The first theatrical trailer for director Fisher Stevens’ Stand Up Guys has gone online. Starring Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin as retired gangsters who reunite for one last epic night, the plot of Stand Up Guys also features a tense undercurrent that comes across well in the trailer. Their former mob boss, played by Mark Margolis, pits them against each other when he orders one last hit. The trailer, while revealing perhaps a bit too much of the plot, hits all the right notes and makes this one to keep an eye on as 2013 draws nearer.
Stand Up Guys, also starring Julianna Margulies, opens January 11th, 2013. Hit the jump to watch the trailer.
We’ve got a few new release dates for you this evening. Check them out at a glance:
- Last Vegas, directed by Jon Turteltaub and starring Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline will open December 20th, 2013.
- Stand Up Guys, the Fisher Stevens comedy starring Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, Julianna Margulies and Alan Arkin, opens January 11th, 2013.
- Quartet, Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut starring Maggie Smith, Billy Connolly, Pauline Collins, Tom Courtenay, and Michael Gambon opens domestically December 28th of this year and in the U.K. January 4th 2013.
Hit the jump for more on each film, including synopses.
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.
I was only familiar with Fisher Stevens from the 1986 film, Short Circuit, so imagine my surprise when I watched the heart-wrenching and Academy Award-winning documentary, The Cove, and discovered Stevens was a co-director. It looks like Stevens will step back behind the camera once again for an adaptation of Philip Roth’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, American Pastoral. This fictionalized account follows the protagonist, Seymour “Swede” Levov, who not only achieves the American dream, but loses it in dramatic fashion when his daughter becomes a political activist and terrorist during the Vietnam War. American Pastoral, adapted by John Romano (The Lincoln Lawyer) is set to start principal photography early next year. Hit the jump for more.
A trio of Hollywood veterans is set for the action-comedy Stand Up Guys. THR reports that Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, and Alan Arkin will star in the project for director Fisher Stevens (Just a Kiss). The story “centers on two aging criminals, one of whom has been hired to kill his friend. They decide to enjoy one last night of debauchery in which they hit up a brothel, steal some cars and evade police but also face the choices they made in their lives.” I genuinely love Pacino, Walken, and Arkin but I can’t help but worry that the project might veer into Old Dogs territory. They’re undeniably legends of the silver screen so I’m hoping their talent won’t be wasted, but action-comedies are incredibly hard to pull off and the tone has to be nailed perfectly.
Hopefully my apprehension will be unfounded, but I remain cautiously optimistic about the project. Walken is currently filming Seven Psychopaths with Colin Farell, Arkin recently wrapped Ben Affleck’s Argo, and Pacino will next be seen in the untitled Phil Spector biopic on HBO.
At this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, I was able to land an exclusive interview with Keanu Reeves for his movie Henry’s Crime. Premiering at the festival, Henry’s Crime stars Reeves, James Caan, and Vera Farmiga. The film was directed by Malcolm Venville and it’s about an aimless guy who ends up serving time for a bank robbery he didn’t commit. After he gets out, he decides to rob the bank for real. Things get complicated when he falls for a girl.
While you normally associate Reeves with big budget Hollywood blockbusters, you might be surprised to learn Henry’s Crime is a true indie as they don’t yet have distribution and Reeves was instrumental in getting the film made.
During the interview, Reeves talked about why he wanted to make Henry’s Crime, casting, acting techniques, upcoming projects, and a lot more. If you’re a fan of Reeves, I think you’ll like the interview as I tried to ask him some questions I’ve never heard him answer. Read or listen to what he had to say after the jump:
Continuing on with our first look image series, tonight we’ve got the first images from director Malcolm Venville’s Henry’s Crime (which stars Keanu Reeves, Vera Farmiga, James Caan, Danny Hoch, and Fisher Stevens) and more images from Mike Goldbach’s Daydream Nation (which stars Kat Dennings, Reece Thompson, Andie MacDowell, Josh Lucas, and Rachel Blanchard). Synopses and more info after the jump: