WILD Trailer: Reese Witherspoon Sets out on a Solitary Hike

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Fox Searchlight has released the first trailer for WildDallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallée’s adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s memoir.  Reese Witherspoon takes on the role of Strayed in the pic, as she decides to hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Coast Trail alone after the dissolution of her marriage and death of her mother.  There’s plenty more on display here than scrapbook moments from Strayed’s journey of self-discovery, as the trailer cuts between the challenges she faces on her hike and pivotal decisions she made in the past.  One imagines the feature film will follow a similar style, paralleling her trials and tribulations during both her metaphorical journey and her literal one. However Vallée handles the film’s framework, the inspiring story is almost certain to spark some awards talk.

Hit the jump to watch the Wild trailer.  The film also stars Laura Dern, Michiel Huisman, Gaby Hoffman, Thomas Sadoski, and Kevin RankinWild opens in theaters on December 5th.

First THE GOOD LIE Trailer: Reese Witherspoon Helps Sudanese Lost Boys Come to America

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Warner Bros. has released the first The Good Lie trailer.  Reese Witherspoon stars as an American woman who is assigned to help three Sudanese refugees (a few of the “Lost Boys of Sudan“) move to the United States.  Everything falls into place when “from the executive producer of The Blind Side” flashes across the screen in the middle of the trailer.  Relying on the perspective of a bankable white star to tell the story of Sudanese refugees is problematic, but there is still a good story in there.  Director Philippe Falardeau earned rave reviews for his last feature, Monsieur Lazhar, so I hope he finds an effective way to tell that story.

Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal, Nyakuoth Weil, and Corey Stoll star in the October 3 release.  Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, and that Blind Side EP Molly Smith are producing.  Watch the Good Lie trailer after the break.

New Trailer for DEVIL’S KNOT Starring Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth

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A new trailer for director Atom Egoyan’s real-life drama Devil’s Knot has been released online.  The film is based on the story of the West Memphis Three, who were wrongfully accused and convicted of the murder of three young boys in Arkansas in the 1990s.  Reese Witherspoon stars as the mother of one of the victims while Colin Firth plays a private investigator hired to look into the defense case.  I caught the pic at TIFF last fall and found it to be a massive disappointment.  The film has no real focus and the performances—by talented actors, mind you—are bafflingly atrocious.  Moreover, the story of Witherspoon’s character verges into exploitation territory.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer, and click here to read Matt’s review.  The film also stars Alessandro Nivola, Stephen Moyer, Dane DeHaanMireille EnosBruce GreenwoodElias Koteas, and Amy Ryan.  Devil’s Knot opens in theaters May 9th.

THE PROPOSAL Director Anne Fletcher to Helm Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara in DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS

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Though Reese Witherspoon just dropped out of the next Nancy Meyers film, she already has another project moving forward rather quickly.  Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara attached themselves to the MGM comedy Don’t Mess with Texas last year, and now the film has found its director.  Deadline reports that The Proposal and 27 Dresses director Anne Fletcher has entered talks to helm the pic, which is aiming to begin production this spring in order to coincide with Vergara’s hiatus from ABC’s Modern Family.  Written by David Feeney and John Quaintance, the project is described as a female-driven Midnight Run and revolves around a police officer (Witherspoon) and a prisoner (Vergara) who are forced to go on the run together.

Fletcher last directed the Seth Rogen/Barbra Streisand road trip comedy The Guilt Trip.  Witherspoon most recently wrapped Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Valle’s new film Wild and she’ll be seen later this year in Inherent Vice.  Vergara, meanwhile, appears in Jon Favreau’s Chef, opening this May.

Anne Hathaway in Talks to Star in THE INTERN, Replacing Reese Witherspoon

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A few months back, Robert De Niro and Reese Witherspoon were reported as circling roles in Nancy Meyers’ workplace comedy, The Intern.  While De Niro appears to still be involved, Witherspoon has apparently left the project, with Anne Hathaway in talks to replace her.  The story centers on “an owner of an Internet company who gets assigned an intern who’s a retiree (De Niro). He becomes a valuable resource and the two develop a relationship.”  Witherspoon left the project mid-January citing scheduling conflicts.  Hathaway will next be seen in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar this November.  (Via THR)

Robert De Niro and Reese Witherspoon Circle THE INTERN; Kate Bosworth and Thomas Jane Join SOMNIA; IF YOU SEE HER Adds to Cast

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Here’s today’s latest casting news:

Hit the jump for more on each project.

First Look at Reese Witherspoon in Jean-Marc Vallée’s Adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s WILD; Laura Dern Joins Picture

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Last week, production began on the adaption of Cheryl Strayed‘s best-selling memoir, WildReese Witherspoon stars as Strayed, who decided to hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail alone after the dissolution of her marriage and death of her mother.  Witherspoon has tweeted the first image from the set, and it confirms our suspicions that such a trip will require a large backpack.  It’s good to know they’re playing to the reality of the situation.

Hit the jump to check out the image.  Additionally, Deadline reports that Laura Dern has joined the cast.  Wild also stars Thomas Sadoski (The Newsroom), the film will also co-star Michiel Huisman (World War Z), W. Earl Brown (The Lone Ranger), Gaby Hoffman (Veronica Mars), and Kevin Rankin (Dallas Buyers Club).

