Mark Wahlberg is starring in Contraband right now — the film is a remake of the well-regarded thriller Reykjavik-Rotterdam, with Baltasar Kormakur, an actor in the original, directing the new version. The film follows a one-time smuggler (Wahlberg) who has taken a straight job as a security guard, but gets pulled back into illegal activity.
Now the ever-reliable J.K. Simmons is on board as a captain. The also-reliable Ben Foster is the brother-in-law of the main character and the guy that pulls him back into the Life; Kate Beckinsale, Giovanni Ribisi, Diego Luna and Lukas Haas are also on board. [AV Club -- this interview is wonderful and a must-read for fans of the actor.]
After the break, Michelle Rodriguez goes to The Home and Robin McLeavy joins Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter after all. Read More »
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Columbia Pictures have released a new one-minute tv spot/mini-trailer for Jonathan Liebesman‘s Battle: Los Angeles. Watch it now embedded after the jump. I’ve talked with a couple people who saw early screenings in New York City and Los Angeles, and the buzz is completely positive. I’m very excited to see this movie. Watch the trailer embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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The Super Bowl television commercial for Battle: Los Angeles aired before the big game on Sunday night. If you missed it, you can watch it now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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The consensus has been overwhelming positive in regards to Jonathan Liebesman‘s upcoming alien invasion movie Battle: Los Angeles and that’s not going to change after fans get a glimpse of a new viral website for the film which provides all kinds of details on the aliens. The structure of their command center, their biology, weapons and transportation are just a few of the categories that have been uncovered and they all hint at a world that is way more dense for one movie to handle.
Battle: Los Angeles stars Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan, Lucas Till and Michael Pena and will invade theaters on March 11. Find out how to access this secret site and see some of the images on it after the break. Read More »
Did you know that Michelle Rodriguez (Avatar, Fast and the Furious) is starring in an action remake of Orson Welles 1941 classic Citizen Kane titled Citizen Jane? Me neither. The first mention of the project was in a press release issued earlier this month for Rodriguez’s appearance at Fantastic Fest, a boxing fight with Alamo Drafthouse founder Tim League. Then when I arrived in Austin, a teaser poster for the film was found in the hallways of the drafthouse. And tonight at the Fantastic Debates event, mini-posters were attached to each chair in the boxing gym, and postcards were available near the entrance.
The posters direct people to an official website, CitizenJaneMovie.com, which includes a teaser trailer created specificly for Fantastic Fest. You can watch the trailer now embedded after the jump, along with the official poster and a plot synopsis.
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Who wants to see Michelle Rodriguez beat up Tim League? Well, it’s probably going to happen at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas this week (which Tuesday announced that 13 Assassins would be its closing night film). Rodriguez vs. League is the main event of the annual Fantastic Debates party, where film journalists and filmmakers debate over an issue, and then get into a boxing ring to really settle the score. In previous years, well known journos such as Devin Faraci, formerly of CHUD, and Scott Weinberg of Cinematical duke it out over such topics as “Does Michael Bay Deserve an Oscar or the Death Penalty?” and “Are Vampires Gay?” In last year’s main event, League famously fought Uwe Boll over the state of independent films.
The topic League and Rodriguez will be debating this year? “Should Avatar have won the Oscar for Best Picture?”
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Machete won’t be the last time you see Danny Trejo and Michelle Rodriguez working together. The two will be on screen in an indie called Skinny Dip that will likely be produced and co-directed by Trejo’s son Gilbert Trejo. The other co-director will be Frankie Latina.
What’s the film about? The LA Times offers that it would be ” a revenge picture involving a young woman who kills a policeman.” That’s all we’ve got, but one could expect that Michelle Rodriguez would be the young woman.
After the break, Bryan Cranston is fresh from his Emmy win with a new role. Read More »
I had predicted that Jonathan Liebesman‘s Battle: Los Angeles might be the surprise hit of this year’s Comic-Con. I was wrong. I’ve talked with a bunch of people who have screened early cuts of the film, and the buzz I’ve been hearing from these people is overwhelmingly possitive. For those of you who haven’t been following the film’s production, the movie has been described as a Black Hawk Down-style military story set in an alien invasion.
While most Comic Con attendees seemed to like the footage screened in Hall H, it didn’t become a standout of the presentations at this year’s convention (you can read Adam’s coverage and watch our video blog here). Despite that fact, we have transcribed the panel from the Sony presentation in Hall H for those of you not in attendance to read. Participants include director Jonathan Liebesman, producer Neal Moritz, and stars Aaron Eckhart and Michelle Rodriguez.
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