THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from SXSW 2013.  The Incredible Burt Wonderstone opens today in wide release.]

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone may celebrate the childlike wonder and unadulterated joy of magic. It may profess the power of awe and possibility. But its true motives are simple and pure: make the audience laugh by almost any means necessary. Those means are usually along the lines of the silly, slightly demented, biting, and occasionally dark humor that may not share the story’s values, but they get consistent comedy out of a charming albeit slightly conventional premise. Working from Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley‘s sharp script with great performances from its cast, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is a trick we know, but it’s one performed well.

SXSW 2013: THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE Review

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The Incredible Burt Wonderstone may celebrate the childlike wonder and unadulterated joy of magic.  It may profess the power of awe and possibility.  But its true motives are simple and pure: make the audience laugh by almost any means necessary.  Those means are usually along the lines of the silly, slightly demented, biting, and occasionally dark humor that may not share the story’s values, but they get consistent comedy out of a charming albeit slightly conventional premise.  Working from Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley‘s sharp script with great performances from its cast, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is a trick we know, but it’s one performed well.

New Promo for THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE Starring Steve Carell and Steve Buscemi

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The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is a little over a week away from hitting theaters, and Warner Bros. has released a new promo for the film.  Done in the style of an ad for Bally’s Casino, it’s a cute showcase of washed-up magicians Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell) and Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi).  In the film, the duo’s partnership is tested when they’re faced with hot new magician, Steve Gray (Jim Carrey).

Hit the jump to check out the promo, and come back tomorrow night when I’ll have my review of the film after seeing it at SXSW.  The movie also stars Olivia Wilde, James Gandolfini, and Alan ArkinThe Incredible Burt Wonderstone opens March 15th.

TOP 5: THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE Set Visit, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, STOKER Set Visit, JACK THE GIANT SLAYER Interviews, THE CONJURING

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Every once in a while I use this space to tout a recently released Blu-ray/DVD that I missed in theaters but, via the magic of home video, was finally able to check out from the comfort of my couch (click here to see me gush about The Perks of Being a Wallflower). Today I’ll do the same by encouraging you to check out co-writer/director Scott Derrickson‘s horror pic Sinister. There’s nothing spectacular going on here, it’s just an effective movie with several scenes that I found genuinely frightening/disturbing. Moreover, it’s probably the last widely-released horror entry since Insidious that left me turning some of the lights on in the house shortly after it ended.

With my “Super Cool Blu-ray Pick of the Week” out of the way, this week’s Top 5 includes interviews from the set of The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, some drama-inducing first set images from The Amazing Spider-Man 2, a set visit recap and interviews for Park Chan-wook‘s Stoker, Jack the Giant Slayer interviews, and the first trailer and poster for director James Wan‘s The Conjuring. As you may expect, a brief recap and link to each of these can be found completely free of charge after the jump.

38 Images from THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE Starring Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde, and Jim Carrey

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Warner Bros. has released 38 images from The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.  The film stars Steve Carell as a Vegas magician whose relationship with his partner (Steve Buscemi) becomes strained as the two start getting upstaged by a hipper illusionist (Jim Carrey).  The comedy is set to open SXSW 2013, and that’s a huge vote of confidence for the film’s quality.

Hit the jump to check out the images, and if you missed any of Steve’s set visit coverage be sure to check out his interviews with Steve Carell, Olivia Wilde, Steve Buscemi, director Don Scardino, and producer Chris BenderThe Incredible Burt Wonderstone opens on March 15th.

Steve Carell Talks Scary Stuntwork, Sexy Costumes, Working with Jim Carrey & Steve Buscemi & More On the Set of THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE

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When you’re in every shot and working non-stop on a movie set, you could easily say you don’t want to do press.  You could also be a bit of a diva.  But the times I’ve been fortunate enough to watch Steve Carell work up close on a movie, he’s always beyond friendly and extremely giving with his time.  He’s absolutely one of the nicest actors I’ve ever had the fortune to talk to.  In his upcoming comedy, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, Carell stars as a Vegas magician whose relationship with his partner (Steve Buscemi) becomes strained as the two start getting upstaged by a hipper illusionist (Jim Carrey).

