Posted on Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 by Angie Han
Film release scheduling tends to get tricky around the end of the year. Not only do studios have to weigh all the usual concerns, they also need to keep an eye on the December 31 cutoff date for Academy Award qualification, and so they devise strategies to work around it or use it to their benefit.
Lionsgate is giving Stand Up Guys an awards season push, moving its release date up to December for New York and Los Angeles. Meanwhile, Sony is looking to take advantage of all-but-inevitable Oscar buzz for Kathryn Bigelow‘s Zero Dark Thirty by scaling back the wide release originally planned for the end of this year. Read more about both decisions after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, September 13th, 2012 by Angie Han
Under most circumstances, a movie about Christopher Walken, Al Pacino, and Alan Arkin indulging in an all-night bender complete with hard drugs, pretty girls, and grand theft auto would sound like a hoot. But along comes
Hector Salamanca Mark Margolis to make it sad.
Fisher Stevens‘ Stand Up Guys starts with Val’s (Pacino) release from prison after nearly three decades. He reconvenes with his old pals Doc (Walken) and Hirsch (Arkin) for a wild night on the town, and on the surface it seems their bond is as strong as ever. In truth, however, Doc is under strict orders to take Val out. As morning approaches, so does his moment of truth. Julianna Margulies also stars. Watch the trailer after the jump.
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To say 2011 and 2012 haven’t been good years for the Penn State University football program would be a gross understatement. Former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was accused, and later convicted, of serial child molesting. During the scandal it was revealed that his boss, head coach Joe Paterno – the winningest coach in the history of Division I college football – had an idea about it but turned a blind eye to Sandusky’s acts. Paterno’s mistake cost him and the school several years of wins and, subsequently, that incredible record. Sandusky will likely spend the rest of his life in prison. Paterno passed away this past January as the scandal still raged.
Currently sitting atop the New York Times Best Seller List is Paterno, a biography of the coach by Joe Posnanski, and a film adaptation of that book is now being shopped around Hollywood with none other than Oscar-winner Al Pacino attached to play the lead. Read more after the jump. Read More »
Briefly: As spoof awards go, The Razzies are pretty rote. Calling out films like Battlefield Earth and Sex and the City 2 for being terrible doesn’t take a whole lot of effort. Sure, those movies suck, but they’re not interesting failures, just things to be ignored. Maybe their terrible qualities are good for a chuckle, but that’s about it. So seeing that the Adam Sandler movie Jack and Jill is the first-ever film to take all ten ‘major’ golden raspberry awards doesn’t mean much, I think, other than doling out all the awards to one film is an attempt at comedy worthy of, well, Jack and Jill.
For the record, the film’s ‘awards’ were: Worst Picture, Worst Actor, Worst Actress, Worst Supporting Actor, Worst Supporting Actress, Worst Screen Ensemble, Worst Director, Worst Remake Rip-Off or Sequel (for emulating Ed Wood’s Glen or Glenda), Worst Screen Couple, and Worst Screenplay. Adam Sandler is involved in almost all of those categories, though Al Pacino and David Spade scored the supporting jabs. A couple of those categories were split between Jack and Jill and another Sandler picture, Just Go With It. And yet, amid all that, there was no award given for the fact that Jack and Jill somehow cost $80 million. The Razzies: not yet comprehensive.
The latest actor to join Christian Bale in Scott Cooper‘s Out of the Furnace is likely to be Zoe Saldana. She’s in early talks for the film that Cooper is rewriting (based on Brad Ingelsby‘s The Low Dweller script) and will direct as his follow-up to Crazy Heart.
Bale will be an ex-con who is determined to avenge the death of his younger brother after being released from prison. Various actors have been mentioned as possible choices for the brother (Casey Affleck, Garrett Hedlund, Taylor Kitsch and Channing Tatum) and Robert Duvall is nearly set to play the main character’s helpful uncle, while Viggo Mortensen could end up being the villain.
Out of the Furnace could shoot this spring if the cast comes together and Relativity gives it the final green light. As we’ve heard before, that green light will primarily be based on the finalization of a deal with Bale, which hasn’t yet happened. [Variety]
After the break, a film called The Occult signs Rufus Sewell and Anne Heche, and Julianna Margulies joines Al Pacino in the comedic action film Stand Up Guys. Read More »
Posted on Monday, February 27th, 2012 by Angie Han
As the race for the year’s most coveted trophies came to a close with this weekend’s Oscars ceremony, another much less prestigious awards competition was just getting started. Nominations have been announced for the 32nd Razzie Awards, handed out to the “worst achievements in film” each year.
Leading the 2012 list is Adam Sandler, whose involvement in Jack and Jill, Bucky Larson, and Just Go With It earned him a record-breaking eleven Razzie nominations. That’s more than twice as many as the previous record holder, Norbit star Eddie Murphy, received in 2007. Other standouts include Nicolas Cage, Ken Jeong, Sarah Palin, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part I, and The Hangover Part II. Read the full list of nominees after the jump.
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While one could argue that Al Pacino‘s acting has gotten overly animated in the last few years, he’s never actually been animated. Until now. The Oscar-winning actor just signed to voice his first animated character: the villain in Despicable Me 2, which is scheduled for release on July 3, 2013. It’s the role Javier Bardem was originally rumored for — a rumor which was later found to be untrue. Read more after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 by Angie Han
Action flicks aren’t just for young stars anymore, as evidenced by the commercial success of films like The Expendables, Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull, and Live Free and Die Hard. But even by those standards, Stand Up Guys boasts a fairly advanced cast. Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, and Alan Arkin have signed on to star in the action-comedy, which was previously titled Old Timers. Fisher Stevens, who won a Best Documentary Oscar in 2010 for The Cove, is set to direct. More details after the jump.
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“Say ‘Hello’ to my little friend!” It’s the most iconic line in Brian De Palma‘s 1983 film Scarface. Immigrant turned millionaire drug dealer Tony Montana (Al Pacino) is feeling the heat as his house is being invaded and, in a moment of genius, picks up a huge ass machine gun with a grenade launcher on it and kills a bunch of bad guys with a single shot.
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