Jessica Brown Findlay Joins Fox’s FRANKENSTEIN, Olivia Thirlby Added to Kevin Hart’s Untitled Comedy, BIG GAME and STEP UP 5 Announce Their Casts

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Some more casting news for you today:

  • Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey) will join Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy in Paul McGuigan’s untitled Frankenstein project set up at 20th Century Fox.
  • Olivia Thirlby (Dredd) has joined Jeremy Garelick’s untitled comedy starring Kevin Hart and Josh Gad.
  • Jim Broadbent (Cloud Atlas), Ray Stevenson (Thor) and more join Big Game, written and directed by Jalmari Helander and starring Samuel L. Jackson.
  • Step Up 5 has released its full cast, which includes returning stars Ryan Guzman and Briana Evigan.

Hit the jump for more on each film.

DREDD Tops Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download Sales

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While it may not have been a box office success, Pete Travis’ Dredd is getting a much fairer trial on home video having topped the Blu-ray and DVD sales list for a 2012 new release.  Dredd has also come in first in this week’s digital downloads.  It’s great to see the film getting new life after its theatrical release, especially since it’s much closer to the version of Judge Dredd that fans wanted to see.  Karl Urban (Star Trek) is the law and deserves another go-round as the titular peacemaker.  You can check out Phil’s review of Dredd 3D here along with Bill’s glowing review of the Blu-ray.  Hit the jump to watch the trailer and see how you can get your hands on a copy of Dredd.

DREDD 3D Blu-ray Review

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Dredd was one of my biggest surprises last year.  There’s a straightforward nature to the film that never lets up.  The action is right in that sweet spot of new and familiar.  However, the best part of the film is what separates it from its predecessor: a main character that doesn’t smack of cheesy popcorn films.  Sylvester Stallone‘s variant had a goofy sidekick and lots of helmetless Dredd, which is an egregious change from the comics its based.  This time there is no useless and goofy sidekick along for the ride and Dredd, played here by the excellently-cast Karl Urban, keeps his helmet on.  Then there’s the 3D aspect that doesn’t play by normal conventions and some shocking violence that is made all the more beautiful by the slow-mo drug and third dimension.  This feels like the film 2000 AD fans have been waiting for, and even as a newbie you can find a lot here to sink your teeth into.  Hit the jump for my full review of the disc and why the special features leave you wanting more.

New Clips from NOBODY WALKS and TAI CHI ZERO

by     Posted 1 year, 184 days ago

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A couple new clips to share with you this evening:

  • Stephen Fung’s Tai Chi Zero, a mash-up of steam-punk and kung-fu, stars Yuan XiaochaoAngelababyTony Leung, Ka Fai and Shu Qi.  Tai Chi Zero opens stateside in limited release on October 19th.  Check out the trailer if you missed it earlier.
  • Co-written by Lena Dunham (Girls) and director Ry Russo-Young (You Won’t Miss Me) comes Nobody Walks, starring John Krasinski, Olivia Thirlby, Jane Levy and Rosemarie DeWittNobody Walks also opens October 19th.

Hit the jump to check out the clips. 

Justin Kirk Talks NOBODY WALKS, WEEDS, ANIMAL PRACTICE, MR. MORGAN’S LAST LOVE, and More

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Justin Kirkhas earned high praise for his roles on television, in film and on stage.  In Ry Russo-Young’s ensemble drama, Nobody Walks, about a young New York artist (Olivia Thirlby) who moves to Los Angeles and becomes a catalyst for lust, denial and deception, Kirk plays a screenwriter in therapy that’s used to talking his way into anything.  His therapist (Rosemarie DeWitt) finds herself fending off her patient’s projective impulses as her once idyllic existence starts to unravel.

During our roundtable interview, Kirk talked about why it’s fun to portray a well-drawn character that behaves like a cad, why he only lasted a few months the first time he tried therapy, how he enjoyed working opposite DeWitt, why TV is good training ground for the movies, and why he wouldn’t mind making a multi-million dollar movie if the opportunity arose.  He also discussed finishing Weeds, his new television series Animal Practice, and  co-starring with Michael Caine in the upcoming feature film, Mr. Morgan’s Last Love. Hit the jump for the interview.

