Watch My "True Grit" One-on-One Interview with Barry "Lucky Ned" Pepper 


Barry Pepper plays Lucky Ned Pepper, one of the supposed villains in the Coen brothers' remake of "True Grit" based on the novel by Charles Portis. In this interview, we talked about:

*** What went through his mind upon hearing that the Coens were remaking "True Grit?" He gave an answer that would make John Wayne proud!
*** What attracted him to making the film?
*** How he prepared for the role? Hours and hours of make-up!
*** Working with the marvelous Hailee Steinfeld

Here you go and have fun!



Here's more info on "True Grit" from Yahoo:

Fourteen-year-old Mattie Ross's father has been shot in cold blood by the coward Tom Chaney, and she is determined to bring him to justice. Enlisting the help of a trigger-happy, drunken U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn, she sets out with him -- over his objections -- to hunt down Chaney. Her father's blood demands that she pursue the criminal into Indian territory and find him before a Texas Ranger named LeBoeuf catches him and brings him back to Texas for the murder of another man.

Logline: Punishment comes one way or another.
Genres: Action/Adventure, Western, Adaptation and Remake
Running Time: 1 hr. 50 min.
Release Date: December 22nd, 2010 (limited)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some intense sequences of western violence including disturbing images.
Distributors: Paramount Pictures
Production Co.: Scott Rudin Productions, Skydance Productions
Studios: Paramount Pictures
Filming Locations:
Austin, Texas, USA
Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
Produced in: United States

Cast and Credits
Starring: Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Nicholas Sadler, Barry Pepper
Directed by: Joel Coen, Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Produced by: Steven Spielberg, Robert Graf, David Ellison

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Ben Affleck, Danny Boyle to be Honored at the 22nd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival 


Ben Affleck and Danny Boyle will be honored at the upcoming 22nd annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF). Affleck will receive the Chairman's Award while Boyle will be honored with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award. ("The Town" Movie Review)

The Awards Gala will kick off the 2011 awards season on Saturday, January 8, at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Previously announced honorees are Javier Bardem, Robert Duvall, Colin Firth, Jennifer Lawrence, Carey Mulligan, Natalie Portman, David O. Russell, Diane Warren and the cast of The Social Network. The Festival runs January 6-17. ("127 Hours" movie review, and interviews with Danny Boyle and James Franco)

Here's the rest of the press release:

Commenting on Affleck, Festival Chairman Harold Matzner said, “If there is truly a renaissance man in today’s cinema, it’s Ben Affleck. He has distinguished himself as a premier writer and director, as well as an actor with a broad-ranging and impressive filmography. In his latest work, The Town, Affleck once again puts his acting, writing and directorial skills to work, in a stinging portrait of a New England town and the grip it has on generation after generation, who find it impossible to leave. For his ability to “do it all” and constantly evolve as an artist, The Palm Springs International Film Festival is proud to present Ben Affleck with the 2011 Chairman’s Award.”

Commenting on Boyle, Matzner continues, “Throughout cinematic history, truly great filmmakers have never been afraid of taking risks that challenge their audiences. Danny Boyle believes that doing something different that jolts audiences out of their comfort zones, defines the essence of a filmmaker. In his latest work, 127 Hours, Boyle captures the instinct to survive in a most visceral way. For his vision, guts and boundless skills, The Palm Springs International Film Festival is proud to present Danny Boyle with the 2011 Sonny Bono Visionary Award.”

Ben Affleck will receive the Chairman’s Award. Affleck directed, co-wrote and stars in The Town, which was a hit both critically and commercially. A dramatic thriller about robbers and cops, friendship and betrayal, love and hope, and escaping a past that has no future, the film also stars Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, Blake Lively, Titus Welliver, Pete Postlethwaite and Chris Cooper. The Town has been honored by the National Board of Review (Best Ensemble Cast) and has received nominations from the Critics Choice Awards (Best Acting Ensemble), Golden Globe Awards (Best Supporting Actor for Renner) and Screen Actors Guild Awards® (Best Supporting Actor for Renner).

