The Art of the Steal

Kurt Russell‘s been laying pretty low as of late, making just one movie in the past five years. But as his character says in the trailer for Jonathan Sobol‘s The Art of the Steal, now he’s ready to go back to work.

The caper comedy is one of two that Russell has due out next year, the other being Fast & Furious 7 (well, at least until Universal gets around to changing that release date). Russell stars as a third-rate motorcycle daredevil and sometime art thief who puts together an Ocean’s 11-style team to pull off a heist involving one of the most valuable books in the world.

The first trailer has just been released, and you can check it out after the jump. Matt Dillon, Jay Baruchel, Chris Diamontopolous, Kenneth Welsh, Jason Jones, Katheryn Winnick, and Terence Stamp also star.

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Of course the big news this month is J.J. Abrams‘ hiring as the Episode VII director, but if you’re curious about what else is going on in the world of Star Wars we have several other odds and ends for you. After the jump:

  • Robert Rodriguez would direct a Han Solo spinoff
  • Cartoon Network will air LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles
  • Terence Stamp does not have fond memories of Episode I
  • George Lucas will appear in a doc about his daughter, who is an MMA fighter
  • Preview Hasbro’s new Star Wars Black Series action figure line
  • Keri Russell would love to reunite with J.J. Abrams (hint, hint)
  • And, oh look, StarWars.com has undergone a facelift.

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If you think there’s nothing more hilarious than old people singing “Let’s Talk About Sex,” or more heartwarming than a prickly old grump revealing himself to be a big ol’ softie, then Paul Andrew Williams‘ comedy-drama Unfinished Song is for you.

Terence Stamp stars as a cranky pensioner who joins a choir to please his beloved wife Marion (Vanessa Redgrave). Initially, he’s irritated by the wacky ways of conductor Elizabeth (Gemma Arterton), but under her guidance he eventually comes to discover a new side of himself. Christopher Eccleston also stars. Watch the first trailer after the jump.

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This week cameras begin to roll on a heist film called The Black Marks, which has a cast led by Kurt Russell, with Matt Dillon, Chris Diamantopoulos and Jay Baruchel in supporting roles. Jonathan Sobol wrote and is directing the story of a group of thieves led by a former motorcycle daredevil (Russell) who go after one last big score.

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The Adjustment Bureau looks at first like a thriller/romance hybrid; consider an alternate reality version of The Tourist, perhaps. But this film is not preoccupied with beauty; rather it contemplates the conflict between free will and predestination. That simple, eternal question becomes a sort of science fiction — something closer to theological fiction, really — when you factor in the Bureau, an organization that sees to it that mere mortals consistently adhere to ‘the plan.’

Numerous release delays and more than a small amount of re-editing left us wondering if this movie, the directorial debut from screenwriter George Nolfi, might be a total disaster. In fact, The Adjustment Bureau is an effective, even captivating romantic chase film with a meditative core worth considering. That is, until it bursts its own bubble with explanations. Still, the questions posed linger even after the film offers a too-pat resolution. Read More »

First Look: The Adjustment Bureau

Universal Pictures has released the first two photos from George Nolfi’s The Adjustment Bureau.  The movie is a sci-fi romance based on the Philip K Dick short story The Adjustment Team. The movie follows an affair between a politician and a ballerina, which is “affected by mysterious forces keeping the lovers apart.”

The film stars Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Anthony Mackie, John Slattery, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Michael Kelly and Terence Stamp. Take a look at the first two photos after the jump, and you too, can discover what Damon and Blunt are looking at. The movie hits theaters in late July, so we should expect to see a trailer sooner than later. Possibly attached to Universal/Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood? But that is just a guess…

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E! workhorse and acclaimed journalist Jules Asner was the guest on the current episode of the Adam Carolla podcast. Amongst discussion of her work, the mysteries of the modeling industry, the unpleasantness of Brooke Burke and lots of other non-/Film business, conversation does eventually come to Steven Soderbergh, Jules’ husband.

If you drop in at 19 minutes and 30 seconds or so, you can hear the talk on Soderbergh begin with Carolla’s attack on Ocean’s 13 and Asner’s brief defense. Asner then describes The Informant! as one of her favourite pictures Soderbergh has made alongside Ocean’s 11 and 12 and The Limey. After Carolla agrees that The Limey was a corker, conversation turns to the potential sequel.

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Four New Photos From Valkyrie, New Trailer on Thursday

United Artists has provided /Film with four new production photos from Bryan Singer‘s Valkyrie. Apparently, a new trailer will premiere tomorrow night around 8:00pm PT, so check back then. As always, click on the stills to enlarge.

Official Plot Synopsis: In a country in the grips of evil, in a police state where every move is being watched, in a world where justice and honor have been subverted, a group of men hidden inside the highest reaches of power decide to take action. Tom Cruise stars in the suspense film, VALKYRIE, based on the true story of Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg (CRUISE) and the daring and ingenious plot to eliminate one of the most evil tyrants the world has ever known. Director Bryan Singer (THE USUAL SUSPECTS, X-MEN, SUPERMAN RETURNS) re-teams with Academy Award®-winning USUAL SUSPECTS screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie to bring to life the story of the men who led the operation to assassinate Hitler. The film also stars an acclaimed cast including Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, Carice van Houten, Thomas Kretschmann, Eddie Izzard, Christian Berkel and Terence Stamp.

A proud military man, Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg is a loyal officer who serves his country all the while hoping that someone will find a way to stop Hitler before Europe and Germany are destroyed. Realizing that time is running out, he decides that he must take action himself and joins the German resistance. Armed with a cunning strategy to use Hitler’s own emergency plan – known as Operation Valkyrie – these men plot to assassinate the dictator and overthrow his Nazi government from the inside. With everything in place, with the future of the world, the fate of millions and the lives of his wife and children hanging in the balance, von Stauffenberg is thrust from being one of many who oppose Hitler to the one who must kill Hitler himself.

Valkyrie is scheduled to hit theaters on December 26th 2008.

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