When we first heard about Arbitrage, to be directed by Nicholas Jarecki (producer of Tyson, co-writer of The Informers and brother of Andrew ‘Capturing the Friedmans‘ and Eugene ‘Why We Fight‘ Jarecki) there was quite a cast lined up: Al Pacino, Susan Sarandon and Eva Green. But last month we heard that Al Pacino is no longer attached.

Now it looks like things have moved forward around somewhat, as Richard Gere has been announced as the star, and the role for which he’s set would appear to be the one previously set for Al Pacino. We don’t know if Mr. Pacino’s schedule did not work out, or if he just watched The Informers, but hopefully the same thing won’t happen with his replacement. Read More »

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Sarah Polley is putting together a film she’ll direct as a follow-up to the sad and terrific Away From Her, and she’s just landed Sarah Silverman to appear alongside Seth Rogen and Michelle Williams. Take This Waltz is about “a young woman (Williams) whose struggles with infidelity leads her to the realization that she may be addicted to the honeymoon period of her relationships.”

Rogen’s character is married to Williams;  Silverman plays Rogen’s sister. Based on what we’ve heard of the script, which Polley also wrote, this will probably be tipped slightly more to the dramatic side of the scale, though I know it has significant funny aspects. I’m always happy to see comediennes play drama, so I hope Silverman’s role isn’t purely intended as comic relief. [Variety]

After the break, the Kennedys come to life (again) and Richard Gere partners up with Topher Grace. Read More »

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Noah Baumbach‘s latest film Greenberg is opening to fairly strong reception, and while there’s that word that he’s helping rewrite the heist film Tower Heist for Brett Ratner, I figured that it might be a moment before we heard anything for certain about Baumbach’s next directorial project.

But Baumbach is already signing to direct The Emperor’s Children, for producer Brian Grazer. Ron Howard was previously attached to direct from a script by Baumbach, but he’s handed over the reigns. Read More »

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Antoine Fuqua reunites with his Training Day star Ethan Hawke for another cop tale, this time set in Brooklyn, NY. (Did the title give it away?) Hawke is joined by Richard Gere, Don Cheadle and Wesley Snipes in this three-part story that premiered at Sundance this year. Now there’s a trailer, after the break. Read More »

New Posters: Gentlemen Broncos and Amelia

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Fox Searchlight has revealed two new posters today: On FirstShowing is the poster for Jarred HessGentlemen Broncos and on People.com is the poster for Mira Nair‘s Amelia Earhart biopic Amelia starring Hilary Swank and Richard Gere. The trailer for Broncos will be online tomorrow. Click on through to the previously linked sites to see the images in high resolution.

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Amelia Movie Trailer

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Amelia Earhart may have had quite a presence in the second Night at the Museum movie earlier this summer, where she was played by a spunky Amy Adams, but she’s also getting her own biopic called Amelia, starring Hilary Swank, Richard Gere and Ewan McGregor. The first trailer has debuted at Yahoo, and it’s pretty standard biopic stuff. Which is too bad, because if there was ever a great adventurous biopic meant for young girls, this would be it. See the footage from the Mira Nair-directed film after the jump. Read More »

Sundance Movie Review: Brooklyn’s Finest

This morning I screened Training Day director Antoine Fuqua‘s new film Brooklyn’s Finest. The film tells the story of three unconnected Brooklyn cops who struggle with the rules that define how they conduct themselves in and off the job. After a vastly different series of events, the three cops collide in one location in the film’s tragic climax.

Richard Gere plays Eddie Dugan, a cop with seven days left before his pension is released and he retires from duty. Dugan, who just wants to get through his final days and refuses to go beyond the call of duty, finds himself assigned to a new recruit. Ethan Hawke plays Sal, a married father with a handful of kids and twins on the way. His NYPD salary isn’t enough to get them into a bigger house, which his family so desperately needs. Sal finds himself rationalizing the idea of stealing drug money in an on the job drug bust. Don Cheadle is Tango, an undercover cop who longs for a desk job and is assigned to set up a thug named Caz (played by Wesley Snipes) who saved his life in prison.

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Photos From Mira Nair’s Amelia

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Filmz.ru has a first look at the first batch of photos from Mira Nair’s Amelia, the Amelia Earhart biopic which is currently in production. Hilary Swank stars as the legendary American pilot who disappeared while flying over the Pacific Ocean in 1937 in an attempt to make a flight around the world. Richard Gere plays publisher and promoter George Putnam, who Earhart eventually married. The movie also stars Ewan McGregor as Gene Vidal, and Virginia Madsen as Dorothy Binney Putnam.

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