THE FORGER Clip: John Travolta and Tye Sheridan Share a Deep Father/Son Moment

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We have an exclusive The Forger clip to premiere.  John Travolta plays a father who buys his way out of prison to spend time with his ailing son played by (Tye Sheridan).  Christopher Plummer co-stars as the grandfather, who teams with his son to “carry out one last big job for the syndicate who financed his early release.”

The crime drama directed by Philip Martin premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival this weekend.  Hit the jump to watch the Forger clip, which shows Travolta’s character revealing the debt to his son.

New Images from BOYCHOIR, THE CONNECTION, ESCOBAR: PARADISE LOST, and THE FORGER

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Earlier today, the Toronto International Film Festival announced new additions to their Galas and Special Presentations programs. Among the films with new images and synopses are:

  • Boychoir (Directed by François Girard) starring Dustin Hoffman, Kathy Bates, Josh Lucas, Kevin McHale, Eddie Izzard, Debra Winger, and Garrett Wareing
  • The Connection (Directed by Cédric Jimenez) starring Jean Dujardin, Gilles Lellouche, Céline Sallette, and Benoît Magimel.
  • Escobar: Paradise Lost (Directed by Andrea Di Stefano) starring Benicio del Toro, Josh Hutcherson, and Claudia Traisac.
  • The Forger (Directed by Philip Martin) starring John Travolta, Christopher Plummer, Tye Sheridan, Jennifer Ehle, Marcus Thomas, Anson Mount, Abigail Spencer, and Travis Wade.

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 4 – 14th.

Michael Pitt Talks I ORIGINS, a Possible Return to HANNIBAL, and Working With John Travolta on CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES

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I Origins is in select theaters after being picked up by Fox Searchlight at the Sundance Film Festival earlier in the year.  The film is an effective and affecting piece, gorgeously directed with some really great performances.  I had a few issues with the script here and there, but overall I left the theater feeling impacted in a pretty unique way.  But don’t take my word for it, read Adam Chitwood’s glowing review and check out the trailer if you’re unfamiliar with the project as a whole.

In the film, Michael Pitt plays PHD student Ian Gray, who is out to prove intelligent design to be a falsehood by demonstrating that the eye can undergo evolution.  Along the way he falls in love with both Sofi (Astrid Bergès-Frisbey) and his lab partner, Karen (Brit Marling).  I sat down with Pitt in Los Angeles earlier this week to talk about his work on the film and how he calibrates his performance to play the same character at completely different points in his life.  We also discussed a potential return to the character of Mason Verger in Hannibal Season 3 as well as his upcoming movie with John Travolta, Criminal Activities.  Hit the jump for the interview (you can find my interview with Marling here).  I Origins is now playing in New York and Los Angeles.

First Image and Official Synopsis for THE FORGER Starring John Travolta, Christopher Plummer, and Tye Sheridan

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As acquisitions and sales at the Berlin Film Festival continue, the first image and synopsis have been released for Philip Martin‘s The Forger.  According to the synopsis, the movie” tells the story of a former child art prodigy and second generation petty thief, Ray Cutter (John Travolta) who arranges to buy his way out of prison to spend time with his ailing son, Will Cutter (Tye Sheridan). Ray and his father, Joseph Cutter (Christopher Plummer), must come together to carry out one last big job for the syndicate who financed his early release.”  I’m a bit confused by this synopsis.  If you were an art prodigy, then wouldn’t you commit counterfeiting instead of petty thievery?  That’s like being a guitar prodigy and deciding to play the slide whistle.

Hit the jump for the image and press release.

Idris Elba and Sam Worthington Board ALIVE ALONE; John Travolta to Voice GUMMY BEAR

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We’ve got a couple of casting announcements to attend to this afternoon.  First up, Idris Elba and Sam Worthington have boarded the dramatic thriller Alive Alone as Matthias Schoenaerts has dropped out of the picture.  Elba will play an ex-detainee of Guantanamo Bay working as a taxi driver whose world collides with a prostitute (Noomi Rapace) on the run from a feared crime boss (Worthington).  The story takes place in New York City and Khurram Longi is making his directorial debut on the feature, which he also wrote.  Per Deadline, production is looking to get underway next month.

