Posted on Friday, March 9th, 2012 by Angie Han
The days of remembering Matthew Lillard as “that guy from Scooby-Doo” are definitely numbered. After making a splash in last year’s The Descendants, Lillard quickly landed another high-profile dramatic role opposite Clint Eastwood in Robert Lorenz’ Trouble With the Curve. But it turns out he’s not just a talented comedic and dramatic actor — he’s a director, too. Lillard’s debut effort, Fat Kid Rules the World, will make its premiere tonight at SXSW, and we have the first (red band) trailer right here.
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Posted on Wednesday, January 18th, 2012 by Angie Han
It’s probably a bit soon to celebrate Matthew Lillard‘s unlikely rise as a dramatic actor, but it’s definitely worth keeping an eye on his career for now. After a small but impressive turn opposite George Clooney in Alexander Payne’s The Descendants, the former Scooby-Doo star has now entered talks for another promising dramatic role, this time opposite Clint Eastwood and Amy Adams in Robert Lorenz‘ Trouble With the Curve. Not bad at all for a guy who’s still best remembered for playing second fiddle to a CGI Great Dane. More details after the jump.
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The first trailer for The Descendants, Alexander Payne‘s first feature film as director since Sideways in 2004, set up a lot of story: George Clooney is a relatively uninvolved dad who has to step up and take care of his two daughters when his wife suffers an accident, only to learn that there are things about his wife’s life he didn’t know.
This second trailer is more of a teaser that puts the movie across as a more gentle, perhaps even quirky story than we saw in the full trailer. It tells us that the fact that the story takes place in Hawaii shouldn’t lead us to expect something cheery and easy, but then offers up a relatively cheery and easy look at the film. Oh, and the trailer is propped up in the middle by a nice two-part quote from some guy named Peter Sciretta. Check it out below. Read More »
During my first day at the Telluride Film Festival, I had the opportunity to screen Alexander Payne‘s The Descendants and the much talked about Cannes sensation The Artist, a black and white silent film set in the silent-era Hollywood. Both of the films will be vying for awards come Oscar season, and you can get the scoop right here. Also after the jump is a couple of ramblings and musings on how Telluride has changed in the information age and rise of social media, along with some of the photos I’ve taken during my first day in this small mountain town.
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It has been seven long years since Alexander Payne last had a film in theaters. He’s done a lot of work since Sideways, producing some films (Cedar Rapids) and television (Hung) and working to develop quite a few projects. He spent some significant time on the film Downsizing, which was shelved late in development; that’s when he jumped at making The Descendants with George Clooney. This one is right in Payne’s wheelhouse: the story of a father dealing with his two daughters after an accident leaves his wife terrible injured. While trying to get back into being a proper father, he discovers that his wife had been having an affair, and things get emotional from there.
The first trailer has landed, and fans of Alexander Payne’s previous films will probably love it. Everyone else should check it out just for a brief bit featuring Robert Forster. Read More »
Update: /Film reader David points out that the actor in question is currently filming a movie called “Home Run Derby outside of Detroit, which you know isn’t that far away. I would take it, that two friends just met up since they were in the same area.” I’m betting this is the case.
Previously, it has been reported that original Scream cast members Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette and even Roger L. Jackson, the voice actor who provides the creepy voice of Ghostface, were set to return for the latest installment Scream 4. Todays rumors spread across the interwebs that another original cast member might have a role in the new film. The rumor could be a portential spoiler, so I’m keeping it after the jump. If you want to know more, hit read more!
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If you didn’t already know, the guy who wrote Phone Booth, also wrote the 2004 thriller Cellular. It looks like screenwriter Larry Cohen has one final movie to file in his unofficial telephone-focused trilogy, a C-rate thriller titled Messages Deleted starring Matthew Lillard and Deborah Kara Unger. Deleted is the feature debut of Rob Cowan, the producer of such films like The Net, Life as a House, Righteous Kill and the upcoming horror remake The Crazies. We have the trailer embedded after the jump. Please leave your snarky responses in the comments below.
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If you’ve been reading /Film for a while, then you know that I’m a sucker for coming of age films and quirky indie relationship dramedies (how 2004 of me, I know…), . Drake Doremus‘ Spooner, which premieres at the 2009 Slamdance Film Festival, falls into category two. Matthew Lillard plays a used car salesman named Herman Spooner, who still lives at home with his parents. The official plot synopsis follows:
“Spooner is fairly set in his unfulfilling routine, but turning 30 marks a hard deadline set by his mom (Kate Burton) and dad (Christopher McDonald) to get a place of his own. To top it off, Spooner’s boss (Shea Whigham) is putting on the pressure to bring in some numbers, or face the chopping block. Headed for one of the worst days of his life, Spooner meets the girl of his dreams, Rose (Nora Zehetner). Forgoing all other priorities, Spooner is now working on winning her heart, but on their perfect date, she breaks the news that she is about to leave for the Philippines.”
The film festival promotional trailer is embedded after the jump.
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