Posts Tagged ‘Josh Brolin’

The Slate: Twilight, Jean-Luc Godard and Mountain Goats

March 17, 2010

Gus van Sant, Sofia Coppola, Bill Condon … are any of them crazy enough to say “yes” to directing an installment of Twilight: Breaking Dawn? Probably not. Y’know, van Sant just might do it. (EW)

The line-up of this year’s 32nd Cinema du Reel Film Festival in Paris will include Godard/Mieville’s The Old Place and Reportage Amateur, as well as Richard Dindo’s promising Gaugin in Tahiti and the Marquesas Islands. Fest kicks off on March 18. (Cineuropa)

Speaking of Godard: “His devotion to the concept of the archive—including archival footage—is based in a sense of the object’s relic-like, totemic power that transcends evocation and memory to achieve a quasi-metaphysical incarnation of the past that restores its force through mythopoetic power, through the fact of its iconic contact with the past.” Right. (The Front Row)

Rian Johnson’s Life of the World to Come, starring the Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle, is released on DVD on Record Store Day, sounds a lot like that Jonsi doc, Go Quiet. (Pitchfork)

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Spring Movie Preview 2010

February 27, 2010

Will Avatar make every successive Hollywood blockbuster look like it’s underachieving? For at least the next few months, the answer’s yes. Studios are responding to James Cameron’s monolith by turning everything into 3D whether it demands it or not. This slash ‘n’ burn blockbuster policy is in keeping with a season filled with retreads, reboots and sequels.

High points? While the prospect of Shrek 4 may no longer seem so appetizing—admit it, you didn’t even know it was being released this year—fanboys are salivating over the already spit-sodden Iron Man 2. The airport paperback set, on the other hand, are looking forward to Bourne Goes to Iraq, aka Green Zone. Carrie and co. will also flounce back onto our screens in a new Sex and the City.

Maybe Squally will stick to the return of Mike Newell and the singular pleasures of Tyler Perry. Regardless of the quality, feel the width. This is a star-laden line-up, with Johnny Depp, Matt Damon, Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway all returning to the screen. While they cash the checks, we’ll continue to tip less mainstream fare in our Must See Movie series. Click on the titles for trailers, etc.

Alice in Wonderland
Release date: March 5
Starring Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter
After damn near 20 years of hit-making, Tim Burton finally found himself as a director by turning to established properties like Willy Wonka and Sweeney Todd. A marriage with Lewis Carroll should be a nice fit. Alas, this “sequel” to the original cockeyed gospel looks like an unholy mess. Depp channels Peter Lorre as the Mad Hatter.
Fun fact: Critic Gilles Deleuze proclaimed that Carroll’s final work Sylvie and Bruno “is no doubt the first book that tells two stories at the same time, not one inside the other, but two contiguous stories.” Heads up, Disney. Get Todd Solondz on it.

Green Zone
Release date: March 12
Starring Matt Damon, Greg Kinnear, Brendan Gleeson
Damon mans up as Roy Miller, a Chief Warrant Officer whose job sniffing out WMDs in Baghdad is compromised by the U.S. administration. In the time-honored Hollywood tradition, he goes rogue. Hey, if they didn’t want him to make waves, they shouldn’t have put him in the middle of the desert.
Fun fact: Bourne director Paul Greengrass first approached Tom Stoppard to adopt Rajiv Chandrasekaran’s book Imperial Life in the Emerald City, but was turned down.

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The Slate: Steve Carell is Drinking, Playing, F@#king

