Blue Valentine director and star Derek Cianfrance and Ryan Gosling are back together for the multi-generational crime/grudge saga The Place Beyond the Pines. The film follows Gosling as a stunt cyclist who robs banks in order to provide for his son, and ands up entangled with cop-turned-politician Bradley Cooper. Their antagonism spills down the family tree, eventually involving their sons.
The large cast was said to include Greta Gerwig, but now we’ve learned that she had never fully signed on, and won’t be able to take part in the film due to other obligations. Stepping into the role earmarked for her will be Rose Byrne, of Damages and Bridesmaids. Read More »
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That’s right. There are now enough trailers for Bridesmaids that some of you may have lost count. Paul Feig‘s film, written by Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, is a great comedy with more personality and character than you could hope for, and a lot of soul, to boot. But there are as many trailers now as there are main characters. (And this new one isn’t even the best of them.)
But what the hell: if you’ve missed all the other trailers for the film so far, and want to see a little more of Jon Hamm‘s less than gentlemanly behavior, check it out after the break along with a special character poster for each of the main characters. Read More »
The best comedy of the year hasn’t even been released yet, but I think that when Bridesmaids hits on May 13 it will quickly be hailed as both a very funny movie and a film with more depth than we’ve come to expect from the raunchy R-rated comedy.
To whet your appetite a bit further, here’s a new international trailer to complement the two domestic trailers. It kicks off with one of the most awkward scenes in the film — minor spoiler alert! — in which Jon Hamm, having spent the night with Kristen Wiig, tries to get out of acting like a boyfriend. Check it out after the break. Read More »
A couple weeks ago a great international trailer for X-Men: First Class appeared, with dialogue dubbed in Russian. Now there is a Japanese cut of the trailer — same thing, but with original English dialogue. If the dubbing put you off before there’s no reason not to take a look now. While some of the marketing for the film has been a little off the mark, the two core trailers — this one and the primary US one — have been fantastic and full of promise. So catch up now by hitting the jump. Read More »
Total Film has a new cover story on X-Men: First Class, and the magazine has created a bonus for those who purchase: a series of three vintage-style covers that emulate the classic styles of mags such as Life and Esquire. They’re great ways to get across the swinging ’60s vibe of First Class. And damn, but Michael Fassbender’s cover makes him look like a pretty ideal possible James Bond successor.
There’s a gallery with the covers right after the break, and then a rundown of quite a few new plot details that have broken over the past couple days as various people involved in the film have talked to the press. Consider those details all mildly spoilerish at least; if you want to be surprised by the film just check out the great cover gallery and move on. Read More »
Freaks and Geeks creator Paul Feig is finally making his first big film. Bridesmaids stars Kristen Wiig as a woman whose best friend recruits her to be the maid of honor in her wedding. The film has already had one great trailer, and played to excellent reception a couple days ago at SXSW. Now there is a second trailer, and it is just as good as the first. Read More »
Last night I saw a work-in-progress screening of the Judd Apatow-produced Paul Feig-directed comedy Bridesmaids.
While he is beloved by television fanatical/Film readers, Feig is probably the last remaining member of the Apatow clan to not have a break-out film career. Feig is probably best known for creating the short-lived HBC television series Freaks and Geeks, which has gone on to become a cult classic (including a spot in Time Magazines’ greatest shows of all time and the 13th best show in the past 25 years according to Entertainment Weekly). Paul has since directed 13 episodes of the US version of The Office, 8 episodes of Arrested Development, and a couple episodes of Weeds, Bored to Death, 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation and Mad Men. His 2006 family film Unaccompanied Minors was critically destroyed and failed to attract excitement at the box office.
While this screening was marketed as a work-in-progress (something we don’t usually review), Feig revealed on stage pre-screening that the cut we saw was “the final cut” of the movie, only lacking a sound effect or two and a couple minor color timing tweaks. So what did I think? Read my thoughts after the jump!
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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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