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The Random – Laverne & Shirley, Bubo in Clash of the Titans, Salvation Boulevard, Vacation, Unknown White Male, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Earthbound, Vamps, Transformers 3

Posted by LiveFor on February 11, 2010

Valentine’s Day director Garry Marshall created the classic Happy Days spin off sitcom Laverne & Shirley, which starred Cindy Williams and Garry’s sister Penny Marshall as Milwaukee brewery workers.  Extra talked to Marshall who claimed that a film adaptation may be in the works with Jessica Biel and Jennifer Garner as the duo.

Variety are saying that Pierce Brosnan, Ed Harris, and Jim Gaffigan will star in indie feature Salvation Boulevard. The comedic thriller is set in the world of mega-churches in which a former Deadhead-turned-born again-Christian finds himself on the run from fundamentalist members of his mega-church who will do anything to protect their larger-than-life pastor.

New Line has hired screenwriters Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley (Sam Weir from Freaks and Geeks!) to write the new Vacation film according to Variety.  The story will focus on Rusty Griswold, now a grown man, who decides to take his own wife and kids on a road trip to Wally World before it closes forever. Chase is expected to reprise his role as Clark Griswold, now a grandfather. It will be closer in tone to Planes, Trains and Automobiles than the previous chapters.

Filming has begun on Jaume Collet-Serra’s (Orphan) next project Unknown White Male in Germany.  The film stars Liam Neeson (Schindler’s List, Clash of the Titans), Diane Kruger (Inglorious Basterds), January Jones (Mad Men), Aidan Quinn (The Book of Daniel), Bruno Ganz (The Reader, Downfall) and Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon) –  Liam Neeson stars as Dr. Martin Harris, who awakens after a car accident in Berlin to discover that his wife (January Jones) suddenly doesn’t recognize him and another man (Aidan Quinn) has assumed his identity. Ignored by disbelieving authorities and hunted by mysterious assassins, he finds himself alone, tired, and on the run. Aided by an unlikely ally (Diane Kruger), Martin plunges headlong into a deadly mystery that will force him to question his sanity, his identity, and just how far he’s willing to go to uncover the truth.

According to Variety screenwriters Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith are to write a remake of the 1982 musical The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.  The 1982 version (based off the 1978 Broadway play of the same name) starred Burt Reynolds and Dolly Parton as a town sheriff and madame who team up to stop a crusading TV personality from shutting down the local whorehouse. 

THR is reporting that Richard Matheson’s 1982 novel Earthbound is heading to movieland. This will join adaptions of his other books I Am Legend, The Shrinking Man and What Dreams May Come. Earthbound is described as an “erotic ghost story” about a married man who starts an affair with a young stranger, only to realize that she may actually be the ghost of a long-dead woman driven by something more than earthly passion.

Screen Daily have the news that Alicia Silverstone will reunite with Clueless director Amy Heckerling in a film called Vamps“ a modern-day tale of two young female vampires living the good life in New York until love enters the picture and each has to make a choice that will jeopardize their immortality.” Krysten Ritter (Confessions of a Shopaholic, Veronica Mars, Breaking Bad) will be the other Vamp alongside Silverstone.

Tyrese Gibson has confirmed that he will be back as Sgt. Epps in Michael Bays Transformers 3. In a post on Twitter, he confirmed by saying that “Yes I will for sure be in Transformers 3.. Get Ready!! Epps is here to STAY!!”.

Bubo the mechanical Owl has a cameo in Louis Leterrier’s remake of Clash of the Titans. Film School Rejects had the news, but it is not clear whether his scenes will make it into the final cut.

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Appaloosa, 2008 – Movie Review

Posted by LiveFor on October 6, 2008

Director: Ed Harris
Starring: Ed Harris, Viggo Mortensen, Renee Zellweger, Jeremy Irons, Timothy Spall, Lance Henriksen, Adriana Gil.
Running Time: 114 minutes
Score: 7 / 10

This review by neil-476. It may contain spoilers.

Let’s get it straight right from the start – Appaloosa is not a classic western. It is, however, a good western.

Appaloosa is a small town in the back of beyond, in thrall to rich local landowner Bragg (Jeremy Irons) and his thuggish ranch hands. Bragg kills the sheriff and his deputies, so the Councilmen hire Virgil Cole (Ed Harris) and his sidekick Everett Hitch (Viggo Mortensen), a pair of freelance gun-for-hire lawmen, to sort the problem out. These men have an easy, almost telepathic, relationship which become complicated once Allison “Ally” French (Renee Zellweger) comes to town – she pitches herself at Virgil and hooks him although, confusingly, she also makes advances to Everett, which he rejects. Bragg is caught and convicted, but his own hired guns use Ally as a lever to have him freed. There then follows a pursuit and resolution with some minor divergences from expectations.