Production Begins on WILD Starring Reese Witherspoon; W. Earl Brown, Gaby Hoffman, Kevin Rankin, and More Join Cast

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Principal photography has begun in Oregon for the drama Wild.  Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers Club) and starring Reese Witherspoon, the story is about a woman who decides to hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail alone after the dissolution of her marriage and death of her mother.  The script by Nick Hornby (High Fidelity) is based on Cheryl Strayed’s memoir of the same name.  The press release also announces that in addition to Thomas Sadoski (The Newsroom), the film will also co-star Michiel Huisman (World War Z), W. Earl Brown (The Lone Ranger), Gaby Hoffman (Veronica Mars), and Kevin Rankin (Dallas Buyers Club).

Hit the jump for the full press release, which contains the official synopsis.

Reese Witherspoon Boards Disney’s HAPPILY EVER AFTER; RUN ALL NIGHT Adds Vincent D’Onofrio; Pierce Brosnan to Star in I.T.

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Here’s today’s latest casting news:

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TIFF 2013: DEVIL’S KNOT Review

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The injustice perpetrated against The West Memphis Three—three teenagers who in 1994 were wrongly convicted of the brutal slayings of three young boys in Memphis, Arkansas—was powerfully revealed in the 1996 documentary Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills.  Directors Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky proceed to keep interest in the case alive with their two sequels, and the accused were finally released from jail in 2011.  Berlinger and Sinofsky did the hard work and compelling filmmaking that captured the drama and tragedy of the case.  Atom Egoyan’s Devil’s Knot takes that hard work and turns it into a based-on-true-events movie that’s not only pointless, but also exploitative and disrespectful.

MUD Blu-ray Review

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Writer/director Jeff Nichols has been a burgeoning talent in the filmmaking world for a few years now following his one-two punch of Shotgun Stories and Take Shelter, but his latest release is proving to be his most successful yet.  Not only has Mud caught on with general audiences (to the tune of $26.8 million and counting), but the film provides a unique, enthralling, and almost mythic take on the coming-of-age genre that boasts a magnetic performance by Matthew McConaughey and truly stunning breakthrough work from the young Tye Sheridan.  The result is one of the best films of the year, and it’s now available on home video.  Hit the jump for my review of Mud on Blu-ray. 

First Images from DEVIL’S KNOT, YOU ARE HERE, CAN A SONG SAVE YOUR LIFE?, and DALLAS BUYERS CLUB

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

  • Devil’s Knot (Directed by Atom Egoyan) Starring Reese Witherspoon, Colin Firth, Kevin Durand, Bruce Greenwood, Mireille Enos, Dane DeHaan, and Stephen Moyer.
  • You Are Here (Directed by Matthew Weiner) Starring Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis, Amy Poehler, and Laura Ramsey.
  • Can a Song Save Your Life? (Directed by John Carney) Starring Keira Knightley, Adam Levine, and Mark Ruffalo.
  • Dallas Buyers Club (Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée) Starring Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, and Jared Leto.

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses.  The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 5 – 15th. [Update: We have removed the image from Labor Day at the request of the studio]

Reese Witherspoon Confirmed for Nick Hornby’s WILD; Linda Cardellini, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Tim Robbins Join WELCOME TO ME

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Here’s today’s newest casting announcements:

  • Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line) has been confirmed for Nick Hornby’s adaptation, Wild.
  • Linda Cardellini (ER), Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Machinist) and Tim Robbins (The Shawshank Redemption) will join Kristen Wiig in Welcome to Me.

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Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara Team Up on Screen for DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS

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File this one away in your “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” game: Reese Witherspoon (Mud) and Sofia Vergara (Modern Family) are set to team up on screen for Don’t Mess with Texas.  Universal won a bidding war for the comedy spec script from screenwriters John Quaintance and David Feeney (Ben and Kate).  Witherspoon will produce with Bruna Papandrea through their Pacific Standard banner along with Dana Fox, who both wrote for and executive produced the recently-canceled Ben and Kate.  The fast-tracked picture is expecting to start production next March.  Hit the jump for more.

Chastain, Johansson, Witherspoon, and Seyfried Eyed to Play Young Hillary Clinton in RODHAM

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Last month, we reported that The Spectacular Now director James Ponsoldt would helm Rodham.  Per the synopsis, “During the height of the Watergate scandal, rising star Hillary Rodham is the youngest lawyer chosen for the House Judiciary Committee to Impeach Nixon, but she soon finds herself forced to choose between a destined path to the White House and her unresolved feelings for Bill Clinton, her former boyfriend who now teaches law in Arkansas.”  Since playing a famous person in a drama is a prime recipe for netting an Oscar, it’s a role that’s ripe to net an A-list actress.

Today, The Independent reports that Jessica Chastain, Scarlett Johansson, Reese Witherspoon, and Amanda Seyfriend have emerged as “frontrunners” to play the title role.  I put “frontrunners” in quotations because these actresses are probably high on every list for most projects.  Ponsoldt commented, “They’re all wonderful actresses. We’re very fortunate that a lot of really great actors are interested in playing these roles. We’re in an enviable position.”  Of course, once the role of Rodham has been cast, we can rev up the speculation machine on who will play a young Bill Clinton.

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