Ryan Phillippe Talks CATCH HELL, Making His Directorial Debut, Real Life Inspiration for the Story, I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER Remake, More

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Ryan Phillippe’s got a lengthy resume as an actor, but be on the lookout for more directing credits from him because while working on his feature directorial debut, he found the creative control addicting.  Phillippe wrote, directed, produced and also stars in Catch Hell as Reagan Pearce, a Hollywood actor who’s developed a bit of a reputation and can’t land the big gigs anymore.  While on an independent film shoot in Shreveport, Louisiana, Reagan hops in a van to head off to set, but winds up being kidnapped by his drivers instead.

With Catch Hell hitting theaters in Los Angeles and New York on October 10th, I got the opportunity to sit down with Phillippe to run through the process of getting his first directorial endeavor going.  You’d think someone with Philippe’s star power would be able to get the project off the ground in an instant, but that wasn’t the case.   Hit the jump to hear about his drive to make it happen, the financing process, incorporating some real life elements into the film, what he thinks about that I Know What You Did Last Summer remake and more.

Exclusive RECLAIM Clip Features John Cusack Getting a Little Too Close to Rachelle Lefevre

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Reclaim is gearing up for release next month and we have an exclusive clip from the film to share with you today.  The clip features John Cusack and Rachelle Lefevre engaging in some beach-side conversation that gets a bit too personal (and a bit too creepy) a bit too quick.  My advice for her would be to run away and take her adopted daughter with her.  Ryan Phillippe also stars in the film along with Luis Guzman and Jacki Weaver.

Reclaim was directed by Alan White from a script by Luke Davies and Carmine Gaeta and if definitely seems like it explores the shady underbelly of the international adoption process.  Hit the jump to check out the Reclaim clip!  The film opens in limited theaters and On-Demand this September 19th.

RECLAIM Trailer With John Cusack, Ryan Phillippe and Rachelle Lefevre

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And just like that, there’s a new John Cusack movie.  Technically, Reclaim seems to focus more on the beleaguered would-be parent characters of Ryan Phillippe and Rachelle Lefevre, but there’s do denying the fact that Cusack is now a prolific master of the surprise attack.  The film, which I hadn’t heard of before today, also boasts Luis Guzman and Jacki Weaver among its cast.

Reclaim was directed by Alan White from a script by Luke Davies and Carmine Gaeta and I can’t say I’m terribly blown away.  It looks serviceable, but flat.  The kind of movie that pretty much defines the mid-level tier of the annual AFM market.  Still, it could end up being something of an ironic classic if it contains a few more lines in the vein of, “you bought our daughter on the black market?”  Hit the jump for the Reclaim trailer!  The film opens in limited theaters and On-Demand this September 19th.

Will Forte Says He’s Locking Himself in a Room on June 10th to Write MACGRUBER 2

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I’ve come to the conclusion that MacGruber 2 is the new Anchorman 2.  It’s the sequel we’ll want for years and years, but the studio will keep waiting to see if the cult fanbase is big enough to warrant a greenlight (or if there’s an empty spot in their calendar).  It’s also worth noting that Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy made waaaaaay more money than MacGruber.  But Will Forte can look forward to being asked about MacGruber 2 every time he does an interview, and he still seems fairly optimistic about the possibility.  In April, he said “there will be some form” of the sequel, and now he tells Rolling Stone, “June 10th my writing partners John Solomon, Jorma Taccone, and I are locking ourselves in a room and writing it.”  Forte also told Rolling Stone there have been discussions about bringing back Kristen Wiig and Ryan Phillippe.  Of course, last June, Forte said he would be writing the script in the next six months, so he could just be messing with us.

Even if we hold out hope for a MacGruber 2, we shouldn’t expect it for years unless Forte rockets to the A-list.  If he receives enough critical acclaim and attention for his performance in Alexander Payne‘s new drama, Nebraska, that might not be out of the realm of possibility.  In the meantime, just keep chanting “KFBR392″.

Ryan Phillippe to Make Directorial Debut in Indie Thriller SHREVEPORT

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Ryan Phillippe, the actor who scored a breakout role in 1997′s I Know What You Did Last Summer, is set to write, direct and star in the indie thriller, Shreveport.  The picture centers on Phillippe as a has-been actor who is kidnapped while filming on the set of a low-budget movie in the titular city in Louisiana.  Variety reports that Phillippe’s character is also held hostage and tortured, but few other plot details are available.  Phillippe co-wrote Shreveport with Joe Gossett and has worked with directors Clint Eastwood (Flags of Our Fathers), Paul Haggis (Crash) and the late Robert Altman (Gosford Park), so we’ll see if he’s picked up any of their skills when production on Shreveport starts in Louisiana this summer.

Director Jorma Taccone Confirms He’s Working on MACGRUBER 2 with Will Forte

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In the pantheon of feature films born out of SNL skits, there’s a big hit-and-miss factor; for every Wayne’s World, there’s three It’s Pat’s.  A film version of MacGruber hit theaters in 2010 and any way you slice it, the movie was a disaster at the box office.  Against a budget of $10 million, the film grossed a total of $9.2 million worldwide.  I wasn’t a huge fan of Will Forte’s MacGruber sketch to begin with, so I wasn’t about to go sit through a 90-minute version in theaters.  However, the film hit DVD and I started hearing from trustworthy friends that it was actually good.

After being commanded to watch it multiple times, I finally relented and watched MacGruber myself.  It turns out that the film is actually pretty fantastic.  The jokes are ridiculously out-there, and Forte and director Jorme Taccone got away with making an insane comedy within the studio system.  So it’s with great enthusiasm that I greeted the news today that Taccone and Forte are working on a follow-up to MacGruber that may or may not come to fruition.  Hit the jump for more.

Brian Petsos, Oscar Isaac, Elijah Wood, Adam Brody, Kristen Wiig, More to Star in REVENGE FOR JOLLY!

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Atlas Independent is new to the filmmaking game, but they’re off to a good start with the supporting cast for their first feature Revenge for Jolly!.  Brian Petsos stars as the owner of a dog who died under suspicious circumstances.  He and his cousin “follow a series of clues in an attempt to track down the dog’s murderer, leaving a path of destruction in their wake.”  Oscar Isaac plays the cousin; Elijah Wood, Adam Brody, Ryan Phillippe, Kristen Wiig, David Rasche, Kevin Corrigan, Garret Dillahunt, Bobby Moynihan, and Gillian Jacobs also star.  That’s a cast I trust with this absurdist premise.

Director Chadd Harbold wrapped the sub-$10 million production in August.  For more info on Revenge for Jolly! and Atlas Independent’s mission statement, read the full press release after the jump.

Anna Paquin and Ryan Phillippe to Star in STRAIGHT A’S [UPDATED]

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Anna Paquin and Ryan Phillipe have signed on to star in the indie comedy Straight A’s for Nu Image/Millenium Films.  According to Variety, “Phillippe portrays a man who’s been in and out of rehab for 10 years and is haunted by the ghost of his dead mother pressing him to return home to the family he turned his back on years ago. Outfitted with nothing more than a bag of pills and a sack of weed, he trots back to Shreveport, only to be faced with his brother’s wife, who’s still pining for him, her first love.”  Presumably Paquin plays the brother’s wife.  Also, if a drug addict being haunted by his dead mother and pining to screw his sister-in-law isn’t comedy, then I don’t know what is.

James Cox (Wonderland) will direct from a script by David Cole.  Production began today on location in Shreveport, Louisiana.  Paquin will next be seen in Kenneth Lonergan’s Margaret co-starring Matt Damon and Mark Ruffalo.  Phillippe will next be seen in your local gas station’s $5 DVD bin in Set Up co-starring 50 Cent and Bruce Willis.

[Update: Variety reports that Luke Wilson has joined the cast as well. He will play Paquin’s husband and Phillippe’s brother.

James Spader, Ryan Phillippe, and Carla Gugino Join Eric Bana in Sheldon Turner’s BY VIRTUE FALL

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Last summer we reported that Eric Bana and Colin Farrell were in talks to co-star in By Virtue Fall, the directorial debut of Up in the Air screenwriter Sheldon Turner.  Farrell eventually dropped off the project but Bana has signed on and according to 24 Frames, he’ll be joined by James Spader, Ryan Phillippe, and Carla Gugino.  The story concerns “two ATF agents who find themselves on opposite sides of the friendship divide after one sells out the other.”

Bana tells 24 Frames that he hopes to make By Virtue Fall his next project after finishing the thriller Blackbird with Olivia Wilde.  He’ll be seen in theaters this week alongside Cate Blanchett and Saoirse Ronan in Joe Wright’s Hanna.

Trailer for Yet another Terrible-Looking 50 Cent Movie, SETUP, Co-Starring Bruce Willis

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A couple weeks ago, we showed you the hilariously-awful trailer for Things Fall Apart starring Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson.  While some rappers have shown they can excel at music and acting, 50 Cent is not one of those rappers.  Any on-stage charisma he has vanishes when he’s on camera, and his gigantic teeth seem to get in the way of him intelligibly delivering dialogue.

But if you saw the trailer for Things Fall Apart and were left thinking, “Man, I wish there was more where that came from,” then you’re in luck.  The trailer for future direct-to-DVD movie Setup has gone online and it will leave you wondering, “Seriously, Bruce Willis?  You’re in this? Did you forget you’re an A-Lister?”  I can understand when Val Kilmer co-stars with 50 Cent in Gun, but this just baffles me to pieces.

Hit the jump to see Willis making a toast to “crime” and informing a hapless thug that “God has left Detroit.”

New Trailer for THE BANG BANG CLUB Starring Taylor Kitsch, Ryan Phillipe, and Malin Akerman

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Tribeca Film has released the first official trailer for The Bang Bang Club, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September of last year.  The political drama is based on the true story of a group of four young combat photographers situated in post-Apartheid South Africa in the early 1990s: “This intense political period brought out their best work (two won Pulitzers during the period) but cost them a heavy price.”

Ryan Phillipe, Malin Akerman, and Taylor Kitsch star in the narrative feature debut of writer/director Steven Silver.  The Bang Bang Club opens on April 22.  Watch the trailer after the jump.

THE LINCOLN LAWYER Review

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The majority of Matthew McConaughey’s filmography for the last decade could be charitably described as “less-than-good” and uncharitably described as “an abomination”.  Even McConaughey seemed unengaged from the material in a way that seemed to say, “Yeah, these movies are crap, but I’ve got a million-dollar smile and unlike most men, I look even hotter when I’m sweaty so the ladies love me.  Enjoy Fool’s Gold.”  There’s a greasy charm to the majority of his performances and his rom-com “appeal” (I use that term loosely) has overshadowed his genuinely good work in more dramatic films like Lone Star and Frailty.

And yet it’s McConaughey’s smug huckster attitude that elevates The Lincoln Lawyer from a forgettable legal drama to a breezy, exciting thriller that’s ironically only slowed down when McConaughey lessens his bravado to take a swing at the story’s more dramatic beats.

Ryan Phillippe Interview THE LINCOLN LAWYER

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In the mystery thriller The Lincoln Lawyer, actor Ryan Phillippe plays wealthy playboy Louis Roulet, who is charged with attempted rape and murder. After his arrest, he seeks out slick criminal defense attorney Mick Haller (Matthew McConaughey) to take on his case which, on the surface, appears to be very straightforward with a big money pay-off. Things quickly start to turn into a cat-and-mouse game between two masters of manipulation, as Haller begins to wonder what else Roulet might have gotten away with, in his past.

At the press day for the film, Ryan Phillippe talked about how he had to audition and fight for this role, what it took to get into the mind-set to play Louis Roulet, his reasons for keeping his distance from co-star Matthew McConaughey, and how much he enjoyed working with director Brad Furman. He also talked about his next project, Chronicle, about the distribution of marijuana, which he starts filming soon in New York. Check out what he had to say after the jump:

New Trailer for THE LINCOLN LAWYER Starring Matthew McConaughey and Ryan Phillipe

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Lionsgate has released a new trailer for The Lincoln Lawyer, an adaptation of the best selling novel by Michael Connelly.  Matthew McConaughey stars as Mickey Haller, “a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney who operates out of the back of his Lincoln sedan.”  Ryan Phillippe, Marisa Tomei, William H. Macy, Josh Lucas, John Leguizamo, Michael Pena, and Bryan Cranston also star.  Brad Furman (The Take) directs from a script by John Romano (Nights in Rodanthe).  Check out the new trailer after the jump.

First Teaser Trailer for THE LINCOLN LAWYER Starring Matthew McConaughey

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More Lincoln news! Okay, not really. This one involves the towncar. Lionsgate has released the first teaser trailer for The Lincoln Lawyer, based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Michael Connelly.  The film stars Matthew McConaughey giving off a bit of an A Time to Kill vibe, along with Ryan Phillippe, Marisa Tomei, John Leguizamo, William H. Macy, Josh Lucas, and Michael Peña.  The plot revolves around a successful criminal defense attorney who does business from the back of a Lincoln Towncar.  He gets involved with a high profile case concerning a wealthy realtor from Beverly Hills (Phillippe).  Tommy Lee Jones was previously attached to direct and star in the film but dropped out over creative differences. Brad Furman (The Take) now directs from a script by John Romano (Nights in Rodanthe).  The Lincoln Lawyer will be released on March 18th, 2011. Hit the jump to check out the trailer.

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