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01/14/2017

Josh Brolin will be honored with a prestigious award at the 2017 San Luis Obispo International Film Festival.

The 2017 San Luis Obispo International Film Festival will honor the part-time local and Academy Award nominee with the King Vidor Award.

Actor and former King Vidor award winner Jeff Bridges, who has lived in Montecito, will present Brolin with this year’s award for excellence in filmmaking.

Brolin grew up in Templeton and owns a ranch in the Templeton-Adelaida area. He is known for such films as The Goonies, True Grit, and No Country for Old Men.

The ceremony takes place on March 18 at 7 p.m. at the Fremont Theater, 1025 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo.

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09/11/2016

Thanos, who has largely been seen sitting down in completely CGI-constructed scenes, will return for Avengers: Infinity War. Based on the name of the third installment in the Avengers franchise, directed by Joe and Anthony Russo of Captain America: Civil Warfame, it looks like this may finally be the moment that the Avengers get to actually meet Thanos.

The Russos shared a new set photo, which can be seen below, featuring actor Josh Brolin in his motion capture suit. The directors didn’t say anything about the image, instead just capturing it “Rehearsal,” but it does appear like Brolin’s character, which also appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy, will get to do a little more than just sit around and look menacing in Infinity War.

Avengers: Infinity War is set to be released May 4, 2018.

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08/24/2016

If you’re a fan of the free outdoor movie series Movie Night Under the Stars, you’ll enjoy the next couple of weeks.

The 1985 film “The Goonies” starring Corey Feldman, Sean Astin and Josh Brolin, among others, is being screened Aug. 25, and the 1984 film “Footloose” is being screened a little more than a week later, on Sept. 3.

“You have so many movies from the 80s that are absolutely amazing,” said Clifton Skelliter, who curates the Movie Night Under the Stars series. “’The Goonies’ captures my childhood — just the raw adventure and friendship.”

All Movie Night Under the Stars screenings take place at the corner of Durham and Cedar. Participants are asked to bring their own seating. This week’s screening of “The Goonies” takes place at 9 p.m.

Check the Movie Night Under the Stars’ Facebook page for more information.

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08/15/2016

COUNTY news:

The C-130 transport aircraft scheduled to drop a large quantity of water over Pajarito Mountain between 10 a.m. and 2  p.m. today for the film “Granite Mountain,” will be basing out of the Santa Fe Municipal Airport.

A helicopter carrying crew to film the C-130 in action also will be basing out of Santa Fe Airport. Neither aircraft will land at Los Alamos County Airport.

No fire will be set as part of this scene. In fact, most of the wildfire scenes for the film are being edited in as computer generated images. However, No Exit Film, LLC, the production company for “Granite Mountain,” is working directly with the Wildland Fire Division of the Los Alamos Fire Department to ensure safe operations during filming on the mountain.

Hikers and bicyclists are strongly advised to avoid the Pajarito Mountain top and immediate area during this four-hour period due to safety concerns related to the water drop.

Camp May Road will be open, as will the Pajarito Mountain Lodge and Café. Film vehicles and equipment will be staged in the lower parking lot of Pajarito Mountain Resort. No other County or public areas will be closed today.

Remaining film dates according to the current schedule are Wednesday, Aug. 17 in White Rock and the following week on Wednesday, Aug. 24, Thursday, Aug. 25 and Friday, Aug. 26. All schedules are subject to change and the Los Alamos Film Office will make every effort to notify the general public through the local media and County website, Facebook page and the County Line e-newsletter. For all filming activity, the County and/or film production representatives are in regular contact with stakeholders who are directly impacted.

“Granite Mountain,” starring Josh Brolin, Jeff Bridges, Jennifer Connelly, Miles Teller and Andie MacDowell, is the story of the real-life Granite Mountain Hotshots, an elite group of wildland firefighters that courageously battled one of the worst wildfires in history to save an Arizona town.

NOTE: The Lockheed C-130 Hercules is a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft designed and built originally by Lockheed, now Lockheed Martin. Capable of using unprepared runways for takeoffs and landings, the C-130 was originally designed as a troop, medevac and cargo transport aircraft. The versatile airframe has found uses in a variety of other roles, including search and rescue, scientific research support, weather reconnaissance, aerial refuelingand aerial firefighting.

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08/06/2016

I’ve added screen captures from Hail, Caesar!

    
    

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08/05/2016

Josh posted this nice picture on his instagram yesterday:

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08/03/2016

He’s out and about promoting his latest thriller, Hell Or High Water (which itself is pretty darned good), but screenwriter Taylor Sheridan has been speaking about his next script, the sequel to Sicario, Soldado.

The film will be directed by Stefano Sollima (Gomorrah), and will see the return of both Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin‘s characters (though not Emily Blunt’s).

Here’s what he had to say about the script, which he is still hard at work on, to Collider.

“Lionsgate understood that they bought something that was a spec [on the first film]. So there was a certain amount of latitude they had to give me [on the sequel]. What usually would be a long meeting about what’s this character about, what’s his arc – we didn’t have that. They trusted me to just go do it, and with Sicario, which I’m really proud of, it really approaches some difficult subjects,” he said.

It sounds like the tone of the next film will be a little darker, and indeed more brutal. The screenwriter went on…

“I didn’t want to demean that with the second one. So I really wrote something I double dared them to actually make. Ten times more unsentimental, more vicious and really reflective… It’s funny a lot of people think Sicario‘s about the drug war and the cartels. It’s not. It’s a movie about American policy and the way that we police and [Sicario 2] is that on steroids.”

There’s even talk of a third movie on the way, but I guess we’ll have to see how well the second one performs. If its half as good as the first film in terms of reception and quality, we’re all in for a treat.

