by Jason Barr Posted: September 8th, 2012 at 3:59 pm
Generally speaking, I try and keep the Top 5 opening paragraph as topical as possible (i.e. films, television, posters, etc.). This week that protocol is easier than ever to follow as I recently got my first chance to check out director Gareth Evans‘ The Raid. Keeping this short and sweet, if you’ve yet to partake in The Raid and have ever derived any joy from watching action fare, martial arts, and the like, then you have a giant favor to do for yourself. Quickly find a way to check out this actioner and try to keep a smile from forming across your face while watching.
Movie recommendations aside, this weekend brings you a recap of all of our 2012 Toronto International Film Festival thus far, the first trailer and poster for Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, video interviews with the cast and director of Bachelorette, the inaugural installment of our Hollywood! Adapt This feature spotlighting Disney’s Gargoyles, and The Words video interviews with Bradley Cooper, co-writer/co-director Brian Klugman, and more. A brief recap and link to each awaits on the other side.
by Tommy Cook Posted: September 5th, 2012 at 2:46 pm
The Words is an actor’s film. It’s a picture that relies heavily, not so much on story or radical plot developments, but on a simple terse look, a wayward glance, an unspoken conversation. Bradley Cooper stars, in one of three interlocking stories, as Rory Jansen – a struggling, good-but-not-good-enough writer, who discovers an unused manuscript that could be the next great American novel. He, of course, then attempts to pass the book off as his own and the resulting tribulations threaten to tear him and his life apart. Cooper’s never been better than he is here – and one can’t help but think that must in some small way be attributable to writer/director Brian Klugman. Klugman and Cooper have been friends for years – and there’s an honesty and vulnerability to Cooper’s work here that can only come from complete trust in one’s director.
In the following interview with Klugman and Cooper, I attempt to get to the bottom of their actor-director relationship, discuss the influence of Ernest Hemingway and challenge the balance between reality & fiction in the film. For the full interview, hit the jump.
A new trailer for the drama The Words has been released. For those unfamiliar with the film, it’s three stories nested inside each other with the central story focusing on an aspiring writer (Bradley Cooper) who plagiarizes a manuscript he finds in an old briefcase. He becomes an overnight success when the book is published, but then he encounters the manuscript’s true author (Jeremy Irons). This trailer plays like a truncated version of the first trailer, with a few bits of new footage thrown in towards the end. The premise has the basis for a great story, and I really like what we’ve seen so far. Matt caught the pic at Sundance and was a big fan (read his review here), so here’s hoping it delivers.
Hit the jump to watch the new trailer. Written and directed by Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal, the film also stars Dennis Quaid, Ben Barnes, Olivia Wilde, and Zoe Saldana. The Words opens on September 7th.
Two new posters have arrived for a pair of September releases that I’m really looking forward to. First up is a new poster for The Words, a romantic drama from debut directors Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal that stars Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana and Jeremy Irons. Cooper plays a young writer who passes off another author’s work as his own and deals with the consequences that inevitably arise. The Words opens September 7th.
A second poster comes to us today for director Jake Schreier’s Robot and Frank. The buddy comedy stars Frank Langella as a retired jewel thief who seeks to resume his criminal ways with the help of a companion robot, voiced by Peter Sarsgaard. Robot and Frank opens August 24th. Hit the jump to check out the new posters.
One of the best films I saw at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was writer-director Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal‘s first feature, The Words. The film stars Bradley Cooper as a writer who, after discovering an extraordinary lost manuscript, passes the work off as his own and receives overwhelming critical acclaim. Jeremy Irons plays the man who originally wrote the manuscript, and the film weaves multiple narratives to tell the story. The Words also stars Zoe Saldana, Dennis Quaid, Olivia Wilde, Ben Barnes, and JK Simmons. CBS Films bought the film after its first screening and they plan to release it later this year. It’s definitely a film you should be excited to see. For more on The Words, here’s Matt’s review.
Shortly after seeing the film, I did an extended interview with Bradley Cooper and co-writer-director Brian Klugman. We talked about being at Sundance, how the project came together and how it changed along the way, deleted scenes, how the two of them became friends (they’ve known each other for decades), karaoke, film versus digital, and a lot more. In addition, Klugman talked about his early draft of Tron: Legacy, and Cooper talked about what it was like to work on director Derek Cianfrance‘s The Place Beyond the Pines, and the status of Paradise Lost (it’s hopefully filming this June). Hit the jump to watch.
