In a female-led vehicle, the most powerful figure probably shouldn’t be the poor-man’s Garrett Hedlund. Very Good Girls has two talented actresses in the leading roles, and their personalities and actions are defined not by their friendship, but how a boy controls that friendship. For a couple of “girls” on the verge of going off to college, writer-director Naomi Foner has created a shockingly demeaning picture of shallow sisterhood and male-dependency. Very Good Girls celebrates a friendship that shouldn’t exist by basing it around the kind of man who doesn’t exist.
Production has officially commenced on two upcoming projects. First up, filming is underway in Atlanta on the real-life drama Devil’s Knot, directed by Atom Egoyan. The film stars Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth and follows the true story of the West Memphis 3 case, in which three teenagers were wrongfully charged with murdering three young boys in West Memphis, Arkansas in the 1990s. Witherspoon plays the mother of one of the victims, while Firth plays the private investigator hired to look into the case. The cast also includes Amy Ryan, Dane DeHaan, and Stephen Moyer.
Additionally, production has begun in New York on the relationship drama Very Good Girls. Directed by Naomi Foner, the film stars Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen as two best friends determined to lose their virginity, only to fall for the same boy. The cast also includes Boyd Holbrook, Demi Moore, Ellen Barkin, Richard Dreyfuss, Peter Skarsgaard, and Clark Gregg. The score will be composed by Jenny Lewis. Hit the jump to read press releases for both films.
Though his TV efforts may never quite measure up to the glory that was Uncle Jesse on Full House, the forever young John Stamos is going to try his hand at leading yet another comedy series. Deadline has word that Stamos will lead Little Brother, the new comedy pilot on Fox that also features comedian T.J. Miller. Coming from Mike Royce (Everybody Loves Raymond) and director Shawn Levy, the series follows Stamos as a man who finds out that he has a half-brother (Miller) he never knew who also happens to be an ex-con. Honestly, pairing Stamos with a hilarious comedian like Miller sounds like a great move, but Fox loves killing decent shows, so even if it’s good, the effort may be all for nothing. We’ll keep our eye on this one.
Details on Ellen Barkin joining Ryan Murphy‘s new NBC pilot after the jump.
Terry Gilliam is one of the most undeniable directors to ever work in the medium. I say that in the sense that when you watch his films you feel the master’s fingerprints all over, and sometimes that makes the film a bit blurry. Gilliam is one of those directors that it is often hard to relax into because he’s so there; it’s hard to ignore what he is doing. Which is why The Fisher King strikes as one of his strongest works in the sense that it is accomplished without shoving itself down your throat. He was brought in last minute to direct an adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and took the project up only to have stars Johnny Depp and Benecio Del Toro already locked in as his leads, had to rewrite everything that came before, and do it (perhaps as it should be done) as a no-holds barred, gonzo, “let’s shoot this fucker” kind of film. My review of the Criterion edition of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas on Blu-ray after the jump.
by Jason Barr Posted: September 1st, 2010 at 9:49 am
Here is a bit of casting news for you this morning. Oscar winner Martin Landau (Ed Wood), Oscar nominee Thomas Haden Church (Sideways), and Ezra Miller (City Island) have joined Sam Levinson’s The Reasonable Bunch. According to Variety, Landau will play the father of Ellen Barkin’s character, Church will play Barkin’s ex-husband, and Miller will play Barkin’s son. In addition to these three, Kate Bosworth, Demi Moore, Ellen Burstyn, and the previously mentioned Barkin are also attached to star.
Originally titled Devil in My Shoes, the family drama revolves around “two reckless siblings (Bosworth and Miller) who are dragged to a chaotic family wedding by their overwrought mother (Barkin).” The Reasonable Bunch will mark the directorial debut of Levinson, the 25-year-old son of Academy Award-winning director Barry Levinson (Rain Man), who will be working from his own script. Filming is set to commence in Michigan next week.
When a film has an eclectic cast including the talents of Rob Corddry, Zach Galifianakis, Maggie Q, Jeffrey Tambor, Ving Rhames, Emilie de Ravin, Adam Scott, Odette Yustman, Ellen Barkin, Brandon T. Jackson and Joe Anderson you’re either in for something fantastic or a complete disaster. Though the fact that this title went straight-to-DVD is somewhat of an indicator, there’s certainly a battle to be fought in deciding whether action and comedy come together to form an entertaining flick. So how does this story of two feuding teams of government assassins fare? Find out after the jump.
