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Sandra Bullock joins David Gordon Green's 'Our Brand Is Crisis'

Sandra Bullock is set to star in David Gordon Green’s Our Brand Is Crisis, sources have confirmed. The film, written by Peter Straughan, is based on the 2005 documentary of the same name. The doc followed American political campaign marketing tactics in the 2002 Bolivian presidential election, which saw Evo Morales lose to Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada.

According to Variety, which first reported the news, Bullock has been in talks for the political dramedy for months now. Bullock will also serve as an executive producer on the film alongside George Clooney and Grant Heslov’s Smokehouse Pictures.

'Joe' star Nicolas Cage 'could handle a venomous cottonmouth snake without protection' -- EXCLUSIVE POSTER


Nicolas Cage is a force; you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who would deny that. But the prolific actor has been toeing the line of self-parody in the past few decades with his larger-than-life characters. In the Southern gothic Joe, director David Gordon Green gave Cage the opportunity to lose himself in a serious performance again as an impetuous, selfish ex-con who surprises himself when he becomes protective of a hard-luck kid he hires for lumber work, played by Mud‘s Tye Sheridan.

It was a somewhat unconventional choice, but, it seems to have been an inspired one as well. Cage got raves for his performance after the film premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.

Green always knew he would be perfect for Joe Ransom. “He had tremendous masculinity. He’s just in incredible shape and intimidating in stature. He also has great dramatic range as an actor. He can be in Con-Air and he can be in Leaving Las Vegas. And just for me, personally, and the manner in which I like to work…he’s a funny guy,” Green told EW.  “I like to have a good time when I’m making movies, and he seemed like a guy who would agree.”

So he invited Cage to Austin, where they drove around and talked for a few days about the role. Cage even helped Green scout locations for Prince Avalanche, which Green was about to begin production on at the time. Cage, Green said, “was so eager to reinvent himself. It felt like a great opportunity to me.” READ FULL STORY

Nicolas Cage takes Tye Sheridan under his wing in 'Joe' trailer -- VIDEO


Nicolas Cage dials it back — slightly — in David Gordon Green’s Joe, a dark and gritty Southern gothic indie based on Larry Brown’s 1992 novel. Cage plays Joe, an ex-con who sticks out his neck for the poor kid (Mud‘s Tye Sheridan) who joins his tree-chopping work crew. The boy has promise, but his father, a vile degenerate played by the late Gary Poulter, threatens to smother all that is innocent.

The film played the Venice and Toronto film festivals, and though it still doesn’t have a U.S. release date (Roadside Attractions is planning a 2014 release), the European trailer is now available. Watch it below, and then read about Poulter’s tragic story. READ FULL STORY

Toronto: The sad, tragic story of the homeless-man scene-stealer in Nicolas Cage's movie, 'Joe'


It’s not every day that a homeless person gets to star in a movie opposite an Oscar winner. In David Gordon Green’s dark Southern gothic indie, Joe, Nicolas Cage stars as a good-intentioned but self-destructive ex-con who can’t resist helping his dirt-poor protege, Gary (Mud‘s Tye Sheridan), the product of a broken home. The desperate teen turns to Cage’s Joe for a job, and when the kid shows up the first day with his dear-ol’ dad in tow, it’s apparent to Joe that Gary is in a hopeless situation.

Gary’s father, Wade, is an alkie degenerate who’s quickly fired for his laziness, but it soon becomes clear that it’s not safe to turn your back on him. He beats Gary for his day’s earnings, he pimps out his own daughter for booze money, and woe to the fellow drunk who’s savoring one last sip in his bottle when Wade craves a toot. It’s a haunting portrayal of ugliness and depravity from an actor you’ve never seen before but will likely have a hard time forgetting.

Gary Poulter was living on the streets of Austin, Tex., when a casting director recruited him to audition for Joe. He’d never really acted before, and decades of addiction had laid waste to his appearance, if not his spirit. “He just had this personality and charisma that you can’t find, that you can’t access with an actor who hasn’t lived it,” says Green. “There’s a look in his eye and a texture of his skin, and he’s missing half an ear. There’s just some beautiful qualities in him that for our purposes, brought out an authenticity of the role.”

At the Toronto Film Festival this week, Green and his two Hollywood stars were present after screenings to take bows and answer questions about Joe. Gary Poulter, however, wasn’t there to bask in the applause that he certainly deserved. He wasn’t back in Austin either, trying to find a safe shelter to spend the night. Gary Poulter was dead. READ FULL STORY

Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch in 'Prince Avalanche' -- EXCLUSIVE POSTER

There’s nothing like spending a summer painting road lines on a desolate Texas road to really get to know someone. In Prince Avalanche, Alvin (Paul Rudd) and his girlfriend’s brother Lance (Emile Hirsch) do just that. It’s the summer of 1988 and the mismatched pair are on the job out in the middle of nowhere for the duration.

