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George Clooney is back in the director’s seat for the 4th time in ‘The Ides of March’, and for the first time in 3 years. Clooney has a good track record as a director, averaging a 75% on the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer in his first three films (Good Night, And Good Luck, Leatherheads, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind). He is also writing the screenplay alongside of Grant Heslov, who he co-wrote ‘Good Night, And Good Luck’ with. Clooney earned an Oscar nomination for both his directing and writing in ‘Good Night.’
Clooney brings a dynamite cast to the screen in the political thriller ‘The Ides of March’ that hits movie screens on October 7th this Fall. Ryan Gosling, Paul Giamatti, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Evan Rachel Wood, Marisa Tomei and Clooney himself make up the all-star lineup. Gosling looks to be the leading man, and it looks to be quite a year for the blooming star, who just showed the world his comedic side in ‘Crazy, Stupid, Love’ and is projected to blow people’s minds with a much more intense side in ‘Drive’ this Fall.
I was a personally found Clooney’s ‘Good Night, And Good Luck’ to be fascinating, and can’t remember seeing a modern film that I can compare to it. Combine this with a cast that screams consistency and brilliance…needless to say I have high hopes for ‘The Ides of March.’
Here is the synopsis for the movie:
The Ides of March takes place during the frantic last days before a heavily contested Ohio presidential primary, when an up-and-coming campaign press secretary (Ryan Gosling) finds himself involved in a political scandal that threatens to upend his candidate’s shot at the presidency. — (C) Sony Pictures
Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Casey Affleck star in Brett Ratner’s (Rush Hour, Red Dragon, X-Men: The Last Stand) new action-comedy.
Here is the synopsis of the movie via the movies official website:
“In the upcoming action-comedy film Tower Heist, Queens native Josh Kovacs (Ben Stiller) has managed one of the most luxurious and well-secured residences in New York City for more than a decade. Under his watchful eye, nothing goes undetected. In the swankiest unit atop Josh’s building, Wall Street titan Arthur Shaw (Alan Alda) is under house arrest after being caught stealing $2 billion from his investors. The hardest hit among those he defrauded? The tower staffers whose pensions he was entrusted to manage.
With only days before Arthur gets away with the perfect crime, Josh’s crew turns to petty crook Slide (Eddie Murphy) to plan the nearly impossible—steal what they are sure is hidden in Arthur’s guarded condo. Though amateurs, these rookie thieves know the building better than anyone. And it turns out they’ve been casing the place for years, they just didn’t know it.”
Marvel has released a short teaser clip for ‘The Avengers’ which includes the final scene of ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ and a short clip from ‘The Avengers’ teaser that followed the credits of Cap. Here’s to hoping that the full teaser trailer is released sometime in the near future.
This trailer caused me to morph into the mental state of a little school girl. I’m guessing that was the intent of producer Guillermo Del Toro. According to the famed producer, he is aspiring for this film “to completely scare younger generations crapless.” Check out this excerpt via The Playlist:
‘Dark’ had always been planned as a PG-13 movie aimed just as squarely at the teen crowd as at adults. But once the MPAA got through their review, they decided the goosebumps it gave them were enough to warrant an R-rating. “It changes a lot from a commercial point of view,” says del Toro. “I would have loved for it to be PG-13. We conceived it as a very classically made, spooky movie that would have the same effect it had on me as a kid. I wanted to completely scare younger generations crapless.”
But the producer always prefers to look on the bright side. “It’s really a badge of honor because they gave us an R for being scary. It’s not an R for being gory. The decision was do we change it to get the PG-13 or keep it an R? I’m a big believer that, if you get an R and the movie’s good, you keep the R. Why destroy the movie to make it more marketable? I think it’s a mistake.”
The MPAA didn’t stop del Toro from showing it to his own kids. “Oh yeah, they already saw it,” laughs del Toro. “I think 8 years old is extreme, [but] 13, 11, 12 for sure. Video games are much more brutal than people even remember. And cartoons are really aggressive and crazy in a beautiful way.”
Troy Nixey will make his debut as a director in ‘Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark’, but he can take comfort in the fact that Del Toro not only is producing the horror flick, but that the legend has also written the screenplay alongside of Matthew Robbins.
‘Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark’ hits theaters this Fall on August 26th.
When I grew up playing Milton Bradley’s ‘Battleship’, I never pictured that it would be a very good concept for a Hollywood film. I also never pictured that if it were actually to hit the cinemas, that it would involve battleships fighting aliens. What was I thinking? Of course that is how Hollywood would interpret this beloved childhood board game.
Maybe director Peter Berg (Hancock, The Kingdom, Friday Night Lights) is cooking up a miracle, but with a $200 million estimated budget, it looks more like a recipe for the rebirth of ‘Waterworld.’ Liam Neeson, Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgard, Brooklyn Decker, and Rihanna have been brought in to pull off the gimmick.
I’m more than willing to admit that I’m wrong, but I think this battleship is going to sink next summer, and I think it will sink badly.
