Posted on Friday, January 6th, 2012 by Angie Han
A year ago, we thought we’d see John Hillcoat‘s The Wettest County by the end of 2011. By the end of last year, we had a new release date: April 20. Now it seems we’ll have to wait even longer, as The Weinstein Co. has pushed the opening back again, this time to August 31. It’s disappointing news, not only because we’re eager to see the film but also because it’s a date that suggests the studio isn’t giving it much of a chance. Labor Day weekend is generally one of the slowest of any given year, and it’s usually a bad sign for a movie when the studio dumps it into that slot.
Based on “mostly true” events, Hillcoat’s historical drama centers around a group of brothers (Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, and Jason Clarke) who get into the bootlegging business in Prohibition-era Virginia. Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska, Guy Pearce, and Gary Oldman also star. More after the jump.
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Enough about 2011; let’s look ahead to 2012. This past year was good about offering a diverse set of films that catered to many tastes, especially crowds that wanted something out of the range of standard multiplex fare. But 2012 looks like a much stronger year. We can almost always look ahead to a new year and say that there is a great batch of new films from established favorite filmmakers, movies with wonderful casts, giant event movies and promising indies. But 2012 looks like it has more of those than usual. It’s going to be a good year for movie watchers.
After some deliberation (which no doubt has still allowed me to overlook something for which I’ll facepalm later) here is a list of ten films that I’m very excited to see in 2012, followed by a full page of discussion about a whole bunch of other movies that didn’t make my personal cut but are still bright spots on the 2012 calendar for various reasons. This list could change a lot in the next couple weeks, as Sundance (and then Cannes in May) could reveal a good many new films that will be bright spots on the calendar in ’12.
I’ve also exercised a certain hopefulness here, as there are a few films that don’t yet have official 2012 release dates. Let’s hope they don’t slip. Read More »
There was a point earlier this year when it looked like we might see John Hillcoat‘s The Wettest County by the end of the year. The Weinstein Company picked up the film, originally called The Wettest County in the World, at Cannes, and it seemed reasonable to assume that a bootlegging tale from the director of The Proposition and The Road starring Tom Hardy and Shia LaBeouf might be a solid year-end release.
But the Weinsteins, focused as ever on awards season, have already pegged The Artist, The Iron Lady and My Week With Marilyn as the company’s year-end contenders. So The Wettest County is now set to arrive in April 2012. Read More »
The Georgia shoot for John Hillcoat‘s The Wettest County in the World has wrapped, and just in time to commemorate that milestone, producer Cassian Elwes has revealed a few new low-res looks at the film. The primary photo he sent out shows Jason Clarke, Tom Hardy and Shia LaBeouf as the three lead characters, the Bondurant brothers, as introduced in Matt Bondurant‘s book that inspired the film. We’ve already seen one shot of Shia LaBeouf in costume, but if you’re looking forward to this one as much as we are, any little look is a bonus.
There are a few other low-quality photos that the producer shared, after the break, which also give a very rough look at Mia Wasikowska in character. Read More »
One of the films I’m most excited about right now is John Hillcoat‘s adaptation of the Prohibition-era novel The Wettest County in the World. The film had been picking up steam a year ago, then died, and now is coming back to life. Scratch that: it is alive! The film is shooting right now, and there are a couple set photos showing Shia LaBeouf in costume as one of the two leads. (Tom Hardy is the other lead.) The photos are less exciting than the fact that they prove this one is really happening. Check one of the images after the break. Read More »
The cast of John Hillcoat‘s The Wettest County in the World keeps getting more wonderful. Revived from limbo a few months ago, the film was already set to star Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf as the core members of the bootlegging Bondurant family and Jessica Chastain as a close associate. Jason Clarke signed on not long ago.
Now Guy Pearce and Gary Oldman are on board, and Mia Wasikowska, who has been rumored for a few weeks, is confirmed as well. Read More »
Orlando Bloom continues his return to the screen after being absent for most of the past four years. He shot a role in Paul WS Anderson’s The Three Musketeers and will reprise his career-originating role of Legolas in The Hobbit. But before he gets back into breeches and latex ear appliances he’ll play poet Robert Graves in The Laureate.
The film is written and directed by William Nunez, and follows the life of Robert Graves, his wife Nancy Nicholson (Kerry Condon) and poet Laura Riding (Imogen Poots), specifically with respect to the open love triangle between them as they lived in London and Cairo. [Screen Daily]
After the break, Jonas Åkerlund makes Small Apartments and one more joins John Hillcoat’s The Wettest County in the World. Read More »
Late last year, it looked like John Hillcoat (The Road, The Proposition) would direct an adaptation of the Matt Bondurant book The Wettest County in the World, possibly with Shia LaBeouf and Ryan Gosling in the lead roles. The name of the film was changed to The Promised Land when it appeared at the 2009 American Film Market, but financing never came together and in January of this year the film was pronounced dead.
And now — huzzah! — it seems to be back from the grave, once again using the title The Wettest County in the World. Shia LaBeouf remains part of the project, but other rumored male co-stars have given way to a new actor who will join him: Tom Hardy. Read More »
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OK, don’t get too worried yet: this is just talk of interest in a film, not even ‘attachment’ or anything else. But John Hillcoat and Shia LaBeouf were talking about working together earlier this year when The Promised Land, based on the novel The Wettest County in the World seemed like a going concern, before it went to pieces.
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John Hillcoat, the filmmaker behind The Road and The Proposition, has directed a new commercial for Levi’s titled “Ready to Work”. The commercial is “a tribute to the new pioneers of Braddock, PA.”
When the steel mills closed in Braddock, PA, they left behind a dwindling population living in near apocalyptic circumstances. Now, a new generation of urban pioneers has come with a mission- to create a new frontier from the ashes of the once vibrant town.
Instead of using models or actors, the spots use the residents of the actual community. The New York Times says the advertising campaign will play up the concept that the Braddock residents are “descendants of the pioneers who first wore Levi’s in the 1870s.” Watch the commercial directed by Hillcoat, embedded after the jump.
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