• Olivia Wilde (Drinking Buddies) is set to star in and produce the psychological thriller Meadowland. Reed Morano, the cinematographer on Kill Your Darlings and The Skeleton Twins, will make her directorial debut on the film about a woman who developed a relationship with a neglected boy after her own son disappears. Production will begin this summer, after Wilde gives birth. [Deadline]
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Casting Net: Shia LaBeouf to 'Rock the Kasbah' with Bill Murray; Plus, Bill Hader in talks for 'Trainwreck', more
• Shia LaBeouf is not retiring, it seems. The Nymphomaniac star, thrust into the spotlight recently by an ever-escalating plagiarism controversy, has signed on to Barry Levinson’s Rock the Kasbah alongside a host of high-profile names including Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Zooey Deschanel, Danny McBride, and Kate Hudson. The film follows a past-his-prime rock manager who takes his sole client on a USO tour in Afghanistan. While in Kabul, the manager discovers a young talent and enters her into the Afghan Star contest — Afghanistan’s version of American Idol. [The Wrap]
Remember that episode of Mad Men where Betty shoots her neighbor’s pigeons? Now substitute pigeons for Jason Isaacs, and about half the Wild West, in the upcoming Sweetwater.
January Jones stars as a homesteader whose husband is killed by Isaacs’ character, a fanatical religious murderer. Ed Harris stars as a lawman on the hunt for the same man — but with different motives.
The film is ultra-violent, featuring Jones performing ruthless acts of justice throughout. With a distinct flavor taken directly from a certain other western that did well critically and at the box office (True Grit, anyone?), the trailer lauds the film as a take-no-prisoners revenge fest.
Check it out below:
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Six years ago, Logan and Noah Miller ambushed Ed Harris after a screening at the San Francisco Film Festival and told him that he had to play their late father in their movie. Daniel Miller had passed away on a jailhouse floor four months before after a life marred by alcoholism, but before he’d died, the identical twins had promised him that they would make a movie about his life — and that Ed Harris would play him. Despite no Hollywood experience and no financing in place, the boys were persuasive and Harris rather quickly agreed. “They’re smart and I just couldn’t say no,” Harris told EW in 2010. “They wouldn’t let me say no. They’ve just got this energy that’s pretty undeniable.”
Touching Home, which also starred the brothers as aspiring baseball players — which they had been in real life — opened in a handful of theaters in April 2010. But that little-seen movie was just the beginning of a beautiful friendship — one whose most recent fruit is the violent Western Sweetwater, which just debuted at Sundance. Set in New Mexico Territory in the late 1800s, the movie stars Mad Men‘s January Jones as a vengeful wife who strikes back at a religious zealot (Jason Isaacs) who wants her land and may have killed her husband. And of course, Ed Harris is along for the ride, playing an eccentric, long-haired sheriff sent to the town of Sweetwater to investigate two other unsolved murders. READ FULL STORY
January Jones is ready to get her hands dirty. Best known for playing the icy and elegant ex-Mrs. Draper on Mad Men, the beautiful blonde stars as a vengeful 19th-century frontier woman in Sweetwater, an indie with Ed Harris and Jason Isaacs that premieres next week at the Sundance Film Festival. Sarah and her Hispanic husband, Miguel (Eduardo Noriega), court trouble when a sadistic local rancher (Isaacs) eyes their land and is threatened by their independence. But when Miguel disappears, Sarah proves she’s no pioneer pushover. “She reminded me of Clint Eastwood in Pale Rider, kind of dark and mean,” says Jones. “She has a stalking, predator type quality that I’d only really seen in male roles, and I tried to summon that up when I was playing her.”
Harris plays a sheriff who might prove helpful to Sarah’s plight, but they both have to face down Lucius Malfoy himself. “When I first met [Isaacs] off screen, he’s super charming and a very handsome man with very blue eyes,” admits Jones. “But there were moments in the film when he needed to frighten me, and he did a good job. There wasn’t a lot of acting involved.”
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In the new trailer for Justice, Nicolas Cage finds himself in a Strangers on a Train-esque quandary. Yes, his wife was assaulted and he wants to settle the score, but as any astute moviegoer knows, never say “yes” to a man offering help if he warns you he’ll be asking for a favor down the road. Never! I won’t spoil what favor Guy Pearce asks of Cage’s character (though the trailer does), but I will tell you it’s not picking up some overdue dry cleaning. See the full promo after the jump. READ FULL STORY
Like the fiery redhead or the sultry brunet, the cool blonde is one of those old-fashioned, L’Oréal-sanctioned visual codes for female sexual temperament that white western audiences still eat up like yellow popcorn. Alfred Hitchcock knew that — that’s why he made a fetish of his blond heroines, none cooler on the outside (and, if fantasies came true, hotter on the inside) than Grace Kelly.
I’m dreaming in hair color lately as I’ve been considering the recent dye-cast career of January Jones — first and most effectively as a porcelain-doll housewife blonde in Mad Men; later and more problematically as a “funny” blonde-joke blonde hosting SNL; and now, with only intermittent success, as a very, very icy blonde in X-Men: First Class. This time around, as the descriptively named Emma Frost, Jones’ ambitious blonde works on the side of evil, clad in sexy James Bond-worthy underwear that accentuates her sides of good. The actress’s READ FULL STORY
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