THE LONGEST WEEK Trailer Has Jason Bateman and Billy Crudup Fighting for Olivia Wilde’s Affections

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Gravity Ventures has released The Longest Week trailer online.  The movie stars Jason Bateman as an affluent 40-year-old whose allowance is cut off by his parents, and is forced to move in with his friend (Billy Crudup).  However, their friendship becomes strained as they compete to win the heart of a beautiful woman (Olivia Wilde).  This comedy looks so light that it might actually float away, and although I really like the cast (which also includes Jenny Slate), I’m surprised they’re in something that seems so forgettable.

Hit the jump to watch The Longest Week trailer.  The film opens in theaters and will be available on VOD on September 5th.

First THIRD PERSON Trailer and New Images Featuring Liam Neeson, Olivia Wilde, James Franco, Mila Kunis, Adrian Brody, and Moran Atias

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Writer-director Paul Haggis’ Third Person trailer is now available online.  As a treat, we’ve also got a look at the film’s international trailer, a bunch of character images, and the film’s poster.  All of the varied media give looks at stars Liam Neeson, Olivia Wilde, James Franco, Mila Kunis, Adrien Brody, Moran Atias, and Maria Bello.  That’s quite the cast that Haggis has assembled for his romantic drama that tells the tale of three interlocking stories of couples in Rome, Paris, and New York, familiar territory for the Oscar-winning writer of Crash.

Also starring Kim Basinger, the film will make its U.S. debut on April 24th at the Tribeca Film Festival.  Watch the first Third Person trailer after the jump, plus a bonus international trailer and a host of new images.

Olivia Wilde to Star in MEADOWLAND; January Jones Leads THE SHUDDERING; Michiel Huisman Joins Romantic Drama THE AGE OF ADALINE

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Here’s the latest casting news to come across the wire:

  • Olivia Wilde is set to star in director Reed Morano’s psychological thriller Meadowland, penned by Chris Rossi.
  • January Jones will star in the supernatural thriller The Shuddering, directed by George Ratliff from a David Coggeshall script.
  • Michiel Huisman will star opposite Blake Lively in The Age of Adaline, director Lee Toland Krieger’s romantic drama also starring Harrison Ford and Ellen Burstyn.

Hit the jump for more on each picture.

RUSH Blu-ray Review

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As a director, Ron Howard has always described himself as a journeyman who put the story first.  He’s never embraced a particular visual style, which means he can make something great, or something less than, but it’s always going to be determined by the material and the performers.  2013’s Rush is one of his better films, though it didn’t catch on domestically.  Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl star as ultra-competitive Formula One race car drivers who approach the sport differently, but eventually come to respect each other.  My review of the Blu-ray follows after the jump.

First Trailer for BETTER LIVING THROUGH CHEMISTRY Starring Sam Rockwell, Olivia Wilde and Michelle Monaghan

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The first trailer for directors Geoff Moore and David Posamentier’s Better Living through Chemistry is now available online.  The dramedy stars Sam Rockwell (Moon) as a by-the-numbers pharmacist who’s happy enough in his uneventful life, until a chance meeting with a seductive trophy wife (Olivia Wilde) sends him on a drug-and-alcohol-fueled affair.  The first look at the film highlights Rockwell’s talent as we get to see him go from straight-laced to unhinged over the course of the movie.  Curiosity piqued.

Also starring Michelle Monaghan and Ben Schwartz, Better Living through Chemistry opens March 14th.  Hit the jump to watch the trailer.

New Trailer and High-Resolution Images for Spike Jonze’s HER Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, and Olivia Wilde

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Warner Bros. has released a new trailer for director Spike Jonze’s upcoming romantic drama Her.  The story revolves around a man (Joaquin Phoenix) who falls in love with his operating system (voiced by Scarlett Johansson).  The film picked up considerable acclaim at its New York Film Festival Premiere, with Matt calling it a “tender, funny, and touching love story” in his review.  This trailer (aided by the musical stylings of Arcade Fire’s “Supersymmetry”) continues to highlight the central romance while also revealing a refreshingly warm performance by Phoenix.  Her really looks to be something quite special, and I can’t wait to check out the full film.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer and to check out a large batch of high-resolution images.  The film also stars Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, and Olivia WildeHer opens in limited release on December 18th and expands wide on January 10th.

