Bryan Cranston Talks TOTAL RECALL, LINCOLN LAWYER Sequel & BREAKING BAD; Says ‘Episode 5 is the Biggest Episode We’ve Ever Done’

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Opening this Friday is director Len Wiseman‘s remake of Total Recall.  Based on the short story We Can Remember It for You Wholesale by Philip K. Dick, Total Recall stars Colin Farrell in the role originated by Arnold Schwarzenegger.  In the film, Farrell stars as Douglas Quaid, a man who is bored with his life (even though he’s married to Kate Beckinsale) and seeks to have adventurous memories implanted in his brain.  However, after visiting Recall, both friends and family are after him for different reasons.  But the big problem is he doesn’t know what’s real.  The film also stars Jessica Biel, John Cho, Bill Nighy, and Bryan Cranston.

The other day I got to speak with Bryan Cranston here in Los Angeles.  We talked about his reaction to the finished film, his experiences at this year’s Comic-Con, deleted scenes, The Lincoln Lawyer sequel, and Breaking Bad.  For fans of Breaking Bad, Cranston told me, “episode 5 of the fifth season is the biggest episode we’ve ever done as far as scope and cost.”  Hit the jump to watch.

Matthew McConaughey Talks KILLER JOE, Richard Linklater, DAZED AND CONFUSED, and THE LINCOLN LAWYER Sequel

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Now playing, in limited release, is director William Friedkin‘s controversial thriller Killer Joe.  Based on the play by Tracey Letts, the NC-17-rated film centers on a son (Emile Hirsch) and his father (Thomas Haden Church) who hire a cop moonlighting as a hitman (Matthew McConaughey) to murder their mother in order to get her insurance policy.  The film also stars Juno Temple as Hirsch’s sister and Gina Gershon.  Loaded with great performances and an insane third act, Killer Joe is definitely worth checking out.  For more on the film, here’s the trailer, a clip, and my interview with Hirsch.

The other day I sat down with McConaughey here in Los Angeles. We talked about making Killer Joe, his initial reaction to the script, how the finished film compares to the script, his favorite movies, and more.  In addition, we talked about his movies with Richard Linklater, Wooderson (from Dazed and Confused), and the status of The Lincoln Lawyer sequel.  Hit the jump to watch..

Matthew McConaughey Talks THE LINCOLN LAWYER Sequel; Says Script Is Being Written and Will Combine Two Books

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Director Brad Furman’s adaptation of Michael Connelly’s novel The Lincoln Lawyer was a sizeable hit when the thriller opened last year, and given that Matthew McConaughey’s character of Mickey Haller appears in subsequent Connelly novels, many were hoping we’d be seeing more of Haller in future films.  Lionsgate Vice Chairman Michael Burns revealed last December that a sequel to the film was in the works as well as a television series, and now we have an update from McConaughey himself on the status of the follow-up.

Steve got the chance to speak with McConaughey earlier today for his upcoming thriller Killer Joe, and the actor spoke a bit about the Lincoln Lawyer sequel including his eagerness to return to the character and what the follow-up would entail.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

Weekend Box Office – THE GREY the Clear Winner with $20 Million; ONE FOR THE MONEY in Third

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Newbie distributor Open Road Films has claimed its first number one opening with the wolf vs. man thriller The Grey.  From 3,185 locations, The Grey took in an estimated $20 million, or well above the mid-teens that was projected.  Second place was claimed by Underworld Awakening, pushing the adaptation of Janet Evanovich’s bestselling novel, One For the Money, into third.

Title Weekend Total
1 The Grey $20,000,000 $20
2 Underworld Awakening $12,500,000 $45.1
3 One For the Money $11,750,000 $11.7
4 Red Tails $10,400,000 $33.7
5 Man on a Ledge $8,250,000 $8.2
6 Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close $7,145,000 $21.1
7 The Descendants $6,550,000 $58.8
8 Contraband $6,532,200 $56.4
9 Beauty & the Beast 3D $5,345,000 $41.1
10 Haywire $4,000,000 $15.2

Lionsgate Vice Chairman Michael Burns Says THE LINCOLN LAWYER Will Get a Sequel in Addition to the TV Series; Provides Updates on Other Projects

