6 items from 2008
By Neil Pedley
This week's trip to the multiplex offers a jaunt around the globe where, amongst other things, there's a case of mistaken ethnicity in Boston, Nic Cage gets another wig fitted in Thailand, there's whimsy and surrealism in Scotland and Matthew McConaughey is right at home in Malibu, where he might finally have found something he does well, maybe.
Strained emotional bonds and the transitory nature of the life of an illegal immigrant provide the backdrop for Chris Eska's quietly affecting family drama that stars Pedro Castaneda as an aging farmhand who loses his job at a chicken farm in a sleepy Texas town, forcing he and his devoted daughter-in-law (Veronica Loren) to relocate to San Antonio to stay with his older children and the grandchildren he never knew he had. As Alison Willmore pointed out in last week's Lunchbox, Castaneda is a first-time actor »
- Neil Pedley
Finally, "shirtless" Matthew McConaughey in a role that he was born to play! Surfer Dude is a laid back comedy about a surfer named Steve Addington who returns to his home in Malibu to find that virtual reality surfing is the new "in" thing when there are no waves. Don't think too much about that story, because I think the best way to enjoy this movie would be laid back and stoned out of your mind (note: we don't necessarily condone smoking of any type). Both Willie Nelson and Woody Harrelson also have roles in this as well. To be honest, I think this looks mildly entertaining, which is all I would really be looking for in a movie about a surfer anyway. Give it a shot and check it out for yourself. Watch the trailer for Surfer Dude: [flv:http://bitcast-a.bitgravity.com/firstshowing/surferdude-trailer.flv http://bitcast-a.bitgravity.com/firstshowing/surferdude-trailer.jpg 480 360] You can find more info on this comedy at the »
- Alex Billington
Matthew McConaughey is a busy guy. The new father is finishing up touches on "Surfer Dude" - the movie he produced with his company, jk livin' ("just keep livin' ") - and now he wants to start a record label. A source said, "He's looking for a distribution deal with all the major labels for his own label. His first artist is a reggae guy called Mishka. The album will be called 'Above the Bones' and the first single is 'Here Comes Da Train.' He's also doing the soundtrack for 'Surfer Dude. »
Williams plays Lance, a high school poetry teacher who copes with his son's death from a freak masturbation accident by faking a suicide note to spare the family shame. The note, published without his permission, ends up becoming a sensation, and Lance reignites his writing career by penning a personal journal he claims was written by his son (Daryl Sabara).
Gilmore plays Claire, a teacher who has an affair with Lance.
Bob Goldthwait penned the script and is directing the project, which began filming Tuesday in Seattle.
Sabara is repped by Apa and manager Lynda Goodfriend. »
- By Leslie Simmons and Gregg Goldstein
- By Borys Kit
Take a look at the latest movie poster from the upcoming thriller “Transsiberian” by director Brad Anderson (Fear Itself, All Lost Souls) and starring Woody Harrelson (Surfer Dude), Emily Mortimer and Ben Kingsley. Plot: A Trans-Siberian train journey from China to Moscow becomes a thrilling chase of deception and murder when an American couple encounters a mysterious pair of fellow travelers. »
- Brian Corder
6 items from 2008
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