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‘Life of Crime’ is a fun but lesser Elmore Leonard adaptation

21 hours ago | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Life of Crime

Written for the screen and directed by Daniel Schechter

USA, 2013

Elmore Leonard has one of the most distinctive voices in American film and television and while you may not recognize his name, you will surely recognize his work. His writing is pure cinema, so it should be no surprise that Leonard’s work served as inspiration for Out of Sight, 3:10 to Yuma, Get Shorty, and Justified. Life of Crime is based on Leonard’s novel The Switch, which is lesser work, but the story still has the capacity for entertainment. In a slow week of new releases at the theatre, that’s more than enough.

Ordell Robbie (Yasiin Bey, or better known as “Mos Def”) and John Hawkes (Louis Gara) get much more than they bargained for after kidnapping the wife of a corrupt real-estate developer (Tim Robbins). As it turns Frank Dawson has no intentions »

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Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes, Will Forte, and Director Daniel Schechter Talk Life Of Crime, Their Chemistry Onscreen, Forte’s Giant Beard, and More

28 August 2014 6:26 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Life of Crime is a wonderfully wicked tale filled with outrageously eccentric characters, sly comedy and surprising twists based on Elmore Leonard’s darkly funny novel, The Switch.  When a couple of low-level criminals kidnap the wife of a corrupt real estate developer, they get both more and less than they bargained for in this cool crime caper adapted for the screen and directed by Daniel Schechter.  The film stars Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes, Yasiin Bey, Mark Boone Junior, Isla Fisher, Will Forte and Tim Robbins and will be released in theaters and VOD on August 29th. At the film’s recent press day, Schechter, Aniston, Hawkes, and Forte talked about making a film set in the 70s, what appealed to Schechter about Leonard’s The Switch and made it perfect for adapting to the screen, the brilliance of Leonard’s dialogue, Aniston’s duo role as actor and executive »

- Sheila Roberts

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Life Of Crime – The Review

28 August 2014 2:22 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

A little over a year ago, the entertainment world mourned the passing of prolific author Elmore Leonard, a writer well-known in both literature and motion picture circles. His earliest works were in the Western genre and beginning in the late 1950′s many were filmed (his short story 3:10 To Yuma was made twice!). In the next decade Leonard switched genres and soon became known as one of the great creators of gritty crime thrillers. And Hollywood scooped these up for the screen, perhaps more so than the “oaters”. In the 90′s many celebrated young directors discovered his work and several critical (if not always box office) hits were released. 1998 saw Steven Soderbergh’s take on Out Of Sight following Quentin Tarantino’s spin on “Rum Punch” titled Jackie Brown the previous year. Both films even shared a Leonard character, Michael Keaton as Atf agent Ray Nicholette. This weekend sees a »

- Jim Batts

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Weekend Movies & TV: 'Belle,' 'Houdini,' 'Sons of Anarchy,' & More (Video)

28 August 2014 9:15 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

This weekend, period drama "Belle" is out on DVD; the film follows a mixed-raced illegitimate daughter raised by her aristocratic uncle in 18th century England. Meanwhile, on TV, "The Leftovers" Season 1 finale airs Sunday on HBO, Adrien Brody stars in History Channel's miniseries "Houdini" as the famous escape artist on Monday night, and "Sons of Anarchy" season 6 is on DVD just in time for its final season this fall.

Also in theaters this weekend: "As Above, So Below" is a subterranean horror movie that follows a team of explorers who venture into the catacombs that lie beneath the streets of Paris. Then something bad happens. "The November Man" stars Pierce Brosnan as an ex-cia operative brought back in on a personal mission that finds himself pitted against his former pupil. In "The Congress," an aging, out-of work actress (Robin Wright) accepts one last job -- creating a digital likeness for a future Hollywood, »

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‘Life of Crime’ Review: We’ve Seen These Ruthless People Before

28 August 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Ordell (Mos Def) and Louis (John Hawkes) have planned the perfect kidnapping. Their target is Mickey (Jennifer Aniston), wife to a sketchy businessman named Frank (Tim Robbins) who’s hiding a fortune in a secret bank account. The plan is simple. Kidnap Mickey, tell Frank to pay the ransom if he ever wants to see his wife again and then retire in style. But they never considered the possibility that Frank might not want his wife back. Chronology is a funny thing. The inclination will be (and has been if you check the IMDb page) to label Life of Crime a straight-up rip-off of 1986′s Ruthless People. In actuality though this is an adaptation of Elmore Leonard‘s 1978 novel, The Switch. Keep moving backward and you’ll find that all of these incarnations share an inspiration in O. Henry’s 1907 short story, “The Ransom of Red Chief.” The problem for this film then is how to stand »

