In theaters later this month, PROMISED LAND centers on a turf war between an ambitious natural-gas company exec and a determined environmentalist vying for control over a rural community torn on the issue of fracking. A lot more interesting (and entertaining) than that log-line, the film is co-written, co-produced and co-stars JOHN KRASINSKI and MATT DAMON (who was originally slated to direct the film as well). When it looked as though personal issues were going to prevent DAMON from helming and possibly pull the plug on the project, a hail-Mary play and an airplane phone call saved the day. During our interview last week, the always engaging MATT DAMON shared the story of getting director GUS VAN SANT to step-in and how it all went down.
Opening in limited release at the end of the month in order to qualify for awards consideration, PROMISED LAND is an impressive first feature for new producing and writing partners MATT DAMON and JOHN KRASINSKI. A cautionary tale about cash-flush big-business invading hard-pressed rural communities, the film is directed by GUS VAN SANT and stars DAMON and KRASINSKI as well as FRANCIS McDORMAND, SCOOT McNAIRY, HAL HOLBROOK, ROSEMARIE DeWITT and LUCAS BLACK.
This is an auspicious beginning for DAMON and KRASINSKI, who tell us there are more projects on the way. During our interview last weekend, KRASINSKI talked about becoming part of a movie-making partnership with Oscar winner DAMON. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
PROMISED LAND opens in limited release 12/28
Opening in theaters this week, MADAGASCAR 3: EUROPE’S MOST WANTED revisits those rag-tag animated zoo animals still trying to find their way back to their Manhattan home. This time around, their efforts take them to Europe where they join a traveling circus in the hope of getting back to the big apple. Shot in 3D by directors ERIC DARNELL, CONRAD VERNON and TOM McGRATH, the voice cast includes BEN STILLER, CHRIS ROCK, DAVID SCHWIMMER, JADA PINKETT SMITH, SACHA BARON COHEN, CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER, ANDY RICHTER, FRANCIS McDORMAND, BRYAN CRANSTON, MARTIN SHORT and JESSICA CHASTAIN.
Probably best known for her Academy Award-nominated turn in last year’s THE HELP, CHASTAIN has been leaving her fingerprints on several movies over the past months. During the recent press conference to promote MADAGASCAR 3, she talked about wanting to try all genres of film. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
MADAGASCAR 3: EUROPE’S MOST WANTED opens in theaters Friday
When TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON arrives on DVD and Blu-ray tomorrow, it will be SHIA LaBEOUF’S third time heading the cast in the hugely popular franchise based on a vintage line of toys created by the Hasbro Company in the 1980s. This time around, planet Earth is collateral damage as the Autobots battle the Decepticons in a race to reach a Cybertronian spacecraft hidden on the Moon. Directed by MICHAEL BAY from a script by EHREN KRUGER, the cast also includes ROSIE HUNTINGTON-WHITELEY, TYRESE GIBSON, JOSH DUHAMEL, PATRICK DEMPSEY, KEN JEONG, JOHN MALKOVICH and FRANCIS McDORMAND.
Working with the TRANSFORMERS is not all just running-and-jumping action scenes. During the press conference to promote the original release of the film, LaBEOUF talked about how shooting the movie digitally allowed for a great deal of improv humor. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON will be available on DVD and Blu-ray tomorrow