It’s always a fun treat when a now-famous actor pops up in a small role in an older movie you haven’t re-watched in a while. We previously posted a “Before They Were Famous” supercut, but now someone has edited together a montage of actors in their very first feature film roles. While you’re most likely aware of the majority of these appearances, I’m willing to bet you’ll find at least a few surprises in this video. I had no idea Jon Hamm was in Clint Eastwood’s “old guys can be astronauts too” movie Space Cowboys, but I now feel compelled to move the pic to the top of my Netflix queue.
Watch Jack Nicholson, Woody Allen, Emma Thompson, Zach Braff and many more make their feature debut after the jump.
I’ve just spent the past three hours watching and live-blogging the 2012 Golden Globe Awards. My brain feels mushy. After the jump and presented without comment is a list of this year’s winners. If you don’t even want to hit the jump, The Artist and The Descendants won Best Comedy/Musical and Best Drama, respectively. If you want to awards prognosticate, I’ll save you the trouble: both were nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. Those nominations haven’t been announced yet, but they were nominated. Trust me. I’m a professional.
Also, feel free to sound off on the winners and losers. Lord knows I’ve been doing it for the past three hours.
Madonna’s directorial debut Filth and Wisdom was widely panned but The Weinstein Company clearly has some faith in her follow-up W.E. (or at least in their ability to market it). The studio has sent out a press release announcing that they’ll release the movie on December 9th in the heart of awards season. It makes sense that TWC would try pushing the film into the awards race since the story of W.E. is what was happening off-screen in The King’s Speech. Whereas King’s Speech made King Edward VIII look like a selfish, short-sighted romantic, W.E. will recount his love story with American Wallis Simpson by viewing their relationship through the modern life of Wally Winthrop. Wally is unhappy in her own marriage and looks for answers in the story of Edward VIII and Simpson. The film stars features Abbie Cornish, Andrea Riseborough, James D’Arcy, and Oscar Isaac.
W.E. will be given a platform release and open in New York and LA on December 9th and go wide sometime in January. The other films set to open on December 9th are the star-studded rom-com anthology New Year’s Eve and David Gordon Green’s comedy The Sitter starring Jonah Hill. Hit the jump for the press release.
W.E. is a curious project. The romantic drama is the feature directorial debut of Madonna — in accordance with Blond Ambition, the narrative is split into two parts by more than six decades. In 1998, Wally Winthrop (Abbie Cornish) obsesses over her vision of the ideal romance between King Edward VIII (James D’Arcy) and Wallis Simpson (Andrea Riseborough). I suppose the conceit is not too far removed from Julie & Julia, but W.E. feels decidedly less commercial. The Weinstein Company believes in the film and its director, though, and today acquired the U.S. distribution rights for release later in 2011. Hit the jump for the announcement details, including an official synopsis.
Here’s a couple quick pieces of casting news for your enjoyment. First up, Screen Daily reports that Ewan McGregor will play King Edward VIII in Madonna’s W.E. The English monarch abdicated the throne in 1936 to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson. Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga will play Simpson while Abbie Cornish will play a contemporary character in a parallel timeline. SD says it’s like Julie & Julia but it sounds more like 2002′s Possession to me.
Next up is a project I find far more interesting. According to Variety, Jennifer Connolley, Greg Kinner, and Marisa Tomei will join Pierce Brosnan, Jim Gaffigan, and Ed Harris in the comedy-thriller Salvation Boulevard. The film is about, “a former Deadhead who finds himself on the run from fundamentalist members of his mega-church who will do anything to protect their larger-than-life pastor.” That’s a great cast with a great premise so I hope that director George Ratliff (Joshua) can deliver a great film.