- Rob Hunter

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Life of Crime | Review

27 August 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Criminal Intent: Leonard Done Light

What remains most enticing about Daniel Schechter’s Life of Crime is its connection to Quentin Tarantino’s 1997 masterwork, Jackie Brown. While Tarantino adapted Elmore Leonard’s Rum Punch, Schechter takes on the earlier work of The Switch, which features the younger version of three key characters from the later novel, here existing in 1978 Detroit. A bit too light to register the same malevolence (though apparently Schechter is more in tune with Leonard’s style than Tarantino), and inanely marketed as a ‘caper comedy,’ Schechter takes a rather familiar premise and turns it into a completely enjoyable, utterly innocuous film. Inbal Weinberg’s production design turns the late 70’s into a glossy postcard of kitsch, not unlike her similar rendering of the 80s in the primped The Perks of Being a Wallflower, which only furthers the film’s highly sanitized feel.

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Ansel Elgort Splits From His High School Sweetheart

27 August 2014 7:19 AM, PDT | | See recent Popsugar news »

Ansel Elgort and Violetta Komyshan break up - Us Weekly All the movies you'll want to see this Fall - HuffPost Celebrity It's Nikki Reed vs. Ashley Greene - Gossip Girl Emma Stone kicks things off in Venice - Lainey Gossip Ellen DeGeneres confronts a nude Chelsea Handler - Hollywood Reporter Kendall Jenner flaunts her bikini body - TooFab Isla Fisher hasn't aged one bit - Rotten Tomatoes Pamela Anderson calls off her marriage - Wonderwall Now you can take a walk in Iggy Azalea's shoes - SHEfinds »

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Courteney Cox Accepts Jennifer Aniston's Ice Bucket Challenge - With Ed Sheeran!

27 August 2014 5:56 AM, PDT | | See recent Popsugar news »

After being nominated by her friend Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox finally took part in the Als Ice Bucket Challenge, and she got a celebrity friend to help out. Ed Sheeran, who introduced Courteney to her fiancé, Snow Patrol's Johnny McDaid, was on hand to dump the first (yes, first) bucket of ice water on the Cougar Town star. The actress made sure to keep the celebrity nominations coming, this time challenging Johnny, his bandmate Gary Lightbody, and Isla Fisher. Watch Courteney's challenge below, and be sure to check out all the celebrity Als Ice Bucket Challenges so far. »

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Watch This Sexy, Tantalizing Lingerie Ad Written and Directed by Penélope Cruz

22 August 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

When Penélope Cruz isn’t busy making out with Scientologists, palling around with Pedro Almodóvar, or being addicted to breastfeeding, she’s apparently writing and directing sexy ads for Agent Provocateur. Cruz’s flesh-baring video for the British lingerie brand features a group of models in the desert and one very helpless man. We’ll let you uncover the threadbare narrative for yourself — and we’re taking bets on whether or not the women perform an aerobics routine or actually dance. Don’t blink and miss the Cruz cameo, too. You can catch the Spanish actress in the upcoming Louis Leterrier film Grimsby with Isla Fisher and Rebel Wilson — cowritten by Sacha Baron Cohen, Phil Johnston and Peter Baynham. [via Design...

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True Detectives: 7 Movie Capers Based on Books

21 August 2014 10:57 AM, PDT | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

There’s nothing quite like sinking your teeth into a juicy detective novel full of the kinds of twists and turns that keep your mind busy and your heart racing for hours on end. Author Elmore Leonard is one of the best at delivering these colorful and complex novels full of memorable characters and razor-sharp story lines, and on August 29 another one of his tales comes to the big screen. In Life of Crime (based on Leonard’s The Switch, and opening in limited release), two petty criminals find themselves in over their heads after kidnapping the wife of a wealthy real-estate developer for ransom. Problem is, he doesn’t want her back. Jennifer Aniston, Mos Def, Isla Fisher and Will Forte star. If you’re jonesing for a few more deliciously additive capers...