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Lionsgate Vice Chairman Michael Burns was on CNBC this morning to talk about what lays ahead for the studio.  In between touching on possible business deal with Summit Entertainment and talking up The Hunger Games, Burns also provided some new updates on some of the studio’s upcoming projects.  Here are the quick and dirty bullet points:

  • It was announced back in August that Lionsgate would develop their hit movie The Lincoln Lawyer into a TV series with ABC.  However, Burns revealed they’ll also be doing a second movie.
  • To the surprise of no one, Saw 3D was not the final entry into the successful horror franchise.  Burns expects there will be a new Saw someday.  Huzzah.
  • Lionsgate is developing a new series with Netflix called Orange Is the New Black.  The show is from Weeds creator Jenji Kohan.

It will be interesting to see how Lionsgate attempts to balance Lincoln Lawyer both as a TV series and a film franchise.  Is Matthew McConaughey enough to draw out an audience that can already get the character at home?  Can the lead in the TV series out-McConaughey McConaughey? (The answer to the second question is “No.”)  Hit the jump to watch the full interview with Burns.


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With Breaking Bad season three hitting DVD and Blu-ray next week and season four starting next month, I was able to get on the phone with Bryan Cranston earlier today to talk about the amazing series. As most of you know, the show’s about a brilliant high school chemistry teacher that finds out he’s dying. To help provide for his family after he’s gone and also to pay for medical treatment, he gets into cooking crystal meth.  The past three seasons has seen Cranston’s character slowly become another person, and it’s been an amazing ride.  Trust me, this is a show you should be watching and Cranston’s work is amazing.  That’s probably why he won a few Emmys for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.

During our conversation, Cranston talked about his take on the first three seasons and what’s coming up on season four.  He also talked about the level of difficulty in starting up again after a year between seasons, his preference between knowing the entire season’s storyline in advance or sticking to one script at a time, and the possibility of Breaking Bad mini episodes (he says no).  Cranston went on to discuss other film projects like The Lincoln Lawyer, director Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive, Rock of Ages, Larry Crowne, and Len Wiseman’s Total Recall.  Hit the jump to either read or listen to the interview.


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Ouch.  Though it seemed likely after Friday’s figures were announced, the fact that Fox’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules so easily topped the flashier Sucker Punch has still got to hurt the folks at Warners this morning.

Title Weekend Total
1 Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2 $24,400,000 $24.4
2 Sucker Punch $19,000,000 $19
3 Limitless $15,225,000 $41.2
4 The Lincoln Lawyer $11,000,000 $28.9
5 Rango $9,800,000 $106.3
6 Battle: Los Angeles $7,600,000 $72.5
7 Paul $7,500,000 $24.6
8 Red Riding Hood $4,340,000 $32.4
9 The Adjustment Bureau $4,240,000 $54.8
10 Mars Needs Moms $2,186,000 $19.1

Adaptations of Michael Connelly’s THE BLACK ICE and THE BLACK ECHO Move Forward

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For many, The Lincoln Lawyer has been a bit of a surprise hit. It received shockingly good reviews and is doing okay at the box office. So it makes sense that we’re seeing movement now on two more Michael Connelly adaptations: The Black Ice and The Black Echo. Deadline is reporting that those two novels, both written by Connelly who also penned the book The Lincoln Lawyer was based on, are being adapted for film by producers Soren Staermose and Ole Sondberg’s Swedish production company Yellow Bird. Yellow Bird is best known for it’s adaptation of the Swedish version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

All this comes off of the heels of Connelly suing Paramount for the rights of both books. Paramount has had the rights to both The Black Ice and The Black Echo since 1992, but has stalled the projects on numerous occasions. Both novels center around Connelly’s main character, LAPD detective Harry Bosch. The character has been at the center of 16 of Connelly’s novels and will hopefully be hitting the screen sometime in the near future.  Hit the jump for synopses of The Black Ice and The Black Echo.

Weekend Box Office – LIMITLESS Takes Number One with $19 Million

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After pulling ahead of the pack on the traffic jam that was this Friday’s box office, Relativity’s Limitless stayed on top with an estimated $19 million from its 2,756 locations.  Fellow newcomers Paul and The Lincoln Lawyer had more modest starts, making this one more in 2011’s long line of down weekends.

