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We all know Will Ferrell excels in political comedy. And Zach Galifianakis is as hot as they come right now. Director Jay Roach, though you may not know it, helmed the super-successful Austin Powers trilogy as well as the first two super-successful Meet The Parents films. He’s also proven himself in more personal fare such as the underrated Mystery, Alaska and the political HBO film Recount starring Kevin Spacey, which replays the corrupt 2000 presidential election.
All were involved in a recent studio pitch that will play off the upcoming 2012 election, concerning two presidential candidates, presumably on either side of the political fence. [Deadline]
This is promising news coming only weeks before the not-so-promising release of Little Fockers, the third installment, and first non-Roach directed film, of the series, which looks as tired as a dying grandfather. Political comedies done right can be smart, funny and, even inspiring. Consider the Robert Redford »
- Dan Mecca
Title: The Nutcracker in 3D Directed by: Andrey Konchalovskiy Starring: Elle Fanning (Astro Boy, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Nathan Lane (Hitman 2, Swing Vote), John Turturro (Transformers: Dark of the Moon) and Frances de la Tour Sometimes the most impressive places are only in people’s imaginations, but the obstacles they overcome in their dreams still significantly change their outlook on life. This is definitely the most important message put forth in Cinemarket Films’ new Christmas movie, ‘The Nutcracker in 3D.’ The new take on the classic fairytale not only expertly shows the struggle between good and evil through new characters and plot points, but also sticks to the original story’s lesson [...] »
"This is Tyler," the dog's handler said to me with clear trepidation, observing my 100-pound frame. "You have to be firm with him; he likes to goof around." She handed me the leash, at the end of which was an enormous black Labrador with a happy tail and intelligent brown eyes. Of the six or seven dogs on set, he was easily the largest, and of the several actors on set, I was probably the smallest. The dog regarded me with the love that all good dogs give easily. His handler put a bunch of liver treats in my other hand. "You listen to what she says now, Ty-Ty," she said to him sternly before turning to me. "You sure you can handle him?""I got this; I used to be a teacher," I said. My mind flashed back to my former day job as a teacher when I would wrangle kids for school plays, »
It's Election Day, and U.S. citizens are heading to the polls! In celebration of our blessed freedom, "Extra" has put together a list of some of the best political movie quotes. Check em' out! And get out there and vote!
Top 20 Political Movie Quotes'Man of the Year' (2004)
"Politicians are a lot like diapers. They should be changed frequently, and for the same reasons." —Tom Dobbs (Robin Williams)
'Swing Vote' (2008)
"All the world's »
Just last month we told you that Paula Patton (Swing Vote, Just Wright) had joined the cast of the new Mission: Impossible film, and is playing a young operative who teams up with Tom Cruise‘s Ethan Hunt. Patton joined a cast that already included Cruise, Ving Rhames, Jeremy Renner, Josh Holloway and Simon Pegg.
Now, there are more additions to the cast. According to The Wrap, Russian actor Vladimir Mashkov (Behind Enemy Lines) has joined the cast and will will play a Russian secret agent. Michael Nyqvist (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and Josh Holloway (Lost) have also been cast in the film. Nyquist will play one of the main villains in the film and Holloway will portray the newest member of the Imf team lead by Tom Cruise‘s Ethan Hunt.
- Jason Moore
By Scott Mendelson
hollywoodnews.com: As one of the two highest-of-high holy days in the Jewish religion, Yom Kippur basically involves asking forgiveness for the past transgressions against God over the previous year. But arguably as important is Erev Yom Kippur, which is the day before the high holy day, which involves asking the actual people you’ve transgressed against for atonement. In that spirit, let us take a few moments to finally let go of a few alleged transgressions in recent cinema history. Don’t do it for them, do it for yourself.
Alleged Sin: Beating out Martin Scorsese at the 1990 Academy Awards
For nearly twenty years, critics and film nerds have been condemning Kevin Costner for having the gall to ‘deny’ Martin Scorsese the Best Director Oscar that theoretically should have been his for Goodfellas. As a result, a once beloved film, one that revived the »
- Scott Mendelson
So far three actresses has been rumored for the female lead in the upcoming fourth Mission: Impossible flick. Those has been Kristin Kreuk (TV's Smallville, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li), Paula Patton (Precious) and Lauren German (Hostel: Part II). Now Deadline  has confirmed that Patton has come out as the victor and has gotten the role. Not much is known about her part, other than the fact that she'll play a young operative who has to work together with Ethan Hunt, who, as usual, is being portrayed by the always excellent yet underrated Tom Cruise. In all honesty this is the first time I have ever heard of Patton, at least knowingly, since she's also had top billings in both Deja Vu, Swing Vote and Mirrors, all three of which I have actually seen. From what I can remember, I enjoyed her performance in each for what it was. »
Just last month we told you that Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker, The Avengers) had joined the cast of the Brad Bird (The Incredibles) directed fourth installment in the Mission: Impossible franchise. Renner will co-star alongside Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible IV.
