Richard Dreyfuss, Danny Masterson, and More to Lead KILLING WINSTON JONES; Lucas Till Joins Psychological Thriller KRISTY

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We’ve got some brief casting news for you this afternoon.  First up, Richard Dreyfuss, Danny Glover, Danny Masterson, and Jon Heder will star in the dark indie comedy Killing Winston Jones.  Per Variety, the plot “centers on a sixth-grade English teacher (Masterson) who’s on a mission to get the newly constructed junior high gymnasium named after his father (Dreyfuss) despite the fact that the person so memorialized must be dead — leading to a bitter contest over the naming rights with his old rival (Glover).”  Joel David Moore, who co-starred in Avatar and previously co-directed the 2007 feature Spiral, will helm Killing Winston Jones.  The production company, RadioactiveGiant, “is planning to release the movie theatrically and across multiple platforms worldwide,” so we can probably expect a VOD release coupled with a limited theatrical release.

Hit the jump for casting news on the psychological thriller, Kristy.

Richard Dreyfuss in Jason Priestly’s Directorial Debut, Aaron Paul Joins LONG WAY DOWN and Maria Howell Cast in THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE

by     Posted 1 year, 248 days ago

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Check out our latest casting round-up featuring old veterans, up-and-comers and fresh faces.  Here’s the news in brief:

Hit the jump for details on each project.

JAWS Blu-ray Review

by     Posted 1 year, 249 days ago

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Jaws is a masterpiece. Steven Spielberg’s second film (or third if you count the TV movie Duel) is one of those great wonders of cinema. It’s both a commercial blockbuster but character driven – it was born of the seventies sensibilities. It’s got the strangest structure of any major blockbuster in that it’s bifurcated, it basically restarts as a different movie halfway through but it’s stronger for it. Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfuss star in this tale of a great white shark hunting the townsfolk of Amity, a beachfront community that makes its money through tourism. Our review of the Blu-ray of Jaws follows after the jump.

Filming Begins on PARANOIA Starring Liam Hemsworth, Gary Oldman, and Harrison Ford; Official Synopsis Released

by     Posted 1 year, 272 days ago

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Filming has begun on Robert Luketic‘s thriller Paranoia.  The film stars Liam Hemsworth as a telecom employee who is blackmailed by his boss into spying on a rival company.  I don’t know if Hemsworth can lead a film, but he’s got a strong supporting cast backing him up on Paranoia.  The film also stars Gary Oldman, Harrison Ford, Lucas Till, Amber Heard, Embeth Davidtz, Julian McMahon, Josh Holloway, and Richard Dreyfuss.  While I think Hemsworth has leading man potential, I have far less faith in Luketic, whose previous films include 21, The Ugly Truth, and Killers.  However, the corporate-espionage world of Paranoia is a far cry from anything else Luketic has done, so maybe he’ll have his first good film since his feature debut, 2001′s Legally Blonde.

Hit the jump for the press release, which includes the official synopsis.  Paranoia is due out September 27, 2013.

Production Begins on DEVIL’S KNOT and VERY GOOD GIRLS

by     Posted 1 year, 276 days ago

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Production has officially commenced on two upcoming projects.  First up, filming is underway in Atlanta on the real-life drama Devil’s Knot, directed by Atom Egoyan.  The film stars Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth and follows the true story of the West Memphis 3 case, in which three teenagers were wrongfully charged with murdering three young boys in West Memphis, Arkansas in the 1990s.  Witherspoon plays the mother of one of the victims, while Firth plays the private investigator hired to look into the case.  The cast also includes Amy Ryan, Dane DeHaan, and Stephen Moyer.

Additionally, production has begun in New York on the relationship drama Very Good Girls.  Directed by Naomi Foner, the film stars Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen as two best friends determined to lose their virginity, only to fall for the same boy.  The cast also includes Boyd Holbrook, Demi Moore, Ellen Barkin, Richard Dreyfuss, Peter Skarsgaard, and Clark Gregg.  The score will be composed by Jenny Lewis. Hit the jump to read press releases for both films.

