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Norton and Farrell in Pride and Glory Trailer
Pride and Glory Movie StillI want to love this trailer (and movie), I really do, but something about it doesn’t sit right.

It’s not often we get a little surprise but that’s exactly what folks got when they went out to see American Gangster and caught a glimpse at the upcoming police/family drama Pride and Glory starring the excellent Edward Norton and the busy Colin Farrell.

Once again, I’m feeling like I’ve seen this trailer earlier this year except it was called We Own the Night. Sadly, the only good thing going for Pride and Glory at this point is Edward Norton and though he’s usually enough to get me out to the theater, I’m on the fence with this one. As good as Norton looks, I have doubts his performance is good enough to raise this to anything more than mediocre.

Who knows? The release is still months away and I may change my mind between now and then but for now, I’m sad to say this doesn’t look particularly interesting though Norton does have an evil sort of look to him at the end of the trailer which has me a little curious.

Pride and Glory opens on March 14th.

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Posted on November 5th, 2007 at 4:18 pm by Marina in Trailers

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Farrell and McGregor in NEW Woody Allen’s Cassandra’s Dream Trailer
Cassandra’s Dream Movie StillI liked the look of the first trailer for Woody Allen’s upcoming Cassandra’s Dream starring Colin Farrell, Ewan McGregor and Tom Wilkinson, about two brothers with serious financial problems. But between seeing that first trailer and now, something has changed.

There’s a new trailer kicking around the web for Allen’s upcoming drama but watching it this time around, I couldn’t help but think that this looks like the poor-man’s version of Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead. Let’s break it down shall we?

Both movies are about brothers with financial troubles and in both films, the brothers agree on a nasty plan of action to resolve their money woes. I’m assuming this plot is true for Cassandra’s Dream though it’s worth mentioning that I haven’t seen it and that I’m making a guess based on the trailer.

I don’t disagree with my first thought that both Farrell and McGregor look like they’re doing a fine job of the acting but I’m not sure how well this is going to play with Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead playing so close to the release date. For my money, I’ll take Lumet’s masterpiece again than seeing Allen’s film for the first time.

For those who have seen Lumet’s film: do you agree that these two films are awful close or am I just connecting invisible threads?

Cassandra’s Dream opens in limited release on December 28th with wider release scheduled for January 4th.

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Posted on November 5th, 2007 at 3:57 pm by Marina in Trailers

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Denzel Washington in The Great Debaters Trailer
The Great Debaters Movie StillWe can never get past Christmas without a few feel-good, heartwarming and inspirational stories to help us along. After all, it is the time of joy and sharing and what better way to do it than by presenting the story of the African American debate team which, in the mid 30’s, took on the Harvard debate team for the national championship?

Obviously, this is no Rocket Science and to be completely honest, nothing about this film looks particularly appealing. I can understand why Washington would want to tackle this material but unfortunately, it looks like every other Hollywood story of struggle against the institution, and even the fact that it’s based on real events doesn’t excite me.

Still, Washington does actually look like he’s pulling his weight here and I’m curious to see if his sophomore effort is as good as his debut behind the camera. The Great Debaters has something else going for it: the great Forest Whitaker.

Depending on how the holiday season shapes up, I may be convinced to see this.

The Great Debaters opens on December 25th.

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Posted on November 5th, 2007 at 3:36 pm by Marina in Trailers

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Atonement Clip: The Kiss
Keira Knightley Atonement Movie Still All that is good and powerful is shining down on me on this, a cold and gray Friday in Vancouver.

Colleen and I have an ongoing discussion about he hottest kiss of the year. We both agree that, until now at least, it’s a toss up between Eastern Promises and Atonement with a slight lead to Cronenberg.

The folks over at Video Detective have posted the Atonement kiss and I simply couldn’t resist.

It doesn’t give away any of the story and I think it looses some of it’s power without the set-up and without the end of the scene, and what follows this kiss is brilliantly edited, but it made me smile watching it again.

Atonement opens in limited release on December 7th. If you haven’t already, you can see the trailer here.

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Posted on November 2nd, 2007 at 3:14 pm by Marina in Trailers

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Danny Trejo in Machete Poster!
Typically, I don’t make a point of posting specifically for posters but once in a while a gem comes along that screams “Post me!” and this is one such occasion.

Solace in Cinema has posted the first poster for the upcoming full feature version of Machete which, for those who missed it, was one of the fake trailers in Grindhouse.

A while back I posted and interview with Trejo in which he talked about the movie but I never thought we’d see anything quite this fast. Still, this doesn’t mean the movie is already in production but it does suggest that it is coming sooner rather than later. Bottom line it’s just a wicked cool poster.

