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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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UPDATED: In Cinemas 5th February – Invictus, Solomon Kane, Youth in Revolt, Ponyo and Astro Boy

Posted by LiveFor on February 4, 2010

So the weekend is almost here and most people (except store workers, poor bastards) will be off and heading to the flicks. “But what should I see?” I hear you ask, never fear because Live for Films is here with a sneak peak at this weeks releases.

Film of the Week is Clint Eastwood’s Invictus with Morgan Freeman starring as newly elected South African President Nelson Mandela in a role he was born to play. As tensions continue to run high throughout the country Mandela wants to unite his citizens, and he plans to do so through rugby. Although given little chance of actually winning the upcoming World Cup that is the task he sets captain François Pienaar (Matt Damon) and his team. Personally I’m a huge fan of Clint’s directorial work (dare I say I appreciate it more than his acting career? Blasphemy?) so I was ultra excited to see this. The story is definitely a different approach to a straight biopic which many, including myself, would have expected but it works well by not trying to cram too much information into two plus hours. Sure we get to see the cell where Mandela was caged up for all those years, but this is not a film about Nelson Mandela but rather about a country coming together. Damon and Freeman perform admirably, but I felt a lack of excitement during the egg-chasing. Still, a very entertaining watch and would fit as a nice way to wind down the weekend.

“What is this Solomon Kane crap?” I found myself asking this week. After hearing virtually nothing about it (or maybe just not paying any attention – Dear oh dear Rich. I’ve posted posters, clips and even posted concept art back in Sept 2008 so you weren’t paying attention – Phil) a week before its release I found it plastered on every bus that I watched drive by, the poster is now imprinted on to my brain. So, if like me you have no idea what it is, here’s the rundown; After fighting for Queen Elizabeth I in Africa Solomon Kane (James Purefoy) is visited by a demon who tells him his cruel actions have damned him for the rest of his life unless he seeks redemption. He is determined to change his ways and become a nice chap, helping old women with their groceries etc I guess, but when an evil sorcerer threatens the land he is forced to battle once again. I suppose I should really have known a little more about this but I’m pretty sure I watched the trailer a while back, no need to bring out the gimp on me. Please! Check out the trailer below to see if it’s your bag…
UPDATE: Solomon Kane is now out on 19th February – END OF LINE

Michael Cera to star in a period piece? Michael Cera to star in a Michael Bay flick? Michael Cera to star in anything except a Michael Cera film? For those of you unaware, this is how a Michael Cera film usually pans out It doesn’t look likely as Youth in Revolt opens this week. Co-starring Steve Buscemi, Ray Liotta and Zack Galifianakis, Cera plays outcast Nick Twist who after failing to win the heart of Sheeni (Portia Doubleday), creates an alter ego François (Michael Cera, rocking a little ‘tache and a bad-ass attitude) and that’s when things starting going a little bit crazy. Sure his earlier films and his role as George Michael in Arrested Development were good, but is the act starting to run a little thin? However, early reviews seem to be pretty positive so it could be worth a watch and I might catch it this weekend. Trailer below:

Also released this week is Japanese animated feature Astro Boy (featuring a host of actors including Nic Cage, Donald Sutherland, Kristen Bell and Samuel L. Jackson) and Ponyo (read more on Ponyo).


Are you heading to the cinema this weekend? If so, let us know what you see and feel free to send any reviews to Live for Films

Richard Bodsworth

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Exclusive Interview: Hue Rhodes director of Saint John of Las Vegas

Posted by LiveFor on January 13, 2010

First time writer/director Hue Rhodes Saint John of Las Vegas looks like a nice, stylish film featuring the always amazing Steve Buscemi and a host of other great actors.

After a run of bad luck, John (Steve Buscemi), a compulsive gambler, runs away from Las Vegas and toward a normal job and life. Taking a nondescript position in an auto insurance company in Albuquerque, he tries to get ahead in the straight world, amid the ever-present temptations of scratch-off lotto tickets.

When his boss, Mr. Townsend (Peter Dinklage), asks John to accompany his top fraud debunker, Virgil (Romany Malco) on an investigation of a dubious car accident near Vegas, John sees an opportunity to get a promotion , though hes concerned about returning to the gambling game. Before leaving he becomes involved with his eccentric co-worker Jill (Sarah Silverman), a dalliance that has the potential to become a real relationship.

Soon John is on the road with Virgil, where they encounter a series of offbeat characters, including a wheelchair-bound stripper (Emmanuelle Chriqui), a nude militant (Tim Blake Nelson), a park Ranger ( Jesse Garcia), and a carnival human torch (John Cho). While Virgil is the supposed leader of the investigation, its John who begins to finally assert himself, pushing the case closer to a conclusion.

