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• Jessica Chastain is in early discussions for The Martian. She would play the female lead opposite Matt Damon in Fox’s sci-fi film, which Ridley Scott is directing. Based on the e-book by Andy Weir, the film follows an astronaut who gets stranded on Mars and must fight to survive and make his way home. Simon Kinberg originally brought the book to Scott, and will produce alongside Aditya Sood through Kinberg’s Genre Films Banner. Fox’s Steve Asbell will oversee the film for the studio. [Variety]
[Note: Deadline and THR reported that Kristen Wiig is also in early talks for a lead female role in the film.]
- C. Molly Smith
Exclusive: Johnny Knoxville has been set to star alongside Jackie Chan in Skiptrace, the Renny Harlin-directed film that has just begun shooting in China. Last I wrote about this, Chan was going to star opposite Seann William Scott and X-Men: Days Of Future Past‘s Fan Bingbing in the tale of a Hong Kong detective (Chan) who teams up with a mouthy American gambler (Scott) to save his niece and take down the city’s most notorious criminal. Bingbing is in, but Scott exited and Knoxville has stepped up to play that role. The tone of the movie is Midnight Run.
Chan, who hatched the idea, is producing with Brian Gatewood, Esmond Ren, Damien Saccani and Charlie Coker. Jay Longino, Brian Gatewood & Alessandro Tanaka, Geoff Moore & David Posamentier, and BenDavid Grabinski all had a hand in the script and Rodney Rothman is polishing. »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Editor's Note: This post is presented in partnership with Time Warner Cable Movies On Demand in support of May's Indie Film Month. "Better Living Through Chemistry" is currently available to view On Demand. From her fantastic turn in Joe Swanberg's 'Drinking Buddies' to her memorable (but short) appearance in Spike Jonze's "Her," Olivia Wilde is on a mission to prove that she's someone we should be taking seriously. In this clip from "Better Living Through Chemistry," Wilde continues to show us why she belongs in the spotlight. The film, directed by first-timers Geoff Moore and David Posamentier, stars Sam Rockwell as a goody goody pharmacist who finds himself in an affair with one his customers and Wilde as a trophy-wife and all-around badass. She ends up complicating his life, forcing him into a world of sex, drugs and murder. In this clip we catch a glimpse at a nervous Rockwell, »
- Eric Eidelstein
The USA Network is on the search for its next hit, with the announcement today of it’s 2014-15 development slate.
An alien drama from Lost creator Carlton Cuse, a comedy from Amy Poehler, and a single-cam comedy about a ski resort from Jessica Biel’s Iron Ocean Films are among the development projects touted by the network, who released descriptions for more than a dozen in-the-works possible series.
The network — home to Suits and White Collar — also announced the cast-contingent pilot pick-up of hour-long original drama Stanistan. Set in a fictional Middle Eastern country, the show follows the staff »
- Sandra Gonzalez
USA Network is keeping its foot on the gas when it comes to scripted series development.
The cabler has given a cast-contingent pilot order to drama “Stanistan,” a dramedy about a group of State Department workers, CIA operatives and journalists working in a fictional Middle Eastern country. Project was developed at Fox earlier this year.
USA has also unveiled a slew of drama, comedy and limited-series development prospects from such producers as Jodie Foster (pictured), Carlton Cuse, Peter Tolan, Amy Poehler and Gregory Nava. The development slate reinforces USA’s focus on broadening the scope of its original series, particularly dramas, beyond the blue-sky and action fare that has clicked for the NBCU cabler in the past.
“This slate represents the next generation of originals at USA, with a focus on dramas that are more serialized, provocative and culturally resonant,” said USA prexy Chris McCumber. “We’re very much committed »
- Cynthia Littleton
Box Office Surprising absolutely no one, Divergent, the Ya adaptation starring Shailene Woodley as a "Divergent" in a dystopian future stratified by personality types, obliterated the competition at the box office this weekend, raking in an estimated $56 million. The take brought it in behind both Twilight and The Hunger Games, but was enough to make it the #2 opener of 2014 and likely validated Summit Entertainment's ongoing plans for a sequel. Muppets Most Wanted opened in second, with $16.5 million, a considerable drop from The Muppets' $29.2 million opening in 2011. Mr. Peabody & Sherman took third, with $11.7 million, a 46% drop over the previous weekend. 300: Rise of an Empire earned an additional $8.6 million, bringing it's total at the start of week #3 to $93.8 million. The Christian-marketed God's Not Dead took fifth with $8.6 million, helped, in part, by appearances by Duck Dynasty stars Willie and Korie Robertson.
