published: 2011-07-29 19:36:55 Author: Eric Eisenberg
One of the biggest surprises of the year thus far has been the Brad Furman-directed The Lincoln Lawyer. It turns out that getting Matthew McConaughey back into the courtroom was exactly what the actor needed to start getting respect from critics again, and while it wasn't a perfect film, it was a compelling courtroom drama with a terrific ensemble cast. The movie also showed a great deal of promise from the director, and now it seems he's lined up his next project.
THR reports that Furman has entered talks to direct a biopic about the life and times of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. Matt Aldrich, who wrote the upcoming Father Daughter Time (which is Matt Damon is preparing to direct with John Krasinski starring) is penning the screenplay, which producer Scott Steindorff calls, "the Latino Godfather." When he was alive Escobar was called the "World's Greatest Outlaw" and is considered one of the richest criminals of all time. Escobar was killed in 1993 when he and his bodyguard were shot by Colombian National Police. Said Steindorff about how the film would be plotted, "We’re showing the story of his family, the structure of his enterprise, his rise—the man had the largest criminal organization in the world. In the end, it was a war between Colombia and one man."
The real big question is how Escobar will be portrayed in the film. While the man was a criminal in every sense of the word - he was convicted for drug trafficking and smuggling, assassinations, bombing, bribery, racketeering, money laundering, murder and political corruption - the poor of Colombia saw him as a Robin Hood figure as he gave a lot of money back to those areas of the community. It'll be interesting to see how they straddle that line. ...........
Leonardo DiCaprio Could Go Western For Todd Field In The Creed Of Violencepublished: 2011-07-29 18:05:01 Author: Katey Rich
Though the jury is still out on whether this weekend's Cowboys & Aliens will be a financial success for Universal, the movie has decidedly mixed-verging-on-terrible reviews, currently sitting at 44% on Rotten Tomatoes. So why is this the weekend that Universal is apparently trying to get back into the Western business? I guess the name Leonardo DiCaprio goes a long way toward explaining that. The LA Times reports that DiCaprio has started to express interest in The Creed of Violence, an adaptation of Boston Teran's 2010 novel about a criminal attempting to sneak weapons into Mexico who is captured by a government agent instead. The movie technically wouldn't be a Western, being set a little too far into the 20th century, but that didn't really stop anyone from making Western comparisons on There Will Be Blood, now did it?
Oddly enough, In The Bedroom and Little Children director Todd Field has been attached to the project for years, apparently planning what looks like a major shift from the tone of his previous works. It appears Field is the one who has offered DiCaprio one of the two lead roles, either the bad guy or the government agent. It's also unclear when they plan to move forward with the film given DiCaprio's commitment to Quentin Tarantino's next film Django Unchained, in addition to recent talk that Paul Greengrass might soon come aboard The Deep Blue Good-By, a detective film that DiCaprio is attached to. The guy is pretty much constantly in demand, and it's kind of a wonder he manages to work out his schedule at all.
The entire premise sounds far more like a traditional Western than Cowboys & Aliens, of course, and more along the lines of smaller dramas like 3:10 to Yuma, which did pretty well for Lionsgate in 2007. DiCaprio has done his share of period movies, but no Westerns, which makes this idea all the more intriguing. I'm an apologist for his work in general, but this movie in particular sounds like something worth catching.
In Time Trailer: Justin Timberlake And Amanda Seyfried Go On The Runpublished: 2011-07-29 16:55:17 Author: Eric Eisenberg
There's an old saying that if you're making a play and bring a gun on stage, it needs to be fired. I personally believe that the same rule should apply to all science-fiction: if you're going to take your audience into an alternate universe or into the future, you need to define and design every single solitary aspect of that world. It's for that reason that I think we should start getting excited for Andrew Niccol's In Time.
Access Hollywood has posted a brand new trailer for the film - separate from the one that debuted last week during Comic Con. In a world where people stop aging past the age of 25 and time has become the new form of currency, Will Salas (Justin Timberlake) and Sylvia Weis (Amanda Seyfried) team up to fight against a system that sees the world's richest people live forever while the working poor die young.
Check out the trailer below.
UPDATE: It would appear something has gone a bit screwy over at Access Hollywood as the trailer seems to have been pulled. We'll have it back the second it comes up! ............http://www.cinemablend.com/new/In-Time-Trailer-Justin-Timberlake-And-Amanda-Seyfried-Go-On-The-Run-25976.html
Paul Rudd Gets Busted In The First Clip From Our Idiot Brotherpublished: 2011-07-29 14:48:34 Author: Eric Eisenberg
One thing that makes Paul Rudd so much fun to watch is that he has the ability to play both the straight man and the funny man from project to project. He has the capacity to go from playing pot-smoking surf teacher Kunu/Chuck in Forgetting Sarah Marshall to straight-laced Peter Klaven in I Love You, Man and have nobody in the audience see a problem with it (on that note, Jason Segel is pretty talented in that department as well). When he signs on to a project you may not know which way he's going to go, but in this first clip from Our Idiot Brother it's quite clear what his role in the film will be.
Though you can actually see most of this scene in the trailer already, this short look at the new comedy really does perfectly exemplify just how dumb this new character is. In the clip below the titular idiot brother is selling produce when a police officer asks if he has any marijuana. While most of us would have the good sense to say no and have the officer just walk away, unfortunately Ned isn't that bright.
Olivia Wilde Might Play Linda Lovelace In Biopicpublished: 2011-07-29 13:46:57 Author: Sean O'Connell
Olivia Wilde is comfortable with casual nudity. If you’ve seen Jon Favreau’s Cowboys & Aliens or plan to see David Dobkin’s body-switching comedy The Change-Up, you either have witnessed or are about to witness the stunning actress in various forms of undress. But is she ready to make the leap to full-blown adult film star?
Get your mind out of the gutter. Wilde isn’t doing porn, but she’s contemplating playing porn icon Linda Lovelace in a planned biopic of the Deep Throat actress called, simply, Lovelace. E! Online says Wilde informed them that playing Lovelace on screen would be “a tremendous honor,” and she gushed about the actress’ unconventional career. But Wilde stopped well short of verbally committing to the role and actually added that she’s taking her time selecting her next few projects because she finally has earned a cache of professional credibility and would like to apply it wisely.
Surprisingly, Wilde would not be replacing Malin Akerman in the already announced Lovelace biopic Inferno (you know, the one that once starred Lindsay Lohan). Instead, this would be a separate, rival Lovelace movie. Dueling Deep Throat tributes? That’s infinitely cooler than the back-to-back Snow White productions that are making their way towards theaters.
As Wilde contemplates a Lovelace part, audiences can prepare to watch her romance Ryan Reynolds in The Change-Up, decipher The Words with Bradley Cooper, and churn Butter with Hugh Jackman and Jennifer Garner later this year. And guess what Wilde’s role in that Toronto-bound ensemble comedy will be? A stripper. There’s that casual nudity again.