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 »

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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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Devils Knot

One of the most prestigious film festivals in North America, the Toronto Film Festival, has begun to announce its line up for 2013. The event takes place September 5-15 and as usual, the line-up includes pretty much every highly-anticipated awards contender scheduled for release through the end of the year.

Just a few examples are the Jackie Brown prequel Life of Crime, Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club, the star-studded August: Osage County, Idris Elba in Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave, the West Memphis Three film Devil’s Knot (above), Jason Reitman’s latest Labor Day, Jason Bateman’s debut Bad Words, Ron Howard’s Rush, the Wikileaks film The Fifth Estate, Mike Myers’ documentary Supermench, Matthew Weiner’s You Are Here, Hugh Jackman in Prisoners, Keanu Reeves’ Man of Tai Chi and Alfonso Cuaron’s space drama, Gravity.

And they haven’t even finished announcing everything. Below, read everything in this first wave. Read More »

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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Nicolas Cage tends to emphasize quantity over quality when it comes to his career choices, but he still comes across some truly good projects every once in a while — I’d say just often enough to remind us that he can bring it if he really wants to. And after a long streak of forgettable stinkers like Season of the Witch, Seeking Justice, and Trespass, he’s landed an especially promising new project in Joe.

Billed as a “gritty Southern drama,” Joe is being adapted by Gary Hawkins from the novel by Larry BrownDavid Gordon Green is set to direct, marking his return to drama after a string of comedies. There’s a catch, though — cameras on Joe are scheduled to roll this fall, which indicates that Green’s long-gestating Suspiria remake has been pushed back yet again. More after the jump.

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Will Smith Attached to ‘Joe’

For a guy who is often called the biggest movie star in the world, Will Smith has spent the last couple years in relative quiet. In 2008 he starred in Hancock and Seven Pounds, but he hasn’t shot a film since. He’s got part of Men in Black III in the can, but he seems more occupied with attaching himself to a long string of projects (The Legend of Cain, Hood, Flowers for Algernon, Suspicion, The City that Sailed, Colossus: The Forbin Project, and more) and producing films for his children Jaden and Willow.

Now he’s attached to one more film: Joe, written by The Fighter co-writers Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson, and based on the Biblical story of Job. Read More »

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