Another day, another trailer premiere with Ben Affleck at the center. The clip for Affleck’s directorial effort The Town debuted earlier this week, and The Weinstein Company has just released a trailer for the Sundance entry The Company Men. Director John Wells (ER) surrounds Affleck with the likes of Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones, Chris Cooper, Craig T. Nelson, Maria Bello, and Rosemarie DeWitt. Check out the trailer after the jump.
A slew of release dates and release date changes were announced today. Movies getting their release date changed are the animated films Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom (May 27th, 2011 to May 26th) and Rango (March 18th, 2011 to March 4th).
Getting release date announcements are The Company Men (Oct. 22nd), David O. Russell’s The Fighter (Dec. 10th), Sylvain Chomet’s The Illusionist (Dec. 25th), Mike Leigh’s Another Year (Dec. 29th), Made in Dagenham (Nov. 19th), Stephen Frears’ Tamara Drewe (Oct. 8th), and the remake of Fright Night (Oct. 7, 2011). Hit the jump for details on all of these films.
Before you groan at the news of Kevin Costner stepping up to direct and star in a new movie, please remember the following: the last film he directed, 2003′s Open Rage, was good; Dances with Wolves is good; Costner makes the films he wants and doesn’t do sequels or franchise pictures. There’s something commendable in all that and so I’m happy when Variety reports that Costner will be getting back in the director’s chair and in front of the camera for the World War II action-adventure, A Little War of Our Own.
Written by Dan Gordon (Wyatt Earp), the film follows a Sheriff (Costner) who must keep a town from exploding into violence. Costner and Beacon Pictures are in the process of casting the film’s other lead role of a German U-boat commander.
Costner most recently appeared in John Wells’ The Company Men, which debuted at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and co-stars Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones, and Chris Cooper.
At this year’s Sundance Film Festival, I had the opportunity to interview a ton of the filmmakers that attended the Festival. Now that I’m back in L.A. and have the time to edit the videos, it’s time to start posting a lot of great conversations. And up first…writer/director John Wells for his directorial debut The Company Men.
While many of you know who Wells is as he’s written and/or been a producer on shows like The West Wing, Third Watch, and ER (just to name a few), The Company Men marks his first time behind the camera. The very realistic drama stars Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper, Tommy Lee Jones, Kevin Costner and Rosemary DeWitt. It’s about around three men that attempt to survive a round of corporate downsizing while trying to fend off its effects on their families and their identities. As you can tell by the synopsis, it’s something many people are going through right now.
During the interview, Wells says it was not a film Hollywood wanted to make, so he had to get the financing on his own. Hit the jump for a great conversation about his movie and the state of Hollywood:
One of the many things I love about Sundance is how interviews are run. Unlike interviews in Los Angeles, which can have many people following a big star around, when you speak to almost any celebrity in Park City, they are almost always alone and willing to do just about anything to promote their movie. It’s a great atmosphere.
So when I got to participate in a roundtable interview with Ben Affleck and Rosemarie DeWitt for John Wells directorial debut The Company Men here at Sundance, I asked the two stars if they’d mind if I used my HD camera. To my surprise, they had no problems with it. So instead of having to transcribe the conversation, after the jump you can watch it!
Again, in L.A., this would have NEVER happened.
During the interview they talked about the movie, jobs they’ve lost, the indie scene in Hollywood, filming in Boston, their next projects like Earthbound and The Town, and Affleck talked about his new production company with Matt Damon and his Africa documentary. It’s a great interview so take a look:
The best part of Sundance…getting to see a ton of movies. The worst part of Sundance, trying to find the time to write about them. So after the premiere of writer/director John Wells The Company Men last night, David Chen (from Slashfilm) and I did a short video review/video blog of what we thought of the film.
The Company Men stars Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper, Tommy Lee Jones, Kevin Costner and Rosemary DeWitt. The drama revolves around three men that attempt to survive a round of corporate downsizing while trying to fend off its effects on their families and their identities.
