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In the 50th and final instalment of our writers' favourite films series, Jason Deans plumps for a prohibition-era mob drama from the Coen brothers
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My all-time top celebrity spot? Gabriel Byrne, no question. On a Saturday in July 2003, the morning after two of my best friends marry, I'm in the bar of the Charlotte Street Hotel saying a final farewell before they fly off on honeymoon (also, the newly minted husband needs to borrow cash for the cab to Heathrow). As we swap war stories from the night before, I become aware of a familiar yet unplaceable Irish voice drifting over the conversation from behind me. After a few seconds, it comes to me – "What's the rumpus?" – so I sneak a crafty glance over my shoulder and there »
- Jason Deans
Today we have an international trailer for "Detachment," which stars Adrien Brody, Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks, James Caan, Lucy Liu, Tim Blake Nelson and Marcia Gay Harden. It is directed by Tony Kaye (American History X) and already premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Check out the trailer below. Plot: Henry Barthes (Brody) is an educator with a true talent to connect with his students. Yet Henry has chosen to bury his gift. By spending his days as a substitute teacher, he conveniently avoids any emotional connections by never staying anywhere long enough to form an attachment to either students or colleagues. When a new assignment places him at a public school where a frustrated, burned-out administration has created an apathetic student body, Henry quickly becomes a role model as a teacher who actually cares about the well-being of these students. Trailer: If you cannot see the player, click here. »
Tony Kaye made a big splash in 1998 with his directorial debut American History X. He has kept busy in the years since, but maintained a low profile. That could change with his new film Detachment. The cast will bring name recognition to the film: veterans Adrien Brody, James Caan, Christina Hendricks, Lucy Liu, Marcia Gay Harden, Bryan Cranston, William Petersen, Blythe Danner, Tim Blake Nelson are joined by fresh faces like Betty Kaye and Sami Gayle. Tribeca Films acquired the film in September, and has released trailers and clips over the last month that stand out from the vast collection of promotional material we host here at Collider. The story follows a substitute teacher (Brody) on assignment at a failing public school. The appeal of Detachment is in the execution, so hit the jump for trailers, clips, posters, and images from the film. After seeing Trailer Addict posted an international trailer, »
- Brendan Bettinger
We got our first look at Adrien Brody’s next film, Detachment, when an international poster surfaced back in November, which instantly conjured up a sort of restrained beauty with a simple photograph of Brody deep in thought before a chalkboard.
A new French trailer for the film has been released online, via The Playlist, and it lives up to the beauty of the poster and a lot more too. Tony Kaye, director of American History X, is behind the camera for this, directing from Carl Lund’s debut script.
“Detachment is a chronicle of three weeks in the lives of several high school teachers, administrators and students through the eyes of a substitute teacher named Henry Barthes (Adrien Brody). Henry’s method of imparting vital knowledge onto his temporary students is interrupted by the arrival of three women in his life.”
Along with Brody, the film has a terrific »
- Kenji Lloyd
Tony Kaye’s first feature since American History X — a movie he didn’t even want his name on — Detachment has received an international trailer that shows off the performance of Adrien Brody. This is about eight months after the education drama hit the Tribeca Film Festival to a mixed response (Jordan liked it, however), so it’s only fitting that I have difficulty grasping the direction things could go here.
If anything about this preview really stands out positively, it has to be Brody getting an opportunity at a better role — something he’s been derived of for longer than you’d think. But, on the other hand, we have Kaye‘s odd, Friday Night Lights-like sense of direction, which I’m not terribly fond of in any form. That could be a problem down the line, though I’d like to focus on the positive here. On that note — hey, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
Michael C here to take stock of the performers left in the dust by the recent rush of precursors.
With the announcement of the Golden Globes and SAG nominations behind us the first round of the elaborate Kabuki dance known as Precursor Season is concluded. A week ago we could let our imaginations run wild with the possibilities of our favorite performances making good. Now if an actor hasn’t heard his or her name called by either group? Well, as George C. Scott once said to Peter Sellers, their chances have been quickly reduced to a very low order of probability.
