Left to his own devices Lee Daniels makes films that are eccentric and sometimes just way the hell out there. (The Paperboy) But he has called his newest film, The Butler, “a big compromise” and explained that the film might be “the closest I will come to as a work-for-hire.” Does that mean that, on the relative scale of whackadoo films, The Butler will be far closer to “normal” than anything else he’s made?
Hard to say at this point, but the first trailer suggests that there’s some weird stuff going on here. There’s the parade of cameo players appearing as a string of US Presidents. Among them is John Cusack‘s turn as Richard Nixon, which is… interesting. Then there’s Alex Pettyfer playing an uber-douchebag cotton farm overseer, and the digital effects and makeup that shave a few decades off lead Forest Whitaker in some scenes.
Whitaker plays Cecil Gaines, who served several different President as the White House butler, and the trailer suggests the film traces his entire life story, using it to frame the sweep of the civil rights movement. It’s a good story, but this trailer looks a lot like a parody that might show up on SNL. So we’ll see — maybe The Butler will be just as crazy as the rest of Daniels’ work. Read More »
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2 Guns obviously isn’t a thriller, because it gives up the basic mystery right off the bat: apparent bank robbers Bobby (Denzel Washington) and Marcus (Mark Wahlberg) are really undercover agents, each of which doesn’t realize the other is also a lawman. Forced to team up after being disavowed in the wake of a messy operation, the two get into the sort of comedic action shenanigans that powered the mid-’80s career of Mel Gibson.
Director Baltasar Kormakur worked with Wahlberg on Contraband. (Which remade Reykjavik-Rotterdam, in which Kormakur starred.) This trailer suggests something a bit more fun, as it displays what seems like a deep love (or an abiding envy) for the films of Shane Black. It also suggests real silliness, as evidenced by what could be a very entertaining appearance from Bill Paxton, who drawls lines like “have I properly incentivized you?”
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For his next trick, Ron Burgundy will go one and one with Cyclops. James Marsden, who played the X-Men leader in the first three films, and was once Liz Lemon’s love interest on 30 Rock, has just been cast as a rival anchor to the News Team in Adam McKay‘s Anchorman: The Legend Continues.
Scheduled for release December 20, the highly-anticipated sequel begins filming next month in Atlanta. It stars Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, David Koechner, Kristen Wiig and Christina Applegate. Read More »
Posted on Monday, August 20th, 2012 by Angie Han
It took a couple of years after Precious for director Lee Daniels to get cameras rolling on his follow-up, the lurid Southern melodrama The Paperboy, but he’s barely even taking a breather before heading into his next picture. Even as The Paperboy gears up for its theatrical run, Daniels has already started shooting The Butler with Forest Whitaker in the lead as longtime White House servant Eugene Allen.
Although the film’s drawn quite a bit of attention in recent months for its star-studded cast, which includes Oprah Winfrey, Robin Williams, John Cusack, Alan Rickman, Terrence Howard, and many, many more, the first official still is a simple one of Whitaker at work. Check it out after the jump.
UPDATE: We now also have photos of James Marsden and Minka Kelly in costume as John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy. See them after the jump.
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The latest female-driven R-rated comedy is Leslye Headland‘s film Bachelorette, which wouldn’t mind finding some of last year’s Bridesmaids audience. The film hit at Sundance and got some good buzz for being a little more dark than the Kristen Wiig film, without sparing any of the laughs.
A green-band trailer we saw a couple weeks back got the story across — Rebel Wilson is getting married and her old friends Kirsten Dunst, Lizzy Caplan, and Isla Fisher see the pre-wedding celebration as a chance to cut loose. Really loose. Guys like Kyle Bornheimer, Hayes MacArthur, James Marsden, and Adam Scott have moments, too, which as Angie noted, should keep the Party Down fans happy.
This red-band trailer won’t tell you much of what the movie is about beyond the basic concept, but it does offer some dirty jokes that promise a lot about the comedy’s tone, without seeming to give too much away. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, July 20th, 2012 by Angie Han
The success of last year’s Bridesmaids got the wheels in motion for a wave of female-driven wedding comedies, among them Leslye Headland‘s Bachelorette. But this first trailer for Bachelorette should dispel any notion that it’s simply a watered-down Bridesmaids retread.
Early buzz out of Sundance was that Bachelorette was sharper and darker than last year’s wedding-themed comedy, and while reactions were mixed it seems worth checking out for its for its cast alone. Kirsten Dunst, Lizzy Caplan, and Isla Fisher play a trio of mean girls called upon to serve as bridesmaids for an old pal (Rebel Wilson), but it’s not wrong before things go awry. Kyle Bornheimer, Hayes MacArthur, James Marsden, and Adam Scott also star, which means, yup, it’s a mini-Party Down reunion. Watch the trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, June 25th, 2012 by Angie Han
While it wasn’t a universally lauded smash on the order of Beasts of the Southern Wild, Robot & Frank proved a minor hit at this year’s Sundance Film Festival thanks to strong central performances and a fun premise. Frank Langella plays the titular Frank, an elderly crank whose grown children (Liv Tyler and James Marsden) become concerned over his growing inability to take care of himself.
In an attempt to deflect some familial responsibility, Frank’s son gets him a robot (voiced by Peter Sarsgaard) who’ll look after him. Following classic buddy-comedy form, Frank initially despises the thing before he eventually develops a rich friendship with it. The twist? Frank is a retired jewel thief who trains Robot to help him get plot a multi million-dollar heist. Susan Sarandon also stars, as a librarian with a soft spot for Frank. Watch the trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 by Angie Han
Could romcom queen Kate Hudson be branching out at last? Earlier this week, she signed on for her first animated feature in DreamWorks’ Me & My Shadow, and she’s now gunning for action stardom with Everly. Joe Lynch (Knights of Badassdom) will direct from a 2010 Black List script by Yale Hannon. Hudson will play a woman trapped in her apartment as she fends off attacks from assassins hired by her ex, a ruthless mob boss.
Hudson is best known for her romantic comedy roles, like last year’s Little Bit of Heaven and Something Borrowed, but her upcoming slate shows a little more variety. In addition to Me & My Shadow and Everly, she also has Mira Nair’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist due out next year.
After the jump, Piper Perabo fights a bear and Common does magic.
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Posted on Thursday, January 19th, 2012 by Angie Han
Liam Neeson may need nothing more than broken minibar bottles to face off against a wild wolf in The Grey, but I doubt even he could go hand-to-hand with a 700-pound grizzly bear all by himself. No, to battle a creature that big, you’d need at least three people — like, say, James Marsden, Thomas Jane, and Billy Bob Thornton. The three actors are now set to star in a man vs. thriller titled Red Machine, from Saw V director David Hackl. More details after the jump.
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