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Sacha Baron Cohen kisses Rebel Wilson on set of hooligan comedy Grimsby

18 August 2014 4:07 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Sacha Baron Cohen was pictured kissing his co-star Rebel Wilson on the set of comedy caper Grimsby in South Africa over the weekend (August 17).

The 42-year-old actor was spotted wearing an England shirt and a red and white novelty hat while sporting an uneven fringe and long sideburns, as he shot scenes in Cape Town.

The Malay quarter was transformed into a city in Chile during filming of a fictional football match between the South American country and England.

Baron Cohen and Pitch Perfect star Wilson were seen kissing tenderly on the lips, surrounded by fellow football supporters cheering and waving flags while milling around after the match.

The Louis Leterrier-directed spy spoof stars Mark Strong as a black ops agent who goes on the run with his long lost hooligan brother (Baron Cohen). The Borat star co-wrote the screenplay along with Phil Johnston and Peter Baynham.

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Meet Brenton Thwaites, the Star of The Giver and Your New Crush

13 August 2014 3:05 AM, PDT | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

The Giver opens this week, and that means it's time to familiarize yourself with the star of the big-screen adaptation. Brenton Thwaites plays Jonas, the young hero of Lois Lowry's famous novel, opposite Jeff Bridges. If you haven't heard of him, you probably didn't catch his run on the Australian soap Home and Away - the same show on which Chris Hemsworth, Isla Fisher, and Guy Pearce got their big breaks. He also turned up in Maleficent this year as Prince Phillip, but when we caught up with him recently, we really just wanted some intel on The Giver. Don't be jealous, but he totally jammed out with The Dude. Popsugar: Did you have any hesitation signing up for an adaptation of such a beloved book? Brenton Thwaites: No, my only concern in the beginning was my age. We worked that out by aging Jonas up a bit from the book. »

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5 Australian pop-culture imports you should know

8 August 2014 10:46 AM, PDT | - PopWatch | See recent - PopWatch news »

Sick of explosion-filled blockbusters and snoozy summer reality TV? Here’s a solution: Try looking to the Southern Hemisphere to fill your entertainment needs. Several EW staffers have fallen under the spell of Australian TV and music, especially Josh Thomas’s charming comedy Please Like Me (which returns to Pivot on Friday at 10:30 p.m. Et).

And it’s not just people who write about this stuff for a living: A friend of mine is obsessed with Dance Academy, a teen drama that’s exactly what it sounds like (and is available for streaming on Netflix). Another swears by Australia’s Next Top Model, »

- Hillary Busis

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Life Of Crime Review

17 July 2014 6:57 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Jumping from average romcom to average romcom with all the enthusiasm of a bored teenager slogging through their homework, Jennifer Aniston just keeps on trucking. Romcoms are all well and good for some, but ever since Friends wrapped up at the turn of the millennium her’s has been a career in slow but steady decline. To that effect, Life of Crime is actually a pretty pleasant surprise, with Aniston swapping her usual Girl Next Door role for that of a beleaguered housewife taken hostage by a trio of barely competent crooks. That’s not to say the film’s any good, but I’d much rather watch Aniston try (and largely fail) to work outside her usual range than have to sit through Along Came Polly 2: Rodolfo’s Revenge. 

Life of Crime plays out like a sub-par companion piece to David O. Russell’s American Hustle - which »

- Dominic Mill

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Wme Signs ‘Now You See Me’ Scribe Ed Ricourt

17 July 2014 1:55 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Screenwriter and producer Ed Ricourt has signed with Wme in all areas. Last summer the scribe enjoyed a hit with his first produced script, Summit’s magician caper Now You See Me, which Ricourt penned with Boaz Yakin sharing credits with Ed Solomon. The pic starred Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Morgan Freeman, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson and Michael Caine and grossed $351M worldwide, spawning an upcoming sequel. Ricourt is currently a consulting producer on Netflix’s upcoming Marvel series Aka Jessica Jones, about an ex-superheroine who hangs up her costume to open her own detective agency. He’s also scripting graphic novel […] »

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Sacha Baron Cohen's 'Grimsby' Gives Lessons on How Not to Get a Town to Like You

15 July 2014 1:00 PM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Sacha Baron Cohen's upcoming spy spoof, "Grimsby," is also a bit of a spoof of the real-life titular town in which it's set -- and residents are none too pleased with their portrayal.

