Thursday, March 31, 2011

It's here at last, the full trailer to 2011s highly anticipated comedy sequel and from what I could gather from this trailer, it's going to be a riot. At least, I hope it will. See, comedy sequels tend to just mimick the original, without finding ways to refresh the material. It's always a risk and rarely has there ever been an exception. Let's hope Todd Phillips know how to beat these trappings. The original cast is back. And I do mean pretty much everyone. Even Mike Tyson is back. Plus, a cameo by Liam Neeson as a Tattoo Man. Well, I guess it's no longer a cameo really, since he actually receives official credit for it. Why they passed on Mel Gibson for the cameo is beyond me. I mean, this movie is all about wild partying, right ? It's raunchy and crazy, right ? Well, Mr. Gibson would have fit right in. It would have been a funny nod to all the scandals he's been in. It would have been slightly controversial, sure, but I guess the movie is radical enough to be able to take the hit. Anyway, the movie comes out May 26, 2011.


Yup, there it is on the right, in all its dark glory. This time it's war. Harry and Voldemort will face off in a fierce showdown as suggested by this poster. Who will die, who will live ? I don't know, 'cause I've never read a Potter book in my life. I only hope it doesn't disapoint, because I've invested hours and hours in Potter movies so far. I've even endured the excruciatingly talky "Half Blood Prince". This last one had better be the "Return of the King" of this franchise. Either way, it's a given that Warner Bros. has scored one of its most profitable franchises, holding a record-breaking $6 billion in worldwide box-office for the six movies. The deadly conflict ends this year, on July 15.


"Fallin Skies" is a new TV series produced by Steven Spielberg. It's really like "War of the Worlds" for television from what I've seen so far, except these aliens probably won't go away so easily, at least, not for a few seasons. Starring Noah Wyle ("ER") and Moon Bloodgood ("Terminator : Salvarion"), the series will begin June 2011. Not much else is known about the project, except that it's probably going to be pretty expensive, which means there's a greater risk the show will get canceled if the ratings go down.


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The fourth cast member of Zack Snyder's "Superman" reboot has been officially announced. Amy Adams will join the production as fearless reporter lady Lois Lane. To recap the roster, so far we have Henry Cavill as Clark Kent, alias Superman, Diane Lane as Clark's adoptive mother, Kevin Costner as Clark's adoptive father and now, Amy Adams as Clark's love interest. It's a very interesting selection of actors. It will be very interesting to see this reboot in action. Expectations are high, especially after Snyder's "Sucker Punch" flopped at the box-office this past week-end. Some expect this to affect the new "Superman" movie, but I think it won't be a problem, yet. Let's wait for the movie to actually get released, then we can talk about sinking careers.


The Dark Knight's future looks pretty dim.
Why am I not surprised ? Jeff Robinov, Warner Bros. executive, has come out with some new information regarding the future of the Batman franchise, post-Nolan. The executive has stated during an interview that after Christopher Nolan finishes his Dark Knight trilogy, the series will be rebooted in order to fit the fantasy line of DC Comics characters, and facilitate a "Justice League" movie. Now this is something of a wet dream for Warner and they've been trying to get a "Justice League" project off the ground for about a decade, coming real close to it in 2007, but Nolan's realistic vision for the Batman franchise and its huge success meant that Warner had no choice but to shelve the project. Now, with other DC adaptations on the way, like the "Superman" reboot and the "Green Lantern" movie, it seems to be the right time, at least in Robinov's mind. Plus, Marvel is doing the same with its "The Avengers" project. The smell of fierce competition is in the air and the studios rise to the occasion. The only problem is, of course, Batman. But it's an easy fix : they'll just reimagine the whole thing, as if Nolan's movies never existed. I have doubts regarding how well that's going to work. It's too bad that there won't be any more Nolan directed Batman movies after 2012s "The Dark Knight Rises". I have a feeling studios are taking far too many liberties with using the word "reboot" these days.


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Tuesday, March 29, 2011


Synopsis : When decorated soldier Captain Colter Stevens (Jake 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. Filled with mind-boggling twists and heart-pounding suspense, Source Code is a smart action-thriller directed by Duncan Jones (Moon) also starring Michelle Monaghan (Eagle Eye, Due Date), Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air, The Departed), and Jeffrey Wright (Quantum of Solace, Syriana). -- (C) Summit Entertainment.

