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And Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon to the Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor races as Ramin Bahrani's "99 Homes" has landed domestic distribution after playing the Venice, Telluride and Toronto film festivals. Indie upstart Broad Green Pictures has landed the film stateside with an aim to release in the spring of 2015. The film will not, however, be competing for Oscars consideration this year, despite early reports to the contrary. I missed "99 Homes" in the four-day Telluride sprint, but HitFix's Greg Ellwood caught up to it and was highly impressed. "At first, Ramin Bahrani's drama feels like it might be slightly preachy, but it soon turns into a gripping drama that succeeds partially thanks to the amazing work from Garfield and Shannon," he wrote, before going on to declare the actors' performances to be two of the very best of their careers. Prior to that, at Venice, Catherine Bray was slightly less convinced, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Becoming a man of "true grit" earned John Wayne his only Oscar back in 1970. Could the same broken heroism push Tommy Lee Jones into the Oscar conversation? Adapted from Glendon Swarthout's novel and directed by the actor-turned-filmmaker, "The Homesman" pairs Jones with two-time Oscar-winner Hilary Swank for a dangerous western mission with a layer of gender politics. Shacked up with three mentally unstable women, Mary Bee Cuddy (Swank) employs George Briggs (Jones), a claim jumper she finds dangling from a tree in a noose, to escort the band of lone ladies from the Nebraska Territories to a new home in Iowa. In 1854, it's a mission only a fool would take. Our first official look at "The Homesman" has the makings of a solid western, gruff dialogue and deadly circumstances turned mesmerizing by "Argo" and "Babel" cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto's lush vistas. Jones and Swank have that Rooster Cogburn/Mattie Ross appeal, »
- Matt Patches
The race for Oscar is akin to a political campaign, and the first three Fall film festivals have made a significant impact on all the major races. Consider that Venice, Telluride and Toronto take place within three weeks of each other and you have a huge indicator of how the season will progress. With that in mind, here are eight major takeaways that are still buzzing in our heads as the Oscar race begins. "The Imitation Game" just got a huge head start. Harvey's had a tough year at the box office. He isn't going to have a tough year with Oscar. "The Imitation Game" was the hit of Telluride and took the People's Choice Award at Toronto (something The Weinstein Company movies seem to have an awful amount of luck with). It's not quite the slam dunk that "The King's Speech" or "The Artist" were because it "appears »
- Gregory Ellwood
The second trailer for the Tommy Lee Jones written, directed and starring western drama The Homesman offers more of what we’ve seen in the first one. George Briggs, played by Tommy Lee Jones, is a claim jumper (miner who violates another man’s claimed land) left to hang. As luck would have it, a woman passing […]
Having received a warm reception at Cannes 2014 in May, The Homesman will be hitting theaters stateside in a prime awards season spot - November 14th.
In his Variety’s review, critic Peter Debruge wrote, the film is a “sturdy cross-country Western.”
The Homesman stars Academy Award-winners Tommy Lee Jones and Hilary Swank, with a supporting cast featuring Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto, Sonja Richter, Tim Blake Nelson, Academy Award-nominees John Lithgow and Hailee Steinfeld, James Spader and Academy Award-winner Meryl Streep.
When three women living on the edge of the American frontier are driven mad by harsh pioneer life, the task of saving them falls to the pious, independent-minded Mary Bee Cuddy (Hilary Swank). Transporting the women by covered wagon to Iowa, she soon realizes just how daunting the journey will be, and employs a low-life drifter, George Briggs (Tommy Lee Jones), to join her.
The unlikely pair and the three women (Grace Gummer, »
- Michelle McCue
Welcome back to Best Movie Trailers of the Week, a column where we handpick the best new movie trailers that have arrived online over the past week. The Homesman This new trailer for Tommy Lee Jones’ The Homesman is a little slow to start, but once we meet Hilary Swank’s Mary Bee Cuddy and discover what she’s all about, the appeal of the narrative takes hold. Simply put, the piece will make you wonder how they make it through this seemingly impossible trek alive... and the famous faces they meet along the way don’t hurt either. Who’s going to pass on a film starring Jones, Swank, Meryl Streep, John Lithgow, Hailee Steinfeld and more? Maps to the Stars Thanks to her Best Actress win at Cannes, we’ve known that Julianne Moore delivers...