Title Weekend Total
1 Limitless $19,000,000 $19
2 Rango $15,300,000 $92.6
3 Battle: Los Angeles $14,600,000 $60.6
4 The Lincoln Lawyer $13,400,000 $13.4
5 Paul $13,200,000 $13.2
6 Red Riding Hood $7,255,000 $25.9
7 The Adjustment Bureau $5,930,000 $48.7
8 Mars Needs Moms $5,310,000 $15.4
9 Beastly $3,260,000 $22.2
10 Hall Pass $3,600,000 $39.6

Friday Box Office – LIMITLESS Number One with $6.5 Million; PAUL in Third for Now with $4.4 Million

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Estimates for Friday’s top five are in, though I’d caution you to not make too much of those positions.  Aside from a clear number one in Relativity’s Limitless, less than one million dollars separates the remaining four films – meaning these numbers are almost meaningless!  Analysis with extra ambiguity when you check back tomorrow!

Title Friday Total
1 Limitless $6,500,000 $6.5
2 Battle: Los Angeles $4,500,000 $50.5
3 Paul $4,400,000 $4.4
4 Rango $4,200,000 $81.4
5 The Lincoln Lawyer $4,000,000 $4

Trace Adkins Interview THE LINCOLN LAWYER

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In The Lincoln Lawyer, adapted from the best-selling novel by Michael Connelly, country music star Trace Adkins plays Eddie Vogel, the leader of a motorcycle gang that keeps crossing paths with charismatic defense lawyer Mick Haller (Matthew McConaughey). When Haller finds himself defending rich playboy Louis Roulet (Ryan Phillippe), it turns into the case of a lifetime and the attorney who usually represents petty criminals finds himself needing Eddie’s intimidation factor.

At the film’s press day, Trace Adkins talked about being able to closely identify with his character, his approach to acting compared to singing in an arena full of people, the challenge of making movies, being the star of his own comic book, which he hopes will be adapted for film someday, and how he’s working on music for a new album that he plans to release in the Fall. Check out what he had to say after the jump:


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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.

Now Showing: March 18, 2011 – PAUL, THE LINCOLN LAWYER, LIMITLESS

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This coming weekend will feature three new releases starring some of Hollywood’s hottest hunks. First up, Bradley Cooper, in Limitless, will portray a man who has reached the apex of the human condition with a little pharmaceutical assistance. Next, Matthew McConaughey plays The Lincoln Lawyer, a defense attorney who lands the case of the lifetime, only to find it might be more than he bargained for. And for the sexiest of the bunch, we have the highly anticipated Paul, the dirty-talking alien (voiced by Seth Rogen) who accompanies Simon Pegg and Nick Frost on a cross-country trip. Two out of three ain’t bad, ladies.

Hit the jump for all our coverage, including trailers and synopses, on these headliners as well as limited releases Cracks, The Music Never Stopped, and Win Win.

Michael Pena Interview THE LINCOLN LAWYER; Updates on TOWER HEIST and 30 MINUTES OR LESS

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Michael Pena Interview THE LINCOLN LAWYER slice

In the mystery thriller The Lincoln Lawyer, actor Michael Peña plays Jesus Martinez, the former client of criminal defense attorney Mick Haller (Matthew McConaughey) that was wrongly convicted of the rape and murder of a woman, four years ago. That crime comes up again, in a current case that Haller is working for rich Beverly Hills playboy Louis Roulet (Ryan Phillippe), whom he is sure is the real person responsible. The slick lawyer who has made a career out of working the justice system to the advantage of his clients becomes determined to correct his mistake and free his innocent former client from jail, while working around the attorney-client privilege for which a violation will cost him his license forever.

At the film’s press day, Michael Peña talked about the appeal of this small but memorable role, the fear of being caught in the wrong place at the wrong time, the challenge of crying on film, and how he enjoys doing both comedy and drama. He also talked about his roles in the upcoming feature films Tower Heist, directed by Brett Ratner, and 30 Minutes or Less, co-starring Jesse Eisenberg and Danny McBride. Check out what he had to say after the jump:

Ryan Phillippe Interview THE LINCOLN LAWYER

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Ryan Phillippe Interview THE LINCOLN LAWYER slice

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:

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