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.”

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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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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

away we go

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?

The Dark Knight: New SPOILERS Revealed

The Dark Knight

Okay, so I open up my e-mail and there is a message from a Chicago spy who has chosen to spill the beans on all sorts of plot points for The Dark Knight, Christopher Nolan’s upcoming Batman Begins sequel.

So the question is, should I post them? I don’t even know if they are legit, but this guy has been dead on in the past. But for now the following information must be taken as rumor. There is some pretty major stuff being revealed: Deaths, Transformations, and stuff that I’ve never even seen mentioned on the internet forums. After some deliberation, I’ve decided that information should be free. And so you will find these juicy Dark Knight tidbits after the jump.

But before I get to the spoilers, let me first say that the main cast from The Dark Knight should be appearing unannounced at Wizard World Chicago this weekend so we should know a lot more come Monday.

WARNING: Beware, Spoilers are below. So if you don’t want to know, don’t read any further.

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The Joker

Warner Bros has released a new photo and teaser trailer for the Batman Begins sequel, The Dark Knight. The new photo shows The Joker (Heath Ledger) holding a knife up to Rachel Dawes (Maggie Gyllenhaal). The teaser trailer would have been great if it had been released a few months ago, but now that we’ve seen a bunch of official photos from the film (including a couple of The Joker himself), it seems rather lame and content-less. But you can check the teaser trailer out for yourself after the jump.

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Maggie Gyllenhaal Cast in The Dark Knight


Maggie Gyllenhaal is in final talks to star in Christopher Nola’s Batman Begins sequel, The Dark Knight.
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The latest Batman The Dark Knight casting rumor has Maggie Gyllenhaal to replace Katie Holmes as Assistant D.A. Rachel Dawes. Not a bad idea. But I’m guessing that like most of the other Batman casting rumors, it’s not true.

All Star directors helm The Office: Lost Co-creator JJ Abrams, Serenity/Buffy The Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon, and Groundhog Day director Harold Ramis have directed episodes of the Office. Whedon’s episode airs tonight, while the Abrams episode will air next week.

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Magnolia Pictures will release The Signal in theaters on August 10th 2007. We loved this horror flick at Sundance. I hope is gets a wide release. Knowing Magnolia, probably not.

Universal has acquired the rights to make a movie about Milli Vanilli, the pop rock duo who were exposed as frauds. Sounds like it would make a better television movie to me.

Sideshow Collectables announces limited edition Hostel 12-inch figures. I wish I had more money.