Rosemarie Dewitt Talks KILL THE MESSENGER, Balancing Fact and Fiction, Working with Jeremy Renner, the POLTERGEIST Remake, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Michael Cuesta’s (Homeland, Dexter) dramatic thriller Kill the Messenger.  Based on the true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Gary Webb (Jeremy Renner), whose life was ruined when he linked the CIA to a scheme to arm Contra rebels in Nicaragua and import cocaine into California.  His investigation not only threatened to ruin his career, but also his life and the life of his family.  The film also stars Rosemarie DeWitt, Ray Liotta, Barry Pepper, Michael Sheen, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Oliver Platt, Andy Garcia, Tim Blake Nelson, Robert Patrick, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Paz Vega.  For more on Kill the Messenger (which I thought was really well done), watch the trailer.

At the Los Angeles press day I landed a video interview with Rosemarie Dewitt.  She talked about why she wanted to make the movie, balancing fact and fiction, the incredible true story, the Poltergeist remake, what traits Sam Rockwell and Jeremy Renner share, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Rosemarie DeWitt Talks KILL THE MESSENGER, Research for the Role, Playing a Real Person, MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN, POLTERGEIST, and More

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Rosemarie DeWitt stands by her man in Kill the Messenger, the dramatic thriller directed by Michael Cuesta from a screenplay by Peter Landesman based on the true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Gary Webb (Jeremy Renner).  DeWitt plays Webb’s steadfast wife, Sue, who remains by his side as he becomes the target of an increasingly vicious smear campaign to discredit him after he uncovers a link between U.S. intelligence and Central American cocaine smuggling.  Opening October 10th, the film features an impressive ensemble cast that includes Michael K. Williams, Ray Liotta, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Oliver Platt and Michael Sheen.

At our recent roundtable interview, DeWitt spoke about her research for the role, how playing a real-life person influenced her approach to the character, meeting the real Sue Webb and learning how she kept the family together as her husband spiraled down, what appealed to her about working with Renner, what she learned about journalists and their passion for getting to the truth of their story, her new film Men, Women & Children directed by Jason Reitman, and her upcoming projects:  Joe Swanberg’s Digging for Fire, Sam Raimi’s remake of Poltergeist with Sam Rockwell, and a small part in the TV mini-series Olive Kitteridge.  Check out the interview after the jump:

MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.  Men, Women & Children opens today in limited release.]

It’s comforting to view the Internet as a force. Things existed one way, the Internet came along, completely changed everything, and now—for better or worse—those things are barely recognizable. We’re all looking down, clacking into our smart phones, so the Internet must have transformed us, right? It’s just so powerful, and we were caught in its wake. Current communication technology has changed us, but Jason Reitman’s Men, Women & Children wryly, wisely, and astutely observes our fears and insecurities long preceded our smartphones. The film is a sharp commentary on the decay of intimacy as we, isolated in the cosmos, have now become isolated from each other. Woven together with well-crafted storylines, sharp performances, and convincing drama, Reitman’s latest film mostly avoids being a cautionary tale and instead provides an insightful look on how online communication changes our relationships but doesn’t define our lives.

Meet the Characters of Jason Reitman’s Dark Ensemble in 17 New MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN Images

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Fresh off the full-length trailer debut, Paramount Pictures has released a large batch of new Men, Women & Children images from Up in the Air and Young Adult director Jason Reitman’s new film.  The drama follows the loosely connected stories of a group of teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate life in the digital age.  I saw the film at TIFF and thought it was excellent.  It’s an incredibly dark snapshot of humanity and the ways in which we interact with one another, and it marks a solid step forward in Reitman’s increasingly unpredictable filmography.  The story takes place in a Texas town, and the local high school is the link that connects the various storylines.  These new images reveal the cast of characters, including Ansel Elgort and Kaitlyn Dever’s young loners, Adam Sandler and Rosemarie DeWitt’s disillusioned married couple, and Dean Norris’ single father.

Hit the jump to take a look at the new Men, Women & Children images and click here for Matt’s review.  The film also stars Jennifer Garner, Judy Greer, Rosemarie DeWitt, J.K. SimmonsElena Kampouris, Timothée ChalametOlivia Crocicchia, Dennis Haysbert, and Emma Thompson.  Men, Women & Children opens in limited release on October 1st and expands wide on October 17th.

New MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN Trailer Digs Deep Into the Darkness of Life in the Digital Age

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Paramount Pictures has released a new Men, Women & Children trailer for director Jason Reitman’s (Up in the Air) excellent new drama.  The film follows the loosely connected stories of a group of teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate life in the digital age.  I caught the film at TIFF and found it to be a dark, complex, and emotional snapshot of humanity that also marks another bold step in Reitman’s diverse career.  You can’t say the Juno filmmaker isn’t making ambitious choices, and while some critics found the technology angle in Men, Women & Children to be contrived, I’d argue that the film really isn’t about the dangers of the internet at all—it’s about us.  Adam Sandler is fantastic in the most subdued performance of his career, Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars) and Kaitlyn Dever (Short Term 12) absolutely shine as the emotional center of the film, and Breaking Bad star Dean Norris is debatably the highlight of a wonderfully talented ensemble.  I highly recommend seeing the film when it comes to a theater near you.

