First Look: John Wells’ The Company Men

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Maria Bello and Craig T Nelson have joined the independent drama The Company Men. I haven’t written about this film on /Film yet, so I thought I’d take the opportunity with this last minute casting news.

Written and directed by John Wells, the film tells the story of three men trying to survive a round of corporate downsizing at a major company, and how that affects them, their families and communities over the course of one year. Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones, Kevin Costner, Chris Cooper and Rosemarie DeWitt have already been cast.
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Last night, I was listening to Tom Scharpling’s “The Best Show,” and the topic was haunted movies. Mid-conversation he brings up his disgust with the new ad for DirecTV featuring a living Craig T. Nelson and a nicely preserved Heather O’Rourke milking Poltgergeist in time for Halloween. Though I had seen this ad days just days ago, I had repressed it in horror (might have been high)!

What makes the ad truly declasse is that Nelson wakes up next to his wife (or does he?) with the TV on. Forget that a dead child actress is in his room with animated spirits flowing through her. He breaks the fourth wall and admits, “Forgetting to switch to DirecTV? Yeah, that’s going to come back to haunt me.” I hear going to Hell is pretty haunting as well.

Discuss: Did this ad convince you to sign up?