TOP 5: FROZEN, IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE Trailer Cut Like THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, HOMEFRONT, What to Watch Online, OLDBOY

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Last night I rewatched Man of Steel for the first time since catching it in theaters back in June. Previously, I wrote that the film had me emotionally invested in Supes in a way that only Grant Morrison‘s All-Star Superman had done before. While I’ve since been blown away by Alan Moore‘s For the Man Who Has Everything tale, my second Man of Steel viewing from yesterday corroborates my previous statement. I see the pic as being good, borderline great thanks in large part to the outstanding performances of Michael Shannon and Kevin Costner. The tragedy of Zod’s story was somewhat lost on me during my first screening (perhaps it was dulled by the impressive array of action set pieces). This time around, though, I felt the full brunt of it and I couldn’t help but sympathize with him for knowing no other purpose than to defend the people of Krypton at any cost. Also, the scene where he introduces himself to the citizens of Earth? Downright frightening. Regarding Pa Kent: although I loved every facet of Costner’s performance the first time I watched the film, I was surprised at how much his scenes still resonated with me on the repeat viewing. Kudos to Zack Snyder and Co. for limiting his screen time and, in doing so, making every single second with him in the frame mean that much more.

My Blu-ray pick of the week aside, this week’s Top 5 features Frozen interviews with Kristen Bell and more, an It’s a Wonderful Life trailer cut in the style of Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf of Wall Street, Homefront interviews with James Franco and more, the first installment in Allison’s new monthly list of recommended streaming, and Oldboy interviews with Spike Lee, Josh Brolin, and more. As tradition dictates, a brief recap and link to each of the above rests after the jump.

Kate Bosworth Talks HOMEFRONT, How She Prepares for a Role, What She Collects, and Michael Polish’s REMEMORY

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Opening this week is the Jason Statham-starrer Homefront.   Adapted by Sylvester Stallone from the Chuck Logan novel, Homefront centers on DEA agent Phil Broker (Statham) who moves to a quiet town with his daughter (Izabela Vidovic) in order to start a new life, but winds up tangling with the local druglord (James Franco), his band of thugs, and meth’d-out sister (played by Kate Bosworth in a bit of a shocking turn).  Homefront also stars Winona Ryder, Rachelle Lafevre, Clancy Brown, Omar Benson Miller and Frank Grillo.  For more on the film, watch the red-band or regular trailer.

At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed a video interview with Bosworth.  She talked about how she was cast, the way she prepares for a role and if she did anything extra for this one, what she collects, and Michael Polish’s Rememory.  Hit the jump to watch.

Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth, Izabela Vidovic and Director Gary Fleder Talk HOMEFRONT, Stunts, Action, Kittens and More

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Opening November 27th, Homefront follows the classic Western paradigm of an ex-lawman who goes to live a quiet life in a small town only to discover he can’t escape his troubled past.  Jason Statham plays former DEA agent Phil Broker, a family man who moves off the grid with his daughter (Izabela Vidovic) to a seemingly quiet bayou backwater until meth kingpin Gator Bodine (James Franco) puts them in harm’s way forcing Broker back into action.  Directed by Gary Fleder from a screenplay by Sylvester Stallone based on the book by Chuck Logan, the action thriller also stars Kate Bosworth and Winona Ryder.

At the film’s recent press day, Statham, Franco, Ryder, Bosworth, Vidovic and Fleder talked about bringing depth and humanity to the characters, finding the right emotional tone, Bosworth’s physical transformation, Statham’s unusual role as a father protecting his daughter, handling the dangerous stunts and action sequences, how production designer Greg Berry and D.P. Theo Van de Sande created the film’s authentic look, shooting on location in rural southern Louisiana, and composer Mark Isham’s indigenous score that acknowledges the region.  Franco also revealed what he’s learned from teaching, how he balances it with his busy filmmaking career, and his decision to adopt the film’s kittens.  Hit the jump to read the interview. 

Robert De Niro and Reese Witherspoon Circle THE INTERN; Kate Bosworth and Thomas Jane Join SOMNIA; IF YOU SEE HER Adds to Cast

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Here’s today’s latest casting news:

Hit the jump for more on each project.

