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Middle Men – Luke Wilson will sell you porn on the internet

Posted by LiveFor on February 22, 2010

This one is being talked about as a cross between Boogie Nights and Goodfellas – both are amazing films so that is a lot to live up to.

Directed by George Gallo it stars Luke Wilson, James Caan, Giovanni Ribisi, Jacinda Barrett, Kevin Pollak, Terry Crews, Gabriel Macht, Kelsey Grammer, Laura Ramsey, Christopher McDonald, and Robert Forster.

Below is the synopsis and the trailer.

Jack Harris (Luke Wilson) has a faithful and loving wife, two beautiful children, and a successful career fixing problem companies. When an associate calls him about an opportunity to help turn around a business that has fallen into trouble, he decides to take the job. Little does he know, it is a decision that will change his life in ways he never expected. Jack meets with Wayne Beering (Giovanni Ribisi) and Buck Dolby (Gabriel Macht), two genius but troubled men who have invented a way to sell adult entertainment over the Internet. The plan was brilliant but the execution wasn’t — they were making money hand-over-fist and losing it just as fast. Seeing the potential, Jack agrees to partner with Buck and Wayne, devising a way to bill the entertainment through a third party, taking the guilt out of the ultimate guilty pleasure. Before he knows it, he finds himself caught between the Russian mob, a 23- year-old porn star, the FBI, and losing his family in the process of becoming rich. Witness a story so outrageous, you won’t believe it’s true. A story that proves business is a lot like sex…getting in is easy, pulling out is hard.

Source: Variety

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Whiteout Interview – Kate Beckinsale

Posted by LiveFor on August 28, 2009

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Here is an interview with Kate Beckinsale who plays Carrie Stetko in Whiteout.

Directed by Dominic Sena the film is an adaption of the graphic novel by Greg Rucka and Steve Lieber, published by Oni Press

Carrie Stetko, the lone U.S. Marshal assigned to Antarctica, is investigating the continent’s first murder, which draws her into a shocking mystery. Now, with only three days until winter, Carrie must solve the crime before Antarctica is plunged into darkness and she is stranded with the killer.

Also stars Gabriel Macht, Columbus Short and Tom Skerritt

Due out on 11th September 2009
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The Spirit, 2008 – Movie Review

Posted by LiveFor on December 30, 2008

Director: Frank Miller
Starring: Gabriel Macht, Samuel L Jackson, Eva Mendes, Scarlett Johannson, Sarah Paulson
Running Time: 103 minutes
Score: 1 /10

This review is by Skon and may contain spoilers.

The Spirit is a film with few virtues. There’s a fingerful but that’s it.

Gabriel Macht delivers a certain charisma in the titular role as Will Eisner’s classic middle-class superhero. This is his first time carrying a movie and had the focus been shifted more on him, his antics and his conflicts it would have been a better film. We witness some lovely moments when The Spirit talks about the love he has for his city, echoing something at the very heart of the superhero mythos. One scene has him even using the city as a shield, a weapon and a guide in his role as its guardian. These are poignant moments that evoke that somewhere underneath all the terribleness there might have been a spark of a good film here.

That’s where all the virtues end.

People will probably gravitate to the cinematography of Bill Pope which does its best to marry Frank Miller’s Sin City with the pulp comics of The Spirit’s origins. But as pretty as the cinematography does look here and there, most of it is too busy, too dark and too careless. As a film that tries to show the protagonist’s relationship with his city the cinematography should have created a sense of being in a vast metropolis. Instead the visuals feel completely green-screened and the effect is that the film ends up looking like it was shot on a stage instead of in a wide open city. There is also something that feels unfinished about the green-screening process as though some more work needed to be done and as such the film has the look of the cut scenes out of late 90’s full motion video games with the characters standing out from rendered CGI effects like sore thumbs.

This is Frank Miller’s first time out as a solo director. He is credited with co-directing Sin City and after seeing this film one realizes that Miller had very little to do with the physical directing on that film. It’s sad to see one of the greatest comic book creators of all time helpless in trying to do justice to Will Eisner’s creations. Miller even casts himself as a police officer whose head gets ripped off and used as a blunt weapon in the film’s opening. One wonders if that was CGI or if the lack of any thinking going into this film can be blamed on Miller’s headlessness. Either way it’s an apt metaphor for a project that steams forward without any direction.

