I SAW YOU, and DreamWorks Did Too

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I Saw You is the latest in a line of ensemble romantic comedies that attempts to reignite the magic created by Love Actually. DreamWorks bought the project from screenwriter Andrea McCloud, and it follows four separate but eventually intertwining romances sprung from real like “missed connection” Craigslist ads. George Tillman, Jr. (Notorious, Men of Honor, Soul Food) is scheduled to direct.

DreamWorks, which recently became independent, is moving back into the film production business with vigor. I Saw You joins a relatively busy production schedule that includes the workplace comedy Forever 21, Cal of the Wild, and Wife vs. Ninja. As if the titles weren’t enough of a giveaway, all are comedies.

The ensemble romcom is very difficult to pull off because it almost necessitates a lengthy run time. Unless all of your stories are equally interesting (a la Love Actually), it can be quite a painful endeavor (a la The Holiday). Honestly, missed connection ads are kind of pathetic and depressing to read, and not really the territory of the inevitably gorgeous people that will inhabit the characters in McCloud’s screenplay. However, I also acknowledge that romantic comedies operate on a “if you build it, they will come” philosophy, and the possibility of shedding tears will be enough to bring women to theaters in droves.

It’s safe to assume I Saw You will be hitting theaters sometime in 2010. [RiskyBizBlog]

Monopoly Plot Revealed (Spoiler Alert: It’s Going to Suck)

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Hollywood is known, and some would say loathed, for the “me too” attitude studios adopt in order to ride the coat tails of money-making trends. When Transformers made a bazillion dollars a few years ago, studios scrambled to secure the rights to every imaginable toy, board game, and absolutely anything that children were interested in during the early 1990s.  We now have two Transformers movies, a G.I. Joe movie, we’re getting Candyland and Battleship movies, and of course Ridley Scott’s (I seriously have to do a double take every time I read this) Monopoly.  I could go into a lengthy discussion illustrating the differences between giant weapon-wielding robots that transform into jets and tanks and a boring (that’s right, I said it) board game designed to teach children the thrilling world of property management, but I’m going to go out on a limb and assume I’m preaching to the choir.  Instead I’m here to reveal to you the plot behind this whopper of a bad idea straight from the mouth of story writer Frank Beddor.  You really need to follow the jump for this.

Adam Sandler to Play Both JACK AND JILL

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Judd Apatow’s “Funny People” gave Adam Sandler an opportunity to lampoon the type of roles he usually plays.  The film featured fake trailers showing Sandler’s character as a series of gimmicky goofballs or an everyman thrown into supernatural or fantastical circumstances that mirrored the roles that have defined Sandler’s actual career, a la “Little Nicky”, “Bedtime Stories”, and “Click”.  For me, the acknowledgment of my own typecasting would be enough to steer me away from similar endeavors, but apparently that’s not how Hollywood works.  Sandler will indeed continue to play gimmick-defined characters, the next of which will be playing both Jack AND Jill in an upcoming romantic comedy, aptly titled “Jack and Jill”.  More after the jump.

NBC Calls 911, Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant Answer

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“Reno 911!” was a great show that never should have lasted as long as it did.  After one of the funniest first seasons in TV history, the show struggled to maintain an identity and stretched the talents of its very talented improv performers to their absolute limits.  Head writers Thomas Lennon, Robert Ben Garant, and Kerri Kenney-Silver were consistently the funniest and most enjoyable to watch, and now Lennon and Garant have teamed up to pen and star in a multi-camera comedy for NBC.  More after the jump.

SONS OF ANARCHY Interviews with Ryan Hurst, Theo Rossi, Kim Coates, and Mark Boone Junior

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As part of my visit to the set of the FX show “Sons of Anarchy” I was able to participate in several roundtable interviews with members of the cast.  First up were Ryan Hurst (Opie), Theo Rossi (Juice), Kim Coates (Tig), and Mark Boone Junior (Bobby), all of whom play important secondary roles on the show.  The guys talked about the direction their characters were headed during the second season, sitting down with show creator Kurt Sutter to discuss their own ideas for the development of their characters, and the seriously badass bikes that Harley Davidson  custom built for their own personal enjoyment.  Read on after the jump.

Collider Exclusive Interview – SONS OF ANARCHY Stars Katey Sagal and Maggie Siff

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At the end of my “Sons of Anarchy” set visit, I was surprised to find myself alone.  The other journalists had gone home or to other engagements, but since my schedule was surprisingly free, I said I’d hang around for a few more minutes.  Less than five minutes later, I was presented with the opportunity to conduct exclusive interviews with Katey Sagal (Gemma) and Maggie Siff (Tara), and naturally I immediately accepted.  Sagal is, of course, the brilliant actor of “Married With Children”, “8 Simple Rules For Dating My Teenage Daughter”, and “Futurama” fame.  Maggie Siff, in addition to her major role in “Sons of Anarchy”, also currently appears in the immensely popular AMC show “Mad Men”, so it was a real treat to be able to sit down with the two and talk about the show.  We talked about shaping their character’s personal motivations in the new season, the inherent misogyny of biker gangs and how it’s been overcome, and how the characters they play on “Sons of Anarchy” are different than anything they’ve ever done before.  Check out the entire interview after the jump.