During a break in filming, I was able to participate in a group interview with Carell.  We talked about sexy costumes, working with Carrey and Buscemi, how much magic he learned for the role, how his job as a producer related to the casting, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Olivia Wilde Talks Outrageous Costumes, Improv with Steve Carell, and More On the Set of THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE

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While Olivia Wilde has done many movies in all sorts of genres, she really wanted to be a part of The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.  She explains:

I read the script a while ago and really loved it. Not only because of the cast, which is obviously extraordinary, and contains many of my idols, and not only because Don Scardino was involved – I’m a huge 30 Rock fan. I thought it was a great role for me. It was something I hadn’t done before. There was a certain challenge to it for me as well. I went after it, I auditioned, I was up against some real heavy hitters and I was totally shocked when I got the role, because it’s a comedic role and I was going up against some real comedians.”

In the film, Wilde plays a magician’s assistant who takes what work she can get.  Like the rest of the cast, she wears some outrageous costumes.  During a group interview on set last year, Wilde talked about making the film, the incredible cast, the costumes, set photos, her love of Jim Carrey, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what she had to say.

Steve Buscemi Talks Balancing Comedy and Drama, and His Experience with Improv On the Set of THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE

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Steve Buscemi is one of my favorite actors.  And it’s not just because he’s great in every role.  The main reason I love his work is the way he jumps back and forth between genres in both movies and TV, and he always makes his character believable and authentic.  In director Don Scardino’s upcoming comedy, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, Buscemi plays a Vegas magician whose relationship with his partner (Steve Carell) becomes strained as the two start getting upstaged by a hipper illusionist (Jim Carrey).

During a break in filming last year on the Los Angeles set, I got to participate in a group interview with Buscemi.  He talked about making the film, how he got involved in the project, his character, working with the rest of the cast, improvising, magic, preparing for a drama versus a comedy, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Director Don Scardino Talks THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE, Jim Carrey’s Perfectionism, and Film vs. Digital

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Over the past two decades, director Don Scardino has built up an incredible resume directing a wide variety of TV shows.  And while you might have seen his name on such shows as Sports Night, Law & Order, and Ed, more than likely it’s been on 30 Rock, where he directed 38 episodes.  Now, Scardino is taking on a new challenge, and it’s directing his first feature, the great-looking comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone which stars Steve Carell as a Vegas magician whose relationship with his partner (Steve Buscemi) becomes strained as the two start getting upstaged by a hipper illusionist (Jim Carrey).

A little over a year ago, I got to visit the set with a few other online reporters when the production was filming at the Wadsworth Theater in Los Angeles.  During a break in filming, we did a group interview with Scardino where he talked about working with the great cast, the difference between directing television and feature films, film versus digital and why, the biggest surprise about making a feature, and lot more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Producer Chris Bender Talks the Competitive World of Professional Magic, Filming in Las Vegas, and More On the Set of THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE

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If you really want to learn about a movie, you want to talk to the producer.  That’s because they’re the ones that know all the behind-the-scenes stories and they’re the ones that have been battling to get the film made.  Last year, on the set of The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, I was able to participate in a group interview with producer Chris Bender.  He talked about the challenges of getting Burt Wonderstone made, what it’s about, real magician cameos, “the magic bar,”  the development process, Jim Carrey’s character, working with director Don Scardino, and so much more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

New TV Spot for THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE Starring Steve Carell and Jim Carrey

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Warner Bros. has released a new TV spot for director Don Scardino’s (30 Rock) upcoming magician comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.  The film stars Steve Carell as a Vegas magician whose relationship with his partner (Steve Buscemi) becomes strained as the two start getting upstaged by a hipper illusionist (Jim Carrey).  This TV spot actually includes quite a bit of new footage and the jokes seem to be fairly strong, especially one involving a tiny dog.  The pic’s script was written by Horrible Bosses scribes Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley, so here’s hoping Burt Wonderstone includes some of the same charm and humor that was prevalent in that comedy.

