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Welcome to Scene Stealer, a new feature here on Movies Blog where we salute the lesser-known actors who kill it so consistently with each and every scene they're in, they leave you wanting more. These are talented men and women who've already earned your respect, familiar faces you're always happy to see pop up in a movie or TV show -- you just might not know them as marquee names... yet.
Our inaugural Scene Stealer is Jake Johnson, who returns to primetime tonight in all-new episodes of "The New Girl." Johnson can also be seen booting Nph from heaven as Jesus in "A Very Harold And Kumar 3D Christmas," hitting theaters this weekend.
Find out everything you need to know about Jake and his scene-stealing after the jump!
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- Kara Warner
In 2008, Steve McQueen‘s Hunger blew many away, thanks, in equal parts, to McQueen’s superb, restrained visual style and Michael Fassbender‘s career-making performance as Ira revolutionary Bobby Sands. Three years later, McQueen’s follow-up (also starring Fassbender) Shame, concerning a sex-obsessed man’s downward spiral, started a buzz (at festivals like Venice and Toronto) that the filmmakers will ride into the film’s December theatrical release.
In the mean time, the new duo (a la Scorsese/DiCaprio, Burton/Depp) are prepping their third feature together, 12 Years a Slave, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor (Inside Man, Redbelt) as well. Now, Brad Pitt, who is also producing via his Plan B banner, has joined on. [The Playlist]
Shooting from a script by McQueen and John Ridley (Three Kings), Slave tells of “Solomon Northup, a free black man who was kidnapped in 1841 and sent to a slave plantation in Louisiana, which he was rescued from »
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Based on the 1853 autobiography of Solomon Northrup, 12 Years a Slave tells of Northrup's tragic kidnapping in Washington DC in 1841 where, despite being born a free man, he was forced into slavery at a Louisiana cotton plantation until his rescue 12 years later.
McQueen co-wrote the adaptation with John Ridley (Red Tails) and will produce through Brad Pitt's company, Plan B. Ejiofor, best known for roles in Children of Men and Redbelt, will portray Northrup while Fassbender's role remains currently undisclosed.
The teaser poster for 'Shame' is also below:
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Xerxes may be starring with the Terminator. IGN reports that Rodrigo Santoro (300) is in talks to join Arnold Schwarzenegger and Peter Stormare in the upcoming action-thriller Last Stand for director Jee-woon Kim.
Santoro is up for the part of "Frank Martinez, a rookie cop under the authority of Sheriff Ray Owens (Schwarzenegger)." His character is described as "outgoing, laid-back and personable," and that he is "a good friend of Jerry's, a fellow officer."
Spartan (David Mamet, 2004) was quite near the beginning of the artistic sequence that Mamet scholars would eventually call his "early crypto-fascist period"—certainly a good dozen years before his bizarre, Kaufmanesque wrestling matches with Tariq Ramadan, complete with veiled ringside girls, on Al-Jazeera. About the film itself, critics were brutal. One of them called it "unimaginably crude – the Pickup on South Street (1) of the so-called War on Terror." Another said, "watching this film makes me want to commit innocent but suspicious acts deserving of a good waterboarding in Guantanamo." Despite the down-beat & cryptic patriotism of the film, it was not a success. Warner Brothers, sifting through the testing data, eventually fingered its too mild anti-Arabian racism. Mamet was forced to move the idea to television where he re-conceived the material for the series The Unit, primarily, the cynics said, as a way to get singing gigs for his wife, Scottish folkstress Rebecca Pidgeon. »
Welcome to Monday Morning Review, a new feature here at Movies.com where we provide a review of a film the Monday morning after it arrives in theaters. As such, this review is written for people who have seen the film, and will dicuss plot points, spoilers, etc, so read it only if you've seen it or if you don't mind knowing everything that happens. At first glance, it would be easy to dismiss Warrior as nothing more than a testosterone delivery system for meatheads. It revolves around mixed martial arts, a brutal sport that combines the grace of boxing, the athleticism of wrestling, and the elegance of the Rodney King beating. Apart from David Mamet's little-seen Redbelt, it's the first wide-release film to focus on Mma as an organized sport; before now...
- Eric D. Snider
Baseball has "Field of Dreams." Basketball has "Hoosiers." Hockey has "Slap Shot." In other words: you can't be a major American sport without a major American sports movie.
It looks like mixed martial arts might have found its major sports movie with this week's "Warrior," the story of two brothers (Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton) who both enter a massive Mma tournament. The film's already garnering rave reviews and strong social media word of mouth, and even generating some Oscar buzz. It looks on track to be one of the surprise hit of the fall.
