Jim Caviezel Talks WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL, His Passion For Filmmaking and Why He’ll Never Direct An Episode Of PERSON OF INTEREST

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Within a few moments of interviewing Jim Caviezel, it’s apparent immediately how much the actor loves talking about film.  Not just acting or his eclectic resume or any role in particular – but other facets of the process: lighting, directing, cinematography… Caviezel has made a career of playing quiet and introspective characters; but in person he is naturally gregarious and prone to go off any number of tangents – be it his affinity for directing or his relationship with WWII POW Louis Zamperini.  Perhaps it’s that naturally convivial nature that imbues his subtle roles with unforeseen depth.  In When the Game Stands Tall, Caviezel plays to type as the introverted Bob Ladouceur – the coach who led the De La Salle Spartans on the longest winning streak in high-school football.  It’s another quietly powerful performance for Caviezel, much of the film’s success dependent on his ability to convey a multitude of emotions with nary a word. Caviezel, as always, is more than up for the challenge.

In the following interview with the actor, he talks about the difficulties of portraying a living person, his passion for directing, what films he would like to make himself one day and why he’ll probably never direct an episode of his TV series Person Of Interest. For the full interview, hit the jump.

Jim Caviezel & Michael Chiklis Talk WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL, Their Sports Backgrounds and the Insanity of AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW

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Jim Caviezel & Michael Chiklis – an odd couple if ever there was one.  Caviezel has made a name for himself as a somber and understated actor, his work in The Thin Red Line and The Passion of the Christ compelling in that he never forces anything or goes for that “big” moment. Chiklis, a bundle of volatility, never holds anything back, perfectly encapsulated in his performance as Vic Mackey – one of the great antiheroes of the modern television landscape.  In When the Game Stands Tall, both actors are cast true to form: Caviezel as the quiet and introspective Coach Bob Ladouceur, Chiklis as his loudmouth Assistant Coach Terry Eidson. Together they form a compelling yin and yang, bouncing off each other naturally, many of the best moments in the film coming from their natural repartee.

In the following interview with both actors, they discuss their sports backgrounds, playing to type as the hothead & the introvert, and developing a thirty-one year friendship for the big-screen. In addition, Michael Chiklis touched upon his role and reaction to American Horror Story: Freak Show.  For the full interview, hit the jump.  When the Game Stands Tall opens this weekend.

First Trailer for WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL Starring Jim Caviezel, Michael Chiklis, and Alexander Ludwig

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Apparently it’s the night for inspirational movie trailers, as Sony Pictures has now released the first trailer for director Thomas Carter’s (Coach Carter) sports drama When the Game Stands Tall.  The film tells the true story of the longest winning streak for any American sport, held by the football team of De La Salle High School.  However, instead of focusing on their rise to glory, When the Game Stands Tall revolves around what happened when that 151-game streak was broken and how the fallout affected the team, coaches, and town.  It looks to be quite similar in tone and focus to Friday Night Lights, with an emphasis on the lives of the players and not just the game itself.

Hit the jump to watch the debut When the Game Stands Tall trailer.  The film stars Jim Caviezel, Michael Chiklis, Alexander Ludwig, Clancy Brown, and Laura DernWhen the Game Stands Tall opens in theaters August 22nd.

ESCAPE PLAN Review

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Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger would really like it to be the 1980s, or at the very least, the 90s.  For Stallone, he had Tango & Cash, Cliffhanger, and Demolition Man.  For Schwarzenegger, he had Total Recall, Terminator 2, and True Lies.  Over the past several years, they’ve tried to rejuvenate their careers by giving the fans the team-up films they didn’t get 20-30 years ago.  Their past outings with The Expendables movies have been straight fan service with Schwarzenegger spouting lines like “I’m back!”  Escape Plan is their first real movie together, and while it’s a nice evolution for Schwarzenegger, the movie is caught between playing it straight and acknowledging the goofiness of its premise.  It eventually breaks free to embrace its B-movie personality, but it has a hard time getting there.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Tells Jim Caviezel Where to Go in New Clip from ESCAPE PLAN

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Lionsgate has released a new clip from the upcoming action movie, Escape PlanSylvester Stallone stars as Ray Breslin, the world’s foremost authority on structural security. Breslin is framed and incarcerated in a prison of his own master design, and must escape in order to find out who framed him and why.  Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a fellow inmate and accomplice in the jailbreak.  In the clip, Schwarzenegger’s character draws upon his meager artistic ability in a heartfelt attempt to help the prison’s irate warden (Jim Caviezel).

Hit the jump to check out the clip.  The film also stars Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Vinnie Jones, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Amy Ryan.  Escape Plan opens October 18th.

Michael Emerson and Jim Caviezel Talk PERSON OF INTEREST Season 3 at Comic-Con

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Shortly after their panel at Comic-Con, I was able to participate in a roundtable interview with Michael Emerson and Jim Caviezel (who joined the interview in progress) for Person of Interest.  They talked about what’s coming up in season 3, revealing more of their back-stories, the relationship between Harold Finch and John Reese, the similarities between Root (Amy Acker) and Finch, Finch’s worries about the machine and what it might do, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Comic-Con: PERSON OF INTEREST Panel Recap; Cast and Crew Discuss the NSA Prism Effect and Announce Amy Acker as Series Regular

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Having just started production on their third season this last week, the producers and cast of Warner Bros’ Person of Interest took the time out of what is sure to be an action-packed season to present a panel at this year’s Comic Con.  The series is one of TV’s most watched dramas, but in light of the recent leak about the NSA project Prism, the title sequence’s opening line “You are being watched,” might have a completely new meaning this season.

Executive Producers Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman were joined by stars Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson, Kevin Chapman, Sarah Shahi, and, along with the announcement that she is now also a series regular, Amy Acker.  During the panel they discussed how the leak of NSA’s Prism might affect the show, what it’s how the character’s motivations have changed since the first season, and what the future might have in store for The Machine.  Read more after the jump.

First Trailer for ESCAPE PLAN Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone

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The first trailer has been released for the action film, Escape Plan.  Formerly titled “The Tomb“, Sylvester Stallone stars as Ray Breslin, the world’s foremost authority on structural security. Breslin is framed and incarcerated in a prison of his own master design, and must escape in order to find out who framed him and why.  Stallone is joined by Arnold Schwarzenegger, who plays a fellow inmate and accomplice in the jail break.  The trailer makes the flick look like an old-school action flick, and one that could be a whole lot of fun.  Schwarzenegger and Stallone could have played these roles twenty years ago, but they don’t seem too old to play them now.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Jim Caviezel, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Vinnie Jones, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Amy Ryan.  Escape Plan opens September 27th.

Comic-Con: PERSON OF INTEREST Cast and Crew Interviews Hint at Second Season Plotlines

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Person of Interest is one of the biggest hits to premiere last year.  The show centers the partnership between John Reese (Jim Caviezel), an ex-CIA operative, and the mysterious, millionaire computer engineer Harold Finch (Michael Emerson) who develops a machine that can predict crimes.  After a cliffhanger season finale, the second season will premiere September 27th on CBS.  We sat down with series creator/producer/writer Jonathan Nolan, series writer Greg Plageman and cast members Caviezel, Emerson, Taraji P. Henson, and Kevin Chapman to discuss where the new season picks up, the challenges of working on TV, and living in a society where all your information is public.  Hit the jump for highlights from the interviews and our full interview with Jonathan Nolan.

What’s Filming Where, Including IRON MAN 3, DJANGO UNCHAINED, THE TOMB, ENDER’S GAME and More

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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.

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone Talk THE TOMB, THE EXPENDABLES 2, Their Careers and “Male Pattern Badness”

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You’ll have to wait until August 17th to see Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone together again in The Expendables 2, but this video from the set visit of The Tomb should hold you over.  Production started recently in New Orleans on the Mikael Hafstrom (1408) picture that stars Sly as Ray Breslin, the world’s foremost authority on structural security who is framed and incarcerated in a prison of his own design.  In prison, Breslin meets Emil Rottmayer (Schwarzenegger), the leader of the prisoners who wants to get out just as badly as Breslin does.  In this video, Stallone and Schwarzenegger comment further on their characters in The Tomb, their work together on The Expendables and The Expendables 2, and the old-school machismo of action movies and their stars, which Sly calls, “male pattern badness.”  Written by Miles Chapman (Road House 2: Last Call) and Jason Keller (Machine Gun Preacher), The Tomb also stars Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Jim Caviezel, Amy Ryan, Vincent D’Onofrio, Vinnie Jones, and new addition Sam Neill.  Hit the jump to check it out along with some images from the set.