Additionally, Deadline reports that John Travolta will lead the voice cast of the insane-sounding independent animated feature Gummy Bear.  The 2D/3D animated pic “sees Gummy and his friends—a vegetarian vampire bat, a cat, and a chameleon—fighting to save an alien planet from destruction.”  A director is not yet attached and Stealth Media Group is aiming to start production on the $30 million pic this September.  That premise is certainly something.

First Trailer for KILLING SEASON Features Robert De Niro, John Travolta, Terrible Accents and a Poor Choice in Facial Hair

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The first trailer for Mark Steven Johnson’s action thriller Killing Season is now available.  Starring John Travolta and Robert De Niro as two military veterans, the movie pits them against each other in a test for survival when past grievances bubble to the surface.  This one came completely out of left field and this trailer hints at just why that might be.  I have no idea why De Niro or Travolta signed on, unless it was to take another crack at an action film, but this first look doesn’t exactly promise the best work of their careers.  At least Travolta has another bizarre style of facial hair to add to his repertoire; this iteration might top Battlefield Earth and Swordfish.

Also starring Milo VentimigliaKilling Season opens July 12th.  Hit the jump to watch the trailer.

First Images for KILLING SEASON Starring Robert De Niro and John Travolta

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You will know if you are the target audience for Killing Season as soon as you hear the tagline: “The purest form of war is one on one.”  So, are you in?

If somehow you’re still on the fence: Robert De Niro plays a military veteran who retreats to a cabin in the Appalachian Mountains to forget his experience in the Bosnian War.  He befriends a European tourist (John Travolta) who—surprise!—is a former Serbian soldier out for revenge.  Thus begins the purest form of war.  Travolta’s Serbian accent alone may be worth the price of admission when Killing Season, directed by Mark Steven Johnson, opens on July 12.  Milo Ventimiglia and Elizabeth Olin co-star.  Hit the jump to see the first batch of images and the trailer.

SAVAGES Blu-ray Review

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Oliver Stone has always hit home runs controversially and commercially, but lately he’s been striking out critically. Savages, which came out back in July, is a break from Stone’s controversial oeuvre. Revolving around a drug cartel kidnapping and an unlikely friendship, Savages is one well-crafted, sexy-ass slugfest. It’s more U-Turn Stone than W. (I have no idea what Wall-Street: Money Never Sleeps was supposed to be) and despite its mediocre run in theaters (nothing this summer fared well in the shadow of The Avengers), it was one of the most entertaining films of summer 2012. Hit the jump to find out how the Universal Blu-ray holds up.

Stupid Rumor of the Day: John Travolta to Lead THE TOXIC AVENGER Remake?

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Is John Travolta about to pick up the mop and slop bucket in the leading role of The Toxic Avenger remake?  Probably not, but that’s the rumor of the day.  The original 1984 film from Troma Entertainment featured nerdy janitor Melvin (Mark Torgl) being tossed into a barrel of nuclear waste by a pack of bullies.  He then became the hideous, yet superpowered Toxic Avenger (Mitch Cohen).  The remake, directed by Steve Pink (Hot Tub Time Machine) from a script by Daniel C. Mitchell, has apparently been re-imagined as a family-friendly, pro-environment PG-13 flick (completely different from the original B-film that was filled with nudity, sex and grotesque violence).  Travolta simply does not fit as the hero of this picture, but hit the jump for what role may suit him, along with the synopsis and trailer for the original film.

Taylor Kitsch Talks SAVAGES, Working with Oliver Stone and John Travolta, Filming Sex Scenes and Avoiding Green Screens

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The drama Savages, from three-time Oscar-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone, follows entrepreneurs Ben (Aaron Johnson) and Chon (Taylor Kitsch), and their shared girlfriend O (Blake Lively), who run a lucrative business raising some of the best marijuana ever developed.  But, the legendary weed of these Laguna Beach heroes soon catches the interest of the Mexican Baja Cartel, headed by the merciless Elena “La Reina” (Salma Hayek).  Along with her brutal enforcer Lado (Benicio Del Toro) and her head attorney Alex (Demian Bichir), Elena demands a partnership which she ensures by kidnapping that which they love most, and what was once a peaceful and easy lifestyle becomes a high-stakes battle of wills.

