TRUST ME Review

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If a child actor becomes a star, they usually go one of two ways: either they become super-successful or utter trainwrecks.  We’re more familiar with the latter than the former.  Hollywood is a brutal machine to everyone, and throwing in a child almost seems cruel since growing up is hard enough without your self-esteem being tied to fame and fortune.  Clark Gregg‘s Trust Me dips into this cruel, unforgiving world of child acting, and while he has no problem displaying its soul-twisting innards, his greatest sympathy seems to be more for an exploiter than the exploited.

First Trailer for Clark Gregg’s TRUST ME Starring Sam Rockwell, Amanda Peet, and Allison Janney

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Continuing on with today’s unofficial “Trailer Thursday” theme, the first Trust Me trailer for Clark Gregg’s latest directorial effort has now landed online.  Gregg wrote, directed, and stars in the pic as a down-on-his-luck agent for child actors who discovers a 13-year-old acting prodigy (Saxon Sharbino) and must subsequently deal with her overprotective father (Paul Sparks), an untrustworthy producer (Felicity Huffman), and his nemesis (Sam Rockwell) in order to get himself back on top.  It’s been six years since Gregg’s solid directorial debut Choke, and he appears to be delving into a bit lighter territory with this feature.  The trailer highlights a swell mix of comedy and drama and showcases the stacked ensemble cast, and Gregg is charming as ever in the lead role.  The world of child actor agents is ripe with material, and I’m looking forward to seeing what Gregg has put together with the full feature.

Hit the jump to watch the Trust Me trailer.  The film also stars Amanda Peet, Allison Janney, William H. Macy, Molly Shannon, and Niecy NashTrust Me will be available VOD on May 6th and opens in theaters on June 6th.

FARGO Blu-ray Review

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With the premiere of the intriguing new Fargo limited series, it was inevitable that we’d receive a new Blu-ray version of the modern classic that inspired it. Joel & Ethan Coen‘s Fargo remains one of the high points of their storied career, and while its arrival on Blu-ray has clearly mercenary motivations, it’s no less welcome because of it. Hit the jump for my Fargo Blu-ray review.

Forest Whitaker to Spar with Jake Gyllenhaal in SOUTHPAW; Anna Kendrick, Sam Worthington and More Join CAKE

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We’ve got a couple of casting announcements to attend to this evening.  First up, The Wrap reports that Forest Whitaker is in talks to star opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in director Antoine Fuqua’s (Training Day) boxing drama Southpaw.  The story revolves around a left-handed boxer who wins a title but suffers various tragedies in his personal life, all while trying to win back the love of his daughter.  Gyllenhaal plays the titular fighter, while Whitaker will fill the other lead as a former fighter who now works as a trainer.  The script was penned by Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter and at one point had Eminem attached to star.  Production begins this summer.

Hit the jump for casting news concerning the Jennifer Aniston indie Cake.

Izzard, Winger, and More Join BOYCHOIR; Snow and Macy to Lead DIAL-A-PRAYER; Tahar Rahim Set for LE PÈRE NOËL

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Here are some casting stories for you this morning:

  • Debra Winger, Josh Lucas, Eddie Izzard, and Kevin McHale (Glee) are joining Dustin Hoffman in Boychoir.
  • Brittany Snow and William H. Macy are in talks to lead the indie drama Dial-a-Prayer.
  • Tahar Rahim (A Prophet) will play a criminal Santa in Alexandre Coffre‘s Le Père Noël.

Hit the jump for more on each project.

Trailer for Best Animated Feature Oscar Nominee ERNEST & CELESTINE

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Fresh off the film’s Best Animated Feature Oscar nomination, GKids has released a U.S. trailer for the French animated film Ernest & Celestine.  Directed by Benjamin Renner, Vincent Patar, and Stéphane Aubier, the story revolves around a young artistic mouse named Celestine (voiced by Mackenzie Foy) who strikes up a friendly relationship with a bear named Ernest (voiced by Forest Whitaker), despite the fact that her fellow mice live in fear of being eaten by bears.  This trailer highlights the delightfully charming relationship between the titular duo and the adventurous spirit of the pic as a whole, which finds Ernest and Celestine on the run and getting into various hijinks.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The U.S. release also features the voices of Lauren Bacall, Paul Giamatti, William H. Macy, Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman, and Jeffrey WrightErnest & Celestine opens stateside in limited release on February 28th.

