There are some settings that don’t quite work with a soft, romantic approach. There’s no romanticizing child labor or human trafficking or abject poverty. James Gray’s The Immigrant shows there’s also no romanticizing prostitution in New York City in 1921. Gray attempts to spin a complicated love triangle though an elegant web, but two of the three main characters get stuck in mushy, bland roles despite the best efforts of the actors. What’s meant to carry an air of tragedy, damnation, and the hint of redemption ultimately comes off as silly due to Gray’s misguided approach.
Just two months until David O. Russell‘s American Hustle hits theaters on December 13. The story is based on the Abscam sting operation that uncovered widespread political corruption in the late 1970s. We have seen the awesome “Good Times Bad Times” trailer and a few images, but no poster. Fortunately, Steve has you covered: He snapped photos of character posters for Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, and Jennifer Lawrence on the way to a screening.
We expect Sony to officially release these online at some point (likely with an Amy Adams poster to complete the set), so check back for higher resolution down the road. Hit the jump for an early taste. [Update: Sony has sent over the official high-resolution versions of the posters, complete with Amy Adams. Check them out after the jump.]
Universal is making headway on its follow-up to the 2012 pseudo-spinoff The Bourne Legacy, as a screenwriter has been tapped to further the adventures of Jeremy Renner’s chems-obsessed Aaron Cross. While Universal announced that it was “actively working” on a new Bourne film a few months ago, Deadline reports that Sherlock Holmes and Invictus screenwriter Anthony Peckham has been brought on to write the script for another Bourne movie. While Universal would obviously love to bring Matt Damon back into the fold, this follow-up is designed to continue Cross’ story; it would appear that Damon is still reluctant to return. Hit the jump for more.
Sony Pictures has released the first trailer for David O. Russell‘s American Hustle. The story is based on an undercover sting operation called “Abscam”, which was set up in the 1980s by a con artist working for the FBI who rooted out corruption in Congress. Christian Bale plays the con artist, Amy Adams plays his lover/accomplice, Bradley Cooper plays an FBI agent, and Jennifer Lawrence is set as Bale’s “loose cannon of a Long Island house wife.” Those plot and character details are mostly absent from the trailer, but we do get a look at what could be a wild and fun ride.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film stars Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Christian Bale, Jeremy Renner, Louis C.K., Michael Pena, and Jack Jones. American Hustle opens in limited release on December 13th before going wide on December 25th. [Update: We've replaced the video embed with a higher-quality version and added high-quality images.]
Writer-director Tommy Wirkola’s style is one that will either delight you with its over-the-top gore and sick brand of humor, or will disgust you for the same reasons. I’m happily in the former camp. My first introduction to Wirkola’s work was the fantastic original film Dead Snow – two words: Nazi zombies. While I missed his broader effort Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters when it opened in theaters, last night I had the opportunity to attend the premiere of the film in all of its uncut glory. The film may not have found its audience stateside, but the global box office of nearly $225 million gives hope that Wirkola will be around for future efforts. Perhaps the unrated cut version of Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, available now on digital platforms and due out on Blu-ray/DVD on June 11th, will find more of a home with American audiences. For my review of that particular cut, which features 12 minutes of previously-unseen bloody and violent footage, hit the jump.
The 2013 Cannes Film Festival begins today, and new images have been released for these movies in the fest’s line-up:
- Behind the Candelabra – Directed by Steven Soderbergh, starring Michael Douglas, Matt Damon, Dan Aykroyd, Rob Lowe, and Debbie Reynolds.
- Nebraska – Directed by Alexander Payne, starring Bruce Dern, Will Forte, Stacy Keach, and Bob Odenkirk.
- The Immigrant – Directed by James Gray, starring Joaquin Phoenix, Marion Cotillard, and Jeremy Renner.
- As I Lay Dying – Directed and starring James Franco, co-starring Tim Blake Nelson, Logan Marshall-Green, and Danny McBride.
Hit the jump for the images and synopses. The 2013 Cannes Film Festival runs from May 15 – May 26th.
Director David O. Russell’s follow-up to last year’s crowdpleasing awards contender Silver Linings Playbook now has a title. Previously referred to as American Bullshit, the pic is now titled American Hustle per Box Office Mojo. The story is based on a real-life undercover sting operation called “Abscam”, which was set up in the 1980s by a con artist working for the FBI who rooted out corruption in Congress. The film boasts an incredible ensemble cast that includes a number of Russell regulars like Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Robert De Niro as well as some exciting Russell newcomers like Jeremy Renner, Louis C.K., Michael Pena, and Jack Huston.
Russell is currently in the middle of production on American Hustle in the New York City area, and we’ve already seen a number of wildly entertaining set photos of the cast done up in their 80s garb. The film opens in limited release on December 13th before going wide on Christmas Day, and it’s safe to assume that American Hustle will be a serious player in this year’s awards race.