SONS OF ANARCHY Interview with Ron Perlman

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During my “Sons of Anarchy” set visit, I had the opportunity to participate in roundtable interviews with members of the cast.  The legendary Ron Perlman talked to us about not really getting into the social aspects of the show, getting in touch with his character (Clay), and talked a little bit about the possibility of him appearing in Guillermo Del Toro’s “The Hobbit”.  Check it out after the jump.

Nic Cage to Star in 3D Action-Thriller HUNGRY RABBIT JUMPS

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In my perfect world, Nicolas Cage would long ago have worn out his welcome and would spend his days begging – nay, pleading – to appear in “Check Into Cash” commercials in a feeble attempt to save his house from foreclosure.  Alas, it appears the imperfect world I actually live in isn’t tired of Nicolas Cage, so he’s coming back to furl his brow and sport the fivehead in glorious 3D for the new action-thriller “Hungry Rabbit Jumps” (I don’t suppose we’ll be lucky enough to get a title change on that one, either). Find out more about this doozy after the jump.


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“Sons of Anarchy” is one of the best shows on television.  It’s relentlessly hardcore, but beneath the bikes, bullets, and boobs there is a brain and a heart that few shows will match.  The first season set up the major players and loosened the screws of the soon-to-be-crumbling empire that is the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club, and the show’s overarching “Hamlet” motif is truly set in motion.  With the show’s second season starting Tuesday, September 8th, FX sent over the first 5 episodes of Season 2, and oh man are they good.  My spoiler-free preview after the jump.

Collider attends NBC’s COMMUNITY Event

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“Community” is NBC’s attempt to fight back in the ratings war that they are so badly losing.  It stars Joel McHale, host of the wildly popular “The Soup” (absolutely the only watchable show on the E! Network), and Chevy Chase (if he needs an introduction, shame on you), and the show will debut behind NBC’s most popular comedy, “The Office”.  It’s safe to say they’re putting a whole lot of chips in that basket.  On September 1st, NBC held an event for Facebook and Twitter users, KROQ listeners, and a few press at Los Angeles Community College to have a screening of the pilot and hold a Q&A with members of the cast and the show’s creator, Dan Harmon.  What did I think of it all?  Find out after the jump.

Tom Cruise Wanted To Be in THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS; Terry Gilliam Said “No”

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As we know, when Heath Ledger died, Terry Gilliam chose to complete “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” using Jude Law, Colin Farrell, and Johnny Depp as different incarnations of Ledger’s role.  All three were close friends of the Ledger family, and the film will operate as a sort of tribute while fulfilling its purpose as commercial cinema.  One thing we didn’t know, and as Terry Gilliam recently revealed to Total Film magazine, was that Tom Cruise also lobbied heavily to step into the role as part of a return to relevance akin to his appearance in last summer’s “Tropic Thunder”.

Gilliam refused for one very simple reason: Tom Cruise had no personal connection to Heath Ledger.  More after the jump.

Ron Perlman Says ‘It Would be Nice’ to Appear in THE HOBBIT

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I had a chance to speak with Ron Perlman today on the set of the FX show “Sons of Anarchy”.  He talked about not being interested in what people say on the internet and never reading blogs because he doesn’t want anyone to dictate his own opinion of himself and his craft.  It came as a surprise to him (or so it seemed) that rumors are floating around that he will be in Guillermo Del Toro’s “The Hobbit” films, and that the films have been added to his IMDB.com page (albeit listed as “rumored”). Is there any credibility to the rumors?   “If that’s what Guillermo wants, then that would be nice”.  More after the jump.

SONS OF ANARCHY Season One Blu-ray Review

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Shortly after the turn of the millennium, the FX network realized that most television viewers tuning in after 10pm were adults, and as such were perfectly capable of being treated like adults.   This revelation meant that no longer would sanitized television be necessary to maintain sponsorship, and it meant that edgier, cinema-like shows were viable outside of the HBO realm both in terms of quality and viewership.  Over the past 7 years, FX has laid claim to some of the best dramas on television: “The Shield”, “Nip/Tuck”, and “Rescue Me”.  It’s time to add one more to the list.

Sylvester Stallone suits up for RAMBO 5

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Critics shit all over the last “Rambo” film, criticizing its gratuitous use of gore and a lack of depth that made “First Blood” such an endearing character study.  I am not one of those people.  I thought, whether intentional or not, the almost comical level of violence and retread of the 80s “one vs. a million” genre of action films made it a rocking diversion that brought back what action junkies loved about the original trilogy (but obviously shared more of a resemblance to its sequels).  Well Rambos back, baby, and Stallone will again suit up for a fifth film in the series.  Synopsis and more after the jump.

New Poster for Michael Moore’s CAPITALISM: A LOVE STORY

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Michael Moore’s “Capitalism: A Love Story” seeks to bring the Wall Street executives who screwed the pooch to justice by asking them rhetorical questions and making them look like buffoons.  Moore is also going after the government (a first for Moore, who usually stays far away from politics), who he feels was complicit in setting the country up for disaster.  As we’ve seen from the trailer, Moore attempts to get the bailout money back (literally by asking for it in big, cartoonish dollar sign bags) to show his anger and disgust at everything that’s wrong with the American financial system.  Well the bags are back, this time showing up in the poster for the film, which you can find after the jump.

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