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Rage – Trailer for film starring Jude Law in drag, Judi Dench, John Leguizamo, Steve Buscemi and Eddie Izzard

Posted by LiveFor on September 9, 2009

RAGE-4-ADefying the usual conventions of film, Rage is the new cinematic creation from ground-breaking writer/director Sally Potter. Using a radical narrative structure focusing entirely on individual performances, Rage builds a tragicomic portrait of people persuaded to reveal their secrets in the midst of a crisis. The film consists entirely of a dynamic series of interviews, as if shot by a schoolboy on his mobile phone. He goes behind-the-scenes at a New York fashion show during seven days in which an accident on the catwalk turns into a murder investigation.

This is the film that features Jude Law as a transvestite supermodel. There he is in the photo below.
Starring Jude Law, Judi Dench, John Leguizamo, Steve Buscemi and Eddie Izzard

Out on 24th September 2009

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The Vanishing on 7th Street gets Darth Vader

Posted by LiveFor on August 27, 2009

I first reported on this back in April. Back then Timothy Olyphant and Forest Whitaker where involved but there is no mention of them in this new report.

Hayden Christensen has signed to star and Thandie Newton and John Leguizamo are in negotiations to star in the paranormal thriller Vanishing on Seventh Street for director Brad Anderson, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Written by Anderson and Anthony Jaswinski, the story is set in a once-thriving city where shadowy forms cause residents to inexplicably disappear. Five survivors fight to stay alive while grappling with the meaning of existence.

Christensen is playing a reporter. Newton would play a desperate nurse and Leguizamo a subway operator.

Shooting is set to begin mid-October in the once-thriving city of Detroit.

I really like the plot for this one, but it could be a bit naff if not done right. A definite mix of Twilight Zone, His Dark Materials, Phantoms, The Langoliers and more, but it could look very spooky.

However, Hayden Christiansen…I just don’t know about that. Jumper was a bit of a mess and more like a pilot for a TV show than anything else and Anakin just doesn’t seem to have the charisma for a leading man. What are your thoughts on the film and young Darth starring in it?

The amazing photo is by Alexey Titarenko.

Source: Sci Fi Wire

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The Ministers – Trailer

Posted by LiveFor on August 24, 2009

Thirteen years after his father was slain and the only evidence left at the crime scene was a pamphlet for a secret shrouded religious order known as The Ministers, a New York City homicide detective sets out to discover the truth behind his father’s gruesome death, but unwittingly becomes involved with one of his killers.

Written and directed by Franc. Reyes. Starring John Leguizamo, Harvey Keitel and Florencia Lozano

Due out on 1st October 2009.
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Vanishing On 7th Street – Could if be the next Happening or will it be good?

Posted by LiveFor on April 27, 2009

This is one of those interesting sounding concepts that could end up as a poor mans Twilight Zone if it is not done correctly.

John Leguizamo and Thandie Newton have been confirmed with Timothy Olyphant and Forest Whitaker to star. Brad Anderson (Session 9 , Trans Siberian, The Wire)

Following a mysterious blackout, most of the population vanishes into thin air. As the remaining survivors converge in a small tavern to figure out what happened, the darkness returns to claim them one by one.

I remember walking around Chicago with Jinja during Thanksgiving and that seemed totally deserted on many of the streets we walked down. That was very spooky on such a sunny day so this has the potential to be very odd and memorable.

The concept also reminds me of Phantoms (Ben Affleck was the bomb in that), John Carpenter’s In the Mouth of Madness, the opening of 28 Days Later and The Langoliers. Can you think of anything to add to the mix?

Source: QuietEarth

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Gerard Butler becomes Citizen Game

Posted by LiveFor on April 3, 2009

This one totally passed me by but a few days ago Lionsgate has announced through Twitter that Gerard Butler’s movie Game is retitled Citizen Game:

EXCLUSIVE – GAME gets new title – CITIZEN GAME – in theaters 9/44:57 PM Mar 31st from web
Lionsgate Movies

Apparantly it is all to help market the movie, but I think it is a pretty naff rename. Citizen Game – Citizen Kane. It is a crappy pun and I had to double check that it wasn’t an April Fool thing.

Teaser Trailer noticed the name change.

“Set in the near-future, mind-control technology has taken society by storm and a multiplayer on-line game called ‘Slayers’ allows humans control other humans in mass-scale. Simon controls Kable (Gerard Butler) the on-line champion of the game, and with his every move tracked by millions, his ultimate challenge becomes regaining his identity and independence by defeating the game’s mastermind (Hall) through launching an attack on the system that has imprisoned him.”

Cast:– Gerard Butler as Kable, the highest-ranked warrior in the game “Slayers”
– Logan Lerman as Simon, who controls Kable
– Milo Ventimiglia as Rick Rape, described as “Moonraker, silver grill, with a latex outfit making him look like a bumblebee
– Aaron Yoo as Humanez Dude
– Ludacris
– Alison Lohman as Trace
– Kyra Sedgwick as Gina Parker Smith
– Michael C. Hall as Ken Castle
– John Leguizamo as Freek
– Johnny Whitworth as Scotch
– Zoe Bell as Sandra
– Amber Valletta as Angie

It is due out in September.

What do you think about the name change? Do you care?

