If I needed to I could come up with two films more different than Kathryn Bigelow‘s “kill Osama Bin Laden” movie Zero Dark Thirty and Atom Egoyan‘s West Memphis Three drama Devil’s Knot. But for the sake of argument let’s note that despite being fiction based in truth, they’re still pretty seriously different projects.Both films do have one other thing in common, in that they will rely on relative unknowns for pivotal roles.
First, Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty, which recounts the successful attempt to kill Osama Bin Laden, will actually feature an actor as the terrorist figurehead — something we weren’t sure about at one point. Ricky Sekhon, a British actor with some TV experience, will play the part. He’s already shot the role, according to Baz Bamigoye.
The film is still shooting, however, with a December 19th opening planned. The cast also features Chris Pratt, Kyle Chandler, Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Ehle, Joel Edgerton, Nash Edgerton, Frank Grillo, Harold Perrineau Jr., Mark Duplass, Jason Clarke, Mark Strong, Edgar Ramirez , and more.
After the break, Atom Egoyan has chosen a newcomer to play Damien Echols, one of the convicted West Memphis Three. Read More »
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Mikael Håfström‘s The Tomb attracted some attention for reuniting ’80s action stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone, but the project’s collected quite an eclectic cast since its early days. After adding Jim Caviezel back in February, The Tomb has now also signed Vincent D’Onofrio, Vinnie Jones, 50 Cent, and Amy Ryan. The combination isn’t entirely random: D’Onofrio, Jones, and 50 Cent recently completed production on Lionsgate’s Fire with Fire, which like The Tomb produced by Emmett/Furla Films. I can’t explain Ryan’s presence, though. More after the jump.
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Here’s a massive post-weekend catchup casting roundup, with a headlining turn from Jean-Claude van Damme. How can you resist the Muscles From Brussels? Answer: you can’t. Just give in to his suave, over-confident appeal. After the break you’ll find details about:
- JCVD taking part in a sci-fi film called UFO,
- Danny Glover joining the cast of a different sci-fi thriller, Mentryville,
- Sullivan Stapleton becoming the latest member of the Gangster Squad,
- Nico Tortorella from Scream 4 joining Guy Pearce and Amy Ryan in an indie,
- and What to Expect When You’re Expecting adds more.
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Editor’s Note: This review of Win Win originally ran in January when we saw it at the Sundance Film Festival. Since the film opens in limited release today, we decided to republish it.
A movie like Win Win is why you come to the Sundance Film Festival. Directed by Tom McCarthy, it stars Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, Bobby Cannavale and Jeffrey Tambor in the hilarious, heartwarming story of a happy, but financially troubled family, who find themselves taking care of a 16-year-old boy . That boy, played by newcomer Alex Shaffer, just so happens to be a champion wrestler and Giamatti’s character just so happens to be a wrestling coach. However, the film is much more than just a simple sports movie or family drama. It integrates the two in a way that’s both organic and accessible.
McCarthy has made a winning film that’s very easy to love. And I do. Read my review and see a video blog about it featuring myself and Peter after the jump. Read More »
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We’re still in the first quarter of 2011, but the best film I’ve seen so far is Tom McCarthy‘s Win Win. The Fox Searchlight release wowed audiences at Sundance and will surely do the same at South by Southwest in advance of its March 18 release date. A dramatic sports comedy, it stars Paul Giamatti as a lawyer by day, wrestling coach by night who finds himself the defacto guardian of a troubled young man who also happens to be a superstar wrestler. Together, the boy (played by newcomer Alex Shaffer) and coach enrich and complicate the lives of all around them, including Amy Ryan, Bobby Cannavale and Jeffrey Tambor. The film is heartfelt and hilarious.
On the site we’ve already reviewed the film, both on video and in print, spoken to the co-writer/director Tom McCarthy and highlighted the trailer. Now, we’ve found two clips from the film as well as a featurette that’ll get you stoked for one of the best movies of 2011 so far, Win Win. Read More »
Win Win is the latest film from The Station Agent and The Visitor director Tom McCarthy, and it got some stellar reviews out of Sundance. Watching this new trailer it is easy to see why. There’s the cast (Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, Melanie Lynskey, Jeffrey Tambor, Bobby Cannavale) for one, and a story about redemption and family that looks like it has been handled in a way that will work perfectly. Read More »
I’m a big fan of Tom McCarthy as an actor and director (The Station Agent, The Visitor) so I’m curious to see both his sorta-directorial effort for the pilot of Game of Thrones (reshoots were done without him) and his new indie Win Win, starring Paul Giamatti. The story follows a struggling middle-aged attorney and volunteer wrestling coach (Paul Giamatti) who becomes caretaker to an elderly man (Burt Young), which leads to a complicated mentor/guardian situation with the man’s grandson (Alex Schaffer). Peter and Germain loved the movie at Sundance (review here) and now there’s a poster to rep the picture in advance of its March 18 release.
See the full poster, thanks to Vulture, after the break. Read More »
Good news for fans of director Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent, The Visitor, Game of Thrones), as his new film Win Win will open on March 18 instead of March 25. The film stars Paul Giamatti as “Mike Flaherty, a senior-care attorney and high-school wrestling coach in small-town New Jersey, he compromises his ethics to better support his family — with consequences, of course.” Amy Ryan, Burt Young (Rocky) and newcomer Alex Shaffer also appear. [USA Today]
After the break, a new date for Lone Scherfig’s One Day, as well as the release date and some recap info on Tarsem Singh’s Immortals. Read More »
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Time to mark up your calendar. Three films, each of which is aimed at a very different audience, have set release dates. Let’s get the ugly one out of the way first: Warner Bros. has locked Wrath of the Titans, directed by Jonathan Liebesman, for March 30, 2012 — basically the same place in the calendar that saw the release of Clash of the Titans this year. Liam Neeson will return as Zeus, and presumably Sam Worthington and Gemma Arterton will reprise their roles from Clash as well.
After the break, dates and recap info for Tom McCarthy‘s Win Win and Nicolas Winding Refn‘s Drive. Read More »
Philip Seymour Hoffman‘s directorial debut Jack Goes Boating premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival as part of the Premieres category. Written by Bob Glaudini, the story follows a stoner limo driver who looks for different ways to improve his skill-set as a way to attract a girlfriend, and goes on a blind date, which “sparks a tale of love, betrayal, friendship, and grace centered around two working-class New York City couples.” Hoffman also stars in the romantic comedy, alongside Amy Ryan, John Ortiz, Daphne Rubin-Vega, and Tom McCarthy. Overture Films has released an official movie trailer for the film. Watch it now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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