Posted on Tuesday, July 26th, 2011 by Angie Han
We’ve been hearing about the next Jason Reitman-Diablo Cody collaboration, Young Adult, for over a year now, and with each tidbit of news I’ve become more and more eager to see the film. And now that the release date has finally been announced, I finally know when I’ll actually get to watch it.
The film stars Charlize Theron as a writer who returns to her hometown in order to win back her high school sweetheart (Patrick Wilson). But don’t be fooled by the romcom-esque premise — Cody herself has described the project as “pretty serious and fucked up.” Hit the jump for details on the project, including the release date.
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Paramount Pictures has released the official one-pager for Jason Reitman‘s upcoming film Young Adult starring Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, and Patrick Wilson. I’ve heard good things coming out of the test screenings in Southern California, including praise for Theron, Oswalt and Diablo Cody‘s screenplay (which has been described as completely different than any of her past work). No release date has been announced, but I would assume that the film will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in September, as that has been the debut venue for Retiman’s last couple films. The fact that Paramount had uploaded a one-pager also hints that they are probably planning to release the first image from the film soon. Hit the jump to find out more about the film.
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Sundance entry The Ledge, in which Terrence Howard plays a detective who is trying to talk Charlie Hunnam out of killing himself, has always seemed like one of those movies. A known but not terribly high-powered cast; a big setup; and a story that seems to uncomfortably weave a discussion about religion into the narrative. A movie about Issues, in other words, disguised none too cleverly as a thriller. (And it isn’t Man on a Ledge; that’s a different film with Sam Worthington.) Now that there is a trailer for the IFC release, it seems even more so. Check it out after the break, but be ready to see Patrick Wilson‘s righteous religious fury stir up some trouble. Read More »
Jason Reitman‘s next film Young Adult stars Charlize Theron as a young adult novelist who returns to her hometown to try to rekindle the relationship with her high school sweetheart (Patrick Wilson), who is happily married with kids. Written by Diablo Cody, the film is said to be nothing like the previous Reitman/Cody collaboration Juno. I haven’t seen the movie yet, although I have heard from a couple people who have.The consensus so far is the movie is really solid, well written, and has great performances from Theron and Patton Oswalt, but mainstream audiences might have trouble liking the protagonist who is unsympathetic and… well, almost completely unlikable.
Jason Reitman recently spoke at Wake Forest University’s Reynolda Film Festival in Winston-Salem, NC, and told the audience that Young Adult may be the most unlikable film he’ll ever make. Details after the jump.
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Belgium has an international profile in some circles — it is a resource for joke writers and beer connoisseurs — but in the film world it is more notable as a location or reference (In Bruges, The Brothers Bloom) than as the base for a thriving Flemmish-language film industry. But there are the occasional breakout pictures, and the thriller Loft was one. The 2008 film was a local hit, and is now spawning an English-language remake that will likely star Patrick Wilson and James Marsden. Read More »
What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 31 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!
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Director James Wan has been on a downward slope since Saw. His ultra low-budget horror debut may not have been a huge hit with critics, but as you have surely deduced from the six sequels it’s spawned, the film performed like gangbusters with audiences. His two follow-up efforts, meanwhile, did not. Death Sentence performed miserably at the box office, and Dead Silence didn’t fare much better. Critics hated both.
James Wan has two strikes against him now, and is in desperate need of a hit if he has any intention of reclaiming his past glory.
Good thing Wan has Insidious, a film he’s been quoted as saying he wants to be “the Poltergeist for this generation”. This time around, he’s teamed up with Paranormal Activity creators Oren Peli, Jason Blum and Steven Schneider — a fact the trailer eagerly promotes, though obviously without acknowledging that they’re only serving in a producer capacity — and reunited with Saw screenwriter Leigh Whannell. Its story revolves around a family looking to prevent evil spirits from trapping their comatose child in a realm called The Further. Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne star, with Barbara Hershey in a supporting role. The film premiered at TIFF 2010 as one of its Midnight Madness selections, and generated great buzz. Check out the trailer after the break. Read More »
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Upon first reading about The Ledge, it felt like one of those classic Sundance Film Festival movies that could breakout and be a hit. It has a well-known cast, an experienced writer/director and a story that’s easily digestible. The story is about how and why a man on the ledge of a building is ready to kill himself, the cast includes Charlie Hunnam, Liv Tyler, Patrick Wilson and Terrence Howard and the writer/director is Matthew Chapman, who wrote Runaway Jury, Color of Night and Consenting Adults.
And while The Ledge is filled with interesting characters, solid performances and even some smart, thought-provoking dialogue, the story itself wanders around like leaf in the wind, at times totally unaware of the driving force of the movie: the Ledge of the title. Read more after the jump. Read More »