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What says the holidays more than apocalypses and killing conspiracies?
First up, there's Shane Acker's 9 -- the feature adaptation of his short film -- which you can check out over at Apple.com. The film, which got cooking back in March of 2007, explores a post-apocalyptic world similar to our own where rag dolls fight to survive. Elijah Wood voices the lead rag, 9, while other voices include the likes of Crispin Glover, Jennifer Connelly, John C. Reilly, Martin Landau, and Christopher Plummer.
The film looks stunning, but I can't help wishing that these players were all face-to-face and live action. You don't get a mix like this every day. Glover with Plummer? Can you imagine the possibilities?! Nevertheless, I'll take what I can get. The film opens, appropriately, on 9/9/09.
- Monika Bartyzel
You can tell you're in thriller territory when a crack of thunder, followed by the heavy breathing of a frightened woman, are the sounds that open a trailer. And such is the case with the new State of Play trailer, which takes the much loved BBC mini-series and adds a healthy dollop of action for the big screen.The film stars Russell Crowe, a reporter who investigates the death of a young woman tied to an old friend, and current politician, played by Ben Affleck. The girl's death seems to point to a bigger conspiracy, but as Crowe's investigation goes further, real danger threatens him and his team.With Helen Mirren, Rachel McAdams, Jason Bateman, Robin Wright-Penn, Jeff Daniels and the recently Golden Globe-nominated Viola Davis also onboard, Kevin Macdonald directing and a script adapted from Paul Abbot's original by Tony "Michael Clayton" Gilroy, Billy "Shattered Glass" Ray and Matthew Michael " The Kingdom" Carnahan »
The State Of Play trailer has been in theaters for a while now so I'm surprised it's taken this long to turn up online but it's finally here for your viewing pleasure. The film stars Russell Crowe and Ben Affleck (an odd pairing if I've ever seen one) in a story about a politician and a DC reporter caught up in a web of intrigue or some such shenanigans. Speaking of intrigue, this trailer doesn't do much to intrigue me but consider the movie also stars Jason Bateman and Robin Wright Penn so »
- Mike Sampson
Brad Pitt and Edward Norton dropped out and Ben Affleck and Russell Crowe stepped into Kevin Macdonald's State of Play a political thriller based on the BBC miniseries of the same name written by Matthew Michael Carnahan (The Kingdom and Lions for Lambs). Universal has just debuted the first trailer for the film which centers on a congressman (Affleck) whose speedy political rise is threatened by an investigation into the murder of his mistress. Crowe, teamed with Rachel McAdams, plays a journalist whose investigation into the murder opens up a collusion among some of the nation's most promising political and corporate figures. The trailer looks a bit generic if you ask me and does nothing more than let us know there are a lot of big names involved considering on top of Crowe, Affleck and McAdams you also have Helen Mirren, Harry Lennix and Jeff Daniels. I also know »
- Brad Brevet
Universal Pictures has released the trailer for State of Play, the new dramatic crime thriller starring Ben Affleck and Russell Crowe. Based on the BBC mini-series of the same title, the film tells the story of ” a team of investigative reporters work alongside a police detective to try to solve the murder of a congressman’s mistress.” Ben Affleck, who replaced Edward Norton in the final hour leading up to the production, plays the fast-rising politician who is caught up in a murder conspiracy. Crowe of course plays a journalist who is investigating the killing. Brad Pitt was attached to play the reporter role but also dropped out at the last minute. Helen Mirren, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright Penn and Jason Bateman co-star.
- Peter Sciretta
Universal has debuted the trailer for State of Play, a crime thriller about an investigation surrounding the murder of a congressman's mistress. This trailer has been playing in front of Frost/Nixon, so some might have already seen it already. If you weren't too fond of Russell Crowe's last few movies (American Gangster, Body of Lies), then State of Play may be for you. Crowe is joined by one hell of a supporting cast, including Ben Affleck, Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright Penn, Helen Mirren, and even Jeff Daniels. I really think this looks fantastic - a smart intellectual thriller lead by a very strong cast. Watch the first trailer for State of Play: [flv:http://media2.firstshowing.net/firstshowing/state-of-play-trailer.flv http://media2.firstshowing.net/firstshowing/state-of-play-trailer.jpg 598 254] You can also watch the State of Play trailer in High Definition on Yahoo State of Play is directed by Kevin Macdonald, of the Oscar winning documentary One Day in September as well »
- Alex Billington
After months and months of speculation about an Arrested Development movie, it was announced a few weeks ago that it will actually happen. Movies based on TV shows have become commonplace but it's extremely rare for a show's original cast to make the transition. With that in mind, is it realistic to expect that movie plans won't get derailed and that the Bluths will really return?
