A striking cinematic portrayal of sex addiction hit screens two years in the form of Steve McQueen‘s Shame. McQueen’s searing film is unrelenting to the point where it drowns us in the misery of its central character, but at least there’s honesty at the core of the picture. Director Stuart Blumberg attempts a somewhat lighter tone with Thanks for Sharing, and while that’s not necessarily problematic, he goes about it such a superficial, ham-fisted way as to undermine almost all of the drama. Putting aside the efficacy of “Anonymous” groups like Sexaholics Anonymous, two-thirds of the movie plays out like a PSA ad but with real actors struggling to sell the horrendous and preachy dialogue. Blumberg and co-writer Matt Winston‘s script struggles to be anything more than a cheap attempt at easy drama as it prays on addiction rather than making an earnest try at conveying it.
Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions have released the first trailer for the sex addict comedy/drama Thanks for Sharing. Marking the directorial debut of The Kids Are All Right scribe Stuart Blumberg, the pic tells the story of three sex addicts struggling to function in normal society. The central focus is on Mark Ruffalo, who plays an addict who’s trying to strike up a relationship with a woman who has sworn off dating other addicts (Gwyneth Paltrow). The other main addicts include Book of Mormon star Josh Gad, Alecia Moore (aka Pink), and Tim Robbins, with Gad unsurprisingly looking like a scene-stealer. There’s a healthy balance of comedy and drama on display in this debut trailer, and the film’s impressive ensemble cast is certainly promising.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer and to check out a couple of new images. The film also stars Joely Richardson and Patrick Fugit. Thanks for Sharing opens on September 20th.
The first images from the sex addict dramedy Thanks for Sharing have gone online. The film marks the directorial debut of The Kids Are All Right co-writer Stuart Blumberg and features an all-star cast in this story of three sex addicts struggling to function in normal society. Mark Ruffalo plays an addict who’s trying to strike up a relationship with a woman who has sworn off dating other addicts (Gwyneth Paltrow), Tim Robbins plays a man married to his high school sweetheart who actually becomes addicted to his 12-step recovery program, and Book of Mormon star Josh Gad plays a young man whose addiction is so bad that he hides a camera in his shoe in order to film up women’s skirts.
The film certainly looks much lighter than that other sex addict movie from last year, Shame, and I’m a big fan of the ensemble cast. Hopefully we see a trailer soon. The film also stars Joely Richardson, Patrick Fugit, and Alecia Moore aka Pink. [Update: Apparently these images were not approved for release and we've been asked to take them down. We'll have official stills from the film up once they're available.]
We have a couple quick casting stories to report. First up, Zach Gilford (Friday Night Lights) has joined Arnold Schwarzenegger comeback’s film The Last Stand. Directed by Jee-woon Kim (I Saw the Devil), The Last Stand “centers on a disgraced LAPD cop who is now the sheriff of a sleepy border town. When a drug kingpin is headed for Mexico with a hostage and entourage in tow, the sheriff is the only thing that stands between him and freedom across the border.” Deadline has no details on Gilford’s character but reports that shooting is just getting underway in Albuquerque. Gilford’s a solid actor who had a tendency to get overshadowed by his FNL co-stars, but he’s a quality addition to any cast.
The Last Stand is due out January 18, 2013. Hit the jump for casting news for Stuart Blumberg’s Thanks for Sharing.
The cast for screenwriter Stuart Blumberg’s directorial debut Thanks for Sharing just got a lot more blonde. Gwyneth Paltrow and Joely Richardson have joined the cast of the dramedy which also stars Mark Ruffalo and Tim Robbins. The story revolves around a group of friends who are brought together in their quest to overcome sex addiction and forge meaningful relationships. Variety reports that Paltrow will play a successful businesswoman who falls for Ruffalo’s character, while Richardson will take on the role of Robbins’ wife.
Blumberg is coming off an Oscar nomination for co-writing The Kids are All Right, and is also the scribe responsible for the charming The Girl Next Door and Edward Norton’s underrated directorial effort Keeping the Faith. The cast is intriguing given the subject matter, and Blumberg has a knack for keeping weighty material from becoming too heavy-handed, so I’m interested to see how this one turns out.
Tim Robbins will co-star with Mark Ruffalo in Thanks for Sharing, the directorial debut of The Kids Are All Right screenwriter Stuart Blumberg. Risky Business reports that Blumberg’s script “revolves around characters in a 12-step program for recovering sex addicts in New York City.” While Robbins earned an Oscar for his dramatic work, I’ve always found him to be delightful in comic roles even though Thanks for Sharing is being billed as a “dramedy”. Filming is slated to begin this fall.
Robbins and Ruffalo will both next be seen in superhero films. Robbins plays Senator Hammond, father of villain Hector Hammond (Peter Sarsgaard) in Green Lantern. Ruffalo is currently filming on The Avengers where he plays Bruce Banner/Hulk.
Catherine Zeta-Jones and Judy Greer have joined Gerard Butler in Gabriele Muccino’s Playing the Field. The comedy centers on a former soccer star (Butler) who decides to coach his son’s little league soccer team, but ends up becoming the object of attraction for the town’s local women. 24 Frames reports that Zeta-Jones will play a vixen newscaster while Greer will play a hot-and-bothered housewife. The cast also includes Uma Thurman as another wife who’s attracted to Butler’s character, Dennis Quaid as Thurman’s husband, and Jessica Biel as Butler’s estranged wife. Additionally, The Kids Are All Right co-writer Stuart Blumberg recently came on to write a new draft of Rob Fox’s script. Filming on Playing the Field began shooting this week.
Hit the jump for casting news on the coming-of-age drama The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
A couple of casting stories for you this morning. Viola Davis and Jeffrey Wright have joined the ever-growing cast of director Stephen Daldry’s (The Reader) adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. We recently announced the addition of John Goodman to a cast that is toplined by Sandra Bullock and Tom Hanks, with Jeopardy wiz-kid Thomas Horn set to star as nine-year-old Oskar Schnell. Daldry directs from a script by Eric Roth (Forrest Gump). The story follows Schnell on his quest to find the lock that belongs to a mysterious key that his father left behind when he perished in the 9/11 attacks. Featuring multiple narrators and heartbreak at every turn, the novel was a bestseller and the film adaptation is sure to be Oscar bait come February 2012.
Baz Bamigboye’s report (via The Playlist) doesn’t specify what roles Davis and Wright will take on, though it’s feasible to think that they could be portraying two of the many tenants of Manhattan that Schnell runs into on his year-long quest. Hit the jump to hear about Mark Ruffalo re-teaming with The Kids are All Right-scribe Stuart Blumberg for Thanks for Sharing.