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07/20/2016

Josh Brolin, who plays Thanos is the MCU films, has praised the directors of the upcoming ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ films.

The actor, who is currently promoting the home entertainment release of the Coen brothers’ ‘Hail, Caesar!’, told Yahoo he saw parallels between the critically acclaimed directing duo and the Russo brothers, who are helming both installments of ‘Infinity War’.

He said: “I think these guys are just masterful at telling stories. They are into it. It is really fun. They [the directors Anthony and Joe Russo] are like the Coen brothers in their own way. You know they go to Palm Springs and they rent a house for a week and they flip burgers. They talk about the things Thanos could do. It is amazing.”

Brolin also described the moment when he first read the script for the next ‘Avengers’ film:

“I have known the co president of Marvel for over 20 years [and he said:] ‘Hey will you come to the Valley, so we can tell you the story of what we are going to do?’ I obviously got in my car immediately and I went to the Valley, which I don’t like to go to! And then I sat at a big table with all these guys and they just went through the story very specifically and I was completely and utterly blown away. It really is a fun world. It is a new world for me. Some people have been doing this since they we’re even kids and as much as I was in to a few comics I don’t know a lot about this world but I do know how deeply it affects people.’

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07/13/2016

There are still five Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films set to be released before “Avengers: Infinity War — Part 1,” but that’s not stopping one of its stars from sharing his thoughts on the two-part film.

In an interview with Digital Spy, star Josh Brolin admitted that he knows the plot of the movie, but he can’t reveal any spoilers.

“I literally can’t say one word about it, but it’s an incredible story. There’s no script yet. But I do know the story inside and out, and it’s an amazing story,” he said.

Brolin went on to say, “I sat at a table and listened to the story and was completely and utterly blown away. I was told it by all the people involved. It was a large table, I’ll put it that way.”

GameNGuide noted that the table Brolin was seated at included directors Anthony and Joe Russo, screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, and producer Kevin Feige, all of whom worked on “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “Captain America: Civil War” together.

It is unclear if any other cast members took part in that meeting, although it’s likely considering Brolin said it was “a large table.”

The actor has made cameo appearances as villain Thanos in previous MCU films “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

In the Marvel movies, Thanos has been collecting Infinity Stones, which will give him the power to rule over the universe.

“Infinity War” will see the Avengers, including Iron Man, Hulk, Thor and Captain America, along with other superheroes that have been introduced in the franchise, come together to try and stop Thanos as he finally collects all of the Stones.

In May, McFeely told Cinema Blend that Thanos will “do lots of dastardly things” in the film, but he’ll do more than just twist “his mustache the whole time,” according to Markus.

The screenwriters said the film will let fans “learn about the character, not just as a villain.”

It’s already been confirmed that “Infinity War” will feature 67 characters, most of whom we’ve seen in previous films.

As Joe Russo revealed back in January, “We have so many characters we’re dealing with. We’re breaking ground on ‘Avengers: Infinity War.” We have a board with 67 characters on it.”

That’s a lot of characters to include, but if “Captain America: Civil War,” which the Russo brothers directed, is any indication, then the directing duo is certainly up to the task.

“Avengers: Infinity War — Part 1” will be released on May 4, 2018, and “Avengers: Infinity War — Part 2” is set to hit theaters on May 3, 2019.

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07/08/2016

You’ve worked with the Coen Brothers numerous times now – Hail, Cesar!, No Country for Old Men – what makes you click with them?

Maybe the absurdity factor. I just really enjoy their sensibility, I get it. I don’t know why. You wouldn’t think, because we come from extremely different backgrounds, and charismatically we come from very different backgrounds. But I think, I just get it. What they chuckle at makes me chuckle. Even this new movie, Suburbicon, which we’re going to do for George [Clooney] which Jo and Ethan [Coen] wrote, he called me and asked if I’d be interested in doing a few scenes and I already knew it was a yes, because I knew it was written by Jo and Ethan. But then I read it and I’m laughing out loud, and it’s not very often you laugh out loud at their stuff. Also, there’s almost a mentorship in our relationship because they see in me the ability to play things, so they trust me to find my way through a role, that I wouldn’t necessarily pick for myself. No Country, maybe not, but True Grit, we came up with something a little different for that. And with Hail, Cesar! we came up with something different. It’s fun to create with them. I feel like all of us are on the ground with a lot of play-doh.

Read the full interview, here.

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06/27/2016

3 photos from the photoshoot in February has been added to the gallery:

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06/16/2016

The unexpected follow-up to last year’s crime thriller ‘Sicario’ will make Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro its main characters, while it’s also been announced that it will be followed by a third instalment, too.

Director Stefano Sollima, who will replace Denis Villeneuve in the hot seat for the sequel, entitled ‘Soldado’, told the Independent, “[It’s a] completely different story with just two of the characters that you met in ‘Sicario’. The antagonists are now absolutely the main characters.”

But they’re not just stopping there, because the Italian director also confirmed to the publication, “The idea is to make three anthology movies with some of the core actors and [set] in the same world.”

This means that Josh Brolin’s CIA agent Matt Graver and Benicio Del Toro’s hitman Alejandro Gillick will lead the way. However we’re still not too sure if the follow-up will be set before or after their antics with Emily Blunt’s innocent FBI agent Kate Macer.

It’s already been confirmed that Blunt will be unable to return as she’s busy taking the titular role of ‘Mary Poppins’ in the upcoming remake, while Villeneuve is also off overseeing the ‘Blade Runner’ sequel.

This makes the inclusion of Brolin and Del Toro all the more important, because without them ‘Soldado’ and ‘Sicario 3 could have easily deflated. A connection between ‘Sicario’ and ‘Soldado’ has also been solidified by the return of screenwriter Taylor Sheridan, too.

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