Birth of a Nation

Of all the films that played at Sundance this year, perhaps none got more hype than Nate Parker‘s The Birth of a Nation. Not only did it get spectacular reviews, it scored the biggest Sundance deal ever, with Fox Searchlight forking over $17.5 million. The distributor promptly set Birth of a Nation for a fall release, right at the start of awards-movie season, and now it’s getting a head start on the marketing by dropping the very first promo.

Parker stars in his own directorial debut as Nat Turner, a devoutly religious slave who becomes a traveling preacher — and, eventually, the leader of the bloodiest slave rebellion in American history. Armie Hammer plays Nat’s owner, and Penelope Ann MillerJackie Earle Haley, and Aja Naomi King also star. Watch the Birth of a Nation trailer after the jump.  Read More »

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Jackie Earle Haley in Watchmen

If you’re the kind of person who adores comic book shows and fantasy movies — and judging by the fact that you’re on /Film, we’re guessing you are — prepare to see a lot of Jackie Earle Haley over the next couple of years. Not only is he set to star in AMC’s Preacher, he’s just snapped up roles in Amazon’s The Tick and Nikolaj Arcel‘s Stephen King adaptation The Dark Tower. Not surprisingly, given his knack for playing colorful and creepy characters, he’ll be playing villains in all of them.  Read More »

preacher casts jackie earle haley

Preacher was never going to make it to television without undergoing its fair share of changes. Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon‘s blasphemous and brutal comic series is very much a product of the ’90s, a story that gives political correctness a big middle finger being stomping its face in with a steel-toed cowboy boot. It’s certainly not unadaptable, but it features characters, storylines, and images that feel specifically built for a comic book, where things like “budget” and “good taste” don’t have to exist. To adapt Preacher is to recognize the spirit of the thing – to bottle its acerbic wit, grotesque slapstick, and surprising humanity – even if it means taking the story in a separate direction.

Now, a piece of casting news has revealed just how far from the source material writer/producers Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and Sam Catlin and planning to stray. Academy Award nominee Jackie Earle Haley has joined the cast as a villainous character whose presence in the show’s first season defies the comic’s original storyline in a huge way.

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Criminal Activities trailer

After a long, respectable career in front of the camera, Jackie Earle Haley takes charge behind the camera for the first time with Criminal Activities. Haley’s directorial debut stars Dan Stevens, Michael PittChristopher Abbott, and Rob Brown as four young men who get in over their heads with a mobster, played by John Travolta. Check out the Criminal Activities trailer after the jump. Read More »

Star Trek Into Darkness - Spock and Kirk (header size)

As some people doubt what writer turned producer turned director Roberto Orci will be able to do with Star Trek 3, the film’s co-star John Cho is coming out in defense of his new director. Cho says Orci’s work is “going to blow people away.” In addition to the Star Trek 3 talk, we have info on the following items:

  • Toy collectors will be able to purchase Jurassic World Lego sets,
  • Jason Schwartzman explains how he ended up rumored for Jurassic World,
  • Hugh Grant bows out of Bridget Jones 3,
  • Katie Holmes returns to the role of Jackie O in new Kennedys mini-series, and will direct an episode,
  • Keanu Reeves has one more thing to say about Bill and Ted 3,
  • Tommy Wirkola suggests Hansel & Gretel 2 could have a plot involving voodoo,
  • And Jackie Earle Haley joins the cast of London Has Fallen.

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Jackie Earle Haley

Jackie Earle Haley is a talented actor, and he has the sort of face that leads him to being cast in less than savory roles. His latest gig will see him leading people into bad acts in a new way, however. Haley will direct the indie Criminal Activies, and also take a role in the picture. Read More »

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Robocop (5)

As remakes go, Jose Padilha‘s Robocop seems to be one of the more interesting ones. Not only does it promise a whole new spin on the core concept — by focusing far more closely on the toll that Robocopping takes on Alex Murphy for example — it’s assembled a great cast to help sell that story. Joel Kinnaman is the shining star, but he’s backed by the likes of Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Jackie Earle Haley, Samuel L. Jackson, and Abbie Cornish.

The latest batch of photos highlight some of those talented supporting players, while also showing off how damn cool Kinnaman looks at Robocop. Check ’em out after the jump.

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parkland-billy-bob-thornton

The latest film about the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy is Parkland, named for the hospital that received Kennedy after he was shot in Dallas. The film is the directorial debut of journalist Peter Landesman, and features a high-profile cast playing the many people who surrounded the President at the time: Ron Livingston and Billy Bob Thronton are secret service agents, Paul Giamatti is Arnold Zapruder, Zac Efron and Marcia Gay Harden are Parkland employees, and Jacki Weaver and James Badge Dale are Lee Harvey Oswald’s immediate family.

The first trailer clearly feels the weight of history, and you can watch it below.  Read More »

As one Paul Verhoeven remake plops into theaters, another one is gearing up to start shooting. Fortunately for us, Jose Padilha‘s RoboCop already looks much more promising than Len Wiseman’s Total Recall ever did.

For one thing, Padilha is assembling a top-notch cast. Joel Kinnaman has been set to play the lead for some time now, but in the last few months Padilha’s been busy locking down some other interesting talents like Gary Oldman, Abbie Cornish, Samuel L. Jackson, and Hugh Laurie. The newest member of that roster is now Jennifer Ehle, a two-time Tony winner last seen in Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion and the CBS drama A Gifted Man. More details after the jump.

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