English-Language Voice Cast for Hayao Miyazaki’s THE WIND RISES Includes Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt, and Mandy Patinkin

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Walt Disney Studios will be distributing director Hayao Miyazaki’s final film The Wind Rises to domestic audiences early next year, and today the studio has unveiled the voice talent that will be dubbing the English-language version of the Studio Ghibli film.  Joseph Gordon-Levitt will lend his voice to the lead role of Jiro Horikoshi, while the rest of the cast will be filled out by John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Martin Short, Stanley Tucci, Mandy Patinkin, Werner Herzog, William H. Macy, Mae Whitman, Jennifer Grey, Darren Criss, Ronan Farrow, and Elijah Wood.  The film tells the story of the man who designed the Zero Fighter used by Japanese pilots in World War II, and examines the Japan’s turbulent first half of the 20th century as the country struggled through an earthquake and economic fallout.

Hit the jump to read the full cast list, which denotes the characters that the actors will be voicing. Click here to read Matt’s review of the film.  The Wind Rises will open in select North American theaters on February 21, 2014 before expanding wide on February 28, 2014.

Dustin Hoffman and Steve Buscemi Take on THE COBBLER; Lake Bell to Star Opposite Simon Pegg in MAN UP; William H. Macy Takes to STEALING CARS

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Here’s today’s latest casting news:

  • Dustin Hoffman and Steve Buscemi will join Tom McCarthy’s comedy, The Cobbler, starring Adam Sandler, Dan Stevens and Method Man.
  • Lake Bell is set to star opposite Simon Pegg in director Ben Palmer’s romantic comedy, Man Up.
  • William H. Macy, Felicity Huffman and John Leguizamo are among those who join the ensemble cast of Bradley Kaplan’s drama Stealing Cars.

Hit the jump for more on each project. 

Brendan Gleeson Joins Ron Howard’s IN THE HEART OF THE SEA; William H. Macy and Virginia Madsen Board WALTER

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A couple more actors have joined the ranks of director Ron Howard’s upcoming ocean-set drama In the Heart of the Sea.  The film tells the story of the real life sea disaster of the whaleship Essex, a harrowing ordeal that inspired Herman Melvile’s Moby Dick.  In 1819, the ship was rammed by an angry sperm whale in the South Pacific.  The surviving crew drifted for 90 days in three tiny whaleboats and encountered disease, hunger, and eventually cannibalism.  Variety reports that Brendan Gleeson has joined the cast and is set to play an older version of one of the surviving crewmembers who is interviewed years later by Melville.  Additionally, Sam Keeley (Godzilla) is set to play one of the crew members aboard the ship.

Gleeson and Keeley join an impressive ensemble that includes Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy, and Tom Holland.  Production begins this September.  Hit the jump for casting news concerning the indie Walter.

David M. Rosenthal’s A SINGLE SHOT, Starring Sam Rockwell, Jason Isaacs and William H. Macy, Will Premiere at Berlinale Festival

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Director David M. Rosenthal’s new crime thriller adaptation A Single Shot is set to premiere at the Berlinale Festival in Germany later this month.  The film, written by author Matthew Jones in an adaptation of his 2011 novel, stars Sam Rockwell (Moon) as a deer hunter whose one mistake spirals out of control and lands him in a dangerous game of cat and mouse with a pack of backwoods criminals.  Hit the jump to read the full synopsis.

William H. Macy Talks THE SESSIONS, What Fans Can Expect from Season 3 of SHAMELESS, and More

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The Sessions tells the remarkable, funny, heartfelt and optimistic story of California-based journalist and poet Mark O’Brien (John Hawkes, in an award-worthy performance), a man who lived most of his life in an iron lung after having survived a bout of childhood polio.  At age 38, Mark becomes determined to lose his virginity and sets out to make his dream a reality by hiring a sex surrogate (Helen Hunt), who becomes as deeply moved by the experience as he is.  From writer/director Ben Lewin, the film also stars William H. Macy, Moon Bloodgood, Rhea Perlman, W. Earl Brown, Robin Weigert and Adam Arkin.

