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Party at Jennifer Aniston's house! A slew of celebrities gathered at Jennifer and Justin Theroux's Bel Air home on Sunday night for what looked like a special holiday party. Jennifer's friend and former costar Courteney Cox drove up to the bash with a mystery man, while Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin arrived in a separate car. Other guests included Tobey Maguire and his wife, Jennifer Meyer, who both couldn't contain their laughter as they made their way to the party; Robert Downey Jr. and his wife, Susan Downey; Chelsea Handler; and Arrested Development stars Will Arnett and Jason Bateman. Jason knows Jennifer very well as the two have costarred in both Horrible Bosses and The Switch. Jennifer and her fiancé, Justin, were spotted preparing for their holiday bash last week when they went Christmas tree shopping together in La. The pair reportedly picked out a "big noble fir, »
- Maria Mercedes Lara
This week, the Vince Vaughn vehicle “Delivery Man” hits theaters (our review here). While on the surface it may seem of a type with recent paternity comedies like “The Change-Up” and “The Switch,” it does feature one rogue element (aside from not starring Jason Bateman): it’s a remake of a French-language Canadian comedy called “Starbuck” that's also directed by the original’s director, Ken Scott. It’s easy to see how the festival success of "Starbuck," strong national box office and gentle high concept (a commitment-shy frequent sperm donor discovers he’s fathered over 500 children, a large segment of whom now want to meet him), might have put it on the remake list immediately. Indeed there are currently two other versions in the works—a Bollywood one and a French picture—but the choice to offer the directorial chair to Scott for the U.S. version is a little more unusual. »
- The Playlist Staff
Speaking at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, Schechter said: “I would talk to Jennifer Aniston about studio movies. I would ask if I should do one or continue on stuff like this?
“She would say studios could use someone like you. You’d be good at it.
“There’s a part of me that thinks maybe I could beat that system. Even on this film I had to be political to get what I wanted. I am a reasonable man and a good collaborator. I think I could survive in that role.
“It depends who you are lucky enough to get into business with.”
Speaking on stage at an ‘In conversation…’ event, Schechter »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
The story centers on a father (Dwayne Johnson) who journeys across California to rescue his estranged daughter after a massive earthquake strikes. The project has been in development at New Line Cinema since 2011, when Allan Loeb (The Switch) signed on to rewrite the original script by Andre Fabrizio and Jeremy Passmore (Special). Lost's Carlton Cuse signed on to rewrite the script in 2012, although the most recent draft was written by Chad Hayes and Carey Hayes (The Conjuring).
Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson are producing, with shooting scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2014. Brad Peyton, Dwayne Johnson and the producers are also attached to make Journey 3: From the Earth to the Moon for New Line, although that will happen after San Andreas: 3D.
There have been many adaptations of the superb crime novels of the late Elmore Leonard, but what makes his novels so compulsively readable often doesn’t make for a great film: his characters talk a lot, which can make for very static movies, with characters standing around talking rather than doing anything. The best adaptations of his work (Jackie Brown, Get Shorty, Out of Sight) have been made by those who understood the need to retain the rhythm and tone of his dialogue while crafting something cinematic.
Jennifer Aniston is Mickey, the trophy wife of boorish Detroit property developer Frank Dawson (Tim Robbins). Mickey lives a country club lifestyle amongst Detroit’s elite, although she and Frank have an unhappy relationship. Enter ex-cons Ordell Robbie (yasiin bey, aka Mos Def) and Louis Gara (John Hawkes), who discover that Frank is a crafty embezzler on a rather grand scale. They hatch »
- Ian Gilchrist
London, Sep 17: Actress Jennifer Aniston has reportedly admitted that she is happy to play challenging roles, and confessed that she had to unleash her "dark side" for her forthcoming movie 'Life Of Crime'.
The 44-year old fiance of Justin Theroux spoke about the darkness of the role and revealed that she was "able to tap into that, as it is a part of life and is something we all experience or have watched", the Daily Express reported.
Aniston plays the role of a feisty housewife Mickey Dawson, who suffers at the hands of an adulterous husband before she is kidnapped by a trio of criminals, in the film based on the novel 'The Switch' by Elmore Leonard. (Ani) »
- Ketali Mehta
Australian cinemagoers can look forward to watching most of the Us and European films that created heat among buyers and critics at the just-concluded Toronto International Film Festival.
Distributors had pre-bought a goodly number of the films that premiered in Toronto, while others were snapped up on the spot.
In the biggest North American deal at the market, the Weinstein Company forked out $US7 million for Us rights to John Carney's Can a Song Save Your Life? Roadshow had bought the film which stars Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley in the tale of a washed-up record exec who finds his mojo after discovering a talented singer who warbles about love and heartache.
