Sony has released a bunch of new high resolution images from some of their big summer movies. Included in the bunch are Salt (starring Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Andre Braugher), The Karate Kid (starring Jaden Smith, Jackie Chan and Taraji P. Henson) and Eat Pray Love – which stars Julia Roberts, James Franco, Richard Jenkins, Viola Davis, Billy Crudup and Javier Bardem. Hit the jump for detailed synopses and tons of high resolution images.
Tom Hanks knows how to use the Twitter machine. This past weekend, he posted a picture of his still incomplete casting wall for his new movie Larry Crowne. When casting is finished, he will gaze at the wall and whisper, “You complete me,” and everyone else in the office will shift uncomfortably in their seats.
Among the new cast members are Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), two-time Emmy winner Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), George Takei (Original Star Trek), Wilmer Valderrama (That 70s Show), and Cedric the Entertainer (Cadillac Records). They’ll join stars Hanks and Julia Roberts in the story of “a man (Hanks) forced to reinvent himself and find a new career as he navigates the second act of his life.” Crowne will be the first film Hanks has directed since 1996′s That Thing You Do.
Hit the jump to see the photo an incomplete list of the incomplete cast.
Sony has released a new Karate Kid featurette that features Director Harald Zwart, Jaden Smith, and Jackie Chan talking about the story of the movie. It’s the kind of featurette that’s great for people that don’t know the premise of The Karate Kid, but for anyone that’s seen the original movie or the trailer for the new film, you won’t learn anything you didn’t know.
I saw the world premiere of The Karate Kid at ShoWest. While I didn’t love the film, I still think it’s going to be a huge movie for Sony as the generation it’s going for won’t have seen the original and the story will be new for them. For more than that, read or watch my video review here. Hit the jump for the featurette. The Karate Kid gets released June 11th.
Taraji P. Henson, who will play Jaden Smith’s mother this summer in the rather unfortunate remake of The Karate Kid, is about to sign on to look for love in the skies as a flight attendant in writer/director David E Talbert’s Baggage Claim, according to Black Voices.
Based on Talbert’s book of the same name, the flick would star Henson as Montana Moore, a 35-year-old flight attendant who decides to go on a 30-day, 30,000-mile quest in search of a husband in time for her sister’s Christmas eve engagement party. Sound a lot like something that might be cooked up by Tyler Perry? Well indeed, like Mr. Perry, Talbert, who made his directorial debut with First Sunday, is a black playwright who will wear all the big hats (writer/director/producer) for this flick.
Admittedly, the movie itself sounds more than a little meh, but after her turn as Shug in Craig Brewer’s Hustle & Flow (my single favorite movie of 2005) and as easily the funniest person in Joe Carnahan’s Smoking Aces, Henson is quickly turning into an actress I’ll watch in just about anything.
A second trailer for the remake of The Karate Kid has been released. If you saw the first trailer, you know the remake follows the same beats as the first film, except it takes place in China. Also, Jackie Chan plays the Mr. Miyagi character. Saying that, the new trailer is slick and very well put together. I’m confident kids who haven’t seen the original are going to eat this film up. Sony must be confident in the movie as they’re releasing it on June 11 – the heart of the summer. Hit the jump to check it out:
by Nico Posted: February 20th, 2010 at 10:40 am
What do you get when you put various sets of professional killers against Federal Agents? For starters, you get Smokin’ Aces and its prequel Smokin’ Aces 2: Assassins’ Ball. In at least one, they blow up a clown. That has to count for something, right? My full reviews after the jump:
Orlando Bloom has made us belief he’s an elf, a pirate, and a crusader, so it shouldn’t be too much of a stretch to convince us that he’s a doctor with a medical license and a stethoscope and everything. THR reports that he’ll topline the indie “Hitchockian” thriller The Good Doctor, which is about, “a frustrated doctor looking to impress his superiors and colleagues. When his 18-year-old patient, admitted for a kidney infection, provides him with the esteem he so craves, the doctor tampers with her treatment so that she’ll have to stay at the hospital with him.” So remember, next time you go to the hospital, make sure your doctor is feeling good about himself. My advice for Bloom’s character would be to go look in the mirror and realize he looks like Orlando Bloom.
Michael Pena, Troy Garity, Courtney Ford, Taraji P. Henson, Rob Morrow and J.K. Simmons are in negotiations to co-star. Here’s how THR breaks down Pena, Garity, and Ford’s roles: “Pena will play an orderly who discovers the doctor’s budding relationship and blackmails him for prescription painkillers. Garity is a successful, self-assured doctor, a counterpoint to Bloom. Ford is a woman who has eyes for Bloom’s character.”
The first set photos are up for “Kung Fu Kid”, and I don’t see an Italian teenager from Recita anywhere in them. I guess young Jaden Smith will suffice. Click the jump to see if Jaden can master the crane, or if Jackie Chan will teach him how to do chores that do not apply to self-defense.
David Fincher raises expectations. If nothing else, he’s one of the best technical filmmakers working today, and he’s also a man who commits to a number of projects but tends to put a film out every once in a while. So the fact that he followed up 2007′s Zodiac a couple of months later with The Curious Case of Benjamin Button was… curious to say the least.
The film follows the narrative of an elderly New Orleans woman, Daisy (Cate Blanchett) as she is about to die, and just as hurricane Katrina is about to hit. She’s attended by her daughter Caroline (Julia Ormond), and Daisy gives her daughter the journals of Benjamin Button (Brad Pitt) to read to her as she passes on. Button was born in 1918, and was born an old man. Thought to die shortly after birth, his real father Thomas Button (Jason Flemying) leaves him on the porch of a retirement home, run by Queenie (Taraji P. Henson), who then takes Button in.. But the further along Benjamin goes in life, the more it becomes apparent he’s aging backwards. He spends some time fighting in World War II, and falling in love with a Brittish spy’s wife (Tilda Swinton), but it appears the love of his life was always Daisy. The two just have troubles intersecting. And even when they finally do, Button’s got a clock.