The 2011 Toronto International Film Festival has announced the films playing in their Canadian Features line-up and the seven films from first-time filmmakers in the “Canada First!” line-up. Notable movies in the Canadian Features program include Edwin Boyd (starring Scott Speedman, Kevin Durand, and Brian Cox), Goon (starring Seann William Scott, Jay Baruchel, and Liev Schreiber), and Guy Maddin’s new film Keyhole (starring Jason Patric and Isabella Rossellini). Previously announced films A Dangerous Method and Take This Waltz will play as part of the Canadian Galas program.
Hit the jump to check out the full line-up for the Canadian Features and Canada First! programs. Click here for the Galas and Special Presentations and click here for the Documentaries, Midnight Madness, and other TIFF programs. The 2011 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 8 – 18th.
TV wants Kyle Chandler. He passed on Terra Nova, and the talks between Chandler and FX to star in the series adaptation of the Brian Michael Bendis comic Powers unfortunately led to nothing. He’ll find a new home where he can be my TV dad soon enough. In the meantime, let’s talk about Powers, an exciting prospect even independent of Chandler.
Powers centers on two homicide detectives who investigate murders that involve those gifted with superpowers. Deadline reported last night that Lucy Punch (Bad Teacher) will play rookie detective Deena Pilgrim, and tonight follows up with the news that Jason Patric (The Losers) is set as Deena’s partner Christian Walker. The casting (particularly Punch) is out there, just enough for me to give the benefit of the doubt to FX. I love everything the network has produced in the past couple years. The folks behind the camera are solid. Charles Eglee (The Walking Dead) scripted the pilot, which Michael Dinner (Justified) will direct. Plus, Bendis and Powers artist Michael Avon Oeming are on board as producers — always a nice touch.
Read the synopsis for Powers Vol. 1: Who Killed Retro Girl?, a collection of the first six issues, after the jump.
[Update: We've been sent the full press release on the film, which includes the additional casting of Charles S. Dutton and Bailee Madison. Full release included after the jump]
The first images from Guy Maddin’s (The Saddest Music in the World) latest film Keyhole have hit the web. The film stars Jason Patric, Isabella Rossellini, Udo Kier (Blade) and Kevin McDonald (Kids in the Hall) and tells the vastly twisted tale of a deadbeat father/gangster on an odyssey to his bedroom. So, “vastly twisted” may have been a bit of a understatement. Hit the jump to check out some of the images as well as a synopsis for the flick.
For his first regular stint on television, Jason Patric (The Losers) will join the HBO comedy Tilda, which centers around a “a powerful female online Hollywood journalist with a no-holds-barred style.” According to Deadline, Patric will play Tilda’s nemesis Andrew Brown, the head of a media empire the blogger is trying to expose.
Diane Keaton and Ellen Page signed on to headline a cast that also includes Wes Bentley, David Harbour and Leland Orser; Tilda was developed by Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) and Cynthia Mort (Tell Me You Love Me). This represents a return to HBO for Patric, who played a version of himself in season five of Entourage as Vince’s co-star on the failed firefighter flick Smokejumpers.
Usually, I like to take my time in writing a movie review so I can let the film simmer for a bit and give it a bit of thought. I had to rush home to write this review of The Losers because I started forgetting the movie almost as soon as I left the theater. That’s the film’s intent: easily digestible entertainment. It’s a cookie-cutter action film filled with explosions, wise-cracks, and hot sex between the male and female lead. Thanks to the individual performances of the cast, The Losers rarely feels soulless, but due to the lack of chemistry between the actors, The Losers also never comes together to make a more lasting impression.
Warner Bros. has released 7 clips from director Sylvain White’s The Losers, which stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoë Saldana, Chris Evans, Idris Elba, Columbus Short, Oscar Jaenada, and Jason Patric. The clips feature all the actors as well as a lot of action.
I caught a screening the other day and the movie was better than I expected. While it’s a tight 90 something minutes, all the actors have their moments and it’s got plenty of action and humor. But while everyone was pretty good, Jason Patric was awesome as Max. He plays the guy who set up The Losers. Another surprise…Chris Evans. He’s steals a few scenes and had the theater laughing out loud.
Hit the jump for the clips. The Losers gets released April 23.
Warner Bros. has released a 3 and a half minute sizzle reel from director Sylvain White’s The Losers – which stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoë Saldana, Chris Evans, Idris Elba, Columbus Short, Oscar Jaenada and Jason Patric. The clip features all the actors as well as a lot of action.
I caught a press screening tonight of the film and it was better than I expected. While the movie is a tight 90 something minutes, all the actors have their moments and it’s got plenty of action and humor. But while everyone was pretty good, Jason Patric was awesome as Max. He plays the guy who set up The Losers. Another surprise about the movie…Chris Evans. He’s steals a scene or two and had the theater laughing out loud a few times.
Hit the jump for the sizzle reel. The Losers gets released April 23.
Warner Bros. has released a ton of new images from director Sylvain White’s The Losers, which stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoë Saldana, Chris Evans, Idris Elba, Columbus Short, Oscar Jaenada and Jason Patric. The reason the images were released today is the press junket is this weekend in Los Angeles, which means we’re also going to get a lot of clips from the film soon.
I’m catching a screening tonight and interviewing the cast this weekend, so expect a lot of Losers coverage in the coming days. If I can, look for a tweet reaction after the screening tonight. Until then, hit the jump to check out 36 high resolution images from the film:
You want to know why Chris Evans is always going to be cool in my book? Because when I was on the set of The Losers in Puerto Rico last June, when it was incredibly hot and humid, Evans had the five online journalists in attendance come into his trailer to do his interview, as he had air conditioning and was willing to share it. Trust me, I’ve done a lot of on set interviews in some sketchy areas, and no other actor has ever opened his door like Chris Evans.
