Villanous Once-ler from ‘The Lorax’ Revealed [Gallery]

Anyone who read Dr. SeussThe Lorax as a kid is undoubtedly familiar with the title character, the mustachioed orange grump who speaks for the trees. The villainous Once-ler, on the other hand, has always remained more of a mystery. Seuss’ books showed only a pair of long, spindly arms, leaving readers to guess at the rest of his appearance.

We’ll never know exactly how Seuss pictured him, as the writer and illustrator passed away in 1991. But Universal has unveiled its take on the character in a new image from the upcoming animated adaptation of Seuss’ tale. Directed by Chris Renaud and Kyle Balda and produced by Christopher Meledandri (Horton Hears a Who), The Lorax features the voices of Danny DeVito as the eponymous creature and Ed Helms as the Once-ler. Take a look at the Once-ler, and a couple of other images, after the jump.

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Danny DeVito Open To The Idea of ‘Twins 2′

Before Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s personal problems made national headlines, and he officially signed on to do The Last Stand, a return to several of his classic roles were discussed as acting possibilities. He signed up to do a new Terminator movie, Predator and Running Man sequels were mentioned, and even a follow-up to the 1988 comedy Twins was batted around the rumor mill. That last one seemed totally ridiculous, partially because Danny DeVito has created his own niche in recent years, tweeting photos of his feet and being hilarious on It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia. And partially because Twins director Ivan Reitman‘s last three films were Evolution, My Super Ex-Girlfriend and No Strings Attached.

At Comic-Con though, Movieweb asked DeVito about the rumor and while he didn’t say he’d been contacted about it, he expressed true passion and interest in the project. Watch the interview after the jump. Read More »

How does Sebastian Gutierrez keep getting these actors to appear in his films? So far just about all of his work has been laden with impressively star-studded casts, but nothing he’s produced has even come close to finding any sort of success at the box office — or with critics, for that matter. I guess that’s of no consequence for his next effort though, since the film is being released exclusively on the Internet. For free.

That film is Girl Walks Into a Bar, and it brings together an ensemble cast including Carla Gugino, Zachary Quinto, Josh Hartnett, Danny DeVito, Rosario Dawson, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Robert Forster, Alexis Bledel and many more. That roster of actors is incentive enough to check out the film. That you won’t have to pay to do so is the cherry on top. Learn more about the film and check out the trailer after the break. Read More »

Looking only at live-action films such as The Cat in the Hat, you’d think the books of Dr. Seuss are better left to the page. But Chuck Jones has proved that animation, guided by a careful hand, is a fine way to bring the author’s stories to the screen. Horton Hears a Who, directed by Jimmy Hayward and produced by Chris Meledandri, was a less than spectacular example of Theodor Geisel’s work cranked through a bank of servers to create an animated feature.

Mr. Meledrandri’s family division at Universal, Illusion Entertainment, is now making The Lorax, which we’ve now learned features Danny DeVito as the voice of the title character. Read More »

Solitary Man Movie Trailer and Photos

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Update: The new trailer was taken offline within an hour of when we posted this story a few days back. The trailer is now back online, and embedded after the jump.

Anchor Bay Films has released a movie trailer for Brian Koppelman/David Levien‘s Solitary Man (not to be confused with Tom Ford’s A Single Man or The Coen Brothers’ A Serious Man). The film stars Academy Award winner Michael Douglas as a former car dealership mogul dealing with a string of business problems and issues in his personal life through a number of relationships with women – many women. Co-starring Jesse Eisenberg, Susan Sarandon, Danny DeVito, Jenna Fischer, and Mary-Louise Parker.

Koppelman/Levien wrote the screenplays for Rounders, Runaway Jury and directed Knockaround Guys. The film premiered at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival to mostly positive buzz. Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump along with some new photos. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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The Buzz: Filmmakers React to Avatar

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James Cameron‘s Avatar has been unleashed upon this world. We’ve run reviews from half of the /Film staff: David ChenBrendon Connelly, Russ Fischer, and Hunter Stephenson. You might have even added your own mini-review. But you might be wondering, with all the talk of game-changing advances in the tech side of filmmaking, what do the writers and directors in Hollywood think of Avatar? Here is a round-up of quotes:

Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer: “Went to a special screening of Avatar last night where James Cameron did a Q&A after the film. I can’t tell you how much I loved the movie, or how clearly Cameron cemented himself as the world’s greatest living filmmaker. This is an incredible movie. I recommend seeing it in IMAX. So next level. So awesome. Avatar is a game changer. James Cameron wins.”

Back to the Future, Indiana Jones and Bourne series Producer Frank Marshall: “Wow!!! AVATAR is audacious and awe inspiring. It’s truly extraordinary and I would really need a blog to talk about it…”

Donnie Darko/The Box director Richard Kelly: “AVATAR was amazing. Lived up to all the hype – now must see in IMAX…”

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Wow, what in the hell was that? The third episode in the new season of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia just concluded on FX on the East Coast, and there are already viewer grumblings over what appeared to be blanket-style, integrated product placement. During the second half of the ep, entitled “The Great Recession,” I wondered if I was watching an experimental commercial starring Rob McElhenney and Glen Howerton, with an actual, traditional, (and umm, funny?) new ep to follow. I wasn’t. Compared to the backlash 30 Rock received last season for “witty” integration—which I wrote about (and against) on /Film and was later referenced by Tina Fey and Co. in an ep—I expect Sunny fans to be far more vocal come tomorrow. If you’re one of them, what did you think? Also, I’m going to make a personal policy not to mention the companies involved by name below, because bad press is definitely good press for them in these situations.

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VOTD: Danny DeVito Promotes The Blood Factory

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Danny DeVito will be appearing at Comic-Con to promote his latest project, a horror website called The Blood Factory which will apparently showcase horror short films. The Blood Factory panel takes place on Friday night at 9:30pm in room 7AB. To promote the appearance, DeVito has recorded this must watch 1-minute clip. Check it out after the jump, and trust me, watch the whole thing.
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