If you read that Saoirse Ronan is going to star in a film about a teenage killer, you might immediately flash back to news about Hanna, the film directed by Joe Wright in which Ronan plays a 14-year old trained by her father to be a killing machine. That film is dated for 2011, and we haven’t seen a trailer or much more than a photo.

That, however, is not the film this article is about. But if you took Hanna and squished it together with The Professional, you might end up with something that sounds a lot like Violet & Daisy, the film written and directed by Precious screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher. Read More »


Jake Scott, son of Ridley, has directed a new feature, Welcome to the Rileys, starring James Gandolfini, Kristen Stewart and Melissa Leo. The film debuted at Sundance, where it did relatively well and was picked up by Apparition. Bit of trouble there, though, as Apparition has been undergoing some restructuring. Just a couple weeks ago Welcome to the Rileys moved over to Samuel Goldwyn, and the company already has a trailer out for the film. Read More »


I love seeing Danny McBride break out as a legit talent — The Foot Fist Way, Tropic Thunder and Pineapple Express got him in front of audiences, but the HBO show Eastbound and Down really made his name. Now, as the second season of that show prepares to air, there’s word that McBride will get to star in Bullies, based on his own story idea.

The film follows “two brothers who finally get a comeuppance after bullying people their whole lives.” Curious to hear who’ll co-star with McBride (the plot sounds like it could so easily be a Will Ferrell / John C. Reilly affair) but we do know that Andrew Mogel and Jarrad Paul will write, and McBride will produce with David Gordon Green, Jody Hill and Matt Reilly. [Deadline]

After the break, loads more casting info, including new work (maybe) for Sam Worthington, Nicole Kidman, Nicolas Cage and Clive Owen. Read More »


What is it with HBO and dramatic recreations of classic documentaries? Last year there was Grey Gardens, and now the network is lining up Cinema Verite, which will be a dramatized behind the scenes take on the 1973 PBS doc An American Family. The original series was a big deal; it frankly portrayed family troubles for the first time on television, and one of the family sons was the first openly gay character/personality on American television.

Cinema Verite is written by David Seltzer, with Tim Robbins and Diane Lane set to play parents Bill and Pat Loud; James Gandolfini will play An American Family producer Craig Gilbert. Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini (American Splendor) are directing, which automatically makes the endeavor a bit more interesting.  [THR]

After the break, Toni Collette will work again with her Muriel’s Wedding director, and Horrible Bosses gets some good talent. Read More »


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Jake Scott's Welcome to the Rileys

You might not know 42-year-old director Jake Scott, but you know his father Ridley, the filmmaker behind such films as Alien, Gladiator, and Blade Runner (Jake worked in the editing room during the school holidays). Jake’s directorial debut was a 1999 British historical action comedy titled Plunkett & Macleane which chances are you’ve never seen. But you’ve probably seen his work on the small screen, MTV top be exact. He’s directed iconic videos for REM’s Everybody Hurts, Radiohead’s Fake Plastic Trees, The Cranberries’ When You’re Gone, as well as videos for Soundgarden, The Smashing Pumpkins, Live, Blind Melon, Tori Amos, Lily Allen, The Strokes, The Verve, and U2.

Jake’s second feature film, Welcome to the Rileys, will premiere in Sundance’s US Dramatic competition, 1 of only 16 films which were selected from 1,058 submissions. Written by Ken Hixon (who has written City by the Sea and Inventing the Abbotts), the story follows a damaged man on a business trip to New Orleans who is seeking salvation by caring for a wayward young woman. The story has also been described as being about a couple torn apart after the death of their child. The movie stars James Gandolfini, Kristen Stewart, and Melissa Leo.

Rileys is one of the first two features to be produced under a new venture between Scott Free, the film and television arm of Jake’s father’s company RSA, and Argonaut Pictures. The other film is Cracks, is the feature directorial debut of younger half-sister Jordan, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. Five more photos after the jump.

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With the announcement of the Sundance 2010 lineup, it’s time to start seeing images from some of the invited films. Until now, for example, all we’ve seen of James Franco as poet Allen Ginsberg in Howl has been one photo released back in June. Now here’s a new one, and it’s very quintessential ‘beat poet.’ I like it, but really just want a trailer.

