Posted on Friday, September 16th, 2011 by Angie Han
Denzel Washington has reportedly been offered the lead role in the English-language remake of The Secret in Their Eyes, which is being helmed by Billy Ray (Shattered Glass). The original Argentinian version, by director Juan José Campanella, was a critical success that won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Picture in 2010. In other words, no wonder someone in Hollywood’s decided to try and make it all over again.
The dramatic thriller centers around a retired criminal court investigator turned would-be novelist who’s struggling to get over a murder case and a romance that have haunted him for decades. Campanella’s film won raves for its unpredictable plotting, impressive camerawork, and excellent performances. I don’t think the American version sounds bad, so much as just pointless — but if it has to get remade, I suppose there are worse choices than Ray and Washington. [First Showing]
After the jump, Will Forte joins Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn in Neighborhood Watch, and Isla Fisher lands magician heist flick Now You See Me.
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Posted on Wednesday, September 14th, 2011 by Angie Han
As much as I enjoyed Submarine, I’m thrilled to see that director Richard Ayoade hasn’t decided to forsake his acting career completely. Ayoade is probably best known for his turn as painfully awkward computer tech Moss in the Brit comedy series The IT Crowd, where he proves to be a warm, uniquely hilarious presence from episode to episode. Now Ayoade is set to bring his brand of funny to the States in Akiva Schaffer‘s sci-fi action comedy Neighborhood Watch, where he’ll star alongside Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, Ben Stiller, Rosemarie DeWitt, and Nicholas Braun. More details after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, September 13th, 2011 by Angie Han
Stanley Tucci and Chris Cooper have become the latest additions to Robert Redford‘s The Company You Keep, a thriller based on the novel by Neil Gordon. The film boasts quite a strong cast already — Julie Christie, Susan Sarandon, Nick Nolte, Brit Marling, Shia LaBeouf, and Redford himself are all set to star as well. The script, by Lem Dobbs, centers around a former Weather Underground member (Redford) who’s forced to go on the run when a determined reporter (LaBeouf) exposes his identity.
Tucci will take the part of LaBeouf’s editor. Cooper plays the brother of Redford’s character, who cares for his niece (Marling, perhaps) when her father disappears. [The Playlist]
After the jump, two Red State stars get very different roles: Nicholas Braun signs on for the sci-fi action comedy Neighborhood Watch, while Kerry Bishé gets deadly serious in Argo.
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The career of Chris Tucker is an unusual one, as movie star careers go. He’s got only eleven feature credits, three of which are for very small roles. He’s primarily a star based on The Fifth Element and three Rush Hour movies. Because those three Rush Hour movies have earned an amount of money that will greatly sadden you (just under a billion dollars globally before licensing, DVD, etc.) he probably doesn’t have to work all that much. And so he doesn’t.
But now Tucker may be following up his last screen appearance, in 2007’s Rush Hour 3, with roles in either David O. Russell‘s The Silver Linings Playbook or Akiva Schaffer‘s action comedy Neighborhood Watch. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, August 24th, 2011 by Angie Han
While Disney figures out what it wants to do with The Lone Ranger, would-be star Tom Wilkinson has entered negotiations for the indie Little Boy. Directed by Alejandro Monteverde, the historical family drama follows a developmentally disabled 8-year-old brother (newcomer Jakob Salvati) and his teenage brother (David Henrie). When the boys’ father is sent off to fight in World War II, the boys must contend with the cruelty of their peers.
Wilkinson will be joining a cast that includes Ben Chaplin and Emily Watson — but not, apparently, previously announced star Kevin James, whose name was mysteriously omitted from the Variety story. While I’m happy to see Wilkinson board, I’ll be disappointed if James really is out. I haven’t been a huge fan of his previous roles, but I was actually looking forward to him trying something completely different with Little Boy.
Shooting on the project began earlier this week in Baja California (which is in Mexico, not California, if you’re not up on your southwestern geography. Seriously, people make that mistake all the time). [Cinema Blend]
After the jump, Hilary Duff and Kevin Zegers exit The Story of Bonnie and Clyde, and Chazz Palminteri goes gangster once more.
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It’s the ‘supporting actors in big movies’ Casting Bits, with a confirmation of a report that surfaced last week, and two nice additions to big projects at Legendary Pictures. After the break, you’ll find:
- Jonah Hill is confirmed for the action comedy Neighborhood Watch,
- Rufus Sewell joins Paradise Lost,
- and Clifton Collins, Jr. fights monsters in Pacific Rim.
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Here’s a ‘family feud’ themed set of casting updates. After the break you’ll find info on:
- Adam Scott dealing with his feuding parents in A.C.O.D.,
- Bill Paxton facing off against Kevin Costner in The Hatfields and the McCoys,
- and Rosemarie DeWitt sparring with husband Ben Stiller before a bigger threat — aliens — comes to town in Neighborhood Watch.
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The Weinstein Co has released an early international teaser trailer for A Little Bit of Heaven, a romantic dramedy from director Nicole Kassell (The Woodsman, The Closer, Cold Case). The film stars Kate Hudson as “a guarded woman who finds out she’s dying of cancer, but when she meets her match, the threat of falling in love is scarier than death.” The film co-stars Gael García Bernal, Romany Malco, Kathy Bates, Whoopi Goldberg, Lucy Punch, Rosemarie DeWitt, Steven Weber, and Johann Urb. Looks too generic and by the numbers for me, and the musical selections used in the trailer are beyond horrible. Watch the trailer embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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The Wenstein Co has released the first full length movie trailer for The Company Men , John Wells‘ feature directorial debut. Wells is best known for writing and producing hundreds of episodes of both ER and The West Wing. The movie tells the story of “three men trying to survive a round of corporate downsizing at a major company, and how that affects them, their families and communities over the course of one year.” The film stars Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones, Kevin Costner, Chris Cooper, Maria Bello, Craig T Nelson, and Rosemarie DeWitt. It’s also worth mentioning that eight-time Academy Award nominated cinematographer Roger Deakins shot the film.
The movie premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, where we filed a video review and interview with the director. I’d like to think of The Company Men as a spin-off from Jason Reitman’s Up in the Air. Imagine being able to see what happens to some of the characters that Ryan Bingham lays off while on his business trips as a corporate downsizing specialist. In Reitman’s film we see interviews and reenactments from recently laid off workers. The Company Men is their story. I’ve heard complaints that the story is very dry, and that the film isn’t very thrilling, but I don’t believe it should be. This is the reality of downsizing, and the depressing nature of our current economic situation. If a 30 year old sales manager can’t find a new job, how is someone older, a senior executive, supposed to survive once his company abandons him?
Watch the trailer embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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