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'Stretch' (2014) Movie Review

21 October 2014 10:30 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Joe Carnahan's Stretch reminds me a lot of Michael Mann's Collateral. The operating word there being "reminds" as in this is the B-movie, bat-sh*t crazy, balls-to-the-wall red-headed step child of Collateral. And I mean that in the nicest way possible. For anyone the least bit familiar with Carnahan's work, Stretch will come as no surprise. Carnahan could easily be described as a director interested in masculinity. He's a "tough guy" cinema director, making the movie equivalent to beef jerky. I like beef jerky and I like Carnahan's films. I like the outlandish nature of his movies, the "anything can happen" narratives, and he consistently brings actors along for the ride that are just as willing and excited about starring in something crazy. While his films such as Narc and The Grey show he can also delve competently into serious cinema, his movies such as Smokin' Aces and »

- Brad Brevet

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Stretch Review

19 October 2014 1:08 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

“Are you a firestarter?” That’s the deceptively flippant question repeatedly leveled at Patrick Wilson’s in-over-his-head limo driver by batshit billionaire client Roger Kairos (Chris Pine), who lands the poor guy – named Kevin and nicknamed Stretch – in a whole world of trouble over one crazy night during this wildly entertaining action farce (simply titled Stretch).

Although it takes a long while to figure out an answer, audiences should already know going in that there’s at least one firestarter involved in this production – director Joe Carnahan. Throughout his career, the helmer has delivered more than his fair share of stylish flicks winkingly infused with genre tropes and over-the-top, testosterone-fueled action. Whatever project he’s working on, Carnahan goes at it with equal parts intensity and intelligence. Consequently, he’s delivered an outstanding range of films, some which deal in hopped-up machismo fantasies (The A-Team) and others which work more »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Quentin Tarantino’s New Beverly Slammed By Longtime Employee – Pulp Friction?

15 October 2014 1:23 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

A longtime employee of L.A.’s New Beverly Cinema says Quentin Tarantino’s new management has forced her out and is ruining the beloved repertory theater. Julia Marchese, one of a few staffers who stayed on through Tarantino’s takeover last month, was told she would be co-manager of the New Beverly when it re-opened this month after renovations. She says this week she was demoted and unceremoniously forced to quit by Tarantino’s longtime personal assistant Julie McLean, who is now acting as General Manager.

“I went through the last six weeks really thinking Quentin was going to make it better,” Marchese told me today. “The thing that’s most shocking to me is that he’s allowing it and I can’t even talk to him about it. To not even be allowed to state my case is unfair.” She says through the Tarantino-led renovations and October 1 re-opening, »

- Jen Yamato

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Review: Joe Carnahan's 'Stretch' Starring Patrick Wilson, Chris Pine and James Badge Dale

15 October 2014 9:04 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Back in January, Universal Pictures announced that it was shuttering plans to theatrically release "Narc" director Joe Carnahan's micro-budget comedic thriller "Stretch." It was uncertain when (and if) "Stretch" would see the light of day, with THR commenting on "Paranormal Activity" producer Jason Blum's overstuffed "movie morgue," filled to the brim with movies that were finished but remained unseen. Now those movies are getting out there, through home video and VOD channels, for the whole world to see. They aren't exactly being released, it's more like they escaped. And the first of these movies happens to be "Stretch," a wild, wooly movie that would have been way more enjoyable stretched across an actual movie screen. In "Stretch," a never-better Patrick Wilson plays the titular hero, a failed actor and current limo driver, who has had, in the past few years, developed a problem with booze and drugs and. »

- Drew Taylor

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Clint Mansell on 'Noah's' connections to 'The Fountain' and working with Aronofsky

10 October 2014 12:53 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Clint Mansell is a long ways away from his days as frontman of alt. rock band Pop Will Eat Itself. Since his first stab at it on Darren Aronofsky's "Pi," he has forged a singular career as a film composer, working on productions as varied as "Knockaround Guys," "Sahara," Moon" and "Stoker." But it seems whenever he comes back to the table with Aronofsky, that's when something magical happens. Mansell has worked with Aronofsky on each of the director's features — "Pi," "Requiem for a Dream," "The Fountain," "The Wrestler," "Black Swan" and now "Noah" — and you can tell talking to Mansell that the creative rapport they've managed to sustain is rare. Mansell is pretty straight-forward about what he wants out of this gig, and Aronofsky has always come across the same way. So it certainly makes sense that they would keep coming back to the well. We talked for »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Stretch | Review

