Posted on Monday, September 5th, 2011 by Angie Han
Whenever an existing property gets optioned for a new show or series, fans are left to hold their breaths and hope that the adaptation does the source material justice. If rumors of Noah Baumbach signing on for a TV adaptation of Jonathan Franzen‘s award-winning The Corrections is true, I’m guessing Franzen’s fans have nothing to worry about. After all, who could be better suited to bring Franzen’s disenchanted suburban family to life than the guy who directed The Squid and the Whale, Margot at the Wedding, and Greenberg?
To add icing on the cake, rumors also suggest that Donald Sutherland and Anthony Hopkins are among the actors eyeing a role in the project. Scott Rudin, who optioned the film rights to the novel a decade ago, is reportedly attached to executive produce. Read more after the jump.
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In The Hunger Games, 24 kids are randomly selected from 12 different Districts to battle to the death, on TV, for the whole country to see. The government hosts this bloodbath annually so they can flaunt the power they have over the people. “Hey, look at us. We can legally take your kids from you and kill them on TV for the sake of entertainment.” Leading that evil government, at least in the time of our hero Katniss Everdeen, is President Snow. Snow has now finally been cast in Gary Ross‘ upcoming film adaptation and he’ll be played the acting legend Donald Sutherland. Read More »
What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 24 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!
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CBS Films has released an uncensored red band movie 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, Ben Foster, and 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. The trailer has a bit more blood than the previous green band trailer, and a brief shot of top-frontal nudity. I’m not sure I care much for the story (hasn’t this been done more than a few times before?) but the action sequences looks like a lot of fun. Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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A bunch of new movie posters have hit the web over the last 12 hours, including new one-sheets for Greg Mottola‘s sci-fi comedy Paul starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, and Bill Hader, The Mechanic remake starring Jason Statham, Ben Foster, and Donald Sutherland, the computer animated feature Gnomeo and Juliet, the horror/thriller The Rite starring Anthony Hopkins, the Ron Howard-directed comedy The Dilemma starring Vince Vaughn and Kevin James. Hit the jump to see the posters.
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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.
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Hey, discarding handsome aesthetics in favor of comedy worked for Tom Cruise in Tropic Thunder, right? So here’s Colin Farrell sporting a Kingpin-style combover, either to star in a secret film where he and Peter Dinklage play twin brothers, or for his role as one of the title characters in the comedy Horrible Bosses, which is shooting now. See a larger pic, if you can take it, after the break. Read More »
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We’ve been following the developing cast of Horrible Bosses fairly closely. The film, in which three friends make plans to bump off each others’ three awful bosses, could be a great little comedy if things work well. The last big role to cast has been the third of the title’s horrible bosses, and now an appropriate name has agreed to sign on the dotted line: Kevin Spacey. Read More »