THE ICEMAN Blu-ray Review

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Writer-director Ariel Vromen’s dramatic adaptation of the life of notorious hitman Richard “The Iceman” Kuklinski is now available on Blu-ray.  The Iceman stars Michael Shannon (Man of Steel) in the title role: a loving and devoted family man on the surface, in actuality a brutal and sadistic serial murderer with mafia ties.  Adapted from Anthony Bruno’s book The Iceman: The True Story of a Cold-Blooded Killer, the film attempts to examine the duality of Kuklinski, but ultimately ends up being little more than a showcase for Shannon’s terrifying talent.

The Iceman also stars Chris Evans, David Schwimmer, Ray Liotta, Winona Ryder, Stephen Dorff and James Franco.  The Blu-ray extras include the standard “making of” featurette and filmmaker interviews, but unfortunately do not include the oft-cited HBO documentary, The Iceman: Confessions of a Mafia Hitman.  Hit the jump for my Blu-ray review.

IMMORTALS Blu-ray Review

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Tarsem Singh directed Immortals, which is readily apparent from the first few seconds. There are few directors working today with such a distinct visual style, and that can be commended – to some extent. What he doesn’t have is a good grasp on how to build a narrative, and so his films play better as an instillation pieces. His movies are filled with pretty images, but they don’t really build a greater narrative. With Immortals he’s got the story of the Greek gods, with humans Theseus (Henry Cavill) facing up against Hyperion (Mickey Rourke), while the gods (Luke Evans, Isabella Lucas, Kellan Lutz) watch and decide if they risk helping mortals. Our review of the Blu-ray of Immortals follows after the jump.

First Trailer for BRAKE Starring Stephen Dorff Locked in the Trunk of a Car

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The first trailer for Brake has landed online, and it’s quite cool. Directed by Gabe Torres, the film stars Stephen Dorff as a secret service agent who wakes up locked in the trunk of a car. He discovers that he’s being used as part of a terrorist attack in which multiple car bombs are going off all over Washington D.C. While this all may sound a little too similar to the “Ryan Reynolds in a coffin” movie Buried, Brake looks to be a high octane thriller that just so happens to take place primarily in a car trunk. The contraptions and devices used to get information from Dorff’s character look particularly cool.

The actor previously talked to Steve at length about the project and described it as “Die Hard in the trunk of a car.” They shot the movie in a mere 11 days Dorff said it’s basically like an 88-minute firecracker. His comments on the project combined with this trailer have me wholly intrigued to see more. Hit the jump to check out the trailer for yourself. Break will be available VOD on February 17th and will hit theaters on March 23rd.

TOP 5: SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN, IMMORTALS, CARS 2, THE EXPENDABLES 2, Billy Crystal and Brian Grazer Take on 2012 Oscars

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I’m going to bypass my usual opening paragraph musings this week and simply wish everyone a Happy Veterans Day weekend. Given that I don’t have any immediate family or friends who serve, I won’t claim to know the first thing about the sacrifices that each serviceman/woman and their respective families and friends are continually asked to make. I reap all of the benefits of their service without any of the concessions. As a result, I owe a debt of gratitude to each and every one of them.

In this week’s “Top 5″ installment you can find the first trailer for Snow White and the Huntsman, a cornucopia of interviews for Immortals and Cars 2, new set images from the set of The Expendables 2 featuring Jean-Claude Van Damme, and a look at the road that led Billy Crystal and Brian Grazer to the top of the 2012 Oscars. Hit the jump for a brief recap and link to each.

IMMORTALS Review

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“The director is God.”  It’s a saying that has been applied to directors of both stage and screen.  Directors (theoretically) control every aspect of a production and they marshal armies of various departments to bring forth a vision.  Director Tarsem Singh took the saying as the subtext for his new movie, Immortals.  Singh has always been an indulgent visual stylist, but with Immortals, he has bent a script to create a shining tribute to his own genius.  On the page, the movie is a standard “Hero from humble beginnings”, but in the hands of Singh, it becomes lush, outlandish, baffling, and above all, vainglorious.

