It’s January – which means time for studios to dump all the crap they couldn’t release during the more competitive times of the year. But someone forgot to tell TWC-Dimension/eOne – they released what is almost certain to be a family classic this week: Paddington.
Based on the children’s books by Michael Bone, Paddington is a complete delight from start to finish.
The Korean director Park Chan-wook has made at least one film – Oldboy, allegedly being remade by Spike Lee – that is generally considered to be a classic. I don’t know if Park’s first film in English, Stoker, will ever approach that film’s critical acclaim, but I have no doubt if it had been shot in Korean, it might well have been (sometimes, subtitles really do make a difference to an audience’s perceptions).
TRESPASS opens in theaters and premiere on VOD October 14, 2011.
In a private, wealthy community, priority is placed on security and no exception is made for the Miller family’s estate. Behind their pristine walls and manicured gardens, Kyle (Nicolas Cage), a fast-talking businessman, has entrusted the mansion’s renovation to his stunning wife, Sarah (Nicole Kidman).
But between making those big decisions and keeping tabs on their defiant teenage daughter (Liana Liberato), Sarah often finds herself distracted by a young, handsome worker (Cam Gigandet) at their home. Nothing is what it seems, and it will take a group of cold-blooded criminals led by Elias (Ben Mendelsohn), who have been planning a vicious home invasion for months, to bring the Miller family together. When they storm the manor, everyone is tangled up in betrayal, deception, temptation and scheming. Kyle, Sarah and Avery will take the ultimate risk to make it out with their lives – and their family – intact.
TRESPASS is directed by Joel Schumacher and stars Nicolas Cage, Nicole Kidman, Ben Mendelsohn, Cam Gigandet, Liana Liberato, Jordana Spiro, Dash Mihok, Emily Meade and Nico Tortorella. The film was written by Karl Gajdusek, produced by Rene Besson, Irwin Winkler and David Winkler and was executive produced by Avi Lerner, Danny Dimbort, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson and John Thompson.
Millennium Entertainment will release TRESPASS on October 14, 2011 in theaters and at home – rent it with your remote control.
The TV ad campaign for Don’t Go With It is aimed at woman, as a romantic comedy. ‘Tell him it’s a Sandler movie,’ suggests the unctuous voiceover. Well, it’s a Sandler movie that desperately wants to be a romantic comedy – and it doesn’t feature five middle-aged, arrested development twits peeing in a public pool to see if the water turns dark blue – so it’s a bit of ahead of the game there. Almost.
Becca and Howie Corbett (NICOLE KIDMAN and AARON ECKHART) are returning to their everyday existence in the wake of a shocking, sudden loss. Just eight months ago, they were a happy suburban family with everything they wanted. Now, they are caught in a maze of memory, longing, guilt, recrimination, sarcasm and tightly controlled rage from which they cannot escape. While Becca finds pain in the familiar, Howie finds comfort.
The shifts come in abrupt, unforeseen moments. Becca hesitantly opens up to her opinionated, loving mother (DIANNE WIEST) and secretly reaches out to the teenager involved in the accident that changed everything (MILES TELLER); while Howie lashes out and imagines solace with another woman (SANDRA OH). Yet, as off track as they are, the couple keeps trying to find their way back to a life that still holds the potential for beauty, laughter and happiness. The resulting journey is an intimate glimpse into two people learning to re-engage with each other and a world that has been tilted off its axis.
Lots of interesting projects are in the works for some of Hollywood’s big names and we’ve got the lowdown on several of them.
Funny man David Spade is set to star in a new comedy feature titled Divorced Guys. The movie from Wind Dancer Films and executive produced by Matt Williams and Judd Payne and written by Fred Wolf centers around a group of divorced men who take a road trip to figure out why their marriages fell apart. No production date has been given as of yet.
20th Century Fox has announced that the lovely and talented Nicole Kidman is attached to star and produce in their newest action/adventure movie The Eighth Wonder. The film, which is being penned by Simon Kinberg who also wrote the scripts for The X-Men: Last Stand and Jumper, centers on an archeological discovery that triggers a globe-spanning race.
Warner Bros has tapped into actor/director/writer Ben Affleck for their new project titled The Town. Affleck, who will be stepping in to do a rewrite of a recent draft done by Peter Craig is also set to direct and star in an adaptation of the Chuck Hogan novel The Prince of Thieves, which will be set in Boston.
Imagine a world, much like our but with some significant differences… a world where people’s souls were not contained within them, but beside them – in the form of animals, called daemons, that represented not just the type of person they were, but also their other side [men would have female daemons; women would have male daemons]. Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials Trilogy is set in such a world and this unique yin and yang is but one of many aspects of the novels that Chris Weitz’s film adaptation does well.