First Full Trailer for MUHAMMAD ALI’S GREATEST FIGHT Starring Christopher Plummer, Benjamin Walker, and Frank Langella

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HBO has released the first full trailer for director Stephen Frears’ (The Queen) new film Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight.  The pic focuses on Muhammad Ali’s refusal to go to Vietnam and the court battle that ensued, centering on Justice Harlan (Christopher Plummer) and his clerk, played by Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter star Benjamin Walker.  Ali’s is portrayed using archival footage, as the majority of the film involves the internal debates between the justices and clerks who faced an incredibly tough decision at a tumultuous time for America.  There’s certainly plenty of conflict to draw from, but I’m interested to see if Frears can keep the film engaging given its limited scope.

Hit the jump to watch the full trailer.  The film also stars Frank LangellaDanny GloverBob BalabanEd Begley Jr.Barry Levinson, and Pablo Schreiber.  Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight premieres on HBO on October 5th.

First Teaser Trailer for MUHAMMAD ALI’S GREATEST FIGHT Starring Benjamin Walker and Christopher Plummer

by     Posted 1 year, 41 days ago

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HBO has released the first teaser trailer for director Stephen Frears’ (The Queen) new film Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight.  The pic focuses on Muhammad Ali’s refusal to go to Vietnam and the court battle that ensued, centering on Justice Harlan (Christopher Plummer) and his clerk, played by Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter star Benjamin Walker.  This teaser doesn’t show too much footage from the film, but it looks like Ali won’t actually be portrayed onscreen by an actor.  Instead, we see archival footage of the legendary fighter while the narrative plays out in the courtroom and the judge’s chambers.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Frank Langella, Danny Glover, Bob Balaban, Ed Begley Jr., Barry Levinson, and Pablo SchreiberMuhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight premieres on HBO on October 5th.

Richard Dreyfuss, Danny Masterson, and More to Lead KILLING WINSTON JONES; Lucas Till Joins Psychological Thriller KRISTY

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We’ve got some brief casting news for you this afternoon.  First up, Richard Dreyfuss, Danny Glover, Danny Masterson, and Jon Heder will star in the dark indie comedy Killing Winston Jones.  Per Variety, the plot “centers on a sixth-grade English teacher (Masterson) who’s on a mission to get the newly constructed junior high gymnasium named after his father (Dreyfuss) despite the fact that the person so memorialized must be dead — leading to a bitter contest over the naming rights with his old rival (Glover).”  Joel David Moore, who co-starred in Avatar and previously co-directed the 2007 feature Spiral, will helm Killing Winston Jones.  The production company, RadioactiveGiant, “is planning to release the movie theatrically and across multiple platforms worldwide,” so we can probably expect a VOD release coupled with a limited theatrical release.

Hit the jump for casting news on the psychological thriller, Kristy.

THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS Criterion Blu-ray Review

by     Posted 2 years, 19 days ago

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Writer/director Wes Anderson has a close relationship with the wonderful folks at the Criterion Collection, and now one of his films that previously got the Criterion DVD treatment has finally gotten the Blu-ray upgrade.  When The Royal Tenenbaums opened in 2001, it marked Anderson’s first major film as a “known” director.  He burst onto the scene with 1996’s Bottle Rocket, but it was Rushmore that really launched his career.  As such, The Royal Tenenbaums came with some pretty lofty expectations.  Anderson honed the script with his partner Owen Wilson and went about assembling a truly remarkable ensemble cast.  The results are kind of a mixed bag of humor, drama, and wit, but the film works more often than it doesn’t.

Hit the jump for my review of The Royal Tenenbaums Criterion Blu-ray.

LETHAL WEAPON COLLECTION Blu-ray Review

by     Posted 2 years, 109 days ago

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The Lethal Weapon franchise is like most franchises: It starts with a great idea and great characters, and then everything that follows is either interesting but not as good, or just simply misguided. It’s hard not to compare Weapon to other four film franchises, and perhaps it’s best to compare it to the Indiana Jones films. In that case, Lethal Weapon has the better fourth film, but it was never as good.

Regardless, director Richard Donner saw the chemistry between Mel Gibson and Danny Glover, and knew there was something that could be exploited for all it was worth. They were joined at points by Gary Busey, Chris Rock, Joe Pesci, Jet Li, Rene Russo, Joss Acklund, Tom Atkins, Stuart Wilson and Patsy Kensit. Our review of the Lethal Weapon Collection Blu-ray follows after the jump.

What’s Filming Where, Including IRON MAN 3, DJANGO UNCHAINED, THE TOMB, ENDER’S GAME and More

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You’re driving down the street, and it’s suddenly blocked off.  You notice these weird yellow signs with nonsensical letters or numbers.  There’s unusual glow lighting up a neighborhood you can’t usually see from your house.  What you might have here is a film company shooting in your town.  It happens a lot, and you never know where they might pop up…until now.

The following is a semi-comprehensive list of films currently shooting, what they’re shooting, and where they’re shooting.  We’ll be telling you where you might get to see the very famous, the kinda famous and (if all goes well) the soon-to-be famous. While we can’t list every single movie, television show, or student film in production, you’ll get a pretty good idea of what the heck is going on where all those people are buzzing about.  Want to know where in the world are Matt Damon, Harrison Ford, Sylvester Stallone, Woody Harrelson, and Leonardo DiCaprio? Hit the jump for more.