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Posted on November 2nd, 2007 at 11:30 am by Marina in Movie News

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NEW There Will Be Blood Trailer
There Will Be Blood Movie StillI have a confession to make. Until a few months ago, I hadn’t watched Boogie Nights the entire way through and the only reason I did finally see it was because the husband insisted that I had to see it. Once in a blue moon he’s right and this happened to be one of those instances. I’ve had Magnolia on my shelf for months, still unwatched (though I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews) as for Punch Drunk Love, I watched that on a whim when a girlfriend and I decided to see something a little different (and what could be more different than funnyman Adam Sandler in a more serious role?). Essentially, I’ve heard of director P.T. Anderson by reputation but only recently did I discover just how brilliant this guy is.

Even if I’d never heard of Anderson I’m sure I would have known about him by now after seeing the trailers for the upcoming There Will Be Blood. The first teaser had me curious, but the second left me stunned. The simple fact that the 2 minute trailer managed to totally suck me into this world of the old west is beyond me but it did the job – I wanted to see this yesterday.

A second trailer, being dubbed the “Domestic Trailer”, has gone up over at Apple and good god, is it wonderful. Daniel Day-Lewis is rocking my world right now and his monologue through this new trailer has left me covered in goosebumps.

There Will Be Blood opens in limited release on December 26th. 54 days and counting.

Be sure to check out this new trailer at Apple!
Posted on November 2nd, 2007 at 10:38 am by Marina in Trailers

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Love in the Time of Cholera Contest
Love in the Time of Cholera ContestContinue the romance with a $50 Barnes and Noble Gift Card!

To enter for your chance to win a $50 Barnes and Noble Gift Card, drop us a line and share with us your perfect date, either real or imagined.

Everyone that participates will be entered into a random draw to take place on Friday November 23rd and the winner will get to do a bit of bonus shopping at one of the best places on earth.

In theaters November 16th, Love in the Time of Cholera is based on Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ novel and adapted by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Ronald Harwood (The Pianist). Love In The Time Of Cholera is one of the world’s most romantic stories. The drama traces the Job-like vigil of Florentino Ariza, who waits for more than half a century to claim the hand of Fermina Daza, the woman he loves.

Start thinking about those dream dates and get your entries in soon!

Contest is open to US residents. Limited to one entry per person.
Posted on November 2nd, 2007 at 1:52 am by Marina in Contests

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See Manufacturing Dissent – Free
Manufacturing DissentBy now, most people are aware that Michael Moore uses some questionable tactics to make his films. Some are OK with this while others argue differently. I’m of the mind that it’s fine for him to do what he needs to do to make his point, even if I don’t agree with it. Only in recent years have I come to understand the extent to which Moore distorts facts and footage to his benefit but I can still appreciate that he makes documentaries that get people talking and that’s never a bad thing.

After watching Fahrenheit 9/11, Debbie Melnyk and Rick Caine, a husband and wife team of reporters who cover movies for AP, set out to interview Michael Moore. They claim their intention was simply to speak with a film maker they admire. After extensive research and two years of pursuing an interview with Moore, the duo ended up with Manufacturing Dissent, a film which partly documents their struggles to get an interview with Moore while at the same time uncovering some of the film maker’s shady practices.

I liked Manufacturing Dissent but couldn’t help questioning the director’s motives and how much of their own footage was manipulated to tell their story but the certainly sparks conversation and if nothing else, it encourages viewers to watch documentaries with a more critical eye and to not simply take everything at face value.

The point of this ramble is that Bravo’s The Flickering Scene will be airing Manufacturing Dissent on Friday, November 2nd at 5:30PT (8:30ET).

On a related note to TV and documentaries, CBC Newsworld’s The Lens has also been showing some great documentaries (last week they aired two VIFF documentaries The Prince of Pot: The U.S. vs. Marc Emery and Let’s All Hate Toronto) and they have a few other interesting looking films coming up in the next few weeks. The full lineup can be seen here.

Posted on November 2nd, 2007 at 1:24 am by Marina in Movie News

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Fincher Joins Comic Book Bandwagon
Peter JacksonI wish the whole comic book adaptation thing would just die already. True, it’s no different than adapting a novel but it just seems like every other movie in the works at the moment is either based on a video game or a comic book. When will it end?

Jumping onto the whole comic-book-turned-movie sleigh is the great David Fincher.

According to Variety, Fincher’s next project will be the adaptation of The Killer, a graphic novel about “a top assassin suddenly plagued by his conscience and a highly competent cop hot on his tail”.

Never read it and frankly, if it wasn’t for Fincher’s involvement I wouldn’t care about the project either but it’s hard for me to overlook Fincher’s talent and his ability to consistently choose interesting material.

Look like I’ll be tracking yet another comic book movie. In the meantime, I still have to catch up with Zodiac.

Posted on November 2nd, 2007 at 12:58 am by Marina in Movie News

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Jackson and Blomkamp Make Movie
Peter JacksonBut fanboys will be sad to know that it’s not Halo.

Variety is reporting that Peter Jackson will produce a live action sci-fi film called District 9 with Neill Blomkamp set to direct.