TOP 5: RUSH Interviews, Fact-Checking the Science of BREAKING BAD, Fox Bringing Commissioner Gordon Series GOTHAM to TV, DON JON Interviews, Cinemath

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Perhaps the combination of my new found love of fantasy football and my fondness of sports documentaries in general make me a less than unbiased voice, but I can’t recommend writer/director Rory Karpf‘s documentary The Book of Manning enough. The made for TV doc premiered on ESPN this past week and it blew me away from a perspective that had nothing to do with sports or athletic achievement and everything to do with its noteworthy focus on parenting, family, and legacy. This may not seem like a huge achievement on paper, but when your film’s protagonists are some of the most highly decorated football players in the history of the sport, it’s a testament to the patriarch, Archie Manning, that the biggest takeaway I have from The Book of Manning isn’t how many records he set at Ole Miss or how many of those records his son Eli broke decades later, it’s that our families and kids are the most important responsibilities we can have and the way that we treat both is ultimately what defines us as people.

Now that I’ve hit you over the head with an “After School Special” message right out of the gate, this week’s Top 5 features Rush interviews with Ron Howard, Chris Hemsworth and more, our resident scientist Dave Trumbore fact-checking the science behind Breaking Bad, Fox landing a new television series based on Batman’s Commissioner Gordon, Don Jon interviews with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and more, and a new Cinemath installment focusing on adjusting for box office inflation and the inherent dangers of comparing Gone with the Wind to The Avengers. As is often the case, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.

Olivia Wilde Talks RUSH, the Incredible Story it’s Based on, Spike Jonze’s HER, and More

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One of my favorite films at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival was director Ron Howard’s Rush.  Based on true events, the film takes place in the world of Formula One racing, and chronicles the 1970s rivalry between Austrian driver Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) and British driver James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) leading up to their intense competition in 1976.  Rush also stars Olivia Wilde and Alexandra Maria Lara.

While at TIFF, I landed a video interview with Wilde.   She talked about making Rush, how she got involved in the project, the incredible story it’s based on, the 70s clothing, and more.  In addition, Wilde talked about what it was like making Her with director Spike Jonze.  Hit the jump to watch.

RUSH Review

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For the past decade, I’ve approached Ron Howard‘s films with a mix of trepidation and outright dread.  Apollo 13 is an amazing piece of filmmaking, but from there, he’s seemed content to play it safe to the point of inertia.  A Beautiful Mind may be daring in its direction, but its story is worthy of a TV movie.  Considering the horrors of the Robert Langdon movies, the unwatchable Oscar-bait Cinderella Man, and the low-ball The Dilemma, my skepticism towards his latest picture, Rush, was more than warranted.  Thankfully, Howard seems to be alive again as he goes full throttle on taking the viewer inside the world of Formula 1 racing.  More importantly, he has a worthwhile story at the center.  While Howard still feels the need to spoon-feed the themes, the strong performances and intensity of the racing scenes make his latest picture a ride worth taking.

New High-Resolution Images from Ron Howard’s RUSH Featuring Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl, and Olivia Wilde

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Universal Pictures has released a batch of high-resolution images from director Ron Howard’s new film Rush.  The film takes place in the world of Formula One racing, and chronicles the 1970s rivalry between Austrian driver Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) and British driver James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth)—primarily during the 1976 season.  The pic has earned strong marks during its premiere screenings at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, and I’m eager to see the film myself.

Hit the jump to take a look at the images.  The film also stars Olivia Wilde and Alexandra Maria LaraRush opens in theaters on September 27th.

