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Interestin’ News: Carano Cast In Soderbergh Spy Thriller

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Gina Carano, best known for being the “face” of the women’s mixed-martial arts sport that has absolutely blossomed over the past few years, will get to test her chops in another arena: acting.

Steven Soderbergh will direct Carano in “Knockout”, which is being written by Lem Dobbs (“Dark City”), and will be a James Bond type thriller with espionage and lots of action. Soderbergh, speaking to Empire, said:

“I’d been wanting to make a spy action film for a while, but hadn’t really determined what I was going to bring to it that would distinguish it from the traditional approach. Then I thought, ‘Why don’t I just build it around her? She can actually break people in half’. I was interested in doing something ultra-realistic.

“My desire is for it to be a very realistic portrayal of somebody who gets hired, as these people do, by the government, to go and perform certain duties that it would be inappropriate to give to the military. That could be anything from a hostage-grab to surveillance to an actual killing…”

The question remains if Carano can be as big of a hit on screen as she has been for her sport, and that is largely dependent on if she can actually act. While she has two film roles to her credit, a documentary called “Ring Girls” and a small role in “Blood and Bone”, this will be the first time she will be acting front and center.

Filming should begin in February, with a release date of 2010 or 2011.

October 9, 2009 Posted by | Interestin' News | Leave a comment

Interestin’ News: Pics From 2010’s ‘Clash Of The Titans’

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Empire magazine has an exclusive interview with the cast and crew of Louis Leterrier’s “Clash of the Titans” and the pictures are stunning.

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Instead of filling you in on a bunch of loose details about the remake set to hit screens on March 26, 2010, I’ll say this: Leterrier doesn’t have an awesome list of film credits to his name and neither do the writers. However, with Perseus being played by Sam Worthington (Avatar, Terminator: Salvation), Hades by Ralph Fiennes, and Zeus played by Liam Neeson, there is hope. It’s small hope, I’ll give you that, but hope none the less.

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October 8, 2009 Posted by | Interestin' News | Leave a comment

Reviewin’ For You: ‘Paranormal Activity’

cellpics10-5-09 098On Thursday, at midnight, I cringed in anticipation and jumped a few times and ended up sleeping with the TV on SportsCenter. Why? Because I watched Paramount’s fantastically frightful “Paranormal Activity”. Now, your results will vary and I have slept well since that night without the aid of SportsCenter to block out any odd noises that might have kept me up, but the film is effectively scary and just plain fun.

Before I get ahead of myself, I don’t want to hype the film too much. If you go in with extremely high expectations, you are likely to come away disappointed as hardly any film ever lives up to ridiculous hype. Especially this film that has featured people talking of audience members crying or running out of the theater yelling. None of those things happened at my screening, but again, your results may vary.

Hit the jump for plot details (no spoilers here), impressions, and how you can see the film near you.

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October 5, 2009 Posted by | Reviewin' For You | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Gotta’ See Trailers: ‘Up In The Air’, ‘Bronson’

20090908_upinair_560x329I know I have gushed about Jason Reitman’s upcoming drama “Up In The Air” in the past, but I truly feel that the film will be something special, just like his fantastic “Thank You For Smoking”. Now, we finally get a full on theatrical trailer. So, although Apple (who hordes trailers like no other) only gives me the ability to link you to their site to watch this fantastic trailer, I implore you to do so. Air will land in theaters on Dec. 4 in limited release before expanding to wide release on Dec. 25.

Meanwhile, there is a fantastic trailer for a foreign film called “Bronson”. Having already played overseas, the 2008 film tells the story of a prisoner named Michael Petersen, who, after being thrown in jail in 1974 for attempted robbery of a post office, has extended his stay from 7 years to 34 years. Much of that time, 30 to be exact, was actually spent in solitary confinement which gave birth to the alter ego ‘Charles Bronson’. This is an inside look at the mind of Bronson.

bronson_mSo far, the film has gathered quite a following online, and stands at 70% with 23 reviews. Some are calling it a putrid celebration of violence , while others have noted the commentary on celebrity culture while also likening it to Stanley Kubrick’s “A Clockwork Orange”. To make up for the lack of the embedded trailer for “Up In The Air”, I give you two trailers for “Bronson”.

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The second trailer is after the jump. Look for this film to have limited release in the US beginning Oct. 9 with Magnet distributing. I expect it to hit various VOD services around the same time. Continue reading

October 2, 2009 Posted by | Gotta' See Trailers | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Breakin’ News: Megan Fox, Transformers 3 Set For 2011

bay_sky_avatarStraight from Michael Bay via his official forum, July 1st, 2011 is the target release date for the next in the blockbuster Transformers franchise. Despite the war of words that has gone on between Megan Fox, Bay, and even a few of the Transformers crew over the summer, Fox will be in the film. Unfortunately, Bay still decided to take a jab at Fox:

P.S. Megan Fox, welcome back. I promise no alien robots will harm you in any way during the production of this motion picture. Please consult your Physician when working under my direction because some side effects can occur, such as mild dizziness, intense nausea, suicidal tendencies, depression, minor chest hair growth, random internal hemorrhaging and inability to sleep. As some directors may be hazardous to your health, please consult your Doctor to determine if this is right for you.