Jake Gyllenhaal is in for a rough ride.
Starring : Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, Jeffrey Wright

Director : Duncan Jones

Screenplay : Ben Ripley

Running Time : 93 min.

Rating : PG-13 for some violence including disturbing images, and for language.

What to Expect : Hitchcockian sci-fi thriller, full of both intelectual delights and bone-crunching suspense. Gyllenhaal is a great lead, Wright and Farmiga are fierce character actors and Duncan Jones has proved with "Moon" that he can handle character-driven sci-fi stuff. I'm willing to bet that this will be a great movie that fans of the genre will especially enjoy.


Synopsis : The battle for Easter is on! In HOP, Despicable Me's Russell Brand voices E.B., the teenage son of the Easter Bunny. On the eve of taking over the family business, E.B. leaves for Hollywood in pursuit of his dream of becoming a drummer. Once there, he encounters Fred (James Marsden of the X-Men series, Enchanted), an unemployed slacker with his own lofty goals. Feigning injury, E.B. persuades Fred to take him in, and Fred finds himself living with the world's worst houseguest. Back on Easter Island, a power-hungry chick who has lived in the shadows for far too long has been plotting a coup to take over one of the biggest jobs in the world. Now that E.B.'s gone, he's got his chance. As E.B. discovers who he really wants to be and who he's meant to become, everything will lead him and Fred to an epic showdown to try and save Easter. -- (C) Universal Pictures.

The Easter Bunny loves to Rock'n'Roll.
Starring : Russel Brand (voice), James Marsden, Elizabeth Perkins, Hank Azaria (voice), Gary Cole, Hugh Laurie (voice).

Director : Tim Hill

Screenplay : Cinco Paul, Ken Daurio, Brian Lynch.

Running Time : 94 min.

Rating : PG for some mild rude humor.

What to Expect : The same kind of crappy, humorless CGI versus live-action children's movie. Even the trailer was unfunny. That being said, the CGI bunny is pretty cute.


Synopsis : Josh and Renai have a happy family with their three young children. When tragedy strikes their young son, Josh and Renai begin to experience things that science cannot explain.

Starring : Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins.

Director : James Wan

Screenplay : Leigh Whannell

Running Time : 102 min.

Rating : PG-13 for thematic material, violence, terror and frightening images, and brief strong language.

What to Expect : A dark and sinister tribute to "Poltergeist" from Wan and Whannell, the creators of the original "Saw". How they managed to bring on board two wonderful actors like Wilson and Byrne is beyond me. Still, it doesn't mean the movie will suck. I'm sure it will have the same simple low-budget charm that "Saw" had, and we all remember how well that went (6 sequels). You can watch the trailer right here.


Synopsis : In the outlandish dark comedy SUPER, James Gunn has created what is perhaps the definitive take on self-reflexive superheroes. When sad-sack loser Frank (Rainn Wilson) sees his ex-addict wife (Liv Tyler) willingly snatched by a seductive drug dealer (Kevin Bacon), he finds himself bereft and wholly unable to cope. But soon he decides to fight back under the guise of a DIY superhero called Crimson Bolt. With a hand-made suit, a wrench, and a crazed sidekick named Boltie (Ellen Page), the Crimson Bolt beats his way through the mean streets of crime in hopes of saving his wife. The rules were written a long time ago: You are not supposed to molest children, cut lines or key cars; if you do, prepare to face the wrath of the Crimson Bolt! No stranger to rebel filmmaking, James Gunn cut his teeth writing for Troma before making his directing debut with 2006's SLITHER. In a similar vein, his follow-up feature combines absurd humor with balls-out violence to create something that is both unashamed and inimitable. But this time Gunn adds a new ingredient, one that is dark, dramatic and subversive to the core. -- (C) IFC Films

Rainn Wilson is the ultimate weirdo (in a good way).
Starring : Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler, Kevin Bacon, Michael Rooker.

Director : James Gunn

Screenplay : James Gunn

Running Time : 96 min.

Rating : Unrated.

What to Expect : Unflinching indie flick with an awesome cast. However, this kind of over-the-top parody could end up alienating the audience with its absurdist parody plot and disturbing violence. Would you believe me when I say that "Kick-Ass" was rather tame by comparison ?

