I didn’t have much doubt that a distributor would quickly move on Sylvain Chomet‘s The Illusionist. (Refer back to our previous articles detailing the film, which has origins in an unproduced screenplay by the great Jacques Tati and features a character very much designed after Tati.) In fact, I didn’t have much doubt that it would be anyone other than Sony Pictures Classics, which also released Chomet’s film The Triplets of Belleville. Hopefully SPC can find an audience for this picture; it looks simply beautiful. Check some previously posted footage below. [Variety]

After the break, a distro deal and some new casting for the promising film The Lincoln Lawyer, starring Matthew McConaughey and Marisa Tomei. Read More »

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Whether because of the Hawaiian location and sometimes unpredictable schedule of ABC’s Lost or because they’re so associated with their island characters, several of the show’s primary actors have yet to book sizable feature gigs outside of the series. Now that the show is about to wrap, however, expect to see Lost mainstays showing up in casting announcements left and right. First up is Daniel Dae Kim, who will appear with Samuel L. Jackson and Kellan Lutz in Deathgames, directed by former VFX guy Jonah Loop.

As we recently mentioned, the story is about a man (Lutz) who is kidnapped by a bizarre mastermind (Jackson) and forced to fight in a modern gladiatorial arena that broadcasts combat online. Kim will play a prisoner who is “an artist who happens to be a master of kendo, a skill that comes in handy when he competes for his life and his wife’s.” Kim will also briefly be seen (essentially a cameo appearance) in The Adjustment Bureau and is in the pilot for the new Hawaii Five-O. [THR]

After the break, a legal role for Marisa Tomei, and a possible spot in a remake for Matt Damon. Read More »

Tommy Lee Jones Won’t Direct The Lincoln Lawyer

tommy-lee-jones Back in October, we told you that Tommy Lee Jones was coming on board a film called The Lincoln Lawyer. Plan was for him to direct from John Romano‘s script, and also co-star alongside Matthew McConaughey. While the film is still going, sadly Jones is no longer part of the project. He’ll find a different directing gig for his feature follow-up to The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada. Read More »

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Earlier this year The Lincoln Lawyer was announced as a starring vehicle for Matthew McConaughey. Based on the novel by Michael Connelly and scripted by John Romano, The Lincoln Lawyer would feature the actor as a small-time Los Angeles lawyer who operates out of his Lincoln and lands the case of a lifetime defending a playboy accused of murder. Now we know that Tommy Lee Jones will also appear in the film. And, better yet, Jones will also direct. Read More »

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