At the film’s press day, actor Taylor Kitsch talked about his reaction to director Oliver Stone wanting him for the role of Chon, how he prepared for the more intimate scenes in the film, what it was like to shoot his intense confrontation with John Travolta, the incredible attention to detail on set, how he felt about the ending, and his desire to stay away from projects with a lot of green screen for awhile.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Exclusive Featurette for Oliver Stone’s SAVAGES

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Today, we’re happy to premiere an exclusive featurette for Oliver Stone‘s upcoming crime-thriller Savages.  The film stars Taylor Kitsch and Aaron Johnson as two pot dealers who must rescue their shared girlfriend (Blake Lively) from Mexican cartel runners (Salma Hayek and Benicio Del Toro).  In this exclusive featurette, we meet the film’s DEA Consultant/Advisor Eddie Follis, and we also get a look at John Travolta‘s character, DEA Agent Dennis Cain.

Hit the jump to check out the featurette.  Savages opens July 6th.

New Posters for TAKEN 2, SAVAGES, MAGIC MIKE and WON’T BACK DOWN

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We’ve got a good selection of new posters to share with you today (in addition to these awesome examples from the upcoming Total Recall reboot).  Here’s what we have to offer:

  • Taken 2 – The sequel to Pierre Morel’s Taken features the return of ex-CIA operative Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) who finds himself on the wrong end of a kidnapping.  Taken 2 opens October 5th.
  • SavagesOliver Stone’s newest film stars Taylor Kitsch and Aaron Johnson as two marijuana dealers who must rescue their shared girlfriend (Blake Lively) from Mexican cartel runners (Salma Hayek and Benicio Del Toro). Savages opens July 6th.
  • Magic Mike – Based on his real-life experience as a male stripper, Magic Mike follows Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Alex Pettyfer, Joe Manganiello and more through their daily (and nightly) exploits.  Magic Mike opens June 29th.
  • Won’t Back Down – Based on a true story of the fight to reform urban education, Won’t Back Down stars Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis.  The film opens September 28th.

Hit the jump to check out the posters.

6 Clips from Oliver Stone’s SAVAGES Starring Taylor Kitsch, Aaron Johnson, Blake Lively, John Travolta, Salma Hayek and Benicio Del Toro

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We recently brought you a bunch of new images from director Oliver Stone’s upcoming crime drama, Savages. Now you can view Taylor Kitsch, Aaron Johnson and Blake Lively in motion in six new clips!  The newest film from the three-time Oscar winner follows Ben (Johnson) and Chon (Kitsch) as two industrious pot growers who go up against a Mexican drug cartel who muscles in on their territory.  Elena, the cartel leader (Salma Hayek)  and her enforcer, Lado (Benicio Del Toro) find leverage in the form of Ben and Chon’s mutual girlfriend, Ophelia (Lively).  John Travolta also stars as a DEA agent.  Savages opens July 6th.  Hit the jump to check out the clips.

14 New Images from Oliver Stone’s SAVAGES Starring Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, and Aaron Johnson

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14 new images from Oliver Stone’s crime drama Savages have gone online.  The story centers on two Laguna Beach marijuana kingpins (Taylor Kitsch and Aaron Johnson) who encounter a world of trouble when their shared girlfriend (Blake Lively) is kidnapped by a Mexican drug cartel.  These images highlight Stone’s impressive supporting cast which includes Salma Hayek, Benicio Del Toro, John Travolta and Demian Bichir.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  Savages opens on July 6th.

Two New TV Spots for Oliver Stone’s SAVAGES

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Two new TV spots have been released for Oliver Stone’s upcoming crime drama Savages.  The film centers on two Laguna Beach marijuana kingpins (Taylor Kitsch and Aaron Johnson) who encounter a world of trouble when their shared girlfriend (Blake Lively) is kidnapped by a Mexican drug cartel.  I’m a big fan of Kitsch and I’m hoping Savages is a success this year following the commercial disappointments of John Carter and Battleship—he was swell in the criminally underseen John Carter and his charisma is a big part of what makes Battleship semi-enjoyable.  These TV spots confirm that Eminem’s “Til I Collapse” is the unofficial theme song of Savages, and I’m actually really looking forward to an Oliver Stone film for the first time in a long time.

Hit the jump to watch the TV spots.  The film also stars Benicio Del ToroSalma HayekDemian BichirEmile HirschUma Thurman, and John TravoltaSavages opens on July 6th.

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