At the film’s press day, actor William H. Macy, who plays Mark O’Brien’s priest, spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about what attracted him to the role, what surprised him about the film, why he likes to read a script fast and go with his first instinct, how he most identified with Father Brendan, and what it was like to watch John Hawkes give this performance.  He also talked about what fans can expect from Season 3 of his popular Showtime drama series Shameless, returning on January 13, 2013, and why he loves playing Frank Gallagher.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

THE SESSIONS Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.  The Sessions opens tomorrow in limited release.]

In the movies, pretty adults are supposed to have sex. The male lead and the female lead need to be our idealized selves in an ideal relationship and they need to have attractive people sex. But in the real world, people find a way to fall in love and get it on even if they don’t have chiseled abs or amazing breasts. And then there are those people where, due to their physique, we wonder if sex is even an option and we’re sure that thought has crossed their minds as well. And no matter our physique, we’ve all probably wondered if we’ll ever find love. Those thoughts—of finding love and sex—crossed the mind of writer and poet Mark O’Brien. At the age of six, O’Brien’s body was ravaged by polio and he was placed in an iron lung, which he could only leave for a few hours at a time. As John entered his 40s, he still hadn’t had sex or found love, and in Ben Lewin‘s The Sessions—a movie based on O’Brien’s real experiences—he searches for both. The Sessions comes right up to the line of being painfully sentimental and mawkish, but strong direction and amazing lead performances make the film inspirational, funny, and genuinely heartwarming.

6 Clips from THE SESSIONS Starring John Hawkes and Helen Hunt

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Four clips from the upcoming drama The Sessions have been released.  The movie stars John Hawkes as writer and poet Mark O’Brien, whose body was ravaged by polio when he was a child and stuck him in an iron lung for the rest of his life.  However, he still wanted to have sex and intimacy, and so he found a sexual surrogate (Helen Hunt) to help him learn the intricacies of intercourse.  The pic made waves earlier this year when it debuted to a rapturously positive response at the Sundance Film Festival (read Matt’s review right here), with many singling out the fantastic performances from Hawkes and Hunt.

Hit the jump to watch the clips.  The film also stars William H. Macy and Moon BloodgoodThe Sessions opens in limited release on October 19th.

Sam Rockwell, Allison Janney, William H. Macy, Amanda Peet and More Join Clark Gregg’s TRUST ME

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Though Clark Gregg is well-known for his work as the beloved Agent Coulson in the Marvel films, the affable actor is also a director.  He helmed the 2008 adaptation of the Chuck Palahniuk novel Choke, and now he’s gearing up for his second directorial feature Trust Me.  The dark comedy centers on “a loser agent for a young actor – and washed-up child star himself – who stumbles upon a brilliant 13-year-old prodigy (played by newcomer Saxon Sharbino) and then tries to close the mega-deal that will make her a star while managing her drunk volatile father.”

Now Deadline reports that Gregg—who also wrote Trust Me—has rustled up quite the cast for the film, as his Choke star Sam Rockwell and West Wing cohort Allison Janney have joined the ensemble cast that also includes William H. Macy, Amanda Peet, Felicity Huffman, Molly Shannon, Paul Sparks (Boardwalk Empire), and Niecy Nash (Reno 911).  Production is set to begin soon, and with Gregg onboard as the creative force driving this swell cast, Trust Me is definitely one to keep an eye on.

A New Poster for MACHETE KILLS Featuring Martial Artist Marko Zaror, International WRECK-IT RALPH Posters and an Official THE SESSIONS Poster

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Here’s a new batch of posters to complement the ones we posted earlier today:

  • A look at a Chilean martial artist, Marko Zaror, trading in his fists for a shotgun in Robert Rodriguez’s Machete Kills.  The sequel, starring Danny Trejo in the title role, drops sometime next year.
  • Two new Spanish posters from Rich Moore’s animated feature, Wreck-It Ralph.  Featuring the voices of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer and Jane Lynch, Wreck-It Ralph comes out on November 2nd of this year.
  • An official poster for The Sessions from writer/director Ben Lewin.  The Sundance 2012 Audience Award Winner stars John Hawkes, Helen Hunt and William H. Macy.  Look for it in theaters starting October 26th.

Hit the jump for the new posters and synopses.

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