In addition to The Town, Affleck starred this fall in the indie feature The Company Men, with Kevin Costner, Chris Cooper and Tommy Lee Jones. He made his directorial debut in 2007 with the feature Gone Baby Gone, for which he won several critics groups’ awards, including the Best Directorial Debut Award from the National Board of Review. Affleck first came to prominence in 1997 with the acclaimed drama Good Will Hunting, which he starred in and co-wrote with Matt Damon. The two won numerous honors for the film’s original screenplay, including an Academy Award®, a Golden Globe Award and the Humanitas Prize. His other film credits include Hollywoodland, Extract, He’s Just Not That Into You, State of Play, Shakespeare in Love, Armageddon, Pearl Harbor, Forces of Nature, Boiler Room, Changing Lanes, The Sum of All Fears, Daredevil, Jersey Girl, Man About Town and Smokin’ Aces.

Past recipients of the Chairman’s Award include Dustin Hoffman and Nicole Kidman.

Danny Boyle will receive the Sonny Bono Visionary Award, named after the Festival’s founder. Boyle directs 127 Hours, the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston's (James Franco) remarkable adventure to save himself after a falling boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated slot canyon in Utah. Based on the book Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston, the film is written by Boyle & Simon Beaufoy. 127 Hours has been nominated for three Golden Globe Awards (including Best Actor for Franco, Best Screenplay and Best Original Score), three Independent Spirit Awards (including Best Feature, Best Director and Best Male Lead for Franco) and a Screen Actors Guild Award® (for Franco as lead actor).

Boyle’s first feature, Shallow Grave, earned him the Alexander Korda Award for Outstanding British Film at the BAFTA Awards, as well as a host of other accolades including Best Director at the San Sebastian Film Festival, The Empire Award for Best Director and Best British Film and the London Critics’ Circle Film Award for Best British Newcomer. Boyle’s second feature, Trainspotting, is one of the highest grossing British films of all time. The critically acclaimed film won four Empire Awards including Best Director and Best Film and was nominated for a BAFTA Alexander Korda Award.

In 2002 Boyle made the smash hit horror film 28 Days Later, which earned more than $80 million worldwide. The film earned Boyle a Saturn Award for Best Horror Film from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films. His other features include Millions, starring James Nesbit, Alex Etel and Lewis McGibbon; The Beach, starring Leonardo DiCaprio; A Life Less Ordinary, starring Ewan McGregor and Cameron Diaz; Alien Love Triangle; and Sunshine, starring Cillian Murphy. Slumdog Millionaire, his eighth international released film, won the People’s Choice Award at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival and went on to win more than 100 international industry awards including four Golden Globes, seven BAFTAs and eight Academy Awards® including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay.

Past recipients of the Sonny Bono Visionary Award include Quentin Tarantino, Baz Luhrmann, M. Night Shyamalan, Gus Van Sant and Joe Wright.


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Trailer Alert: "Hanna" Starring Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana, and Cate Blanchett! I Can't Wait for This Film! 


Here's more info on "Hanna" from Yahoo:

Raised by her father, an ex-CIA man, in the wilds of Finland, Hanna's upbringing and training have been one and the same, all geared to making her the perfect assassin. The turning point in her adolescence is a sharp one; sent into the world by her father on a mission, Hanna journeys stealthily across Europe while eluding agents dispatched after her by a ruthless intelligence operative with secrets of her own. As she nears her ultimate target, Hanna faces startling revelations about her existence and unexpected questions about her humanity.

Logline: A 14-year-old raised by her father to be a cold-hearted killing machine must learn how to be a girl.
Genres: Drama and Thriller
Release Date: April 8th, 2011 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some sexual material and language.
Distributors: Focus Features

Cast and Credits
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana, Cate Blanchett, Tom Hollander, Olivia Williams
Directed by: Joe Wright
Produced by: Leslie Holleran, Marty Adelstein, Scott Nemes

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"True Grit" Movie Review -- How Many Kisses Do the Coen Brothers Get? 


The 1969 film version of "True Grit" was considered one of the quintessential westerns and was revered for John Wayne's performance. The actor won his first and only Best Actor Oscar for the role of Reuben J. "Rooster" Cogburn.


So when the Coen brothers announced that they were planning on remaking the film based on the novel by Charles Portis, many fans shouted in disbelief. But have no fear, the latest version of "True Grit" remains true to the book's mythic Western adventure full of vengeance and valor. Read More...

