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Casting Net: Tommy Lee Jones joins 'Criminal,' Rooney Mara replaces Jessica Chastain in 'The Secret Scripture'

Tommy Lee Jones is joining Kevin Costner and Gary Oldman in Criminal. Ariel Vromen is directing the thriller from Millenium Films, which tells the story of a prison inmate who is implanted with a dead CIA operative’s memories, secrets, and skills with the hope that he will stop a diabolical plot. Jones will play a neuroscientist who transplants said intelligence. Douglas Cook and David Weisberg wrote the script. Chris Bender, J.C. Spink, and Matt O’Toole will produce. [THR]

• Rooney Mara is heading to The Secret Scripture, which will be directed by Jim Sheridan. The drama follows a 100-year-old woman, Roseanne, who writes the story of her life in a secret memoir while spending time in mental institutions. Mara replaces Jessica Chastain as the younger Roseanne, who survives a brutal childhood, but later suffers at the hand of a vindictive Catholic priest. Vanessa Redgrave also stars. Johnny Ferguson is adapting Sebastian Barry’s 2008 novel of the same name. Noel Pearson is producing. [Deadline]

• Dan Stevens will star in the indie drama The Ticket. Oren Moverman is producing, with Lawrence Inglee joining him. Ido Fluk is writing and directing. The film tells the story of a blind man who is able to see again, but becomes entirely selfish, obsessed with the superficial. The film begins production in upstate New York in August. [Variety]

Hilary Swank and Tommy Lee Jones team up in 'The Homesman' trailer -- VIDEO

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Tommy Lee Jones directed, co-wrote, and produced the upcoming drama The Homesman. He also stars in it as a claim jumper who has to help a pioneer woman (Hilary Swank) escort three troubled women from Nebraska to Iowa to pay her back for saving his life. Talk about responsibility.

The movie also features Meryl Streep, William Fichtner, and Hailee Steinfeld; Jesse Plemons makes an appearance in the trailer as well. No release date for the film has been announced, but you can watch the first trailer below:

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'The Family' international trailer: Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer raise some gangsters

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When it comes to the Blake family, old habits certainly die hard. In The Family, Robert De Niro plays Fred Blake, a mobster forced to move to France under witness protection with his family. But from the looks of the new international teaser trailer, Fred, his wife Maggie (Michelle Pfeiffer) and children Belle (Dianna Agron) and Warren (John D’Leo) have a hard time lying low. Poor Tommy Lee Jones has to try and pick up the pieces and keep this mobster family under wraps.

Though the premise might be a little familiar — My Blue Heaven? Lilyhammer? — the cast certainly has piqued my interest. Who wouldn’t want to see Tommy Lee Jones and a scruffy Robert De Niro face off? Or Michelle Pfeiffer blowing things up? Plus, I’m a bit curious to see if Glee‘s Dianna Agron has the makings of a film star.

There’s plenty of violence, one-liners, and beautiful surroundings — clear marks of director Luc Besson’s handiwork. The Family (or Malavita, as it’s being called in Europe) is due in theaters on Sept. 13. Check out the trailer below: READ FULL STORY

'The Family' trailer: Robert De Niro goes back to his movie-mafia roots

Well… sort of. Think of The Family as the mafia comedy that follows the events of Analyze This and Analyze That. (Analyze The Other Thing?)

De Niro plays an ex-mobster who snitches on his old pals and is then relocated to Normandy, France under the witness protection program. (Normandy is so much different than Lilyhammer.) The first half of the trailer plays like a classic fish-out-of-water tale with a violent twist: De Niro’s wife (Michelle Pfeiffer) gets back at some snooty Frenchmen by burning down their grocery store! His daughter (Dianna Agron, looking pleased to be free of the Glee-verse) uses her tennis racquet to beat up a guy who hit on her! His son (John D’Leo) is running some sort of mini-crime ring at the high school!

And then, in the second half, everything starts exploding. Director Luc Besson and executive producer Martin Scorsese really know how to give the people what they want.

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Check out first poster for 'Emperor' with Tommy Lee Jones and Matthew Fox -- EXCLUSIVE

Tommy Lee Jones is following up his role as Rep. Thaddeus Stevens in Lincoln with a performance as another curmudgeonly historical figure, this time as General Douglas MacArthur in the days following Japan’s World War II surrender. Jones brings the polarizing general to life in Emperor, set to open in theaters March 8. Here EW debuts the poster for the historical drama.

The darkly elegant poster features Jones in the background and co-star Matthew Fox in the foreground, with title text that incorporates the rising sun of the Japanese flag. Check it out below: READ FULL STORY

'Argo' wins ensemble prize at SAG Awards

prize_fighter1_bannerAfter losing a key Oscar nomination, Argo continues its run of winning every other top prize.

