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Check out the latest movie poster from the upcoming comedy “Everybody’s Fine” by director Kirk Jones and starring Robert De Niro (Meet the Fockers Sequel, Machete), Kate Beckinsale (Vacancy, Click), Drew Barrymore (Going the Distance, 50 First Dates, Charlie’s Angels), Sam Rockwell (Iron Man 2, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind) and Lucien Maisel. Synopsis: “Everybody’s Fine,” a remake of Giuseppe Tornatore’s “Stanno Tutti Bene,” follows a widower (De Niro) who embarks on an impromptu road trip to reconnect with each of his grown children only to discover that their lives are far from picture perfect. Stay tuned to Shockya.com for the latest movie news and more from “Everybody’s Fine”. »
- Brian Corder
In the tradition of great movies based on real game shows (Quiz Show; Slumdog Millionaire), Tobey Maguire is said to be producing and starring in a film called Prisoners of Trebek, based on a true story about a guy who found romance while attempting to master Jeopardy. Pajiba has the exclusive scoop on the project, which was scripted by The Hoax screenwriter William Wheeler and is being likened to the work of Charlie Kaufman. Producing with Maguire's company is Mark Gordon, who worked with Wheeler on The Hoax and regularly collaborates with Roland Emmerich (2012; The Day After Tomorrow).
The Kaufman connection could mean we should expect Alex Trebek to show up as himself in a surreal sort of comedy akin to Being John Malkovich. Or, Trebek could be more similar to Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, which also went behind the scenes of a game show in its biographical portrait »
- Christopher Campbell
In the science fiction drama "Moon," Sam Rockwell spends most of his time acting opposite himself, playing two clones of a man working in a lunar laboratory. And how did Rockwell find working with Rockwell as a scene partner? "Very difficult," the actor says, sighing. "He's a very selfish actor."It seems like Rockwell is everywhere lately, and not just playing multiple versions of himself in "Moon." He also stole scenes in November's "Gentlemen Broncos" and can now be seen as Robert De Niro's son in the comedy-drama "Everybody's Fine." In that film, Rockwell is extremely effective as a man desperate not to disappoint his father. It's a surprisingly low-key performance for the actor, who seems to veer toward more-offbeat roles—think the sex addict who might be related to Jesus in last year's "Choke" or the game-show host who doubles as a CIA spy in "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. »
Thanks to movies like Moon, Choke and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, actor Sam Rockwell has become famous for his intense -- and idiosyncratic -- roles. With the family drama Everybody's Fine, he takes on something lighter, playing one of four grown children Robert De Niro is seeking to reconnect with. Rockwell talks to AMCtv.com about re-teaming with Drew Barrymore and Kate Beckinsale, and when he's willing to play »
Amid a summer of explosive spectacle - there can barely be a stick of dynamite left unlit in Hollywood - David Bowie's son Duncan Jones surprised everyone with his directorial debut: An old-school sci-fi film called Moon.
Made for just $5million by Liberty Films and released by Sony Pictures Classics, Moon lands on DVD and Blu-ray next Monday, November 16. The new website for the film has now gone live (and you can see it here).
This psychological drama - which was on a limited theatrical release - stars Sam Rockwell (Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind, Frost/Nixon) and features the voice of Kevin Spacey as a computer called Gerty.
Rockwell is Sam Bell, a Lunar Industries worker supervising the mechanical extraction of the clean fuel helium-3 from rocks on the surface of the moon.
Bell is nearing the end of a solitary three-year contract during which he has been »
- David Bentley
It came as a surprise to very few people when A Christmas Carol topped the Us box office this weekend, since studio chiefs and analysts were all visited by ghosts pretty much guaranteeing it. That it took $31 million in the process, however, was something of a disappointment, despite doing better than The Polar Express, director Robert Zemeckis' last attempt at a Christmas classic.A whopping 74% of that total, however, came from 3D screenings, reaffirming the box office power of the third dimension, and if Carol does manage to follow The Polar Express' model and keep packing them in until January, it could end up doing extremely well despite the relatively slow start.It was still some distance ahead of the competition, however: Michael Jackson's This Is It fell to second with $14m, while new release The Men Who Stare At Goats took $13.3m, which is better than Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, »
It was a miserly start to the Holiday movie season as the high profile movie positioned to bring the most cheer, A Christmas Carol, stumbled a bit out of the gate. Overall weekend business was off 14 percent from the same timeframe last year, when Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa landed, and was on the low end for early November.
Haunting approximately 6,500 screens at 3,683 sites, A Christmas Carol churned out an estimated $31 million, selling fewer tickets than Elf and The Santa Clause 2 and far fewer than star Jim Carrey's last Christmas movie, How the Grinch Stole Christmas. On the other hand, Carol's opening grossed more than The Polar Express, the previous performance-capture animated Christmas movie from director Robert Zemeckis that chugged strongly throughout the 2004 season despite its disappointing $23.3 million start, but that picture was muted by The Incredibles whereas Carol had no such direct competitor. According to distributor Walt Disney Pictures' exit polling, »
- Brandon Gray
I was going to try out this new quickie daily birthday feature. Only it's not quickie it's longie. I can't even do filler without breaking my back. Sigh, I'll never be a mega famous blogger. I care too much!
Today's birthdays 11/05
For those prone to celebrating the filmic and famous.
1905 Joel McCrea undervalued 40s star. Read this great piece on his career
1913 Vivien Leigh, more on her soon
1940 Elke Sommer, the German movie star turns 69 years young today. She was very generous with her birthday suit back in the 60s. Wouldn't you be if you looked like that? On a sad note I have never seen the infamous movie The Oscar (1966) which is about the Oscars that she co-stars in. Is it as bad as they say? I must see it. »
- NATHANIEL R
Bearing a snarky, double-take title and a premise like a glazed pig on a platter, Grant Heslov's "The Men Who Stare at Goats" can't help but get us salivating -- be it Chayefskyian satire or schizoid paranormal headtrip or Coenesque destiny farce, we'll gobble it down, especially if it is, as this movie is, based on reported fact. American military new age telekinetic absurdism! The brown-acid substance of reporter Jon Ronson's book by the same name is the dizzying crucible at hand -- too ludicrous and all true to resist, and yet so much the sum of its chortlesome vignettes that filming it would require either the cargo-cult undergroundism of a Craig Baldwin or the imposed narrative arc of an over-punctuated Hollywood biopic. Regrettably, Heslov and screenwriter Peter Straughan and producer/star George Clooney have opted for the latter. Which is to say, the madness has been dressed for dinner, »
- Michael Atkinson
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002) I'm not killing people... my future's in television. Synopsis The true-ish story of Chuck Barris, who wrote pop songs, hosted games shows, and killed people for a living. Why We Love It Confessions of a Dangerous Mind came out of nowhere for me. It's the type of movie that, considering how it did at the box office, you had to have a friend that loved it enough to rent it or (God forbid) buy the thing outright. That friend would then have to be confident enough in their taste to show a close friend a movie that a huge bulk of the population chose to ignore in theaters. Luckily, I had that friend. Also luckily, that friend had a home entertainment center, so we were able to watch the calm madness of this movie in all the large spectacle it demands. Something necessary considering most people didn't get that chance (or didn't »
- Dr. Cole Abaius
Sam Rockwell was out promoting his new film Gentlemen Broncos so reporters took the time to ask him a few questions…about Iron Man 2 of course. About playing Tony Stark’s competitor, Justin Hammer, in the upcoming film Rockwell said: He’s a rival of Tony’s – they are competitors in the weapons industry. I team up with Mickey Rourke and we decide we want to take him down and take down the Stark legacy. He’s sort of like a cousin of the Charlie’s Angels character I played. The smarmy cousin. But it’s Mickey – he does the fighting and the kicking ass in the film.”
Alright, I know a lot of you read Charlie’s Angels and had a giant collective groan. However, the first Angels film wasn’t that bad (Did I just lose some geek cred by admitting that?) but more specifically Rockwell turned in a great performance. »
- Bob Starr
Want to know why I trust George Clooney with a movie like “Hamdan vs. Rumsfeld” which is a courtroom drama about the U.S. case against Osama Bin Laden’s former chauffeur Salim Ahmed Hamdan? He made “Good Night, and Good Luck.” Because he’s not trying to make it a political film but clearly tells a good story first and lets the political aspect speak for itself. Now with the news that he’s casting his friend Matt Damon as the lead means they’re crafting a powerhouse of movie. Find out why this film will be one of my most-anticipated if it comes together.
/Film [via FemaleFirst] reports that Clooney has brought Matt Damon to star as Hamdan’s lawyer as the film tracks Hamdan’s capture to his incarceration in Guantanamo Bay as his case moves through the system and eventually reaches the Supreme Court.
Clooney and Damon previously »
- Matt Goldberg
Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Running Time: 1 hr, 48 mins
Release Date: September 18, 2009
Plot: The story of conniving business man Mark Whitacre, a man whose many ulterior motives nearly bring down both his high-paying company, and the F.B.I. Though presented as a true story, the film insists there have been various entertainment-inducing liberties that were taken to present a more light-hearted depiction of the events that transpired from 1992 to 1996.
Who’s It For? Those who still aren’t convinced Matt Damon has any relative range as an actor. Soderbergh has yet to include “spoof comedy” to his illustrious directorial career, and even the greats have muffed such opportunities up. This is a film you should see if you are curious about what happens when two popular Hollywood talents put their reputations on the line, and spread their wings a bit. »
- Chris De Salvo
For those unaware about this film, but intrigued by the title; you’re in luck. The premise is a bit bizarre, and supposedly based on a true story in which reporter Bob Wilton, played by Ewan McGregor, is in search of his next big story when he encounters Lyn Cassady (George Clooney), a shadowy figure who claims to be part of an experimental government program that trains psychics.
Originally based on the book by Jon Ronson, the film was adapted for the screen by writer Peter Straughan (How to Lose Friends and Alienate People) and directed by actor-turned-writer-turned-director Grant Heslov, who penned Good Night and Good Luck. The film has the same feel as Clooney’s Confessions of a Dangerous Mind or even Burn After Reading in it’s ability to stay quirky and funny. The cast also includes Jeff Bridges, Kevin Spacey, J.K. Simmons, and Robert Patrick.
Check out the trailer after the jump. »
- Sebastian Suchecki
No, the sun has not set for Twilight and The Twilight Saga: New Moon star Rachelle Lefevre. Lefevre, whose replacement in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse by Bryce Dallas Howard caused a bit of an uproar yesterday, has a lot to look forward to - and it appears Twilight fans will be following her career very closely. Obviously, Lefevre will appear in Barney's Version. Barney's Version ... Rachelle Lefevre will also appear in Casino Jack, with Barry Pepper Kevin Spacey ... Lefevre's film The Pool Boys is set to be released ... She began her work in films about ten years ago in 1999's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. ... Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind, Life In The Balance, Dead Awake, Abandon, Deception, Hatley High .. television shows, including Big Wolf On Campus, Life On A Stick, Bones, Veronica Mars, Four Kings, What About Brian, How I Met Your Mother, The Closer, CSI: NY, Swingtown, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, »
Leonardo DiCaprio has hired Rand Ravich to script his Twilight Zone movie, reports Variety. DiCaprio and his Appian Way firm set up the sci-fi project at Warner Bros last year but there has been little progress since the initial announcement. Ravich is the creator of NBC's Life. He also wrote and directed Johnny Depp's The Astronaut's Wife and executive produced Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind. Created by Rod (more) »
- By Simon Reynolds
Variety reports that Warner Bros. is gearing up for it's second big-screen trip to The Twilight Zone.
The studio that produced the 1983 Twilight Zone (pictured on the cover of Fangoria #30) film that featured segments by Joe Dante (Gremlins), John Landis (An American Werewolf In London), George Miller (Mad Max), and Stephen Spielberg (Jaws), will be bringing another vision of the Rod Serling-created series into theaters from a screenplay by Rand Ravich.
Ravich first hit the genre radar after penning the screenplay to Candyman: Farewell To The Flesh. He's since written The Astronaut's Wife, produced Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind, and created the NBC series Life.
No director has been attached to the project just yet, but »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (James Zahn)
Chuck Barris’ 1984 autobiography, Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind, is best remembered these days as an outrageous prank, the sort of nose-thumbing craziness expected from the man responsible for TV shows like The Gong Show and The Dating Game. The book and the movie it inspired were rife with comic invention, re-imagining Barris as some kind of golden-boy producer-cum-assassin who spent his time killing America’s enemies when he wasn’t lowering the tastes of the American public, but underneath all the lunacy and violence was a deep, pervasive melancholy. That melancholy finds its way into Who Killed Art Deco »
In celebration of Synecdoche, New York [our review] opening over here, the guys from Empire got acclaimed screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind) to talk about each of the films that he has written so far. Interestingly, he sidesteps any bad feelings he might have towards George Clooney about Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind. And there's a pretty cool little story about how accurate Adaptation - far and away my favorite of his movies - really is. And how he had »
- James Thoo
Sexy does not come naturally to Julia Roberts. Cute? Sure, she can swing that. Adorable? Of course. Charming and delightful in a fresh-faced, all-American kind of way? That’s her lucrative specialty. But as her cringe-inducing turn in Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind proved, glamour and femme-fatale dangerousness have always been problematic for arguably our biggest female movie star. And the female lead in Duplicity calls for the kind of atomic, glow-in-the-dark, Rita Hayworth-in-Gilda sexuality that is most assuredly out of Roberts’ range. Angelina Jolie effortlessly conjures up that kind of fire-breathing sexiness. Roberts? Not so much. With Duplicity »
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