MAN ON A LEDGE Blu-ray Review

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Ex-cop Nick Cassidy gambles with his life in order to prove his innocence in Man on a Ledge, an action mind bender from director Asger Leth. Though it stars a fairly good ensemble and flirts with a daring concept, the film, much like Nick’s threats of ending his own life, is nothing more than talk that doesn’t go anywhere.  Hit the jump for a review of the Blu-ray.

Weekend Box Office – THE GREY the Clear Winner with $20 Million; ONE FOR THE MONEY in Third

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Newbie distributor Open Road Films has claimed its first number one opening with the wolf vs. man thriller The Grey.  From 3,185 locations, The Grey took in an estimated $20 million, or well above the mid-teens that was projected.  Second place was claimed by Underworld Awakening, pushing the adaptation of Janet Evanovich’s bestselling novel, One For the Money, into third.

Title Weekend Total
1 The Grey $20,000,000 $20
2 Underworld Awakening $12,500,000 $45.1
3 One For the Money $11,750,000 $11.7
4 Red Tails $10,400,000 $33.7
5 Man on a Ledge $8,250,000 $8.2
6 Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close $7,145,000 $21.1
7 The Descendants $6,550,000 $58.8
8 Contraband $6,532,200 $56.4
9 Beauty & the Beast 3D $5,345,000 $41.1
10 Haywire $4,000,000 $15.2

TOP 5: 2012 Oscar Nods, CHUCK Series Finale Interviews, THE GREY, MAN ON A LEDGE, 2012 Sundance Coverage

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So, after two weeks of talking about it, I finally caught Steven Soderbergh‘s Haywire. My thoughts? I was satisfied. Not blown away. Not shaking my head in disappointment. Satisfied. Soderbergh’s fight scenes were as beautifully executed as can be reasonably expected. In my opinion, though, there just weren’t enough of them. David Holmes’ score was fantastic when set behind said fight/chase/action sequences so, by default, there just wasn’t enough of it. The same could be said for much of the ensemble cast. In large part, their screen time was time well served. There just wasn’t enough of it to go around. So, do I recommend Haywire? Sure. As long as you go in with the expectation of seeing a slick action/thriller that is somewhat light on action and thrills. Now, onto business…

…After the jump, you’ll find that this week’s “Top 5″ is comprised of the 2012 Oscar nominations, interviews from our Chuck series finale set visit, a number of interviews for both The Grey and Man on a Ledge, and an ode to all of our 2012 Sundance coverage. A quick recap and link to each follows.

Friday Box Office – THE GREY Bares Its Fangs In First; ONE FOR THE MONEY Stronger Than Expected

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Open Road’s The Grey debuted in first place on Friday with an estimated $6.5 million from 3,185 locations.  That is only a bit less than the debut of Unknown, Liam Neeson’s last turn as a tough-guy, but substantially more than Open Road saw from Killer Elite, its first release last September. The thriller is projected to earn $18.5 million for the weekend, giving 2012 its fourth winning frame in a row.  Friday’s number two was Lionsgate’s One For the Money, which made an estimated $4.1 million from 2,737 venues. It is unclear, however, how much of an impact the film’s Groupon ticket deal had on its debut, but, so far, Money is not looking like the confirmed disaster that many expected/hoped for.  Discounted tickets were also offered for Summit’s new Man On A Ledge.  From 2,998 locations the PG-13 thriller took in a reported $2.5 million – enough for fifth place behind holdovers Underworld Awakening and Red Tails.  Details and analysis tomorrow.

Title Friday Total
1 The Grey $6,500,000 $6.5
2 One For the Money $4,100,000 $4.1
3 Underworld Awakening $3,400,000 $36
4 Red Tails $2,800,000 $26.1
5 Man On A Ledge $2,500,000 $2.5

 

MAN ON A LEDGE Review

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Man on a Ledge will have a long and prosperous life playing on TNT for the next 134 years.  That’s not an insult.  Not every thriller needs to pump up our adrenaline, not every heist film has to dizzy our minds, and not every drama has to make us reconsider men and the ledges they stand on.  Sometimes it’s enough to simply be a fun little movie that can play in the background while you’re working on something else.  For the most part, Man on a Ledge manages to clear its modest bar but some key miscasting and wasted performances keep it from reaching the levels of The Negotiator or In the Line of Fire.

