Relativity has released three clips and 11 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage from Luc Besson‘s dark action-comedy The Family. The movie centers on the Manzonis, a mob family who are relocated to Normandy, France as part of the witness protection program, though they soon find that leaving their old, violent, retaliatory ways behind is harder than they expected.
Hit the jump to check out the clips and the behind-the-scenes footage. The film stars Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dianna Agron, John D’Leo, and Tommy Lee Jones. The Family opens September 13th.
New images from a trio of upcoming Relativity Media films have been released online for your viewing pleasure. Briefly:
- Out of the Furnace – Writer/director Scott Cooper’s character-centric crime drama stars Christian Bale as an ex-con steel worker who seeks vengeance when his brother (Casey Affleck) disappears after getting involved with a local crime ring. Woody Harrelson, Zoe Saldana, and Sam Shepard round out a stellar supporting cast. The film opens on December 6th.
- The Family – Director Luc Besson’s action comedy centers on a mob family headed up by Robert De Niro that moves to Italy as part of the witness protection program. They soon learn, though, that old habits die hard. Tommy Lee Jones and Michelle Pfeiffer also star. The film opens on September 13th.
- Don Jon – The excellent directorial debut of Joseph Gordon-Levitt centers on a contemporary, porn-addicted Don Juan-type who attempts to reform himself. Gordon-Levitt stars alongside Scarlett Johansson and Julianne Moore in the thought-provoking comedy, which opens on September 27th. Read Matt’s review here.
Hit the jump to check out the new images from the aforementioned films.
New posters have landed online for two star-studded ensembles that are headed to theaters later this year. Besides teasing the stellar cast, there’s really not much to the full theatrical poster for George Clooney’s new directorial effort The Monuments Men, but we do see Matt Damon flanked by Clooney, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, and Hugh Bonneville. Based on a true story, the film centers on an unlikely World War II platoon made up of museum directors, curators, and art historians tasked by FDR with going into Germany and rescuing artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves before they are lost forever. The film also stars Cate Blanchett and opens in theaters on December 20th.
Additionally, the first poster for Jon Turtletaub’s (National Treasure) comedy Last Vegas also highlights its ensemble, as we get a look at Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, and Kevin Kline laughing it up as a quartet of friends who get together to celebrate a bachelor party in Vegas. The film opens on November 1st. Hit the jump to check out both posters.
New images have been released from the upcoming films:
- Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues – Ron Burgundy, Veronica Corningstone, and the Channel 4 News Team stay classy in two new images. The film stars Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, and Steve Carell. The sequel opens December 20th.
- Prisoners – Three new images from the crime-thriller starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Terrence Howard, Melissa Leo, and Paul Dano. The film will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival before opening on September 20th.
- Grudge Match – The first official image from the film starring Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Kevin Hart, Alan Arkin, Jon Bernthal, Camden Gray, and Kim Basinger. The comedy gets into a crowded box office ring on December 25th.
Hit the jump to check out the images.
Two veteran Academy Award-winners are looking to team up once again. FilmNation Entertainment announced today that Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro are attached to star in the adaptation of author Ann Leary’s bestselling novel The Good House. The darkly comic drama tells the story of Hildy Good (Streep), a New England realtor and alcoholic who strikes up a relationship with an old flame (De Niro) when her new friend Rebecca becomes the subject of the town gossip. Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Michael Cunningham (The Hours) will pen the screenplay for the adaptation, but no director is attached just yet.
Streep will next be seen this fall in the ensemble adaptation August Osage County, while De Niro stars in the actioner The Family, the comedy Last Vegas, and David O. Russell’s American Hustle. Hit the jump to read the press release.
Producer Harvey Weinstein and Disney are getting back together again. Disney announced today that Weinstein will produce a feature film adaptation of the childrens book series Artemis Fowl, from author Eoin Colfer, marking a reunion between Weinstein and Disney after the two went their separate ways in 2005 over disputes regarding Weinstein’s Miramax studio. Described as “Die Hard with fairies,” Artemis Fowl follows the adventures of a 12-year-old criminal mastermind who kidnaps a fairy in order to harness its magic to save his family. A feature film adaptation of the book has been in the works for years, with Weinstein’s Miramax first acquiring the rights back in 2001. Now the uber producer is teaming back up with Disney in order to make the movie a reality.
Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal are onboard to executive produce Artemis Fowl, with Michael Goldenberg (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) writing the screenplay. The book series currently spans eight novels, so Disney is no doubt hoping to spawn a new franchise. Hit the jump to read the full press release.
The previously-released trailer for Luc Besson’s The Family (still titled Malavita overseas) promised a dark, quirky action-comedy along the lines of Analyze This. This new international cut provides a decidedly more serious tone and almost comes across as a straight-up mob movie. The Family centers on the Manzoni family, who are relocated to France as part of the Witness Protection program, but soon find that old habits die hard.
Starring Robert De Niro, Tommy Lee Jones, Michelle Pfeiffer and Dianna Agron, The Family opens stateside on September 13th. Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.
