Trailer: Brad Pitt in Moneyball

Animal Kingdom star Ben Mendelsohn finds The Place Beyond the Pines
This is the motorcycle racer turned bank robber flick with Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper directed by Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine). Mendelsohn played the creepy and dangerously unpredictable Pope in the terrific Animal Kingdom.  (Variety – firewall)

Luke Evans lands Bard the Grim role in The Hobbit, Benedict Cumberbatch to voice Smaug
If you were one of the 5 people who saw Tamara Drewe, you’ll recognize Evans. he’s also in the upcoming Three Musketeers as Aramis. (Deadline) Meanwhile, the star of TV’s current incarnation of Sherlock Holmes, Benedict Cumberbatch, will voice the dragon Smaug. (Deadline)

(above) Trailer: Brad Pitt in the baseball underdog true story Moneyball
One glance at this trailer and you can instantly see why Steven Soderbergh proved to be a poor fit for what Columbia wanted. He wanted to make a real movie and they wanted feel-good hokum along the lines of The Blind Side and The Fighter. So, they fired Soderbergh and hired Bennett Miller and it looks like they got their wish. Here’s the thing: the story of Billy Beane turning his team into a group of winners through revolutionary scouting ideas rooted in arcane statistics despite one of the cheapest ownership groups in the game is interesting from a baseball perspective, but it’s as phony as The Fighter was as a bit of uplift. Here’s a spoiler: Billy Beane has never won a World Series. His methods have since been taken up by other teams with a lot more money at their disposal and the A’s have gone back to being losers. Baseball was revolutionized by fantasy baseball stat nerds, but there’s no movie here. That’s not to say this won’t be uplifty and entertaining, but it’s a big load of crap. Just saying.

Sony Pictures Classics picks up David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method
Viggo Mortensen, Keira Knightley, Michael Fassbender and Vincent Cassel star in this story of Carl Jung, Sigmund Freud and the development of psychoanalysis. Jeez, is that a cast or what? (Deadline)

Annette Bening joins Paul Dano in Dayton/Faris’ He Loves Me
She’ll play the mother to Dano, a blocked novelist who finds inspiration by writing his dream girl who then comes to life in the form of Zoe Kazan. You’ll remember Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris as the folks behind Little Miss Sunshine which also starred Dano. (Variety – firewall)

Zoe Saldana joins Mark Ruffalo in Infinitely Polar Bear
J.J. Abrams produces. (Vulture)

Lasse Hallstrom official for adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ Safe Haven
(Deadline)

Trailer: The Muppets tease Green Lantern
(EW)

Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin sign up for Jason Reitman’s Labor Day
Reitman has had enormous success with Thank You For Smoking, Juno and Up in the Air, but the jury is still out on him as far as I’m concerned. To varying degrees, all three movies are accomplished and almost there, but not quite. Still, Winslet and Brolin are not to be trifled with. (EW)

Red-band Trailer: SXSW favorite Attack the Block
The fanboys at SXSW went crazy for this John Carpenter-esque story of a group of London hoods vs. alien invaders. Keep in mind the same festival spawned Kick-Ass and Magruber. (Trailer Addict)

4 Responses to “News du Jour: 6/16/11”

  1. I can’t wait to Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender and Vincent Cassel on the same screen together. I like Knightly too, but those three…geez.

  2. As long as Mortensen isn’t hitting anybody in this movie, I’m game. I could give less than zero shits about the cast, honestly. I’m mostly interested in the idea of Cronenberg tackling Freud vs. Jung. It should make a nice departure from his last two movies, which I have little to no respect for.

  3. I’m going to start calling you Bizarro Bob because you’re pretty much polar opposite in opinion on most things from me.

  4. Wouldn’t that make me Bizarro Craig?

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