Posted on Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011 by Angie Han
Steve Carell‘s been doing quite well for himself in his post-Office career. He’s already got several films lined up for the next couple of years, including Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher and the magician comedy Burt Wonderstone. Now the latest addition to his slate is Conviction, a heist film which he’ll produce and star in. Jonathan Herman‘s Black List script centers around a convicted bank robber who’s forced by the FBI to entrap his former protege.
Which sounds good, except that while Herman’s original screenplay had a tone similar to Heat, it’s now being reworked as an action comedy in the vein of 48 Hours or Ocean’s Eleven. That seems like a pretty major shift, though without having read the script I can’t say for certain whether it’s a terrible idea. The project has yet to confirm a writer to draft a new version of the script. [Deadline]
After the jump, Ben Kingsley, Julian Sands, and Jena Malone join a classic tale with a zeitgeisty twist, while Leslie Bibb, Ryan Kwanten, and Amy Smart board a flight with some paranormal issues.
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Posted on Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 by Angie Han
Good things keep coming for the stars of Animal Kingdom, as Jacki Weaver lands a role in David O. Russell‘s The Silver Linings Playbook. Weaver will play Bradley Cooper‘s mother in the film, based on Matthew Quick‘s novel about a former high school teacher (Cooper) who’s just been released from a four-year stint at a mental institution into the care of his mother. Upon his release, the protagonist initially tries to win back his ex-wife but eventually falls into a romance with an eccentric young widow (Jennifer Lawrence).
Also signed on for the project is Robert De Niro in an unnamed part. Chris Tucker was said to be in talks for the part of Cooper’s pal from the institution, but the latest reports don’t mention him, so I’m guessing he’s out. The Silver Linings Playbook is set to begin shooting this fall. [The Hollywood Reporter]
After the jump, Paul Bettany and Brian Cox team up for a film adapted from a BAFTA-nominated BBC series, and True Blood star Sam Trammell helps Virginia Madsen cope with her troubles.
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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.
LET ME IN
How you respond to Let Me In will depend almost entirely on whether or not you’ve seen the original. On a purely technical level, its craft is unquestionable. Director Matt Reeves has thoughtfully and skillfully reconstructed Let the Right One In for American audiences, maintaining the solemn mood and tender intimacy of the boy-girl relationship that made the original so heartbreakingly compelling. But that’s also the problem: the film is strictly an imitation. Save for some narrative streamlining and one astounding new set piece, this movie lacks any identity of its own. It is nearly a shot-for-shot remake, and it makes very little attempt to differentiate itself. Because of this, anyone who has seen and loved the original (as I did) will find it nearly impossible to divorce themselves from the material. Which is a shame, really, because it many ways the film is an improvement over its predecessor. Reeves managed to not only identify what worked so well in the original and recreate it with better actors, but he also found what was lacking and axed it completely. In spite of this, my loyalty to the original—or rather, originality in general—prevents me from recommending the film to the same extent that I did that film. And even if you haven’t seen Let the Right One In, I would still suggest viewing that film prior to this one. For me, it was the original’s relaxed, indie sensibilities that allowed for the film’s now-iconic moments to resonate so vividly, bringing an unexpectedness to the brief yet startlingly effective action beats. Moreover, the shots themselves were decidedly more quiet and restrained, which in turn made them all the more haunting. Had I seen Let Me In first, I am doubtful that the film would’ve struck a chord with me in the same way Let the Right One In did.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD – An audio commentary with director Matt Reeves, featurettes (“From The Inside: A Look at the Making of Let Me In”, “The Art of Special Effects”), unrated deleted scenes, and a Car Crash Sequence Step-by-Step. Blu-ray – Includes everything on the DVD, as well as a Dissecting Let Me In feature, and a digital copy of the film.
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In recent years the Hollywood movie studios have been running scared. Freaked out that movie piracy and online downloads would destroy their business, the studios have reacted in much the same way the music industry did in the early days of Napster. But it looks like the industry might finally be coming around, and learning to embrace the new technologies and digital distribution. In the end I think whenever the consumer wins, the pirates lose. Every year studios distribute awards season screeners to critics and the various industry guilds. I remember when DVDs came into popularity, the studios were afraid to release screeners on the digital disc format as it would give would-be pirates a perfect digital copy of movies still playing in theaters. Of course, they eventually switched from VHS to DVD screeners (and this year even sent out the completed blu-ray release of The Social Network, but only a month before the retail release).
Today it was announced that Fox Filmed Entertainment is making Fox Searchlight screeners available to Screen Actors Guild members through iTunes. This means that 100,000 SAG members will begiven codes to download high defintion digital copies of Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours, Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan and Conviction. The studio is considering expanding the iTunes screener distribution to AMPAS, BAFTA and other organizations. It will be interesting to se if any other studios follow suit, and to see how many years before all the screeners are released as digital downloads.
Chances are you don’t get sent award screeners and this news means nothing to you. I don’t recieve award screeners either, but I thought the switch to digital distribution was an interesting one. You can read the press release after the jump.
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It’s been a few days since our last Movie Poster Round-up, and the one-sheets have been building up on my computer desktop. After the jump you can find new posters from films such as: Rob Reiner‘s Flipped, four character posters for the 3D animated film Alpha & Omega, Conviction, a high resolution copy of the one-sheet for Sofia Coppola‘s Somewhere, The Oxford Murders, Mad Men season 4, two Korean posters for Inception, and a teaser poster for Zack Snyder‘s Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole.
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Fox Searchlight has released the trailer for Tony Goldwyn‘s Conviction, the “inspirational true story” of Betty Anne Waters (played by Hilary Swank), “a high school dropout who spent nearly two decades working as a single mother while putting herself through law school, tirelessly trying to beat the system and overturn her brother’s unjust murder conviction.” Sam Rockwell plays her brother, and the supporting cast includes Minnie Driver, Melissa Leo, Peter Gallagher, and Juliette Lewis. Seems like they took the Erin Brokovich formula, combining an inspirational true story with some great Academy Award winning and nominated actors. The voice over is a bit much, and the musical cue from Avatar is a bit distracting (yes, I know its originally from The Island…), but overall it looks like it could be a good film.
Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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