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June 20, 2014   •  Category: Articles & Interviews, MoviesComments Off

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.

Source: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com



May 22, 2014   •  Category: MoviesComments Off

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.”

Source: http://www.thewrap.com



May 20, 2014   •  Category: Movies, VideoComments Off



May 18, 2014   •  Category: Articles & Interviews, MoviesComments Off

In Tommy Lee Jones’s The Homesman, which premiered in competition at Cannes today, Hilary Swank plays a determined pioneer woman in a dark and difficult world.

Nine years after his directorial debut, the Cannes hit The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, Tommy Lee Jones trains his grizzled, world-weary gaze on the old frontier with the competition film The Homesman, an adaptation of the Glendon Swarthout novel. It’s a film that is as wistfully beautiful as it is disarmingly strange. What begins as an adventure story, about a brave pioneer woman, Mary Bee (Hilary Swank), transporting three insane women (Miranda Otto, Grace Gummer, Sonja Richter) from their Nebraska territory claims to Iowa, eventually becomes a spirited, mournful meditation on the uses, and futilities, of human resilience against a cruel, capricious world.

Jones, who also co-stars as a scraggly claim jumper shanghaied by Mary Bee, has created something somewhat disorienting. Part old-style Western, part dark comedy, and part tragedy, the film is tonally scattered, and full of abrupt, startling plot turns that forced me to continually reconsider what kind of film I was watching. I suppose that constant and surprising change is a lot like life, which may be Jones’s point, though as a moviegoing experience, The Homesman suffers a bit from all its zig-zagging.



May 18, 2014   •  Category: Articles & Interviews, MoviesComments Off

Tommy Lee Jones also stars in his second film as a director – a full-bodied quasi-feminist western in which he and Swank’s gutsy singleton escort three disturbed women across the mid-west plains.

Tommy Lee Jones shows some true storytelling grit in this superbly watchable frontier western; he has a muscular and confident command of narrative, driving the plot onward with a real whip-crack, and easily handles the tonal swings between brutal shock, black comedy and sentimentality. Jones stars, directs and has co-written the screenplay, taken from the 1988 novel by Glendon Swarthout (whose The Shootist was filmed in 1976, with John Wayne in his final role).

As the director, Jones is certainly not shy of giving himself some big scenes and closeups, playing the ageing rough-diamond George Briggs. This boozy old army deserter finds redemption in the company of the courageous, lonely frontierswoman Mary Bee Cuddy, played with dignity and charm by Hilary Swank. There is one telling moment of western knockabout when a gang of vigilantes smokes Briggs out of the shack he’d been illegally occupying. They throw a dynamite-stick down the chimney and Briggs staggers out spluttering in his underclothes, smoke-blackened, his lined face stiped with soot in crinkly patterns around his eyes. The camera humorously but pointedly shows up that careworn face, an authentic part of the craggy landscape.



May 18, 2014   •  Category: Articles & Interviews, MoviesComments Off

Tommy Lee Jones’ in competition Western stars Hilary Swank, John Lithgow, James Spader, Hailee Steinfeld and Meryl Streep.

The rough lot handed to women in the Old West remains a footnote in the cinematic history of cowboy days, but it figures front and center in The Homesman. Tommy Lee Jones’ adaptation of the late Glendon Swarthout’s flavorful 1988 novel is both lyrical and shocking, weirdly funny and grimly serious. Fronted by fine and wise performances by Hilary Swank as a self-sufficient unmarried pioneer charged with transporting three insane women back East and by Jones himself as a shiftless claim-jumper obliged to help her, this beautifully crafted film intrigues as a story never told before and ratchets up dramatic interest through a succession of unexpected turns. Debuting in the Cannes competition, as did Jones’s feature directorial outing The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, this partially French-financed production should prove accessible to a wider audience than did that 2005 modern Western but will nonetheless need special handling by a conscientious distributor.



May 18, 2014   •  Category: Articles & Interviews, MoviesComments Off

Eight years ago (gosh, was it really that long?), Tommy Lee Jones made his long-awaited feature directorial debut with the contemporary neo-western “The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada.” The film premiered at Cannes, and proved a big hit there, winning a Best Actor trophy for Jones, and a Best Screenplay prize for “Babel” scribe Guillermo Arriaga. But the film never quite found an audience outside the Croisette, and perhaps for that reason, the only thing that Jones has made in the meantime was a modest HBO adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s “The Sunset Limited.”

Until now, anyway. The actor-director is back at Cannes with “The Homesman,” an adaptation of the novel by Glendon Swarthout, and while ‘Three Burials’ certainly nodded at the Western, this is the full-fat version, full of settlers and pioneers and wagons and Indians. It’s also a much less fully-formed and complete picture than its predecessor, one that looks likely to prove divisive, and that’s unlikely to find a bigger crowd. But while it’s an awkward, uneven picture, that doesn’t mean that it isn’t a fascinating one.



May 9, 2014   •  Category: Movies, VideoComments Off

Hilary Swank will not sit still for profanity in her house in this clip from Tommy Lee Jones‘ Cannes Competition title The Homesman. Jones helms the western drama that marks his return to the lineup as a director — his feature helming debut, The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada, won prizes in Competition in 2005. Jones, Swank, Hailee Steinfeld, Meryl Streep and James Spader form part of the large cast of The Homesman, an adaptation of Glendon Swarthout’s 1988 novel. When three women are driven insane on the edges of the mid-19th century American frontier, the task of delivering them back east falls to a pious spinster (Swank) who employs a drifter (Jones) to aide in the effort. They cross the untamed Nebraska Territories in a journey marked by stark beauty, constant threat, and psychological peril. Their destination is a church in Iowa where a minister’s wife (Streep) waits to relieve them of the lost souls in their care. Luc Besson is a producer and his EuropaCorp is releasing in France. The Homesman has its official screening on Sunday May 18.




April 16, 2014   •  Category: Appearances, MoviesComments Off

On the eve of the Cannes Film Festival’s official selection announcement, a major competition prospect has emerged in Tommy Lee Jones’ frontier drama “The Homesman,” starring Jones and Hilary Swank as a claim jumper and a pioneer woman undertaking a perilous journey across the Midwest. Also featuring Meryl Streep, William Fichtner and Hailee Steinfeld, the film marks Jones’ first directorial outing since his 2005 Western, “The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada,” which walked away from the Croisette with two major prizes. Like “Three Burials,” “The Homesman” was financed and produced by Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp, which is also handling international sales on the film.

The Cannes Film Festival runs May 14-25.

Source: http://variety.com



April 14, 2014   •  Category: MoviesComments Off

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