While "Warrior" is certainly mixed martial arts' biggest and potentially most acclaimed appearance on the silver screen to date, it's far from the first movie set the world of Mma. We'll have our review of "Warrior" later in the week; in the meantime, here is a look at five important milestones on Mma's journey to cinematic legitimacy. »
- Matt Singer
Visual artist turned visual artist who directs feature films Steve McQueen turned a lot of heads with his 2008 feature debut Hunger. It was a visual experience chock full of beautiful photography, great performances, and experimental filmmaking. His second film Shame, which stars Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan, and supposedly explores sexuality and human nature, is getting ready to debut in Toronto and Venice come their September film festivals. Before we even get a chance to take in that film, however, comes word of what McQueen plans to work on next. Variety is reporting that his next film is going to detail the true story of Solomon Northrup, a New York man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery for twelve years between the years of 1841 and 1853. Northrup was taken in Washington and eventually rescued from a cotton plantation in Louisiana. Sounds like this will be a meaty part, so it’s going to need a meaty actor »
- Nathan Adams
Steve McQueen‘s sophomore effort, Shame, will premiere at Venice and Toronto over the next month, with a U.S. release still not set. But, the acclaimed filmmaker is already setting up his third feature, with Variety telling us that he’ll be directing Chiwetel Ejiofor in Twelve Years a Slave.
This is based on the true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man who was kidnapped in 1841 and sent to a slave plantation in Louisiana, which he was rescued from in 1853. The film (written by McQueen and John Ridley) is an adaptation of his memoir that recounts the struggle, also called Twelve Years a Slave. That book also details his time before slavery — including how men pretending to be circus promoters who wanted to hire him as a violin player sent him to a hotel in Washington, D.C., where he was bound and sold as a slave. »
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Steve McQueen will team with Chiwetel Ejiofor for 12 Years A Slave , Variety reports. Based on the 1853 autobiography of Solomon Northrup, 12 Years A Slave tells of Northrup's tragic kidnapping in Washington DC in 1841 where, despite being born a free man, he was forced into slavery at a Louisiana cotton plantation until his rescue 12 years later. McQueen co-wrote the adaptation with John Ridley ( Red Tails ) and will produce through Brad Pitt's company, Plan B. Ejiofor, best known for roles in Children of Men and Redbelt , will portray Northrup. McQueen, who made his debut with Hunger in 2008, reteamed with that film's star, Michael Fassbender for the upcoming Shame . You can read the full text of Northrup's original writing online at Documenting the American »
Considering that it's the fastest rising sport in the world and that it's inherently cinematic in a way that, say, baseball isn't, it's surprising that Hollywood hasn't made greater hay out of mixed martial arts (or Mma). For the newcomer, it's essentially a blend of boxing, wrestling and a good old bar fight, a mix you would have thought would have led to far more movie outings than David Mamet's "Redbelt" and next year's Kevin James (yes, Kevin James) vehicle "Here Comes the Boom." But a movie opening next month, Gavin O'Connor's "Warrior," which we caught today as the first… »
Max Martini has joined the cast of Guillermo del Toro's monster movie "Pacific Rim" for Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures.According to Variety, production on the film begins in September with a July 12, 2013, release date set.Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam and Charlie Day have already been cast. Del Toro will produce with Legendary's Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni.Travis Beacham wrote the script. The film centers on a group of humans that develop robots to fight off an extraterrestrial force that threatens the Earth's existence.Del Toro had been working on an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's "At the Mountains of Madness" for Universal, but problems arose over budget and rating.Martini's film credits include "Redbelt," "Contact" and "Saving Private Ryan." »
- Adnan Tezer
The highly anticipated monster epic film Pacific Rim has now enlisted the talents of Max Martini whose credentials include Saving Private Ryan, Contact, Redbelt and my personal favorite – his character Mack Gerhardt on the American hit television show The Unit.
written by Travis Beacham, is set to be directed by the highly acclaimed Guillermo del Toro, the movie is centered around an alternate version of Earth in the near future decades after a historic date in November 2012 when the first towering Godzilla-like beast emerged from a hole in the Pacific Ocean and attacked the city of Osaka, Japan. Since the first attack, the rim has been “spitting out” a variety of gigantic monsters at an increasing rate, which then stride out of the ocean and begin destroying sea-bordering cities, like Tokyo and Los Angeles. In order to combat these monstrous, otherworldly menaces, the military developed the “Jaeger” program, which trains »
- Tim Shustoff
'Pacific Rim,' from director, Guillermo del Toro was one of the focus points of the Legendary Pictures panel at this year's San Diego Comic-Con. For a film that is still a couple of years off from its release, a decent amount of information and media was showcased. The logo for the film was shown, and many obscenities were said.What it boiled down to is that the film is about a sudden alien invasion and the giant robots deployed to take them down. Of the story, Del Toro said that it's set in "almost the now," and that "it posits a very delicate human scale problem and conflict against the gigantic scope, scale situation." During his time on stage, Del Toro said that more cast members would be announced shortly. He wasn't lying. Variety is reporting that Max Martini has joined the film as one of earth's defenders. »
Max Martini has joined the cast of Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim. Travis Beacham wrote the screenplay that is said to be a variation on the Japanese Kaiju genre (giant monsters) and the plot sees "a future Earth defending itself from attacking creatures through the use of enormous mechanized robots." Variety reports that he will play "a resistance fighter who goes up against the invading creatures."