After the break, a shot of Kristen Stewart as a stripper, and new stuff from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and Nightmare on Elm Street. Read More »

New Images: Where the Wild Things Are


More images that bottle a sense of “child-like wonder” and “child-like terror” have washed up on the ‘nets courtesy of the New York Times. They nicely compliment a post yesterday on Sonny Gerasimowicz, the unlikely art director on Where the Wild Things Are. Grab a child-like blanket and prepare to curl up in the fetal position inside your man-like cubicle after the jump…

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Page 2 for May 4th

Here is a round up of stories that just didn’t make the /Film front page, or what we like to call…. Page 2!

Iron Man Concept Art

Hamlet 2 PosterComingSoon has the poster for Focus Features’ Hamlet 2.

The New York Times has a audio commentary slideshow with Aaron McBride, the visual effects art director for Iron Man, describing how the suit up machine was created for the film, featuring concept art like the photo seen above.

Big-time Southern California real estate developer is obsessed with Blade Runner. He recently unveiled plans to hang a 14-story LED billboard on the facades of two 33-story condos a la Blade Runner. [i09]

An animatronic mobile WALL-E has been spotted wandering the Disney parks. [pixarplanet]

The contract between CBS and Cedar Fair (current owners of Star Trek The Experience at the Las Vegas Hilton) ends December 31st, and a spokesperson for Cedar Fair tells TrekMovie “there are currently no plans to renew” it. [trekmovie]

Wizard counts down the 200 Greatest Comic Books of All Time.

Academy Award Winning screenwriter Diablo Cody interviews John Cusak on MySpace’s Artist on Artist.

Iron Man SideshowSideshow Collectables has announced their Comic-Con 2008 Exclusives which includes the Iron Man Archive Set Mark II (pictured right).

Lessons from Pixar’s Brad Bird on fostering innovation in the workplace: “In my experience, the thing that has the most significant impact on a movie’s budget — but never shows up in a budget — is morale. If you have low morale, for every $1 you spend, you get about 25 cents of value. If you have high morale, for every $1 you spend, you get about $3 of value. Companies should pay much more attention to morale.” [kottke]

The first rule of Twitter Fight Club is we don’t talk about Twitter Fight Club!

The Hollywood Reporter says The Descent 2 is going forward with Celador Films and Pathe. Budgeted at $10 million and scheduled for an eight-week shoot with no start date has been announced.

Picturehouse delays Amusement until fourth quarter 2008. [bloody-disgusting]

Paramount Home Entertainment’s Cloverfield topped both the national DVD sales and rental charts its first week in stores. [CS]

The Weinstein Company and Senator Entertainment are producing a big screen adaptation of Capcom’s Clock Tower, directed by Martin Weisz, of Grimm Love and The Hills Have Eyes 2, with a script by Eric Poppen of Borderland. [FirstShowing]

ToplessRobot counts down the 10 Crappiest Iron Man Villains Who Won’t (and Shouldn’t) Make the Movies.

High School Musical 3L Senior Year PosterDisney has released the poster for High School Musical 3: Senior Year.

Is Iron Man the first comic-book movie better than its source material? [spout]

plays Press Junket Trivia with Son of Rambow writer/director Garth Jennings and producer Nick Goldsmith.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2
now has a second movie trailer. I’m sure someone out there might care… maybe not. [cinemablend]

The Smallville producers, The CW, Warner Bros. Television, and Michael Rosenbaum announced Thursday that the actor will be leaving the show. [SHH]

James Gandolfini, Steve Coogan, David Rasche and former child actor Anna Chlumsky will star in the political satire “In the Loop” for BBC Films. [THR]

Iron Man has earned $96.7 million in 57 countries since it began opening Wednesday, putting its worldwide total at $201 million after just five days!  [shh]

Sylvester Stallone
Loved Son of Rambow. [wells]


[money shot from Scanners]

When I was a kid, I used to ponder in math class, “What if Summer School‘s Mr. Shoop starred in a dark dorktastic action comedy with a lot of cocaine.” And then I saw True Romance, probably my favorite Hollywood-Hollywood film of all time, and I didn’t ask any more questions for a long time. And now here I am linking to Maxim (no rickroll), because the lad mag did the definitive 15-years-later retrospective with director Tony Scott, screenwriter Quentin Tarantino, and pretty much everyone in that blitzed golden wand of a cast, including Tom Sizemore (!), Pitt, Gandolfini, Val Kilmer/Elvis, Hopper and Balki. The end result equals quotes and Tinsel Town mythos for years. Not exactly SFW but it’s a Friday, oh, yes it is…

Patricia Arquette (Alabama) actually named Tony Scott’s right hand because he slapped her around so much to get ready for certain scenes. WTF…

Scott: When she couldn’t get herself there emotionally, Patricia used to call my right hand “the Persuader.” She’d say, “Bring on the Persuader,” and I’d have to slap her. She’d say, “Hit me harder!” I’d stand there on the set giving Patricia right-handers. That does not happen a lot with me and actors.

