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Ever since its release in 2003, Bad Santa has become a Christmas staple for those seeking something a little bit more vulgar than the likes of Elf or It's A Wonderful Life. In a recent discussion at Loyola Marymount University's School of Film & Television, Billy Bob Thornton confided that there were still plans for a Bad Santa 2, and he has very realistic expectations for it. Thornton on a sequel to Bad Santa: We're just waiting for a script, ya know? »
- Sean Wist
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
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It’s kind of amazing how many classic Hollywood melodrama clichés are crammed into The Judge: father-son angst; small-town life; conundrums of American justice; there’s even baseball and pie. I’d even call it downright awards bait-y, except Robert Downey Jr.’s Oscar clip features too many fucks to work on network television. And yet, The Judge manages to avoid feeling as supremely calculated as it is, perhaps because Downey Jr.’s snark and Robert Duvall’s crusty pragmatism won’t allow it: the nearly trademarked qualities of the actors’ onscreen charisma vaccinate against it. So even as they play »
- MaryAnn Johanson
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The first installment of Fargo features an all-new "true »
Allison Tolman and Colin Hanks discuss their characters Molly Solverson and Gus Grimly, along with life on the set of Fargo in our exclusive featurette for the Blu-ray and DVD, which is currently available.
Based on Joel Coen and Ethan Coen's critically-acclaimed film of the same name, Fargo is based on a new "true crime" story, where Molly and Gus, two cops from different northern Minnesota towns, come together to uncover a murderous mystery, which centers on a dark stranger named Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton).
Watch as Allison Tolman and Colin Hanks break down the relationship that forms between Molly and Gus in our exclusive featurette, before picking up this new Blu-ray and DVD set, which includes three separate commentary tracks, deleted scenes and featurettes entitled This is a True Story, Greetings From Bemidji and Shades of Green.
Now playing in theaters is director David Dobkin’s The Judge. Robert Downey Jr. plays an attorney who returns home for his mother’s funeral only to learn that his estranged father (Robert Duvall), a judge who suffers from Alzheimer’s, has been accused of murder. The film marks a departure for Dobkin, who has previously helmed comedies such as Wedding Crashers, Fred Claus and The Change-Up, and it’s also a big debut of sorts for Downey—The Judge is the first film released under his production banner Team Downey, which he runs with his wife and producing partner Susan Downey. The film also stars also stars Vera Farmiga, Billy Bob Thornton,Vincent D’Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Dax Shepard, Leighton Meester, Ken Howard, David Krumholtz, Balthazar Getty, and Denis O’Hare. For more on The Judge,watch the trailer or these eight clips. At the recent Los Angeles press »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Director: David Dobkin
Running Time: 141 minutes.
Synopsis: A successful lawyer returns to his hometown for his mother’s funeral only to discover that his estranged father, the town’s judge, is suspected of murder. He sets out to discover the truth and along the way reconnects with the family he walked away from years before.
The Judge unites man-of-the-moment Robert Downey Jr. and screen veteran Robert Duvall in a tale of a son and his estranged father who are unexpectedly reunited after twenty years following the death of a loved one. On the eve of said loved one’s funeral, things take a turn for the even worse when Duvall’s character, Joseph Palmer, a seasoned judge of 42 years in small town America, is involved in a hit and run accident leaving its victim dead. Hot shot lawyer/ estranged son, »
- Paul Heath
Box Office Mojo is back – and how tons of information online can vanish when you least expect it By now, everyone who cares about movie box-office information is aware that the website Box Office Mojo, the Web's premier source of box-office news and data, is back online after disappearing for much of Friday and Saturday, October 10-11, 2014. During that period of total silence, Twitter was abuzz with speculations — a technical glitch? A hacker attack? An alien invasion? — lamentations, and eulogies. For a brief while, the ever-reliable (sarcasm) Wikipedia referred to Box Office Mojo in the past tense. How did it all happen? Well, some time on Friday, journalists, bloggers, and box-office aficionados noticed that Box Office Mojo was being redirected to an Internet Movie Database page featuring the latest box-office information — which, on that site, isn't either much "latest" or much information at all. But why would Box Office Mojo be redirected to the IMDb? »
- Andre Soares
Warner Bros.’ comedy-drama Our Brand Is Crisis has added two new stars to its line-up. The remake of the 2005 documentary continues to attract a wealth of talent, and today we’ve got news of its latest additions. Climbing aboard the political expose are Joaquim De Almeida (Fast Five) and Zoe Kazan (What If, Ruby Sparks).
