Ben Affleck Drops Out of FOCUS; Kristen Stewart Still Attached

by     Posted 1 year, 118 days ago

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As one can imagine, Ben Affleck is a pretty in-demand guy right now.  His third directorial effort, Argo, is a major player in the upcoming awards race, as is Affleck for his stellar work as a director on the timely thriller.  Affleck hasn’t given up his day job just yet, though, and he most recently wrapped a starring role opposite Justin Timberlake in the gambling pic Runner Runner.  However, it looks like his busy schedule has gotten in the way of at least one of his upcoming projects, as he’s been forced to drop out of starring in the Warner Bros. pic Focus opposite Kristen Stewart.  Hit the jump for more on the pic and Affleck’s current schedule.

Kristen Stewart in Talks to Star Opposite Ben Affleck in FOCUS

by     Posted 1 year, 165 days ago

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After The Twilight Saga ends for Kristen Stewart this November 16th, she may have a role lined up to star opposite Ben Affleck in Focus.  We previously reported that Affleck was circling a role, and Warner Bros. was looking to fast-track the project once they found a female lead.  It looks like Stewart is their choice.  Focus, written and directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa of Crazy Stupid Love,  tells the story of a “veteran con man who gets involved with a newcomer to the grifter business. They get involved romantically but that becomes perilous in a business where they lie and cheat for a living. The complications of the encounter haunt them when they meet up again in the future.”  Hit the jump for more.

Ben Affleck in Talks to Lead Glenn Ficarra and John Requa’s FOCUS

by     Posted 1 year, 189 days ago

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Ben Affleck‘s detractors say he should stick to directing or only starring in movies he directs, but I’ve always liked him as an actor.  He’s been in some bad movies, but he wasn’t the reason those movies were bad.  He’s charismatic, compelling, and I’m excited to see what he’ll do if he signs on to star in Focus.  Written and directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Crazy Stupid Love.), the movie “tells the story of a veteran con man who gets involved with a newcomer to the grifter business. They get involved romantically but that becomes perilous in a business where they lie and cheat for a living. The complications of the encounter haunt them when they meet up again in the future.”  According to Deadline, Warner Bros. is looking to fast-track the project once they find the right female lead.  As we reported back in April, Ficarra and Requa were hoping to reunite Crazy Stupid Love. stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone for the lead roles, but obviously the filmmakers have decided to move on.

Affleck will next be seen in his great thriller and possible awards contender, Argo.  He’s also starring in the 2013 films To the Wonder and the gambling drama Runner Runner.

CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE Directors Want Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling for FOCUS

by     Posted 1 year, 361 days ago

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The Crazy, Stupid, Love team wants to get the band back together.  Directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa just made a deal with Warner Bros. to direct their script Focus, and Deadline reports that they want to reteam Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling from last year’s successful dramedy.  The new project is called Focus and centers on a veteran con man who becomes romantically involved with a newcomer to the business.  Expectedly (in a business based on deceit), things don’t exactly work out and the complications of their previous encounter “haunt them when they meet up again in the future.”  Hit the jump for more.

CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE. Blu-ray Review

by     Posted 2 years, 154 days ago

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Crazy, Stupid, Love. was directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, best known for having written Bad Santa. They wrote and directed I Love You, Phillip Morris and it seemed of their sensibilities, but with this film they seem to be making a bid to work in the studio system by directing Dan Fogelman‘s script – who’s best known for kids films. The film stars Steve Carell as a man going through a divorce and gets dating advice from Ryan Gosling on how to close a deal. But Carell is still in love with his wife, Julianne Moore, and Gosling connects with Emma Stone, which throws a monkey wrench into their bar scene days. Our review of Crazy, Stupid, Love. on Blu-ray follows after the jump.

MONEYBALL Author Michael Lewis to Adapt His Non-Fiction Novel LIAR’S POKER for Directors John Requa and Glenn Ficarra

by     Posted 2 years, 203 days ago

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Author Michael Lewis has seen his non-fiction novels The Blind Side and Moneyball adapted by other writers into successful movies.  Now he’ll be taking a crack at adapting one of his books as  THR reports that Lewis is set to adapt his debut non-fiction novel Liar’s Poker for Warner Bros with John Requa and Glenn Ficarra (Crazy, Stupid, Love.) attached to direct.  The book was released in 1989 and Warners has been trying to adapt it since 1990.  Liar’s Poker recounts Lewis’ time working as bond trader for Salomon Brothers and captures the 1980s Wall Street culture, “especially how the firm single-handedly created a market for mortgage bonds that made the firm wealthy, only to be outdone by Michael Milken and his junk bonds.” [Thanks, Wikipedia!] Lewis quit the firm in 1988 to write the book and become a financial journalist.  His most recent financial book was The Big Short, which is being adapted by Paramount and Brad Pitt’s Plan B production company.

