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Jessica Chastain To Star In Adaptation of Russell Banks’ ‘The Darling’ From ‘Incendies’ Director

16 December 2011 8:43 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

It is hard to believe that just a year ago many of us had never heard of Jessica Chastain. In the past year the actress has gained critical acclaim for her work in art house films such as The Tree of Life and Take Shelter, as well as larger fare like The Help and The Debt. That is a pretty full slate of films for someone so new to the medium, but Chastain apparently has no plans on slowing down, as the list of future projects she is attached to continues to grow.

According to The Calgary Herald (via The Playlist), Chastain has been signed to join the cast of The Darling, a movie by Academy Award-nominated director Denis Villeneuve (Incendies) based on the novel by Russell Banks. The story is expansive, following political extremist and Weather Underground member Hannah Musgrave for a period of 16 years beginning in 1975. Force to leave America, »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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The Wettest County Plans April 2012 Release Starring Shia Labeouf and Tom Hardy

16 November 2011 1:08 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The Weinstein Company has set an April 20, 2012 release date for Shia Labeouf and Tom Hardy-starring bootlegging film The Wettest County.

Directed by John Hillcoat, The Wettest County was eyeing a release by the end of the year, but with The Weinstein Company's full awards season plate, the release has been pushed well into 2012.

The film is based on a script by musician and writer Nick Cave which is based on "The Wettest County in the World" by Matt Bondurant. The book tells of Bondurant's own grandfather and great-uncles, who ran a depression-era moonshine/bootlegging business.

The Wettest County comes to theaters March 2012 and stars Shia Labeouf, Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain, Guy Pearce, Gary Oldman, Mia Wasikowska, Jason Clarke. The film is directed by John Hillcoat. »

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‘The Wettest County’ Set For April 2012 Release

15 November 2011 5:30 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

There was a point earlier this year when it looked like we might see John Hillcoat's The Wettest County by the end of the year. The Weinstein Company picked up the film, originally called The Wettest County in the World, at Cannes, and it seemed reasonable to assume that a bootlegging tale from the director of The Proposition and The Road starring Tom Hardy and Shia Labeouf might be a solid year-end release. But the Weinsteins, focused as ever on awards season, have already pegged The Artist, The Iron Lady and My Week With Marilyn as the company's year-end contenders. So The Wettest County is now set to arrive in April 2012. The specific date is April 20, 2012, which means the film will face thin competition from Scary Movie 5, the Guy Pearce and Maggie Grace 'Taken in space' movie Lockout, and The House at the End of the Street, starring Jennifer Lawrence. »

- Russ Fischer

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John Hillcoat's Wettest County In The World Finally Gets Release Date

15 November 2011 12:22 PM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

John Hillcoat’s adaptation of Matt Bondurant's The Wettest County in the World has finally been given a release date. The film tells the true story of Bondurant's grandfather and their moonshine exploits in Virginia during prohibition. The movie was filmed earlier this Spring and was rumored to be getting a release in December, but unfortunatley that is not happening.

The Weinstein Co. has scheduled a release date of April 20, 2012. The film has an excellent ensemble cast that includes Gary Oldman, Guy Pearce, Shia Labeouf, Tom Hardy, Jason Clarke, Jessica Chastain, Dane DeHaan and Mia Wasikowska. Hardy, Clarke, and Labeouf play the "bootlegging Bondurant brothers, who attempt to hold their family business together through threats that include the law, other bootleggers, and love." The script was penned by Nick Cave and is primed for a cool movie-going experience.

What are your thoughts on this movie? Are you looking forward to seeing it in theaters? »

- Tiberius

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John Hillcoat’s ‘The Wettest County In The World’ Finally Gets Spring 2012 Release Date

15 November 2011 11:26 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

It was inevitable, but The Proposition director John Hillcoat‘s follow-up to The Road will not be part of this year’s Oscar race. After picking up the prohibition-era drama The Wettest Country in the World at Cannes, The Weinstein Company had stated they will release the film by the end of 2011. But, with a huge 2011 slate including The Artist, The Iron Lady, Coriolanus, W.E. and My Week With Marilyn, they’ve pushed it back.

The drama starring Tom Hardy, Shia Labeouf and Jason Clarke as the Bondurant brothers will now hit nationwide theaters on April 20th, 2012. It will open against the Disney doc Chimpanzee, the Jennifer Lawrence thriller House at the End of The Street, the Zac Efron romance The Lucky One, as well as TWC’s own Scary Movie 5 (but expect that to change).

Also starring Guy Pearce, it will also open next to his sci-fi flick Lockout. »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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John Hillcoat’s Star-Packed ‘The Wettest County in the World’ Finally Gets Release Date

15 November 2011 11:13 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Typically, release date information isn’t the most important of news, but when it comes to John Hillcoat’s latest project, a star-packed adaptation of a book ripe for a cinematic telling, all bets are off. Hillcoat lensed The Wettest County in the World, from Matt Bondurant’s fact-based tale of his very own grandfather and two of his granduncles and their moonshine-running exploits in Prohibition-era Virginia, earlier this spring, and rumors once held that we’d see it this December, but that’s just not the case. The Weinstein Company picked the film up back during this year’s Cannes Film Festival, but they won’t have the time or inclination to get it into theaters until April 20, 2012. The film is crammed with a murderer’s row of talent, from the firmly established (Gary Oldman, Guy Pearce) to the up-and-coming (Jason Clarke, Jessica Chastain, Dane DeHaan, Mia Wasikowska) to the hot properties looking to expand their »

- Kate Erbland

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The Wettest County, Starring Shia Labeouf and Tom Hardy, Set for April 20, 2012

15 November 2011 7:42 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

The Weinstein Company has set John Hillcoat's The Wettest County for April 20, 2012.  Nick Cave (The Proposition) wrote the script based Matt Bondourant's novel about two brothers (played by Shia Labeouf and Tom Hardy) who become bootleggers in the South during Prohibition.  In addition to Labeouf and Hardy, the outstanding cast also includes Mia Wasikowska, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Guy Pearce, Dane DeHaan, and Jessica Chastain.  It looked like TWC would be setting the movie up for an awards run, but the studio already has its line-up set with The Artist, The Iron Lady, and My Week with Marilyn.  That doesn't mean that Wettest County is bad, but it may not be appealing to Academy voters.  Neither were Hillcoat's previous films, The Proposition and The Road. Hit the jump for Wettest County's competition on April 20, 2012, and for a synopsis of Bondourant's novel. The April 20th weekend is a bit crowded, »

- Matt Goldberg

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Oscar Update: Start Your Engines, Release Dates are Set and the Flag has been Waved

7 July 2011 10:03 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Photo: AMPAS // RopeofSilicon.com It's about time to start taking a closer look at this year's Oscar race. Release dates are being set and I just booked my trip to the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) where last year I saw not only 2010 Best Picture nominees Black Swan and 127 Hours, but last year's Best Foreign Language winner In a Better World and Best Picture winner The King's Speech. Here's to hoping this year's Tiff brings just as many great films.

As for this update I've been doing a little cleaning in my "For Your Consideration" section, adding a few films here and there and removing a few others. Some of the titles I removed include Steven Soderbergh's Haywire, which will now be released on January 20 and I haven't seen signs there will be an Oscar run in December. I also removed Tom Hanks' latest film Larry Crowne as »

- Brad Brevet

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Top 21 Most Anticipated Movies Coming in the Second Half of 2011

6 July 2011 9:25 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

We have six months to go and a lot of movies left to watch, and as was evidenced by the six films I included in my "Top Ten of the Year Contenders" on yesterday's The Best and Worst Movies of 2011... So Far post, there haven't been a ton of excellent films in theaters just yet. Three of those six films I saw at the Cannes Film Festival and only one of them has hit theaters so far (Midnight in Paris). This means we have to wash away the taste of the last six months. Sure, there were some good films and films we will all likely revisit over the years, but I think we can all generally agree 2011 hasn't exactly been a stellar year for movies.

So what's coming up? Well, I was able to compile a list of the top 21 (plus three) films I'm personally looking forward to seeing. »

- Brad Brevet

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Michael Bay talks “Bad Boys 3,” life after “Transformers”

30 June 2011 5:54 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

By Sean O’Connell

Hollywoodnews.com: Michael Bay and Shia Labeouf have made it clear on the publicity trail for “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” that this, in their opinion, is the series’ best … and would be the franchise’s last.

So what are they moving on to next?

