In 1986, Federal agent Robert Mazur infiltrated Pablo Escobar’s drug-trafficking scene as a money laundering wizard. With the help of fellow agent Emir Abreu and rookie agent Kathy Ertz, Mazur was able to gather evidence that led to the indictments of 85 drug lords and the corrupt bankers who cleaned their dirty money, along with the collapse of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International, one of the largest money-laundering banks in the world.
Their story – taken from Masur’s autobiography – has been adapted for film as The Infiltrator. It opens on July 13th. Check out the trailer after the jump.
The Infiltrator is based on the true story of Robert ‘Bob’ Masur who went deep undercover to infiltrate Pablo Escobar’s drug trafficking organization with the aide of Emir Abreu and rookie agent Kathy Ertz whom he is told finished at the top of her class.
The Infiltrator star Bryan Cranston, John Leguizamo and Diane Kruger. Check out the not particularly reassuring trailer after the jump.
Mike (Jesse Eisenberg) is the prototypical stoner/convenience store clerk – or so it seems. When a CIA agent (Connie Britton) makes a purchase while spouting what sounds to Mike like gibberish, his first response is, ‘Is that a lyric from something?’
But when he catches two guys messing with his car, suddenly he’s Jason Bourne – and the guys messing with car (CIA agents, WTF?) are dead. When he tells his girlfriend, Phoebe (Kristen Stewart), her first response is ‘That’s awesome.’ (Clearly she doesn’t believe him.)
Now Mike and Phoebe are in a situation – life, death, the future of the world at stake, yadda-yadda-yadda.
American Ultra was written by Max Landis (Chronicle) and directed by Nima Nourizadeh (Project X). It opens on August 21st. Check out the trailer after the jump.
The Creative Coalition and ‘Supper Suite by STK’ Dazzles DC with Gala Benefit Dinner Celebrating Arts in America and the Launch of STK DC.
Complete event details and photos of your favorite stars such as AnnaSophia Robb (“The Carrie Diaries”), Tim Daly (“Private Practice”), Jonathan Groff (Frozen), and Constance Zimmer (“House of Cards”) after the jump.
Hollywood is comin’ to town to support the arts! The Creative Coalition and ‘Supper Suite by STK’ is set to dazzle DC with a Gala benefit dinner celebrating Arts in America and the launch of STK DC, a modern
steakhouse and chic lounge.
Full press release and event details after the jump.
John Leguizamo pours more of himself into his HBO Specials than almost anyone else. The result is often hilarious, frequently harrowing but always amazing.
Leguizamo brings his latest special, the Drama Desk Award-winning one-man show, Ghetto Klown, to HBO on Saturday, March 22nd (10/9C). It’s a great reason to stay on and turn on the tube. Check out the trailer and press release after the jump.
Scrat’s Nutty Pursuit causes a continental cataclysm. Separated from their herd, Manny, Diego and Sid use an iceberg as their sea-fairing ship. But their voyage home is full of surprises.
Starring the voices of Ray Romano, Denis Leary, Queen Latifah and John Leguizamo.
Directed by Steve Martino, and Mike Thurmeier.
Written by Michael Berg and Jason Fuchs.
Produced by John C. Donkin and Lori Forte.
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Any great mystery, espionage or horror movie lives or dies on its writer and director combining to provide suspense – the ominous shadow here, the piercing music sting there – while creating characters we can relate to and placing them in situations that leave them more and more unable to cope, or adapt, until some revelation… some idea… gives them the wherewithal to overcome their plight.
For about two-thirds of The Happening, writer/producer/director M. Night Shyamalan does exactly that. Beginning with the first intimations of something wrong beginning to happen in New York city’s Central Park, Shyamalan provides an almost Hitchcockian build of suspense as people begin killing themselves in numbers that suggest, at first, a terrorist attack.
The film follows a troubled couple, Elliot [Mark Wahlberg] and Alma [Zooey Deschanel] and the young daughter of a friend, Jess [Ashlynn Sanchez] – giving us a chance to see her with her father [John Leguizamo] before bad things separate them. As the behavioural problem mounts, and theories about the problem evolve, it seems certain that humanity is about to be removed from the face of the planet.
Even allowing for Shyamalan’s tendency to write dialogue that no one would ever really say, The Happening builds nicely. Tak Fujimoto’s cinematography and James Newton Howard’s score do work well to keep the audience on the edge of its seat. The problem arises when the third act has absolutely no surprises and the development of the attacks evolves precisely as it seemed it would – until…
Normally, that would be a good thing, but here, Shyamalan telegraphs the way the film plays in a rather clunky manner, so that the impact of some events are nearly nullified. Also, as a direct result of information imparted earlier, the film’s brief tag is also telegraphed, leaving us saying, “So?” On the other hand, The Happening is a huge improvement over Lady in the Water, so maybe Shyamalan’s career isn’t over just yet.