Local media reports indicate that natives of Grimsby, England have been horrified by the way the town is being set up for the film. Though shooting is taking place in a small town just outside of London, not in Grimbsy itself, locals who have caught wind of the production say that producers are aiming to make it looks like the northern England port town -- but with run-down, offensive results.

The Hollywood Reporter writes that residents have seen the Grimsby stand-in filled with "gardens covered in rubbish, graffiti scrawled on walls, cars on bricks and boarded up shops. Pictures that have emerged from the shoot show characters urinating out of windows, drunks passed out on benches »

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Sacha Baron Cohen upsets Grimsby residents with new film

14 July 2014 8:56 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Grimsby residents have spoken out against Sacha Baron Cohen's upcoming film.

The town is expected to be portrayed as a rundown home of football hooliganism in Grimsby.

The comedy has begun shooting in the Essex port town of Tilbury, which has been transformed for the film into a version of the Lincolnshire town populated by drunks and people urinating in the street.

North East Lincolnshire councillor Matthew Brown told the Mail Online that he was "disappointed" by the portrayal of Grimsby.

"It is using the town's name in potentially a poor light," he said. "What also worries me is that there is no benefit to the local economy which is carrying the town's name. Anything that you associate with football hooliganism is going to be negative, but I hope people will be open-minded when they watch the film.

"My view is quite simple. We don't have a massive issue with hooliganism. »

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Penelope Cruz to play a femme fatale in Louis Leterrier’s Grimsby

10 July 2014 11:33 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

According to TheWrap, Academy Award winner Penelope Cruz (Vicky Christina Barcelona, The Counselor) is in talks to join Now You See Me  director Louis Leterrier’s latest film, Grimsby

Described as a “soccer hooligan action comedy,” Grimsby stars Mark Strong (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) as a British black-ops agent who is forced to go on the run and team up with his idiotic English football hooligan brother, played by Borat star Sacha Baron Cohen.

Cruz will reportedly play the film’s femme fatale, and joins The Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides co-star Ian McShanePitch Perfect‘s Rebel WilsonPeaky BlindersAnnabelle WallisHomeland‘s David Harewood, Academy Award nominee Gabourey Sidibe (Precious), English comedian Johnny Vegas, and Isla Fisher (The Great Gatsby, Wedding Crashers).

Grimsby is currently filming, and is set to hit theaters on July 31st, 2015.

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Penelope Joins Strong & Baron Cohen in 'Grimsby'

10 July 2014 2:56 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

The Hollywood Reporter has announced that Penelope Cruz, the Spanish beauty that has appeared in films like Vanilla Sky, The Counselor, and Pirates of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, has agreed to join the cast of Sony's spy comedy Grimsby.

The film will center on a James Bond-esque super spy, played by Mark Strong (Green Lantern, Sherlock Holmes, Kick-Ass), who is forced to go into hiding in his hometown. There, he winds up having to team up with his soccer hooligan of a brother, who'll be played by Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat).

The film was written by Baron Cohen, Phil Johnston (Wreck-It Ralph), and Peter Baynham- who also co-wrote Borat and Bruno with Baron Cohen. 

Not much is known about any of the characters in the film, but we do know that Cruz will be joining a cast that also includes Rebel Wilson, Isla Fisher, Ian McShane, Scott Adkins, »

- Mario-Francisco Robles

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Penelope Cruz Joining Sacha Baron Cohen for 'Grimsby' Comedy

10 July 2014 10:31 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Sacha Baron Cohen already has his gorgeous wife Isla Fisher on board his spy comedy Grimsby at Sony Pictures, but another lovely lately has just entered the mix as well. THR has word that Penelope Cruz is in final talks to join the film about a soccer hooligan (Cohen) forced to team up with his a British black ops agent brother (Mark Strong). It's interesting that Cruz is taking a role in this kind of spy comedy since the actress has been rumored a couple times for a role in the James Bond franchise as one of the signature vixens. But in this film, she'll be playing a philanthropic corporate leader who might be keeping a secret. That means Cruz could either be an undercover agent, or some kind of villain. She joins a cast that also includes Rebel Wilson, Ian McShane, Gabourey Sidibe and more. This marks just the »

- Ethan Anderton

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