Through the journey, Johns confidence builds, and he realizes that he can’t escape his gambling addiction by running away from it—it will follow him wherever he goes. Its only when he returns to Vegas and his experiences there finally send him on the path to breaking free.


I was lucky enough to have a chat with Hue about the film so without further ado here we go.

First of all tell us about Saint John of Las Vegas in 10 words or less.

You can take the gambler out of Vegas, but…

You have a great cast involved. How did you get them all on board?

Steve Buscemi liked the script. He commands such respect in the acting world that the other actors jumped at the chance to work with him. I’d like to say it was my script, but I think Steve was a major factor.

What was the funniest thing that happened during the shoot and what was the worst?

Funniest: Romany Malco decided to do this ridiculous re-enactment of a car accident in one scene. He didn’t really discuss it, he just did it. The whole cast and crew were laughing so hard we could barely function.

Worst: Someone involved with the film suffered a great personal tragedy while shooting. It was over-sobering.

How did you get into the film directing business? Any tips for those wanting to follow in your footsteps?

How: I wrote a script, which people liked. I attached myself as the director. My short films gave people enough confidence in my abilities to direct.

Tips: Most people I know look at directing as a means to getting discovered/anointed/celebrated. Since that might take a while, use the time to get better, skill-wise. Ang Lee said “I’ve made seventeen movies, and I’ve been to film school seventeen times.”

What was the first film you ever watched?

I have a vague memory of seeing a movie/documentary about Sasquatch. I remember thinking “He’s obviously real! How could anyone doubt this?”

If you could have made one film which would it have been?

My next film.

Which actor/actress, dead or alive, would you most like to work with?

Buster Keaton. I watch him now and I can’t believe what I’m seeing.

If you were going to be killed by a movie monster which one would it be? What would you final words be?

Sasquatch. But he won’t kill me, because I’ve always believed.

Best film of 2009?

That question will have more meaning in 2109.

What book are you currently reading?

“Crush It” by Gary Vaynerchuk.

What are you working on next?

A script about a wedding that gets overtaken by a gang war. But it’s funny.

When will we be able to see Saint John of Las Vegas?

Jan. 29th NY/LA. Feb. 12th, wider US release. I don’t know about international yet.

Hue, thanks very much.

You can check out Hue Rhodes’ official site and he is also on Twitter.

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Youth in Revolt – Micheal Cera not happy about being interviewed while Bob Weinstein makes the drinks

Posted by LiveFor on December 31, 2009

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Michael Cera seems to enjoy doing these staged interviews and set ups (another example below) and the documentary, Paper Heart, he starred in was pretty much one great big staged piece. Still Youth in Revolt looks like it could be good and actually shows a different side to Cera’s acting ability with his characters alter ego, Francois Dillinger.

YOUTH IN REVOLT is an outrageous and heartwarming tale of Nick Twisp (Michael Cera) and his quest to win the heart of Sheeni (newcomer Portia Doubleday) and hopefully lose his virginity along the way. Based on C.D. Payne’s cult-hit novel of the same name, YOUTH IN REVOLT is directed by Miguel Arteta (“The Good Girl”) and features an all-star ensemble cast including: Steve Buscemi, Ray Liotta, Justin Long, Jean Smart, Ari Graynor, Fred Willard, Zach Galifianakis, Mary Kay Place and more.

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The Big Lebowski – The Dude Man Version

Posted by LiveFor on December 19, 2009

Pretty much every utterance of Dude and Man in the Coen’s excellent film.

Mike over at DVDSnapshot that was for you!

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Saint John of Las Vegas – Trailer for Steve Buscemi’s new film

Posted by LiveFor on December 2, 2009

After a run of bad luck, John (Steve Buscemi), a compulsive gambler, runs away from Las Vegas and toward a normal job and life. Taking a nondescript position in an auto insurance company in Albuquerque, he tries to get ahead in the straight world, amid the ever-present temptations of scratch-off lotto tickets.

When his boss, Mr. Townsend (Peter Dinklage), asks John to accompany his top fraud debunker, Virgil (Romany Malco) on an investigation of a dubious car accident near Vegas, John sees an opportunity to get a promotion , though hes concerned about returning to the gambling game. Before leaving he becomes involved with his eccentric co-worker Jill (Sarah Silverman), a dalliance that has the potential to become a real relationship.

Soon John is on the road with Virgil, where they encounter a series of offbeat characters, including a wheelchair-bound stripper (Emmanuelle Chriqui), a nude militant (Tim Blake Nelson), a park Ranger ( Jesse Garcia), and a carnival human torch (John Cho). While Virgil is the supposed leader of the investigation, its John who begins to finally assert himself, pushing the case closer to a conclusion.

