Friday, January 7, 2011

Country Strong Preview/Synopsis

Written and directed by Shana Feste ( The Greatest ) starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Garrett Hedlund, Tim McGraw, Leighton Meester and Marshall Chapman. Cinematography by John Bailey ( The Producers, As Good As It Gets ) Editing by Conor O' Neill ( Murderball ) Original score by Michael Brook ( Into The Wild, Affliction )

Premise: A rising young singer-songwriter, Beau Hutton (Garrett Hedlund), gets involved with fallen country music star Kelly Canter (Gwyneth Paltrow) and the pair embark on a tour to resurrect her career, helmed by her husband/manager, James (Tim McGraw), who accompanies them along with beauty queen-turned-singer Chiles Stanton (Leighton Meester). Complications arising from romantic entanglements and old demons threaten to derail them all.

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements involving alcohol abuse and some sexual content. 112 min.

Oscar chances ? I don 't see it. It's not receiving any pre-Oscar attention at all. The reviews have been mixed at best as well. Personally, I thin k it's way too early for the female version of Crazy Heart so close to Bridges just winning less than a year ago.

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Started to really pay attention to film ( movies ) what was going on in front of the camera, but more interestingly, behind it as well at about as far back as age 10. Motion pictures ( when good ) are a fascinating medium. All the work and prep that goes into filmmaking. It's an amazing process !