Jessica Biel to play Vivaldi’s muse

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Right around the time Vivaldi was composing probably his most famous works, The Four Seasons, he became acquainted with an aspiring young singer named Anna Tessieri Giro. She became his student and protégée, and it was speculated that their relationship was a romantic one as well, but that accusation was adamantly denied.

In the upcoming film, VIVALDI, writers Kevin Lund and T.J. Scott explore this relationship. Obviously this will be a fictionalized account, as most scholars believe that there was nothing going on between the two music lovers. Jessica Biel and Luke Evans are up for the roles of Tessieri Giro and Vivaldi, respectively.    Patricia Riggen, who directed the film UNDER THE SAME MOON, will direct. The film will be pitched to prospective buyers at the Cannes Film Festival later this week. Continue reading

Channing Tatum joins Ron Howard’s latest

Ron Howard is out to prove that Channing Tatum is not just a piece of meat, as he has cast the actor in his latest film. The still untitled project, known around Hollywood as CHEATERS, already has an all-star cast including the likes of Vince Vaughn, Kevin James, Jennifer Connelly and Winona Ryder.

The film centers around a man (Vaughn) that discovers the wife (Ryder) of his best friend is a no good, cheating floozy. The man finds himself in a moral dilemma of sorts, as he battles with the decision to tell his friend of the infidelity he discovers. Tatum will play Ryder's tattooed, pierced mister. That's the opposite of mistress right? Mister? Continue reading

Trailer for CROPSEY guaranteed to give you chills

Documentaries aren't often movies that'll creep you out. Sure, ones like SUPERSIZE ME might make you gag. Or TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE might make you so angry you need prescription drugs. But CROPSEY looks like it might genuinely scare you. The trailer for this documentary just hit and it sure is creepy. Check it out, after the jump. Continue reading

First trailer for YOU AGAIN

The trailer for the comedy YOU AGAIN has hit the web and it looks to be halfway enjoyable. Maybe it is the Betty White factor. Maybe it is that I find Kristen Bell to be adorable. Maybe it is the fact that both Jamie Lee Curtis and Sigourney Weaver are still stone cold foxes. Or maybe I'm just a sucker for the guilty pleasure rom-com.

The film stars Bell as a young woman grappling with the fact that her brother is marrying the very girl (Odette Yustman) who made her high school years a living hell. To top this wedding cake off, her mother (Jamie Lee Curtis) and her soon-to-be mother-in-law (Sigourney Weaver) were also high school rivals.

I'm not saying it is an Oscar winner, but check out the trailer after the break to judge for yourself. Continue reading

The latest trailer for ROBIN HOOD will steal your attention

Just in time for its release this Friday, Hulu has robbed from the rich and given to the poor people who are anxiously awaiting for ROBIN HOOD to hit theaters. Gone is the Bryan Adams soundtrack of yesteryear, replaced by a very cool score that I can't wait to steal purchase. Hey, I'm poor. And I'm just trying to be like Robin Hood!

Many say that the film is just a rehashing of GLADIATOR, seeing how it reteams director Ridley Scott and actor Russell Crowe in a similar-looking film. To this, I say, "Yeah. So?" GLADIATOR was amazing, so to see these two at it again should prove to be a merry time of action-packed awesomeness. And, if this trailer is any indication, Scott has figured out how to give Robin Hood a suit that he can fight in and out of the water in! Either that, or Robin Hood just stopped wearing a Snuggie underneath his armor.

Check out the trailer after the jump! Continue reading

Fan of Sam Rockwell’s dancing in IRON MAN 2? I have treat for you!

When Sam Rockwell's character in IRON MAN 2, Justin Hammer, came strutting out on stage during the Stark Expo, the audience around me simply went wild. I could only smile in gently muffled glee, because I've long been a fan of Rockwell's dancing and wasn't surprised in the least that Jon Favreau would let the talented actor polish up his dancing shoes for his already hilarious and perfectly-executed Hammer. Rockwell isn't just my favorite working actor today, the man can jam.

For anyone looking for a Tuesday pick-me-up, I've decided to take a quick break from hard-hitting news to bring you two of my favorite clips of Rockwell dancing. One of which (a clip from CHARLIE'S ANGELS) you may be familiar with, but one of which (a bit of a screen test from his work as Chuck Barris in CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND) might be a brand-new slice of heaven for you. Check out both after the break. Continue reading

It’s official: JUDGE DREDD is coming back

Unfortunately, we all remember the 1995 film adaptation of JUDGE DREDD. And by "film adaptation," I of course, am referring to the 96 minutes of pain and wasted life we'll never get back. Few went home that day satisfied. Well now, Deadline tells us that we may be in line for a long overdue do-over. That's right Gordonandthewhalers, JUDGE DREDD is back.

Last year it was announced that Alex Garland, collaborator with Danny Boyle on SUNSHINE and screen writer of 28 DAYS LATER, would be writing an adaptation for DREDD. And now it seems as if DNA has come to a deal for financing of the film, which is sitting at a cool $5o million from Reliance Big Entertainment and IM Global. Continue reading

GANGSTER PARADISE: JERUSALEMA makes up for its title with a decent trailer

You know that old phrase about judging a book by its cover? The same thing goes for judging a movie by its title. GANGSTER PARADISE: JERUSALEMA is quite possibly one of the worst movie titles I've ever seen. It sounds like a crappy sequel to an even crappier video game. However, two positives come out of that title. First of all, I'm all of a sudden inspired to find the best movie titles with colon's in the name. Second, it's still got a pretty great trailer. Check it out after the break. Continue reading

SOMEWHERE and IT’S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY get new release dates; STORY to feature music by Broken Social Scene

Thanks to Focus Features, we now know when we will be finally able to check out two of this year’s more highly anticipated releases.

The studio has updated their schedule, which includes the upcoming Sofia Coppola film, SOMEWHERE, set for a December 22 premiere, as well as the Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden drama, IT'S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY, now set to open curtains on September 24.

SOMEWHERE marks the return of Sofia Coppola, and is set to follow up her brilliant take on the life of Marie Antoinette.  It follows a Hollywood star who lives at the Chateau Marmont, only to have his life changed by his 11 year old daughter who comes to visit.  The film stars Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning, and is not only one of my most anticipated films of the year, but has been since Coppola’s 2006 film, MARIE ANTOINETTE. Continue reading

Trailer for J.J. Abrams’ SUPER 8 officially hits the web

Whether you watched the bootleg that looked so bad it may have been shot with a Super 8 last week, or you caught it before IRON MAN 2 this weekend, chances are most of you film fans have seen the trailer for J.J. Abrams new super secret SUPER 8. If you haven't, then I urge you to prepare yourself for what can only be described with the word, "Awesome." I use awesome because it is what they used to describe cool things in The Bible.

If you've been living under a rock the last week, SUPER 8 is the Abrams-directed, Steven Spielberg-produced project that no one seemed to know about before it was abruptly announced. As things go with relatively anything the boy wonder touches, not much of anything is know about the film. Well, other than these few revolves around aliens and Area 51, it takes place in 1979, and it is said to be the director's attempt to make a film that evokes early Spielberg a la CLOSE ENCOUNTERS. And, honestly, I don't really need to know much more than that to be completely obsessed. Continue reading