- Perri Nemiroff
Known for roles in a variety of features such as Coal Miner’s Daughter, Natural Born Killers, and No Country For Old Men, actor Tommy Lee Jones stepped behind the camera for the big screen for the first time in 2005 with The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada. For his next feature, Jones will be pulling triple duty, as he not only directed the feature, he also stars in it and has written the screenplay. Titled The Homesman, the movie revolves around two people in the Old West who work together to transport three insane women across dangerous terrain. Joining Jones onscreen is Hilary Swank, Meryl Streep, and John Lithgow, and the movie is set to open in limited release in American theatres on November 14, and screen at the Toronto International Film Festival. A new trailer for the movie has now been released, focusing on the relationship between the leads and »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Tommy Lee Jones' The Homesman has him pulling triple duty as writer, director and star of the great looking western drama. It’s been on my radar since last spring when we saw an international trailer back in April. The release date is closing in, and if you’re a fan of great westerns, this looks like it’s going to fit the bill just right. With the trailer and images below you should notice the cinematography by Rodrigo Prieto (see his impressive resume); »
- Graham McMorrow
The upcoming western The Homesman stars Oscar-winners Tommy Lee Jones and Hilary Swank as, respectively, claims jumper George Briggs and pioneer woman Mary Bee Cuddy – an odd couple who team up to transport three mentally-ill women from Nebraska to a mental hospital in Iowa. Jones also co-wrote the film’s script (based on the novel by Glendon Swarthout) and served as the helmsman. An international trailer for the film released earlier this year, but now a green-band promo (see above) has been unveiled, a couple months ahead of Homesman‘s U.S. theatrical debut.
Homesman marks Jones’ fourth time as director, following after a pair of TV movies (including the Cormac McCarthy play adaptation The Sunset Limited) and his previous theatrically-released feature, the modern-day western-inspired film The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada. The actor/filmmaker has put together an impressive cast for his latest ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
Haim Saban, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Saban Capital Group, Inc., announced today that Saban Films is closing in on a deal to acquire the U.S. distribution rights to Sarik Andreasyan action-thriller American Heist, starring Hayden Christensen, Academy Award Winner Adrien Brody, Jordana Brewster, Tory Kittles and Aliaune Badara Akon Thiam. The film had its world premiere last night at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Saban Films is emerging as an aggressive buyer in Toronto, acquiring the U.S. rights to John Travolta's The Forger and the action-thriller Tracers, starring Taylor Lautner and Marie Avgeropoulos from Temple Hill Entertainment.
"We were eager to see American Heist coming into Toronto and the film lived up to our expectations. It's just the type of commercial talent driven film we are looking for at Saban."
As Oscar season picks up, we are beginning to see more trailers for fall films that will most certainly be in the running for the little golden statue. Whether or not Tommy Lee Jones’s upcoming Western The Homesman ultimately makes the cut, its latest trailer makes it look like a breath of fresh air for the always difficult Western genre.
The Homesman stars Hilary Swank as a frontierswoman tasked with taking three insane women (Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto, and Sonja Richter) from Nebraska to Iowa, where they will be cared for by a minster and his wife (Meryl Streep). She enlists the aid of claim-jumper and grizzled everyman George Briggs (Tommy Lee Jones) to help her brave the wilds and protect the women as they move across the dangerous and desolate landscape.
This latest trailer for The Homesman paints the most complete picture we have seen yet, showcasing the »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
The Homesman has released a new trailer.
The film centres around an independent frontierswoman (Swank) who saves a condemned man (Jones) from death.
In return, he agrees to help her transport three mentally ill women home on a long and dangerous journey.
