Thursday, March 31, 2011

Travolta set to play gangster Gotti

That's right...John Travolta has been tapped to play the " Dapper Don " himself, John Gotti in a flick that will be titled Gotti: Three Generations; that has been written by actor/writer Leo Rossi and will be directed by Nick Cassavetes ( John Q. ) Rumor also is the studio is eyeing James Franco the play Gotti's son John Jr., and the plot of the film with be based on the relationship between father and son.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Happy birthday to Warren Beatty

Actor and old school Lothario Warren Beatty turned 74 today. The man has achieved quite a bit of notoriety in his day...he's a 4 time Oscar nominated actor, a 2 time Oscar nominated director and another 4 time Oscar nominated screenwriter. He won the Academy Award for best director for the phenomenally well done period piece Reds.

He hasn't acted in a film in more than a decade, seemingly to take a back seat to current wife Annette Bening's career, where aptly he seems to be just fine and content with. But if you want to check out some of his best work you can take the opportunity to rent Bonnie and Clyde ( 1967 ) McCabe and Mrs. Miller ( 1971) Shampoo ( 1975 ) Heaven Can Wait ( 1978 ) Reds ( 1981 ) Dick Tracy ( 1990 ) Bugsy ( 1991 ) and a very underrated turn in Bulworth ( 1998 )

Mildred Pierce trailer

Here is just one trailer of the 1945 remake that initially won Joan Crawford the Oscar in Mildred Pierce. It is a 5 part mini-series on HBO debuting this Sunday, starring Kate Winslet and Evan Rachel Wood. Reviews have been good to great so far.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Source Code preview/synopsis

April 1, 2011

Directed by Duncan Jones ( last years Moon & also son of David Bowie ) starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, Jeffrey Wright, Scott Bakula. Wriiten by Ben Richley ( The Watch ) cinematography by Oscar nominee Don Burgess ( Forrest Gump ) edtied by Paul Hirsch ( Mission: Impossible ) Original music by Chris Bacon ( Alpha & Omega )

When decorated airman Captain Colter Stevens (Gyllenhaal) wakes up in the body of an unknown man, he discovers he's part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train. In an assignment unlike any he's ever known, he learns he's part of a government experiment called the "Source Code", a program that enables him to cross over into another man's identity in the last 8 minutes of his life. With a second much larger target threatening to kill millions in downtown Chicago, Colter re-lives the incident over and over again, gathering clues each time, until he can solve the mystery of who is behind the bombs and prevent the next attack, but he eventually falls in love with one of the passengers.

Rated PG-13 for some violence, disturbing images and some language.

Oscar chances ? Most likely not. Release date and genre hurts it's chances, but doesn't mean it won't be a decent flick.

Viggo out of Snow White

Looks like Snow White needs to go on the hunt for another Huntsman—at least for now.

Viggo Mortensen, who has been in protracted negotiations for the part in Universal’s high-flying Snow White and the Huntsman picture, has fallen out of negotiations.

The movie is one of several Snow White projects in active development—and, with star Kristen Stewart and other cast members locked, the one furthest out of the gate.

Commercials helmer Rupert Sanders is making his directorial debut on the Joe Roth-produced pic, which has Stewart as Snow White and Charlize Theron as the Evil Queen so far casted.

Negotiations with Mortensen have struggled since the beginning, with insiders claiming the actor asked for $8 million ( really ? ) as well as gross participation. The two sides were so far apart that the dealmaking collapsed at one point, allowing the actor to flirt with playing the villain role in Warner Bros’ new Superman movie.

