Every year, I’m angry I don’t get to go to Cannes, but this year has really me pissed off. The incredible line-up includes Inside Llewyn Davis, Only God Forgives, The Congress, The Bling Ring, As I Lay Dying, Blood Ties, All Is Lost, and more. Nebraska, the new film from Alexander Payne (The Descendants), will be playing in competition, and the first clip has only added to my jealousy of this year’s festival-goers. The plot enters on an aging alcoholic father (Bruce Dern) who decides to take a road trip from Montana to Nebraska to collect what he believes to be a million dollar Publisher’s Clearing House prize. His estranged son (Will Forte) reluctantly agrees to accompany his father in order to keep him out of trouble. There’s grimness to this clip where one of the father’s “friends” (played by Stacy Keach) tries to extort some money, and the son ends up learning an ugly truth. Payne’s films have always had humor, but I’m curious to see how much it will factor in to his latest picture.
We’ll find out when the film screens at Cannes and the buzz begins. Nebraska is slated to open in limited release on November 22nd.
Last month, we reported that Dane Cook would lead the voice cast of Disney’s Cars spin-off, Planes. His character, Dusty, dreams of being a racer, but because he’s not built for it, he turns to a seasoned naval aviator to help him take on the defending champ of the racing circuit. Today, Disney has announced the actors voicing the supporting characters. It’s a surprisingly large cast that has Top Gun‘s Val Kilmer and Anthony Edwards voicing fighter jets, which is a nice touch. The voice cast also includes Stacy Keach, Cedric the Entertainer, Teri Hatcher, Brad Garrett, Roger Craig Smith, Gabriel Iglesias, Carlos Alazraqui, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, John Cleese, Priyanka Chopra, Sinbad, Brent Musburger, and ESPN’s vile radio host Colin Cowherd. Cowherd voices blimp “Colin Cowling”. It is currently unknown if the blimp will engage in race-baiting.
Hit the jump to check out images of all the supporting characters. Planes opens in 3D on August 9th. [Updated: We've added a press release, which contains details on the new characters]
We’ve got a couple of interesting casting stories to share this afternoon. First up, Felicity Jones (Like Crazy) has landed the female lead opposite Jonah Hill and James Franco in the drama True Story. The film recounts the head-spinning relationship between disgraced New York Times journalist Michael Finkel (Hill) and accused murderer Christian Longo (Franco). Deadline reports that Jones will play Finkel’s long-suffering girlfriend “who tries to stand by her guy even after his screw-ups cost them everything.” Rupert Goold (Richard II) will direct.
Additionally, Stacy Keach has joined the ever-growing cast of Robert Rodriguez’s upcoming sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Variety reports that Keach will play “a chief villain,” mob boss Wallenquist. Prodution is currently underway on the film which also stars Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Josh Brolin, and many more. The pic opens on October 4th. Hit the jump for a synopsis for True Story.
With Bruce Dern and Will Forte set as the leads for his black-and-white road trip film Nebraska, director Alexander Payne is now filling out his supporting cast. The film centers on an aging alcoholic father who decides to take a road trip from Montana to Nebraska to collect what he believes to be a million dollar Publisher’s Clearing House prize. His estranged son reluctantly agrees to accompany his father in order to keep him out of trouble. Omaha.com (via The Film Stage) reports that Mr. Show alum and Breaking Bad standout Bob Odenkirk and veteran actor Stacy Keach (The Bourne Legacy) have now joined the cast. The site also notes that June Squibb (About Schmidt) is being eyed for a role.
Odenkirk will play Forte’s older brother while Keach is set as one of Dern’s colleagues. The most recent batch of Breaking Bad episodes was rather Saul Goodman-lite, so Odenkirk’s involvement in Nebraska is welcome news. Production on Payne’s The Descendants follow-up is set to begin on October 15th, and we can expect to see the film sometime next year.
Opening tomorrow is writer/director Tony Gilroy’s The Bourne Legacy. For those unfamiliar with the franchise reboot, this time around, a government task force led by Edward Norton‘s character is assassinating all their genetically-modified assets to prevent another Bourne situation. However, one member of the program, Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner), manages to escape with a scientist (Rachel Weisz), and the two go on the run for their lives. The film also stars Oscar Isaac, Joan Allen, David Strathairn, Albert Finney, Stacy Keach, Scott Glenn, Corey Stoll, and Donna Murphy. For more on the film, here are five clips.
During the recent Los Angeles press day, I did an exclusive interview with producer Patrick Crowley. If you’re a fan of the Bourne films and want to hear some great behind the scenes stories about all four movies, you’re in the right place. During our extended conversation we talked about the making of Bourne Legacy, did they ever consider 3D, Easter Eggs, test screenings, will future Bourne movies have Bourne in the title, coming up with new and exciting action scenes, deleted scenes, reshoots, and so much more. Hit the jump for what he had to say.
Three new TV spots for The Bourne Legacy have gone online. Despite the constant need to remind audiences that this is still a Bourne movie in lieu of Matt Damon’s absence, the footage actually looks pretty good. It’s reassuring to know that Tony Gilroy, who scripted the three previous Bourne movies, is taking over the franchise. I’m a fan of his past directorial efforts (Michael Clayton, Duplicity), and hopefully he can maintain the character-centered tone of the other Bourne films while providing a fresh and engaging story that stands on its own. This footage hammers home the idea that Jeremy Renner’s character is some kind of genetic supersoldier, and I’m eager to see how Legacy‘s story plays out within the universe of the first three films.