Olivia Thirlby Talks NOBODY WALKS, What Drew Her to Lena Dunham’s Script, the Film’s Themes of Sexual Energy and Expression and Its Moral Gray Area

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Olivia Thirlby plays a young New York artist who comes to Los Angeles to complete her experimental film in Nobody Walks.  Soon after her arrival, personal connections begin to veer away from professional terrain and everyone is forced to confront the new landscape that emerges in her wake.  The ensemble drama, which opens in theaters on October 19th, also stars John Krasinski and Rosemarie DeWitt.

During my roundtable interview with Thirlby, she discussed her character, what drew her to the script by Lena Dunham and director Ry Russo-Young, how sexual energy and sexual expression are big themes of the film, and why one of the film’s strengths is that it doesn’t offer the audience any clear cut notions on who’s right or who’s wrong.  Thirlby, who shot Nobody Walks immediately after the action-packed Dredd 3D, also revealed how her appearance changed for the role of Martine, why she enjoyed playing a bad-ass in Dredd, and why she’s a big fan of Girls.  Hit the jump to read more.

TIFF 2012: DREDD 3D Review

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Film festivals and comic book movies typically don’t mix. Movies based on popular paneled heroes generally get their start at conventions or through marketing departments. Yet, thanks to TIFF’s Midnight Madness program a certain gruff helmet sporting antihero from the long running British comic book series 2000 A.D. is getting the red carpet film festival treatment. That’s right Judge Dredd has returned to the big screen in the hopes of erasing all the painful memories of Sylvester Stallone and Rob Schneider ruining the image of the darkly satirical and viciously violent character with one of the worst examples of overblown 90s blockbuster tripe. Finally put into the hands of filmmakers who are fans of the blood-soaked pulpy roots, Dredd 3D manages to get the tone and style of John Wagner’s uniquely twisted world right. It’s not perfect, but it is an appropriately nasty blast of B-movie thrills that effectively reintroduces Judge Dredd on the big screen and would be a welcome starting point for a franchise. Hit the jump to find out why. 

60-Second TV Spot for DREDD 3D; New Featurette Looks at “Slo-Mo”

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Lionsgate has released a new 60-second TV spot for Dredd 3D, a new adaptation of the Judge Dredd comics.  The TV-spot basically plays like an abbreviated trailer, and since it’s not red-band, it can’t show one of the film’s distinctive features, which is the hard-R gore.  There are some brutal kills in Dredd, and I suppose it’s a good thing that they haven’t been spoiled.  The studio has also released a new featurette high-lighting the drug “Slo-Mo” which is taking over Mega City One.  The drug makes the user feel like everything is moving at 1% its normal speed, and it’s neat to see the visuals play at 4000-frames per second.  I’m particularly grateful that director Pete Travis didn’t overuse the effect.

Hit the jump to check out the TV spot and the featurette.  The film will play at the Toronto International Film Festival and Fantastic Fest before opening nationwide on September 21st.  You can click here to read my review.

DREDD 3D Unveils First TV Spot and New Viral Site

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It’s exactly one month until Dredd 3D blasts onto screens, so now seems like a good time to roll out their first TV spot and a new viral site.  The thirty-second spot does a decent job at summing up the trailer while establishing the tone of the picture and giving you a listen to Karl Urban’s affected Judge voice. The viral site, called “Dredd Report,” is a decent satire of the “Drudge Report,” but as far as marketing goes, it’s not all that appealing.  There are a host of real-life links to news stories on legitimate sites, which makes it difficult to hunt down the movie-related content.

Also starring Lena Headey and Olivia Thirlby, director Pete Travis’ Dredd 3D opens in theaters on September 21st.  Hit the jump to watch the TV spot and for links to the viral site.

First Trailer and Poster from NOBODY WALKS Starring John Krasinski, Olivia Thirlby and Rosemarie DeWitt

by     Posted 1 year, 259 days ago

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The first trailer and poster have gone online for Nobody Walks, a drama starring John Krasinski, Rosemarie DeWitt and Olivia Thirlby.  From director Ry Russo-Young (You Won’t Miss Me), who co-wrote the picture with Lena Dunham (Girls), Nobody Walks centers on Martine (Thirlby), a young New York artist who moves to LA and stays with a local family while completing her art film.  What first appears as an idyllic and happy family soon begins to unravel after Martine’s arrival.  The trailer does a nice job at building tension and interest while separating itself from similar fare by what looks to be wide-ranging performances from the principal actors.  Hit the jump to check out the first trailer and poster for Nobody Walks.