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"The King's Speech," "Another Year" Top London Critics' Circle Awards Nominations 


"The King's Speech" and "Another Year" led the London Critics' Circle Awards nominations receiving seven nods each. Tom Hooper's "The King's Speech" received nominations for top categories such as film of the year, actor of the year and actress of the year. Mike Leigh's "Another Year" got top nods including the British director, British actress and British actor categories.

Winners will be announced at a gala on Feb. 10, 2011.

Here is the full list of nominees:

SKY 3D AWARD: FILM OF THE YEAR
Black Swan (Fox)
The Kids Are All Right (Universal)
The King's Speech (Momentum)
The Social Network (Sony)
Toy Story 3 (Disney)

THE ATTENBOROUGH AWARD: BRITISH FILM OF THE YEAR
127 Hours (Warner/Pathe)
The Arbor (Verve)
Another Year (Momentum)
The King's Speech (Momentum)
Monsters (Vertigo)

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR
Dogtooth (Verve)
I Am Love (Metrodome)
Of Gods and Men (Artificial Eye)
The Secret in Their Eyes (Metrodome)
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (New Wave)

ACTOR OF THE YEAR sponsored by Narrabeen Communications
Jeff Bridges - True Grit (Paramount)
Jesse Eisenberg - The Social Network (Sony)
Colin Firth - The King's Speech (Momentum)
Ryan Gosling - Blue Valentine (Optimum)
Edgar Ramirez - Carlos (Optimum)

MOËT ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Annette Bening - The Kids Are All Right (Universal)
Jennifer Lawrence - Winter's Bone (Artificial Eye)
Natalie Portman - Black Swan (Fox)
Noomi Rapace - The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Momentum)
Hailee Steinfeld - True Grit (Paramount)

BRITISH ACTOR OF THE YEAR in association with Cameo Productions
Riz Ahmed - Four Lions (Optimum)
Christian Bale - The Fighter (Paramount/Momentum)
Jim Broadbent - Another Year (Momentum)
Colin Firth - The King's Speech (Momentum)
Andrew Garfield - Never Let Me Go (Fox)

BRITISH ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Helena Bonham Carter - The King's Speech (Momentum)
Lesley Manville - Another Year (Momentum)
Rosamund Pike - Barney's Version (Universal)
Ruth Sheen - Another Year (Momentum)
Tilda Swinton - I Am Love (Metrodome)

BRITISH ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
David Bradley - Another Year (Momentum)
Pierce Brosnan - The Ghost (Optimum)
Andrew Garfield - The Social Network (Sony)
Tom Hardy - Inception (Warner)
Peter Wight - Another Year (Momentum)

BRITISH ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Helena Bonham Carter - Alice in Wonderland (Disney)
Christine Bottomley - The Arbor (Verve)
Minnie Driver - Barney's Version (Universal)
Rosamund Pike - Made in Dagenham (Paramount)
Olivia Williams - The Ghost Writer (Optimum)

YOUNG BRITISH PERFORMER OF THE YEAR
Jessica Barden - Tamara Drewe (Momentum)
Conor McCarron - NEDs (Entertainment One)
Will Poulter - The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Fox)
Saoirse Ronan - The Way Back (Entertainment One)
Thomas Turgoose - The Scouting Book for Boys (Pathe)

DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Darren Aronofsky - Black Swan (Fox)
Joel Coen & Ethan Coen - True Grit (Paramount)
David Fincher - The Social Network (Sony)
Christopher Nolan - Inception (Warner)
Apichatpong Weerasethakul - Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (New Wave)

BRITISH DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Clio Barnard - The Arbor (Verve)
Danny Boyle - 127 Hours (Warner/Pathe)
Tom Hooper - The King's Speech (Momentum)
Mike Leigh - Another Year (Momentum)
Christopher Nolan - Inception (Warner)

SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR
Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg - The Kids Are All Right (Universal)
Joel Coen & Ethan Coen - True Grit (Paramount)
Chris Morris, Sam Bain, Simon Blackwell & Jesse Armstrong - Four Lions (Optimum)
David Seidler - The King's Speech (Momentum)
Aaron Sorkin - The Social Network (Sony)

Virgin Atlantic BREAKTHROUGH BRITISH FILMMAKER
Banksy - Exit Through the Gift Shop (Revolver)
Clio Barnard - The Arbor (Verve)
J Blakeson - The Disappearance of Alice Creed (CinemaNX)
Gareth Edwards - Monsters (Vertigo)
Chris Morris - Four Lions (Optimum)

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