The film claimed the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble on Sunday, giving it yet another top prize as it heads into the Feb. 24 Oscars. The night before, it claimed the Producers Guild Award for Best Production. READ FULL STORY

Tommy Lee Jones and Matthew Fox in 'Emperor' trailer -- VIDEO

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Who would you rather sit next to on a plane: General MacArthur or Tommy Lee Jones?

In the first official trailer for Emperor, Matthew Fox doesn’t really get a choice in the matter. The unlikely pair are on their way to Japan in the immediate aftermath of World War II, and must determine whether or not Emperor Hirohito is a war criminal. They only have ten days to do so.

Click past the jump to watch the trailer, and remind yourself that Tommy Lee Jones can look as unhappy as he wants at awards shows, as long as he continues to nail lines like “let’s show them some good old-fashioned American swagger.”

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'Hope Springs' Blu-ray: Tommy Lee Jones and his corgi fantasy -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones are both Ivy Leaguers who broke into Hollywood in the 1970s and went on to become Academy Award winners, but somehow they never managed to truly work together. Yes, they both co-starred in Robert Altman’s A Prairie Home Companion in 2006, but they never shared a scene, making Hope Springs, that summer movie that your mom and her book club raved about, extremely special. The duo play an aging married couple who have allowed the sizzle to go out from their marriage, and Steve Carell is the marriage specialist tasked with getting them back in the groove. The Blu-ray and DVD are released today, and EW has an exclusive clip from the DVD Gag Reel. Two reasons why this gag reel is superior to 99 percent of gag reels: Tommy Lee Jones and corgis. READ FULL STORY

'Lincoln' trailer: Know your Civil War history before watching Daniel Day-Lewis bring it to life

At the Sundance Film Festival in January, Joseph Gordon-Levitt said that acting opposite Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln was “uncanny.” He said, “I had absolutely no problem fully believing that I was standing across from and speaking to Abraham Lincoln.”

After seeing the trailer for Steven Spielberg’s long-in-the-works historical drama about the last four months of the president’s life, I have an inkling how Gordon-Levitt must have felt. There are no audio recordings of Lincoln’s voice, but when Day-Lewis concludes at the end, “…shall we stop this bleeding,” who doesn’t doubt that his is the voice of the Great Emancipator himself. It just feels and sounds… right.

Seeing Abraham Lincoln living and breathing on the screen is thrilling, especially since Hollywood hasn’t really given the 16th president his due since Henry Fonda played him in 1939. (Sorry Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.) Day-Lewis instills a sadness and grace that remind us of the incredible weight on his shoulders. As Spielberg said in the Google+ Hangout video that followed the online trailer premiere last night, “We treat him as a man, not a monument.”

It’s difficult to tell exactly where the movie picks up, but it’s understood that Lincoln has been re-elected, and that city on fire just might be one of the Southern cities in General Sherman’s path on his March to the Sea, which helped break the back of the Confederacy in December 1864. Don’t expect too many such action sequences, though; Spielberg said battlefield scenes take a back seat to Lincoln’s political struggles to end the war and pass the 13th amendment to guarantee the promise of the Emancipation Proclamation. When we first meet Lincoln, the Proclamation and the Gettysburg Address have already been written and delivered. His place in history is already assured. Yet the war rages on. READ FULL STORY

Toronto Film Festival: Tommy Lee Jones strikes a pose as General MacArthur -- EXCLUSIVE

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General Douglas MacArthur, polarizing World War II general who accepted Japan’s surrender, knew how to make an impression. When he fulfilled his promise to American troops and allies that he would eventually return to liberate the Philippines in 1944, he made sure that news cameras captured his moment of triumph — he dramatically made his way through the waves and on to the beach several times, just to make sure.

In Emperor, a new film that premieres tomorrow at the Toronto Film Festival, Tommy Lee Jones plays the conquering general as Americans troops arrive in Japan for post-war occupation and have to decide whether to treat the defeated nation’s figurehead as a war criminal. Jones doesn’t necessarily have the patrician bearing of MacArthur — or actors like Gregory Peck and Henry Fonda, who played the general in previous films — but he certainly mastered his supreme confidence. “I bear no real resemblance to MacArthur but when you put on the military uniform with lots of fruit salad on the front and smoke a corncob pipe — that’s the image that he cultivated and it became iconic,” said Jones.

In this exclusive clip, MacArthur prepares his men for battle — the intellectual and propaganda battle to win the peace after dropping two atomic bombs. READ FULL STORY

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