I love that Tommy Lee Jones is carrying a torch for the western genre. He gave us "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada" nearly a decade ago and 10 years prior, his directorial debut was the TV movie "The Good Old Boys." Now he's saddling back up (so to speak) with "The Homesman," and like "Three Burials," we can probably expect it to debut at Cannes next month.
If you haven't seen the trailer for "Gone Girl" yet, check it out over at Motion/Captured. I'm anticipating the film, particularly because it's interesting to me that Ben Affleck is sticking with the acting for a while, working with masters like Fincher and Malick rather than diving full force into directing only. It'll only help him moving forward behind the camera, and I think he's taking note of how buddy Matt Damon has been doing the same before saddling up to his first directorial effort.
There's also word today that Fincher is off of the Aaron Sorkin/Steve Jobs project at Sony, which, if true, is a bit of a relief. He's an amazing director and nearly always nails the material, but I'm growing a touch weary of the prestige baiting and long for the old Fincher middle finger days of "Fight Club" and "Se7en," when the style and the substance were both going all the way to 11. Here's hoping whatever his next project is, it's something in line with the earlier days, because I'm sure there's still a lot of punk rock in him (not that I'm saying he's sold out as of late at all, because he hasn't — this is just what I'd like to see).
Anyway, we have our first glimpse of the poster this afternoon. I dig it. Check that out below. The film hits theaters Oct. 3.
The husband-and-wife producer team of Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald have a pretty interesting résumé, as these things go: their credits range from blockbusters like "Men in Black" to specialty passion projects like Guillermo Arriaga's "The Burning Plain."
The 2014 MTV Movie Awards are in the history books and it was "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" that walked away the evening's big champ. The show was hosted by Conan O'Brien and featured an array of other goodies, from exclusive upcoming movie clips to star performances from the likes of Rihanna and Eminem. What was the good, the bad and the ugly of the ceremony? Click through the gallery story below to see what Team HitFix had to say about that.
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The 23rd annual MTV Movie Awards were held Sunday evening live from downtown Los Angeles. "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" walked away with top honors for Movie of the Year, Best Male Performance (Josh Hutcherson) and Best Female Performance (Jennifer Lawrence). Mark Wahlberg and Channing Tatum were honored with special prizes while Conan O'Brien hosted the ceremony. Check out a full list of the nominees and winners below, and read through Louis Virtel's live blog of the show over at HitFix Riot.
One of my most anticipated films of the year has to be Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman." Of course I love the auteur's work and will leap at the chance to check out anything new he might conjure, but I'm also pretty fascinated by the involvement of Michael Keaton in the film. Keaton seems to be wading slowly back into more consistent on-screen work these days; he has three films hitting theaters just this year.
I still find it painful to talk or write about Philip Seymour Hoffman -- no celebrity passing in the last couple of years has hit me quite as hard as his, and I know that goes for many of us. So rewatching Anton Corbijn's "A Most Wanted Man" is going to be a strangely melancholy experience, not least because it's as strong a reminder as anything of what cinema has lost: as a rumpled German intelligence agent weary of post-9/11 paranoia, the actor gives one of his finest lead turns.
The MTV Movie Awards are coming your way on Sunday. The nominations this year, particularly for Movie of the Year, were interesting. I don't know that the wins will be, though, because frankly it seems like another young adult adaptation is poised to dominate after we got a bit of a breather from that sort of thing last year.
Back in June last year, we mentioned the theoretical likelihood of awards attention for "Theory of Everything," James Marsh-directed biopic starring Eddie Redmayne as motor neuron disease-affllicted physicist Stephen Hawking. Now, with the news that Focus Features will be releasing the British production, and has selected a November 7 release date, that looks even likelier.
Amid the presentations for Best Shirtless Performance and Conan O'Brien's comic mugging, moments of earnestness are likely to be few at this week's MTV Movie Awards -- which is as it has always been. But the levity will be suspended for at least a couple of minutes, as organizers have announced that the show will feature a tribute to the late "Fast & Furious" star Paul Walker, nearly five months after the 40-year-old actor died in a car crash.