April 23, 2014

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“Looper” blends film noir with twisty sci-fi; Our review: TORONTO ’12

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: It’s an age-old question: If you could travel through time and murder Adolph Hitler – possibly preventing the dictator’s atrocities – would you have the nerve to complete the deed?
That moral dilemma is but one of the many, many open-ended questions noodled over by writer-director Rian Johnson in the fuzzy (to borrow one of its own terms) time-travel thriller “Looper.” The movie opens this year’s Toronto International Film Festival by reuniting Johnson with his “Brick” lead Joseph Gordon-Levitt. And while the collaborators maintain the shadowy, malicious air of the crime noir genre – which they perfected back in 2005 – they shift gears and embrace a whole new field: Futuristic science-fiction.
The year, to be exact, is 2044. Time travel exists, but it’s highly illegal and only available to underground criminal syndicates of the 2070s. In the future, we’re told, it’s impossible for mobsters to properly dispose of a murdered victim. So instead of offing a rival in 2074, the forward-thinking criminals transport their targets back in time, where Loopers like Joe (Gordon-Levitt) pull the trigger.
Before you have too much time to process the moral complications of men who earn dangerous livings murdering mysterious individuals as a career, one of Joe’s colleagues, Seth (a nervous Paul Dano), comes knocking on his door late at night. It appears Seth’s latest target was the future version of himself, and instead of offing his victim (or “closing your loop”), Seth let him escape (of “let his loop run”).
Bad news for Seth. And some disturbing foreshadowing for Joe.
As you likely already know if you’d paid any attention to “Looper,” Gordon-Levitt will have to contend with the future version of his own character, played by Bruce Willis. And it needs to be said that JGL does a fantastic Willis impersonation. He gets the seasoned actors shruggish mannerisms, his lackadaisical whisper of dialogue delivery, and his devil-may-care, don’t-give-a-shit weariness that Willis has brought to so many roles. Johnson gives his leading men a scene in a diner where they sit across from each other and try to hash out what they know. It’s an important, info-laden conversation that tries to explain the dense, convoluted science of “Looper,” and the men don’t forget to have some fun with the iconic moment.
It’s in this conversation, however, that Willis’ future-version of Joe tries to emphasize that the time-travel conundrums presented by Johnson’s [...]

2012 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OPENS WITH FUTURISTIC ACTION THRILLER LOOPER

HollywoodNews.com: The Toronto International Film Festival® opens September 6 with the world premiere Gala Presentation of Looper – filmmaker Rian Johnson’s time-bending and mind-bending action thriller. “Rian Johnson is a film auteur known for combining different genres to give his projects an original spin,” said Piers Handling, Director and CEO of TIFF. “We’re thrilled to have Looper open the Festival.” “I saw Rian’s debut feature Brick at the Sundance festival and was impressed by his ability to engage both the mind and the heart,” said Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director, Toronto International Film Festival. “We were fortunate enough to premiere his follow-up film The Brothers Bloom. Now, with Looper, Rian has taken his filmmaking to a new level, and we can’t wait to present it to the Toronto audience in the most prestigious platform we can offer. This is a new kind of Opening Night: an exciting, thinking-person’s action film from a director who really understands genre.”
In TriStar Pictures, FilmDistrict, and Endgame Entertainment’s Looper, time travel will be invented – but it will be illegal and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past, where a “looper” – a hired gun, like Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) – is waiting to mop up. Joe is getting rich and life is good… until the day the mob decides to “close the loop,” sending back Joe’s future self (Bruce Willis) for assassination. The film is written and directed by Rian Johnson and also stars Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, Noah Segan, Piper Perabo, and Jeff Daniels. Ram Bergman and James D. Stern produce. The executive producers are Douglas E. Hansen, Julie Goldstein, Peter Schlessel, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Dan Mintz. The film will be distributed in Canada by Alliance Films.
About TIFF TIFF is a charitable cultural organization whose mission is to transform the way people see the world through film. An international leader in film culture, TIFF projects include the annual Toronto International Film Festival in September; TIFF Bell Lightbox, which features five cinemas, major exhibitions, and learning and entertainment facilities; and innovative national distribution program Film Circuit. The organization generates an annual economic impact of $170 million CAD. TIFF Bell Lightbox is generously supported by contributors including Founding Sponsor Bell, the Province of Ontario, the Government of Canada, the City of Toronto, the Reitman family (Ivan Reitman, Agi Mandel [...]