Paramount Pictures is now officially developing a sequel to this past January’s R-rated genre pic Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. You’d be forgiven for being a bit surprised at the news, as the film was a flop domestically with a total gross of just $54.6 million. However, overseas the film has now taken in over $150 million. Against a purported budget of $50 million, the pic’s worldwide gross of $205 million is apparently enough to justify moving forward with the follow-up, as Deadline reports that a sequel is now officially in development. Hit the jump for more.
John Carpenter’s 1981 post-apocalyptic thriller Escape from New York is the latest property to get a face-lift. The original starred Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken, an eye-patching wearing, bank-robbing convict tasked with venturing into the maximum security prison that has become Manhattan in order to rescue the President (Donald Pleasence) and gain his freedom. A reboot was attempted a few years ago but New Line let the rights lapse. Now, Joel Silver’s Silver Pictures and Studio Canal are teaming up to bring a new look (and a new face) to the franchise with plans of an origin story and eventual trilogy. Hit the jump for more.
Sony Pictures has given Silver Linings Playbook director David O. Russell’s next film a prime awards season release date later this year. The untitled project (formerly known as American Bullshit) will hit theaters in limited release on December 13th before going wide on Christmas Day. The pic is based on a real-life undercover sting operation called Abscam, which was set up in the 1980s by a con artist working for the FBI who rooted out corruption in Congress.
The cast reads like a “Best Of” from Russell’s filmography, as Bradley Cooper and Christian Bale are set in the leads with Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Louis C.K., Jeremy Renner, and Alessandro Nivola (Face/Off) rounding out the ensemble. Hit the jump for more.
The Avengers was the highest-grossing film of 2012, so it’s no surprise that some of its cast would be presenting at this year’s Academy Awards. The film is nominated for Best Visual Effects (although the momentum seems headed in the direction of Life of Pi), and the Academy has sent out a press release announcing that most of the superhero team will be presenting this year’s awards. Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner, and Mark Ruffalo will be presenting together, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re presenting for the technical categories (Visual Effects, Sound Mixing, and Sound Editing). I assume Chris Hemsworth and Scarlett Johansson were unavailable. In any event, I hope the guys will have some witty banter, and even if they don’t, I’m sure Downey will make it entertaining anyway.
Hit the jump for the press release. The Academy Awards will be held on February 24th at 7pm (EST) on ABC.
Fresh off his turn as a blood-thirsty witch hunter in the aptly named Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, star Jeremy Renner is turning his attention to something a bit more serious. Deadline reports that Renner is set to star in the thriller Kill the Messenger, which is based on the true story of a news reporter named Gary Webb whose life was ruined when he linked the CIA to a scheme to arm Contra rebels in Nicaragua and import cocaine into California. After publishing his 1996 series “Dark Alliance,” Webb became the target of a smear campaign by the CIA that eventually drove him to depression and suicide.
It’s certainly a meaty role for Renner, and one I’m eager to see him take on following his recent string of actioners. Michael Cuesta (Homeland, Dexter) will direct from a script by Peter Landesman, which is based on two non-fiction books: Webb’s Dark Alliance and Nick Schou’s Kill the Messenger. Renner will also produce alongside Dan Handfield, and production is set to get underway this summer after the actor wraps his role in David O. Russell’s untitled 1980s drama.
Nearly a year after it was first scheduled to hit theatres, Paramount’s Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters is poised to take first place at the weekend box office. The R-rated fantasy starring Jeremy Renner earned an estimated $6 million from its 3,372 locations on Friday, suggesting a three-day total of $15 million. That’s $5 million short of studio expectations; but it’s not bad for a film with a 14% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Fellow-newcomer Movie 43 claimed a 6% RT rank and see what happened? On Friday, the collection of comedy shorts earned $1.8 million from 2,023 locations and is looking at a weekend of just $5 million. FilmDistrict’s Parker, the last of the R-rated newcomers, saw an opening of $2.1 million from 2,224 locations. The action movie could get as high as $6 million by Sunday: an opening that would fall below both Killer Elite and Safe on the list of Jason Statham’s recent disappointments. Check back tomorrow for full results.
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If you needed extra incentive to go see Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters when it opens this week, perhaps the bonus of seeing a preview of four minutes of footage from G.I. Joe: Retaliation will convince you. Audiences will be treated to four minutes of 3D footage from the Jon M. Chu-directed sequel starring Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis, Channing Tatum and ALL the ninjas! G.I. Joe: Retaliation opens March 29th.
Make sure to get caught up on all of our recent G.I. Joe: Retaliation coverage, including interviews with Chu, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Adrianne Palicki and a recent Japanese trailer for the film. Hit the jump to watch a preview of the G.I. Joe: Retaliation footage that will screen in front of Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters starting January 24th.
New images from Tommy Wirkola’s darkly twisted fairy tale Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters show off titular stars Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton, along with some new looks at the villainous villainess, played by Famke Janssen. You can check out a recent interview with Janssen about the movie here, along with another set of previously released images and the latest trailer.
Also starring Peter Stormare, Zoe Bell and Thomas Mann, Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters opens January 25th. Hit the jump to see the new images.