Stephen Dorff Talks IMMORTALS and His New Film BRAKE Which He Calls ‘DIE HARD in the Trunk of a Car’

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With director Tarsem Singh’s new film Immortals opening this weekend, Collider has been overrun with exclusive interviews with the filmmakers and cast over the past few days.  For those not familiar with Immortals (watch the trailer and clips), the film centers on Theseus (Henry Cavill), a mortal who teams up with the Greek gods in order to defeat the power-hungry King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke).  The film also stars Freida Pinto, Luke Evans, Isabel Lucas, Joseph Morgan, Kellan Lutz, and Stephen Dorff.

The other day I sat down with Stephen Dorff for an extended interview.  During our wide ranging conversation, we discussed how he got involved in Immortals, the practical sets and extravagant costumes, his research and preparation, the last video game he played, his go-to karaoke song, and what people always want to talk about when they spot him in a Starbucks.  In addition, he revealed a lot of information about an upcoming film called Brake that he filmed over 11 days.  He called it a “one man show” and described it as, “Die Hard in the trunk of a car.”  Hit the jump for more.

8 Clips from IMMORTALS Starring Henry Cavill and Mickey Rourke

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We’ve been provided with eight clips from The Fall director Tarsem Singh’s new film Immortals. The pic centers on Theseus (Henry Cavill), a mortal, who teams up with the Greek gods in order to defeat the power-hungry King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke). Instead of depicting the gods as ginormous otherworldly creatures, Singh has taken a different route and instead the gods take the form of chiseled immortal beings that don’t look dissimilar from humans.

The film also stars Freida Pinto, Luke Evans, Isabel Lucas, Joseph Morgan, Kellan Lutz, and Stephen DorffImmortals opens in 3D on November 11th and we’ll have exclusive interviews with the cast the week of release.  Hit the jump to watch the clips.

More Images and New Poster for IMMORTALS Starring Henry Cavill

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Relativity has released more images from Tarsem Singh’s Immortals.  The movie centers on the mortal Theseus (Henry Cavill) joining forces with the Greek gods to defeat the power-hungry King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke).  As you’ll see from these set photos (or really almost anything released to promote this movie), the costumes are goofy beyond all reason.  It’s one thing to think outside the box on costuming, especially for the gods, but this looks painfully distracting.  At least the mortals look alright.  One of the images has Theseus casually holding a spear and probably thinking, “I’m pretty sure I can stab that guy in the face even though his helmet has a visor.”

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film also stars Freida Pinto, Luke Evans, Isabel Lucas, Joseph Morgan, Kellan Lutz, and Stephen Dorff.  Immortals opens in 3D on November 11th.

3rd Trailer for Tarsem Singh’s IMMORTALS

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Relativity Media has released yet another trailer for Tarsem Singh’s Immortals and I’m starting to seriously doubt the film.  I liked what I saw when the teaser trailer debuted at WonderCon, but every trailer looks the same.  It’s the same footage again and again just in a different order.  Also, the plot is that King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) wants to bring down the gods so the gods hire Theseus (Henry Cavill) to stop him.  None of the trailers explain why the gods can’t do this themselves.  It’s kind of an obvious question and no amount of speed-ramping can answer it.

Hit the jump to check out the new trailer.  Immortals opens in 3D on November 11th.

Comic-Con 2011: IMMORTALS Panel Recap; Tarsem Talks 3D Visuals and Screens Fight Scene Footage

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Tarsem Singh’s Immortals had a presentation at WonderCon in April and you can check out my recap of that panel here.  For those who don’t know, the film has been compared to 300 due its highly-stylized re-telling of Greek myth (and yes, I know 300 was based on Greek history, not mythology).  The story centers on Theseus (Henry Cavill) who is called upon by the gods (Luke Evans as Zeus; Isabel Lucas as Athena) to fight the conquering menace of King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) and his bunny rabbit helmet of doom.   But Comic-Con’s Hall H is a much bigger stage, we’re closer to the release date (November 11th), and I was eager to see how much new stuff I was going to see.  I also wanted to see how many Man of Steel questions Cavill could duck.

Hit the jump for my recap of the Immortals panel.