Based on filmmaker Rachel Boynton’s documentary, the film will further explore what sounds to be a fascinating tale of political ideals gone awry. The story will be based around the exploits of two of President Clinton’s former political advisors, James Carville and Stan Greenberg, and their involvement in the re-election of a Bolivian president.
The casting announcements so far have addressed who’ll be playing a great deal of the main characters. Except, that is, for the Bolivian president himself. Thanks to The Wrap, we now know that role will be portrayed by De Almeida, »
- Gem Seddon
The film centres on a group of Us consultants who hire a notorious political advisor to secure the re-election of an unpopular Bolivian president. Peter Straughan of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy fame wrote the screenplay.
Participant Media is a co-financier on the film with Warner Bros, who will distribute.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Filming is underway in New Orleans on David Gordon Green's feature adaptation of the 2005 political campaign doc of the same name. In her first live-action feature film appearance since "Gravity," Sandra Bullock plays retired political consultant "Calamity" Jane Bodine. She's pulled back into the game by a team of Americans tasked with getting an unpopular Bolivian president reelected. The campaign gets chaotic when Billy Bob Thornton shows up as the opposition — and, as we learn, he's also Jane's worst enemy. The film's top drawer cast includes Anthony Mackie (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”), Scoot McNairy (“Gone Girl,” “Argo”), Zoe Kazan (“Ruby Sparks”), Ann Dowd (“Side Effects,” HBO’s “The Leftovers”), Reynaldo Pacheco (“Beginners”), Dominic Flores (“Rampart”), Louis Arcella (NBC’s “The Blacklist”), Octavio Gómez Berríos (“Che: Part One”) and Joaquim de Almeida (“Fast Five”). Green, who has deftly carried projects both indie ("George »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Filming is underway in New Orleans on director David Gordon Green’s adaptation of the 2005 documentary the same name.
Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton star in the story of a group of American consultants accepting the challenge of getting an unpopular Bolivian president re-elected. Bullock plays a maverick political consultant who comes out of retirement to lead the team while Thornton portrays her enemy.
The film also stars Anthony Mackie, Scoot McNairy, Zoe Kazan, Ann Dowd, Reynaldo Pacheco, Dominic Flores, Louis Arcella, Octavio Gomez Berrios and Joaquim de Almeida. Green directs from a screenplay by Peter Straughan (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”).
The film is being produced by Smokehouse Pictures’ principals George Clooney and Grant Heslov with Bullock, Participant Media’s Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King, and Stuart Besser serving as executive producers.
- Dave McNary
Participant Media has come aboard as co-financier on Our Brand Is Crisis, the political comedy-drama now filming in New Orleans under director David Gordon Green. Sandra Bullock stars in the adaptation of Rachel Boynton’s 2005 documentary as “Calamity” Jane Bodine, a retired political consultant brought in to help an unpopular Bolivian president get re-elected. Things get personal when Jane’s nemesis, Pat Candy (Billy Bob Thornton), arrives to lead the opposition’s campaign. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy scribe Peter Straughan penned the screenplay, and Smokehouse Pictures’ George Clooney and Grant Heslov are producing. Participant’s Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King have come on as executive producers alongside Bullock and Stuart Besser. Anthony Mackie, Scoot McNairy, Zoe Kazan, Ann Dowd, Reynaldo Pacheco, Dominic Flores, Louis Arcella, Octavio Gómez Berríos, and Joaquim de Almeida also star. Warner Bros will distribute.
- Jen Yamato
Filming is underway in New Orleans on director David Gordon Green’s (“Pineapple Express,” “George Washington”) feature adaptation of the critically acclaimed 2005 documentary Our Brand Is Crisis, starring Oscar winners Sandra Bullock (“The Blind Side”) and Billy Bob Thornton (“Sling Blade”).
When a group of American consultants accept the challenge of getting an unpopular Bolivian president re-elected, they realize they need help. Tracking down retired maverick political consultant Jane Bodine (Bullock) to her cabin in the woods, they persuade her to lead the team—a decision they quickly come to regret, as “Calamity” Jane begins to live up to her nickname, unleashing her very own brand of chaos on the campaign.
Just as all seems lost, the loathsome Pat Candy (Thornton), Jane’s worst enemy, arrives in town to work for the opposition. Suddenly things become personal and as the battle begins the consultants get to see Jane the legend in action. »
- Michelle McCue
The Judge did not come close to winning its opening weekend. Nor did the critics swoon over the pairing of Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall, playing a hot-shot, big-city attorney and his ornery father, a prominent small-town judge accused of murder. But even if the script is Grisham-light and the prodigal-son bit overly familiar, there's at least one reason to keep it on your must-see list: Duvall. "Now it's about time to recognize Robert Duvall as one of the most resourceful, most technically proficient, most remarkable actors in America today," wrote the New York Times. "When I say 'one of… »
- Jeff Labrecque
Chicago – Here comes “The Judge,” here comes “The Judge.” That 1960s catchphrase gets new meaning in the film featuring Robert Downey Jr. and veteran Robert Duvall, in a angry generational face-off that makes little sense and provides a stiff courtroom drama that felt like bad TV.
