Seth Rogen and Zac Efron Team Up for R-Rated Comedy at Universal
by Brendan Bettinger Posted: July 22nd, 2011 at 8:21 pm
Seth Rogen and Zac Efron are now attached to star in an untitled comedy scripted by Andrew Cohen and Brendan O’Brien (producers on Funny People). The writers sold the R-rated pitch — described as similar in tone to Old School — to Universal tonight following a bidding war. Things reportedly came down to Universal and New Line. Universal paid a steep price to acquire the Rogen/Efron package: Cohen and O’Brien will earn 7 figures and Rogen will net more than $8 million as star/producer. Evan Goldberg (The Green Hornet) will produce with Rogen through their company Point Grey Pictures.
According to Deadline, Rogen will play “a regular guy who lives near an alpha male fraternity house.” Efron will play “a member of the fraternity, whose raucous behavior wreaks havoc on the other guy’s family life.” It’s definitely not the most obvious pairing. You could think of that as Rogen’s M.O. after Pineapple Express and The Green Hornet. (Or I may be reaching.) Ideally, the filmmakers can capitalize on the contrast, especially since both stars appear to be playing against type. I will always root for a movie created by a fellow Brendan.
First Trailer for BEL AMI Starring Robert Pattinson and Uma Thurman
by Brendan Bettinger Posted: July 22nd, 2011 at 3:40 pm
We at Collider have been thinking a lot about Robert Pattinson in the last couple days thanks to Twilight‘s presence at Comic-Con. If I may borrow your attention for a second, the trailer for another Pattinson project, Bel Ami, is now online. The logline says it all:
Bel Ami is the story of Georges Duroy (Pattinson), who travels through 1890s Paris, from cockroach ridden garrets to opulent salons, using his wits and powers of seduction to rise from poverty to wealth, from a prostitute’s embrace to passionate trysts with wealthy beauties, in a world where politics and media jostle for influence, where sex is power and celebrity an obsession.Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Christina Ricci, and Colm Meaney also star in Bel Ami, directed by Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod. Watch the trailer after the jump. http://collider.com/bel-ami-movie-trailer/104388/
Zoe Saldana Swims with Sharks in New COLOMBIANA Clip
by Brendan Bettinger Posted: July 22nd, 2011 at 3:27 pm
Graceful and gorgeous, Zoe Saldana is God’s gift to action movies. I am not totally convinced Colombiana will be a great movie, but there’s a chance, and a much higher chance Ms. Saldana will excel within. Take this new clip for instance, which shows Saldana’s assassin character Cataleya swimming with sharks, then sacrificing the bad guy with a pair of choice gun shots. If the movie is made up of a couple dozen scenes of this caliber, count me in.
Olivier Megaton directs from a script by producer Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen — the three previously collaborated on Transporter 3. Colombiana opens August 26. Watch the new clip after the jump. http://collider.com/colombiana-movie-clip/104385/
First Trailer for MAIN STREET Starring Colin Firth, Patricia Clarkson, Amber Tamblyn, and Orlando Bloom
by Brendan Bettinger Posted: July 22nd, 2011 at 2:24 pm
Magnolia has released the first trailer for Main Street, a drama about “the residents of a small Southern city are changed forever by the arrival of a stranger with a controversial plan to save their decaying hometown.” It’s worth a watch for Colin Firth and Orlando Bloom trying on Southern accents. There’s something about the transition from proper English to Southern drawl that sounds unnatural, especially when Bloom is acting opposite Margo Martindale, who owns the homespun phrasing.
I honestly couldn’t get past it, but you can give it a shot after the break. Ellen Burstyn, Patricia Clarkson, Amber Tamblyn also star. Main Street premieres on VOD August 5, followed by theatrical release September 9. http://collider.com/main-street-movie-trailer/104363/
Comic-Con 2011: HAYWIRE and THE RAVEN Panel Recap; Watch the First HAYWIRE Trailer
by Matt Goldberg Posted: July 22nd, 2011 at 1:37 pm
How do you follow a panel with Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson? You don’t do it with another blockbuster. Instead, you take some lesser known movies and attempt to boost their profile. And for film nerds, having Steven Sodebergh on hand certainly doesn’t hurt. Soderbergh has cast MMA fighter Gina Carano as the lead in his spy thriller Haywire and surrounded her with an outstanding cast that includes Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, and Michael Douglas.
Relativity has also brought James McTeigue’s The Raven starring John Cusack, Alice Eve, and Luke Evans. It’s an intriguing premise where Edgar Allan Poe (Cusack) and a detective (Evans) attempts to discover who is using his writing as the inspiration for a series of murders. Hit the jump to read about Relativity’s presentation for Haywire and The Raven. http://collider.com/haywire-the-raven-comic-con/104349/