Since the movie was made independently, this isn’t some Hollywood version of what happens when you lose your job. Instead it’s an honest look at what’s going on in our country and I was impressed by John Wells first feature. If you’ve seen Up in the Air, The Company Men is a good companion piece as it shows you what really happens after you lose your job. Hit the jump for the video review and look for interviews with the cast very soon:
If you can’t go to the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, don’t cry! The Sundance Institute is making 2010 the inaugural year of Sundance Film Festival USA where eight filmmakers showing their film at the festival will show it to a major metropolitan area…so as long as you live in or near one of those eight major cities, then you don’t need to cry.
The films going out through the nation are The Duplass Brothers’ Cyrus starring John C. Reilly, Marisa Tomei, and Jonah Hill; John Wells The Company Men starring Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones, and Kevin Costner (Brookline; The Safdie Brothers’ Daddy Longlegs; Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Jack Goes Boating starring Hoffman and Amy Ryan; Adrian Grenier’s documentary Teenage Paparazzo; Floria Sigismondi’s The Runaways starring Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning; Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini’s The Extra Man starring Kevin Kline and Paul Dano; and Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s Howl starring James Franco and Jon Hamm. All eight films will be shown on the night of January 28th with tickets available through each individual theater’s box office. Hit the jump for the full press release to see which film is going to which city and who will be presenting. The people of Ann Arbor, MI, Brookline, MA, Brooklyn, NY, Chicago, IL, Los Angeles, CA, Madison, WI, Nashville, TN, and San Francisco, CA are going to be very happy on January 28th. As for the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, it will run from January 21-31st.
The first images from The Company Men have come online in advance of the film’s premiere at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Directed by John Wells, the drama revolves around three company men attempt to survive a round of corporate downsizing while trying to fend off its effects on their families and their identities. The description from All Movie Guide [via Fandango] gets slightly more specific by saying that Ben Affleck stars as a businessman whose life is thrown into ruin when he’s affected by company layoffs and has to work at his brother-in-law’s (Kevin Costner) construction site. Tommy Lee Jones and Chris Cooper also star. For those who don’t know, John Wells was the co-creator of ER and The West Wing and took full control of the latter after Aaron Sorkin and Thomas Schlamme left at the end of the fourth season.
Check out the images after the jump. The 2010 Sundance Film Festival will run from January 21-31st.
Yesterday we gave you a list of all the films playing in-competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. We now have the list of the films playing out-of-competition and they’re divided up into four categories: Premieres, Next, Spotlight, and Park City at Midnight. Since combining these lists would be a lot to read for just one article, we’ve broken it up to make it easier on your eyes. You’re welcome.
Know that while there are a lot of films playing in-competition, most of the films to get buzz will be coming from the out-of-competition categories. First up are the premiers which include John Wells’ The Company Men starring Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones and Kevin Costner; Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini’s The Extra Man starring Katie Holmes, John C. Reilly, and Paul Dano; Get Low starring Robert Duvall and Bill Murray; Michael Winterbottom’s The Killer Inside Me starring Casey Affleck, Kate Hudson, and Jessica Alba; and more. Hit the jump to check out all of the films with brief synopsis for each.
The 2010 Sundance Film Festival will run from January 21-31st.
Variety reports that Tommy Lee Jones has left the upcoming adaptation of Michael Connelly’s The Lincoln Lawyer. Jones was to direct the film and co-star with Matthew McConaughey, but departed over the infamous creative differences. Obviously, those differences are never publicly specified, but I’ll walk through the wide door of speculation and say that McConaughey’s was encouraging Jones to exercise using palm fronds. But as for The Lincoln Lawyer, that project continues to move ahead with Lakeshore Entertainment hoping to line up a new director so they can begin shooting next spring.
But Jones has plenty to keep him busy. He’s currently in post-production on HBO’s adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s The Sunset Limited. Along with directing, Jones co-stars with Samuel L. Jackson so maybe they’ll rekindle that Rules of Engagement magic. Jones is also preparing to adapt Ernest Hemingway’s Islands in the Stream and he recently wrapped production on John Wells’ The Company Men co-starring Ben Affleck and Kevin Costner.