‘Battleship’ hits theaters on May 18, 2012.
At first it was believed that ‘New Year’s Eve’ was going to be a continuation of Garry Marshall’s (Pretty Woman & Runaway Bride) last project, ‘Valentine’s Day’, which was obviously centered around a holiday, and also featured Ashton Kutcher, Jessica Biel, and Hector Elizondo. We now know that it is not a continuation, and the returning actors will portray new characters in the film. While ‘Valentine’s Day’ was pounded by critics (17% on Rotten Tomatoes), it did manage to more than quadruple the budget in box office gross alone. While it isn’t a continuation of ‘Valentine’s Day’, ‘New Year’s Eve’ looks to tell a similar tale, of numerous interwoven stories that all take place on a popular holiday. The cast is silly, boasting Ashton Kutcher, Jessica Biel, Robert De Niro, Hillary Swank, Katherine Heigl, Zac Efron, Lea Michelle, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michelle Pfieffer, Halle Berry, Ludacris, and Josh Duhamel.
I have full expectations that ‘New Year’s Eve’ will be shredded similarly by critics, like ‘Valentine’s Day’ was, but a box office success nonetheless. It hits theaters on December 9, 2011.
‘Margin Call’ is a financial thriller that already has positive buzz from critics surrounding it. First time director and writer J.C. Chandor is at the helm, and he has a stacked cast to cushion his debut. Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Demi Moore, Zachary Quinto, and Stanley Tucci and many others make up the cast. ‘Margin Call’ hits theaters this fall on October 21.
Watching this trailer makes me sick. Allow me to explain myself. There were a lot of positives to this film before I saw this trailer.
1) Collin Firth won an Oscar in his last role in ‘The Kings Speech’, and was nominated for one in ‘A Single Man’ before that. Coming off of 2 straight Oscar nominations…what could go wrong?
2) The film boasts a strong cast outside of Firth. Ellen Burstyn is a 6-time Oscar nominee, winning one for her performance in ‘Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore’. Patricia Clarkson is also an Oscar nominee for her supporting role in ‘Pieces of April’. Orlando Bloom and Amber Tamblyn are part of the ensemble as well. This cast does build up your expectations.
3) And then there is the fact that the screenplay was written by Horton Foote, who won Oscars for his work in ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ & ‘Tender Mercies’. Foote past away in 2009, which makes this film that much more nostalgic.
As you can see there seems to be a lot to loom forward to in ‘Main Street’. That is until you actually see the trailer. The trailer is straight cheese. It looks like a story that is going nowhere. Every viewing thus far has chucked tomatoes at it. Living 20 minutes from Durham, it’s disappointing to see this turn out to be a dud (this will be a dud), and to see it paint an inaccurate picture of modern day downtown Durham. I Didn’t anticipate Firth falling to this depth after the height he climbed to in his previous film. It looks as if ‘Main Street’, as simple as it appears, was too big of a task for first time director John Doyle.
Feel free to watch this and tell me I’m wrong.
The last time that Justin Timberlake put out a CD was in 2006. Since that time he has been in 9 movies. Back in 2007, Richard Roeper saw massive potential in Timberlake’s acting career with his performance in ‘Alpha Dog.’
“Justin Timberlake has what it takes to be a genuine movie star.”
It seems as if Roeper’s words have actually proven to be prophetic. ‘In Time’ will mark his 3rd movie in 2011 alone (Bad Teacher, Friends With Benefits).
I’m not saying that the trailer isn’t intriguing, but what has me the most intrigued is that Andrew Niccol (Oscar Nominee – Best Writing – The Truman Show) is writing and directing the film. It’s been 6 years since Niccol sat in the director’s chair, but it doesn’t mean people have forgotten his work in Gattaca, Simone, Lord of War, The Truman Show (writing) and The Terminal (writing).
‘In Time’ will land in theaters on October 28, 2011.
Stephen Soderbergh (Oscar Winner – ‘Traffic’, Nominated for ‘Erin Brockovich’) is supposedly retiring from directing, but that isn’t stopping him from taking risks. Despite the fact that he has filled his cast with a lot of solid names, his leading lady, Gina Carano, will be making her feature film debut. Carano is an MMA fighter, and Soderberg was flipping through the channels one night when he came across one of Carano’s fights, and decided he had to use her to tell a story. She plays the role of a covert agent that is betrayed by someone within the agency, and she won’t stop until she gets revenge.
Carano is joined by Channing Tatum, Michael Doublas (Oscar Winner – ‘Wall Street’), Ewan McGregor, Antonio Banderas, Michael Fassbender, Bill Paxton and Michael Angarano. Lem Dobbs wrote the screenplay for Soderbergh, and though he has only written three films, he has never failed yet, with his most notable work coming in Frank Oz’s ‘The Score.’
The budget for ‘Haywire’ is $25 million.
‘Haywire’ is scheduled for release on January 20, 2012.