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Cruise wants Nicholson to play the title character in El Presidente, according to the Hollywood Reporter. In the film, which The Bourne Identity's Doug Liman is to direct, Cruise will play a straight-arrow Us Secret Service agent assigned to protect the country's worst-ever former commander-in-chief. His charge was elevated from vice-president upon the death of his predecessor, and spent much of his time in office boozing and chasing women. In the screenplay, by British comedy writer Jesse Armstrong, Daniel J Goor and Paul Attanasio, the pair are forced to go on the run when an assassination attempt is made on the former president's life. »
- Ben Child
If wishes were horses, Tom Cruise could convince Jack Nicholson to play a creepy ex-prez with a taste for the ladies and the liquor in an upcoming comedy called "El Presidente." That's easier said than done, as Nicholson is busy being "semi-retired" except for the occasional movie and front row awards show appearance. Apparently, director Doug Liman and Cruise went to Nicholson's house to give him the hard sell on the script. It does seem kinda perfect for Nicholson, especially after a few years of limp flicks like "How Do You Know" and "The Bucket List."
Cruise is on board to play the Secret Service agent assigned to the former prez, who was originally the VP until the standing president died on the job. Talk about failing upward! When his life is threatened, the two of them have to make a quick escape and things get funny. Like, ha ha funny, »
- Jenni Miller
Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson: ‘A Few Good Men’ stars to be reunited in ‘El Presidente’? Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson together again in a movie named El Presidente? Well, that’s a possibility. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cruise has been trying to convince his A Few Good Men co-star to play the title role in the comedy (for now) to be directed Doug Liman. Without naming names, the Reporter article mentions "sources" that claim Cruise wouldn’t do the movie without Nicholson. Or so he supposedly said. (Image: Demi Moore, Jack Nicholson, and Tom Cruise in A Few Good Men.) The story of a serious-minded secret service agent (Tom Cruise) assigned to protect a boozing, woman-crazy former U.S. president (Jack Nicholson), El Presidente apparently has escaped a few assassinations since casting rumors were first announced three years ago. Either that, or the president in question was »
- Zac Gille
Exclusive: Golden Boys? Three decades after Golden Girls‘ successful 173-episode run on NBC, ABC is developing an ensemble comedy about people in retirement age, this time on the male side. The project, from The Neighbors creator Dan Fogelman and The George Lopez Show co-creator Robert Borden, revolves around three long-lost basketball teammates who reconnect in their 60s and discover they still have a lot to learn about love and friendship. Borden is writing and will executive produce with Fogelman through Fogelman’s Rhode Island Ave. Prods and ABC Studios. It is good timing for the project, coming on the heels of a weekend where three opening movies featured stars over 60: Fogelman-penned comedy Last Vegas (Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas and Kevin Kline) and dramas Ender’s Game (Harrison Ford) and All Is Lost (Robert Redford). With the baby boomers entering retirement, there is a growing audience for entertainment featuring more mature stars, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
When Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline, and Robert De Niro signed up for the geriatric Hangover caper Last Vegas, they firmly cemented themselves in a somewhat new genre: the coming of old-age story. These four men, all still in the primes of their lives and well-respected actors getting wonderful roles, felt the need to star in a film that constantly brought up two points: these guys are old guys, and these old guys still know how to roll with the youngins’. Why? These four could bust up Vegas any day, without having to get pushed in pools, or fistfighting bros, or seeing Freeman dance-shuffle to “September.” It’s a cry saying, “we’re still here, look how much fun we can have,” but nobody ever entertained the notion of them ever leaving. The wacky old men concept hasn’t just popped out of nowhere. In fact, some of the Last Vegas men are repeat offenders. The »
- Samantha Wilson
The Hangover meets The Bucket List in this amiable A-list geriatric comedy, out in the Us this week
1955: "The Flatbush Four" a quartet of smart-mouth 12-year-olds hang semi-tough at the malt shop, punch out a bullying greaser punk, squabble over their most adorable female friend, and see life spread out before them like a banquet. Smash-cut, black screen, title: "58 Years Later," and our teenagers have variously sprouted, flowered, rotted or wilted into a post-stroke Morgan Freeman ("a minor stroke, goddammit!"); Kevin Kline, bored to tears in his Florida retirement community (we open on acres of ancient cellulite at his aquarobics class); a recently widowed, epically grouchy Robert De Niro (who married the adorable girl); and Michael Douglas (who didn't), a lifelong player about to marry a woman less than half his age in Las Vegas.
You get the picture: The Hangover meets The Bucket List, about as pure an »
- John Patterson
Distributor: Summit Entertainment
An anti-bullying allegory writ on the largest possible scale, “Ender’s Game” frames an interstellar battle between mankind and pushy ant-like aliens, called Formics, in which Earth’s fate hinges on a tiny group of military cadets, most of whom haven’t even hit puberty yet. At face value, the film presents an electrifying star-wars scenario — that rare case where an epic space battle transpires entirely within the span of two hours — while at the same time managing to deliver a higher pedagogical message about tolerance, empathy and coping under pressure. Against considerable odds, this risky-sounding Orson Scott Card adaptation actually works, as director Gavin Hood pulls off the sort of teen-targeted franchise starter Summit was hoping for.
