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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The 2012 Independent Spirit Award Nominees are a Hodgepodge of Goodness

...Well, for the most part. As you'll see below, the nominees were fairly predictable (if you've been keeping up with all the early buzz this awards season). But some worthy surprise honorees include Lauren Ambrose (I haven't seen Think of Me, but I'm just glad she's acknowledged), Woody Harrelson for the cop drama Rampart, and Adepero Oduye for her marvelous performance in Pariah. Other thoughtful nods include Corey Stoll for his brief yet impressive portrayal as Ernest Hemingway in Midnight in Paris and Albert Brooks for his unusually dark turn in Drive.

Glaring snubs? The ones that seem to jump out at me are anything having to do with the film Attack the Block, which was an engaging and thoughtful movie filled with awesome performances, and Owen Wilson's refreshingly mature performance in Midnight in Paris.

Take a look for yourself and decide.

Best Feature
Take Shelter
The Artist
The Descendants

Best Director
Mike Mills, Beginners
Nicolas Winding Refn, Drive
Jeff Nichols, Take Shelter
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Alexander Payne, The Descendants

Best First Feature
Another Earth
In The Family
Margin Call
Martha Marcy May Marlene
Natural Selection

Best Male Lead
Demian Bichir, A Better Life
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Ryan Gosling, Drive
Woody Harrelson, Rampart
Michael Shannon, Take Shelter

Best Female Lead
Lauren Ambrose, Think of Me
Rachel Harris, Natural Selection
Adepero Oduye, Pariah
Elizabeth Olsen, Martha Marcy May Marlene
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn

Best Supporting Male
Albert Brooks, Drive
John Hawkes, Martha Marcy May Marlene
Christopher Plummer, Beginners
John C. Reilly, Cedar Rapids
Corey Stoll, Midnight in Paris

Best Supporting Female
Jessica Chastain, Take Shelter
Anjelica Huston, 50/50
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Harmony Santana, Gun Hill Road
Shailene Woodley, The Descendants

John Cassavetes Award for films made under $500,000
Hello Lonesome
The Dynamiter

Best Documentary
An African Selection
Bill Cunningham New York
The Interrupters
The Redemption of General Butt Naked
We Were Here

Best Cinematography
Joel Hodge, Bellflower
Benjamin Kasulke, The Off Hours
Darius Khondji, Midnight in Paris
Guillaume Shiffman, The Artist
Jeffrey Waldron, The Dynamiter

Best First Screenplay
Mike Cahill & Brit Marling, Another Earth
J.C. Chandor, Margin Call
Patrick DeWitt, Terri
Phil Johnston, Cedar Rapids
Will Reiser, 50/50

Best Screenplay
Joseph Cedar, Footnote
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Tom McCarthy, Win Win
Mike Mills, Beginners
Alexander Payne, The Descendants

Best Foreign Film

A Separation
The Kid With a Bike

Robert Altman Award for ensemble
Margin Call

What do you think? Any surprises? Snubs? The show will air on February 25, 2012 at 10pm on IFC.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Mickey Rourke and Henry Cavill Create a Ruckus Among the Gods in "Immortals"

Amid a sea of tearjerking family films and sappy chick flicks this holiday season comes the chest-thumping, testosterone-infused film, Immortals.

Inspired by the Greek mythology of Theseus, Immortals teams a perfectly chiseled cast including Henry Cavill as Theseus, Mickey Rourke as King Hyperion and Luke Evans as the Zeus. Similar to the original myth, the maniacal King Hyperion is on a mission to avenge the death of his family after the gods failed to cure them of their illness. He wages war on Olympus and embarks on a relentless search to find the almighty Epirus Bow, which is the only weapon that is powerful enough to release the Titans from Mount Tartarus and destroy the gods. That is, unless Theseus, a peasant chosen by Zeus to stand up against King Hyperion, doesn't find it first.

That kick starts a series of epic and brutal fight scenes between Theseus and King Hyperion's men and servile creatures leading to the ultimate brawl between two commanding men and their equally emotion-filled armies.

With its spectacular special effects and beautifully choreographed scenes (director Tarsem Singh's signature style), Immortals does do its job--entertain and engage the audience, without making us think too hard. In other words, it's not completely asinine. While its story isn't especially new, the movie doesn't slack on plot development and remains a good popcorn movie. Even if you're not really into the whole mythology scene, you may still enjoy the movie and performances.

