Warner Bros. Pushes Back SEVENTH SON and BEAUTIFUL CREATURES; ROBOT AND FRANK Gets a Release Date

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We’ve got some shuffling of release dates for two Warner Bros. distributions and a new release date for one of our favorite films from this year’s Sundance.  Here’s a glance:

  • Warner Bros. pushes back The Seventh Son from February 15th, 2013 to October 18th, 2013.
  • Another Warner Bros. film, Beautiful Creatures, has taken Seventh Son’s place by moving back two weeks to open on February 15th, 2013.
  • Starring Frank Langella, James Marsden, Liv Tyler, Susan Sarandon and a robot (voiced by Peter Sarsgaard), Robot and Frank will open on August 24th of this year.

Hit the jump for more on each film.

TOP 5: WATCHMEN Prequel Comics, CHRONICLE Interviews, 16-Bit BREAKING BAD, DR. SEUSS’ THE LORAX, Sundance 2012 Interviews

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This past week brought us a story that is near and dear to me. While I briefly give my own thoughts regarding DC Comics’ Watchmen prequel comic series after the jump, I want to use the “Top 5′s” opening paragraph space to invite readers to voice/type their own opinions on the announcement in the comments section. As a fervent fan of the series, I’m always interested to hear fellow fans’ take on Watchmen adaptations, prequels, and the like. So, with that said, what do you think? Does the creative talent involved interest you? Is it the best idea ever? The worst? Somewhere in between? Sound off in the comments.

In addition to DC’s Before Watchmen announcement, this installment of the “Top 5″ includes interviews with the cast and director of superhero/found-footage pic Chronicle, a “What If?” look at a 16-Bit Breaking Bad RPG, ten things to know about Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, and Sundance 2012 video interviews with Bradley Cooper, Paul Dano and more. A brief recap and link to each follows after the jump.

Frank Langella Talks ROBOT AND FRANK, His First Book DROPPED NAMES, and More at Sundance 2012

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One of my favorite films at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was director Jake Schreier‘s Robot and Frank.  The film is set in the near future and centers on an elderly ex-jewel thief (Frank Langella) whose kids (James Marsden and Liv Tyler) give him a caretaker robot (voiced by Peter Sarsgaard), sparking an unlikely friendship. Susan Sarandon plays a librarian who serves as Langella’s only friend.  Since premiering at the Festival, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions and Samuel Goldwyn Films picked up the film for distribution, so you can expect to see it for yourself later this year.  For more on the film, you can read Matt’s review.

Right after seeing the film I got to sit down with Frank Langella for an exclusive interview.  During our extended conversation we talked about how he got involved in the project, how the script changed along the way, the design of the robot, the quick shooting schedule, filming on location, premiering it at Sundance, and a lot more.  In addition, Langella talked about writing his first book.  He told me, “It is called Dropped Names and it is about famous men and woman as I knew them from the age of 15 up to now, and I am dropping their names because they have dropped dead.  It is about famous people who are dead.”  Hit the jump for more.

Frank Langella Joins Wes Bentley in THE TIME BEING; Josh Peck and James Ransone to Star in THE TIMBER

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Based on titles alone, Robot & Frank was the most intriguing film out of Sundance.  I was thrilled to hear the movie is great, and star Frank Langella unsurprisingly kills it.  Coming out of the festival buzz, Deadline reports Langella has signed on to his next project, The Time BeingWes Bentley co-stars as Daniel, a struggling artist who accepts a series of bizarre commissions from a dying, eccentric millionaire (Langella): “Daniel can’t quite ascertain whether his new ‘mentor’ is a monster who is intent on destroying Daniel’s life and marriage, or a savior who will teach him the true meaning of art.”  The Time Being will be the directorial debut of Nenad Cicin-Sain.  Cicin-Sain co-wrote the script with Richard Gladstein (Paper Man), who is also producing.

Hit the jump for details on Josh Peck and James Ransone‘s starring roles in The Timber.

Sundance 2012: ROBOT & FRANK Review

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Not even ornery old men can resist the lure of a special robot friend.  Robot & Frank‘s hook is in its title, but it goes beyond what could have been the premise for a weekly sitcom.  Instead, the film puts together a strong juxtaposition between a man who’s started to forget everything and a robot who can remember anything.  It’s a familiar story about memory being tied to personality, but Robot & Frank throws in the importance of teaching and passion as a way to keep remembering (if only for a little while longer).  With the exception of a confused epilogue, director Jake Schreier and screenwriter and Christopher D. Ford have managed to build a warm, funny, and charming movie around a thoughtful premise.

Sundance 2012: ROBOT AND FRANK Acquired by Sony Pictures and Samuel Goldwyn Films Partnership

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From Sundance 2012, Robot and Frank, was recently acquired by a partnership between Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions and Samuel Goldwyn Films. The festival (and Collider) favorite stars Frank Langella, James Marsden and Liv Tyler in a near-future buddy comedy about an elderly ex-jewel thief (Langella) and his companion robot (voiced by Peter Sarsgaard). Steve loved Robot and Frank and will soon be posting exclusive interviews with director Jake Schreier, writer Christopher D. Ford and Langella himself. Hit the jump to check out the press release.

Sundance 2012: New Images from ROBOT AND FRANK, PRICE CHECK, and RED LIGHTS

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Yesterday, Sundance announced the line-up for their Premiere’s category.  This is where the biggest films will play but not necessarily the best.  The best movies I saw at Sundance this year were Project Nim and Martha Marcy May Marlene and both have stayed with me the past 11 months.  But there’s no reason great films can’t be part of the premieres category (Win Win was terrific), and hopefully 2012 will have more selections that leave a strong impression.

