The first trailer and images have gone online for Tommy Lee Jones‘ western drama, The Homesman. The story centers on a claim-jumping rascal (Jones) and a frontierswoman (Hilary Swank) as they escort three insane women from Nebraska to Iowa and battle the harsh elemental conditions of the prairie. I loved Jones’ 2005 film The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, which played like a modern-day western. The Homesman looks more like a straight entry into the genre, but also an interesting one. There appears to be a tricky balance between Jones’ slightly off-kilter character and the serious dangers he and his traveling companions must face. Nevertheless, it has an outstanding cast, and I assume we’ll be seeing it later this year since it will be released next month in France. It’s also a safe assumption that it will make its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, so I’m eager to hear the buzz on the picture.
Hit the jump to check out The Homesman trailer and images. The film also stars Hailee Steinfeld, Meryl Streep, Tim Blake Nelson, James Spader, William Fichtner, and Jesse Plemons. The Homesman is currently awaiting U.S. distribution.
The Weinstein Company has released the first trailer for director John Carney’s (Once) new film Begin Again, which was formerly titled Can a Song Save Your Life?. Mark Ruffalo stars as a washed up A&R man who discovers a young singer-songwriter (Keira Knightley) soon after being fired, and the two set out to change each other’s fortunes for the better while crafting a unique concept album. I caught the pic at the Toronto International Film Festival last fall where it was a bit of a crowd pleaser, and while I liked it well enough, the song’s aren’t really all that memorable and it falls quite short of Carney’s previous effort. Nevertheless, Ruffalo and Knightley give a pair of swell performances, and Adam Levine is surprisingly strong as Knightley’s rock star ex-boyfriend.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer and click here to read Matt’s review from TIFF. The film also stars Hailee Steinfeld, Catherine Keener, Mos Def, Cee-Lo Green, and James Corden. Begin Again opens in limited release on July 4th. [Update: We've added the first poster as well.]
A trailer has gone online for the indie drama Hateship Loveship. Per the film’s Toronto International Film Festival description, “Johanna Parry (Kristen Wiig) moves to a new town to work for Mr. McCauley (Nick Nolte) and his granddaughter, Sabitha (Hailee Steinfeld). Sabitha and her friend trick Johanna (Liza Johnson) into a one-way epistolary romance with Sabitha’s father Ken (Guy Pearce). Johanna lights on fire, and commits a criminal act to get to her lover, who barely knows she exists.” Hateship Loveship passed through TIFF mostly unnoticed despite its cast, and watching this trailer, it’s not hard to see why.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. Hateship Loveship will be released on VOD and in theaters on April 11th.
Relativity has released a set of images for 3 Days to Kill, the action thriller directed by McG (Terminator Salvation). Kevin Costner stars as an international spy determined to retire to spend more time with his estranged wife and daughter: “But first, he must complete one last mission—even if it means juggling the two toughest assignments yet: hunting down the world’s most ruthless terrorist and looking after his teenage daughter for the first time in ten years, while his wife is out of town.”
Amber Heard, Hailee Steinfeld, and Connie Nielsen co-star. 3 Days to Kill opens February 17. Check out the image gallery after the jump.
A new trailer has gone online for McG‘s action-thriller 3 Days to Kill. Kevin Costner plays an international spy with a terminal illness who agrees to do some contract killing in exchange for an experimental drug that could save his life, and allow him to reconnect with his estranged wife (Connie Nielsen) and daughter (Hailee Steinfeld). Putting the easy Taken comparison aside, the trailer make it look like this could be a solid flick, but I have concerns about McG, who hasn’t directed a good film in a while (some might say “ever”, but I like Charlie’s Angels).
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. 3 Days to Kill also stars Amber Heard, and opens on February 21st.
The first images from director Kyle Newman’s (Fanboys) upcoming action comedy Barely Lethal have landed online. The film stars Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) as a 16-year-old international assassin yearning for a “normal” adolescence who fakes her own death and enrolls as a senior in a suburban high school. Samuel L. Jackson plays the government agent charged with training the young girl, and we get a look at both Steinfeld and Jackson in these debut images. This is Newman’s first feature film since 2009’s Fanboys, so I’m interested to see how his follow-up feature turns out.
Hit the jump to take a look at the images. The film also stars Jessica Alba, Jaime King, Sophie Turner, Rob Huebel, Thomas Mann, Gabriel Basso, and Rachael Harris. Barely Lethal will open in theaters sometime this fall.
The first trailer and poster for McG‘s 3 Days to Kill, starring Kevin Costner, are now online. Costner plays an international spy who’s trying to set aside his violent profession in order to reconnect with his estranged wife (Connie Nielsen) and daughter (Hailee Steinfeld), but his handler (Amber Heard) ropes him back into more work for the agency. The “violent guy with special skills plus estranged daughter” plot will inevitably invite comparisons to Taken, but 3 Days to Kill looks like it has a much lighter tone and more absurd action (although it will be tough to top Taken 2‘s scene where grenades are used to calculate distance).
3 Days to Kill opens February 21, 2014. Hit the jump to watch the trailer and check out the poster.
Here’s the day’s latest casting news:
Hit the jump for more on each picture.