Speaking of which, Rourke does a fairly convincing job not only being quirky (if he could manage to be a meanie without devouring random fruits at the same time), but also being a ruthless warrior who would even obliterate women and children to prove a point. Cavill is fine in a somewhat breakout big screen role for him (he's previously starred in 2006's Tristan + Isolde and is currently suiting up for the role of Superman in Man of Steel). Some of his line delivery may not have been the most believable, but, hey, he's starring in a mythological story about two men chasing after a magical bow and, how impressive does it have to be?

Evans as Zeus is pretty great in the movie, and is simply arresting to watch. Stephen Dorff as Stavros, who becomes Theseus's right hand man, is also pretty good in the film. But Freida Pinto, on the other hand, fails yet again (see comments about the actress in Rise of the Planet of the Apes) to seduce the audience as Phaedra, the oracle who foresees Theseus's doomed future. Phaedra's able to entice Theseus, but Pinto's onscreen performance doesn't do anything to attract the audience and is quite dull.

Overall, Immortals is a pretty decent popcorn flick. Will it stand the test of time? Probably not, but the provocative special effects will leave a lasting impression on the audience.

Rating: B

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Top Family Films, The Hollywood Reporter Roundtables and Film News on Today's "Cinema in Noir"

On today's episode of Cinema in Noir, we chatted about Viola Davis's comments during The Hollywood Reporter's actress roundtable. She discusses playing less sanctified characters as a black actress, and the audience's--especially black women's--cold reception to that.

We also shared our views on director Steve McQueen asking THR's director's roundtable invitees--consisting of strictly white male directors--why they don't cast more black actors in their movies (note the deafening silence in the clip here).

We also go over the latest in casting news--including an update on the Miles Davis biopic--and our favorite black family films such as the 1961 classic A Raisin in the Sun and the Will Smith-starrer Pursuit of Happyness.

Listen to the full episode below.

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Keira Knightley, Michael Fassbender and Viggo Mortensen Have a Ménage à Trois in David Cronenberg's "A Dangerous Method"

While sexual exploration is more loose these days than ever before, back during World War I the very mention of sex was a scandalous taboo. Like, the very thought of it would give you the nervous shakes and you may actually start twitching. But that's where Drs. Carl Jung from Switzerland and Sigmund Freud from Austria came in--to alleviate the awkwardness and fuel further exploration and discussion.

In director David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method, Michael Fassbender and Viggo Mortensen step into the shoes of the renowned but often misunderstood psychiatrists. Fassbender is 29-year-old Jung, husband and expectant father, who's on the verge of trying out a new method on his patients, a method instilled on him by fellow psychiatrist and mentor Jung. When a new patient is admitted into his hospital, the wild Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley) suffering from a bad case of hysteria, he finds just the person for which he can dabble in some of Freud's teachings.

The rampant yet bewitching Sabina begins sessions with Jung trembling and clutching herself recalling abuse from her father, which often cause her to catch a fit at random. Most interestingly, she reveals her struggles with sexual oppression. This admission is the catalyst for more progressive sessions with Jung, which then lead to becoming sexual in nature.

All the while, the older and more accomplished Freud continues to communicate with his younger protégé through handwritten letters that are narrated throughout the movie. Most of them consist of Jung debating Freud's hyper-sexual philosophies in order to understand his theories (and possibly to fight his own temptations). Sabina approaches a breakthrough and begins to study the teachings of both Jung and Freud and offer her own knowledgeable insights to the prolonged debate. Meanwhile, Jung succumbs to his own oppression and professional disgrace.

Based on the book A Most Dangerous Method by John Kerr, which is inspired by actual events, A Dangerous Method is an engrossing tête-à-tête propelled by engaging dialogue between the three main characters. At times heavily verbose, the movie is much unlike Cronenberg's more action-reliant previous films including Eastern Promises and A History of Violence, and, in that respect, may not be for all audiences. The film, though highlighted by a showstopping performance by Knightley, is a rather performance-driven, stage-like piece.

As often in many sexual dramas, the female is still the only character whose body we see most of, while the male characters (though assimilating sex on screen), rarely show any skin and are often covered with many layers of clothing. Although this is a period film--taken place between the years 1904 and 1913--the movie is made in present day and should reflect the highly sexual nature of certain scenes (equally from both parties involved). That would have made the taboo more taboo (and less one-sided), and the sexual tension even more intense.