Arrested Development ran from November 2, 2003 to February 10, 2006 on the Fox network. The offbeat sitcom follows the dysfunctional Bluth family and features the talents of Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Alia Shawkat, Tony Hale, David Cross, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter, Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, John F. Beard, and Mae Whitman. Despite critical acclaim, the series never caught on with a big audience. Still, the show has been a big seller on DVD.
Now that the Arrested movie's been given a greenlight, »
In September we told you about a comedy called Couples Retreat with a script by Jon Favreau that is being directed by Peter Billingsley. The concept - four couples go to an island resort on Bora Bora; one is there to work on their rocky relationship, there others are there to play, but they all soon discover participation in the resort's couples therapy program is not optional. Obviously all hell breaks loose soon thereafter. USA Today has our first look at the complete cast, including all four of the beautiful couples. I'm also going to say how perfect this all is that we get this photo today because I can remind everyone to watch A Christmas Story this week, which stars Couples Retreat director Peter Billingsley as Ralphie. Below are the four couples: Kristen Bell and Jason Bateman, Jon Favreau and Kristin Davis, Vince Vaughn and Malin Akerman, and Faizon Love »
- Alex Billington
USA Today has a first look at the cast of Peter Billingsley’s directorial debut, Couples Retreat. Based on an idea by Vince Vaughn, and scripted by Jon Favreau, the PG-13 (ick!) comedy stars Favs, Vaughn, Jason Bateman, Faizon Love, Kristen Bell, Kristin Davis, Kali Hawk, and Malin Akerman. Jean Reno and John Michael Higgins co-star as the resort’s mastermind and the therapist.
The movie will tell the story a married couple, played by Bell and Bateman, who drag their three married friends to a couples herapy vacation in order to save on costs. The other couples quickly learn that participation in the resort’s couples therapy is not optional, and they become “forced to scrutinize the states of their own marriages.” Vaughn gives us a character rundown:
“Jason and Kristen are Type A’s struggling to have kids. Faizon and his wife have just separated, and he is »
- Peter Sciretta
The first image from the comedy Couples Retreat has popped up over at USA Today, and it shows our four happy couples posing for the camera, all excited to be working on their relationships. Peter Billingsley (aka Ralphie from A Christmas Story) makes his directorial debut here (off a script written by Jon Favreau) after working as producer on several projects -- and the film stars his friends Vince Vaughn and Favreau (who've teamed up on screen plenty of times now), as well as Jason Bateman, Kristen Bell, Malin Akerman, Kristin Davis, Faizon Love and Kali Hawk.
The film tells of one couple (Bateman and Bell) in need of relationship therapy who, in order to save costs, invite three other couples to join them at a couples retreat. Vaughn says this of the plot: "Jason and Kristen are Type A's struggling to have kids. Faizon and his wife (Kali Hawk) have just separated, »
- Erik Davis
Just because Jon Favreau is a big A-list director now that doesn't mean he's turning his back on what made him famous. Like Swingers many years ago, Favreau and Vince Vaughn are set to star in an upcoming comedy that Favreau wrote himself. Called Couples Retreat the film co-stars Jason Bateman, Faison Love, Kristen Bell, Malin Akerman and others in a story about a group of four couples who head off to a tropical vacation only to get sucked into couples therapy. USA Today premiered a first »
- Mike Sampson
Universal and Stuber Prods. are hoping to capitalize on the latest toy craze among boys, entering into a deal with toy company Spin Master to bring "Bakugan Battle Brawlers" to the big screen.
"Bakugan" is a Japanese anime show airing on the Cartoon Network as well as a strategic game that uses metal cards and magnetic, spring-loaded miniature figures that transform from marblelike balls into toy monsters.
The show's story line revolves around creatures called Bakugan and the young human battle brawlers who wield them. The creatures have such names as Pyrus Drago, Haos Tigrerra, Ventus Skyress, Subterra Gorem and Darkus Hydranoid that inform their character and power; they are involved in a battle in a parallel dimension called Vestroia that spills into ours.
"Bakugan" airs six days a week on Cartoon as one of its top shows.
