“Rango” preview report from Latino Review

December 10th 2010 • by Jess • No CommentsProjects

More details on Rango from LatinoReview.com

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If you know anything about Rango, it’s most likely from seeing the posters and banners hung at your local theater chain. It’s the one that pictures a chameleon in a red Hawaiian shirt against the background of the blue desert sky. It’s a children’s movie from Paramount and Nickelodeon Studios, but I’d venture a guess that the similarity between the Rango poster and the poster from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is completely intentional. That’s the type of movie it looks like Rango is going to be – not a straight Hunter S. Thompson children’s movie, but one that is none-the-less slightly off-kilter.
I was invited up to the Paramount screening room in Time Square to view some footage for Rango and listen to Gore Verbinksi (the director of the Pirates trilogy, now turned to ILM’s first character-animation film) describe his quirky little family comedy.

Previously on this site, you could have read a description of what fellow LR staffer Ron Henriques saw, including a breakdown of the footage and some pretty stills, but apparently that’s not supposed to be what we’re telling or showing you from a marketing perspective. Please note the above screencap of a “Rango” Google Image search, because I’m not supposed to show you any of these readily available images either.

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Kristin Scott Thomas loves Isla

December 7th 2010 • by Jess • No Comments"Confessions of a Shopaholic"

Isla’s Confessions Of A Shopaholic co-star Kristin Scott Thomas mentioned Isla in a recent interview:

Name some actors that you like to watch.

Meryl Streep is my hero. I like to watch Scarlett Johansson and Joaquin Phoenix too. I also really love Isla Fisher because of whom I did Confessions of a Shopaholic, which really is a movie where I had no business being in.

“Wedding Crashers (Uncorked Edition) [Unrated]” Now Available on the iTunes Movie Store

December 7th 2010 • by Jess • No CommentsProjects

Wedding Crashers (Uncorked Edition) [Unrated], the latest comedy by David Dobkin, is now available from the iTunes Movie Store. The title is available as a rental for $2.99 and can be purchased for $9.99. A preview of the movie is also available on Apple’s website.

The movie’s written description is, “Academy Award-nominated Owen Wilson (“The Royal Tenenbaums” “Starsky & Hutch”) and Vince Vaughn (“Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story,” “Old School”) star as John Beck with and Jeremy Klein, two partying divorce attorneys – and committed womanizers – who have figured out a surefire way to meet women: they crash weddings. But the guys’ happy-go-lucky lives change abruptly when John unexpectedly falls in love with a bridesmaid. Things become even more complicated when the men discover that the object of John’s affection is the daughter of the US Secretary of the Treasury. Also starring Rachel McAdams (“The Notebook,” “Mean Girls”), Academy Award-winner, Emmy Award-nominee, and Golden Globe- nominee Christopher Walken (“The Deer Hunter,” “Catch Me if You Can”), Golden Globe-winner and Emmy Award-winnerJane Seymour (“Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” “East of Eden”), and Isla Fisher (“Scooby Doo,” “The Lookout”). Guest Starring Golden Globe and Emmy Award-nominee Will Ferrell (“Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,” “Stranger than Fiction”).”

The movie’s copyright is listed as “MMVII Newline Productions, Inc. And Walden Media, LLC. All Rights Reserved”.

If you are not familiar with the iTunes Movie Store, it’s a place to rent or purchase the latest Hollywood movies in high-definition. Whether you’re looking for a romantic comedy, an action-packed drama or a sci-fi thriller, iTunes has what you’re looking for–thousands of movies from every major Hollywood studio. When you buy a movie, you also gain access to special features called iTunes Extras including interviews, trailers, and photos that you can watch in iTunes on your Mac or PC.

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Rango Preview from cinemablend.com

December 4th 2010 • by Jess • No CommentsProjects

Last night Paramount brought Gore Verbinski to its Times Square screening room to show off 8 minutes of footage from his new animated film Rango. The movie is an enormous change of pace from the erstwhile Pirates of the Caribbean franchise director, a comedic Western based around the character of a chameleon (voiced by Jack Sparrow himself, Johnny Depp) who finds himself in an Old West town and pretends to be a famed gunslinger in order to impress the locals.

Quite honestly, I had no idea what to make of Rango when I went to the preview, and hadn’t really even bothered to watch the trailer that debuted over the summer. The first surprise came at the beginning of the presentation, when an unassuming gray-haired guy in a jacket stepped up to the podium and said in a soft voice, “Hi, I’m Gore… the director.” The man who followed Jack Sparrow across the ocean in three different films was as quiet and modest as the Pirates films weren’t, and even as he was describing his film using references to Chinatown and Casablanca and describing desert-fueled hallucination sequences, I couldn’t quite figure out what I was in for. Then, wouldn’t you know it, he showed off the footage and I was totally stunned. Showing the scene as Rango arrives in town and faces down a hawk that lives to terrorize young reptiles, the movie was funny and fast-paced and utterly enjoyable, getting big laughs out of the audience of critics and forcing me to remember– oh yeah, Gore Verbinski is why the first Pirates was so good. Of course he can pull this off.

Looking totally weird and kinda gross– the characters are all desert creatures like armadillos and lizards and frogs– and like a real adventure, Rango is now high on my list of what’s worth seeing next spring. For more of my thoughts on the movie, check out the video I recorded in Times Square after the screening with pals Matt Patches and Dave Gonzales (camera work by Wilson Morales of BlackFilm.com, and much appreciated). We were all pretty excited about what we had seen, even though we still couldn’t quite figure out the meaning of the wind-up orange fish we had been given (that remains a mystery). Rango opens March 4, and in addition to Depp, Isla Fisher, Abigail Breslin, Bill Nighy, Ned Beatty and more lend their voices to the film.



