We’re at the point now where trivia gets reported about films that don’t even exist yet. So it goes with the twenty-third James Bond film, which Sam Mendes is set to direct with the returning Daniel Craig and Judi Dench, and the possible involvement of Javier Bardem, and the rumored participation of Ralph Fiennes.

Javier Bardem has been offered a villain role, and it looks like that is one that was originally intended for Kevin Spacey, who is again working with his American Beauty director Sam Mendes in a new stage version of Richard III. Read More »

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At the end of this first weekend of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival there have been two major buys. One was made by Paramount for Like Crazy, one of the most-praised films at the fest so far. (Look for our review tomorrow morning.) And on the other side of the spectrum, LionsGate and Roadside Attractions have teamed up to buy J.C. Chandor‘s debut feature Margin Call, which has garnered some of the poorer reviews of the fest. Read More »

It is safe to say that Margin Call was my most anticipated film of this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Having scored a spot on the buzzed-about 2010 Black ListMargin Call has an all-star cast featuring Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Stanley Tucci, and Zachary Quinto. It is also topical, purporting to be based on true events and chronicling the actions of an investment banking firm at the epicenter of the 2008 financial disaster.

Sadly, Margin Call is an unfortunate lesson in what happens when you make a movie that, like The Social Network, features dozens of characters talking intensely at each other for 2 hours, only with none of the skill that Sorkin or Fincher brought to their particular film. Hit the jump for some further thoughts, plus an audio blog I recorded with Laremy discussing the film. (He loved it. I hated it.)
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‘Margin Call’ Movie Poster Revealed

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One of the top 10 screenplays listed on The Black List this year was a script by JC Chandor titled Margin Call. The film, which is set to premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, is “Based on true events,” and chronicles the final twenty-four hours of Lehman Brothers. The movie is set to premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival with Chandor at the helm and starring Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Stanley Tucci, and Demi Moore. I always love dramatic thrillers set in an isolated amount of time or one location, and this film seems to fit both categories. See more photos from the film in our previous preview posting, and hit the jump to see the full one-sheet.

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Sundance 2011 First Look: ‘Margin Call’

One of the top 10 screenplays listed on The Black List this year was a script by JC Chandor titled Margin Call.

While I often refer to The Black List as a annual list of the best unproduced screenplays in Hollywood, that isn’t actually the case — the list is compiled with a poll of 300 development executives and high-level assistants, and contains a ranking of the hot screenplays making the rounds in Hollywoodland, which were written in, or are somehow uniquely associated with, 2010 and will not be released in theaters during this calendar year. Basically, the black list contains the hottest projects in Hollywood that you haven’t heard of yet. Some of the screenplays have been acquired and some are even in production. Margin Call was actually in the can before the list was even released.

“Based on true events,” the film chronicles the final twenty-four hours of Lehman Brothers. The movie is set to premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival with Chandor at the helm and starring Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Stanley Tucci, and Demi Moore. I always love dramatic thrillers set in an isolated amount of time or one location, and this film seems to fit both categories. Check out the first photos from the movie after the jump.

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Movie Trailer #2: Kevin Spacey in ‘Casino Jack’

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When we first saw a trailer for Casino Jack, starring Kevin Spacey as disgraced ‘super lobbyist’ Jack Abramoff, the film was called Bagman and the trailer was miserable. Tonally the clip was all over the place, the voice over was laughable, and it committed a serious sin by trying to pretend that Rolling Stones songs like ‘Gimme Shelter’ and ‘Sympathy For the Devil’ have any life left for use in cinema.

Now there’s a new trailer, and it is certainly cut with a lot more skill and consistency. Check it out after the break. Read More »

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The Toronto Film Festival is just getting underway, and already one film has been picked up for Us distribution. Sarah’s Key, starring Kristen Scott Thomas, was picked up by The Weinstein Commpany today as the first official buy of the fest. More info on the film after the break, along with good breaks for Barney’s Version with Paul Giamatti and Casino Jack with Kevin Spacey. Read More »

First Look: Colin Farrell in Horrible Bosses

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Hey, discarding handsome aesthetics in favor of comedy worked for Tom Cruise in Tropic Thunder, right? So here’s Colin Farrell sporting a Kingpin-style combover, either to star in a secret film where he and Peter Dinklage play twin brothers, or for his role as one of the title characters in the comedy Horrible Bosses, which is shooting now. See a larger pic, if you can take it, after the break. Read More »

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