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Rusty Gordon

by: Rusty Gordon
November 24th, 2009

Youth in Revolt2

The rebel with a mustache comedy YOUTH IN REVOLT gives you two Michael Ceras for the price of one. First, you have the standard awkward and amusing Michael Cera as Nick Twisp, a young man in love with a girl that just doesn’t see him that way. So to become the man his beloved desires, Cera’s Nick creates an alternate personality in Francois Dillinger, a confident badass. This reminds of when the great Steve Urkel, with the help of science, transformed himself into the cool Stefan in order to get Laura Winslow. Urkel still has so much to teach us, we just need to listen.

This latest trailer is set up similarly to the previous one, but there is a fair amount of new footage, including scenes with some of the film’s famous faces that weren’t in the first trailer, like Steve Buscemi and Justin Long. Check out the new trailer after the jump. (more…)

Kate Erbland

by: Kate Erbland
November 24th, 2009

Danny McBride

In case you have somehow missed it, I am an unabashedly huge David Gordon Green fan. The man could direct an in-depth documentary about the trials and tribulations of a high school marching band, and I’d be at the premiere, using my own instrument (a recorder, natch) to beat back people to get a prime seat. But being a DGG fan means you get to be a fan of many other people, like his frequent collaborators from his days at the North Carolina School of the Arts, including the always-hilarious Danny McBride.

Frosty over at Collider got a chance to sit down with McBride to discuss his work in the upcoming Jason Reitman flick, UP IN THE AIR, but they ended up talking about many of McBride’s upcoming projects, including YOUR HIGHNESS. Being the DGG fan I am, I’ve pulled out only info about YOUR HIGHNESS to share, but if you’re interested in McBride’s thoughts on his other projects (like UP IN THE AIR, or “Eastbound & Down”), be sure to check out the full interview over at Collider. (more…)

James Wallace

by: James Wallace
November 24th, 2009

humpday

Mumblecore director Lynn Shelton’s latest effort, HUMPDAY (now on DVD), is a look at what happens when two men, vastly different in personality, reach the same point in their life. The dreaded quarter-life crisis. So, naturally, these two best friends, played by Mark Duplass and Joshua Leonard, do what any two heterosexual males would do…they decide to make a porno…together.

The idea all starts with the mention of an experimental art festival of sorts called HUMP!, in which people submit amateur pornography. Being that HUMP! was the inspiration for the idea behind film, festival founder Dan Savage demanded that Shelton pay her dues. Shelton in turn created BEYOND GAY, a sequel of sorts to HUMPDAY in short film form.

With a 5-minute runtime, BEYOND GAY chronicles a lesbian woman and a gay man as they attempt to work up the nerve to have sex with each other for no good reason other than just to do it. (more…)

James Wallace

by: James Wallace
November 24th, 2009

matt damon

With the recent release of STAR TREK on DVD, all these little interesting tidbits are floating out of space. For example, the story we brought you earlier today about William Shatner’s once-planned cameo. Or the one about Abrams using my eyebrows as the inspiration for an updated Vulcan look. Okay, that last one isn’t true. (more…)

Rusty Gordon

by: Rusty Gordon
November 24th, 2009

Tommy Lee Jones

For awhile it appeared that Tommy Lee Jones would be directing and co-starring in THE LINCOLN LAWYER, but now Jones has decided to leave the project. Jones, who is primarily well-known for his acting, also directed the generally well-received present day western, THE THREE BURIALS OF MELQUIADES ESTRADA.

THE LINCOLN LAWYER is about a lawyer who works out of his car, which happens to be a Lincoln. It is so beautiful when a title comes together so perfectly. The film centers on the biggest case of the lawyer’s career: defending a wealthy playboy accused of assault and attempted murder. Matthew McConaughey is still attached to bring the charm train to the project as the lawyer. (more…)

James Wallace

by: James Wallace
November 24th, 2009

Kirk & Spock

It was a debacle that you may remember occurring some months prior to the release of J.J. Abrams’ STAR TREK. A back-and-forth of sorts between the director and the original Kirk himself, William Shatner, on whether the actor was ever really asked to make a cameo in the film and, if he was, if he merely turned it down. In the end, it was revealed that Abrams and Co. tried to insert a Shatner cameo into the film but felt it just did not work.

