First Trailer and Poster for ARBITRAGE Starring Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon and Brit Marling

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The first trailer and poster for the thriller Arbitrage have gone online.  Richard Gere stars as a troubled hedge fund magnate desperate to complete the sale of his trading empire who makes a bloody error that forces him to scramble for help.  The cast, anchored by Susan Sarandon, Tim Roth and rising star Brit Marling, is impressive and Arbitrage looks to be a fairly engrossing thriller.  It’s obvious that there are two stories trying to be told at the same time, and I’m hoping the more intriguing character-centered one takes front and center.  Matt noted this dichotomy in his review from Sundance, but I’m still quite eager to check the full film out once it hits theaters.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer and check out the poster.  Directed by Nicholas Jarecki, the film also stars Laetitia Casta and Nate ParkerArbitrage opens on September 14th.

Sundance 2012: ARBITRAGE Review

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There are two movies living inside Nicolas Jarecki‘s Arbitrage.  Both films are about justice and a wealthy man’s struggle to elude it.  They both appeal to our hope that one day the truth will out and that no one can hide their dark secrets forever no matter how desperately they might try.  Both stories transcend class because we can all relate to a character who will stop at nothing when he’s at risk of losing everything.  But only one story helps Arbitrage stand apart by intelligently showcasing a crime we rarely see depicted in film and embracing the rich drama of family betrayal.  The other story is a dull episode of Law & Order.

Sundance 2012: First Images from 2 DAYS IN NEW YORK, ARBITRAGE, BACHELORETTE, and LIBERAL ARTS

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With our continuing coverage of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival’s Spotlight line-up, we’re bringing you some early looks at next year’s films. Hit the jump for synopses and images from writer-director Julie Delpy‘s 2 Days in New York, starring Delpy and Chris Rock; writer-director Nicholas Jarecki‘s Arbitrage, starring Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon and Tim Roth; writer-director Leslye Headland‘s Bachelorette, starring Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher and Lizzy Caplan; and writer-director Josh Radnor‘s Liberal Arts, starring Radnor and Elizabeth Olsen.

The 2012 Sundance Film Festival runs from Thursday, January 19th to Sunday, the 29thClick here for all our coverage.

Trailer for THE DOUBLE Saves You the Trouble of Seeing the Movie

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The Double looks like it could have been a solid spy flick.  You had Richard Gere and Topher Grace playing government agents trying to track down an assassin code-named Cassius.  Nothing genre-shattering but it could be well executed. Well you know those irritating trailers that give away the entire damn plot?  This trailer for The Double blows them all away.  It gives you a major plot twist that would have been somewhat interesting if not wholly believable within the context of the movie.  It takes you deep into the third act of the film.  It shows you pretty much everything it can in a desperate big to make you want to see this movie and now any desire I had to see the flick has been extinguished by this trailer.  Great job, whoever cut this.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer/condensed version of the entire movie along with the equally terrible poster.  The film also stars Stana Katic, Stephen Moyer, Martin Sheen, and Odette Annable.  The Double opens September 23rd.

First Images from THE DOUBLE Starring Richard Gere and Topher Grace

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Image Entertainment has released the first images from The Double.  The flick centers on a former CIA operative (Richard Gere) who’s called out of retirement and must team up with a rookie FBI agent (Topher Grace) when a US senator turns up dead and bearing the distinctive trademark of a Russian assassin known as “Cassius”.  I’m always up for a good spy thriller and I tend to think Grace is fantastic in everything.  The film also stars Martin Sheen, Stephen Moyer, Odette Yustman, and Stana Katic.

Hit the jump to check out the images along with the official synopsis.  The Double opens September 23rd.

Relativity Media Sets Release Dates for Untitled Raven Project and Untitled Farrelly/Wessler Comedy

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Two upcoming Relativity Media films may not have titles, but they now have release dates.  First up, James McTeigue’s Untitled Raven Project (previously titled The Raven) will open on March 9, 2012.  Per the press release, “The film is a gritty thriller in which Edgar Allan Poe (John Cusack) joins forces with a young Baltimore detective (Luke Evans) to hunt down a mad serial killer who’s using Poe’s own works as the basis in a string of brutal murders.”  The untitled movie also stars Alice Eve, Brendan Gleeson, and Oliver Jackson-Cohen.

