Posts Tagged ‘Michael Shannon’

Must See Movies: March

March 1, 2010

Spring is busting out all over, even if Squally is currently looking out at several inches of snow at this writing. While the past few months have offered slim pickings for cineastes on a budget, March comes in with returning masters and new discoveries. So many, in fact, that we’ve extended our usual handful to a mighty six. Among the delights in store: Zoe Kazan, fascist mistresses, Lolitas in platforms, and Ben Stiller turning his neuroses up to 11. Sorry funseekers, no Hot Tub Time Machine. Click on the titles for trailers and more.

The Exploding Girl
Release date: March 12
The pitch: Ivy (Zoe Kazan) juggles a distant boyfriend and a close pal while taking a break from college.
Fun fact: Writer-director Bradley Rust Gray is married to Treeless Mountain helmer So Yong Kim!
Why it could be great: Zoe Kazan’s had us since her delicate turn in Me and Orson Welles. And who doesn’t like a summer-set mood piece released in the middle of March?
Why it could suck: Oh.

Green Zone
Release date: March 12
The pitch: Matt Damon reunites with director Paul Greengrass to fight the war in Iraq. Based on the acclaimed book Imperial Life in the Emerald City by Rajiv Chandrasekaran.
Fun fact: Greengrass collaborated with onetime M15 agent Peter Wright on Spycatcher, a 1987 bestseller which lifted the lid on Britain’s Secret Service.
Why it could be great: Damon and Greengrass’s Bourne films made palm’s sweat glands work overtime.
Why it could suck: Iraq? Again?

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Trailerama: The Runaways

December 17, 2009

Ch-ch-ch-cherry bomb! Based on vocalist Cherie Currie’s memoirs, this biopic tells the low down and dirty story of all-girl glamsters The Runaways. The Twilight brigade will be mushy about Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett, but it’s the prospect of Michael Shannon as Kim Fowley—the man who put the “ego” in Svengali—which floats our butterfly collar. Director Floria Sigismondi may be best known for the award-winning video to Sigur Ros’s “Untitled,” which can be seen below.

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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)