So how low is low? What are the chances of a performance getting nominated without a Globe or SAG nomination?
Approximately 1 in 20. That's what my remarkably un-scientific research tells me. For this I took a look at the last 10 years. If you go back too far the stats become less relevant. »
- Michael C.
Carnage seems to be a pretty good movie, but I have no way of evaluating it without comparing it to the play on which it’s based, God of Carnage, which I saw on Broadway with a perfect cast (James Gandolfini, Marcia Gay Harden, Jeff Daniels, and Hope Davis). This isn’t fair to the picture—or to viewers who come to it with a clean slate—but I simply couldn’t erase the memory of that theatrical experience as I watched the film, which director Roman Polanski adapted for the screen with playwright Yasmina Reza. Polanski has staged the movie so it never feels claustrophobic, even though it takes place in one Brooklyn, New York apartment and its adjacent hallway...
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Do not make Adrien Brody angry.
The Oscar-winner takes an emotional journey in "Detachment," in which he plays a disconnected substitute teacher struggling to find his way. He bounces from school to school, avoiding any sort of attachment (hence, the title) to his students, but a placement at an underprivileged school with a student body looking for inspiration becomes his chance at salvation.
The film, which screened at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year, is directed by Tony Kaye. It comes after a film last year titled "Wrecked," in which Brody also played a man trying to survive -- though that came following a car crash, not any emotional accident.
For Brody, "Detachment" is a much different role than his other 2011 film, "Midnight In Paris," in which he played Salvador Dali. Let's just say there is no abstractness in this one. Marcia Gay Harden, Christina Hendricks, William Petersen, Bryan Cranston »
- Jordan Zakarin
With his manic energy and cheeky vocabulary, British comic Russell Brand hardly seems like a poster boy for Transcendental Meditation.
But Mr. Brand, who credits the meditation technique for helping him stay sober, is indeed a practitioner of Tm and served as a master of ceremonies Saturday night for the David Lynch Foundation »
- Michelle Kung
Marcia Gay Harden has signed up for a guest role in Bent. The new NBC comedy stars Amanda Peet as a recently divorced mother who falls for her new contractor, played by David Walton. The show also features Jeffrey Tambor as Walt, the father of Walton's character Pete. Harden has now signed up to play Walt's ex-wife in the comedy, TV Line reports. (more) »
- By Catriona Wightman
Harden will play the sexy, flirtatious ex-wife of Tambor’s Walt, and her sudden return to town results in an unhealthy rekindled romance of sorts between the two exes.
The sitcom stars Amanda Peet as a newly divorced single mom who enlists the help of a notorious womanizer »
- Megan Masters
Chicago – With the success of mystery shows like “C.S.I.” and “The Mentalist,” why not try and bring back a staple of the ’70s and ’80s TV scene, the mystery movie of the week? Such is the thinking behind TNT’s programmers, as the network will debut a whopping four stand-alone mystery movies in the next month, starting with tonight’s debut of “Scott Turow’s Innocent,” starring Bill Pullman, Marcia Gay Harden, Alfred Molina, and Richard Schiff. Despite the stellar cast, this is a limp, dull effort that will only serve to remind viewers why they don’t make TV movies like this often any more.
Television Rating: 2.0/5.0
Twenty years ago, Turow made waves with the book and film for the tight mystery of “Presumed Innocent.” In Alan Pakula’s film, Harrison Ford memorably played Rusty Sabich, a prosecutor who watched his life turn upside down after his mistress ended up dead. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
On TV this Tuesday: One incandescent caribou, Ringer vs. ringers, the latest Cougar Town cameo, a parade of undergarments that ain’t fitting in any lingerie drawer, and more. We’ve hand-selected 14 programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (CBS) | I want to be a dentist.
8 pm Glee (Fox) | As the race for class president comes to an end, someone is caught trying to fix the results; Coach Beiste gets up the nerve to challenge Sue; things get complicated for Puck and Quinn. (Watch a video preview/see photos.)