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The animated short is called "The Trenches" and it was created by Ben Hibon, the man responsible for the "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1" animated sequence. It's actually pretty cool and captures the crazy visual style of Zack Snyder's movie. Enjoy !


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Monday, March 28, 2011

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Saturday, March 26, 2011

As usual, nothing is set in stone, but the rumor mill has spread the news that Ed Harris will play John McCain in an HBO adaptation of the 2008 GOP battle between senator John McCain and Sarah Palin. The movie, called "Game Change" will be directed by Jay Roach and written by Danny Strong, based on a book by Mark Halperin, senior political analyst for Time magazine. The book has one of the longest titles I've ever seen : Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime. Roach and Strong have previously collaborated on the true story account of the 2000 presidential election, "Recount", also for HBO. So, I guess "Game Change" is a sequel of sorts, all things considered. Julianne Moore is already onboard to play Sarah Palin. And since this is HBO we're talking about, this movie will surely not go unnoticed when the awards season arrives.


The cast of Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises" has just been updated with young actress Juno Temple ("Year One", "Atonement"). Her character has been described as a "street-smart Gotham gal", which is probably a hint, pointing towards some character in the Batman mythology. We'll just have to wait and see, I guess. In the meantime, the media is running wild with speculations, which is in fact part of the publicity game. However, in an unexpected turn, it seems that Joseph Gordon-Levitt's character is not Albert Falcone as it was officially announced. So, the guessing-game is back on. And it will probably go on right up to the day the movie comes into theaters (July 20th, 2012).  


Friday, March 25, 2011

The hot-headed young D'Artagnan along with three former legendary but now down on their luck Musketeers must unite and defeat a beautiful double agent and her villainous employer from seizing the French throne and engulfing Europe in war. Director Paul W.S. Anderson ("Resident Evil", "Alien Vs. Predator", "Death Race") deals some more brain damage to the movie industry by dumbing down Dumas' novel to 3D levels. Of course Mila Jovovich is in it. Of course she performs some crazy acrobatics. Is this not a Paul W.S. Anderson movie ? The musketeers themselves perform some wicked combat moves that would make Neo himself cower in shame. Over the top is an understatement here. Christoph Waltz is in this as well as Cardinal Richelieu. Sure, he's already got an Oscar, but that's no reason to accept any work offering that comes his way. He's probably just having fun with his newly acquired fame, but I think he should choose his project more carefuly. Also starring are Luke Evans, Matthew MacFayden and Ray Stevenson. I still dream that perhaps some day, the illusion of 3D will be broken and the studios will stop throwing this kind of garbage our way. Release date is October 14, 2011.


Thursday, March 24, 2011

It seems Fox is a bit confused about setting a release date for "Rise of the Apes", the newest reboot in the Planet of the Apes franchise. The last of the release date changes is August 5th, 2011. The previous ones were November 23 and July 24, 2011. If you've been circling the dates in your calendars, I hope you didn't use permanent markers. This latest modification only makes me wonder if maybe Fox isn't very sure about this movie's capability to turn a profit. James Franco stars in this reboot, as well as Brian Cox and Andy Serkis. The latter will contribute his motion capture expertise, as usual. The question is, will this be the movie that will get audiences back in Ape mode ? Will it revive a franchise that already has four sequels to the original and a remake ? Share your thoughts.


In this family comedy, Jim Carrey is Mr. Popper, a driven businessman who is clueless when it comes to the important things in life - until he inherits six penguins. Popper's penguins turn his swank New York apartment into a snowy winter wonderland - and the rest of his life upside-down. Filmed on a refrigerated soundstage with real Emperor Penguins, MR. POPPER'S PENGUINS is a contemporary adaptation of the classic book. (c) Fox

I don't know about this. It looks really weird. Not that Jim Carrey is a stranger to weird. Although, I suppose being a family film aimed at children could account for that. It just caught me by surprise. Anyway, this is a short movie (42 min), so it's not likely to bore the crap out of anyone. Carrey doing the penguin dance from Mary Poppins, with a personalized finale, is a treat. Oh, and those real penguins they mention in the synopsis above, kind of look like CGI penguins most of the time. Due for release on June 17, 2011.