Go Behind-the-Scenes of Ron Howard’s F1 Racing Drama RUSH in New Featurette

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Universal Pictures has released a new featurette for director Ron Howard’s F1 racing drama Rush.  The film takes place in the world of Formula One racing, and chronicles the 1970s rivalry between Austrian driver Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) and British driver James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth)—primarily during the 1976 season.  In this new featurette, Howard talks about his enthusiasm for the project and we get to see some of the innovative camera rigs that cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle (Slumdog Millionaire) used to capture the racing sequences.

Hit the jump to watch the featurette.  The film also stars Olivia WildeRush will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in a couple of weeks and opens in theaters on September 20th.

Olivia Wilde Talks DRINKING BUDDIES, How Much She Drank During Filming, Working with Jake Johnson, Beer Snobbery, and More

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Directed by Joe Swanberg, Drinking Buddies tells the story of Kate (Olivia Wilde) and Luke (Jake Johnson), who work together at a craft brewery.  They have one of those friendships that feels like it could be something more, and that should make each of their significant others (played by Ron Livingston and Anna Kendrick) uncomfortable.

At the film’s press day, actress Olivia Wilde talked about how much beer they drank during shooting, the relationship between Luke and Kate, where she would draw the line with a platonic friend, working with co-star Jake Johnson, what friendship and love mean to her, her favorite scene in the film, shooting the big fight scene, how much snobbier she is about the kind of beer she’ll drink now, and what inspires her.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

First Images from LIFE OF CRIME, THE RAILWAY MAN, THIRD PERSON, THE ART OF THE STEAL, and BAD WORDS

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This morning, the Toronto International Film Festival announced its terrific line-up for their Galas and Special Presentation programs.  Among the films with new images and synopses are:

  • Life of Crime (Directed by Daniel Schechter) Starring John Hawkes, Yasiin Bey (a.k.a Mos Def), Jennifer Aniston, Tim Robbins, Isla Fisher, Will Forte, and Mark Boone Jr.
  • The Railway Man (Directed by Jonathan Teplitzky) Starring Colin Firth, Jeremy Irvine, and Nicole Kidman.
  • Third Person (Directed by Paul Haggis) Starring Liam Neeson, Mila Kunis, Adrien Brody, James Franco, Olivia Wilde, Maria Bello, Kim Basinger, and Moran Atias.
  • The Art of the Steal (Directed by Jonathan Sobol) Starring Jay Baruchel, Matt Dillon, Kurt Russell, Terence Stamp, Katheryn Winnick, Chris Diamantopoulos, Kenneth Welsh, and Jason Jones.
  • Bad Words (Directed by Jason Bateman) Starring Jason Bateman, Allison Janney, Phillip Baker Hall, Kathryn Hahn, and Rohan Chand.

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses.  The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 5 – 15th.

New Trailer for Ron Howard’s F1 Racing Drama RUSH Starring Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl, and Olivia Wilde

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Universal has released yet another trailer for Ron Howard’s Rush.  The film takes place in the world of Formula One racing, and chronicles the 1970s rivalry between Austrian driver Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) and British driver James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth).  This latest trailer turns the focus primarily on Hunt and his trajectory from playboy race car driver to serious competitor, and it looks like a compelling arc since it’s created through his conflict with Lauda.  It’s easy to suss out almost the entire story arc from what we’ve seen in all the trailers so far, but the flick could still be an exciting ride when it opens this fall thanks to the performances and the racing scenes.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Olivia WildeRush opens September 27th.

THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE Blu-ray Review

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Man, what the hell happened with this movie?  This one could’ve been a new comedy classic.  The Incredible Burt Wonderstone has a cast of capable comedic actors playing new and old school Vegas magicians, which sounds like a perfect recipe for splitting the sides of audience members wide open.  The over-the-top goofiness of stage conjurers and the laughable edginess of “street” magic are ripe for satire, but even so, Burt Wonderstone is an uneven comedy that see-saws between perfectly tolerable and hysterical.  Will Warner Bros.’ Blu-ray release win over our home video hearts?  Find out after the jump.

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