The Homesman will arrive in Us cinemas on November 7 and in the UK on December 5. »
A new trailer has arrived online for Tommy Lee Jones’ new western, The Homesman, in which he plays an ageing outlaw charged with helping smuggle a trio of mentally ill women across the prairie. Having been rescued from the noose by Hilary Swank’s Mary B. Cutty, Jones finds himself in her debt, and assisting her in her daring attempt to get the aforementioned women the care they require. However, the journey is a long and dangerous one, with bandits, hijackers and Native Americans all waiting to complicate things for our heroes. ...
- George Wales
After the Japanese surrender at the end of World War II, General Fellers (Lost's Matthew Fox) - an American officer with contacts behind the bamboo curtain - is tasked by General Douglas MacArthur (an impressive Tommy Lee Jones) with establishing whether Emperor Hirohito should face a war crimes trial. As a polished “who decided it”, this is an intriguing entry point into a fascinating period of Japanese/American history. »
Nearly ten years after making the leap to directing with The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, Tommy Lee Jones is back behind the camera with The Homesman. (In the interim, he made The Sunset Limited for cable.) The new film is a Western, like the last one was, but of a very different type. Hilary […]
- Angie Han
With The Homesman, Tommy Lee Jones follows his directorial debut, the 2005 neo-western The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, with a feminist riff on the same genre. Jones stars alongside Hilary Swank as a drifter who is recruited to smuggle three hysterical women from Nebraska to Iowa. Premiering to mixed reviews at Cannes, the film nonetheless exhibits an interesting inversion of the machismo outlaw, and the helpless damsels in distress, who intimate a threatening aura of their own. Roadside Attractions opens The Homesman on November 14. »
- Sarah Salovaara
While the Oscar contenders at the moment seem like an obvious bunch, one of the most exciting things about the awards season is seeing which movies come out of the blue and enter the race. Could Tommy Lee Jones' latest directorial effort "The Homesman" be one of them? Debuting at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, it earned good notices (our review), and, with Saban Films and Roadside Attractions teaming up to release the movie this fall, anew trailer is here to show off the goods. Hilary Swank—in what looks like the first decent performance and role she's had in ages—leads the picture, playing a frontierswoman who strikes a deal with a man she finds hanging from a noose and left for dead. She'll cut him free if he agrees to escort her, and three insane women, from Nebraska to Iowa. And so begins an adventure »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The story follows Hilary Swank's Mary Bee Cuddy, who is tasked with transporting three insane women via covered wagon. She hires a drifter named George Briggs (Tommy Lee Jones) to accompany her on this journey across the Nebraska Territories to Iowa, where they are expected by a minister and his wife (Meryl Streep). Take a look at the latest footage from this upcoming drama, co-starring Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto, Sonja Richter, John Lithgow, Tim Blake Nelson, James Spader and William Fichtner, which hits theaters November 14 from Saban Films.
When three women living on the edge of the American frontier are driven mad by harsh pioneer life, the task of saving them falls to the pious, independent-minded Mary Bee Cuddy (Hilary Swank »
Back in the spring we saw an international trailer for Tommy Lee Jones‘ western drama (in which he directs as well as acts), The Homesman and now we’re getting a domestic one along with a reminder that this film’s release is just around the corner. 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 dig this trailer a lot actually, I love good westerns and am of the mind that the best westerns are the ones that actually find new stories to tell as opposed to stridently embracing lapsed tropes. It looks like this could be one of the good ones. Hit the jump to check out The Homesman domestic trailer. The film also stars Hailee Steinfeld, Meryl Streep, Tim Blake Nelson, James Spader, »
- Evan Dickson
It’s been a few months since the last trailer for Tommy Lee Jones' second stint as director, The Homesman, arrived online. While this new promo suffers from some footage repetition, there’s enough new material to get more of a sense of the film.The Homesman finds Swank as Mary Bee Cuddy, a staunchly independent pioneer woman who has taken on the job of shepherding three mentally unstable women from Nebraska to Iowa. Between them and their destination lie miles of rough terrain, natural barriers and swarms of threats from unfriendly wagon trains to bandits to Native American tribes that prey on unwary travellers.To help in her mission, Cuddy enlists the help of George Briggs (Jones), a claim jumper she meets when he’s been sentenced to hang. Convincing him to journey with her, the pair sets out on their perilous task.Jones has rounded up a »
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