Hailee Steinfeld has been poised to be the “next big thing” ever since she stole the show from veterans Matt Damon and Jeff Bridges in the Coen Brothers’ True Grit. The young actress has a virtually unending list of upcoming projects: the Tommy Lee Jones directed The Homesman, the Luc Besson/McG collaboration Three Days To Kill, the Civil War drama The Keeping Room… This weekend, the rise of Steinfeld begins with the big budgeted children-versus-aliens Ender’s Game. Steinfeld co-stars as Petra, an ally and confidant to lead protagonist Ender (Asa Butterfield). Asa and she have an easy-going chemistry, never quite blossoming into romance but teetering on the brink. It’s a difficult relationship to get just right – and it’s a credit to Steinfeld and Butterfield that they’re able to suggest such depths with relatively little material.
In the following interview with Steinfeld, she discusses the challenges of acting in such a heavy effects driven film as Ender’s Game, the tricks to pretending like you’re in zero gravity and working with Tommy Lee Jones on The Homesman. For the full interview, hit the jump.
About two weeks ago, we reported that Universal had canceled Term Life, starring Vince Vaughn and Hailee Steinfeld; now it looks like the picture has been rejuvenated. Word has it that QED International and Worldview Entertainment will finance and produce the Peter Billingsley-directed picture. Universal will remain involved with domestic distribution of the film. The picture has Vaughn playing a man, “hunted by a ruthless mob, who takes out a life insurance policy on himself to benefit his estranged daughter (Steinfeld), and must survive the next three weeks until it kicks in.” Based on Andy Lieberman and Nick Thornborrow’s graphic novel, principal photography on Term Life will start next year. (Via Deadline)
Universal Pictures has decided not to move forward with the actioner Term Life. The film was set to star Vince Vaughn as a professional thief who finds himself the target of mob bosses, contract killers, and dirty cops, with Couples Retreat helmer Peter Billingsley onboard to direct. Just last month Hailee Steinfeld signed on to play Vaughn’s daughter, whom he takes on the run while he waits for his life insurance policy to kick in so that she can become the beneficiary, but Deadline now reports that Universal has opted not to greenlight the pic.
The move comes as the studio has undergone some changes at the executive level, so perhaps the project didn’t gel with the new regime. Vaughn was set to produce Term Life through his Wild West Picture Productions banner, but it’s unclear if he will try to set the project up elsewhere. The actor is currently filming the comedy Business Trip with Dave Franco and will next be seen in Delivery Man, which opens next month.
The Odeon Leicester Square in London was surrounded by eager science fiction fans when I approached the cinema for the Ender’s Game Q&A fan event, being held for the MCM London Comic-Con. The book (by controversial author Orson Scott Card) has its fans and the crowd was there to see the film’s cast and crew. Stars Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld and Sir Ben Kingsley were in attendance, joined by the film’s director, Gavin Hood and producers Gigi Pritzker and Roberto Orci. However, the crowd really turned-out for the one and only Harrison Ford. The iconic Star Wars actor was his usual dry self as he took to the stage to discuss the film with his colleagues. There was a buzz in the air and clear excitement as he took to the stage to discuss the film in the lead-up to its release.
Hit the jump for my recap of the Ender’s Game Q&A.
Summit Entertainment has released eight clips from director Gavin Hood’s highly anticipated sci-fi adaptation Ender’s Game. The film tells the story of Andrew “Ender” Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a young boy sent away to Battle School to hone his military skills in order to save the world from an impending alien invasion. The pic comes with high expectations as Orson Scott Card’s novel is beloved by many, and these clips tease a sci-fi story on a large scale. If you missed any of our set visit coverage, including 25 things to know about the film, click here.
Hit the jump to watch the clips. The film also stars Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, and Abigail Breslin. Ender’s Game opens November 1st.
Romeo & Juliet is the timeless story of star-crossed lovers from warring families. The families of Montague and the Capulet will use any excuse to publicly fight in the streets of Verona, so when Romeo (Douglas Booth) falls for Juliet (Hailee Steinfeld), it quickly receives the wrath of both of their families, when all they want to do is be together forever. Written by Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey) and directed by Carlo Carlei, the film also stars Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Natascha McElhone, Ed Westwick, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Lesley Manville
During a press conference at the film’s press day, actress Hailee Steinfeld talked about the challenges of Shakespearian dialogue versus the type of dialogue she had in True Grit, how those two characters compare, how she read Romeo & Juliet in school around the same time she was filming the movie, the ways in which she related to Juliet, finding the chemistry with co-star Douglas Booth, what it was like to wear the intricate and elaborate costumes, and her excitement about introducing this story to a new generation. Check out what she had to say after the jump.
Summit Entertainment has released a few new high-resolution images and an IMAX poster for director Gavin Hood’s highly anticipated adaptation Ender’s Game. It feels like word on the film has gone a bit quiet as of late given author Orson Scott Card’s anti-gay comments, but Hood and producer Roberto Orci have made it clear that they do not share Card’s views. Summit is doing its best to keep the marketing campaign on track, and these new images and IMAX poster tease the sci-fi goodness that awaits fans and general audiences alike.
Hit the jump to check out the images and poster, and click here to read our set visit report. The film stars Asa Butterfield, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, Abigail Breslin, and Harrison Ford. Ender’s Game opens in traditional theaters and IMAX on November 1st.