Matt Dillon, Carla Gugino, Melissa Leo, Toby Jones, Shannyn Sossamon and Tim Griffin Talk WAYWARD PINES, Working with M. Night, and More

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Based on the best-selling novel Pines by Blake Crouch and brought to life by filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan, Wayward Pines is the intense new mind-bending, 10-episode event thriller from Fox.  When Secret Service Agent Ethan Burke (Matt Dillon) drives to the town of Wayward Pines, Idaho, to search for two missing federal agents, mysteries within the town pile up and Burke quickly begins to wonder whether he’ll ever make it out again.  The show also stars Terrence Howard, Carla Gugino, Melissa Leo, Toby Jones, Juliette Lewis, Reed Diamond, Shannyn Sossamon, Tim Griffin and Charlie Tahan.

While at Comic-Con to premiere the series, co-stars Matt Dillon, Carla Gugino, Melissa Leo, Toby Jones, Shannyn Sossamon and Tim Griffin talked about approaching characters in such a unique story, how their characters fit into this mysterious world, how much they were told about their characters’ secrets, how costume informs character, the experience of being directed by M. Night Shyamalan, allowing the guest directors to have a voice, what a great thrill-ride the season will be, and how the answers will start getting revealed about half-way through the 10 episodes.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Watch Trailers for New Fox Shows GRACEPOINT, EMPIRE, WAYWARD PINES, HIEROGLYPH, and More

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Fox has released debut trailers for its upcoming new series.  Briefly:

  • Gracepoint – A 10-episode miniseries remake of the excellent British series Broadchurch starring David Tennant and Anna Gunn as detectives investigating the death of a young boy.
  • Empire – A drama set in the world of the hip-hop music business starring Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, from executive producers Lee Daniels and Danny Strong.
  • Wayward Pines – A 10-episode mystery miniseries from M. Night Shyamalan, starring Matt Dillon as a Secret Service agent investigating the disappearance of two agents in a strange town.  The show debuts midseason.
  • Hieroglyph – An adventure drama set in the world of ancient Egypt, from creator Travis Beacham (Pacific Rim) and debuting midseason.
  • Backstrom – An offbeat comedic crime procedural from Bones creator Hart Hanson, starring Rainn Wilson and debuting midseason.
  • Mulaney – A new multi-cam sitcom starring comedian John Mulaney.
  • The Last Man on Earth – A single-camera comedy starring Will Forte about the life and adventures of the last man on earth.

Hit the jump to watch trailers for all of the aforementioned series, and click here to see Fox’s full schedule for the 2014-15 season.

First Trailer for THE ART OF THE STEAL Starring Kurt Russell, Jay Baruchel, and Matt Dillon

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Radius-TWC has released the first trailer for director Jonathan Sobol new film The Art of the Steal.  Led by Kurt Russell, the comedy tells the story of a small group of crooks who team up to steal one of the most valuable books in the world.  The trailer teases a fun Ocean’s Eleven-style caper with plenty of comedic interplay between the ensemble cast, which also includes Jay Baruchel, Matt Dillon, and Jason Jones.  Steve was a big fan of the film when he caught it at the Toronto International Film Festival, and if you missed them, be sure to watch his video interviews with Sobol and Baruchel.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Terence Stamp, Katheryn Winnick, and Chris DiamantopoulosThe Art of the Steal will be available on VOD February 7, 2014 and opens in theaters March 14, 2014.

First Images from LIFE OF CRIME, THE RAILWAY MAN, THIRD PERSON, THE ART OF THE STEAL, and BAD WORDS

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This morning, the Toronto International Film Festival announced its terrific line-up for their Galas and Special Presentation programs.  Among the films with new images and synopses are:

  • Life of Crime (Directed by Daniel Schechter) Starring John Hawkes, Yasiin Bey (a.k.a Mos Def), Jennifer Aniston, Tim Robbins, Isla Fisher, Will Forte, and Mark Boone Jr.
  • The Railway Man (Directed by Jonathan Teplitzky) Starring Colin Firth, Jeremy Irvine, and Nicole Kidman.
  • Third Person (Directed by Paul Haggis) Starring Liam Neeson, Mila Kunis, Adrien Brody, James Franco, Olivia Wilde, Maria Bello, Kim Basinger, and Moran Atias.
  • The Art of the Steal (Directed by Jonathan Sobol) Starring Jay Baruchel, Matt Dillon, Kurt Russell, Terence Stamp, Katheryn Winnick, Chris Diamantopoulos, Kenneth Welsh, and Jason Jones.
  • Bad Words (Directed by Jason Bateman) Starring Jason Bateman, Allison Janney, Phillip Baker Hall, Kathryn Hahn, and Rohan Chand.

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses.  The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 5 – 15th.

First Trailer and Poster for PAWN SHOP CHRONICLES Starring Paul Walker, Norman Reedus, Brendan Fraser, Matt Dillon, Elijah Wood and Thomas Jane

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I’m rarely at a loss for words on this site, but today’s new trailer for Wayne Kramer’s Pawn Shop Chronicles has managed to scramble my brains.  The R-rated action comedy has plenty of drug use, gun play and strangeness, but … I just don’t know what the hell is going on here.  You’ll have to sort this one out for yourselves.

