Tye Sheridan and Nicolas Cage in David Gordon Green's Joe

Here’s a new trailer for Joe, which teams director David Gordon Green with Nicolas Cage. Both men have started to be known more for their broad comic and genre work, but this movie shows that both can really deliver on the dramatic front when they have a mind to. Here Cage is paired with Tye Sheridan, the young actor who was so good in Mud, playing a young man with a tousled family, who develops a surrogate father/son relationship with Cage’s character Joe.

We’ve seen one French trailer for the film already, but this is the first domestic edit, and it’s a lot better. There’s less plot given away here, and a lot more suggestion of character. Check it out below. Read More »

David Gordon Green directing Pineapple Express

David Gordon Green has been a very busy bee. He hit the festival circuit with not one but two films last year (Prince Avalanche and Joe), and recently got Chris Pine to sign on for his next directorial effort, a thriller called The Line.

In between all of that, he also managed to squeeze in an indie drama called Manglehorn, with Al Pacino in the lead role. The first image and synopsis have just hit, and you can check them out after the jump.

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The small screen regularly attracts many big screen filmmakers to film 30 and 60 second television commercials, but the Super Bowl is the premiere for many of these new spots. So beyond the commercials for big screen movies and television shows, which of the commercials shown during the big game were directed by movie directors? Find out after the jump.

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Chris Pine

David Gordon Green has been quite productive; he had two films in festivals last year, Prince Avalanche and Joe, and now we know what we might see from him at tests in 2015. Green is set to make a thriller called The Line, with Chris Pine starring.

The script is from Sang Kyu Kim, producer and writer on The Walking Dead. THR reports the script details, with Pine set to play a law agent of some sort (seemingly a border patrol officer) who loses his wife and son and starts to fall into a spiral of despair. Then “he unexpectedly becomes the caretaker of a ten-year-old child who is orphaned after a shootout with a criminal cartel. As he protects the young boy by going on the run, the agent discovers he has enemies on both sides of the law and of the border.”

This is right on the heels of Joe (trailer here) which pairs a troubled guy with a boy, though we’d expect this new film to have a different tone.

Tye Sheridan and Nicolas Cage in David Gordon Green's Joe

Having spent most of the past decade overacting in one cheapie thriller after another, Nicolas Cage sometimes draws more jeers than applause these days, even though his fanbase is probably bigger than ever. And on the all-too-rare occasion that he finds a project worthy of his talents, it becomes clear that he can still bring it when he wants to.

One such showcase is Joe, David Gordon Green‘s gritty drama about an ex-con (Cage) who strikes up an unlikely bond with a troubled teen (Tye Sheridan of Mud and Tree of Life). The film made the festival rounds last year, and is now gearing up for theatrical release. Watch the first trailer after the jump.

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Grant Morrison / David Gordon Green

As Us Weekly‘s familiar refrain goes, celebrities are just like us! They, too, like to check out the summer’s big studio releases and then talk about their opinions afterward. The difference is that when the famous people in question are comic book writer Grant Morrison and filmmaker David Gordon Green, they’re weighing in as pop culture creators, not just consumers.

Morrison, whose works include the DC Comics series All-Star Superman, recently offered his ambivalent thoughts on Supes’ latest big-screen outing Man of Steel. Meanwhile, Green professed to liking Pacific Rim, though he had one major complaint. Hit the jump to see their comments.

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David Gordon Green goes back to super-low budget stories with Prince Avalanche, which features Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch as two guys painting lines on a highway in Texas. The film got a great response at Sundance (regrettably, I missed it there and at SXSW) and will hit theaters in August courtesy of Magnolia. We’ve seen one teaser, but this full trailer explores a bit more of the combative friendship between the two guys at the center of the film.  Read More »

Prince Avalanche

Though David Gordon Green broke out with quiet indie dramas like All the Real Girls, since 2008’s Pineapple Express he’s stuck mostly with studio comedy projects. But now he seems ready to transition back, with the indie Prince Avalanche as the first step. Funny but sweet, the film strikes a pleasing balance of both Green’s serious and goofy sides.

A remake of the Icelandic film Either Way, the film centers on two very different men, pensive Alvin (Paul Rudd) and his girlfriend’s dim brother Lance (Emile Hirsch), as they spend the summer together painting road lines in remote areas of Texas. Magnolia scooped it up shortly after its Sundance premiere in January and has now released a first trailer. Watch it after the jump.

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After a string of comedy projects that began with Pineapple Express, David Gordon Green is pivoting back into drama with Joe. Adapted by Gary Hawkins from the novel by Larry Brown, the film follows an ex-con (Nicolas Cage) who forges an unlikely bond with a troubled teen (Tye Sheridan of Tree of Life, and who was excellent in Mud) in a down-on-its-luck Texas town.

That’s a premise that could easily go mushy and sentimental, but what we’ve heard about the project so far suggests it leans more toward gritty and grim. A first-look photo has just hit in advance of the European Film Market, and you can check it out below.

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Now that David Gordon Green seems to be stepping away from comedies for a bit, he’s opening himself up to all sorts of interesting options. The long-gestating Suspiria remake appears to have been put back on the shelf for now, but he’s got the gritty Southern Nic Cage drama Joe coming up on his radar. And his next potential gig may be the most surprising one yet.

Green is in talks to direct Little House on the Prairie, a cinematic adaptation of Laura Ingalls Wilder‘s classic children’s book series, from a script by Shame writer Abi Morgan. Talk about a unexpected combination. More after the jump.

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