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“Burke & Hare” UK Box Office

November 3rd 2010 • by Jess • No Comments"Burke & Hare"

British moviegoers gorged themselves for a second week on a rich diet of horror as “Saw 3D” took over the No. 1 box office spot from Paranormal Activity.

The story of a group of Jigsaw survivors seeking the support of a self-help guru with a dark secret took 3.6 million pounds on its debut over the weekend, according to Screen International on Tuesday.

The three orphan girls of family movie “Despicable Me” stayed in second place, just above the chilling suburban frights of “Paranormal Activity 2″ in third.

“RED,” with Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich and Helen Mirren as former CIA agents on the run, slipped a place to fourth.

Facebook biopic “The Social Network” was down one at five while Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis in the story of two 19th century body snatchers “Burke and Hare” came in at six.

Animated owl adventure “Legend of the Guardians” fell two spots to seven while “Alpha and Omega,” featuring two wolves on a long-distance journey home, was down at eight from sixth.

“The Kids are All Right” made its debut at nine with Annette Bening and Julianne Moore facing a family dilemma when their children contact their biological father.

“Vampires Suck” was down at 10 from seven.

TotalFilm.com’s ‘The Evolution Of Isla Fisher’

October 31st 2010 • by Jess • No CommentsMedia Alerts

TotalFilm.com have a great new feature on the evolution of Isla, showing how she’s come from Home & Away way back in 1994, to Burke & Hare now in 2010. Make sure you give it a read at TotalFilm.com!

I’m unsure whether this feature will also be in their new magazine issue, but I’ll check next time I see it…

Independent.co.uk review of “Burke & Hare”

October 31st 2010 • by Jess • No Comments"Burke & Hare"

It’s been almost 30 years since John Landis made An American Werewolf in London, but if Burke and Hare is anything to go by, he still adores Britain and its actors as much as they adore him.

The evidence of this mutual attraction isn’t just the casting of Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis as Edinburgh’s notorious bodysnatchers, or of Tom Wilkinson, Jessica Hynes, and Ronnie Corbett in supporting roles. No, what’s striking is the way that Landis has cast famous Brits in even the smallest parts. Bill Bailey has about four lines, Reece Shearsmith has about three, and they’re ubiquitous compared to Christopher Lee, Jenny Agutter and Stephen Merchant: the man who co-wrote Extras is essentially an extra himself. Presumably, these luminaries were queuing up for the chance to work with the director of Trading Places and The Blues Brothers, and he was delighted to work with them. But aren’t there more important factors to consider when you’re deciding on a film to direct or act in … like, for instance, whether the script is any good?

The main problem with Burke and Hare is that it never quite figures out how to turn a true story of mass murder into a comic romp about a pair of loveable rogues. It starts promisingly enough, with the Northern Irish anti-heroes trying to scam a living on the streets of Auld Reekie. Hare’s wife (Hynes) runs a boarding house, and when one of the lodgers dies, they sell the body to a preening surgeon, Dr Knox (Wilkinson), who needs a steady supply of cadavers for his anatomy classes.

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Shortlist.com’s 10 Finest Redheads

October 30th 2010 • by Jess • No CommentsNews & Gossip

At the height of the McCarthy witch-hunts in the 1950s, the phrase ‘reds under the bed’ alluded to the idea that rabid communists were plotting revolution everywhere – and people wonder why America remains such a paranoid country.

Anyway, enough of foreign policy. Why keep redheads under a bed? That’s got to be illegal surely? Some equal opportunities board must be campaigning against this blatant discrimination.

Because, let’s face it, after one look at these flame-haired beauties, who hasn’t got mad copper-coloured hair love? Not us, for sure…


View the Red-Heads here!

ThisIsLondon.co.uk review of “Burke & Hare”

October 29th 2010 • by Jess • No Comments"Burke & Hare"

Rating: 3 out of 5

The John Landis who made Trading Places and An American Werewolf in London — let alone Michael Jackson’s Thriller and The Blues Brothers — is a shadow of his former self if this comedy is any guide.

Burke & Hare is an excursion into Ealing comedy territory with a smart cast led by Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis as the two hopeless 19th-century grave-robbers. But it goes for pace and parody rather than wit, abounding with Victorian clichés about grasping anatomical surgeons, drunken dolls, daft soldiers and pompous worthies. The consolation lies in the minor roles.

Tom Wilkinson is appropriately hammy as the Scots surgeon who accepts bodies wherever they come from and thinks he’s a marginally better scientist than God. And Ronnie Corbett, as the Captain of the Guard who inadvertently discovers Burke and Hare’s dastardly deeds, is consistently funny. We expect him to break into song any moment but he never does.

Tim Curry, Allan Corduner, Hugh Bonneville, Isla Fisher and Jessica Hynes struggle to do much more than splutter out their lines as best they can, while other notables appear and disappear in a few seconds, Christopher Lee dying tetchily and Michael Winner deposited over a cliff in the blink of an eye.

The film has been made with little guile, taking the easy way out with slapstick physical comedy rather than making any discernible comment about its times — but, on the credit side, John Mathieson’s cinematography chimes in well with some good costume and production design. If only what we hear was as good as what we see, it might just have caught fire.



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