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Ketchup Entertainment has acquired U.S. rights to Annette Haywood-Carter’s historical drama “Savannah,” starring Jim Caviezel and Chiwetel Ejiofor, and set an Aug. 23 theatrical release followed by a VOD/DVD launch on Sept. 24.
Five-year-old Ketchup made the announcement on the opening day at Cannes., where Fabrication Films is representing worldwide rights.
“Savannah,” based on John Eugene Cay Jr.’s book “Ward Allen: Savannah River Market Hunter,” is set in the 1900s and centered on Allen, who leaves behind a life of privilege in Savannah to live off the land with a freed slave. Jaimie Alexander, Hal Holbrook, Sam Shepard, Bradley Whitford and Jack McBrayer also star.
Haywood-Carter directed from a scipt she co-wrote with Kenneth F. Carter Jr.
- Dave McNary
Emerging from work that won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2008, Tracy Letts has adapted his black comic play into a film with John Wells at the helm, and August: Osage County is downright overflowing with prestige. It also looks awkward enough to make Home For the Holidays feel like an old, warm blanket. To that first point, let’s do the math on the people involved: Oscar Winners: Meryl Streep (3), Julia Roberts, Chris Cooper, George Clooney and Grant Heslov (Producing) Oscar Nominees: Abigail Breslin, Juliette Lewis, Sam Shepard Not too bad. Undoubtedly, a lot of people will be clamoring pre-release for Streep to win her fourth Oscar, but you know what would be even better? Getting Margo Martindale her first. That woman is a powerhouse whose earned her spot on the Academy stage. If this trailer is any indication, she might find herself with a nice shot at Best Supporting Actress and Best Inappropriate Comments. Check »
- Scott Beggs
Some films gather pretty decent casts. Then there are projects such as August: Osage County, which gathers an outstanding ensemble anchored by Oscar’s favourite lady, Meryl Streep. The film boasts a Pulitzer prize-winning play as its source material, adapted by original playwright Tracy Letts. It also has Argo team George Clooney and Grant Heslov among its producers and John Wells calling the shots, which doesn't hurt. And to cap it all, Osage County features the sort of chewy family drama that award-givers often love.And that cast! Streep is surrounded by a roll call of great talent, including Ewan McGregor, Abigail Breslin, Julia Roberts, Juliette Lewis, Sam Shepard, Margo Martindale, Dermot Mulroney and someone called Cumberbatch. Yes, we’re pretty sure his following will be delighted to see him pop up in this one, even if he doesn’t get much to do in this trailer.August: Osage County »
The Weinstein Company has released a trailer for the upcoming dramedy August: Osage County. The George Clooney produced movie was directed by John Wells, and it has one hell of an impressive cast that includes Chris Cooper, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Ewan McGregor, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Abigail Breslin, Dermot Mulroney, and Margo Martindale.
The film is an adaption of a play written by Tracy Letts and the story centers on a dysfunctional family who comes together after a death. Here's the synopsis:
August: Osage County is an upcoming comedy drama film based on Tracy Letts’ play of the same name. The film is directed by TV producer John Wells (ER, The West Wing), and produced by George Clooney, Jean Doumanian, Grant Heslov, Steve Traxler and Harvey Weinstein. Its ensemble cast is led by Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts. The film tells the dark, hilarious and deeply touching story of »
- Joey Paur
In the early 1930s, during a lengthy safari in Tanganyika Territory, Ernest Hemingway broke off a discussion of antelope hunting to provide a German expatriate with a disquisition on American literature from colonial times to the present. During this little lecture, included in his Green Hills of Africa, Hemingway made one of his most famous statements. "All American literature," he claims, "comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn. If you read it you must stop where the Nigger Jim is stolen from the boys. That is the real end. The rest is just cheating. But it's the best book we have. All American writing comes from that. There was nothing before. There has been nothing as good since."
- Philip French
How do you get two of cinema’s seminal leading ladies into a car together? Throw some Oscar bait on the backseat. At least, that’s what it looks like from watching the first trailer for August: Osage County. You can check it out below.
An ensemble drama, the film is based on the play of the same name by Tracy Letts and directed by John Wells. Letts, who also penned the screenplay, bagged the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2008 for the original stage outing. Coming from a background already rooted in accolade, the screen adaptation will undoubtedly capture the Academy’s eye. The subject matter is perfect for nods too.
