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"The more I worked on it, the more I thought of my mom," admits Richard Jenkins about his performance the beleaguered husband of the title character in the HBO miniseries "Olive Kitteridge." As he explained during our webcam chat (watch below): "It wasn't intentional. My mother was very kind; she was filled with kindness. It just kept coming back to me that this is kind of like my mom. She was a very sweet, patient, understanding woman. Henry kind of became her." -Break- Do you think Jenkins will earn a Golden Globe nomination for Best TV Movie/Limited Series Actor? Click here to enter your own predictions for this category and all of the Golden Globe top races, or use our easy drag-and-drop menu at the bottom of this post to get started. Your predictions determine our racetrack odds and you can keep editing them right up until the day Globe nominations are announced. »
Despite the lottery-esque sounding odds, the U.S Dramatic Competition section which produces the finest American indie specimens such as Frozen River, Winter’s Bone, Blue Valentine, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fruitvale Station and Whiplash is fairly consistent in terms of quality. Last year’s crop of sixteen have almost all had their theatrical releases with Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter being the last one out of the gates (pegged with an early 2015 release). Last week we individually looked at our top 80 Sundance Film Fest Predictions (you’ll find 30 other titles worth considering in our intro) and below, we’ve split the list into narrative and non-fiction film items and have both identified and color-coded our picks in an AtoZ cheat sheet. You’ll find 2015′s answer to Whiplash located somewhere in the stack below. Click on the individual titles below, for the film’s profile. »
- Eric Lavallee
About a half-dozen years have passed since John Krasinski broke out behind the camera with his 80-minuter raining men oddity. The adaptation of David Foster Wallace’s Brief Interviews with Hideous Men actually landed at Sundance’s Dramatic Competition and was followed by an uneventful theatrical run. Working from Sundance alumni James C. Strouse’s screenplay, Krasinski’s sophomore film, which was shot Mississippi in mid-July and wrapped in August, sees the actor fill the titular protagonist’s shoes. What the film has going for it is that it is supported by the likes Anna Kendrick (last year’s Park City queen was showcased in a trio of films: The Voices, Life After Beth, Happy Christmas), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (brilliant in Sundance preemed The Spectacular Now) and Richard Jenkins. Cock-eyed optimists would say that Sundance still has room for Garden State types or sentimental explorations of self where 30-something men »
- Eric Lavallee
Just above is your first look at Kurt Russell in Bone Tomahawk, a brutally violent, character-driven story following a sheriff (Russell), a gunslinger, a befuddled oldster and a cowboy as they attempt to rescue a group of captives from a band of cannibalistic troglodytes. The film co-stars Richard Jenkins, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, David Arquette, Fred Melamed, Sean Young, Sid Haig and Michael Pare. Showtime will be joining HBO and CBS and launching a streaming-only service sometime in 2015. Yahoo David Chase says he's open to the idea of a prequel to "The Sopranos": "Even if I did it, it wouldn't be 'The Sopranos' that was on the air - obviously at least one person is gone that we would need. There are a couple of eras that would be interesting for me to talk about, about Newark, N.J. One would be (the) late '60s, early '70s, »
- Brad Brevet
Though we're pumped to see Kurt Russell in Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight, we'll get to see the Escape from New York and Death Proof star saddle up in another western too. Russell is the star of Bone Tomahawk, which in addition to being one of the coolest movie titles ever, will tell the story of a sheriff who sets out to rescue a group of captives from a band of wild cannibals. And sweetening the deal is the presence of Richard Jenkins, Patrick Wilson and Matthew Fox in the cast too. Now if you're not excited at that premise, then you should check out the first look photo showing off Russell and his jowls. Here's our first look at S. Craig Zahler's Bone Tomahawk from Entertainment Weekly: S. Craig Zahler wrote the script and is directing the film for his feature debut, and it sounds like the »
- Ethan Anderton
Exclusive: Dallas Sonnier and Jack Heller’s Caliber Media has quietly phased out the majority of its management business and closed its Wilshire Boulevard office as the company and its principals shift focus almost completely toward production. The transition began late this summer, when Caliber’s clients and small staff got word of the impending changeover, and Sonnier and Heller started making calls to help their managers find new homes. Word started circulating in recent weeks as Caliber reps started landing elsewhere around town.
Now headquartered in its New York City office and postproduction hub, the company established in 2008 will focus primarily on producing and financing features like the upcoming horror-Western Bone Tomahawk, starring Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox and Richard Jenkins. Sonnier and Heller are producers on the project, which recently wrapped production in California.
