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This week’s Blu-ray and DVD releases are an eclectic bunch, to say the least. Not only is Steve Miner’s criminally overlooked horror/comedy creature feature Lake Placid swimming its way onto Blu-ray, but Severin Films is also releasing a trio of controversial cult classics- Bloody Moon, The Baby and Bloody Birthday-all in high definition for the first time ever.
The Time Machine is also getting a Blu-ray release this week, along with Gareth Evans’ stunning action masterpiece The Raid 2 and a handful of indie horror films, including the wickedly entertaining horror musical Stage Fright starring Minnie Driver and Meat Loaf. Overall, it’s a good week to be a genre fan with oddball tastes because there’s a whole lot of wonderfully weird stuff arriving this Tuesday.
An A-list director. A jaw-dropping storyline. And depraved depictions of suburban violence, »
- Heather Wixson
I remember the so-called prequel being announced back in 2010; at the time there wasn't much info on it - definitely not what actors would appear in it. We would later learn that Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def) and John Hawkes (star of Sundance 2012 hit "The Surrogate") had signed on to star in the film, and are joined by Jennifer Aniston, Tim Robbins, Isla Fisher and Will Forte. Dan Schechter directed the film from his own script adaption. Titled "Life of Crime," based on Elmore Leonard's novel "The Switch" (the original 1997 film, "Jackie Brown," which starred Pam »
- Tambay A. Obenson
They're talented, individual, but could, possibly, do with a bit of editorial guidance. Could these directors use a boss, we wonder?
In truth, we're a bit frightened about this one. Several times in pub/coffee shop/cider drinking in the park conversations, we've chatted about film directors who perhaps have got too powerful, that they seem to be able to get their own way without having someone to call bullshit on them - be it a good boss, or a very good friend that they trust and listen to.
This can be a very good thing. After all, we want film directors to be free to tell their stories. We don't want studio suits calling the shots. And some directors use their independence wondefully well, without losing what bought it to them in the first place (so, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Christopher Nolan, Robert Zemeckis and such like).
Today we have posters for "Life of Crime," a prequel to Quentin Tarantino's "Jackie Brown," Eli Roth's "Green Inferno" cannibal horror film, and Jeremy Renner's "Kill the Messenger." Check everything out below. Life of Crime: The wealthy husband of a kidnapped wife doesn't want to pay her ransom. The film stars Jennifer Aniston, Tim Robbins, Mos Def, Isla Fisher, Will Forte and John Hawkes. It's set to hit theaters on August 29th. Green Inferno: A group of student activists travel from New York City to the Amazon to save a dying tribe. Unfortunately, they crash in the jungle and are taken hostage by the very natives they protected. Set to hit theaters on September 5th. Kill the Messenger: A reporter becomes the target of a vicious smear campaign that drives him to the point of suicide after he exposes the CIA's role in arming Contra rebels »
The first poster has arrived for the Elmore Leonard adaptation Life of Crime, which serves as a prequel to Quentin Tarantino's crime classic Jackie Brown. The film follows the early adventures of Ordell Robbie and Louis Gara, roles originated by Samuel L. Jackson and Robert De Niro. Yasiin Bey (the artist formerly known as Mos Def) and John Hawkes assume the characters this time around. They kidnap a woman (Jennifer Aniston) only to find out no one wants to pay their ransom. Take a look at the poster, then read on for more details from director Daniel Schechter.
"She wanted to do everything. She wanted to do the stunts and the difficult scenes over and over again until we got it right. I was »
Cannes — Lebanese-born filmmaker Ziad Doueiri (“The Attack”) is set to make his English-language feature debut with “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile,” a Michael Werwie-penned psychological thriller.
The script made it on to the 2012 Black List and earned Werwie the Niccoll Fellowship.
The project turns on the dysfunctional relationship between America’s most famous serial killer, Ted Bundy, and his long-time girlfriend Liz.
Bundy, a killer and rapist of young girls and women who was notoriously charming, was executed in Florida in 1989.
“It’s not going to be like ‘When Harry Meets Sally’ but will be a very compelling love story,” Doueiri told Variety.
“It takes place between 1969 and 1979 and is told through the eyes of Bundy’s girlfriend, who suspected him for many years and eventually turned him in. »
- Elsa Keslassy
Elmore Leonard is widely known for writing great crime stories that have paved the way for some solid cinema (Out Of Sight, Get Shorty, Jackie Brown). If you fear it's been too long since you've gotten your Leonard fix, you can put those fears to bed. Life Of Crime, the latest film based on a novel of his (The Switch), will be out before you experience withdrawals. Check out some illegal activity here: The cast is really enough to get me through the theater door and it »
- Sean Wist
Over the course of his career, novelist Elmore Leonard has seen many of his works adapted to the big screen, resulting on movies such as 3:10 To Yuma, Get Shorty, Out of Sight, and Jackie Brown. While the writer’s passing in 2013 saddened many, they were glad to hear that feature film adaptations of his works continue to be made. The latest among these, titled Life of Crime, comes from Daniel Schechter, who takes on directing duties as well as adapting the screenplay from the Leonard story The Switch. The cast includes Jennifer Aniston, Yasiin Bey, John Hawkes, Tim Robbins, Will Forte, and Isla Fisher, and the film’s first trailer has now been released. The trailer can be seen below. Sound on Sight was also able to see the film at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, and our review can be read here.