Just looking at the cast attached is like reading an Oscar nominee shortlist. Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Abigail Breslin, Chris Cooper, Juliette Lewis, Sam Shepard and Dermot Mulroney are just some of the starring talent. »
- Gem Seddon
Oscar-teasing trailers are just like Oscar bait movies: they all come out at the same time. Can't there be a little breathing room? After Captain Phillips warned us that Tom Hanks (and Paul Greengrass) are ready to come roaring back... After Gravity teased us with visual effects so terrifying that the prospect of Sandra Bullock acting out existential despair (not something she's known for you must admit) already seems like The Must Event of the Year... After The Butler threw a Handful of Presidents & First Ladies , Oscar Winners, Ten History Lessons, and OpPRRRrraaAAHHHh in one trailer pot and stirred itself into an Oscar Bait Frenzy (or Parody)... came The Weinstein Co's major player: August: Osage County.
The film stars 3 Oscar winners (Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Chris Cooper), 3 nominees (Juliette Lewis, Sam Shepard, Abigail Breslin), 1 underappreciated awesome fellow (Ewan McGregor), 1 recent Emmy winner (Martindale), 1 rising star Benedict Cumberbatch, 1 curiously resurgent Dermot Mulroney »
- NATHANIEL R
Talk about Oscar bait. The trailer for August: Osage County has just hit the web and by the looks of things, Meryl Streep is easily on her way to capturing her 18th Academy Award nomination. The upcoming comedy-drama, based on the Tracy Letts' Pulitzer Prize-winning play and produced by George Clooney and Grant Heslov, finds the screen legend leading an all-star cast that includes Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Cooper, Sam Shepard, Abigail Breslin, Juliette Lewis, and Dermot Mulroney. As the teaser reveals, the story centers on a dysfunctional Oklahoma family whose acid-tongued matriarch, Violet Weston (Streep), suffers from mouth cancer and is addicted to pills. When »
I already have my tissues ready just watching the trailer for August: Osage County, which stars Meryl Streep as the matriarch of a family who gathers for the funeral of her husband (Sam Shepard). The kids all come home to Oklahoma, most notably Julia Roberts as eldest daughter Barbara, and unkind words, snark, and tears are unleashed. August: Osage County is full of familiar faces, and the rest of the extended family includes Ewan McGregor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Abigail Breslin, and Margo Martindale. Whew! Obviously, if Streep is involved you know you're in for a dramatic treat, and she's bringing it in the preview, but it also looks like Roberts and the supporting cast are at the top of their game, too. This adaptation of a stage play looks so powerful already, and I can't wait to see it when it comes into theaters Nov. 8 - right in time for award season. »
- Shannon Vestal
August: Osage County, a Pulitzer Prize and multiple Tony award winning play, is hoping to become a multiple Oscar-winning film. Directed by John Wells (The Company Men), the film has one of the most impressive dramatic casts in recent memory: Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Benedict Cumberbatch,Margot Martindale, Chris Cooper, Dermot Mulroney, Juliette Lewis, Abigail Breslin, and Sam Shepard. They’ll bring to life [...] »
- Germain Lussier
It’s never too early for Oscar! Proof is the first trailer for director John Wells’ (The Company Men) adaptation of the Pulitzer and Tony-winning play August: Osage County by Tracy Letts who also wrote the screenplay version of this one. The all-star cast of August: Osage County includes Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Chris Cooper, Sam Shepard, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Ewan McGregor, Abigail Breslin, Dermot Mulroney and Margo Martindale. The trailer does a great job of teasing the film’s ensemble cast, which is ferociously good. The high-profile project in the vain of Little Miss Sunshine meets The Help isn’t scheduled to open until November 8th,...
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- Nick Martin
Playing mother and daughter, Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts spar and squabble in the trailer for August: Osage County, the starry big-screen adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play written by Tracy Letts. The dark dramedy, slated for release Nov. 8, is directed by John Wells and also stars Sam Shepard, Chris Cooper, Ewan McGregor, Abigail Breslin, Benedict Cumberbatch and Juliette Lewis. It tells the story of a dysfunctional family that gathers together in Oklahoma after patriarch Beverly (Shephard) commits suicide. Streep is his widow, Violet, a combative and cancer-stricken woman who baits Barbara (Roberts) during an especially
- THR Staff
Apparently it's never too early to get the embers of Oscar Season stoked. The summer movie marathon has only just begun, but the Weinstein Company has just released a trailer for “August: Osage County.” Based on Tracy Letts's Pulitzer Prize-winning play and stocked with a murderer's row of prestigious actors, this film says one thing, loud and clear: It's on, Academy Awards. The movie, directed by John Wells and produced by George Clooney, centers around a dysfunctional family that is brought back together following the death of the family patriarch (played by Sam Shepard). The cast, who play the various members of the Weston family, is insane (deep breath): Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, and Chris Cooper (all of them previous Oscar winners), alongside Ewan McGregor, “Star Trek” baddie Benedict Cumberbatch, Margo Martindale, Abigail Breslin, Juliette Lewis, and Dermot Mulroney. Yes please. After the initial teaser poser, which just »
- Drew Taylor
The film features one of the greatest casts of the year, led by Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, and Ewan McGregor. Original playwright Letts has adapted his own play for the big screen. And George Clooney, Grant Heslov, and Harvey Weinstein all serve as producers.