Olivia Thirlby Talks Playing a Bad Ass in DREDD, Comic-Con and Her Other Projects, Including NOBODY WALKS, RED KNOT and THE MOVIE

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At this year’s Comic-Con, I was able to sit down with Olivia Thirlby for an extended video interview.  Urban was at the Con to promote his upcoming hard-R adaptation of the comic book series Judge Dredd.  For those unfamiliar with the film, Dredd is an adaption of the 2000AD comics character Judge Dredd, and it stars Karl Urban, Thirlby, and Lena Headey.  The film follows Dredd and rookie Judge Cassandra Anderson (Thirlby) fighting through a tower that’s crawling with thugs in their attempt to bring down drug overlord Ma-ma (Headey).  I actually got to see the film at Comic-Con and it’s great.

During my interview with Thirlby we talked about the R rating, how she got involved in the project, deleted scenes, how Urban never takes off his helmet, the drug slow-mo, what it was like playing a bad ass girl, and a lot more.  In addition, we also talked about Bored to Death, Red Knot, Nobody Walks, and more.  Hit the jump for what she had to say.

13 New Images from DREDD

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Fourteen new images from Dredd have gone online.  The hard-R adaptation of the comic book series has Judge Dredd (Karl Urban) and rookie Judge Cassandra Anderson (Olivia Thirlby) fighting through a tower crawling with thugs in their attempt to bring down drug overlord Ma-ma (Lena Headey).  I thought the film was a passable action-thriller, but some of my trusted peers enjoyed it more than I did.  Among these new images, one could be considered a spoiler, but it’s nothing too major.  If you’re eager to get a better sense of the film’s visual style and see the lead characters in action, then these images are worth your time.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  Dredd opens in 3D on September 21st.

Red-Band Clip for DREDD; Plus Fans Have a Chance to Win a Trip to London to See the Film

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As Steve is taking part in the Masters of the Web panel this year at Comic-Con which is being hosted by Dredd star Karl Urban, we’ve been provided with an exclusive red-band clip to share with our readers.  I saw the film last night and let me first warn you: this film is absolutely brutal.  Director Pete Travis‘ Dredd is 100% a hard R with incredibly graphic violence throughout the film’s entire runtime (as taste of what’s to come is on display in this clip).  This movie couldn’t possibly be more different from Sylvester Stallone’s iteration of the character, and I think fans of the comics and/or Judge Dredd character will really be happy with this pic.  That said, be prepared for a lot of violence.  You can read Matt’s review here.

Though most of you wren’t lucky enough to catch the film at Comic-Con, fans have the chance to win a trip to London to screen the film there.  More details can be found at JudgementIsComing.com.  Hit the jump to check out the clip.  The film also stars Olivia Thirlby and Lena HeadeyDredd opens in 3D on September 21st.

DREDD Review

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Grit, for lack of a better word, is good.  This at least seems to be the prevailing wisdom when it comes to action movies.  But is gritty good enough?  Pete TravisDredd seems to think so.  The director has designed a down-and-dirty future where nothing shines, everything is grimy, and life is cheap.  Into this world he throws a memorable albeit simple protagonist whose very voice emanates ugly violence and wholesale slaughter.  Dredd swings between a single-minded drive to use your adrenal gland like a chew toy and a one-dimensional ploy to play into a shallow bloodlust.  What it lacks in claustrophobia, a compelling plot, dangerous stakes, and a compelling antagonist, it makes up for with loud noises, blown-apart bodies, and a killer performance from Karl Urban.

First Trailer for DREDD Starring Karl Urban

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The first trailer for Pete TravisDredd has gone online.  I know filming was already well underway (if not wrapped) by the time The Raid came out, but thems the breaks.  The trailer does a good job of setting up the conflict, and while there’s the inevitable speed-ramping, at least there’s a plot point to explain it (the drug called Slo-Mo, which is what I think Zack Snyder takes every morning).  I’m not sure if this trailer is enough to get naysayers past the 1995 Sylvester Stallone flop, I’m still excited to see Karl Urban as the eponymous judge/jury/executioner.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Olivia Thirlby and Lena HeadeyDredd opens in 3D on September 21st.

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