Jamie Bell and Genesis Rodriguez MAN ON A LEDGE Interview

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With director Asger Leth’s (Ghosts of Cité Soleil) Man on a Ledge opening this weekend, I recently got to speak with most of the cast about making the movie.  The film centers on an ex-cop (Sam Worthington) convicted of a crime he didn’t commit who stands on the ledge of a Manhattan building, threatening to kill himself.  However, what appears to be a suicide attempt is something else altogether.  The film also stars Jamie Bell, Anthony Mackie, Elizabeth Banks, Ed Burns, Titus Welliver, Genesis Rodriguez, Kyra Sedgwick, and Ed Harris.

During my interview with Bell and Rodriguez they talked about how they got involved in the project, the audition process, and karaoke.  In addition, Bell talked about the Tintin sequel and Rodriguez talked about Casa de mi Padre.  Hit the jump to watch.

Edward Burns Talks MAN ON A LEDGE and How Independent Film Has Evolved Over the Last Ten Years

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With director Asger Leth’s (Ghosts of Cité Soleil) Man on a Ledge opening this weekend, I recently got to speak with most of the cast about making the movie.  The film centers on an ex-cop (Sam Worthington) convicted of a crime he didn’t commit who stands on the ledge of a Manhattan building, threatening to kill himself.  However, what appears to be a suicide attempt is something else altogether.  The film also stars Jamie Bell, Anthony Mackie, Elizabeth Banks, Ed Burns, Titus Welliver, Genesis Rodriguez, Kyra Sedgwick, and Ed Harris.

During my interview with Burns we talked about how he got involved in Man on a Ledge, how much changed from when he first got the script to the finished film, what kind of research he did to play a NYC police officer, karaoke, and what’s the last video game he played.  In addition, we talked about how the indie film movement has evolved over the last ten years and how this is a great time for up and coming filmmakers.  Hit the jump to watch.

Elizabeth Banks Talks MAN ON A LEDGE; Also Hints She “May Be the Assassin that Killed Kim Jong Il”

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With director Asger Leth’s (Ghosts of Cité Soleil) Man on a Ledge opening this weekend, I recently got to speak with most of the cast about making the movie.  The film centers on an ex-cop (Sam Worthington) convicted of a crime he didn’t commit who stands on the ledge of a Manhattan building, threatening to kill himself.  However, what appears to be a suicide attempt is something else altogether.  The film also stars Jamie Bell, Anthony Mackie, Elizabeth Banks, Ed Burns, Titus Welliver, Genesis Rodriguez, Kyra Sedgwick, and Ed Harris.

During my interview with Banks we talked about how she got involved in Man on a Ledge, what kind of research she typically does for a role, and karaoke.  In addition, we talked about how instrumental Jack Donaghy was in freeing her from North Korea and hints that she may be the assassin that killed Kim Jong Il (it’s a 30 Rock thing).  Hit the jump to watch.

Anthony Mackie Talks MAN ON A LEDGE, Karaoke and MADDEN; Discusses His Hatred of Tom Brady

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With director Asger Leth‘s (Ghosts of Cité Soleil) Man on a Ledge opening next weekend, I recently got to speak with most of the cast about making the movie.  The film centers on an ex-cop (Sam Worthington) convicted of a crime he didn’t commit who stands on the ledge of a Manhattan building, threatening to kill himself.  However, what appears to be a suicide attempt is something else altogether.  The film also stars Jamie Bell, Anthony Mackie, Elizabeth Banks, Ed Burns, Titus Welliver, Genesis Rodriguez, Kyra Sedgwick, and Ed Harris.

During my very fun interview with Anthony Mackie (who plays Worthington’s former partner), we talked about everything from video games (speficially Madden Football) to how he got involved in Man on a Ledge.  In addition, we talked about his hatred of Tom Brady, karaoke, how many takes he likes to do, The Hurt Locker, and what is he working on now.  Hit the jump to watch.

Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura Talks MAN ON A LEDGE, LAST STAND, and FIVE AGAINST THE BULLET; Confirms RED 2 and TRANSFORMERS 4

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Since his days as president of production at Warner Bros., producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura had wanted to turn the script for Man on a Ledge into a film. He felt there was an inherent drama to the idea and saw it as a movie where things keep turning on themselves. There was something gripping about the idea of a man on a ledge and whether he was going to jump or not. What attracted him to the script was the potential for impending catastrophe and the possibility for a strong interactivity between the guy on the ledge and the people down below on the ground.

We sat down with di Bonaventura at a roundtable interview recently to talk about how he came aboard to help produce this film. He told us about the similarities Man on a Ledge shares with Red, why it’s dangerous to make movies that have disparate tones, why he would not have made the project without Sam Worthington, and why he enjoys making both smaller, intimate films like this and huge, spectacular films like Transformers. He also confirmed there will be a Red 2 and a Transformers 4, discussed his Arnold Schwarzenegger project, Last Stand, which South Korean director Jee-woon Kim is currently filming, and revealed his plans to make a Western with Bruce Willis entitled Five Against the Bullet.