As The Expendables looks to blow its way onto the big screen, Lionsgate has returned to the somewhat honorable practice of releasing tie-in titles on Blu-ray. This includes an extended cut of Rambo, the 1989 Sylvester Stallone prison picture Lock Up, and – from the same year – the Walter Hill minor classic Johnny Handsome. Though Rambo was made twenty years after the fact, they all feel very late 80’s in their way, which is perfect in setting the tone for The Expendables. All of the three are very enjoyable in a machismo, cheap beer sort of way, and with talents like Stallone, Donald Sutherland, Tom Sizemore, Sonny Landam, John Amos, Frank McRae, Mickey Rourke, Lance Henriksen, Ellen Barkin, Morgan Freeman, and Forrest Whitaker adding oomph to the cast, there’s a lot of red meat to chew on. My reviews of the Rambo: Extended Cut, Lock Up, and Johnny Handsome on Blu-ray after the jump.
Opening May 14 is Summit Entertainment’s Letter’s To Juliet and it stars Amanda Seyfried, Christopher Egan, Gael García Bernal, Vanessa Redgrave and Franco Nero. Here’s the synopsis:
When a young American (Amanda Seyfried) travels to the city of Verona, home of the star-crossed lover Juliet Capulet of Romeo and Juliet fame, she joins a group of volunteers who respond to letters to Juliet seeking advice about love. After answering one letter dated from 1957, she inspires its author (Vanessa Redgrave) to travel to Italy in search of her long-lost love, which sets off a chain of events that will bring a love into both their lives unlike anything they have ever imagined.
We’ve been given 11 clips from the movie. Hit the jump to check them out:
While walking around ShoWest yesterday, I came across some promotional artwork for Hannover House. On the poster they had info for their upcoming releases and it revealed the release dates for Joel Schumacher’s Twelve (June 18), Racing Dreams (May 14), The Wild Hunt (May 28), and Thru The Moebius Strip (August 6). The artwork also had posters for all the movies.
While I hated Schumacher’s Twelve when I saw it at Sundance (video review here), it’s one of those films you won’t believe is as bad as everyone tells you until you see it for yourself. Also, with the cast – it also stars Emma Roberts, 50 Cent, Ellen Barkin and Rory Culkin – you’ll probably end up seeing it. But trust me, it’s a hot mess of a movie . The only reason it sold at Sundance is the cast. If you’ve seen Gossip Girl, Twelve takes place in a similar world – super rich upper east side New Yorkers. But Gossip Girl is like a Scorsese film compared to Twelve. Hit the jump to check out the posters.
Terry Gilliam is one of the most undeniable directors to ever work in the medium. I say that in the sense that when you watch his films you feel the master’s fingerprints all over, and sometimes that makes the film a bit blurry. Gilliam is one of those directors that it is often hard to relax into because he’s so there; it’s hard to ignore what he is doing. Which is why The Fisher King strikes as one of his strongest works in the sense that it is accomplished without shoving itself down your throat. He was brought in last minute to direct an adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and took the project up only to have stars Johnny Depp and Benecio Del Toro already locked in as his leads, had to rewrite everything that came before, and do it (perhaps as it should be done) as a no-holds barred, gonzo, “let’s shoot this fucker” kind of film. My review of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas on Blu-ray after the jump.
Earlier today I saw the first Sundance screening of director Joel Schumacher’s Twelve, which stars Chace Crawford, Emma Roberts, 50 Cent, Ellen Barkin and Rory Culkin. If you’ve seen Gossip Girl, Twelve takes place in a similar world – super rich upper east side New Yorkers. Did the movie tell a new story in the high school genre? Is Joel Schumacher going to be forgiven for Batman & Robin? Hit the jump to see what Peter from Slashfilm and I thought of the film…
You can never go wrong making a movie about privileged kids on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. No matter if the film is good or bad, people love to watch the adventures of rich kids and their problems. Thankfully, director Joel Schumacher is more than happy to give us our yearly fix, as he is premiering his latest film Twelve at next month’s Sundance Film Festival.
According to IMDb, Twelve is about “a young drug dealer watches as his high-rolling life is dismantled in the wake of his cousin’s murder, which sees his best friend arrested for the crime.”
Sundance has the synopsis as:
A chronicle of the highs and lows of privileged kids on Manhattan’s Upper East Side involving sex, drugs and murder. The film stars Chace Crawford, Emma Roberts, Kiefer Sutherland, 50 Cent, Zoë Kravitz, Ellen Barkin and Rory Culkin.
While some films at Sundance need early buzz to get people into the first press screening, with Schumacher directing and this cast, it’s going to be one of those films everyone wants to see. While we have to wait till next month to hear if the film is a return to form for Schumacher, you can check out a few images after the jump: