Some months ago, before shooting his latest film Jayne Mansfield’s Car, Billy Bob Thornton said that there just aren’t many movies being made lately that are really of interest to him. And indeed, the first trailer for his latest, which stars Thornton, Robert Duvall, John Hurt, Frances O’Connor, Ray Stevenson, Robert Patrick, and what looks like a draft-dodging Kevin Bacon, makes the film look like a pretty controlled, even old-fashioned family drama the likes of which we don’t often see.

That’s not a bad thing, at least as an absolute, though in this particular case the film doesn’t look like the liveliest thing around. But there are good performance moments in this trailer, which arrives thanks to a DVD release that hits there early next year. Thornton’s ’60s-set drama is rooted in the South and revolves around a family reunited for a funeral; see some of what he put together, below. Read More »

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Meryl Streep prevented the cast and crew of The Artist from a total sweep of the major categories at this year’s British Academy Film Awards, presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and commonly called the  BAFTAs. Streep won Best Actress for playing former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, and The Artist took Best Film, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Original Music and Best Costume Design.

There were a few good winners for categories in between all those, and we’ve got the full rundown after the break. Read More »

Snow Piercer may mark South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho‘s first English-language picture, but his casting choices so far suggest he’s already got damn great taste in English-speaking stars. Octavia Spencer has become the latest addition to the cast of his post-apocalyptic thriller, joining Chris Evans, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, and Song Kang-ho (The Host). The script, from Bong and Oldboy director Park Chan-wook, is an adaptation of a French graphic novel titled Le Transperceneige. More details after the jump.

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Bong Joon-ho’s ‘Snow Piercer’ Adds John Hurt

Though we first heard of Bong Joon-ho‘s Snow Piercer back in 2009, it wasn’t until just a couple of weeks ago that the project really began to pick up steam and build a top-notch cast. Chris Evans was the first star announced for the film, with Tilda Swinton and Jamie Bell boarding soon afterward. Now John Hurt has been announced as the latest addition to the post-apocalyptic film, based on a French graphic novel titled Le Transperceneige. More details after the jump.

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Malin Akerman has signed on to star with Tyler Labine, Lucy Punch, and Daniel Petronijevic in Cottage Country, an dark indie comedy by Canadian director Peter Wellington. Written by Jeremy Boxen (Endgame), the story follows Todd (Labine) as he plans to propose to Cammie (Akerman) at his family cottage. However, Todd’s plans are ruined by the arrival of his slacker brother (Petronijevic) and the brother’s free-spirited girlfriend (Punch).

The film will be Wellington’s first feature since 2003′s Luck. Wellington has been working primarily in television over the last several years, on shows including Rookie Blue and Slings and Arrows. The film is currently shooting in Ontario through late October for a 2012 release. [The Hollywood Reporter]

After the jump, Pacific Rim gets another star and John Hurt joins a project called Labyrinth that is totally unrelated to Jim Henson’s Labyrinth. Bet you got worried there for a second that it would be a remake.

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Lars von Trier detractors often accuse the Danish director of being little more than a provocateur, and his impetuous demeanor when dealing with the media doesn’t dispel that impression. That leads some — even our own Germain, in his review of Melancholia — to suspect that Trier’s actual films are constructed, in part, as nothing more than button-pushing exercises. I tend to believe in the director more as an imp who has a healthy, if perverse sense of humor, and who takes the opportunity to enjoy unorthodox fun when he can.

Such is the case, I suspect, with the new character posters for Melancholia.

In anticipation of the film’s UK release this weekend and October 7 VOD bow in the US (to be followed by a November 11 theatrical release) there are six new character posters for the film. They feature actors Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland, Alexander Skarsgård and John Hurt. But there’s also a poster for Lars himself, which is even stamped with a ‘persona non-grata’ seal, mocking his expulsion from the Cannes Film Festival this past May. See all six below. Read More »

We’ve been very excited to see Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, the new film from Let the Right One In director Tomas Alfredson that stars Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ciaran Hinds, Mark Strong, Svetlana Khodchenko, Toby Jones, John Hurt, Stephen Graham and Kathy Burke.. The film is essentially both a remake of a BBC mini-series that starred Alec Guinness and an adaptation of the novel of the same name by John Le Carré.

The author wrote two more books that round out what is called ‘the Karla Trilogy:’ The Honourable Schoolboy and Smiley’s People. The George Smiley character, played in this version by Gary Oldman, also shows up in other Le Carré novels. And now there is the intimation that the positive response to Tinker could lead to at least one more film adapting the follow-up novels. Read More »

‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’ US Trailer

We’ve seen a couple international trailers for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, as the film opens this week in the UK. It won’t hit the US until December 9, and so we’ve only just been given a US trailer. But the upshot of waiting is that this trailer features some footage you might not yet have seen, much of which focuses on Tom Hardy‘s character. Looks like Universal is responding to increasing interest in the actor, based in part upon the fact that he’s playing Bane in The Dark Knight Rises.

Regardless, Tomas Alfredson‘s follow-up to Let the Right One In still looks as good as some of the early reviews suggest it will be. This trailer for the adaptation of John le Carré‘s jargon-laced cold war novel shows off a great many members of the stellar cast, which also features Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ciaran Hinds, Mark Strong, Svetlana Khodchenko, Toby Jones, John Hurt, Stephen Graham and Kathy Burke. Read More »

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