She won an Oscar, he was nominated for an Oscar and he’s got an EGOT. They’re Melissa Leo, Jesse Eisenberg and Tracy Morgan and they’re all rumored to be joining Predisposed, a feature length version of a short film that starred Leo in which the relationship between a drug-addicted mother (Leo) and her college-bound son (Eisenberg) is explored. The short was co-written and directed by Philip Dorling but this feature will be directed by the other co-writer, Oscar-winner Ron Nyswaner (Philadelphia). Morgan is rumored to star as a drug dealer named Sprinkles. Read more after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Sunday, February 13th, 2011 by Angie Han
Despite the fact that it’s been picking up festival awards and the occasional glowing review for over a year now, there hasn’t been much hype surrounding Dear Lemon Lima. This is the first feature-length production by writer/director Suzi Yoonessi (producer, Me and You and Everyone We Know), as well as the cinematic debut of star Savanah Wiltfong. The film follows Wiltfong’s Vanessa as she enters something called the Snowstorn Survivor Competition in order to win back the affections of her popular, pretentious ex (Shayne Topp). (Why snowstorms? You wouldn’t know it from the trailer, but the film is set in Fairbanks, Alaska.) Watch the trailer after the jump.
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On Tuesday, writer director Kevin Smith did a live chat with MTV News in which he discussed a variety of topics including possibly bringing back a few of his old friends for his next film, Hit Somebody. He also came armed with an exclusive clip from his upcoming film Red State. This 55 second clip features multiple award-winning and Best Supporting Actress front runner Melissa Leo as well as three of the actors who Smith plans to bring back for Hit Somebody: Michael Angarano, Kyle Gallner and Nicholas Braun.
Having seen the film at Sundance (read my review here) we can put this clip in context by saying it’s from early in the film, doesn’t really spoil much, but will leave you mighty curious as to watch happens next. Check it out after the jump. Read More »
Kevin Smith’s new film Red State is more than just a departure from his trademark comedic style. It’s almost a complete 180. The bright colors and pop culture references have been replaced with blacks, reds and long monologues about scripture. Smith’s still very reliant on the spoken word – almost to a fault – but now he balances it with machine guns, blood and hand held camera moves. This is a maturing, confident Smith who proves, after Cop Out, he still has a unique voice. With Red State, that voice isn’t saying anything incredibly groundbreaking, and at times it gets a tad preachy, but the director has expanded out of his comfort zone and given audiences a genuine piece of art.
Read the rest of the review and watch a video blog featuring Peter Sciretta and Jeff Goldsmith of Creative Screenwriting Magazine after the jump.
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Kevin Smith has unveiled the final credit card of his upcoming horror film Red State, which promises that “almost this entire cast will return in Hit Somebody.”
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Ma’s Meatloaf has premiered the sixth poster from Kevin Smith‘s upcoming horror movie Red State. The newest character poster features Melissa Leo’s character, Sarah. As you know, Red State is set to premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival next month. Hit the jump to see the poster in full.
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After years in development, David O. Russell’s The Fighter had its world premiere Tuesday night at the AFI Fest in Hollywood, CA. On hand to introduce the film was producer and star Mark Wahlberg who plays Micky Ward, a down on his luck Irish boxer from Lowell, Massachusetts whose family – including older brother and former boxer Dickie Eklund (Christian Bale) – holds him back every chance they get. And though the trailer makes the films seem like the atypical underdog true story, The Fighter almost doesn’t need any boxing to be an effective and emotional drama. Read more about it and see a video blog including myself, Peter Sciretta (also from /Film, of course) and Alex Billington from FirstShowing after the jump. Read More »
Briefly: We still don’t know very much about Kevin Smith‘s long-gestating middle-America horror film Red State, other than that Michael Parks is tapped for a lead role and that the film is based in part on sham ‘preacher’ Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church. But now there’s a logline for the film, which comes via STYD, that clarifies things just slightly:
A group of kids encounters a crazed preacher (based on Fred Phelps, founder of the Westboro Baptist Church) who gives a whole new meaning to the term “extreme fundamentalism.”
Well, OK, very slightly. Smith is doing a good job keeping this one locked up; he’s talked about wanting to just shoot the movie quietly without giving too many details away, and so far he is successful. The film shoots this fall, so we’ll expect to know more in the next couple months. In addition to Michael Parks, Kyle Gallner, Melissa Leo, Dermot Mulroney, Michael Angarano and Steven Root all seem to have roles. So Gallner and Angarano are in the group of kids, and hopefully Melisssa Leo will be on the preacher’s side.
For the longest time, Kevin Smith’s Red State seemed like a film that would never get made, but bit by bit, the project keeps coming together. The film already has a September shooting date (as tweeted by Smith), and the lead role has been locked in place. And now, the film has a not-yet-confirmed roster of actors to fill out the supporting cast.
The potentials include Dermot Mulroney (My Best Friend’s Wedding), Kyle Gallner (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Michael Angarano (The Forbidden Kingdom), Stephen Root (Office Space), and the Oscar nominated Melissa Leo (Frozen River). Learn more after the break. Read More »