New Trailer for IMMORTALS [Updated]

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A new trailer for director Tarsem Singh’s (The Fall) epic Immortals has been released. This one’s a bit more action-heavy than the first trailer that was released. The film looks decidedly 300-esque, but I’m hoping Singh brings something more to the table than slow motion fight scenes. He’s definitely proven his penchant for breathtaking visuals, and it’s a safe bet that Immortals will be no exception.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer. Immortals stars Henry Cavill, Stephen Dorff, Isabel Lucas, Freida Pinto, Luke Evans, Kellan Lutz, John Hurt, and Mickey Rourke. [Update: We have updated the article with a higher-quality version of the trailer.]

Stephen Dorff Replaces Matt Dillon in BOOT TRACKS

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Stephen Dorff (Blade) will replace Matt Dillon as the male lead in director David Jacobson’s (Down in the Valley) indie flick Boot Tracks. Dorff will star alongside Ray Winstone and Michelle Monaghan in the adaptation of the Matthew F. Jones novel of the same name. In his new role, Dorff plays Charlie Rankin, an ex-con who has a fling with a former porn star (Monaghan) before setting off to complete his task: an honor-killing at the behest of a fellow inmate known as “Buddha” (Winstone), who kept Rankin relatively safe in prison in exchange for all manor of favors.

Variety originally reported that Dorff would be replacing Dillon in Boot Tracks, but did not mention any specific reasons. The actor can next be seen as Dick Shadow in this year’s Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star, where he follows in his parents’ footsteps and becomes a porn star. In two movies that probably have nothing to do with porn, you can also find the Blade villain in Tarsem Singh’s Immortals and 2012′s Officer Down. As for Winstone, the actor has quite a busy year ahead of him, but perhaps his most interesting project of note will be Hugo Cabret where he reteams with Departed director, Martin Scorsese. Michelle Monaghan, from this year’s Source Code, can be seen opposite Gerard Butler in this fall’s Machine Gun Preacher. Finally, for more on Boot Tracks, hit the jump to check out a synopsis of Jones’ novel.

SOMEWHERE DVD Review

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Movies about celebrity almost always come off as trite or self-indulgent. The idea of a bunch of celebrities gathering together to make a film about how hard it is to be a celebrity just seems altogether disingenuous. However, when someone like Sofia Coppola tackles the issue, the resulting film is an original work that covers larger, more existential themes. My review of Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere after the jump.

Casting Call: Adam Brody, William Peterson and Rob Corddry in Talks for SEEKING A FRIEND AT THE END OF THE WORLD; David Boreanaz in OFFICER DOWN

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We’ve got a couple of casting stories for you this evening. First up, Adam Brody, William Peterson and Rob Corddry are in talks to join Steve Carell and Keira Knightley in Seeking a Friend at the End of the World. The film, written by and marking the directorial debut of Lorene Scafaria, the writer of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, centers on the events surrounding an asteroid spiraling towards Earth, threatening to end all life. Variety reports that Carell will play a man whose wife leaves him once the news of the world’s end hits, prompting him to seek out his high school sweetheart. Knightley stars as his neighbor and adventure companion.

Additionally, Bones star David Boreanaz is set the indie Officer Down. The flick stars Stephen Dorff, Dominic Purcell (Prison Break) and AnnaLynne McCord (90210), with Brian A. Miller making his directorial debut. Deadline reports that the story centers on a doctor and security guard who live out each other’s daytime lives in their dreams at night. The security guard murders his wife, and then is hit by a car sending him to the hospital where the doctor works. I’d say things get a little interesting from there. Boreanaz will play a rival detective oppposite the cop played by Dorff.

Trailer for IMMORTALS, Now in HD

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The trailer for Tarsem Singh’s Immortals has officially gone online.  Now it’s in HD.  It’s a visually impressive  film so you’ll want to check it out the trailer if you haven’t already (or only saw the low-quality version that was posted yesterday).

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  Immortals stars Henry Cavill, Stephen Dorff, Isabel Lucas, Freida Pinto, Luke Evans, Kellan Lutz, John Hurt, and Mickey Rourke.

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