Paramount Pictures has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to George Gallo‘s R-Rated crime dramedy Middle Men. The film, which recently made its world premiere at the Santa Barbara Film Festival, stars Luke Wilson, James Caan, Giovanni Ribisi and Gabriel Macht. Middle Men tells the true story of Jack Harris “the straight-laced businessman who helped launch one of the first porn websites” and becomes “caught between the Russian mob, a porn star, the FBI and his family, all while becoming very rich.”
In their film fest review, Variety called it “Boogie Nights’ meets ‘Goodfellas’” and called the film “a sleazy but undeniably intriguing tour of the bottom-feeding netherworld where porn and organized crime do their mutual bump-and-grind.” Watch an extended red band movie trailer for the film embedded after the jump.
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On November 25th 2008, Criterion will finally be releasing a Director-Approved Double-Dic Special Edition of Wes Anderson’s first feature film Bottle Rocket. If you haven’t seen Bottle Rocket, than you are really missing out. It is Anderson before he too eccentric to tell a totally relatable story. And don’t get me wrong, I love Anderson’s work. But you have to admit, film by film, they got weirder, quirky, more involved to the point that it becomes hard to relate to three brothers taking a spiritual journey through India, when it’s really just the same story of family he’s been telling through all his films. That said, I’ve also grown to love Darjeeling too. Anyways, back to Bottle Rocket. The official plot synopsis follows:
“Wes Anderson first illustrated his lovingly detailed, slightly surreal cinematic vision in this witty and warm portrait of three young middle-class misfits. Fresh out of a mental hospital, gentle Anthony (Luke Wilson) finds himself once again embroiled in the machinations of his best friend, elaborate schemer Dignan (Owen Wilson). With the aid of getaway driver Bob (Robert Musgrave), they develop a needlessly complex, mildly successful plan to rob a small bookstore—then go “on the lam.” Also featuring Lumi Cavazos as Inez, the South American housekeeper Anthony falls in love with, and James Caan as local thief extraordinaire Mr. Henry, Bottle Rocket is a charming, hilarious, affectionate look at the folly of dreamers. Shot against radiant southwestern backdrops, it’s the film that put Anderson and the Wilson brothers on the map.”
Here is the list of features from the upcoming release:
- New, restored high-definition digital transfer supervised and approved by director Wes Anderson and director of photography Robert Yeoman
- Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack
- Commentary by director/co-writer Anderson and co-writer/actor Owen Wilson
- The Making of “Bottle Rocket”: an original documentary by filmmaker Barry Braverman featuring Anderson, James L. Brooks, James Caan, Temple Nash Jr., Kumar Pallana, Polly Platt, Mark Mothersbaugh, Robert Musgrave, Richard Sakai, David and Sandy Wasco, Andrew and Luke and Owen Wilson, and Robert Yeoman
- The original thirteen-minute black-and-white Bottle Rocket short film from 1992
- Eleven deleted scenes
- Anamorphic screen test, storyboards, location photos, and behind-the-scenes photographs by Laura Wilson
- Murita Cycles, a 1978 short film by Braverman
- The Shafrazi Lectures, no. 1: Bottle Rocket
- A booklet featuring an essay by executive producer James L. Brooks, an appreciation by Martin Scorsese, and original artwork by Ian Dingman.
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Lakeshore Entertainment has released the movie trailer for the upcoming Luke Wilson dramedy Henry Poole is Here. From Albert Torres, the screenwriter assigned to Francis Lawrence’s adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s Survivor, and from music video turned film director Mark Pellington (Arlington Road, U2 3D) comes “a modern day fable about the unexpected wonders of the everyday”. Luke Wilson stars as Henry Poole, a disillusioned man who attempts to hide from life in a rundown suburban tract home only to discover he cannot escape the forces of hope. Check out the trailer below and tell me what you think in the comments.
Official Plot Synopsis:
Henry Poole (Luke Wilson) just wants to disappear. Shattered by circumstances beyond his control, he offers full price on a cookie cutter house in a drab, middle-class, L.A. neighborhood through his perky realtor Meg (Cheryl Hines). But just as he settles in to his indulgent isolation with a case of vodka and all the junk food he can eat, his neighbor, a well-meaning busybody named Esperanza (Adriana Barraza), drops by with a plate of homemade tamales and a whole lot of questions.
Despite his desire for solitude, Henry can’t help noticing Dawn (Radha Mitchell), the beautiful young divorcÃ©e next door and her daughter Millie (Morgan Lily), an eight-year-old amateur spy who hasn’t spoken a word since her parents’ break-up.
Henry’s self-imposed exile is shattered when Esperanza discovers a mysterious stain on Henry’s stucco wall that is seen to have miraculous powers. She begins leading pilgrimages to the “holy site” and invites church officials, including her pastor, Father Salizar (George Lopez), to inspect the apparition.
Although Henry remains skeptical, he finds himself gradually drawn back towards life, especially after his silent friendship with Millie brings him closer to Dawn. As news of the apparition spreads throughout the neighborhood and his feelings for Dawn grow, Henry realizes his plan to live out his days in quiet desperation is going to be much harder than he ever imagined.
Henry Poole is Here hits limited theaters on July 25th 2008, and will expands on August 1st 2008.
Discuss: What did you think of the Henry Poole is Here movie trailer?
IFC Films has posted the first 8 minutes of John Dahl’s new dramatic comedy thriller You Kill Me. The film follows Frank Falenczyk (Ben Kingsley), a hit-man for his Polish mob family in Buffalo, New York. Frank’s drinking problem messes up a critical assignment that puts the family business in peril. His uncle (Philip Baker Hall) sends him to San Francisco to clean up his act. Frank starts going to AA meetings, gets a sponsor (Luke Wilson) and a job at a mortuary where he falls for the tart-tongued Laurel (TÃ©a Leoni), a woman who is dangerously devoid of boundaries. Meanwhile, things aren’t going well in Buffalo where an upstart Irish gang is threatening the family business. When violence erupts, Frank is forced to return home and with an unlikely assist from Laurel, faces old rivals on new terms.
Check out the first 8 minutes after the jump. You Kill Me hits theaters on June 22nd.
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Last year we warned you that Jessica Simpson was making a remake of the 1988 Mike Nichols romantic comedy Working Girl. We knew from the start that Blonde Ambition would be horrible. For one, Jessica Simpson has almost no acting talent. And secondly, her father Joe Simpson is too near sighted to produce a good film. But now the trailer is out, and you can see for yourself after the jump.
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The following movie was screened at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival.
You Kill Me
Dir: John Dahl
What happens when you get an alcoholic hit man who can’t seem to perform his duties well enough? You get the premise to You Kill Me, a moronic “indie” comedy disguised as a smart drama, about what, exactly, is not easily discernable. Ben Kingsley plays Frank. Frank is a killer. Frank is a man who knows no boundaries. Frank is bad at his job. Its quite unfortunate to see a genius actor such as Ben Kingsley be demoted to the lackluster position of portraying such a one-dimensional character.
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