Posted on Tuesday, July 19th, 2011 by Angie Han
So, Jeremy Renner has finally given up one of the roughly five million roles he’s been linked to since he became Hollywood’s hottest rising star. The Playlist reports that Sam Rockwell is currently in negotiations to replace Renner as the lead in Better Living Through Chemistry, an indie drama by Geoff Moore and David Posamentier. Rockwell would be playing an unhappily married pharmacist who enters an affair with a trophy wife customer (Jennifer Garner). As their prescription drug-fueled romance escalates, things spin out of control and the two begin plotting to kill her husband.
Much as I like Renner, I’m equally happy to see the talented Rockwell in the part. Moore and Posamentier are building up quite the cast — in addition to Rockwell and Garner, the film is also set to star Dame Judi Dench and Michelle Monaghan.
After the jump, Justin Timberlake picks up a new gig, and Wizards of Waverly Place actor Gregg Sulkin joins fellow tween faves Booboo Stewart and Harry Shum, Jr. in Quentin Lee’s new film.
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Posted on Monday, June 13th, 2011 by Angie Han
I have to confess I’ve been only mildly curious about Cowboys & Aliens, Jon Favreau‘s adaptation of Scott Mitchell Rosenberg‘s sci-fi Western comic. Though I like the concept in theory, and though I’m a fan of Favreau as well as stars Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, and Olivia Wilde, something about the earlier trailers haven’t quite done it for me.
That’s changing now, though. This new “extended sneak peek,” which aired at the Spike TV Guys Choice Awards on Friday, has definitely pushed Cowboys & Aliens up a few places on my “most-anticipated summer movies” list. It’s more action-heavy than the earlier full-length trailer, and in my opinion looks way more exciting. Check it out after the jump.
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Let’s get into character here: this fucking news is better than spending a night with a manky Dutch whore and a shitload of horse tranquilizer. In Bruges writer/director Martin McDonagh has written and will direct a film called Seven Psychopaths, and Colin Farrell is starring. Your indie heroine Megan Ellison is financing, and today at Cannes the project added Sam Rockwell, Mickey Rourke and Christopher Walken. Those last two sentences are my favorite things I’ve written in days. If you feel about In Bruges the way some do, with Martin McDonagh writing and directing little questions like the plot of the film probably don’t even matter. But if your curiosity gets the better of you, that info is after the break. Read More »
Don’t call it a Sopranos reunion, but James Gandolfini is poised to work with Sopranos creator David Chase once more. The actor has taken a role in Mr Chase’s new project Twylight Zones, aka the film previously referred to as the Untitled David Chase Rock and Roll Movie. In addition, Mr. Gandolfini is circling roles in two other potentially big films: Andrew Dominik‘s Cogan’s Trade, and Stephen Daldry‘s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Read More »
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Briefly: Cogan’s Trade keeps sounding better and better. Sam Rockwell has been rumored to be part of film, and he’s now confirmed. That makes the movie look more and more like a big reunion of The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford crew. (Too bad Jeremy Renner will likely be too busy to show up.) Andrew Dominik directs the film with Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck starring. The ensemble film is a ‘comic crime saga,’ and an adaptation of the George V. Higgins novel about a heist that takes place during a mob-run high stakes poker game.
Interesingly, Deadline reports the news but still calls Casey Affleck’s participation a rumor. Also rumored are Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, Bill Murray, Mark Ruffalo, and Zoe Saldana. Cogan’s Trade will reportedly shoot in New Orleans sometime around March. It’s definitely one of the most promising films that is casting right now.
We heard not long ago that director Andrew Dominik might be doing another film with Casey Affleck and Brad Pitt, aka the leads from his last film, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. In November Brad Pitt was said to be negotiating for a role in Cogan’s Trade, which will adapt the George V. Higgins novel about Jackie Cogan, “a professional enforcer who investigates a heist that takes place during a high stakes poker game under protection of the mob.” Now a report from Louisiana says that the actor is set for the film, which will film in the bayou state beginning in March. Read More »
The moment where I start to wonder if Cowboys & Aliens might just work isn’t when I’m standing just to the edge of set and Harrison Ford strolls by all dirty, bloody and decked out in period garb. The actor cuts an impressive figure as a beat-down cowboy, but anyone could have predicted that. The convincing moment was a bit later when, during close-up takes for the large scene we saw being filmed, he ad-libbed jokes before and after ‘cut’ was called, coming to life as the impish, smart Harrison Ford we always hope to see on screen. Its a man who enjoys acting and has a lot of life left in him. He might have been acting for us, the visitors, as well as for the camera — I’d bet on it — but to a certain degree it doesn’t matter.
Other moments presented themselves as well. I can’t tell you about the scene we saw being filmed. It’s a big one, and I understand why Universal doesn’t want a description floating around. It’s not from the comics because, well, very little of the film is really from the comics. This is very much an ‘inspired by’ scenario. While early stories about the film pegged it as an adaptation of the comic book version of the story, director Jon Favreau insists that this is a unique take on the idea of a Western territory besieged by aliens, and with new characters to go along with it.
So what can I tell you? Quite a bit, actually. I’ll be posting extensive interview transcripts over the next couple days, but in the meantime hit the jump for a more detailed look at Cowboys & Aliens. Read More »
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