As much as I love the ending of the film, I’m fond of contemplating whether it would have worked even better if Christian Slater‘s Clarence Worley had died. Scott persuaded Tarantino to go with his director’s vision for a fairy tale survivor ending, but QT seems to have a lil’ egging dissonance to this day…

Tarantino: When I watched the movie, I real­ized that Tony was right. He always saw it as a fairy tale love story, and in that capacity it works magnif­icently. But in my world Clarence is dead and Alabama is on her own. If she ever shows up in another one of my scripts, Clarence will still be dead.

If I was a bastard, I’d paste the entire thing, but this back-and-forth is too delicious to pass up…

Scott: Gary called me out of the blue and said, “I’ve got it. I know exactly who this guy is: He’s my drug dealer.”

Gary Oldman: My drug dealer? Tony would fucking get me arrested, wouldn’t he? I’ve never had a drug dealer! I organized Drexl’s dreadlocks under my own steam. Then I went to a dentist who made the teeth. Then I thought about giving him a weird eye. I’m only in the film for about 10 minutes-I wanted to make my mark. I heard this gang of black kids outside my trailer and thought, That’s Drexl. I showed this kid my lines and said, “Does this seem authentic?” He changed some words. He said, “That don’t fly. Drexl wouldn’t say ‘titties’; he’d say ‘breasteses.’ ”

Tarantino: Those kids were clowning him, and he believed them because he didn’t know any better. Because he’s British.

I thought this quote from Sizemore (evidently on the loose!) was the perfect summation, but definitely read the entire thing

Tom Sizemore: Tony started every take like this: “Rock’n’roll, motherfuckers! Action!”

As the players point out, this movie made under $12 million at the box office when it was released in 1993. If you go out tonight, pour out a sip for Chris Penn. And yeah, the Joel Silver resemblance is discussed if you’re wondering. ;) And so are the words “eggplant” and “cantaloupe.”

Discuss: Can someone translate this: “I organized Drexl’s dreadlocks under my own steam.” 



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The Sopranos: The Movie in the Works?


Do you remember where you were and who you were with last June when The Sopranos went out with a (non) bang? Might one of the all time quizzical endings lead to a new beginning (perhaps an even greater one?), as rumors are coming in today that a theatrical movie is in the works. One Nick D’Urso, manager of the Satin Dolls strip club in North Jersey, which served as the infamous Bada Bing strip club in the show, says he received a call, possibly from HBO, telling him not to do any renovations to the club in lieu of an upcoming Sopranos movie.

“I got an inside tip that they’re going to do a movie, so I don’t want to make any major changes,” D’Urso said Wednesday. “I’m not going to reveal my sources, but we got a call from somebody (working) on the script.”

HBO apparently had no comment regarding D’Urso’s claim. Supporting the possibility of a movie is arguably the show’s most well known fan, Soprano Sue, who had this to say…

“As soon as the finale ended, I got a call from somebody on the crew who said, ‘We’re going to make a movie,'” she said, adding, “You can tell just by looking at the series finale.”

Gotta love her. I understand why naysayers don’t want a continuance to the series. The ending was pretty, well, beautiful and right, and remains so. It made grown men cry to the sounds of Journey in front of their gals. Television shows like AMC’s Breaking Bad (which is excellent) and Showtime’s Weeds (which is pretty good, if bi-polar) have respectably taken up the lonely realism of David Chase’s legendary, landmark series, and an epic movie runs the risk of being The Godfather 3, but I’ll take that risk. In hectic times, we need these hectic characters and awesome relationships to return.

Discuss: Would Big T on the big screen betray the finale? Can David Chase reinvent the movie like he did with TV?

via Gawker