- Jen Yamato
Bone Tomahawk: The first photo from Bone Tomahawk has been released, showcasing Kurt Russell in his first Western since 1993's Tombstone. Russell stars as a sheriff who "sets out to rescue a group of captives from a band of cannibalistic troglodytes." Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox and Richard Jenkins are featured as fellow rescuers. The movie is aiming for release in the fall of 2015. [EW.com] Steve Jobs: It was exciting to hear news that Christian Bale (above in American Hustle) and Seth Rogen might be starring together in the upcoming biopic about Apple cofounder Steve Jobs, but now comes word that "after much deliberation and conflicting feelings," Bale decided that he was "not right for the part." Leonardo DiCaprio previously passed...
- Peter Martin
A bunch of first look photos have gone online in the past day or so. First up, EW has posted a shot of Kurt Russell in the gruesome western "Bone Tomahawk," his first effort in the genre since the 1993 classic "Tombstone".
S. Craig Zahler's film has Russell, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, and Richard Jenkins playing characters who set out to rescue a group of captives from a band of cannibalistic troglodytes. A late 2015 release is planned.
Next up, Kevin Smith has posted the first promotional still from his "Tusk" follow-up "Yoga Hosers". Smith and Johnny Depp's 15-year-old daughters Harley Quinn Smith and Lily-Rose Depp star in the project.
The pair play two teenage yoga nuts and convenience store clerks who join forces with a legendary Montreal hunter (Depp) to fight an ancient evil rising in Manitoba.
Next up, a group of fifteen contest winners got to pose with »
- Garth Franklin
Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we now have the first photo of Kurt Russell in "Bone Tomahawk," the actor's first return to the Western genre since the 1993 film "Tombstone." Check out the photo below. Plot: The story centers on the sheriff (Russell) of a town called Bright Hope, who leads three other men (Richard Jenkins, Matthew Fox and Patrick Wilson) on a rescue mission to save a group of captives from a tribe of vicious cannibals. "Bone Tomahawk," which is directed by newcomer S. Craig Zahler, will be presented to buyers at Afm this month with plans of releasing the film either in the fall or winter of 2015. Photo: (click to enlarge) »
Kurt Russell is back in "Western" mode, but with a horror-ish twist, in Bone Tomahawk starring Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, Richard Jenkins, David Arquette, Lili Simmons and genre vet Sid Haig. The first image of Russell has hit the web, courtesy of EW, revealing that shooting is now underway on the film.
In Bone Tomahawk, four men attempt to rescue a group of captives from a band of cannibalistic troglodytes that live beyond the edge of civilization. Newcomer S. Craig Zahler directs from a script he penned.
- Ryan Turek
The story centers on the sheriff (Kurt Russell) of a town called Bright Hope, who leads three other men (Richard Jenkins, Matthew Fox and Patrick Wilson) on a rescue mission to save a group of captives from a tribe of vicious cannibals. The cast also includes Lili Simmons, Evan Jonigkeit, Kathryn Morris, David Arquette and Sean Young.
Patrick Wilson revealed in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that he was drawn to the project not only because of the script by writer-director S. Craig Zahler (The Brigands of Rattleborge), but also for the opportunity to work with Kurt Russell.
The first Bone Tomahawk image has arrived, giving us our first look at actor Kurt Russell in a Western since 1993’s Tombstone. Russell leads the film as a sheriff who, along with a few other folks, attempts to rescue a group of captives from a band of cannibalistic troglodytes that live beyond the edge of civilization. The feature marks the debut of director S. Craig Zahler, and he’s put together a really solid ensemble cast that includes Richard Jenkins, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, Sean Young, David Arquette, Lili Simmons, and Fred Melamed. Production on the feature just wrapped and it is expected to hit theaters late next year. Check out the first Bone Tomahawk image after the jump, but beware: you will be mighty envious of Russell’s glorious facial hair. Via EW.
- Adam Chitwood
In the very first image from cannibal western Bone Tomahawk, Kurt Russell is doing exactly what you’d expect – being damn cool. For first time director S. Craig Zahler’s dusty horror yarn, Russell plays Sheriff Franklin Hunt, who heads up what’s been described as a brutally-violent tale. There’s little doubt about the violence, at least judging by today’s picture debut, which showcases Hunt atop his trusty steed with a rifle strapped on. You know, just in case.
