WARCRAFT Sets Ben Foster, Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Toby Kebbell, and Rob Kazinsky; Dominic Cooper in Final Negotiations

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Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures just announced that they’ve closed deals with Ben Foster (3:10 to Yuma), Travis Fimmel (Vikings), Paula Patton (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol), Toby Kebbell (The Counselor), and Rob Kazinsky (Pacific Rim) for writer-director Duncan Jones’ Warcraft.  Dominic Cooper (Captain America: The First Avenger) is also in final negotiations to star.  Production is scheduled to begin in Vancouver this coming January.  Warcraft will open March 11, 2016.  Hit the jump for more.

DISCONNECT Blu-ray Review

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The sad fact that contemporary technology has crippled human communication, intimacy, and privacy is nothing new.  While Henry Alex Rubin‘s film Disconnect doesn’t provide any revelatory insight on this subject, it is a realistic drama that strongly reflects one thing society doesn’t want to admit: no matter how tech savvy and sophisticated we think our gizmos make us, mankind will always be a race of hopeless suckers.  Predictable but never disengaging, Disconnect stars Jason Bateman, Andrea Riseborough, Max Thieriot, and Alexander Skarsgard.  More on Lionsgate’s Disconnect Blu-ray after the jump.

Paula Patton Talks BAGGAGE CLAIM, Her Desire to Do a Romantic Comedy, Working with a Great Ensemble Cast, and Trying Not to Laugh during Scenes

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The romantic comedy Baggage Claim follows Montana Moore (Paula Patton), a successful flight attendant and a devoted daughter, sister and friend, who just can’t manage to get her love life together.  With the help of her two best friends, Gail (Jill Scott) and Sam (Adam Brody), they devise a plan to have Montana conveniently meet up with eligible ex-boyfriends to see if any of them have since become the perfect guy.  Directed by David E. Talbert, the film also stars Derek Luke, Djimon Hounsou, Taye Diggs, Boris Kodjoe, Terrence J, Jenifer Lewis, Christina Milian, La La Anthony and Affion Crockett.

At the film’s press day, actress Paula Patton spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about her desire to do a romantic comedy, how long ago she first read this script, wanting to do physical comedy, working with such a great ensemble cast, who was the most difficult to get through scenes with (without laughing), and how much doing a movie about a story like this made her appreciate the love she has in her own life.  Check out what she had to say after the jump. 

New Trailer for ABOUT LAST NIGHT Starring Kevin Hart, Regina Hall, Michael Ealy, and Joy Bryant

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A new trailer has just landed for director Steve Pink’s remake of the comedy About Last Night.  The film stars Kevin Hart (Think Like a Man) whose character’s relationship with his girlfriend (Regina Hall) is going stale, even as he sets his friend (Michael Ealy) up with his girl’s roommate (Joy Bryant).  There are plenty of honest laughs to be found but Hart absolutely steals every scene he’s in (at least in this trailer).

See what Pink had to say about the film in a recent interview, and keep an eye out for interviews with Hart, Hall and Ealy.  Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.  Also starring Paula PattonAbout Last Night opens February 14, 2014.

Colin Farrell and Paula Patton Up for WARCRAFT Leads

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With a January production start-date looming for the long-awaited feature film adaptation of World of Warcraft, Legendary Pictures and director Duncan Jones (Moon) are now focused on casting for the fantasy pic.  Deadline reports that Paula Patton and Colin Farrell are currently in the mix for two lead roles, with Patton in firm negotiations and Farrell mulling over an offer.  The report notes that Farrell’s chances of signing on are 50/50 since talks have yet to begin, but he would certainly make an interesting choice for Warcraft.  Hit the jump for more.

