5 items from 2012
Director: Ryan O’Nan
Running Time: 98 minutes
Synopsis: A singer-songwriter hits the road with a self-appointed music revolutionary.
Whenever you set up for an American indie lo-fi flick, you’re always hopeful that it’ll feel like something in the vicinity of Garden State and, I’m pleased to say, that The Brooklyn Brothers Beat The Best – despite the excessively long title – goes a long way to satisfying that urge in a film that is quintessentially a stripped down acoustic road trip.
The Brooklyn Brothers Beat The Best is Ryan O’Nan’s (The Iceman) directorial debut but not only that, he also wrote the screenplay, co-wrote the songs and stars in the lead role as Alex. This is far from an egotistical affair though, as Alex has been dumped by his girlfriend, is sharing the stage with a »
- Dan Bullock
Los Angeles, August 27: Principal photography begins today in Los Angeles on erotic thriller Plush directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight) and produced by Jason Blum, producer of the Paranormal Activity franchise. The picture is being financed by Im Global’s genre label Octane. Plush stars a sexy young cast, including Emily Browning (Sucker Punch, The Uninvited), Xavier Samuel (Twilight Sage: Eclipse, Anonymous) and Cam Gigandet (Easy A, Never Back Down) in a story of rising rock star Hayley (Browning) who, after losing her band mate and brother to a drug overdose, finds herself in a downward spiral. The second album from her band Plush is received as a critical and commercial disaster, but she finds new hope and friendship in Enzo ( Samuel), the replacement guitarist who inspires her to reach new creative heights. However, their collaboration soon crosses the line sexually and Hayley, not wanting to betray her husband (Gigandet), retreats from Enzo’s advances. »
- MIKE FLEMING
The trailer below is for Ryan O’Nan’s (The Iceman) directorial debut, The Brooklyn Brothers Beat The Best. The indie project is a seemingly sweet and refreshing take on the often-utilised theme of ‘following your dream’, and it stars O’Nan, as well as Michael Weston (Garden State), Arielle Kebbel (The Uninvited), Wilmer Valderrama (That 70s Show), Andrew McCarthy (The Spiderwick Chronicles) and Melissa Leo (Red State).
O’Nan also wrote the screenplay for the film, which follows Alex (O’Nan) as he decides to hit the road after the demise of his relationship with his girlfriend. Together with his idiosyncratic revolutionary bandmate, Jim (Weston), the duo embark upon an arduous journey to promote their uniquely unpopular brand of music. When attempting to bring the forgotten sound of children’s instruments to the fore within their show, their durability is tested by numerous failed gigs and the ever-present concrete wall of human apathy. »
- Martin Daniel McDonagh
For years, now, I’ve been waiting for Elizabeth Banks to get another solid, leading role lined up. While she’s definitely not someone who we look at and think “where did it go wrong?,” you still have to remember the lineup she’s accrued over three years or so: The Uninvited, Surrogates, The Next Three Days, Our Idiot Brother, and Man on a Ledge. Unless you want to count a tiny role in The Hunger Games, her recent film career has been something of a mess.
So, with all that being said, this news should leave you pleased. Variety informs us that she, director Daniel Minahan (Game of Thrones), and writer Alan Ball are ready to collaborate on What’s the Matter with Margie?, a dark comedy that revolves around “a downtrodden office-worker (Banks) who finally snaps and resorts to murder as a solution to her problems.”
A pretty basic logline to go on, »
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Here’s your first look at the cast of “Grudge” director Takashi Shimizu’s new English-language horror film “7500″ (formerly “Flight 7500″), about supernatural shenanigans befalling the passengers of a doomed plane crossing the Pacific Ocean from L.A. to Tokyo. The film is described as “a haunted house movie on an airplane”. So I guess when you hear things going bump in the night, it’s time to grab the parachute. The film stars Jamie Chung (“Sucker Punch”), Nicky Whelan, Amy Smart, Leslie Bibb, Ryan Kwanten, Scout Taylor-Compton, Johnathon Schaech, Christian Serratos, and Jerry Ferrara. The script is from Craig Rosenberg, who has written supernatural flicks “The Uninvited” (the American remake) and “Half Light”, which he also directed. “7500″ is scheduled to take off into the unfriendly skies August 31, »
5 items from 2012
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