If we give a piece of our lives and our souls to our art, then plagiarism is murder. Just as murder steals a life, the theft of another person’s personal creative expression is akin to killing part of another’s soul. But plagiarism also leaves a mark upon the thief. It reveals their limitations, and a self-recognition that their art will never be as full or as rich as another’s. The Words explores how this theft goes far beyond fame and fortune, and how our lives are no longer our own when we take credit for another’s work. Writer-directors Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal have pulled together a strong script, rich performances, and an incredible score to craft a compelling and captivating film full of deception, remorse, and guilt.
A few new images and and a synopsis for the drama The Words have been released. The film stars Bradley Cooper as a writer who, after discovering an extraordinary lost manuscript, passes the work off as his own and receives overwhelming critical acclaim. Jeremy Irons plays the man who originally wrote the manuscript, and the film weaves multiple narratives to tell the story of how “one man’s lost legacy holds the life of another man captive.” The Words was written by, and marks the directorial debut of, Tron: Legacy scribes Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal, and features a pretty impressive cast that includes Zoe Saldana, Dennis Quaid, Olivia Wilde, Ben Barnes, and JK Simmons. Hit the jump to check out the images as well as the synopsis. The film will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, which runs from January 19 – 29.
The cast for Tron: Legacy scribes Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal’s directorial debut The Words continues to grow. Olivia Wilde, J.K. Simmons and Ben Barnes (The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian) have joined a cast that also includes Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons, Zoe Saldana and Dennis Quaid. The drama centers on a writer at the peak of his success (Cooper) who must pay the price for stealing the work of another author (Irons). Not much else is known about the project at this time, but the cast is looking pretty impressive. Filming is set to get underway this month. Wilde will be dominating theaters this year, as she’s starring in Jon Favreau’s Cowboys and Aliens, the Jason Bateman/Ryan Reynolds body-swap comedy The Change-Up and Andrew Niccol’s sci-fi thriller In Time. Hit the jump to read the full press release.
As the Cannes Film Festival heats up, plenty of casting deals are getting done. We’ve combined some of the latest casting stories into one handy article for your viewing pleasure. First up, Colin Firth and Emily Blunt have signed on to star in a dark comedy from director Dante Ariola and written by Becky Johnston. According to Deadline, “Firth plays a man who hates his job and is hated by his ex-wife and son. Feeling he missed his one shot at living the dream, he fakes his death and buys a new identity. Along the way he meets a woman (Blunt) who is also trying to leave her past behind. The pair break into empty homes and pose as the absent owners. The two find a kindship despite all the lying.” I’m a little giddy at the thought of Firth and Blunt playing off each other so hopefully we’ll see this project sooner rather than later.
Hit the jump for more casting news regarding Katie Holmes, Chase Crawford, Dennis Quaid, Orlando Bloom, Nick Nolte, Stanley Tucci, and Cristiana Capotondi.
Scribes Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal, who were credited with a “story by” alongside Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz on Tron: Legacy, have been tapped to write the screenplay for Warner Bros.’ adaptation of Rex Mundi. Produced by Johnny Depp and his Infinitum Nihil banner, the film is based on the Dark Horse comic that centers on the quest for the Holy Grail in an alternative 1933 Europe where the Protestant Reformation was crushed by Catholocism and magic exists.
Heat Vision reports that Depp is producing alongside Infinitum Nihil’s Christi Dembrowski, Alan and Peter Riche. Rex Mundi tells the story of the quest for the Holy Grail by way of a murder mystery, with the protagonist (a pathologist) searching for the truth behind the death of the priest who cared for him as an orphan child.
Bradley Cooper will star in the drama The Words. The film is the directorial debut of writers Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal (TRON: Legacy). Words centers on “a writer (Cooper) who, at the peak of his literary success, discovers the price he must pay for stealing another man’s work.” Variety reports that Jeremy Irons is in talks to costar.
Cooper will next be seen in Neil Burger’s Limitless where he’ll also be playing a writer. The in-demand actor is also circling The Silver Linings Playbook, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and an untitled action-comedy with Ryan Reynolds. Oh, and this May he’ll be in a little movie called The Hangover Part II. As for Irons, he’ll next be seen in the financial crisis drama Margin Call and the new Showtime series The Borgias.