Unassuming Army officer Steve Rogers volunteers for a top secret research project that turns him into Captain America, a superhero dedicated to defending America's ideals. Directed by Joe Johnston ("Jumanji", "Jurassic Park III", "The Wolfman"), "Captain America - The First Avenger" will be released July 22, 2011. The full trailer reveals plenty of plot and action. The movie looks pretty good and currently stands a good chance at being extremely fun to watch, as long as it can avoid getting all serious about its story. Great supporting cast, by the way. 


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Yet another movie has ceased to exist. Paramount Pictures' adaptation of Frank Herbert's "Dune" has been derailed as the studio has lost the rights to the novel. Called in to direct was Pierre Morel ("Taken"), after Peter Berg had left the project to work on "Battleship". Even though Morel and screenwriter Chase Palmer had delivered a script that efficiently condensed Herbert's novel to feature length, it seems Paramount was still too scared to commit to a budget that could have very well exceeded $100M. The rights may still be acquired by some other studio, but as of now, the prospects of a fresh 'Dune' adaptation seem bleak.


Today, March 23, 2011, Elizabeth Taylor, one of Hollywood's brightest stars has passed away. Her body of work, which spans a half-century, speaks volumes : "Giant", "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof", "Suddenly, Last Summer", "Butterfield 8", "Cleopatra", "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf ?", "The Taming of the Shrew", to name but a few. She is a part of cinematic history and will always be remembered. In her memory, here's a clip from "Cleopatra", courtesy of MovieClips.com. Also, you can share your thoughts on the Elizabeth Taylor Tribute Facebook page.

The battle for Easter is on! In HOP, Despicable Me's Russell Brand voices E.B., the teenage son of the Easter Bunny. On the eve of taking over the family business, E.B. leaves for Hollywood in pursuit of his dream of becoming a drummer. Once there, he encounters Fred (James Marsden of the X-Men series, Enchanted), an unemployed slacker with his own lofty goals. Feigning injury, E.B. persuades Fred to take him in, and Fred finds himself living with the world's worst houseguest. Back on Easter Island, a power-hungry chick who has lived in the shadows for far too long has been plotting a coup to take over one of the biggest jobs in the world. Now that E.B.'s gone, he's got his chance. As E.B. discovers who he really wants to be and who he's meant to become, everything will lead him and Fred to an epic showdown to try and save Easter. -- (c) Universal Pictures

From the director of "Alvin and the Chipmunks" and "Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties", comes "Hop", a new entry in the animated talking animals saga. Well it's not really a saga, but as long as it turns a profit, the studios will make sure it feels like one. I couldn't find one single funny thing about this trailer. The movie will probably be just as bad, or worse. Kids will eat it up, of course, and after all, aren't they the ones the studios are targetting ? Let's just hope it doesn't do well enough to get a sequel. Due for release on April 1, 2011.


Tuesday, March 22, 2011


Synopsis : "Sucker Punch" is an epic action fantasy that takes us into the vivid imagination of a young girl whose dream world provides the ultimate escape from her darker reality. Unrestrained by the boundaries of time and place, free to go where her mind takes her, her incredible adventures blur the lines between what's real and what is imaginary. Locked away against her will, Babydoll (Emily Browning) urges four other young girls, Sweet Pea (Abbie Cornish), Rocket (Jena Malone), Blondie (Vanessa Hudgens) and Amber (Jamie Chung) to band together and try to escape a terrible fate at the hands of their captors, Blue and Madam Gorski (Carla Gugino), before the mysterious High Roller comes for Babydoll.-- (c) Warner Bros

Starring : Emily Browning, Vanessa Hudgens, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Jamie Chung, Carla Gugino, Jon Hamm, Scott Glenn

Director : Zack Snyder

Forget the Spartans, Babydoll is here to kick some ass.
Screenplay : Zack Snyder

Running Time : 120 min.

Rating : PG-13 for thematic material involving sexuality, violence and combat sequences, and for language.

What to Expect : "300" with teenage girls. Expect the same hyperbolized ultra-stylized violent action. It's PG-13, but certainly not tame. Also, Scott Glenn as a wise old man. He seems to be the handy choice for parts like these. Movies like this, even at their most derivative are still a lot of fun, so it would be wise not to underestimate Snyder.