10 October 2014 9:15 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

To Live and Drive in La: Carnahan’s Trip into Hollyweird

In an unprecedented and surprisingly brusque move, Universal chose to dump Joe Carnahan’s latest film, Stretch into a sole VOD platform release, bypassing a theatrical run completely. While this signifies the studio’s lack of confidence in the title, it’s most likely a herald of things to come for filmmakers working within the system. The rule of thumb in the film industry used to be that you’re only as good as your last picture, but Carnahan received some of the best notices of his directorial career with 2012’s The Grey—it no longer seems to matter just how well your last picture performed. In defense of the eclectic director’s tastes, his latest is a bizarre romp through Tinseltown that never adheres to a particular mold, making it a rather tough sell but pleasantly offbeat feature, »

- Nicholas Bell

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“The Town That Dreaded Sundown” Remake Premiering on Epix this Halloween

10 October 2014 6:20 AM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Bh Tilt, Blumhouse’s very new label created to distribute the production company’s distinctly not-wide-release titles is experimenting with just how they get their films out there. So far, it’s included unceremoniously bringing Stephen King adaptation Mercy, The Strangers’ director Bryan Bertino’s Mockingbird, Joe Carnahan’s Stretch and office thriller Not Safe For Work to iTunes this […] »

- Samuel Zimmerman

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Immature Audiences Are Encouraged To Watch The Hilarious Nsfw Trailer For Joe Carnahan’s Stretch

9 October 2014 1:02 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The team behind Joe Carnahan’s action comedy Stretch are having a blast with a marketing approach that’s equally as esoteric as the movie’s content. Following on from a stream of clips, behind-the-scenes footage and the first trailer, treat yourself to a gander at the glorious red-band trailer. The normal MPAA titlecard has been scuppered in favour of a custom-made version you can see above. Beware, it’s Nsfw, or as the Stretch YouTube channel puts it: “Not appropriate for the office, depending on where you work, I guess…”

In the film, Patrick Wilson stars as a limo driver who’s up to his eyeballs in debt, so he begrudgingly takes a gig chauffeuring a wealthy chappie (Chris Pine) who turns out to be a trickier customer than he imagined. It looks like an absolute blast, cramming in a ton of one-liners, amped-up action and the charismatic Wilson. »

- Gem Seddon

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Red-Band Trailer for Joe Carnahan's Stretch Starring Patrick Wilson

9 October 2014 9:22 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

An insane red-band trailer has been released for director Joe Carnahan's awesome-looking new movie StretchPatrick Wilson stars in the film and plays "a down-on-his-luck chauffeur looking to relieve his debt by driving around a mysterious billionaire who drags him to hell and back." 

This dark and wacky comedic adventure will not be getting a theatrical release. It was just way too over-the-top and crazy for the studio, but the movie is currently available to watch on digital outlets and VOD. So if you want to watch it right now you can! 

This latest trailer embraces the red-band label and includes violence, cussing, nudity, and other weird stuff. The wildly fast-paced film co-stars Norman Reedus, Jessica Alba, Chris Pine, Brooklyn Decker, Ed Helms, Ray Liotta, Mindy Robinson, Randy Couture, and David Hasselhoff. »

- Joey Paur

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Watch: 'Stretch' Red Band Trailer Puts Its Tongue in Your Ear

9 October 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I don't know who is behind the marketing for Joe Carnahan's Stretch, which is now available on iTunes and Amazon, but they are definitely going all out and it doesn't appear to be Universal is going anywhere near it. That said, they have definitely captured the attention of the Internet, or, well, at least me as I'm something of a Carnahan fan and this new red band trailer would seem to either convince you to see the movie or keep you very far away from it. amz asin="B00O8O3W4U" size="small"Clearly the intent with Stretch is to see just how crazy and debaucherous things can get on the big screen as Patrick Wilson plays a down-on-his-luck chauffeur looking to relieve himself of some debt when he starts working for a billionaire (Chris Pine) who makes his life hell. That, however, only seems to be »