Relativity has also set the date for the Untitled Farrelly/Wessler Comedy that has an absolutely ridiculous cast starring in a series of interconnected stories.  Just some of the names on board include Johnny Knoxville, Gerard Butler, Anna Faris, Seann Hugh Jackman, Richard Gere, Uma Thurman, Halle Berry, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Kate Winslet, Terrence Howard, Liev Schreiber, Elizabeth Banks, Justin Long, Kristen Bell, Chloe Grace Moretz, and Stephen Merchant.  Hit the jump for the full press release.

Casting Call: Brit Marling Joins ARBITRAGE; Dennis Quaid to Co-Star in PLAYING THE FIELD

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We have a couple of quick casting stories for you this afternoon.  One of the break-out stars from this year’s indie film scene is actress Brit Marling.  She has played critically acclaimed roles in Zal Batmanglij’s Sound of My Voice and Mike Cahill’s Another Earth and now she tells Movieline that she’ll co-star in Nicholas Jarecki’s Arbitrage.  The film stars Richard Gere stars as “a troubled hedge fund magnate desperate to complete the sale of his trading empire makes an error that forces him to turn to an unlikely person for help.”  The film also stars Eva Green and Susan Sarandon.  Filming is expected to begin in April.  Marling, who co-wrote Another Earth and Sound of My Voice, also says she plans to reunite with Batmanglij and Cahill for future projects.

Hit the jump for casting news regarding Gabriele Muccino’s Playing the Field.

Casting Call: Diane Kruger and Lea Seydoux to Star in LES ADIERUX A LA REINE; Richard Gere Joins ARBITRAGE

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We have two pieces of casting news for you this afternoon.  First up, Variety reports that Diane Kruger and Lea Seydoux (Robin Hood) have joined the French period drama Les Adieux a la reine. The film is based on the novel by Chantal Thomas and centers on “the three decisive days of the French Revolution in July 1789, told from the point of view of Marie Antoinette’s reader.”  Kruger will play Antoinette in the film, which also stars Gerard Depardieu and Noe­mie Lovski (The French Kissers).  Benoit Jacquot will direct.

Hit the jump for news on Richard Gere joining Arbitrage.

BROOKLYN’S FINEST DVD Review

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The cop drama is certainly no stranger to Hollywood and Antoine Fuqua, director of Training Day, is certainly no stranger to cop dramas.  Although Brooklyn’s Finest has its similarities to Training Day, as far as corruption within the law goes, it seems to focus more on the struggles that take place within each of the main characters.

With a cast list that includes Richard Gere, Don Cheadle, Ethan Hawke, and Wesley Snipes, you might think this film was released sometime in the 1990s, but hit the jump to see if these guys have still got what it takes in 2010 and for my entire review of Brooklyn’s Finest on DVD:

Stana Katic and Odette Yustman Join Spy Thriller THE DOUBLE

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Michael Brandt’s The Double has gotten a double-dose of hotness as Stana Katic (ABC’s Castle) and Odette Yustman (The Unborn) have joined the cast of the upcoming spy thriller.  The story follows a retired CIA operative (Richard Gere) who partners with a young FBI agent (Topher Grace) to track down the killer of a senator.  Stephen Moyer (True Blood) signed on to the project earlier this week.

Katic will play “a feisty Russian prostitute who fiercely protects key information.”  You had me at “feisty Russian prostitute.”  As for Yustman, she’ll being playing “Grace’s character’s wife, a strong woman who raises a family while coping with her husband’s Bureau career.”  Filming is set to begin June 21st in Detroit.  Hit the jump for images of these two actresses being all sexy and stuff.

Update: We were just given the full press release.  Hit the jump to check it out

Topher Grace and Richard Gere to Star in Michael Brandt’s THE DOUBLE

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Topher Grace has signed on to co-star with Richard Gere in Michael Brandt’s upcoming thriller, The Double.  According to Screen Daily, “The Double centers on a retired CIA operative who partners with a young FBI agent to investigate the murder of a US senator that bears the hallmarks of a Soviet assassin long believed to be dead.”  Dammit!  What’s the point of winning the Cold War when there are still Soviet assassins running about?

