The first promotional stills of Homefront has surfaced.
In the action-thriller Homefront, Jason Statham plays former Drug Enforcement Administration agent Phil Broker who is trying to leave his violent life behind him. He moves with his daughter to small-town Louisiana, where he butts heads with a crime faction including a former biker chick (Winona Ryder) and the local crime leader, Gator (James Franco).
Anytime you run up against a guy named Gator in Louisiana, bad things are going to happen.
“(Broker) is trying to live off the grid with his daughter, live the idyllic life,” says director Gary Fleder. “But then he runs into Gator, who has a lot of people in town afraid. Looking at it within the paradigm of the classic Western, Gator is the guy with the black hat on. Even the sheriff doesn’t want to mess with him.”
Action follows in the movie (opening Nov. 27), which screenwriter/producer Sylvester Stallone adapted from the best-selling novel by Chuck Logan. Stallone had plans to star and direct, but passed it on to Statham when they were working together on 2012’s Expendables 2. The set-up allows Statham to move his game beyond strictly the action genre.
“I’ve done certain kind of roles up to now, and this is different from the usual tough-guy role, who does not show a lot of emotion and is mostly action,” Statham writes from the set of Expendables 3 in Bulgaria. “In this film you get to see the lighter side of me. Yet there is still the tough-guy element.”
Statham also shows a paternal side with his onscreen daughter, 12-year-old Izabela Vidovic, the first actress Fleder saw during a nationwide casting search for the part. He continued to look, but eventually circled back to Vidovic.
“Call it karma, or fate,” says Fleder. “Sometimes it’s actually just the best person who walked into the room on the first day. She’s got tremendous skill and charisma, and you really believe they are father and daughter.”
Winona attended yesterday the US Open proceedings at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York, and I have a few pictures added to the gallery:
I have added blu-ray quality screen captures of Winona latest movie The Iceman and I am really impressed. The movie isn’t bad (in contrary, I actually really enjoyed it!) but the performances are strong! Winona is killing as a prettier version of Natalie Wood, and Michael Shannon is a force of nature, and far away one of the best actors of his generation.
The movie wasn’t released in Brazil yet (and by far I believe it won’t), and DVD/Blu-Ray is coming next month in USA (you can already pre-order it here) but, for now, you can check screen captures in our gallery (remembering that it may contain spoilers…)
Festival founder and Artistic Director Sean Doran said,
I heard from Winona last night that she had just lost a dear friend and would not now be able to come to the festival taking place next week in Enniskillen. She was very apologetic and saddened at not being able to come as planned as she had been very much looking forward to taking part in the festival. She told me she hopes to come next year instead. It is of course a great shame that Winona will not be joining us this year and all our thoughts are with her at this very sad time”.
Winona Ryder was to have made two public appearances at the festival as part of The Tellers and The Tales programme, to read two Becket short prose and a poem.
Robert Wilson’s video portrait of the actress posing as Winnie in Beckett’s play Happy Days will still be on show at the Higher Bridges Gallery in The Clinton Centre as part of the Festival’s Visual Arts programme.
The 2013 Happy Days Festival has over 140 artists from Australia, Italy, France, Finland, Portugal, America, Japan and 120+ events over 5 days aboard boats, within churches, castles and a police station, and down through tunnels and caves.
Those who have already bought tickets to see Winona Ryder on stage at the festival are invited to contact the Box Office to receive a full refund on 028 6632 5000.
As we announced before, last July 31 aired the episode Winona guest starred on ‘Drunk Story’. You can find now the video and screen captures up:
Winona attended last night in New York the The 20th Annual Watermill Center Summer Benefit and I have a few pictures up. Check it: