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The Quick News — 7/9/07

July 9, 2007
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Ritchie’s ‘RocknRolla’ Has A Cast

June 25, 2007

guyritchie.gifWhile Snatch wasn’t Guy Ritchie’s last movie, it was the last big screen title that I bothered watching, his short, Star, was good, too.  His projects after that were a kind of hit and miss, the biggest miss being Swept Away starring his wife Madonna.  Either way, I still think he can produce the same caliber flick as he did with his first two outings.  I guess my theory will be put to the test with his next project, RocknRolla.

Variety reported today that the film now has a cast: Gerard Butler, Tom Wilkinson, Thandie Newton, Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges and Idris Elba .  The story follows a Russian mobster who “orchestrates a crooked land deal, putting millions of dollars up for grabs and attracting all of London’s criminal underworld.”  I can’t wait to see how this one turns out, but no word yet on when shooting begins.

Freeman Is Mandela

June 22, 2007

freeman.gifMorgan Freeman truly is one of the best actors working right now, probably one of the best actors to ever have acted, in my opinion, and it looks as though he’ll be taking his already amazing career to new heights. Variety is reporting that Freeman will be playing former South African President Nelson Mandela in The Human Factor, an independently financed drama, based on the upcoming John Carlin book The Human Factor: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Changed the World.

The film is set after the fall of apartheid, when South Africa was host to the 1995 Rugby World Cup. Mandela was in his first term as South African president, and he used the event as a way to end decades of mistrust and hatred between whites and blacks.

Of the role, Freeman said, “I have known Nelson Mandela personally for quite some time, and am continually in awe of his enormous presence in the world. The opportunity to portray him in this film is a great honor.”

DeVito finds ‘Home’

June 14, 2007

devito.gifDanny DeVito is set to star in the indie comedy No Place Like Home.  The film about a retired firefighter dealing with the fact that his unemployed twenty-something sons are still living at home and since he can’t convince his wife to kick them out he kidnaps her, leaving them to fend for themselves.

Shooting starts August 1.

Kurt Cobain Doc Excerpt

June 12, 2007

cobain.gifThere is a documentary about Kurt Cobain making it’s way around the festival circuit. The film uses hours of real audio interviews between Cobain and biographer Michael Azzerad. It’s called Kurt Cobain: About a Son and if you’re interested in looking at it, the Documentary Blog has just posted a link to a clip on YouTube.

It looks pretty cool to me, although so people might not like the fact that it’s just his audio against a slide show of random video. There’s no word yet on a theatrical or DVD release.

Anchor Bay’s ‘Grand’ Pick

June 12, 2007

zak pennOne of the movies from the Tribeca Film Festival that I’ve heard some buzz about is Zak Penn‘s The Grand.  It’s a mockumentary following a group of people at a poker tournament in Las Vegas and it’s supposed to be pretty hilarious.  Up until recently, it hadn’t been picked up for distribution by a production company, but according to Variety it has just been picked up by Anchor Bay.

This is Penn’s (show above) second time as a director but he has written a slew of screenplays/scripts; most notably Behind Enemy Lines, X-2, and next year’s Incredible Hulk movie.  Stay tuned for more news on when this movie is coming to theaters.

10 Items or Less

June 3, 2007

I went into 10 Items or Less knowing little more about it than the fact that Morgan Freeman played an actor studying for a film role and that Paz Vega was somehow involved. That was pretty much it. So with that in mind I sat down to watch this film and was not at all disappointed.

The plot is actually pretty simple and basically follows Morgan Freeman’s and Paz Vega’s characters as they work towards getting Vega’s character through a job interview, but the simplicity only served to get me more involved in the whole thing. I felt like I was in the backseat of the car riding around with the characters. It was great. Just imagine how cool it would be to actually hang out with Morgan Freeman for a day. In a sense, that is the essence of this movie. (more…)