Will Poulter Joins WE’RE THE MILLERS; Richard Dreyfuss Lands PARANOIA and VERY GOOD GIRLS

by     Posted 1 year, 297 days ago

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This edition of casting notices may feature our biggest age gap yet*: 45 years!

  • 19-year-old Will Poulter will star opposite Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis in the pot comedy We’re the Millers.
  • 65-year-old Richard Dreyfuss booked two films, the thriller Paranoia and the coming-of-age drama Very Good Girls.

Hit the jump for details on each project.

Casting: Richard Dreyfuss Joins Ensemble in Indie SQUATTERS, Helena Bonham Carter and Kathy Bates Star in THE YOUNG AND PRODIGIOUS SPIVET

by     Posted 1 year, 337 days ago

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More casting news for you today.  Here it is at a glance:

  • Richard Dreyfuss has joined the indie pic, Squatters, along with Lolita Davidovich, Nancy Travis, Evan Ross, Luke Grimes and Andrew Howard.
  • Helena Bonham Carter and Kathy Bates have joined Amelie director, Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s The Young and Prodigious Spivet.
  • Max Greenfield of Fox’s New Girl has joined the Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler comedy, They Came Together, directed by David Wain.

Hit the jump for more.

Universal Confirms Digitally Remastered JAWS Coming to Blu-ray August 14; Watch Steven Spielberg Talk About the Restoration

by     Posted 2 years, 8 days ago

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Though the rumors have been swirling about the release for the past few months, Universal has officially announced that a digitally remastered and fully restored Jaws will be coming to Blu-ray on August 14th in honor of Universal’s 100th anniversary celebration.  I’m beyond thrilled to own Steven Spielberg’s masterpiece on Blu-ray later this summer, and the deal is sweetened by some truly fantastic special features.  The Blu-ray combo pack comes with the DVD, digital copy, Ultraviolet, and over four hours of bonus features including the long-delayed feature-length documentary The Shark Is Still Working: The Impact and Legacy of JAWS.

Other special features include an in-depth look at the restoration process, a two-hour documentary called The Making of JAWS, deleted scenes, outtakes, storyboards, production photos, and more.  Basically, this set is a must-have for any and all cinephiles.  Hit the jump to watch a trailer for the Blu-ray and you can also see a cool eight minute video showing the extensive process that went into restoring the film.

AMERICAN GRAFFITI Special Edition DVD Review

by     Posted 2 years, 333 days ago

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Back when he made good movies, and just prior to leaving an indelible impression on the cinematic landscape with Star Wars, George Lucas co-wrote and directed a low-budget masterpiece called American Graffiti. An ensemble nostalgia film that takes place over the course of a single night in 1962, the movie, like all great films, can’t be tucked into a neat box, genre-wise.  It manages to transcend genre and be all at once funny, sad, exhilarating, and touching (Yes, Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused owes more than a little to this movie). Hit the jump for my review of American Graffiti on DVD.

Ernest Borgnine Video Interview RED; Plus He Talks About His Previous Movies Like MARTY and FROM HERE TO ETERNITY

by     Posted 3 years, 187 days ago

At the New York City press junket for Red, I got to participate in a press conference with Ernest Borgnine.  While it was great to be able to talk with Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman and John Malkovich, the chance to hear Borgnine reminisce about his decades in the movie business was also extremely cool.  Also, with Borgnine being 93 years old, I’m well aware this might have been my last chance to interview him.