The film is a mess of tones and genres. Scenes tend to go on forever without anywhere to go in the first place. There’s an overuse of flashbacks. And most of the dialogue is delivered in soliloquy (including a scene where The Spirit talks to a cat for 5 minutes). There are no subtleties in delivery, pacing or acting. Everything is blunt, harsh and cold. The audience knows everything in the first 15 minutes and it takes the rest of the characters an hour to catch up. It’s frustrating, busy and excruciating to watch. Even attempts at humor fall flat. A running joke with 24’s Louis Lombardi is amateur in its rendition.

The acting is where Miller’s lack of film-making chops shows most prominently. Sam Jackson plays the Octopus, a villain whose face was never shown in Eisner’s comics and rightfully so. Jackson is fresh off of a plane full of snakes and still acting like it. He plays the same tough character he always plays – shooting off big guns while shooting off his even bigger mouth. It’s beginning to get boring and he needs to seek out more parts that explore his range. In order to make up for having no character depth or any credibility as a villain, Jackson and his henchwoman, played by the vastly overrated Scarlett Johansson, go through more costume changes than a Vegas strip show. Jackson goes from dressing like a pimp to a mutton-chopped samurai and even (I can’t make this up) a monocled goose-stepping heil-hitlering Nazi in an offensive scene that seems like a bad pun on the classic Patton.

Further to the acting, there is a bevy of female characters that clutter this film in an attempt to create some element of pulp sex drama. Johansson’s Silken Floss is just money thrown down the drain as she brings nothing to the movie. I’ve never understood her appeal and this film is perhaps best proof of her need to hire an acting coach. The Morgenstern character is a time-waster and eats up screen time lecturing the audience on the Electra principle (Miller you created a character named Elektra, you have a fascination with it, we get it, but it has no place in this film). To believe her character we’d have to believe that a rookie cop would be the only one to notice a gigantic clue two days after a crime scene has been cleared. Sarah Paulson and Eva Mendes, both in terribly written roles, try the hardest and as an audience member I appreciated that.

The free screening I attended last night had a number of rows oddly empty from the get go. And within 10 minutes about twenty people had already gotten up and left. The rest of us stayed because it was cold outside and perhaps hoping that things would only get better. They didn’t. After the film we had a unique experience where audience members cultivated together, like strangers at a traffic accident, to criticize the film. People were upset over a film that failed in every possible way a film can fail and yet the advertising campaign paints it as a brilliant, exciting holiday adventure. I assure you it’s not.

Lionsgate this is a train wreck. If this is your idea of giving your audience a holiday present honestly shame on you.

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The Spirit – Poster from Taiwan

Posted by LiveFor on December 1, 2008

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The Spirit – New Christmas TV Spot for Frank Miller’s feature.

Posted by LiveFor on November 25, 2008

Here is a new TV spot for Lionsgate’s adaptation of Will Eisner’s comic book series, The Spirit, which is set to open on Christmas Day. Check out the new TV Spot below all ready for Christmas.

Whatd do you think now? Will you be going to see it? I’m still undecided.
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Another poster for The Spirit – This one has lots of posters on it

Posted by LiveFor on November 18, 2008

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The Spirit – New Christmas TV Trailer Spot

Posted by LiveFor on November 15, 2008

This one is only 30 seconds long and it just looks like Sin City to me but not quite as bleak. Also has a Sky Captain vibe going through it. I’d love it to be a great film but it just seems off kilter.


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Frank Miller talks about The Spirit

Posted by LiveFor on November 3, 2008

Geoff Boucher of the LA Times has been chatting to Frank Miller about his forthcoming movie based on Will Wisner’s The Spirit. He chats about the unique look that the trailers show, the cartoon like violence and the large number of glamourous actresses in the mix.

“I adored Will Eisner and took a real ‘Don’t tread on me’ approach when I came to this movie. At the same time I was willing to tread all over it. I knew Will always wanted to do something fresh and new, not some stodgy old thing that aspires to be revered. I don’t want anybody to bow to this movie. I want a ripping good yarn. It is not an antique.”

The film is certainly of-the-moment with its “digital back lot” approach — it was filmed against a green screen at a production complex in New Mexico and the backgrounds and settings were added well after the acting was done. With its dramatic use of color, stylized grit and dream-time physics, it will remind some viewers of “Sin City,” the 2005 film co-directed by Robert Rodriguez and Miller that served as the comic-book artist’s crash course in filmmaking. Unlike that film, however, “The Spirit” is laced with a fedora romance and screwball comedy sensibility that makes it a digitalized kindred soul to “Dick Tracy,” Warren Beatty’s 1990 film.