First Trailer for Fox’s Spring 2012 Series TOUCH Starring Kiefer Sutherland

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After making waves with eight seasons of the action thriller series 24, actor Kiefer Sutherland and Fox are back together for what looks like a promising new drama series that I wish would’ve debuted this fall instead of next spring. From Heroes creator Tim Kring comes Touch, a drama about a widower (Sutherland) whose 11-year-old mute son is seeing patterns in numbers. But what does it all mean? Looking like a mix of Alex Proyas’ Knowing and the mythology of Kring’s aforementioned superhero drama on NBC, a new trailer released straight from Fox really makes Touch look like a promising addition to Fox’s dramatic line-up in 2012. After the jump you can see the trailer for yourself as well as the series’ official synopsis.

Fox Orders 13 Episodes of TOUCH from HEROES Creator Tim Kring and Starring Kiefer Sutherland

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The series was part of Fox’s upfronts presentation back in May, and now Fox has officially order 13 episodes of Touch, a new drama series starring Kiefer Sutherland, who makes his return to the network after eight seasons of 24. Tim Kring (Heroes) created the new series which will hit the air sometime in the spring of 2012. Director Francis Lawrence (Water for Elephants) is behind the pilot for the series which is said to have science and spirituality intersect with the hopeful premise that we are all interconnected, tied in invisible ways to those whose lives we are destined to alter and impact. David Mazouz, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Danny Glover also star. You can check out the full series synopsis after the jump.

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.

THE COLOR PURPLE Blu-ray Review

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While some might regard Schindler’s List as Spielberg’s finest venture into hard-hitting drama, The Color Purple could certainly give it a run for its money. Up until this point, a filmmaker like Steven Spielberg taking on a serious drama like this might raise some eyebrows (no matter how much heart E.T. may have had), but now audiences have pretty much realized that Spielberg can do anything. And when you consider the fact that it was Spielberg, and not a director like Spike Lee, who took on the powerful racial issues and mostly tragic story of this film, that makes it all the more impressive.  My review of the Blu-ray after the jump:

Danny Glover Joining Kiefer Sutherland in Fox’s New Drama Series TOUCH

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Last month we learned that Fox was going to bring back their 24 star Kiefer Sutherland to the small screen in Touch, a new drama series from Heroes creator Tim Kring. Now TV Line has learned that Danny Glover has joined the cast of the series which follows a father (Sutherland) who discovers that his son (David Mazouz) can predict events before they happen. Glover will play a professor named Arthur DeWitt, an expert on children who has some special gifts when it comes to dealing with numbers. The new series doesn’t debut until midseason next year so we don’t have any images or trailers from the upfront presentations last month, but after the jump you can check out the extended series synopsis from Fox’s upfront presentation earlier this month.

First Trailer for ABDUCTION Starring Taylor Lautner

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The first trailer for the action thriller Abduction, starring Taylor Lautner, has been released. Directed by John Singleton (Boyz n the Hood) the thriller 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. While Lautner’s acting still seems a bit too ham-fisted to be taken seriously, the supporting cast is fairly impressive and some of the action sequences actually looked pretty cool. I understand Lautner’s desire to move on to bigger and better things post-Twilight, but the guy’s no Tom Cruise.

Abduction stars Lautner, Lily Collins, Sigourney Weaver, Danny Glover, Alfred Molina, Michael Nyqvist, Maria Bello, and Jason Isaacs. The film is set to be released on September 23rd. Hit the jump to watch the trailer.

First Image and Official Synopsis for ABDUCTION Starring Taylor Lautner

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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.

Casting Call: Elisabeth Röhm Plays Mom to Taylor Lautner in ABDUCTION; Gina Gershon, Danny Glover, and Robert Patrick Lead FIVE MINARETS IN NEW YORK

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Elisabeth Röhm (Heroes) joins the impressive likes of Sigourney Weaver and Maria Bello in the circle of female supporting players that surrounds star Taylor Lautner in Abduction.  The thriller follows Lautner as he “goes on the run after discovering that his parents aren’t his own when he sees his baby picture on a missing persons website.”  Röhm will play Lautner’s biological mother; according to Risky Business, the role was previously earmarked for Emily Mortimer.  John Singleton (Four Brothers) will direct from a script by Jeffrey Nachmanoff (The Day After Tomorrow) and greenhorne Shawn Christensen.

Hit the jump for details on the indie drama Five Minarets in New York.

Danny Glover and Regina Hall Video Interview DEATH AT A FUNERAL

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Opening this Friday is director Neil LaBute’s Death at a Funeral, which stars Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan, Zoë Saldaña, Columbus Short, Luke Wilson, Peter Dinklage, Danny Glover, Regina Hall, and Keith David.  The movie is a remake of the 2007 British film with the same name, and while most remakes recast everyone, Peter Dinklage is playing the same character again.  So if you’ve seen the 2007 film, you know who he plays and some of the twists and turns.

To help promote the movie, I got to sit down with Danny Glover and Regina Hall.  Hit the jump to watch the interview:

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