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- BJSprecher Sprecher
There are two ways a film can swing when it sets out an incredibly modest set of parameters: It can either prove to be a bland and unambitious retread of the typical and the well-worn, or it can manage – through solid filmmaking and sheer force of will – to succeed within its limited boundaries. While it falls into the latter, Better Living Through Chemistry isn’t really its own movie, it’s more a lightweight mish-mash of American Beauty and Double Indemnity with a dash of Breaking Bad for good measure. It’s amiable, mostly forgettable, and it’s not going to change the world – but boy do I prefer it to alot of the dross out there.
- Dominic Mill
Released today is the first trailer for Better Living Through Chemistry; the debut feature film from writer/director team Geoff Moore and David Posamentier. The dramatic comedy stars Sam Rockwell as a straight-laced pharmacist whose uneventful life spirals out of control when he starts an affair with a trophy wife customer, played by Olivia Wilde, who takes him on a joyride involving sex, drugs and possibly murder.
The trailer shows us a few laughs but any project starring Sam Rockwell has a chance of genuinely entertaining its’ audience and so, for now, we’ll give it the benefit of the doubt. A completely straight-laced role would be wasted on the actor so let’s hope his character faces an absolutely crazy ride and an adventure he won’t forget. Also starring Michelle Monaghan, Jane Fonda, Ray Liotta and Ben Schwartz watch the trailer for yourselves below.
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- Victoria Bull
Written and directed by Geoff Moore and David Posamentier, the indie dramedy Better Living Through Chemistry tells the story of Doug Varney (Sam Rockwell), a small town pharmacist whose uneventful life is turned upside down when he starts an affair with a trophy wife customer (Olivia Wilde) who takes him on a joyride involving sex, drugs and murder. During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, Geoff Moore and David Posamentier talked about the journey they took to get to their current career as writer/directors, how they came to their partnership, deciding whether or not to go ahead with Better Living after the casting fell apart, what inspired the film’s story, finding the right balance between comedy and drama, collaborating with their cast of actors, and deciding what it is they want to do next. Check out what they had to say after the jump. Collider: You guys each took a journey, »
- Christina Radish
For such an obviously small and grass-rootsy kinda dark comedy, Better Living Through Chemistry has a surprising lot going for it. Sam Rockwell, Olivia Wilde, Michelle Monaghan. That's a lot of solid talent rounding out the three leading parts, all of whom have turned heads recently with other work. Unfortunately, when pitted together in this film, chemistry is exactly what they lack. (That may be the obvious line, but there, I said it. And, it's no less obvious than much of this movie.) First time writing/directing team Geoff Moore and David Posamentier, working with a glaringly apparent low budget, somehow netted this eye-opening cast - an accomplishment which is nothing to sneeze at. They even managed to get Ray Liotta and Jane Fonda to turn up...
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David Posamentier and Geoff Moore have been writing together for about ten years. Each has an impressive resume of films they’ve been a part of in some way. Posamentier worked for writer/director Zach Braff on Garden State. Moore has worked on such films as Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and I Love You Phillip Morris. Having worked so long writing and developing projects for others, it seemed inevitable that they would eventually decide to direct themselves. Which is precisely what they have done with the dark comedy Better Living Through Chemistry.
The film tells the story of small-town pharmacist Doug Varney (Sam Rockwell) who’s conventional and boring life is turned upside down when he meets the alluring Elizabeth Roberts (Olivia Wilde). As the pair begins a drug-fueled affair, Doug undergoes a transformation that may ultimately lead him down the path to a better life.
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- Mike Tyrkus
There isn’t a pharmaceutical cocktail powerful enough to improve the dreadful comedy of “Better Living Through Chemistry.” Squandering a committed lead performance from Sam Rockwell, the feature debut of development execs-turned-filmmakers Geoff Moore and David Posamentier treats routine suburban malaise with an overdose of glib indie cliches. Without fest exposure or critical support, Samuel Goldwyn Films’ limited theatrical release on March 14 is just advertising for the simultaneous VOD bow.
Affable pharmacist Doug Varney (Sam Rockwell) sails through life doing exactly as he’s told. His type-a wife, Kara (Michelle Monaghan), runs the household when she’s not teaching spin classes or training for the next local cycling race, and his domineering father-in-law, Walter (Ken Howard), keeps a tight leash on the pharmacy where Doug works even after retirement. Doug can’t even muster the courage to confront his 12-year-old son, Ethan (Harrison Holzer), about the boy’s increasingly antisocial »
- Geoff Berkshire
Better Living Through Chemistry flirts with danger from its opening moments, in which a narrator first says that while each of us can’t help everyone, everyone can help someone, and follows it up by saying that our lead character would dismiss that sentiment as fortune-cookie foolishness. That character, portrayed by Sam Rockwell, who grows more Sam Rockwell-esque by the minute here, would be right to do so, but the film he occupies essentially embraces that sentiment, if to a slightly amoral extent. Better Living Through Chemistry is, seemingly, a bit desperate to both occupy the same satiric subgenre as American Beauty and to be so emphatically unique among other American Beauty-esque films that it’s unable to fully achieve either goal in the end.
Rockwell is Douglas Varney, an “authentically nice guy” living »
- Josh Spiegel
The original followed three outcast teens (Ethan Hawke, River Phoenix and Bobby Fite) who bond over the creation of a homemade spaceship that sends them into the deepest reaches of the galaxy. There they meet an adolescent alien that has been weaned on human television.
The new version is reportedly drawing comparisons to the upcoming found footage time travel movie "Welcome to Yesterday". Geoff Moore and David Posamentier will pen the screenplay while Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec will produce.
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- Garth Franklin
The original story follows three outcast teenage boys who bond over the creation of a homemade spaceship that sends them into the deepest reaches of the galaxy, where they meet an adolescent alien that has been weaned on TV. Ethan Hawke, River Phoenix and Bobby Fite starred as the three best friends. The movie flopped at the box office, after its release date got moved up and its third act had to be hastily rewritten on the fly. It found a strong second life on VHS to become an 80s classic. Some believe it fell under Steven Spielberg's Amblin Film's banner, but he was not a producer on the movie.
Details on what this new version of Explorers looks like is being kept under wraps. One insider compared »
Writer-directors Geoff Moore and David Posamentier's droll but unsatisfying film -- about a henpecked suburban pharmacist (Rockwell) who learns to become a man again by sleeping with married Elizabeth (a blonde Wilde), a woman much hotter than his wife (Michelle Monaghan) -- is the cinematic equivalent of a monthly capsule of Oxycontin: It might sound a little dangerous to some, but it's about as safe as it gets.
Give Rockwell's Doug credit for having the right instinct about his future married mistress: "I hate rich people."
He and Elizabeth soon become lovers in white: He pu »
Better Living Through Chemistry Samuel Goldwyn Films Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade: B Director: Geoff Moore, David Posamentier Screenplay: Geoff Moore, David Posamentier Cast: Olivia Wilde, Michelle Monaghan, Sam Rockwell, Ray Liotta, Jane Fonda, Norbert Leo Butz Screened at: Opens: March 14, 2014 If you watch TV at all, especially the programs (like the news) that cater to people over the age of forty, you’re aware of ads for pharmaceutical products that seem to promise that if you take this pill you may get heart disease, weakened bones, irritation, rashes, hives, a lower immune system, and death. Since most of the ads [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
The pacts with Carell’s Carousel Television and Biel’s Iron Ocean Prods. come as NBCUniversal’s cable production studio is revving up development and production activity under the leadership of Jeff Wachtel, prexy-chief content officer NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group.
Wachtel, the former USA Network co-prexy who segued to the studio role last fall, last month recruited veteran producer Dawn Parouse Olmstead, who joined Ucp last month as exec VP of development. Together the pair is focused on building an entreprenuerial operation that is able to move quickly to feed the voracious appetite for original programming among cable and digital outlets.
Olmstead wasn’t actively looking for an exec job, but she was too intrigued by Watchtel’s pitch to turn it down. Ucp has a broad canvas of »
- Cynthia Littleton
What happens when small town life becomes just a little too much to handle? If you're Sam Rockwell in the upcoming comedy "Better Living Through Chemistry" you embark on affair that soon turns to murder... Co-starring Olivia Wilde, Michelle Monaghan, Ray Liotta, Jane Fonda and Ben Schwartz, the film from co-writers and directors Geoff Moore and David Posamentier follows a mild-mannered pharmacist (Rockwell) whose life gets turned around in a big way when he embarks on a drug-and-alcohol fueled affair with a seductive customer (Wilde). It's certainly a welcome change from his home life with his wife (Monaghan), where he's hen-pecked about how to raise their son, as you'll see in this exclusive clip. "Better Living Through Chemistry" hits VOD and opens in limited release on March 14th. Watch below. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Hello again, dear readers. It’s the last week of January, and that means that we’re almost halfway through the early-year movie doldrums. This week’s installment of Trailer Trashin’ takes a look at this spring’s upcoming comedy-drama Better Living Through Chemistry.
Premise: Straight-laced pharmacist Douglas Varney’s (Sam Rockwell) uneventful life spirals out of control when he starts an affair with Elizabeth Roberts (Olivia Wilde), a seductive trophy wife customer who takes him on a joyride involving sex, drugs, and possibly murder.
My take: As I’m sure I’ve mentioned before, there have been several times in my history of writing this column that I’ve featured a movie which I hadn’t even heard of before seeing the trailer in question. Such is the case with this week’s subject, Better Living Through Chemistry. Before anyone gets too excited, the film has nothing to do »
- Timothy Monforton
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