New Trailer for ABDUCTION Starring Taylor Lautner

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The second trailer for The Lautner Iden—er—Abduction has hit the web. The film pegs Taylor Lautner as an action hero and centers on a young man who’s out to uncover the truth as to why a baby photo of himself wound up on a missing persons website. While the first trailer focused on telling the story, this one plays much more like a fast-cut TV spot that’s very heavy on the action and light on dialogue. I think Lautner only speaks once. The supporting cast is pretty impressive, but I still have trouble taking Lautner seriously as an action star.

Directed by John Singleton, the film stars Lautner, Lily Collins, Sigourney Weaver, Danny Glover, Alfred Molina, Michael Nyqvist, Maria Bello, and Jason Isaacs. Abduction opens on September 23rd. Hit the jump to watch the trailer.

Comic-Con 2011: AWAKE Pilot Screening and Panel Recap

by     Posted 2 years, 276 days ago

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Every now and then a TV show captures your eye and won’t let go of your imagination. For me, simply seeing the trailer for the high-concept NBC drama Awake was enough to leave me wanting more. Thanks to the pilot screening and Q&A of Awake in Room 6A earlier today, I came away with a lot of answers and some new mysteries. During the brief panel afterwards, star Jason Isaacs (Lucious Malfoy in Harry Potter), writer Kyle Killen, and executive producer Howard Gordon answered a string of questions that drove home that they aren’t afraid of taking risks and doing something different. For my impressions of the pilot and a recap of the panel, hit the jump.

Trailer for THE WHISTLEBLOWER Starring Rachel Weisz

by     Posted 2 years, 331 days ago

The US trailer for The Whistleblower has gone online.  Based on real events, Rachel Weisz stars as a UN peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia who uncovers rampant corruption and a massive cover-up of criminal activity.  The film played the festival circuit last year to positive notices and I’m glad I’ll finally get a chance to see it in the near future.  In addition to Weisz, the impressive cast features David Strathairn, Monica Bellucci, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jason Isaacs, and Vanessa Redgrave.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The Whistleblower opens August 5th.

New Trailer for CARS 2

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A new trailer for Pixar’s Cars 2 has been released. This marks the third full-length trailer because it’s not like this movie sells itself. The film follows Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) as he sets out to compete in the World Grand Prix, all while Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) gets wrapped up in some international espionage.  This new trailer not only has a car falling into a vat of poop, but also has an awful song to go along with it.  You can argue that Pixar needs this kind of widely-accessible film to give them the money to do riskier fare like Ratatouille, but Pixar made its name on not pandering to the lowest common denominator and still making crazy money.  I fear for this film.

Hit the jump for the synopsis and trailer.  Cars 2 also features the voice talent of Emily Mortimer, Jason Isaacs, Bruce Campbell, John Turturro, Thomas Kretschmann, and Michael Caine. It opens in 3D June 24th.

New Trailer for HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS – PART 2

by     Posted 2 years, 361 days ago

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Warner Bros. has released a new trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2.  There’s really only one word to sum up this trailer, however cliched its use might be: epic. It begins with a warped version of the Harry Potter theme that we’ve all come to know and love, generating some fantastic tension for what’s ahead. Fans of the book will not be disappointed and may let out a shriek or two at some of the memorable moments glimpsed in the trailer. I’m loving the operatic feel that Part 2 looks to embody, and can’t wait to see how David Yates and Co. wrap up the most successful franchise in film history this summer.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, and Ralph Fiennes.  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 opens in 3D on July 15th.

TV Casting Call: Jason Isaacs Joins NBC’s INCEPTION-Like Pilot REM and Ashley Judd Goes MISSING for ABC

by     Posted 3 years, 61 days ago

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Earlier this month we found out NBC had picked up an Inception-like pilot from Lone Star creator Kyle Killen. The series, titled REM, is said to be a procedural hybrid which follows the simultaneous and parallel lives of a detective who can not let go of any aspect of his fractured family after a horrible car accident. Now Deadline reports Jason Isaacs (who plays Luciius Malfoy in the Harry Potter franchise) has landed the lead role in the new pilot. Apparently the actor was quite the popular commodity this development season receiving about a half-dozen offers for various new series. This is one pilot I’ll be looking forward to with great interest.

Though she’s taken part in several crime thrillers like Kiss the Girls on the big screen, Ashley Judd is ready to make a jump to her first full-time TV job. TV Line reports the actress is in talks to lead ABC’s new drama series Missing. The show would follow a former CIA agent (Judd) who travels overseas in search of her son who has gone MIA. The series comes from writer Greg Poirier (National Treasure: Book of Secrets) who will also serve as executive producer while Dexter director Steve Shill is set to direct the pilot and several more episodes.

New Images from CARS 2

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Pixar’s most merchandiseable franchise, Cars, is set to return to theaters on June 24.  A couple of weeks ago we showed you a pair of posters for Cars 2.  Before that we showed you the first trailer and a plethora of images from the much-anticipated sequel.  And today, Pixar has released two new images that hint at the international plot.

Cars 2 features the voices of Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy, Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer, and Jason Isaacs.  Hit the jump for the new images and more information.

58 High Resolution Images from HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS – Part 1; Many Are New

by     Posted 3 years, 164 days ago

Are the nine more days until the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 just too grueling to endure?  Then you should just look through these 58 images from the movie.  Warner Bros. can afford to throw secrecy out the window since A) everyone has read the book and B) everyone is going to see the movie anyway.