In many respects this is a completely traditional western, featuring a plot which has been seen, with variations, many, many times before. Ed Harris and Viggo Mortensen are settled into their parts, as comfortable as old clothes, before the movie begins, and the relationship between these two men is the strongest element of the movie by far. It is a handsome looking movie, although the camera was occasionally a little too jittery for my taste.

But there are some problems. Zellweger’s part is not only a thankless one, it also seems not to have been fully thought through. For a sizeable chunk of the movie it is far from clear where Ally’s loyalties really lie, and at least two of the false(?) hints deserve better resolution than they get.

Jeremy Irons’ accent is simply awful – neither American nor English, nor even convincingly mid-Atlantic. He has done convincing American accents, but he doesn’t do so here. He would have done better to simply stick with an English accent. Timothy Spall fares slightly better, but only slightly (note: see Gary Oldman for instructions on How Brits Should Do American Accents In Movies).

My final reservation is more an observation than a criticism. This film is very low on traditional western-type action – if there is more than 5 minutes’ worth in total during the entire film, I would be surprised. To be fair, this is probably an accurate reflection on how things were (the movie’s best line features Mortensen and Harris lying wounded after a shoot-out lasting, perhaps, 15 seconds: Mortensen says “Well, that was quick,” and Harris replies, “Everybody could shoot.”) So this is a character-based atmosphere piece built on a traditional western framework. As I said, not a classic, but still a rewarding movie for western fans.

Do you agree with the review? Will you be going to see the movie?

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Ed Harris Tribute Dinner

Posted by LiveFor on October 5, 2008

I’m a big, big fan of Ed Harris. Everything he is in from Knightriders, The Abyss to Apollo 12 he gives a solid performance. This from Jeffrey Wells over on Hollywood Elsewhere.

Kirk Douglas, Ed Harris at last night’s Santa Barbara Film Festival tribute dinner (formally called the “third annual Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film”) honoring Appaloosa director Ed Harris. Three tribute reels were shown; the first was the most moving and impressive. Harris has made 54 films since his breakout part in The Right Stuff 25 years ago, and for whatever reason — laziness? — I hadn’t really taken the full measure of all the distinctive muscular performances he’s given. Quite a resume, quite a man. The Pollock clips drew the strongest applause. My favorite Harris characters — Moss in Glengarry Glen Ross, E.Howard Hunt in Nixon.

What’s your favourite Ed Harris performance? Are you looking forward to Appaloosa?

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Appaloosa Sequel – Ed Harris thinks so

Posted by LiveFor on September 19, 2008

From Dark Horizons.

Even though the film is not yet out, actor Ed Harris is already talking up sequels to his gritty Western “Appaloosa” opening this weekend.
Novelist Robert B. Parker wrote two sequels to the 2005 novel on which “Appaloosa” is based and which Harris thinks “could be combined into a sequel” he tells MTV News.

The second book, “Resolution”, hit bookstores this year and an upcoming third novel is in the works. Harris says the idea of helming a sequel again is “interesting” and would focus on the same characters: Cole (Harris), Allie (Renee Zellweger), and Hitch (Viggo Mortensen).

As for the plot? “Allie runs off with some other guy. Cole tracks this guy down and shoots him, in cold-blooded murder. And then he goes and finds Hitch in this town, and they go partner up and they go to find Allie in Texas somewhere. She’s in some whorehouse there, she’s really in bad shape.”

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Appaloosa Posters

Posted by LiveFor on September 4, 2008

“Two friends hired to police a small town that is suffering under the rule of a rancher find their job complicated by the arrival of a young widow.”

It’s certainly got a pretty good cast – Ed Harris, Viggo Mortensen, Jeremy Irons, Lance Henriksen, lollipop headed Renee Zellweger – but not sure if the plot for Appaloosa is going to make it into a total romance fest instead of the great Western it should be. We shall have to wait and see. However, it is also directed by Ed Harris who has always been a favourite of mine from the little seen Knightriders, The Right Stuff, The Abyss and Apollo 13. He is always a solid actor. Not seen Pollock though which he also directed.


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