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The play August: Osage County was kind of a big deal — the blackly comic family drama won the Pulitzer in ’08. The film version is also garnering a lot of attention, thanks in no small part to the cast. Put Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Abigail Breslin, Sam Shepard, and Chris Cooper in a film together and people are bound to pay attention.

Tonight you can watch a live Q&A with some of the cast (Julia Roberts, Julianne Nicholson, Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale, Chris Cooper, Dermot Mulroney) and producer George Clooney. Whether you’re interested in the film or not, the live patter between Clooney and Roberts is always entertaining, and the rest of the cast should be able to think on their feet as well to keep the talk lively.

The livestream Q&A begins at 11pm EST / 8pm PST. Watch via the embed (which may not show up before the start time) below. Read More »

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Fall brings no shortage of star-studded prestige pics, but even in that crowd August: Osage County stands out. The John Wells-directed film stars Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts and Benedict Cumberbatch and Ewan McGregor and Chris Cooper and Abigail Breslin (plus half a dozen others) which means we’re all but guaranteed to see it making waves during awards season.

Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Tracy Letts, August: Osage County chronicles a family gathering in the Midwest. So the setup is fairly simple, but as anyone who’s ever suffered through an extended family trip can attest, it’s ripe for hilarity and emotion. A new trailer has been released by The Weinstein Co., and you can check it out after the jump.

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August: Osage County, a Pulitzer Prize and multiple Tony award winning play, is hoping to become a multiple Oscar-winning film. Directed by John Wells (The Company Men), the film has one of the most impressive dramatic casts in recent memory: Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregorBenedict Cumberbatch,Margot MartindaleChris Cooper, Dermot MulroneyJuliette LewisAbigail Breslin, and Sam Shepard. They’ll bring to life a story about a group of young women forced to go home and deal with their parents. A simple story to be sure, but a powder keg for emotion and drama.

Don’t believe me, though. Check out the trailer and poster for the November 8 release.  Read More »

Plenty of young talents have attempted the leap from precocious child star to grown-up actor, with severely mixed results, but Chloe Grace Moretz seems to be having an easier time of it than most. Though she’s just 15, she’s already shown a facility for between family-friendly fare like Hugo and more mature entertainments like Let Me In and Kick-Ass over the last few years, and she’s lucky enough to have (apparently) skipped an awkward phase altogether. As far as I’m concerned, she doesn’t need to “prove” that she can transition into mature parts.

But that appears to be exactly what she’s doing in Derick Martini‘s Hick. Moretz plays a teenager who decides to ditch her neglectful parents in Nebraska and strike out for Vegas, meeting all sorts of interesting characters (played by Blake Lively, Eddie Redmayne, Rory Culkin, and Alec Baldwin) along the way. Watch the red-band (i.e., NSFW) trailer after the jump.

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Today’s TV Bits offers a few things to look forward to in the not-too-distant future, including imperiled lawyers, asshole baseball players, pretty flight attendants, and a touch of dry British humor. After the jump:

  • NBC drops two teasers for its legal thriller The Firm
  • HBO announces premiere dates for Eastbound & Down and Life’s Too Short
  • ABC confirms that Pan Am is not cancelled

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This is a serious little casting break that follows either movies with serious intent (there’s one below about ‘unwitting incest,’ which I hope isn’t a comedy) or serious filmmakers like Kelly Reichardt. So, after the break, you’ll find:

  • Juliette Lewis stars in the ‘unwitting incest’ movie Blood or Water,
  • Ted Levin is in an indie inspired by secret CIA programs,
  • and Peter Sarsgaard is going to be in Kelly Reichardt’s new film, Night Moves. Read More »

‘Sympathy For Delicious’ Trailer

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Mark Ruffalo‘s directorial debut Sympathy For Delicious premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. The film is an independent dramedy about a newly paralyzed DJ who “gets more than he bargained for when he seeks out the world of faith healing.” /Film’s own David Chen saw the film at Sundance, here is a short excerpt from his review:

Sympathy for Delicious is certainly unique; I don’t think I ever have, nor will I ever again, see a film like this. The film has several hallmarks of a personal passion project. Thornton and Ruffalo have been friends for decades and Thornton himself wrote the script as a way of working out his feelings towards his own disability. Unfortunately, the final film lacks focus, bringing up many interesting ideas but lacking in follow-through.

The film stars Orlando Bloom, Juliette Lewis, Mark Ruffalo, and Laura Linney. Watch the trailer embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Clint Eastwood‘s J. Edgar has been shooting for a while now with Leonardo DiCaprio playing J. Edgar Hoover and Armie Hammer as Clyde Tolson, but the film keeps adding actors to fill out small roles. The last was Stephen Root, and the latest is now Jeffrey Donovan of Burn Notice. The actor said today via Twitter that “I fly to LA Sunday. I have been [cast] as Bobby Kennedy opposite LD in HOOVER. excited. working with Mr Eastwood again. Dreams come true.”

So it’s a mini-Changeling reunion (Eastwood and Donovan, as seen in the still above), and I’m happy to hear that he’ll be playing RFK. The slain Attorney General was both a colleague and to some extent an enemy of Hoover, so there should be a scene or two with fireworks between he and Leonardo DiCaprio. [via Collider]

After the break, Juliette Lewis joins Chloe Moretz, Blake Lively and Eddie Redmayne in Hick. Read More »

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