But, all in all, the movie is quite good and deserves more than one viewing just to keep up with the enthralling consecutive dialogues and often profound one-liners (scripted by Oscar-winning Atonement scribe Christopher Hampton). Knightley's marvelously seductive performance often overshadows those of her male counterparts, including the wonderfully brief and entertaining performance by Vincent Cassell as a sex-crazed deviant, but Fassbender's violently controlled performance also warrants recognition. Mortensen's triumphant return to the big screen after the lackluster The Road in 2009 is to be commended for the sheer addition to his diversified repertoire, but it also leaves audiences begging for more of him.

A Most Dangerous Method opens in theaters November 23rd.

Rating: B+

Friday, November 18, 2011

If "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" was Being Remade (Without Zoe Saldana and Ashton Kutcher)...

...We'd probably cringe, right? I know, I know, but riddle me this:

The awesome folks over at LAMB (Large Association of Movie Bloggers) have left it to us to come up with a cool new cast in the faux re-envisioning of the 1967 classic originally starring Sidney Poitier, Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy and Katharine Houghton.

If you need a refresher, Poitier plays John Prentice, an accomplished African-American doctor betrothed to Joey (Houghton), a bubbly white young woman from a well-to-do family. Tracy and Hepburn star as Joey's parents Mr. and Mrs. Drayton, who get quite an awakening when their daughter brings home a black man to meet them--and discuss marriage.

The film also starred Cecil Kellaway as the hilarious Monsignor Ryan, and Roy Glenn and Beah Richards as John's parents Mr. and Mrs. Prentice (who also aren't really feeling their son's new love interest).

So we ask you, although LAMB has already whittled the list down to four contending casts, who could star in an imaginary reboot of the movie?

Vote for your favorite contending cast over at LAMB. They're also included below:

1) Robert DeNiro (Mr. Drayton); Diane Keaton (Mrs. Drayton); Will Smith (John); Evan Rachel Wood (Joana); Anthony Hopkins (Monsignor); Laurence Fishburne (Mr. Prentice); Alfre Woodard (Mrs. Prentice)

2) Kevin Kline (Matt); Meryl Streep (Cristina); Anthony Mackie (John); Natalie Portman (Joana); Anthony Hopkins (Monsignor); Denzel Washington (Mr. Prentice); Angela Bassett (Mrs. Prentice)

Tommy Lee Jones (Mr. Drayton); Cate Blanchett (Mrs. Drayton); Terrence Howard (John); Blake Lively (Joana); Michael Gambon (Monsignor); Danny Glover (Mr. Prentice); Angela Bassett (Mrs. Prentice)

Alan Alda (Mr. Drayton); Jessica Lange (Mrs. Drayton); Chiwetel Ejiofor (John); Isla Fisher (Joana); Michael Caine (Monsignor); Sidney Poitier (Mr. Prentice); Cicely Tyson (Mrs. Prentice)

You've got one week to get your votes in at
LAMB! Comments are always welcome.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

DVD Review: "The Tree of Life"

"Brother. Keep us. Guide us. To the end of time."
An all-American 1950s family is shaken by the loss of a child in director Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life. But it's too bad what could have been a beautifully crushing family drama was usurped by a massive amount of unnecessary special effects clouding the real story.

Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain play Mr. and Mrs. O'Brien, the proud parents of three precocious young boys Jack, R.L. and Steve (Hunter McCracken, Laramie Eppler and Tye Sheridan). At a time when Cold War conflict was on the rise and Marilyn Monroe's star was shining bright as ever, Mr. O'Brien tries to teach his sons how to be a man--how to honor, fight and defend. He has a somewhat militant approach to his parenting, which could be seen as overly aggressive. Mrs. O'Brien is a loving, supportive wife who only wants her children to grow up strong, healthy, and--most of all--loved. But they don't all grow up that way.

So there's the basis of the family drama, which can also be seen as a young coming-of-age story. As it mounts into something that could really suck the audience in emotionally, Malick picks us up and throws us into this grandiose special effects tornado in efforts to create a spiritual realm for the story. This deeply mars the storytelling and interrupts our attention to the screen. Instantly we're taken on this extravagant ride that neither boosts nor progresses the story, but rather stalls it. The actors are simply moving along to the spectacularness of the effects (which often snatch the aspect of storytelling from the actors). Basically, Malick creates two different ways to tell the story, but only one of them works (slightly), all in the same movie. This is far too much going on.

And meanwhile, somewhere floating between the end of the world and the crash of the heavens (so to speak), Jack as an adult (Sean Penn) is stunted in the progress of his own life as he continues to think back on his tumultuous--though elegant--childhood.

Although anticipation for this movie ran rampant months before it was released, The Tree of Life turned out to be a flagrant pretentious effort from Malick. The often ridiculous effects did nothing to propel what could have been a very well made--and further developed--movie. Granted, the stunningly gorgeous snapshots from the movie would make an awesome movie montage poster. Malick deserves props for being creative and bringing out a scene-stealing performance from Chastain, but all else seemed to have disappointed miserably.

Rating: C

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

First Look: "Mirror, Mirror"

Not even a week after the Snow White and the Huntsman trailer hit cyberspace, its dueling less serious take on the classic tale Mirror, Mirror debuts online.

Lily Collins jumps into the role of the revered princess (seemingly miscast by the looks of the trailer), with Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen and Armie Hammer as the Prince. Although it can be described as a dark comedy, Mirror, Mirror admittedly pails in comparison to Snow White and the Huntsman, even give the fact that each female leads is somewhat underwhelming. But it does look mildly entertaining with a stunningly presentation from director Tarsem Singh (who's probably still basking in the success of his recent box office darling The Immortals).

So who wins the Snow White battle of the trailers?

Monday, November 14, 2011

First Look: "The Hunger Games"

After months of online banter and mounting anticipation about the latest book crave-turn-movie phenomenon, the trailer for the futuristic flick The Hunger Games has finally reared its beautiful head.

Inspired by the bestselling young adult novels by Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games stars Jennifer Lawrence as sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who volunteers to take her little sister's place in a post apocalyptic televised death match. The trailer actually looks stunning, and not at all like the soon dearly departed teen paranormal movie Twilight series.

Seabiscuit and Pleasantville director Gary Ross assembled some of the hottest talent in the business for a seemingly blazing new trailer that will more than likely pick up where Twilight left off, in terms of its fanbase. Elizabeth Banks, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Stanley Tucci, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Lenny Kravitz and Colombiana's Amandla Stenberg also star. The Hunger Games hits theaters March 23, 2012.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

DVD Review: "Attack the Block"

"There's worse things out there to be scared than us tonight... Trust!"
Teenage gang members defend their South London hood against a dangerous alien invasion in the much hyped but little-known sci-fi flick, Attack the Block.

Wait...before you write this off as just another alien flick, consider this: 1) how often do the aliens in big budget films attack anywhere else other than New York City (with the recent exception of Battle: Los Angeles)? and 2) how often do the aliens get punked by a bunch of teenagers of color? Slim to none on both counts.

Sure, our young heroes (Diggz, Pest, Jerome, Dennis and Moses) don't exactly have the cleanest slates. After all, they only noticed their neighborhood (affectionately called The Ends) was under attack by countless unearthly creatures when they were in the middle of robbing a fellow neighbor of her wallet, phone, money and her peace of mind. They became, essentially, antiheroes; villains who became heroic when their domain became threatened by a much larger villain. In essence, they felt forced to protect the only thing they knew they could claim from anyone else--a multilevel cluster of apartments in a rundown building complex (otherwise known as the projects) that anyone else would be too frightened to visit.

The police have given up on it. Other Londoners have abandoned it. But this spirited quintet stay up all night vanquishing these creatures--narrowly sparing their own lives--with the help a few stoner dealers (Ron and Brewis) with whom they seek refuge.

Not only is Attack the Block wickedly entertaining, but it's also well-written, suspenseful, whip-smart and moves rocket fast. The largely unknown cast, led by John Boyega (Moses) is surprisingly hilarious and believable with sharp line delivery (notably by Alex Esmail, who plays Pest). The other casts consists of Nick Frost, Jodie Whittaker (as Sam, the woman whose purse they stole), Luke Treadway (Brewis), Leeon Jones (Jerome), Franz Drameh (Dennis), Simon Howard (Diggz).

Although the special effects of the creatures could have been better done, it does add a more endearing quality to the film, while still managing to scare the bejesus out of the audience in a few memorable scenes. Writer/director Joe Cornish, who's gaining respect as the scribe behind Stephen Spielberg's upcoming fantasy flick The Adventures of TinTin, scripted a marvelously adventurous alien movie that really resuscitates the genre with an as compelling a script as its characters.

Rating: A

Thursday, November 10, 2011

First Look: "A Thousand Words"

In the days following Oscargate (otherwise known as, that one time, when Eddie Murphy was going to host next year's Oscars, but quit because buddy Bret Ratner was forced to flee the producer chair), Eddie Murphy presents the long-shelved comedy A Thousand Words. The former Oscar nominee stars--according to IMDB--as "A blasé guy who learns he has only 1,000 words left to speak before he will die."

From the looks of the trailer, Murphy is married to the always beautiful--but tragically paired up in most her movies--Kerry Washington. Murphy's character apparently tends to bend the truth a bit, and blabs his way out of situations, but is told by Dr. Sinja (Cliff Curtis, Colombiana) that he's running out words. So now he basically has to run around the whole movie miming his way out of some of those same situations.

Yeah, this looks ridiculous. First Tower Heist, then Oscargate, now this, Eddie? Tsk tsk. A Thousand Words hits theaters March 23, 2012.

First Look: "Snow White and the Hunstman"

As part of Hollywood's vast efforts to cast a dark spell on every storybook classic, first-time director Rupert Sanders presents a thornier version of the classic tale of Snow White in Snow White and the Huntsman. Kristen Stewart oddly steps into the role of the famous title character who, unlike the original story, is protected by the dastardly huntsman (Chris Hemsworth, Thor) who takes her into the woods to be killed. All the while, the envious Evil Queen (Charlize Theron) is busy spinning her wheels trying to find a way to end Snow White and steal her glory.

I'm behind all the casting for this seemingly interesting spin on the classic. That is, except Kristen Stewart. Seriously? They couldn't find someone--anyone--who was a little more believable as someone who the evil queen (ironically played by the stunningly gorgeous Theron) would want to kill get her looks? Yeah, that I'm not buying. But the rest of the film looks pretty good. Snow White and the Huntsman, not to be confused with its rival film Mirror, Mirror (formerly The Untitled Snow White Project) gallops into theaters June 1, 2012.

First Look: "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island"

Now here's something that looks like a cross between National Treasure and Race to Witch Mountain (note: this is not a compliment). The Rock, or Dwayne 'The Rock' to you, headlines another droopy family film, this time teaming with High School Musical alum Vanessa Hudgens and The Kids Are All Right's Josh Hutcherson. In Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, the former wrestler plays Hank Parsons, who's recruited by his girlfriend's son Sean (Hutcherson) to go on a mystical quest to find his long lost grand father (Michael Caine) on--you guessed it--a mysterious island. Meanwhile, Sean has the hots for Kailani (Hudgens).

This looks like something the kiddies may enjoy, but I can't see too many adults falling over themselves trying to buy tickets for this. What say you? Journey 2 hits theaters February 10, 2012.

Friday, November 4, 2011

5 Reasons Not to Hate Tower Heist (And These Were a Stretch)

Let's just get this off our chests right now: Tower Heist is not a great movie. This working stiffs plot to steal back what's theirs from a wealthy hotel head honcho is formulaic, witless and forgettable. And even with an all-star cast including Alan Alda, Michael Peña, Gabourey Sidibe, Mathew Broderick and Casey Affleck, Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy, it's still a tired heist flick. Not to mention it totally steals major plot tricks from the far superior Oceans 11 movies (poor Casey Affleck).

But we're not totally mad at Tower Heist. Here are a few of its good qualities:

1) Eddie Murphy takes one baby step closer to his Raw days. It's been five years since Eddie Murphy has been in a movie that adults--not just dogs and toddlers--can also appreciate. He sheds his pacifier-sucking humor to play a ghettofied blue-collar criminal-turned-thief, thankfully recycling some of his old school humor from his stand-up days.

2) It's lighthearted. Face it: we're about to be overwrought with oodles of heavy dramatic sagas this awards season. Some may make us want to jump off a cliff, more will make us want to kill our mothers, while others will force us to think too hard. Tower Heist is not one of those flicks. With this movie, you can shut your brain completely off, get a big bag of popcorn and get ready to chuckle a few times.

3) It's not The Zookeeper.. This is probably going to be a running joke for more months to come. Kevin James's lame comedy The Zookeeper still horrifies audiences and critics with its sublimely weak everything (plot, performances, etc.). So, many other mediocre comedies of its genre can only thank it for its weakness. The Zookeeper makes every other movie looks like Oscar bait.

4) Gabourey Sidibe is beyond Precious. Two years after her breakthrough performance in Precious, folks still associate the Oscar nominee as the downtrodden overweight single mother living on food stamps in Harlem. Even after roles in Yelling to the Sky and Showtime's The Big C, it's been hard for Sidibe to move away from her first film feature. But in Tower Heist, she portrays Odessa, a Caribbean housekeeper in one of the most luxurious buildings in Manhattan. She dons an unrecognizable accent (very well, mind you) and whip-smart humor. So long Precious.

5) Although the cast of Tower Heist wasn't Murphy's first choice, they still have good chemistry. You may have heard through the grapevine that Murphy originally wanted to assemble an all-black cast with himself, Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Tracy Morgan and Martin Lawrence. But for some reason the Hollywood big wigs didn't hastily jump on that idea. But, perhaps with a better script (or a whole other movie) the finished cast could have really shined. They worked well together, they're all legitimately funny, and they fit right onto the bromantic comedy bandwagon Hollywood seems to be going gonzo over these days. You'll get the next one, fellas.

Overall rating: C-

Thursday, November 3, 2011

First Look: "Wanderlust"

Jennifer Aniston strikes again. And this time she's taking Paul Rudd, Malin Akerman, Lauren Ambrose, and Ray Liotta down with her for the lackluster-looking Wanderlust. The romantic comedy queen and Rudd play jilted urbanites who flee the craziness of the city to experience a more counter culture life....on a nudist farm (in the guise of a hippie community)? Looks like this will be another one of those movies. Wanderlust hits theaters February 24, 2012.

First Look: "Safe House"

Denzel Washington is back to playing a bad guy on screen. And this time, instead of terrorizing Ethan Hawke as he did in Training Day, the Oscar winner has Ryan Reynolds unnerved in the upcoming action thriller Safe House.

Reynolds stars as a safe house sitter for the CIA. He's keeping an eye on a notoriously badass criminal (Washington), who he has to all of a sudden move to another location after the safe house is threatened by a group of bad guys.

Judging by the trailer, it looks like Washington's character has a few tricks up his sleeve and may be taking in Reynolds's character as bait for a larger plan. Though Washington's last film Unstoppable was met with tepid reviews (even though i liked it), the action thriller genre is really suiting him. Safe House hits theaters February 10, 2012.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

First Look: "21 Jump Street"

This is perhaps one of the more dreadful trailers to ooze out of Hollywood's horrid vault of remakes this year. First it was Footloose (which surprisingly performed quite well at the box office). And now they've tried to destroy the 1980s classic cop series 21 Jump Street with a revolting trailer for a big screen adaptation.

Jonah Hill and Channing star as two idiotic cops who go undercover at local high school to bust unsuspecting youth for wrongdoings. But of course this delinquent pair get into more trouble on their own than their intended conquests.

Original cast member Johnny Depp has reportedly signed on for an undisclosed role, probably to make the film look less cheap (good luck with that one, Johnny). 21 Jump Street heads to theaters March 16, 2012.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

First Look: "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax"

What I wouldn't give to live in the mind of Dr. Seuss, if even for just a day. I imagine life-size lollipops, eternal sunshine and random dance numbers in the streets.

Hollywood seems to have a similar obsession with the late children's author/poet. In the latest big screen adaptation, The Lorax, 12-year-old Ted (voiced by Zac Efron) embarks on a vibrant-colored search to find something that will attract the girl of his dreams Audrey (voiced by Taylor Swift). But he must first go through the ogre-like Lorax (voice by Danny DeVito). Also lending their voices to the film are Ed Helms and Betty White. The trailer looks just lovely, and it's by the creators of the vastly underrated movie Despicable Me. Kids will be rushing to see this when it opens on March 2, 2012.

First Look: "American Reunion"

It's been eight years since Jim and Michelle (Jason Biggs and Alyson Hanigan) got hitched, and eleven years since we were first introduced to the rowdy, beer-guzzling, pie-smuggling high schoolers in American Pie.

Now the gang's all back to no doubt terrorize their high school reunion with an eagerly-awaited (?) third installment to the franchise. Yes, Jim and Michelle, along with Stifler, Finch, Heather, Jim's dad, Nadia and Vicky (Seann William Scott, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Mena Suvari, Eugene Levy, Shannon Elizabeth and Tara Reid, respectively) return and seem to be regretting adulthood and responsibilities and try to rekindle their high school spirit. Check out the new trailer after the jump. Aside from Hanigan and (sometimes) Scott, has this cast been involved in many other notable projects other than these movies?

The movie hits theaters April 6, 2012.

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