We often publish best of lists on this site, but this one is different — this one is more special to me. Ever since I was a little child, I’ve always been fascinated with magic and illusions. After seeing David Copperfield‘s television specials as a kid I was gifted a magic set produced by Fisher Price (which was awesome by the way) and became obsessed with the art form. While I wouldn’t consider myself a serious magician, I do perform a few magic tricks every once in a while for family and friends.
And what initially pulled me into film geekdom is not what you might expect: the old movie magic specials that used to play on television. Those TV shows would show how Hollywood created illusions using, for the most part, practical effects, make-up and miniatures. Not that I didn’t watch movies like every other child, but it was the art of making the impossible possible that is responsible for sucking me deep into the world of cinema.
So come with me as I count down my favorite movies involving magicians in the best magic movies of all time.
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Dave, Devindra, and Russ Fischer chat about the important Side by Side, debate the Veronica Mars kickstarter project, and take a look at the polarizing new film by Park Chan-Wook, Stoker. Special guest Stu VanAirsdale joins us for this episode. Be sure to check out Stu’s take on the Veronica Mars Kickstarter, Alan Sepinwall’s interview with Rob Thomas as well as Mat Honan’s take on why Kickstarter is not the future.
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I’m in a black bus traveling south west of the Las Vegas strip to an undisclosed location. Even if I knew where the destination is, I am sworn to secrecy — I am unable to disclose the address.
We finally arrive at a large building with a very unusual small storefront: Korby’s Men & Boys, a clothing/tailor shop which advertises the “Finest Since 1964”. The store might appear to be from a different time and place, because it is. It is a replica of a New Jersey store once owned and operated by David Copperfield‘s father. Many people probably drive by this building, having no idea the wonders and magic housed inside the unsuspecting exterior.
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One of the biggest selling points for The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is its equally incredible cast. Steve Carell, Jim Carrey, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde, Alan Arkin, and James Gandolfini are some of the most well-respected and popular actors working today. Among them there are two comedy legends, two brutal TV gangsters, and multiple award winners. It’s a murderer’s row of talent.
While on set of the film, which opens March 15, we were fortunate enough to talk to a few of them. And while some of the best quotes are in the first set visit report, we decided to pull a few extra quotes just to give you addition information about the film. Things such as what it was like working with Jim Carrey, who wasn’t on set and why director Don Scardino chose to shoot the comedy on 35mm. Read quotes from Carell, Buscemi, Wilde, Scardino and producer Chris Bender below. Read More »
The stage at the Wadsworth Theater in Westwood, California seems average enough. With its run down seats, bland walls and single stall bathrooms, it could double for any average high school auditorium. There’s nothing spectacular about it. Except on this Monday morning.
On this Monday morning, Steve Carell and Steve Buscemi are flying through the air on harnesses sporting long blond hair and bedazzled purple velour jumpsuits. They land on the stage, introduce themselves as magicians Burt Wonderstone and Anton Marvelton and proceed to dance about like a couple of old men whose best days are way past them. And that’s exactly what they are.
It’s February 6, 2012, day 21 of 48 on the set of Don Scardino’s March comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. The film, set in the world of professional magic, is the story of two magicians (Carell and Buscemi) who are long-time partners. Split after years of working together, they’re forced back together when another magician (played by Jim Carrey) begins to steal their spotlight and relevance. It’s a return to physical comedy for Carrey, the feature directorial debut of TV vet Scardino, and a role that seems right in the wheelhouse of the lovable, hilarious Carell, also a producer.
Co-starring Olivia Wilde, James Gandolfini, Alan Arkin and more, the film is scheduled for release March 15 and we were on set to capture some of the magic, as it were. Read More »
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The next big festival after Sundance is SXSW, right here in Austin, TX. The fest runs from March 8-16, and has just announced the opening night film, as well as a few other selections. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is the opener, and stars Steve Carrell as as “a Las Vegas magician who splits from his longtime stage partner (Steve Buscemi) amid competition from an edgy upstart (Jim Carrey).” Watch the trailer here.
The film, directed by Dan Scardino, opens wide shortly after, on March 15.
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The new school vs. old school movie is nothing new. We’ve seen the young hot shot come onto the crafty veteran’s turf time and time again. What sets The Incredible Burt Wonderstone apart is that it does that in the world of magic. Plus it does it with a cast including Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde, Alan Arkin, James Gandolfini, Jim Carrey and Jay Mohr.
Directed by by TV veteran Don Scardino and co-written by John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein, the film opens on March 15. Check out the first trailer below, along with some brand new posters. Read More »
This March, five things people love are all going to be on the big screen together: Steve Carell, Jim Carrey, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde and magic. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, is scheduled for release March 15 and earlier this year, /Film was invited to the set to see a few of these comedic geniuses work. We spoke to the director and producer, saw Carell and Buscemi work their way through a hilarious scene, and even saw the duo lowered from the ceiling to perform magic.
In the coming weeks, we’ll have the full details for the set visit but, after the jump, read a few more details to get you ready. Read More »