Benicio Del Toro has signed to play g-man Jack Garcia in Making Jack Falcone. Garcia targeted the Gambino family, and was responsible for taking down dozens of made men. Garcia is Cuban-born, but managed to play an Italian so successfully that he was invited to become a made man himself. Steven Soderbergh is producing the film, with a script by Che screenwriter Peter Buchman based on Garcia’s memoir about the Gambino operation.
Garcia also worked a lot of other undercover jobs for the FBI — a surprising thing given that he hardly blends into a crowd. At 6’4″ and 390 pounds, he’s exactly the opposite of the image typically held of a guy who can worm into many different organizations. But Garcia is charming, too — take a look at the 60 Minutes interview clip embedded after the break to see what he’s like. [Deadline Hollywood]
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Consider this a courtesy report on the fact that New Line is making a film based on the Warner Bros. cartoon character Speedy Gonzales, with George Lopez providing the voice of the character. Because, like the Alvin and the Chipmunks movies, the Garfield films, et al, this one is a movie purely for the kids. As an adult who always thought the character was the worst of WB’s stable, this sounds awful.
Speaking of Garfield, the writers behind that first movie (Alex Sokolow and Joel Cohen) are writing Speedy, which will be a live-action/CGI hybrid. Anne Lopez, wife of George, says “We wanted to make sure that it was not the Speedy of the 1950s — the racist Speedy. [He's] going to be a misunderstood boy who comes from a family that works in a very meticulous setting, and he’s a little too fast for what they do. He makes a mess of that. So he has to go out in the world to find what he’s good at.” My guess: he doesn’t become Mexico’s cultural ambassador to the UN. [THR]
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Perhaps the least surprising thing about the new trailer for Valentine’s Day is the final card that tells us the film will be released in February. That’s going some, though, because there’s absolutely nothing in the whole thing that will catch you off guard in any way. Judge for yourself, because we have it embedded below the break.
Is this familiarity a crippling thing though? The movie is certainly a star studded affair and seems to have lots of comic situations and broad scope for complex romantic entanglements. Those are the generic requirements for a picture like this aren’t they? Perhaps the truly clever twists and plot surprises are being kept back for when you’re actually watching the film. That was certainly the case with He’s Just Not That Into You, Love Actually and Feast of Love, the three films this one most closely resembles. I know that Joe Jonas is credited as providing the voice of a dog so that’s… something different, anyway.
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If you have the cojones to watch this new trailer, please quickly seek rehabilitation afterward at FAIL Dogs. A friend close to this production continues to boast maniacally that $100 million box office is a lock. Rapping dogs kill, kids.
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Beverly Hills Chihuahuah, starring the voice work of Drew Barrymore and George Lopez, opens on September 26th/apocalypse.
Lakeshore Entertainment has released the movie trailer for the upcoming Luke Wilson dramedy Henry Poole is Here. From Albert Torres, the screenwriter assigned to Francis Lawrence’s adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s Survivor, and from music video turned film director Mark Pellington (Arlington Road, U2 3D) comes “a modern day fable about the unexpected wonders of the everyday”. Luke Wilson stars as Henry Poole, a disillusioned man who attempts to hide from life in a rundown suburban tract home only to discover he cannot escape the forces of hope. Check out the trailer below and tell me what you think in the comments.
Official Plot Synopsis:
Henry Poole (Luke Wilson) just wants to disappear. Shattered by circumstances beyond his control, he offers full price on a cookie cutter house in a drab, middle-class, L.A. neighborhood through his perky realtor Meg (Cheryl Hines). But just as he settles in to his indulgent isolation with a case of vodka and all the junk food he can eat, his neighbor, a well-meaning busybody named Esperanza (Adriana Barraza), drops by with a plate of homemade tamales and a whole lot of questions.
Despite his desire for solitude, Henry can’t help noticing Dawn (Radha Mitchell), the beautiful young divorcÃ©e next door and her daughter Millie (Morgan Lily), an eight-year-old amateur spy who hasn’t spoken a word since her parents’ break-up.
Henry’s self-imposed exile is shattered when Esperanza discovers a mysterious stain on Henry’s stucco wall that is seen to have miraculous powers. She begins leading pilgrimages to the “holy site” and invites church officials, including her pastor, Father Salizar (George Lopez), to inspect the apparition.
Although Henry remains skeptical, he finds himself gradually drawn back towards life, especially after his silent friendship with Millie brings him closer to Dawn. As news of the apparition spreads throughout the neighborhood and his feelings for Dawn grow, Henry realizes his plan to live out his days in quiet desperation is going to be much harder than he ever imagined.
Henry Poole is Here hits limited theaters on July 25th 2008, and will expands on August 1st 2008.
Discuss: What did you think of the Henry Poole is Here movie trailer?
Somebody, a trashcan, quick. Full disclosure: There are two degrees of separation between me and this production. I knowwww. Disney sent Slashfilm the official one sheet for September’s live-action Beverly Hills Chihuahua, which stars voice-actors Drew Barrymore (no Long?), George Lopez (zing!), Salma Hayek (obvi), Paul Rodriguez (his son’s more famous), Cheech Marin (holy Slashfilm controversy!) and…cue Jan Hammer theme muzak…Edward James Olmos (pwns).
Yeah, this movie is indirectly inspired by Paris Hilton’s, um, fur purse. I asked my BHC conec what I should say about the flick to get our readers excited, he says: “The poster speaks for itself.” Indeed. But no 3D?
Discuss: Just comment with “FEROSH” or something equally “ugh” in the comments until some champ ruins it.
PS: Human Giant‘s inoperable Paul Scheer is giving away tix to the Sept. 26 premiere on his official site.
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