Release date: Friday April 17, 2009 Genre: Thriller/Drama/Crime Director: Kevin MacDonald Studio: Universal Pictures Producer(s): Andrew Hauptman, Eric Fellner, Tim Bevan Screenplay: Matthew Michael Carnahan Cast: Russell Crowe, Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Jason Bateman, Robin Wright Penn, Helen Mirren Official Site:stateofplaymovie.net Rating:PG-13 for some violence, language includng sexual references and brief drug content Available film art:State of Play movie posters
Synopsis Oscar® winner Russell Crowe leads an all-star cast in a blistering thriller about a rising congressman and an investigative journalist embroiled in a case of seemingly unrelated, brutal murders. Crowe plays D.C. reporter Cal McAffrey, whose street smarts lead him to untangle a mystery of murder and collusion among some of the nation’s most promising political and corporate figures in “State of Play,” from acclaimed director Kevin Macdonald (“The Last King of Scotland”).
Handsome, unflappable U.S. Congressman Stephen Collins (Ben Affleck) is the future of his political party: an honorable appointee who serves as the chairman of a committee overseeing defense spending. All eyes are upon the rising star to be his party’s contender for the upcoming presidential race. Until his research assistant/mistress is brutally murdered and buried secrets come tumbling out.
McAffrey has the dubious fortune of both an old friendship with Collins and a ruthless editor, Cameron (Oscar® winner Helen Mirren), who has assigned him to investigate. As he and partner Della (Rachel McAdams) try to uncover the killer’s identity, McAffrey steps into a cover-up that threatens to shake the nation’s power structures. And in a town of spin-doctors and wealthy politicos, he will discover one truth: when billions are at stake, no one’s integrity, love or life is ever safe.
Release date: Friday April 10, 2009 Genre: Comedy Director: Jody Hill Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Screenplay: Jody Hill Cast: Seth Rogen, Anna Faris, Ray Liotta, Michael Peña, Patton Oswalt Official Site:observe-and-report.com Rating:R for pervasive language, graphic nudity, drug use, sexual content and violence Available film art: Observe and Report movie posters
Synopsis At the Forest Ridge Mall, head of security Ronnie Barnhardt patrols his jurisdiction with an iron fist, combating skateboarders, shoplifters and the occasional unruly customer while dreaming of the day when he can swap his flashlight for a badge and a gun. His delusions of grandeur are put to the test when the mall is struck by a flasher. Driven to protect and serve the mall and its patrons, Ronnie seizes the opportunity to showcase his underappreciated law enforcement talents on a grand scale, hoping his solution of this crime will earn a coveted spot at the police academy and the heart of his elusive dream girl Brandi, the hot make-up counter clerk who won’t give him the time of day. But his single-minded pursuit of glory launches a turf war with the equally competitive Detective Harrison of the Conway Police, and Ronnie is confronted with the challenge of not only catching the flasher, but getting him before the real cops do.
Release date: Friday March 13, 2009 Genre: Comedy Director: Trevor Moore, Zach Cregger Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures Screenplay: Zach Cregger, Trevor Moore Cast: Zach Cregger, Trevor Moore, Raquel Alessi, Molly Stanton, Holly Hindman Official Site: foxsearchlight.com/missmarch Rating:R for strong crude and sexual content, nudity, pervasive language and some drug use Available film art: Miss March movie posters
Synopsis Eugene (Zach Cregger) and Tucker (Trevor Moore) are best friends in high school. Tucker is obsessed with girls and Playboy magazines, while Eugene believes in abstinence. Eugene’s girlfriend (Raquel Alessi), however, thinks she’s ready. After she pressures him, he reluctantly agrees to have sex with her on prom night. When the night finally arrives, Eugene gets understandably nervous. Tucker remedies this by getting his friend super drunk. In his drunken stupor, Eugene accidentally goes through the wrong door and falls down a flight of stairs, resulting in a four-year coma. Eventually, he wakes up to realize that the world that he knew is gone. Most of his friends have left his hometown, and his girlfriend has become a Playboy bunny. With the help of Tucker, he decides to embark on a cross-country roadtrip and get back the girl of his dreams.
Release date: Friday April 24, 2009 Genre: Thriller Director: Steve Shill Studio: Columbia Pictures/Screen Gems (Sony) Screenplay: David Loughery Producer(s): William Packer Cast: Idris Elba, Ali Larter, Beyoncé Knowles, Scout Taylor-Compton, Jerry O’Connell, Christine Lahti Official Site:areyouobsessed.com Rating:PG-13 for sexual material including some suggestive dialogue, some violence and thematic content Available film art:Obsessed movie posters
Synopsis Derek Charles (Idris Elba), a successful asset manager who has just received a huge promotion, is blissfully happy in his career and in his marriage to the beautiful Sharon (Beyoncé Knowles). But when Lisa (Ali Larter), a temp worker, starts stalking Derek, all the things he’s worked so hard for are placed in jeopardy.
The 1990 sci-fi flick, Total Recall is coming back. Neal H. Moritz is in final negotitions to develop and produce a contemporary version of the film for Columbia. Read on:
Neal H. Moritz and his Original Films banner are in final negotiations to develop and produce for Columbia a contemporary version of “Total Recall,” the 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger sci-fi action movie directed by Paul Verhoeven.
The original, based on the Philip K. Dick story “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale,” follows a man haunted by a recurring dream of journeying to Mars who buys a literal dream vacation from a company called Rekall Inc., which sells implanted memories. The man comes to believe he is a secret agent and ends up on a Martian colony, where he fights to overthrow a despotic ruler controlling the production of air.
The movie explores one of Dick’s favorite topics, reality vs. delusion, as audiences never knew whether or not the story was a dream. Either way, the movie grossed a very real $261 million worldwide.
Carolco was behind the original movie, which was distributed by TriStar. Dimension picked up the rights for a reported $3.15 million with the aim of developing a sequel. Columbia secured the rights from Miramax, which retained them when Harvey and Bob Weinstein left to start their own company.
Calling Dick’s story “prescient,” Moritz said he hoped the advancements in technology and state-of-the-art visual effects can help tell the “Recall” story in a fresh way.
Toby Jaffe is overseeing on behalf of Original Film. Matt Tolmach and Sam Dickerman oversee for Columbia.
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Samuel L. Jackson has signed a deal with Marvel to play Nick Fury in Iron Man 2, the sequel to last summer’s successful blockbuster Iron Man. Read on:
Samuel L. Jackson has buried the hatchet with Marvel Entertainment, making a deal to play the role of Nick Fury in “Iron Man 2,” and potentially many other films.
Jackson’s deal is a long-term commitment to play Fury, the leader of the espionage unit the Shield. His deal contains an option to play the character in nine future Marvel superhero films, efforts that are expected to include “Captain America,” “Thor,” “The Avengers” and “The Shield” as well as potential sequels.
Jackson introduced Fury in the closing moments of “Iron Man,” when the character asked Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark to join his group. Fury is a natural to show up in multiple Marvel franchises, as he crosses paths with many Marvel superheroes in the comicbooks.
Jackson’s Marvel future looked murky, after he reportedly expressed his displeasure with the producer-financier’s initial offer to reprise his role. Jackson was hardly alone: Even though “Iron Man” grossed more than $600 million worldwide, Marvel brass has been sparing in offers to talent like Mickey Rourke and Sam Rockwell to play villains in the sequel, sources said.
Jackson and his ICM reps have evidently cleared those dealmaking hurdles, and he will take part in the sequel that director Jon Favreau shoots in the spring, with Paramount Pictures distributing in summer 2010.
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Release date: Friday April 17, 2009 Genre: Comedy Director: Burr Steers Studio: New Line Cinema/Alliance Films Producer(s): Jennifer Gibgot Screenplay: Jason Filardi Cast: Zac Efron, Matthew Perry, Michelle Trachtenberg, Melora Hardin, Leslie Mann, Thomas Lennon Official Site:17againmovie.com Rating:PG-13 for language, some sexual material and teen partying Available film art:17 Again movie posters
Synopsis Popular high school senior Mike O’Donnell (Zac Efron) seemingly has it all. He is a star athlete headed straight for a college scholarship when he decides to give it up to settle down with his high school girlfriend Scarlet.
Twenty five years later, an adult Mike (played by Matthew Perry) finds his life is not exactly what he expected. He is separated from his wife, Scarlett (Leslie Mann) and living with his best friend Ned Freedman (Thomas Lennon), his career at a pharmaceutical company is at a stand still, and his relationships with his teenage children are nonexistent. After getting passed up for yet another promotion at work, he returns to his high school to reminisce over his basketball awards and the life he could have had. While he is reliving his past, he is approached by a janitor and shares with him how things were so much better when he was 17.
As Mike is driving home from the high school, he sees the mysterious janitor standing on the ledge preparing to jump into the Los Angeles River. Mike rushes out of his car to rescue him, but when he gets there, the janitor has vanished. What Mike doesn’t realize is that he is about to fall into the river and turn into his 17 year old self.
Young Mike (Zac Efron) returns to Ned’s house, where he has the difficult task of convincing Ned that he is in fact Mike. At a loss of what to do, Ned pretends to be Mike’s father and they register Mike back in high school to finish the life he never had the chance to live.
High school presents a lot of new challenges for Mike, such as dressing cool, keeping up with the latest gadgets and making new friends. But nothing compares to being in high school with his own children. He discovers that his daughter, Maggie (Michelle Trachtenberg), is not nearly as innocent as he thought she was and his son, Alex (Sterling Knight), is the brunt of the star athlete’s jokes.
But Mike’s most difficult realization is that he hasn’t been a very good father or husband. Mike befriends Alex and tries to instill him with enough confidence to join the basketball team. He gets close to Maggie’s obnoxious boyfriend and does everything in his power to break them up. Most importantly, he visits an unsuspecting Scarlet and rediscovers all the things that initially made him fall in love with her.
Through his experiences, Mike realizes that he had chosen the perfect life – he just never appreciated it. Now, he must figure out a way to transform back into his older self and won back his wife and kids.
Release date: Friday February 27, 2009 Genre: Action/Adventure Running time: 1 hour 37 minutes Director: Andrzej Bartkowiak Studio: 20th Century Fox Producer(s): Ashok Amritraj, Patrick Aiello Screenplay: Justin Marks Cast: Kristin Kreuk, Chris Klein, Neal McDonough, Robin Shou, Moon Bloodgood, Josie Ho, Taboo , Michael Clarke Duncan Official Site: streetfightermovie.net Rating:PG-13 for sequences of violence and martial arts action, and some sensuality Available film art: Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li movie posters
Synopsis As the Street Fighter saga celebrates its 20th anniversary, fight fans are invited to follow along with fearsome fighter Chun-Li (Smallville’s Kristin Kreuk) as she faces off against a series of formidable opponents in this feature adaptation of the popular video-game franchise directed by Exit Wounds’ Andrzej Bartkowiak. Previously adapted for the screen in the 1994 Jean-Claude Van Damme film, the series continues to thrive as eager gamers across the globe go toe-to-toe to determine who is the most skilled and powerful warrior in the video-game universe. Michael Clarke Duncan, Chris Klein, Rick Yune, and Neal McDonough co-star in the 20th Century Fox production.
Release date: February 27th, 2009 Genre: Drama Running time: 1 hour 53 minutes Director: Wayne Kramer Studio: The Weinstein Company Screenplay: Wayne Kramer Producer(s): Charles Weinstock, Matt Gross, Peter Jaysen Cast:Harrison Ford, Cliff Curtis, Ashley Judd, Sean Penn, Ray Liotta, Alicia Braga, Alice Eve, Jim Sturgess Official Site: weinsteinco.com/#/film/crossingover Rating:R for pervasive language, some strong violence and sexuality/nudity Available film art: Crossing Over movie posters
Synopsis Immigrants from around the world enter Los Angeles every day, with hopeful visions of a better life, but little notion of what that life may cost. Their desperate scenarios test the humanity of immigration enforcement officers. In “Crossing Over,” writer-director Wayne Kramer explores the allure of the American dream, and the reality that immigrants find – and create — in 21st century L.A.
Kramer’s (“The Cooler”) intersecting stories, both cathartic and tragic, are brought to life by an international ensemble. The film stars Academy Award® nominee Harrison Ford, Academy Award® winner Sean Penn, Ray Liotta (“Good Fellas”) Ashley Judd (“Double Jeopardy”), Cliff Curtis (“Whale Rider”), Jim Sturgess (“Across the Universe”), Alice Eve (“Starter for Ten”), Alice Braga (“City of God”), Justin Chon (“Gary the Tennis Coach”) and Summer Bishil (“Nothing is Private”).
Frank Marshall (Seabiscuit) is producing “Crossing Over” for The Weinstein Company. Michael Beugg (“Little Miss Sunshine”) is executive producer and Gregg Taylor (“Austin Powers in Goldmember”) co-producer.