Sundance entry The Ledge, in which Terrence Howard plays a detective who is trying to talk Charlie Hunnam out of killing himself, has always seemed like one of those movies. A known but not terribly high-powered cast; a big setup; and a story that seems to uncomfortably weave a discussion about religion into the narrative. A movie about Issues, in other words, disguised none too cleverly as a thriller. (And it isn’t Man on a Ledge; that’s a different film with Sam Worthington.) Now that there is a trailer for the IFC release, it seems even more so. Check it out after the break, but be ready to see Patrick Wilson‘s righteous religious fury stir up some trouble. Read More »
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Upon first reading about The Ledge, it felt like one of those classic Sundance Film Festival movies that could breakout and be a hit. It has a well-known cast, an experienced writer/director and a story that’s easily digestible. The story is about how and why a man on the ledge of a building is ready to kill himself, the cast includes Charlie Hunnam, Liv Tyler, Patrick Wilson and Terrence Howard and the writer/director is Matthew Chapman, who wrote Runaway Jury, Color of Night and Consenting Adults.
And while The Ledge is filled with interesting characters, solid performances and even some smart, thought-provoking dialogue, the story itself wanders around like leaf in the wind, at times totally unaware of the driving force of the movie: the Ledge of the title. Read more after the jump. Read More »
Elias Koteas has never been one of the more high-profile character actors out there, but he’s always one of my favorites. (Not because of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, where he played Casey Jones, but for films like Crash and The Adjuster.) Directors like David Fincher and Martin Scorsese have started using Koteas, which has increased his profile, and now he’s cast in Winnie, the biopic about Winnie Mandela.
He joins Terrence Howard and Jennifer Hudson, who play Nelson and Winnie Mandela. Koteas will be De Vries, “an overzealous officer in the apartheid police stage who rises in power and becomes intent on stopping Winnie and the black anti-apartheid activists from gaining power.” So not a role that audiences will look kindly on, but a major role. I’ll take it. [THR]
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Liv Tyler and Patrick Wilson will feature in The Ledge, a “suspense thriller” (as opposed to non-suspenseful thrillers) that will mark the feature debut of writer/director Matthew Chapman.
Terrence Howard and Charlie Hunnam co-star in the film about “a man (Hunnam) standing on a high-rise ledge who insists he must jump by noon as the policeman below (Howard) tries to manage the situation.” OK, sounds like Hunnam and Howard are leading the cast, so who will Wilson and Tyler play? Good question. Producer Michael Mailer has a great quote about the production, at least: “As more and more films succumb to the visual wizardry of 3D, ‘The Ledge’ explores the fourth dimension: the interior life of tortured souls hovering over the precipice of emotional nullity. This film is the reason why I became an independent filmmaker and why I continue to suffer in the trenches of independent filmmaking.” Take that, 3D! [THR]
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Rouge Pictures has released the first trailer for Fighting action drama set in the world of underground street fighting. The film stars Channing Tatum as a small-town boy Shawn MacArthur, who has come to New York City with nothing. Terrence Howard sees that he has a natural talent for streetfighting. The trailer is everything you might expect it to be, and not much more — which is disappointing because I really loved the originality and style of Dito Montiel‘s indie debut to A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints. Watch the trailer and leave your thoughts after the jump.
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Rouge Pictures has released the first two photos from Dito Montiel‘s follow-up to A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints – an action drama set in the world of underground street fighting. Fighting stars Channing Tatum as a small-town boy Shawn MacArthur, who has come to New York City with nothing.
“Barely earning a living selling counterfeit goods on the streets, his luck changes when scam artist Harvey Boarden (Terrence Howard) sees that he has a natural talent for streetfighting. When Harvey offers Shawn help at making the real cash, the two form an uneasy partnership. As Shawn’s manager, Harvey introduces him to the corrupt bare-knuckle circuit, where rich men bet on disposable pawns. Almost overnight, he becomes a star brawler, taking down professional boxers, mixed martial arts champs and ultimate fighters in a series of staggeringly intense bouts. But if Shawn ever hopes to escape the dark world in which he’s found himself, he must now face the toughest fight of his life.”
Another photo after the jump.
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Entertainment Weekly has an interesting story anylizing why Terrence Howard might have not been cast in Iron Man 2. While insiders cite Howard’s “difficult behavior” on the set of Iron Man, it might also have a bit to do with money.
Apparently, Howard was the first actor signed on for Iron Man, which somehow made him the highest paid actor on the project, above Jeff Bridges, Gwyneth Paltrow and even… Robert Downey Jr. Pretty crazy, eh? But it was too late to renegotiate after the project fully came together, and EW sources claim that “Favreau and his producers were ultimately unhappy with Howard’s performance, and spent a lot of time cutting and reshooting his scenes.”
Now onto Iron Man 2… Favs and screenwriter Justin Theroux decided to minimize Jim Rhodes’ role in the sequel. This resulted in Marvel going out to Howard’s agents with a “drasticly reduced offer” estimated to be a 50 to 80 percent cut, but more in line with the supporting cast member’s salary of the first film. One can only guess what happened next, but I’m assuming that Marvel got a cold response and moved quickly on Don Cheadle, and in affect beefed up the Rhodes role in the sequel.
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Nearly two weeks have passed since it was reported that Don Cheadle would replace Terrence Howard in Iron Man 2, fans are still angry. Petitions have been launched, and even the website HowardNOTCheadle.com.
Of course, Paramount and Marvel aren’t going to to care even if the petition gets hundreds of thousands of signatures (Stop Uwe Boll petition stalled just over 300k). Sadly, the contracts have already been signed, and its a done deal. They released a press release today. I’m all for joining a cause, fighting the establishment, and I even believe that replacing Howard with Cheadle was a horrible idea.
But sometimes you just need to be realistic. Marvel isn’t going to bring Howard back, and Warner Bros isn’t going to move Half-Blood Prince back to 2008. It’s just not gonna happen.