After the jump you’ll find images for Jake Schreier‘s Robot and Frank (starring Frank Langella and Susan Sarandon), Michael Walker‘s Price Check (starring Parker Posey), and Rodrigo CortésRed Lights (starring Cillian Murphy, Sigourney Weaver, Robert De Niro, Elizabeth Olsen, and Toby Jones).  The 2012 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 19 – 29th.

Liev Schreiber, Liv Tyler, James Marsden and More Board ROBOT AND FRANK

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A number of actors have signed on for the family comedy Robot and Frank. Liev Schreiber, Liv Tyler, James Marsden, and Jeremy Strong join previously announced Susan Sarandon and Frank Langella in the Jake Schreier-directed indie. The comedy marks Schreier’s feature directorial debut. The script, by Christopher Ford, is set in the future and centers on an aging curmudgeon (Langella) whose kids (Marsden and Tyler) give him a caretaker robot (voiced by Schreiber), sparking an unlikely friendship with the lonely man. Sarandon plays a librarian who serves as Langella’s only friend.

Hit the jump to read the full press release. The film is currently shooting in New York.

UNKNOWN Review

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Taken, for all of its faults (and there were many), at least stumbled upon the fact that Liam Neeson can be a badass action star.  Unknown, clearly influenced by Taken and other Euro-trash thrillers, says “Fantastic!  Let’s put his ass-kicking persona all the way at the end of the movie and then just have him stumble around for the majority of the runtime!”  Rather than offer up a complex mystery built around an unreliable protagonist, Unknown clears up any major misunderstanding by the end of the first act, and then we’re bored stupid by Neeson wandering around as he’s hunted by non-descript bad guys as the clumsy narrative lurches towards an inevitable twist and his transformation to Taken Guy.  The film wastes its premise, its mystery, its lead actor, and only at the end does it have the courtesy to become laughably terrible.

5 Movie Clips from UNKNOWN Starring Liam Neeson, January Jones and Diane Kruger

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With director Jaume Collet-Serra’s (Orphan) Unknown opening Febrauary 18, Warner Bros. has sent over 5 clips from the film which stars Liam Neeson, January Jones, Diane Kruger, Bruno Ganz, Aidan Quinn and Frank Langella.  Here’s the synopsis:

Dr. Martin Harris (Neeson) awakens after a car accident in Berlin to discover that his wife (Jones) suddenly doesn’t recognize him and another man (Quinn) has assumed his identity.  Ignored by disbelieving authorities and hunted by mysterious assassins, he finds himself alone, tired, and on the run.  Aided by an unlikely ally (Kruger), Martin plunges headlong into a deadly mystery that will force him to question his sanity, his identity, and just how far he’s willing to go to uncover the truth.

Hit the jump to check out the clips:

First Trailer for UNKNOWN Starring Liam Neeson

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The “Liam Neeson Beats People Up” film movement continues with Unknown, the trailer to which has just been released by Warner Bros. After taking on slave traders in Taken and scenery in The A-, Team, Neeson now turns his fists towards identity thieves. January Jones (Mad Men), Diane Kruger (Inglorious Basterds), Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon) and Aidan Quinn (In Dreams) also star in the thriller, helmed by Jaume Collet-Serra ( Orphan). Check out the trailer after the jump.

Trailer for ALL GOOD THINGS Starring Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst

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Magnolia has released the trailer for Andrew Jarecki’s All Good Things, which stars Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst, and Frank Langella.  It’s not a bad trailer when you consider that it doesn’t really tell you what the movie is about.  All Good Things is based on the true story surrounding the mysterious disappearances of the wife of real estate heir Robert Durst.  While I’m not sold on the film as a whole, it looks like it could be a must-see for Gosling’s performance alone.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  All Good Things will be available on VOD on November 5th and opens in theaters on December 3rd.

Poster for ALL GOOD THINGS Starring Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst, and Frank Langella

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Magnolia has released the poster for the Andrew Jarecki’s crime drama All Good Things starring Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst, and Frank Langella.  The film is based on the real 1982 mystery revolving around the disappearance of the wife of real-estate heir Frank Durst.  In the film, Gosling and Dunst play the Dursts.

Hit the jump to the check out the poster.  All Good Things is available on VOD on November 5th and will be in theaters on December 3rd.

Ten Clips from Oliver Stone’s WALL STREET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS Starring Michael Douglas, Shia LaBeouf

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We have ten clips from Oliver Stone’s Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.  Michael Douglas returns as corporate criminal Gordon Gekko and is accompanied by Shia LaBeouf, Carey Mulligan, Frank Langella, Susan Sarandon, and Josh Brolin.  The sequel to his classic 1987 film, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is Stone’s latest topical movie, the first two being World Trade Center and W. This time around, Stone seizes on the economic crisis of 2008, but are audiences really willing to shell out money for a reminder of how the big banks screwed them over?  We’ll find out when the film opens on September 24th.  Hit the jump to check out the clips.

Magnolia Pictures Acquires Andrew Jarecki’s ALL GOOD THINGS for December Release

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With a starring cast of Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst, and Frank Langella, it would be a shame if Andrew Jarecki’s All Good Things never saw theaters.  Thankfully Magnolia Pictures has acquired Jarecki’s follow-up to the acclaimed documentary Capturing the Friedmans (this is his first narrative feature) with an Oscar-tempting December release in mind.

All Good Things is inspired by the life of Robert Durst, the wealthy son of a New York real estate mogul: “Mr. Durst was suspected but never tried for killing his wife Kathie who disappeared in 1982 and was never found.”  Hit the jump for the official press release.

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