First Trailer for MAN ON A LEDGE Starring Sam Worthington

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Summit has released the first trailer for Man on a Ledge.  Sam Worthington stars as a cop in prison for a crime he didn’t commit.  He plans an elaborate escape that puts him “freshly shaven in an expensive suit, standing on a window ledge high above New York City.”  The trailer makes this look like the film could be a spiritual sequel to The Negotiation (words I never thought I would have to write: “spiritual sequel to The Negotiator“) but still be a fun little thriller.  The January release date makes me wary, but I like the cast, and the premise looks enjoyable enough.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer. Directed by directed by Asger Leth (Ghosts of Cité Soleil), the film also stars Elizabeth Banks, Jamie Bell, Kyra Sedgwick, Anthony Mackie, and Ed Harris. Man on a Ledge opens January 13, 2011. 

New Poster and Image for MAN ON A LEDGE Starring Sam Worthington

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Summit has released a new poster and image for the crime-thriller Man on a Ledge.  For those just tuning in, here’s the synopsis:

An ex-cop and now wanted fugitive (Sam Worthington) stands on the ledge of a high-rise building while a hard-living New York Police Department negotiator (Elizabeth Banks) tries to talk him down.   The longer they are on the ledge, the more she realizes that he might have an ulterior objective.

I hope the moral of the story is, “Just let ‘em jump.”  Hit the jump to check out the poster and image.  The film also stars Jamie Bell, Anthony Mackie, Ed Burns, Titus Welliver, Genesis Rodriguez, Krya Sedgwick, and Ed Harris.  Man on a Ledge opens January 13, 2012.

Summit Schedules Sam Worthington Thriller MAN ON A LEDGE for January 13, 2012

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Summit has announced a January 13, 2012 release date for Man on a Ledge, its upcoming heist film about, you guessed it, a man on a ledge.  Directed by Asger Leth (Ghosts of Cité Soleil), the film centers on an ex-cop (Sam Worthington) convicted of a crime he didn’t commit who stands on the ledge of a Manhattan building, threatening to kill himself.  However, unbeknownst to the cops on the scene, what appears to be a suicide attempt is in fact a cover for a massive diamond heist.

Along with Worthington, the thriller boasts an impressive cast that includes Elizabeth Banks (The Next Three Days), Jamie Bell (Jane Eyre), Edward Burns (27 Dresses), Ed Harris (The Way Back), Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker), Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer), and Titus Welliver (Lost).  Read the official synopsis after the jump.

Anthony Mackie Exclusive Video Interview THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU; Updates on REAL STEEL, TEN YEAR, MAN ON A LEDGE

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Opening this weekend is writer-director George Nolfi’s romance/thriller The Adjustment Bureau. Based on the short story Adjustment Team by Philip K. Dick, the film centers on the apparently forbidden relationship between politician David Norris (Matt Damon) and Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt).  As the story goes, the two are kept apart by a mysterious team of adjusters who claim it’s in everyone’s best interest if they go their separate ways.  Playing members of the Adjustment Bureau are Terence Stamp, John Slattery and Anthony Mackie.  For more on the film, click here to watch 7 clips.

Anyway, I recently got to speak with the cast for our partners at Omelete and after the jump you can watch my interview with Anthony Mackie.  He talked about how he got involved in the movie, working with writer-director George Nolfi, filming in New York City, how have the last few years been since The Hurt Locker, and he gave me updates on a few of his upcoming movies like Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Man on a Ledge, Ten Year, and Real Steel:

Jamie Bell Exclusive Video Interview THE EAGLE; Plus Updates on TINTIN, JANE EYRE and MAN ON A LEDGE

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About a week ago I sat down with Jamie Bell for an extended video interview as he was in Los Angeles promoting director Kevin Macdonald’s The Eagle (synopsis and clips here).  During our fifteen minute conversation, he discussed how he got involved in the project, what kind of research he did and does research really matter, filming on location, and training for the role.  In addition, Bell also gave me updates on what it was like to make The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn for Peter Jackson and Steve Spielberg, the challenges of motion capture, what it was like to work with Andy Serkis (he says Serkis “is the Gandalf of motion capture.”), when does he think they might film Tintin 2, and he also discusses his work in Jane Eyre, Man on a Ledge.  Hit the jump to watch what he said:

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