Lewis tells THR he plans to write the script for Liar’s Poker over the next two months.  You can check out a synopsis of the book after the jump.  As for Requa and Ficarra, the duo is also planning to direct a new film based around middle-aged guys going on a backpacking trip.

CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE. Directors Re-Teaming with Steve Carell for New Film

by     Posted 2 years, 209 days ago

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Crazy, Stupid, Love. directors Glenn Ficarra & John Requa are planning to re-team with Steve Carell for a new untitled film.  The I Love You Phillip Morris writer-directors tell Moviehole, “We’re working on something with Steve also, that he’s producing. He’s not starring but it’s based on the idea he had. We wrote the script already. It’s one of these three friends from college, but now they’re in their 40s, movies. They’re going on a European backpacking trip that that they never did. And it’s filled with all this middle-aged fun.”  However, Ficarra adds, that the script “doesn’t have a happy ending.”

It’s not too surprising that Carell wouldn’t be attached to star (although that could certainly change if he so chooses) since he has so many other projects on his plate.  His next three films are Seeking a Friend at the End of the World with Keira Knightley, Great Hope Springs with Meryl Streep, and the magician comedy Burt Wonderstone.  He’s also reportedly attached to Mail-Order Groom with Tina Fey, Get Smart 2 (which he also wrote), Raised by Wolfs, The Abstinence Teacher, A Boyfriend for My Wife, Of All the Things, and Dogs of Babel.

I LOVE YOU, PHILLIP MORRIS Blu-Ray Review

by     Posted 3 years, 1 day ago

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John Requa and Glenn Ficarra’s I Love You, Phillip Morris arrived last year, but if you weren’t paying very close attention to the movie listings at your local arthouse theater, you might have missed it.  The film stars Jim Carrey as an exceptionally gay con-man who will go to any lengths to keep himself happy, and– according to rumor– the film’s sometimes-graphic gay sex scenes scared Hollywood away from opening the film like any other Jim Carrey-led comedy.  So, is it really that graphic?  Or were all those rumors much ado about nothing?  And does any of it really matter when the film’s this funny?  Read on for our full I Love You, Phillip Morris review.

Trailer for CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE. Starring Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling

by     Posted 3 years, 11 days ago

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Warner Bros. has released a trailer for the upcoming dramedy Crazy, Stupid, Love. and it looks surprisingly charming.  The film stars Steve Carell as a man struggling with his divorce and finding guidance from a ladies man played by Ryan Gosling. The strong cast also boasts Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Marisa Tomei, and Kevin Bacon.  Crazy, Stupid, Love. looks like it’s going to have a tricky balancing act with making the humor not too broad and the drama not to schmaltzy, but I’m betting that I Love You Phillip Morris directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa can pull it off.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  Crazy, Stupid, Love. opens July 29th.

First Image from CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE

by     Posted 3 years, 117 days ago

Warner Bros. has released the first image from director’s Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (I Love You Phillip Morris) Crazy, Stupid, Love which features Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Jonah Bobo John Carroll Lynch, Marisa Tomei, Kevin Bacon, Analeigh Tipton, Josh Groban, Liza Lapira, and Joey King.  The premise is Steve Carell has been living the dream life (good job, nice house, great kids) when he finds out his wife wants a divorce.  Since he’s been out of the dating scene for decades, he starts spending his time with a thirty something player (Ryan Gosling) and he becomes his wingman and protege.  As you might imagine, comedy ensues.

While many of you missed I Love You Phillip Morris, it’s a gem that deserves your time.  In addition, Ficarra and Requa wrote Bad Santa, so anyone thinking Crazy, Stupid, Love might be a cookie cutter Hollywood release, I think it’s safe to assume it won’t be.  Personally, I can’t wait to check this out.  I’d imagine a trailer will hit soon. Until then, hit the jump for the full synopsis and the image.