Now, Deadline reports that Paula Patton (Swing Vote, Just Wright) has joined the cast, and will play a young operative who teams up with Tom Cruise‘s Ethan Hunt. Patton reportedly beat out Lauren German (The Divide) and Kristen Kreuk (Smallville, Chuck) for the role.
In other Mission: Impossible news…
We had previously reported the rumor that “the film may not be called Mission: Impossible IV. It’s possible that the title won’t even include the familiar moniker, much as Christopher Nolan‘s Batman sequel was simply titled The Dark Knight.” Deadline now states that Tom Cruise and producer J.J. Abrams have decided to »
- Jason Moore
Chicago – Rob Reiner’s “Flipped” is not merely nostalgic for an era when life seemed simpler and sweeter but for an age when every minor detail meant the world and love was as simple as looking into the eyes of a new neighbor. We all remember the days when the smallest act of kindness or meanness changed everything and, thanks to two very strong central performances, “Flipped” captures the essence of those times in a gentle, sentimental romance.
Working from a script by Reiner & Andrew Scheinman, “Flipped” is a story of two neighbors destined to fall in love that’s told in near-constant narration. As we learn in the opening scene, Juli Baker (Madeline Carroll) fell for Bryce Loski (Callan McAuliffe) the day that he moved in across the street. Of course, as is often the case, it took Bryce a bit longer to realize that he too would »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
I'm not normally one to post about casting news that isn't finalized, but this is a good story about three very beautiful actresses fighting for one role. Paramount is trying to get things moving on Mission: Impossible IV (which won't even be called that) and with Jeremy Renner as the male lead, their focus has shifted to finding a female lead. Yesterday, Deadline (via SlashFilm) named Lauren German (Hostel: Part II, Dark Country), Paula Patton (Deja Vu, Swing Vote, Precious) and Kristin Kreuk (Euro Trip, Street Fighter, "Smallville") as at least three of the actresses who are testing for the role. Quite a wonderful line-up, right? We don't know much about the story or the characters that will be in it, except that this role is for "a young female operative." Other than that, we know Tom Cruise will be back but may not be playing Ethan Hunt for too long. »
- Alex Billington
Do you believe in fate? Do you believe that a predestined plan has been laid in front of you, and that no matter what you do, you can't change it? Well, then, you've already won our exciting contest in honor of Flipped, Rob Reiner's new romantic comedy that looks at first love and destiny in a whole new light. All you have to do is enter, and you'll be on your way to romancing that special some one in no time. Nothing makes for a better romantic evening than a beautiful Market Picnic Basket and Flipped soundtrack, which you can put to good use once you leave the theater and continue on with your first date. We're also giving away a 600 Denier polyester gardening bag complete with all the yard tools you'll need to create that special hideaway for you and your lover. We've got that big first kiss »
HollywoodNews.com: Creator and Executive Producer Dick Wolf has just announced that “Precious’” Paula Patton will be joining the cast of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” for a multi-episode stint as Ada Mikka Von.
Patton, who was nominated for multiple honors including the SAG Award (ensemble), NAACP Image Award (Supporting Actress) and the Critics Choice Award (ensemble) for her role as Ms. Blu Rain in the Oscar winning film “Precious,” will play a charming and savvy Ada who works with the Special Victims Unit on the Wolf Films/Universal Media Studios series, entering its 12th season on NBC.
“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” premieres September 22 in a new time period, Wednesdays at 9:00 p.m. (Et/Pt) on NBC.
“When I saw Paula Patton give that terrific performance in the multi-Oscar nominated Precious, I knew she’d be perfect for Svu’s new Assistant District Attorney — she’s funny, warm »
Yesterday’s female-gazing at Gary Cooper made me think: Wow, Gary Cooper really kinda looks like Kevin Costner, doesn’t he? Or, the other way around, actually, since Costner came second. The thing about Costner is, he really is the embodiment of the evil of Hollywood. Because he has appeared in some seriously shitty movies -- hello, Dragonfly and 3000 Miles to Graceland -- and in some mostly shitty movies that aren’t quite as bad as their reputations -- Waterworld and The Postman and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves -- and always, he is so seductive with his perfect combination of aw-shucks-ness and masculinity and vulnerability. Swing Vote is really quite terrible, and in a better world, Costner’s fuckup wouldn’t be so lovable -- it undercuts whatever power the film might have had -- but how can you not go weak in the knees at that grin: »
- MaryAnn Johanson
The only thing I know about Mafia Wars is that it's apparently a very addicting Facebook game that most of my friends used to play until four or so months ago. In order to try and capitalize on the random game, Radar Pictures and Ted Field are collaborating in order to bring this sucker onto the big screen. No word on who will be writing it, but the hunt is on for a screen writer.This idea sounds as genius as "Battleship" or "Stretch Armstrong". Want to know what other films Radar Pictures has backed up in the past? Well those include the 2003 "Texas Chainsaw Massacre", "The Heartbreak Kid", "Swing Vote" and "The Invention of Lying". Not the best looking list, but hey, maybe they can pull something off with Facebook Mafia Wars. I said maybe.Speaking of Facebook, at least the creators have capitalized on their drama with David Fincher »
No? Well, tough cookies, because you’re getting one anyway.