Anyway, during our extended interview with Evans, he talked about how he plays a computer expert named Jensen and if he’s anything like him, did he debate playing another comic book based character, 80′s movies, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, his career, Fantastic Four, and so much more. It’s a great interview so take a look:
If you’re a fan of Jeffrey Dean Morgan in comic book movies and nervous that after playing the Edward Blake / The Comedian in Zack Snyder’s Watchmen and Clay in director Sylvain White’s The Losers he might stay away from another comic book role, you don’t have to worry, as Morgan says, “I’m happy to be in this world. I’m loving it. I love this. I could do comic book movies forever.”
He told me that – along with a few other online journalists – when I saw on the set of The Losers last June in Puerto Rico. While Morgan was in almost every scene that day and was also busy preparing for other scenes, he could not have been nicer on set as he came back over to us four different times as he kept getting pulled away for filming. Trust me, most actors would come over once…maybe twice. But no one comes back four times.
During our extended interview Morgan talked about everything: from who he plays in The Losers to how he saved a dog in Puerto Rico. Did I mention how awesome Morgan is? If you’re a fan of his work or just curious about The Losers, you’ll love the interview. Read or listen to it after the jump:
Back in September of 2009, I was invited – along with four other online journalists – to the set of director Sylvain White’s The Losers when the movie was being shot in hot and humid Puerto Rico. While extreme heat and humidity can play havoc with a film shoot, when we got to speak with White, he was still excited and really enthusiastic about how things had been going. During our interview we talked about how he came to the project, why he wanted The Losers to be PG-13 and not R, how he tried to take elements of the graphic novel for the movie, how Peter Berg did the script, and a lot more. It’s a really good and informative interview so read or listen to it after the jump:
Back in September of 2009, I was invited – along with four other online journalists – to the set of director Sylvain White’s The Losers when the movie was being shot in hot and humid Puerto Rico. While I’ve covered many movies while working for Collider, this was the first time visiting a movie set could actually cost me a lot of money. The reason? The location was a secure Port that was guarded by Homeland Security. Each of us had to wear a special badge given to us by the government and we were warned if we lost it…we’d have to pay $10,000 dollars. Needless to say, I watched my badge like a hawk.
If you haven’t heard of The Losers, the movie stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoë Saldana, Chris Evans, Idris Elba, Columbus Short, Holt McCallany, Óscar Jaenada, and Jason Patric and it’s written by Peter Berg and James Vanderbilt. The film is based on the Vertigo comic series by Andy Diggle and Jock.
While I hate making comparisons, The Losers reminds me a lot of The A-Team, except rather than helping those who can’t help themselves, The Losers are out to clear their names and get revenge on the one who betrayed them. Simply put…it’s an action thriller that should be a lot of fun.
Hit the jump for what we did on set and you can also take a look at 6 brand new character posters of the cast:
Warner Bros. has released the final poster for director Sylvain White’s The Losers and you can check it out after the jump. Based on the DC/Vertigo comic book series, the film was written by Peter Berg and James Vanderbilt and it stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen) as Clay; Zoe Saldana (Avatar, Star Trek) as Aisha; Chris Evans (Fantastic Four) as Jensen; Idris Elba (The Wire) as Roque; Columbus Short (Quarantine) as Pooch; Oscar Jaeneda (Che: Part Two) as Cougar; and Jason Patric (My Sister’s Keeper) as Max.
I did a set visit for The Losers last year and my report and on set interviews will be getting posted later this month. Until then, check out the poster and the full synopsis:
The first two official images and the synopsis from Sylvain White’s The Losers have hit the web. Both images are typical first look shots in that they don’t tell you anything about the movie except show you what actors are in it. While I hate boring images like these, I understand launching with them and then getting to the action shots as it gets closer to release.
If you’re not familiar with the movie, the film stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Chris Evans, Jason Patric, Óscar Jaenada, Idris Elba, Zoë Saldana and Columbus Short. It’s based on the comic by Andy Diggle and Jock. Here’s the just released synopsis:
Action Thriller. An explosive tale of double cross and revenge, “The Losers” centers upon the members of an elite U.S. Special Forces unit sent into the Bolivian jungle on a search and destroy mission. The team-Clay, Jensen, Roque, Pooch and Cougar -find themselves the target of a lethal betrayal instigated from inside by a powerful enemy known only as Max. Presumed dead, the group makes plans to even the score when they’re joined by the mysterious Aisha, a beautiful operative with her own agenda. Working together, they must remain deep undercover while tracking the heavily-guarded Max, a ruthless man bent on embroiling the world in a new high-tech global war.
Check out the images after the jump. We’ll have a lot more on this film as it gets closer to release:
Zoe Saldana is on a hot streak right now and it isn’t just because she’s hot. Hot off her victory as Uhura in “Star Trek”, Saldana still has “Avatar” at the end of the year, “Star Trek II” in her future, and in April 2010 she’ll be in the adaptation of the Vertigo comic series, “The Losers”. Saldana plays Aisha, “a mysterious South American hellion,” who joins forces with a burned CIA team (comprised of Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Idris Elba, Columbus Short, Chris Evans, and Oscar Jaenada) to take down a common enemy played by Jason Patric. The first set photo of Saldana has just landed online so that’s why she’s smiling instead of being in character and scowling like her comic-counterpart. Check out the photo after the jump and click here to see a photo of the burned CIA team where Jeffrey Dean Morgan forgot to wear his wife-beater.