Synopsis : In this sequel to 2010's surprise hit, Greg Heffley, the kid who made "wimpy" cool is back in an all-new family comedy based on the best-selling follow-up novel by Jeff Kinney. (Kinney's Wimpy Kid" series has thus far sold 42 million books.) As he begins seventh grade, Greg and his older brother - and chief tormentor - Rodrick must deal with their parents' misguided attempts to have them bond. -- (c) Fox

Starring : Zachary Gordon, Devon Bostick, Robert Capron, Steve Zahn.

Director : David Bowers

Sibling rivalry heats up in the sequel.
Screenplay : Gabe Sachs, Jeff Judah, based on a book by Jeff Kinney

Running Time : 96 min

Rating : PG for some mild rude humor and mischief.

What to Expect : If you've enjoyed the first movie, you're probably going to love the sequel too. If you haven't seen the first one, don't be dismayed by the kids-only appearance, because it's really the kind of movie anyone, regardless of age can enjoy. You just won't be publicly admiting that you loved it.


Synopsis : From Julian Schnabel, Academy Award nominated director of "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly", comes Miral, the story of four women whose lives intertwine in the starkly human search for justice, hope and reconciliation amid a world overshadowed by conflict, rage and war. In war-torn Jerusalem in 1948, Hind Husseini (Hiam Abbas) opens an orphanage for refugee children that quickly becomes home to 2000 orphans. Seventeen year old Miral (Frieda Pinto) arrived at the orphanage 10 years earlier, following her mother's tragic death. On the cusp of the Intifada resistance, Miral is assigned to teach at a refugee camp where she falls for a fervent political activist, Hani (Omar Metwally) and finds herself in a personal battle that mirrors the greater dilemma around her: to fight like those before her or follow Mama Hind's defiant belief that education will pave a road to peace. --(c) Weinstein Company

Starring : Hiam Abbass, Freida Pinto, Omar Metwally, Willem Dafoe, Vanessa Redgrave.

Director : Julian Schnabel.
Terrorist or not, Freida Pinto is gorgeous.

Screenplay : Rula Jebreal based on her novel.

Running Time : 112 min

Rating : R for some violent content including a sexual assault.

What to Expect : Weinstein Company artsy drama, hungry for awards and aggresively marketed. A relevant story and a unique movie that may or may not fall victim to Schnabel's heavy-handed storytelling. I'm sure he will get a Palm d'Or nomination no matter what. And yes, I'm willing to bet on it.


Synopsis : What happens to a rich, neurotic family when one of their own writes a tell-all exposing their dirty secrets? The Meyerwitz family is about to find out. And the timing couldn't be more hilariously awful. As the Meyerwitz clan prepares for the 70th birthday of nasty family patriarch HENRY (Ron Rifkin), PEEP WORLD, the expose written by youngest son NATHAN (Ben Schwartz) has gone red hot, making a mess of all of their lives. JACK (Michael C. Hall), the oldest son, is failing in his career and now has to bend over backwards to convince his wife LAURA (Judy Greer) that certain salacious events in Nathan's book weren't really committed by him. Sister CHERI (Sarah Silverman), a drama queen and struggling actress, can see the PEEP WORLD movie set from her window, and grows increasingly enraged watching a more successful actress play a horribly unflattering version of her. Her solution: sue her younger brother for libel. Meanwhile, black sheep JOEL (Rainn Wilson), a disaster in slow-motion, plots to turn his life around at his family's expense, and MARILYN (Lesley Ann Warren), the children's mother, long-divorced from Henry, still carries a torch for her ex, one that's only inflamed further by the revelations in PEEP WORLD. -- (C) IFC Films

Starring :  Michael C. Hall, Sarah Silverman, Rainn Wilson, Ben Schwartz, Judy Greer, Kate Mara, Taraji P. Henson.
'Modern Family' ain't got nuthin' on me !

Director : Barry W. Blaustein

Screenplay : Peter Himmelstein

Running Time : 89 min

Rating : Unrated.

What to Expect : Hilarious ensemble comedy. Great cast and quirky characters promise to unleash some solid laughter. It's nice to see Michael C. Hall tackle other projects outside his TV series "Dexter". You know, this reminds me a lot of his other TV series "Six Feet Under", which featured a similarly neurotic family, only darker.


