A trailer has been released for the dramedy The Playroom. The film takes place in the 1975, and centers on a group of kids seeing the drama created by their parents. The advertising is practically begging to get the movie some credibility by overloading on blurbs to the point where one of the quotes is along the lines of “this is the stuff Oscar clips are made from.” It would be the first Oscar movie without any buzz whatsoever. I love star John Hawkes, but he does his share of forgettable indies, and this looks like one of them.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer, and maybe you’ll feel differently. The film also stars Molly Parker, Cody Linley, Lydia MacKay, and Olivia Harris. The Playroom hits theaters, DVD, and VOD on February 8th (you know, like all potential Oscar contenders).
David Strathairn, Molly Parker, Parker Posey, Rodrigo Santoro, Tony Shalhoub, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, Santiago Cabrera, Saverio Guerra, Peter Coyote, and Diane Baker have joined the cast of Hemingway & Gellhorn. The HBO film tells the story of Ernest Hemingway (played by Clive Owen) and Martha Gellhorn (Nicole Kidman), two literary minds who challenged each other throughout a “tumultuous romance and subsequent five-year marriage.” (Gellhorn reportedly inspired one of Hemingway’s most acclaimed novels, For Whom the Bell Tolls.) Philip Kaufman (Quills) is set to direct; James Gandolfini will executive produce.
Hit the jump for the character breakdown.
There’s a bitter pill to swallow in owning the Deadwood complete series on Blu-ray. One of the best shows ever to be on television, Deadwood ends unceremoniously. There is no sense of closure, there is no sense of a finished narrative – creator David Milch gets a twenty minute segment on the set to talk about the end of the show and expresses nothing but frustration about the show’s demise. He tries to intellectualize it, but struggles to come to grips with the euthanasia HBO performed. Alas, with an existing set and the cast of characters Deadwood had it was not a cheap show, and where The Wire was able to struggle against low ratings Deadwood fell because it never exceeded its modest but committed fanbase. But Deadwood is one of the best shows ever put to television, and I come here not to mourn its end, but celebrate its greatness. My review of Deadwood: The Complete Series on Blu-ray follows after the jump.
New Real Films has released the first trailer for Trigger, set to make its world premiere tonight at the Toronto Film Festival. The film stars Molly Parker (Deadwood) and Tracy Wright (Blindness) as Kat and Vic, who reunite ten years after their band disintegrated for a benefit concert to honor women in rock. Bruce McDonald directs from a script by Daniel MacIvor, who likewise stars in the film. Check out the trailer after the jump.