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Two new movie posters with extreme use of photoshop have been released. The first one is the Anthony Hopkins supernatural thriller The Rite, and the other is the Vince Vaughn/Kevin James comedy The Dilemma. As you’ll see after the jump, both have liberally used photoshop to age down their leads. When you look at Vaughn, it’s like Universal took a photo from Swingers and used that as the starting point. Saying that, I’m still a huge fan of Vaughn and would love for The Dilemma to be worth our time. Hit the jump for the posters and the synopses.
The Dilemma poster and synopsis. Poster via Apple.
Vince Vaughn and Kevin James headline an all-star comedy from director Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer about a man who finds out that what you don’t say to a friend is just as important as what you do. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
The screen rights to Cowboy Ninja Viking have been sold to Walt Disney Pictures. The studio has hired the Zombieland writing team of Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick to adapt the Image Comics book into a screenplay.
Mark Gordon (2012, Speed, The Painted Veil) is producing the movie along with Management 360, a talent firm that reps several of Hollywood's younger talent. Two of Management's team, Ben Forkner and Guymon Casady, will produce the movie.
Cowboy Ninja Viking is up to its tenth issue. Created by writer A.J. Lieberman, it's about a mentally unhinged man that has three distinct personalities. A brilliant but disturbed mental doctor recruits several people with multiple personality disorder to make them functioning covert agents for a government agency. These "Triplets" are now cold killers, and the doctor's experiment proves to be uncontrollable. Called in to round up the loose Triplets is the experiment's only member that can be called successful, »
- Patrick Sauriol
My conversion is now complete: I am a card-carrying Naomi Watts fan. I don’t know why I wasn’t her biggest booster before; I’ve liked her work in films as diverse as King Kong and The Painted Veil, but after seeing her this year in Rodrigo Garcia’s Mother and Child, Woody Allen’s You Will Meet a Tall, Dark Stranger and now Fair Game, I am hooked. She is the real deal, and she gives yet another terrific performance as CIA agent Valerie Plame. The fact that she’s working opposite the extraordinary Sean Penn, as Joe Wilson, only ups the ante. What… »
The Harry Potter films have had a wonderful diversity of composers throughout the series. The franchise kicked off with John Williams (and now it’s hard to imagine Harry Potter without “Hedwig’s Theme”), and moved on to Patrick Doyle, Nicholas Hooper, and now acclaimed composer Alexandre Desplat. Desplat’s diverse body of work includes the scores for Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Syriana, New Moon, and plenty more. He was recently named “Composer of the Year” at the 10th Annual World Soundtrack Awards. I’m excited to hear where he takes Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1.
Hit the jump for a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the score for the film. The soundtrack will be available to purchase on November 16th as a standard or limited edition. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 opens November 19th.
Here’s a press release »
- Matt Goldberg
Alexandre Desplat has been named "Composer of the Year" at the World Soundtrack Awards, according to Variety, for his work on The Twilight Saga: New Moon: The Score and the scores for Fantastic Mr. Fox, Julie & Julia, and The Ghost Writer. For the New Moon score, Desplat and director Chris Weitz employed the talents of the London Symphony Orchestra. Desplat is a world-renowned composer who has been nominated for three Oscars (for Fantastic Mr. Fox this year, The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button in 2009, and The Queen in 2007), and he has also won a Golden Globe for the score to The Painted Veil (he was nominated for three others as well).
There's a lot of minutes to record, eighty minutes of music, sometimes when you watch a film, you don't realize that there's so much music going on behind the dialogue and action, but it's a huge part of post-production, »
A popular film genre(or sub-genre) over the years is the steamy, southern gothic drama encompassing everything from The Long,Hot, Summer to Body Heat. Stone is the genre’s newest entry which boasts several actors with impressive resumes.
The film opens on a steaming summer’s day (complete with insect noises on the soundtrack) as a young woman confronts a young man intent on watching a televised golf match.This is intercut with footage of a bee trying to get in thru their little girl’s upstairs bedroom. When the woman threatens to leave, the man storms upstairs to the bedroom and dangles the little girl out of the second story window. “You go and I’ll drop her!” he yells. The woman consents to stay and he bring the girl back inside. The woman slams the window shut on the bee(symbolic?). Quick cut to an older couple sitting in church. »
- Jim Batts
The two-time Oscar nominated actor discusses playing a prison convict opposite Robert De Niro in his latest film
Actor Edward Norton first gained attention over a decade ago for his Oscar nominated performance as an alter boy accused of murder in Primal Fear. He followed that up with a second Academy Award nomination for his powerful and commanding role as a reformed neo-Nazi in American History X. Since then, the actor has gone onto become one of the premiere actors of his generation and appear in some of the most interesting and acclaimed films of the past decade and a half including The People vs. Larry Flynt, Rounders, Fight Club, Frida, Red Dragon, The 25th Hour, The Italian Job, Kingdom Of Heaven, The Illusionist and The Incredible Hulk.
