Arthur Newman

Pretty much everyone has had a moment when they felt an intense desire to run away from their own lives, an urge to leave everything and everyone behind completely and start fresh as an entirely different person. Only a precious few people actually attempt to do it.

In the first trailer for Arthur Newman, family man Wallace Avery (Colin Firth) joins those ranks by faking his own death and assuming the identity of Arthur Newman, golf pro. Along the way, he encounters a troubled woman (Emily Blunt) who’s running from some demons of her own. The comedy is the feature debut of commercial helmer Dante Ariola, whose work we’ve spotlighted here in the past. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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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 »

From the moment I heard about Rampart the movie placed high on my ‘must-see’ list. The Messenger director Oren Moverman reunites with Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster to tell a story about the LAPD’s disgraced Rampart division, with a script originally written by LA crime master James Ellroy. Ice Cube is a good cop and Ned Beatty is in the movie, as are Sigourney Weaver and Steve Buscemi.

The movie has hit some festivals and I’m already hearing so much about how good Harrelson is in the film that I’ve just had to shut down all of the chatter until I get a chance to see the film. Rampart is scheduled for a limited Oscar-qualifying run in New York and LA starting next week, but most of us won’t get a chance to see it until January 2012.

There is a trailer right now, however, so you can get a taste of Harrelson’s performance as “the most corrupt cop you’ve ever seen on screen.” Watch it below. Read More »

‘Cedar Rapids’ Trailer

The first big film Ed Helms booked after the success of The Hangover was Cedar Rapids, in which he plays a naive smalltown insurance guy who is sent to the ‘big city’ of Cedar Rapids to represent his company at a convention. Probability of wacky hijinks: very high. Now there’s a trailer, which you can see after the break. Read More »

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Oren Moverman‘s Rampart is one of the films I’m most excited about that hasn’t been shot yet. Why? Because Moverman wrote and directed a fantastic picture in The Messenger, and then you team him up with James Ellroy and Ellroy’s long-standing interest in the Los Angeles Police Department. Mix in Moverman’s leads from The Messenger, Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster, and then the rest of the cast, and this might be a winner.

Who’s the rest of the cast? Just like the headline says: new names include Steve Buscemi, Sigourney Weaver and Robin Wright. Read More »

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Some decent casting notes cropped up in the trade breaks last night, and because I’m just this sort of nice guy I’m about to round up the best for you.

First involves James Caan and Vera Farmiga, who’ve just joined Keanu Reeves in Henry’s Crime. The film, you may remember, is written by Anvil! director Sacha Gervasi, and will be directed by Malcolm Venville, recently of 44-Inch Chest. Farmiga is the love interest for Reeves, who is falsely accused of robbing a bank in Buffalo. Producer Jordan Schur calls the script “a genius comic fable.” Gervasi himself called it “a twisted, romantic comedy, very dark and funny,” which the trades refer to it as a romantic comedy and Capraesque. So who knows what the hell we’ll see out of this one. [Variety]

After the break, Anne Heche gets love and Jessica Biel gets laid. Read More »

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