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9 items from 2005


Pegg briefed on 'Mission' sequel role

11 October 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Simon Pegg has signed on to join Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible 3. He will play an ally of Special Agent Ethan Hunt (Cruise). Directed by J.J. Abrams, M:I-3 boasts an ensemble cast that also includes Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ving Rhames, Laurence Fishburne, Billy Crudup, Michelle Monaghan, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Keri Russell and Maggie Q. Pegg, best known for toplining and co-writing the indie breakout Shaun of the Dead, is a veteran of British TV. His film credits also include The Reckoning and a cameo in Land of the Dead. »

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Pegg briefed on 'Mission' sequel role

10 October 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Simon Pegg has signed on to join Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible 3. He will play an ally of Special Agent Ethan Hunt (Cruise). Directed by J.J. Abrams, M:I-3 boasts an ensemble cast that also includes Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ving Rhames, Laurence Fishburne, Billy Crudup, Michelle Monaghan, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Keri Russell and Maggie Q. Pegg, best known for toplining and co-writing the indie breakout Shaun of the Dead, is a veteran of British TV. His film credits also include The Reckoning and a cameo in Land of the Dead. »

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Fishburne, Hoffman set new 'Mission'

20 June 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Mission: Impossible 3 has signed Laurence Fishburne and Philip Seymour Hoffman to the Paramount Pictures project. They join Tom Cruise, Michelle Monaghan, Ving Rhames, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Keri Russell in the sequel, which is being produced by Cruise and his production partner Paula Wagner through their C/W Prods. banner. Fishburne will play Cruise's mentor; Hoffman will play the villain. J.J. Abrams is set to direct. Rhames and Cruise are the only holdovers from the original cast assembled to shoot M:I-3 when it was scheduled to film last year. That cast also included Carrie-Anne Moss, Kenneth Branagh and Scarlett Johansson. »

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Fishburne, Hoffman set new 'Mission'

20 June 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Mission: Impossible 3 has signed Laurence Fishburne and Philip Seymour Hoffman to the Paramount Pictures project. They join Tom Cruise, Michelle Monaghan, Ving Rhames, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Keri Russell in the sequel, which is being produced by Cruise and his production partner Paula Wagner through their C/W Prods. banner. Fishburne will play Cruise's mentor; Hoffman will play the villain. J.J. Abrams is set to direct. Rhames and Cruise are the only holdovers from the original cast assembled to shoot M:I-3 when it was scheduled to film last year. That cast also included Carrie-Anne Moss, Kenneth Branagh and Scarlett Johansson. »

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Fishburne, Hoffman set new 'Mission'

19 June 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Mission: Impossible 3 is getting closer to accomplishing its mission, signing Laurence Fishburne and Philip Seymour Hoffman to the Paramount Pictures project. They join Tom Cruise, Michelle Monaghan, Ving Rhames, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Keri Russell in the sequel, which is being produced by Cruise and his production partner Paula Wagner through their C/W Prods. banner. Fishburne will play Cruise's mentor; Hoffman will play the villain. J.J. Abrams is set to direct. Rhames and Cruise are the only holdovers from the original cast assembled to shoot M:I-3 when it was scheduled to film last year. That cast also included Carrie-Anne Moss, Kenneth Branagh and Scarlett Johansson. »

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Fishburne, Hoffman set new 'Mission'

19 June 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Mission: Impossible 3 is getting closer to accomplishing its mission, signing Laurence Fishburne and Philip Seymour Hoffman to the Paramount Pictures project. They join Tom Cruise, Michelle Monaghan, Ving Rhames, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Keri Russell in the sequel, which is being produced by Cruise and his production partner Paula Wagner through their C/W Prods. banner. Fishburne will play Cruise's mentor; Hoffman will play the villain. J.J. Abrams is set to direct. Rhames and Cruise are the only holdovers from the original cast assembled to shoot M:I-3 when it was scheduled to film last year. That cast also included Carrie-Anne Moss, Kenneth Branagh and Scarlett Johansson. »

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Holmes Set for 'Mission: Impossible 3'?

25 May 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Dating Tom Cruise is starting to pay off for Katie Holmes, if internet reports are to be believed - she's set to steal a Mission: Impossible 3 role from Lindsay Lohan. According to website Ananova.Com, Holmes has become the hot favorite to replace Scarlett Johansson as Cruise's love interest in the action movie sequel. Holmes and Lohan aren't the only girls in contention for the two parts left vacant by Johansson and Carrie Anne Moss' departure from the project - Keri Russell and Elisha Cuthbert are also reportedly in the running. »

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Kretschmann, Russell head to 'Butterfly'

1 March 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Keri Russell is set to star in and German actor Thomas Kretschmann is in negotiations to join Butterfly, a Grimm Love Story, an independent feature based on the Internet cannibal movement, which involves hundreds of Web sites for cannibal fetishists. The feature is being produced by Marco Weber (Igby Goes Down) through his Atlantic Streamline banner. The psychological horror-thriller was written by newcomer TS Faull and will be directed by Martin Weisz, who is best known for directing music videos for Korn and Sean Combs.Weber will produce with Andreas Schmid and Streamline executive vp production Vanessa Coifman. »

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The Upside of Anger

21 January 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

PARK CITY -- Not an easy thing, finding mirth in rage and drunkenness. Yet writer-director Mike Binder's examination of the ups and downs -- mostly downs -- of a wife and mother abandoned by her husband locates genuine humor in her pain.

