The 2014 Cannes Film Festival lineup has been announced, and it has some heavy hitters. Technically, the biggest is How to Train Your Dragon 2, but Cannes has played host to DreamWorks Animation films in the past in an attempt to give the festival a wider appeal. Plus, that movie is playing out of competition. Among the indies, the one I’ll be keeping an eye on is Bennett Miller‘s Foxcatcher starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, and Mark Ruffalo. Other notable contenders include David Cronenberg‘s Maps to the Stars, David Michôd’s The Rover, Mike Leigh‘s Mr. Turner, Tommy Lee Jones‘ The Homesman, Ryan Gosling‘s Lost River (formerly titled How to Catch a Monster), Zhang Yimou‘s Coming Home, and Atom Egoyan‘s The Captive.
Hit the jump to check out the full lineup. The 2014 Cannes Film Festival runs from May 15 – 25th.
The first trailer and images have gone online for Tommy Lee Jones‘ western drama, The Homesman. The story centers on a claim-jumping rascal (Jones) and a frontierswoman (Hilary Swank) as they escort three insane women from Nebraska to Iowa and battle the harsh elemental conditions of the prairie. I loved Jones’ 2005 film The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, which played like a modern-day western. The Homesman looks more like a straight entry into the genre, but also an interesting one. There appears to be a tricky balance between Jones’ slightly off-kilter character and the serious dangers he and his traveling companions must face. Nevertheless, it has an outstanding cast, and I assume we’ll be seeing it later this year since it will be released next month in France. It’s also a safe assumption that it will make its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, so I’m eager to hear the buzz on the picture.
Hit the jump to check out The Homesman trailer and images. The film also stars Hailee Steinfeld, Meryl Streep, Tim Blake Nelson, James Spader, William Fichtner, and Jesse Plemons. The Homesman is currently awaiting U.S. distribution.
Reaching for the Moon tells the tale of an unlikely romance between two extraordinary artists, legendary American poet Elizabeth Bishop (Miranda Otto) and architect Lota de Macedo Soares (Gloria Pines). Hoping to find inspiration, Bishop travels from New York City to Rio de Janeiro, where she finds herself in a tempestuous relationship that spans decades and forever impacts the life and work of both women.
During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Miranda Otto, who gives a beautifully complex and layered performance as Elizabeth Bishop, talked about how she received an offer for the role via email, what made her want to play this woman, how Bishop’s poetry helped give her insight and an understanding of her she was, and why she needed time to decompress after doing this role. She also talked about working with Tommy Lee Jones, as both an actor and a director, on The Homesman, what attracted her to I, Frankenstein, her role in the new Fox TV series Rake, starring Greg Kinnear, her involvement with the Locke & Key pilot, and her desire not to be pigeon-holed. Check out what she had to say after the jump.
Hailee Steinfeld has been poised to be the “next big thing” ever since she stole the show from veterans Matt Damon and Jeff Bridges in the Coen Brothers’ True Grit. The young actress has a virtually unending list of upcoming projects: the Tommy Lee Jones directed The Homesman, the Luc Besson/McG collaboration Three Days To Kill, the Civil War drama The Keeping Room… This weekend, the rise of Steinfeld begins with the big budgeted children-versus-aliens Ender’s Game. Steinfeld co-stars as Petra, an ally and confidant to lead protagonist Ender (Asa Butterfield). Asa and she have an easy-going chemistry, never quite blossoming into romance but teetering on the brink. It’s a difficult relationship to get just right – and it’s a credit to Steinfeld and Butterfield that they’re able to suggest such depths with relatively little material.
In the following interview with Steinfeld, she discusses the challenges of acting in such a heavy effects driven film as Ender’s Game, the tricks to pretending like you’re in zero gravity and working with Tommy Lee Jones on The Homesman. For the full interview, hit the jump.
We’ve got casting news for every taste this evening. Here’s the latest:
- Noah Emmerich will be teaming up with Warrior director, Gavin O’Connor once again. This time for the production-troubled Western Jane Got a Gun.
- Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) is ready for another frontier round, as she joins the cast of Tommy Lee Jones’ The Homesman.
Hit the jump for more details on each casting.
Opening this weekend in limited release is director Peter Webber’s (Girl with a Pearl Earring) historical drama Emperor. The film takes place during the days following the Japanese surrender at the end of World War II and stars Tommy Lee Jones as General Douglas MacArthur, the de facto ruler of Japan as Supreme Commander of the occupying forces. Matthew Fox plays a leading Japanese expert on the staff of MacArthur who is tasked with deciding whether or not Emperor Hirohito should be tried as a war criminal. Fox’s mission becomes more complicated as he searches for a school teacher (Eriko Hatsune) who first drew him to Japan years before the war. For more on the film, watch these three clips.
A few days ago, we got to speak with Jones. He talked about the research he did, what surprised him about MacArthur, collaborating with Peter Webber to make sure the film was an accurate depiction and not a Hollywood version of the events, script changes, and more. In addition, Jones talked about The Homesman, which he’ll be directing next month. Hit the jump to watch.
We previously reported that Tommy Lee Jones would be writing, directing, producing and starring in The Homesman; now it looks as if Meryl Streep and Hilary Swank will join the picture. (For those of you playing along at home, that would make six Oscars among the three actors.) The Homesman is a pioneer period piece which follows a claim-jumping rascal (Jones) and a frontierwoman as they escort three insane women from Nebraska to Iowa and battle the harsh elemental conditions of the prairie. Swank will play the frontierwoman, but The Wrap reports that it’s not yet clear which part Streep will take on (insane woman perhaps?). This will mark a reunion of Jones and Streep, who starred together in Great Hope Springs this summer. The Homesman will mark the first time Swank has worked with either actor.
Some casting news for you today, including a project in which Tommy Lee Jones (No Country for Old Men) is taking on four roles! Here they are at a glance:
- Jones is set to write, direct, produce and star in the pioneer period piece, The Homesman.
- Oscar-nominee John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone) boards the indie thriller, Too Late.
- John C. McGinley (Scrubs) is the latest addition to the Jackie Robinson biopic, 42.
Hit the jump for more on each project.