Facebook/Myspace game phenomenon Mafia Wars will be getting the big screen treatment folks.
Not much details on the project just yet, but Pajiba reports that Radar Pictures is currently developing the project. Some of Radar Pictures’ previous projects include: Swing Vote, The Invention of Lying, All About Steve, and The Box amongst others… not exactly box office champs, nor critically acclaimed films, so my hopes aren’t too high for this one.
I’ve never played any of those Facebook games; I have no interest, and so much else to do. So I couldn’t tell you what it’s about. But I suppose the title gives us a clue. It’s apparently quite a popular game, with as many as 26 million active monthly accounts, whatever that means; regardless, it’s a lot And we all know how Hollywood likes high numbers – budgets, »
Lionsgate today announced that it has acquired North American distribution rights to the fact-based action drama Machine Gun Preacher, directed by Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace). The film is the studio’s first collaboration with Forster since the Oscar-winning Monster’s Ball.
Synopsis: After renouncing his outlaw ways, Sam Childers embarks on a spiritual path, becoming a warrior for the desperate and helpless children in a war-torn country in Africa.
Gerard Butler (Law Abiding Citizen, 300) stars as Reverend Sam Childers, known as “the machine gun preacher.” Michelle Monaghan (Eagle Eye, Gone Baby Gone) co-stars as his wife, Lynn Childers; Oscar nominee Michael Shannon (The Runaways, Revolutionary Road) portrays Childers’s best friend, Donnie; Madeline Carroll (The Spy Nex Door, Swing Vote) plays Childers’s daughter, Paige; Kathy Baker (Last Chance Harvey, Street Smart) plays Childers’s mother, Daisy Childers; and Souleymane Sy Savane (Goodbye Solo, Damages) plays Deng, Childers’s right hand in Africa. »
- Allan Ford
Lionsgate will distribute the true-story film Machine Gun Preacher Lionsgate, the leading next generation studio, today announced that it has acquired North American distribution rights to the fact-based action drama Machine Gun Preacher, directed by Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace). The film is the studio's first collaboration with Forster since the Oscar-winning Monster's Ball. Gerard Butler (Law Abiding Citizen, 300) stars as Reverend Sam Childers, known as "the machine gun preacher." Michelle Monaghan (Eagle Eye, Gone Baby Gone) co-stars as his wife, Lynn Childers; Oscar nominee Michael Shannon (The Runaways, Revolutionary Road) portrays Childers's best friend, Donnie; Madeline Carroll (The Spy Next Door, Swing Vote) plays Childers's daughter, Paige; Kathy Baker (Last Chance Harvey, Street Smart) plays Childers's mother, Daisy Childers; and Souleymane Sy Savane (Goodbye Solo, Damages) plays Deng, Childers's right hand in Africa. The screenwriter is Jason D. Keller. Forster will produce under his Apparatus shingle alongside Robbie Brenner »
Lionsgate today announced that it has acquired North American distribution rights to the fact-based action drama Machine Gun Preacher , directed by Marc Forster ( Quantum of Solace ). The film is the studio's first collaboration with Forster since the Oscar'-winning Monster's Ball . Gerard Butler ( Law Abiding Citizen , 300 ) stars as Reverend Sam Childers, known as "the machine gun preacher." Michelle Monaghan ( Eagle Eye , Gone Baby Gone ) co-stars as his wife, Lynn Childers; Oscar nominee Michael Shannon ( The Runaways , Revolutionary Road ) portrays Childers's best friend, Donnie; Madeline Carroll ( The Spy Next Door , Swing Vote ) plays Childers's daughter, Paige; Kathy Baker ( Last Chance Harvey , Street Smart ) plays Childers's mother, Daisy Childers; and »
This weekend marks the opening of the highly anticipated film "The A-Team", the action film based on the wildly popular 80's television show. On a personal note I've been dying to see this film ever since the first trailer came out.
One of the ripest picking grounds for TV shows to be adapted into movies seems to be the 1980's, and "The A-Team" is just the lastest... but it certainly isn't going to be the last.
Right now there are a handful shows from the 80's being developed for the big screen, and right now I thought I'd run down 4 high profile ones that you may not have known were coming to an AMC near you in the foreseeable future! »
The video was posted on Bloody Disgusting, and while the quality isn’t great, it does gives us a goodly chunk of what to expect from the score. Predators, which is set to come out July 9th, pits a group of humans hand-picked by the warrior race of aliens to wage battle on a game-preserve planet. The music comes from composer John Debney, who’s done an insane amount of movie music, some inspired (Elf, Sin City), and some completely by-the-book (Old Dogs, Swing Vote). But this sound for Predators is a total surprise, and in a good way. It’s got a fantastically classic, almost Hitchcock feel, like the score to North By Northwest, but it’s also got elements of those big, »
- Scott Yacyshyn
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