Trailer: Ryan Gosling and George Clooney in The Ides of March

News, nuggets and notables updated throughout the day.

[Update: 8:30 pm PT]

Kevin Bacon joins R.I.P.D.
This is the one with Jeff Bridges and the undead cops. (Variety)

Anotoine Fuqua to adapt Storming Las Vegas
The true story of former Cuban commando and his 16-month Las Vegas crme spree that targeted hotels and armored cars. (Deadline)

Robert Patrick replaces Bryan Cranston on The Gangster Squad
Well that’s a step down. Cranston was “in talks” a month ago, but I guess they didn’t work out. (Variety – firewall)

Sony, Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Bigelow will kill Bin Laden on 10/12/12… again
I’m sure a fictional movie about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden sounded like a great idea before the Navy tossed his corpse off an aircraft carrier in the middle of the ocean. Now? A little less so. (Deadline)

Emilio Estevez’s The Way with Martin Sheen rescued from direct-to-DVD fate

[Update 10:55 am PT]

(above) Trailer: Ryan Gosling and George Clooney in The Ides of March
If Clooney and Gosling aren’t enough to melt your butter, try Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti and Evan Rachel Wood on for size. Directed by Clooney, The Ides of March is a political thriller adapted from William Beaumont’s play Farragut North about a novice campaign manager (Gosling) working for a presidential candidate (Clooney). Et tu, Gosling? (Yahoo)

Venice Film Festival announced line-up
This one is overshadowed for me every year by Toronto even though it unspools in the week before (8/31 – 9/10). Many films overlap between the two, but most of them will be making their world premieres here at Venice. As always there’s some great stuff: Clooney’s Ides of March; Tomas Alfredson’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; Andrea Arnold’s Wuthering Heights; David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method; Abel Ferrara’s 4:44 last Day on Earth; William Friedkin’s Killer Joe; Yorgos Lanthimos’ Alps; Steve McQueen’s Shame; Roman Polanski’s Carnage; Todd Solondz’ Dark Horse; Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion; Whit Stillman’s Damsels in Distress and many more. (Venice Film Festival)

Trailer: Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy in Bret Ratner’s action-comedy Tower Heist
Ok, yeah, it’s Ratner, but look at the cast! Sure it’s easy to forget with all those Fokker pictures and the Museum movies that Stiller can be great. Meanwhile, Eddie Murphy has been costing on fumes for 20 years, but this looks like a throwback to his 48 Hours/Beverly Hills Cop glory days. I’m rooting for the guy to be funny again. Add Casey Affleck, Alan Alda, Matthew Broderick, Tea Leoni, Michael Pena and Gabourey Sidibe to the mix and I’m willing to cross my fingers and overlook Ratner. (Yahoo)

Alia Shawkat signs up for Dayton/Faris’ He Loves Me
That’s the one with Paul Dano as a blocked writer who pens the perfect woman only (Zoe Kazan) only to have her come to life. Shawkat is also joining Juno Temple in Brass Teapot. I’m not sure about He Loves Me, but Shawkat has been consistently terrific ever sine I first saw her in Fox’s Arrested Development. (Playlist)

Jacki Weaver joins Nicole Kidman and Mia Wasikowska in Chan Wook-park’s thriller Stoker
If you haven’t seen Animal Kingdom yet, you should. Jacki Weaver was great in it. In this, Wasikowska plays a teenager dealing with the death of her father when creepy uncle Matthew Goode shows up. (Deadline)

Red band trailers: Change-Up with Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman
Red band trailers for R-rated comedies with a few extra f-bombs seem to be the latest trend in marketing and also the latest trend in showing you all the best jokes in a movie. Let’s hope that isn’t the case here because this one actually made me laugh. The green band trailer with the baby shit and wife shit jokes was horrible (though to be fair, every time I see it with a paying audience they howl with laughter), but we’ll see. I’m still skeptical about yet another role-reversal comedy, but it looks better than some of the other R-rated comedies this summer like Hangover II or Horrible Bosses. (Screen Junkies)


3 Responses to “News du Jour: Beware The Ides of March”

  1. I sort of feel like that Ides of March trailer showed me more than I want to know. Then again, if you just read the blurbage, those are most of the logical narrative beats I suppose. Not to mention the name. Still. Principle of the thing.

    Still, it did give me a brief President Clooney fantasy, so there’s that.

  2. Yeah, Ides of March trailer appears to reveal about 90% of the movie. DO NOT LIKE.

    Also, why the hell are they still planning to make a feature film about a failed attempt to kill Bin Laden when the entire free world already busted a nut when that sick, twisted, evil rat-bastard got what he so richly deserved in a successful attempt? Seriously, it makes no sense. Sorry Bigelow, but I fail to see the point.

  3. I didn’t officially watch the Ides trailer, just glanced at enough of it to post. I’m already on board so I don’t need the sales job.

    Joel, as for the Bin Laden thing, all I can figure is they’d sunk enough time and effort into it already to make it so they had to finish one way or the other. Doesn’t mean it’s a good idea, and doesn’t mean i really want to see it, but then I wasn’t that interested even before.

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