THE ROVER Blu-ray Review

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There is probably a sizable percentage of people who hate Robert Pattinson for no good reason.  The Twilight star became an intense object of affection and lust for those team Edward, and for anyone who witnessed that obsessive fandom (especially those who saw it up close), it can be off-putting even if it bears little on the person’s talents.  Considering that Pattinson starred in five of the biggest movies of the last decade, he’s made some of the smartest career moves of anyone who has been suddenly thrust into superstardom: He’s now making an effort to work with talented auteurs in roles that only trade on his fame in the sense that he helps get the movies financed.  Not only has he made two movies with David Cronenberg, he also starred in the David Michod film The Rover.  And as for the latter, he’s excellent in it.  My review of the Blu-ray of The Rover follows after the jump. 

GAME OF THRONES Alum Aidan Gillen to Play Villain in MAZE RUNNER Sequel; John Slattery Joins TED 2; Guy Pearce and Dominic West Set for GENIUS

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We’ve got a few interesting casting stories to attend to this afternoon.  Briefly:

  • Game of Thrones actor Aidan Gillen (aka Littlefinger) has landed the Big Bad role in the next YA franchise, signing on to play the antagonist in the Maze Runner sequel The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials.
  • John Slattery is the latest familiar face to join the cast of Seth MacFarlane’s now-filming comedy sequel Ted 2.
  • Guy Pearce and Dominic West (The Wire) have joined the fantastic ensemble cast for the literary drama Genius, playing a couple of legendary novelists.

More on the aforementioned casting after the jump.

Guy Pearce and Cobie Smulders Attempt to Resurrect the Romantic Comedy in First RESULTS Image

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I’ve been lamenting the death of the romantic comedy for some time now.  Whatever your thoughts on the genre as a whole, there’s something to be said for having that kind of variety in the moviegoing marketplace.  Aside from bright spots like the criminally underseen What IfRuby Sparks, and I Give It a Year, genuinely good romantic comedies are few and far between.  Which is why I’m cautiously optimistic about the “unconventional romantic comedy” Results, starring Guy Pearce and Cobie Smulders.  The first image from the film was released today, and it reveals Pearce and Smulders as two mismatched personal trainers who begin to fall for each other thanks to the actions of a newly wealthy client (Kevin Corrigan).  I like Pearce and Smulders a lot, so here’s hoping their comedic chemistry is on point when the film hits theaters next year.

Take a look at the first Results image after the jump.  Directed by Andrew Bujalski (Computer Chess), the film also stars Giovanni Ribisi, Anthony Michael Hall, Brooklyn Decker, and Constance Zimmer.

Rachel Weisz in Talks to Join THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS; Anna Friel and Oliver Platt Take THE MASTER CLEANSE; Guy Pearce Sought for WAR ON EVERYONE

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Here’s a look at the day’s latest casting news:

  • Rachel Weisz is in talks to join Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander in Derek Cianfrance’s The Light between Oceans.
  • Anna Friel and Oliver Platt join writer-director Bobby Miller’s feature directorial debut, The Master Cleanse, a fantasy-horror-comedy starring Johnny Galecki and Anjelica Huston.
  • Guy Pearce is being sought by director John Michael McDonagh to play the villain in War on Everyone, which already stars Michael Peña and Garrett Hedlund.
  • Bill Condon’s Sherlock Holmes film Mr. Holmes, starring Ian McKellen in the title role, also features Hattie MorahanPatrick KennedyHiroyuki SanadaRoger AllamPhil DavisFrances de la Tour, and Milo Parker.

Hit the jump for more on each film.

THE ROVER Giveaway: Win Poster Signed by Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson, and Director David Michod

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We have two signed posters from The Rover to give away to lucky readers.  The Rover takes place ten years after society collapsed and follows a hardened loner (Pearce) who tracks down a gang of thieves with the help of one of their own (Pattinson) to reclaim the car they stole.  Read Matt’s review here or watch out video interview with Robert Pattinson, Guy Pearce and Director David Michod here.

Pearce, Pattinson, and Michod signed the posters for our The Rover giveaway.  Find how how you can win one after the jump.  The Rover is now in theaters.