Production Begins on THE TOMB, Starring Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger; Sam Neill Joins Cast

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Production is officially underway in New Orleans on the action-thriller The Tomb. Sylvester Stallone stars as Ray Breslin, the world’s foremost authority on structural security. Breslin is framed and incarcerated in a prison of his own master design, and must now figure out how to break out.  Stallone is joined by Arnold Schwarzenegger, who plays a fellow inmate (and likely accomplice in said jail break), as well as Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Jim Caviezel, Amy Ryan, Vincent D’Onofrio, Vinnie Jones, and new addition Sam Neill.

In an interesting turn, Caviezel will be playing the warden of the prison, with Jones set as his head of security.  Mikael Hafstrom (The Rite) is onboard to direct, and I’m really looking forward to watching a Stallone and Schwarzenegger prison break pic.  Hit the jump to read the full press release, which has details regarding the other characters in the film.

New Trailer for TRANSIT Starring Jim Caviezel

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As this is Easter weekend, it’s only appropriate (or possibly wildly inappropriate) to bring you a trailer for a film with Jim Caviezel, a man who once played Jesus (The Passion of the Christ).  In the Antonio Negret (Seconds Apart) film, Transit, Caviezel must rise up (sorry) and protect his family from a group of armored car robbers.  The premise is based around Caviezel’s character, Nate Sidwell, a man just released from prison who is taking his family on vacation and attempting to regain their trust. His plan goes awry when the aforementioned criminals covertly stash their stolen loot atop the Sidwell’s car in order to sneak it past a roadblock. Transit, also starring James Frain, Harold Perrineau and Elisabeth Rohm, opens in limited release May 11th. Hit the jump to check out the trailer, which features a great look at the ever-lovely Diora Baird.

Dark Castle Home Entertainment and After Dark Films Combine for Action Movie Franchise

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In a joint venture that will encourage all sorts of action and darkness, Joel Silver’s Dark Castle Home Entertainment has teamed with Courtney Solomon’s After Dark Films for the action-movie franchise, After Dark Action.  The team-up will include five feature films with an international cast that includes Jean Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, Christian Slater, Jim Caviezel, Peter Weller and Cung Le.  The lineup will hit video-on-demand starting on May 11th, but there will also be a theatrical showcase for each of the pictures via a film festival in nationwide markets.  Hit the jump to see what films will be part of After Dark Action.

Casting News: Antonio Banderas to Play Pablo Picasso in 33 DAYS; Jim Caviezel Joins Schwarzenegger and Stallone in THE TOMB

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We have a couple of quick casting stories to report this morning.  First up, Antonio Banderas will play Pablo Picasso in Carlos Saura‘s drama 33 dias (33 Days).  Per Variety, the movie is “about the painter’s emotional turmoil as he worked on masterpiece ‘Guernica.’ 33 dias refers to the time Picasso spent on the mural, which captured his reaction to the destruction of Basque town of Guernica in 1937 by the Nazi Luftwaffe during the Spanish Civil War.”  I would much rather see a biopic done in this fashion; taking a pivotal point of an artist’s life and putting all of the focus on that event rather than lumping it into a “greatest hits” narrative.  The story will also show his relationship with his lover, French artist Dora Maar, and how the painting was Picaso’s “salvation.”  Even though Banderas has done drama in the past, his recent turn in Pedro Almodovar‘s The Skin I Live In was powerful and deeply unnerving, and I can’t wait to see how he plays Picasso.  Filming is set to begin next summer in Paris and Guernica.

Hit the jump for more casting news on the action flick The Tomb.

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