by Ben Brown Posted: November 30th, 2010 at 1:01 pm
Lionsgate has just released a new poster for John Cameron Mitchell’s upcoming drama Rabbit Hole. The poster is visually interesting, thoughtful, and a bit moving. Basically, it’s everything the last poster wasn’t. If this is the type of work we can expect from the final product, then consider me sold.
Hit the jump to check out the poster. The film, which stars Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart and picked up four Spirit Award nominations today, is slated for limited release on December 17th.
by Ben Brown Posted: November 29th, 2010 at 3:56 pm
Funny thing about being a movie star–one year, you can earn nothing but complete critical and commercial success for your work, and then another…well, you don’t. Perhaps not an actor working today has ridden the ladder of ascension and descent quite as drastically as Mark Wahlberg; 2006 saw such well-regarded turns in Invincible and The Departed, the latter of which he managed to snag a Best Supporting Actor nod out of. Of course, as we all know, Wahlberg followed up his newfound success with such cinematic delights as Max Payne, The Lovely Bones, Shooter, and the grandturkey of them all, The Happening (a project he himself came to bash).
Thankfully for Wahlberg, 2010 is looking a bit more like 2006 than 2007, 2008, or 2009– aside from turning in nice comedy work in hits such as Date Night and The Other Guys, Wahlberg’s also been stirring up a bit of Oscar talk for his turn in David O. Russell’s upcoming The Fighter. And now, just to keep things interesting, it looks as if Wahlberg is eyeing a return to the land of action: in an interview with MTV, Wahlberg re-expressed his interest in the Allen Hughes-helmed Broken City. Hit the jump for more of Wahlberg’s quotes, as well as some of my brief thoughts.
by Ben Brown Posted: November 18th, 2010 at 2:33 pm
It’s a good time to be Darren Aronofsky. With highly-acclaimed Black Swan set for release next month, as well as the news of his signing to direct the comic adaptation The Wolverine, the man is stirring up quite the buzz-storm for Fox. That makes the following news hardly surprising.
A press release issued today by Fox states that Aronofsky’s Protozoa Pictures has signed a two-year deal with the studio, essentially securing his future endeavors financially. To check out the official press release, hit the jump.
by Ben Brown Posted: November 17th, 2010 at 11:48 am
Less than 24 hours after news hit regarding Steven Soderbergh’s interest in directing an adaptation of the 1960’s spy series The Man from U.N.C.L.E., the project might have already nabbed a lead…an A-list lead, at that. The Playlist is reporting that frequent Soderbergh collaborator George Clooney is in talks to star in the film.
Taking into account their Oceans trilogy, Clooney and Soderbergh have collaborated on six films together, including 1998′s Out of Sight, 2002’s Solaris, and 2006’s The Good German. As reported yesterday, the film is looking to be scripted by Scott Z. Burns, the writer behind Soderbergh’s The Informant and the upcoming Contagion. Hit the jump for more info, as well as some of my thoughts.
by Ben Brown Posted: November 16th, 2010 at 7:58 pm
If there’s one thing Steven Soderbergh can never be accused of, it’s passivity. Soderbergh just wrapped production on his first foray into the action realm, Knockout. He’s currently filming the star-stuffed thriller Contagion. He’s set to film a Liberace biopic with Michael Douglas and Matt Damon next summer. And now, just to add to the workload, Soderbergh is in early talks to direct The Man from U.N.C.L.E., an adaptation of the 1960s spy series.
Hit the jump for a closer look at the project, as well as some of my thoughts.
by Ben Brown Posted: November 16th, 2010 at 12:44 pm
The upcoming Pete Segal-directed Neighborhood Watch will undergo a re-write by none other than Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (far right, above), who previously penned behind such hits as Pineapple Express and Superbad. According to Heat Vision, the story “concerns a suburban ‘neighborhood watch’ group, which is actually a front for dads to get some male bonding time away from the family. Things go awry when the group accidentally uncovers a plot bent on destroying the world.” Hit the jump for more on the project.
by Ben Brown Posted: November 13th, 2010 at 5:04 am
Our coverage of AFM (American Film Market) keeps on rolling, with Steve nabbing both a photo of the promo poster and a synopsis for Wuthering Heights, the upcoming adaptation of the Emily Brontë novel from director Andrea Arnold (Fish Tank, Red Road). Hit the jump to check out the promo poster and synopsis.
