Malkovich and Colette Are UNLOCKED; Silverstone Wonders WHO GETS THE DOG?; Sarandon, Janney, and Amell Want WHATEVER MAKES YOU HAPPY

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With the American Film Market underway and films being packaged for international sales, plenty of new casting is being announced.  Briefly:

  • John Malkovich and Toni Collette have joined Noomi Rapace, Michael Douglas, and Orlando Bloom in the female Bourne-style thriller Unlocked.
  • Alicia Silverstone will lead the romantic comedy Who Gets the Dog?
  • Susan Sarandon, Allison Janney, and Stephen Amell will star in the comedy Whatever Makes You Happy.

Hit the jump for more.

Dakota Fanning Talks THE LAST OF ROBIN HOOD, Working with Kevin Kline, Her ‘Database’ of On Set Experiences, BRAIN ON FIRE and More

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Dakota Fanning’s been busy.  She’s been working steadily all her life, but in the past three years alone, she’s delivered Now Is Good, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, The Motel Life, Very Good Girls, Night Moves and now she’s got The Last of Robin Hood on the way, too.  She stars in that one as Beverly Aadland, the young actress who winds up catching the eye of superstar Errol Flynn (Kevin Kline).  Ultimately, she falls for him too and the two indulge in a passionate affair while Beverly’s mother, Florence (Susan Sarandon), tags along to supervise.

With The Last of Robin Hood making its way into select theaters on August 29th, we got the chance to sit down with Fanning and discuss how she’s been choosing her roles lately and what it was like jumping into this true story.  Hit the jump to catch what she said about working with Kline and Sarandon, honoring the truth to the situation while making the character her own, how having worked as a child actor helps her today, the book-to-film adaptation of Brain on Fire and more.

Susan Sarandon Talks TAMMY, Joining the Film, Enduring Road Trip Movies, How Collaborative the Set Was, and Being Directed by Melissa McCarthy

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Tammy
, the feature directorial debut of Ben Falcone, follows Tammy Banks (Melissa McCarthy), a woman on the edge who has lost her job, her husband and her car, all in one day.  She wants out of her small town existence, but with no money or transportation, the only way to do that is with her hard-partying grandmother, Pearl (Susan Sarandon), who leads them into a string of misadventures that neither of them will soon forget.  The film also stars Allison Janney, Gary Cole, Mark Duplass, Dan Aykroyd, Kathy Bates, Sandra Oh, Toni Collette and Nat Faxon.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Susan Sarandon talked about getting a call from Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone to be in the film, what attracted her to this role, why road trip movies are so enduring, the type of woman grandma Pearl is, how collaborative this set was, and being directed by Melissa McCarthy for an episode of her comedy series Mike & Molly.  She also talked about what attracts her to a project, what she still enjoys about being a working actress, that she would like to do a short-run one-off cable TV series, and that she has started a production company to make documentaries, called Reframed Pictures.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

Kevin Kline Is Errol Flynn in THE LAST OF ROBIN HOOD Trailer

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Samuel Goldwyn Films has released the first The Last of Robin Hood trailer for directors Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland’s (Quinceañera) real-life drama.  The film stars Kevin Kline as silver screen legend Errol Flynn, focusing on his later years when he struck up a relationship with 15-year-old aspiring actress Beverly Aadland (Dakota Fanning), threatening his image in the press.  Kline looks to be on point here as Flynn, and the actor’s relationship with Aadland is certainly a curious period in his life.  The plot of the film is a bit unclear from this trailer, but the charm of Kevin Kline goes a long way.

Hit the jump to watch the first The Last of Robin Hood trailer.  The film also stars Susan Sarandon and opens in theaters on August 29th.

New Trailer for TAMMY Starring Melissa McCarthy and Susan Sarandon

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Warner Bros. has released a new Tammy trailer for the upcoming road trip comedy starring Melissa McCarthy and Susan Sarandon.  Co-written by McCarthy and her husband Ben Falcone, who also directs, the film revolves around a down-and-out woman (McCarthy) who takes a road trip with her foul-mouthed, alcoholic grandmother (Sarandon).  This new trailer offers a better look at the full film as well as the chemistry between McCarthy and Sarandon, and it also markets Tammy as the must-see movie of the big Fourth of July weekend.  It’s a smart play, and the comedy is certainly on-point in this trailer.  The driving force of the plot is still unclear, but the prospect of McCarthy and Sarandon encountering various familiar faces during their cross-country road trip is certainly enticing.

Hit the jump to watch the new Tammy trailer.  The film also stars Kathy Bates, Sarah Baker, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, Dan Aykroyd, Gary Cole, Nat Faxon, Sandra Oh, and Mark DuplassTammy opens in theaters on July 2nd.

First Trailer for 1980s Comedy PING PONG SUMMER Starring Susan Sarandon and Lea Thompson

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Gravitas Ventures has released the first Ping Pong Summer trailer for writer/director Michael Tully’s 1980s-set indie comedy.  The film takes place during the summer of 1985 and revolves around a shy 13-year-old kid (Marcello Conte) who, while on family vacation in Ocean City, strikes up new friendships, gets a crush, and becomes embroiled in the local ping pong scene.  The pic looks to be a pretty funny take on the coming-of-age story, and it absolutely nails the ‘80s aesthetic without coming off as cliché or contrived.  It actually feels a tad reminiscent of The Way, Way Back, and the ensemble cast is definitely promising.

Hit the jump to watch the Ping Pong Summer trailer.  The film also stars Susan Sarandon, Amy Sedaris, Lea Thompson, John Hannah, and Judah FriedlanderPing Pong Summer will be released in theaters and VOD on June 6th.