While pretty humorous, I expect these quips to continue long after we are tired of hearing them (which was pretty much day one).

Bay has already started work on the film, saying that he was traveling to Hasbro with screenwriter Ehren Kruger to discuss new characters.

Thanks to /Film for the news.

October 1, 2009 Posted by | Breakin' News | Leave a comment

Breakin’ News: Foxx Joins ‘Due Date’, More Reunited

According to THR, Jamie Foxx will be appearing in director Todd Phillips’ new film “Due Date”. Phillips (“The Hangover”, “Old School”), will be re-teaming with Hangover star Zack Galifianakis, but that isn’t the only duo reuniting. Last month it was announced that Michelle Monaghan would be joining the cast, which reunites her with “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” co-star Robert Downey Jr, who plays the lead. Now, with Foxx joining the cast, RDJ will be reuniting with his co-star from “The Soloist” as well.

RDJ is a soon-to-be father who has to hitch a ride with a college slacker (Galifianakis) to make his kid’s birth. Monaghan will be playing RDJ’s wife, while Foxx is his long-time friend who once dated Monaghan and still secretly keeps in contact with her.

Filming will begin this fall with a planned release date on Nov. 5, 2010.

All we need now is for Mike Tyson to join and we would really have some reuniting going on.

Check out this mash-up of posters that Collider cooked up:

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October 1, 2009 Posted by | Breakin' News | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Hittin’ Theaters: Something For Everyone!

Some of yall might have had your heads in the sand for the past few months, but this weekend will be a great time for movies. I will first say that tonight I will be watching “Paranormal Activity” (92%, 26 reviews)  and I am very excited. Second, the movie list this weekend goes beyond just new films. In case you haven’t heard, Toy Story 1 & 2 will be hitting theaters again, but this time digitally remastered and in 3-D!

Some of yall might scoff at 3-D and its supposed gimmick, but of the few 3-D films I have experienced, I had an enjoyable time and they weren’t built with the “gimmick” in mind but instead utilized it effectively. Additionally, I have no qualms about seeing both Toy Story films again, and especially remastered and utilizing post-release 3-D effects. According to Box Office Mojo, the double-feature will hit about 1,600 screens beginning tomorrow. The total time cost of that double-feature is 2 hours, 49 minutes, but they will be glorious. Just make sure you take the time for your eyes to readjust before hitting the highway!

Of the new films that hit theaters this weekend, there are four highlights. For your convenience, the movie titles double as links to find theaters and show-times in your area playing that movie.

First off is the Zombie killing horror-comedy (horredy? comror?) “Zombieland” starring Woody Harrelson that looks fantastic and has been getting very positive reviews (91%, 44 reviews). It’s going to be violent, and it rightfully has an R-rating while it clocks in at 1 hour, 21 minutes.

Next is “Whip It!”, which I had previously covered. The comedy stars hot-commodity Ellen Page and is Drew Barrymore’s first directorial gig. The story revolves around the out-of-place Page who is trying to figure out where she belongs when she is introduced to roller derby and falls head over skates for it. The film has been getting positive reviews (78%, 46 reviews) and clocks in at 1 hour, 51 minutes with a PG-13 rating.

Third on the list is the Ricky Gervais (The Office, Extras) comedy “The Invention of Lying”. The premise is that of a world where lying simply doesn’t exist, and everyone seems to rudely speak the truth. That is, until Gervais’s character starts telling lies and everyone believes it is the truth. Interesting premise that many critics feel is elevated by the great comedic cast of Jennifer Garner, Jonah Hill, Rob Lowe, Luis C.K. and Tina Fey. So far it sits at 59% with 46 reviews, carries a PG-13 rating and runs 1 hour, 40 minutes.

Finally, we have the new Coen Brothers film, “A Serious Man”. The plot, as with most Coen Brothers films, is hard to peg down based on the clips I have seen, so I’ll use IMDb’s description instead:

A black comedy set in 1967 and centered on Larry Gopnik, a Midwestern professor who watches his life unravel when his wife prepares to leave him because his inept brother won’t move out of the house.

So far, the film has a 83% rating out of 29 reviews, carries an R rating (which Coen Brothers film hasn’t?) and runs 1 hour, 45 minutes. Unfortunately, this film will only be a limited release for the time being, hitting 6 theaters nationwide tomorrow. They will gradually expand the release, so keep an eye out.

Clearly, if you are looking for laughs, this weekend has you covered in almost every way imaginable.

Hit the jump for the limited release list and expansions. Continue reading

October 1, 2009 Posted by | Hittin' Theaters | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment