thriller Violent Talent.  Garrett Hedlund (TRON: Legacy) has signed on to star—Margot Robbie (Pan Am), Tony Kebbell (War Horse), and Riz Ahmed (Four Lions) will take supporting roles.  Per Deadline, Carnahan’s script centers on “Eamon (Hedlund) as he and his two oldest friends Angel and Quan (Kebbell and Ahmed) try to build a criminal empire in a contemporary Chicago where he feels crime might be the most honest job around.”

Hedlund is from the Midwest (Minnesota), but I find it curious to cast two Brits (Kebbell, Ahmed) and an Aussie (Robbie) around him when the setting is so heavily accented.  Better to surround him with good actors than good accents, though, and I like what I’ve seen of Kebbell, Ahmed, and Robbie.  Plus, Robbie’s American accent was good enough for me in Pan Am and, more importantly, good enough for Martin Scorsese to cast her as the female lead in The Wolf of Wall Street.  Carnahan’s work will next be seen (amid rewrites) in World War Z, opening June 26.

New Red-Band Trailer and Poster for Joel and Ethan Coen’s INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS

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Ahead of the film’s Cannes Film Festival debut later this month, a new red-band trailer and debut poster for writers/directors Joel and Ethan Coen’s new film Inside Llewyn Davis have been released online.  The film takes place in the folk music scene of New York’s Greenwich Village in the 1960s, and while this trailer isn’t wholly different from the previous one we saw, there are a few bits of R-rated new footage here and there that are spot-on Coen brothers.  Set against the appropriate musical stylings of one Bob Dylan, the trailer highlights impressive turns from stars Oscar Isaac and Carey Mulligan, as well as yet another great Coen brothers performance from John Goodman.  December feels like an eternity away knowing that Inside Llewyn Davis is just waiting for us.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer and to see the new poster.  The film also stars Justin Timberlake, F. Murray Abraham, Garrett Hedlund, and Adam DriverInside Llewyn Davis will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival later this month and opens in theaters December 6th.

ON THE ROAD Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.  On the Road opens today in limited release.]

Jack Kerouac‘s On the Road is a novel that inspired a generation of restless young men and women to break free from their comfort zones, broaden their horizons, and look to the majesty of America. Walter SallesOn the Road is a film adaptation that will inspire a generation of lazy high school kids to watch the movie instead of reading the book. Salles snaps up the words of Kerouac’s novel, but not their spirit. The movie shouldn’t simply regurgitate the book because adaptation should be a work of inspiration and not imitation. But there’s nothing inspired about Salles’ picture. It’s safe where it should be dangerous. It’s lugubrious when it should be explosive. It’s derivative when it should be daring. Despite glimmers of an emotionally moving story, On the Road rarely has the energy to get up and bravely venture forth beyond the plot constraints of a book that’s not driven by its plot.

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