Here’s a safe bet for a good box office: Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck in the same film. The suited pair will reportedly star in Runner Runner, a gambling drama by director Brad Furman (Lincoln Lawyer) from a script by Rounders scribes, Brian Koppelman and David Levien. The New Regency picture will be set in the world of offshore online gaming and features the deteriorating relationship between a business founder and his protege. For those of you who lack a gambling addiction, the poker term “runner runner” refers to a hand made by hitting two consecutive cards on the turn and the river. The movie could equally have been called “backdoor,” which is another name for the same thing, but I doubt studio executives wanted to touch that one. Deadline reports that Runner Runner will start production this June.
Over the years, Andrew Niccol has proven himself to be a more-than-capable director of commercially risky films interested in the idea of “identity”. More of than not, these are sci-fi films (in the cases of Gattaca and S1m0ne), but sometimes they’re borderline dark-comedies (as in The Truman Show and The Terminal) and sometimes they’re just the second-best thing Nic Cage has done in ten years (Lord of War). Niccol’s latest film—In Time—seeks to turn Justin Timberlake into the star of an action/sci-fi hybrid. Does he pull it off? Should you pick up In Time on Blu-ray? Find out after the jump, folks.
We’re more than happy to report all things Coen Brothers, but I’ll admit the first photos from the set of Inside Llewyn Davis were pretty dull. I love signage as much as the next guy, but now we’ve got some good set photos to show you. The new images show off lead actors Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, and Justin Timberlake, and the male cast members have gone bearded. The film is set in 1960s Greenwich folk scene, so the actors look period-appropriate. I’m not sure why Isaac is carrying around a cat, but I’m sure the cat digs his beard. Cats love beards almost as much as they like Internet memes.
Hit the jump to check out the set photos. The film also stars Garrett Hedlund, Stark Sands, and John Goodman.
That’s right, folks. Despite the fact that Lindsay Lohan has nothing to promote and the troubled actress really doesn’t have much of a career beyond some risque photo-shoots showing up on the internet every couple weeks, the Freaky Friday and Mean Girls star is set to host Saturday Night Live on March 3rd with musical guest Jack White, making his debut as a solo artist outside of his work with The White Stripes and The Raconteurs.
NBC announced the news during a commercial break on this past weekend’s SNL with host Maya Rudolph, and while we’re not sure how the new episode with Lohan is going to turn out (or if people even care anymore), last weekend’s episode was an absolute laugh riot. Not only did it mark the return of SNL veteran Rudolph as host, but Justin Timberlake, Amy Poehler (on both Weekend Update and a Bronx Beat sketch), Bill O’Reilly and Kate Upton all made surprise appearances, and you can check out those and a few of our favorites sketches from the show after the jump.
There are a number of things to recommend about Shark Night, which is unfortunate. Had there been a little more care in the first act, had there been nudity and had the majority of the shark effects been practical, they might have had an engagingly stupid B movie on their hands. Alas, the film comes close, but there is no cigar. Sara Paxton, Donal Logue, Joel David Moore and a bunch of random teenagers star in Shark Night, and our review of the Blu-ray follows after the jump.
At this point, it’s pretty safe to say that Justin Timberlake won’t be returning to the music world anytime soon. After his breakout performance in The Social Network, Timberlake landed the co-lead in Joel and Ethan Coen’s folk music period pic Inside Llewyn Davis, and now he’s set to co-star with none other than Clint Eastwood. The actor is in negotiations to star alongside the Unforgiven actor in the baseball drama Trouble with the Curve. The film marks the directorial debut of Eastwood’s producing partner Robert Lorenz and centers on an ailing baseball scout who takes his daughter on one last recruiting trip.
Amy Adams is onboard as Eastwood’s daughter and Variety reports that Timberlake will play Johnny Flanagan, “a former pitcher who now works as a baseball scout for the New York Yankees.” Flanagan is set up as a potential love interest for Adams’ character. Fingers crossed we get a scene where grizzled badass Eastwood tells Timberlake stay away from his daughter. And his lawn. Trouble with the Curve opens September 28th.
Legendary actor/director Warren Beatty is firming up plans for his return to the silver screen. Beatty has chosen Felicity Jones (Like Crazy) as the female lead in his untitled pic about Howard Hughes. Jones will play “a young woman who develops a relationship with Hughes’ young driver and confidante, before she falls in love with Hughes.” The Aviator this is not. Beatty wrote, will direct, and plans to star in the film as Hughes. Jones has received high praise for her work in Like Crazy, so she seems like a fine choice for the role. However, I’m more than a little creeped out by the idea of 74-year-old Beatty romancing 27-year-old Jones.
We previously reported that Beatty was meeting with a number of actors, including Andrew Garfield, Alec Baldwin, Jack Nicholson, and his wife Annette Bening to possibly star in the film, and now Deadline adds Justin Timberlake, Owen Wilson, and Alden Ehrenreich (Somewhere) to that list. Production is expected to begin sometime next year, and now that Beatty has his female lead casting should pick up.
A box office blessing while being critically commonplace, Columbia Pictures’ Bad Teacher was recently released on DVD and Blu-ray. The Jake Kasdan (Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story) picture, starring Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake, follows foul-mouthed, gold-digging middle school teacher Elizabeth Halsey (Diaz) in her quest to raise funds for a boob job in hopes of landing a wealthy suitor. That’s about as deep as the film’s plot gets as half-hearted attempts at character development suffer from poor editing and disjointed pacing. Collider’s Matt Goldberg has praised the film’s humor while our Bill Graham pointed out its flaws in his review. Hit the jump to see where I stand and for a look at what you can expect on the DVD.