Hit the jump to watch the TV spots. The film also stars Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Albert Finney, Joan Allen, Scott Glenn, Stacy Keach, and Oscar Isaac. The Bourne Legacy opens on August 10th.
A new trailer for The Bourne Legacy has gone online. Rather than just a reboot, this feels like a direct sequel with Jason Bourne’s actions from the previous films creating the conflict for the new movie. This time around, a government task force led by Edward Norton‘s character is assassinating all their genetically-modified assets to prevent another Bourne situation. However, one member of the program (Jeremy Renner) manages to escape with a scientist (Rachel Weisz), and the two go on the run for their lives. There are some cool stunts in the trailer, but I want to see more of the characters’ personalities rather than just the conspiracy/chase angle.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also stars Albert Finney, Joan Allen, Scott Glenn, Stacy Keach, and Oscar Isaac. The Bourne Legacy opens August 3rd.
A Japanese trailer for The Bourne Legacy has gone online. It’s not incredibly different from the US trailer we saw previously, but there are a couple bits of new footage and some more looks at Edward Norton that make it worth a gander. Writer/director Tony Gilroy recently talked about how the film sets itself apart from the previous three films while maintaining a strong throughline, adding that “what happens in Ultimatum is really the spark that’s blowing open the door to this movie because the Jason Bourne story is exploding out into the public.” I’m excited to see how Gilroy executes this “separate but connected” film and how Jeremy Renner’s character differs from Jason Bourne. I really liked the US trailer and I think the cast is swell, so hopefully Legacy delivers.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Rachel Weisz, Stacy Keach, Oscar Isaac, Albert Finney, Joan Allen, David Strathairn, and Scott Glenn. The Bourne Legacy opens on August 3rd.
The first trailer and poster for The Bourne Legacy have gone online. The central message of the trailer is this: Jeremy Renner can kick the shit out of people just as well as Matt Damon. It’s clearly the same Bourne flavor, and audiences will be happy to get another great actor beating up bad guys. The editing moves so fast that it’s tough to tell how much writer-director Tony Gilroy‘s style will differ from Paul Greengrass‘ (who directed Supremacy and Ultimatum), but I’m eager to see what Gilroy has in store.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer and poster. The film also stars Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Stacy Keach, Oscar Isaac, Albert Finney, Joan Allen, David Strathairn, and Scott Glenn. The Bourne Legacy opens August 3rd.
We’ve got a couple of casting stories for you this afternoon. First up, Variety reports that Stacey Keach is the latest to join the cast of Tony Gilroy’s The Bourne Legacy. Jeremy Renner takes on the lead role as an operative trained in the same program that Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne was running from in the first three films. Keach joins previously announced Rachel Weisz, Joan Allen and Albert Finney. Edward Norton is also in talks to play the villain in the film. The Bourne Legacy opens August 3rd, 2012.
Additionally, Noah Huntley (Your Highness) is set to play King Magnus in one of eighteen Snow White projects in the works at the moment, Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman. Producer Palek Patel broke the news on his Twitter (via Showblitz), revealing that Huntley will play White’s father. Rupert Sanders is directing, and the cast includes Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron. We got our first look at the actors in their costumes a couple weeks ago, and I was onhand for the Comic-Con panel and was actually quite impressed. Snow White and the Huntsman opens June 1st, 2012.
In the latest FX drama Lights Out, Patrick “Lights” Leary is an aging former heavyweight boxing champion who struggles to find his identity and support his wife and three daughters after retiring from the ring. When financial problems leave him with a very tough decision to make, he must battle the urge to return to boxing, or reluctantly accept a job as a brutal and intimidating debt collector.
During a recent interview to promote the new television series, show star Holt McCallany and executive producer/showrunner Warren Leight (In Treatment) talked about what it took to get this show off the ground, some of the noticeable changes they made from the original pilot that they shot, playing such a dream role and making this character very human. Check out what they had to say after the jump.
With plenty of buzz and praise all over the place for David O. Russell’s boxing drama The Fighter, there’s no better time for FX to premiere their new boxing-centric drama series Lights Out. But while Mickey Ward had to struggle with opponents in the ring and his own invasive family while trying to break out of the ambition-killing town holding him back, Patrick “Lights” Leary (Holt McCallany) is a retired boxer and trying to do everything he can to stop from getting back in the ring. For a series focusing on a boxer, there’s not a whole lot of boxing to be seen in every episode, but that doesn’t mean this series doesn’t pack some punches to deliver yet another great series on FX. For details on the first five rounds with Lights Out, keep reading.
Though the fall TV season is going into full force this week, there’s still shows on the horizon that won’t be showing up for a view months. Enter FX’s new drama series Lights Out starring Holy McCallany as an aging former heavyweight boxing champion as he looks to find himself and support his family without getting back into the ring. The first promo for the series, which starts in January 2011, has just showed up online and it definitely looks like more solid programming from FX. Check out the video after the jump along with the official synopsis of the show.
Kevin Alejandro of the star-crossed cop drama Southland will soon be pulling doubles. Alejandro has just secured a regular role on HBO’s hit show True Blood as Jesus, “a Latino orderly who is taking care of Ruby Jean Reynolds (Alfre Woodard) at her care facility and becomes involved with her son, Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis).” Since TNT has not yet officially decided to produce a second season of Southland, Alejandro will be able to work on True Blood.
Hit the jump for new casting on the upcoming TV shows Retired at 35, Enlightened, and Lights Out.