Now Norton returns with a new film called Stone, which opened on October 8th and not only reunites him with acting icon »
After collaborating on films like The Painted Veil and the recently released drama Stone, it looks like Edward Norton and director John Curran are working together again, but this time they’re bringing their talents to the small screen. In a recent interview with The Av Club, Norton revealed that he’s been working with Curran to develop a historical miniseries based on the Stephen Ambrose book Undaunted Courage, a biography about the famous explorer Meriwether Lewis and his journeys with William Clark.
Apparently the book does not simply chronicle the events of the Corps of Discovery but also assesses the military leadership of Lewis and Clark, how they negotiated with various native peoples and what they reported to Thomas Jefferson. This is quite an undertaking for Norton and his collaborators as he says, “We’re trying to assemble [the miniseries], and it’s very big. It’s so out of scale »
- Ethan Anderton
This will make for a great miniseries on HBO! I always thought of how awesome and hard it would have been for this group of explorers to head out into unknown territory not knowing what to expect. What a great adventure that must have been!
Norton recently revealed the news to the Av Club,
…we’re trying to make this big—HBO is doing all these historical miniseries, which I think they’ve done an amazing job with a couple of them. We’re trying to produce »
Edward Norton and director John Curran are slowly cultivating a good working relationship. They previously made The Painted Veil, which wasn't quite a success, and then crafted Stone. The latter, despite having early caution instilled thanks to a terrible sales trailer, has turned out to be a fairly satisfying thriller / character study. And now the team of Norton and Curran is working together on an HBO miniseries based on the story of the Lewis & Clark expedition. Mr. Norton told the Av Club, ...we’re trying to make this big—HBO is doing all these historical miniseries, which I think they’ve done an amazing job with a couple of them. We’re trying to produce one for them about Lewis and Clark. There’s that Stephen Ambrose book, Undaunted Courage, about the Lewis and Clark expedition. We’re trying to assemble that, and it’s very big. It’s so »
- Russ Fischer
Chicago – Many filmmakers speak of going against the grain. By virtue of desiring to take a road less traveled, though, often you’re actually going with the same grain as everyone else who wants to be different. While the somber pacing for “Stone” was selected for the reasons director John Curran tells us below, the style might have also been chosen because that’s what he knows best and can do.
With a similar feel to his acclaimed film “The Painted Veil,” Curran doesn’t have a history of filming action films in the vein of “The Bourne Identity”. In “Stone,” Curran does what he does best: takes a dramatic script and translates it into compelling tension. He doesn’t rely on special effects or explosions (well, just once) to keep our eyes glued.
Edward Norton greets the HollywoodChicago.com camera on the red carpet for the film
“Stone” on Oct. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
On October 8th, Stone, the film starring Academy Award® winner Robert De Niro and Oscar® nominee Edward Norton, hit theaters with both delivering powerful performances, one as a seasoned corrections official and the other as a scheming inmate; their lives become dangerously intertwined in Stone, a thought-provoking drama directed by John Curran (The Painted Veil, We Don’t Live Here Anymore) and written by Angus McLachlan (Junebug). To celebrate the release, JustPressPlay is giving away some of the best films from each actor's filmography on Blu-ray. Two winners will receive Goodfellas, American History X, and Fight Club on Blu-ray. Read on to win.
As parole officer Jack Mabry (De Niro) counts the days toward a quiet retirement, he is asked to review the case of Gerald “Stone” Creeson (Norton), in prison for covering up the murder of his grandparents with a fire. Now eligible for early release, Stone needs to convince Jack he has reformed, »
- Lex Walker
Director: John Curran Writer: Angus MacLachlan Starring: Robert De Niro, Edward Norton, Milla Jovovich, Frances Conroy Jack Mabry (Robert De Niro), a parole officer who is on the verge of retirement, has only a few remaining cases on his docket; one of whom is Gerald Creeson -- he prefers "Stone" (Edward Norton). Convicted as an accessory to arson and the murder of his grandparents, Stone has served a majority of his sentence but he desires early parole nonetheless. It is up to Jack to recommend Stone’s parole and the two men find themselves stubbornly locked in debate meeting time and time again but seemingly making little progress. At home, Jack is trapped in a loveless marriage of 43 long years to his wife Madylyn (Frances Conroy). Madylyn buries her head in her Bible while Jack imbibes in his booze and watches golf on the television. The shocking opening prologue clearly »
- Don Simpson
Chicago – Edward Norton was the hottest ticket in town (along with President Barack Obama’s visit to Chicago) on Thursday night for the opening-day screening of his new film “Stone” at the 2010 Chicago International Film Festival. The HollywoodChicago.com lens was on location. We bring you Norton’s exclusive portrait for “Stone,” which also stars Robert De Niro and Milla Jovovich.
“Stone” from director John Curran and writer Angus MacLachlan also features Frances Conroy, Enver Gjokaj, Pepper Binkley, Sandra Love Aldridge, Greg Trzaskoma and Rachel Loiselle. Norton has also starred in “Fight Club,” “American History X,” “Primal Fear,” “The Illusionist,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Rounders,” “The People vs. Larry Flynt,” “Death to Smoochy,” “Frida,” “The Score,” “25th Hour,” “The Italian Job,” “Kingdom of Heaven” and “The Painted Veil”.
