The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete

There comes a moment in every person’s life when they realize that life just isn’t fair, and there’s fuck-all they can do about it but survive the best they can. Unfortunately, part of that injustice is that some folks are forced to learn that lesson much sooner than others.

Like the title characters of George Tillman Jr.‘s The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete. Mister (Skylan Brooks) is a 13-year-old whose recent flunking of the eighth grade is the least of his worries. His mom (Jennifer Hudson) is a drug addict who gets arrested and taken away, and he’s left to take care of the 9-year-old Pete (Ethan Dizon), a neighbor kid in a similarly sad situation.

Desperate to avoid being put in foster care by child protective services, Mister and Pete struggle to survive on their own in Brooklyn, while working toward Mister’s goal of moving to Beverly Hills to land a TV role. Watch the first trailer after the jump.

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Produced by Grammy winner Alicia Keys and co-starring Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson and American Idol Jordin Sparks, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete might sound like a kiddie movie. Quirky title, popular names, and two child leads make that assumption easy. But this one, written by Michael Starrbury and directed by George Tillman Jr. (Notorious, Faster), is anything but kids’ stuff.

While the film dramatizes the ultimate childhood wish fulfillment, spending a summer without parental supervision, it does so with brutal honesty in the harsh realities of modern Brooklyn. Mister (Skylan Brooks) and Pete (Ethan Dizon), two young boys whose mothers are both MIA drug addicts, decide that living on their own and scavenging for food, medicine and soap, is better than being brought to a boys home.

The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete features two beautiful lead performances and solid supporting turns by Hudson, Sparks, Anthony Mackie, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Jeffrey Wright. It is an emotionally effective, if not particularly resonant addition to the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Read more after the jump.

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George Tillman Jr., who previously brought rapper Notorious B.I.G.’s life to the big screen in Notorious, is lined up to direct another musical biopic, this time about legendary jazz musician Miles Davis. Tentatively titled Miles, the project is based on the book Dark Magus: The Jekyll and Hyde Life of Miles Davis by Davis’ son Gregory Davis. Gregory Davis will serve as a consultant on the picture, with Nick Davis Raynes and Ged Dickersin and lined up to produce. More details after the jump.

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In a sports movie, we all cheer for the underdog. And in the world of boxing, there was no bigger underdog than Peter Buckley. Sometimes referred to as “The Worst Boxer Of All Time,” the English welterweight finished his career with a record of 32 wins, 12 draws, and 256 losses. All of that punishment seems to have paid off, though, because a film version of his life is now being developed with director George Tillman Jr. (Faster, Notorious) set to direct a script by Alex Davidson. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Movie Trailer #2: ‘Faster’

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We’ve seen two trailers for Faster, the action/revenge film starring Dwayne Johnson. One was a teaser and the other a red-band that many people complained showed way too much. (I didn’t watch it, but since I haven’t yet seen the film I couldn’t vouch for that accusation.)

This is the first proper theatrical trailer, however, so it gives up more of the story that sees Dwayne Johnson trying to avenge the killing of his brother, which puts him in opposition to a cop played by Billy Bob Thornton and a mysterious woman, played by Maggie Grace. Read More »

Red Band Movie Trailer: Faster

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CBS Films has released a new Red Band movie trailer from their upcoming action film Faster. The George Tillman Jr.-directed revenge thriller stars Dwayne Johnson as “an ex-con pursued by cops and killers as he sets out to avenge his brother’s death.” Looks like your typical revenge action thriller, but I enjoy The Rock when it isn’t a kid’s film and I’ll see anything that has Clint Mansell’s score.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer now. And please leave your thoughts in the comments below!
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Teaser Trailer: Faster, Starring Dwayne Johnson

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CBS Films hasn’t exactly been setting theaters on fire; the company has released Extraordinary Measures and The Back-Up Plan. The company is going for a much more action-oriented appeal with Faster, which stars Dwayne Johnson as a guy out for revenge after being released from prison.

The first teaser for Faster is out now, but does it offer more than just a straight-up revenge tale with a title screen that looks like it was borrowed from The Fast and the Furious? Well… Read More »

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