“Here’s a little Easter egg for you guys,” Barry Pepper said without preamble to our table at the Crawl press junket in the Long Island Aquarium. The actor launched into a biblical passage for MATT 725, which is the license plate for his character Dave’s truck in the film. “‘And the rain descended and the floods came, and the wind blew and beat upon the house, and it fell not, for it was founded upon a rock,'” he read from a notebook. “You have to keep that one to yourselves, if anyone finds it. Just write about our day and how we got our arms ripped off,” the actor said with a wink.
Often cast as hard-edged soldiers or stern government agents, Crawl‘s Dave Keller is a dramatically different turn for Pepper. Straddling the line between deadbeat dad and blue-collar survivor, Dave is the impetus for Crawl‘s plot — the first character to make a series of exceedingly dumb decisions that are then met with surprising resourcefulness. But that’s what drew Pepper to the role, and ultimately to his first horror movie in his 25-year career.
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A congregation of hungry gators are on the hunt in Crawl, Alexandre Aja‘s gory B-movie that doesn’t quite want to admit it’s a B-movie. Moving at a brisk pace, and trimmed of almost all fat, Crawl manages to make a big splash, generating plenty of disaster-movie-meets-monster-movie chills. Yet Crawl is a film with an identity crisis. It’s not quite trashy enough to be an amusing B-movie, and one can’t help but think that Aja is taking all of this killer alligator stuff way too seriously. That’s not to say there isn’t fun to be had.
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What happens when you flood a house during a hurricane, and then throw some alligators into the mix? You get Crawl, a new, deliciously goofy horror-thriller from producer Sam Raimi and director Alexandre Aja. The high-concept premise traps a young woman (Kaya Scodelario) and her father (Barry Pepper) in a house during a Florida hurricane. The house is slowly filling up with water, but that’s the least of their problems. A congregation of alligators (I looked it up – that’s the term for a group of gators) has invaded the water-logged residence, and they’re hungry. Watch the Crawl trailer below.
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Here’s something that slipped under the radar – actor Barry Pepper posted a YouTube video last December in which he showed off his previously unknown blacksmithing ability. What’s more, he used this hobby to craft a knife he personally designed for his character in the upcoming Maze Runner: The Death Cure.
We always knew Pepper was an intense performer ever since his breakout performance in Saving Private Ryan, and he has always managed to play characters that have plenty of use for a knife. This has apparently turned into a bit of a passion project for him, in which he tries to personalize the role by designing items for his characters, either with the aid of the movie’s prop master or by himself in his smithy.
And yes, Pepper does offer a tour of his personal forge in a video that you can watch below.
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Every film director does some of the most important work of creating a movie in the editing room, but Terrence Malick is more famous for his editing process than most. Malick is known for re-writing films during the editing stage, and for being fearless when it comes to cutting scenes, and even whole characters. The Thin Red Line is notorious for the fact that Adrien Brody, once meant as the lead, was reduced to a supporting character, and Billy Bob Thornton’s narration was scrapped altogether.
Malick’s next film, To the Wonder, is a movie that features four primary roles, played by Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Olga Kurylenko, and Javier Bardem. But there were a good number of ancillary characters as well. “Were” is the operative word, as several have been cut, including Rachel Weisz. Read More »
After he finished The Tree of Life, director Terrence Malick shot a film that was referred to for quite some time as The Burial. The romance features Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Olga Kurylenko, Javier Bardem, Rachel Weisz, Barry Pepper, Michael Sheen, Amanda Peet, and Jessica Chastain, and has been the subject of much speculation, as is often the case with Malick’s films.
Now we’ve got one new detail: thanks to the MPAA, we know the film is now called To the Wonder, and has been rated R for “some sexuality/nudity.” Read More »
For The Lone Ranger, Disney is working with tactics that are almost exactly opposite to what Warner Bros. did with its own new Johnny Depp vehicle, Dark Shadows. The Lone Ranger just started shooting, and we’ve already got the first image of Depp as Tonto and Armie Hammer (The Social Network, J. Edgar) as the title character. Check it out in full below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, December 2nd, 2011 by Angie Han
Things are indeed shaping up quickly for David Dobkin‘s Arthur & Lancelot, which Warner Bros. fast-tracked over the summer at the cost of Bryan Singer’s Excalibur remake and Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur film. Last month saw the casting of Game of Thrones star Kit Harrington and The Killing star Joel Kinnaman in the two title roles, and now WB favorite Marion Cotillard has been offered the part of Morgana, a powerful sorceress and Arthur’s half-sister.
The Arthur retelling, which was written by Dobkin, follows the rise of the legendary leader from his humble beginnings as an illegitimate son being raised by a poor knight, while Lancelot starts out as “a rebellious noble who distrusts the established government.” Arthur & Lancelot will likely begin shooting in March. [Vulture]
After the jump, Friday Night Lights star Kyle Chandler lands another high-profile movie role, while several more actors join Michael Chiklis and Forest Whitaker in Pawn — though sadly, none of the new folks are from The Shield.
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Are you tired of the back and forth, ‘maybe they will, maybe they won’t’ non-action on Disney’s Lone Ranger? If so, you might be in luck, at least if the idea of the movie happening still seems like a good idea. The studio looks like it is ready to re-commit to the project with Jerry Bruckheimer, Gore Verbinski and Johnny Depp. The green light hasn’t been given yet, but the current word is that Disney will probably flash that signal next week, leading to an early 2012 shoot. Read More »
Disney, Jerry Bruckheimer and Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy director Gore Verbinski are really, truly making a new Lone Ranger, in which Johnny Depp will star as a sort of revisionist Tonto, with Armie Hammer (The Social Network, J. Edgar) playing the titular ranger. Now two Western veterans, Dwight Yoakam and Barry Pepper, are in talks for the film. Just for good measure Helena Bonham Carter is likely to join the cast, thereby making Lone Ranger a bridge between Johnny Depp’s major movie worlds, Tim Burton and Pirates of the Caribbean. Read More »