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The Grown Ups – Horror from Adam Sandler, Chris Rock and the rest

Posted by LiveFor on April 16, 2010

If you are making a comedy at least make it funny. Come on guys. There’s some talent there, but what did they do with it?

Stars Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Kevin James, David Spade, Rob Schneider, Salma Hayek, Maria Bello, Mia Rudolph, Steve Buscemi, Gary Busey.

Due out 25th June 2010.

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The Rum Diary – Johnny Depp’s next Hunter S Thompson film could be at Cannes

Posted by LiveFor on April 8, 2010

I am really looking forward to seeing The Rum Diary. Been ages since we heard any movement on it but looks like we’ll be seeing it soon.

Nina Saxon Design, one of the entertainment industry’s leading design production studios, specializing in main and end titles, title sequences, and animated motion graphics logos for major motion pictures, television movies and TV programs, and entertainment production companies, has completed the main title design sequences for one upcoming, and two recent, high profile feature films. The announcement was made by the company’s president, Nina Saxon, widely acknowledged for close to 30 years as one of Hollywood’s most accomplished and successful title designers.

Nina Saxon Design has completed the main title sequence for the GK Films release “The Rum Diary,” starring Johnny Depp, Amber Heard and Aaron Eckhart, based on a novel by Hunter S. Thompson. That film, from producer Graham King, is currently seeking distribution at the Cannes Film Festival. “The Rum Diary,” directed by Bruce Robinson (who also wrote the screenplay), depicts the story of Paul Kemp (Depp), a freelance journalist who finds himself at a critical turning point in his life while writing for a run-down newspaper in the Caribbean.

Regarding her title design projects, Saxon says, “I see my work as providing an introduction to a film that sets both an artistic and a thematic tone. When I do my job well, the audience is involved with the film, before the credits have even finished.”

Nina Saxon Design also completed the entire opening sequence for the recent film “The Yellow Handkerchief,” for director Udayan Prasad and producer Arthur Cohn. That film, which stars William Hurt, Maria Bello, and Kristen Stewart, presents the story of a road trip through Louisiana, which transforms three strangers, who were originally brought together by their respective feelings of loneliness.

Check out some photos from the shoot. More here and here

Source: Shoot Online

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Grown Ups – Trailer for Adam Sandler’s ensemble comedy

Posted by LiveFor on February 12, 2010


Grown Ups, starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider, and David Spade, is a comedy about five friends and former teammates who reunite years later to honor the passing of their childhood basketball coach. With their wives (Salma Hayek, Maria Bello, Maya Rudolph) and kids in tow, they spend the Fourth of July holiday weekend together at the lake house where they celebrated their championship years earlier. Picking up where they left off, they discover why growing older doesnt mean growing up.

UK Release: 6th August 2010

US Release: 25th June 2010

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Maria Bello and Michael Sheen have a Beautiful Boy

Posted by LiveFor on December 17, 2009

Maria Bello and Michael Sheen have wrapped production on Beautiful Boy, an indie film directed by Shawn Ku. It has quite an eclectic cast as it also stars Moon Bloodgood (Terminator Salvation), Alan Tudyk (Firefly, Dollhouse), Kyle Gallner, Austin Nichols and Meat Loaf (Fight Club) according to Variety.

Bello and Sheen play a married couple on the verge of separation when they are hit with the news their 18-year-old son committed a mass shooting at his college, before taking his own life.

The film, which just wrapped in L.A., marks the feature directing debut for Ku, who created a stir in Sundance for his unconventional musical short film “Pretty Dead Girl.”

Bello was recently nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for “Downloading Nancy,” and Sheen most recently starred in “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” and “The Damned United.”

Sounds like an interesting yet harrowing tale and there are some cracking actors involved. Michael Sheen is always good as is Maria Bello (who seems to alternate between total sauciness as seen in A History of Violence to kid friendly The Mummy 3). Good to see Moon Bloodgood – pictured on the right – branching out from sci-fi such as Journeyman,Daybreak and Terminator Salvation).

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The Private Lives of Pippa Lee – Trailer

Posted by LiveFor on May 27, 2009

From all outward appearances, Pippa Lee (ROBIN WRIGHT PENN) leads a charmed existence. An anchor of feminine serenity, she is the devoted wife of an accomplished publisher (ALAN ARKIN) thirty years her senior, the proud mother of two grown children, and a trusted friend and confidant to all who cross her path. But as Pippa dutifully follows her husband to a new life in a staid Connecticut retirement community, her idyllic world and the persona she has built over the course of her marriage will be put to the ultimate test.

Director: Rebecca Miller

Cast: Robin Wright Penn, Alan Arkin, Winona Ryder, Keanu Reeves, Monica Belluci, Maria Bello.

Releaseed on 10 July 2009

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Downloading Nancy – Second Trailer

Posted by LiveFor on April 21, 2009

When Albert Stockwell (Rufus Sewell, Dark City, Illuminata) comes home from work one day, he finds a note from his wife of 15 years, Nancy (Maria Bello, A History of Violence, Thank You for Smoking), saying she has gone to see friends. After waiting several days, Albert realizes that his wife is missing. Nancy has met her salvation on the Internet in the form of Louis Farley (Jason Patric, The Lost Boys, Rush). Nancy and Louis, both wounded souls, take comfort in one another through e-mail, pictures, and promises of perverse sexual encounters. Nancy has finally found the one and only thing that can liberate her from the pain in her life. While she pursues the freedom that she feels will only come with ultimate liberation, Albert is left to put the pieces together and try to salvage what is left.

Downloading Nancy is due out on 1st May.