During the press conference, Borgnine talked about how he first got into the “picture” business, making such films as Marty and From Here to Eternity, working with Frank Sinatra, what really went on behind the scenes of McHale’s Navy, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch what he had to say:

Helen Mirren Exclusive Video Interview RED; Plus an Update on ARTHUR

by     Posted 3 years, 188 days ago

Opening on October 15 is the really fun movie Red. Featuring an all-star cast that’s more impressive than The Expendables, Red stars Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, Morgan Freeman, Mary-Louise Parker, Karl Urban, Richard Dreyfuss, Julian McMahon, Brian Cox, and Ernest Borgnine. Based on the graphic novel Red (Retired Extremely Dangerous), the movie is about a group of retired black ops agents that get back together to try and figure out why some former agents are getting killed.

I was recently in NYC for the press junket and I was able to sit down with Helen Mirren.  During the interview we talked about whether or not her fans are ready to watch her fire a 50 caliber machine gun (I think they are), are there any challenges working in different movie genres, what was it like with the rest of the cast, and she gave me an update on how Arthur was going with Russell Brand.  Hit the jump to see what she had to say and make sure to see Red this weekend:

Bruce Willis and Karl Urban Exclusive Video Interview RED; Plus Updates on Rian Johnson’s LOOPER and Pete Travis’ JUDGE DREDD

by     Posted 3 years, 194 days ago

Opening on October 15 is a really fun movie called Red.  Featuring an all-star cast that’s more impressive than The Expendables, Red stars Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, Morgan Freeman, Mary-Louise Parker, Karl Urban, Richard Dreyfuss, Julian McMahon, Brian Cox, and Ernest Borgnine.  Based on the graphic novel Red (Retired Extremely Dangerous), the movie is about a group of retired black ops agents that get back together to try and figure out why some former agents are getting killed. You can watch some clips from Red here.

A few days ago I was in NYC for the press junket and I was able to sit down with Bruce Willis and Karl Urban.  During the very relaxed interview, Willis and Urban talked to me about making the movie, using fake names at Starbucks and on dressing room doors, filming on location, their fight scene, and Willis talked about why he wanted to make Rian Johnson’s Looper and Urban talked about Pete Travis’ Judge Dredd.

Finally, one last thing before watching…while my interview was supposed to end after three minutes, you’ll see Willis tell me to keep asking questions even though the person running the interview wanted it to stop.  I’ve never had a big movie star tell me to keep asking questions after my time was over.  For my first time getting to ask Bruce Willis some questions on camera…it was very cool.  Hit the jump to watch.

Fantastic Fest 2010: RED Movie Review

by     Posted 3 years, 201 days ago

Somewhere, there’s hours of footage of Bruce Wills, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich and Helen Mirren laughing their asses off. There has to be. The four award winning actors are having so much fun in their action comedy Red that there’s no way they kept a straight face after director Robert Schwentke called cut. Their obvious joy for the material comes across in every scene and that energy, combined with some cool action, makes Red a lot of fun to watch, even if the narrative is a bit thin. Hit the jump for more.

4 Movie Clips from RED Starring Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman and John Malkovich

by     Posted 3 years, 203 days ago

Summit Entertainment has released four clips from their upcoming action flick Red.  The cast alone is impressive: You’ve got Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, and Morgan Freeman as retired black ops agents out to clear their names before the agency kills them.  Also along for the ride are Mary-Louise Parker, Karl Urban, Richard Dreyfuss, Julian McMahon, Brian Cox, and Ernest Borgnine.  I’m also digging the action and humor that’s been shown off in the trailers and clips.  Let’s hope that the film delivers.

Hit the jump to check out the clips.  Red opens October 15th.

Exclusive LEAVES OF GRASS Clip

by     Posted 3 years, 203 days ago

Edward Norton plays twin-brothers in Tim Blake Nelson’s Leaves of Grass, and as we can see in this exclusive clip, the zany part isn’t just seeing two Norton’s on screen but also the wild story. Norton reportedly wanted this role so badly, he took a pay cut to play two characters in a single film. Unlike Fight Club, he actually plays both characters in this film. Check out the exclusive black light clip after the break and a full synopsis.

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