If Binder had chosen an actress other than Joan Allen to play the angry woman, who knows how "The Upside of Anger" would have turned out. Even Allen must wrestle with this devil of a role -- a woman who is constantly mad or drunk and usually both. But Allen turns the character into a tour de force that unleashes an unexpected comedy about compassion and self-loathing.

The film beautifully pairs Allen and Kevin Costner as two people who find momentarily solace in the bottle and each other. It then surrounds them with the aura of intoxicating femininity in Allen's four beautiful teenage daughters played by Erika Christensen, Keri Russell, Alicia Witt and Evan Rachel Wood. When released in March, the New Line comedy could cross over from adult venues into the mainstream to earn solid boxoffice coin.

The story spans three years and is set almost exclusively in the woodsy suburbs of Detroit. Things begin on a note of high drama -- dad's gone and mom's drunk -- and the movie never really climbs down from those stress levels. You must take it on faith that, as youngest daughter Popeye (Wood) says in a voice-over narration, her mom, Terry Wolfmeyer (Allen), was the sweetest, nicest person ever.

When her husband, who has been fooling around with his Swedish secretary and has lost his job, disappears at the same time as the secretary, a dark malignancy of unholy wrath settles in her bowels. The eldest daughter, Hadley (Witt), who blames her mother as much as her dad, can escape the suddenly poisonous household for college. Meanwhile, Andy (Christensen), who wants to be a journalist, and Emily Russell), who wants to be a dancer so she doesn't see much point in eating, take over the kitchen while mom hits the sauce. In her upstairs room, Popeye puts together a video on her laptop that explores the nature of anger and violence.

Surprisingly, there is one person in whose company Terry regains her equilibrium and sense of normalcy. This is their neighbor, Denny Davies (Costner), an ex-baseball star who is nearly as big a drunk as Terry. Denny makes his living as a radio talk-show deejay along with making paid personal appearances and autographing baseballs.

That Denny insinuates himself so easily into the family and into mom's bedroom is a bit of a stretch. Yet over time the daughters accept his presence. He even gets Andy a job at the station, where his producer (played by Binder himself), a smarmy fellow with a thing for girls half his age, all too willingly takes her under his wing.

Binder ably juggles the twists and turns of the tumultuous relationship between Terry and Denny with plot lines involving all the daughters. Terry is a Loose Cannon from the opening scene, so the threat of an emotional outburst hovers over most of the film. The movie never lets on whether this is the real Terry -- the one suppressed during her marriage by all that false niceness and sweetness -- or something that happened to her after her husband's betrayal. Nor does Binder see any need to explain Denny's drinking. You feel that if something better came along he might tone it down, and then you realize that Terry might just be that "something better."

The film has a bit of a trick ending that underscores Binder's point about the futility of endless rage yet adds an unfortunate fictional feel to a film that wants you to relate to the commonality of divorce and broken homes.

The actors tune in to their individual characters perfectly, but this is Allen's show. Her raging, desperate housewife is a tigress trapped in a suburban hell, who takes refuge in her primal instincts and lacerating wit.

Tech credits are excellent, especially Richard Greatrex's cinematography, which features moodier lighting than one expects from a comedy. But then "The Upside of Anger" is not quite a comedy.

THE UPSIDE OF ANGER

New Line Cinema in association with Media 8 Entertainment presents a VIP Medienfonds 2/VIP Medienfonds 3/ MDP Filmproduktion co-production of a Sunlight production

Credits:

Writer/director: Mike Binder

Producers: Alex Gartner, Jack Binder, Sammy Lee

Executive producers: Mark Damon, Stewart Hall, Andreas Grosch, Andreas Schmid

Director of photography: Richard Greatrex

Production designer: Chris Roope

Music: Alexandre Desplat

Costumes: Deborah Scott

Editors: Steve Edwards, Robin Sales

Cast:

Terry Wolfmeyer: Joan Allen

Denny Davies: Kevin Costner

Andy: Erika Christensen

Emily: Keri Russell

Hadley: Alicia Witt

Popeye: Evan Rachel Wood

Shep: Mike Binder

MPAA rating: R

Running time -- 116 minutes »

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