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Ja from Mnpp here - it's that "Beauty vs Beast" time again! Over the past few months a lot's been written about the wonderful movie year that was 1999 now that we're a solid fifteen years away from it (Nathaniel touched upon this back in July) but seeing as how today, September 15th, marks the exact anniversary of the release of the film that would roll on to win that's years Best Picture, I figure it's time to pit some angry suburbanites against each other.
Yup, American Beauty turns 15 today. The dust on everybody's Oscars - Kevin's, Sam's, Annet... oh wait, nevermind (sorry Hilary Swank made me do it) - is fifteen years thick. (Of course if Annette had won that Oscar she'd have never let the dust get that thick - she'd strip down to her slip and scrub scrub scrub that sucker.) And all that built-up time, well it »
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
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
The top stories of the week from Toh! Awards: Eight Reasons Why 'The Imitation Game' and 'The Theory of Everything' Are Oscar Rivals Golden Lion: ‘Pigeon’ Airs It Out in Venice, ‘Birdman’ Left Standing On a Branch Reflecting 'Homesman' Star Hilary Swank Stands Tall Amid Weak Best Actress Oscar Race Julianne Moore Is Back in the Oscar Game Oscar Watch: Three Movies Will Dominate the Crafts Awards Updated: Foreign Language Oscar Contenders Box Office: Arthouse Audit: Documentary Dominates New Films, 'Boyhood' Tops $20 Million Why This Weekend's Box Office Ranks with the Worst Ever Tiff: The Best Documentaries at Toronto So Far Brit Marling Fights for Strong Roles in Movies like Tiff Civil War Drama 'The Keeping Room' David Ansen's Top Discoveries from Toronto 2014 Lovers Turned Filmmakers Look Closely at Themselves in 'Meet Me in Montenegro' Peter Strickland's 'Duke of Burgundy' Pushes Buttons in Toronto Screen Talk: What Happened at. »
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
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
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 »
Each and every single awards season, there are tons of both newcomers and veterans to the Oscar game. Tomorrow I’ll be taking a bit of a look at those seeking their first nominations from the Academy, but today I’m going to be going ahead and listing some of the major players who’ve already been nominated before, and in some cases are already winners. It’s leading up to me re-ranking the contenders in the major categories next week, but right now it’s just going to be a preview of which old hands to the Oscar ranch are saddling up for another ride on the awards season pony. In the Best Actor race, the highest profile former nominee is Joaquin Phoenix, who will look for his first win this year with Inherent Vice. He represents the most likely non first time nominee who could win the Oscar in this category, »
- Joey Magidson
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
Tommy Lee Jones' latest directorial effort is The Homesman, which premiered at Cannes and recently played Telluride. Roadside Attractions will be releasing it on November 14 and has now released the film's first official domestic trailer. When three women living on the edge of the American frontier are driven to the brink, the task of saving them from their surroundings 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 feisty low-life drifter, George Biggs (Tommy Lee Jones), to join her. The unlikely pair and the three women (Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto, Sonja Richter) head east, where a waiting minister and his wife (Meryl Streep) have offered to take the women in. But the group first must traverse the harsh Nebraska Territories marked by stark beauty, psychological peril and constant threat. »
- Brad Brevet
Before the film debuted at Cannes earlier this year, Tommy Lee Jones' latest directorial effort The Homesman was teased with a trailer. Now the film is poised for release in theaters this fall, and the first official Us trailer has arrived, showcasing some seemingly impressive performances from both Jones himself and Hilary Swank. In addition, there's a slew of other recognizable faces who pop up in the film like Hailee Steinfeld, Meryl Streep, James Spader, John Lithgow, Tim Blake Nelson and more. It's a western drama, so it seems like a slow burn, but with an epic journey and a lot of characters. Watch! Here's the Us trailer for Tommy Lee Jones' The Homesman, originally from Yahoo: The Homesman is written, directed and produced by Tommy Lee Jones, who also leads the film as a claim-jumping rascal of a man saved from a hanging by a pioneer woman »
- Ethan Anderton
Haim Saban, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Saban Capital Group, Inc., announced today that Saban Films has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to Philip Martin's thriller The Forger starring John Travolta, Christopher Plummer, Tye Sheridan and Abigail Spencer, Marcus Thomas and Jennifer Ehle. With a screenplay by Richard D'Ovidio, the film will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Friday, September 12th
"John Travolta was brilliant as a criminal who would go to any means to protect his son. We look forward to »
It’s the third major acquisition for the five-month-old distributor, which bought the Tommy Lee Jones-Hilary Swank Western “The Homesman” at Cannes and then snagged Taylor Lautner’s “Tracers” at Toronto.
“The Forger” has been screening for buyers this week in Toronto. A24 and The Weinstein Co. also made bids.
See Also: Philip Martin Moves Into Fiction with Thriller ‘Forger’
Travolta stars as art forger released from prison to spend time with his dying son (Tye Sheridan), but is forced into taking part in a heist. Christopher Plummer, Abigail Spencer and Jennifer Ehle co-star.
Producers are Code Entertainment’s Al Corley, »
- Dave McNary
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