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It’s been far too long since we’ve had a decent heist movie make it’s way towards theaters, and “The Art of the Steal” is just what we were asking for. It’s a clever, funny and exciting film, and leading the charge alongside director Jonathan Sobol is actor Kurt Russell. Audiences haven’t seen Kurt Russell in too many movies as of late, and why should he? The veteran actor has reached that point in his career where he can pick and choose as many, or as little, film roles as he wants. When the script for “The Art of the Steal” came across his table, he couldn’t resist but to join [ Read More ]
- Melissa Molina
ComingSoon.net has your first look at a clip from Jonathan Sobol's The Art of the Steal , which hits theaters today and stars Kurt Russell, Matt Dillon, Jay Baruchel, Terence Stamp, Katheryn Winnick, Chris Diamantopoulos, Kenneth Welsh and Jason Jones. In the R-rated film, Crunch Calhoun (Kurt Russell), a third rate motorcycle daredevil and semi-reformed art thief, agrees to get back into the con game and pull off one final lucrative art theft with his untrustworthy brother, Nicky (Matt Dillon). Reassembling the old team, Crunch comes up with a plan to steal a priceless historical book, but the successful heist leads to another far riskier plan devised by Nicky. They fail to realize each other's separate agendas when their plan goes awry in this con movie about honor, revenge »
"The Art of the Steal” isn’t just the name of Jonathan Sobol’s sophomore effort; it’s virtually a genre unto itself, thanks to countless movies about low-level con artists, their team of accomplices and the victims/ adversaries they’re trying to outwit. But even if the film doesn’t raze genre conventions or reinvent the notion of grifting as audiences know it, Sobol creates an ensemble as scruffy and indefatigably appealing as its star, Kurt Russell, as he shuffles dexterously through a heist scenario just implausible and charming enough to be convincing. Russell plays Crunch Calhoun, a stuntman and motorcycle daredevil who gets paid more to fall off of bikes than he does to land them safely. Supported by his girlfriend Lola (Katheryn Winnick) and would-be “apprentice” Francie (Jay Baruchel), Crunch descends into nostalgia, waxing rhapsodic about a job to be remembered for. But after his errant brother »
- Todd Gilchrist
R, 1 Hr., 30 Mins.
Fans of the surreal brainteasers of mid-period Cronenberg and Lynch will dig Denis Villeneuve’s puzzle-box thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a professor who discovers his doppelgänger and falls down a psychological rabbit hole. The film is long on mood and mystery. It also just feels long. Still, its Wtf ending is so insane you’ll forgive almost anything. B —Chris Nashawaty
R, 1 Hr., 30 Mins.
You could say that Kurt Russell, as the ringleader of a robbery of priceless religious texts, is jaunty and appealing. You could »
- EW staff
From writer/director Jonathan Sobol, The Art of the Steal tells the story of Crunch Calhoun (Kurt Russell) a motorcycle daredevil and art thief who agrees to pull off one final lucrative art theft with his untrustworthy brother, Nicky (Matt Dillon), which will, of course, lead to nothing but trouble for everyone involved. The film also stars Jay Baruchel, Katheryn Winnick, Chris Diamantopoulos and Terence Stamp. At the film’s press day, actor Kurt Russell spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about what made him what to be a part of this film, what this group of actors was like to work with, how much fun he had bringing this guy to life, and that he’s happy with how the film ultimately turned out. He also talked about the passion he has for making wine, how he’s got both a heavy film called Clang and a Western »
- Christina Radish
The Overlooked Hotel, having found a spare room for Stephen Tobolowsky, now welcomes another deserving guest, the late, great Jt Walsh. You know, that really talented guy from that thing you really like.
Jt Walsh, in many ways the definitive supporting character actor, passed away suddenly in 1998. He succumbed to a heart attack at the relatively tender age of 54, but left behind a quite astonishingly varied and accomplished body of work, despite never being nominated for anything other than a Primetime Emmy and a couple of SAG cast awards. If nothing else, this amply demonstrates that far too often, real talent goes unrewarded and although (of course) not every0ne can be lavished with awards and in any given year the same performance is likely to hoover up every award going, the fact that Walsh never received an Oscar, Golden Globe or SAG award (or even a solo nomination) is a glaring omission. »
- Dave Roper
A wise man -- or, more precisely, a wiseass trucker named Jack Burton -- once opined that "it’s all in the reflexes." Few actors have had better ones than Kurt Russell, who makes a welcome return to theaters this weekend in The Art of the Steal. Having been largely Mia since starring in Quentin Tarantino’s 2007 Death Proof, Russell remerges at an opportune time, since there’s still no heir to his wisecracking, heart-throbbing, smirk-smirking throne. Russell is perhaps the most undervalued leading man of his generation, so seemingly effortless at action, comedy, and drama that it’s been easy to take for granted the wide range of roles he’s aced, and the dist »
The characters engage in digressive, sub-reference–heavy conversations. Sobol compresses and cuts scenes to trailer-like tempo, freezing frames and captioning characters' names, jobs, and sobriquets in stylish typefaces like the footnoted citations in a scientific journal or the marginalia from an ancient manuscript like the one that motivates the plot.
