Ellen Page in Talks to Star in John Belushi Biopic; Dakota Johnson Negotiating for BLACK MASS; Kathryn Hahn and Ed Oxenbould Star in SUNDOWNING

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Here’s the latest casting news for the following films:

  • Ellen Page is in talks to star opposite Emile Hirsch in Steve Conrad’s untitled John Belushi biopic.
  • Dakota Johnson is in negotiations to play the love interest of Johnny Depp’s Whitey Bulger in Scott Cooper’s Black Mass.
  • Kathryn Hahn and Ed Oxenbould will star in M. Night Shyamalan’s latest effort, Sundowning.
  • James Caan has signed on for Jacob Tierney’s Preggoland, scripted by and starring Sonja Bennett.

Hit the jump for more on each picture.

BLOOD TIES Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.  Blood Ties opens today in limited release.]

There’s no prequel to Blood Ties, but perhaps there should be. It could provide a reason to give a damn about the characters. We could see the development of their conflict, the tension between brothers and the brothers’ tension with their lovers. Instead, Guillaume Canet’s film hits the ground stumbling as the disjointed picture jumps between characters seemingly at random, and never spends enough time to make us care, or wastes time showing just how shallow these horrible people really are. Coated in the veneer of a throwback crime drama, Blood Ties is an insult to its genre, its cast, and its audience.

New Trailer for BLOOD TIES Starring Clive Owen, Billy Crudup, Marion Cotillard, and Mila Kunis

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Roadside Attractions has released the first theatrical trailer for director Guillaume Canet’s crime drama Blood Ties.  The story takes place in New York in 1974, and centers on two brothers.  One has recently been released from prison (Clive Owen), and the other is a cop (Billy Crudup) who is trying to help his brother out only to discover that old habits die hard.  The trailer paints the film as a crime thriller, but I saw the pic at TIFF and it’s really more of a family drama with tense elements.  Regardless, the film never really comes together and kind of slogs its way through the tropes and clichés of a 1970s crime movie.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer, and click here to read Matt’s review from TIFF.  The film also stars Mila Kunis, Zoe Saldana, Marion Cotillard, Noah Emmerich, and James CaanBlood Ties will be released in theaters and on iTunes March 21st.

CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 Review

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I adore Cloudy with a Chance of MeatballsPhil Lord and Christopher Miller’s adaptation of the classic children’s book is one of the most unexpected and successful book adaptations of the past several years.  Most movies based on children books are belabored, tiresome affairs, and Cloudy turned the simple idea of food falling from the sky into a weird, adorable, and hilarious animated comedy.  It set an incredibly high bar for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, but new directors Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn have come close to giving us a movie as wonderful as the original.  Everything that made the first Cloudy a success is still in place, even though there’s more reliance on some cheap gags.  The sequel has cemented the identity of the series even though the story leaves some residual guiltiness about being a carnivore.

Watch 5 Clips from CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2

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Sony Pictures Animation has released five clips from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.  In the follow-up, Swallow Falls is under attack by mutant foods known as “foodimals”, so Flint (Bill Hader), Sam (Anna Faris), Brent (Andy Samberg), Manny (Benjamin Bratt), Earl (Terry Crews), and Steve (Neil Patrick Harris) must contain the creatures before they overrun the planet.  I’m going radio silent on the movie since I love the first one, and I like everything I’ve seen from the trailers, so I don’t need more to sell me on this flick.  However, if you still need some convincing, these clips are for your viewing please.  Also, if you live in Atlanta, you still have a time to enter for a chance to win passes to an early screening.

Hit the jump to check out the clips.  Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 opens in 3D on September 27th.

TIFF 2013: BLOOD TIES Review

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There’s no prequel to Blood Ties, but perhaps there should be.  It could provide a reason to give a damn about the characters.  We could see the development of their conflict, the tension between brothers and the brothers’ tension with their lovers.  Instead, Guillaume Canet’s film hits the ground stumbling as the disjointed picture jumps between characters seemingly at random, and never spends enough time to make us care, or wastes time showing just how shallow these horrible people really are.  Coated in the veneer of a throwback crime drama, Blood Ties is an insult to its genre, its cast, and its audience.

First Trailer and Poster for BLOOD TIES Starring Clive Owen, Marion Cotillard, Mila Kunis, and Zoe Saldana

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Last week, we saw the first images from Guillaume Canet‘s Blood Ties, and now the trailer and poster have been released.  The story takes place in New York in 1974, and centers on two brothers.  One has recently been released from prison, and the other is a cop who is trying to help his brother out only to discover that old habits die hard.  It’s weird to see Marion Cotillard trying on a New York accent, but the crime-drama aspect looks good, and there’s definitely a lot of potential here.  As for the poster, I really like the 70s-style they’ve used.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer and poster.  The film also stars Clive Owen, Matthias Schoenaerts, Mila Kunis, Billy Crudup, James Caan, and Zoe Saldana.

8 Images from Guillaume Canet’s BLOOD TIES Starring Clive Owen, Marion Cotillard, Matthias Schoenaerts, Mila Kunis, and Zoe Saldana

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Blood Ties, the new film from Tell No One director Guillaume Canet, is premiering at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and the first eight images from the movie have been released.  The story takes place in New York in 1974, and centers on two brothers.  One has recently been released from prison, and the other is a cop who is trying to help his brother out only to discover that old habits die hard.  The stellar cast includes Clive Owen, Marion Cotillard, Matthias Schoenaerts, Mila Kunis, Billy Crudup, James Caan, and Zoe Saldana.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The Cannes Film Festival is now underway, so we should expect to hear the buzz on Blood Ties soon.