Robert Pattinson, Guy Pearce and Director David Michod Talk THE ROVER, Creating the Characters, the Challenging Conditions on Set, and More

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Now playing in limited release is writer/director David Michôd’s thriller The Rover.  The film stars Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson and takes place 10 years after the collapse of society, revolving around a man who sets out to reclaim his last possession from a gang.  The pic is based on an original idea by Michôd and Joel Edgerton and marks Michôd’s long-awaited follow-up to his well-received 2010 feature debut Animal Kingdom.  For more on the film, watch the trailer or read Matt’s review.

At the Los Angeles press day I landed an exclusive video interview with Robert Pattinson, Guy Pearce and David Michod.  They talked about working together to create the characters, the challenging filming conditions, what it was like on set, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

THE ROVER Review

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“Life isn’t fair” is a well-known and rarely disputed maxim.  As our awareness of the world grows, we learn this lesson.  David Michôd’s The Rover hits this point with the power of a gunshot.  His post-apocalyptic wasteland has the same brutality we’ve come to expect from the genre, but with an unnerving quiet and weary disconnect that gives power to the unrelenting nihilism.  Stars Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson ground the picture with their unsettling performances, and while the movie’s tone may be draining, it’s never tedious.

Rebel Wilson Joins GRIMSBY; Guy Pearce Added to EQUALS; Brian Cox Set for PIXELS; Alessandro Nivola Joins SELMA

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We’ve got a few casting stories to attend to this afternoon.  Briefly:

  • Rebel Wilson has joined the cast of the new Sacha Baron Cohen comedy Grimsby.
  • Guy Pearce will reunite with Breathe In director Drake Doremus on the sci-fi film Equals, also starring Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult.
  • Brian Cox has joined the cast of Adam Sandler’s video game actioner Pixels.
  • Alessandro Nivola (American Hustle) has been added to the civil rights drama Selma.

Hit the jump for more details on the aforementioned casting. 

Benedict Cumberbatch Replaces Guy Pearce in BLACK MASS; Adam Scott Joins Cast

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Production is currently underway on director Scott Cooper’s (Crazy Heart) Whitey Bulger film Black Mass with Johnny Depp in the lead role, but a couple of last-minute casting changes have been made.  Guy Pearce was originally set to play the mob boss’ brother, Billy Bulger, but the Boston Globe reports that Pearce had to drop out for unknown reasons and now Benedict Cumberbatch will fill the role.  The London-born Cumberbatch did a surprisingly solid job of nailing the Oklahoma accent for last year’s August: Osage County, so he makes a fine addition to Black Mass.  Additionally, THR adds that Parks and Recreation star Adam Scott has signed on to play an FBI agent in the crime drama, marking a change of pace for the comedic actor.

Cooper is coming off the commercially disappointing Out of the Furnace, but Black Mass is shaping up to be quite promising.  In addition to Depp, Cumberbatch, and Scott, the cast also includes Joel Edgerton, Dakota Johnson, Juno Temple, and Jesse Plemons.  A release date has yet to be set, but a fall 2015 release (ie. an awards push) for Black Mass doesn’t seem out of the question.

New Clip and Poster for THE ROVER Starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson

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A new clip and poster for The Rover has gone online.  The film stars Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson and takes place 10 years after the collapse of society, revolving around a man who sets out to reclaim his last possession from a gang.  In this clip, Eric (Pearce) explains to Rey (Pattinson) that he’s been abandoned by not only his brother, but also by God.  It seems like this will be an uplifting little picture.

Hit the jump to check out The Rover clip (warning: it auto-plays, so adjust your speakers accordingly) and new poster.  The film opens June 20th.

BREATHE IN Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.  Breathe In opens today in limited release.]

The family drama genre is one that’s very easy to get wrong, and it’s rare to find a film of this kind that is genuinely moving without feeling overly manipulative or sappy.  Writer/director Drake Doremus took the Sundance Film Festival by storm in 2011 with his young love drama Like Crazy, and he returns in 2013 with an intimate take on the family drama genre that marks a major step forward for the filmmaker.  In chronicling the story of a foreign exchange student who causes a deep and devastating rift in a close-knit upstate New York family, Doremus’ Breathe In completely wraps the viewer up in the emotions of its characters and doesn’t let go for 98 captivating, intense, and ultimately heartbreaking minutes.

