The stage at the Wadsworth Theater in Westwood, California seems average enough. With its run down seats, bland walls and single stall bathrooms, it could double for any average high school auditorium. There’s nothing spectacular about it. Except on this Monday morning.
On this Monday morning, Steve Carell and Steve Buscemi are flying through the air on harnesses sporting long blond hair and bedazzled purple velour jumpsuits. They land on the stage, introduce themselves as magicians Burt Wonderstone and Anton Marvelton and proceed to dance about like a couple of old men whose best days are way past them. And that’s exactly what they are.
It’s February 6, 2012, day 21 of 48 on the set of Don Scardino’s March comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. The film, set in the world of professional magic, is the story of two magicians (Carell and Buscemi) who are long-time partners. Split after years of working together, they’re forced back together when another magician (played by Jim Carrey) begins to steal their spotlight and relevance. It’s a return to physical comedy for Carrey, the feature directorial debut of TV vet Scardino, and a role that seems right in the wheelhouse of the lovable, hilarious Carell, also a producer.
Co-starring Olivia Wilde, James Gandolfini, Alan Arkin and more, the film is scheduled for release March 15 and we were on set to capture some of the magic, as it were. Read More »
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The new school vs. old school movie is nothing new. We’ve seen the young hot shot come onto the crafty veteran’s turf time and time again. What sets The Incredible Burt Wonderstone apart is that it does that in the world of magic. Plus it does it with a cast including Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde, Alan Arkin, James Gandolfini, Jim Carrey and Jay Mohr.
Directed by by TV veteran Don Scardino and co-written by John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein, the film opens on March 15. Check out the first trailer below, along with some brand new posters. Read More »
Hey, remember Butter? The satire shot what seems like years ago (in fact it was only 2010) and did the rounds of the festival circuit last year. Picked up by Radius-TWC, aka the new arm of The Weinstein Company, the film was dated for release this spring, then pushed back to October to take advantage of the political climate that will be at a peak in the US then.
No surprise, then, that the first official trailer plays up the political satire embedded in the film. Jennifer Garner plays a buttoned-up conservative whose husband (Ty Burrell) is a long-standing butter-carving champ. He has to retire, and she steps into the contest, only to face a talented young black girl named Destiny (Yara Shahidi), whose adoptive father (Rob Corddry) gets a lot of the trailer’s laughs. This footage hints at some of the film’s other aspects, like Olivia Wilde‘s stripper character (above, without a hint of the sex scene that Pete hinted would be a talking point) and vaguely introduces Hugh Jackman as well. Read More »
Briefly: Paul Haggis is looking to follow his thriller The Next Three Days with a drama called Third Person, and he is assembling an impressive cast for the film. Offers are out to Liam Neeson and Olivia Wilde (both of whom had small roles in The Next Three Days) and now Haggis says the production is also in talks with Mila Kunis, Casey Affleck, James Franco and Moran Atias to fill out the rest of the film’s major roles. Read More »
In Deadfall, Eric Bana and Olivia Wilde are a brother/sister team who heist a casino and then get stuck near the snowy US/Canada border as they try to make their escape. Bana goes his own way as Wilde leverages the interest of a small-town ex-boxer (Charlie Hunnam) who is en route to a holiday feast with his family (Kris Kristofferson and Sissy Spacek).
That cast is probably enough to raise a little interest in the movie, but the first trailer for Deadfall makes it look like a tense little thriller. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, August 1st, 2012 by Angie Han
After breaking out with Wedding Crashes and The Hangover a few years back, Bradley Cooper‘s been trying to make the transition into more dramatic roles. Which, for some reason, starts with playing shabby, dishonest writer types.
In last year’s Limitless, Cooper played a hapless copywriter who cheats his way to success with a performance-enhancing drug. In this fall’s The Words, he stars as a middling author who fakes talent by plagiarizing from a manuscript he discovers in an old briefcase. The trouble starts when Jeremy Irons enters his life, claiming to be the true author of the story. Olivia Wilde, Dennis Quaid, Zoe Saldana, and Ben Barnes also star. Watch the second trailer after the jump.
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Watch the trailers for two wildly different shows, find out why one company passed on one the best television shows ever, and check out a cool movie tie-in, below in this edition of TV Bits. After the jump, learn more about the following.
- The trailer for the seventh season of Dexter is blur.
- FX explains why they passed on Breaking Bad before it ended up on AMC.
- Steel Magnolias is getting remade as a Lifetime movie and now you can watch a trailer.
- Olivia Wilde will reprise her role as Quorra on Disney XD’s Tron Uprising.
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Posted on Thursday, May 31st, 2012 by Angie Han
We’ve already got the villainess (Angelina Jolie), the young princess (Elle Fanning), her father (Sharlto Copley), and the three fairies (Imelda Staunton, Lesley Manville, and Juno Temple), and now, at long last, we have the prince. Young Aussie actor Brenton Thwaites has just boarded Robert Stromberg‘s Maleficent, a Sleeping Beauty retelling seen from the perspective of its big bad.
Thwaites is almost totally unknown in the U.S., though he’s a little more famous in his native country. He first broke out with a starring role in the Australian drama series SLiDE, and has since done a stint on the long-running soap Home and Away. (As have the likes of Guy Pearce, Heath Ledger, Naomi Watts, and Chris Hemsworth before him.) He’ll next appear in the Lifetime Channel’s Blue Lagoon: The Awakening, but I’m betting that the Maleficent casting means this kid will be attracting some much higher-caliber projects soon. [Deadline]
After the jump, Olivia Wilde teams up with Spike Jonze.
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Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci made their name as a team crafting geek-friendly TV like Alias and Xena: Warrior Princess, before moving on to properties like the Transformers films, Mission: Impossible, the Star Trek reboot and the ‘swing and a miss’ film Cowboys & Aliens.
Now Alex Kurtzman has directed his first feature, People Like Us, written by the duo with Jody Lambert. (The movie was formerly called Welcome to People.) The movie isn’t a genre film, based on a licensed property, or anything along those lines. It is a story about the son (Chris Pine) of a father who maintained two families, and had kids with both. When his father dies, Pine’s character has to figure out how to handle a new relationship with Frankie (Elizabeth Banks), his half-sister from dad’s other family.
Check out the trailer below. Read More »