The Double will be Brandt’s directorial debut.  He previously wrote the screenplay for Wanted and 3:10 to Yuma.  He co-wrote The Double with writing partner Derek Haas.  Filming is set to begin this June in Detroit.

Executive vice-president of production Patrick Aiello will produce along with Haas, Industry Entertainment’s Andrew Deane, and Hyde Park Chairman Ashok Amritraj.  Hit the jump for some quotes from Brandt and Amritraj.

Michelle Williams in Talks to Star in Noah Baumbach’s THE EMPEROR’S CHILDREN

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Michelle Williams is in negotiations to play one of the lead roles in director Noah Baumbach’s The Emperor’s Children. As we previous reported, the film centers on three Brown University graduates who are approaching their 30′s and are struggling to realize what their lives expectations are. The plot’s timeframe takes place during the events leading up to and directly following 9/11.  According to TheWrap, Williams would likely be playing the character of Danielle Minkoff, a TV documentary producer from the Midwest.  If she signs on, she’ll join actors Keira Knightley, Eric Bana, and Richard Gere.

Baumbach has also been linked to an adaptation of the children’s book Mr. Popper’s Penguins with Ben Stiller, who starred in Baumbach’s latest movie, Greenberg.  It’s unknown which project will be his next.

DAYS OF HEAVEN Criterion Blu-ray Review

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days_of_heaven_movie_image.jpgIs Days of Heaven a masterpiece? It has been canonized, codified, frozen in amber as such. That’s what happens when you’re Terrence Malick. When you make Badlands – one of the greatest debut features ever made – and then Days of Heaven a couple years later and then fall off the radar for a good twenty years, hell, it’s easy to see why the legend of Terry Mailck is so hard to deal with. Here he casts Richard Gere, Linda Manz and Brooke Adams as tramps that settle on a farm, and come to see Sam Shepherd’s character as a mark they can graft. But the film is so much more than that. My review of The Criterion Collection’s Blu-ray of Days of Heaven after the jump.

Noah Baumbach Replaces Ron Howard to Direct THE EMPEROR’S CHILDREN

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noah_baumbach_01.jpgNoah Baumbach, director of The Squid and the Whale and the new movie Greenberg, is now signed on to direct an adaptation of Claire Messud’s 2006 novel The Emperor’s Children. The Wrap is reporting that the Baumbach will be directing the film in place of the previously announced Ron Howard who will now produce with Brian Grazer. The film already has a decent cast established including Keira Knightly, Richard Gere, and Eric Bana.

The Emperor’s Children‘s plot is right up Baumbach’s alley, with a story not too far out of the realm of the director’s previous films. The dramedy will focus around three Brown University graduates who are approaching their 30′s and are struggling to realize what their lives expectations are. The plot’s timeframe unfolds from pre to post 9/11 in New York. Since Gere is a little old to be playing a struggling Brown University grad in his 30s, I’m assuming he’ll be playing more of a supporting role. The film is currently eyeing a summer start date.

Wesley Snipes, Don Cheadle and Richard Gere Interview BROOKLYN’S FINEST

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brooklyns_finest_movie_image_don_cheadle_and_wesley_snipes_.jpgPopular speculation views Antoine Fuqua’s picture, Brooklyn’s Finest, to be a re-hashed version of Martin Scorcese’s 2006 Oscar triumph, The Departed.  The assumption is that both movies use the same formula (powerful casts, acclaimed directors, and crooked cops v. career criminals) to tell the same story.  In reality, this comparison makes as much sense as Val Kilmer as Batman.  It quickly becomes apparent that Fuqua has seen those other cops and robbers films, and has literally flipped the script.

The actors themselves best explain why Fuqua’s soon-to-be-acclaimed picture successfully reinvents the cops and robbers formula.  In recent interviews with Wesley Snipes, Don Cheadle, and Richard Gere, the stars of the film explain what attracted each of them to the project, and what makes this film so unique.

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