Directed by David Gordon Green, Prince Avalanche premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and was adapted from the 2011 Icelandic film Either Way. Though Green started his career making lyrical odes to the overlooked classes and places with films like George Washington and All the Real Girls, more recently, Green has found success (and failure) with star-studded broad comedies like Pineapple Express and Your Highness. Based on the trailers and early reviews, Prince Avalanche promises both poignancy and comedy and seems to be an amalgam of Green’s diverse tastes.

Click below to take a look at the new poster for the film, which opens in theaters and VOD on August 9.


Tribeca Film Festival announces new Richard Linklater, David Gordon Green films for line-up

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The Tribeca Film Festival announced the second half of its movie slate today with a lineup that includes Emma Roberts in Adult World, Zac Efron in racing-cum-farming drama At Any Price, and Richard Linklater’s Before Midnight. The releases are in the following categories, which make up the second half of the festival’s feature list: Spotlight, Midnight, Special Screenings, and Storyscapes, a new category this year to recognize work in transmedia — films the incorporate web-based and cross-platform elements.

The Spotlight selection — 33 films: 21 narratives and 12 documentaries — stands out for its range of titles, including premieres from indie darlings (Junebug director Phil Morrison, The Crying Game’s Neil Jordan, David Gordon Green, and Mira Nair), behind-the-camera work from actors (A Case of You, from Justin Long’s script, Clark Gregg’s Trust Me), and documentaries about Richard Pryor, Elaine Stritch, and I Got Somethin’ to Tell You, about Moms Mabley — directed by Whoopi Goldberg.

Said Director of Programming Genna Terranova: “The documentary films in the Spotlight section this year highlight several famous individuals (including one very cute cat) who use their wit and bold personas to make us think and laugh.”

The Midnight films are a group of seven international “raucous and rousing” horror films. Meanwhile, the newly-minted Storyscapes features five entries, including The Exquisite Forest (produced by Google and the Tate Modern) which builds upon user-generated animations made at, and Sandy Storyline, an “ever-growing” collection of survivor’s stories using audio, photography, text, and video.

Buzziest of all is Linklater’s trilogy-ending Midnight, which turned viewers into delirious swoons at Sundance with its return to the story of Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy), soul mates of the heart and head.

The short film program will be announced the week of March 11. Take a look at the full list of selected films after the jump.


Laura's back! 'Little House on the Prairie' movie in early development with Sony


Any young and old(er) fans of little Laura Ingalls – braids and pinafore swinging, as curious as a caffeinated chipmunk – will be excited to know that Sony Pictures is in early development on a movie based on the Little House on the Prairie books and television franchise.

Shame screenwriter Abi Morgan is in talks to write the film, with Pineapple Express filmmaker David Gordon Green in talks to direct, and Scott Rudin and Trip Friendly to produce, a Sony spokesperson confirmed Monday to EW.

The TV series Little House on the Prairie, adapted from writer Laura Ingalls Wilder’s series of novels from the 1930s through early ’40s based on her family’s move through the prairies of the Midwest starting in the late 19th century, aired from 1974 to 1983, and gained a massive following. Melissa Gilbert played the show’s Laura Ingalls, Michael Landon played her father, Charles “Pa” Ingalls, Karen Grassle played her mother, Caroline “Ma” Ingalls, and Melissa Sue Anderson and twins Lindsay and Sidney Greenbush played her sisters.

Morgan, a British screenwriter and playwright, has some industry cred behind her, snagging British Academy of Film and Television Art Awards nominations last year for best original screenplay with the Margaret Thatcher biopic The Iron Lady and outstanding British film for Shame, starring Michael Fassbender. Green is best known for directing comedies, ranging from TV’s Eastbound & Down to last year’s silly royal spoof Your Highness, with Natalie Portman, and 2008’s Pineapple Express, starring James Franco as a total stoner.

Rudin, of course, has produced many Hollywood blockbusters, from The Social Network to Oscar winner No Country For Old Men. With Rudin potentially on board, this Little House on the Prairie film has enough traction to pull a towns-worth of horse-drawn carriages.

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• While no formal offer has yet been made, Jamie Foxx is circling the role of the President of the United States in the thriller White House Down, about a secret service officer (Channing Tatum) who must fend off a paramilitary group that successfully invades the White House. Master of cinema realism Roland Emmerich (2012) will direct. [Variety]

• Robin WilliamsShirley MacLaine, and Project X‘s Oliver Cooper are attached to A Film By Alan Stuart, about a documentary filmmaker eager to make a film about his family’s unique history with World War II. Director Andrew Bergman (Honeymoon in Vegas) will direct from his script. [Deadline]

• Call this casting after-the-fact: Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch have wrapped the heretofore secret indie film Prince Avalanche with writer-director David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express). A remake of the Icelandic comedy Either Way, the film two men working together on a road-striping crew. [Variety]

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