Vincent Cassel and Rosario Dawson Join James McAvoy in Danny Boyle’s TRANCE
by Matt Goldberg Posted: July 27th, 2011Danny Boyle has found two more leads for his heist-thriller Trance. Deadline reports that Rosario Dawson and Vincent Cassel will join James McAvoy in the film which centers on an art heist that goes sideways when its mastermind (McAvoy) gets amnesia and can’t remember where he stashed the loot. Colin Firth and Scarlett Johansson were previously rumored for the other lead roles, but now it looks like Cassel will play the leader of the heist team while Dawson will play the hypnotist tasked with recovering the mastermind’s memories. The modestly-budgeted and harder-edged picture will be more in line with Boyle’s earlier films Trainspotting and Shallow Grave.
Filming on Trance is set to begin in September and then will be put on a shelf while Boyle directs the summer Olympics. He’ll pick it back up again in August 2012 for editing and then release it in March 2013. Both Dawson and Cassel will next be seen at the Toronto International Film Festival with Ten Year and A Dangerous Method, respectively.
First Look at Josh Hutcherson as Peeta and Liam Hemsworth as Gale in THE HUNGER GAMES
by Matt Goldberg Posted: July 27th, 2011 at 12:28 pm
A few months back we got our first look at Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games. Now Entertainment Weekly has provided the first look at the two lead characters Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) and Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth). Looking at the photo, it seems like someone messed up the physiques. In the image, Gale looks lanky and slightly malnourished while Peeta is crazy-buff. I’m sure someone will tell me I’m misremembering the novel, but I was under the impression that Gale was physically powerful since he’s a hunter and that Peeta was well-fed (not fat, but not buff) since he was a baker and that’s why he has to rely on camoflauge in the Hunger Games. EW says his pumped-up biceps make you believe he’s a baker, but I’ve never thought of bakers offering people two tickets to the gun show. But the physiques don’t matter as much as the performances and it’s more important that Hutcherson nail Peeta’s kindness and charm.
Hit the jump to check out the full EW cover (hopefully the issue will have some more images) and then sound off in the comments about how wrong I am concerning the characters’ description in the books. The Hunger Games opens March 23, 2012.
New Red-Band Trailer for THE CHANGE-UP
by Matt Goldberg Posted: July 27th, 2011 at 12:10 pm
I know the premise of The Change-Up is a little corny but so are all body-switching comedies. What sets this comedy apart isn’t even its R-rating but simply because you have two great leads in Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman. A new trailer has gone online and it has some raunchy humor but the best jokes are simply from Bateman and Reynolds playing off each other and how they react to their outlandish circumstances. I really dug what I saw when I went to the set and I’ve heard that the finished film is painfully funny.
Hit the jump to check out the new red-band trailer. The film also stars Leslie Mann, Olivia Wilde, and Alan Arkin. The Change-Up opens August 5th.
Simon Pegg Has A FANTASTIC FEAR OF EVERYTHING
by Matt Goldberg Posted: July 27th, 2011Simon Pegg has signed on to star in the dark comedy A Fantastic Fear of Everything. Here’s the synopsis:
Jack (Simon Pegg) is a children’s author turned crime novelist whose detailed research into the lives of Victorian serial killers has turned him into a paranoid wreck, persecuted by the irrational fear of being murdered. When Jack is thrown a life-line by his long-suffering agent and a mysterious Hollywood executive takes a sudden and inexplicable interest in his script, what should be his ‘big break’ rapidly turns into his ‘big breakdown’, as Jack is forced to confront his worst demons; among them his love life, his laundry and the origin of all fear.
I definitely like the dichotomy of children’s author/crime novelist and it sounds like Pegg could have some fun with the role, although I don’t know how dark the comedy will be based solely off the logline. Alan Drake, Amara Karan, Clare Higgins and Sheridan Smith are on board to co-star. Crispian Mills will direct from his own script alongside Chris Hopewell. A Fantastic Fear of Everything is currently shooting at Shepperton and is part of Pinewood Studios’ new initiative to support low-budget British films. [Update: We've added a much longer synopsis after the jump along with the press release.]
First Trailer and Poster for BATTLESHIP Starring Taylor Kitsch, Liam Neeson and Alexander Skarsgard
by Matt Goldberg Posted: July 27th, 2011 at 8:44 am
The first trailer for Peter Berg’s Battleship has gone online. After watching this trailer, I can’t help but wonder if back in March the folks over at Universal were shaking their heads and thinking, “Man…I really wish Battleship had some out before Battle: Los Angeles.” Sure, some of the characters are different as you have the roguish Taylor Kitsch standing in for the battle-hardened Aaron Eckhart, but it all comes back to “We’re fightin’ the aliens fer realz.” The trailer’s two biggest selling points are Brooklyn Decker’s cleavage and the reveal of the aliens’ spaceship. I guess it’s a good thing that audiences haven’t already seen eight movies this year that revolve around Brooklyn Decker’s cleavage.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer along with the teaser poster. Battleship opens May 18, 2012.