Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
January 11th, 2011

Every so often, Entertainment Weekly comes along and makes a given day quite busy.

Today happens to be one of those days, as thanks to their newly released issue (via The Playlist), we have some new looks at some relatively interesting projects ranging from indie comedies, to made for TV dramas.

First up, we have a new look at the cast of the upcoming Miguel Arteta film, CEDAR RAPIDS.  Not entirely convinced by the film’s rather hit or miss trailer, the film does have a lot of potential to be something great, including its cast.  Starring John C. Reilly, the film also features Anne Heche, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Sigourney Weaver, Alia Shawkat, Rob Corddry, all led by star Ed Helms.  The film premieres at Sundance, and hits theaters on February 11th.

Next, a pair of HBO dramas are revealed here, including the Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini directed CINEMA VERITE and the Tommy Lee Jones drama, SUNSET LIMITED. The former stars Diane Lane, James Gandolfini, and Tim Robbins, and is a film that follows “the making of the landmark PBS documentary, ‘American Family.” The world’s first true reality TV show, this film looks to be quite interesting thematically, and with a trio of actors like this, you really can’t go wrong.

Then there is SUNSET LIMITED, the latest directorial effort from Tommy Lee Jones.  An adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s one setting play, the film follows two men, played by Jones and Samuel L. Jackson, who meet after Jackson’s characte-r Black, saves Lee’s- White, after he throws himself in front of a train.  Sounds like an absolutely masterful little project, and it’s one that I absolutely cannot wait to see.  It airs next month, so keep your eyes glued to this one.

We also have our first look at the Tanya Wexler directed film, HYSTERIA, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and Hugh Dancy. Best known as the period based vibrator invention comedy, the film follows a pair of doctors who treat “cases of hysteria, a condition said to be characterized at the time by a woman’s irritability, anger or unexplained tears. Dancy’s character and his best friend, portrayed by Everett, experiment with a new electrical device for treatment for the ailment. Gyllenhaal portrays the daughter of Jonathan Pryce’s character.” Count me in.

Finally, a new look at KUNG-FU PANDA 2. Yeah, my interest is about as impressive as this photo is. At least I have Charlie Kaufman’s writing to kind of be interested in.  Right?

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