Watch Meryl Streep, Benedict Cumberbatch, & Many More in the Trailer for ‘August: Osage County’

Well, any trailer that opens with narration by Sam Shepard whilst he tends to a boat, is aces in my book. And with the first trailer for August: Osage County, The Weinstein Company gives us the premiere look into the Weston family after a crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in.

Adapted from Tracy Lett’s play of the same title, John Wells takes the directorial helm to bring the dysfunctional story of a family dealing with the aftermath of death, confronting the past, and facing the future, to the screen. Starring Chris Cooper, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Ewan McGregor, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Abigail Breslin, Dermot Mulroney, Sam Shepard, and Margo Martindale, August: Osage County is slated to premiere this November, just in time for awards season.

Check out the trailer below.

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Check Out a New ‘Stoker’ Featurette and See When It’s Coming to Theaters Near You

In the past few months, we’ve been getting ourselves excited for Park Chan-wook’s sinister drama, Stoker. And with gorgeous stills, haunting trailers, and pieces of the stunning soundtrack already released to entice us, now there’s a new “Characters” three-minute featurette on the film, giving us a taste of the Stoker family—Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode, Dermot Mulroney, and Jacki Weaver—who call figure into this dark and sensual thriller. 

We have yet to see an advanced screening of the film but back in January, Variety reported that:

Park’s regular d.p. Chung-hoon Chung appears to be channeling photographer Gregory Crewdson’s eerily high-key Americana in his lighting schemes, while Clint Mansell’s characteristically rich, modernist score is embellished with haunting piano duets composed specifically for the film by Philip Glass. The repeated use of the Lee Hazlewood/Nancy Sinatra number "Summer Wine," meanwhile, is typical of the director’s cockeyed take on American culture. Long may he continue to explore. 

Well! That’s about all I need to hear; I’m in.

The film will be released on March 1st in New York but here’s when and where you can see the film otherwise:

March 1st, 2013
BOSTON, MA
Kendall Square Cinema,
Cambridge,MA

NEW YORK, NY
AMC Lincoln Square 13,
New York, NY

Sunshine Cinemas 5,
New York, NY

TORONTO,
ONVarsity Theatre,
Toronto, ON

LOS ANGELES, CA
The Landmark, Los Angeles, CA
Arclight 15, Hollywood, CA

March 8th, 2013
NEW YORK, NY
AMC Empire 25,
New York, NY

Chelsea Cinemas,
New York, NY

LOS ANGELES, CA
Arclight 16,
Sherman Oaks,
CAUniversity Town Center,
Irvine, CA

March 15th, 2013
ATLANTA, GA
Tara Cinemas,
Atlanta, GA

BOSTON, MA
Embassy 6,
Waltham, MA

BALTIMORE, MD
Charles 5 Theatre,
Baltimore, MD

WASHINGTON, DC
E-Street Cinema,
Washington, DC

DETROIT, MI
Main Art, 
Royal Oak, MI

NEW ORLEANS, LA
Elmwood Palace,
Harahan, LA

Canal Place Theatre,
New Orleans, LA

NEW YORK, NY
Bronxville Triplex,
Bronxville, NY

Manhasset Tri,
Manhasset, NY

Clairidge,
Montclair, NJ

Movies Twin,
Red Bank, NJ

Bethel Cinema,
Bethel, CT

Garden Cinema,
Norwalk, CT

Montgomery Cinemas,
Rocky Hill, NJ

Nitehawk Cinemas,
Brooklyn, NY

Kew Gardens Cinemas,
Kew Gardens, NY

Malverne Cinema,
Malverne, NY

Avon, 
Stamford, CT

BUFFALO, NY
Amherst, Buffalo,  NY

PHILADELPHIA,
PARitz,
Philadelphia, PA

CHARLOTTE, NC
Manor Theatre,
Charlotte, NC

MONTREAL, QC
Cineplex Odeon Forum,
Montreal, QC

CHICAGO, IL
Century Centre Cinema,
Chicago, IL

INDIANAPOLIS, IN
Keystone Art,
Indianapolis, IN

MILWAUKEE,
WIOriental,
Milwaukee, WI

AUSTIN,
TXViolet Crown Cinema,
Austin, TX

Arbor Cinemas,
Austin, TX

DALLAS, TX
Cinemark’s,
Plano, TXA

Angelika Film Center,
Dallas, TX

HOUSTON, TX
River Oaks, Houston, TX

MINNEAPOLIS, MN
Uptown, Minneapolis, MN

ST. LOUIS, MO
Tivoli,
St. Louis, MO

LOS ANGELES, CA
Burbank, Burbank, CA

Rancho Niguel,
Laguna Niguel, CA

Claremont,
Claremont, CA

Laemmle’s,
North Hollywood, CA

Fallbrook,
West Hills, CA

Arclight,
El Segundo, CA

Brea Stadium,
Brea, CA

UA Marketplace,
Long Beach, CA

Westlake Village Twin,
Westlake Village, CA

PALM SPRINGS, CA
Cinemas Palme D’or,
Palm Desert, CA

SAN DIEGO, CA
Hillcrest,
San Diego, CA

SANTA BARBARA, CA
Paseo Nuevo,
Santa Barbara, CA

DENVER, CO
Mayan,
Denver, CO

PHOENIX, AZ
Camelview,
Scottsdale, AZ

SEATTLE, WA
Lincoln Square,
Bellevue, WA

Meridian,
Seattle, WA

Sundance’s, 
Seattle, WA

MONTEREY, CA
Del Mar,
Santa Cruz, CA

PORTLAND, OR
Fox Tower,
Portland, OR

SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Metreon,
San Francisco, CA

Palo Alto Twin,
Palo Alto, CA

Century’s,
Pleasant Hill, CA

Santana Row,
San Jose, CA

Regency,
San Rafael, CA

California 3 Art Theatre,
Berkeley, CA

SXSW Reveals Its Midnight Line-Up

As we all dust off our cowboy boots and get ready to head down to Austin next month for the SXSW, there’s much to look forward to. We’ve already announced the main slate of the film festival but now, the good folks down in Texas have revealed their Midnight line-up and we’re definitely onboard.

With features from Rob Zombie and Xan Cassavetes and a slew of narrative and animated shorts, check out our highlights from the list and head over at The Playlist for the complete line-up.

Haunter (Canada)
Director: Vincenzo Natali, Screenwriter: Brian King
Lisa Johnson is one day shy of her 16th birthday and will be forever. She and her family are doomed to repeat the fateful day before they were all killed in 1985.
Cast: Abigail Breslin, Stephen McHattie, Peter Outerbridge, Michelle Nolden, David Hewlett (World Premiere)

Kiss of the Damned
Director/Screenwriter: Xan Cassavetes
Beautiful vampire Djuna tries to resist the advances of human screenwriter Paolo, but eventually gives in to their passion. When her sister Mimi comes to visit, Djuna’s love story is threatened, and the whole vampire community becomes endangered…
Cast: Joséphine de la Baume, Milo Ventimiglia, Roxane Mesquida, Anna Mouglalis, Michael Rapaport, Riley Keough, Ching Valdes-Aran (U.S. Premiere)

The Lords of Salem
Director/Screenwriter: Rob Zombie
From the singular mind of horror maestro Rob Zombie comes a chilling plunge into a nightmare world where evil runs in the blood.
Cast: Sheri Moon Zombie, Bruce Davison, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Ken Foree, Patricia Quinn (U.S. Premiere)

Plus One
Director: Dennis Iliadis, Screenwriter: Bill Gullo
When the party of the decade is disrupted by a supernatural phenomenon, the night soon descends in to chaos.
Cast: Rhys Wakefield, Logan Miller, Ashley Hinshaw, Natalie Hall (World Premiere)

The Rambler
Director/Screenwriter: Calvin Lee Reeder
After being released from prison, a man known as The Rambler stumbles upon a strange mystery as he attempts a dangerous journey through treacherous back roads and small towns en route to reconnecting with his long lost brother.
Cast: Dermot Mulroney, Lindsay Pulsipher, Natasha Lyonne, James Cady, Scott Sharot

You’re Next
Director: Adam Wingard, Screenwriter: Simon Barrett
A fresh twist on home-invasion horror. A gang of masked murderers descend upon a family reunion, and the victims seem trapped…until an unlikely guest proves to be the most talented killer of all.
Cast: Sharni Vinson, Nicholas Tucci, Wendy Glenn, AJ Bowen, Joe Swanberg

