TOP FIVE Review

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There’s more than one way for a stand-up comedian to do a bit, and there’s more than one way for an actor to express frustration with his profession.  Chris Rock is one of the most insightful entertainers working today, and in the press he’s been doing for his new movie Top Five, he’s commented on race, politics, current events, comedy, and much more.  However, his new film is mostly concerned with fame, performance, and the trappings of both.  Although the story is built on a flimsy premise and its constraints create an awkward resolution, Rock has filled his picture with his sharp comedy that skewers celebrity and pride.

New TOP FIVE Clips Provide a Bigger Glimpse at Chris Rock’s New Comedy

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I still haven’t had a chance to see the new Chris Rock comedy Top Five, which not only stars the comedian, but was written and directed by him as well.  The first trailer and the red band trailer are both great, and these three new clips provide a further look (even if it’s a brief one) inside the tone of the movie, which seems to be a more grounded, observational type of comedy than something like Grown Ups (which Rock only acted in).  It only makes sense that this more personal material would retain more of Rock’s actual comedic voice.

Check out the new Top Five clips.  The film also stars Rosario DawsonJ.B. SmooveGabrielle UnionTracy MorganCedric the EntertainerKevin HartJerry SeinfeldAdam SandlerWhoopi GoldbergSherri ShepherdJay PharoahAnders Holm, and Michael Che, and features music by Questlove.  Top Five opens in theaters on December 12th.

Chris Rock Goes Heavy on the F-Bombs in New TOP FIVE Red-Band Trailer

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Paramount Pictures has released a new Top Five red-band trailer for writer/director/star Chris Rock’s upcoming comedy.  The comedian plays a loosely fictionalized version of himself in the film, whose unexpected encounter with a journalist forces him to confront both the career that made him famous and the life he left behind.  This new red-band trailer is essentially just a NSFW version of the film’s previous trailer, with a few bits of new footage scattered throughout.  That doesn’t make it any less funny, though, and after the strong buzz at TIFF I’m looking forward to seeing the full film for myself.

Check out the new Top Five red-band trailer after the jump.  The film also stars Rosario DawsonJ.B. SmooveGabrielle UnionTracy MorganCedric the EntertainerKevin HartJerry SeinfeldAdam SandlerWhoopi GoldbergSherri ShepherdJay PharoahAnders Holm, and Michael Che, and features music by QuestloveTop Five opens in theaters on December 12th.

TOP FIVE Trailer: Chris Rock Writes, Directs, and Stars in Cameo-Filled New Comedy

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Paramount Pictures has released the first Top Five trailer for the upcoming comedy from writer, director, and star Chris Rock.  The comedian plays a loosely fictionalized version of himself in the film, whose unexpected encounter with a journalist forces him to confront both the career that made him famous and the life he left behind.  The picture was the highest profile acquisition of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, with Paramount paying a whopping $12.5 million in a bidding war to acquire the distribution rights to the film.  The movie looks a little like Chris Rock’s Funny People, as it takes some digs at his own career path, and there are a ton of cameos from a wide range of familiar faces.

Hit the jump to watch the Top Five trailer and click here to read Phil’s review from TIFF.  The film also stars Rosario Dawson, J.B. Smoove, Gabrielle Union, Tracy Morgan, Cedric the Entertainer, Kevin Hart, Jerry Seinfeld, Adam Sandler, Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd, Jay Pharoah, Anders Holm, and Michael Che, and features music by Questlove.

TRUE DETECTIVE Season 2 Offers Role to Rachel McAdams; Brit Marling, Rosario Dawson, Abigail Spencer, and Others Could be in Contention for Another Part

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Man did people pretend to be really angry when Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn were officially cast as the leads in True Detective Season 2.  This is such a strange case of armchair casting where people are decrying who is or isn’t right for a role that they know nothing about.  Have they read the scripts for the season?  No.  Also, after Failure to Launch would anyone have branded Matthew McConaughey as a likely candidate to pull off a role like he did on the show last year?  Nope.

So onto the actresses.  There are reports hitting that Rachel McAdams has been offered one of the female leads by HBO.  There is also a list of eight actresses that are ostensibly up for another part. Again we know nothing about the characters these people will be playing so there would be no degree of accuracy involved in me saying who I think would be best (except for the fact that I think Brit Marling is due to break out of the Fox Searchlight bubble if she happens to be the right woman for the job).  Hit the jump for more on the actresses in contention for True Detective Season 2.

SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR Red-Band Trailer Goes Heavy on Stylization, Light on Everything Else

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Dimension Films has released the new full-length Sin City: A Dame to Kill For red-band trailer that premiered at the San Diego Comic-Con over the weekend.  And it doesn’t seem like directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller (read our SDCC interview) have done anything new for the sequel.  The film stars Josh Brolin as the physically altered Dwight (played by Clive Owen in the first film), who is hunted down by the only woman he ever loved, Ava Lord (Eva Green), and then watches his life go straight to hell.  Also going straight to hell is my interest in this movie.  I enjoyed the first film but felt that even this trailer was too much time spent back in the arbitrarily stylized world.  Nothing had any impact.  The only thing this film could do to surprise me is fashion a tight, engaging narrative.

Hit the jump to watch the full-length Sin City: A Dame to Kill For red-band trailer.  The film also stars Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis, Powers Booth, Rosario Dawson, Jaime King, Dennis HaysbertChristopher MeloniJeremy PivenRay LiottaJuno Temple, Stacy Keach, and Julia Garner.  Sin City: A Dame to Kill For opens on August 22nd.

New SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR Images Feature Rosario Dawson and Jamie Chung

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Dimension Films has released new Sin City: A Dame to Kill For images.  The film stars Josh Brolin as the physically altered Dwight (played by Clive Owen in the first film), who is hunted down by the only woman he ever loved, Ava Lord (Eva Green), and then watches his life go straight to hell.  These images feature Jamie Chung as Miho (who was played by Devon Aoki in the first movie) and Rosario Dawson as Gail, whose outfit was apparently inspired by the prank played on Regina George in Mean Girls.

Hit the jump to check out the Sin City: A Dame to Kill For images.  The film also stars Jessica AlbaMickey RourkeJoseph Gordon-Levitt Bruce WillisJaime KingDennis HaysbertChristopher MeloniJeremy PivenRay LiottaJuno Temple, Stacy Keach, and Julia GarnerSin City: A Dame to Kill For opens August 22nd.

DAREDEVIL: Rosario Dawson Joins Charlie Cox and Vincent D’Onofrio in Marvel’s Netflix Series

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Rosario Dawson marks the latest addition to Marvel’s upcoming Netflix series, Daredevil.  The show’s first female cast member will join Charlie Cox (Boardwalk Empire), who plays blind lawyer Matt Murdock and his title character alter ego, and Vincent D’Onofrio, who was recently cast to play the villainous Kingpin.  While we don’t know exactly who Dawson will be playing (or if it’s a character pulled from the mythology or an original creation), but it’s expected to be an “absolutely critical” role played out over multiple episodes.  Hit the jump for more.

Atom Egoyan’s THE CAPTIVE Fails to Captivate Cannes

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A perennial favorite at the Cannes Film Festival, Atom Egoyan returns this year to the official competition with The Captive, a psychological thriller starring Ryan Reynolds, Kevin Durand, Mireille Enos, Scott Speedman, Rosario Dawson and Bruce Greenwood in a cameo.  Despite the beauty of its atmospheric visuals, the movie failed to impress.  It was largely panned by the critics at its screening this week, leaving them with mixed feelings, some even booing as the end credits began to roll.

The synopsis sounded promising: Eight years after the disappearance of Cassandra, some disturbing indications pop up in the hotel rooms her mother cleans, indicating she may still be alive. Atom Egoyan was inspired by a real-life story, but stretched his imagination to include the “big brother is watching you” notion.  Hit the jump for more.

First Clip and New Images from Atom Egoyan’s THE CAPTIVE Starring Ryan Reynolds and Mireille Enos

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Ahead of its Cannes Film Festival premiere, the first clip from Atom Egoyan‘s The Captive has gone online along with new images.  The story follows how “a kidnapping destroys the relationships among those involved. As the film teases out the complex threads weaving together the victim, her family, the predators and the investigators, the mystery is revealed as to what happened to the child during the eight years she was missing.”  I hated Egoyan’s previous movie, Devil’s Knot, but he’s still an immensely talented filmmaker, and it sounds like he’s working from much stronger material rather than making a poor imitation of better movies.

Hit the jump to check out The Captive clip and images.  The film stars Ryan ReynoldsMireille EnosScott Speedman, Rosario Dawson, Kevin Durand, Alexia Fast, and Bruce Greenwood.

New Trailer for SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR Featuring Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Jessica Alba

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Dimension Films has released a new trailer for co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.  The film stars Josh Brolin as the physically altered Dwight (played by Clive Owen in the first film), who is hunted down by the only woman he ever loved, Ava Lord (Eva Green), and then watches his life go straight to hell.  This trailer doesn’t really get into the plot all that much, as it’s more of a flashy, aesthetic teaser than anything.  Frankly, the visuals for Sin City 2 look quite cheap compared to the first film, even though technology has advanced almost a decade since Rodriguez made Sin City.  The cast is promisingly eclectic, though, but right now that’s the only thing holding my interest here.

Hit the jump to watch the new Sin City 2 trailer and sound off with your thoughts in the comments.  The film also stars Mickey RourkeJessica AlbaBruce WillisRosario DawsonJaime KingJoseph Gordon-LevittDennis HaysbertChristopher MeloniJeremy PivenRay LiottaJuno Temple, Stacy Keach, and Julia Garner.  Sin City: A Dame to Kill For opens on August 22nd.

New Trailers and Posters for FOXCATCHER, THE ROVER, and THE CAPTIVE

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Earlier today, the lineup for the 2014 Cannes Film Festival was announced, which means that marketing materials are going online, or in the case of Bennett Miller‘s Foxcatcher, back online.  A teaser trailer was released last fall, but then Sony pulled it shortly before announcing that the film would be pushed back to 2014.  Now that the movie is playing in competition at Cannes, the Foxcatcher trailer is back online, and I highly recommend watching it if you haven’t already.  There are also new posters and trailers David Michôd’s upcoming thriller The Rover starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson, and for Atom Egoyan‘s The Captive starring Ryan Reynolds and Mireille Enos.  Both films look fascinating, and I’m eager to hear the reaction to all of these pictures after they play at Cannes.

Hit the jump to check out the trailers and posters.  The Rover opens in New York and L.A. on June 13th and goes nationwide on June 20th.  Domestic release dates have yet to be announced for Foxcatcher and The Captive.

First Trailer for SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR Starring Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Eva Green

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Dimension Films has released the first trailer for co-director Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.  The film stars Josh Brolin as the physically-altered Dwight (played by Clive Owen in the first film), who is hunted down by the only woman he ever loved, Ava Lord (Eva Green), and then watches his life go straight to hell.  While I’m not crazy about the music they chose for this first cut, the character transformations are pretty damn cool.  Returning characters have a whole new look, which makes sense since it’s been almost a decade since the original film.  Newcomers to the franchise have been beat up, cut up, or dolled up to the point that they’re hardly recognizable.  A solid start.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Mickey RourkeJessica AlbaBruce WillisRosario DawsonJaime KingJoseph Gordon-LevittDennis HaysbertChristopher MeloniJeremy PivenRay LiottaJuno Temple, Stacy Keach, and Julia GarnerSin City: A Dame to Kill For opens on August 22nd.

Rosario Dawson Talks GIMME SHELTER, Coming Full Circle Since Her Debut in KIDS, Responding to the Screenplay, and Collaborating with Vanessa Hudgens

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Rosario Dawson undergoes a startling transformation in Gimme Shelter and delivers a powerful performance as June, an angry, abusive addict and mother of a pregnant, homeless teenager named Apple (Vanessa Hudgens) who is struggling to survive.  Dawson felt a deeply emotional and personal connection to the story and her street-weary character.  Along with Hudgens, she was willing to go to the most unattractive places women can go because she felt it was something audiences needed to see.  Opening January 24th, the inspiring drama written and directed by Ronald Krauss also features James Earl Jones, Brendan Fraser, Stephanie Szostak, Emily Meade and Ann Dowd.   

At the film’s recent press day, Dawson talked about coming full circle from her film debut in Harmony Korine’s disturbing teen drama, Kids, where she played a character not too different from Apple, what caused her to respond so strongly to Krauss’ gritty screenplay, how she rarely broke character during filming, her collaboration with Hudgens, the fight sequences that left her bruised and exhausted, why she felt the film dovetailed well with the outreach work she does, and her latest projects including Raze, Cesar Chavez:  An America Hero, Sin City 2, Parts Per Billion, The Captive, and Finally Famous. 

Katie Holmes Joins THE GIVER; Rosario Dawson Joins INCARNATE; POLTERGEIST Adds Saxon Sharbino; Natalie Martinez in Thriller, HOME INVASION

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Here’s today’s latest casting news:

  • Katie Holmes (Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark) will join Phillip Noyce’s adaptation of Lois Lowry’s novel, The Giver, starring Jess Bridges, Meryl Streep, Alexander Skarsgard and Brenton Thwaites.
  • Rosario Dawson (Trance) is in talks to join Aaron Eckhart in Brad Peyton’s micro-budget horror picture, Incarnate, from Blumhouse Productions.
  • Saxon Sharbino (I Spit on Your Grave) has joined Gil Kenan’s Poltergeist film, starring Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt.  [Update: Jane Adams (Hung) has also joined the film.]
  • Natalie Martinez (Under the Dome) has landed a lead role in Sean Parker’s thriller, Home Invasion.

Hit the jump for more on each announcement.

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