Edward Norton greets the HollywoodChicago.com camera on the red carpet for the film
“Stone” on Oct. 7, 2010 on the opening night of the 2010 Chicago International Film Festival. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
John Curran’s Stone is a slow-boiling, character-driven drama about spirituality and atonement elevated by its professional cast only to be weighed down by its heavy-handed biblical references and often dense ambiguity.
Edward Norton expertly embodies the titular character, an aggressive, tough-talking inmate eight years into a stint for arson and accessory to manslaughter. Up for early parole, Stone is assigned to Jack Mabry (Robert De Niro), a veteran caseworker with his own violent past. “I don’t want no beef with you,” Stone tells him. “I wanna be a vegetarian.”
The pair strikes a chord, or at least a mutual understanding based on obligation, in their regularly scheduled face-offs. Both are nearing their freedom, as Jack counts the days until retirement from his mundane position and Stone lobbies for his release. “I’m as clean as anybody. Clean as you,” he says to Jack tauntingly, almost knowingly.
Apart, the »
- Jeff Leins
Director: John Curran Writer: Angus MacLachlan Starring: Robert De Niro, Edward Norton, Milla Jovovich, Frances Conroy Stone takes us to the economically ravaged, and socially decayed suburban Detroit and a nearby maximum security state prison. Days from retirement, Michigan parole officer Jack Mabry (Robert De Niro) begins to review the case of a corn-rowed street-talking convict Gerald “Stone” Creeson (Edward Norton), who has been in jail for eight years for arson in connection to the murder of his grandparents committed by his cousin. Stone is now eligible for an early release and insists that he’s a changed man who has found religion (an abscure one at that) and deserves parole. However, Jack has seen and heard it all from the countless cons that enter his office. Seeing this, Stone wises up and recruits his beautiful wife Lucetta (Milla Jovovich) to intervene with Jack. Seduced by Lucetta, Jack stumbles into »
- Dave Campbell
Director John Curran first gained attention for his work on the 2004 drama We Don't Live Here Anymore starring Mark Ruffalo and Naomi Watts. He followed that up with the critically acclaimed 2006 drama The Painted Veil, also starring Naomi Watts along with PEnXNtqpsrKurq||Edward Norton} and Liev Schreiber. Earlier this year he wrote The Killer Inside Me, which is based on Jim Thompson's popular novel and stars Casey Affleck, Kate Hudson and Jessica Alba.
Now Curran returns to the director's chair and once again teams up with Edward Norton for the new film Stone, which opens in theaters on October 8th and also stars Oscar winner Robert De Niro and Milla Jovovich. The movie reunites De Niro and Norton for the first time since they starred opposite each other in the 2001 film The Score. In the picture, »
John Curran directs Robert De Niro and Edward Norton in Stone, a dark drama concerning a convicted arsonist who wants parole and the officer who stands in his way. The convict, a master manipulator, engages him in loaded conversations about faith, redemption, and morality and in a cynical move, arranges for his wife (Milla Jovovich) to seduce him. Monsters and Critics spoke with Curran about this challenging project. M&C - This is your second film with Edward Norton after having made The Painted Veil together in 2006. He has a reputation as being difficult, but you obviously don.t see that side. John Curran - We like each others. ideas for a start which is the basis of any »
- Anne Brodie
Opening theatrically Oct. 8, "Stone," the new film from director John Curran ("We Don't Live Here Anymore," "The Painted Veil") is a challenging character study. The movie focuses on retiring parole officer Jack Mabry (Robert De Niro), who is assigned the case of Gerald "Stone" Creeson (Edward Norton), an eccentric prisoner up for parole. This final case of Mabry's proves to be a bit more complicated than he expected, especially when Stone's wife, Lucetta (Milla Jovovich), gets involved. Curran's nuanced film, written by Angus MacLachlan, makes great use of performances by De Niro, Norton, and Jovovich; poses poignant questions about free will, morality, and judgment; and ultimately purports that the moral high ground is never set in stone. Back Stage caught up with Curran to talk about the project, its themes, and the experience of working with the film's all-star cast. Back Stage: Edward Norton has described you as »
It's been a long known fact that it's hard to get dramas made in Hollywood, but when director John Curran ( We Don't Live Here Anymore ) decided to make Stone , he had the benefits of a cast headlined by Robert De Niro and Edward Norton, who appeared in Curran's previous film The Painted Veil . De Niro plays Jack Mabry, a soon-to-retire parole officer at a maximum security prison in the suburbs of Detroit who takes on his last case, that of Gerald "Stone" Creeson, Norton's character, who has been imprisoned for the murder of his grandparents in a fire he started. While Creeson pleads his case and tries to convince Jack he's reformed, his sexy (and slightly crazy) wife Lucetta, played by Milla Jovovich, uses her own methods of convincing Mabry to release her husband, just »
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