Dermot Mulroney Sets the Suburbs on Fire in ‘The Family Tree’

Dermot Mulroney has made this way through Hollywood taking on roles in everything from romantic comedies to cult westerns, and his latest film, The Family Tree, reveals yet another side to the versatile actor. Perhaps it’s his devilishly good looks, mysteriously obscured behind a moustache and glasses, but his character, Jack, is miles from those he’s played before. Directed by Vivi Friedman, the film boasts a cast that includes everyone from Hope Davis and Christina Hendricks to Chi McBride, an eclectic group that deftly embodies the story of a dysfunctional family in crisis. We caught up with Mulroney to chat about his experience with the film, his foray into directing, and what it’s like to work with Clint Eastwood.

How did you decide you wanted to be a part of this film? This is one that came to me. They sent me the script, I went to go meet Vivi, and I got a message from Hope Davis, who was also interested in doing it. We decided to do it together, like an old married couple.

What was it about your character or about the story that made you want to do it? I thought that the role I was looking at had some subtle elements in a movie that sometimes comes on strong. In other words, I knew the part of Jack was going to be pretty challenging. It can be boring to play a boring guy, and it’s a challenge to play a guy where his biggest problem is his passivity. Vivi and I talked about that and how to make it interesting, and from those conversations with her you see the role is portrayed more loopy than just checked out. So we tried to add some nuance to it and then fit him into story lines with these disparate characters.

There’s so many great people in the movie. Is working with a strong ensemble something you love? Definitely, some of the best filmmaking experiences I’ve been in have been with groups like that. I am in a couple of films coming out recently where it’s just a great group of people.

Was it an intimate set? If we’re breaking down what type of ensemble this was, my ensemble is really just my family and the one neighbor. Ultimately those were the funnest scenes to shoot. When you get all of these different characters in the same room, that’s what’s fun.

And how do you find things differ between working on bigger budget films and smaller independent ones like this? I used to say that I liked the smaller films because there’s a more intense creative experience, and everything happens faster and it’s more exciting. And I used to say that I liked the big movies because they pay better, but they’re slower and it’s harder to keep your concentration, but hey, here’s the deal. Well, they’re all the same now. Studios don’t pay what they once did, or at least not proportionately, and those films are being shot just as quickly as the low budget movies I’ve been doing. So the actual camera-on time in a big movie seems a lot closer to the amount of time you’d have in a movie like this. Things have compressed a little bit. I don’t think budgets are getting smaller, but they’re spending it differently. One of the places where they’re cutting costs is the actual shooting of the movie. Do you feel you’ve taken anything away from your character as a father or family member? Well, what Jack had problems with I already knew about: remain attentive to your children and run a family. I was able to identify what he wasn’t doing right, and so instead of learning something from the film to bring into my life, I brought the knowledge of how not to do that in the role.

And you look much different in the film. What did you have to do, physically? I had never really worn glasses or had a mustache in a movie. That was the big introduction of the version of me that has a mustache. What do you think? Between the director and I we came up with how he should look. It wasn’t a random choice.

Do you feel like it helps to fall into your character much easier when everything physical is in place as well? Yeah, absolutely. And those boxy, beige suits add elements of reality and discomfort.

So you just shot J. Edgar. Tell me about that. It was really good. I mean, I have a real small part in the movie, but I jumped at the chance to work with those people. I have a scene with Armie Hammer and Leonardo DiCaprio and I’m being directed by Clint Eastwood, so it had a lot to say for it. I was thrilled to get the role. It was one of those where you have to call in and audition and win the role.

And you directed a film this year: Love, Wedding, Marriage. I did! It was a limited release.

Why did you decide you wanted to transition into directing? Well, I like directing, I thought I’d give it a chance. I don’t know if I chose the right project for me, but there’s a lot to be learned.

Do you think you’ll do more of that in the future? It’s hard to say. It’s hard to make a living as a director. It would be a sideline. I mean, you can make a living if you’re a big time studio director but the movies that I would be doing aren’t going to pay me and it takes so much time that I can’t take that time away from my income stream. Life doesn’t really work that way anymore. Of course, we all know it’s not all about the money, but when you’ve got three kids sometimes it is. Eastwood’s movie? Not about the money! I would have paid them to have that experience.