19 items from 2010
There was a time when Joel and Ethan Coen, so rightfully highly regarded for their original screenplays and films, found their impeccable track record muddied by a brief rash of remakes and story adaptations. While this one-two punch of “Intolerable Cruelty” and “The Ladykillers” did them no favors roughly a decade ago, the triumph of their 2006 Cormac McCarthy adaptation and Oscar winner “No Country for Old Men” seemed to clarify that the primary fault of the former films may’ve been that they aren’t Westerns. (Yes, I’m one of those who consider “No Country…” a Western, if only perhaps a fringe one. Let’s go with “neo-western/noir”.) Taking any such lesson as that to heart, the Coen brothers are back, this time with an even higher-profile Western adaptation, “True Grit”…read more [TwichFilm]
- Allan Ford
By Scott Mendelson
hollywoodnews.com: I remember being genuinely shocked at the success of Meet the Fockers back in Christmas 2004. It had been well over four years since the original and, box office aside, it wasn’t a film that cried out for a sequel. I figured that no one cared, that it had been too long since the original, and that the sequel would do token business but no more. For the second time in 2004, I was dead-wrong. Twice that year, sequels that didn’t have all that much pre-release buzz around them exploded out of the gate and kept going for the next few months. The other was Shrek 2, which opened out of nowhere on the pre-Memorial Day weekend to $108 million over three days and $128 million over five, to end up winning the year with an astonishing $441 million. Meet the Fockers grossed $46 million over the three-day portion »
- Scott Mendelson
Check out the second trailer for the upcoming drama, The Lincoln Lawyer.
Mickey Haller (Matthew McConaughey) is a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney who operates out of the back of his Lincoln sedan. Haller has spent most of his career defending garden-variety criminals, until he lands the case of his career: defending Louis Roulet (Ryan Phillippe), a Beverly Hills playboy accused of rape and attempted murder. But the seemingly straightforward case suddenly develops into a deadly game of survival for Haller.
From Lionsgate and Lakeshore Entertainment, The Lincoln Lawyer will be in theaters on March 18, 2011.
Click here to view the embedded video. »
- Allan Ford
With their love of American film genres, and a penchant for turning them inside out whilst still offering solid examples of whatever they do, be it the gangster picture (Miller's Crossing), the noir (Blood Simple, The Man Who Wasn't There), the 'based-on-a-true-story' (Fargo, even if it sort of wasn't), and screw-ball comedy (Intolerable Cruelty, Raising Arizona), it was only a matter of time that they got to The Western, the most iconic of them all. Now they sort of went there with No Country For Old Men, a revisionist western set in the 1980s, complete with all the violence and nihilism fixins, but True Grit feels a lot more like a classic western, a good heaping dose of American myth-making where the brothers are more interested in classic entertainment, and leave the snark and the irony to only small scribbles in the margins (an Indian is hung before he can »
Hitting movie theaters this weekend:
Movie of the Week
The Plot: A tough U.S. Marshal helps a stubborn young woman track down her father’s murderer.
The Buzz: This one’s an easy pick for “Movie of the Week,” as for me, Jack Black has worn out his welcome, and any film I’ve ever seen with the word “Focker” in the title was absolutely horrid. Though the Coen Brothers have been hit-and-miss in the last decade, with amazing highs (No Country For Old Men, O Brother, Where Art Thou?) and abysmal lows (Burn After Reading, Intolerable Cruelty), this film, a modern day rehash of the old John Wayne vehicle, looks quite good. »
- Aaron Ruffcorn
There was a time when Joel and Ethan Coen, so rightfully highly regarded for their original screenplays and films, found their impeccable track record muddied by a brief rash of remakes and story adaptations. While this one-two punch of "Intolerable Cruelty" and "The Ladykillers" did them no favors roughly a decade ago, the triumph of their 2006 Cormac McCarthy adaptation and Oscar winner "No Country for Old Men" seemed to clarify that the primary fault of the former films may've been that they aren't Westerns. (Yes, I'm one of those who consider "No Country..." a Western, if only perhaps a fringe one. Let's go with "neo-western/noir".) Taking any such lesson as that to heart, the Coen brothers are back, this time with an even higher-profile Western adaptation, "True Grit".
The Joel and Ethan Coen-penned screenplay Gambit seemed kind of like an abandoned child for a while, the first script the brothers had ever written that they wouldn't be directing. It was a remake of the 1966 action caper film starring Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine, and whether because they wanted to avoid comparisons to their failed romantic comedy Intolerable Cruelty or they were too busy shooting things in the Old West on True Grit, the Coens passed the project on to director Michael Hoffman, who last made The Last Station. But if Hoffman's name was enough to make the project seem more promising-- he recently worked with Christopher Plummer and Helen Mirren, after all-- now things are looking even better. Deadline reports that Colin Firth is in talks to star in the film, as a cat burglar attempting to rob a billionaire with the help of a waitress who's »
Lionsgate has sent over a brand new teaser poster for the upcoming drama, The Lincoln Lawyer.
Mickey Haller is a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney who operates out of the back of his Lincoln sedan. Haller has spent most of his career defending garden-variety criminals, until he lands the case of his career: defending Louis Roulet, a Beverly Hills playboy accused of rape and attempted murder. But the seemingly straightforward case suddenly develops into a deadly game of survival for Haller.
Based on the best-selling novel by Michael Connelly and with an all-star cast including Matthew McConaughey, Academy Award winner Marisa Tomei, Ryan Phillippe, Academy Award nominee William H. Macy, John Leguizamo, Josh Lucas and Michael Peña, The Lincoln Lawyer will be in theaters nationwide on March 18, 2011.
The Lincoln Lawyer Poster
- Allan Ford
This weekend, the slow holiday season seeks rejuvenation with the releases of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader on at least 5,500 screens at 3,555 locations and The Tourist on approximately 3,400 screens at 2,756 locations. The third Narnia movie, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, arrives two and a half years after the last one, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, derailed the budding movie franchise. Caspian debuted to $55 million on approximately 8,400 screens at 3,929 locations and closed with $141.6 million, paling compared to first movie The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe's $65.6 million start on 6,800 screens at 3,616 sites and $291.7 million final tally. The drop-off inspired distributor Walt Disney Pictures to cut ties to Narnia, but 20th Century Fox later picked up the reins. Fox scheduled Voyage of the Dawn Treader to mirror the early December release of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe back in »
- Brandon Gray <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Matthew McConaughey (How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days, Fool’s Gold, Tropic Thunder) and Marisa Tomei (In the Bedroom, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, The Wrestler) star. The supporting cast includes Ryan Phillippe, William H. Macy, John Leguizamo, Michael Pena, Trace Adkins, and Katherine Moennig.
Mickey Haller (McConaughey) is a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney who operates out of the back of his Lincoln sedan. Haller has spent most of his career defending garden-variety criminals, until he lands the case of his career: defending Louis Roulet (Ryan Phillippe), a Beverly Hills playboy accused of rape and attempted murder. But the seemingly straightforward case suddenly develops »
- Allan Ford
By a margin, I suggest, George Clooney is the most interesting male movie star around today. Although he'll be 50 next year, he is still unquestionably attractive to both sexes. Has he ever looked better, or at such a point where handsomeness is so blended with maturity? That may sound obvious, until one considers near rivals – Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt – none of whom is aging with the same insouciance. Indeed, the only fault I can find in Clooney, and it's not a small one, is that he handles this passage not just with ease, but with a hint of smugness. It is there that he falls short in the wishful comparison made by many fans – of being our modern Cary Grant.
Of course, a movie »
- David Thomson
Silver fox George Clooney pulls off celebrity while managing to look like a fully paidup member of the human race
Director: Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Good Night, and Good Luck
His new film, The American, topped the Us box office despite subdued reviews ("the dreariest thriller of the year") which proves, if nothing else, that Clooney, 49, has still got it. Even with his charisma at half-mast, wearing dad slacks – as he does in The American – Clooney is undoubtedly a proper movie star in the broad-shouldered 40s tradition. To the outside world at least, he pulls off celebrity while managing to look like a fully paidup member of the human race without the control freakery of Tom Cruise or Will Smith. That could have something to do with him being a late bloomer; he was in his 30s when he found success on the TV show ER. »
An Asian remake of the Coen Bros' debut Blood Simple hit theaters this weekend. It's called A Woman a Gun and a Noodle Shop. So let's mark the occasion of their first remake (unless I missed one?) with a look back at the peaks and valleys of the Coen Bros. They're consistently interesting filmmakers and often inspired (see Robert's 'Directors of Decade' column) but have you seen their whole filmography?
Here we go...
The Big Lebowski (1998) | O Brother Where Art Thou? (2000) |
The Man Who Wasn't There (2001)
How many have you seen? How would you rank them? It's a pretty consistently fascinating filmography, percentage wise. Well done, Joel and Ethan. Do you think Oscar was correct to focus mostly on Fargo for »
- NATHANIEL R
Lionsgate today announced that it has acquired U.S. distribution rights from Lakeshore Entertainment and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment to the upcoming legal thriller The Lincoln Lawyer, based on the best-selling Michael Connelly novel of the same name. Lakeshore Entertainment is handling international distribution. The announcement was jointly made today by Joe Drake, Lionsgate Chief Operating Officer and Motion Picture Group President, Tom Rosenberg, Lakeshore Entertainment Chairman and CEO, and Sidney Kimmel, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment (Ske) CEO.
Matthew McConaughey (How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days, Fool’s Gold, Tropic Thunder) and Marisa Tomei (In the Bedroom, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, The Wrestler) star. The supporting cast includes Ryan Phillippe, William H. Macy, John Leguizamo, Michael Pena, Trace Adkins, and Katherine Moennig. Brad Furman (The Take) will direct from the adapted screenplay by John Romano (Night in Rodanthe, Intolerable Cruelty). Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi, »
- Allan Ford
Ryan Phillippe, William H. Macy and John Leguizamo have joined the cast of the legal thriller "The Lincoln Lawyer" which Lionsgate has just acquired U.S. distribution rights for from Lakeshore Entertainment and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment.
Based on the 2005 Michael Connolly best-seller, the story follows low-level criminal defense attorney Mickey Haller (Matthew McConaughey) who ends up representing a Beverly Hills playboy with ties to a previous murder case he handled.
Brad Furman ("The Take") will direct from a screenplay by John Romano ("Nights in Rodanthe," "Intolerable Cruelty"). Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi, and Sidney Kimmel will produce. Filming kicks off July 6th in Los Angeles. »
- Garth Franklin
Lionsgate has picked up domestic distribution rights to "The Lincoln Lawyer" starring Matthew McConaughey. The legal thriller is based on Michael Connelly's best-selling book which tells of semi-successful criminal defense attorney Mickey Haller who works out of the backseat of his Lincoln Town Car. Brad Furman ("The Take") helms from the screenplay by John Romano ("Nights in Rodanthe," "Intolerable Cruelty"). Filming starts this July. McConaughey has been attached for a while with recent cast additions like Marisa Tomei, Ryan Phillippe and William H. Macy coming in. Lakeshore Entertainment and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment are producing with Stone Village Pictures. »
Back in October, we heard that Tommy Lee Jones and Matthew McConaughey were teaming up for an adaptation of the Michael Connelly novel The Lincoln Lawyer, with Jones set to direct. Sadly, Jones bowed out a month later (those darn “creative differences”), but the cast is shaping up nicely regardless. According to Variety, Lionsgate just picked up the domestic distribution rights for Lawyer after the flick recently recruited Marissa Tomei, William H. Macy, and Ryan Phillippe to co-star alongside McConaughey.
Brad Furman (The Take) will replace Jones in the director’s chair for the July production. The adapted script from John Romano (Intolerable Cruelty) outlines a legal thriller centered around a defense attorney whose Lincoln Town Car doubles as an office. You’ll find a full plot synopsis for Connelly’s novel after the break.
Here’s the plot synopsis for The Lincoln Lawyer’s literary source:
Los Angeles criminal »
- Brendan Bettinger
Regardless of the reception of Joel and Ethan Coen’s A Serious Man, one thing is clear: whatever creative or emotional bullshit led to their duo of moderate to mediocre to bad films (Intolerable Cruelty, The Ladykillers) - whatever the dust, it’s been shaken loose and they are back on a filmmaking tear. A Serious Man is their most Jewish film (literally), and the humor is almost subterranean. It’s a darkly, philosophically funny movie about Prof. Larry Gopnik (Michael Stuhlbarg) and the drama in his life in 1967. It’s also about the irony of his life. My review of A Serious Man after the jump.
Prof Gopnik is married and has two kids. His son Danny (Aaron Wolff) just wants to smoke weed and get through his bar mitzvah, while his daughter Sarah (Jessica McManus) wants a nose job and isn’t home much if she can help it. »
- Andre Dellamorte
While having South Park co-creator Matt Stone would make this romantic comedy more interesting, this Matt Stone is a little less thrilling, credited for Intolerable Cruelty and Soul Men. But it doesn't sound all bad as Variety reports Fox 2000 has picked up the spec script The Romance Writer, which tells the story of a man who secretly enjoys a successful career as a romance novelist writing with a female pseudonym. But then he falls for a woman who turns out to work for his new publisher - uh oh! At least it has some original elements to it, though I'm sure there's plenty of the usual romantic comedy formula to go around. While plenty of romantic comedies try plenty of different, even silly twists on the romance, many of them turn out to be duds because of a lack of genuine comedy to accompany the romance. Case in point, When »
- Ethan Anderton
19 items from 2010
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