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Movie Review - 'The Taking of Pelham 123'

12 June 2009 12:01 AM, PDT | | See recent Get The Big Picture news »

The Taking of Pelham 123

Starring Denzel Washington, John Travolta, and John Turturro

Directed by Tony Scott

Rated R

It happens from time to time that the two leads in a movie should switch places. Sometimes it's just an aesthetic change; the kidnapping movie The Clearing probably would have been more revealing if a desperate Robert Redford had abducted the wealthy and collected Willem Dafoe, just to play it against type.

In other cases, you've got two big name actors simply playing the wrong roles. Take, for example, the remake of the 70s heist movie The Taking of Pelham 123, which stars the estimable Denzel Washington and John Travolta.

Denzel is one of the greats, as natural and believable an actor as we've ever seen. He's got depth, power, charm, intelligence, and everything else you need. Because of that, Denzel can play a wide variety of roles. John Travolta is cast as the villain here, »

- Colin Boyd

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Blu-ray Review: Revolutionary Road

2 June 2009 12:04 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

What do you get when you mix the big-screen reunion of Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio with Richard Yates first novel? The answer is a powerful and moving narrative, Revolutionary Road, which is new to Blu-ray and DVD today. Sam Mendes (American Beauty director and Winslet's husband) directs this gripping adaptation of famed novel of the same name. Penning the screenplay is Justin Haythe, who wrote 2004's The Clearing. Set in the 1950s, Frank (DiCaprio) and April Wheeler (Winslet) deal with the frustrations of underachievement in their boring and "safe" lives. When the two met, a life full of promise and dreams lay ahead of them and they were anxious to live it together.  Becoming quickly enamored with each other, they quickly tied the knot and moved to little house on Revolutionary Road in Connecticut. What they didn't know is that the dreams and aspirations they held on to so »

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Reeves Trades Zero Personality for Two in 'Jekyll'

8 May 2009 8:55 AM, PDT | FEARnet | See recent FEARnet news »

You know FEARnettians, it's funny. I was never so sure Keanu Reeves had even one personality--let alone two--but according to, the normally robotic Reeves will headline Jekyll, a retelling of the haunting novella The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The 1886 novella, written by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson has been the source material for countless adaptations including Canadian film Jekyll + Hyde and even Mary Reilly (Jekyll's household maid). Mostly, the plot has remained similar to the "scientist develops evil self and soon realizes he cannot control his dual persona" story arch, yet the plot for this Jekyll has not yet been announced. With Justin Haythe (The Clearing) writing, »

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Keanu Reeves Will Suit Up for Retelling of 'Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde'

8 May 2009 12:29 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The Hollywood Reporter reports Keanu Reeves is set to star in a modern retelling of the classic Robert Louis Stevenson novella "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" this time to be called simply Jekyll with Revolutionary Road scripter Justin Haythe aboard to draft the screenplay for Universal and Nicolas Winding Refn (Pusher trilogy) in negotiations to direct. Robert Louis Stevenson's tale focuses on a doctor who scientifically develops an evil self is commonly used to depict split personality, but it appears this new take won't be traveling the dark and gothic path most often think of when the names Jekyll and Hyde are mentioned. Universal is keeping quiet on the story specifics, but THR does mention Guillermo del Toro is also working on an adaptation of Stevenson's work that will stick closer to the original tale and thus making the two projects vastly different. Del Toro »

- Brad Brevet

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Keanu Reeves in for new 'Jekyll'

7 May 2009 3:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Universal is developing a modern retelling of the classic novella "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," with Keanu Reeves attached to star and Justin Haythe, writer of "Revolutionary Road," penning the script.

Nicolas Winding Refn is in negotiations to direct the project, titled "Jekyll." It is being produced by Erwin Stoff and Red Wagon Entertainment's Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher.

Robert Louis Stevenson's tale about a doctor who scientifically develops an evil self has become so pervasive in popular culture that the phrase "Jekyll and Hyde" conjures the idea of a split personality. The story has been translated to the screen and stage dozens of times, with several deviations including comedy, kids ("Jekyll and Heidi") and gender (1995's "Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde"). The story has seen modern iterations as recently as 2007, when the BBC aired a miniseries with the story set in the present »

- By Borys Kit and Steven Zeitchik

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Another Fantastic 'Public Enemies' Trailer

9 April 2009 2:23 PM, PDT | | See recent Get The Big Picture news »

We see a little more of the head-to-head combat between Johnny Depp and Christian Bale in the brand new trailer for this summer's Public Enemies. I think that's really the selling point for the movie. It's great that they're both in it, but having them on opposite sides of the law is a great draw.

There was a movie a few years ago called The Clearing with Robert Redford and Willem Dafoe. Dafoe played a desperate man who kidnaps the well-to-do Redford for a considerable ransom. I thought that movie would have worked much better if the roles were reversed. I think what's great about Depp and Bale is that either guy could play John Dillinger and either guy could play FBI agent Melvin Purvis and I'd be just as intrigued.

It may not be one of the biggest hits of the summer, but it's in the running to be »

- Colin Boyd

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