New Posters: ‘J. Edgar’ and ‘Shame’

As with every fall, with cooler weather comes more serious films. Two potentially award-worthy projects we’ve been waiting all year to see are Clint Eastwood‘s J. Edgar, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as the first director of the FBI, and Steve McQueen‘s Shame, a sex addict drama that reunites the director with his Hunger star Michael Fassbender. And while neither of them are opening just yet, new posters give us a tiny hint of what’s to come. Check them out after the jump.

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When Clint Eastwood played the lead role in his 2008 film Gran Torino, we thought it might be his last screen role. The icon never retired from acting, and has remained open to the idea of taking another role. (I’ve always hoped to see Quentin Tarantino roping him into a film.) Eastwood has, however, talked about the lack of great roles for older actors, and has seemed content to work as a director and composer. He said earlier this year, “actors are like boxers — they stay too long sometimes.”

But now Clint is in talks to play a primary role in the baseball drama Trouble With the Curve. The movie would be directed by his producer Robert Lorenze, who has also worked as the assistant director on several Eastwood projects going back as far as his first Second Assistant Director duties for Eastwood on the 1995 Bridges of Madison County. Read More »

Clint Eastwood and Warner Bros. decided to skip this fall’s festival circuit with the biopic J. Edgar. While a good many of the other major fall studio releases have been seen and reviewed in the past three weeks via Telluride, Venice and TIFF, we’ve seen nothing from this biography of America’s most powerful lawman, the first director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, J. Edgar Hoover.

Now the shroud is off the film as Warner Bros. released the first trailer for Clint Eastwood’s latest directorial effort, in which Leonardo DiCaprio plays the FBI chief and Armie Hammer (The Social Network) appears as his second-in-command and rumored love, Clyde Tolson. See the trailer below. Read More »

Briefly: Last night was MTV’s Video Music Awards, and with the exception of the trailer premiere for The Hunger Games, it sounds like it was a broadcast dominated by proof of Beyoncé‘s pregnancy more than anything else. Big deal right? It might actually be for Clint Eastwood, who has been planning to shoot a new version of A Star is Born with the singer starring in the central role of a young woman who dreams of stardom and finds it through the aid of a washed-up older leading man.

But now that she’s pregnant, the shoot for A Star is Born might have to push well beyond the planned February 2012 start. Along with that push comes the news that Leonardo DiCaprio, once tipped as a possible choice to play the lead, has passed on the role. (He’s too young, anyway, especially paired against Beyoncé.) Christian Bale has been called a possible choice, but with the schedule for the film changing, anything might happen. And will Eastwood make another movie first? He’s certainly capable of turning out a stopgap film before doing this remake. [Deadline]

Very rarely do fans get a glimpse into the decision making process of major stars. All we know is that the biggest actors in Hollywood can often seemingly do whatever they want, so people like Johnny Depp, Will Smith, Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Cruise get their pick of the best scripts out there. It seems like Christian Bale could be joining that elite list.

The recent Oscar-winner (something none of those other men can claim) slips seamlessly between smaller characters pieces, like The Machinist, and massive blockbusters like The Dark Knight Rises. According to Variety, Bale has a pretty impressive list of projects he can choose from after he hangs up Batman’s cowl. Think of the info that follows as a glimpse at Bale’s own personal desk. Will he choose A Star is Born directed by Clint Eastwood, Gold directed by Michael Mann, Oldboy directed by Spike Lee, Out of the Furnace directed by Scott Cooper or, as previously reported, Noah directed by Darren Aronofsky?

After the jump, we break down the latest on each of these projects and figure out where Bale would best fit in. Read More »

Here’s your first studio-approved still from Clint Eastwood‘s latest prestige picture, J. Edgar. The shot is doesn’t replicate any one classic shot of the long-time FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, but does capture his general image from the ’50s. Leonardo DiCaprio still doesn’t look a whole lot like Hoover, whose rounded, potato-spud face has exactly the deficit of appeal that DiCaprio’s does not. (The guy in the middle background on the right side looks more like the real thing.) But I don’t think any of us really want to stare at Hoover’s pug mug for two hours; I’m willing to live with the Hollywood version, at least.

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Warner Bros. is going for some Oscar gold this year, and not only with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, which the studio is hoping might turn into a Return of the King-style contender. The studio also has a couple of possible prestige pictures in Clint Eastwood‘s J. Edgar and Stephen Daldry‘s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.

Info on those, plus the date for Alfonso Cuaron‘s new sci-fi thriller Gravity, is after the break. Read More »

Clint Eastwood cast Beyonce Knowles as the female lead in his A Star is Born remake some time ago, but he’s been searching for someone to take on the male lead. Now it’s being reported that his top choice for the part is Leonardo DiCaprio, who worked with Eastwood on the biopic J. Edgar. DiCaprio is just the latest of several candidates who have been named for the part over the past couple of years — Russell Crowe, Gerard Butler, and Will Smith are among the actors once rumored for or attached to the film. DiCaprio would presumably be playing the role of Norman Maine, a fading star with a drinking problem who helps to launch the young starlet’s (Knowles) career.

DiCaprio isn’t the first actor I would’ve thought of for the part, but I’m all the more intrigued for it. We already know DiCaprio can do gloomy and brooding, but how often have we seen him do gloomy and brooding while surrounded by singing and dancing?

Eastwood’s A Star is Born is scheduled for a 2012 release. DiCaprio and Eastwood’s next collaboration, J. Edgar, will open later this year. [Deadline]

After the jump, the Sixth Sense kid is now old enough to play college students, and Jamie Chung signs up for a gritty indie.

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