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- Deepayan Sengupta
In Life of Crime, the upcoming crime caper from Supporting Characters director Daniel Schechter, Tim Robbins plays Frank Dawson: a wealthy, adulterous man who plans to divorce his wife, but is pre-empted when a pair of criminals kidnap her and tell him that unless he pays a ransom, he’ll never see her again.
For those film buffs out there who think this plot sounds a little familiar, Life of Crime is not a remake of 1986 black comedy Ruthless People. The novel upon which it is based, Elmore Leonard’s “The Switch”, actually predates Ruthless People by a few years. Leonard himself sadly passed away last year, less than a month before Life of Crime premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was met with a handful of positive reviews from critics.
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- H. Shaw-Williams
If you’re familiar with Elmore Leonard, the new trailer for Life of Crime will probably pull you in, even if the story doesn’t seem like his usual fare.
It’s hard to find the common thread that runs through 3:10 to Yuma, Joe Kidd, Get Shorty, Jackie Brown, and TV’s Justified (unless it just people generally being bad ass), but these and other titles that have come from Elmore Leonard’s works (if he didn’t pen the screenplay) are the kinds of stories that grab people with their characters. The latest, based on “The Switch,” is a strange twist on caper films that centers around a plot to kidnap a real estate developer’s wife to collect ransom. The catch is that he doesn’t especially want her back. With the mark not exactly looking to play ball, things get weird, and there’s no telling where we’ll end up. »
- Marc Eastman
Jennifer Aniston is starring in a new film based on Elmore Leonard’s novel The Switch – which also happens to be the title of an unrelated rom-com she starred in with Jason Bateman in 2010. (That film was originally called The Baster; the name was changed due to poor testing.) Thanks to that, the new movie has been retitled Life Of Crime. And it has nothing to do with artificial insemination — or at least, we think it doesn’t.
- Ariana Bacle
The first trailer has arrived online for Life Of Crime, the big-screen adaptation of Elmore Leonard novel The Switch, which is itself a prequel to Jackie Brown. Yasiin Bey (better known as Mos Def) and John Hawkes star as Ordell and Louis, the younger versions of Sam Jackson and Robert De Niro, who kidnap Jennifer Aniston, the trophy wife of Tim Robbins. The trouble is, he was on the brink of divorcing her anyway, and is none too keen to stump up the $1 million they're asking for her safe return... Take a look at the new...
- George Wales
Lionsgate has unveiled the trailer for "Life of Crime", the upcoming film adaptation of Elmore Leonard's "The Switch" novel. The story features several key characters from Leonard's other novel "Rum Punch" which became the 1997 Tarantino movie "Jackie Brown".
John C. Hawkes and Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) play the younger versions of Louis Gara and Ordell Robbie, the characters Robert De Niro and Samuel L. Jackson played in 'Jackie'. Jennifer Aniston, Tim Robbins, Isla Fisher and Will Forte also star in the Dan Schechter-directed film which hits theaters on August 29th.
- Garth Franklin
Though the world lost crime writer Elmore Leonard last year, his legacy lives on via adaptations of his work. The latest to arrive on the big screen is a version of his 1978 novel The Switch, which, thanks to the fact that lead Jennifer Aniston already made a film of that name, is now called Life Of Crime.The story finds criminals Ordell Robbie (Yaslin Bay) and Louis Gara (John Hawkes) deciding to kidnap Mickey Dawson (Aniston), the wife of wealthy, corrupt real estate tycoon (Tim Robbins). It’s a seemingly solid plan with just one tiny drawback: it turns out their mark doesn’t particularly want his wife back, and is happier hanging out with his mistress (Isla Fisher).Everything soon becomes that much complicated, as revenge plots spiral and Mickey decides she’s going to find a little payback herself. It remains to be seen whether this will stand »
Lionsgate just unveiled the trailer for the upcoming "Life of Crime" film, which is a prequel to Quentin Tarantino's "Jackie Brown" and is based on Elmore Leonard's "The Switch" novel. It stars Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes, Tim Robbins, Isla Fisher, Will Forte and Yasiin Bey. Check out the below. Plot: Ordell Robbie and Louis Gara have lots in common - time in the same slammer, convictions for grand theft auto, and a plan for a big score. They're going to snatch the wife of a Detroit developer and collect some easy ransom money. They don't figure on a bum of a husband who has a secret mistress and no desire to get his wife back. Or on his crazy, beautiful broad of a housewife who's going to join Ordell and Louis in the slickest, saviest crime of all. The new movie is written and directed by Dan Schechter »
"You tell him he's never gonna see his wife again? He doesn't want to see his wife again." Following in the footsteps of Get Shorty, Out of Sight and Jackie Brown comes another film based on the darkly funny work of the late author Elmore Leonard. Life of Crime is based on his novel The Switch, the tale of a kidnapping gone wrong when the husband (Tim Robbins) whose wife (Jennifer Aniston) has been kidnapped by a couple of small-time criminals (John Hawkes and Yasmin Bey), doesn't actually want his wife back. This doesn't quite look all that great, but there's some solid dark comedy here and there. Watch the trailer now! Here's the first trailer for Daniel Schecter's Life of Crime, originally from Yahoo: Life of Crime is written and directed by Daniel Schecter (Goodbye Baby), based on Elmore Leonard's novel The Switch. The wife (Jennifer Aniston) of »
- Ethan Anderton
Another one of late author Elmore Leonard's stories comes to life on the big screen later this summer with the upcoming comedy Life of Crime, which was formerly known as Switch. Today, Lionsgate has released the first trailer for this humorous crime saga, which follows two crooks (Yasiin Bey and John Hawkes) who kidnap the wife (Jennifer Aniston) of a millionaire (Tim Robbins) just as he is ready to divorce her. The project marks a prequel, of sorts, to Jackie Brown, with Yasiin Bey and John Hawkes playing younger versions of Ordell Robbie and Louis Gara, originally played by Samuel L. Jackson and Robert De Niro in Quentin Tarantino's 1997 adaptation. Isla Fisher, Mark Boone Junior and Will Forte co-star in director Daniel Schechter's adaptation of Elmore Leonard's 1978 novel The Switch, which debuts in theaters and on VOD formats August 29.
Samuel L. Jackson and Robert De Niro formed one of cinema’s truly oddest couples back in 1997′s Jackie Brown. Two ageing criminals looking for a get-rich-quick scheme, they weren’t the brightest of buttons – but dang, they were fun to watch. With the arrival of the first trailer for Daniel Schecter’s Life Of Crime, we’re offered a glimpse at the two wannabe gangsters before Jackie was around. It’s a sort-of prequel. Ish.
Adapted from Elmore Leonard’s novel The Switch, Life Of Crime harks back… way, way, back before Ordell Robbie and Louis Gara were gun-totin’ couch potatoes. This time around, played by Mos Def and John Hawkes, respectively, Ordell and Louis plot a cunning plan by kidnapping Mickey Dawson (Jennifer Aniston), the wife of a wealthy realtor (Tim Robbins). Intending to extort him for inside info, their ruse fails miserably as it turns out, he doesn’t want her back. »
- Gem Seddon
Life of Crime, a prequel to Elmore Leonard's Jackie Brown, which Quentin Tarantino adapted into a feature film back in 1997, premiered at last year's Toronto Film Festival and didn't exactly come away with the highest of marks. amz asin="B000FC140I" size="small"Directed and written by Daniel Schechter and based on Leonard's "The Switch", the film is described as dark caper comedy in which the wife (Jennifer Aniston) of a corrupt real estate developer (Tim Robbins) is kidnapped by two common criminals (yasiin bey and John Hawkes), who intend to extort him with inside information about his crooked business and off-shore accounts. But the husband decides he'd actually rather not pay the ransom to get back his wife, setting off an unbelievable sequence of double crosses and plot twists. Mark Boone Junior, Will Forte and Isla Fisher co-star. Roadside is set to release the film in theaters »
- Brad Brevet
The first Life of Crime trailer has been released for director Daniel Schecter’s adaptation of the Elmore Leonard novel The Switch. The film features younger versions of the Robert De Niro and Samuel L. Jackson characters from another Leonard adaptation, Jackie Brown, with John Hawkes and Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) filling the roles this time around. The story kicks into gear when Hawkes and Bey kidnap the trophy wife (Jennifer Aniston) of a wealthy man (Tim Robbins), only to find out her husband doesn’t actually want her back. The pic looks to be a fun criminal-centric comedy with strong performances from the leads, and Leonard’s authorial voice comes through loud and clear. Hit the jump to watch the Life of Crime trailer, and click here to read Matt’s review from Tiff. The film also stars Isla Fisher, Will Forte, and Mark Boone Junior. Life of »
- Adam Chitwood
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