Tommy Lee Jones Hillary Swank The Homesman Clip Tommy Lee Jones’ new film The Homesman is an unflinching look at the struggle of a life spent on the western plains in the 1830s, a Western without the flash and dashing heroics that made the genre a fanciful favorite in the 1930s and ’40s. The unforgiving nature of frontier life, littered with disease, loneliness and abuse, drives three women mad, and it’s up to Hilary Swank’s steely heroine, Mary Bee Cuddy, to lead them back east. She enlists George Briggs, a scalawag who has seen it all, to accompany them during the long journey. Related: An Intimate Conversation with ‘The Homesman’ Director-Star Tommy Lee Jones In this exclusive clip, Briggs and Cuddy encounter a group of Apache warriors, who might prove a dangerous obstacle.
Most stories written about the 68-year-old Oscar winner inevitably become about the process of trying to interview the famously grouchy actor — which has proven to be a formidable task since Jones rose to fame over 30 years ago. The Homesman marks his second big-screen directorial effort, after 2005’s acclaimed The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, also a Western. Jones was sent a copy of the 1988 Glendon Swarthout novel of the same name by his friend, producer Michael Fitzgerald, who thought Jones might spark to the gritty material. The novel — and, now, film — tells the story of a lonely woman, Mary Bee Cuddy, who lives in a small town on the western frontier during the 1830s.
Tommy Lee Jones has fashioned an amazing career out of playing gruff, angry men, a character archetype not all that far removed from his off-screen demeanor. Now, we’ve got a new tale to add to the Oscar winner’s (and Grumpy Cat doppelgänger’s) legend: His dismissal of his Batman Forever costar Jim Carrey. Carrey, who stars in the upcoming Dumb and Dumber To, worked alongside Jones in the 1995 sequel, playing the Riddler to Jones’ Two-Face.
Exclusive Trailer: Hilary Swank Is Noble in ‘The Homesman’ Mary Bee Cuddy “is as fine a woman who’s ever walked.” Why? Because Tommy Lee Jones says so! Jones stars in and directs The Homesman — which casts Hilary Swank at center stage as fine woman Cuddy.
Josh Brolin was online and “over caffeinated” Thursday morning as he answered fan questions on Reddit. Sure, it’s a day before Sin City: A Dame to Kill For comes out in theaters, but Brolin seemed more interested in talking about his first film — the 1985 fantasy-adventure The Goonies — as well as other highlights from his nearly three-decade long film career. The 46-year-old reveled in the randomness of his live commentary, covering topics ranging from Patricia Arquette’s underarms to Christian Bale’s uncanny resemblance to his actor, father James Brolin. He even weighed in on his famous stepmother Barbra Streisand, though we’re not quite sure what he meant by [sic] “hashtag: yentl,” referencing her critically acclaimed 1983 drama.
It looks like the Croisette will be teeming with a ton of familiar faces once again this May. On Thursday morning, official selections for the 2014 Cannes Film Festival were finally announced, and unsurprisingly, many of the 18 pictures chosen to compete for the coveted Palme d’Or were helmed by festival or industry veterans with some serious reputations to protect. Ryan Gosling, for instance, will see his directorial debut “Lost River” (previously titled “How to Catch a Monster”) arrive among the Un Certain Regard candidates; “Grace of Monaco,” starring Nicole Kidman, was previously announced as the opening night film. As always with Cannes, though, the real excitement lies in discovering which competitor will prove to be the buzziest of them all.