If you want to take a character like Green Lantern, who in the public eye is decidedly second-string, and make a giant Iron Man-sized success out of him, you’ve got to have a cast that can make the material sing. So far Warner Bros. is doing well by hiring Ryan Reynolds to play Hal Jordan / Green Lantern and Blake Lively to play Carol Ferris, but that doesn’t quite stack up against nabbing Robert Downey, Jr. for Iron Man.
But WB and director Martin Campbell may have made the perfect move here by grabbing Peter Sarsgaard to play the film’s villain. And no, he’s not been cast as Sinestro. Read More »
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This just in: Tom Cruise still does his own stunts and Mary Hart still thinks it’s goddamn amazing. Ever since Cruise’s romantic action comedy changed its title from the serious-sounding Wichita to the jump-out-a-castle-windowish, Knight & Day, I don’t think any of our readers have wondered, “How is that film going?” And even though the current title befits a high concept Matt LeBlanc comeback vehicle, the lack of awareness is odd since Knight is due next summer and directed by James Mangold, who can aptly do the macho-thing (3:10 to Yuma), the girl-thing (Girl, Interrupted), and in between (Walk the Line). In a Vanilla Sky reunion, Cameron Diaz co-stars with Cruise as the romantic interest. She has plenty of happy things to say about him (and the flick’s dangerous stunts with footage!) after the jump…
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Even though the presence of talented actors Vera Farmiga and Peter Sarsgaard was quizzical, the trailers for Orphan did little to convince that the movie was anything but a derivative, un-PC rip-off of The Bad Seed and Mac Culkin’s The Good Son. Producer Joel Silver (as well as Leonardo DiCaprio) seemed to be aiming for a quiet ground-double between pricey blockbusters. Pay no mind. Business as usual. But over the last two weeks, the oft-profane buzz around Orphan on Twitter and elsewhere, alongside a surprising 7.1 rating on IMDB, and enthusiastic genre reviews, now suggest the makings of a cult horror flick. Word-of-mouth about the ending and my kooky, inexplicable obsession with the movie’s titular character, Esther, finally lead me to check it out. It was worth it.
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Sony Pictures Classics has released a trailer for An Education, a film which was subject to one of the few intense bidding wars at this year’s Sundance. Jenny is a top A-level student who has hopes of attending university at Oxford in the early 1960′s, but she meets a charismatic older man (Peter Sarsgaard) who offers an exciting alternative of seeing and experiencing life.
The story is adapted from Lynn Barber’s memoirs by British novelist Nick Hornby, best known to Americans as the writer of the books High Fidelity, About A Boy and Fever Pitch. The film features a notable performance from Carey Mulligan. After seeing this picture, you too will be convinced she could be the next big thing. Watch the trailer after the jump and leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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One of the films I really dug at Sundance this year was Year of The Dog, the directorial debut of Mike White.
You probably know White from his quirky screenplays (Chuck and Buck, The Good Girl, School of Rock, Nacho Libre). You might also recognize him as Buck from Chuck and Buck, or the religious security guard from Good Girl. His new comedy stars Molly Shannon as an obsessive dog lover who tries to find meaning after her dog dies. Laura Dern, John C. Reilly, and Peter Sarsgaard also star.
You can see the first theatrical poster to the left. I love the colorful Thumbsucker/Squid and the Whale like illustration. And as always, Left click to see a higher res version.
Year of the Dog hits theaters on April 13th 2007.