Release date: Friday April 4, 2008 (Conventional Theaters and Imax) Genre: Documentary Director: Martin Scorsese Studio: Paramount Pictures Producer(s): Michael Cohl, Steve Bing, Victoria Pearman, Zane Weiner cast: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ron Wood, Charlie Watts Official Site:shinealightmovie.com Rating:PG-13 for brief strong language, drug references and smoking Available Poster Art:Shine A Light movie posters
Synopsis: Rolling Stones documentary that focuses on the two concerts from the group’s current “A Bigger Bang” tour as well as historical and contemporary behind-the-scenes footage and interviews. A recent concert in Austin, Texas, was also filmed
Release date: Friday April 4, 2008 Genre: Comedy Director: George Clooney Studio: Universal Pictures Producer(s): Casey Silver, Grant Heslov Screenplay: George Clooney, Duncan Brantley, Rick Reilly Cast: George Clooney, Renée Zellweger, John Krasinksi Official Site:leatherheadsmovie.com Rating:PG-13 for brief strong language Available Poster Art:Leatherheads movie posters
Synopsis: Oscar winners George Clooney and Renée Zellweger match wits in “Leatherheads,” a rapid-fire romantic comedy set against the backdrop of America’s pro-football league in 1925.
Release date: Friday March 7, 2008 Genre: Thriller Running time: 110 min. Director: Roger Donaldson Studio: Maple Pictures Producer(s): Charles Roven, Steve Chasman Screenplay: Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais Cast: Jason Statham, Saffron Burrows, Stephen Campbell Moore, Daniel Mays, James Faulkner, Alki David, Michael Jibson Official Site:bankjobmovie.co.uk Rating:R for for sexual content, nudity, violence and language. Available Poster Art: The Bank Job Movie Posters
Synopsis: “The Bank Job” was inspired by a real-life 1971 London bank robbery that was never solved. A band of thieves tunneled their way into a safe deposit vault, taking millions of dollars in cash and jewelry. The robbery made headlines for several days, but then all reporting stopped as a result of a government gag order. In “Bank Job,” the crime involves murder, corruption and a sex scandal with links to the royal family. Ultimately, the thieves are among the most innocent involved.
IGN Movies: What drew you to this movie, especially knowing how tough a role you would be playing?
Naomi Watts: Michael Haneke was the initial draw for me. I knew and loved his work, I’d seen three of his films, and I love what he does. I saw the original and it really got under my skin; it freaked me out and I reacted in many different ways. I felt angry, I felt played with, I felt violated, but overall at the end I thought all of my reactions were so visceral and it provoked a huge amount of thought and discussion and it stayed with me. I never stopped feeling engaged in this movie, despite the adverse reactions, and to me that’s a success. It wasn’t an easy, quick decision – I didn’t go right away, “Yeah, I’ve got to do this.” All of those reasons that I said made it interesting to me also kind of repelled me and brought up a lot of fear for me. And often when I feel afraid of something, it’s usually a good sign I know I’ll end up having fun. And then I bounced the idea off of a lot of people that I respect and unanimously they all said, “Go work with Michael Haneke.” Two or three of the directors I went to were familiar with this film and they all said this is worthy.
IGN: Because Funny Games is a critique or commentary on the filmmaking medium itself, did that affect the way you performed or the way you approached the material?
Watts: No, I think we just always played it for the truth of it, and you don’t think about that until you’re here [doing interviews], really. At the time we were just in the moment, and Michael Haneke and the way he works… he won’t ever let you get out of the moment, in fact so much so that I was bound and gagged for pretty much the whole day because it was too hard to get in and out of that setup. And the way he shoots, he’s not making fancy shots or quick cuts; it’s almost like an ongoing play, you know – endless, long takes, so you just have to be completely connected and truthful. It’s really exhausting, the way he works.
Disney will be shelving the Narnia series after The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
According to JimHillMedia.com, “studio suits seem to be cooling to the idea of producing movie versions of all seven of C.S. Lewis’s Narnia books. And unless The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian does truly huge box office once it’s released to theaters in May of this year … Disney & Walden Media (i.e. Mickey’s partner on the Narnia film series) will probably still go forward with production of the already-in-development The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. But after that … The Mouse would then mostly likely pull the plug on the rest of the proposed Narnia film series.”
If that happens then the studio will be left with a hole in its release schedules for 2011 and beyond; Disney and Pixar are said to be looking at bringing the Edgar Rice Burroughs literary series John Carter of Cars to the big screen to fill that franchise void.
George Lucas has said that he will be releasing a Star Wars: Clone Wars feature length movie before the the television series.
As for The Clone Wars movie, Lucas said, “We looked at it on the big screen and it looked so beautiful and great that we said, ‘Gee, we can make a feature just like this.’ So we did and got all the people, got all the stuff and said, ‘Let’s make a feature.’”
Lucas has said he will do 100 episodes of The Clone Wars, and noted, “We have one year finished, we’re in the middle of the second year. I’ve written the third year. We expect this to go on for at least five or six years.” Lucas also noted that the animated series will be presented in widescreen.
Both Star Wars series are being completely independently produced by Lucasfilm, with Lucas only recently making a deal to air The Clone Wars on the Cartoon Network. When he was asked about putting so much work into the shows, including future seasons, without knowing he had a commitment for them to air on a network, Lucas replied, “Yeah, well I’m going to do a hundred shows. I’m going to do it no matter what they do, so obviously, I want it to stay on the air a long time.”
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will be released in two parts.
It was announced yesterday that Warner Bros. would release the screen adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s final book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, in two parts. David Yates, who directed Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and is currently in production on Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, will direct from a screenplay adaptation penned by Steve Kloves.
“I’ve had great pleasure working with a tremendous cast and crew thus far, on both The Order of the Phoenix and The Half-Blood Prince,” Yates said in a statement issued today by the studio. Deathly Hallows marks the first time any one director will helm more than two releases in the Harry Potter film franchise.
Yates continued, “It’s a wonderful world to work in and be part of and to create within, and I consider it a great privilege to continue to bring Jo’s extraordinary world to the screen, and to be the director to complete this epic and exhilarating journey.”
Release date: Friday March 7, 2008 Genre: Comedy Running time: 92 min. Director: Bharat Nalluri Studio: Focus Films Producer(s): Nellie Bellflower, Stephen Garrett Screenplay: David Magee, Simon Beaufoy Cast: Frances McDormand, Amy Adams, Lee Pace, Ciarán Hinds, Shirley Henderson, Mark Strong Official Site:filminfocus.com Rating:PG-13 for some partial nudity and innuendo Available Poster Art:Miss Pettigrew Lives for A Day Movie posters
Synopsis: Can you get a life and discover love, all in one day? Two women are about to find out. In the sophisticated and heartfelt comedy Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Academy Award winner Frances McDormand plays the film’s title role opposite Academy Award nominee Amy Adams (star of the blockbuster “Enchanted”).The cast also includes Golden Globe Award nominee Lee Pace (of the hit series “Pushing Daisies”), Ciarán Hinds (“There Will Be Blood”), Shirley Henderson (the “Harry Potter” films), Mark Strong (“Stardust”), and screen newcomer Tom Payne.
Some excellent DVD(s) being released this, Tuesday. No Country for Old Men is a “must see.”
August Rush (Drama) – Synopsis: “August Rush” tells the story of a charismatic young Irish guitarist (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) and a sheltered young cellist (Keri Russell) who have a chance encounter one magical night above New York’s Washington Square, but are soon torn apart, leaving in their wake an infant, August Rush, orphaned by circumstance. Now performing on the streets of New York and cared for by a mysterious stranger (Robin Williams), August (Freddie Highmore) uses his remarkable musical talent to seek the parents from whom he was separated at birth.
Cast: Freddie Highmore, Keri Russell, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Robin Williams, Terrence Howard, William Sadler; Directed by: Kirsten Sheridan
Bee Movie (Animation) – Synopsis: “Bee Movie” is a comedy that will change everything you think you know about bees. Having just graduated from college, a bee by the name of Barry B. Benson (Jerry Seinfeld) finds himself disillusioned with the prospect of having only one career choice – honey. As he ventures outside of the hive for the first time, he breaks one of the cardinal rules of the bee world and talks to a human, a New York City florist named Vanessa (Renée Zellweger). He is shocked to discover that the humans have been stealing and eating the bees’ honey for centuries, and ultimately realizes that his true calling in life is to set the world right by suing the human race for stealing their precious honey.
Cast: Jerry Seinfeld, Renée Zellweger, Matthew Broderick, John Goodman, Chris Rock, Megan Mullally, Kathy Bates, Alan Arkin, Patrick Warburton; Directed by: Steve Hickner, Simon J. Smith
Dan in Real Life (Comedy) – Synopsis: Advice columnist Dan Burns is an expert on relationships, but somehow struggles to succeed as a brother, a son and a single parent in this heartfelt comedy from director Peter Hedges (“Pieces Of April”).
Cast: Steve Carell, Juliette Binoche, Dane Cook, John Mahoney, Dianne Wiest; Directed by: Peter Hedges
No Country for Old Men (Drama) – Synopsis: “No Country for Old Men” is a mesmerizing new thriller from Academy Award® winning filmmakers Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, based on the acclaimed novel by Pulitzer Prize winning American master Cormac McCarthy. The time is our own, when rustlers have given way to drug-runners and small towns have become free-fire zones.
Cast: Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Woody Harrelson, Barry Corbin; Directed by: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Nancy Drew (Family) Synopsis: Teenage detective Nancy Drew (Emma Roberts) accompanies her father Carson (Tate Donovan) to Los Angeles on one of his business trips and stumbles across evidence about a long-unsolved crime involving the mysterious death of a beautiful movie star. Nancy?s resourcefulness and personal responsibility are put to the test when she finds herself in the middle of the fast-living, self-indulgent world of Hollywood.
Based on characters from the Nancy Drew book series by Carolyn Keene.
Cast: Emma Roberts, Joanne Baron, Rachael Leigh Cook, Pat Carroll, Josh Flitter, Max Thieriot; Directed by: Andrew Fleming
Sleuth (Thriller/Drama) – Synopsis: A millionaire detective novelist matches wits with the unemployed actor who ran off with his wife in a deadly serious, seriously twisted game with dangerous consequences.
Cast: Michael Caine, Jude Law; Directed by: Kenneth Branagh
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