Over the course of the film, Russell leads a group of four men played by Matthew Fox, Patrick Wilson and Richard Jenkins. The story follows the group as they venture across the plains to rescue a handful of captives who’ve been kidnapped by a bunch of nomadic cannibals. It’s based on an original screenplay by director-writer Zahler, and one that’s garnered an equally impressive supporting roster. »
- Gem Seddon
The last time Kurt Russell signed on to appear in a Western the result was 1993's Tombstone, a film which over time has acquired the reputation as a bona fide classic of the genre as well as one of the movies most quoted whenever poker players get together. ("I'm your huckleberry.") So it's hard not to get pretty rootin'-tootin' excited about the news that, 21 years on, the Escape from New York star has once again saddled up for the just-wrapped Western, Bone Tomahawk. Written and directed by first-time filmmaker S. Craig Zahler, the movie stars Russell as a sheriff who »
- Clark Collis
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Angelina Jolie's delectably over the top performance as the Sleeping Beauty villain will suck you in to this surprisingly dark take on the fairy tale - dark for Disney, anyway. Elle Fanning co-stars as Aurora, the beautiful but cursed young princess who shows Maleficent the true meaning of love. Sam Riley puts on an entertaining show as Diaval, Malficent's transmogrifying raven.
If you've been wondering what Brett Ratner's been up to lately, well, here's your answer. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson pumped it up even more to play the mythic hero who is apparently now a mercenary for hire, along with a few other tough guys and one gal. If anything, take a gander at the fruit of Johnson's weight-lifting labor. »
- Jenni Miller
It might seem inconceivable that one could describe a four-hour miniseries about emotionally constipated small-town Maine citizens as “thrilling,” but that's what Olive Kitteridge is. Its excitement is due mainly to Frances McDormand’s performance as the title character, a woman whose sharp tongue wounds everyone, and who takes her kindhearted pharmacist husband, Henry (Richard Jenkins, of course, and thank goodness), and their son Chris (John Gallagher, Jr.) for granted. Once you know what Olive is capable of saying and doing, and that she is nearly incapable of censoring herself, you look forward to each scene with a mix of dread and glee. Cast as the sort of wife who chucks her husband’s Valentine’s Day card in the trash right after reading it because she “knows what it says,” and the sort of mother who tells her son, “Sit up straight, you look like a thug in a pool hall, »
- Matt Zoller Seitz
Olive Kitteridge, airing Sunday and Monday on HBO, follows stern Maine schoolteacher Olive Kitteridge (Frances McDormand) and her relationships with her husband, Henry (Richard Jenkins); son, Chris (John Gallagher Jr.); and other members of their New England community. Directed by Lisa Cholodenko, the four-episode HBO miniseries was adapted by Jane Anderson from a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Elizabeth Strout, and also stars Bill Murray and Zoe Kazan. Read more 'Olive Kitteridge' Cast Dishes on the HBO Miniseries' Brave Portraits of Marriage and Mental Illness Read what top critics are saying about Olive Kitteridge: The Hollywood Reporter’s David
- Rebecca Doyle
For fans of Gotham, Cory Michael Smith is known as Edward Nygma, but on Sunday night, he will set aside his riddles to appear in a new miniseries from HBO titled Olive Kitteridge. In the four-part miniseries, based on the book by the same name, Frances McDormand stars at the title character. The series tells the story of her life, her relationship with her husband (Richard Jenkins), and her interactions with others in her small town, all spanning over 25 years. And in part two of the miniseries, viewers will meet Kevin Coulson, Smith's character. When asked to describe the miniseries, »
- Samantha Highfill
Olive Kitteridge, HBO's four-part miniseries directed by Lisa Cholodenko from playwright Jane Anderson’s script, is adapted from Elizabeth Strout’s Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of 13 stories and was set in motion by Frances McDormand as, as Frank Bruni puts it in the New York Times, "her answer to an industry and a society that she finds perverse in their fixation on youth." The magnificent cast features Richard Jenkins, Bill Murray, Zoe Kazan, Martha Wainwright, Peter Mullan and John Gallagher Jr. We're collecting reviews (raves, mostly) and we've posted the trailer and a clip. » - David Hudson »
It's that time of year, in between HBO's fall and winter series, where it runs a highbrow miniseries event that immediately flies to the front of Emmy contender lists. These tend to be acting showcases based on literary adaptations; Mildred Pierce, starring Kate Winslet, is a recent example. This year, it's Olive Kitteridge, based on a 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Elizabeth Strout. The novel, like the miniseries, explores a number of vignettes in and around a small, coastal Maine town, connected through the middle-aged Olive, over the course of 25 years. Hit the jump for why "I'm waiting for the dog to die so I can shoot myself." Directed by Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are Alright) and adapted by Jane Anderson (Normal), Olive Kitteridge is an unflinching survey of many lives, through the lens of a very acerbic one. The series opens with Olive (an uncompromising Frances McDormand) kneeling on a »
- Allison Keene
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