Crunch Calhoun (Kurt Russell) is a washed-up art-heist wheelman who makes half a living as a bargain-basement Evel Knievel, jumping his motorcycle through flaming hoops at auto derbies. When his half-brother, Nicky (Matt Dillon), prop »
In The Art Of The Steal, Kurt Russell leads an impressive cast including Jay Baruchel, Matt Dillion and Terence Stamp. Writer/director Jonathan Sobol’s feature film takes a playful look at crime and deception between brothers. Both Russell and Dillion do an impeccable job as rival siblings in a cutthroat world. The lighthearted caper is definitely worth checking out as the ever so charismatic Russell once again gives a terrific performance. When I sat down with both Jonathan »
A few days ago we had a chance to speak to Kurt Russell and writer/director Jonathan Sobol about the upcoming heist comedy film “The Art of the Steal,” which Russell plays Crunch Calhoun, an aging “wheelman” who returns to his former life of thievery after his career as a two-bit motorcycle daredevil fizzles out.
Crunch Calhoun (Kurt Russell), a third rate motorcycle daredevil and semi-reformed art thief, agrees to get back into the con game and pull off one final lucrative art theft with his untrustworthy brother, Nicky (Matt Dillon). Reassembling the old team, Crunch comes up with a plan to steal a priceless historical book, but the successful heist leads to another far riskier plan devised by Nicky. They fail to realize each other’s separate agendas when their plan goes awry in this con movie about honor, revenge and the bonds of brotherhood.
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- Fernando Esquivel
No Hero is described as a "funny, dark, rip-roaring adventure with a lot of heart," and this exclusive excerpt provided by Titan Books definitely confirms the "dark" part! Check it out to add a bit of chill to your Monday morning.
Jonathan Wood's No Hero arrives tomorrow, March 11th, in paperback and on Kindle.
Click Here to download a Pdf of our exclusive excerpt, in which Detective Wallace learns about a very special book.
"What would Kurt Russell do?"
Oxford police detective Arthur Wallace asks himself that question a lot. Because Arthur is no hero. He's a good cop but prefers that action and heroics remain on the screen, safely performed by professionals. But then secretive government agency MI37 comes calling, hoping to recruit Arthur in their struggle against the tentacled horrors from another dimension known as the Progeny.
But Arthur is No Hero! Can an everyman stand against sanity-ripping cosmic horrors? »
- Debi Moore
Art Bitch: Sobol Turns to the Dependable Heist Drama with Mixed Results
Flying in on the feathery laurels of Kurt Russell (once again donning a skilled leadfoot persona, albeit one who is much less sinister than his Stuntman Mike), director Jonathan Sobol turns to the sinewy double crossings of the old fashioned heist for his sophomore effort, The Art of the Steal. While it’s a stretch to say that Sobol, who also penned the screenplay, brings anything fresh to the table, he fills his 90 minutes with enough pep to keep us interested, which is nothing to balk at considering his plot twists aren’t divided by explosive action sequences. Several cast members lends the material a superficial draw, though the film doesn’t tend to champion or showcase any of them (and as for an engaging female presence, forget it—ladies are on short order here, with a lone »
- Nicholas Bell
Danny Trejo, who is one of those actors who seems to exude an air of badassery, hits our screens again today with Bullet, a tale of a tough-as-nails cop hunting down the villains who kidnapped his grandson.
In everything from Desperado, through Con Air and Machete, Trejo’s characters seem to very much be those one would be ill-advised to mess with and Bullet’s tagline “this time they messed with the wrong guy” promises more of the same. Which segues quite nicely into this Top Ten of cinemas Badasses – those characters you just need to steer clear of, lest they decide to turn on you.
Most are notional protagonists, with a smattering of anti-heroes and the odd “bad guy” to round off the set – but none are to be trifled with. Here we go…………. (Spoilers Abound)
10. Snake Plissken – Escape from New York
An eye patch, a surly attitude and a general disregard for authority. »
- Dave Roper
As The Art of the Steal star Kurt Russell and writer/director Jonathan Sobol tell ComingSoon.net in the below video interview, putting together a feature film isn't all that dissimilar from a pulling off a successful heist: it's all about the bringing together the perfect team. Their film boasts a ensemble cast that includes, in addition to Russell, Jay Baruchel, Matt Dillon, Terence Stamp and many more. Russell plays Crunch Calhoun, a down-on-his-luck motorcycle daredevil whose former calling as a professional art thief pulls him back into the game for one last big score. To pull it off, however, he's forced to team with his less-than-trustworthy brother, Nicky (Dillon). You can check out our conversation with Russell and Sobol in the player below and catch The Art of the »
This week we sit down with a veteran of one of the baddest and most beloved sci-fi films in history who’s enjoyed a 50-year career in showbiz, and a 13-year-old star from the most popular sci-fi franchise of the moment whose career is just kicking into high gear. Kurt Russell: A Snake Plissken Reboot Is a Bad Idea – Unless… Kurt Russell has that rare distinction of being both a big-name movie star and a sci-fi fantasy cult icon due to his enduringly potent '80s-era collaborations with director John Carpenter (Escape from New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Thing). Now in the twisty, turning caper film The Art of the Steal, opening in limited release March 14, Russell gives a charmingly down-and-out performance as part of heist crew that includes the...
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It's hard to top date night at the Academy Awards! Hollywood's hottest couples--including Brad Pitt and AngelinaJolie, aka Brangelina--came out to the 2014 Oscars on Sunday. Other sexy twosomes, like Matthew McConaughey and wife Camila Alves (his mom Mary Kathlene McCabe tagged along, too, which was very sweet) were also in tow, as were the perfect pairs like Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. Chris Hemsworth and his pregnant wife Elsa Pataky sizzled on the red carpet, as did parents-to-be Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis. And while Ben Affleck skipped Sunday's ceremony itself, he joined better half Jennifer Garner at Vanity Fair's annual Oscar »
Fast & Furious 7 shut down production in November after the tragic death of Paul Walker, one of the franchises mainstays. The cast and crew are now gearing up to return to work either on or very near to 1st April. The film itself is now due for a 15th April 2015 release, giving plenty of time for post-production, which sounds necessary in order to retain and successfully edit the footage completed by Walker. FIlimng is set totake place over a course of 6-8 weeks in Atlanta, where filming left-off in November.
It is believed that Walker’s character will be retired rather than killed off, and the script has been tweaked to accommodate existing footage. It has also been rumoured, though not confirmed, that Paul Walker’s brother Cody, who has worked as a stunt performer, will help in finishing off some shots for the film.
Hopefully the death of one of »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
After a long delay following the death of star Paul Walker last year, "Fast and Furious 7" will resume production this spring, in anticipation of a 2015 release. Universal and director James Wan will carry on with the film's postponed Atlanta shoot starting around April 1. The shoot will likely last between six and eight weeks, according to The Hollywood Reporter,. The film was about halfway finished last November when Walker was tragically killed in a car crash. After placing the film on hiatus and delaying the release date, Universal, Wan, and writer Chris Morgan allegedly came up with a way to respectfully "retire" Walker's Brian O'Conner character using existing footage and script revisions. "Fast 7" also stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jason Statham, Lucas Black, Tony Jaa, Ludacris, Jordana Brewster, and Kurt Russell. "Fast and Furious 7" will be released April 10, 2015. »
- HitFix Staff
After the tragic death of actor Paul Walker in November, Universal Pictures was forced to indefinitely shut down production on Fast & Furious 7, to determine how to proceed with the franchise in the wake of this loss. Today we have word that production is slated to begin on or near April 1, giving director James Wan just over one year to complete the sequel, which is now set for release on April 10, 2015.
The shoot is scheduled to last between six and eight weeks in Atlanta, where production had been taking place prior to Paul Walker's passing. The sequel was just over halfway completed when the actor was killed in a fiery car crash over Thanksgiving weekend. Screenwriter Chris Morgan and director James Wan delved through the footage that was already shot and tweaked the script, with the studio making the decision in January to "retire" Paul Walker's character Brian O'Connor, »
After putting the production on hold last November following the death of Paul Walker, filming on Fast & Furious 7 will resume in April. According to THR, production of the movie will resume "on or near April 1," which is a little over a year until the movie's release date. Sources say there are about six to eight weeks left to film, and the production will move back to Atlanta, which is where filming was originally set to resume after Thanksgiving. As we previously reported, Walker's character, Brian O'Conner, won't be killed off, but retired "“in a way that the studio hopes will satisfy fans of the franchise and make use of the exciting footage of Walker." Fast & Furious 7 will open on April 10, 2015 and stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Ronda Rousey, Tony Jaa, Tyrese Gibson, Kurt Russell, Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, Nathalie Emmanuel, Djimon Hounsou, Lucas Black, and John Brotherton. »
- Matt Goldberg
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