Archive for the ‘Upcoming movies’ Category

  • Is the world ready for a dramatic Steve Carell?

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    It’s not a stretch really. Many great comedic actors have successfully transitioned to the darker side – Robin Williams, Bill Murray, Adam Sandler, Jim Carrey. Hell, even Tom Hanks was considered a comedic actor for well over a decade of his career. So why not Steve Carell? It’s not as if he hasn’t already dabbled in the dramatic with Little Miss Sunshine and Dan in Real Life.

    If Mr. Carell gets his way, we are going to see just that. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Carell is attached to star in Dogs of Babel, an adaptation of the popular Carolyn Parkhurst novel of the same name. In the rather depressing book, the story follows a linguistics professor who comes home one day to find his wife dead in their backyard. While the police rule that it was an accidental fall that killed her, the husband thinks begins an obsessive investigation of his own and becomes determined to find the answers to what really happened from the only witness to her death: their dog.

    It sounds absurd, but as someone who read the book, it actually plays out rather well – and while it is has darkly humorous moments, the entire book is rather depressing in its examination of a man obsessed with finding closure, weaving back and forth between his quest to teach his dog to communicate and the early years of he and his wife’s relationship.

    So what do you think? Does Carell have what it takes to make the transition? And is this a good start to his post-Office career?

  • RDJ and PT Anderson may join forces.

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    It looks as if the stars may be aligning and the gods are smiling down on us. Word is coming in from The Hollywood Reporter that Robert Downey Jr. is in official talks to take on the lead role in Paul Thomas Anderson’s next film, an adaptation of the 1970s-set private eye novel Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon. THR briefly describes the premise:

    Vice is a comparatively accessible Pynchon work that tells the story of a stoner detective who gets wrapped up in a number of mysteries in 1969 L.A. while the Manson Family trial growls in the background.

    After dropping out of Disney’s Oz, the Great and Powerful, Downey has been looking for something to fill the void in his schedule and this looks to be it. I am yet to read the book, but I have always been aware of it, and it seems to be a novel that appeals to both critics and casual readers alike. Naturally, my attraction comes to seeing Downey playing detective yet again and working with a director who always brings the best out of every actor that he works with.

    To provide you with a little more sense of the tone, here’s a trailer for the book, which was released in 2009 by Penguin Group:

  • Gordon-Levitt and Rogen cancer dramedy gets a release date.

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    It was announced by The Wrap yesterday that the upcoming Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen cancer-dramedy has altered its title from the rather bland Live With It to the much more interesting 50/50. The official release date has also been confirmed as September 30 of this year.

    If you are yet to hear about it, the film is inspired by the true story of a young producer and his years-long battle against cancer, which despite the depressing content is allegedly going to be a rather upbeat comedy. Directed by Jonathan Levine (The Wackness, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane), the film is rounded out with a pretty stellar cast that includes Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Anjelica Huston.

    As always, the more Joseph Gordon-Levitt that makes it the screen, the better. This should help warm him up for 2012, where he is currently set to headline two films – the David Koepp (Stir of Echoes, Ghost Town) action-thriller Premium Rush and the Rian Johnson sci-fi mob movie Looper.

  • New Spider-Man film is going to be “amazing”

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    The official title of the Marc Webb directed Spider-Man reboot has been revealed as “The Amazing Spider-Man“. The name comes from the title of the original comic book series, first published by Marvel in 1963, in which the web-slinging hero first regularly appeared.

    Presumably this title is a device to help the revamped series differentiate itself from the Sam Raimi/Toby Maguire films. One can only hope that the result is better than The Incredible Hulk. Not so incredible, if you ask me (although arguably still better than the 2003 Ang Lee version).

