.By Peter Hall (Subscribe to Peter Hall's posts)
Posted Mar 8th 2011 5:45PM
Keanu Reeves doesn't exclusively star in big-budget sci-fi flicks. Every now and then he takes a break from movies requiring a fleet of stuntmen to act in smaller, more intimate stories. One such film is 'Henry's Crime' and Cinematical is happy to bring you its poster premiere (check it out in full below).
Directed by Malcom Venville ('44 Inch Chest'), 'Henry's Crime' is a bank-heist comedy co-starring Vera Farmiga, James Caan, Judy Greer, Peter Stormare and Fisher Stevens. Moving Pictures Film and TV will be opening the film April 8 in New York before expanding around the country on April 15. As for the film's plot specifics, the official press release says it best:
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).
Sylvester Stallone May Not Direct The Expendables 2
published: 2011-03-08 19:50:06 Author: Eric Eisenberg
Ever since The Expendables became a hit at the box office last August, fans have been wondering about the sequel, specifically who would be added to the cast. But while we still don't know if Jean-Claude Van Damme or Chuck Norris will be joining the crew, one space just opened up: the director's chair.
The Los Angeles Times is reporting that after both helming and starring in the 2010 summer blockbuster, Sylvester Stallone has started taking meetings with other directors. Also unlike the first film, Stallone wasn't involved with the writing process, instead leaving it to David Agosto and Ken Kaufman (Curious George, In The Army Now). The story comes from an unnamed source that was "briefed on the project but was not authorized to speak about it publicly." Millennium Films, the company behind the film, declined to comment.
Should this story be true you can expect a lot of hands to shoot up into the air volunteering for the gig. The first film made nearly $275 million at the global box office and the sequel, barring any major malfunctions, stands to make even more. Any young director would love to have The Expendables 2 on their resume.
Miles Fisher Added To The Cast Of Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar
published: 2011-03-08 18:17:43 Author: Eric Eisenberg
Before I started writing for Cinema Blend I was one of those unlucky college students that graduated just around the time that the economy imploded. An out of work filmophile with a bachelors in journalism, I decided to start up my own film news site with a friend of mine. The first post I wrote was about a music video for a cover of the song "This Must Be The Place" by The Talking Heads. Performed by a guy named Miles Fisher, the video was an awesome tribute to Mary Harron's film American Psycho. Who knew that a year and a half later that same guy would be playing in a Clint Eastwood movie.
Deadline reports that Fisher - son of Richard W. Fisher, the President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas - has been cast in Eastwood's Hoover biopic J. Edgar.
First Poster For Bad Teacher Has A Hangover
published: 2011-03-08 16:12:12 Author: Eric Eisenberg
When the trailer for Bad Teacher came out last month, I was incredibly surprised. If the last 17 years have taught me anything it's that I rarely find Cameron Diaz to be funny, but there I was, sitting at my computer laughing at a trailer for a movie starring the same actress that starred in What Happens In Vegas and The Sweetest Thing. As a result, my expectations are high, but unfortunately they aren't really bolstered by the movie's first poster.
JustJared has premiered the first one-sheet for the film and while it certainly isn't the worst thing in the world, it isn't that great either. The image is taken directly from the trailer, and the post-it note on the apple is a fairly lame gag. Overall, though, I think I know what the biggest problem with this poster is: not enough Jason Segel.
Check out the poster below or see it full size over at JustJared.
UPDATE: Colin Firth And Nicole Kidman May Be In For Dracula Reworking Stoker
published: 2011-03-08 14:32:15 Author: Mack Rawden
UPDATE: As some of our astute commenters have pointed out, The News of The World got their facts wrong. Wentworth Miller has previously said in interviews - such as this one with Yahoo that the movie is not about vampires in the sense that they have fangs and suck blood. Instead, Miller says that "it is a thriller and it is about an individual who preys on the innocent."
Well, this is a surprise. People who win Oscars don't typically follow their performances up with a trek into the frequently maligned world of horror, but Colin Firth has never really been a man who does what's expected. Reportedly, The King's Speech star has just boarded a re-working of Dracula entitled Stoker.
News Of The World was all over this yesterday, but apparently, The Los Angeles Times beat everyone to the punch like a month ago. Sometimes news travels slowly, even with the Internet. Here are the facts, as updated, altered and recirculated in the last three weeks: Ridley Scott will produce, Chan Wook Park will direct, and Firth will be joined by a few other big names with the undead fever. The much talked about Mia Wasikowska will play India Stoker with Nicole Kidman possibly on board to play her mother. Could we finally be getting a horror movie that could compete alongside Silence Of The Lambs in terms of acting? Looks like it. As a horror fan, I'm certainly a bit more excited for this than the average cash grab vampire flick.
The script was written by Prison Break star Wentworth Miller under a pseudonym. It made the Black List for best unproduced screenplays, which probably is a pretty good indication why so many big names are interested. It's said to focus on the Wasikowska character as she's sent reeling from the death of her father and the emergence of a strange uncle. John Candy's already corned the market on ridiculous uncles, but something tells me fans might make an exception for Colin Firth.