What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 22 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!
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Hailee Steinfeld‘s performance in the Coen Brothers’ True Grit has a great chance of nabbing her an Oscar nomination. She, unfortunately, didn’t get a well-deserved CLIO for her performance in this commercial for “Blingatude” at K-Mart. It seems that even a 14-year-old on the brink of international stardom isn’t immune from their past. Check out the video after the jump. Read More »
Joel and Ethan Coen hit a small speedbump a few years ago, but the filmmaking brothers are really back on track now. Their latest is True Grit, a new film based on the same Charles Portis novel that spawned the 1969 film of the same name starring John Wayne. It’s the Coens’ first out and out Western, and their second time working with Jeff Bridges and Josh Brolin. The film is also the feature debut of young Hailee Steinfeld. As Mattie Ross, who seeks to avenge the death of her father at the hands of lowlife Tom Chaney, she is the emotional and active center of the film. (Don’t let SAG’s minimizing Best Supporting Actress nomination fool you; the girl is the lead, end of story.)
True Grit is in theaters now, and we want to know what you thought of the film. As is the norm for posts of this type, spoilers follow after the break and are fully allowed in the comments. Read More »
As director Gary Ross begins preparations to adapt one of the most popular books of the past few years, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, the most important decision he must make is casting his lead character: Katniss Everdeen. A self-sufficient, 16-year-old bad-ass female hero, Katniss is one of two kids selected from her district to compete in the annual titular fight to the death; a government organized, televised event in which only one child will survive and bring glory to their people.
It’s a decision almost on par with Chris Columbus choosing Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter or Catherine Hardwicke casting Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen. The role of Katniss Everdeen has the potential to be that iconic.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Ross confirmed that he has not yet spoken to any actress about playing the role but will start to do so soon. And when he does, he has some strong thoughts on the subject. The Hunger Games is scheduled to being shooting in late Spring 2011. Read Ross’s quotes on casting Katniss, see two actresses who have already began petitioning for the role and more after the jump. Read More »
Last week I had the awesome opportunity to screen the Coen Brothers newest film, a big screen adaptation/remake of True Grit. For those of you who haven’t seen the trailer (and if you haven’t seen the trailer — click here now!), the western stars newcomer Hailee Steinfeld as a spitfire 14-year-old farm girl named Mattie who sets out to capture the man who murdered her father. To aid her in her adventure, “she hires the toughest U.S. marshal she can find, a man with “true grit,” Reuben J. “Rooster” Cogburn” (played by Jeff Bridges).
The movie doesn’t come out until the end of this month, so I decided against doing a full proper review and instead record a shorter video reaction piece. After this film is released, I’m sure we’ll have a couple in-depth reviews and probably a lengthy analysis on the /Filmcast. But for now I just wanted to go the spoiler free broad strokes route.
Our plan was to record a short five minute video blog giving our brief reaction and thoughts about the film. But If you’ve ever watched one of the video blogs Frosty from Collider and I record together, then you know we are unable to keep things short. The result is a ten minute video blog reaction. It’s still spoiler free, a broad overview of our thoughts. You can watch/listen to it now, embedded after the jump.
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If you’ve been to a movie theater in the past month or two (and if you are reading this site, you probably have) you’ve seen the teaser poster that Paramount released for The Coen Brothers’ True Grit, starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, and newcomer Hailee Steinfeld. It evoked an old west wanted poster, but outside of a few foreboding taglines, didn’t give us much information about the film.
We’re now just about a month away from the film’s December 22 release and the print campaign is heating up. There’s a cool international poster featuring the four leads together as well as a brand new set of character posters that individually showcase the awesome cast Joel and Ethan Coen have assembled for their adaptation of the 1968 Charles Portis novel (not the 1969 John Wayne film). Check out the full gallery after the jump. Read More »
With Christmas falling on a Saturday this year, Paramount just announced they’ll move their tentpole holiday release True Grit, directed by the Coen Brothers and starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin and newcomer Hailee Steinfeld, up three days to December 22. It’ll now be in direct competition with Gulliver’s Travels starring Jack Black and Little Fockers with Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Owen Wilson and Jessica Alba. Sounds like just the right mix of counter programming to me. What do you all think?
Judging from the trailers, True Grit, the Joel and Ethan Coen take on the novel by Charles Portis, has a great many pleasures in store. The appeal of the film should be evident: the Coen Brothers working with a crack team of actors (Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin and more) is one highlight, and seeing a true Coen Bros. western as lensed by Roger Deakins is another.
And then there’s the newcomer Hailee Steinfeld, a young actress upon whom the entire story turns. She plays Mattie Ross, the girl who hires US Marshall ‘Rooster’ Cogburn (Bridges) to find her father’s killer. We know the movie is meant to hold true to the novel, in which case Mattie Ross will be a very central character. The Coen Brothers have rarely faltered in casting, so when they hired an unknown to play Mattie the only conclusion to draw is that they had found someone of real talent. Outside the trailers we’ve seen very little of this new actress, but now a short video interview can be your introduction to her offscreen personality. Read More »
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