After a long string of troubles and delays, "The Hobbit" has now commenced filming. Director Peter Jackson has started principal photography yesterday, March 21, 2011, in Wellington, New Zealand. There are some cool production photos on Jackson's Facebook page. I'm glad that things worked out the way they did and Peter Jackson returned to direct. It would have been interesting to see Guillermo del Toro lend his dark vision to the story, but in the end, it's better to let the creator of one of the most resounding adaptations ever commited on-screen, I am referring to "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, of course, get a chance to extend that cinematic experience. And who knows, maybe win some more Oscars.


A horror-thriller set on 11:11 on the 11th day of the 11th month and concerning an entity from another world that enters the earthly realm through Heaven's 11th gate. I'm guessing it has something to do with the number 11, right ? Written and Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman ("Saw II", "Saw III", "Saw IV") this movie will be released on November 11, 2011 (obviously), though not much is known at the moment, not even an official synopsis. From the trailer, it looks appropriately dark and spooky. Let's hope it's not as bad as "The Omen" remake was. This 2012 craze has really fired up all kinds of end-of-days scenarios, each one sillier than the other. You know what would make this movie cooler ? A Jigsaw cameo.


Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Rob Marshall, "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" captures the fun, adventure and humor that ignited the hit franchise-this time in Disney Digital 3D(TM). Johnny Depp returns to his iconic role of Captain Jack Sparrow in an action-packed adventure. Crossing paths with the enigmatic Angelica (Penélope Cruz), he's not sure if it's love-or if she's a ruthless con artist who's using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. When she forces him aboard the "Queen Anne's Revenge," the ship of the legendary pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane), Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn't know whom to fear more: Blackbeard or Angelica, with whom he shares a mysterious past. The international cast includes franchise vets Geoffrey Rush as the vengeful Captain Hector Barbossa and Kevin R. McNally as Captain Jack's longtime comrade Joshamee Gibbs, plus Sam Claflin as a stalwart missionary and Astrid Bergès-Frisbey as a mysterious mermaid. Suggested by the Novel by Tim Powers. -- (c) Disney Pictures

This movie can only go two ways : the thrilling fun ride that the first movie in the franchise was, or the overly long, complicated and boring path of the sequels. So far it feels closer to the first. Then again, we can never really know until it hits theaters. Penelope Cruz seems to be added just for the sake of having her name on the posters and not much else. The weight of this whole endeavour will probably fall on Depp's shoulders, as usual. The villain seems appropriately sinister and Geoffrey Rush's return is welcome.


Monday, March 21, 2011

Working the night shift as a toll collector on a lonely stretch of highway in Buffalo, New York, Henry (KEANU REEVES) is a man seemingly without ambition, dreams or purpose; a man sleepwalking his way through life. He gets his wakeup call early one morning when he becomes an unwitting participant in an ill-conceived bank heist. Rather than give up the names of the real culprits, Henry takes the fall and goes to jail. There, he meets the irrepressible Max (JAMES CAAN), a con man who's grown far too comfortable with the familiarity and security of his 'idyllic' life behind bars, but one who also helps plant an idea in Henry's mind which will change his life forever: for a man to find his purpose, he must first have a dream. Upon his release one year later, Henry finds his purpose. Having done the time, he decides he may as well do the crime. Discovering a long forgotten bootlegger's tunnel which runs from the very same bank to a theater across the alleyway, he convinces the reluctant Max to file for his long overdue parole -- and then recruits his former cellmate to help stage a robbery. Their plan is simple: by infiltrating the theater and its current production of Chekhov's, The Cherry Orchard, the unlikely duo will buy just enough time to dig their way to the adjacent bank vault and drive off with their loot. Unfortunately that plan also includes Henry taking the lead role in the play, where he finds himself slowly falling for the production's mercurial leading lady, Julie (VERA FARMIGA). By turns wry, off-beat, and simply hilarious, HENRY'S CRIME is the heartwarming story of a man who finds his purpose in life. And then finds his destiny. -- (C) Moving Pictures


Sunday, March 20, 2011

Joseph Gordon-Levitt versus Alberto Falcone.
Joesph Gordon-Levitt's involvement in Christopher Nolan's sequel to "The Dark Knigh" has been revealed. He will play Alberto Falcone, the son of mob boss Carmine Falcone, who we've seen in "Batman Begins", played by Tom Wilkinson. Alberto Falcone in the DC Comics universe is also a serial killer who goes by the nickname of "The Holiday Killer". I think it's a big plus that Nolan is going for realistic characters, keeping with the tradition he himself created with the two Batman movies so far. Now if he can keep Bane and Catwoman from being too over-the-top, then "The Dark Knight Rises" could very well be another shining example of how comic book adaptations should be done.


