20 Things to Know About END OF WATCH From Our Exclusive Set Visit; Plus the First Two Official Images and Synopsis
by Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub Posted: September 5th, 2011
Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena are standing at the beginning of a driveway in a low income residential neighborhood in South Central Los Angeles. Earlier that day, near the film set, there was a gun battle that seriously injured a police officer and shut down dozens of blocks, so tension is high. Dressed in Police Blues, Gyllenhaal has his weapon drawn and starts to make his way down the alley with Pena flanking his rear. As he walks, Gyllenhaal’s eyes are constantly taking in the surroundings as he looks for the suspect he thinks is close by. After getting to the back of the property, the two come to a six foot cement barrier. Without hesitation, they make their way over the wall, and then I hear South Central-born writer-director-producer David Ayer (screenwriter of Training Day, The Fast and the Furious, S.W.A.T. and writer/director of Harsh Times & Street Kings) call cut.
But let me back up a second.
Late at night on August 25, 2011 I got to visit the set of End of Watch. Unlike most set visits which have 8 to 10 reporters, I was the only invited journalist, and I got to spend a number of hours talking with the filmmakers, Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena, as well as producer John Lesher. While I wasn’t sure what to expect going in, I learned that End of Watch is going to look and feel completely different than any cop movie you’ve ever seen and I left excited by what I saw. Hit the jump for a lot more – including the first two official images from the movie.
4 Clips from KILLER ELITE
by Matt Goldberg Posted: September 5th, 2011 at 3:30 pm
Four clips from the action flick Killer Elite have gone online. The convoluted plot centers on a retired special-ops agent (Jason Statham) who must leave his peaceful life and do some more murdering in order to free his mentor (Robert De Niro). Meanwhile, he’s being tracked by former SAS operative (Clive Owen) who works for a shadowy organization known as The Feathermen. If these clips give you the impression that the film isn’t very good, then these clips honestly represent the movie.
Hit the jump to check out the clips. Killer Elite opens September 23rd.
More Set Videos from THE AVENGERS
by Matt Goldberg Posted: September 5th, 2011 at 1:43 pm
It may be a national holiday but there’s no break from behind-the-scenes photos and videos from Joss Whedon’s The Avengers. This weekend was the photos, today it’s the videos. I didn’t watch them, but you can after the jump. For the five of you who are unfamiliar with the movie, it stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Cobie Smulders, and Samuel L. Jackson. The Avengers opens in 3D on May 4, 2012.............. http://collider.com/avengers-set-video/113099/
Lars Von Trier Wants NYMPHOMANIAC to Star Stellan Skarsgard; Gary Oldman Wants Colin Firth for Next Directorial Effort
by Matt Goldberg Posted: September 5th, 2011
Normally I don’t care much for “Wants” stories unless they give some hint as to the tone of a particular production. Wish lists are easy to make and they give zero indication to any concrete deal. But it’s Labor Day, news is almost non-existence, and we have to feed the content beast, so here’s two “Wants” stories. First up, E! News reports that Lars Von Trier wants his next film, the “sexually graphic” Nymphomaniac to star the prolific Stellan Skarsgard (most recently seen in Thor and latest this year in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo). Skarsgard tells E! “Lars called me and said, ‘Stellan, my next film will be a porno film, and I want you to play the lead in it,’” he said, laughing. “But then he said, ‘You will not get to fuck.’” The film reportedly centers on “the erotic life of a woman from the age of zero to the age of 50,” so I’m not sure how Skarsgard figures in. Then again, with Von Trier it’s almost impossible to know what to expect beyond a vague outline.
Hit the jump for news regarding Gary Oldman’s next directorial feature.
First Clip and New Images from SHAME
by Matt Goldberg Posted: September 5th, 2011 at 10:23 am
One of my most-anticipated films at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival is Steve McQueen’s Shame. McQueen’s debut feature, Hunger, was a breakthrough not only for its director but star Michael Fassbender. Shame reteams the two for a story about “a New York man (Fassbender) confronting his sexual compulsions and the self-destructive acts of his sister (Carey Mulligan).” The film has drawn rave reviews out of Venice and Telluride particularly for Fassbender’s performance.
Now the first clip from the film has gone online. The clip is brief but it shows Fassbender’s character, Brandon, demonstrating that there’s usually something uncomfortable happening on every subway ride at any given point in the day. There’s also a slew of new images including the first look at James Badge Dale as Brandon’s boss, David. Hit the jump to check out the clip and the images. The 2011 Toronto Film Festival runs from September 8 – 18th. Steve and I will be there covering the hell out of it.
Gary Oldman To Direct Colin Firth In Unnamed Remakepublished: 2011-09-05 11:20:53 Author: Brian Salisbury
Having already proven himself as one of the best actors in the business today, Gary Oldman is now looking jump behind the camera. A recent interview with UK’s Mail Online lent some insight into Oldman’s personality in addition to leaking some news of his next project. During the interview, Oldman made the informal announcement that he is planning a project in which he will direct none other than Colin Firth, who just won an Oscar for The King’s Speech and ecently appeared with Oldman in Tomas Alfredson’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. The only detail Oldman would reveal is that the project is a remake.
Even though Oldman has appeared in a great many genre films, I wouldn’t hold out much hope that he’s remaking a fantasy epic or a sci-fi classic. Later in this same interview he speaks about favoring working in films without special effects. Oldman is a classically trained actor who worked for years in British theater before making the leap to film. In fact, the reason he’s racked up such an impressive resume of genre roles is because his extensive theater training allows him to completely transform himself physically into any character no matter how fantastic. This is also why it took me years to get a grasp of what Gary Oldman actually looked like.
For his part, Colin Firth is also a classically trained actor with little in the way of genre experience. Firth has however shown great skill in both dramatic and comedic performances so the borders of speculation widen a bit as to which film these two are remaking. It’s clear that the stories that interest Oldman in terms of directing are intensely personal and grounded in reality. In 1997, he directed the film Nil by Mouth starring Ray Winstone, which was based on his own experiences growing up in a London working class family.
I suppose it’s narrow-minded to assume that the film Oldman is remaking with Firth would be a British film, but it seems a fair place to begin guessing. I would love to see the two of them tackle something like Alexander Mackendrick’s incredible The Man in the White Suit starring Sir Alec Guinness. It’s a weird little gem that touches on issues of British class structure similar to Nil by Mouth. Seeing how Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is also a remake, and that Oldman’s character was played in the original by Sir Alec, it wouldn’t be terribly surprising.