The first time Terry Gilliam tried to shoot The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, he had stars Johnny Depp and Jean Rochefort. That production ran into myriad difficulties and was shut down (as chronicled by us in other articles and in the doc Lost in La Mancha) but Gilliam is about to try again. Last year he revealed that Rochefort’s role would be played by Robert Duvall. And now we know that Depp’s role will be taken by Ewan McGregor. Read More »


I don’t know how Brad Pitt really has time to schedule anything of late, but evidently he’s trying to get The Hatfields and the McCoys made at Warner Bros. The film would cover the legendary American family feud, and now has Crazy Heart director Scott Cooper attached to direct. Read More »

‘Get Low’ Trailer


Get Low, which features Bill Murray as a scheming funeral director hired by an irascible hermit (Robert Duvall) to stage his own funeral while alive, did well at the Toronto Film Festival and was quickly bought by Sony Pictures Classics. Now there’s a trailer for the odd-looking comedy. Read More »


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Robert Duvall Says Terry Gilliam Wants Him For Quixote


Back in October, Terry Gilliam told Empire he thought he’d found his Don Quixote to play in the revised version of The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. He refused to reveal the name. Suggestions were that we’d have to wait for some time to discover who he had in mind. But now the actor has come right out and said it — or at least, an actor has come out and said that Gilliam wants him for the role. Robert Duvall, take a bow. Now put on this conquistador armor. Read More »

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Reporting on an event like TIFF from the comfort of my own home is frustrating. There’s the drive to learn as much about all the new films as possible, without learning too much and unavoidably pre-judging the films before actually seeing them. But some reviews just have to be read. I’d been curious about the Greek film Dogtooth since it debuted at Cannes, where it went on to win in the Un Certain Regard sidebar. And Get Low, which unites Robert Duvall, Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek and Lucas Black, just sounded like a great little flick.

Now both movies are earning great notes out of Toronto. Dogtooth has a distribution deal and Robert Duvall’s performance in Get Low is the one everybody seems to be talking about. Read More »

The Road Movie Trailer

The Road

Dimension Films has finally released a movie trailer for John Hillcoat‘s feature film adaption of Cormac McCarthy’s novel The Road. Earlier this week Esquire Magazine published a review of the film, calling it “The Most Important Film of The Year.”

The film tells the story of a man (Viggo Mortensen) and his young son (Kodi Smit McPhee.) traveling through a desperate, post-apocalyptic world. The flap jacket on the book describes the setting as “burned America.”The film co-stars Robert Duvall and Charlize Theron, and Guy Pearce.

As expected, the trailer is really playing up the post-apocalyptic imagery and more genre/thriller elements. Watch the trailer after the jump and tell me what you think in the comments below.
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Esquire Magazine’s Tom Chiarella has posted the first review of John Hillcoat‘s feature film adaption of Cormac McCarthy’s novel The Road, and calls it “The most important movie of the year.” Here are a couple excerpts:

The Road is no tease. It is a brilliantly directed adaptation of a beloved novel, a delicate and anachronistically loving look at the immodest and brutish end of us all. You want them to get there, you want them to get there, you want them to get there — and yet you do not want it, any of it, to end.”

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Dimension Films and 2929 Productions have finally announced that they will be releasing John Hillcoat‘s adaptation of the Cormac McCarthy novel The Road, on October 16th 2009.

The film was originally set to debut during the 2008 Oscar season, but was supposedly pulled due to visual effects issues. Many speculated that the Weinsteins were starting to doubt the dark film’s award potential. Many had expected the film to be dumped in the first quarter dumping ground, but an October release shows that the studio still has some confidence in potential award consideration.

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First Look: The Road

Dimension Films has released new production photos for John Hillcoat‘s upcoming adaptation of Cormac McCarthy‘s best-selling, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Road in USA Today.

Academy Award nominee Viggo Mortensen, Academy Award winners Robert Duvall and Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce and 12-year-old Kodi Smit McPhee star in the the story of a man (Mortensen) and his young son (Smit-McPhee) traveling through a desperate, post-apocalyptic world. The flap jacket on the book describes the setting as “burned America”.

“Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don’t know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food—and each other.”

And where do you find this post-apocalyptic burned America? In Pittsburgh of course. Hillcoat didn’t want to go the CGI route, and instead found abandoned coal fields, a deserted amusement park and an 8-mile stretch of closed freeway (some of which is seen above) in and around Pittsburgh. The photos look fanatically bleak.

The Road is scheduled to hit theaters in New York and Los Angeles in mid November and expand on November 26th 2008.