CBS Films has released the official trailer for The Mechanic, British director Simon West’s (Con Air, Tomb Raider, When a Stranger Calls) remake of the Charles Bronson thriller starring Jason Statham. He’s got Ben Foster along for the ride, presumably taking over the role played by Jan-Michael Vincent in the original. Donald Sutherland also co-stars. The story follows Statham as a veteran hitman who takes on an apprentice (Foster) who has a connection to one of the hitman’s previous victims.
Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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 »
I was thrilled a couple weeks ago to see that Oren Moverman will rewrite and directRampart, based on a story and script by James Ellroy. The film covers the scandal that engulfed the Rampart Division of the LAPD in the ’90s and now, perhaps appropriately, Ice Cube is in the cast. The guy went from being a full-on anti-authority spokesman to reformed family man and comedy filmmaker, and now he’s going back to the subject of crooked cops.
The irony is that Cube will play a cop in the film — he’s the homicide detective that investigates a dirty Rampart cop played by Woody Harrelson. Ben Foster is in the film, as well, but we don’t yet know his part. [Deadline]
After the break, Bryce Dallas Howard joins Viola Davis in The Help and Paul Reubens gets blue. Read More »
Oren Moverman‘s debut feature, The Messenger, was an excellent film. I’ve been eagerly awaiting final word on what his follow-ups might be. He’s working on The Other Side of the Looking Glass now, for one. Today there’s indication that, rather than making a Kurt Cobain biopic, he could make an LA cop drama called Rampart, based on a James Ellroy script. Read More »
Jason Statham is starring in director Simon West‘s remake of the Charles Bronson thriller The Mechanic. He’s got Ben Foster along for the ride, presumably taking over the role played by Jan-Michael Vincent in the original, and Donald Sutherland as well. Now there’s a sales trailer to show off what West is doing with the story of a killer (Statham) who takes on an apprentice (Foster). Check it out after the break. (Note that due to some brief skin, it is probably NSFW) Read More »
I haven’t had much reason to look forward to the upcoming remake of Charles Bronson’s The Mechanic. Sure, having Jason Statham in the lead role as a weary hit man seems like an easy sell, but you have to temper that with the fact that Simon West (Con-Air, Tomb Raider) is directing. I had relegated the project in my mind as yet another schlocky action fest that Statham was simply too good for—that is, until we learned that Ben Foster and Donald Sutherland will be joining the film. Foster will play an apprentice to Statham’s character, and Sutherland will portray Statham’s handler and Foster’s father.
Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?
More Than A Game Trailer
So, if you’re sitting in the front row when LeBron James tosses his rosin up in the air like some sort of ass clown who wants to have a gimmick, the white dust probably settling somewhere in your twelve dollar Budweiser bomber, are you supposed to feel honored that he’s doing it in your presence? Oddly, most people say yes, you are.
I’ve missed the LeBron boat somewhere but it’s not surprising considering my hobby is film and not hoops. I have a love for documentary filmmaking, though, and have a special affinity for Hoop Dreams, one of the best portraits of kids trying to make it big in the world of professional sports that has ever been put out for public consumption. This trailer, though, rivets as it equally delights. Read More »
Entertainment Weekly has published their preview of some of the movies which will be present at next week’s San Diego Comic-Con International. The photo above from Iron Man 2 shows Tony Stark in a racing suit. The blood on his face leads us to believe this has been an altercation or accident at the race track. It’s very likely that this shot is the opposite of the Whiplash photo that was published last month.
Head on over to EW.com to see all the photos in one of those annoying Slideshows. I’ve published a couple of the more interesting ones after the jump, including a new shot of Alice from Tim Burton‘s Alice in Wonderland, a crazy child zombie from Zombieland, and a new photo of Kick-Ass and Red Mist in Mist’s Red SuperCharged Mustang Saleen.
ComingSoon has posted a photo (right) of one of the banners on display outside the San Diego Convention Center, promoting James Cameron‘s Avatar. The image shows a close-up of one of the ten foot blue tribal alien creatures called Na’vi. Warner Bros’ panel announcement included confirmation that Hall H will be set-up to screen 3D footage, which pretty much gaurentees that Fox will present footage from Avatar in 3D. I’m guessing that the same footage that premiered in Amsterdam at the cinema expo will be screened.
You’ve heard the buzz online, now see the movie! Derrick Comedy‘s Mystery Team will be presenting a special sneak preview screening (yes, the whole movie) on Thursday, July 23rd at 8pm at the Horton Plaza theaters. How can you attend the screening? Passes will be available at the Mystery Team booth on the show floor on either Wednesday night (preview night) or Thursday.
Tickets are now on sale for the Saturday night midnight screening of Darren Lynn Bousman‘s Repo! The Genetic Opera. Head on over to Fandango to purchase tickets. I’ve heard Bousman will be in attendance, and possibly some other cast members.
MTV has learned that Overture Films will be premiering a few select scenes from the sci-fi horror thriller Pandorum on July 23. The panel will include stars Ben Foster, Cung Le and Antje Traue (Cam Gigandet and Dennis Quaid will not be in attendance but Quaid has recorded a special taped greeting.
Mike Judge will be presenting footage from his new film Extract on July 25. But those not attending Comic Con don’t need to worry, MTV.com will be premiering the footage online at the same time as the panel. No word on if any cast members will be in attendance at the panel. [MTV]
Update: Miramax has confirmed that Jason Bateman, Mila Kunis, & Kristen Wiig will also be on the panel, which takes place at 1pm in Hall H.
FirstShowing is reporting that Shane Acker‘s 9 will have a special sneak preview screening. Not sure when and where, but I’m sure tickets will be available somewhere on the show floor.