Clips From The Lincoln Lawyerpublished: 2011-02-24 17:53:21 Author: Josh Tyler
Marisa Tomei’s career has undergone a renaissance in recent years, mostly because she seems willing to show up in just about any movie to play “that girl who gets naked and sleeps with the protagonist”. It works for her. Made her more respectable than ever. Those jokes about her My Cousin Vinnie Oscar have even sort of stopped. Hollywood starlets take note: Getting naked on screen may be the best thing you’ll ever do.
Amongst these new clips from The Lincoln Lawyer you’ll see Tomei doing her girl who strips for the hero thing again, along with scenes involving Ryan Phillipe being a total creep, and clip in which a long-haired William H. Macy pretty much spoils the plot of the entire film. Maybe the marketing minds behind the film figure that since the movie’s based on the book, spoilers don’t matter, but if you haven’t read the book yet and don’t want to be spoiled, you might want to skip the third of the three clips below. If you watch, I’ll see you afterward for a quick breakdown of what we just saw.
While all of the Lincoln Lawyer’s trailers have been pretty wishy-washy on the subject of what’s really going on here, is Ryan Phillipe guilty or isn’t he, these clips make the whole thing pretty clear. “You’ve got one client in jail, for what your other client did,” explains William H. Macy’s character. There’s your conflict. How will Matthew McConaughey handle it? Normally he’d take care of business by ripping his shirt off, but this seems like a better, more focused Matt McC. He’s intense, kind of like back in the days when everyone still thought he could act.
The Lincoln Lawyer looks good and, if you’re looking to bone up on the film, check out our dedicated Lincoln Lawyer page in the BFD.
Twilight Director Chris Weitz's A Better Life Trailer Dropspublished: 2011-02-24 17:56:22 Author: Mack Rawden
Most people know Chris Weitz from his directorial work on Twilight: New Moon, American Pie and The Golden Compass, but he was also brilliant as the lead opposite Mike White in the underseen Chuck and Buck. Personally, I'd like to see him act a little more, but if it comes at the expense of time in the director's chair, I'm not sure I could support it. When given the right subject matter, see About A Boy, he's more than capable, and his newest is looking like his best offering yet.
Entitled A Better Life, it's the story of an immigrant and his son trying to rise the social ladder. The father, played by Demian Bichir, has his prized truck stolen, but without a license, he can't turn to the police. His son agrees to help him find it, but he spends most of his energies wrestling between the life his father wants for him and the local hoodlums offering the promises of a better life. Here's a look at the trailer put up this afternoon by The Los Angeles Times, click over there for even more on the film…
There aren't enough nice things I can say about this trailer. Moving and well put together, it's the right balance between action, plot and quiet exchanges, giving the viewer a good sense of the story without rehashing blow by blow. There are plenty of other genres I'd take ahead of immigrant stories, which may be why I was so pleasantly surprised by how brilliant this looks. Demian Bichir was wonderful in Weeds, but here, playing a different kind of role, he really seems to shine, as does Jose Julian as his goodhearted but confused son.
There's no telling how wide of a release this will eventually get, but if the final product is half as good as this trailer, A Better Life deserves to make its way outside Los Angeles and New York.
Ewan McGregor Joins The Cast Of Jack The Giant Killerpublished: 2011-02-24 18:00:52 Author: Eric Eisenberg
Bryan Singer's Jack The Giant Killer has made some major headway in recent weeks in terms of building its cast. First it was announced that Stanley Tucci would be playing the villain and John Kassir and Bill Nighy would be doing the voice the two-headed leader of the giants. Then it was finally revealed that Nicholas Hoult, who will be playing Beast in this summer's X-Men: First Class, would be playing the title role. The biggest role that remains is the princess that Jack must rescue, but that's on the backburner for now as Ewan McGregor has joined the cast.
THR reports that the actor once known as Renton in Danny Boyle's Trainspotting and Obi-Wan in the Star Wars prequels has signed on to play the leader of the king's guard who ventures with Jack to kill giants and rescue the kidnapped princess. The search continues to find an actress that will play the lead female role, but two very much at the forefront are Adelaide Kane (Power Rangers RPM), and Eleanor Tomlinson (Alice in Wonderland). The long-delayed film is set to go into production this March in London.
Despite my very public dislike of the Star Wars prequels I have always loved McGregor as an actor and he's certainly a fine addition to what's shaping up to be a great cast.
Pretty People Tempted To Cheat In Second Trailer For Last Nightpublished: 2011-02-24 17:43:27 Author: Eric Eisenberg
Thanks to the complicated sale of Miramax, two upcoming titles - Don't Be Afraid of the Dark and Last Night - have been caught in limbo. Recently, however, the tide has turned and both projects have seen forward motion, the former recently getting an August 12 release date and the latter landing a distribution deal. In celebration, we now have the second trailer for Last Night.
Posted by Miramax on their YouTube page, Keira Knightly and Sam Worthington play a married couple who suddenly find themselves in dangerous situations. Worthington is on a business trip with his beautiful co-worker, played by Eva Mendes and Knightly runs into an old flame, played by Guillaume Canet. Set over the course of one night, the question is whether or not they can resist temptation and stay loyal to each other.
Check out the trailer below.
Simon Pegg Says Star Trek 2 Has A Scriptpublished: 2011-02-24 15:08:42 Author: Josh Tyler
It’s been nothing but bad news for Star Trek fans, eager for the next installment in JJ Abrams’ epically fun franchise reboot. Though the sequel has been promised, none of the people involved have really been working on it. As recently as a month ago Trek director JJ Abrams told everyone here that they still didn’t really have a script. Now, suddenly, maybe they do.
A short time ago Simon Pegg, who played Scotty in the reboot, tweeted this message: “Word on the bridge is the new script is AMAZEBALLS and I cannot wait!!!!!”
It’s hard to know exactly what “word on the bridge” means. Has Pegg just been reading random internet rumors about a theoretical script or has he actually talked to JJ Abrams and hear that they have something really written? We’ve sent out inquiries, we’ll let you know if we get an answer.
Granted, it’s not much to go on, but it’s the first positive Star Trek: The Next news we’ve had… well… ever. I’ll take it. Thanks for keeping hope alive Scotty!