    Along with the title, Sony also released a new photo of Andrew Garfield in the full Spider-Man costume, complete with mask. With darkers colours, more textured material and wrist-mounted mechanical web shooters clearly visible, it’s becoming obvious that this is going to be a grittier version of the hero than film audiences are used to. Colour me intrigued

    The Amazing Spider-Man will hit 2D & 3D screens on July 3rd 2012

  • 2011: A Preview

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    2010 was another year full of memorable films and performances. It was also a summer of disappointing blockbusters and sequels. Toy Story 3 and Inception saved the summer from being a complete waste of time. 2011 is another jam packed year, with plenty of franchise sequels and blockbusters. As always, many of the films that will fill our Top 10 lists next year are coming out in the fall. There may not be a lot of information on them yet, so this preview will be heavy on films that are releasing in spring or summer. The way the system works, the films that are on your radar are only there most of the time because of big names involved, studios, etc. One of the things I love about movies is that so often the ones that aren’t on your radar are some of the best of the year, but since those aren’t on my radar yet, let’s take a look at some that are. 2011. Go!

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  • X-Men: First Class debuts an excellent trailer

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    X-Men: First Class Movie Still

    Here’s a word I never thought I’d be using to describe Matthew Vaughn’s (Stardust and Kick-Ass) upcoming X-Men reboot X-Men: First Class: classy. That’s exactly what the trailer for this film, starring Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, January Jones, Kevin Bacon and a boat load of more equally talented actors, gives off.

    It’s quiet, demure and the action sequences, which are present, seem played down. I’m not sure what that means for the movie itself but I’m excited at the prospect of a comic book movie that doesn’t take itself too seriously but manages to tread the line of action and *gasp* drama. And is it just me or is there a dreamlike quality to bits of this trailer?

    X-Men: First Class opens June 3rd.

    Trailer tucked under the seats.

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  • First clips from Cary Fukunaga’s Jane Eyre

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    Jane Eyre Movie Still

    Remember in November when I was gushing over spring and the release of Cary Fukunaga’s follow up to Sin Nombre (review)? Well, it’s almost spring which means Jane Eyre, starring Hottie of the Year Michael Fassbender and Mia Wasikowska, is getting ever closer to release (only a month away!) and the production has been unveiling some delicious images.

    I was already pretty excited to see this and then they go and release a couple of clips which, while building excitement for the film, I regret seeing. Not that they’re bad or anything, on the contrary completely – they’re beautiful and moody and oh, so romantic, but darn it all! How is a girl supposed to handle this sort of tease? I’m going to put it out of my mind for a few weeks, burying it with other things… after I watch the first scene another dozen times or so.

    Jane Eyre opens March 11, 2011.

    Fresh clips, along with the trailer in case you missed it, tucked under the seats!

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  • John Hillcoat’s latest gets Guy Pearce and Gary Oldman.

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    If that headline didn’t make you spit out your root beer float in excitement, I daresay you aren’t much of a movie person. Back in December, we brought you the news that John Hillcoat’s Prohibition-era bootlegging drama The Wettest County in the World was back in the works after falling apart sometime after the originally reported cast (Ryan Gosling, Shia LaBeouf, Scarlett Johansson, Paul Dano and Michael Shannon) left the project due to numerous delays. Quickly becoming all but a distant memory of a film that would never quite be, most were excited to hear the the film was back on. While LaBeouf was still announced as a star, rising screen actor Tom Hardy was now filling the role once occupied by Gosling.

    Now, if the prospect of this film were not exciting enough based on the director, the source material, and Tom Hardy starring, it was announced today that Guy Pearce (who previously worked with Hillcoat on the masterful The Proposition) and demigod Gary Oldman are signed on in significant supporting roles. Rounding out the cast is Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, and Jason Clarke. Here’s the descrption from The Hollywood Reporter:

    Based on the novel The Wettest County in the World by Matt Bondurant, and on his grandfather and two great-uncles, the true gangsters story details of the saga of the Bondurant boys, bootlegging siblings who take the law into their own hands in Prohibition-era Virginia while making a run for the American Dream. Nick Cave wrote the screenplay.
    Pearce will play an overly violent deputy who comes down hard on the Bondurants while Oldman will play a gangster who engages the boys to deliver alcohol.

    Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland and The Kids Are All Right) plays LeBeouf’s love interest, a local Mennonite girl. Clarke (TV’s Chicago Code) is playing the brother to LaBeouf and Hardy. …

    The movie is currently in pre-production in Georgia and is scheduled to begin filming on Feb. 28.

