BUCK BRANNAMAN SAYS ‘THE FARAWAY HORSES’ IS “FAIRLY CLOSE” TO FILM DEAL

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First time filmmaker Cindy Meehl’s documentary Buck centers horseman Buck Brannaman, an insightful and charismatic cowboy who overcame an abusive childhood to become a loving family man and dedicated horseman.  Serving as a technical advisor on on The Horse Whisperer (Robert Redford is also interviewed in the doc), Brannaman is no stranger to the movie process, and his ease with the camera (and more importantly, natural rapport with people and horses) is readily evident.

With the success of Buck, Brannaman’s story may hit the studio system.  “I wrote this book The Faraway Horses a few years ago that tells the story of my life really in depth and we’re actually fairly close to making a deal on making a feature film on my book,” said Brannaman, who is a guest on Thursday’s installment of Late Show with David Letterman.  “But Cindy’s documentary has sort of brought up the interest in the feature.  And it’s really not so much going to be a horse film.  Of course, there will be some of that because the horse really has been a salvation for me and a rescue for me – so there has to be a part of that (in the film). But we really want to tell the story in depth about me and my brother as kids, and going through some of the very dark things that we went through in order to encourage people that it’s not always a bad ending.  You might sort of have a bad beginning, but that’s not how it has to turn out.”

Buck, which received the U.S. Documentary Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, is now playing in limited release.

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TOM HANKS DISCUSSES “SENSE OF POSSIBILITY” WITH ‘LARRY CROWNE’

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Tom Hanks directs and stars in the comedy-drama Larry Crowne, the story of a recently unemployed man (Hanks) who receives a new education at a community college (Larry is not a college grad) and falls in love with a burned out teacher (Julia Roberts).

“(Tom) makes everybody feel part of it, participating in it, that their two cents are meaningful cents and it really is a collaboration,” said Roberts, who previously worked with Hanks in Charlie Wilson’s War.  “He really does create an environment that we’re all happy.  And we feel that we are doing our best stuff.”

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Larry Crowne opens July 1st.

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JASON SEGEL PLAYS IT STRAIGHT WITH ‘BAD TEACHER’

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How I Met Your Mother actor Jason Segel stars in Bad Teacher as a gym teacher who has the hots for manipulative and crass colleague Elizabeth Halsey (Cameron Diaz).  Justin Timberlake co-stars as rich substitute teacher Scott Delacorte, who becomes the object of Elizabeth’s materialistic affections.

“To some extent, I’m the straight man,” said Segel.  “And I think in a small way I’m sort of the eyes of the audience a little bit.  I’m the one who pops in and calls her on her b.s., which I think is what the audience  kind of wants to do at some points.  I’m the character that gets to voice that opinion and that was really fun.  I got to come in and just kind of observe and try to get a couple of zingers in there, that was kind of my goal.  And then just be natural, it was very easy to act opposite Cameron and the rest of the cast.”

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Bad Teacher opens Friday.

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CHRIS WEITZ WANTS OSCAR NOD FOR ‘A BETTER LIFE’ STAR DEMIAN BICHIR

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The streets of Los Angeles dig deeper than picture postcard palm trees or a Hollywood
Walk of Fame star.  Amidst the smoggy haze and persistent sunshine exists a city filled with immigrants struggling to fulfill their American Dream. Filmmaker Chris Weitz, who previously directed The Twilight Saga: New Moon, puts their lives front and center with the inspired, and at times heartbreaking, A Better Life.

We follow the life of Mexican gardener Carlos Galindo (Demian Bichir), an illegal immigrant who scours the city for his stolen truck.  Without his vehicle, Carlos‘ dreams of a “better life” for his son Luis (Jose Julian) remains elusive.

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During the picture’s final moments, Carlos and Luis have an emotional exchange that is one of this year’s standout acting sequences, and it’s a scene which should land Bichir his share of awards buzz (both he and Julian deliver first rate performances in A Better Life).  Weitz is pulling for a bit of awards recognition for Bichir.

“Look, I want to get him nominated, because I think he deserves it,” said the filmmaker, who also directed About A Boy and The Golden Compass. “That’s my big thing, other than wanting people to see the movie, I think he deserves it.  That’s one of those great scenes that can sometimes really draw attention to the talents of a particular actor.”

A Better Life opens in limited release Friday.

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JOHN LASSETER ON PIXAR’S 25 YEARS: “WE ALWAYS LOOK FORWARD”

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Pixar head John Lasseter is back behind the camera with Cars 2 (his last directing effort was the 2006 animated feature Cars).  Lasseter, during a recent  Cars 2 press conference in Hollywood, explained why he loves being a filmmaker.

“When I direct, I get in and get to work with all the artists that make the films,” said Lasseter.  “And for me, that’s where I get so much inspiration from them.  I lead by example.  I think the culture of any organization comes from the top and I recognize that.  Even within a movie – I loved this film from the beginning.  I dearly loved it.  And that kinda spread. And everyone started loving this film and putting their own heart and soul into this and it inspired me to do more things.  I think that’s why when you look visually at this film it is so much bigger than any other Pixar film.”


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Cars 2, featuring the voices of Larry the Cable Guy, Owen Wilson, Michael Caine, and Emily Mortimer, opens Friday.

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