Starring Paul Walker, Norman Reedus, Matt Dillon, Elijah Wood, Vincent D’Onofrio, Thomas Jane, Lukas Haas, Brendan Fraser and DJ QuallsPawn Shop Chronicles opens in limited theaters and on demand staring July 12th.  Hit the jump to watch the first trailer and check out the film’s poster.

First Trailer for GIRL MOST LIKELY Starring Kristen Wiig, Annette Bening, and Darren Criss

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Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions have released the first trailer for Girl Most Likely (previously titled Imogene).  Kristen Wiig stars as Imogene, a girl who wrote a hit play when she was a child but is now a total loser.  After faking a suicide attempt to win back her ex-boyfriend, Imogene is forced to move back in with her kooky mother (Annette Bening), her mom’s kooky boyfriend (Matt Dillon), and her kooky brother (Christopher Fitzgerald).  While the beginning of the trailer is heavy on the “zany antics” aspect of the story, the rest teases a potentially cute mother/daughter story.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer, and click here to read Matt’s review of the film from TIFF 2012.  Girl Most Likely also stars Darren Criss and opens on July 19th.

IMOGENE, Starring Kristen Wiig, Re-Titled to GIRL MOST LIKELY; Will Be Released July 19, 2013

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Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions have re-titled the indie comedy Imogene.  The film will now be called “Girl Most Likely“.  The title refers to formerly-eponymous character (played by Kristen Wiig) who wrote a hit play when she was a child but is now a total loser.  After faking a suicide attempt to win back her ex-boyfriend, Imogene is forced to move back in with her kooky mother (Annette Bening), her mom’s kooky boyfriend (Matt Dillon), and her kooky brother (Christopher Fitzgerald).  It’s not a good movie, and I’m surprised Lionsgate is giving it a nationwide release.

Hit the jump to check out the press release.  Girl Most Likely will open on July 19, 2013.

TIFF 2012: IMOGENE Review

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Over the years, I’ve written at length at how far too many indie comedies mistake quirk for character.  Characters feel like people.  They have emotions, goals, fears, etc.  A character can have quirks, but they can’t be quirks.  Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini‘s Imogene is yet another example of an indie comedy that derives its comedy not from clever jokes, thoughtful set-ups and payoffs, or believable characters.  It attempts to get laughs from its miserable eponymous protagonist interacting with her goofy family of one-dimensional eccentrics.  As much as Imogene strives to coast on the wackiness of the characters, the best jokes in this shapeless comedy come from the little off-handed moments that slip through the tortured, hollow idiosyncrasies.

Elijah Wood, Matt Dillon, Brendan Fraser and Vincent D’Onofrio Join PAWN SHOP CHRONICLES

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When last we reported on Running Scared-director Wayne Kramer’s Pawn Shop Chronicles, the picture had attached Paul Walker to star with Limp Bizkit’s Fred Durst set to direct.  That’s old news.  What’s current is the casting of Elijah Wood, Matt Dillon, Brendan Fraser and Vincent D’Onofrio in the dark comedy.  The plot seems pretty much the same, which involves a local pawn shop in a small Southern town that is a link between a man searching for his kidnapped wife, two white-supremacist meth addicts and a down-on-his-luck Elvis impersonator.  Production on the Adam Minarovich screenplay is underway in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Hit the jump for more casting news on Pawn Shop Chronicles.

Dimension Picks Up Heist Comedy THE BLACK MARKS Starring Kurt Russell, Matt Dillon, and Jay Baruchel

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Dimension Films has picked up the U.S. distribution rights to the Canadian production The Black MarksKurt Russell, Matt Dillon and Jay Baruchel star in the heist comedy about “a third rate motorcycle daredevil (Russell) and semi-reformed art thief, [who] agrees to get back into the con game and pull off just one more lucrative art theft with his untrustworthy brother Nicky (Dillon).”  I love a good heist film, and Russell as an oddball at the center sounds delightful.

Jonathan Sobol will write and direct—this is the follow-up to his debut feature A Beginner’s Guide to EndingsNicholas Tabarrok and Jeff Sackman are producing.  Hit the jump for the full synopsis:

Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon to Star in SUNLIGHT, JR.

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Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon will star in the independent film Sunlight Jr. Written and directed by Laurie Collyer (Sherrybaby), the movie follows convenience store clerk Melissa (Watts) and her paraplegic boyfriend, Richie (Dillon).  The two “are trapped in a generational cycle of poverty and ignorance. They are genuinely excited when they learn that Melissa is pregnant. But when she loses her job and they are evicted from the motel where they live, things go from bad to worse.”  The press release doesn’t say whether or not the film is a dark comedy or an overwrought, depressing-as-hell drama.  If it turns out to be a drama, the premise sound like it could end up veering into darkly comic territory anyway, but it would be unintentional.

Hit the jump for the press release.  Watts will next be seen in Clint Eastwood‘s J. Edgar, and Dillon is set to co-star in Robert Redford’s The Company You Keep.

