DRAFT DAY Review

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I like football, and judging by the mammoth TV ratings, so does most of America.  I’m not sure what it says about us as a society that we celebrate what’s arguably the most violent major sport*, but to be fair, plenty of fans also get caught up in the details.  Like most sports, second-guessing is part of the game, and the guessing game is in full force in the NFL Draft.  It’s where the indentured servitude of the NCAA gives way to players actually getting paid, but no one knows if a player is going to be a bang or bust.  Unfortunately, Ivan Reitman‘s Draft Day may have the fiery setting, but the movie has trouble finding the spark.  It’s fun to go inside the offices of NFL teams, but the energy is lost in a listless protagonist and tiresome subplots.  Although it does manage to score at the end, the film is a tedious drive down the field.

Sam Elliott Joins DRAFT DAY, Michael Pena Feels FURY, and Shia LaBeouf Will Lead VILLAIN

by     Posted 1 year, 163 days ago

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We’ve got a few casting stories for you this afternoon.  Briefly:

  • Sam Elliott has joined Ivan Reitman‘s dramedy Draft Day starring Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary, Ellen Burstyn, and Terry Crews.
  • Michael Pena will co-star in David Ayer‘s WWII thriller Fury starring Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, and Logan Lerman.
  • Speaking of LaBeouf, he’s set to lead Villain, a psychological thriller from director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later).

Hit the jump for more on all these films.

THE COMPANY YOU KEEP Review

by     Posted 1 year, 203 days ago

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.  The Company You Keep opens tomorrow in limited release.]

Chase films probably shouldn’t feature septuagenarians. Robert Redford‘s The Company You Keep is two movies: one is a surprisingly entertaining investigative thriller, and the other is the most casual, least threatening chase flick I’ve ever seen. Redford has lined-up a tremendous cast, yet spreads them around in weak bit parts, leaving the majority of the picture to himself and Shia LaBeouf. Mixed between their characters’ two stories are confused messages about the value of the truth and rallying for your beliefs (provided it’s not too much of an inconvenience).

New Trailer for Robert Redford’s THE COMPANY YOU KEEP Starring Shia LaBeouf and Susan Sarandon

by     Posted 1 year, 253 days ago

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A new trailer for director Robert Redford’s thriller The Company You Keep has been released online.  In addition to directing, Redford also stars in the film as a civil rights lawyer who must go on the run when he’s outed by a young reporter (Shia LaBeouf) as being a former 1970s Weather Underground militant.  The trailer teases an engrossing thriller with a stellar ensemble cast that includes Susan Sarandon, Anna Kendrick, Chris Cooper, Terrence Howard, and Brit Marling.  LaBeouf looks to be in fine form as well as the film’s lead, and I’m eager to see how Redford expands on the plot’s themes in the full feature.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer, and click here to read Matt’s review of the film from last year’s Toronto Film Festival.  The pic also stars Julie Christie, Sam Elliott, Brendan Gleeson, Richard Jenkins, Stanley Tucci, and Nick NolteThe Company You Keep opens on April 5th.

TIFF 2012: THE COMPANY YOU KEEP Review

by     Posted 2 years, 44 days ago

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Chase films probably shouldn’t feature septuagenarians.  Robert Redford‘s The Company You Keep is two movies: one is a surprisingly entertaining investigative thriller, and the other is the most casual, least threatening chase flick I’ve ever seen.  Redford has lined-up a tremendous cast, yet spreads them around in weak bit parts, leaving the majority of the picture to himself and Shia LaBeouf.  Mixed between their characters’ two stories are confused messages about the value of the truth and rallying for your beliefs provided it’s not too much of an inconvenience.

First Trailer for Robert Redford’s THE COMPANY YOU KEEP Starring Shia LaBeouf and Susan Sarandon

by     Posted 2 years, 54 days ago

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The first trailer for Robert Redford’s The Company You Keep has gone online.  In addition to directing, Redford also stars in the film as a civil rights lawyer who must go on the run when he’s outed by a young reporter (Shia LaBeouf) as being a former 1970s Weather Underground militant.  Redford looks to be in full-on thriller mode here, as this appears to be more of an “on the run” story than a straight drama.  We actually don’t get much of Redford’s character in this trailer, as we instead focus more on LaBeouf’s investigation and pursuit of the truth.  The footage isn’t mind-blowing, but the unsurprisingly top-notch cast promises some great performances from the likes of Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci, Anna Kendrick and Chris Cooper.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Julie Christie, Sam Elliott, Brendan Gleeson, Terrence Howard, Richard Jenkins, Brit Marling, and Nick NolteThe Company You Keep will premiere at the Venice Film Festival and will also screen at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival.

