Odds are when you first saw the trailer for Haywire, Steven Soderbergh‘s action film starring MMA fighter Gina Carano, you thought, “Why is a Steven Soderbergh movie starring Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, Michael Douglas, Channing Tatum and Antonio Banderas coming out in January?” January is an odd movie month as it’s generally a place studios can release films they’re unsure about. It doesn’t necessarily mean they’re bad, just without obvious award or blockbuster potential and such is the case with Haywire. It’s an understated, down-the-middle action/spy film elevated by Soderbergh’s direction. Haywire basically comes off as an exercise to watch an attractive woman beat the crap out of a bunch of famous guys.
The film had its world premiere in Grauman’s Chinese Theater Sunday night as part of the 25th annual AFI Fest Presented by Audi. Read some thoughts after the jump. Read More »
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We don’t know a whole lot about Black Gold, the new film from Jean-Jacques Annaud (Seven Years in Tibet, Two Brothers). It stars Antonio Banderas, Mark Strong, Freida Pinto, and Tahar Rahim, the lead of A Prophet. The film was shot on location in the Sahara, with a script based on the book South of the Heart: A Novel of Modern Arabia, by Hans Ruesch, which has also been released under the simple paperback title Arab.
A French trailer for the film has come online, however, and it will make clear many things about the film. You’ll see, for example, why it is already being painted as Lawrence of Arabia meets There Will Be Blood.
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Last summer we saw the first trailer for Steven Soderbergh‘s B-movie action experiment in which MMA star Gina Carano beats the hell out of an big-name cast that includes Channing Tatum, Ewan McGregor, Antonio Banderas, Bill Paxton, Michael Douglas and Michael Fassbender.
The action looks fantastic and there’s a definite appeal to seeing this cast and crew making film powered by what could easily be a direct-to-DVD story. But the first trailer also suggested Carano’s limitations as an actress, as her dialogue scenes didn’t seem nearly as powerful as the action.
A UK trailer has hit that seeks to fix that issue by paring down the same basic trailer into something that is a minute shorter. It dispenses with some dialogue and some plot revelations, and focuses on action and atmosphere. And were it not for a truly terrible voice-over, it would be a big improvement on the first US version. Check it out below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, September 26th, 2011 by Angie Han
If you can see the header image, you probably already know exactly what’s coming next. A new viral video has been released for DreamWorks’ Shrek spinoff Puss in Boots, and yup, it’s a fairy-tale spin on Old Spice’s The Man Your Man Could Smell Like ad, with the feline adventurer standing in for Isaiah Mustafa.
Directed by Chris Miller, the movie goes back in time to tell a story from Puss’ pre-Shrek days, in which he joins forces with Humpty Dumpty and Kitty to steal the Goose that laid the Golden Eggs. Banderas lends his voice once more to the character of Puss, with Salma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis, Billy Bob Thornton, and Amy Sedaris contributing their vocal talents as well. Watch the video after the jump.
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Reviews out of Cannes might have been mixed at best, but the images and footage we’ve seen so far from The Skin I Live In, aka the reunion of Pedro Almodovar and Antonio Banderas, are just too weird to allow me to write the film off completely. The film is about experimentation, control, and sex, and at the very least it looks as visually lush as you’d hope to see from a deliberately genre-informed outing from Almodovar.
We saw an international teaser for the movie not long ago that made it appear to have an unusually sexy/creepy/cool vibe. And now the US trailer has made its way online. It comes complete with the same strange/sexy tone, thanks in part to an infectious and bouncy music track. But then Antonio Banderas turns a hose on some poor guy and you have to wonder what’s really happening. Check it out below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, July 13th, 2011 by Angie Han
Last month, Nicole Kidman came in as a replacement for Sofia Vergara on The Paperboy, after Vergara and Tobey Maguire dropped out of the project due to scheduling issues. Now, a new actor has stepped up to fill Maguire’s role: John Cusack. Based on a 1955 novel by Pete Doctor, The Paperboy follows a reporter and his brother as they investigate a murder that put the suspect on death row. Cusack will play the part of the prisoner. Kidman, as previously reported, will be a woman who writes letters to inmates on death row.
The Paperboy marks Lee Daniels‘ follow-up to 2009′s Precious, which was nominated for six Academy Awards. The film will also star Zac Efron; Matthew McConaughey is currently in advanced negotiations. [Variety]
After the jump, Antonio Banderas, Steve Coogan, Elliot Gould, Chris Messina, and Deborah Ann Woll sign up for the Little Miss Sunshine team’s new project.
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Would it be so bad if the first official image from all of our most anticipated films for the next year involved a prominent cast member firing a rifle with some massive muzzle flash, would it? We saw an image like this featuring Bruce Willis from Looper, and now here’s the first official still from Steven Soderbergh‘s Haywire.
It’s a little weird that an action film starring MMA fighter Gina Carano would come out of the gate with an image of her brandishing a weapon other than her fists and feet, but what the hell, I’ll take it. She plays a character out to get revenge on the people who double-crossed her, and what better way to do that than blowing them to hell? See the full image after the break. Read More »
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Reviews at Cannes painted Pedro Almodovar‘s new film, The Skin I Live In, as a muddled but sometimes effective thriller. A new international teaser for the movie has landed, and it certainly hypes up the ‘effective’ part, even while suggesting the same all over the map tone of which some complained at Cannes.
I got a kick out of this teaser because it makes the film look like it has the camp playfulness and style of Mario Bava’s wild comic book classic Danger: Diabolik, only filtered through the more intensely psycho-sexual and self-aware viewpoint of Peddro Almodovar. If I saw this without knowing anything else of the film I’d walk away pretty keen to see the film. See what you think, after the break. Read More »