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16 items from 2010

[First Look] ‘The Ledge’ Starring Patrick Wilson, Liv Tyler, and Terrence Howard

28 December 2010 8:09 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news » [via Sundance] brings us a first look at pics from writer/director Matthew Chapman’s The Ledge.

Starring Patrick Wilson (Watchmen), Liv Tyler (Lord of the Rings trilogy), Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) and Terrence Howard (Iron Man), The Ledge is a dramatic thriller about a troubled detective (Howard) called in to talk down a suicidal hotel manager (Hunnam), ready to jump from (presumably) the ledge of a hotel window. As the hotel manager and the detective discuss the situation, it appears that their respective pasts may drive each other to the brink of oblivion. Read the official synopsis after the jump.

The official synopsis via Sundance:

Atop a high-rise building, Gavin, a young hotel manager, is about to end his life. Hollis, a detective whose own world has just been turned upside down, is dispatched to the scene. As Hollis tries to persuade Gavin not to jump, each man »

- Anthony Vieira

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Sundance 2011: Vera Farmiga, Emma Roberts, and Elmo among the films in competition

1 December 2010 1:34 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

The 2011 Sundance Film Festival, which will run from Jan. 20 to 30, 2011 in and around Park City, Utah, announced its dramatic and documentary in-competition line-up today. In a break with tradition, there will be no opening night film; instead one narrative and documentary film from the U.S. and World competitions will each screen on the first night. Highlights from the 16 films in the U.S. dramatic competition, culled from 1,102 submissions, include:

Higher Ground — The directorial debut of Oscar-nominated actress Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air), about a mother who joins a fundamentalist community, and starring Farmiga, Joshua Leonard (Humpday), and John Hawkes »

- Adam B. Vary

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2011 Sundance Predictions: Matthew Chapman's The Ledge

4 November 2010 6:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

#22. The Ledge - Matthew Chapman Will a festival that promotes new talent behind the camera be interested in a first-time veteran? Matthew Chapman, the author/writer of Consenting Adults, Color of Night, Runaway Jury, and Kaye's Black Water Transit, took to directing his debut film earlier this year and technically the dramatic thriller should be in the can...but admittedly, despite a cast that includes Patrick Wilson, Charlie Hunnam, Liv Tyler and Terrence Howard, if The Ledge were to be included in the line-up it would be somewhat of a small victory. Expect a Premieres screening if included. A young man, Gavin, stands on the ledge of a building and seems determined to take his own life. Enter a detective, Hollis, who has been sent to talk the "jumper" out of it - but discovers that Gavin is being forced to jump off the building before noon. We soon learn »

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Solitary Man DVD Review And Giveaway

11 September 2010 9:13 AM, PDT | | See recent AreYouScreening news »

Solitary Man is a very familiar film on the surface, appearing to give us a rather simple story of mid-life crisis gone horribly wrong. Ben Kalmen (Michael Douglas) was a very big man almost seven years ago, but the time we’re going to spend with him is near the end of a bizarre tailspin.

The film opens with the song “Solitary Man,” which is either brilliant, or horribly lazy, because the song gives us the exact opposite theme we’re about to watch play out. We see Ben visit his doctor who notes some sort of problem with Ben’s heart. The doctor needs to run more tests before he can say anything for sure, but Ben never goes back, and we jump ahead seven years to learn what that fateful non-diagnosis has brought about.

Ben, not so long ago a local celebrity, wealthy car dealer, and married to »

- Marc Eastman

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Tony Scott to Direct Shia Labeouf in The Associate?

5 August 2010 9:44 PM, PDT | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

As Col. Hans Landa would say, "Rumors? I love rumors!" Well, we have another one for you to chew on. It seems that Tony Scott is "just a step away" from making John Grisham's The Associate one of his next directorial efforts. The story comes across as typical Grisham material as it's described as a "conspiracy thriller about a young lawyer blackmailed into taking a job at a high-profile firm to pass along secrets to a shady defense contractor." The film already has Shia LeBeouf attached to star and the screenplay was penned by The Departed screenwriter William Monahan. After the slew of John Grisham adaptations in the 90's, it seems like the appeal for legal thrillers has dwindled in recent years. The only big Grisham film in the past decade was Runaway Jury in 2003. With that said, I could see this film being a nice throwback to that genre. »

- Aaron

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Tony Scott to Direct Shia Labeouf in 'The Associate'?

5 August 2010 1:32 PM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Remember the obsession with John Grisham back in the '90s? It started with the The Firm, followed into The Pelican Brief, and continued with The Client, A Time to Kill, The Chamber, The Rainmaker, and The Gingerbread Man. For a handful of years, his stories spread like wildfire. But they also burnt out quickly, and the 2000s have only offered Runaway Jury in the typical thriller vein, plus the easily forgotten Christmas with the Kranks and the screenplay for Mickey.

At the end of 2008, it looked like the scribe might be slated for a return to form with Shia Labeouf starring in his not-yet-out novel, The Associate. Though the project hasn't moved much recently, it's finally gotten new life as new reports see Tony Scott circling the project.

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- Monika Bartyzel

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Tony Scott Could Be Handling An 'Associate'

5 August 2010 1:30 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Tony Scott might be dipping his hand into the Josh Grisham story line pile in Paramount's newest thriller. "The Associate", based off the twenty first novel written by the popular American author, focuses on a young lawyer (Shia Labeouf) who ends up being blackmailed into doing a job at a firm in order to grab secrets for a defense contractor. Although Scott isn't completely confirmed to take on "The Associate", word has it that it's a matter of time until he's a lock in for the director's chair. Scott never gives himself a rest in the film department from the looks of it, especially in the past couple of years in which he's directed "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3" and his upcoming Chris Pine starring feature "Unstoppable". He's also continually dabbled in producing with "Welcome to the Rileys", "The A-Team" and executive produced on several episodes of "The Good Wife »

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Rachel Weisz Interview Agora: The Oscar-Winning Star gets Deep about Religion, Movie Blogs and her Desire to be in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Sequel

28 May 2010 4:52 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Millions of moviegoers got their first real glimpse of Rachel Weisz in the 1999 archaeological action epic The Mummy.  This weekend, the Oscar winner is after more ancient issues in Agora.  This time, however, the film poses real ideological problems and they don’t get solved within the allotted runtime.

Collider recently got into Agora’s philosophical questions with Weisz and it turns out she wants in on another big-scale film with a brain, J.J. Abrams’ untitled Star Trek sequel.  Hit the jump for the interview’s full audio and transcript, along with updates on her Jackie O film; the Hedy Lamarr biopic Face Value; The Invisible X for Karyn Kusama (Girlfight & Jennifer’s Body) and the news that should make Trekkies from here to Comic-Con thrilled they logged on before taking off for Memorial Day.

By the time Rachel Weisz won the Academy Award in 2006 for Best Supporting Actress in The Constant Gardener, »

- Ron Messer

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David Thomson on Rachel Weisz

27 May 2010 3:19 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

She was in one of the worst films of the new century, but Rachel Weisz is made for passion and physical energy – just like the movies

In 2005, as the movie of The Constant Gardener made its very unpredictable way through what seemed like an obvious story, you could see the clear evidence that Rachel Weisz was grasping and delivering the complicated life of a woman in love with a man who knew nothing about her very active political life. When Weisz got the Oscar for best supporting actress, the only complaint, or query, arose over whether her character, Tessa Quayle, hadn't been the heart of the picture, and thus a leading part.

So The Constant Gardener was a very pleasant surprise at which you could nearly hear viewers asking themselves, "Isn't that the woman from the Mummy films?" Yes, it was: twice already, in The Mummy and The Mummy Returns, »

- David Thomson

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'Solitary Man' filmmakers talk about Michael Douglas' tour de force

26 May 2010 1:51 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

Shrek Forever After may have earned the top spot on the box office chart last weekend, but it was the indie Solitary Man that actually drew in the most dollars per screen. The film stars Michael Douglas as Ben Kalman, an aging auto industry titan whose enviable life has been destroyed by his own self-destructive behavior, and earned close to $24,000 per theater in its debut on four screens in New York and Los Angeles this past weekend. Douglas, as our reviewer Lisa Schwarzbaum attests, is at his finest since last decade’s Wonder Boys. It helps that he’s supported »

- Nicole Sperling

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Koppelman And Levien On 'Rounders 2', 'Untouchables' Prequel, More

22 May 2010 8:03 AM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

David Levien and Brian Koppelman are just before releasing the new film Solitary Man, which Koppelman wrote and the duo directed together. A drama about a used-car magnate whose life descends into a series of self-destructive relationships, the film marks a departure from the criminal tomes and con man stories, including Rounders, Runaway Jury and Ocean's Thirteen, for which they're best known. During a recent interview with the screenwriters and directors, however, they offered some updates on a number of projects they're working on, including a long-gestating sequel to Rounders, their first produced script, a number of other adaptations, and a prequel to The Untouchables which at one point was to be directed by the helmer of the original film, Brian De Palma himself.

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- Todd Gilchrist

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Solitary Man Movie Trailer and Photos

1 April 2010 3:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Update: The new trailer was taken offline within an hour of when we posted this story a few days back. The trailer is now back online, and embedded after the jump. Anchor Bay Films has released a movie trailer for Brian Koppelman/David Levien's Solitary Man (not to be confused with Tom Ford's A Single Man or The Coen Brothers' A Serious Man). The film stars Academy Award winner Michael Douglas as a former car dealership mogul dealing with a string of business problems and issues in his personal life through a number of relationships with women - many women. Co-starring Jesse Eisenberg, Susan Sarandon, Danny DeVito, Jenna Fischer, and Mary-Louise Parker. Koppelman/Levien wrote the screenplays for Rounders, Runaway Jury and directed Knockaround Guys. The film premiered at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival to mostly positive buzz. Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump along with some new photos. »

- Peter Sciretta

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Gary Fleder Is Seeking Fox's "Protection"

11 March 2010 12:20 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Gary Fleder ("Kiss the Girls," "Runaway Jury") is set to direct "Protection" for 20th Century Fox and Davis Entertainment reports Variety.

The story focuses on a college professor investigating the disappearance of his wife and daughter and "must confront authorities at the Witness Protection Program to find them."

Mark Bomback ("Unstoppable") is rewriting Allan Loeb's script. John Davis will produce. »

- Garth Franklin

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Director Gary Fleder Uses Protection

10 March 2010 11:43 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Gary Fleder (Runaway Jury, The Express) has signed on to helm Protection.  Produced by John Davis (the upcoming Gulliver’s Travels and Marmaduke), the thriller, “centers on a college professor who investigates the disappearance of his wife and daughter and who must confront authorities at the Witness Protection Program to find them.”  Oh, those rascally folks at the Witness Protection Program.  Always up to no good, protecting witnesses, and what not.

Mark Bomback (Live Free or Die Hard) will rewrite the spec script from Allan Loeb (21). [Variety] »

- Matt Goldberg

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Gary Fleder Will Direct Protection for 20th Century Fox

10 March 2010 8:40 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Gary Fleder will direct ProtectionVariety reports that Gary Fleder (Runaway Jury) is going to direct Protection for 20th Century Fox.

John Davis (Marmaduke) is producing via his company Davis Entertainment.

Protection focuses on a college professor who looks into the disappearance of his wife and daughter and then "must confront authorities at the Witness Protection Program to find them."

Mark Bomback is rewriting the script, which was originally written by Allan Loeb.

Fleder and Davis also worked together on The Express for Universal. »

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[TV] Lost Connections: Five Years of Guest Stars

5 February 2010 8:53 PM, PST | | See recent JustPressPlay news »

If you're a Lost fanatic like me, you were likely as glued to the television screen as I was last Tuesday night when the final season of this magnificent sci-fi show premiered. Like many of you, I was scratching my head as to what the hell the writers are up to for this season, and was rabidly speculating theories with my friends.

Amidst the brain melting scrutinizing, however, I found the time to geek out over two guest stars I love: the always likable John Hawkes (Deadwood, Eastbound & Down) and Japanese badass Hiroyuki Sanada (Ring, The Twilight Samurai, Sunshine).

Over the years, many recognizable actors have stopped by to do guest spots on the show, to compliment the already spectacular regular cast. While revisiting all five previous seasons of Lost in anticipation of the sixth and last season, I made a point to note all the known guest stars I spotted. »

- Arya Ponto

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