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Julianne Moore plays Linda, a quiet high school teacher who prefers the world of fiction to the let-downs of reality. Her romantic notions take another knock when she bumps into former student Jason (Michael Angarano), a promising playwright whose potential is being crushed by his overbearing father (Greg Kinnear). Like one of her literary heroines, Linda sets about championing Jason's cause. »
Written by Lem Dobbs
Directed by Steven Soderbergh
In early 2012, while most of the film world was caught up in Oscar prognostications, one film quietly came and went through theatres, earning less than $20 million domestically, and just over $30 million internationally. That film was Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire, with Gina Carano taking on the lead role of Mallory Kane, and its quiet box office reception is in no way indicative of the film’s quality. While it may appear, on the surface, to be a standard action thriller – and there’s certainly no issue with that, as the genre is littered with efforts that fail to even be competent in their execution – in true Soderbergh style, there’s a lot more going on in Haywire than it may appear at first glance. In fact, the movie seems to be Soderbergh’s answer to common action heroine complaints, and »
- Deepayan Sengupta
To mark the release of the Brass Teapot starring Juno Temple on DVD September 30th, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away.
John and Alice live in small-town, married, very much in love, and broke. Alice (Juno Temple – Lovelace, The Dark Knight Rises, Killer Joe) struggles to make ends meet while her friends enjoy the good life. Her husband John (Michael Angarano – Almost Famous), neurotic and riddled with phobias, just wants to get the bills paid. But an accident leads them to a roadside antique shop where Alice is spontaneously drawn to a mysterious brass teapot. It isn’t long before they realise that this is no ordinary teapot.
Featuring an all-star cast, The Brass Teapot is a hilarious modern fable about money and the lengths people will go to snag the American Dream.
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It’s a strange bit of cosmic interference that brings the Empire State DVD and the Pain & Gain home release to stores so close to each other. Both are films based on true events. Both document crimes that, from the outside, seemed to the world like the sort of things that must have involved criminal masterminds, but actually involve idiots who saw a ball on the ground and ran with it. And, both star Dwayne Johnson. Actually, though Empire State heavily bills Dwayne Johnson and Emma Roberts, neither are really more than minor support.
Chris Potamitis (Liam Hemsworth) is just an average guy trying to get by, but he doesn’t travel in the best circles, and his dad works menial labor for a small-time hood, which doesn’t help. Worse, his longtime friend Eddie (Michael Angarano) is a constant trouble magnet, and Chris is the sort of guy who »
- Marc Eastman
Dito Montiel is a man of many talents. He’s written everything from books to screenplays, played in a band for many years, and of course, directs films. His newest movie, Empire State, features Dwayne Johnson and Liam Hemsworth, and tells the story of Chris Potamitis, a regular guy from Queens NY who may very well have gotten away with stealing $15 million.
Dito was kind enough to talk with us for a bit, and our conversation revealed a lot about Chris’s real-life counterpart, the ridiculousness of the robbery itself, and how you go about getting the likes of The Rock and Robin Williams in your films. Check it out below!
So I watched the film of course, Empire State, and possibly the most notable thing about it, at least at face value, is that it’s based on true events. So I was wondering in terms of characters, for example Chris and Eddie, »
- Griffin Vacheron
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
What's It About? In "Now You See Me," from director Louis Leterrier's ("The Incredible Hulk"), a team of the world's best illusionists -- dubbed The Four Horsemen -- are known for robbing banks during their performances and giving away the money. However, the magicians are being tracked by an FBI agent and an Interpol detective. Why We're In: One of the most unique stories of the summer (we've had enough superhero & action flicks for a while), "Now You See Me" was a refreshing find. The film also had a great cast, including the very underrated Mark Ruffalo, Jessie Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, and Melanie Laurent. "Now You See Me" was one of Moviefone's Best Movies of 2013 (So Far).
Watch: An Extended Director's Cut from the "Now You See Me" Blu-ray (Video)
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- Erin Whitney
There’s a very good chance that you’ve seen Empire State already. Perhaps not with these characters, but I’m willing to bet you’ve seen a number of heist films that are exactly like it and which tell the story with more flair and excitement. Forget that this is supposedly based on a true story (by now you should be well aware of what that really means). When that story has already been seen in countless films, that should immediately make the filmmakers ask themselves “Do we really need to tell it again, just with different characters?” Apparently they thought they had something great on their hands, but the studio saw exactly what was happening and, not deeming it worthy of a theatrical release, decided to dump it straight to Blu-Ray and DVD. At least somebody had an objective viewpoint of the project.