Update: The studio has asked us to take down the images. Sorry if you missed them.
by Ben Brown Posted: November 13th, 2010 at 2:20 am
Well, this is a bit of a surprise. Two of Universal’s 2011 heavy-hitters–Fast Five and The Thing––have undergone a release-date shuffle. Fast Five, originally slated for release on June 10 2011, has been moved up to April 29–the exact date that The Thing had originally been penciled in to premiere. The prequel to the 1982 classic has now been slapped with a vague TBD date of release. Hit the jump for a closer look at the possible repercussions of this change-up.
by Ben Brown Posted: November 12th, 2010 at 12:34 pm
Pop quiz: what do Denzel Washington’s Antwone Fisher, Matt Ruskin and Chris Rolle’s documentary The Hip-Hop Project and James L. Brooks’ upcoming rom-com How Do You Know all have in common? Any guesses? Anyone? Okay, I’ll tell you: all three films, in their finished form, include over one use of the word “fuck” during the course of their running time. Yet oddly enough, despite the MPAA’s staunch ‘one ‘fuck’ per PG-13 film’ rule, two of these films–Antwone Fisher (three “fucks”) and The Hip Hop Project (seventeen)–somehow managed to avoid being slapped with an R-rating, and instead were deemed suitably appropriate for a PG-13.
How Do You Know, on the other hand, hasn’t been quite as lucky. Earlier this week Sony found their film slapped with an R-rating, on account of the film’s usage of the word ‘fuck’ three times. After losing an appeal to overturn the rating, Variety is now reporting that Sony will take the film back to the editing room in the hopes of securing a more audience-accessible rating for its December release. Hit the jump for some of my thoughts.
by Ben Brown Posted: November 11th, 2010 at 2:58 pm
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery…well, then Peter Douglas looks to be racking up quite the pedigree. Deadline is reporting that producer Douglas, son of legendary actor Kirk Douglas, is in the process of purchasing the rights to a slew of classic 1960’s films through his Vincent Pictures. Not surprisingly, Douglas hopes to remake the projects; slightly more surprising, however, is the fact that most of the rights secured are to films that his father Kirk produced or starred in. Hit the jump for a rundown of some of the potential remakes-to-be, as well as my thoughts.
by Ben Brown Posted: November 10th, 2010 at 9:39 pm
Elizabeth Banks (Role Models) is in negotiations to join Chris Pine in Welcome to People, the directorial debut of screenwriter Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek). Kurtzman co-wrote the screenplay with long-time collaborator Roberto Orci (Transformers), as well as relative newcomer Jody Lambert. If she signs on, Banks would play the alcoholic female lead in the family drama. Hit the jump for the synopsis, as well as some of my thoughts.
by Ben Brown Posted: November 9th, 2010 at 7:58 pm
Filming has begun in Oahu, Hawaii for Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, the sequel to the 2008 release Journey to the Center of the Earth. Josh Hutcherson (The Kids Are All Right) will reprise his role from the original, with Dwayne Johnson (The Other Guys) and Michael Caine (Inception) set to co-star along with Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical), Luis Guzman (Nothing Like the Holidays) and Kristin Davis (Couples Retreat). Brad Peyton (Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore) is set to direct the 3D family flick.
Hit the jump for the official announcement, plus some of my thoughts.
by Ben Brown Posted: November 9th, 2010 at 12:46 pm
One of the more under-reported films to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this past September was Massy Tadjedin’s (Wednesday) debut Last Night. Originally one of the late great Miramax’s final purchases, the film now finds itself without a buyer in lieu of the company’s closing. However, with names such as Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington, and Eva Mendes attached, don’t count on that to be the case forever.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer, as well as a synopsis.
by Ben Brown Posted: November 9th, 2010 at 12:07 pm
Robert De Niro is one of our greatest living actors. If you need proof, feel free to check out his turn in Goodfellas. Or Raging Bull. Or Taxi Driver. Or Casino. Even when starring in schlock like Everybody’s Fine or Machete, DeNiro’s at the top of his game. The guy is brilliant.
So the news that De Niro will be bestowed the coveted Cecile B. DeMille Award honoring life achievement at the 68th Annual Golden Globes, announced via tweet, hardly comes as much of a surprise; in fact, if there’s anything remotely surprising about this announcement, it’s that De Niro is just now receiving the award. Oh, well–better late than never. The 68th Annual Golden Globes are set to air in February 2011. De Niro will next be seen in Paul Weitz’s Little Fockers, as well as Garry Marshall’s upcoming New Year’s Eve.
by Ben Brown Posted: November 7th, 2010 at 6:26 pm
FilmDistrict has followed up their recent purchase of the Ryan Gosling-starring Drive by acquiring the U.S. rights to Lockout, an sci-fi actioner produced by Luc Besson. The film stars Guy Pearce and Maggie Grace, and is currently on track to go into production early next year, with a planned release date of early 2012.
For a synopsis on the film, as well as some of my thoughts regarding the project, hit the jump.