New Red-Band Trailer for HOMEFRONT Starring Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth, and Frank Grillo

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If you have doubts that James Franco can play an unhinged, meth-cooking, backwoods gangster named Gator, then this new red-band trailer for Homefront might just change your mind.  Written by Sylvester Stallone and directed by Gary Fleder, Homefront stars Jason Statham as a former DEA agent who moves to a quiet town with his daughter in order to start a new life, but winds up tangling with the local druglord and his band of thugs.  I hope Statham saves some energy to kick his realtor’s ass because this town is the worst ever.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  Also starring Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth, and Frank GrilloHomefront opens November 27th.

New Trailer and Images for BIG SUR Starring Jean-Marc Barr, Josh Lucas, and Kate Bosworth

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A new trailer and images for the Jack Kerouac adaptation Big Sur have made their way online.  Directed by Michael Polish, the film takes place after the success of Kerouac’s On the Road and chronicles the author’s struggle with alcoholism and depression in the early 1960s.  I caught the film at Sundance earlier this year and was not a huge fan, but Jean-Marc Barr does a fine job of capturing the sad genius of Kerouac onscreen.  This trailer is a pretty good indication of the film’s overall feel and tone, so if you take a liking to it then chances are you’ll enjoy the feature.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer and to check out the new images.  The film also stars Kate Bosworth, Josh Lucas, Anthony Edwards, Radha Mitchell, and Patrick Fischler.  Check out my interviews with Barr, Bosworth, and Lucas & Mitchell from Sundance.  Big Sur opens on November 1st.

Kate Bosworth Talks BIG SUR, the Sundance Experience, Working within Kerouac’s Narrative, and More at Sundance 2013

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Adding to the growing list of Jack Kerouac depictions onscreen is writer/director Michael Polish’s adaptation of Big Sur.  The film, which chronicles the author’s struggle with alcoholism and depression in the years following the publication of On the Road, made its world premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.  It’s a very “Kerouac” adaptation, and star Jean-Luc Barr turns in an impressive performance as the troubled author.

I had the chance to speak with co-star Kate Bosworth during my time in Park City, and the actress talked about the daunting task of tackling such a beloved property, how she prepared for the role, conveying her character’s emotions within the context of Kerouac’s untraditional narrative, what it was like to find out that their film had made it into Sundance, and more.  Read on after the jump.

First Trailer for the Jack Kerouac Adaptation BIG SUR Starring Jean-Marc Barr, Kate Bosworth, and Josh Lucas

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We finally saw a feature film adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s “unfilmable” novel On the Road hit theaters last year, and in 2013 another of Kerouac’s novels is coming to the big screen.  The first trailer for writer-director Michael Polish’s adaptation of Big Sur has been released online.  The film tells the story of Kerouac’s move from New York City to Northern California, and stars Jean-Marc Barr as Kerouac, Josh Lucas as Neal Cassidy, and Kate Bosworth as Billie, the love interest of both men.  Polish shows a strong eye for visuals in this trailer, and Barr looks to give an impassioned performance as Kerouac spirals into depression.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Radha Mitchell, Anthony Edwards, and Henry Thomas.  The pic will premiere at the upcoming 2013 Sundance Film Festival, which runs from January 17 – 27th.

Trailer for BLACK ROCK Starring Kate Bosworth, Lake Bell, and Katie Aselton

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A trailer has gone online for Katie Aselton‘s horror film Black Rock.  The film focuses on three old friends (played by Kate Bosworth, Lake Bell, and Aselton) who attempt to reconnect on a camping trip to a deserted island only to find it not-so-deserted.  Once there, a series of unfortunate events leads the trio of women on a fight for their lives.  When I saw the film at Sundance earlier this year, I thought it had an interesting hook, but then Aselton and co-writer Mark Duplass took the film to a familiar place that drained all tension from the picture.  I’ll also say that if you’re looking forward to this movie, there’s a point in the trailer that strongly hints at a spoiler.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  Black Rock opens May 17, 2013.

Red-Band Trailer for MOVIE 43 Features Jason Sudeikis Admiring Kristen Bell’s Crotch and So Much Ad-Libbing

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If you like your movie trailers short on plot, heavy on the ad-libbing and redder than a Romney state, then you’ll love this new red-band effort from Movie 43.  The Peter Farrelly ensemble comedy stars everyone you’ve ever heard of in Hollywood and even some you haven’t.  Movie 43 has released another red-band trailer previously, but the new one mostly focuses on a stream of improv from Jason Sudeikis who is admiring Kristen Bell’s crotch.