Source: Variety (http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118040383) »
Max Martini is the latest name to join the cast of Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim , according to a story at Variety . The film, from screenwriter Travis Beacham, is said to be a variation on the Japanese Kaiju genre (giant monsters) and the plot sees a future Earth defending itself from attacking creatures through the use of enormous mechanized robots. Martini, who has appeared in Saving Private Ryan , Contact and Redbelt , will appear alongside Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Charlie Day and Rinko Kikuchi. His part is said to be that of a resistance fighter who goes up against the invading creatures. The Legendary Pictures production is aiming for a July 12, 2013 release. (Photo Credit: Apega / WENN) »
With roles in such films as Match Point, Redbelt and Shutter Island, Emily Mortimer can certainly lay claim to having worked with some of the most acclaimed living American auteurs. Whilst performances in the Steve Martin Pink Panther movies and hard-edged revenge thriller Harry Brown (not to mention a memorable turn on TV comedy 30 Rock) ensure she is widely recognised by audiences. However, it was her experience working with John Lassester and Pixar, as the voice of the elegant heroine Holly Shiftwell (above) in Cars 2, that was the topic of conversation when I spoke to with her at Pixar Animation Studios last month.
Against the backdrop of a giant replica Luxo lamp and bouncy ball, Mortimer discussed how working with the best of live-action compares to working with the best of the animation world, and you can hear what she had to say on the subject by watching the »
- Robert Beames
Tired of hearing about a famous, controversial director who made some wacky, off-color and right-wing remarks? Well, Lars Von Trier has been banned from Cannes, so let’s move on to David Mamet. The Playlist brings us a breakdown of two recent articles which confirm that Mamet is no longer a “Brain Dead Liberal” and that he’s working on a script that argues against affirmative action.
The long, detailed article in The Weekly Standard chronicles a talk Mamet gave at Stanford a couple of years ago. The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Glengarry Glen Ross, Lakeboat and Speed-The-Plow - who wrote the screenplays for The Verdict, The Untouchables, Hoffa and Wag The Dog – gave a stumbling, bewildering assault on higher education, a red-blooded defense of capitalism, and attacked affirmative action. The article noted that left-wingers will get to be properly appalled when his book of essays, The Secret Knowledge: On »
- Anthony Vieira
I'm a bit surprised that with the wild popularity of the Ufc and mixed martial arts, we still haven't seen very many great movies based in this universe. Sure, there's been a great documentary (The Smashing Machine) and there's David Mamet's Redbelt (still haven't seen it), and then there's questionable stuff like Fighting, Never Back Down and Never Surrender, but where is the Rocky and Raging Bull? Well, from the looks of this trailer and some of the positive early buzz, there's a chance that Warrior could be it. The movie stars Tom Hardy (Bronson, Inception) and Joel Edgerton (Animal Kingdom, The Thing) as two brothers who train to be Mma fighters and end up squaring off in the ring against each other. One is an ex-Marine and the other is a public school teacher up to his eyeballs in debt. Nick Nolte looks to have a great role »
Professional Mixed Martial Arts fighting has been steadily growing in fans and business ever since the Ufc started in the '90s. Surprisingly, for being one of the toughest physical competitions in existence, we haven't seen many decent flicks revolving around the sport besides Channing Tatum's came-and-went "Fighting" and David Mamet's "Redbelt" (and by decent, we mean not starring Jean-Claude Van Damme).
That might change if "Warrior" can live up to its debut trailer.
The film is directed by Gavin O'Connor, the inspirational hockey movie "Miracle," and appears to have the same struggling sports themes as that movie, with the edge that is inherent in a movie about punching, kicking and beating the living crap out of people.
"Warrior" stars Tom Hardy ("Inception") and Joel Edgerton ("Animal Kingdom" and the upcoming "Thing" prequel) as two brothers living wildly different lives (Hardy's a burnout, while Edgerton is a school »
- Matt Patches
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