Hit the jump to watch the new Men, Women & Children trailer and click here to read Matt’s review.  The film also stars Judy Greer, Jennifer Garner, Rosemarie DeWitt, J.K. SimmonsTimothée ChalametOlivia Crocicchia and Emma Thompson.  Men, Women & Children opens in limited release on October 1st and expands wide on October 17th.

MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN Review | TIFF 2014

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It’s comforting to view the Internet as a force.  Things existed one way, the Internet came along, completely changed everything, and now—for better or worse—those things are barely recognizable.  We’re all looking down, clacking into our smart phones, so the Internet must have transformed us, right?  It’s just so powerful, and we were caught in its wake.  Current communication technology has changed us, but Jason Reitman’s Men, Women & Children wryly, wisely, and astutely observes our fears and insecurities long preceded our smartphones.  The film is a sharp commentary on the decay of intimacy as we, isolated in the cosmos, have now become isolated from each other.  Woven together with well-crafted storylines, sharp performances, and convincing drama, Reitman’s latest film mostly avoids being a cautionary tale and instead provides an insightful look on how online communication changes our relationships but doesn’t define our lives.

MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN Trailer: Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner, Ansel Elgort and More Have Internet Issues in Jason Reitman’s New Drama

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Our very first look at Jason Reitman’s latest is here and based on the tone of the trailer, Men, Women & Children could be one of his darker, most somber films yet.  In fact, I don’t think there’s a single smile in this entire thing.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but when you fall for laugh-heavy films like Juno and Young Adult (and also manage to forget that Labor Day even exists), this feels like quite the switch.  This is only a teaser trailer so it’s impossible to pass much judgment, but Reitman could have the performances to support it, with The Fault in Our Star’s Ansel Elgort being a standout here.  The piece also doesn’t offer up any concrete story details, but from the official synopsis and Chad Kulten’s source material, we know that Men, Women & Children will focus on high school students and their parents, and how their relationships, self-image and quality of life are affected by the internet.

Hit the jump to watch the Men, Women & Children trailer.  The film also stars Adam SandlerRosemarie DeWittJennifer GarnerJudy GreerKaitlyn DeverDean NorrisJ.K. Simmons, Timothée ChalametOlivia Crocicchia and Emma Thompson.  Men, Women & Children will have its world premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and opens in limited release on October 3rd.

KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE Release Date Pushed to February 13, 2015; POLTERGEIST Moved to July 24, 2015

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While not as newsworthy as Warner Bros.’ recent release date bomb, 20th Century Fox has made a couple of release date alterations of its own, one of which is a little last-minute. X-Men: First Class and Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn’s adaptation of the Mark Millar graphic novel Kingsman: The Secret Service had been scheduled to debut this October, but now Fox has decided to push the film to February 13, 2015, where it will square off directly against the sure-to-be box office hit Fifty Shades of Grey.  The pic is a twist on the spy genre, as Colin Firth plays a veteran agent of the secretive Kingsman who is tasked with training a young prospect, played by Taron Egerton.  I saw some extended footage at Comic-Con that looked great, though one scene did look considerably unfinished.  Perhaps Vaughn is running behind in the post-production process, or maybe Fox feels bullish on the property and thinks it could be solid counter-programming against Fifty Shades.  Whatever the case, I’m still very much looking forward to seeing the pic, even if I do have to wait four additional months.

Hit the jump for release date news concerning the Poltergeist remake.

First KILL THE MESSENGER Trailer Features Jeremy Renner and a Conspiracy Involving the Government and Crack

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Focus Features has released the first Kill the Messenger trailer.  Directed by Michael Cuesta (Homeland, Dexter), the film is based on the true story of news reporter Gary Webb, whose life was ruined when he linked the CIA to a scheme to arm Contra rebels in Nicaragua and import cocaine into California.  His investigation not only threatened to ruin his career, but also his life and the life of his family.  This looks like it will be a good showcase for Renner, and while I like seeing him in blockbusters and high-profile awards contenders, I like that he’s going to be in a nuts-and-bolts story centered around a worthwhile topic.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Rosemarie DeWitt, Ray Liotta, Barry Pepper, Michael Sheen, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Oliver Platt, Andy Garcia, Tim Blake Nelson, Robert Patrick, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Paz VegaKill the Messenger opens October 10th.

Production Begins on Jason Reitman’s MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN Starring Adam Sandler and Rosemarie Dewitt; Full Cast Revealed

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Though writer/director Jason Reitman’s latest feature Labor Day doesn’t open in theaters until later this month, production is already underway on his follow-up film Men, Women & Children.  Based on the novel of the same name by Chad Kultgen, the film “follows the story of a group of high school teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate the many ways the internet has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-image, and their love lives.”  Reitman co-wrote the screenplay with Erin Cressida Wilson (Secretary), and the ensemble cast includes Adam Sandler, Rosemarie Dewitt, Jennifer Garner, Judy Greer, Dean Norris, J.K. Simmons, Ansel Elgort, and Emma Thompson.