TNT’s Mystery Movie Night Casts ER »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
Directed by Tony Kaye
Screenplay by Carl Lund
He is back; with a tough and grim perspective: Tony Kaye‘s most recent fiction feature is not suited for an easy and entertaining visit at the movies, but judging from this director‘s filmography you wouldn‘t expect much else. His fiction debut American History X from 1998 generated quite a lot of controversy. Not just the storyline but all the difficulties surrounding the films production caused quite the stir. After all that Kaye has not had it easy. It is sadly highly unlikely that Detachment will manage to reach American History X‘s public success. So far the film, only has a release date for the Us and its artistic appeal combined with a bulky story does not make it overly attractive for distributors these days. Non the less these are also the reason why the film stands so strong, »
- Merle Fischer
Adrien Brody has certainly had a pretty diverse career in his time, choosing roles in films as varied as Peter Jackson’s King Kong, Wes Anderson’s fantastic The Darjeeling Limited, and of course, most notably, Roman Polanski’s The Pianist, for which he won his Best Actor Academy Award, in a year that saw him up against Daniel Day-Lewis, Michael Caine, Nicolas Cage, and Jack Nicholson.
He’ll next be taking the lead in Detachment, alongside a terrific supporting cast, and KinoGallery (via Imp Awards) have got a lovely new French poster for the film, which has been getting a great reception at the film festivals it’s been screened at so far.
Courtesy of Wikipedia,
“Detachment is a chronicle of three weeks in the lives of several high school teachers, administrators and students through the eyes of a substitute teacher named Henry Barthes (Adrien Brody). Henry’s method »
- Kenji Lloyd
Well, that was quick.
Body of Proof is plotting a Casey Anthony-inspired episode, and the ABC crime drama is bringing in the big guns to fictionalize the now infamous case.
Per EW.com, Marcia Gay Harden (Damages) will play a Nancy Grace-like talking head covering the trial, while Rita Wilson (The Good Wife) will play the young defendant’s mother. The episode is slated to air in January. ShaneSSaunders.com first reported the casting news.
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- Megan Masters
Marcia Gay Harden and Rita Wilson have signed up for guest roles in Body of Proof. The duo will both appear in an episode inspired by the recent Casey Anthony case, Entertainment Weekly reports. The instalment will focus on a young woman called Hillary Stone who is released from prison after being acquitted of killing her son. Harden has signed up to play a reporter who has been relentlessly pursuing the case, while Wilson will star as Hillary's mother. Body of Proof's executive producer Sunil Nayar said: "This is an important case to us because we don't do a ton (more) »
- By Catriona Wightman
Body of Proof will soon make like Law & Order, ripping a fictional case straight from the controversial headlines.
Entertainment Weekly reports that the January 3 episode of this ABC drama will center around a Casey Anthony-like figure named Hillary Stone, a woman acquitted for killing her son.
“This is an important case to us because we don’t do a ton of ripped of the headlines cases,” says producer Sunil Nayar. “But it became this sensational case nationwide. There were very human elements. [In our episode] we explore what happens when the media takes over a case."
- firstname.lastname@example.org (TV Fanatic Staff)
ABC’s Body of Proof has made the rare decision to write an episode that’s inspired by news events — and the one it has planned for Jan. 3 should be a doozy.
EW has learned exclusively that the writers of the Dana Delany drama will spin their own Casey Anthony-type tale about a young woman named Hillary Stone who is acquitted for murdering her son. The action will begin on the day Hillary is released from prison — and guess who is waiting for her on the outside?Marcia Gay Harden has been cast as Sheila Temple, a Nancy Grace-like »
- Lynette Rice
Hip, hop, happy feet!
Marcia Gay Harden and her children — Eulala Grace, 13, and twins Hudson Harden and Julitta Dee, 7½ — check out the premiere of Happy Feet Two, held Sunday at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, Calif.
“There’s no balance! There’s just a constant endeavor to balance,” Harden, 52, tells People.
“The ball’s in the air all the time, except when it drops. It used to be, when I was a younger mom, I never wanted the ball to drop. I wanted to keep it in the air all the time. And now I get it — the ball’s dropped. »
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