Starring Elizabeth Banks, Kristen Bell, Halle Berry, Leslie Bibb, Kate Bosworth, Gerard Butler and everyone else, Movie 43 opens on January 25th, 2013.  Hit the jump to see the new red-band trailer.

Parker Posey and Milo Ventimiglia Join GRACE OF MONACO, Kate Bosworth Joins HOMEFRONT with Jason Statham and James Franco

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In today’s casting news, Parker Posey (The House of Yes) and Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes) are poised to join director Olivier Dahan’s Grace of Monaco.  The biopic, which stars Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly, centers on the Hollywood star’s involvement with Monaco’s Prince Rainier III during his financial difficulties under taxation from France’s Charles De Gaulle.

We also have word that Kate Bosworth (Superman Returns) has joined Jason Statham and James Franco in Gary Fledler’s Homefront. The adaptation of the Chuck Logan book centers on ex-DEA agent Phil Broker (Statham) who moves his family to a small town in hopes of a quieter life.  Instead, he runs afoul of a meth-pushing kingpin by the name of Gator (Franco).  Hit the jump for more details on these latest casting assignments.

Krysten Ritter Talks LIFE HAPPENS, VAMPS, DON’T TRUST THE B IN APT. 23 and More

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Life Happens, from director/co-writer Kat Coiro, is a comedy centered on three young women – Kim (Krysten Ritter), Deena (Kate Bosworth) and Laura (Rachel Bilson) – who all live under the same roof in Los Angeles.  When one of Kim’s one-night-stands results in an unexpected pregnancy, she turns to her girlfriends for help while she attempts to cope with single motherhood and jumping back into the dating scene amid the fear that having a child could put a quick end to any potential relationship.  The movie also stars Jason Biggs, Justin Kirk, Kristen Johnston and Geoff Stults.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, the film’s star and co-writer Krysten Ritter talked about how this movie came together, the changes it went through in nearly four years of development, how happy she was with the final outcome of the film, and what she learned from this entire process and experience.  She also talked about her role in the upcoming vampire comedy Vamps, from writer/director Amy Heckerling, playing the lead in the new ABC comedy series Don’t Trust the B in Apt. 23 (airing Wednesday nights, starting April 11th), and the pilot she’s producing for MTV, adapted from the novel Cassandra French’s Finishing School for Boys. Check out what she had to say after the jump.

First Trailer for LITTLE BIRDS Starring Juno Temple, Kate Bosworth, and Leslie Mann

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The first trailer for the indie drama Little Birds has gone online.  The film premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and stars Juno Temple and Kay Panabaker as two young girls who leave home for Los Angeles, only to discover that the boredom of their hometown may be better than trying to survive in a big city.  This is a really well-crafted trailer for the indie-inclined, as it highlights all the right notes for its target audience.  The performances look great, the visuals striking, and the story seems familiar yet unique.  Color me intrigued.  Furthermore, since its Sundance premiere Temple has becoming somewhat of a rising star, with roles in the upcoming Lovelace and The Dark Knight Rises.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Kate Bosworth, Kyle Gallner, and Leslie Mann.

Sundance 2012: BLACK ROCK Review

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Slashers are classified as horror, but they’re really more about the thrills.  There’s nothing truly horrifying about the situation because in all likelihood, our camping trip is not to end up with everyone getting slaughtered.  Truly horrifying events happen in our world.  It’s the all-too-common horror we become desensitized to.  Women are beaten and abused and raped every day but we don’t want to stop and dwell on that.  It’s too awful to confront if it’s not happening to you or someone you know.  In her new film Black Rock, director Katie Aselton makes us face that horror head-on and then she steers away to the safety of the hunter-hunted thriller we’ve seen countless times before.  The film can only muster horror in its violence, but then it negates that horror through clichés.

STRAW DOGS Review

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Remaking a well-known film can leave you with many problems. If you stick too closely to the original, the audience will call you on it and more than anything, the film’s twists and turns can become predictable bores. Luckily for director Rod Lurie, he chose to remake a film that has a strong cinemaphile profile but never caught on with the mainstream crowd back in 1971: Straw Dogs. Sam Peckinpah’s controversial little film on violence and the nature of man starred Dustin Hoffman, yet never caught on, only raking in $11 million worldwide. What this means is that despite only changing the setting from England to the redneck South of the United States, Lurie’s tale can exist as a wholly new experience for the average filmgoer. However, your appreciation for that may be tempered by the controversial parts largely being in tact. Hit the jump for my full review.

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