CBS Films has released the full-length trailer for director Jon Turtletaub’s (National Treasure) new comedy Last Vegas. The film stars Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, and Kevin Kline as four old friends who decide to throw a Las Vegas bachelor party for the only one of them who has remained single (Douglas). While the first teaser was actually pretty funny, this new trailer lays on the “old people are old” jokes way too heavily, most of which you can see coming from a mile away. That being said, there appears to be some promising relationship interplay between the lifelong friends and the cast is certainly impressive, so here’s hoping there’s more to Last Vegas than wall-to-wall old-age jokes.
Hit the jump to watch the new trailer. The film also stars Mary Steenburgen, Jerry Ferrara, Romany Malco, and Roger Bart. Last Vegas opens on November 1st.
The first trailer for Mark Steven Johnson’s action thriller Killing Season is now available. Starring John Travolta and Robert De Niro as two military veterans, the movie pits them against each other in a test for survival when past grievances bubble to the surface. This one came completely out of left field and this trailer hints at just why that might be. I have no idea why De Niro or Travolta signed on, unless it was to take another crack at an action film, but this first look doesn’t exactly promise the best work of their careers. At least Travolta has another bizarre style of facial hair to add to his repertoire; this iteration might top Battlefield Earth and Swordfish.
Also starring Milo Ventimiglia, Killing Season opens July 12th. Hit the jump to watch the trailer.
You will know if you are the target audience for Killing Season as soon as you hear the tagline: “The purest form of war is one on one.” So, are you in?
If somehow you’re still on the fence: Robert De Niro plays a military veteran who retreats to a cabin in the Appalachian Mountains to forget his experience in the Bosnian War. He befriends a European tourist (John Travolta) who—surprise!—is a former Serbian soldier out for revenge. Thus begins the purest form of war. Travolta’s Serbian accent alone may be worth the price of admission when Killing Season, directed by Mark Steven Johnson, opens on July 12. Milo Ventimiglia and Elizabeth Olin co-star. Hit the jump to see the first batch of images and the trailer.
Relativity Media has released the first trailer for director Luc Besson’s (The Fifth Element) comedic actioner The Family (previously known as Malavita). It’s nice to see Robert DeNiro back in mobster mode, even if The Family is closer to Analyze This than Goodfellas. The movie manages to get the whole family in on the dark humor as they bring their own brand of American mafia justice to the French countryside. Besson’s signature blend of action and quirky comedy are on display, so for fans of his previous films – and films like Red, True Lies and The Whole Nine Yards, which seem to have a similar vibe - The Family should be on your radar.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Michelle Pfeiffer, Tommy Lee Jones, Dianna Agron (Glee), and John D’Leo (Wanderlust). The Family opens on September 20th.
Relativity Media has released the first images and poster for writer/director Luc Besson’s upcoming comedic actioner The Family (previously titled Malavita). The film stars Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Tommy Lee Jones and centers on a notorious mafia family who gets relocated to Normandy as part of the witness protection program. Though they’re seemingly out of harm’s way, the family finds it hard to let go of some of their more colorful old habits and soon find themselves “handling things the ‘family’ way.” The first trailer is expected to debut later tonight, so be sure to check back to get a look at the film in action.
Hit the jump to check out the images and poster. The film also stars Dianna Agron and John D’Leo. The Family opens on September 20th.
Though director David O. Russell is currently busy helming his follow-up to last year’s Silver Linings Playbook, it appears that he’s lining up another high-profile project for the near future. A report has surfaced claiming that Russell is attached to both write and direct the long-in-the-works JFK conspiracy film Legacy of Secrecy. The film is based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Lamar Waldron and Thom Hartmann, which asserts that Mafia godfather Carlos Marcello confessed to FBI informant Jack Van Laningham to having ordered JFK’s assassination. As part of a dangerous and long-secret undercover operation, the FBI positioned Van Laningham to become confidant to Marcello, who ruled organized crime in Louisiana and most of Texas for decades.
Leonardo DiCaprio came onboard to produce and star in the pic back in 2010, and is expected to play Van Laningham. Hit the jump for more, including the prospect of Robert De Niro joining the cast.
CBS Films has released the first trailer for director Jon Turtletaub’s (National Treasure) upcoming comedy Last Vegas. The film stars Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, and Kevin Kline as four old friends who decide to throw a Las Vegas bachelor party for the only one of them who has remained single (Douglas). This teaser trailer sells the film hard as “The Hangover with old guys,” but despite the forced premise, Last Vegas actually looks like it could be kind of fun. All four of the lead actors are Academy Award winners, and it’s interesting to see someone like Freeman just completely let loose and go full-on comedy.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Mary Steenburgen, Jerry Ferrara, Romany Malco, and Roger Bart. Last Vegas opens on November 1st.
Creating the perfect mix of drama, comedy, romance, and powerful acting is often a theatrical recipe that stands just out of reach of most productions. Sometimes the drama and romance is there, but the comedic moments fall flat, or the actors give their all to a script that jumps from place to place, fostering few laughs and even fewer tears. Silver Linings Playbook, an Academy nominated film with an award-winning cast, gives audiences a full helping of laughs, tears, and embraces in amazing, yet equal measure, brought to the table by a stellar group of actors who not only made their characters lovable, but astonishingly believable.