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Orlando Bloom is The Good Doctor

Posted by LiveFor on February 2, 2010

Orlando Bloom is down to be the lead in new indie drama The Good Doctor according to THR. Michael Pena, Troy Garity, Courtney Ford, Taraji P. Henson, Rob Morrow and J.K. Simmons (I really hope he gets to be J Jonah Jameson again in the Spider-Man reboot) are in negotiations to co-star.

The script from John Enbom (Veronica Mars), described as a Hitchcockian thriller, centers on a frustrated doctor looking to impress his superiors and colleagues. When his 18-year-old patient, admitted for a kidney infection, provides him with the esteem he so craves, the doctor tampers with her treatment so that she’ll have to stay at the hospital with him.

Pena will play an orderly who discovers the doctor’s budding relationship and blackmails him for prescription painkillers. Garity is a successful, self-assured doctor, a counterpoint to Bloom. Ford is a woman who has eyes for Bloom’s character.

Production is to start this week in Los Angeles.

Not sure about this one. I’m still out on the whole Orlando Bloom thing. He was great in Lord of the Rings, but since then I haven’t really been impressed with him. Even in Pirates of the Caribbean I found him a little flat. That’s just me though. What do you think about the sound of this film? Is Bloom the right man for quite a dark sounding part?

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Up In The Air, 2009 – Movie Review

Posted by LiveFor on September 7, 2009

georgeDirector: Jason Reitman
Starring: George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Jason Bateman, Amy Morton, Danny McBride, J.K. Simmons
Running Time:108 Minutes

Release Date: 4th December 2009

This excellent review by Kristopher Tapley of In Contention.

Jason Reitman began adapting Walter Kirn’s novel “Up in the Air” five or six years ago. The country was on better economic turf, he wasn’t married, he didn’t have a child. He was drawn to a book jacket with a quote from his friend, “Thank You for Smoking” author Christopher Buckley, enchanted by a lead character obsessed with collecting frequent flyer miles who lives a single-serving lifestyle from airport to airport.

Today, unemployment rates are skyrocketing, tangible human connectivity is becoming a relic of another century, Reitman has settled down with a wife and daughter and futures all around are uncertain. But in some ways, there is hope, a sense of turning an all important corner. By the end of “Up in the Air,” that is just where Reitman has left his protagonist.

Meanwhile, Kirn’s novel has been transformed from an otherwise unremarkable example of corporate comedy into a piece at once deeply personal and serendipitously relevant. This is one of the year’s finest films.

George Clooney stars in perhaps the role of his career (one certainly drawing parallels to his own lifestyle) as Ryan Bingham, a career transition counselor who zips from hub to hub 270 days a year. In a nutshell, he is part of a third party firm hired out to corporations for the purposes of firing discontinued clientele. He lives a life of isolation, a stranger to his Midwest family, who sees him rarely and kills his commitment-less buzz anytime they call with an update.

He has airport check-in down to a science, stereotypically zeroing in on those who are quickest to follow behind at security, Moonwalking out of his shoes as he does so, his luggage immaculately packed, his system a work of streamlined art. When he isn’t letting people go in the name of other companies, he gives motivational addresses meant to steer attendees clear of the extra baggage in their life, their commitments, extraneous relationships, anything that keeps them from living a life as he believes it is meant to be lived: in motion.

Ryan is, for lack of a better cliche, an island unto himself.

This extravagantly absentee lifestyle is interrupted when Natalie (Anna Kendrick), a 23-year-old corporate-minded upstart, introduces a new technology to Ryan’s company that can allow the job to be done remotely, cutting down on travel costs, amping up the frequency and, essentially, rendering people like Ryan obsolete.

With Ryan objecting on the basis of unsubstantial delicacy with this lack of a personal touch, the film introduces its first paradox. While he may be perfectly content to fly about the country with little more than one-night-stands to show for personal connection, he understands the importance of looking people in the eye, in the flesh, when they are at one of their weakest, most insecure moments.

It is the beginning of a compelling arc that goes into deeply emotional territory before Ryan is set off on his newly enlightened course by film’s end, something like a phoenix risen from the ashes of a selfish, unfulfilled existence.

George Clooney sticks the landing with his performance in the most modest manner imaginable. There will be flashier performances this year, certainly more memorable ones. It isn’t the actor’s finest work to date and he will likely give better performances in the future, but it is doubtful he will ever have the opportunity to be this authentic and to stare character parallels such as these directly in the eye ever again.

Ryan is a man happy to be single, without children, a playboy of the sky. He was written with Clooney in mind and the actor deserves a glass raised high for tackling, however subtly, his own image in this way.

Anna Kendrick is wonderful as a naive firecracker vulnerable to the typical stings of youth: love lost, ambitious dreams, professional inexperience. As Alex, a love interest who brings out the most refined detail in Ryan’s characterization, Vera Farmiga hints at deep waters and complex emotions that live in her expressions, her steady gaze. The two in tandem make for an intriguing set of diverging paths for Ryan, the choice of his life path laid bare.

But the star of the production is Jason Reitman, who has crafted a screenplay both profound and entertaining, one with comedic rhythms that sing and emotional beats that resonate. That the effort is wrapped, on the surface, in a very timely tale that will hit the zeitgeist at just the right moment is testament to his patience with the project, one that has been nourished from a harmless romp, through a life accentuated by significant change, into a work of art.

I have no problems being forthcoming with the fact that this film hit me on a personal level. In my view, authoritative criticisms of films that don’t carry across an indication of personal impact are in some ways suspect. Everyone brings something different to the table.

Perhaps the film settled for me at the right time in my life, a crossroads of understanding the necessity to plunge into life, to grow up, to recognize the power of our relationships with people, etc. But as a friend reminded, everyone is at this crossroads, regardless of age.

“Up in the Air” speaks to this. It finds a universal rhythm and lives in that space, making for one of the most effective works of the year.

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The Vicious Kind – Trailer

Posted by LiveFor on May 8, 2009

A redemption tale about Caleb (Adam Scott, “Step Brothers”), a bitter construction worker whose life is turned upside down one Thanksgiving weekend. Fresh off a recent breakup, Caleb becomes scornful to women and wears his disdain like a badge of honor.

His resolve is tested when his younger brother Peter (Alex Frost, “Elephant”) arrives at home with his new girlfriend Emma (Brittany Snow, “Hairspray” “Prom Night”), whom Caleb immediately distrusts. His efforts to protect his brother end up back-firing as he finds himself drawn to Emma. These unexpected feelings force Caleb to finally confront the vulnerability he has struggled with for so long.

Also starring acclaimed actor J.K. Simmons (“Juno” “Spider-man”).

Written and directed by Lee Toland Krieger.

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Extract – Trailer for Mike Judge’s latest film

Posted by LiveFor on April 9, 2009

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I Love You, Man – Trailer for Paul Rudd comedy

Posted by LiveFor on December 17, 2008

After getting engaged, Peter Klaven (Paul Rudd) realizes he’s short on guy friends. In order to correct the issue, Peter begins to go on man-dates.

Directed by John Hamburg.

Starring Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Jaime Pressly, J K Simmons, Andy Samberg, Thomas Lennon, Jon Favreau

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