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Movie News & Movie Rumors Round-Up: Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts, TMNT, more

Movie News & Movie Rumors Round-Up: Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts, TMNT, more

Here is the latest in Movie News, Movie Casting, Movie Rumors from the last week in the Film Industry

Dennis Quaid and Jennifer Aniston have been added to the cast in Elmore Leonard novel adaptation Switch. Switch features characters from other Leonard books and novels, most notably from Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown. I hope this is more Out of Sight and Jackie Brown than Killshot.

Josh Duhamel says none of the key actors will be returning for the reboot of the Transformers movie franchise. Oh, Transformers 4 will – so – suck then.

Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep are attached to the movie August: Osage County from The Company Men helmer John Wells. The duo would play a mother-daughter combo for the Weinstein production.

Wrath of the Titans director Jonathan Liebesman is in talks to direct a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot. This has disaster written all over it if it happens. The reboot more than the director attached, that is.

Finally, Angelina Jolie is set to return to the screen as an actress after a 2-year break in Disney’s Maleficient. Avatar production designer Robert Stromberg is set to direct.

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Central Perk’s “Gunther” Says ‘Friends’ Movie a Go

We have heard the rumors for a while, the possibility of a “Friends” (NBC’s hit TV show) movie happening for the big screen.  After the “Sex And The City” cast denied for years of a movie’s improbability, that finally came to fruition and cleaned house at the box office last year, which ultimately led to a sequel and more hype about other successful TV shows making the transition.  Hence we are left with a update from one of the biggest cast members from “Friends”, Central Perk’s Gunther.  No, while he’s not even technically a key ‘friend’, he still claims to drop some insider knowledge about the project’s likelihood.  James Michael Tyler hits us with this via NewsOfTheWorld:

‘Friends: The Movie’ is definitely on,” he said. “I still keep in touch with a lot of the cast and they say that they are really keen. I am definitely on board to do the film. I really loved my time on the show and I am looking forward to meeting up with the old gang again. I just hope we can do justice to the show in a film.

A ringing endorsement to be sure.  I am sure he is tight with all of the main cast members, such as Jennifer Aniston (whose love life is leading to her remaining in the spotlight), Matthew Perry (whose isn’t), Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc (ditto for them), and Courtney Cox who now routinely appears half-dressed in “Cougar Town” for ABC.  Nary a word from them recently, outside of Aniston’s supposed waffling on the likelihood of the project in the past.  The script is supposedly being written while the the cast is still bathing in their money from the show.  Rumor has it Schwimmer uses c-notes as toilet paper.  With this news, I am sure we can all mark it down on our calendars and prepare for the sitcom madness to make it to the big screen.  I wonder if it will have a situation where one of them dates another?  Just a thought for a novel Hollywood concept.

I would guess that Gunther and crew could all use the work, save for two of the leading ladies I suppose, so it probably wouldn’t be too difficult to convince them to do it (as long as they all made the same amount of money to do it).  I don’t know about all of this, not really looking forward to it if it were to happen, but legions of women and sissy men would.  What are your thoughts? I am out like “Smelly Cat.”

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‘Love Happens’ Preview

Aaron Eckhart has always been an actor of interest to me since seeing him in Paycheck. Yes, the movie starring Ben Affleck. The movie was no good, but Eckhart was great and certainly got my attention. He later confirmed my beliefs of him as a good actor when he starred in Thank You for Smoking. Of course it was his portrayal as Harvey Dent/Two Face in The Dark Knight the really put him on the map.  Jennifer Aniston is another actress who I’ve always thought positive about (and still find attractive). Like everybody, I first became a fan during her run with “Friends” and enjoyed her in Along Came Polly and The Break-Up.  She even surprised me with the indie film, The Good Girl. Aniston is easily the most successful cast member from “Friends” and she has found her niche in romantic comedies. She has already starred in two this year with He’s Just Not That Into You and Management. She is one of the few that I can tolerate in the genre and has good acting chops. Eckhart has had his share of romantic comedies as well with No Reservations and Conversations With Other Women. Both will star in the upcoming Love Happens, though this one has more emphasis on drama than comedy.

