Posted on Thursday, December 22nd, 2011 by Angie Han
Though the actual presidential elections are still eleven months away, if you’ve been paying even casual attention to the news you’ll know the Republican fight for the nomination is already speeding along. What better time, then, to look back and remember the high drama of the last time we all went through this as a nation?
HBO has just released the first trailer for Jay Roach‘s Game Change, based on John Heilemann and Mark Halperin‘s bestselling chronicle of the 2008 presidential elections. Though the book covers both the Republican and Democrat sides of the race, Roach’s film narrows its focus to John McCain (Ed Harris), Sarah Palin (Julianne Moore), and their bid for office. Woody Harrelson, Sarah Paulson, and Ron Livingston also star. Watch the trailer after the jump.
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The Wire‘s Michael K. Williams (who, like John Goodman, just guest-appeared on Community) was in the running for the title role in Quentin Tarantino‘s Django Unchained, and though he lost the part to Jamie Foxx, he may still end up in the film, in a part written just for him.
Hopefully another new job won’t get in the way; Williams will now also be a producer and actor in Life Garland‘s indie thriller The Suspect, written by Stuart Connelly. Here’s how the writer describes the film: “Two African American social scientists pose as bank robbers in an effort to understand the racial dynamics of small-town law enforcement. However, their experiment takes an unplanned, deadly turn.” That’s a great premise that could be the beginning of a compelling film. We’ll definitely follow the development. Shadow and Act reveals that Isaiah Washington is also set for the film.
After the break, David Duchovny rides a sub, and The Last Stand and Cloud Atlas get new actors. Read More »
We’ll have to say this every time one of two films comes up for the next few months. Don’t get Man on a Ledge, the trailer for which you’ll find below, confused with The Ledge, the trailer for which we saw some time ago.
Man on a Ledge stars Sam Worthington as a man pushed to the breaking point when he is tagged as the perpetrator of a crime. Elizabeth Banks is the negotiator who tries to prevent him from taking his last step, and Jamie Bell and Ed Harris are involved in the story, too. But is it all cover for a heist of some sort? That’s how it seems, while Elizabeth Banks doesn’t seem smartly cast as the negotiator, I’m eager to see Jamie Bell doing a little criminal activity. Check out the trailer below. Read More »
The question here might be: did World War Z lose the two actors, or did it never quite have them? It’s a distinction that can be difficult to make when news of an actor being in talks to a role turns into an assumption that they have it. So, Matthew Fox and Ed Harris were both recently reported as likely additions to Marc Forster‘s adaptation of the Max Brooks zombie apocalypse novel World War Z. But now they’ll evidently not take their respective roles, after all, leaving those positions open and in a hurry to be recast. Read More »
As the Marc Forster-directed adaptation of Max Brooks‘ novel World War Z gears up to shoot, one might marvel at the fact that the film will exist at all. It was on the brink of being scrapped for months, but then came back from the dead with a new financing plan. And just in time for Paramount, since it is looking like there is no way that the Star Trek sequel will hit in time for summer 2012.
Brad Pitt, against all odds, remains set to play the lead role of a UN researcher investigating a zombie outbreak. James Badge Dale was recently cast as Captain Spake, and Mirielle Enos will play the wife of Brad Pitt’s character. Now Matthew Fox and Ed Harris are on board, too. Read More »
Salvation Boulevard is a film that found distribution at Sundance likely thanks to a high-power cast, because the reviews were middling and occasionally dismal. The roster for this comedy that skewers personality run amok and the power of fringe religious organizations is pretty serious: Pierce Brosnan, Ed Harris, Jim Gaffigan, Marisa Tomei and Jennifer Connelly.
Reading reviews, which largely took the film to task for being unfunny, I wasn’t certain what to expect from the film. But a trailer is out in the wild now, and it makes clear that a lot of manic energy went into this movie. It also suggests that despite the wild mugging of actors who are usually more controlled (Jennifer Connelly, for example) the picture might be more noise and fury than anything else. (Which is to say, it might just be crap.) Too bad, because the cast has so much promise. Check out the trailer after the break. Read More »
Today has been a good day for politics as Donald Trump announced that he’d stick with what he knows — business and insipid TV — rather than leap feet-first into the political arena. It isn’t quite as good a day for entertainment that leapfrogs off of politics, but here’s one fairly entertaining thing: a new image from the HBO film Game Change.
There has already been one photo of Julianne Moore released in her stage guise as Sarah Palin, and now here’s a shot of Ed Harris making a pretty convincing impersonation of John McCain. We’ll have to wait for a trailer to see if either portrayal goes deeper than superficial artifice, but I like how Ed Harris looks in this pic. It’s creepy, yeah, but I like it. (Ignore the criticism implied by the photshop header above; I just couldn’t resist.) See a larger version after the break. Read More »
Neil LaBute’s career has taken him to some crazy places. He started off with the visceral and brutal In the Company of Men and followed that up with more films sharing the same dark humor, honestly and venom. At some point though, things changed and he became more of a mainstream director with films like Lakeview Terrace and the abysmal The Wicker Man and Death at a Funeral remakes. It seemed like his talent for inciting controversy had gone away.
It now seems like he’s attempting to blend those more mainstream sensibilities with his earlier independence as he’s set to reteam with the star of his earlier films, Aaron Eckhart, as well as Ed Harris, for The Geography of Hope. The script was written by LaBute, well before he achieved success, and follows two thieves who flee to Mexico only to find another problem: whether to rob or romance all the beautiful women they meet. Read more after the jump. Read More »
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