On December 26 Icon will release Steve McQueen.s 12 Years A Slave, »
- Don Groves
I’ve never read any of Elmore Leonard’s novels, and yes, I’m ashamed. But I know from the film adaptations of his crime novels that there’s a way to do them right and wrong. They have a confidence, a swagger, a sly wink, a braggadocio, and they’re smart. They have the talk for the walk, and some directors, most notably Quentin Tarantino with Jackie Brown (based off Leonard’s Rum Punch) and Steven Soderbergh’s Out of Sight, are smart enough to bring that confidence to the screen. Those films make the uninitiated feel embarrassed that they haven’t joined the club. Even with Daniel Schechter’s cautious adaptation of Life of Crime (based on the novel The Switch) the audience can hear Leonard speaking. Schechter’s direction is serviceable enough to not get in the way, he wisely trust his strong cast, accents the comedy, »
- Matt Goldberg
Daniel Schechter's adaptation of Elmore Leonard's 1978 novel The Switch was the last movie with which the novelist was intimately involved, and the last film of this year's Toronto film festival. The final spot on the schedule is not always the most coveted, but this is an unexpectedly winning take from one of the less splashy directors to have attempted Leonard.
It gleams with a faintly-tacky, country club sheen, as if it'd been sheep-dipped in essence of 70s and come out feeling peachy. The woman in the crispest whites is Mickey (Jennifer Aniston), playing the stoical socialite wife of fraudster Frank (Tim Robbins, sweaty and repellant). She becomes the target of an ill-planned plot by Ordel (Mos Def) and Louis (John Hawkes), who plan to kidnap her, »
- Catherine Shoard
Life of Crime
Written and directed by Daniel Schechter
With the timing of a well-orchestrated heist, the latest screen adaptation of an Elmore Leonard novel closes this year’s Toronto Film Festival. Given his recent passing and the well-deserved plaudits from various luminaries of pen and screen, his rap sheet has been celebrated over the past few weeks. Based on Leonard’s novel The Switch, writer and director Daniel Schechter has managed to embezzle a fine addition to the long list of lean Leonard works. Although it doesn’t quite hit the jackpot, it does manage to purloin some fine criminal characters and a gutsy group of belly laughs to boot.
Ordell Robbie (Yasiin Bey/Mos Def) and Louis Gara (John Hawkes) are looking to take down one big score, so when their inside guy alerts them to a wealthy mark, they hatch a devious kidnapping plan. Mickey Dawson »
After two small-scale New York indie features, set in the world of standup comedy (2007′s Goodbye Baby) and low-budget film (2012′s Supporting Characters), writer/director Daniel Schechter has made the unlikely but extremely welcome step up to a very different kind of movie. Life of Crime, which closes the Toronto International Film Festival this weekend, is not only based on a novel (The Switch) by the late, great Elmore Leonard but boasts a high-caliber cast featuring Jennifer Aniston, Tim Robbins, Isla Fisher, John Hawkes, Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def), Will Forte and Mark Boone Jr. A dark crime comedy, Schechter’s film […] »
- Nick Dawson
Daniel Schechter directed the movie, based on Elmore Leonard’s novel “The Switch.” Story centers on two ex-cons (played by Hawkes and Bey) whose plan to kidnap a real estate developer’s wife (Aniston) doesn’t go quite as smoothly as expected.
Wme and CAA are co-repping the U.S. rights. Hyde Park is selling international rights.
The news was first reported by Deadline.