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The Private Lives of Pippa Lee – Trailer

Posted by LiveFor on February 10, 2009

Written and directed by Rebecca Miller. Starring Robin Wright Penn, Alan Arkin, Winona Ryder, Keanu Reeves, Monica Belluci, Maria Bello.

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Downloading Nancy – Trailer starring Rufus Sewell, Maria Bello and Jason Patric

Posted by LiveFor on January 30, 2009

When Albert Stockwell (Rufus Sewell, Dark City, Illuminata) comes home from work one day he finds a note from his wife of 15 years, Nancy (Maria Bello, A History of Violence, Thank You for Smoking), saying she has gone to see friends. After waiting several days, Albert realizes that his wife is missing. Nancy has met her salvation on the Internet in the form of Louis Farley (Jason Patric, The Lost Boys, Rush). Nancy and Louis, both wounded souls, take comfort in one another through e-mail, pictures, and promises of perverse sexual encounters. Nancy has finally found the one and only thing that can liberate her from the pain in her life. While she pursues the freedom that she feels will only come with ultimate liberation, Albert is left to put the pieces together and try to salvage what is left.

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The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor – Movie Review

Posted by LiveFor on July 24, 2008

Director: Rob Cohen
Starring: Brendan Fraser, Jet Li, Maria Bello, John Hannah
Running Time: 112 minutes

Score: 6/10

This review from Billy Bob

Surprisingly, “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor” isn’t as bad as both its marketing and the long period without an installment suggested.

Despite a seven-year hiatus and the loss of one of its leads, the ‘Mummy’ franchise jumps right back into the action without many problems. It’s willing to change up the story a bit, giving us a new Mummy character and setting as opposed to one featuring that Egyptian guy from the first two, but it also manages to retain all the things about the earlier films that made them popular – that is, a proper mix of action-adventure and a light-hearted tone.

Brendan Fraser is back as Rick O’Connell, the Indiana Jones-inspired hero from the original films, and by this point, he really has his character down. In fact, I think he was much more comfortable here than he was in the original films, maybe because he has improved as an actor over the past seven years, or maybe because he doesn’t try to make his character any more than it should be, and it’s a refreshing thing to see. Returning to the role of Jonathan Carnahan, Rick’s brother-in-law, John Hannah is just as strong a source of humor (and in reality, that’s all that his character is supposed to bring to the table) as he was in the past.

Which leads us to the big third member of the party: Rick’s wife, Evelyn. As you may know, Rachel Weisz was the actor who portrayed her in the old films, but because she was unwilling to make a third film, they had to replace her, something that often has awkward results in movie franchises. However, I must say that Mario Bello truly rose to the occasion, capturing a nearly identical voice to Weisz’s, and playing the part like she isn’t new to it at all. And when we first see her character, a clever joke about feeling ‘like a completely different person’ eases the change. There is nothing about this trio that I could find any real faults in, and this helped make the film very enjoyable.

Another bonus to waiting seven years in between installments in our digital age brings another advantage to the film: much better special effects and action sequences. And believe me: this film definitely capitalizes on this, as both a chase sequence in China early on in the film (sorta reminiscent of the Shangahi sequence in ‘The Temple of Doom’) as well as the final battle at the Great Wall blow away any action sequences you saw in the first two movies. So in terms of action, you’ll definitely get your fair dose of awesome effects. They definitely put that reported $175 million to good use.

Sadly, everything else about this movie doesn’t begin to compare to the returning stars and the action sequences (luckily, these two components make up much of the film). The Mummy in this movie is played by Jet Li, who isn’t at all as cool as one might hope he’d be (he’s basically Jet Li’s usual martial arts master, with some occasional superpowers thrown into the mix). The film crafts his story so similarly to the background story in the first ‘Mummy’ movie that there’s even a point where the dialogue overlaps (‘Nobody is to touch her’). It was disappointingly obvious that his story existed purely to create conflict for the protagonists and to set up some awesome action moments.

But the disappointments don’t end there. Joining Rick, Evelyn, and Jonathan on their quest to stop the Mummy are Rick and Evelyn’s son, Alex (Luke Ford), and an immortal woman named Lin (Isabella Leong) whose job is to protect the contents of the very tomb that Alex inadvertently helped bring back to life. These two characters form a romance along the way, setting up some great moments for both Fraser and Bello as their son’s curious parents. The only problem is that these two lovers are played by some very weak actors, especially Lin. Alex comes across as more of a playboy than an adventurer (which doesn’t make sense when characters comment on how much he reminds them of his father), and every time Lin spoke, my friend and I had a bit of trouble holding back the laughs.

Another problem the film faces is that some of the time, things just don’t make sense. I won’t get into details, but there is a scene where Lin calls upon some yeti-esquire creatures to help them fight the Mummy (who conveniently come in handy later on in ways that she couldn’t have foretold), Lin speaks of giving away her immortality for Alex’s love even though they have known each other for a day or two, and the characters continue to think that simply shooting a mummy with a gun will destroy him, even though past experience has been evidence enough that there’s no use.

So while on one end we have a film bringing back three very enjoyable characters and upgrading the action sequences to fit modern-day standards, we also have a movie with a boring general plot, weak supporting characters, and a few too many ‘WTF’ moments. However, this is mindless summer entertainment, and you ultimately have to forgive such problems to an extent, as long as it delivers on the right levels, which this film does. It’s much better than ‘The Mummy Returns,’ and just as enjoyable as the original. Even though there are a lot of things I would have changed, I can’t say I was expecting it to turn out as well as it did.

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The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

Posted by LiveFor on July 19, 2008

I am really looking forward to his. Jet Li, car chases, action, adventure and a big Yeti. Looks a damn site better than the second Mummy film.


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