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Source Code – Jeffrey Wright joins Duncan Jones’ new sci-fi film

Posted by LiveFor on February 18, 2010

Jeffrey Wright (Casino Royale) has joined the cast of the sci-fi thriller Source Code for Summit Entertainment.

Filmmaker Duncan Jones (Moon), who is writing and directing the project, reported the news through his Twitter account.

Jake Gyllenhaal stars as a helicopter pilot who participates in an experimental anti-terrorist Government program which has puts his consciousness in the body of a commuter who witnesses a train bombing. He must relive the incident over and over until he can find those responsible.

Vera Farmiga plays Gyllenhaal’s handler who advises him through his investigations, while Michelle Monaghan is a passenger romantically involved with the man Gyllenhaal’s mind is occupying

Lots of potential in this film and Duncan Jones is getting a great cast together for it.

Source: Dark Horizons

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Source Code – Duncan Jones’ new film gets Vera Farmiga and Michelle Monaghan

Posted by LiveFor on January 13, 2010

UPDATE: First photos are out from the set showing Jake and Michelle – Check them out.

Vera Farmiga (Up In the Air) is in negotiations and Michelle Monaghan (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, MI3, Eagle Eye, Trucker) is set to star opposite Jake Gyllenhaal (Donnie Darko, Brokeback Mountain, Prince of Persia) in the sci-fi thriller Source Code.

Duncan Jones (Moon – check out my interview with him) is directing the picture, which centers on a soldier (Gyllenhaal) who, as part of an experimental government program to investigate a terrorist incident, finds himself in the body of an unknown commuter living and reliving a harrowing train bombing until he can find out who is responsible for it. Every time the bomb goes off he is thrown back to the government base and then goes through it all again.

Kind of like Groundhog Day crossed with a video game, a splash of Doctor Who and a touch of The Matrix. For some reason the fact it is partly set on a train and involves a top secret experiment reminds me of the start of Half-Life and Half-Life 2 although this film is nothing to do with them. Just my mind going off on a tangent.

Farmiga will play a hands-on communications officer controlling Gyllenhaal as he travels through time and space. Monaghan is a woman on the train with whom the man is involved romantically.

The film is due to begin filming in March.

Farmiga has been nominated by the Globes as best supporting actress for her role in Jason Reitman’s Up In the Air opposite George Clooney.

Monaghan recently finished work on Due Date with Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis. She recently won a best actress award form the San Diego Film Critics for her performance in Trucker.

Source Code has quite an interesting premise and the cast is shaping up nicely. Like many people I am itching to see another film by Duncan Jones after the excellent work that was Moon.

Are you looking forward to see what Mr Jones did next?

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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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Orphan – Trailer

Posted by LiveFor on March 13, 2009

The tragic loss of their unborn child has devastated Kate and John, taking a toll on both their marriage and Kate’s fragile psyche as she is plagued by nightmares and haunted by demons from her past. Struggling to regain some semblance of normalcy in their lives, the couple decides to adopt another child. At the local orphanage, both John and Kate find themselves strangely drawn to a young girl named Esther. Almost as soon as they welcome Esther into their home, however, an alarming series of events begins to unfold, leading Kate to believe that there’s something wrong with Esther—this seemingly angelic little girl is not what she appears to be. Concerned for the safety of her family, Kate tries to get John and others to see past Esther’s sweet facade. But her warnings go unheeded until it may be too late…for everyone.

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Writer: David Leslie Johnson
Studio: Warner Bros Pictures
Cast: Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard, Isabelle Fuhrman
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Up in the Air – Behind the scenes footage of George Clooney’s latest film

Posted by LiveFor on March 9, 2009

Shooting begun this week in St. Louis for George Clooney’s film, Up in the Air. News 4 spotted Clooney filming a scene downtown. The film will make use of more than 50 locations in the St. Louis area, including Lambert St. Louis-International Airport.

The film, which stars Clooney, tells the story of a man on a mission to rack up a million frequent flyer miles.

In January, approximately 2,000 extras were cast for the film. Thousands more lined up to audition.

The film is expected to create about 500 jobs, produce 6,000 hotel bookings and create an economic impact of at least $5 million in St. Louis.

Production should conclude by the end of April.

Director: Jason Reitman
Writer: Jason Reitman
Studio: DreamWorks Pictures
Cast: George Clooney, Jason Bateman, Vera Farmiga

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