— Peter Debruge
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Distributor: Relativity Media
Month-old mashed potatoes wouldn’t leave behind as questionable an aftertaste as “Free Birds,” a »
- Variety Staff
Last Vegas is a pleasant enough rattle of a movie, but the true pathos of the experience comes from our own history with its stars. Once upon a time, the idea of Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, and Kevin Kline joining forces in a movie would have meant something different -- something major. Now all it portends is a lot of mild-mannered old-age jokes. The trailers may promise us The Bucket List meets The Hangover, but Last Vegas isn’t even that. Times have, indeed, changed.The film opens 58 years ago, in Brooklyn, where our four heroes, calling themselves the Flatbush Four, take vengeance on a greaser bully whose father has stiffed one of them. It’s meant to give some context to the characters’ history together, but it rings hollow, because we already know these guys. One of them was Jake Lamotta. Another was Gordon Gekko. Otto »
- Bilge Ebiri
Just one week after Gravity bequeathed its box office throne to Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, another space tale will likely soar into the top spot at the U.S. marketplace. The long-awaited adaptation of sci-fi classic Ender's Game hits theaters this weekend, and though it should be able to score a solid win, its tracking leaves a lot to be desired. Two other films are also opening: the elder statesmen comedy Last Vegas and the animated Thanksgiving tale Free Birds. Neither are expected to bring too much cha-ching.
Here’s how the box office might shake out:
1. Ender’s Game – $26 million
Summit and OddLot Entertainment co-financed this $110 million adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s beloved sci-fi novel about a young boy who is recruited to a military school in space »
- Grady Smith
Producer and director Jon Turteltaub is one of Disney’s secret weapons, delivering many of the studio’s biggest live-action hits, such as Cool Runnings, The Kid and Phenomenon. He is best known, though, for helming National Treasure and its 2007 sequel, which starred Nicholas Cage, his classmate from Beverly Hills High School.
Now, Turteltaub is taking a break from family-oriented films to give us Last Vegas, a comedy starring Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Kevin Kline, Morgan Freeman and Mary Steenburgen. In a plot that sounds like The Bucket List meets The Hangover, four aging friends head on a weekend escape to Las Vegas for a bachelor party when one of them proposes to a much younger woman. As one would expect, hijinks ensue.
- Jordan Adler
As creaky as an arthritic hip, “Last Vegas” does for four leading stars of the ‘70s and ‘80s what movies like “Tough Guys” and “Grumpy Old Men” did for survivors of Hollywood’s storied Golden Age: It lets them show they can still throw a punch, bust a move, and get it up, and that they’re not quite ready for the Motion Picture Home just yet. Beyond that, this genteel “Hangover” for the Aarp crowd has little to recommend it, though a smattering of funny gags and the nostalgia value of the cast — none of whom, curiously, have ever shared the screen before — keeps the whole thing more watchable than it has any right to be. Smartly counterprogrammed against fanboy behemoths “Ender’s Game” and “Thor: The Dark World,” this Nov. 1 CBS Films release could score nicely with its target demo but seems unlikely to match the $175 million »
- Scott Foundas
He's made five movies this year alone and they're all bad, but this Christmas might bring his Alien Vs Predator moment
So let's ask ourselves, since his supposed "return to form" a year ago in David O Russell's Silver Linings Playbook: how's Robert De Niro been doing? Was that movie the harbinger of some late-flowering, crepuscular blaze of glory, mirroring in old age the sunburst that was his rise to stardom in the 1970s? Or was it just another job for Bob that happened to find itself lodged, for once, within a pretty good movie?
It's not that De Niro doesn't deliver any more. He always delivers. He just does it in movies that don't deserve him, and he does it over and over again like a wall-eyed workaholic. Just this year, the man made five movies.
The reason everyone was so surprised by him in Slp? Well, look »
- John Patterson
Exclusive: Shortly after director Andy Tennant signed with Paradigm, the agency has set him to direct Wild Oats, a comedy that has Shirley MacLaine, Jacki Weaver and Alan Arkin in talks to star. The film, about a widow who receives an unexpected windfall check because of a computer glitch and goes on the run from the law, is a cross between The Bucket List and Thelma And Louise. The film will be distributed domestically by The Weinstein Company with Sony releasing overseas. Pic is written by Claudia Myers and Gary Kanew, and produced by Blythe Frank and Kip Konwiser, with Michael Mailer executive producing. Production begins in late November in Puerto Rico and Chicago. Tennant most recently had been repped by CAA, where Robert Bookman was part of his rep team. Bookman signed him at Paradigm with Valarie Phillips. Tennant is lawyered by Steve Warren. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Grudge Match, on its surface, looks like little more than .Rocky versus Raging Bull,. with one-time silver-screen boxers Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro getting into the ring for director Peter Segal.s feature. The new poster, which arrived via the film.s Facebook page, paints Grudge Match as a drama. Man, how I wish that were the case. Maybe I should have realized, given Segal.s track record . his resume includes several Adam Sandler vehicles, from 50 First Dates and Anger Management to the Longest Yard remake . that Grudge Match was going to exploit its Hollywood veterans for easy laughs. Also, comedian Kevin Hart gets as much run in the advertising campaigns for as bona-fide dramatic actors Kim Basinger and Alan Arkin. But it was the Grudge Match trailer that ultimately tipped me off to the fact that this movie wants to be Meet the Parents or The Bucket List »
A Porky's-style coming-of-age comedy for the girls rather than the guys, but every bit as awful
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The Bucket List had two terminally ill old men compiling a list of things to do before they died, but both were lucky enough to peg out without having to suffer this movie.
