We’re still in the first quarter of 2011, but the best film I’ve seen so far is Tom McCarthy‘s Win Win. The Fox Searchlight release wowed audiences at Sundance and will surely do the same at South by Southwest in advance of its March 18 release date. A dramatic sports comedy, it stars Paul Giamatti as a lawyer by day, wrestling coach by night who finds himself the defacto guardian of a troubled young man who also happens to be a superstar wrestler. Together, the boy (played by newcomer Alex Shaffer) and coach enrich and complicate the lives of all around them, including Amy Ryan, Bobby Cannavale and Jeffrey Tambor. The film is heartfelt and hilarious.

On the site we’ve already reviewed the film, both on video and in print, spoken to the co-writer/director Tom McCarthy and highlighted the trailer. Now, we’ve found two clips from the film as well as a featurette that’ll get you stoked for one of the best movies of 2011 so far, Win Win. Read More »

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Anyone who loves entertainment dreams of having an IMDB page as varied and strong as Tom McCarthy‘s. Not only is he a successful actor who has enjoyed roles on respected shows like The Wire and Boston Public, he’s appeared in blockbuster films like Meet the Parents and 2012, he’s a talented writer (with three films and a story credit on Up) and an awesome director (his upcoming third film, Win Win, was one of our favorites of the Sundance Film Festival). Next up, McCarthy will take those prolific skills to the baseball diamond as he’s been hired to write Million Dollar Arm for Disney, based on the story of sports agent J.B. Bernstein who found two professional pitchers through an Indian reality TV show. Read more about the story and the deal after the jump. Read More »

I’m a big fan of Tom McCarthy as an actor and director (The Station Agent, The Visitor) so I’m curious to see both his sorta-directorial effort for the pilot of Game of Thrones (reshoots were done without him) and his new indie Win Win, starring Paul Giamatti. The story follows a struggling middle-aged attorney and volunteer wrestling coach (Paul Giamatti) who becomes caretaker to an elderly man (Burt Young), which leads to a complicated mentor/guardian situation with the man’s grandson (Alex Schaffer). Peter and Germain loved the movie at Sundance (review here) and now there’s a poster to rep the picture in advance of its March 18 release.

See the full poster, thanks to Vulture, after the break. Read More »

Here’s a new teaser for HBO’s Game of Thrones, which adapts the first novel in George R.R. Martin‘s epic fantasy series. Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent, The Visitor) directs the pilot, which leads one to expect something that will be dense with character and dialogue. Indeed, one trailer for the show suggested we’ll see exactly that, and this teaser is also pretty dialogue-heavy for something that concentrates more on mood than story. But, as something that concentrates on mood, it also has a lot of furrowed brows and dense, foreboding shadows. Check it out after the break. Read More »

Good news for fans of director Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent, The Visitor, Game of Thrones), as his new film Win Win will open on March 18 instead of March 25. The film stars Paul Giamatti as “Mike Flaherty, a senior-care attorney and high-school wrestling coach in small-town New Jersey, he compromises his ethics to better support his family — with consequences, of course.” Amy Ryan, Burt Young (Rocky) and newcomer Alex Shaffer also appear. [USA Today]

After the break, a new date for Lone Scherfig’s One Day, as well as the release date and some recap info on Tarsem Singh’s Immortals. Read More »

Time to mark up your calendar. Three films, each of which is aimed at a very different audience, have set release dates. Let’s get the ugly one out of the way first: Warner Bros. has locked Wrath of the Titans, directed by Jonathan Liebesman, for March 30, 2012 — basically the same place in the calendar that saw the release of Clash of the Titans this year. Liam Neeson will return as Zeus, and presumably Sam Worthington and Gemma Arterton will reprise their roles from Clash as well.

After the break, dates and recap info for Tom McCarthy‘s Win Win and Nicolas Winding Refn‘s Drive. Read More »

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Movie Trailer: David Schwimmer’s Trust

An early promo trailer for David Schwimmer’s Trust has turned up online today (found via playlist). The movie is set to play at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival, which runs from September 9th – 19th 2010. Here is the official plot description from the TIFF press release:

Safe and sound in their suburban home, Will and Lynn Cameron (Clive Owen and Catherine Keener) used to sleep well at night. When their 14-year-old daughter, Annie, made a new friend on-line – a 16-year-old boy named Charlie – Will and Lynn didn?t think much of it. But when Annie and Charlie make a plan to meet what happens in the next twenty-four hours changes the entire family forever. Charlie is really a 40-year-old serial pedophile (Tom McCarthy) and, once Annie?s rape comes to light, it becomes a touchstone event that reverberates through the entire family.

Yes, the “Friends” guy directed a revenge-thriller ala Taken, and it doesn’t look bad. Watch the first trailer now, embedded after the jump.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman's Jack Goes Boating
Philip Seymour Hoffman‘s directorial debut Jack Goes Boating premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival as part of the Premieres category. Written by Bob Glaudini, the story follows a stoner limo driver who looks for different ways to improve his skill-set as a way to attract a girlfriend, and goes on a blind date, which “sparks a tale of love, betrayal, friendship, and grace centered around two working-class New York City couples.” Hoffman also stars in the romantic comedy, alongside Amy Ryan, John Ortiz, Daphne Rubin-Vega, and Tom McCarthy. Overture Films has released an official movie trailer for the film. Watch it now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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With a bunch of films scheduled to start shooting later this month and into the dregs of winter, we’re starting to get some new blasts of casting info. First up, Moon Bloodgood has a new role in Faster, the George Tillman Jr.-directed revenge drama starring Dwayne Johnson. She’ll play Johnson’s girlfriend; Johnson is “an ex-con pursued by cops and killers as he sets out to avenge his brother’s death.” Also in the cast is Oliver Jackson-Cohen, who will be one of the killers on the Rock’s trail. The trade report describes his character as “a self-made millionaire who kills for fun.” [THR]

After the break, Kevin Spacey goes to China and Paul Giamatti may work with The Visitor director Tom McCarthy. Read More »