The main focus of Empire State »
- Jeff Beck
In Empire State, the new film from A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints director Dito Montiel, Liam Hemsworth plays an employee for an armored-truck company who let's slip to a friend (Michael Angarano) that the company's security procedures have plenty of holes in them. They cook up the brilliant idea of robbing the truck, which they're actually able to pull off, but then a NYPD detective (Dwayne Johnson) gets on their case, and things aren't quite so relaxed anymore. Before all of that happens, though, Hemsorth's character learns firsthand just how bad the firm's security protocols are, and we've got the exclusive clip of it. It's actually a pretty intense scene, and it does the heavy job of setting the tone for the rest of the movie, which...
- Peter Hall
We told you back in April that Bryan Fuller‘s pilot for Syfy, High Moon, had gone into production. Four months later they’re announcing lead casting, so I’m trying to not be concerned about the time that’s elapsed, and instead be pleased about this forward momentum.
New York – August 13, 2013 – Syfy has inked actors Chris Diamantopoulos and Jake Sandvig for starring roles in High Moon, a 90-minute pilot, co-produced by Universal Cable Productions and Lark Productions set to commence shooting August 26 in Vancouver BC. The project is based on the novel “The Lotus Caves” by John Christopher.
High Moon is an imaginative, »
- Erin Willard
This past May saw the news of Steven Soderbergh’s first directing gig since his self-imposed hiatus from the cinematic world, the ten-episode Cinemax series “The Knick.” With production beginning next month, Deadline is reporting that the Clive Owen-starring series has added four new castmembers: Andre Holland (“Miracle At St. Anna,” “42”), Juliet Rylance (“Sinister”), Eve Hewson (“This Must Be The Place,” “Blood Ties”) and Michael Angarano who last worked with Soderbergh in last year’s “Haywire.” The series is set in a New York City hospital at the dawn of the 20th century and starts shooting late September. Though he’s no doubt still reeling from the critical and financial disappointment that was “After Earth,” M. Night Shyamalan (and Fox) is still pushing ahead with his “Twin Peaks”-influenced event series “Wayward Pines.” According to Deadline, the show—based on the...
- Cain Rodriguez
This past May saw the news of Steven Soderbergh’s first directing gig since his self-imposed hiatus from the cinematic world, the ten-episode Cinemax series “The Knick.” With production beginning next month, Deadline is reporting that the Clive Owen-starring series has added four new castmembers: Andre Holland (“Miracle At St. Anna,” “42”), Juliet Rylance (“Sinister”), Eve Hewson (“This Must Be The Place,” “Blood Ties”) and Michael Angarano who last worked with Soderbergh in last year’s “Haywire.” The series is set in a New York City hospital at the dawn of the 20th century and starts shooting late September. Though he’s no doubt still reeling from the critical and financial disappointment that was “After Earth,” M. Night Shyamalan (and Fox) is still pushing ahead with his “Twin Peaks”-influenced event series “Wayward Pines.” According to Deadline, the show—based on the »
- Cain Rodriguez
The action is set in downtown New York in 1900 and centers on Knickerbocker Hospital and the groundbreaking surgeons, nurses and staff who push the bounds of medicine in a time of astonishingly high mortality rates and zero antibiotics.
Holland plays a gifted, black Harvard-trained surgeon who fights for respect in this time of rampant racism. Rylance will plays passionate social worker always playing second fiddle to her wealthy father’s philanthropy.
Hewson will play a young, naive Southern nurse. Angarano will play an eager surgeon-in-training who gives up the chance to practice uptown in a wealthy hospital for the romance and excitement of learning from Owen's character.
- Garth Franklin
Exclusive: Andre Holland (42), Juliet Rylance (Sinister), Eve Hewson (Enough Said) and Michael Angarano (Empire State) are set to co-star opposite Clive Owen in Cinemax‘s 10-part series The Knick, directed by Steven Soderbergh. Oscar winner Soderbergh is set to direct all 10 episodes of the project, written by Jack Amiel and Michael Begler. Set in downtown New York in 1900, The Knick centers on Knickerbocker Hospital and the groundbreaking surgeons, nurses and staff who push the bounds of medicine in a time of astonishingly high mortality rates and zero antibiotics. Holland, repped by Paradigm and Brookside Artist Management, will play Algernon, a gifted, black Harvard-trained surgeon who fights for respect in the hospital while trying to navigate his way through the racially charged turn-of-the-century NYC. Rylance will play Cornelia, a driving force whose passionate social work at The Knick will always play second fiddle to her wealthy father’s philanthropy toward it. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Similar in theme to the concept of Richard Kelly's The Box, which theorized whether a couple would risk misfortune on others in exchange for a fortune for themselves, The Brass Teapot asks a slightly more interesting question: how much pain would you endure if it meant you could be filthy, stinking rich? With a magical teapot that trades personal injury for large suddenly appearing installments of cash, a young couple milk the premise for all its worth in a story that relies a bit too heavily on coincidence and takes no real chances with the boundless opportunities its story offers. Stars Juno Temple and Michael Angarano make The Brass Teapot easy to watch, but in the end it's all a bit too predictable with an ending that has a little shock value but few surprises.
- Lex Walker
Robert Pattinson — you only broke up with Kristen eight weeks ago. It’s totally normal if you still miss her or have feelings for her, even if you’re happy to be moving on.
Robert Pattinson, you were in love and deeply involved with Kristen Stewart for almost five years and no matter how much you wanted to break up with her, you probably still are harboring some feelings of affection for her.
I mean, Rob, how could you not? Kristen was the love of your life until very recently.
You were madly in love with her for years. In fact, you reportedly were crushing on KStew while she still had another boyfriend, Michael Angarano, at the start of the filming of the Twilight saga.
You reportedly wooed her away from Michael, and that was the beginning of a very »
- Bonnie Fuller
I’ve never been a particularly big fan of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. He’s been in a couple of decent projects such as Get Smart, and even appeared in an episode of Star Trek: Voyager once. Aside from that, he pretty much seems to make the same kind of movie over and over, a la Jason Statham, which has lead to him starring in projects like G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Snitch, Doom, and the last couple of Fast & Furious films. I guess when a guy like him finds a niche that works for the target audience, he doesn’t want to risk going outside of it all that often.
The trailer for his latest project, Empire State, recently dropped and there’s not much more to say about it other than that it looks like more of the same. The official synopsis reads as follows:
After failing to get into the police academy, »
- Jeff Beck
If you want to pull off the perfect heist, then working for the company you’re stealing from is probably a good way to start. In Dito Montiel’s new crime thriller Empire State, Liam Hemsworth plays a young New Yorker who fails to get accepted by the NYPD and subsequently decides to go to the other extreme, taking up a job as a security guard with the Empire State armored truck company and using his position and knowledge of the company’s lax security to pull off a $9 million robbery.
Attempting to track down the money is Dwayne Johnson, who plays a suspicious cop trying to find the evidence needed to send Hemsworth’s character to jail. Emma Roberts (It’s Kind of a Funny Story) and Michael Angarano (Sky High) co-star, and the whole thing is based on a massive ...
- H. Shaw-Williams
The first trailer for Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson's new police drama Empire State has been released. I like cop and heist films, and this one looks ok. There's a reason it's not getting a theatrical release. The movie also stars Liam Hemsworth, Emma Roberts, Nikki Reed, Michael Angarano, and James Ransone.
Johnson is a pretty heavy hitter at the box office, so interesting to see that Lionsgate isn't going to give it a theatrical release. Perhaps because it looks like Hemsworth gives a poor acting performance? I'm convinced the guy can't carry a movie. Here's the story summary:
After failing to get into the police academy, Chris Potamitis (Liam Hemsworth), settles for a security guard job with the Empire State Armored Truck Company. Chris makes the mistake of mentioning the company’s lax security to his best friend, Eddie (Michael Angarano), and is soon unwittingly drawn into an elaborate scheme »
- Joey Paur
Dwayne Johnson may be currently swinging a sword on the set of Brett Ratner’s Hercules: Thracian Wars as we saw the release is Snitch in the UK today, but many have been left to wonder just where is Empire State.
The former wresting superstar shot the fact-based thriller almost two years ago, alongside Hunger Games hunk Liam Hemsworth, but we’re hearing rather than a big-screen release, it’s strangely headed direct-to-dvd/Blu-ray via Grindstone Entertainment on the 3rd September in the Us (no confirmed date in the UK as of yet). Now that’s surprising given the star power of the duo, as well as the impressive supporting cast included of Michael Angarano, Michael Raspoli, Emma Roberts, Nikki Reed, James Ransone and Jerry Ferrara.
Check out the following first trailer to see if director Dito Montiel’s crime-thriller, which centres on two childhood friends and their desperate plan »
- Craig Hunter
We recently told you that Lionsgate decided to dump its "Empire State" film straight to DVD, despite the fact that it has a cast comprised of Dwayne Johnson, Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games) And Emma Roberts. And now, we have a trailer for the movie. Watch it below. "Empire State" focuses on two childhood friends who plan to rob an armored car depository, and the NYPD officer who stands in their way. It co-stars Nikki Reed, James Ransone and Michael Angarano. The new movie is directed by Dito Montiel (Fighting, The Son of No One) and is set to be released on DVD and Blu-ray on September 3rd. Trailer: »
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