Sundance Lineup Adds TRUE STORY with Jonah Hill and James Franco Plus Robert Redford’s A WALK IN THE WOODS; First Images Released

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The 2015 Sundance Film Festival lineup already looked pretty great, but now they’ve slated a couple more additions to make the fest even more exciting.  Director Rupert Goold’s drama True Story and director Ken Kwapis’ adaptation of the Billy Bryson novel A Walk in the Woods have both been added to the Premieres lineup, while the animated Shaun the Sheep will also screen at the festival.  True Story stars Jonah Hill as disgraced New York Times journalist Michael Finkel, who strikes up a head-spinning relationship with accused murderer Christian Longo, played by James FrancoFelicity Jones also stars in this incredibly promising drama, which is immediately one of my must-sees of the fest.  A Walk in the Woods, meanwhile, stars Robert Redford and Nick Nolte as an aging travel writer and his estranged high school buddy, respectively, who set out to hike the Appalachian Trail.

Check out the first True Story images, plus the first look at A Walk in the Woods, after the jump.  The 2015 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 22 – February 1st.

Nick Nolte to Voice One of the Watchers in Darren Aronofksy’s NOAH

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As you’ve probably surmised from the trailers and his filmography, Darren Aronofsky‘s Noah is going to be far from the clichéd image of a guy in sandals and a robe on a boat filled with animals.  One of the overlooked parts of the biblical story is the “Nephalim” mentioned in Genesis 6:4.  In a recent Tweet, Aronofsky revealed “just added the legend nick nolte as the watcher samyaza in #noah . long live the nephilim! it was an honor”  Multiple interpretations of the Nephalim liken them to giants, and Nolte will be lending his voice to one of the supernatural creatures.  I also assume that Watcher Samyaza will speak in a serious of grunts and belches.

Hit the jump to check out the image Aronofksy tweeted, which I assume has Watcher Samyaza on the editing screen in the background. The film also stars Russell Crowe, Emma Watson, Jennifer Connelly, Logan Lerman, Ray Winstone, Douglas Booth, Kevin Durand, Martin Csokas, and Anthony HopkinsNoah opens March 28th.


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Considering that the film was bumped around from September to January due to a national tragedy, it would be nice to feel a little sorry for Ruben Fleischer’s Gangster Squad.  The period film, which casts Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling as cops going against Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) for control of Los Angeles, has a great cast and period setting.  On top of that, The Untouchables is a great film and it wouldn’t be the worst thing to see more films like it.  And yet, Gangster Squad is a total miss.  My review of the Blu-ray follows after the jump.

Robert Redford Takes Over as Director on A WALK IN THE WOODS Starring Nick Nolte

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So much for the notion of Richard Linklater directing the adaptation of Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods.  The film has been in development for a number of years with Robert Redford and Nick Nolte attached to star as two childhood friends who meet up later in life to attempt to walk the Appalachian Trail, making observations about the world around them and catching up with their own lives during the journey.  It was reported last month that Linklater was in discussions to direct the comedic pic, but now Screen Daily reports that Redford will instead be taking on directing duties himself.

The film has a script by Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3) and is on track to start production later this year should everything come together.  Redford most recently helmed the political thriller The Company You Keep and is set to appear in Marvel’s sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier.  He’ll next be seen onscreen in J.C. Chandor’s survival drama All Is Lost.


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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.  The Company You Keep opens tomorrow in limited release.]

Chase films probably shouldn’t feature septuagenarians. Robert Redford‘s The Company You Keep is two movies: one is a surprisingly entertaining investigative thriller, and the other is the most casual, least threatening chase flick I’ve ever seen. Redford has lined-up a tremendous cast, yet spreads them around in weak bit parts, leaving the majority of the picture to himself and Shia LaBeouf. Mixed between their characters’ two stories are confused messages about the value of the truth and rallying for your beliefs (provided it’s not too much of an inconvenience).

Richard Linklater in Talks to Direct Robert Redford and Nick Nolte in A WALK IN THE WOODS

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With his highly anticipated third film in the “Before” series, Before Midnight, set to hit theaters next month, director Richard Linklater is closing in on his next project.  The LA Times reports that Linklater is in talks to take the helm of the long-in-development adaptation of Bill Bryson’s travel memoir A Walk in the Woods.  The comedic story centers on two childhood friends who meet up later in life to attempt to walk the Appalachian Trail, making observations about the world around them and catching up with their own lives during the journey.

Robert Redford and Nick Nolte have been attached to star in the film since June 2011 with Redford also producing, and this actually seems like a perfect fit for Linklater, a director who has plenty of experience crafting thoughtful, emotional, and even powerful films out of two people talking.  Redford is set to play Bryson while Nolte will play his friend Stephen Katz, and production on the indie film might get underway as soon as this fall.  Hit the jump to read a synopsis of the book.

Nick Nolte Talks THE COMPANY YOU KEEP, His Thoughts on the Weather Underground, and Taking LSD in the Desert

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With a 40-year career in Hollywood that’s still going strong, three-time Academy Award nominee Nick Nolte continues to be drawn to diverse and challenging roles, so it’s no surprise to find the Omaha native playing yet another pivotal character in Robert Redford’s political thriller, The Company You Keep.  Set in the present day, the film recalls the history and aftermath of the radical anti-war protest movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s, and one of its more violent manifestations, The Weather Underground.

In a wide ranging interview at the film’s recent press day, Nolte talked about working with Redford on location in Vancouver, his thoughts on the Weather Underground, how his childhood experiences turned him against war, why he has faith in the younger generation’s ability to navigate today’s world, and how he believes there will always be change and resistance to change and that every generation will be challenged morally at least once in their life.  He also discussed his early work in regional theater, how he met his first wife and wound up doing LSD in the desert, why he likes chanting with Hare Krishnas and felt it was important to reconcile with Martin Scorsese.  Read the interview after the jump.