Saturday, March 19, 2011

This spring, Universal Pictures and producer Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin) invite you to experience Bridesmaids. Kristen Wiig leads the cast as Annie, a maid of honor whose life unravels as she leads her best friend, Lillian (Maya Rudolph), and a group of colorful bridesmaids (Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper) on a wild ride down the road to matrimony. Annie's life is a mess. But when she finds out her lifetime best friend is engaged, she simply must serve as Lillian's maid of honor. Though lovelorn and broke, Annie bluffs her way through the expensive and bizarre rituals. With one chance to get it perfect, she'll show Lillian and her bridesmaids just how far you'll go for someone you love. -- (c) Universal. Due for release May 13, 2011.


Friday, March 18, 2011

Darren Arronofsky ("Requiem for a Dream", "Black Swan", "The Wrestler") decided not to continue his involvement in the next installment of the "X-Men" franchise. Arronofsky has stated he was uncomfortable with the fact that the whole production, set in Japan, would have required him to be away from his family for almost a whole year. Fox and Hugh Jackman will now have to find a new director. "The Wolverine" was supposed to be a sequel to 2009's "X-Men Origins : Wolverine". Fan hopes were high, so Arronofsky's departure from the franchise is nothing short of a tragedy. I too regret that the franchise missed on the opportunity to have such a talented and visually ingenious director. Let's hope Fox finds a good replacement.


It was rumored for quite some time that Kevin Costner would be attached to Zack Snyder's "Superman" reboot as Clark Kent's adoptive father, but now it's finally official. Mother Kent will be played by Diane Lane as previously reported and Henry Cavill of "The Tudors" fame will play the Man of Steel himself. The movie is being produced by Christopher Nolan, Charles Roven, Emma Thomas and Deborah Snyder, while David S. Goyer will be writing the script. Work on this epic blockbuster starts in December, 2012. They sure take their time, don't they ?


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Oscar winners Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts reunite for a dramatic comedy about how the hard knocks from today's recession inspire one everyday guy to undergo a personal reinvention: Larry Crowne. Until he was downsized, affable, amiable Larry Crowne (Hanks) was a superstar team leader at the big-box company where he's worked since his time in the Navy. Underwater on his mortgage and unclear on what to do with his suddenly free days, Larry heads to his local college to start over. There he becomes part of a colorful community of outcasts, also-rans and the overlooked all trying to find a better future for themselves...often moving around town in a herd of scooters. In his public-speaking class, Larry develops an unexpected crush on his teacher Mercedes Tainot (Roberts), who has lost as much passion for teaching as she has for her husband. The simple guy who has every reason to think his life has stalled will come to learn an unexpected lesson: when you think everything worth having has passed you by, you just might discover your reason to live. -- (c) Universal Pictures.  Due for release July 1, 2011.


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

But not in real life, though. He will play Captain Richard Phillips in an upcoming film produced by Kevin Spacey and Scott Rudin, based on the true story of the Navy SEAL captain who was taken into captivity by somali pirates in order to spare the crew of Maersk Alabama, a container ship hijacked in 2009. Captain Phillips was rescued after three days from his pirate captors. The movie will be based on Phillips' memoirs "A Captain's Duty : Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea", and will be adapted by Billy Ray ("State of Play"). It's nice that Hanks is starting work again. A slew of projects have been announced in the media these days. 


After the 2003 Ben Affleck movie failed to ignite a franchise and the "Elektra" spin-off failed miserably, it's reboot time for "Daredevil". 20th Century Fox has found the ideal director it seems : David Slade. Right now he's very famous (or hated) for "Twilight : Eclipse", but what really makes him such a great choice are two of his previous movies : "Hard Candy" a twisted thriller which included a sick castration scene and Ellen Page's awesome breakthrough role, and "30 Days of Night" a dark comic book adaptation. The 2003 "Daredevil" movie was really flawed but overall okay, especially in its Director's Cut incarnation. I have faith in Slade's dark sensibilities, but not so much in the studios ability to stay off his back during production.