Filming is currently underway in Austin, Texas, with Paramount onboard to distribute.  No word on when the film might hit theaters, but one imagines Reitman could make the fall festival circuit with the finished pic next year.  Hit the jump to read the full press release, which includes the cast list and extended synopsis.

Jason Reitman to Write and Direct MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN Adaptation; Adam Sandler, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jennifer Garner and Cameron Diaz Circling

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With his upcoming directorial feature Labor Day screening in Toronto, news is already breaking about Jason Reitman’s next effort.  It looks like Reitman will write and direct an adaptation of Chad Kultgen’s novel, Men, Women & Children.  Financed by Indian Paintbrush, the film would follow a “family with junior high school students [that] deals with the navigation of sexual awakenings in a digital age where the internet has made pornography, blogs and social networking just a few clicks away.”  None of the parties are locked in at this point, but the possible talent lined up both behind and in front of the camera makes this one worth watching.  Hit the jump for more.

Rosemarie DeWitt Talks TOUCHY FEELY, Reuniting with Lynn Shelton, Awkward Brother/Sister Dynamics, KILL THE MESSENGER, the POLTERGEIST Remake, and More

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Rosemarie DeWitt navigates her way through a soul-searching identity crisis in Lynn Shelton’s new indie dramedy, Touchy Feely, about people uncomfortable in their own skin.  DeWitt plays Abby, a popular massage therapist and free spirit who suddenly develops an uncontrollable aversion to bodily contact.  The unexpected crisis, which coincides with her brother’s (Josh Pais) equally abrupt transformation, not only makes Abby’s occupation impossible, but severely hinders her passionate love life with her boyfriend (Scoot McNairy).  Now available on iTunes/On Demand, and in theaters September 6th, the film features an impressive ensemble cast that also includes Ellen Page, Allison Janney, Ron Livingston, and Tomo Nakayama.

During our recent interview, DeWitt talked about reuniting with Shelton on a more traditionally scripted film compared to their earlier collaboration on the largely improvised Your Sister’s Sister, building the awkward brother/sister dynamic with Pais, finding it scary playing her character without the usual anchors, and experiencing the beneficial effects of Reiki while acting opposite the talented Janney.  She also discussed the impact of Rachel Getting Married on her career, Kenneth Lonergan’s Margaret, and her upcoming films Kill the Messenger, a fact-based drama with Jeremy Renner, and the Poltergeist remake with Sam Rockwell.  Check out the interview after the jump.

Rosemarie DeWitt in Talks to Lead POLTERGEIST Remake; Topher Grace May Join Christopher Nolan’s INTERSTELLAR

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The Poltergeist remake may have found its leading lady.  Deadline reports that Mad Men and Promised Land actress Rosemarie DeWitt “is the choice” to lead the supernatural redo.  Gil Kenan (Monster House) is directing from a script by David Lindsay-Abaire (Oz the Great and Powerful), and Sam Raimi is onboard to produce the film, which is based on Tobe Hooper’s classic 1982 horror film.  The remake is officially described as “a revisionist take” on Hooper’s film, that centers on “a family struggling to make ends meet that relocates to an outdated suburban home and is confronted by an angry spirit who kidnaps their youngest daughter and challenges them to band together to rescue her from the clutches of evil.”

Hit the jump for more, including yet another casting addition for Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar.

Rosemarie DeWitt Joins KILL THE MESSENGER; Terence Stamp Boards BIG EYES; Russell Wyatt and Logan Marshall-Green Join Boston Bruins Film, TURK

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Here is your latest casting information:

  • Rosemarie DeWitt (Cinderella Man) is in final negotiations to play the female lead opposite Jeremy Renner in Kill the Messenger, based on a true story of the suicide of a reporter investigating the CIA.
  • Terence Stamp (Wanted) has joined Tim Burton’s Big Eyes, based on the lives of painters Margaret and Walter Keaneplayed by Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz.
  • Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus) and Wyatt Russell (Cowboys & Aliens) will play two members of the historic Boston Bruins hockey team in writer-director Doug Atchison’s Turk.

Hit the jump for more on each project.

First Trailer for TOUCHY FEELY Starring Rosemarie DeWitt, Ellen Page, Allison Janney, Josh Pais, Scoot McNairy, Ron Livingston and Tomo Nakayama

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The first trailer for writer-director Lynn Shelton’s Touchy Feely is now available.   The family drama centers on a massage therapist who develops an aversion to physical contact, which complicates not only her profession but her romantic relationship.  It’s not my thing, but as far as quirky self-discovery indies go, you could probably do worse.  Touchy Feely stars Rosemarie DeWitt, Ellen Page, Allison Janney, Josh Pais, Scoot McNairy, Ron Livingston and Tomo Nakayama.  Hit the jump to watch the trailer.

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