Archive for July, 2012


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Ashley Hinshaw is the fresh scrubbed schoolgirl wet dream and James Franco is the lawyer boyfriend battling personal demons in About Cherry, a drama about the porn industry.  Heather Graham as a producer provides the sole Boogie Nights echo.  Sorry,  no hardcore action in the trailer, just a lot of lingerie and uniform shots.  The trailer does build up to the decision to go all the way and do hardcore.  Hope it doesn’t get lost in the nice girl drama/bad romance route.  Stephen Elliot directs and Lili Taylor and Dev Patel also star in the film which opens limited September 21st.


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Gerard Butler is the teacher/master and Johnny Weston is the student/heir apparent in Curtis Hanson’s Chasing Mavericks about the true story of John Moriarity and his dream to surf the biggest waves in the world. The film also stars Elisabeth Shue and Abigail Spencer. Chasing Mavericks opens October 26th.


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The former Wachowski Brothers (Larry had gender reassignment surgery a few years back and is now Lana) and Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run) have teamed to adapt David Mitchell’s novel “Cloud Atlas”, which tracks how the lives of multiple characters intertwine across multiple eras.  Tom Hanks (suffering through a series of bad wigs and fashions), Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Jim Sturgess, and Susan Sarandon pull double duty playing different characters among the six different stories told.  No word yet as to which of the three directed the past, present and future parts.  My guess Tykwer the past, Lana the present and Andy the future.  Jim Broadbent, Ben Whishaw, James D’Arcy and Keith David also star.  Opens wide October 26th.


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The red band trailer for The Campaign feature both parents and children being naughty.   Zach G plays confessional to his children’s mea culpas regarding inappropriate fireworks uses and petting zoo bestiality.  Will F gives some wildly bad sexual advice to his son during their dinner time chat.

The watch red band trailer full of the end of the film out takes and flubs of the usual suspects: sexual innuendo, fecal fallout, fellatio, diarrhea and  other fun stuff for the over 21 crowd.   The Watch opens July 27th.


Ang Lee’s Life of Pi is  with every new still, poster and trailer the only film of 2012 that deserves an entirely 3D release.  Imagination, Life and  creation itself deserve nothing less.  The film stars Suraj Sharma as Pi, a zookeeper’s son who finds himself adrift the Pacific Ocean after a devastating shipwreck. A hyena, a zebra, an orangutan and a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker are his only companions.  The film also stars Sharma, Tobey Maguire, Gerard Depardieu and Irrfan Khan and hits theaters November 21.


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Hugh Laurie first de-House-ing role is in The Oranges about two families whose tight relationship is strained  when it’s discovered that the father of one family (Hugh Laurie) is having an affair with the grown daughter of the other family (Leighton Meester).  Laurie is taking one step up from House loveable while plateauing the same moral divide and a return to his own comic roots.  Julian Farino directs a casts that includes Allison Janney, Catherine Keneer, Oliver Platt, Alias Shawkat and Adam Brody.

 

Jack and Diane stars Juno Temple (The Dark Knight Rises) and Riley Keough (The Runaways) as two teenage girls who fall passionately in love and must come to terms with the ramifications of their feelings and the giant tapeworm or alien spawn growing in one of their bodies. Sounds like a horror movie about the problems lesbian love can cause. Directed by Bradley Rust Gray, the film also stars Cara Seymour and Kylie Minogue. Jack and Diane will be available on iTunes starting September 28th, and hits theaters on November 2nd.


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Life of Pi – Suraj Sharma stars as Pi in Ang Lee‘s adaptation of the Yann Martel novel.  Tobey Maguire, Irrfan Khan, Adil Hussain, and Gerard Depardieu co-star.  In theaters November 21st.

Me and My Shadow – DreamWorks Animation will combine 3D CGI and 2D hand-drawn animation for this tale of a timid man (voiced by Josh Gad) and his shadow (Bill Hader).  Alessandro Carloni (the head of story on How to Train Your Dragon) will make his directorial debut on Me and My Shadow, scheduled for release on November 13, 2013.

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