Warner Bros.' upcoming comedy Horrible Bosses takes a fairly common working class fantasy — killing one's boss — and spins it with comedy's proverbial "rule of threes" — three friends (Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis) and three bosses (Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston and Colin Farrell).
The first trailer revealed the movie's storyline, while the first preview clip and TV spots have concentrated on the three friends and poor attempts at becoming murderers, including looking for a hitman over the Internet.
Yahoo has revealed the second preview clip, which shows Bateman's motivation behind killing his boss, after Mr. Harken (Spacey) grossly overlooks Bateman for a promotion that was promised to him. To make matters worse, Spacey's character clearly did not have a loving bond with his grandmother. watch the clip >> Posted 06.23.11 by Ryan
Even with a colossal budget of $270 million, director Bryan Singer's Superman Returns still managed to turn a profit of $120 million and was considered by many a valiant attempt to recapture the myth and magic of Richard Donner's Superman.
But, comic book movie fans have a laundry list of complaints about the movie, from Superman's (Brandon Routh) use of his powers to become a peeping tom to his super-powered love child with Lois Lane (Kate Bosworth), a character that never existed in the comic books.
For Warner Bros. (WB), the movie was likely a huge disappointment in light of the $220 million profit Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins earned the year before. Whether motivated soley by profit or with the intent of appeasing the fans, WB has decided to reboot the franchise by bringing in Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) to direct Superman: The Man of Steel. what did spacey say about playing Lex Luthor in The Man of Steel? >> Posted 12.18.10 by BrentJS
A longer version of the trailer for Casino Jack has arrived online. The movie follows the life of Bush administration lobbyist Jack Abramoff (Kevin Spacey) during his rise and fall in Washington D.C. that ended with a prison indictment. George Hickenlooper (Factory Girl) directed the movie, which opens on December 29, a few weeks after the real life Abramoff is released from prison. Kelly Preston plays Abramoff's wife, Pam, and Barry Pepper plays Abramoff’s business partner, Michael Scanlon. Jon Lovitz also co-stars. Watch the trailer >> Posted 10.21.10 by Ryan
The first trailer for director George Hickenlooper's (Factory Girl) new movie, Casino Jack (formerly Bagman) is now online. Written by Norman Snider, Casino Jack—not to be confused with Casino Jack and the United States of Money, a 2010 documentary by Alex Gibney— is a docudrama about the rise and fall of powerful Washington, D.C. lobbyist and con man Jack Abramoff, who was convicted of fraud, conspiracy, and tax evasion in 2006 and is currently in prison. It stars Kevin Spacey, Barry Pepper, Jon Lovitz, Conrad Pla, Christian Campbell and Kelly Preston. read the synopsis & watch the trailer >> Posted 09.18.10 by BrentJS
Even though Bryan Singer's Superman Returns grossed $390 million worldwide, it is still considered a failure by many. Critics often compare it to Warner's other top superhero property, The Dark Knight, which grossed more than $1 billion and had a smaller production budget.
Still, Superman topped the list of a recent MTV poll that asked which DC Comics character should be fast-tracked to the big screen next. In a recent interview with MTV, Kevin Spacey said that he would be "delighted" to reprise the role of Lex Luthor in a sequel to Superman Returns.
If I ran Warner Brothers I could tell you definitively we'd be making that movie. But I don't, and they haven't called me to tell me. Literally, all I know is what I've heard from press reports. I can't even confirm whether those are true or not because I haven't spoken to Bryan.
Recently, director James McTeigue's (Ninja Assassin) name has been popping up as the man who will possibly direct the next installment of the franchise. However, his take on "The Big Blue Boy Scout," would likely leave little room for Spacey, since he said the franchise is "ripe for a retooling." Posted 11.24.09 by BrentJS
The premise behind The Men Who Stare at Goats -- that the U.S. military employed "psychic spies" during the Cold War -- may seem pretty bizarre, but it's apparently based on an actual program. In fact, actor Jeff Bridges contacted Lt. Col. Jim Channon, the real-life "psychic warrior" that his character in the movie, Bill Django, is based upon for tips when preparing for the role. Bridges told the L.A. Times:
Jim Channon is alive and well in Hawaii, and he answered all my questions. He's very gung-ho, and he's really dedicated to changing the human direction. A lot of the stuff is far-fetched and easy to laugh at but in my own personal view, it's headed in the right direction. We have to find some way besides killing each other. This stuff is bizarre, but I bet whatever is really going on in the universe is a lot weirder."
In addition to getting tips from Channon, Bridges said that he used his own strange experiences to help him formulate the character of Django.
I found myself remembering my own experiences in the 1970s when I hung out with John Lilly, the man who invented the isolation tank and did experiments with trying to communicate with dolphins. I was a test subject in the isolation tank; it was a box with about 2 feet of water and 1,000 pounds of salt so you would float. John was a guy who would shoot acid -- he'd inject LSD straight into his veins -- and go in there for 24 hours.
