what they had trailer

Hilary Swank has been acting since she was a teenager, but it’s only been recently when she’s taken on the role of mother with a degree of regularity. In her latest film, What They Had, she plays mother to a troubled college student, played by Taissa Farmiga. But her real trial comes when Swank’s Bridget returns to her hometown of Chicago after a medical scare regarding her mother (Blythe Danner). Her father (Robert Forster) refuses to even acknowledge that his wife is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, while her brother (a very funny Michael Shannon, in full smarmy jerk mode) already has the paperwork ready to put both his parents in quite nice assisted-living facilities.

What They Had is about a lot of things, most of which are related to a family’s inability to talk about medical care, but bigger-picture dramas like the inability to please our parents no matter how hard we try and how we sometimes lose our voice and dreams by trying to live up to certain familial expectations. These weighty subjects courtesy of actor-turned-first-time-writer/director Elizabeth Chomko, who debuted the film at Sundance in January. The Chicago native based a great deal of the story on her own experiences returning home over the years, and Swank was especially keen on capturing that feeling of being a prodigal offspring, returning to the place that both shaped her and rejected her desires.

/Film spoke to Swank — a two-time, Academy Award-winner for Boys Don’t Cry and Million Dollar Baby — recently via phone about her connection to the journey her character takes in the movie, what made her trust and value her writer/director’s vision, and how great it is having Michael Shannon as your pretend brother. What They Had is currently in select theaters and will expand in the coming weeks.

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what they had review

Alzheimer’s, estranged family, life lessons, Hilary Swank – just add a free space and you’ve gotten a winning card in prestige drama card bingo! And yet, in that incalculably magic way that movies can achieve, What They Had manages to come out to something more than the sum of its imperfect parts. The film, written and directed by newcomer Elizabeth Chomko, often feels like the first feature that it is. But with some help from a crack team of actors as well as her own reservoir of compassion, she steers the film confidently through some turbulent waters.

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what they had trailer

What They Had looks like a film designed to make you weep, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Hilary Swank and Michael Shannon star in the drama about a family struggling to deal with their matriarch’s Alzheimer’s disease. Watch the What They Had trailer below, and then go have yourself a good cry.

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trust trailer fx

The fortunes and misfortunes of the Getty family were recently chronicled in the Ridley Scott film All the Money in the World. Now, the Gettys are jumping from the big screen to the small with the FX series Trust. Director Danny Boyle helms the show, which stars Donald Sutherland as greedy oil tycoon J. Paul Getty. A new Trust trailer below lays out the lifestyles of the rich and famous Gettys.

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Logan Lucky Trailer

After planning three heists in Ocean’s Eleven, Ocean’s Twelve and Ocean’s Thirteen, the formerly retired Steven Soderbergh is back behind the camera for a new heist, and he’s brought his Magic Mike star with him.

Logan Lucky follows Channing Tatum as Jimmy Logan, a thirtysomething man fired from his job, looking to turn the bad luck of the Logan family around once and for all by pulling off a heist at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. But he’ll need the help of his reluctant, one-armed brother Clyde (Adam Driver) and an incarcerated robbery expert named Joe Bang (Daniel Craig) to help him out. It’s the kind of comedic crime you’d expect from Steven Soderbergh, and a new trailer just arrived with a bunch of new footage.

Watch the new Logan Lucky trailer below. Read More »

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu - The One Percent Series

Academy Award-winning director Alejandro G. Iñárritu‘s (The Revenant) television series, The One Percent, now needs a new home. After some production delays, Starz decided to let go of the series they gave a straight-to-series order to back in 2014. The One Percent, which Iñárritu is going to shoot in sequence, is set to star Hilary Swank and Greg Kinnear, and Ed Harris might join them.

Below, learn more about the The One Percent series.

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Hilary Swank in The Homesman

Nearly ten years after making the leap to directing with The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, Tommy Lee Jones is back behind the camera with The Homesman. (In the interim, he made The Sunset Limited for cable.) The new film is a Western, like the last one was, but of a very different type.

Hilary Swank stars as tough frontier woman Mary Bee Cuddy, tasked with transporting three mentally ill women to a sanitarium in Iowa. She enlists the help of desperate drifter George Briggs (Jones) in exchange for saving his life. Hit the jump to watch the first The Homesman U.S. trailer.

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Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu tv series

Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s film career remains plenty busy, with the dark comedy Birdman due out later this year and the revenge drama The Revenant gearing up for next year. Nevertheless, he’s preparing to dive into the world of cable TV.

Starz has just given a ten-episode order to The One Percent, a drama co-created by Iñárritu. Ed Helms, Hilary Swank, and Ed Harris are on board to star. Hit the jump for more on the Iñárritu TV series.

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homesman trailer

Tommy Lee Jones has directed two TV movies (most recently The Sunset Limited) and one great theatrical feature, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada. Now he has finished another film, which adapts Glendon Swarthout’s novel The Homesman. Jones’ movie will likely premiere at Cannes, and has a French release planned for May.

The first Homesman trailer is now out, and it proves that Jones has employed a great cast — besides Jones himself, the roster features Hilary Swank, Hailee Steinfeld, Meryl Streep, Tim Blake Nelson, James Spader, William Fichtner, and Jesse Plemons. It also suggests that Jones has employed the same combination of action and lyrical style seen in other westerns such as Unforgiven.   Read More »

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‘New Year’s Eve’ Trailer #2 and Poster

A new poster and trailer have dropped for New Year’s Eve, Garry Marshall‘s follow-up to his commercial hit Valentine’s Day. The film appears to be essentially just Valentine’s Day with warmer clothing and some casting changes. Once again, Marshall brings together lots of big-name celebs for a collection of interlinked love stories that revolve around the holiday name-checked in the title.

This time around, the stars are Ashton Kutcher, Jessica Biel, Hector Elizondo, Robert De Niro, Halle Berry, Katherine Heigl, Josh Duhamel, Til Schweiger, Lea Michele, Zac Efron, Abigail Breslin, Sofia Vergara, Alyssa Milano, Hilary Swank, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michelle Pfeiffer, Ice Cube, Seth Meyers, John Stamos, Jon Bon Jovi, John Lithgow, Ludacris, and Ryan Seacrest, who all converge in or around Times Square on New Year’s Eve. Watch the trailer and check out the poster after the jump.

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