‘Butter’ Trailer: Slightly Soft All-Star Comedy

Hey, remember Butter? The satire shot what seems like years ago (in fact it was only 2010) and did the rounds of the festival circuit last year. Picked up by Radius-TWC, aka the new arm of The Weinstein Company, the film was dated for release this spring, then pushed back to October to take advantage of the political climate that will be at a peak in the US then.

No surprise, then, that the first official trailer plays up the political satire embedded in the film. Jennifer Garner plays a buttoned-up conservative whose husband (Ty Burrell) is a long-standing butter-carving champ. He has to retire, and she steps into the contest, only to face a talented young black girl named Destiny (Yara Shahidi), whose adoptive father (Rob Corddry) gets a lot of the trailer’s laughs. This footage hints at some of the film’s other aspects, like Olivia Wilde‘s stripper character (above, without a hint of the sex scene that Pete hinted would be a talking point) and vaguely introduces Hugh Jackman as well.  Read More »

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We just showed you some images from Cogan’s Trade, Andrew Dominik‘s long-awaited follow-up to The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. Now we’ve got a release date for the film, which will hit theaters on September 21. Given the movie’s pedigree, that suggests the film will premiere either at the Toronto or Venice Film Festival before landing in US theaters.

Cogan’s Trade features Brad Pitt as the title character, a mob enforcer who is on the trail of a couple junkies (Scoot McNairy and Ben Mendelsohn) who robbed a mob-backed card game. Richard Jenkins, Ray Liotta, James Gandolfini,  and Sam Shepard are all in the cast as well. Read More »

First Look: Olivia Wilde and Hugh Jackman in ‘Butter’

If Jim Field Smith‘s politically-tinged satire Butter had enjoyed a really strong showing when it debuted at Telluride this year, we might already have seen the movie. Instead, the Weinstein Company has focused on other movies for awards season (The Iron Lady, The Artist and My Week With Marilyn) and is holding Butter for release on March 26, 2012.

And while the Telluride reviews came down to “good, but not great,” there’s still plenty of reason to be interested in the movie: Jennifer Garner playing/parodying Sarah Palin; a reportedly strong dramatic performance from Rob Corddy; a small role from Hugh Jackman as a used car salesman; and, as Pete said in his Telluride coverage, “a sex scene between Twilight star Ashley Greene and Olivia Wilde which will be the talk of the internet.”

That’s Wilde in her getup for the film above, and after the break we’ve got a few more shots from the upcoming comedy. Read More »

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On day two of the 38th annual Telluride Film Festival and I caught the amazing new Pixar film LA Luna, Wim Wenders 3D documentary Pina about the famous modern dance choreographer, and the first surprise premiere screening of the festival, Jim Field Smith‘s dark dramedy Butter, a top Black List screenplay about a midwest butter carving championship which stars Jennifer Garner, Ty Burrell, Olivia Wilde, Ashley Greene, Alicia Silverstone, Rob Corddry and Hugh Jackman.
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If you’re more interested in the typical fall slate of festival entrees than summer’s glut of tentpole action fare, this is a great week. The Toronto International Film Festival announced the first wave of films that will play the fest in September. This is a batch of about 50 titles, which makes up only a small chunk of the programming. Usually TIFF features between two and three hundred films. But these are some of the highest-profile entries.

Below you’ll find rundowns on the new films from George Clooney, Bennett Miller, Jay & Mark Duplass, Todd Solondz, Francis Ford Coppola, Cameron Crowe, Sarah Polley, Fernando Meirelles, Lars von Trier, Marc Forster, Steve McQueen, Alexander Payne, and Lynne Ramsay. No announcement yet of the Midnight Madness programming choices, always some of my faves, but this is a great start. Read More »

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We’ve talked a lot about the casting for Butter, the Black List script by Jason Micallef that Jim Field Smith directed starring Jennifer Garner, Hugh Jackman, Ty Burrell, Rob Corddry, Ashley Greene, Olivia Wilde, Alicia Silverstone and Yara Shahidi. The film takes place in Iowa among an interrelated group of people, with championship butter carving being the event that brings them all together. But the film is also a political satire, which makes it a much more interesting prospect.

Now there’s a five-minute clip of interviews, footage and behind the scenes video that will give you a taste of what the film offers. Read More »

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A day can’t go by in the past week without another name being added to the cast of the comedy/satire Butter. Now it’s Hugh Jackman‘s turn. He’ll be “an old flame” for Jennifer Garner‘s character. Not sure how large a role this will be, but I like the idea of Jackman turning up in smaller parts here and there, such as in Wayne Wang’s The Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and Lee Daniels’ Selma. [Variety]

After the break, Viola Davis and Toni Collette have new projects,  and a new film for Green Lantern co-star Blake Lively. Read More »

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