It's a very busy weekend at the box-office! It's a 3-way race between "Duplicity," "I Love You, Man," and "Knowing!" The last film, starring Nicolas Cage, is a so-so flick that takes itself waaaay too seriously. Ooooh numbers! Yeah, much like Jim Carrey taking himself waaay too seriously in "The Number 23."
What's up with Hollywood, thrillers, and numbers? When making a thriller involving numbers, is that a sign for filmmakers and principal players to go serious on us?
(By the way, the "numbers" comment is because Cage's character discovers a string of numbers that can predict calamities...tan dan dan)
So, I decided to focus on reviewing the Julia Roberts-Clive Owen tandem "Duplicity" versus the Paul Rudd-Jason Segel team in "I Love You, Man."
Yes, I have one pick of the week! Can you guess which one?
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Catherine Hardwicke signed on for Summit Entertainment's upcoming fantasy-drama "If I Stay."
Hardwicke, as you know, directed the company's biggest blockbuster flick, "Twilight," and then didn't sign on for the sequel "New Moon."
But now, it's official! The director and the studio have kissed and made up!
Based on Gayle Forman's upcoming novel (to be released April 2), "If I Stay" (according to Amazon):
In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeenyear- old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck...
A sophisticated, layered, and heartachingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make—and the ultimate choice Mia commands.
This sounds interesting, and yeah, I can picture Hardwicke directing it.
Summit president of production Eric Feig says, "When we were thinking of the perfect director to capture the emotion, grace and passion of this beautiful book, one filmmaker became the clear and only choice: Catherine Hardwicke."
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Walt Disney Pictures waves its magical wand and picks July 16, 2010 for the release date of "The Sorcerer's Apprentice!"
The film, based on a memorable segment in "Fantasia," is being produced by super-producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Nicolas Cage is set to star and he's being directed by his "National Treasure" director, Jon Turteltaub.
According to IMDB, "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" tells the story of:
A sorcerer (Cage) leaves his workshop in the hands of his apprentice (Jay Baruchel), who gets into trouble when the broomstick he's tasked to do his chores for him somehow develops a mind of its own.
With the release of the film in summer of 2010, the house of Mouse will be very busy! Here's their film release rundown JUST for that summer:
"Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" May 28
"Toy Story 3" June 18
"The Sorcerer's Apprentice" July 16
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Mary J. Blige will star with Oscar-nominee Taraji P. Henson in Tyler Perry's new flick, "I Can Do Bad All by Myself." Lionsgate is releasing this film, based on Perry's stage play.
Blige is going to play a nightclub manager and singer who's Henson's BFF in the movie.
Yes Madea fans, America's sweetheart is going to show up in teh film!
You'll be able to see "I Can Do Bad All by Myself" on Sept. 11. Hhhmmmmm...
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Sorry David Wain, but Pete Segal is the chose one to direct "Little Fockers."
Segal, the guy who gave us "Get Smart 2," is the frontrunner to helm the third installment of the "Meet the Parents" franchise. This is the only film in the franchise that is not going to be directed by Jay Roach.
According to Variety, Segal is meeting with the film's principal players this week.
If you want to know more about Segal, or you just want to "friend" him, go to his MySpace page.
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