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Anne Hathaway, Neil Patrick Harris Visit ‘Rio’

Lest I be shunned for daring to make a comparison between two rival animation studios for covering similar territory, I avoid the temptation of pointing out the upcoming Blue Sky Studios film, Rio, will take place in South America, much like Pixar’s latest hit, Up, did. You’ll get no comparison from me. Just the facts.

Anne Hathaway, who’s been sadly absent from theater screens this year (save the early January release of Bride Wars) is signing up to lend her voice, along with Neil Patrick Harris, for the Fox Animation studio’s new film, Rio. “The Hollywood Reporter” states the film “follows the adventures of a nerdy macaw who lights out from his small-town Minnesota cage for the exotic Summer Olympic city of Rio de Janeiro, is scheduled for an April 8, 2011, release.”

The film will be directed by Carlos Saldanha, who recently brought Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs to the screen. I haven’t seen any of the Ice Age films, though they’re obviously a hit, so there’s no reason to expect this won’t follow in its footsteps.  Hathaway is one of my top two celebrity crushes right now, but I don’t think her voice in a film will convince me to see it, unlike her appearing in a film. Does a certain celebrity lending their voice to a film have any impact on your desire to see the finished product?

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Casting Round-Up: Carla Gugino, Sam Worthington, Hugh Jackman

A lot of casting announcements or near-announcements made today concern higher profile actors in higher profile projects.

Let’s start off with Ms. Carla Gugino, who you may recognize as the hot naked one from Sin City or the original Silk Spectre from Watchmen. After those two comic book films and a semi-recurring role on “Entourage,” Gugino is once again teaming up with her Watchmen director, Zack Snyder, for the female-empowered Sucker Punch. According to “The Hollywood Reporter,” the film is set in a 1950’s mental institution when a character played by Emily Browning is scheduled by her evil stepfather to be lobotomized (think the ending of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) in five days. She forms an escape plan with other female inmates. Gugino will play Mrs. Schultz, an adult figure in the institution.

Sam Worthington, he of Terminator Salvation, the upcoming Avatar and the the even further upcoming Clash of the Titans is in talks to join Charlize Theron in The Tourist, according to “Variety.” The film is based on the 2005 French thriller, Anthony Zimmer, about a female Interpol agent who uses an American tourist to expose a criminal who was once her lover. I’m assuming Theron would play the female agent and Worthington the used American.

Finally, after receiving non-critical praise for X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Hugh Jackman has found his next project. He’ll play the title role in The Greatest Showman on Earth, based on the life of circus ringleader P.T. Barnum. The twist differentiating this from the typical biopic-based-on-circus-showman is it will be a musical. For those that don’t know, Jackman has been a longtime Broadway musical star, having hosted the Tony Awards multiple times before given the reigns to this past year’s Oscars. On an even more intriguing note, the script being written by Jenny Bicks (Sex and the City) has a co-starring role written for one Anne Hathaway, who happened to be Jackman’s opening number partner at the Oscars, as well (relive that performance with the video, here).

I’m probably most interested in Snyder’s Sucker Punch as he’s proven to deliver an astounding visual. The concept of biopic-as-musical intrigues, especially with the possibility of Anne Hathaway co-starring. But, to dismiss a Theron project when she easily holds her own if not dominates the “beautiful” category against the aforementioned female names, would be disrespectful. So, hell, at the moment I’m down for all of it. Which of the three projects piques your interest the most? And since I mentioned it, which of the three women?

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More ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Pics For You

As I continue to get nearer to the back cover of the latest “Empire” magazine, the great cinematic publication has updated their site with some new images of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland cast. They’re not wholly dissimilar to the ones we posted a couple of weeks ago, but it’s another look at what’s to come, so why ignore it? Especially on a day where it seems films news has all but died off.

Here are head-to-knees portraits of The Mad Hatter, The Red Queen, The White Queen and Alice herself. For some reason, the theme seems to be “holding animals” and thus each character is holding a non-human creature of some sort.

Like I said, not a hell of a lot new here, but my motto has always been “the more of Anne Hathaway, the better,” even if she looks like that girl you went out of your way to avoid in high school. I hope you agree. Let us know how you feel about this pics in conjuncture with the previous ones. Sadly, no Tweedledee or dum.

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“Creepy,” “Bizarre” Describe ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Pics

Tim Burton’s a crazy cat, no doubt, but that’s why he was a perfect choice to bring Lewis Carroll’s drug-tripped novel “Alice in Wonderland” to life. Much like he did a few years ago with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Burton has been tasked to bring his twisted take on another family favorite, this time attempting to best Disney’s animated version of the story.

Today, the web was set aflame with five character portraits from the upcoming film, due for release March 5, 2010. They are Mia Wasikowska as Alice, Johnny Depp as The Mad Hatter, Helena Bonham Carter as The Red Queen, Anne Hathaway as The White Queen and Matt Lucas as Tweedledee and Tweedledum. The words creepy and bizarre come to mind. Maybe even weird. But, such is to be expected with the fusion of Burton and Alice in Wonderland.

I am looking forward to seeing how this plays out. With the below images, I fear it’ll be more Charlie and the Chocolate Factory than I’d like it be, but it ultimately depends which way Burton turns the whimsical/oddity meter.

Speaking of Alice in Wonderland, Aintitcool ran a piece during the release of Grindhouse about what their favorite grindhouse films were. One of them wrote about a 1976 Argentinian X-rated musical-comedy version of Alice in Wonderland. Sounds genius.

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What do you think of the images? Intrigued?

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Jake Gyllenhall & Anne Hathaway Love Drugs

The duo that masqueraded as husband and wife in Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain are ready to re-team for Love and Other Drugs, an adaptation of author Jamie Reidy’s book “Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman.”  The book was an eye-opening piece on the drug industries shady business practices, as told by Reidy, who was a drug rep for pharmaceutical giant Pfizer back in the 90’s.  The movie is to be helmed by Defiance director Ed Zwick. Movies.ie says:

Gyllenhaal will play the salesman, who begins a relationship with a woman who has Parkinson’s (Hathaway) while on one of his sales calls. Their love story plays out in the political and social context of the time.

It’s good to hear of two good young actors who like working together and have a chance to grow together throughout the remainder of their careers.  Hathaway has the throwback classic beauty look and Gyllenhaal has always played the wide-eyed, confused guy well.  Not really sure why I am drawn to either actor, yet I think that is part of their respective appeal, they can draw you in without being a larger than life presence on the screen.  I will be curious to see how Zwick handles this storyline, will it be more slanted to the love angle or will it have more of a The Insider feel, where there are exposes on the industry taking place?  Will it play straight or more comedic like Matt Damon and Steven Soderbergh’s The Informant (due to drop later this year, reviewed early)?  We’ll keep an eye out for this one.

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Hathaway, Maguire To Throw ‘Tokyo Suckerpunch’

Ed Solomon, the writer of the upcoming Eddie Murphy-starrer Imagine That and Men In Black was running his mouth this weekend about the new project he’s writing, called Tokyo Suckerpunch. It’s an adaptation of a novel of the same name, written by Isaac Adamson.

The story revolves around a comic book writer in Cleveland who has written graphic novels featuring him in falling in love in Tokyo. He delves a little too far into his own fantasy and decides to trek to Tokyo for real in search of the woman he’s idealized in his books. He travels the city with his editor and instead falls in love with her.

Tobey Maguire is set to play the comic book author lead, while Anne Hathaway is to play his editor.

The film isn’t supposed to be a paint-by-numbers romantic comedy and will have some adventure within. I think Maguire and Hathaway could have some chemistry together and I like the Tokyo setting. I think it could prove worthy of some inspired visuals.

Are you into the pairing of these two actors? What do you think of the plot?

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Hathaway To Play Judy Garland (Video)

It was suggested in an earlier post that Anne Hathaway’s singing performance at this year’s Oscar ceremony would net her a film role and it appears it has.

Variety” reports the Rachel Getting Married star will be playing Judy Garland in an adaptation of Gerald Clarke’s biography, “Get Happy: The Life or Judy Garland.”

The Weinstein Company purchased the rights to the book for Hathaway to star.

Hathaway’s officially blown up as an dramatic actress. It was a pretty quick rise from Disney’s The Princess Diaries franchise and it looks like it was about a three-film arc that truly made the transition for her. She got nude in 2005’s Havoc, displaying no shyness. She did the same thing again later that year in a supporting role, but more exposed film in Brokeback Mountain. Then, she became bankable on her own name as opposed to Disney’s in 2006’s The Devil Wears Prada. Transformation complete. Maybe somebody will make a movie based on that one day. It promises nudity.

Garland will forever be associated with the role of Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz. She continued to live a life full of song, dance and drug addiction afterward and presumably that will be displayed prominently in this new biopic. I like Hathaway a lot and I’m sure she’s fulfilling the dream of a lot of young women by playing this part, but I’m not the biggest biopic fan. JFK‘s about as close as I get. What do you think? While on the subject, how do you pronounce biopic? Like myopic? Or like bye-oh-pic? I’m the latter.

Here she is singing at the Oscars:

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‘Rachel Getting Married’ Review

To date, I’ve only attended three weddings in my life. Two of them I was in, but none as the star. All were fairly traditional. Held at churches. Brides wore white. Groomsmen dressed in tuxedoes. As the title would suggest, a wedding takes place at the core of Rachel Getting Married, and exists to drive the surrounding events. Although the wedding was nothing like the others I’ve attended, aside from the lawful union of two people, I feel I can chalk up another tally on my Wedding Attendance Scorecard.

The titular Rachel (Rosemarie DeWitt) is indeed tying the knot with her fiancé Sidney (Tunde Adebimpe), but she is not the center of attention, as all brides aspire to be. She is upstaged by her sister Kym (Anne Hathaway), who is granted a two-day leave of absence from her long-standing stint in drug rehabilitation, for the sole purpose of attending the wedding. Although Kym is content to keep a lower profile, her family is wound tightly throughout her presence. She makes them stiffen up whenever she enters a room, as there are skeletons in her drug-addled closet.

Regardless of tensions, the show must go on. No one comes between a bride and her wedding, and this is no exception. Kym tries to stay on her best behavior, managing to attend a drug addiction meeting, trying to maintain some semblance on the life she’s known for so long. She makes an acquaintance with a fellow recovering drug addict, who just happens to be Sidney’s best man. They share an intimate moment, and it appears this may be the road the film heads down. However, the focus is never removed from the wedding and how the bond of sisterhood is exhausted during tumultuous times.

Eventually, Kym lashes out in frustration from the constant peering and unease around her. She vies to be the maid-of-honor, wanting the title stripped from Rachel’s best friend. She gives a self-centered toast at the reception dinner, showing a flair for the dramatic, sucking all celebratory good cheer from the room. Those skeletons in the closet reveal themselves in a bout of competitive dishwashing and it’s instantly understood the wariness and unease that surrounds her. Their divorced mother (Debra Winger) appears to be the one individual that can set things straight, but might be the most uncomfortable of all.

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If you love something, let it go. Yes, she loves this light.

Aside from the downer subject matter of drug rehab and closeted skeletons, the film is actually full of joyous celebration. It is about a wedding after all. In what is supposed to be the happiest day of a couple’s life, the pairing is never discouraged and always positive. The script by first-timer Jenny Lumet (daughter of Sidney) is nothing short of illuminating. It was never in danger of becoming a Hollywood studio picture as it bucks every trend you tried to see coming. It takes a deliberate and methodical pace that invites you to be a fly-on-the-wall throughout its forever-intriguing storyline.

Perfectly married to the script is Jonathan Demme’s expert direction. He employs an ever-roving camera, managing to capture giant scope and miniature detail. He stays with scenes much longer than expected, providing the audience member with the feeling of having been present in the scene. The aforementioned rehearsal dinner sees most, if not all, members of the party stand up and toast the bride and groom, even if they have no other moments throughout. This helps open things up and successfully creates an atmosphere that allows the nuances of the film to flourish. This process is aided by lively music for the duration, making the unique wedding experience that much more.

Of course, the film would ultimately fail those two terrific elements were in not for top-notch acting all-around. Hathaway, looking unglamorous for the first time since pre-transformation in The Princess Diaries, captures the role of her life to-date, with a depth she’s never had a chance to display. Kudos to Demme for immediately thinking of her and helping her inhabit the human tornado. She deserves every acting nomination she’s received for the role, and it’s a shame she hasn’t won to this point. She has successfully transitioned herself from a Disney queen to a tremendous talent, and the roles will be rolling in. Special mentions need to be made for DeWitt, Debra Winger and Bill Irwin, all of whom give award-worthy performances, elevating a great film through terrific chemistry.

Rachel Getting Married was a tremendous experience, from beginning to end. I’ve fallen in love with the movie since seeing it, and I feel it was robbed of more deserved Oscar nominations. No Demme, Lumet, DeWitt or Best Picture nomination leaves the ultimate awards show sorely lacking. The film far outweighs Milk, Frost/Nixon and The Reader, which makes for severe oversight. It’s easily one of my five favorite films of the year, and I hope it gets recognized for being the modern classic it is, as soon as possible.

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