No writers are on board, but the studio jumped at the chance »
- By Borys Kit
If you've got anything planned for November 20, 2009, cancel it -- that's the day Summit Entertainment plans to release Twilight sequel New Moon. Which means there are only 344 days left to obsess over whether or not the script is ready, who will direct, and will they keep or replace actor Taylor Lautner, who plays Jacob, a werewolf-friend of Bella Swan's who gets elevated from minor character to potential love interest in the sequel. According to Entertainment Weekly, Summit's producers are reportedly having second thoughts about the baby-faced actor -- it sounds like they think someone a little brawnier and less cherubic is needed to play a character capable of winning the heart of the bad-boy-loving Bella. Before Summit makes a final decision on this, however, perhaps they should consider the back-catalog of Michael J. Fox and Jason Bateman. If there's one thing we learned from Teen Wolf ($33 million gross) and Teen Wolf Too »
- reelz reelz
Jeremy Licht, former child star of the '80s sitcom The Hogan Family, and his wife Kimberly Wallis Licht are expecting their first child, a girl, in early February, he tells People exclusively. "I'm excited about becoming a Dad. I always knew I wanted a child. It just never quite worked out until now,” says Licht, 37, who starred as Jason Bateman's brainy brother on the series. "We feel very lucky to be at this place in our lives – to have finally found each other and gotten it right," adds Wallis Licht, 38, who is also an actress that has appeared »
- Jenny Hontz
"Ballast," "Frozen River" and "Rachel Getting Married" led the nominees for Film Independent's 24th Annual Spirit Awards, with a three-way tie of six nominations each. All three are in the running for best feature, best director, best first screenplay and best female lead for actresses Tarra Riggs, Melissa Leo and Anne Hathaway.
The Robert Altman Award, which is presented to a film's director, casting director and ensemble cast, will go to "Synecdoche, New York. »
Jason Bateman has revealed that he does not know if the Arrested Development movie has been written. The film, based on the axed Us sitcom, was confirmed last month after Fox Searchlight signed deals with writer Mitch Hurwitz and producer Ron Howard. However, Bateman said that he is unsure how much further the project has progressed. "I don't think [it has been written]. I know that Mitch has a couple of ideas, but he's really waiting to nail it down until he knows exactly who's (more) »
- By Michael Thornton
Ricky Gervais doesn't want to host the Oscars because he would have to censor his humor. The British comic star - who recently confirmed he had been approached to host the prestigious annual film awards ceremony - insists he would refuse to alter his controversial jokes for the February event.
He said: "In all honesty, I don't think it will happen. Americans do get my humor but, in the words of Jerry Seinfeld, the Oscars isn't about comedy. It's about a bunch of people turning up to see if they have won an award."
"It's a historic, stuffy thing and I would want to have fun with it and I don't think they would want me to do that. I wouldn't be allowed to do what I wanted and it would be no fun for me reading from an autocue. I'd want to do it my way."
Ricky - who »
The Film Independent Spirit Award nominations were announced this morning by Jason Bateman and Sandra Oh and there is a three-way tie at the top of the pack as Ballast, Frozen River and Rachel Getting Married each received six nominations each. All three films will compete in the Best Feature, Best Director, Best Actress and Best Screenplay categories. Also competing for feature will be Wendy and Lucy and The Wrestler which received two and three nominations respectively. Milk scored four nominations. What does any of this mean in terms of Oscar? Well, one thing you will notice come this Thursday when I present my latest predictions will be that I have corrected my accidental snub of Melissa Leo in Frozen River as she should have been on the list already in the Best Actress category and she will most likely find herself in the top five. I think this confirms »
- Brad Brevet
By Stephen Saito
Jason Bateman and Sandra Oh braved the early call time this morning in Los Angeles to announce this year's nominees for the Spirit Awards. The awards will take place on February 21st, and will be broadcast live and uncut on IFC at 5pm Et/2pm PT. Here are the nominees:
Best First Feature
Director: Antonio Campos
Director: Barry Jenkins
Producer: Justin Barber
Director: Christopher Zalla
Director: Alex Rivera
Producer: Anthony Bregman
Director: Charlie Kaufman
John Cassavetes Award (Given to the best feature made for under $500,000)
Writer/Director: Alex Holdridge
Director: Sean Baker
Producer: Darren Dean
Writer/Director: Chris Eigeman
Producer: Ami Armstrong
Best First Screenplay
Best Female Lead
Best Male Lead
Best Supporting Female
Best Supporting Male
Director: Werner Herzog
Director: James Marsh
Director: Margaret Brown
Director: Yung Chang
Best Foreign Film
"The Class" (France)
Director: Laurent Cantet
Director: Matteo Garrone
Director: Steve McQueen
"Secret of the Grain" (France)
Director: Abdellatif Kechiche
"Silent Light" (Mexico/France/Netherlands/Germany)
Director: Carlos Reygadas
Robert Altman Award (Given to one film's director, casting director and ensemble cast)
Director: Charlie Kaufman
Casting Director: Jeanne McCarthy
Someone to Watch Award
Truer Than Fiction Award
- Stephen Saito
At the Independent Spirit Award nominations this morning, Jason Bateman told us that an Arrested Development movie will likely start shooting in the summer of 2009. While not every cast-member has signed on for the movie, Bateman also implied that no one has issued an outright "no" yet either. Still, if the producers can't get all the Bluths to reunite -- yes, that means you, Michael Cera -- perhaps they can use a Brady kid instead? They're usually available and eager for more work.
Link | Posted 12/2/2008 by reelz
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