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Hilary Swank and Joel Schumacher will take home special awards from the 2014 Hamptons Intl. Film Festival, which also has set the slates for its Golden Starfish competitive categories.
“A Conversation With…” Hilary Swank will be held on Sunday, October 12, at 3:00 pm at Bay Street. Along with this Master Class discussion, moderated by Variety Executive Editor Steven Gaydos, she will also be honored with Variety’s Creative Impact in Acting Award. Swank is attending the Festival on behalf of the Corcoran-sponsored Sunday Centerpiece film, The Homesman, which will mark its East Coast premiere at HIFF 2014.
Actress and producer Hilary Swank began acting at the age of 15. During her twenty-plus-year career, she has worked on a wide range of films, including starring in and executive producing the following: Conviction; Mira Nair’s Amelia, the story of the legendary aviatrix; and Freedom Writers, directed by Richard LaGravenese and based on the inspiring story of teacher Erin Grumell and her “at-risk” class.
Additional acting credits include Christopher Nolan’s Insomnia, Richard LaGravenese’s romantic drama P.S. I Love You, her breakout and Academy Award for Best Actress-winning performance in Boys Don’t Cry; and the role that won her a second Academy Award for Best Actress in Million Dollar Baby, in which she starred opposite Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman.
Tommy Lee Jones’ second feature as director showcases two Oscar-winning actors in top form
Hilary Swank proved for the second time in her career that she can go up against one of the grand old masters of the screen and more than hold her own in The Homesman, a period piece from Roadside Attractions and Saban Films that debuted Aug. 31 in Telluride.
The last time she did this, it was opposite Clint Eastwood in Million Dollar Baby, and the movie won both of them Oscars (Swank for lead actress, Eastwood for picture and director). This time it’s opposite Tommy Lee Jones, who — like Eastwood — directed while also co-starring. The stars had some surprising support onscreen with James Spader and Meryl Streep appearing in cameos.
Homesman is probably too low-key to have Baby’s punch (either critically or commercially), but it drew positive word from Swank fans, some of whom waited in line starting at 6 a.m. just for the chance to see her.
The movie is based on a 1988 novel by Glendon Swarthout, which was suggested as a possible project for Jones by Sam Shepard, who had tried unsuccessfully to obtain the rights. (Paul Newman also spent many years attempting to bring the story to the screen.)
In the film, Swank plays a spinsterish woman living on the frontier in 1855, who enlists an aging ne’er-do-well to accompany her across the Nebraska Territory as she tries to find a haven for three women who, simply put, have lost their minds.
It’s a premise with echoes of other movies that have become classics, combining a lovable old rogue with a single woman who is his antithesis — from The African Queen to True Grit. While nobody would suggest this movie is likely to become a classic like the aforementioned Humphrey Bogart or John Wayne pictures, a packed house indicated this quiet, understated movie could have a receptive audience when it opens Nov. 14.
The film was helped by having Swank present to introduce it, following a tribute to her career, which has already seen two Oscar-winning roles (the first was in Boys Don’t Cry). Swank charmed her fans, coming across as funny, warm and down-to-earth, and making it clear the one thing she wants — and too rarely finds — is roles for women as strong as herself.
She said she has already begun producing and is seriously considering directing at some point in the near future.
Jones’ work as director (this film follows 2005’s The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada) showed him in stellar form as far as his cast was concerned, though several audience members said they found the film somewhat undramatic to be a front-running Oscar contender, aside from the two main performances.
The 40-year-old already has two best actress statuettes on her shelf, and is in fine form as a woman trying to do “a man’s job” in Tommy Lee Jones’ western
Hilary Swank already has two best actress Oscars on her shelf, for Boys Don’t Cry (1999) and Million Dollar Baby (2004), which is something that only 12 other women have ever been able to claim. But, having only just turned 40, she is not resting on her laurels. Since her second win, in 2005, she has pursued a number of projects that were clearly intended to be awards bait — and in which she was great — but that failed to resonate with voters: The Black Dahlia (2006), Freedom Writers (2007), Amelia (2009) and Conviction (2010).
Now, however, she is starring in a film that in no way adheres to the traditional Oscar-baiting formula, Tommy Lee Jones’ western The Homesman — and she may have her best shot yet at landing her third nomination.
The Homesman premiered at Cannes in May, but had its North American premiere, and additional screenings, this weekend at Telluride, which also honored Swank with a “career tribute” (one of several that she is being lined up to receive this award season). Here stateside, viewers, while generally finding the film itself a bit too long and meandering — particularly during the stretch when Swank is not onscreen — do seem to be responding to the actress’ performance.
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August 30, 2014 • Category: Movies
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.
August 28, 2014 • Category: Movies
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.
– Movies & TV Series > You’re Not You Trailer Captures
August 28, 2014 • Category: Movies
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.
– Movies & TV Series > You’re Not You Movie Stills & Promotional Photos
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.