John Hillcoat’s THE WETTEST COUNTY Bumped to August 31st
John Hillcoat’s Prohibition-era drama The Wettest County has been pushed back from April 20th to August 31st. Nick Cave (The Proposition) wrote the script based Matt Bondourant‘s novel about two brothers (played by Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy) who become bootleggers in the South during Prohibition. In addition to LaBeouf and Hardy, the outstanding cast also includes Mia Wasikowska, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Guy Pearce, Dane DeHaan, and Jessica Chastain.
With this cast and this premise, it seemed odd that the Weinstein Company would schedule it to April 20th, but the August 31st date doesn’t make much sense either. Hit the jump for positives and negatives of the new date.
April 20th seemed an odd time to schedule the flick but we simply assumed that while the film may be good, it wasn’t a movie that would appeal to Academy voters. However, the August 31st date is troublesome because Labor Day weekend is one of the slowest box office weekends of the year. Audiences are worn out on summer fare and they’re not yet willing to leap into fall film-going. The Help was an exception, and you have to keep in mind that it was based off a ridiculously popular book.
However, there could be an upside to the new release date. The Venice Film Festival is also on August 29th so it’s possible The Weinstein Company want to set the release alongside a major festival (a la Contagion). There’s also the benefit of putting it after The Dark Knight Rises, so journalists can potentially ask Oldman and Hardy about Hillcoat’s movie.
Or TWC could just be burying it like they did with Hillcoat’s previous movie, The Road
Tommy Lee Jones to Play General Douglas MacArthur in EMPEROR
Jones is simply a tremendous actor that I should pay more attention to.Here’s the press release:
Los Angeles, January 17, 2012: Academy Award winner Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln, Men in Black, The Fugitive) joins Matthew Fox (World War Z, I, Alex Cross, Lost) in EMPEROR (working title) from director Peter Webber (Girl with a Pearl Earring). Jones will portray General Douglas MacArthur in the film which is based on a screenplay by David Klass (Walking Tall, Desperate Measures, Kiss the Girls) and Vera Blasi (Woman on Top, Tortilla Soup), EMPEROR will be produced by Yoko Narahashi (The Last Samurai), Gary Foster (Ghost Rider, Daredevil, Sleepless in Seattle, The Soloist), Eugene Nomura (Tajomaru, Surely Some Day) and Russ Krasnoff (The Soloist).
Producer Gary Foster said: “Tommy will bring strength, intelligence, and gravitas to the portrayal of General Douglas MacArthur, a legendary American hero.”
Inspired by true events, EMPEROR is an epic story of love and understanding set amidst the tensions and uncertainties of the days immediately following the Japanese surrender at the end of World War II. On the staff of General Douglas MacArthur (Jones), the de facto ruler of Japan as Supreme Commander of the occupying forces, a leading Japanese expert, General Bonner Fellers (Fox) is charged with reaching a decision of historical importance: should Emperor Hirohito be tried and hanged as a war criminal?
Interwoven with this nail-biting political thriller is the story of Fellers’ love affair with Aya, a Japanese exchange student he had met years previously in the U.S. Memories of Aya and his quest to find her in the ravaged post-war landscape help Fellers to discover both his wisdom and his humanity and enable him to come to the momentous decision that changed the course of history and the future of two nations.
‘Compliance’ – Human Gullibility Is Showcased In Sundance’s Most Controversial Film [Sundance 2012] | /Film
And, just like that...I'm interested.Craig Zobel‘s Compliance made me want to walk out of the theater. Not as a reaction to the film’s quality, however. On the contrary, Compliance is actually quite accomplished. Actually, it’s so effective it made me want to walk out because the real life events portrayed were so enraging, so unbelievable, so easily avoidable and painted such a bad light on humanity that I could almost not stomach sitting in the theater.
In the film, a man posing as a police officer calls a local fast food restaurant and accuses an employee named Becky (Dreama Walker) of stealing from a customer. The man asks her manager Sandra (Ann Dowd) to at first detain, and later search her employee. From there things devolve to almost unbelievable and upsetting depths. I say “almost unbelievable” because the film is based on true events that happened at a Kentucky McDonald’s in 2004. (In the film, however, McDonald’s isn’t mentioned for obvious reasons.)
At the first public screening of Compliance, Zobel was screamed at by audience members and accused of misogyny. Other Q&A’s also featured awkward and uncomfortable questions/comments as people wrestled with the disturbing events in the film.
Dunno if this one has been discussed, but Snowtown looks good. At work, so can't post a trailer
Man I want to see this!!!!!!!In recent memory, only last year’s Martha Marcy May Marlene made my skin crawl and stomach turn like Compliance. In some ways, Compliance is far worse since it goes beyond two people and instead casts an accusatory finger at humanity and asks, “How easily can you be tricked into dehumanizing another person?” Craig Zobel‘s incredible script and brilliant direction slowly puts you in a chokehold until you’re struggling to breathe and begging to be let go. Compliance is almost impossibly difficult to endure and it only eases up when Zobel makes a minor mistake in casting, explanation, or resolution. But these are small missteps in a film that sickens you to your core. And then it gets worse when you remember that the story is based on true events.
...Compliance starts to stumble at the end when it starts taking shortcuts and offering resolutions it doesn’t need. Like Daniels’ dialogue, a false word can’t stand and a false moment must be turned into truth. For almost all of its punishing runtime, the movie inhabits a terrifyingly convincing evil. There aren’t many people like Daniels in the world, but that’s not the point. The point is forcing us to consider our friends and co-workers and wonder how much of a push it would take for us to betray them or for them to betray us. Compliance is a disturbing, unrelenting reminder of how easy we are to break and how easily we can break each other.
Michael Fassbender Takes the Lead in Ridley Scott’s Next Film ‘The Counselor’ | Geeks of Doom
Less than two weeks ago we reported that the prolific Ridley Scott had already lined up his first post-Prometheus directing gig, and it wasn’t that Blade Runner sequel he’s been talking about lately. Scott signed on to direct The Counselor, which is the first original screenplay written by acclaimed author Cormac McCarthy (No Country for Old Men). Now, the filmmaker has found his leading man, and it is another cinematic talent who likes to keep busy.
Michael Fassbender, soon to be seen as the android David in Prometheus, has taken the lead role of a respectable attorney who decides to dabble in the drug trade and ends up way over his head, as would be expected.
You could put that in the Fassbender thread.