April 1, 2009
  • steve-carellSteve Carell is having a bit of a turn. Warners is tooling Andrew Gottlieb’s novel Drink, Play, F@#k into a vehicle for the comic actor. (It’ll be called the more marquee-friendly Dumped). Intended as a riposte to Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat Pray Love, the book finds the strait-laced Bob Sullivan in a hedonistic free-fall through Ireland, Las Vegas and Thailand after his wife walks out. Sounds like a Yes Man with more swearing and Carell screaming “Britney Spears!” for all the wrong reasons. My Sassy Girl scripter Victor Levin will be finding the humor in the situation. (Variety)
  • Jonah Hex? Yes, that’s a rhetorical question. We’ve never read the comic about a scarred gunslinger and the only thing that’s exciting about a movie version is the possibility of a credible Western hitting the screens again. Oh, and a cast that includes Josh Brolin as ol’ melty lips, Megan Fox as some totty and John Malkovich as a voodoo enthusiast. They’ve been joined by the estimable Will Arnett as Hex’s pay-master and Michael Shannon as a ringmaster of the undead. So much for “credible.” But with Horton Hears a Who‘s Jimmy Hayward directing, maybe this will turn out to be an horror oater worth putting a feed bag on for. (Hollywood Reporter)
  • Kevin MacDonald‘s The Eagle of the Ninth is finding some centurions to strap on their sandals. Billy Elliott‘s Jamie Bell will co-star in the story of a Roman warrior and his Celtic sidekick searching for a legion stranded in the Highlands. Channing Tatum is negotiating to join Bell as the one not smeared in wode. Here’s hoping whoever adapts adapting Rosemary Sutcliff ‘s book for the screen will throw in a reel or two. (Variety)
  • Supermarket tabloids will get a chance to scream “Is it ON again?!” as exes Drew Barrymore and Justin Long spend a few months in close quarters. Well, maybe not that close. Barrymore has signed on to join Long in Going the Distance, a rom-com about a couple trying to enduring the travails of a long distance relationship. Should give new meaning to phoning in a performance. Barrylong split in July 2008. (Variety)
  • Ice Cube used to be the N*gga You Love to Hate. Now he’s just “that guy.” He’s starring in Ride Along, an action comedy where his cop tries to ruin the relationship between his sister and her white boyfriend by taking him on patrol. This is a “comedy”? Ice Cube is doing a rewrite … hopefully to make it a little less like Unlawful Entry comes to Lakeview Terrace. (Variety)

The Slate: Nicole Fiddy Barcelona

March 26, 2009

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  • Nicole Kidman must have read our foaming over Freida Pinto and thought to herself, “I remember when Squally used to do that to me.” So she’s also decided to sign up for Woody Allen‘s London-set latest. Among the others trying to get her to unfreeze her face are Josh Brolin, Antonio Banderas, and Kidman’s BFF Naomi Watts. The average age of the cast is 44, boding well for fans of adult film. (Variety)
  • 50 Cent was all excited about appearing in The Expendables when … oh wait, seems 50 Cent has NO intention of being in Sylvester Stallone‘s tribute to steroid-ravaged flesh. His rep says that Curtis Jackson is too busy finishing his latest album. So Stallone has gone straight back to the Bad Actor Well and pulled out Terry Crews as a replacement. Which leaves only Brian Bosworth to sign on the dotted line … (MTV News)
  • After Mel Gibson’s adrenalized Christ, it was only a matter of time before other Biblical heroes got in on the action. Now Methusaleh will be doing a little Assyrian-kicking. The long-lived Hebrew is the subject of a forthcoming “elevated action thriller” from Warner Bros. and director James Watkins (Eden Lake). Now if only someone will listen to our Judas Maccabeus pitch. (Variety)
  • We’ve had news of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, Monopoly, Candyland, and Ouija. So why not Major Matt Mason? Tom Hanks has expressed an interest in a film based on the 1960s astronaut toy line, to be written by Graham Yost (Speed). Mason and his team worked on the moon, but lived on a space station. Must have been a helluva commute. Hanks is serious–he even brought his Mason toy collection to the meeting. Strewth. (Variety)
  • Fools rush in where angels fear to tread, and your blogger has never set foot in Gossip Girl‘s world. But the news that Brittany Snow and Jessica Szohr will star in indie drama Walks is bound to make somebody go “OMG!” The RZA, Emmanuelle Chriqui and Bruce Willis’ daughter will also appear in the film, about a group of New Yorkers eagerly awaiting a graffiti legend to emerge from prison. (MTV News)

Freida Pinto: The Next Art-House Babe?

March 25, 2009

Freida Pinto must have a very strong head on her shoulders to keep it from spinning off. Just months ago she was the star of a film destined to go straight-to-video. Now Slumdog Millionaire is an irresistible Oscar-winner and Pinto is the fresh face of the Third World. The 24-year-old unknown, formerly a Mumbai model who didn’t even start taking acting lessons until Millionaire wrapped, also has her pick of projects. Even stranger: she appears to be making smart choices.

Variety has broken the news that Pinto has signed on to appear in Julien Schnabel’s follow-up to The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. Miral could be a movie that causes a lot of trouble. It’s the story of a Jerusalem orphanage which witnessed the tremendous upheaval in Palestine following the establishment of Israel in the 1940s. Pinto stars alongside Hiam Abbas, who will play Hind Husseini.
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