The Zodiac, picking up his killin' tools.

The Zodiac, picking up his killin' tools.

Eckhart plays Burke Ryan, a successful self-help author who has written a book about his recovering after his wife died. Titled “A-OKAY!” the book helps people cope with loss and it soon sky rockets him to an in-demand self-help spokesman. While giving a seminar in Seattle, he notices Eloise attending, a florist who owns her own shop. While randomly bumping into her in a hallway at the hotel, he is captivated by her and asks her out for coffee.  They soon become acquainted with each other and start to date. But things start to become uneasy when Burke still hasn’t gotten over his wife’s death. Burke must find peace with himself after the passing of his wife and be willing to let someone new into his life.

The film co-stars Martin Sheen (The Departed), Judy Greer (27 Dresses), Joe Anderson (Across The Universe), Dan Fogler (Fanboys) and John Carroll Lynch (Gran Torino).  Love Happens was directed and co-written by Brandon Camp and his other work includes having written the terrible Dragonfly.  Mike Thompson is the other co-writer and he also served as co-producer. He co-wrote Dragonfly with Camp.

Fogler (left) has played wingman in at least two films now. How?

Good luck picking up a girl when you've got Fogler as your wingman.

I do think the title of the movie is a little cheesy, but this looks good.  I like Eckhart and Aniston and it’s nice to see a romantic movie free from the constraints of the comedy aspect. I guess I do tend to favor romantic dramas above the comedy ones. Love Happens should be a hit as a date movie and could be a potential tearjerker.  The beautiful Seattle backdrop reminds me of the classic Sleepless in Seattle and it should add something special to the movie. Come to think of it, Paycheck was also filmed there. Maybe it’s just a push, then.

Love Happens opens September 18th.

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‘Love Happens’ Trailer

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‘Management’ Preview

Movies about stalkers are usually thrillers that first involve a romance that leads to deception or murder. Some notable ones would be Fatal Attraction, Swimfan and the forthcoming Obsessed.  One area that hasn’t been explored too much is the stalker film with comedic elements. The only one I can think of off the top of my head is There’s Something About Mary. That film featured several stalkers all trying to get to Mary (Cameron Diaz). It could have been alternately titled It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Mary. I never thought a movie about stalkers could be so funny and it’s why I have a slight interest in seeing Management.

"Whoa! Whoa! The point of bumpers cars is to not bumb. The bumpers are just there in case something happens. Like insurance."

"Whoa! Whoa! The point of bumpers cars is to not bump. The bumpers are just there in case something happens. Like insurance."

Steve Zahn (Rescue Dawn) plays another character with stalker qualities, but has good intentions.  He is Matthew Cranshaw, an employee who works at a roadside motel owned by his parents in Arizona. When Sue Clausen (Jennifer Aniston, Marley and Me), a traveling saleswoman selling art, checks in, Matthew is instantly captivated.  He visits her room with a bottle of champagne, saying it is compliments from management. They start to talk and Matthew ends up asking Sue if he can touch her butt.  Sue, realizing Matthew wants her, agrees to let him.  At this point, I’m not really sure what happens between these two because the trailer blacks out with Matthew commenting that Sue’s butt is “very warm.”  With stupid situations and unfunny lines like these, I may change my mind about seeing this.  After seeing each other that night (whatever the hell they did), Matthew begins his stalker ways by visiting her at work. Sue, perplexed by his presence and well aware of his intentions, begins to hang out with him anyway. Matthew, completely in love with Sue, is crushed when he hears she moved to Washington D.C. without telling him.  When his sick mom (Margo Martindale, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story) tells Matthew he needs to find something in life that makes him happy, he decides to take a cross-country trip to Washington to win Sue’s heart. When he arrives, he discovers Sue has been seeing her ambitious ex-boyfriend Jango (Woody Harrelson, No Country For Old Men). With help from his buddy (James Hiroyuki Liao, “Prison Break”), Matthew goes to any lengths to be with Sue, like playing a keyboard outside her window at night and parachuting into a pool while she is poolside. Sue, at the same time, must figure out what she wants out of life. Is it a stalker?