- Dave McNary
Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions are in final negotiations to acquire Daniel Schechter’s “Life of Crime,” which is based on Elmore Leonard’s novel “The Switch,” an individual familiar with the dealmaking process has told TheWrap. Jennifer Aniston stars alongside John Hawkes, Yasiin Bey (Mos Def), Isla Fisher, Will Forte and Tim Robbins. Also Read: Jennifer Aniston Talks Lap Dances, Will Coulter’s Testicles and Ryan Gosling With Awkward BBC Reporter (Video) Hawkes and Bey play career criminals Louis and Ordell, the same characters made famous by Robert De Niro and Samuel L. Jackson in Quentin Tarantino’s “Jackie Brown, »
- Jeff Sneider
Toronto -- Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate have set their sights on Daniel Schechter's Life of Crime, headlining Jennifer Aniston and based on the late Elmore Leonard's novel The Switch. Life of Crime, which will close out the Toronto Film Festival on Saturday night, is among several films playing in Toronto that feature recently deceased principals. Also Wednesday morning, U.S. distributor Well Go inked a deal for U.S. rights to McCanick, starring the late Cory Monteith. Photos: THR Honors 'Mandela' Stars Idris Elba, Naomie Harris at Swanky Toronto Fete Schechter's dark comedy, starring Aniston opposite Mos Def and John Hawkes,
- Pamela McClintock, Tatiana Siegel
We last posted our first look of Dan Schechter's Life of Crime back in July. Details are scant at the moment, but we do know that the film is currently in negotiations between Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions for a stateside distribution deal worth "several million dollars." Life of Crime was based on Elmore Leonard's novel The Switch (the original 1997 film, Jackie Brown, which starred Pam Grier, was also based on an Elmore Leonard novel, titled Rum Punch). Starring Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def), John Hawkes (star of Sundance 2012 hit The Surrogate), Tim Robbins and Jennifer Aniston, Life is the »
- Vanessa Martinez
Exclusive: Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions are nearing a deal for a tag-team release of Life Of Crime, Daniel Schechter’s black comic adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s book The Switch. The deal will be for U.S. rights and it will be worth several million dollars. I will try to get more specific when it closes. The film stars Jennifer Aniston, Yasiin Bey (Mos Def), Isla Fisher, Will Forte, Mark Boone Junior, Tim Robbins and John Hawkes. The picture’s World Premiere at Toronto doesn’t happen until Saturday night, when it plays as the closing-night film of the Toronto Film Festival. It has screened for buyers and press and industry. Related: A Replay Of A Few Minutes With The Late, Great Elmore Leonard The film features some of the characters from the Quentin Tarantino-directed Jackie Brown, which was based on the Leonard novel Rum Punch. This one takes »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
A fitting memorial to Elmore Leonard (who died last month and is an executive producer here), “Life of Crime” reps one of the most faithful of the many adaptations of the author’s work, in this case 1978′s “The Switch.” This sly, cleverly plotted caper features John Hawkes and Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) as low-end criminals who hatch a plan to kidnap a Detroit millionaire’s wife for ransom. With Jennifer Aniston the only major marquee name, director-scenarist Daniel Schechter’s modest but deft and enjoyable picture will need careful marketing to approach the returns of glossier Leonard-derived films like “Get Shorty.” Good reviews and word of mouth should help.
Looking for any means to get ahead in the depressed Motor City of the late ’70s, Ordell Robbie (Bey) has sniffed around and discovered that successful suburban businessman Frank Dawson (Tim Robbins) in fact has less-than-legal additional assets he »
- Dennis Harvey
Canadian festival hopes to outshine Venice and Telluride with films including WikiLeaks drama The Fifth Estate
• Watch the trailer for The Fifth Estate
• Our gallery of the pick of the line-up
• Video: Toronto 2013 kicks off
In Venice, they're rolling up the red carpet as the sun sets on the 70th film festival. Four thousand miles west, they're unfurling it, as Toronto gears up to host its festival for the 37th year. Many critics are touting it as the finest film festival lineup in history – less a programme than a dry run for Oscars night.
The festival begins on Thursday evening with the world premiere of the WikiLeaks drama The Fifth Estate, partly based on the book by the Guardian journalists David Leigh and Luke Harding, and starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange, while Peter Capaldi is the Guardian editor, Alan Rusbridger, David Thewlis is the investigative reporter Nick Davies and »
- Catherine Shoard
Photo Credit: yvrshoots Photo Credit: vancouversun Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as “Tomorrowland.” Tomorrowland is directed, produced and co-written by two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird (“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”). The screenplay is written by Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof from a story by Lindelof & Jeff Jensen and Brad Bird. The cast includes: George Clooney (“Syriana”), Hugh Laurie (“Arthur Christmas”), Britt Robertson (“Under The Dome”), Raffey Cassidy (“Snow White and the Huntsman”) and Thomas Robinson (“The Switch”). It will be released on December 12, 2014. »
So, principal photography has begun in Vancouver for Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland, and the very mysterious movie whose inspiration was a box of strange Disney memorabilia is finally getting a (sort-of) synopsis. Below is the press release with the synopsis in the middle. I’ve made the text red.
Burbank, Calif. (Aug. 26, 2013) —Principal photography has begun on Disney’s mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” starring two-time Academy Award winner George Clooney (“Michael Clayton,” “Syriana”), Hugh Laurie (“Monsters vs. Aliens,” “Arthur Christmas”), Britt Robertson (“Under The Dome”), Raffey Cassidy (“Dark Shadows,” “Snow White and the Huntsman”) and Thomas Robinson (“The Switch”). The film is directed, produced and co-written by two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird (“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” “The Incredibles”). Damon Lindelof (“Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Prometheus”) and Jeffrey Chernov (“Star Trek, »
- Jess Orso
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