I don't usually post videogame trailers, but I have played the first "Prey" game and really enjoyed it. Besides, this is a live-action trailer, so it qualifies as cinematic entertainment. The whole thing is done in "Cloverfield" style and it's really cool and fun and a true testament to how much physical abuse these modern camcorders can take. This new game from Bethesda is in development right now and is expected to be released on PC, PS3 and XBOX in 2012. Enjoy !


Tuesday, March 15, 2011


Synopsis : Eddie's (Cooper) life changes instantly when an old friend introduces him to NZT, a revolutionary new drug that allows him to tap his full potential. He can recall everything he has ever read, seen or heard, learn any language in a day and comprehend complex equations. Soon Eddie takes Wall Street by storm, parlaying a small stake into millions. His accomplishments catch the eye of Carl Van Loon (De Niro),who invites him to help broker the largest merger in corporate history. But they also bring Eddie to the attention of people willing to do anything to get their hands on his stash of NZT (c) Relativity

Starring : Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish, Robert de Niro

Director : Neil Burger

Screenplay : Leslie Dixon, Alan Glynn

Running Time : 105 min

Rating : PG-13 for thematic material involving a drug, violence including disturbing images, sexuality and language.

What to Expect : A slick thriller with a high-concept premise and Robert de Niro playing a corporate mogul. What more could you possibly want ? Who knows, it might even turn out to be better than expected. The trailers haven't proven the movie's worth it, but it might be one of those rare cases where the movie is actually better than its advertising campaign.


Synopsis : While on a pilgrimage through America's UFO heartland, two sci-fi geeks accidentally meet an alien who brings them on an insane road trip that alters their universe forever. For the past 60 years, an alien named Paul (Seth Rogen) has been hanging out at a top-secret military base. Chased by federal agents and the fanatical father of a young woman that they accidentally kidnap, Graeme (Simon Pegg) and Clive (Nick Frost) hatch a fumbling escape plan to return Paul to his mother ship.  -- (c) Universal

Starring : Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Seth Rogen, Jason Bateman, Sigourney Weaver, Jane Lynch, Kristen Wiig.

Director : Greg Mottola

Screenplay : Nick Frost, Simon Pegg

Running Time : 104 min

Rating : R for language including sexual references, and some drug use.

What to Expect : Outrageous foul-mouthed sci-fi comedy. Think "Pineapple Express" with an alien, but no James Franco. Even if they miss out on most of the comedic opportunities, laughter is probably inevitable. But beware, familiarise yourself with the "Shaun of the Dead" and Judd Apatow brands of humor first, then decide if you really want to see this movie.


Synopsis : Mickey Haller (Matthew McConaughey) is a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney who operates out of the back of his Lincoln sedan. Haller has spent most of his career defending garden-variety criminals, until he lands the case of his career: defending Louis Roulet (Ryan Phillippe), a Beverly Hills playboy accused of rape and attempted murder. But the seemingly straightforward case suddenly develops into a deadly game of survival for Haller. Based on the best-selling novel by Michael Connelly. -- (c) Lionsgate Films

Starring : Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei, Ryan Phillippe, William H. Macy, John Leguizamo, Michael Pena.

Director : Brad Furman

Screenplay : John Romano, based on a novel by Michael Connelly

Running Time : 119 min

Rating : R for some violence, sexual content and language.

What to Expect : A return to dramatic form for Matthew McConaughey, with his shirt on, no less. A great cast and the prospect of an interesting story (based on a novel) make this movie one of the most interesting cinematic offerings this week.


Synopsis : Struggling attorney Mike Flaherty, who volunteers as a high-school wrestling coach, takes on the guardianship of an elderly client in a desperate attempt to keep his practice afloat. When the client's teenage grandson runs away from home and shows up on his grandfather's doorstep, Mike's life is turned upside down as his win-win proposition turns into something much more complicated than he ever bargained for. -- (c) Fox Searchlight

Starring : Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan.

Directed : Thomas McCarthy.

Screenplay : Thomas McCarthy.

Running Time : 106min.

Rating : R for language.

What to Expect : Subtle bittersweet indie comedy, benefitting greatly from its excellent cast. Not much to say, really, you'll either love it, or you won't. Thomas McCarthy also directed "The Visitor", which earned an Oscar nomination for Best Leading Actor, Richard Jenkins.