Warner Bros. is second-guessing its musical adaptation of Jersey Boys. The Jon Favreau-helmed project had been on track at the studio for a January production start date and Christmas 2013 release, but Variety now reports that WB has put the project into turnaround. The film is based on the smash hit musical and tells the story of The Four Seasons, chronicling the group’s rise in the 1960s with such hits as “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Walk Like a Man.” It’s a whole lot of fun, and having seen the show I’d liken it to a musical version of a lighter Goodfellas.
Hit the jump for more, including why Warner Bros. dropped the project and who Favreau is eyeing for the leads.
Samuel L. Jackson (The Avengers) and Dominic Cooper (Captain America: The First Avenger) are set to topline director Peter Howitt’s indie drama, Reasonable Doubt. The film, written by Peter Dowling (Flightplan) and formerly titled The Good Samaritan, follows an assistant D.A. who prosecutes a fatal hit-and-run case with inconclusive evidence. As the man on trial is then acquitted, the assistant D.A. struggles to hunt him down. Variety doesn’t report on specifics of Jackson and Cooper’s characters, but they go on to say that the film will be a co-production of Paradox Entertainment, South Creek Pictures and Bavariapool.
Earlier this week I literally dreamed about The Dark Knight Rises. Not that I was in the movie. Not that I was Batman. Just that I was in the theater watching it for the first time. And I woke up with a sense of joy that followed me around for hours. Even now I can’t decide exactly what this says about me or whether it’s a good or bad thing that I’m so excited for a single moviegoing experience. Part of me is a little disappointed in my subconscious for dreaming on such a micro level. Another part is encouraged that it finds such joy in the “little things”. Regardless, those precious two hours and forty-five minutes or so on midnight of July 20th can’t get here soon enough.
All personal issues aside, this week’s iteration of the Top 5 includes the new trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson‘s The Master, Brave interviews with John Lasseter, director Mark Andrews and more, Brendan’s latest Cinemath feature, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World interviews with Steve Carell, Keira Knightley and more, and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter interviews with Tim Burton and co. The search for a brief recap and link to each concludes after the jump.
Now playing is director Timur Bekmambetov‘s (Wanted) Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Based on the book of the same name from Pride and Prejudice and Zombies author Seth Grahame-Smith and produced by Tim Burton, the film imagines that Lincoln’s mother and grandfather were killed by a vampire and that the president’s resolve to end slavery was due in part to the “fact” that vampires were involved with the slave trade. Playing Lincoln is newcomer Benjamin Walker and he stars alongside Rufus Sewell, Anthony Mackie, Dominic Cooper, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. For more on the film, here’s all our previous coverageand three clips with twenty minutes of behind-the-scenes footage.
Last weekend I got to speak with Dominic Cooper, Rufus Sewell, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead in New York City. We talked about their reaction when they first heard the title and how their characters changed from when they first got the script to the finished film. Hit the jump to watch.
Director Niels Arden Oplev’s (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) revenge thriller Dead Man Down now has a release date. The film stars Colin Farrell as a mobster’s hitman out for revenge who teams up with a crime victim also seeking retribution to fulfill their violent plot for vengeance. Per THR, FilmDistrict will release the pic on April 5th, 2013. As of now, the only other film slated for the same weekend is the untitled comedy starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy.
The impressive cast for Dead Man Down also includes Terrence Howard and Dominic Cooper, and Farrell is looking to have quite the run of films in the near future. He stars later this year in Total Recall, followed by In Bruges director Martin McDonaugh’s Seven Psychopaths alongside Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken. He’s currently still filming Dead Man Down, but he recently entered talks to star in Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks with Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter attempts to walk the line between solemn grit and bombastic action. The film stumbles around the line, falls off of it, gropes in the dark to find the line again, give a big goofy smile at no one in particular, regains a wobbly balance before taking a proud stride forward only to constantly repeat this bizarre range of motions. The film is an exercise in pushing the limits of going big while keeping a straight face. In its action scenes, there’s not a shred of doubt that director Timur Bekmambetov is trying to find laughs in lunacy to make up for the dearth of humor in the “serious” scenes. But what appears to be an attempt at balance simply comes off as measured schizophrenia, and what should be a fun twist on half-remembered American history instead becomes a dark twist on historiography.
We’ve been provided with three clips and 20 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage from Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Based on the Seth Grahame-Smith novel of the same name, the film delves into the “secret” past of our nation’s 16th president and documents his quest to cut as many vampires in half as possible after they murder his mother. Wanted helmer Timur Bekmambetov directs with producer Tim Burton onboard to make sure things stay strange, which is crucial when your film’s title is Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
Hit the jump to watch the clips. Be sure to check out Steve’s set visit coverage including 30 things to know plus a video blog, and interviews with Bekmambetov, Benjamin Walker, and Dominic Cooper. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter opens in 3D on June 22nd.
Apologies for the lack of a Top 5 last weekend. I was so busy prepping to get married, and eventually getting married, that I had to cash in a “sick day” on the best weekend job a person could ask for. The good news is that I have no intention on making this a routine (either the “sick day” or the getting married) so we should be good to go on the regular Top 5 installments for the foreseeable future. The bad news is that I doubt the substantial pile of wedding cards filled with cash/gift cards will catch on as a routine either. You win some you lose some, I guess.