2 GUNS Review

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There are two kinds of machismo.  The first is authentic.  It comes from guys who are confident, tough, and perhaps a little cocky.  The other is posturing.  It’s a puffed-up chest and a general over-compensation for a variety of obvious weaknesses.  2 Guns has both, but far more of the latter than the former.  The chemistry between leads Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg provide all the spark, verve, and excitement the rest of the picture lacks.  Outside of its two leads, Baltasar Kormakur‘s action movie is a lumbering, convoluted mess of various players shuffling around the protagonists through a series of limp set pieces.

6 Clips from 2 GUNS Starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg

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Universal Pictures has released six clips from the upcoming action film, 2 GunsDenzel Washington plays a DEA agent who reluctantly teams up with a U.S. naval intelligence officer (Mark Wahlberg) to infiltrate and bring down a Mexican drug cartel and recover millions of dollars.  Speaking to Steve at CinemaCon, director Baltasar Kormakur said it’s a “pulpy comic adaptation that’s ‘probably closer to 48 Hrs. than Bad Boys.‘”  Kormakur also says that there’s less action than in his previous film, Contraband, but “hopefully there is more fun in the action than necessarily big explosions.”  I’m not watching these clips since I’m seeing the movie tomorrow, but I liked what I saw from the trailer.

Hit the jump to check out the clips.  The film also stars Paula Patton, Bill Paxton, Fred Ward, James Marsden, and Edward James Olmos2 Guns opens August 2nd.

14 New Images from KICK-ASS 2 Featuring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Plus 6 New Images from 2 GUNS

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We’ve got a collection of new images from the following films:

  • Kick-Ass 2 – From director Jeff Wadlow comes this sequel to Matthew Vaughn’s 2010 original.  Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jim Carrey, John Leguizamo, Lindy Booth, Clark Duke, Donald Faison and Morris Chestnut, Kick-Ass 2 opens August 16th.
  • 2 Guns – The Baltasar Kormákur-directed action crime comedy based on the Steven Grant and Mateus Santolouco graphic novels stars Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington, Paula Patton, Bill Paxton, Fred Ward, James Marsden and Edward James Olmos. 2 Guns opens August 2nd.

Hit the jump to see the new images from both movies.

First Trailer and Poster for BAGGAGE CLAIM Starring Paula Patton, Taye Diggs, and Adam Brody

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Fox Searchlight has released the first trailer and poster for director David E. Talbert’s (First Sunday) romantic comedy Baggage Claim.  The film stars Paula Patton as an unmarried flight attendant who becomes determined to find a man before her younger sister’s wedding.  In order to aid her on her quest, her friends at the airport arrange several of her ex-boyfriends to cross her path.  Though the “I need a man to make me feel whole” premise is rather played out and at least a little offensive, Baggage Claim actually looks like it has a few genuine laughs in store for audiences.  Also, Adam Brody plays the “gay best friend” character, so there’s that.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Derek Luke, Taye Diggs, Jill Scott, Boris Kodjoe, Trey Songz, Tia Mowry, LaLa Anthony, and Djimon HounsouBaggage Claim opens on September 27th.

DISCONNECT Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.  Disconnect opens today in limited release.]

Modern technology has radically changed the way we interact socially. Go stand in a line, and I guarantee at least a few people will have whipped out their smartphones and are happily ignoring the world around them. We don’t call anymore; we text as if that were the same as a discussion. As author, psychologist, and MIT professor Sherry Turkle recently noted in a New York Times editorial this past April, “we have sacrificed conversation for mere connection.” Henry Alex Rubin‘s Disconnect ignores this contemporary issue, and sacrifices worthwhile social commentary for mere cautionary tales. Disconnect has all the dramatic weight of a driver’s education video, but then pads its thin plots with three loosely-connected narratives, two of which feature character actions so ludicrous that the movie becomes almost completely disconnected from reality.

