Posted on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012 by Angie Han
Napster co-founder Sean Parker and Elton John may have something in common soon, if the legendary musician has his way. Back in September, we told you about an upcoming biopic of John to be produced by John himself through Rocket Pictures. Naturally, we wondered at the time who would be worthy of stepping into John’s shoes.
Well, it seems John’s been considering the same thing, and has landed on one particular talent as his top choice: Justin Timberlake. Considering that the actor/musician has actually played the part previously, in David LaChapelle’s music video for John’s “This Train Don’t Stop There Anymore,” John’s choice seems just about perfect. More details — plus a video of Timberlake-as-John — after the jump.
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Joel and Ethan Coen are assembling the cast for their new movie, Inside Llewyn Davis, which is based on the ’60s folk scene in Greenwich Village, NY. Oscar Isaac landed the title role just a few days ago, and he’ll play a guy loosely based on folk singer Dave Van Ronk, whose book The Mayor of MacDougal Street, chronicling his experience in the NYC folk revival, is part of the inspiration for the movie.
One of the other major leads could be Justin Timberlake, as the Coens have offered him the role of another folk singer named Jim. Read More »
I’ll say this for In Time, Andrew Niccol’s story describing a society driven into extreme class segregation by an economic system in which time is literally money: Niccol drives Justin Timberlake like a taskmaster. The singer-turned-actor runs like crazy, jumps, fights, and sweats his way through a movie that all too often feels more detached than a severed limb. It’s a very physical, very present performance that lends the movie some much-needed credit.
The detachment is due to the always on-the-nose, never close to subtle language used to wield the core concept as a club against economic disparity. I could never take the movie seriously because it was always so insistent about Making a Point. In Time, as written, is perhaps meaty and clever enough for a Twilight Zone episode. Stretched to feature length it is an unconvincing attempt at world-building and simply a deeply silly take on Bonnie and Clyde. Or Robin Hood. Or something. In Time wants to be a lot of things, but it never commits to any one.
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Walking around the set of the upcoming sci-fi action film, In Time, is a smorgasbord of physical perfection. Attractive guys and girls are everywhere and even during an interview with the film’s stars, it’s hard not to glance behind them at the veritable fashion runway parading to craft services.
The reason everyone on set is so beautiful is that, in the world of in the world of In Time, the human body stops aging at 25. At that point, a genetic clock on your wrist begins counting down your final year of life. Through various legal, or illegal means, you can accrue time on your clock and hypothetically live-forever looking 25. Or you can run out of time and die, leaving nothing but good-looking corpse.
Only in this world can can Olivia Wilde be the mother of Justin Timberlake, Vincent Kartheiser be the father of Amanda Seyfried or Cillian Murphy play a gritty, 70-year-old detective. And this conceit could only come the mind of Andrew Niccol, the brainchild behind The Truman Show, S1mone and Gattaca, which also dealt with mortality.
“I think of [In Time] as the bastard child of Gattaca because [when I was making it] I thought the holy grail of genetic engineering, of course, is to find the aging gene and switch it off,” Niccol said, “But then the implications are so huge that I thought ‘That’s another movie.’ And it turns out, it’s become another movie.”
In an era where movie fans consistently bitch about a lack of original ideas, In Time is just that and on day 44 of a 54-day shoot, /Film was lucky enough to be on the Los Angeles set of the October 28th release, speaking to the stars, director, producer and learning that this world might look great, but is anything but. Read the full set visit after the jump Read More »
Justin Timberlake has been letting the music side of his career cool for a bit, but now he’s set to bridge acting and music by jumping into a music-industry biopic. He’s signed for a film called Spinning Gold, in which he’ll play ’70s producer/mogul Neil Bogart, who co-founded big-time ’70s label Casablanca Records. Read More »
Posted on Friday, September 16th, 2011 by Angie Han
Sci-fi writer Harlan Ellison is suing New Regency over Andrew Niccol‘s In Time, claiming that the film is a ripoff of his story “‘Repent, Harlequin!’ Said the Ticktockman.” Ellison has a reputation for being lawsuit-happy — in the past, he’s successfully sued to get a credit on The Terminator after claiming the movie was based on episodes of Outer Limits that he had written, and has also had brushes with AOL and ABC. More details after the jump.
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Twentieth Century Fox has released a second (or third, if you count the Comic-Con reel) trailer for their upcoming Andrew Niccol sci-fi action film In Time. Unlike the previous trailers, though, this one provides a much more digestible and concise explanation of the slightly complicated conceit created by the man behind The Truman Show and Gattaca. In Time stars Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Cillian Murphy, Alex Pettyfer, Olivia Wilde and Vincent Kartheiser in a world where you only age twenty five years before your your life literally becomes a ticking clock toward death. That is, of course, unless you can get more time. The film is scheduled for release October 28. Check out the new trailer below. Read More »
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Andrew Niccol‘s new film In Time posits a world in which the only currency is time: every individual has a body clock which, after 25 years, constantly counts down to death. Anyone can earn or steal more time, and without that wealth, it is game over. The extended trailer we saw at Comic Con made the film look like a bit like Gattaca infused with a pulp noir sensibility. The film might be a smart thriller that uses sci-fi tropes to critique a youth-obsessed popular culture; or it might just be a silly chase thriller. Difficult to tell right now. But there is a new, shorter trailer; one that gives a bit more time to Olivia Wilde, who plays the mother of central figure Justin Timberlake. Check it out below.
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