Regardless, screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci did in fact write the scene featuring Shatner’s Kirk, along with Leonard Nimoy’s Spock, that kept with the canon of the previous films. After all, Kirk did meet his untimely demise in 1994′s STAR TREK: GENERATIONS. Sorry…spoiler alert.

The alternate scene would have occurred somewhere around the end of the film, as the elder Spock (Nimoy) has a chance encounter with his younger self (Zachary Quinto), followed by the scene of young Kirk (Chris Pine) being awarded. While Shatner’s cameo appears to be nothing more than an audio and holographic video transmission to Spock, traveling through time and originating before the events of GENERATIONS, it still may have been really cool to see. I guess we shall never know…until the sequel!

Check out the scene, in its entirety, after the jump! Then let us know what you think. Would you have liked to see this scene in the film or do you feel it is better without it? (more…)

Wilhem Oliva

by: Wilhem Oliva
November 23rd, 2009

Ranger Jones

A couple of week ago we announced that Anna Faris, Dan Aykroyd, and Justin Timberlake had joined the cased of YOGI BEAR and now we have one more name to add to that list, comedian T.J. Miller. If he looks familiar, that’s because you briefly saw him in CLOVERFIELD. He played the funny, camera-wielding sidekick, Hud.

Miller will play the part of Ranger Jones, a character I don’t remember from the show (he doesn’t even have a section on Wikipedia). From his audition tape, Jones seems to be Ranger Smith’s sidekick. Of course that means that we’re still Ranger Smith-less.

I’m not sure if Miller is the right man for the job, but I gotta hand it to him for unique audition. He actually filmed himself (with the aid of director Jordan Vogt-Roberts) interacting with a live bear! Barry M. Meyer, chairman of Warner Bros., saw the tape and offered him the job. Watch his audition video after the jump. (more…)

Kate Erbland

by: Kate Erbland
November 23rd, 2009

Letters to Juliet trailer tease

I am an absolute sucker for a good, old-fashioned romantic comedy. Blame it on my hormones, my gender, my astrological sign, but I don’t care. There are times when you just want to turn your brain off and get engrossed in someone else’s cookie cutter romantic trials and tribulations. Which leads me to LETTERS TO JULIET, starring the adorable Amanda Seyfried (along with Gael Garcia Bernal, Vanessa Redgrave, and Christopher Egan). The trailer lays out the cute little plot (Italy! Love letters! Romeo and Juliet! Running!), all while set to a (poorly cut) Taylor Swift song. Hey, I said it was cookie cutter!

See the trailer after the jump. (more…)

Wilhem Oliva

by: Wilhem Oliva
November 23rd, 2009

60-minutes

“60 Minutes” is one of the most highly regarded news magazine programs on television and yesterday James Cameron made an appearance to talk about AVATAR, his new movie, which will arrive in theaters in less than a month.

It’s great that after years of reading about it, we’re finally seeing some behind-the-scenes action on the AVATAR set, but what I loved most about the interview was hearing Cameron talk movies. Especially when he says, “this is the film I always wanted to make.” Big talk from the guy who has already made some of the greatest sci-fi movies of modern cinema.

Most people would be feeling the pressure from such high expectations, but James Cameron seems cool as a cucumber, working away and making sure that everything is perfect to the last detail. In fact, when the piece aired yesterday, he was still tweaking the movie! I guess that’s the advantage in working in digital. Watch the full 12-minute interview after the jump. (more…)

Kate Erbland

by: Kate Erbland
November 23rd, 2009

Greenberg trailer tease

A couple of weeks ago, Focus Features announced its full 2010 slate, featuring GREENBERG as its lead-off film, opening on March 12. The film stars Ben Stiller, Greta Gerwig, Chris Messina, Rhys Ifans, Juno Temple, Mark Duplass, and Jennifer Jason Leigh, and was written and directed by Noah Baumbach (THE SQUID AND THE WHALE). The film follows Stiller’s Roger Greenberg who “at a crossroads in his life…ends up housesitting at his brother’s home in Los Angeles. There, he strikes up an unlikely friendship with his brother’s assistant Florence (Gerwig), an aspiring singer. Florence and Greenberg’s encounters lead to an uncertain and wonderfully vulnerable courtship.”

