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The San Diego Film Festival has set Reese Witherspoon’s “Wild” as its opening night film on Sept. 24.
The festival has also selected drama “You’re Not You,” starring Hilary Swank, Emmy Rossum and Josh Duhamel as the closing night film on Sept. 27 with Duhamel attending.
The festival is in its 13th year.
Swank stars in “You’re Not You” as a successful classical pianist diagnosed with ALS. Duhamel plays her husband and Rossum portrays a college student who takes a job providing assistance. Warner Bros. has not yet dated the film.
The San Diego festival will feature more than 100 screenings and be held at the Reading Theater in downtown and the ArcLight Cinemas in La Jolla.
You can check out some caps from the trailer which I just added to gallery.
In George C. Wolfe’s You’re Not You, based on the novel of the same name, Hilary Swank stars as Kate, a classical pianist who’s diagnosed with ALS. And thanks to her diagnosis, Kate finds herself in need of an assistant. Enter Bec (Emmy Rossum), a college student and would-be rock singer who doesn’t quite have her life together. But through becoming Kate’s assistant, Bec’s outlook on life will change. And through having Bec as an assistant, so will Kate’s.
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The line-up of the 41st Telluride Film Festival, which its organizers unveiled today, is full of some of the most buzzed-about Oscar hopefuls. Among the films that are set to screen in the Rocky Mountains over the Labor Day weekend are the world premieres of The Imitation Game, perhaps The Weinstein Co.’s most promising contender; Fox Searchlight’s Wild, one of several Reese Witherspoon vehicles vying for attention this awards season; Open Road’s Rosewater, Jon Stewart’s directorial debut; another take on Madame Bovary, this one starring Mia Wasikowska, which is still seeking U.S. distribution; and Martin Scorsese and David Tedeschi’s HBO-bound New York Review of Books doc The 50 Year Argument.
Numerous films that debuted at other fests this year also are among the offerings: There is Birdman, the new film from Telluride regular Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu that opened the Venice Film Festival on Wednesday and was met with glowing reviews. There’s the Cannes grand jury prize co-winner Mommy. And there are four award winners being distributed by Sony Pictures Classics: Sundance grand jury and audience award winner Whiplash, plus Foxcatcher, Mr. Turner and Leviathan, which claimed Cannes prizes for best director (Bennett Miller), best actor (Timothy Spall) and best screenplay, respectively.
Also coming from Cannes: Tommy Lee Jones’ The Homesman (whose star Hilary Swank will be the recipient of a Telluride tribute this year); brothers Luc Dardenne and Jean-Pierre Dardenne’s Two Days, One Night; and the hockey doc Red Army.
I have added some new production stills from Hilary’s new film You’re Not You to the gallery.
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Star Hilary Swank also will participate in a talk at the October event
The Tommy Lee Jones-directed frontier film The Homesman will be the centerpiece pic at this year’s Hamptons International Film Festival, it was announced Tuesday.
The Hamptons screening will mark the East Coast premiere for the title, which debuted at Cannes.
The Homesman is based on the novel by Pulitzer Prize-nominee Glendon Swarthout about three women living on the edge of the American frontier who are pushed to the brink and saved by Hilary Swank’s Mary Bee Cuddy, who transports them by covered wagon to Iowa, where a waiting minister and his wife (Meryl Streep) have offered to take the women in. But they have a treacherous journey over the Nebraska Territories to get there. Jones also stars as the feisty low-life drifter, George Biggs. Streep’s daughter, Grace Gummer, and Miranda Otto and Sonja Richter round out the cast.
The film is set to hit U.S. theaters on Nov. 14, 2014, after Saban Films and Roadside Attractions acquired the title out of Cannes.