When it comes to choosing acting roles, Bridges said that he really tries "not to do anything at all."
I only take projects that come to the point where I have no choice. Whatever sucks me in, whatever beats my resistance, those are the ones I did.
The Men Who Stare at Goats was written, directed, and produced by Grant Heslov and also stars George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, and Kevin Spacey. Posted 11.01.09 by BrentJS
The latest trailer for the darkly comic The Men Who Stare at Goats highlights the training that went into making Lyn Cassady (George Clooney) one of America's would-be psychic super-soliders. As their New Age trainer, Jeff Bridges comes off like The Dude on steroids, alternately barking orders and getting those soldiers dancing. We also get an amusing glimpse of fellow trainee Kevin Spacey channeling a clearly inadequate spirit guide and Clooney himself struggling with "the silence of the goats."
Underneath the comedy though, lies the even more absurd truth. There really was some sort of misbegotten psychic warfare initiative inside the U.S. military, and former participants have come out of the shadows to tell the wacky tale in a mini-documentary about the real First Earth Battalion on which the movie was based. Posted 10.26.09 by reelz
Last week, MTV Movies asked Jesse Eisenberg about the upcoming Facebook movie, pressing him for an answer as to whether he was part of the rumored cast, which also included Justin Timberlake and Andrew Garfield. Eisenberg simply responded, "They are rumors; that is true."
Well, now we can freely say that all these rumors are true. Variety is reporting that all three are now officially attached to The Social Network, which is being directed by David Fincher (Benjamin Button, Zodiac, Fight Club) and produced by Kevin Spacey.
The script for the movie was penned by Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing, Charlie Wilson's War)and tells the story of how Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook in 2004 while asophomore at Harvard. In the five years since, Facebook has amassedmore than 200 million users. Sorkin adapted his script from the Ben Mezrich book The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal.
You might remember Eisenberg from his memorable performance in The Squid and the Whale as writer-director Noah Baumbach's alter ego, a maladjusted youth with daddy issues. That role, we're sure, had an influence in the choice to cast him as Zuckerberg, who has been characterized as highly intelligent, ambitious, and socially awkward. Eisenberg also appears opposite Woody Harrelson in Zombieland, which comes out next Friday.
Timberlake has been cast as Napster co-founder Sean Parker, who became Facebook's founding president. Garfield will portray Eduardo Saverin, who helped Zuckerberg launch the networking site, but later abandoned the relationship due to quarrels over financial issues.
The movie is expected sometime in 2010. No other casting decisions have been announced as of yet. Posted 09.24.09 by reelz
During an interview for the upcoming Zombieland, MTV Movies asked Jesse Eisenberg about the rumors he will star as Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network, which begins filming in October and will be released sometime next year.
When asked very pointedly if the rumors were true, Eisenberg evasively answered, "They are rumors; that is true." He then fumbled for a graceful exit from the conversation, but definitely left some room for interpretation.
The Social Network is being helmed by David Fincher, who also directed Benjamin Button, Zodiac, and Fight Club. This prompted Eisenberg's Zombieland co-star Woody Harrelson, who was also present for the interview, to ask Eisenberg how he could possibly say no. Eisenberg simply responded (unconvincingly, in our opinion), "I'm sure you could find a reason to say no."
The script for the movie was penned by Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing, Charlie Wilson's War) and tells the story of how Zuckerberg created Facebook in 2004 while a sophomore at Harvard. In the five years since, Facebook has amassed more than 200 million users. Sorkin adapted his script from the Ben Mezrich book The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal.
Kevin Spacey is acting as one of the producers and has already expressed great excitement over the project. Other rumored stars include Justin Timberlake and Andrew Garfield. Posted 09.17.09 by reelz
A new trailer is out for one of the most oddly titled movies of the year. But The Men Who Stare at Goats turns out to be quite a fitting header for this darkly comic tale from the shadowlands of psychic warfare.
Front and center is U.S. Army First Earth Battalion unit member Lyn Cassady (George Clooney), who purports to be a soldier from the military's super-secret psychic warfare division reactivated for a new mission in the War on Terror. Although you might call him a psychic spy, he explains to a reporter (Ewan McGregor) chasing down the rumors of weird goings-on at the Pentagon that the title he prefers is "Jedi warrior." That pretty much sets the tone for the misadventures that follow.
The title refers to the power to kill goats just by looking at them. To his credit, Clooney's character does appear to get one poor goat to keel over, although the walking through walls thing definitely needs more work.
In addition to Clooney and McGregor, the all-star cast features Jeff Bridges and Kevin Spacey. It is set to premiere at the Toronto film festival next month and opens in theaters November 6. Posted 08.28.09 by reelz