The project amps up the action quotient from the fairy tale and plays up the relationship between White and the Huntsman. In the new scenario, when she is banished and on the run by the evil queen, the Huntsman takes her under his wing to protect her, and she becomes his protege, learning how to fight and defend herself.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Jodie Foster's The Beaver more complimentary than not

Well...many so called " movie pundit experts " thought because of Mel Gibson's recent ( and even past negative transgressions ) would effect Jodie Foster's movie The Beaver, the first time she has directed in 16 years, would have been been received in a negative light. But so far, most are saying it's a well told tale and that Gibson is good in the role. That's saying a lot, because whether what camp you decide to initially feel about Mel, it must be a halfway decent performance if people that loathe him say he good in the movie. By the way... Anton Yelchin is Jewish.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Super 8 trailer

June 10, 2011

Directed by JJ Abrams ( Star Trek, Lost ) produced by Steven Spielberg and starring Elle Fanning, Kyle Chandler, Noah Emmerich, Ron Eldard, Gabriel Basso, Zach Mills, Amanda Michalka.

Set in 1979 Ohio, a group of six young children use a Super 8 camera to make their own zombie movie. One night while filming near a remote stretch of railroad tracks, the children witness a truck collide with an oncoming train leading to a catastrophic derailment. Amidst the fire and destruction, something inhuman emerges.

Movie trailers galore

Larry Crowne

July 1, 2011

Directed by Tom Hanks and co-written by Nia Vardalos, starring Hanks, Julia Roberts, Bryan Cranston, Taraji P. Henson, Pam Grier, Cedric The Entertainer, Wilmer Valderrama.

After Larry Crowne (Hanks), a middle-aged man, is terminated from his job, he goes back to college, where he unexpectedly forms bonds with his fellow students and a romantic relationship with Mercedes Tainot, a professor (Roberts). Hanks's joint screen-writer, Vardalos, also appears in the film in a yet to be revealed role.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

More casted to Rock Of Ages movie

Julianne Hough ( pictured ) has been casted as the lead, Sherry, in Rock Of Ages, Adam Shankman's take on the popular Broadway play, that has already casted Tom Cruise as Stacee Jaxx, with rumors of Russell Brand as Lonnie, Mary J. Blige as Justice and now recently reported, Alec Balwin as Dennis.

Hough can currently be seen in Burlesque and will also star in the Footloose remake coming out in October.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Annette Bening's next gig

Well... everyone was wondering what Annette Bening was going to do after her fine Oscar turn in The Kid's Are Alright and it seems she has signed on to be in director Rob Reiner's next film, along side Morgan Freeman, in a film called The Third Act. The premise is about a writer who moves to a rural area and befirends a mother and her young daughter. Not much to gone on yet obviously, but something to keep your eyes and ears open to in the future.

Charlie Sheen canned from Two and A Half Men

Well...I guess it's really no real shocker to anyone that's not under a rock, but the old Charlie " The Machine " Sheen, has been fired from Two and A Half Men. Just a few years ago he was nominated for an Emmy on that show.

What is he doing ? None of us are perfect but he was given a million and a half a freaking episode on the program. That's doing better than 90% of the world. How could that not humble you ?

I sincerely hope the guy gets better because I think he's talented but more so for him and his family. He is so in the lead in many death pools. Now I wonder if they will replace with another actor ?

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Happy Hollywood birthday to Rob Reiner

Director Rob Reiner turns 64 today. Do you remember when that guy put out classic after classic. I mean top notch films really. Right out of the gate with cult classic This Is Spinal Tap. Then onto Stand By Me, The Princess Bride, When Harry Met Sally, Misery and A Few Good Men. Then he kind started just makiing average movies.
Let's hope his new project, The Third Act, starring Morgan Freeman and Annette Bening will be of the same quality as those first several films earlier in his directing career.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Good bet on two Oscar locks for next year

I'm not going to go into a big, long diatribe this early about what might be contenders for next years Oscar contenders, but I will say, if I was in Vegas at a sports book, I'd feel very confident that Glenn Close ( for Albert Nobbs ) and Meryl Streep's ( for her Thatcher Iron Lady role ) percentage's at receiving Academy Award nods respectively will be pretty good.

2011 Razzie winners

Here are what many thought were the worst performances/films of 2010 by way of the Golden Rasberry Awards...

