Great Hope Springs, the movie in which Meryl Streep plays one half of a married couple spending a week of marriage and sex therapy with a famous therapist (Steve Carell) has gone through a few possible male leads. Jeff Bridges was mentioned early on, and James Gandolfini looked like a possibility at one point. (Those were when Mike Nichols was going to direct, but now The Devil Wears Prada director David Frankel will make the film instead.)

Tommy Lee Jones was next in the casting rumor series, but now he definitively has the gig playing husband to Meryl Streep. That’s a great pairing, and while the director may not be my top choice, I’m still as interested in watching these two actors trade barbs as I was when the idea first came up.

The synopsis for Great Hope Springs is after the break, along with news of new gigs for Maggie Gyllenhaal and Holly Hunter. Read More »

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Universal’s been saying for a while now that the entire American Pie gang would be returning for American Reunion, and what do you know, they’re actually making good on that promise. Thomas Ian Nichols has just signed on for the fourth theatrical entry of the long-running American Pie franchise, making him the last major character to sign on. Fellow Pie stars Alyson Hannigan, Seann William Scott, Jason Biggs, Tara Reid, Mena Suvari, Chris Klein, Eddie Kaye Thomas and Eugene Levy have all previously confirmed their involvement.

I haven’t heard any news on whether Jennifer Coolidge might be reprising her role as the original MILF, but as The Hollywood Reporter calls Nichols the “last holdout,” I’m guessing that’s a no. We’ll miss you, Stifler’s Mom!

In the 1999 film, Nichols’ Kevin Myers was one of the four central friends who made a pact to lose their virginity before graduation. The new sequel will see the original gang returning to their hometown for their ten-year high school reunion. American Reunion will hit theaters April 6, 2012. [The Hollywood Reporter]

After the jump, new projects for Al Pacino, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, and… Warren Buffet?

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Looks like Maggie Gyllenhaal will play alongside her husband Peter Sarsgaard in a biopic of bluegrass pioneer Bill Munroe. She told ScreenCrave she’d been in the film about “Bill Monroe, who invented Blue Grass music had a kind of Sid and Nancy style affair with this woman Bessie Lee Mauldin throughout his life… T-Bone Burnett’s going to do the music and Callie Khouri who wrote Thelma & Louise wrote the script so we’re going to do that together.”

After the break, Scott Speedman takes a vow, Josh Hartnett may reunite with Paul McGuigan, and Real Steel adds one more. Read More »

Crazy Heart Movie Trailer

Crazy Heart

Yesterday we saw the first poster and images from Crazy Heart, Fox Searchlight’s film which stars Jeff Bridges as “a washed-up, alcoholic country singer who gets his life back on track thanks to a reporter-type (Maggie Gyllenhaal).” I’ve heard from a couple of people in the know that Bridges will be a contender for Best Actor with his performance. And lets not forget that Robert Duval and Colin Farrell round out the cast.

Searchlight has now released the first trailer for the film, which you can watch embedded after the jump. The story is drawing strong comparisons to Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler, and after watching the trailer, you will definitely see why. As always, I’d love to hear what you think — leave your thoughts in the comments below!
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CRAZY HEART

When I reported on Crazy Heart in 2008, the film was affiliated with the CMT network, yet drew my interest with a cast that included Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Robert Duval. All of these actors excel in roles steeped in the weathering of life and excess, and this tale of, “a washed-up, alcoholic country singer (Bridges) who gets his life back on track thanks to a reporter-type (Gyllenhaal),” obviously played to those strengths on the surface. The addition to the cast of Colin Farrell, forever in our good graces for In Bruges, made this a must-see no matter what.

Well, here we are in the fourth quarter of ’09 and the performance by Bridges is in the thick of Oscar buzz, drawing early comparisons to Mickey Rourke’s unflinching, redemptive arc in The Wrestler. Furthering this parallel, Crazy Heart is being distributed by Fox Searchlight, the company behind Darren Aronofsky’s comeback favorite; they recently decided to give Heart a limited release next month to qualify for consideration by the Academy. A poster for the film is out and attached below.

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Movie Trailer: Sam Mendes’ Away We Go

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Blogging about movie news 24/7 results in an extensive knowledge of future film projects. Rarely does a trailer come across my desk that I haven’t already written or read about in one form or another, especially not a film by a high profile director. But every once in a while, it happens.

I had no idea that Sam Mendes had even started on a follow-up to Revolutionary Road, nevermind had it in the can. Away We Go hits theaters in just a two and a half months, on June 5th 2009, and Focus Features just unloaded the first trailer today. The film is a comedy about a couple who are expecting their first child, who travel around the U.S. in order to find a perfect place to start their family. The movie stars John Krasinski, Maya Rudolph, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Catherine O’Hara, Jeff Daniels and Allison Janney. The movie feels more like Little Miss Sunshine than a film I would expect from Mendes. Watch the trailer after the jump and leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Dropping a huge CMT logo on Slashfilm readers is like lobbing two Wall-E fatties into our communal swimming pool. I had to. The amount of monies offered to Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Robert Duvall to star in CMT FilmsCrazy Heart was not revealed. This logline is awesome…

Bridges will star as a washed-up, alcoholic country singer who gets his life back on track thanks to a reporter-type (Gyllenhaal). (Female reporters in movies, always presumably getting down!)

CMT Films previously envisioned Dale, the admirably titled Dale Earnhardt story, so maybe Duvall, who is also co-producing, will reprise his role in Days of Thunder by shouting and grinning at cars speedin’ around a track. Bridges, who once starred in the pretty cool American Heart, will perform country numbers in the film, and T. Bone Burnett will offer up some new tunes as well. According to Variety, filming starts next month. That leaves plenty of time for pre-gaming.

Slashfilm reader, Sheriff Dewey, refers us to the 1983 film, Tender Mercies, starring Duvall as…

“Mac Sledge, alcoholic former country singer, makes friends with a young widow and her son. The friendship enables him to find inspiration to resume his career.”

Discuss: CMT Films, the new rollerball? The Nascar selection at Target in Brooklyn. Grand Theft Parsons. Cisco Pike.

Gotham City Assistant District Attorney Rachel Dawes has publicly announced her (expected) support behind Harvey Dent for Gotham City District Attorney. Check out the video below, part of The Dark Knight viral campaign, which features the first video of Maggie Gyllenhaal as Dawes. The character was played by Katie Holmes in Batman Begins.

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Discuss: Do you believe in Harvey Dent?

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