Jason Segel’s new film doesn’t measure up at box office

HollywoodNews.com: Jason Segel and Emily Blunt were recently promoting their new film, ‘The Five-Year Engagement,’ but it seems the promotions just didn’t work.
The film ended up not doing so well this weekend at the box office for its first weekend in theaters, states UsMagazine.com. The film reportedly brought in only $11.2 million which put it in fifth place overall.
‘Think Like a Man’ ended up in first place for the second week as it brought in about $18 million.
What do you think about the standings?
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Jason Segel talks having to lose weight for latest role

HollywoodNews.com: While many actresses in Hollywood feel pressure to lose weight for certain roles, it seems that they are no longer the only ones.
Jason Segel recently opened up about having to lose weight for his role in ‘The Five-Year Engagement,’ states UsMagazine.com. “I was told that it had to be conceivable that Emily Blunt would ever choose me to be her husband. Which is fair,” Segel said about the requirement.
He reportedly ended up losing about 35 pounds for the role.
What do you think about him being required to lose weight?
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Jason Segel, Emily Blunt opening Tribeca with “The Five-Year Engagement”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) and Universal Pictures today announced that “The Five-Year Engagement” will open the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival, presented by American Express.
Director/writer/producer Nicholas Stoller and writer/star Jason Segel (“Forgetting Sarah Marshall”) reteam for the irreverent comedy, which also stars Emily Blunt, Rhys Ifans, Chris Pratt and Alison Brie.
The premiere will take place on Wednesday, April 18, and the Festival will run through April 29.
Here’s a plot synopsis, from the release:
Beginning where most romantic comedies end, “The Five-Year Engagement” looks at what happens when an engaged couple (Segel and Blunt) keeps getting tripped up on the long walk down the aisle. The film, also produced by Judd Apatow (“Knocked Up,” “The 40-Year-Old Virgin”) and Rodney Rothman (“Get Him to the Greek”), was written by Segel and Stoller. It opens on April 27.
“The Tribeca Film Festival has always celebrated the power of creative collaboration, and there is no better example of that than The Five-Year Engagement,” said Jane Rosenthal, co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival. “We are so pleased to join with Universal Pictures to bring the wit and energy of this hilarious and affecting film to Tribeca as we kick off our 11th edition.”
“When Jason and I met during the production of Undeclared, we couldn’t have imagined that one day we would write a comedy that would open such a prestigious film festival as Tribeca,” said Stoller. “We are so honored that the festival organizers have given us this platform to premiere the film. To be honest, this is all just a ploy to stand on top of a building with Robert De Niro and look out over New York City at dusk.”
The 2012 Tribeca Film Festival will announce its feature film slate on March 6 and 8, 2012.
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This Week In Movies By Pete Hammond

By Pete Hammond
hollywoodnews.com: That rarity of rarities, a new animated film that isn’t in 3D still managed to top the box office, but with an estimated $38 million Johnny Depp’s Rango probably could have done a whole lot better even though it is the top opening of 2011 so far.
Compared with the $119 million haul for Depp’s Alice In Wonderland on this same weekend last year, the boxoffice was down over 30% and the depth of Depp-appeal took a tumble. Still critics loved the movie (maybe that’s the kiss of death) giving the western spoof a whopping 88% fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes but Friday night audiences didn’t agree , giving it only a C+ Cinemascore ranking, unusually low for a family oriented ‘toon and that doesn’t bode well for all-important word of mouth, particularly with direct competition from Disney and Mars Needs Moms coming on Rango’s second weekend.
Part of the problem for Rango,which Roger Ebert labeled “ a miracle of a movie” may be that it is too hip for the room, full of western and movie references its target family audience might not get. Director Gore Verbinski has essentially made a ‘toon that’s likely to have more hipster adult appeal than for your average kid. Still it’s sure to be a contender for next year’s animated Oscar and it has certainly put Paramount squarely in the animation business beyond their distribution deal with Dreamworks which will offer a Kung Fu Panda sequel in May and a Shrek spin off , Puss In Boots with Antonio Banderas later this year.
Meanwhile Depp fans will look ahead to a 4th Pirates of the Caribbean sequel, On Stranger Tides for release on May 20th, a sure-fire summer blockbuster.
Meanwhile Universal continues in the Matt Damon business with The Adjustment Bureau, a twisty romantic thriller in which he stars with Emily Blunt and which was bumped from its original Fall date to March. Critics liked this one too with an overall 69% RT Fresh rating while audiences ,mostly on the adult side, give it a solid B. With an estimated $20 million it exceeded studio expectations and looks to be a solid mid-range older-skewing hit. Damon and Universal have had a hit/miss relationship. The Jason Bourne trilogy scored big numbers , [...]

Lindsay Lohan involved in Oscar events tonight?

HollywoodNews.com: For everyone who was worried that Lindsay Lohan might not be taking part in the Oscars, it seems she will kind of be a part of the big night.
Lindsay will allegedly be involved in Jimmy Kimmel’s post-Oscar special tonight, states TMZ. She has reportedly taped a sketch for the show that will air after the local news that is on after the Oscars.
Kimmel will reportedly have a number of women involved in his big Oscar special that will allegedly include Scarlett Johansson, Emily Blunt, Sofia Vergara, Eva Longoria, Minka Kelly and Jessica Biel.
Will you watch this tonight?
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The Kardashian sisters headed to Critics’ Choice Movie Awards

HollywoodNews.com: Everyone wants a piece of the Kardashian sisters which is why they will be presenters at the VH1 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards.
Kim, Kourtney and Khloe will all be present at the 16th annual awards show that will take place this Friday, states People. The will be joining other major presenters such as Emma Stone, Sofia Vergara and Emily Blunt.
Nominees for the awards show include Natalie Portman, Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams. Sounds like the Kardashians will be in good company.
Will you be checking out the Kardashians at the awards show?
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Emily Blunt on the overwhelming aspect of the red carpet

HollywoodNews.com: Emily Blunt may seem like a red carpet expert, but even she can admit that the experience is somewhat nerve-wrecking.
The ‘Devil Wears Prada’ actress revealed to ‘Harper’s Bazaar UK’ that stepping out of the car before the carpet is absolute insanity, states People. And she’s sure people could probably tell how uncomfortable she was at first: “I used to look like a deer in headlights on the red carpet.”
But now, she feels much better about the event and when she isn’t fully ready, she has a backup plan: “I have a martini before I leave.”
Do you think walking a red carpet would be difficult?
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Jack Black straps in for latest “Gulliver’s Travels” trailer

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Jack Black has been quiet lately. Outside of a guest spot on NBC’s “Community,” the actor hasn’t appeared on screen since 2009’s “Year One.” His fans are probably hoping he’ll come back with something big.
This might qualify.
Black is headlining a rejuvenated telling of “Gulliver’s Travels” for director Rob Letterman. It will be released on Dec. 22, from 20th Century Fox. And it has an excellent supporting cast. As Black ventures into the land of Lilliput, he’ll be surrounded by Emily Blunt, Jason Segel, Amanda Peet and the great Billy Connolly. So there’s hope.
A full trailer for “Travels” finally made its way online. It’s over on Moviefone. Watch the new trailer below:

Will it work? It likely will make money, as “Travels” will sail into theaters ion 3D, enjoying an instant ticket bump. This seems like the kind of project that Black can carry with his own unique energy. We’ll find out next month.
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