"To butt touching."

"To butt touching."

Management was written and directed by Stephen Belber, who makes his directorial debut and has mainly written for television (“Rescue Me”) to this point.

Management seems like a decent romantic comedy and I think the stalking element will be amusing. Let’s hope it doesn’t go overboard with the stupid butt touching jokes, though. “Your butt is round.” Ha. “Your butt is soft.” Haha. “Your butt has more than one cheek.” Hahaha. Yeah, we don’t need that.

Management opens May 15th.

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Bateman To Inseminate Aniston (Video)

Jason Bateman (Teen Wolf Too) will play best friend to Jennifer Aniston (Leprechaun), in the upcoming romantic-comedy (is there any other kind of romantic movie?), The Baster. That’s right, The Baster. What? It’s a perfectly cromulent word.

According to “The Hollywood Reporter,” The Baster will place Wally (Bateman) and Kassie (Aniston) as BFFs (I actually someone use that term seriously last night). “When Wally learns that Kassie plans to become pregnant through artificial insemination, he replaces the donor’s semen with his own and must live with the secret that he is the father of her child.”

And because it’s a romantic-comedy, I can reveal the super secret ending to you: they end up breaking through the “friend” title and end up together as lovers.

The film havs the un-enviable task of having two directors. Will Speck and Josh Gordon (both did Blades of Glory) will be donning those hats. The script was adapted by Allan Loeb (21) from a “New Yorker”-published short story, written by Jeffrey Eugenides.

TV was kind to both Bateman and Aniston as it helped launch (in Bateman’s case, re-launch) their careers into features. I like Bateman and lot, and I’m sure he’ll elevate this script more than any other run-of-the-mill romantic-comedy star would have. At least we’re not getting another McConaughey/Hudson release. With that in mind, this could be worth seeing.

Bateman was the best thing about Smokin’ Aces, and I’ve adopted that handshake as my own:

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‘He’s Just Not That Into You’ Preview with new Video Clip

I’ll get this out of the way, right up front..I am not one to go to see “chick flicks.”  Anyone that knows me, knows this to be the case.  And yes, they can’t entirely understand it.  It’s not that I don’t have many opportunities, I do.  It’s not that I don’t catch shit for it, I do.  But I stick to my guns, so It just doesn’t happen.  I have to have a real sell job on something (or be real horny) to take such a plunge.  That being said, there is a strange curiosity, that there is still no chance in hell I am likely to itch mind you, surrounding the upcoming film, He’s Just Not That Into You.

Will Bradley Cooper redeem himself?

Will Bradley Cooper redeem himself?

I’ll admit, the trailers do little to entice me, so I can’t entirely place my finger on what it is.  Even the possibility (slim to none) of seeing Scarlett Johansson naked (the skinny dipping scene), is not enough to rally my level of intrigue.  More than anything it has to do with such an expansive cast (I mean who doesn’t recognize that gay Asian dude?), covering familiar subject matter (dating), in what is hopefully, a new, modern way.  Justin Long, Drew Barrymore, Kevin Connolly, Jennifer Connelly (no relation), Jennifer Aniston and Ben Affleck?  That is one large cast and I am still not covering all of the principles.  The film deals with the challenges of being able to read, or misreading, human behavior and interaction.  Several interconnecting storylines will bring you the details.

Affleck tried to play the role of John Mayer, to no avail, off set.

Affleck tried to play the role of John Mayer, to no avail, off set.

Now, I will admit, I wouldn’t normally preview this film.  In many ways, the thought of going to see it repulses me to my very core.  (“My Space is the new booty call?!” — Are you fookin’ kidding me?!)  But I am curious to see what those that do see it, end up thinking about it.  And if you are curious (no I am not a salesman here), please do comment on what you think or what your expectations are.

This clip is so bad that it had to be posted.

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