Andrew Dominik’s 2007 historical epic “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” was a flop for Warner Bros. at the box office, grossing just under $4 million domestically against a $30 million production budget. The movie’s $15 million worldwide total wasn’t great either. In the year’s since, “Jesse James” has emerged as a cult favorite thanks to its strong central performance from Brad Pitt and its cinematography by Roger Deakins. The DP’s work on the film is often credited as some of the best cinematography of the 21st century. In a new interview with Collider, Deakins reveals there is an over three-hour “Jesse James” cut he hopes will get a release.
“It should be [on Criterion],” Deakins said. “I would really like to see the long version, the first cut that I saw, released on Criterion. That's what I'd hope for. It was over three hours. I don't think it ever will, because last time I talked to Andrew about it he was quite happy with the version that got released. But I still remember that first early cut that I saw that was like three and a quarter I think, and it was pretty stunning. There was a four-hour version. The first cut was like four hours, I seem to remember.”
A roughly 195 minute “Jesse James” cut would run over a half hour longer than Warner Bros.’ theatrical cut, which debuted at the Venice Film Festival and earned two Oscar nominations: Best Supporting Actor for Casey Affleck and Best Cinematography for Deakins. Getting an extended “Jesse James” cut released on Criterion sounds ideal, but Dominik revealed in 2016 that Criterion had passed on releasing the original “Jesse James” theatrical cut.
“I don't think Criterion are interested in it,” Dominik said at the time. “I don't think that they feel it's significant enough for them. There was this really lovely guy, who was a film student, that organized this ‘Jesse James’ revival, either last year or the year before. He was a film student or something, and ‘Jesse James’ is his favorite movie. He basically took it upon himself to create a ‘Jesse James’ revival and he set up all these screens at various Cinematheque type of things. He tried to get Criterion interested, and they weren't.”
Deakins’ latest release is “The Goldfinch,” which Warner Bros. is opening nationwide September 13. The cinematographer has a second 2019 release lined up for December with Universal’s “1919,” a World War I thriller directed by Sam Mendes.
Continuing the march towards the Academy Awards, director Sam Mendes won another key award for his work on the war drama 1917, making it likely that he’ll end up with a little golden man when the Oscars winners are unveiled next month. The Director’s Guild of America announced the winners of their annual awards, and Mendes took home the top prize for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film. But it wasn’t the only award the 1917 earned this weekend.
The rest of the 2020 DGA Awards winners were announced as well, and we’re happy to see director Alma Har’el get an award for her work on Shia LeBeouf’s autobiographical drama Honey Boy, especially since there weren’t any female filmmakers in the primary directing category.
The television winners were also announced, earning some love for Watchmen and Barry, among some other winners. Get the full list of winners below, appearing in BOLD.
Directors Guild Awards Nominees
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film
Bong Joon Ho – Parasite Sam Mendes – 1917 Martin Scorsese – The Irishman Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Taika Waititi – Jojo Rabbit
Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film Director
Mati Diop – Atlantics Alma Har’el – Honey Boy Melina Matsoukas – Queen & Slim Joe Talbot – The Last Black Man in San Francisco Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz – The Peanut Butter Falcon
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary Film
Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert – American Factory Feras Fayyad – The Cave Alex Holmes – Maiden Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska – Honeyland Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang – One Child Nation
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in TV Movies or Limited Series
Ava DuVernay – When They See Us Vince Gilligan – El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie Thomas Kail – Fosse/Verdon, “Nowadays” Johan Renck – Chernobyl Minkie Spiro – Fosse/Verdon, “All I Care About Is Love” Jessica Yu – Fosse/Verdon, ‘Glory”
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Drama Television
Nicole Kassell – Watchmen, “It’s Summer and We’re Running Out of Ice” Mark Mylod – Succession, “This Is Not for Tears” David Nutter – Game of Thrones, “The Last of the Starks” Miguel Sapochnik – Game of Thrones, “The Long Night” Stephen Williams – Watchmen, “This Extraordinary Being”
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Television
Dan Attias – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, “It’s the Sixties, Man!” Bill Hader – Barry, “ronny/lily” David Mandel –...
Birds of Prey and Bloodshot both hit digital today as studios attempt to figure out how to appeal to folks stuck at home due to the coronavirus. Both of these digital releases are early – especially Bloodshot, which opened in theaters this month – and studios are hoping that movie-goers will shell out some cash to own titles sooner than expected. To better get the word out, Warner Bros. and Sony have both released extended previews for each film, with a 10-minute chunk from the beginning of Birds of Prey, and the full first 8-ish minutes of Bloodshot.
Birds of Prey Extended Preview
Finally, you can watch Harley Quinn order herself a delicious breakfast sandwich from the comfort of your own home. Warner Bros. has made Birds of Prey available for digital purchase today, and if you’re still not sold on the pic, you might want to check out the preview above. It’s from the start of the film it’s not quite the first ten minutes of the movie – they trimmed off a few opening scenes, and gives you a pretty good idea of what the flick is like. It’s funny, it’s vulgar, it’s very over-the-top.
In Birds of Prey, “When Gotham’s most nefariously narcissistic villain, Roman Sionis Ewan McGregor, and his zealous right-hand, Zsasz Chris Messina, put a target on a young girl named Cass Ella Jay Basco, the city is turned upside down looking for her. Harley Margot Robbie, Huntress Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Black Canary Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Renee Montoya Rosie Perez’s paths collide, and the unlikely foursome have no choice but to team up to take Roman down.”
This new digital release comes with the following features:
Birds Eye View Mode Birds of Prey: Birds of a Feather Grime and Crime Wild Nerds Romanesque Sanity is Sooo Last Season A Love/Skate Relationship Gag Reel Bloodshot Extended Preview
Also available for digital purchase today: Bloodshot! It’s not very good! But I suppose if you were hoping to see it, and were unable to catch it in theaters, this is your chance. Above you have the first 8-ish minutes it says first 9, but that’s a lie of the movie. In Bloodshot, “Vin Diesel stars as Ray Garrison, a soldier recently killed in action and brought back to life as the superhero Bloodshot by the RST corporation. With an army of nanotechnology in his veins, he’s an unstoppable force –stronger than ever and able to heal instantly. But in controlling his body, the company has sway over his mind and memories, too. Now, Ray doesn’t know what’s real and what’s not – but he’s on a mission to find out.”
The digital release comes with the following features:
Deleted & Extended Scenes including an Alternate Ending Outtakes & Blooper Reel Featurettes: Initiate...