Exclusive: First Three Images from Robert Redford’s THE COMPANY YOU KEEP Starring Shia LaBeouf, Brit Marling, Susan Sarandon and Julie Christie

by     Posted 2 years, 92 days ago

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We’ve got an exclusive first look at Robert Redford’s latest directorial effort, The Company You Keep, to share with our readers.  In addition to directing, Redford also stars in the film as a civil rights lawyer who must go on the run when he’s outed by a young reporter (Shia LaBeouf) as being a former 1970s Weather Underground militant.  Based on the novel by Neal Gordon, the pic boasts an incredible ensemble cast that includes Julie Christie, Sam Elliott, Brendan Gleeson, Terrence Howard, Richard Jenkins, Anna Kendrick, Brit Marling, Stanley Tucci, Nick Nolte, Chris Cooper, and Susan Sarandon.

Hit the jump to check out the first three images from the film.  The Voltage Pictures/Wildwood Enterprises production is produced by Redford, Nicolas Chartier, and Bill Holderman, with Craig J. Flores and Shawn Williamson executive producing.  The film is based on the novel by Neil Gordon and the screenplay is by Lem Dobbs.  An official release date has yet to be announced, but The Company You Keep is expected to hit theaters sometime in spring 2013.

Anna Kendrick, Terrence Howard, Brendan Gleeson and Sam Elliott Join THE COMPANY YOU KEEP

by     Posted 3 years, 14 days ago

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Robert Redford is assembling quite the ensemble for his next directorial project The Company You Keep. Anna Kendrick, Terrence Howard, Brendan Gleeson, Sam Elliott and 11-year-old America’s Got Talent finalist Jackie Evancho have joined the cast of the drama. Based on the novel by Neal Gordon, the story centers on a former Weather Underground militant who goes on the run after an ambitious young journalist exposes his true identity. Redford will be pulling double duty, as he’ll also star as the Weather Underground militant in the film. Shia LaBeouf is onboard to take on the role of the journalist. Other cast members include Brit Marling, Nick Nolte, Susan Sarandon, Julie Christie, Richard Jenkins, Stephen Root, Stanley Tucci, and Chris Cooper.

Hit the jump for the details on who Kendrick, Howard, Gleeson, and Elliott will play.

An Hour-Long Interview between the Coen Brothers and Noah Baumbach

by     Posted 3 years, 133 days ago

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The Film Society of Lincoln Center held an hour-long discussion between Joel and Ethan Coen and fellow filmmaker Noah Baumbach.  Normally I’d bitch and moan about how jealous I was not to be there and then cry myself to sleep.  But not today!  Filmlinc.com has kindly posted the discussion online and I know what I’ll be watching when I get off work today.  Some of the topics covered include how the Coens open their movies, their use of voice-over, how they use misdirection, and how their films compare to Baumbach’s.  The interview is also worth watching because the Coens rarely speak about the films and instead prefer to let them stand on their own.  People continue to speculate on the symbolism of the hat in Miller’s Crossing.

Hit the jump to check out the video and quotes pulled from the interview.

John Slattery and Sam Elliott in Consideration to Play J. Jonah Jameson in Upcoming SPIDER-MAN Reboot

by     Posted 3 years, 362 days ago

With big news regarding The Hobbit, the Avatar sequels, and Christopher Nolan’s now titled Batman film today, it’s only fair that there’s a bit of Spider-Man news as well.  Director Marc Webb is currently busy rounding out the cast for his 3D reboot of the Spider-Man franchise, set to start filming in December.  With Andrew Garfield (The Social Network) and Emma Stone (Easy A) set to play Peter Parker and Gwen Stacey, and the recent news that Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill) has been chosen for The Lizard, the producers are now turning towards casting Daily Bugle Editor-in-Chief J. Jonah Jameson.  Among the names being considered for the part (previously played by J.K. Simmons in the Sam Raimi films) are John Slattery (Mad Men) and Sam Elliott (The Big Lebowski).

What’s Playing reports that a dozen or so actors are under consideration, being brought into the studio under the guise that they’re reading for an “Untitled Teen Action Adventure Movie”.  The 3D film is set to hit theaters July 30, 2012.  Hit the jump for a bit more, including what we know so far about the secretive project.

6 Movie Clips from MARMADUKE

by     Posted 4 years, 149 days ago

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In case you weren’t aware, 20th Century Fox made a Marmaduke movie, and they assembled a pretty sizable cast to star/be voice actors in the film.  Here’s the list:  Emma Stone, Judy Greer, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Kiefer Sutherland, Owen Wilson, Sam Elliott, Fergie (Stacy Ferguson), William H. Macy, Lee Pace, Steve Coogan and George Lopez.

While the film is clearly aimed at families and especially kids, with the cast featured, I thought some of you might want to check out some footage from the June 4th release.  Hit the jump for 6 clips and the full synopsis.

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