With the buzz already surrounding the project, its first trailer has been released, giving us a brilliant first look at the film.
The story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.
- Kenji Lloyd
August: Osage County (out Nov. 8) may well become the year’s fanciest movie about a trashy family. It’s based on Tracy Letts’ hours-long, Pulitizer prize-winning play (which we said was, “horrifyingly, deliciously mesmerizing”) and is directed by John Wells from Letts’ adaptation. The cast is stuffed from every angles with talent: Ewan McGregor, Sam Shepard, Abigail Breslin, Juliette Lewis, Chris Cooper, Benedict Cumberbatch, Julia Roberts (as the favorite daughter), and Meryl Streep (as the hated mother).
As the film’s first trailer makes clear, Osage County is a Jenga-like drama of family dysfunction, with funerals and divorces piling atop dinner-table conflicts. »
- Adam Carlson
August: Osage County won a boatload of awards back in 2008, taking home Tonys for Best Play, Best Leading Actress in a Play, Best Featured Actress in a Play and Best Direction of a Play before going on to win honours at The Drama Desk Awards, The Drama League Awards, The Outer Critics Circle Awards, The New York Drama Critics Circle Awards, and The Theatre World Awards. It then topped the impressive year off by taking home the much-coveted Pulitzer Prize for Drama. So it should come as no surprise that Hollywood snapped up the rights for a big screen adaptation. Perhaps the bigger surprise was that it took so long to get the cameras rolling. But the wait is over and the feature film adaptation is headed to theatres this November with a cast so impressive that it looks to be a shoe-in for one or two nods come awards season. »
- Emma Badame
The first trailer for August: Osage County is here, and it sure does look prestigious! Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Sam Shepard, Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Abigail Breslin, Juliette Lewis, Dermot Mulroney, Benedict Cumberbatch, Margo Martindale — that's a lot of famous people to cram in to one film, let alone one house. The trailer makes it look like there's sort of a knowing quirk-factor to the movie, in the vein of, say, Little Miss Sunshine or The Descendants, which isn't exactly the tone of the play, but hey, those pop-folky Magnetic Zeros songs have to accompany something. »
- Margaret Lyons
Let's face it, it sucks when people die. Except sometimes in the movie, because then it gives filmmakers an opportunity to put together an amazing ensemble cast for one of those big family dramas where everyone comes together and their shared grief causes them all to say a bunch of stuff nobody should probably say out loud.
Like, for instance, in the new Yahoo! trailer for "August: Osage County."
Hey, if someone has to die to give us a new Meryl Streep movie, then so be it.
Directed by John Wells, the force behind 2010's acclaimed drama "The Company Men," "August: Osage County" is an adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name by Tracy Letts. It tells the story of a woman (that's Streep) coming to terms with the fact that her husband committed suicide.
That process is made significantly more complicated by the menagerie of family »
- Scott Harris
The Weinstein Company has released the first trailer for director John Wells’ (The Company Men) adaptation of Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize and Tony-winning play August: Osage County. The story follows the women of a family whose lives have splintered in many directions until a crisis bring them back to their childhood home and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them. While a bit lighter in tone than the actual story, this trailer does a swell job of teasing the film’s absolutely terrific ensemble cast, led by a characteristically great Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts in what could potentially be her best role in years. Given the talent involved both onscreen and behind the scenes (Argo's George Clooney and Grant Heslov produce), this thing is a surefire Oscar contender that also promises delectable interplay amongst the film’s incredible ensemble. Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Ewan McGregor, »
- Adam Chitwood
Unfortunately your browser does not support IFrames. That splash you hear is a weighty piece of Oscar bait hitting the water this morning as the first trailer for John Wells. August: Osage County arrives online via ABC.com (and The Playlist). And it delivers virtually everything that you.d want out of an awards contender: It opens with a T.S. Eliot quote; it ticks off its army of Oscar-winning and Oscar-nominated contributors; it boasts life-lesson bon mots like .Marriage is hard;. and its gives Meryl Streep a handful of one-liners that she can ride to her next nomination (and possible win). Ok, so we.re jumping the gun, but Wells. adaptation of Terry Letts. Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning play has all of the pedigree it needs to contend. It co-stars Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Abigail Breslin, Chris Cooper, Juliette Lewis, Dermot Mulroney, Sam Shepard . damn, »
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