Justin Timberlake is shaping up to be quite the actor. After earning high praise for his dramatic turn in David Fincher’s The Social Network, it appears that the actor may be set to work with another master filmmaker. Make that two master filmmakers, actually. Timberlake has been offered the co-lead role in the next film from Joel and Ethan Coen, Inside Llewyn Davis. The film centers on the 1960s folk music scene in New York, so it’s a role that hits all the right notes (zing!) for Timberlake. Drive’s Oscar Isaac has already landed one of the lead roles, as has talented actress Carey Mulligan. Hit the jump for more, including who each actor is poised to play.
by Jason Barr Posted: October 29th, 2011 at 10:30 am
Today is a good day. The Cardinals are World Series champions, trick r’ treaters will soon be out in full force, and I’ve got a night of horror films to look forward to. Once a year, my fiancée agrees to watch a few pics of the scary variety (or at least Halloween themed ones, i.e. Ernest Scared Stupid) with me in the hopes that I won’t ask her to partake in them again until the following Halloween weekend. Last year’s highlights included Drag Me to Hell and Trick r’ Treat. This year is shaping up to be Tobe Hooper-heavy with Poltergeist and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre possibly making the cut. Like I said, today is a good day.
Before you dive into whatever Halloween festivities may await you, I hope you’ll take a few minutes and check out what this week’s “Top 5″ has to offer. In this installment you’ll find the first trailer for Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace 3D, a new trailer for Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, and interviews for this weekend’s openers In Time, Anonymous and The Rum Diary. Hit the jump for a brief recap and link to each.
[Disclaimer: When I use the word "time" (or any variation thereof) figuratively, I'm not trying to make a pun. It's just a common and useful word for our vernacular.]
Andrew Niccol‘s In Time has the opportunity to take its solid sci-fi concept and thoughtfully explore social and existential issues. Unfortunately, the movie skips along the surface, making its obvious points repeatedly and with decreasing clarity. While the need to make a smart sci-fi concept palatable to the masses is understandable, Niccol takes his appropriate action coating and runs it into the ground. In Time has so many things it wants to be and to say, but it ends up tripping over the words after the first few sentences.
by Tommy Cook Posted: October 27th, 2011 at 11:59 am
Press conferences can be a difficult affair – a bunch of journalist packed together in a room, most hesitant to ask questions (they’re saving them up for their one-on-ones), the others not having the good sense to be hesitant in their question-asking prowess. Some of the worst inquiries imaginable have been uttered during the course of a junket. At the Contagion event awhile back, some intrepid reporter asked Matt Damon which character he most easily identified with – Jason Bourne or his family-man character in the film. I mean – really? All this however, does create a much looser vibe. Actors/filmmakers seem to actively await the next idiot question asked and a palpable sense of disdain drips in the air.
Case in point: The In Time press conference. Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Vincent Kartheiser, Matt Bomer and writer/director Andrew Niccol all were ready to pounce/tear at any and all questions asked. Topics ranged from parallels between Occupy Wall Street and the film to why there aren’t any cell phones in the picture to what’s it like to run in high heels (directed at Seyfried, of course). For all this and more, hit the jump.
by Jason Barr Posted: October 8th, 2011 at 11:23 am
In last week’s “Top 5″, I painfully admitted to not having seen either Moneyball or 50/50. Moreover, I put my credentials as “mildly credible film blogger” up as collateral in the case that I hadn’t checked both out by this week. Sadly, I’ll have to forfeit my title as I’ve only managed to catch 50/50 so far. On the bright side, I thought that film was great and is definitely one of my favorites of the year thus far. As for Moneyball, well there’s always this week.
In spite of my lack of mild credibility, I hope you’ll still choose to check out this week’s “Top 5″ where you’ll find new hi-res images from The Avengers, the return of Arrested Development, our In Time set visit coverage, and interviews for George Clooney’s political drama The Ides of March and Shawn Levy’s robot boxing extravaganza Real Steel. Hit the jump for a brief recap and link to each.
A massive Brinks truck careens around a corner in LA’s fashion district, destroying the quiet of the mid-January afternoon. The armored car accelerates to full speed, blasting through a floor-to-ceiling sheet glass window and into the center of a bank. Wood, plaster and shards of glass spray across the floor. As the dust settles, writer/director Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, Lord of War) yells, “Cut!” Later in the afternoon, Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried pull open the bank’s vault and pass out strange silver rectangles embedded with digital clocks to a swarming crowd of extras. Timberlake yells, encouraging the mob to act quickly, but take as much time as they need. Welcome to the world of In Time.
While visiting the set of the film, which hits theaters October 28, I got to participate in group interviews with Niccol, producer Eric Newman, Timberlake and Seyfried, learn about the film’s unique high-concept, and watch nine-time Oscar nominated cinematographer, Roger Deakins, as he shot his first film on digital. Read on for a write up of the set visit and the 20 things to know about the film.
Earlier this year I was invited to the set of In Time, the new sci-fi thriller from high-concept auteur Andrew Niccol. In the film, which comes out October 28, Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried play a pair of Bonnie and Clyde style bandits on the run in a future world where aging has been eliminated and time has become money.
While on the set, I got to participate in a group interview with Timberlake and Seyfried to discuss their roles in the film, their approach to acting, what it’s like to feel old when you’re still under 30, why hostage-taking is a great way to get to know someone, why being a movie star is harder than going on a world tour with N’Sync, possible titles for a prequel that both stars promise will never happen, and much more. Hit the jump for the full interview.