When it comes to Labeouf, he wrapped filming on John Hillcoat’s “The Wettest County in the World,” an adaptation of Matt Bondurant’s period novel about Depression-era bootleggers. He’ll co-star with Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Guy Pearce, Jessica Chastain and Mia Wasikowska … a great cast.

Bay is a different story. He has only done “Transformers” films since 2007, having filmed three installments back-to-back. His last original film was 2005’s “The Island,” and those who support Bay (they’re out there) want to see him try his hand at something different, and possibly smaller.

Bay is prepping “Pain & Gain,” which he »

- Sean O'Connell

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Weinsteins Could Release The Wettest County In The World This Year, New Tom Hardy Photo

17 May 2011 10:42 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

The Weinstein Company sure look like they are going to have a lot of Oscar marketing to do this Winter. Having already picked up the Margaret Thatcher biopic The Iron Lady starring Meryl Streep And the quite frankly amazingly inventive black and white silent movie The Artist (which I say is Fantastic) in the past fortnight – both of which look like they may have Awards potential – news is emerging of a third potential statue contender that will soon be in their hands.

Harry & Bob look to be closing in on a deal to take the distribution rights to John Hillcoat’s Prohibition period drama The Wettest County in The World which completed shooting out in Georgia last month and most excitedly of all, they are eyeing a limited 2011 release (as opposed to the early 2012) before slowing rolling out in wider areas. As long as the film is released in key U. »

- Matt Holmes

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New Image from John Hillcoat’s The Wettest County In The World

17 May 2011 9:52 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

A new image from John Hillcoat's The Wettest County in the World has gone online.  The story centers on two brothers (played by Shia Labeouf and Tom Hardy) who become bootleggers in the South during Prohibition.  Musician/screenwriter Nick Cave wrote the screenplay based on the novel by Matt Bondourant.  The outstanding cast also features Mia Wasikowska, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Guy Pearce, Dane DeHaan, and Jessica Chastain.  While I'm still waiting for Hillcoat to deliver a film that will blow me away, I know he has it in him and a script by Cave (who previously wrote Hillcoat's The Proposition) is a good start.  The Weinstein Company is close to picking up the film and if we're lucky, they'll distribute it this year to put it in the 2011 Awards race. Photos from the film have been leaking out over the last couple of months and you can check »

- Matt Goldberg

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New Look at Tom Hardy In John Hillcoat’s Prohibition Tale ‘The Wettest County In The World’

17 May 2011 9:01 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With The Weinstein Company picking up The Wettest County in the World, the latest film from The Road director John Hillcoat for a likely 2011 nationwide release and major awards campaign, we have a brand new photo. Coming from CulturExpresso/The Playlist, it features Tom Hardy and can be seen above.

The Inception, Bronson, and upcoming The Dark Knight Rises star joins Shia Labeouf and Jason Clarke as our leads, the Bondurant brothers, as well as Mia Wasikowska and Jessica Chastain as romantic foils. Also in the mix are Gary Oldman as a gangster who gets involved in the brothers’ business, and Guy Pearce as a corrupt deputy. Nick Cave, who wrote the screenplay will be working on the score as well. Check out a synopsis of Matt Bondurant‘s novel below.

Synopsis:

In 1928, a pair of thieves accost Bondurant’s real life great-uncle Forrest at his Franklin County, Va., restaurant. »

- Jordan Raup

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New Photo: Tom Hardy As A Bustling Prohibition-Era Bootlegger In 'The Wettest County'

17 May 2011 8:40 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

With The Weinstein Company set to come out victorious in bidding for distribution rights on John Hillcoat's Prohibition era crime-drama "The Wettest County In The World," the Cannes Film Festival now also brings us a new look at Tom Hardy as the hustling middle Forrest brother in Matt Bondurant's novel of the same name. The pic sees Hardy star alongside Shia Laboeuf and Jason Clarke as the leading trio of Bondurant brothers who run a bootlegging gang during Prohibition but find their moonshine dynasty in Franklin County, Virginia threatened by the authorities wanting a cut. Co-starring are the likes of… »

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‘The Wettest County in the World’ Picked Up For Nationwide 2011 Release With Major Awards Campaign

16 May 2011 12:05 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

We first heard that John Hillcoat‘s The Wettest County in the World might have some kind of presence at Cannes around a month ago, when Matt Bondurant (author of the book upon which this film is based) tweeted that such a thing would be happening. It turns out that this was not only true, but that this trip resulted in some great news.