And if this plethora of images isn’t enough for you, then be sure to read about Steve’s visit to the set, check out his interviews with Daniel Radcliffe, Warwick Davis, Rupert Grint, Evanna Lynch and director David Yates, and watch six clips from the movie.  Hit the jump to check out the images.  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 opens November 19th.

First Image and Official Synopsis for ABDUCTION Starring Taylor Lautner

by     Posted 3 years, 169 days ago

Since breaking out in a big way with the Twilight films, Taylor Lautner has been extremely busy on a litany of projects.  Today, straight from the American Film Market (AFM), we bring you the first image and an official synopsis of Lautner’s upcoming film Abudction, directed by John Singleton (Boys n the Hood).  The film is a thriller which centers around a young man who sets out to uncover the truth after finding a baby photo of himself listed on a missing persons website.   When we spoke to Lautner earlier this year, he spoke briefly about this project, but the synopsis here elaborates much more. Since previously telling you that Sigourney Weaver had joined the project, quite a few more impressive names have joined the cast. They include Lily Collins (pictured with Lautner), Danny Glover, Alfred Molina, Michael Nyqvist, Maria Bello, and Jason Isaacs.

This project actually sounds pretty interesting, and the talented John Singleton has rounded up a fine cast.  This seems like a smart move on Lautner’s part.  He’s able to take roles in the larger projects like Stretch Armstrong, but choosing to do a more dramatic film like this one shows that he’s not all about  the paycheck/flashy roles. Check out the image in high resolution and official synopsis after the jump. Abduction is set to hit theaters sometime in 2011.

UPDATE: We’ve been asked by the studio to remove the images. Sorry if you missed them.

Six More Posters for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1

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I previously wondered how many posters Warner Bros. would be releasing for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1.  With the release of six more posters, the count currently stands at 18.  There are eighteen different posters out there to help inform you that this little indie flick about a boy wizard on the run from evil wizards is coming out soon.  If you like rooting for the villains, then the tagline for you is “The Hunt Begins” (although I’m pretty sure they’ve been hunting him for at least three movies now) and if you’re for the heroes, then the tagline goes “Trust No One”.  It looks like the next Harry Potter will be an uplifting little movie.

Hit the jump to check out the new posters.  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 opens November 19th.

GREEN ZONE Review

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Sometimes a director’s worth isn’t measured by how turns a strong script into a brilliant picture, but by how he makes an entertaining movie out of nothing.  By that measure, Green Zone director Paul Greengrass is one of the best filmmakers working today.  His latest film is like the next chapter in the Bourne franchise but without interesting characters or a thoughtful narrative.  Matt Damon plays a rogue soldier looking for the truth about WMD in Iraq.  The film doesn’t embrace the absurdity of how the Iraq War began or the disgusting cost in blood and treasure that resulted.  What it does embrace is so much energy that you’ll be too electrified to notice how much you’re missing.

Director Paul Greengrass Interview GREEN ZONE

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Opening tomorrow is the new film from director Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum, United 93) Green Zone.  Starring Matt Damon as a weapons inspector looking for WMD’s in the early days of the U.S. led Iraqi War, Greengrass has taken his trademark style and applied it to a real story.  Trust me, if you enjoyed the last two Bourne movies, I’m extremely confident you’ll like Green Zone.

To help promote the film, I recently got to participate in a small roundtable interview with Greengrass in New York City.  During our extended interview he talked to us about almost every aspect of the filmmaking process – from editing to being on set.  He literally covered everything.  If you’re curious how Green Zone was made, it’s an awesome interview.  Hit the jump to check it out:

Matt Damon Interview GREEN ZONE – Read or Listen to an Extended Interview with this Great Actor

by     Posted 4 years, 43 days ago

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Opening tomorrow is the new film from director Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum, United 93) Green Zone.  Starring Matt Damon as a weapons inspector looking for WMD’s in the early days of the U.S. led Iraqi War, Greengrass has taken his trademark style and applied it to a real story.  Trust me when I say, if you enjoyed the last two Bourne movies, I’m extremely confident you’ll like Green Zone.

To help promote the film, I recently got to participate in a small roundtable interview with Matt Damon in New York City.  While getting even 15 minutes with Damon would be great as he’s an A list actor, our roundtable interview lasted over 30 minutes and we literally discussed everything.  From making Green Zone to every project he has coming up, no stone was left unturned.  Trust me, if you’re a fan of this great actor, this is a must read interview.  As always, I’ve also provided the audio.  Hit the jump to check it out and definitely catch Green Zone this weekend:

Jason Isaacs Interview GREEN ZONE

by     Posted 4 years, 44 days ago

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While a lot of you only know Jason Isaacs from his work as Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter movies, he’s been in plenty of other films over the past two decades like Black Hawk Down, The Patriot, and Event Horizon.  And this weekend, he plays a tough as nails member of the military in director Paul Greengrass’ (The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum, United 93) Green Zone.  The movie is set in the early days of the U.S. led Iraq War and Matt Damon plays a weapons inspector looking for WMD’s.  If you enjoyed the last two Bourne movies, I’m extremely confident you’ll like Green Zone.

To help promote the film, I recently got to participate in a roundtable interview with Jason Isaacs in New York City.  He talked about how he got the part, what it was like to film Green Zone, what’s coming up in the next two Harry Potter films, and what else he’s working on.  Read or listen to the interview after the jump:

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