Back in March, Columbia Pictures invited /Film and a few select other online sites to the set of Zombieland, short film and commercial director Ruben Fleischer‘s feature film debut — a zombie buddy comedy road-trip adventure film.
I’ll be completely honest, I wasn’t expecting much going in. I mean, what do you expect from a movie titled Zombieland? But what I saw over the course of being on set for 14-15 hours definitely excited me about the production. This is a small film by budget standards, but a large film in scale. They were able to accomplish this by filming in Atlanta Georgia, where new tax incentives have made it possible for Hollywood to film a large scale zombie film without having to make cutbacks on things like the hordes of zombies.
The scene we witnessed being shot took place in a large strip mall store which was recreated to look like a giant supermarket. It’s one of those strange Hollywood things where you’re walking down the frozen food isle which looks so real before you realize all the boxes are fake. They were shooting a sequence where Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg’s character’s arrive at the supermarket looking for food, but first must make sure there are no zombies hiding out in the frozen meat section (which of course, there are — as seen in the trailer.
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Sony has premiered four photos from Ruben Fleischer‘s zombie buddy comedy Zombieland on AICN.
Jesse Eisenberg plays Columbus, a teenage who has made a habit of running from what scares him. Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) doesn’t have fears. If he did, he’d kick their ever-living ass. In a world overrun by zombies, these two are perfectly evolved survivors. But now, they’re about to stare down the most terrifying prospect of all: each other. The film also stars Emma Stone (Superbad) and Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine).
I had a chance to visit the set of the film while the movie was shooting in Georgia. I wish I could share with you some of my enthusiastic thoughts about the film, but I’m under embargo.The film’s teaser trailer will be attached to Year One. Head on over to AICN to see the photos in larger resolution. Zombieland hits theaters on October 9th 2009.
Ryan Reynolds’s star has not blazed into the sky yet. Sure, he has made numerous attempts and coasted around orbit before burning out into a falling star back to earth, but his rise has not stuck. It’s starring vehicles like Definitely Maybe that stunt his growth as an actor, he is unable to unleash his dry, witty lashbacks and deadpan grace upon us. In the recent past he has done well, in my opinion with some light fluff like Just Friends, which is good, and PG-13’d him into his vulgar- less brilliance. He took on the task of working with an amazing ensemble in Smokin’ Aces with great success holding his own with the great Ray Liotta, Andy Garcia, Affleck, and Common…That last part was a joke… But all he got to really do was scream “Come on!” and “Goddamn it!” I believe he works best in comedy where he can unleash his talent in the fashion he is best conditioned to.
This brings us to Definitely Maybe. He doesn’t get to use any of his chops that we have grown accustomed to here in this flick and we are worse off for it. Now here is my conundrum as a reviewer. I’ve had two days to think of what to say and I’ve decided to be honest, I’m not sure what genre this movie falls into after having seen it. It wasn’t laugh out loud funny. It wasn’t very romantic. And to top it all off it wasn’t very dramatic. We have Reynolds, a single dad, who gets two days a week with his daughter, the new “IT” girl, Dakota Breslin…I mean Abigail. She wants to know the story of how her parents met after a class in Sex Ed and whether or not she was an accident or not. So because Reynolds wants to make a game out of it for some reason, (She doesn’t want to go bed, and to shut her up he tells a 9 hour story) we have Breslin with a checklist playing CLUE with her dad to find out in his past, which serious lover her mom is. Because he must change the names so she can figure it out on her own.
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The movie trailer for Nim’s Island, the new family adventure comedy from Fox-Walden, is now online. Based on the popular novel by Wendy Orr and Kerry Millard, about a young girl named Nim (Abigail Breslin) who lives on an isolated island with her scientist father. When the father goes missing, Nim requests the help of a reclusive author (Jodie Foster) of the novel she’s reading. And Gerard Butler plays Alex Rover, the fictional hero from her novels.
I think I might be out of the age range and demographic on this one. It has a good cast, and doesn’t look as bad as most kid-targeted movies. It seems like something that you could sit through and enjoy if you had kids to entertain. I’m just not sure I’d ever be interested in this film on my own. Watch the trailer below, and as always, tell me what you think – Comment Now.
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The international movie trailer for Definitely, Maybe has hit the interwebs. I know, it’s another romantic comedy… But this one has a cast that has gotten my attention. With Rachel Weisz, Elizabeth Banks and Isla Fisher as the three romantic leads, at least you’ll have something to look at. And with Little Miss Sunshine‘s Abigail Breslin at least the little kid cute factor is turned up to 10. Kevin Kline and Derek Luke also star. And Requiem for a Dream composer Clint Mansell did the score (let’s hope it’s not that cheesy sentimental music bed in the background of the trailer).
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Definitely, Maybe stars Ryan Reynolds as Will Hayes, a 30-something Manhattan dad, is in the midst of a divorce when his 10-year-old daughter, Maya, starts to question him about his life before marriage. His story begins in 1992, as a 24 year-old starry-eyed aspiring politician who moves from Wisconsin to New York to work on the presidential campaign. Will relives his career ups and downs and personal trials and tribulations as he tells Maya about his three most meaningful relationships. As Maya attempts to figure out which of the women became her mother she begins to understand the complexity of love and Will realizes that it’s never too late to go back.
Listen, I’m not saying that Definitely, Maybe will be a good movie, but it has the chance to be definitely maybe okay. And your girlfriend will probably eat it up.
What if Disney decided to produce live action remakes of their animated classics with top Hollywood stars? How about Rachel Weisz as Snow White? Scarlett Johansson as Cinderella? BeyoncÃ© as Alice in Wonderland? Don’t get worried yet Disney fanatics, these photos are not part of a feature film production, but instead Photographer Annie Leibovit’s Disney Dream Portrait Series which will star appearing in magazines in November. Check out some of the photos below. Click on the photos to enlarge.
Scarlett Johansson as Cinderella
Roger Federer as King Arthur
Julie Andrews as the Blue Fairy from Disney’s Pinocchio with her apprentice fairy, Little Miss Sunshine star Abigail Breslin
Beyonce as Alice from Alice in Wonderland, Oliver Platt as the Mad Hatter and Lyle Lovett as the March Hare.
David Beckham as Prince Phillip from Sleeping Beauty
Warner Bros sent over 20 new production photos from No Reservations (Movie Trailer), the by the book dramatic crisis romantic comedy, complete with the overtly cute little kid (who you might reccognize as Abigail Breslin from Little Miss Sunshine). We’re not really too interested in this one, but since we have the photos, I may as well post them (and heck, some of our female readers might be interested). Check out the photos and official plot synopsis after the jump. As always, left click to enlarge the photos.
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No Reservations looks like the by the book dramatic crisis romantic comedy, complete with a cute little kid (who you might reccognize as Abigail Breslin from Little Miss Sunshine). And because you’re just dying to see it, we have the movie trailer.
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Random Notes from the Editor:
Errol Morris’ short film which opened the Academy Awards show was fantastic. If you didn’t see it, you can check out the video at Oscar.com.
Ellen DeGeneres is not funny (with exception of the Jennifer Hudson/Al Gore joke, but I have a feeling someone probably wrote that for her).
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