Lincoln Casting

Don't Fuck with Lincoln!

There was a time a while ago when Liam Neeson was the man in waiting for the lead in the upcoming Steven Spielberg helmed biopic Lincoln.  Then there was a time when the film was not to be.  Dead not long past inception.  Now we’re learning the announcement may have been a bit premature regarding the fatality of the feature.

No longer is Lincoln set to star a lanky Irishman as Spielberg has opted for selective Brit actor Daniel Day Lewis.

While I was saddened when Neeson withdrew from the film, which I felt was very appropriate casting, a replacement by Lewis seems more than adequate.  And hopefully the coupling will bring an end to Spielberg’s low quality slump.

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Red Band+Franco+McBride+Portman+Deschanel+Fake British Accents+Comedy= Your Highness

Directed by: David Gordon Green (George Washington, All the Real Girls, Pineapple Express)

Starring: James Franco, Danny McBride, Natalie Portman, Zooey Deschanel

Written By: Danny McBride, Ben Best

Your Highness

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Trailer and Poster: Cowboys and Aliens

Following the continuing trend of revisionist westerns, and an undeniable resurgence of the genre, here we have Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford in Cowboys and Aliens.  James Bond and Indiana Jones….vs. Aliens.  The film is an adaptation of a similarly titled comic and directed by Jon “Iron Man” Favreau.

I’m still on the fence about the film as it does have that Jonah Hex sheen that scares me, but I have loved most of the modern westerns that have been coming out of late so I will indulge the pictures’ gloss.  Plus any movie with Craig and Ford in it is worth at least a gander.

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Jane Eyre: Trailer and Poster and Extras

A few short days ago the trailer for the upcoming film adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s classic novel Jane Eyre surfaced on the internets.  The source, which has been adapted many a time for film and television (I myself have seen the Charlotte Gainsbourg version directed by Franco Zeffirelli), is helmed by director Cary Fukunaga in this iteration and stars Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland) and Michael Fassbender (Hunger, Inglourious Basterds).

Trailer and Surprises after the break:

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Lifesaver: Netflix Streaming Canada

Somehow, and by somehow I mean through wanton laziness and neglect, I have managed to burn bridges with all the major movie letting establishments (re: Blockbuster, Rogers, local hipster breeding ground Mom and Pop Shops like Movie Villiage) by racking up the late fees in a big bad way. What makes it worse is that I usually get the fines from movies so bad I cannot believe I rented them in the first place (eg. Hell Ride and Cherry Blossoms) let alone allowed them to rot on my coffee table for X days past their return.

But the days of reckless film rentals have now come to an abrupt end with the establishment of Netflix service in Canada. I had heard from friends that their selection was patchwork at best, but after a few days of viewership and perusal, I am prone to disagree. The selection tends to skew away from an current selection in favour of a classic, Indie, foreign, or few years after initial release date titles.

No late fees. No more store hassles of poor selection oversight. Netflix is fast becoming my new mecca, but will forever remain second only to the theatre.

I currently stream through the XBOX 360.

Titles watched: Martyrs, Pusher, Mother, Runaway Train, The Limey, Slumdog Millionaire, Fish Tank, Kisses, We Live in Public, The Long Goodbye, Jennifer’s Body (beyond horrible decision making on my part here), The Exploding Girl, You Can Count on Me, I’ll Come Running, and many an episode of the Mythbusters.

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Poster: The Tree of Life

There has been much speculation regarding the subject matter of Terrence Malick’s (Badlands, Days of Heaven) upcoming film The Tree of Life.  What is it about?  Is this a new form of an old project titled Q?  Dinosaurs?

‘Dinosaur?’ you may parrot with an inquisitive inflection.  Apparently, at some point in the film’s gestation period, there was going to be dinosaurs in the film. This turned out to be wrong or, at the least, only half true. The alternate terrible lizard project is what Malick was working on while filming this movie and at one time may have been part of the evolving script (also jettisoned was a section of the film that was to take place in India).

Over the last few years many actors have come and gone from the project: Colin Farrell, Mel Gibson and the late Heath Ledger.

The new star line-up is as follows: Brad Pitt and Sean Penn.

No word on when an accompanying trailer will come out, but the film seems set to debut at the Cannes Film Fest in 2011.

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The Social Network: B-Roll

Following the current trend of films revealing special features material far in advance of the inevitable mass consumer blu/ray or dvd release, The Social Network has decided to give everybody a little peak behind the curtain.

Bellow are a few behind-the-scenes shots of raw footage.  If you ever wanted to see how little bit of Fincher and cast interaction goes down, look no further.  Also, here, is the original performance of the actor behind the second Winklevoss twin (before the voice and face of actor Armie Hammer was digitally grafted onto the alternate actor).

Side note: I wonder what the editors did to improve the performance of Justin Timberlake because, as evidenced in the footage, he seems a little more unnatural.

And, damn, Andrew Garfield is a great actor.  The confrontation scene, even with all the cameras and technical equipment obscuring the view, is astounding.

B-Roll #1

B-Roll #2

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