Now we’ve got the first trailer for GREENBERG. Stiller doesn’t hold back on the cynicism, pretty much denouncing the entire human race within the first fifteen seconds. The rest of the trailer gives us glimpses into the unfolding romance and, well, an unfolding Greenberg. I’m sold.

Check out the full trailer for GREENBERG after the jump! (more…)

Kate Erbland

by: Kate Erbland
November 23rd, 2009

Nine poster tease

How convenient for NINE that the Christmas colors are red and green, I fully expect them to start appropriating mistletoe for their marketing soon as the “This Holiday Season – BE ITALIAN” train rolls on. Hopefully, that mistletoe won’t be above Daniel Day-Lewis’ head, because both of the two new NINE posters I have for your viewing feature the man looking positively humpbacked (whale joke). No wonder he looks crushed under some invisible weight, the film does cover his Guido Contini dealing with the pressures of nine different women in his life.

Oddly enough, despite its title, both new posters only feature four of Contini’s women – Kate Hudson, Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz, and Marion Cotillard. I guess we know whose fans NINE is looking at to bring in the lira this Christmas Day. Maybe Judi Dench, Sophia Loren, and Fergie Ferg will get their own poster (don’t hold your breath).

Hit the jump to see both posters! (more…)

Ronnita Miller

by: Ronnita Miller
November 23rd, 2009

cougare ace

South African screenwriter Anthony Peckham had been enlisted to write the script for the DreamWorks Studios action project, DEEP SEA COWBOYS.   TRAINING DAY writer David Ayer had originally been tasked to adapt the tale.

The film is an adaptation of an article from Wired magazine about a crew of salvage workers trying to save a capsized cargo ship. The film will explore how the crew races to save the ship’s dangerous cargo and claim its reward. Last week, we told you of Hollywood tapping public radio for film ideas, and now they are tapping print journalism – nerds everywhere rejoice! (more…)

James Wallace

by: James Wallace
November 23rd, 2009

sloat, featherston and peli

$11,558 to be exact. That is how much it cost to make PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, the little indie horror film that, to this date, has grossed over $100,000,000 domestically. For that amount of money, I imagine you could just pay the demon off and he would leave you alone.

But where did all that cash go, with a movie starring two unknown actors, shot on location at director Oren Peli’s own home and using a prosumer camera readily available to any want-to-be film maker with a high-limit credit card? Well, $100 of it definitely went towards Red Bull for those late night shoots!

Check out Peli’s break-down of the budget, down to the last dollar, after the jump! (more…)

Chase Whale

by: Chase Whale
November 23rd, 2009

The Crow

Out of all the great films currently being redone, I had wished to God that THE CROW would remain untouched. Well, as you already know, God was away on business and THE CROW is getting a remake/reboot/re-envisioning. While doing press work for BROTHERS, producer Ryan Kavanaugh spoke with io9 about the current status of director Stephen Norrington’s vision of THE CROW. (more…)

James Wallace

by: James Wallace
November 23rd, 2009

weitz and stewart

Just last week, we brought you news of Chris Weitz tossing around the idea of giving up directing all together, possibly to be a better surfer, learn kung-fu, or learn to speak Spanish fluently. But when your latest film (NEW MOON) takes in almost $258 million worldwide and breaks all kinds of box office records, then you may rethink your decision to walk into the sun, revealing yourself for what you truly are thus giving up your life as a director. Wow, so many parallels.

Not to mention the fact that Weitz may get to both direct a film and fulfill some of his desired dreams at the same time. No, unfortunately the director is not doing a reboot of SURF NINJAS, but is instead looking at directing THE GARDNER, which Weitz says is about “a Mexican gardener in Los Angeles” and his struggles to protect and provide for his son. THE GARDNER would reteam Weitz with Summit Entertainment, who produced NEW MOON, as well as all the other films in the TWILIGHT series. The film, with a screenplay from Eric Eason (MANITO), is said to begin production sometime in March or April of next year.

Weitz also dispelled the rumors that he would be giving up directing after he made his follow-up to NEW MOON, which came out of an article from the New York Post’s Page Six, who ran the story from Weitz’s interview with the original source of Moviemaker magazine.

Source Variety

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