This is supposed to be a platform for two great film actors, Downey and Duvall, to troll for Oscar nominations in a familiar Daddy-doesn’t-love-me-because-he’s-an-angry-guy story. There is nothing authentic about the reasons regarding their disdain for each other, except the type of misunderstandings that could have cleared up with one phone call. The centerpiece courtroom sequence, in which Lawyer Downey must defend Judge Duvall, was the height of fall-into-place narrative convenience, and should never have gone to trial – but the prosecutor character played by Billy Bob Thornton (naturally) has it in for the arrogant Downey. It all concludes with a tacked-on hackneyed ending, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Despite losing the Friday race to Universal’s horror actioner “Dracula Untold,” “Gone Girl” is headed for its second consecutive box office win. Fox’s thriller looks to draw blood with $26 million this weekend, while “Dracula” is close behind with a $24 million launch.
Both films topped two big newcomers this Columbus Day weekend: Robert Downey Jr.’s “The Judge,” which is headed for a disappointing fifth place, and Steve Carell’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.”
“Gone Girl,” which stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike as a highly dysfunctional couple, grossed $8.15 million Stateside on Friday. The pic launched to a stunning $37.5 million last weekend — the best opening in director David Fincher’s career.
If estimates hold, it could earn $78 million by weekend’s end, which would mark a mere 29% drop.
- Maane Khatchatourian
• Joaquim de Almeida (Fast Five) has signed on to play the male lead opposite Sandra Bullock in David Gordon Green’s Our Brand Is Crisis. Zoe Kazan (What If) has also signed on for the political dramedy. In addition to Bullock, they’re joining Scoot McNairy, Billy Bob Thornton, Anthony Mackie, and Ann Dowd. The film is based on Rachel Boynton’s 2005 documentary of the same name, which explored American political campaign strategies in Bolivia. Green’s film stars Bullock as “Calamity” Jane Bodine, a retired American political consultant, with de Almeida as Castillo, the former president of Bolivia who is running for office again. »
- C. Molly Smith
The Judge is hitting on October 10th, and the cast alone should get you to theaters. Robert Downey Jr., who brought a certain gravity to the charm of Iron Man, which has helped make those films so successful, returns to a more dramatic role. As Hank Palmer, Downey Jr. finds himself in the middle of several emotional tangles when he has to return to the small town he left for New York City, and is forced to reconnect with his estranged father (Robert Duvall). That would make for a rough enough time out from Hank’s life as a big time attorney, but Hank not only has to interact with his father, he has to defend him in a murder trial.
Oscar-winner Robert Duvall plays a veteran judge with over forty years on the bench, who is obviously a prominent member of the community. A car accident seems not to have been all that accidental, »
- Marc Eastman
Without the performances of Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall, The Judge would probably end up being a film I would have dismissed outright. Director David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers, The Change-Up) is best known for his comedies, but here he's directing a two hour and twenty minute, Indiana-set, father-son melodrama, working with a script from Nick Schenk (Gran Torino) and Bill Dubuque that was in serious need of trimming from the start. Nevermind the fact the film is largely generic, it's just too long, overstuffed, often repeating scenes and unnecessarily wasting time to add another layer, merely for the sake of drama rather than storytelling. To be fair, Dobkin isn't completely out of his element, he just seems somewhat unsure of himself. The Judge is intensely formulaic, hitting beats at just the "right" time, be they comedic or dramatic, you know something meant for a laugh or a tear is »
- Brad Brevet
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Defend your Honor. Now playing in theaters nationwide is David Dobkin's (Shanghai Knights, Wedding Crashers, The Change-Up, Fred Claus) dramatic turn The Judge, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall. Rdj plays a city lawyer named Hank Palmer who returns to his small hometown where his father is suspected of murder. He then gets involved in the case and sets out to discover the truth. The ensemble cast includes Vera Farmiga, Billy Bob Thornton, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Dax Shepard and Leighton Meester. So how is the film? Smart change of pace for Dobkin or not? If you've seen it, leave a comment with your own thoughts on The Judge. Spoiler Warning: We strongly urge everyone to actually see the film before reading ahead, as there may be spoilers below. We also encourage all commenters to keep major spoilers from the film to a minimum, »
- Alex Billington
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