“It’s very different than the look and feel of ‘Sin City’ and ‘300’ because the source material is so different,” Miller said earlier this year while taking a break from his labors at the Orphanage, a postproduction facility in San Francisco’s Presidio. ” ‘The Spirit’ is its own, full-color world.”

“The Spirit” stars Gabriel Macht as the title character who starts the film as an ambitious rookie cop named Denny Colt before he dons his domino mask. The young cop is murdered but then apparently comes back from the dead — even he’s not sure how or why, but he learns that the sinister crime lord called the Octopus ( Samuel L. Jackson) has the answers he needs. The villain, meanwhile, wants to get his hands on the mystery man to exploit his back-from-the-grave ability. Some of the contours of the film are different than the old comics — the Octopus was never even shown in the old days (he was just a pair of gloves in Eisner’s panels) and Colt comes “back from the dead” with something close to invulnerability as well as with a sort of pheromone boost that makes women swoon. “The old Eisner comics were loaded with romance, beautiful and dangerous women, and that was a way to explain the sparks flying between the Spirit and every woman he meets,” Miller explained.

Miller has a cast stacked with high-glamour actresses: Scarlett Johansson, Eva Mendes, Jaime King and Paz Vega all play beautiful women with bad intentions, while Sarah Paulson is the Spirit’s frazzled girlfriend, Ellen Dolan, the proto-feminist daughter of the city police commissioner who has to contend with all the people who want to get their hands on the Spirit — whether it’s to punch him or kiss him. Another update: Spirit’s girlfriend is now a surgeon, a career Miller says is a meld of nurturing heart and brainy realism.

The biggest differences between “The Spirit” and “Sin City” or “300” are the romances and the cartoon combat; the Spirit and Octopus both have a sort of Wile E. Coyote invincibility by the time they duke it out and they whack each other with cinder blocks, spanner wrenches and even a toilet with a jolly unreality that makes the film seem something like “The Mask” meets “Green Hornet.” Jackson said it was a giddy time on the set filming the escalating mayhem.

“There are some great scenes where we just go at it,” Jackson said, although he added that Miller found a way to keep the loopy universe true to itself. “Frank knew what he wanted to do. You look at this movie and you can tell it’s his. Nobody else would make this movie this way, which is why he’s doing movies now.”

That may be a bit of a sore spot, though. Eisner’s humanistic and often gentle, Capra-like approach to his character has many comics fans wondering why Miller — famous for spilling vats of blood-red ink in his comics — is taking the old man’s winking Spirit into a Sin City. Miller welcomes all that.

“I’m sure when this movie comes out it will stir up a fiery debate . . .,” the artist-turned-auteur said. “People have been loving the way comic books have been reaching the screen, but I don’t like when everybody drinks the Kool-Aid. I like to shake things up and tell the story the best way possible. And I can tell you firsthand, that’s what Will Eisner liked too.”

Source: LA Times

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Will Eisner’s The Spirit – A featurette on the comic and the film

Posted by LiveFor on October 22, 2008

Adapted from the legendary comic strip, Will Eisner’s The Spirit is a classic action-adventure-romance told by genre-twister Frank Miller (creator of 300 and Sin City). It is the story of a former rookie cop who returns mysteriously from the dead as the SPIRIT (Gabriel Macht) to fight crime from the shadows of Central City. His arch-enemy, the OCTOPUS (Samuel L. Jackson) has a different mission: he’s going to wipe out Spirit’s beloved city as he pursues his own version of immortality. The Spirit tracks this cold-hearted killer from Central City’s rundown warehouses, to the damp catacombs, to the windswept waterfront … all the while facing a bevy of beautiful women who either want to seduce, love or kill our masked crusader. Surrounding him at every turn are ELLEN DOLAN (Sarah Paulson), the whip-smart girl-next-door; SILKEN FLOSS (Scarlett Johansson), a punk secretary and frigid vixen; PLASTER OF PARIS (Paz Vega), a murderous French nightclub dancer; LORELEI (Jaime King), a phantom siren; and MORGENSTERN (Stana Katic), a sexy young cop. Then of course, there’s SAND SAREF (Eva Mendes), the jewel thief with dangerous curves. She’s the love of his life turned bad. Will he save her or will she kill him?


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The Spirit – New Poster

Posted by LiveFor on October 16, 2008


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