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 »
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The title Our Idiot Brother is just about the perfect description of this movie. Paul Rudd stars at Ned, a nice but naive man who, despite his best intentions, continually causes problems for his very different and more traditional sisters played by Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel and Emily Mortimer. Written and directed by Jesse Peretz, the comedy sold for big bucks at Sundance and played pretty uniformly for the /Film team. We agreed that it’s entertaining, worth seeing, but ultimately sort of forgettable. Still, with that cast and plenty of laughs, there’s no denying that Our Idiot Brother has potential mass appeal. Check out the theatrical trailer, which has much more footage than the teaser trailer, after the break. Read More »
UPDATE: We’ve been asked to take the photos down. Sorry everyone.
News on The Hunger Games front has cooled down in recent weeks now that the film is shooting. Director Gary Ross is hard at work on adapting Suzanne Collins‘ hit novel and while we know exactly what his star, Jennifer Lawrence, looks like as the lead character of Katniss Everdeen, we still aren’t sure what some of the other major stars are going to look like. Several set photos have begun to leak out and this latest batch includes an awesome look at Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket, a well-to-do woman who is tasked with wrangling Katniss and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) from their lowly District 12 to the high-class capital before they fight to the death in the Hunger Games. Check out the photo, and a few others from the set, after the jump.
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Yesterday we saw the first look at Jennifer Lawrence in costume and hair dye as Katniss Everdeen, the heroine of the Gary Ross adaptation of the young adult novel The Hunger Games. Our first look was a medium shot of Katniss via the cover of Entertainment Weekly, and scans of additional photos from the magazine have now emerged. Check out two new views of the Jennifer Lawrence version of Katniss, after the break. Read More »
With The Hunger Games scheduled for release less than a year from now, it’s no surprise that the cast of Gary Ross‘s film is quickly filling up. Earlier today, we reported that Dayo Okeniyi and Amanda Stenberg were cast as two of the important tributes who participate in the Hunger Games, Thresh and Rue. And while Ross went with unknowns for those roles, it doesn’t seem to be his plan for the adult roles. Variety is exclusively reporting that Elizabeth Banks is in talks to play Effie Trinket, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta’s (Josh Hutcherson) escort from their home in district 12 to the games in the Capital. Read more about the character and the film after the jump. Read More »
UPDATE: Late Tuesday night, The Weinstein Company officially picked up The Details.
When the Sundance Film Festival first announced their out of competition films, one I was particularly excited for, based solely on its description, was The Details. Written and directed by Jacob Aaron Estes (Mean Creek), The Details stars Tobey Maguire, Elizabeth Banks, Laura Linney, Ray Liotta, Kerry Washington and Dennis Haysbert in a dark comedy about a snowball of suburban drama set off by worm-hungry raccoons. Surprisingly, the film actually lives up to that wild one-sentence description providing laughs, shocks and a very well-balanced film considering it makes light of death, infidelity and more. Read the full review after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Monday, January 24th, 2011 by David Chen
In my limited experience at Sundance, it seems like journalists and studios alike are always looking for “The Big One,” that is, that film like Little Miss Sunshine that will capture the hearts of Americans and (with the proper marketing) go on to rake in over $100 million at the box office.
Two nights ago at the world premiere of My Idiot Brother it seemed as though we might have a chance at seeing this year’s “Big One.” Certainly, the film has a lot of talented people behind it, including producers Marc Turtletaub (Little Miss Sunshine) and Anthony Bregman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), not to mention its stellar cast. So did the film charm the pants off the packed Eccles theater?
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Briefly: Add one more to the increasingly intriguing cast of Alex Kurtzman‘s directorial debut Welcome to People. Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks lead the cast in a story where “a young man (Pine) is directed by his father’s will to deliver $150,000 to a sister (Banks) he didn’t know he had.” That’s actually more detail than we’d previously known, and it still isn’t a lot. Now actor/writer/director Mark Duplass will play a neighbor who is interested in Elizabeth Banks’ character. Olivia Wilde and Michelle Pfeiffer are in the cast as well.
Alex Kurtzman has made a career out of big budget, high-concept stuff so far, but when I spoke to his co-writer Roberto Orci on the set of Cowboys & Aliens (which they wrote and produced) Mr. Orci said they were looking to do something a bit different when one or the other segued into directing. This picture was no doubt already in the works, but I’m glad to see the pair (who both wrote this script along with Jody Lambert) making good on their intent to develop their own cinematic vocabulary. [Variety]
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