First Trailer, Poster, and New Images for 2 GUNS Starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg

by     Posted 1 year, 18 days ago

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Universal has released the first trailer, poster, and a few new images for director Baltasar Kormakur‘s (Contraband) actioner 2 Guns.  The film is based on the graphic novel of the same name and stars Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg as operatives from competing government bureaus who are disavowed and forced to go on the run together after a mission goes wrong.  I’m happy to see that the pic doesn’t take itself too seriously, as there’s a nice sense of humor blended in with the more action-geared aspects of the story.  Washington and Wahlberg have some very promising chemistry, and 2 Guns looks like it could be a nice breath of fresh air in a sea of gritty, dark, and unrelenting action films that populate the marketplace.  Also, Bill Paxton as the villain?  Yes please.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer, poster, and some new images.  The film also stars Paula Patton, James Marsden, and Edward James Olmos.  2 Guns opens August 2nd.

Trailer and Poster for DISCONNECT Starring Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, and Paula Patton

by     Posted 1 year, 46 days ago

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LD Entertainment has released the trailer and poster for the drama Disconnect.  The film follows three loosely connected stories: one relates to online bullying, another deals with identity theft, and the third is about a reporter trying to save a young man who does sex-cam shows.  I caught the film at TIFF, and thought it was a cheap PSA that wasted the opportunity to show the complexities of online connection in the 21st century.  If you’re still interested in the film, the trailer shows way too much, and takes you deep into the third act.

And if all of that doesn’t bother you, hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film stars Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Frank Grillo, Michael Nyqvist, Paula Patton, Andrea Riseborough, Alexander Skarsgard, and Max ThieriotDisconnect opens in limited release on April 12th.

Synopses Released for 2 GUNS Starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg, and IDENTITIY THIEF Starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy

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Universal Pictures has released synopses for their upcoming films 2 Guns and Identity Thief.  Briefly, 2 Guns is an action flick that stars Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg as operatives from competing government bureaus who are disavowed and forced to go on the run together after a mission goes wrong.  As for Identity Thief, the comedy stars Jason Bateman as a man who goes to great lengths to get his identity back from a con artist (Melissa McCarthy).

Hit the jump to check out the synopses.  2 Guns opens August 16, 2013.  Identity Thief opens February 8, 2013.

New Images from Paul Andrew Williams SONG FOR MARION, Peter Webber’s EMPEROR, Dante Ariola’s ARTHUR NEWMAN, and Henry Alex Rubin’s DISCONNECT

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Earlier today, TIFF announced that they were adding new films to their spectacular line-up.  Among the new additions are:

  • Song for Marion (directed by Paul Andrew Williams) Starring Terence Stamp, Vanessa Redgrave, Gemma Arterton, and Christopher Eccleston.
  • Emperor (directed by Peter Webber) Starring Matthew Fox, Tommy Lee Jones, and Eriko Hatsune.
  • Arthur Newman (directed by Dante Ariola) Starring Emily Blunt, Colin Firth, and Anne Heche.
  • Disconnect (directed by Henry Alex Rubin) Starring Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Frank Grillo, Paula Patton, Michael Nyqvist, Andrea Riseborough, Alexander Skarsgård, Max Theriot, Jonah Bobo, Colin Ford, and Haley Ramm.

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses.  The 2012 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 6 – 16th.

First Look at Denzel Washington in 2 GUNS

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The first unofficial images of Denzel Washington, shiny of tooth and spiffy of hat, on the set of 2 Guns have made it to the Web.  Based on the pulpy Steven Grant comic, it stars Washington as Trench (a DEA agent) and Mark Wahlberg as Steadman (a naval officer), who team up to rip off the mob.  Neither realizes the other is undercover nor that they’re actually being set up to steal from the CIA.  Wahlberg’s Contraband director Baltasar Kormakur is helming the pic, which is described (in the novel, at least) as “a light-hearted crime romp in the vein of Ocean’s Thirteen and The Italian Job.”  The solid supporting cast includes Edward James Olmos as a villainous drug lord, Paula Patton as Washington’s fellow DEA agent and love interest, Bill Paxton as a high-ranking CIA operative and James Marsden as a naval commander. The script comes from Blake Masters (Showtime’s Brotherhood). Hit the jump to check out the pics.

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