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6 items from 2008


Opening This Week: Nic Cage's new hairpiece, Billy Elliot's dark side

1 September 2008 9:23 AM, PDT | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

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.

"August Evening"

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

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Worth Watching - July 19: Matthew McConaughey's Surfer Dude Trailer

19 July 2008 1:56 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

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

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Livin' Large

16 July 2008 11:40 PM, PDT | NYPost.com | See recent New York Post news »

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. »

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Robin Williams, Alexie Gilmore lead 'Dad'

16 July 2008 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Alexie Gilmore is set to teach Robin Williams a lesson. The two have signed to star in the indie feature "World's Greatest Dad."

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.

Howard Gertler and Sean McKittrick are producing. CAA and Cinetic Media are handling the North American rights to the film.

Williams' upcoming projects include the indie comedy "Shrink" and Disney's "Old Dogs." He is repped by CAA and Morra Brezner Steinberg & Tenenbaum Entertainment.

Gilmore next stars opposite Matthew McConaughey in "Surfer Dude." She is repped by Paradigm and the Group Entertainment.

Sabara is repped by Apa and manager Lynda Goodfriend. »

- By Leslie Simmons and Gregg Goldstein

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Ramon Rodriguez joins 'Pelham 123'

7 July 2008 3:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Ramon Rodriguez has been cast in "Taking of Pelham 123," being directed by Tony Scott.

The thriller stars Denzel Washington and John Travolta. Rodriguez plays a friend of Washington and a fellow Mta train dispatcher who is caught in the middle of a subway hijacking.

Rodriguez is coming off a lead role in "Transformers 2," where he plays the college roommate and best friend of Sam Witwicky (Shia Labeouf). Jonah Hill at one point was in talks to play the role.

Rodriguez, repped by the Collective, appeared in "The Wire" and appears in the upcoming "Surfer Dude" with Matthew McConaughey. »

- By Borys Kit

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Poster: Transsiberian starring Woody Harrelson

19 June 2008 11:19 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

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

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