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This week, Dave, Devindra, and Adam discuss Hunger Games casting controversies, express disagreements about Brooklyn’s Finest and Julianne Moore’s accents, and wonder what the hell happened to DJ Caruso. Special guest Dan Trachtenberg joins us from The Totally Rad Show. Check out Dan’s newest short film! It’s awesome.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Join us for our next live broadcast on Sunday, March 20 at Slashfilm’s live page where we’ll be discussing Paul.

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This Week in DVD & Blu-ray is a column that compiles all the latest info regarding new DVD and Blu-ray releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy and Fry’s.

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A SINGLE MAN
A Single Man drowns its audience in beauty. It unapologetically flaunts its gorgeous, dreamy cinematography; it captivates the senses with its hypnotizing piano-and-violin-infused classical score; it highlights the statuesque male form with lustful enthusiasm; and so on. It does all this without restraint, so indulgent in its aesthetic appeal that the technical achievements of the film almost overwhelm the story inside—but not quite. If the film’s stylistic flair occasionally overshadows the happenings of the story, Colin Firth’s performance—playing a grieving widow who tries to get through one last day before committing suicide—provides a sturdy enough emotional base to keep the proceedings in check. Firth conveys so much with so little, and watching him quietly suffer through his heartbreak is agonizing. What the film may lack in subtlety, it makes up for with the raw power of Firth’s emotive abilities. He is a force to be reckoned with.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD & Blu-ray – A commentary with producer/director Tom Ford, and a Making of A Single Man featurette.

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Antoine Fuqua reunites with his Training Day star Ethan Hawke for another cop tale, this time set in Brooklyn, NY. (Did the title give it away?) Hawke is joined by Richard Gere, Don Cheadle and Wesley Snipes in this three-part story that premiered at Sundance this year. Now there’s a trailer, after the break. Read More »

Sean Penn in Talks For Mob Movie Scarpa

Antoine Fuqua‘s Brooklyn’s Finest has become the first sale to make news during Sundance (yeah, let’s forget the deals that happened before the festival had even kicked off – where’s the marketable hype value in those?). Senator have reportedly paid $5 million for the film, so you’d imagine they’re very happy with it. Or, on the other hand, maybe not…

“It strikes me that the ending will be different” said their president Mark Urman. He does add that Antoine Fuqua “must be happy” with the new ending, but what if Fuqua is happy with the one he’s got? I suppose the suggestion is that the director is feeling flexible – he did sign the deal after all. Or maybe Senator’s commitment to an 8-figure fund for prints and advertising balanced the issue. Or perhaps – just perhaps – Fuqua doesn’t like the ending he’s given his own film and wants to “fix” it.

While promoting the film, Fuqua talked about his plans for future projects, including the movie he’s negotiating with Sean Penn for.

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Sundance Movie Review: Brooklyn’s Finest

This morning I screened Training Day director Antoine Fuqua‘s new film Brooklyn’s Finest. The film tells the story of three unconnected Brooklyn cops who struggle with the rules that define how they conduct themselves in and off the job. After a vastly different series of events, the three cops collide in one location in the film’s tragic climax.

Richard Gere plays Eddie Dugan, a cop with seven days left before his pension is released and he retires from duty. Dugan, who just wants to get through his final days and refuses to go beyond the call of duty, finds himself assigned to a new recruit. Ethan Hawke plays Sal, a married father with a handful of kids and twins on the way. His NYPD salary isn’t enough to get them into a bigger house, which his family so desperately needs. Sal finds himself rationalizing the idea of stealing drug money in an on the job drug bust. Don Cheadle is Tango, an undercover cop who longs for a desk job and is assigned to set up a thug named Caz (played by Wesley Snipes) who saved his life in prison.

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