It’s not very surprising that Jackson and Blomkamp are working together, especially considering their close collaboration over the last year or so with the whole Halo debacle. I’ll admit that I was actually looking forward to Blomkamp’s take on the vidogame adaptation, especially after seeing some of the short film clips that made their way online over the last few months, but I’m much happier to hear that he’s going to be working on something a little more original.

No other details on project but we’re likely to hear more over the next few months. With the writers strike pretty much a given, studios are going to be scrambling for new material so this is likely to make it’s way to Hollywood at some point.

Let’s just hope the Blomkamp and Jackson are allowed to make the movie they want to make before one of the studios gets its hands on it.

Posted on November 2nd, 2007 at 12:46 am by Marina in Movie News

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Outlander (The Other Viking Movie) Release Details
Outlander Movie StillI’ll be the first to admit that the story behind this Outlander, a spaceship crashes in ancient Norway in the time of the Vikings, didn’t immediately spur my interest but I’ve loved the bits of information that have come out about the movie, including some excellent photographs from the set of the film which really peaked my interest.

I took a look at one of the unfinished trailers for the movie and I have to say I’m pretty impressed. It doesnt show much though its clearly obvious that this is not a huge Hollywood production but it looks pretty darn decent and now more than ever I’m curious to see what a movie with war between aliens and Vikings looks like.

Jim Caviezel, one of the film’s stars, recently appeared on the Jim Bohannon show and he mentioned that the film would be released early next year around February or March. Count me on board.

I’ll keep you posted on new developments as they become available. Until then, I urge you to check out the teaser and the great production website for the movie.

Thanks to Market Saw for the heads up on the release information!

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Posted on November 2nd, 2007 at 12:30 am by Marina in Trailers

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Writers Strike = TONS of Casting News
The Casting CouchWith the writer’s strike looming on the horizon, Hollywood is abuzz with loads of casting news for project that have been pushed ahead. Here are some of the more interesting ones.

– Josh Zuckerman, Amanda Crew and James Marsden will star in a teen comedy about a guy that travels cross country to meet a girl he meets online. Sounds lame but I like Marsden so I may be willing to rent it just to see him.

– Woody Harrelson will join Katie Holmes (whos still in talks), Giovanni Ribisi and Jason Lee have been cast in The Other Side about a female grad student who, while spending a summer on remote Destiny Island for her scholarship to study fish, discovers a strange world of unusual characters hiding a dark secret. Gotta say that this cast is looking mighty fine and though Holmes isn’t confirmed yet, I’m hopeful she’ll surprise me with another Pieces of April caliber performance.

– Meryl Streep and Amy Adams will star in Julie Julia about a young woman who sets off to cook all 524 recipes in Julia Childs Mastering the Art of French Cooking and chronicles the entire thing in a blog that catches on with the food crowd. Ah, sounds like fun and with Steep involved, it’s bound to be entertaining.

– Leave it to Variety to announce old news that Terry Gilliam will re-team with Heath Ledger for The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus. There are some new news in the story including that Christopher Plummer, Tom Waits, Lily Cole, Andrew Garfield and Verne Troyer will also star in this modern-day fantasy adventure about a doctor who has the gift of guiding the imaginations of others. Shooting starts in London in December and then moves to Hollywood North – Vancouver!

– Word has come out that Sngmoo Lees fantasy film The Laundry Warrior will start filming in November and the cast for this modern day fantasy includes Geoffrey Rush, Kate Bosworth, and Jang Dong-gun. Geoffrey Rush is enough to sell me.

Phew. Talk about a busy few days.

Posted on November 1st, 2007 at 1:56 pm by Marina in Movie News

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First Look at Natali’s Splice
Splice Movie StillAnyone that knows me has heard me rant on about Canadian director Vincenzo Natali. I had the pleasure of seeing and meeting the director ten years ago after one of the early screenings of Cube and I instantly became a fan of his sleek looking low budget approach to the sci-fi thriller. Hi second feature, Cypher shared the same visual style as his debut and the material, though quite different, shared some of the common themes but it was 2003’s nothing which really cemented Natali as a hugely talented director who thinks outside the box.

Natali doesn’t allow budget to drag down his production value and a film line Nothing proved that to the fullest degree. If you haven’t seen it, it’s definitely one worth a second, third and fourth look. It’s gorgeous in it’s own bizarre way.

I was ubber excited with the announcement of Natali’s next film, a gene splicing thriller aptly titled Spliced. Then it was news that Guillermo del Toro would be producing the film which is, to date at least, always a good sign and finally there was the casting of Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley.

Basically, it’s pretty hard to get me any more excited about this project but it’s happened, all thanks to Kurt over at Twitch who sent me a killer link to some outstanding first still from Splice and wow, they look fantastic.

Head on over to Dead Central for the awesome pictures!

Posted on November 1st, 2007 at 10:58 am by Marina in Movie News