Casting Call: Brit Marling and Nick Nolte THE COMPANY YOU KEEP; Matt Dillon to Co-Star in IMOGENE

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We have a couple quick casting stories to report this morning.  First up, rising star Brit Marling (Another Earth) has chosen between Robert Redford’s The Company You Keep and the Tom Cruise action flick One Shot and cast her lot with the former.  Variety reports that Marling will co-star with Redford and Shia LaBeouf in the flick which centers on a former Weather Underground militant (Redford) who goes on the run when his identity is revealed by an ambitious reporter (LaBeouf).  Nick Nolte will also star in the flick but there’s no word on what role he or Marling will play.  Marling is also committed to reunite with her Sound of My Voice director Zal Batmanglij for the thriller The East.

In other casting news, Matt Dillon will join Kristen Wiig and Annette Bening in Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini’s Imogene.  Wiig plays a playwright who fakes suicide in order to win back her ex but ends up in the custody of her Jersey Shore-esque mother (Bening).  Deadline reports that Dillon will play Bening’s love interest and “he claims to be in the CIA, but his behavior suggests he just might be crazy.”

Matt Dillon, Brendan Fraser and Craig Robinson Set for FREAKY DEAKY

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A trio of actors have signed on for Charles Matthau’s (The Grass Harp) adaptation of the Elmore Leonard novel Freaky Deaky. Variety reports that Matt Dillon, Brendan Fraser and Craig Robinson will star in the Hollywood-centered crime flick. Dillon will star as an LAPD bomb squad officer who happens upon a plot hatched by two hippies who plan to scam a movie mogul using their bomb-making skills. Fraser plays a former activist who now puts his bomb-knowledge to work as a Hollywood pyrotechnics and demolition expert, and Robinson is poised to play a former Black Panther who now serves as the assistant to Fraser’s character.

In pitch-perfect casting, William H. Macy is already set to star as the alcoholic Hollywood mogul that the two hippie characters attempt to scam. The other day we heard that Sienna Miller may be starring in the film, but she wasn’t mentioned in Variety’s report today. Matthau will direct, and adapted Leonard’s novel himself. The film version will take place in 1974 instead of Leonard’s late 80’s setting of the book. While Fraser is used to starring in what can mildly be described as horseshit as of late, the other actors involved sound promising. It’ll be interesting to see who Matthau gets to fill out the rest of his cast. Production is set to start this summer in Michigan. Hit the jump to read a synopsis of Leonard’s book.

Stephen Dorff Replaces Matt Dillon in BOOT TRACKS

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Stephen Dorff (Blade) will replace Matt Dillon as the male lead in director David Jacobson’s (Down in the Valley) indie flick Boot Tracks. Dorff will star alongside Ray Winstone and Michelle Monaghan in the adaptation of the Matthew F. Jones novel of the same name. In his new role, Dorff plays Charlie Rankin, an ex-con who has a fling with a former porn star (Monaghan) before setting off to complete his task: an honor-killing at the behest of a fellow inmate known as “Buddha” (Winstone), who kept Rankin relatively safe in prison in exchange for all manor of favors.

Variety originally reported that Dorff would be replacing Dillon in Boot Tracks, but did not mention any specific reasons. The actor can next be seen as Dick Shadow in this year’s Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star, where he follows in his parents’ footsteps and becomes a porn star. In two movies that probably have nothing to do with porn, you can also find the Blade villain in Tarsem Singh’s Immortals and 2012′s Officer Down. As for Winstone, the actor has quite a busy year ahead of him, but perhaps his most interesting project of note will be Hugo Cabret where he reteams with Departed director, Martin Scorsese. Michelle Monaghan, from this year’s Source Code, can be seen opposite Gerard Butler in this fall’s Machine Gun Preacher. Finally, for more on Boot Tracks, hit the jump to check out a synopsis of Jones’ novel.

Mike Figgis to Direct SECONDS OF HAPPINESS; Christina Hendricks, Julia Stiles, and Matt Dillon Join Cast

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Director Mike Figgis (Leaving Las Vegas) has stepped in to replace Neil LaBute in an adaptation of LaBute’s collection of short stories, Seconds of Happiness.  The frame of the narrative takes place on an airplane and examines the interconnecting lives of various passengers through vignettes.  Clearly, this will be just like LostDeadline also reports that Brendan Fraser and Kristen Scott Thomas will be joined by Christina Hendricks, Julia Stiles, and Matt Dillon.  Hendricks will play a woman who catches her husband (Fraser) in a “compromising position.”  Because I’ve never read LaBute’s book but have seen every episode of Lost, I imagine Fraser’s position has something to do with pushing a button every 108 minutes.  LaBute is still on board to produce and shooting is expected to begin this summer.

Hendricks recently signed on to star in the ensemble comedy I Don’t Know How She Does It while Dillon is attached to co-star in Roman Polanski’s God of Carnage and Matthew Weiner’s You Are Here.  Stiles recently co-starred on Showtime’s Dexter.   Hit the jump for the synopsis of Seconds of Pleasure.

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