Trailer for HATESHIP LOVESHIP Starring Kristen Wiig, Guy Pearce, Hailee Steinfeld, and Nick Notle

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A trailer has gone online for the indie drama Hateship Loveship.  Per the film’s Toronto International Film Festival description, “Johanna Parry (Kristen Wiig) moves to a new town to work for Mr. McCauley (Nick Nolte) and his granddaughter, Sabitha (Hailee Steinfeld). Sabitha and her friend trick Johanna (Liza Johnson) into a one-way epistolary romance with Sabitha’s father Ken (Guy Pearce). Johanna lights on fire, and commits a criminal act to get to her lover, who barely knows she exists.”  Hateship Loveship passed through TIFF mostly unnoticed despite its cast, and watching this trailer, it’s not hard to see why.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  Hateship Loveship will be released on VOD and in theaters on April 11th.

First Teaser Trailer for David Michôd’s THE ROVER Starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson

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The first trailer for writer/director David Michôd’s upcoming thriller The Rover has been released online.  The film stars Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson and takes place 10 years after the collapse of society, revolving around a man who sets out to reclaim his last possession from a gang.  The pic is based on an original idea by Michôd and Joel Edgerton and marks Michôd’s long-awaited follow-up to his well-received 2010 feature debut Animal Kingdom.  This teaser trailer doesn’t reveal much by way of plot, but there’s certainly a thick air of intensity surrounding the proceedings and Pearce appears to be giving a strong lead performance.  Again, not particularly illuminating but this is definitely intriguing stuff.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Scoot McNairy, Susan Prior, Gillian Jones, Anthony Hayes, and David FieldThe Rover will be released sometime this summer.

New Trailer and Poster for Drake Doremus’ BREATHE IN Starring Guy Pearce and Felicity Jones

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It’s been a bit of a wait for fans to see Like Crazy writer/director Drake Doremus’ follow-up feature, but Breathe In finally opens stateside in just a couple of months.  A new trailer and poster for the pic have been released online, and they both do a nice job of capturing the tone of the intimate family drama. Guy Pearce stars as a former rock musician and current music teacher whose life begins to unravel when he develops an attraction towards a young foreign exchange student (Felicity Jones) that is staying with his family for her final semester.  I was a big fan of the pic when I caught it at last year’s Sundance Film Festival (read my review here), and Pearce and Jones both give captivating, magnetic performances as the two leads.  The supporting cast is great as well, especially relative newcomer Mackenzie Davis.

Hit the jump to check out the new trailer and poster, and click here to read my extensive interview with Doremus about the pic.  The film also stars Amy Ryan and Kyle MacLachlanBreathe In opens in the U.S. on March 23rd.

First Images from THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY, DOM HEMINGWAY, ENOUGH SAID, HATESHIP LOVESHIP, and PHILOMENA

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The Toronto International Film Festival announced its stellar line-up for their 2013 Galas and Special Presentation programs.  Among the films with new images and synopses are:

  • The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her (Directed by Ned Benson) Starring Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Nina Arianda, Viola Davis, Bill Hader, Ciarán Hinds, Isabelle Huppert, William Hurt, and Jess Weixler.
  • Dom Hemingway (Directed by Richard Shepard) Starring Jude Law, Richard E. Grant, Demian Bichir, Emilia Clarke, Kerry Condon, Jumayn Hunter, Madalina Ghenea, and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett.
  • Enough Said (Directed by Nicole Holofcener) Starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Catherine Keener, James Gandolfini, Toni Collette, Ben Falcone, Eve Hewson, and Tavi Gevinson.
  • Hateship Loveship (Directed by Liza Johnson) Starring Kristen Wiig, Guy Pearce, Christine Lahti, Nick Nolte, Hailee Steinfeld, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Sami Gayle.
  • Philomena (Directed by Stephen Frears) Starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan.

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses.  The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 5 – 15th.

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