New TAMMY, JERSEY BOYS, and JUPITER ASCENDING Images, Featuring Channing Tatum’s Rocket Boots

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Warner Bros. has unveiled a few new images from some of its upcoming Summer 2014 films.  Briefly:

  • Jupiter Ascending – A new Jupiter Ascending image from writers/directors Lana and Andy Wachowski’s sci-fi epic shows that Channing Tatum’s half-werewolf/half-albino character has himself a pair of rocket boots, which come in handy when saving Mila Kunis’ queen character.  The film opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on July 18th.
  • Tammy – A pair of new Tammy images from the upcoming comedy highlight Melissa McCarthy and Susan Sarandon, with McCarthy playing a down-and-out woman who takes a road trip with her foul-mouthed, alcoholic grandmother (Sarandon).  Directed by Ben Falcone, the film opens on July 2nd.
  • Jersey Boys – Two new Jersey Boys images from director Clint Eastwood’s feature film adaptation of the stage musical show the titular characters, played by newcomers John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda, and Vincent Piazza.  The film opens on June 20th.

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses.

SXSW 2014: PING PONG SUMMER Review

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Ping Pong Summer does have a few glaringly weak components, but overall, the uniqueblend of nostalgia and satire gives the experience an oddly absorbing and charming quality.

The film stars Marcello Conte as Rad Miracle, a 13-year-old growing up in Mount Airy, Maryland in 1985.  Every summer his family packs up and heads off to Ocean City, and this one is no different – except for the fact that Rad actually makes a friend (Myles Massey), meets a girl (Emmi Shockley) and buddies up with the town crazy lady, Randi Jammer (Susan Sarandon).  The only thing threatening to keep the summer of ’85 from being Rad’s best yet is the local bully, Lyle Ace (Joseph McCaughtery).  Rad can’t compete with Lyle’s wealth or hot ride, but if he practices enough, he might just have a shot at beating him at ping pong and finally putting him in his place.

First Trailer for TAMMY Starring Melissa McCarthy and Susan Sarandon

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Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for director Ben Falcone’s upcoming road trip comedy Tammy.  The film stars Melissa McCarthy as a woman who takes a road trip with her diabetic/alcoholic/foul-mouthed grandmother (Susan Sarandon) after she’s laid off from a fast food restaurant and discovers that her husband is having an affair.  This first teaser focuses squarely on McCarthy, who appears to be doing her best Shia LaBeouf impression right off the bat.  It’s a great example of a teaser, since only the barest bones of a plot are on display.  If you like the humor in this minute-plus, there’s a good chance you’ll want to check out the full movie.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Allison Janney, Gary Cole, Mark Duplass, Toni Collette, Nat Faxon, Dan Aykroyd, and Kathy BatesTammy opens July 2nd.

SNITCH Blu-ray Review

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Dwayne “The Rock Johnson is a movie star now.  For much of the year, he’s been in movie after movie (so far four), and most of them have been hits, on top of having a TV show and his wrestling appearances.  It took a while (films like The Rundown and Walking Tall didn’t do that well), but now he’s one of the biggest names in cinema.  But something like Snitch shows that he’s an appealing presence on screen, but he can only lift material so far.  A thoroughly mediocre film, Snitch will make for good cable viewing.  My review of the Blu-ray of Snitch follows after the jump. 

THE COMPANY YOU KEEP Review

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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 THE BIG WEDDING Starring Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Susan Sarandon, and Katherine Heigl

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Lionsgate has released a new trailer for director Justin Zackham’s ensemble romantic comedy The Big Wedding.  The film centers on a divorced couple (Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton) who are forced to pretend like they’re still married when their adopted son’s (Ben Barnes) deeply religious biological mother comes to town for his wedding.  Though the cast boasts some actual talent, the way the movie is framed in this recent trailer almost plays like a parody, complete with cheesy voiceover, zany physical comedy, and The Romantics’ “What I Like About You.”  The pic was previously scheduled for release last October before Lionsgate decided to push it to this spring.

Hit the jump to take a look at the new trailer.  The film also stars Katherine Heigl, Amanda Seyfried, Susan Sarandon, Topher Grace, and Robin WilliamsThe Big Wedding opens on October 26th.

Rufus Sewell Boards HERCULES, Susan Sarandon and Kathy Bates May Join TAMMY, Kristen Wiig Reteams with Will Ferrell and Adam McKay for WELCOME TO ME

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Here’s the latest casting news:

  • Rufus Sewell (Dark City) will join Dwayne Johnson (Snitch) in Brett Ratner’s fantasy epic, Hercules.
  • Susan Sarandon (Thelma & Louise) is in talks to star alongside Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids) in the raunchy road trip movie, Tammy, along with Kathy Bates (Misery).
  • Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids) will reteam with Anchorman 2 filmmakers Will Ferrell and Adam McKay for the indie comedy, Welcome to Me.

Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement. 

SNITCH Review

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At first blush, writer/director Ric Roman Waugh’s action drama Snitch looks to be much heavier on the action part of that descriptor.  If you go into the theater having glimpsed at the movie’s trailer, poster and clips, or if you just know that it stars Dwayne Johnson (Faster), you might be expecting just another fun but shallow B movie.  Hopefully you’d be pleasantly surprised, like I was, to find a much more complex plot that raises the stakes for each of its fully-realized characters in a way that tests the viewer’s limits of believability without crashing through them, all while delivering on the promised action sequences.  Hit the jump for my review of Snitch.  

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

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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.

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