Hit the jump to watch the new TV spot.  The film also stars Olivia Wilde, James Gandolfini, and Alan ArkinThe Incredible Burt Wonderstone will premiere at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival and opens in theaters on March 15th.

SXSW 2013 Line-Up Announced; Includes MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, BEFORE MIDNIGHT, THE ACT OF KILLING, and More

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Earlier this month, we reported on the first wave of SXSW 2013 films, which includes The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and Evil Dead.  Today, the full line-up has been announced, and it feels like Sundance all over again when it comes to plenty of unknown films.  The chance of discovering a gem is high, and I look forward to hearing the buzz that arises from some these movies.  There’s also a second chance at festival films I missed like The Act of Killing (from TIFF) and Pit Stop (from Sundance).  I thought Toy’s House would make it in to SXSW, but I’ll see it eventually since it picked up distribution.

Hit the jump for the full line-up.  The 2013 SXSW Film Festival runs from March 8 – 17th.

New Posters and International Trailer for THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE Starring Steve Carell and Steve Buscemi

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A couple of character posters and an international trailer have been released for the comedy The Incredible Burt WonderstoneSteve Carell stars as a Vegas magician whose relationship with his partner (Steve Buscemi) becomes strained as the two start getting upstaged by a hipper illusionist (Jim Carrey).  The international trailer has a couple new jokes, and I’m jazzed for the film not only because of the cast, which also includes Olivia Wilde, James Gandolfini, and Alan Arkin, but because it was written by Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley (Horrible Bosses).

Hit the jump to check out the posters and new trailer.  The Incredible Burt Wonderstone will open the 2013 SXSW Film Festival, and opens on March 15th.

New Posters for THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE, FROM UP ON POPPY HILL, TOP GUN 3D, and THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES

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We’ve got a round-up of some of the latest posters from the following movies:

  • The Incredible Burt Wonderstone starring Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde, Alan Arkin, James Gandolfini, Jim Carrey, Jay Mohr, and Michael Bully HerbigThe Incredible Burt Wonderstone opens March 15th.
  • From Up on Poppy Hill, a Studio Ghibli film written by Hayao Miyazaki and featuring the voices of Gillian Anderson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Christina Hendricks, Ron Howard, Chris Noth, Aubrey Plaza, and Anton YelchinFrom Up on Poppy Hill opens March 15th in New York and L.A. before expanding on March 29th.
  • Top Gun 3D stars Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer, Kelly McGillis, Anthony Edwards, and Tom SkerrittTop Gun 3D will have a 6-day-only IMAX 3D engagement from February 8 – 13th.

Hit the jump to check out the posters and synopses for the films.

First Wave of SXSW 2013 Films Announced; THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE to Open Festival; EVIL DEAD to Premiere

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SXSW 2013 has announced their first wave of films, and the comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone will open this year’s festival.  That’s a huge vote of confidence for the film (last year’s opener was The Cabin in the Woods), which stars Steve Carell as a Vegas magician whose relationship with his partner (Steve Buscemi) becomes strained as the two start getting upstaged by a hipper illusionist (Jim Carrey).  SXSW has also revealed that they’ll host the premiere of Fede AlvarezEvil Dead remake, and they’ll also be showing off Harmony Korine‘s Spring Breakers, which should be a perfect fit for the festival.

Hit the jump to check out the first wave of films announced for SXSW 2013 as well as highlights from the 2013 conference.  The majority of the festival line-up will be announced on January 31st.  The 2013 SXSW Film Festival runs from March 8 – 17th.

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