It's arguable that there's something empowering about a Porky's-style comedy in which the girls (rather than the guys) are in the driving seat, with star Aubrey Plaza declaring that "I don't think that I had ever read a script about a girl who is trying to lose her virginity that is realistic and pushes the envelope".
Yet writer/director Maggie Carey's clodhopping coming-of-age yarn merely proves that terrible teen movies are now a source of equal-ops embarrassment for both genders. Plaza plays the straight-a student who resolves to work her way through the sexual lexicon, »
- Mark Kermode
You don’t have to know anything about Paul Potts, the Port Talbot cell-phone salesman whose dream of becoming an opera singer came true when he won the first season of reality series “Britain’s Got Talent,” in order to whistle the tune of “One Chance.” Slavishly modeled on “Billy Elliot,” “The Full Monty” and “Brassed Off” (to name but three), this heart-tugging Potts biopic is so stuffed with cliches about macho brutes, lovable underdogs and Cinderella twists of fate that it ends up making its real-life subject seem more generic than his wholly fictional precursors. A precision-engineered crowdpleaser if ever there was, “One Chance” (which takes its title from Potts’ debut album) should nonetheless climb the charts with older and female auds, especially in the U.K., where it opens Oct. 25. The Weinstein Co. could also have a word-of-mouth hit on its hands when it releases the pic Stateside early next year. »
- Scott Foundas
Cinema's celebrated wild man is said to have retired, citing his inability to remember lines. With his ability to steal the show both onscreen and off, has any other actor been so adored by the public?
Most of the actors we associate with the American new wave of the late 1960s and early 70s are, in fact, no longer acting at all. Warren Beatty hasn't made a film in 12 years. Gene Hackman announced he was quitting in 2008, though it had already been four years since his last movie. Only Robert De Niro continues at anything like the speed (if not the quality) of his younger self.
So it should not be a source of consternation that news has emerged of Jack Nicholson's retirement. His recent performances in undistinguished comic doodles (The Bucket List, How Do You Know) have hinted at a slowing down, a falling off. Of course, it »
- Ryan Gilbey
London, Sep 6: Jack Nicholson, who was rumored to have "quietly" given up on the movie business, is not retiring from Hollywood, it has been revealed.
According to NBC News, the reports regarding the veteran actor's retirement are "100 percent false," Metro.co.uk reported.
The publication claimed that 'The Bucket List' star is actively reading scripts and is looking forward to his next project.
His close pal Maria Shriver also squashed the retirement rumors, asserting that Nicholson has no plans to retire yet.
However, another Us publication had previously claimed that Nicholson is dealing with memory. »
- Machan Kumar
Since the inception of reality TV competitions, there have been plenty of stories of average people rising to fame overnight. One such tale is that of Paul Potts, a shop singer turned world famous opera singer who made waves after Simon Cowell picked him for "Britain's Got Talent." Now the story of Potts is getting the feature film treatment in One Chance (premiering at Tiff 2013 this week) from director David Frankel with "Gavin & Stacey" star James Corden taking the lead role with Julie Walters (Mrs. Weasley from Harry Potter) and Colm Meaney (Con-Air, Get Him to the Greek). It looks pretty cheesy in this first trailer, but it could be a cute little story for those who don't know Potts' story. Watch the trailer below! Here's the first trailer for David Frankel's One Chance, originally from Empire: One Chance is directed by David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada) and »
- Ethan Anderton
Have we seen the last of one of the most legendary actors in American cinema? A sad report on Sept. 4 claimed that Jack was done for good because of memory issues, but is that the truth?
Jack Nicholson may have more iconic roles than any other actor around. But at the age of 76 — and after not starring in a movie since 2010 — retirement is a real, serious possibility. So is the Batman actor actually hanging it up?
Jack Nicholson: Retiring Because Of Memory Issues?
“Jack has — without fanfare — retired,” a source told Radar Online at Sept. 4. The report alleged that Jack was giving up acting because of memory issues.
“There is a simple reason behind his decision — it’s memory loss. Quite frankly, at 76, Jack has memory issues and can no longer remember the lines being asked of him. His memory isn’t what it used to be.”
However, soon »
- Andrew Gruttadaro
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