    I just picked up the book on the Borders clearance shelf a few weeks back and I am really looking forward to reading it. This adaptation, which is penned by our favorite everyman Nick Cave – is shaping up to be epic… and maybe this will finally be the film that really puts John Hillcoat on the mainstream map. All I am saying is that Hillcoat better get a nice shiny new suit, because based on the strength of those involved, I have a feeling he will be attending quite a few awards ceremonies once this comes out.

  • “Cowboys and Aliens” Super Bowl Ad

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    I imagine we’ll be seeing a lot of ads coming out of Super Bowl Sunday over the next few days. A more interesting one might be the promo spot for Jon Favreau’s Cowboys & Aliens starring Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford. While I remain skeptical, it’s optimistic skepticism as the trailers so far have looked fairly exciting and interesting. Everything here looks pretty great. And I’m always hoping my childhood hero will someday make a triumphant comeback. Will this be it? Probably not, but I can always hope. Universal is bringing Cowboys & Aliens in only 2D(!) to theaters on July 29th, 2011 this summer.

     

    1873. Arizona Territory. A stranger (Craig) with no memory of his past stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution. The only hint to his history is a mysterious shackle that encircles one wrist. What he discovers is that the people of Absolution dont welcome strangers, and nobody makes a move on its streets unless ordered to do so by the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde (Ford). Its a town that lives in fear. But Absolution is about to experience a fear it can scarcely comprehend as the desolate city is attacked by marauders from the sky. Screaming down with breathtaking velocity and blinding lights to abduct the helpless one by one, these monsters challenge everything the residents have ever known. Now, the stranger they rejected is their only hope for salvation.

     

  • International trailer for Joe Wright’s Hanna

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    Shaping up to be the ‘guilty pleasure’ Hollywood action-fest for 2011, the UK trailer for Hanna focuses less on plot and more on Saoirse Ronan’s titlular character. Upon considering both marketing strategies, it looks like a grand time at the movies, either way. Finally (ok, I’m kidding), they made a Bourne/Salt-styled super-spy movie aimed at the teenager set – only it isn’t – particularly when you consider the art-house director, world-class cast, and the promise of it being more than a little bloody. Do you think this will go out rated R? I do.

    The trailer is tucked under the seat.
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  • Trailer for Carla Gugino’s Elektra Luxx

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    A sequel to the 2009 comedy Women in Trouble, Elektra Luxx focuses on one of the ten women from the previous film, a porn actress who discovers that she is pregnant after shacking up with a rock star. Finding this a perfect opportunity to quit the biz, Elektra decides to make a new living at teaching sex classes to horny housewives.

    There is probably other stuff that happens, but really, Carla Gugino is playing a pregnant porn star. What more do you need to know? The cast is rounded out by Adrianne Palicki (“Friday Night Lights”), Emmanuelle Chriqui (“Entourage”, Waiting…), Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a creepy sex blogger, and the always enjoyable badass Timothy Olyphant. Oh yeah, and Carla Gugino is playing a porn star.

    Leave your thoughts in the comments and if you have watched the first film (I haven’t), especially feel free to leave your thoughts on that film.

    The trailer is tucked under the seat.
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  • Full trailer for Cormac McCarthy’s The Sunset Limited

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    A couple of weeks ago, HBO released two teasers for its upcoming adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s play in novel form, The Sunset Limited – and it looked glorious.

    Today, we receive a more in-depth look at the film, which will take place entirely inside the apartment of a black, uneducated Bible-thumping ex-convict as he tries to prod the mind of a white atheist professor whose life he just saved moments before the professor tried to kill himself by jumping in front of a train. In the story, McCarthy refers to them simply as White (who is played in this by Tommy Lee Jones, who also directs) and Black (the great Samuel L. Jackson). If you enjoy films that will rely solely on the strengths of the writing and performances, this one is for you.

    The Sunset Limited premieres Saturday, February 12 (9:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO.