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Alejandro Arbona

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2008/08/06 at 12:00am

Pineapple Express

Rated: R for pervasive language, drug use, sexual references and violence.
Release Date: 2008-08-08
Starring: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Judd Apatow (historia)
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Country: USA
Official Website: http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/pineappleexpress/

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Pineapple Express

The title “Pineapple Express” refers to one plot element that turns out to be perhaps the movie’s most influential character: an especially potent kind of marijuana. It’s Pineapple Express that Saul Silver (James Franco) sells to Dale Denton (Seth Rogen), a sample that only Silver has. And it’s Pineapple Express that Dale is smoking when he witnesses a murder. And it’s due to drug cartels warring over Pineapple Express that that murder takes place. Now the killers, played by Gary Cole and the Puerto Rican actress Rosie Perez, spot the Pineapple Express that Dale dropped when he fled in terror, and they set out to kill Saul and his customer.

“Pineapple Express,” the movie, is an unexpected and interesting combination of three different genres, only one of which comes across in the synopsis I just gave you. It’s a hilarious comedy; it’s a buddy picture, about two friends adventuring and bonding; and, as you can gather from the above paragraph, it’s a crime story that eventually becomes excessively violent. That may just be this movie’s biggest surprise: that a Judd Apatow-produced comedy with the usual cast and improvisational style – usually associated with comedies about boy-men growing up like “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” “Knocked Up” and “Superbad” – suddenly climaxes in shootouts, explosions, dead bodies and tons of blood. But, jeez, they sure do make that violence funny.

 

Mack Chico

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2008/08/06 at 12:00am

Tarantino to cast Britney Spears

Tarantino to cast Britney Spears

Britney Spears has accepted a role as a psychotic lesbian stripper in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming remake of the 1965 cult classic Faster Pussycat! Kill Kill!

The Pulp Fiction director has cast 26-year-old Britney as “Varla,” an adult entertainer who leads a trio of exotic dancers is murdering a young couple trapped alone in the desert.

According to The Daily Telegraph, Brit’s character murders the boyfriend with her bare hands before taking the girlfriend hostage, with whom she will engage in a number of sex scenes.

“Quentin is convinced Britney will be brilliant.”

“Britney is delighted, she thinks it could turn her career and her life around. A successful film could help her get out of her current nightmare,” an excited insider confirms to The Daily Telegraph.

“It is perfect Tarantino material. He wanted to get Britney first. She’s playing the most important character.”

Quentin is still on the hunt for a pair of Hollywood starlets to take on the roles of the remaining two strippers.

Mack Chico

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2008/08/06 at 12:00am

Jason Statham to play Daredevil?

Jason Statham to play Daredevil?

Death Race and Crank star Jason Statham wants to be in a big screen reboot of the popular Marvel character Daredevil. But Statham doesn’t want to play the baddie Bullseye, he wants to take over as the blind man behind the red mask – Daredevil, who was played by Ben Affleck in Mark Steven Johnson’s 2003 film.

Frank Miller, who is credited for adding new depths to the comic book series in the 1970’s, has also given his approval: “I think he should be Daredevil too,” Miller told the LA Times.

Mack Chico

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2008/08/05 at 12:00am

The Counterfeiters

Rating: 5.0

Rated: R for some strong violence, brief sexuality/nudity and language.
Release Date: 2008-02-22
Starring: Stefan Ruzowitzky
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Official Website: http://www.sonyclassics.com/thecounterfeiters/

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The Counterfeiters is a great film which tells the true story of the Nazi attempts to forge bank notes during the Second World War.They grouped together from the camps anybody that had any printing, paper, forging, currency knowledge etc. They set about to create a mini-production line to forge the Pound (UK Currency) and the later the Dollar (USA Currency).

For the men involved their lives depended on their success. Due to the work involved they were treated well compared to others, but their lives were always in the balance.

The lead actor, Karl Markovics, who played Salomon Sorowitsch was amazing and stole the film to my mind. He played the character well, ruthless in one respect, compassionate in another. Although he was a criminal, a master forger, he lived by his own set of ethics. Which he stood fast to, regardless of the situation.

This film really questions your own beliefs, what would you do in this situation? If you help, then you help to fund the Nazi war machine. Let them put more people in camps, in the same position as you.

If you stick to your morals/ethics/beliefs whatever you like to call them. Then you face certain death. You are basically between a rock and a hard place regardless. So you can either give up all you belief in an effort to survive, or you can stick to your beliefs and die. What is more important?

A very good film indeed and to me Karl Markovics played a stunning role. He is certainly an actor I will look out for in the future.

 

Alex Florez

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2008/08/05 at 12:00am

Bottle Shock

Rated: PG-13 for brief strong language, some sexual content and a scene of drug use.
Release Date: 2008-08-08
Starring: Jody Savin, Randall Miller, Ross Schwartz
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Bottle Shock

It’s always a tricky situation to have a film’s protagonist be some-thing rather than some-one.  Such is the case with Bottle Shock, wherein California wine, in particular the one from Napa Valley, plays the underdog that goes for glory against all odds.  It may sound absurd, but at times this film does indeed have this ‘Rocky’ sensibility to it, where respect is earned and hearts are won. 

Based on a true story, the film tells us of a moment in time (1976) when a small American winery competed against the exalted French wines, putting californian vineyards on the map for decades to come.  Unfortunately, director Randall Miller muddles the picture with a few other story-lines that to be quite honest detract from the film.

Bill Pullman plays Jim Barrett, the founder of the Montelena vineyard that will eventually compete, but whose perfectionist ways don’t bode well for his son Bo Barrett (Chris Pine), who seems to disappoint his old man on a daily basis.  This father-son dynamic continues throughout the film while a contrived love triangle develops between Bo, his best friend Gustavo (Freddy Rodriguez), and a gorgeous intern named Sam (Rachel Taylor).

Then there’s the Steven Spurrier story – the British connoisseur played by an affable Alan Rickman, that travels to northern california in search of bottles for an upcoming wine tasting event he’s put together in europe to promote the diversity of offerings in his failing Paris shop.

But none of these plot lines are fully developed and so they aren’t as compelling as the competition itself.  A sad notion when you consider that said competition is only as long as a round in one of the famous Rocky bouts.

Still, those who are not wine enthusiasts or connoisseurs will find some of the scenes rather silly.  I’m referring to the faces the actors make when they taste the wine, when they caress the grapevines, and gaze upon the acres of land while the wind dances around the vineyards.  

There’s no question this small film has passion, but its also careful enough not to overdo or over glamorize the events that took place in the mid 70s. What’s hurts its chances nevertheless, are the many subplots that are touched upon so subtly but so forcefully thrown together. 

 

While it won’t leave a bad taste in your mouth, you might be more inclined to stick the cork back in the bottle, and call it a night.  

Mack Chico

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2008/08/05 at 12:00am

‘RocknRolla’ – first poster

'RocknRolla' - first poster

Warner Bros. just sent us the new poster for Guy Ritchie’s new October film – RocknRolla about a stolen painting from London that pits some of the city’s scrappiest tough guys against its more established underworld players. Gerard Butler, Tom Wilkinson, Thandie Newton, Idris Elba, Ludacris star.

RocknRolla poster

Mack Chico

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2008/08/05 at 12:00am

The Green Lantern in development

The Green Lantern in development

Production Weekly’s current issue has updated Warner Bros’ adaptation of DC Comic’s The Green Lantern as being in active development.

As the story goes, each sector of space is protected by a Green Lantern, possessing a power ring that uses a powerful green energy to do anything within the limits of the user’s imagination and will power. When the Green Lantern assigned to this sector of space finds himself dying on planet Earth, he tells the ring to find a suitable successor. The chosen replacement, hot-shot test pilot Hal Jordan, finds himself with a new job he never expected.

No director is mentioned in the above update, although Greg Berlanti (Everwood, Eli Stone) was attached to the project last year.

Alex Florez

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2008/08/05 at 12:00am

Leonardo DiCaprio to be Vladimir Lenin?

Leonardo DiCaprio to be Vladimir Lenin?

Leonardo DiCaprio is reportedly in talks to play Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin in a new movie.

The Titanic star is said to be in negotiations to take on the leading role in forthcoming film Lenin’s Brain, according to The Sun newspaper.

The picture will be directed by Russian moviemaker Alexander Der Borodyansky, who insists the actor is perfect for the part because of his striking physical resemblance to the communist politician, who died in 1924.

Mack Chico

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2008/08/04 at 12:00am

Justin Timberlake will host the Oscars?

Justin Timberlake will host the Oscars?

Say those six words when you get to the gates of hell and you’ll immediately be ushered to the VIP section.

I think it’s pretty effin’ disgusting that the producers are even considering allowing this douche bag host the Oscars. How long are the Oscars? Like 15 hours? Imagine sitting through 15 hours of Justin Timberlake. There isn’t enough booze and drugs on the planet to get you through that.

A source told The National Enquirer (via CM) that the producers were impressed with Justin after watching him host the ESPY Awards. They thought he was “naturally funny.” And me thinks the producers are “naturally high.”

They also think Justin could bring in a younger audience. The source went on to say, “Justin is more than a singer, he’s a song-and-dance man – and turned in a performance (at the ESPY Awards) any comedian would envy. Our first question was, ‘Can we get him?’ Justin does it all, and knows how to work a star-studded audience.” Song-and-dance man? Since when is this douche Gene Kelly?

This may be the perfect time to end the Oscars awards show. It’s been a good run, but it’s time to call it a day the minute you start to consider Justin Timberfake as a host. Instead, they can hand out the awards in the parking lot of Bob’s Big Boy after Sunday buffet brunch.

 

Mack Chico

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2008/08/04 at 12:00am

Bardem says no to ‘Killing Pablo’

Bardem says no to 'Killing Pablo'

An interesting development at today’s press junket for Woody Allen’s romantic comedy Vicky Christina Barcelona when ComingSoon.net spoke to the film’s star Javier Bardem and asked him about Joe Carnahan’s Killing Pablo, for which the Oscar-winning actor was attached to play the title role of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar.

It was reported by Variety last October that the Yari Film Group was fast-tracking the film with Bardem playing the lead role and Christian Bale to co-star. When ComingSoon.net spoke to Carnahan earlier this summer, he was already talking about his trip down to Colombia to start preparing in order to shoot the movie in the fall. (At the time, he said nothing about the casting.)

In February, the National Ledger cast some doubt on whether Bardem would play the role, but it seemed more like Bardem hadn’t decided what he wanted to do yet, saying “Those credits are up in the air” even though Bardem was still listed to play the role on IMDb.com, having presumably been Carnahan’s first choice for Escobar.

With that in mind, ComingSoon.net asked Bardem today how he was preparing for the role, to which we were informed that it was “a mistake” and that it “wasn’t true” he was going to play the part in Carnahan’s movie. Since we presumed everything was in place for casting with the Variety report and Carnahan’s own progress on moving into production, we’ll have to wait and see who Carnahan gets to fill the role if Bardem is out. There’s been no word from Bale on his own part in the movie despite having spent the past few weeks doing press for The Dark Knight.

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