Swank will be on hand for the film’s Hamptons premiere and participate in the festival’s signature talk, “A Conversation With…”
“Beginning our 22nd annual film festival announcement with the highly acclaimed film from Tommy Lee Jones as our centerpiece and having Hilary Swank be a part of our signature program ‘Conversation With…’ is the tip of what HIFF will showcase this year,” Hamptons Film Festival executive director Anne Chaisson said in a statement.
This year’s Hamptons International Film Festival is scheduled to run from Oct. 9-13.
As history’s proven, winning an Oscar doesn’t necessarily mean an actor’s going to go on to non-stop success; for every Jennifer Lawrence or Meryl Streep, there’s people like Adrien Brody or Octavia Spencer, high-quality actors who, for some reason or another, have had a hard time finding roles worthy of their talent. Sometimes even two Oscars doesn’t promise long-term success; take Hilary Swank, who, despite winning for both Boys Don’t Cry and Million Dollar Baby, has struggled in recent years to find good work. Now, though, she’s back on the radar with You’re Not You, an upcoming drama, and according to co-star Jason Ritter, it’s a huge comeback for an actress who shouldn’t have needed one in the first place.
“She was a complete transformation, not that anyone’s surprised,” Ritter says. “She’s one of those people that can just do that. But doing it right in front of you was pretty spectacular.”
In the George C. Wolfe (Angels in America)-directed film, Swank plays Kate, a woman suffering from ALS, and who hires Bec (Emmy Rossum), a self-absorbed college student to be her caretaker. Ritter co-stars as a man who falls for Bec, only to discover he’s being used by her as revenge on an ex.
“I play this guy who meets Emmy at this place and falls for her. I can’t imagine why,” Ritter says, laughing. “Her character in this is very wild and very impulsive, and so the first night we meet, she takes me home and kind of changes my life. I’m in love with her at that point, but she’s only really done that to get revenge on this guy that she’s been sleeping with.”
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The Western starring Jones and Hilary Swank premiered at the Cannes Film Festival where Saban Films acquired it in May.
Haim Saban’s new venture Saban Films will team with Roadside Attractions for U.S. distribution of Tommy Lee Jones’ The Homesman.
The Western, which stars Jones and Hilary Swank, had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May. Saban Films acquired the North American distribution rights the film during the film festival in its first acquisition.
Saban and Roadside plan to release the film, which features a supporting cast of Meryl Streep, Grace Gummer, Hailee Steinfeld and James Spader, on November 7 along with an awards campaign.
“The brilliant Tommy Lee Jones, aided by Hilary Swank’s amazing performance has done nothing less than reinvent the Western from a woman’s perspective,” said a statement from Roadside co-presidents Howard Cohen and Eric d’Arbeloff. “This major work is a dream project for Roadside.”
The project marks the second collaboration between Saban president Bill Bromiley, Jones and Michael Fitzgerald following 2008’s In the Electric Mist. In addition to partnering with Roadside to handle the theatrical release, Saban Films will also manage sales on all other U.S. distribution platforms for The Homesman.
May 22, 2014 • Category: Movies
The western, starring Hillary Swank, will get a 2014 release date
Tommy Lee Jones’ new film about the western frontier will help take Saban Films into uncharted territory.
“The Homesman” stars Hillary Swank as a tough and efficient pioneer woman who tries to stake out independence on her homestead in the 1850s, but still has to deal with the strict gender roles of the day. It earned strong reviews when it premiered earlier this week in Cannes, and the admiration of Saban Films president Bill Bromiley and his team. The cast also includes Hailee Steinfeld, James Spader and Meryl Streep.
Saban Films, an affiliate of Saban Capital Group, will release the film in theaters later this year.
“We are honored to have such a prestigious and beautifully crafted film as the first project to launch Saban Films,” Saban said.
Jones directed the film from a script he co-wrote based on a novel by Glendon Swarthout. Writing for TheWrap, Sasha Stone praised “The Homesman”: “Half funny, the other half stark and tragic, the film shows that Jones has become a formidable director as he explores a topic that is clearly close to his own heart.”