It’s been a rough few years for Joel Schumacher — rougher than most for the director who is often lambasted for his Batman films, regardless of the fact that he’s made a couple of solid pictures since then. He bombed with the Jim Carrey film The Number 23 in 2007, then saw Blood Creek dumped in dollar theaters, and Twelve was critically savaged as one of the worst films of 2010.
Now he’s in post-production on the potentially more satisfying Trespass, which stars Nicolas Cage, Nicole Kidman, Cam Gigandet and Ben Mendelsohn. And he’s now set to direct a new thriller called The Hive. Read More »
Joel Schumacher‘s new film Trespass struggled a bit to get to the starting line. Nicholas Cage waffled between a couple different roles, making the casting process seem more complicated than normal at the outset. But the film, which co-stars Nicole Kidman, is filming now in Shreveport, Louisiana. And there’s a first still of Cage and Kidman in danger. See it in full after the break. (The image isn’t terribly large, hence the grainy enlargement above.) Read More »
Looks like Teresa Palmer and Joel Edgerton will star in Kieran Darcy-Smith‘s directorial debut, a psychological thriller called Say Nothing. All three have been part of Blue Tongue Films, the loose organization that turned out The Square (by Nash Edgarton, brother of Joel) and Animal Kingdom.
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Briefly: This is a quick update to a story from yesterday about Nicolas Cage skipping out on the Joel Schumacher film Trespass. Shooting was scheduled to start within a couple of weeks on the picture, but Cage abruptly left, which put the production into the position of scrambling for a replacement. The male lead was already in flux, and with Cage gone the producers have to recast the primary villain as well.
Now I’m told by a source in Louisiana that crew has been sent home and the production is delayed. And Cage was scheduled to do reshoots for Season of the Witch during downtime on Trespass. The release of Season has already been delayed, and was recently scheduled to hit theaters and the Netflix streaming service later this year. I’ve heard the Season reshoots are now ‘in trouble’ but don’t have further info.
If this delay goes for a while, it’ll be a tough break for Louisiana crews. Production slows down this time of the year so every gig is valuable. And while it’s easy to make fun of Schumacher’s movies, every once in a while he does a good one. The premise of Trespass isn’t great, but the cast (Cage, Nicole Kidman, maybe Liev Schreiber) was…interesting. I wanted to see what happened there.
So I guess someone gave Nicolas Cage a copy of Joel Schumacher‘s recent film Twelve. The actor was set to co-star (with Nicole Kidman) in Schumacher’s film Trespass, which had been planning to shoot later this month. But with only weeks to go until principal photography, Cage left the film, went on vacation, and (supposedly) can’t be reached. Will Trespass still shoot, or will Cage face a lawsuit? And is there more to the story than we currently know? Read More »
Paul Giamatti is moving from one historical television project (John Adams) to another: he’ll play former Soviet Union premier Nikita Khrushchev in K Blows Top. The odd name of the HBO film might be your first clue that this won’t be an ordinary revisitation of the cold war. The film will be based on Peter Carlson‘s book of the same name, which details Khrushchev’s two-week American trip in 1959.
That’s the time period when the Premier was denied a trip to Disneyland because of security concerns, and during which a visit to IBM headquarters ignited a fancy within the premier for IMB’s self-service cafeteria. Khrushchev brought self-service back to the USSR afterwards. Khrushchev had a long and occasionally pivotal career, and I’ll be curious to see how much context can be crammed into the film. I’ll happily watch Giamatti try to make it work. [Variety]
After the break, Russell Brand picks up a sword and Joel Schumacher’s film with Cage and Kidman gets a new player. 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 »
It’s a great day for bad trailers. We had the Step Up 3-D trailer earlier today, and now here’s a clip showing off Joel Schumacher‘s Twelve, a film that didn’t actually set audiences on fire at Sundance. (Here’s Peter’s review.) And yet it did get a quick distro deal, from movie newbie Hanover House. Now there’s a trailer that is long, rambling, and possibly NSFW (thanks to a little sex reference). Read More »
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Earlier today I saw a screening of Joel Schumacher‘s Twelve, which stars Chace Crawford, Emma Roberts, 50 Cent, Ellen Barkin and Rory Culkin. Twelve takes place in a similar world as Gossip Girl, focusing mostly on super rich upper east side New Yorkers.
“A new drama chronicling of the highs and lows of privileged kids on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, in a tale that involves sex, drugs and murder. Written by Jordan Melamed (the director of 2001’s Maniac), the story follows a young drug dealer who watches as his high-rolling life is dismantled in the wake of his cousin’s murder, which sees his best friend arrested for the crime.”
While most people like to give Schumacher shit for his Batman films, many forget his better films, like The Lost Boys, Flatliners, A Time To Kill, and Phone Booth. Is Twelve a return to form? Or just a disaster? Watch the video blog review I recorded with Frosty from Collider, embedded after the jump.
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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?
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