Through the journey, Johns confidence builds, and he realizes that he can’t escape his gambling addiction by running away from it—it will follow him wherever he goes. Its only when he returns to Vegas and his experiences there finally send him on the path to breaking free. First time writer/director Hue Rhodes SAINT JOHN OF LAS VEGAS follows the wild and funny trip a guy has to take to discover theres more than one way to hit the jackpot in life.

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Saint John of Las Vegas – Cool poster for Steve Buscemi’s new film

Posted by LiveFor on September 15, 2009

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John (Buscemi) has finally gotten his life back on track. The ex-gambler whose only luck is bad ran away from Las Vegas, ending up in Albuquerque with a dull but stable job in insurance. He even has a budding romance with a sexy co-worker. But fate leads him back towards temptation: When John gets a promotion to fraud investigating, he must return to Las Vegas for his first case. Paired with a savvy veteran who prides himself on preventing scams, his journey leads him down a precarious path checkered with a bizarre cast of characters. Will his luck change or is fate in his own hands after all?

Inspired by Dante’s Inferno the film features a gambler, a wheelchair-bound stripper, a human torch, an armed nudist colony and a pitch-perfect performance Steve Buscemi.

Directed by Hue Rhodes it also stars Sarah Silverman, Peter Dinklage, Romany Malco, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Tim Blake Nelson and John Cho.

Due out on 13th November.

Source: CineVegas

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The A-Team’s Murdoch – Could it be Sharlto Copley?

Posted by LiveFor on September 10, 2009

copleyThrough a reliable source, Blackfilm.com has learned exclusively that an offer has been made to rising star ‘District 9’ Star Sharlto Copley for the role.

There is no confirmation that Copley has accepted as of yet.

Many names were being tossed for the role including the likes of Jim Carrey, Steve Buscemi, Timothy Olyphant, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Chris Pine and Robert Downey Jr. Although we all know a whole heap of them won’t be taking the role.

Already cast in the film are Liam Neeson as Col. John ‘Hannibal’ Smith, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson as Sgt. Bosco ‘B.A.’ Baracus and Bradley Cooper as Lt. Templeton ‘Faceman’ Peck.

‘The A-Team’ revolves around the four members of a former commando outfit and current group of mercenaries. Their leader is Col. John “Hannibal” Smith, whose plans tend to be unorthodox but effective. Lt. Templeton “The Faceman” (usually referred to simply as “Face”) Peck is a smooth-talking con-man who serves as the team’s appropriator of vehicles and other useful items. The team’s pilot is Capt. H.M. “Howling Mad” Murdock, who has been declared insane and resides in a mental institution for the show’s first four seasons. Finally, there is the team’s strong man and mechanic, Sgt. B.A. “Bad Attitude” Baracus.

Set for release next year, the film, which is being directed by Joe Carnahan has already begun shooting in Vancouver, Canada.

Director Carnahan and Tony and Ridley Scott say they will use the original premise of the series as the template for an action film. In the original, four Vietnam vets convicted of armed robbery escape from military prison and became do-gooder mercenaries.

The Middle East will replace Vietnam as the place the four did their tour of duty, but Carnahan said the origin story is the jumping-off point.

The original series, which ran from 1983-87 and starred George Peppard, Mr. T, Dirk Benedict and Dwight Schultz, followed an unofficial team of Vietnam vets who will stop at nothing to get the bad guys. Sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit, these four commandos escaped from a maximum-security stockade and now survive in the Los Angeles underground as soldiers of fortune.

Having just watched District 9 last night I can totally see Copley playing Murdoch. In D-9 he goes from office nerd to fugitive to bad ass and I thought he was brilliant. The whole film was superb so go and see it if you haven’t.

Who do you think would make a good Murdoch?

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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.
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Starring Jude Law, Judi Dench, John Leguizamo, Steve Buscemi and Eddie Izzard

Out on 24th September 2009

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Youth in Revolt – Michael Cera gets his Tyler Durden

Posted by LiveFor on August 22, 2009

youthinrevoltAt last Michael Cera shows he can act differently in his new film, Youth in Revolt. I do like Cera but was getting a bit fed up with his seemingly similar style in each film. Now this one shows quite a different style (watch the trailer and you’ll get the Durden reference).

Directed by Miguel Arteta (The Good Girl), Cera plays Nick Twisp a 16-year-old who desperately wants his “dream girl,” Sheeni Saunders (Portia Doubleday), to notice him.

The film is based on the book “Youth in Revolt: The Journals of Nick Twisp,” which contains the first three parts of a six-part saga. The film co-stars Zach Galifianakis, Justin Long, Ray Liotta, Steve Buscemi, Fred Ward, Ari Graynor, and Jean Smart. It is due out on 30th October.

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