New Trailer for Robert Redford’s THE COMPANY YOU KEEP Starring Shia LaBeouf and Susan Sarandon

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A new trailer for director Robert Redford’s thriller The Company You Keep has been released online.  In addition to directing, Redford also stars in the film as a civil rights lawyer who must go on the run when he’s outed by a young reporter (Shia LaBeouf) as being a former 1970s Weather Underground militant.  The trailer teases an engrossing thriller with a stellar ensemble cast that includes Susan Sarandon, Anna Kendrick, Chris Cooper, Terrence Howard, and Brit Marling.  LaBeouf looks to be in fine form as well as the film’s lead, and I’m eager to see how Redford expands on the plot’s themes in the full feature.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer, and click here to read Matt’s review of the film from last year’s Toronto Film Festival.  The pic also stars Julie Christie, Sam Elliott, Brendan Gleeson, Richard Jenkins, Stanley Tucci, and Nick NolteThe Company You Keep opens on April 5th.


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It’s a bit disappointing that Ruben Fleischer‘s Gangster Squad can live in such a rich setting and still feel so light.  As seen through a grand tradition of films dating back over 70 years, post-war Los Angeles was boozy, hedonistic, dangerous, and dark.  Gangster Squad waters down this colorful world, and simply coasts on being an amusing, frivolous action film.  There’s nothing wrong with that, and with a strong cast at his disposal, Fleischer finds a nice blend between the style he brought to Zombieland and the spirit of the time period.  Unfortunately, a thin plot and even thinner characters make Gangster Squad as intense as a drive-by shooting and just as fleeting.

Final Extended Trailer for GANGSTER SQUAD

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With the film set to hit theaters tomorrow, a final extended trailer for director Ruben Fleischer’s crime drama Gangster Squad has been released online.  It looks to be mostly made up of footage that we’ve seen before, but this is the most comprehensive look at the film we’ve been given thus far.  If you missed any of our recent coverage, be sure to check out Steve’s extended interview with star Josh Brolin and Christina’s coverage of the press conference that included Fleischer, Brolin, Ryan Gosling, and Emma Stone.  Look for more interviews over the next few days.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.  The film also stars Sean Penn, Nick NolteAnthony MackieGiovanni RibisiMichael PeñaRobert Patrick and Mireille EnosGangster Squad opens on January 11th.

6 Clips from Ruben Fleischer’s GANGSTER SQUAD Starring Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone

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Warner Bros. has released six clips from director Ruben Fleischer’s upcoming period crime drama Gangster Squad.  The movie is set in 1940s Los Angeles and stars Sean Penn as real-life gangster Mickey Cohen, who became the target of special task force known as the “Gangster Squad”.  If you missed it, be sure to check out our set visit coverage here, and a bounty of images from the film right here.

Hit the jump to watch the clips.  The film also stars Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Nick Nolte, Michael Peña, Anthony Mackie, and Giovanni RibisiGangster Squad opens on January 11th.

New GANGSTER SQUAD Featurette Shows Off New Footage and Goes Behind the Scenes with the Cast

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A new behind-the-scenes featurette has gone online for director Ruben Fleischer’s Gangster Squad. In addition to a wealth of new footage, the video features commentary from the cast as they talk about gangster movies, the plot of Gangster Squad specifically and the lengths to which each of their characters will go to rid their city of crime, even becoming close to criminals themselves. Be sure to check out a host of images here and get caught up on Andre’s set visit here.

The movie stars Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Nick Nolte, Michael Peña, Anthony MackieGiovanni Ribisi, and Sean Penn as the villainous Mickey Cohen.  Gangster Squad opens January 11, 2013. Hit the jump to check out the new featurette.

Over 35 New Images from GANGSTER SQUAD Featuring Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn, and Emma Stone

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Warner Bros. has released a large batch of new images from director Ruben Fleischer’s upcoming period drama Gangster Squad.  The movie is set in 1940s Los Angeles and stars Sean Penn as real-life gangster Mickey Cohen, who became the target of special task force known as the “Gangster Squad”.  If you missed it, be sure to check out all of our set visit coverage including 15 things to know and our interviews with Fleischer, Josh Brolin, Anthony Mackie, Robert Patrick, Giovanni Ribisi, and producers Dan Lin and Kevin McCormick.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film also stars Ryan Gosling, Michael Pena, Nick Nolte, and Emma StoneGangster Squad opens on January 11th.

Kim Basinger Joins GRUDGE MATCH with Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro; Nick Nolte, Thomas Jane and Jeremy Irons Ride for A MAGNIFICENT DEATH

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Some major veteran casting announcements to announce today:

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Kristen Wiig, Hailee Steinfeld, Guy Pearce and Nick Nolte to Star in HATESHIP, FRIENDSHIP

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Quite the cast has been assembled for Return writer/director Liza Johnson’s indie dramedy, Hateship, Friendship, one that includes Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids), Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit), Guy Pearce (Prometheus) and Nick Nolte (Warrior).  The picture is an adaptation of Alice Munro’s 2002 novel, “Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage.”  Written for the screen by Mark Poirier (Goats), Hateship, Friendship centers on a woman (Wiig) hired to care for a wild teenage girl (Steinfeld), who then sets up a romance between the nanny and her own estranged father (Pearce), a recovering addict living in another town.  Nolte will play the grandfather who blames Pearce’s character for the death of the girl’s mother.  Hit the jump for more.

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