Some movies can’t catch a break.
The Natalie Portman-starring Western Jane Got a Gun has seemingly been cursed from day one. First, director Lynne Ramsay inexplicably dropped out of the film on the first day of production. Then Jude Law bowed out as the film’s villain because he had signed on just to work with Ramsay.
But now, events completely separate from the production have forced Cooper to bow out as well.
Cooper has been filming David O. Russell‘s next film, American Hustle, for the past few weeks, but when the bombings in Boston delayed that film’s production schedule, a conflict arose. Now Cooper will be unable to shoot Jane Got a Gun because of his commitment to Russell’s Hustle.
Is it time to finally throw in the towel? With major miracles having happened already for the independent production, maybe it can happen again. Apparently, Portman and the film’s other producers are back to looking at a shortlist of actors who could take the role. Among the contenders: Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tom Hiddleston.
Whoever is chosen would play the leader of a roughneck gang who comes to kill the estranged husband (Noah Emmerich) of Portman’s title character. Jane turns to a former lover (Joel Edgerton) to help protect herself and her farm.
via Cinema Blend
In the wake of having to find an emergency replacement director in Gavin O’Connor, star Natalie Portman and the other producers of independent film Jane Got a Gun were thrown another blow when Jude Law backed out of the film’s villain role. Now, they’ve pulled off another miracle, having gotten Bradley Cooper to replace Law.
A husband’s impending release from prison fills his wife with such anxiety that she turns to a psychiatrist for help. But the drug he prescribes to treat her anxiety comes with certain – you guessed it – side effects, and soon life begins unraveling around the principal players.
Last year I decided it would be in my, and by extension your, best interest to do a year-end review in the Flickchartiest way possible. The four people who read it were very vocal about how it was an adequate way of spending their break at work therefore I decided to repeat the feat this year. Luckily for you I watched an absurd amount of movies this year – too many – and to make me feel like I didn’t waste much of my time and money I will be doing a series of battles throughout the next few weeks. To get us warmed up for the ensuing blood bath, the first movie will be about a bunch of teenagers killing each other…
Women Be Shootin’
The Hunger Games was the first big release box office wise of the year. While it seemed to satisfy most of the diehard fans of the franchise many people who hadn’t smashed through the books in 5 total days had reservations. The biggest complaint was that it took too many ideas from Battle Royale, but it also garnered a heavy amount of questions beyond potential idea borrowing. Why did the elite have such bizarre hair styles? Why did the citizens of District 12 give their children such dumb names? What the hell was going on in those shaky-cam action scenes? Am I not supposed to be disconcerted with the idea of children killing each other? Some of these complaints will be satiated by Gary Ross being replaced by a new director for the sequels. A director who hopefully doesn’t keep his camera at the end of a rope that he is swinging around in a circle above his head.
Not to be outdone in the “first” department, Brave was the first big disappointment of the year for most people. Pixar has been spoiling us for so long that when they released a movie that was simply “good” we as a society rejected it and marked it as a major let down. While it had its problems I still think it was a good movie and a nice change of pace from the normal princesses that young girls get to see in movies. It’s important that they see strong females on the screen whose sole purposes in life are not finding the perfect man.
The only flaw to Contagion - if it is a flaw in the eyes of director Steven Soderbergh – is that there is very little audience connection to the characters. The film is framed as if we are looking down and instead of seeing people, watching growth inside of a petri dish. And it fits to some degree because Contagion acts not as a story, but a cold, lab-engineered, sterilized cautionary reminder of human behavior. Read the rest of this entry »