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Righteous Kill, 2008 – Movie Review

Posted by LiveFor on September 26, 2008

Director: Jon Avnet
Starring: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Carla Gugina, Brian Dennehy, John Leguizamo

Running Time: 101 minutes

Score: 1 /10

This review by Van Roberts. I’ve still not seen it but it doesn’t sound too good.

“Fried Green Tomatoes” director Jon Avnet’s new movie “Righteous Kill” qualifies as far from righteous. This gritty whodunit about corrupt cops with Robert De Niro and Al Pacino suffers from quite possibly the worst screenplay in film history. Some of Jean-Claude Van Damme’s straight-to-video martial arts thrillers surpass this nonsense. “Inside Man” scenarist Russell Gewirtz gets it all wrong. Gewirtz takes the “Dirty Harry” sequel “Magnum Force” and rewrites it as an Agatha Christie mystery for tough guys. Indeed, sixty-five year old Robert De Niro quotes “Dirty Harry” at an Internal Affairs hearing when he observes, “Nothing wrong with a little shooting, as long as the right people get shot.” Clearly, De Niro and Pacino made this clunker with its sloppy, incoherent, convoluted, unbelievable script for the bucks. “Righteous Kill” lacks excitement, suspense, and creativity. The eleventh hour revelation of the killer is so incredibly contrived that you wonder how they could have foisted this pathetic potboiler onto movie audiences. Everybody who buys a ticket to watch this tawdry tedium is expecting something as good as–if not better than–the two previous De Niro & Pacino pictures. Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather, Part 2” won a Best Picture Oscar in 1975, while “Miami Vice” creator Michael Mann’s urban crime thriller “Heat” ranks as one of the great law & order epics. Righteous Kill” is, simply put, righteously ill in its criminal abuse of a stellar cast including Carla Gugino, Brian Dennehy, 50 Cent, John Leguizamo, Barry Primus, and Donnie Wahlberg, not to mention the hour and forty minutes that you’ll waste watching it.

“Righteous Kill” involves vigilante justice. Several unsavory citizens die in this R-rated opus. A serial killer guns down a black drug dealer (Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson), a white rapist (Terry Serpico), a child killer (Frank John Hughes), a pedophile Catholic priest (Malachy McCourt) , a pimp, and a Russian wrestler (Oleg Taktarov) in cold-blood. The same killer leaves a poem on a card at each homicide. Talk about poetic justice! Homicide Detectives Thomas Cowan (Robert De Niro) and David Fisk (Al Pacino) have been partners for 30 years in the New York Police Department. An Internal Affairs investigator comments that Cowan & Fisk are closer than Lennon & McCartney. These two profane, sharp-shooting, tough-talking veterans have witnessed the seamy side of life and eventually it affects their mindset. Cowan and Fisk had to stand by helplessly while the courts cleared a child killer from a crime that he committed. A self-righteous Cowan plants evidence that convicts the child killer of another crime to put him behind bars. Cowan behaves like “Dirty Harry” and his partner Fisk describes him aptly as “a pit-bull on crack.” Initially, Cowan and Fisk have no luck catching the serial killer and Detectives Simon Perez (John Leguizamo of “The Rock”) and Ted Riley (Donnie Wahlberg of “Saw 2”) join their investigation when one of their cases coincides with our heroes. Cowan and Perez hate each other because they have been bedding down a nymphomaniacal Crime Scene forensics expert, Karen Corelli (Carla Gugino of “American Gangster”), who loves rough sex. No matter what they do to solve the case, they cannot crack it, until Fisk suggests that the killer is a cop. Cowan suspects a disgruntled cop busted off the force has the motive. Meanwhile, the feud between Perez and Cowan fuels Perez’s belief that Cowan is the murderer. Cowan admits he knew the priest and Lieutenant Hingis (a shrunken looking Brian Dennehy of “Silverado”) puts him on a desk and allows the younger detectives to engineer a sting that will expose Cowan. Cowan’s partner Fisk laughs in Hingis’ face as well at Perez and Fisk.

Things begin to fall into place when one victim, the Russian, survives the killer’s three bullets and the N.Y.P.D. guards his hospital room. The best mysteries give audiences the chance to figure them out. “Righteous Kill” deprives us crucial background material that would have made it far easier to fathom the killer’s identity. Instead, Gewirtz and Avnet treat us to scenes where our heroes rarely get into any dangerous predicaments. Avnet stages a clumsy shoot out in an African-American nightspot, but every time somebody dies in “Righteous Kill” the crime is shown from the killer’s perspective. Repeatedly, what you don’t see and what you’re not told about the protagonists keeps you in the dark. For example, we know De Niro and Pacino’s characters only by their nicknames. The filmmakers refuse to establish the identities of either De Niro or Pacino from the start. The criminal investigation takes weird turns and red herrings—things designed to distract us—appear everywhere. Actually, the best clue to the killer’s identity is broached early in the action, but you won’t pay any attention to it because it seems to have little relevance.

Television series like CBS-TV’s three “C.S.I.” shows make this big-budget Hollywood whodunit look sophomoric. At one point, Lt. Hingis asks our heroes if they want to retire because they aren’t making any headway. Neither Cowan nor Fisk are prepared to back down from this challenge, even if it means disaster for them. In that moment, De Niro and Pacino behave like ‘Grumpy Old Cops’ out to solve one last crime. Watching “Righteous Kill” will give you a bad case of the N.Y.P.D. Blues.

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