New Details on CLOUDY 2: REVENGE OF THE LEFTOVERS; Terry Crews Joins Voice Cast

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I love Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and I have high expectations for the upcoming sequel, Cloudy 2: Revenge of the Leftovers.  Details on the film have been scarce, but now EW is reporting that the plot revolves around Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader) and Sam Sparks (Anna Faris) returning to Swallow Falls to clean up the mess created by the FLDSMDFR only to find that food is now taking on the form of mutant beasts.  “Magically, every creature is a combination of a food item and an animal that results in just a cringeworthy pun,” says producer Kirk Bodyfelt.  As a fan of cringeworthy puns, this makes me even more excited for the flick.

Hit the jump for more.  Cloudy 2: Revenge of the Leftovers opens in 3D on February 7, 2014.

Director Sean Anders Talks THAT’S MY BOY, the DUMB AND DUMBER Sequel with Jim Carrey, and THREE MISSISSIPPI with Will Ferrell

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The raunchy and outrageous comedy That’s My Boy tells the story of Donny Berger (Adam Sandler), an aimless loser who knocked up his smoking hot teacher when he was a teenager, and was left to raise their love child even though he was completely unprepared to be a parent.  Now, 30 years later, Todd (Andy Samberg) is all grown up and a successful Wall Street executive who hasn’t seen his father in years.  But, with Donny owing tens of thousands to the IRS, he figures that tracking down his son will not only give him the chance to ask for the money he needs to stay out of jail, but to also finally bond with his son.

At the film’s press day, writer/director Sean Anders talked to Collider for this exclusive interview about what made Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg the perfect pairing for this film, what he’d like to see on the DVD, and the collaboration he had with Sandler both in reworking the script and on set during filming.  He also talked about signing on to write and direct Three Mississippi (with partner John Morris), about two Philadelphia neighbors whose annual Thanksgiving game of tackle football has become extraordinarily heated, the possibility of a Will Ferrell and Adam Sandler pairing for the film, and the status of the Dumb and Dumber sequel with Jim Carrey.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

New Red-Band and “Andy Samberg Cut” Trailers for THAT’S MY BOY

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A couple of new trailers for the upcoming R-rated comedy That’s My Boy have gone online.  The first is a fairly straightforward red-band trailer for the film, and the second is a really funny trailer cut by Andy Samberg himself.  The red-band trailer actually has a few genuine laughs, and it reveals that Adam Sandler, who plays Samberg’s estranged father, pretends to be Samberg’s friend throughout some of the film because Samberg told his soon-to-be-in-laws that his dad was dead.  More fun, though, is a special trailer for the film that Samberg himself cut.  It almost plays like a fake trailer from Funny People, and Samberg appears to know exactly what That’s My Boy looks like from an outside perspective.  Though I’m cautious with every Sandler project nowadays given his recent output, I have to admit that these two trailers actually make That’s My Boy seem somewhat appealing.

Hit the jump to watch both NSFW trailers.  The film also stars Leighton MeesterJames CaanMilo VentimigliaWill Forte and Vanilla IceThat’s My Boy opens on June 15th.

6 Clips from THAT’S MY BOY Starring Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg

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Eight clips from the new comedy That’s My Boy have gone online.   The film stars Adam Sandler as rich party animal who tries to avoid going to jail for tax evasion by getting his estranged and independently-wealthy son (Andy Samberg) to front him the cash to pay back the IRS.  What’s more, the dad decides to make this play during the son’s upcoming nuptials.  The film marks Sandler’s first R-rated film since 1996’s Bulletproof, and features a supporting cast that includes Leighton Meester, James Caan, Milo Ventimiglia, Will Forte and Vanilla Ice.

Hit the jump to watch the clips.  That’s My Boy opens on June 15th.

Marc Webb Tweets THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN Behind-the-Scenes Photo, New Photos and Video from the Set of BLOOD TIES

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Director Marc Webb ((500) Days of Summer) tweeted a set photo from behind the scenes of The Amazing Spider-Man today with the tag: “got caption?”  So let’s have a little fun with this one.  Check out the image, which features star Andrew Garfield and some stunt performers, and come up with your best caption to submit to our comments section (or Webb himself, if you’re feeling brave).

We also have another batch of photos and video of Mila Kunis and Clive Owen from Guillaume Canet’s Blood Ties.  We’ve already seen Owen propose in these set photos, so I’m happy to see they’re still getting along.  The 1970s period picture set in Brooklyn follows two brothers on opposite sides of the law who are caught up in the world of organized crime.  Hit the jump to check out the set photos and videos. [Update: We've removed the unofficial images.]

Clive Owen and Billy Crudup Will Star in the Crime Thriller BLOOD TIES

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Clive Owen and Billy Crudup are set to lead Guillaume Canet‘s crime thriller Blood Ties.  Based off the French novel Les liens du sang, Canet’s English-language debut “centers on a younger brother (Crudup) who has to ask his convict older brother (Owen) to go back into the underworld to help out the family.”  As we reported back in November, Mark Wahlberg, Zoe Saldana, and Marion Cotillard were circling the picture.  In addition to the casting news regarding Owen and Crudup, THR reports that Saldana and Cotillard have signed on along with Mila Kunis and James Caan.  Kunis and Cotillard will play love interests.  Bullhead star Matthias Schoenaerts has been offered role, and if he signs on, this cast will be even more impressive.

Canet co-wrote the script for Blood Ties with We Own the Night writer-director James Gray.  For those unfamiliar with Canet, I strongly recommend checking out this 2006 mystery flick Tell No One.  If the financing on Blood Ties comes together, filming will begin in April in New York.

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