In this week’s return edition you can find a recap of our Total Recall set visit coverage, a new trailer for Breaking Bad Season 5 alongside a fan-made recap of Seasons 1-4, continuing coverage of Prometheus such as Blu-ray details, a sequel recap and more, the first full trailer for Resident Evil: Retribution, and our Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter set visit. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each.
Over the last few years, Dominic Cooper has played small but important roles in films like Captain America: The First Avenger, My Week with Marilyn, Tamara Drew, An Education, and The Duchess. In director Timur Bekmambetov‘s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, he again plays a small but important role, except this time he’s a vampire. In the film, Cooper plays a good vampire named Henry Sturgess, and he helps train and guide our President against the vampires that would do us harm.
Last year I visited the production when they were filming in New Orleans and participated in an extended group interview with Cooper. He talked about his initial reaction to the title, how he prepared for the role, the tone of the film, the physical demands of the role, working with the rest of the cast, and more. In addition, Cooper talked about playing Howard Stark in Captain America: The First Avenger and if he might be back in the sequel, his experience making The Devil’s Double, possibly playing Robert Capa, and more. Hit the jump for what he had to say.
A new green band trailer for director Timur Bekmambetov’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter has landed online. While I’ve been pretty iffy about the stylized historical reimagining thus far, the most recent red band trailer and this green band one show promise. In lieu of the jarring, quick-cut action sequences from the first few trailers, this clip slows things down a bit and features some nice sweeping shots and more character-driven dialogue.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film stars Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper, Rufus Sewell, Anthony Mackie, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter opens in 3D on June 22nd.
I’ve been running cold on Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, but Fox has now released a new red-band trailer for the film, and I’m starting to warm up to the flick. While it looks like half of the movie will be speed-ramped, I can now make out the action on screen, and characters are actually talking to each other. I’m also surprised at how bloody this looks, and I’m starting to wonder if Fox will release two R-rated blockbusters this summer (the other is Ridley Scott‘s Prometheus). Keep in mind that director Timur Bekmambetov‘s previous film, Wanted, went out in the summer of 2008 with an R-rating and raked in $341 million worldwide, although having Angelina Jolie in your movie doesn’t hurt.
Hit the jump to check out the “Red-Band” (unrated would be a more accurate description) trailer. The film stars Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper, Rufus Sewell, Anthony Mackie, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter opens in 3D on June 22nd.
It was announced today that Pierce Brosnan and Dominic Cooper have been set to star in the espionage action-thriller November Man. The film is based on Bill Granger’s novel There Are No Spies and “tells the tale of an ex-CIA operative who is brought back in on a very personal mission and finds himself pitted against his former pupil in a deadly game involving high level CIA officials and the Russian president-elect.” Production is set to begin in October in Berlin, with Roger Donaldson (The Bank Job) onboard to direct from a script by Michael Finch (Predators) and Karl Gajdusek (Tresspass).
Cooper has had a string of high profile roles as of late, as he starred as Howard Stark in last year’s Captain America: The First Avenger and turned heads with his stellar performance in The Devils Double. He’ll be seen this summer in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Hit the jump to read the full press release regarding November Man.
After briefly flirting with the revenge thriller Motor City, actor Dominic Cooper is now set to join Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace in the actioner Dead Man Down. The revenge tale stars Farrell as a mobster’s hitman bent on revenge and Rapace as “a mysterious, scarred beauty” who has intimate knowledge of Farrell’s past. Variety reports that Cooper is in talks to play a family man who works as Farrell’s partner. Niels Arden Oplev, who directed Rapace in the Swedish iteration of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, is onboard to helm the pic with Neal Moritz (Fast and Furious franchise) producing.
Cooper earned notice for his starring turn in last year’s The Devil’s Double, and also appeared in Captain America: The First Avenger and My Week with Marilyn. He’ll next be seen in the historical documentary Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, which opens this summer. Production on Dead Man Down begins later this month.
Dominic Cooper was set to lead Albert Hughes‘ revenge thriller Motor City, but has dropped out due to a scheduling conflict. Variety reports that Warner Bros. and production company Dark Castle are scrambling to find a new lead, and they are now in talks with Jake Gyllenhaal for the lead role. If Gyllenhaal signs on, he would play “a felon who, after being released from prison, begins tracking down the men who framed him.” Amber Heard will play the woman he loves, and Gary Oldman will play “a kingpin-type pulling the strings and who has his hooks into the woman.” Filming is set to begin next month.
Gyllenhaal will next be seen in David Ayer‘s cop action-drama End of Watch co-starring Michael Peña, Anna Kendrick, Frank Grillo, and America Ferrera. The film opens September 28th.
The teaser trailer for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter has gone online. The film re-imagines our 16th President as a statesman by day and a vampire slayer by night. This trailer proves three things: 1) Johnny Cash‘s reading of Revelations 6:1 (from “The Man Comes Around”) can dignify just about anything; 2) Abraham Lincoln knew axe-fu; 3) Fox is selling this movie as totally serious. Not a hint of a joke. Also, the action goes by so fast, that you can’t really appreciate most of the moves or even tell what’s happening. Ultimately, audiences will look at this teaser and think, “That’s not a real movie, right?”
The film stars Benjamin Walker, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Anthony Mackie, Dominic Cooper, Alan Tudyk, Jimmi Simpson, and Rufus Sewell. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter opens in 3D on June 22nd.