All Is Lost / Walter Mitty

Along with dropping temperatures and changing leaves, one hallmark of the summer-to-fall transition is the gradual replacement of action-movie tentpoles with awards season hopefuls at the multiplex. With Labor Day weekend just around the corner, the first posters have dropped for two Oscar contenders coming to theaters in the cooler months.

The first poster, for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, features director/star Ben Stiller literally walking on air, while the one for J.C. Chandor‘s survival drama All Is Lost drags Robert Redford down into the water. Check them out after the jump.

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We don’t see a lot of actors doing solo pieces on film. It takes guts to be the only person projected on a screen for 90 minutes. But in All Is Lost, Robert Redford plays a sailor whose boat collides with an abandoned shipping container, wounding his ship and setting him up for a very difficult time at sea. Redford is the only person in the film, so no one can hear him when he screams the one line in the trailer: “help!”

The film comes from J.C. Chandor, who made Margin Call, and this first trailer makes it out to be very effective, if quietly so. All the splashy review comments from the film’s Cannes debut certainly insist that we watch this. After looking at the trailer a couple times I’m inclined to agree.  Read More »

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Damn, how David Lowery‘s career has rocketed forward this year. After a few years in which he crafted a string of shorts and the feature St. Nick, Lowery had three films at Sundance this past January. They were Pit Stop (which he co-wrote), Upstream Color (which he edited), and the great modern-ish western Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, which he wrote and directed. Saints is, as far as I’m concerned, among the best films of 2013 so far; it will be released by IFC later this year.

Lowery was recently set to write a remake of Pete’s Dragon for Disney, and now he’ll direct Robert Redford in a film called The Old Man and the Gun. The story is centered on Forrest Tucker, a lifelong bankrobber who spent much of his life in jail, whose story came to light after he was arrested for a Florida bank robbery at the age of 78.

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier is set for release one year from now, on April 4, 2014. So that’s exactly how long directors Anthony and Joe Russo will have to complete the film. Principal photography began Monday, and Disney released the first image along with a full press release. The release confirms the returns of Chris Evans, Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan, and the presence of new additions Robert Redford, Anthony Mackie, Frank Grillo, Georges St. Pierre and others. Read it below and see the first image from the film in high res. Read More »

A Walk in the Woods / Richard Linklater

After trying for the better part of a decade, Robert Redford may finally be able to bring Bill Bryson‘s travel memoir A Walk in the Woods to the big screen. Richard Linklater has just signed on to direct the project, which boasts a recent draft from Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Richard Russo. Redford remains attached to produce and star as Bryson, opposite Nick Nolte as Bryson’s friend Stephen Katz. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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No one hires Robert Redford for a throwaway role. The announcement that the actor would play a part in Marvel Studios’ upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier came as a surprise, and brought a mystery: what’s his role? Most of the big parts are filled by the likes of Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Emily VanCamp, Frank Grillo, Cobie Smulders, Toby Jones, Scarlett Johansson, and Samuel L. Jackson.

Turns out, Redford plays a role he describes as “the head of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Read More »

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What did Robert Redford have to say about his role in Captain America: The Winter Soldier? When are the scores for Iron Man 3 and Man of Steel set for release? How does Clark Gregg describe his return in Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show? Was there a major Man of Steel spoiler revealed over the weekend? Want to see a new Kick-Ass 2 character poster? How about some promotional materials for Iron Man 3? Is Marvel going to host a Iron Man marathon in early May? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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One of the most recognizable actors in the world could soon become a part of the Marvel Universe. Robert Redford is in discussions to join the cast of Captain America: The Winter Soldier as a senior S.H.I.E.L.D. official. He’d star along Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson and Scarlett Johansson in the Joe and Anthony Russo directed film out April 4, 2014. Read More »

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