I LOVE YOU PHILLIP MORRIS Review

by     Posted 3 years, 135 days ago

“Be yourself,” is a quaint piece of advice that’s helpful as long as your life is uncomplicated and you’re a genuinely good person who is bound to be accepted by everyone you meet.  Or you could be Stephen Russell, a gay con man who was enjoyed living a lie whether he was in the closet or out of it.  I Love You Phillip Morris has the potential to really delve into some fulfilling satire of American attitudes towards homosexual.  However, the film is more interested in examining Russell as a larger-than-life individual and using broad dark comedy to make its mark.  The film delivers laughs, but it never aspires to leave much of a lasting impression.

Red-Band Trailer for I LOVE YOU PHILLIP MORRIS Starring Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor

by     Posted 3 years, 178 days ago

The delightfully foul-mouthed red-band trailer for I Love You Phillip Morris has gone online.  The film stars Jim Carrey as real-life con-man Steven Russell who comes out of the closet only to discover that “being gay is really expensive”.  While in prison, he falls in love with Phillip Morris (Ewan McGregor) and goes to great lengths to continue their relationship.  The film has received positive notices ever since it first played at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.  After numerous delays, it’s finally getting released in the U.S. and I can’t wait to see it.

Hit the jump to check out the red-band trailer.  I Love You Phillip Morris opens on December 3rd.

I LOVE YOU PHILLIP MORRIS Finally Getting Released on December 3rd

by     Posted 3 years, 234 days ago

I Love You Phillip Morris is finally getting an American release. The film, written and directed by Bad Santa screenwriters Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, has faced a tortuous road to multiplexes. After premiering at Sundance 2009 and accumulating a lot of buzz the film was to be distributed by Consolidated Pictures Group way back on February 12th. But that did not happen. The alternate release dates, March 26th, April 30th, and July 30th all came and went and left audiences waiting.  The the film was delayed indefinitely.

Now, Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp, which produced the film, has made a deal with Roadside Attractions and Liddell Entertainment to have the film distributed on December 3rd with full advertising to promote the release. The movie, inspired by a true story, stars Jim Carrey as Steven Russell, a con-man who meets and falls in love with his prison cellmate, Phillip Morris, played by Ewan McGregor. After Morris’ release, Russell repeatedly escapes prison in order to see him again. Already released internationally (and garnering a 81% “Fresh” rating on RottenTomatoes in the process), the film is sure to be controversial, albeit critically lauded, upon its release in America.  Hit the jump to watch the trailer and see what the love is all about.

Update: We’ve now included the press release after the jump

Casting Call: Olivia Wilde and Alicia Silverstone in BUTTER; Kevin Bacon in Untitled Steve Carell-Ryan Gosling Comedy

by     Posted 4 years, 4 days ago

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We have two quick cuts of casting news for you today.  First up, Olivia Wilde (House) has joined the cast of the political satire Butter.  She takes the role that was originally offered to Kate Hudson so the film has definitely traded up (Hudson decided to do the Ginnifer Goodwin romcom Something Borrowed instead). According to Movieline, Wilde will play “a tattooed stripper with a Betty Page hairdo who’s also the mistress to a term-limited butter-carving champion (played by Modern Family‘s Ty Burrell).  The film is a satirical take on the 2008 Democratic Primary.  Jennifer Garner will play Burrell’s wife who wants the title of Butter-Carving Champion for herself but has to compete with a young African-American child (Yara Shahidi). Alicia Silverstone has also joined the cast and will play Shahidi’s adoptive mother.

Wilde has also signed on to star alongside Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford in Jon Favreau’s Cowboys & Aliens.  She’ll next be seen in theaters this December in Tron Legacy.  As for Silverstone, she recently re-teamed with her Clueless director Amy Heckerling for the vampire film, Vamps.

Hit the jump for news regarding Kevin Bacon’s casting in the untitled Steve Carell-Ryan Gosling comedy.

I LOVE YOU PHILLIP MORRIS Gets New Release Date of July 30th with Expanded Release on August 6th

by     Posted 4 years, 5 days ago

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Last week, we reported that the gay romantic comedy I Love You Phillip Morris had been pushed back indefinitely.  I was slightly unhappy upon hearing this news.  Variety now reports that the film will hit theaters in a limited release on July 30th and begin expanding on August 6th.  I find this…acceptable.

The film, which stars Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor, debuted at last year’s Sundance Film Festival to positive critical reception.  Hit the jump for the official synopsis.

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