Worst Picture

'The Last Airbender'

Worst Actor

Ashton Kutcher, 'Killers' and 'Valentine's Day'

Worst Actress

The Four Gal Pals, 'Sex and the City 2'

Worst Supporting Actor
Jackson Rathbone, 'The Last Airbender' and 'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse'

Worst Supporting Actress

Jessica Alba, 'The Killer Inside Me,' 'Little Fockers,' 'Machete' and 'Valentine's Day'

"Worst Eye-Gouging Mis-Use of 3-D"

'The Last Airbender'

Worst Screen Couple / Ensemble

The Entire Cast, 'Sex and the City 2'

Worst Director

'The Last Airbender,' M. Night Shyamalan

Worst Screenplay
'The Last Airbender,' M. Night Shyamalan

Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel
'Sex and the City 2'

Friday, March 4, 2011

Clooney on the set of his new film ( he's directing )

George Clooney and Ryan Golsing on the Miami set of their new film Ides Of March, based on the play Farragut North that was written by Beau Willimon, loosely based on the 2004 Democratic primary campaign of Howard Dean. The script was awarded the 2005 Dayton Playhouse FutureFest award.

The film is billed as "a classic tale of hubris set against a contemporary landscape — about the lust for power and the costs one will endure to achieve it." It is titled after Farragut North, a Washington Metro station in Washington, D.C., on the Red Line. Farragut North serves downtown Washington and is located just north of Farragut Square near Connecticut Avenue. Willimon chose the name as the station is located in the center of the lobbyist district.

This will be Clooney's third time in the directing chair. The film also stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood and Jeffrey Wright. It will be released sometime next year.

The Conspirator trailer

April 15

Here's the trailer for the Robert Redford's true life Lincoln era assassination drama, The Conspirator, starring Robin Wright, James McAvoy, Kevin Kline, Evan Rachel Wood, Tom Wilkinson, Danny Huston, Justin Long, Toby Kebbell and Stephen Root.

Plot: In the wake of Abraham Lincoln's assassination, seven men and one woman are arrested and charged with conspiring to kill the President, Vice-President, and Secretary of State. The lone woman charged, Mary Surratt (Robin Wright), 42, owns a boarding house where John Wilkes Booth and others met and planned the simultaneous attacks. Against the ominous back-drop of post-Civil War Washington, newly-minted lawyer, Frederick Aiken (James McAvoy), a 28-year-old Union war-hero, reluctantly agrees to defend Surratt before a military tribunal. Aiken realizes his client may be innocent and that she is being used as bait and hostage in order to capture the only conspirator to have escaped a massive manhunt: her own son, John (Johnny Simmons).

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Director Barry Levinson to direct OKC film

After helming the acclaimed HBO film You Don't Know Jack about famed euthanasia activist Doctor Jack Kevorkian, director Barry Levinson might be reteaming with Al Pacino or even direct a biopic on rights activist Jack Healey. Now we can add another project to his future slate as Variety reports the Rain Man director will take on another real-life story with O.K.C. - a political thriller focusing on the Oklahoma City bombing of 1995. At the time, the event was the most destructive terrorist attack on U.S. soil until the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon on September 11, 2001. Story details ahead.
According to Wikipedia, the blast claimed 168 lives, including 19 children under the age of 6, injured more than 680 people, destroyed or damaged 324 buildings within a sixteen-block radius, destroyed or burned 86 cars, and shattered glass in 258 nearby buildings. The script for the film comes from writer Clay Wold, who took the story from his own brother, and follows a young legal clerk of bomber Timothy McVeigh's defense team who risks everything to expose a larger conspiracy in pursuit of the truth. This sounds like it could very well return Levinson to his better filmmaking with flicks like Good Morning Vietnam or even Wag the Dog.

Personally, I wouldn't waste a dime on a story about that piece of garbage Timothy McVeigh. But what do you guess people will see it.

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Started to really pay attention to film ( movies ) what was going on in front of the camera, but more interestingly, behind it as well at about as far back as age 10. Motion pictures ( when good ) are a fascinating medium. All the work and prep that goes into filmmaking. It's an amazing process !