- Brad Brevet

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Watch: Patrick Wilson Has a Crazy Night in 'Stretch' Red Band Trailer

9 October 2014 7:30 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

After being suddenly delayed earlier this year, Universal Pictures is releasing Joe Carnahan's comedic action thriller Stretch on VOD this coming weekend. Kicking things off with a red band that was approved by "your mama" and an upbeat tune from the Ferris Bueller's Day Off soundtrack, this is one wacky trailer for what promises to be an equally crazy movie from director Joe Carnahan, who has apparently promised to refund your money himself if you don't like the movie. It's a very weirdly cut trailer, with some annoying sound editing, and just a list of all the craziness that you'll see. But is it enough to get people to watch? Here's the weird red band trailer for Joe Carnahan's Stretch from the film's YouTube page: Watch the first trailer for Joe Carnahan's wacky thriller Stretch right here. Stretch is written and directed by Joe Carnahan (of Narc, »

- Ethan Anderton

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‘Stretch’ Red-Band Trailer: Try to Figure Out Who’s Craziest

9 October 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Often the release of a red-band trailer means that we’re going to see way too much from a film that is still weeks from release. But in the case of this Stretch red-band trailer, it shows off stuff from a movie you can watch right now. Universal may have decided that Joe Carnahan‘s late-night whackadoo […]

The post ‘Stretch’ Red-Band Trailer: Try to Figure Out Who’s Craziest appeared first on /Film. »

- Russ Fischer

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‘Stretch’ Is Joe Carnahan’s Most Bonkers, and Perhaps Most Personal Film Yet

8 October 2014 7:45 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »


Directed by Joe Carnahan

Written by Joe Carnahan

2014, USA

The opening scene of Joe Carnahan’s latest shows a man getting jettisoned from the driver’s side window of his car in a crash, hitting the ground rolling and ending up sitting on the street with barely a scratch. That’s how this film begins, and it only gets zanier from there. The plot follows a down on his luck limo driver who goes by Stretch (Patrick Wilson) who finds out he has to pay $6,000 of gambling debts by midnight.  Roger Karos (Chris Pine), a deranged billionaire offers to cover his debt if he drives him around for the evening, which gets more hellish with each passing minute.

Patrick Wilson plays the title character like a punching bag with a forced smile. He’s the type of guy who has always had bad luck, and is simply used to »

- Dylan Griffin

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Watch: Fake Boobs, FBI Agents & Nymphomaniacs In Nsfw Red Band Trailer For Joe Carnahan's 'Stretch'

8 October 2014 4:45 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Even though it's going to straight to VOD, Joe Carnahan's "Stretch" seems to be getting a promotional campaign worthy of a theatrical release. Clips for the R-rated gonzo movie have been dumped online left and right, like this here red band trailer. Led by Patrick Wilson and featuring an ensemble including Chris Pine, Jessica Alba, Ed Helms, David Hasselhoff, Brooklyn Decker and Ray Liotta, the story follows a harried limo driver who spends one wild night driving around a crazy client in the hopes the high priced gig will help him pay off some gambling debts. But of course, he'll cross paths with no shortage of weirdos including midgets, nymphomaniacs, strippers and....well, you get the idea. "Stretch" hit VOD this week. Watch below. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Stretch Review

8 October 2014 11:26 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

One of the things I like about Joe Carnahan's films is that they filter drama and action through a working-class lens.  Narc is on the down-and-dirty streets; The Grey is about a group of oil drillers trying to survive in the wild; and even his blockbuster feature The A-Team sides with guys just trying to make a living.  The outlier is Smokin' Aces, an ensemble piece that ranges from cartoonish to somber as assassins compete to take out an informant.  Carnahan's latest feature, Stretch, attempts to blend the slapdash attitude of Smokin' Aces with a grounded, working-class character.  The result is a movie that still manages to be endearing despite how often it tries to remind you of its weirdness. Stretch (Patrick Wilson) is a limo driver struggling to turn his life around.  A failed actor and former addict, Stretch owes $6,000 to the Mexican mob, and he needs the »

- Matt Goldberg

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Linktime Stories

8 October 2014 6:01 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Cinematically Insane #DontTouchTCM when it comes to Turner Broadcasting layoffs 

Richard Kelly, of Donnie Darko directing fame, lurves Gone Girl and write a whole epic essay about it while also touching on Eyes Wide Shut and Fincher's music videos

In Contention interviews cinematographer Robert Elswit (Inherent Vice, Nightcrawler)

Mnpp gives Quote of the Day to Michael B Jordan on his costumes for Fantastic Four. "snug"

Deadline Scarlett Johansson about to do an Edith Wharton miniseries that was originally supposed to be a Michelle Pfeiffer feature film in the 90s. *sniffle*

Empire first images of Mark Wahlberg, Jessica Lange and Brie Larson in The Gambler remake

Vulture the exact moment Jennifer Garner fell in love with Ben Affleck 

Antagony & Ecstacy on The Boxtrolls. Glad Tim loved it

Boston Globe Mark Wahlberg's compound is finished. Holy third nipple, is he planning to house everyone who has ever appeared in any of his movies? »


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‘Stretch’ Review: A Sweet, Perverted and Exciting Adventure Film

8 October 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Joe Carnahan has carved out an eclectic career for himself as a director. Three years ago he made his best film to date with the emotional and tense dram, The Grey. That film followed The A-Team and Smokin’ Aces, movies that are best described as fun. One was an unabashedly over-the-top popcorn the movie, the other a wacky R-rated shoot’m up, and the voice that gave us those two films has now returned with Stretch. Happily though, this is a more consistent and successful blend of sorrow and anarchy. Kevin Stretch (Patrick Wilson) moved to Los Angeles with the dreams of becoming an actor, but instead found himself behind the wheel of a stretch limousine. After overcoming his substance abuse and gambling problem, Stretch is at his lowest point — he has zero money to his name, a job he’s unhappy with, an ex-girlfriend (Brooklyn Decker) he can’t get over and the ghost of his »

- Jack Giroux

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Will Spider-Man join the Avengers on screen? That's a tangled web ...

7 October 2014 3:32 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

Remember when you were a kid and you liked somebody, but you weren't comfortable asking that person out? So you told a few friends, and maybe they told the friends of the girl or guy you like, and those emissaries determined whether there was mutual interest. If it's an affirmative, an actual overture could be made without fear of humiliation on either front. If one side isn't interested, however, the other can safely deny involvement. The same thing happens at the corporate level. See, for example, the world of Spider-Man, where delicate preliminary conversations between Sony Pictures (which owns the »

- Anthony Breznican

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Go Behind the Scenes of the Filming of a Hollywood Sex Scene

7 October 2014 9:20 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Hitting On Demand today over at Amazon and iTunes is Joe Carnahan's Stretch starring Patrick Wilson as a down-on-his-luck chauffeur looking to relieve himself of some debt when he starts working for a billionaire (Chris Pine) who makes his life hell. Universal was going to release the film in theaters earlier this year, but now they've basically washed their hands of any kind of marketing effort (I haven't received a single email about the new movie) and left it to Carnahan to do most of his own promotion... and he's doing a pretty good job. amz asin="B00O8O3W4U" size="small"While the official YouTube channel for the film has been releasing trailers, clips and gag reels, this latest behind the scenes look at the making of a sex scene featuring Wilson and Brooklyn Decker is just great... it's also not safe for work. Ever wonder »

- Brad Brevet

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Joe Carnahan Promises To Refund Your Money If You Don't Like 'Stretch' Plus More New Clips

7 October 2014 8:40 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Universal may have bailed on releasing Joe Carnahan's "Stretch" in theaters, but don't think for one second the director doesn't believe in his film. With the movie hitting VOD today, you have no reason not to give it a whirl. Why? Because Carnahan says if you don't like the movie, he's got you covered. Anybody who pays for @stretchthemovie and doesn't dig it, I'll refund your money personally. That's how confident I am in the experience. — Joe Carnahan (@carnojoe) October 6, 2014 We like the self-assuredness, though we will say "Stretch" looks like the kind of movie that isn't for everyone. The wild story follows a limo driver who takes on a well-paying gig driving an unruly client around for one night, all so he can pay off a gambling debt. Patrick Wilson leads the movie, but there are all kinds of faces you'll recognize, with Ed Helms, Jessica Alba, Brooklyn Decker, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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