That great news, according to THR, is that the movie has found domestic distribution from The Weinstein Company, and also managed to strike major territory deals with FilmDistrict. This came about from footage being screened for distributors, which is said to have gotten many of them excited. A bidding war soon began, and we now have distributors lined up. The latter of those two companies has had quite an exciting festival, with deals that include Looper, The Iron Lady and the next movie from Terrence Malick. »

- Nick Newman

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Shia Labeouf, Tom Hardy Depression-era drama going to Weinstein

16 May 2011 8:27 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

By Sean O’Connell

Hollywoodnews.com: Harvey Weinstein always has been a major player in the annual Oscar game, and 2011 appears to be no different.

Fresh off his company’s Best Picture win for Tom Hooper’s “The King’s Speech” (in addition to other Oscars including Best Director and Best Actor), Weinstein, by all accounts is reloading for another multi-faceted run through the marathon Oscar season. He recently grabbed the U.S. distribution rights to Phyllida Lloyd’s “The Iron Lady,” a Margaret Thatcher biopic that cast Meryl Streep in the lead role and paired her with Jim Broadbent as the British Prime Minister’s husband, Denis.

Monday morning in Cannes, Weinstein added another potential Oscar chaser to his arsenal of anticipated films. The L.A. Times reports that Weinstein is “closing a deal to acquire the Shia Labeouf-Tom Hardy period dramatic thriller ‘The Wettest County in the World »

- Sean O'Connell

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Weinstein goes to John Hillcoat's The Wettest County In The World

16 May 2011 3:51 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

The Wettest County in the World starring Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Shia Labeouf, Mia Wasikowska and Guy Pearce, is in final discussions to head off to Weinstein Co. John Hillcoat, known for The Road, starring Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall and Guy Pearce, directs the depression gangster drama. The Wettest County in the World is based on the book by Matt Bondurant and adapted by Nick Cave. The story follows brother bootleggers who take the law into their own hands and is produced by Lucy Fisher and Douglas Wick alongside Benaroya Pictures' Michael Benaroya and Megan Ellison. »

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Weinstein goes to John Hillcoat's The Wettest County In The World

16 May 2011 3:51 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

The Wettest County in the World starring Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Shia Labeouf, Mia Wasikowska and Guy Pearce, is in final discussions to head off to Weinstein Co. John Hillcoat, known for The Road, starring Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall and Guy Pearce, directs the depression gangster drama. The Wettest County in the World is based on the book by Matt Bondurant and adapted by Nick Cave. The story follows brother bootleggers who take the law into their own hands and is produced by Lucy Fisher and Douglas Wick alongside Benaroya Pictures' Michael Benaroya and Megan Ellison. »

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Weinstein goes to John Hillcoat's The Wettest County In The World

16 May 2011 3:51 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

The Wettest County in the World starring Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Shia Labeouf, Mia Wasikowska and Guy Pearce, is in final discussions to head off to Weinstein Co. John Hillcoat, known for The Road, starring Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall and Guy Pearce, directs the depression gangster drama. The Wettest County in the World is based on the book by Matt Bondurant and adapted by Nick Cave. The story follows brother bootleggers who take the law into their own hands and is produced by Lucy Fisher and Douglas Wick alongside Benaroya Pictures' Michael Benaroya and Megan Ellison. »

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Bootlegging Drama 'Wettest County in the World' Ignites Bidding War

14 May 2011 6:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

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Competition is hot right now at Cannes for the U.S. rights to the prohibition-era drama 'The Wettest County in the World,' starring Tom Hardy, Shia Labeouf, and Gary Oldman.

CBS Films, FilmDistrict and Relativity Media are trying to outbid each other for the potential Oscar contender after viewing a promo reel.

The film is based on the book by Matt Bondurant and follows three brothers who run a massive bootlegging operation in southern Virginia. When their business is threatened, they extract violent revenge. If you've seen other films by Aussie director John Hillcoat, ('The Road' and 'The Proposition'), you'll know just how bloody that revenge can get.

Singer/screenwriter Nick Cave, who wrote 'The Proposition's original script and its score, adapted 'County' for the screen. Mia Wasikowska ('Jane Eyre') and Jessica Chastain ('The Tree of Life') costar. »

- Sharon Knolle

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