Screen Junkies » Adrien Brody http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Mon, 22 Sep 2014 21:46:07 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Adrien Brody Channels His Inner Criss Angel In History Channel’s ‘Houdini’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/adrien-brody-channels-his-inner-criss-angel-in-history-channels-houdini-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/adrien-brody-channels-his-inner-criss-angel-in-history-channels-houdini-trailer/#comments Mon, 11 Aug 2014 16:28:45 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=264043 Houdini was the original Mindfreak, only with fewer wallet chains.

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The History Channel, not be outshined by its peers, offering up programs on bird murderers, fat children in pageants, and people forced to pawn things, has decided to compete using the high(er) road. Biopics with somewhat big stars attached. In this case, angular man Adrien Brody will be playing the iconic showman.

This time up, we’re getting treated to the life of Harry Houdini, the only magician in history who didn’t rely on glitter and lasers to get his point across. Fortunately, Harry Houdini‘s work was pretty theatrical, so this could translate better to television than a guy who keeps asking “Is this your card?” and tries to convince you that he just made you float.

Houdini will be a two-part series airing on September 1 and 2 this fall.

(Deadline)

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Woody Allen’s Next Movie To Open Cannes, Stutter Nervously http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/woody-allens-next-movie-to-open-cannes-stutter-nervously/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/woody-allens-next-movie-to-open-cannes-stutter-nervously/#comments Wed, 02 Feb 2011 18:06:04 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=24032 BREAKING: Woody Allen has made another movie.

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BREAKING: Woody Allen has made another movie. Perhaps, more importantly, his latest film Midnight in Paris (alternate title: MidNite in paris 2k11) has been selected to open the Cannes Film Festival on May 11 of this year. In case you don’t know, the movie is a romantic comedy set in Paris, and was described by Cannes festival director Thierry Frémaux as “a wonderful love letter” to the city. Oh wow, way to turn a creative phrase, Thierry.

Anyway, the movie has a typically Woody Allen cast full of standouts, including Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion CotillardKathy Bates, Adrien Brody, and a cameo appearance the wife of the President of France, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy. I hope she speaks English and knows how to pronounce “Dostoevsky,” otherwise she’s doomed to fail in a Woody Allen movie. (via Deadline)

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The Search Continues for the Perfect ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-search-continues-for-the-perfect-abraham-lincoln-vampire-hunter/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-search-continues-for-the-perfect-abraham-lincoln-vampire-hunter/#comments Thu, 13 Jan 2011 21:21:57 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=16524 Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter producers have been working since November to cast the titular character. While the field may be clearer, it's still by no means clear.

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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter producers have been working since November to cast the titular character. While the field may be clearer, it’s still by no means clear, with Josh Lucas, Adrien Brody, Timothy Olyphant, Benjamin Walker, James D’Arcy, and Oliver Jackson-Cohen all reading for the part over the next two weeks, according to Deadline. Despite not having cast the protagonist, producers (who include director Timur Bekmambetov, Tim Burton, and Jim Lemley are working with the end in mind, as they have already announced a release date of June 22, 2012, confirming beliefs that Fox would make this a tentpole release.

For those not hip to the concept here, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter was originally a novel with a revisionist take on Lincoln‘s presidency, and by “revisionist” I mean the author asked, “Hey! Wouldn’t it be cool if Lincoln killed vampires?” Author and screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith has a pedigree in this type of mash-up, also having penned the sleeper best-seller Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. The man has a style, that’s for sure.

It goes without saying that AL:VH will be brought shot and shown in magnificent 3-D, which we can hope will be a more immersive experience than Burton’s last outing, Alice in Wonderland.

The casting decision is, of course, a big one, but let’s not give too much weight to the actor playing Lincoln. When you’ve got Abe Lincoln throwing axes at Dracula, you’ve clearly waved goodbye to realism a long time ago.

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Adrien Brody To Have Hard Time Matching Christina Hendricks’s Eye-Line In ‘Detached’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/adrien-brody-to-have-hard-time-matching-christina-hendrickss-eye-line-in-detached/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/adrien-brody-to-have-hard-time-matching-christina-hendrickss-eye-line-in-detached/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Eyes up, Brody! Adrien Brody has signed on for cuckoo bird director Tony Kaye's Detached. Brody will star as a substitute teacher who becomes attached to a teenage prostitute while working at a troubled school. He later gets in trouble when he shows a gay film in class in an attempt to teach tolerance. I'm going out on a limb here and guessing it was Victor Salva's Clownhouse. Christina Hendricks also stars as a teacher and potential love interest who encourages Brody's sub to go full-time. Brody has proven talented in a number of complex roles but this may be his greatest challenge yet. Can you imagine trying not to look at Christina Hendricks's boobs all day, every day? That's a test of endurance even David Blaine wouldn't be able to pass. (The Playlist)

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Eyes up, Brody!

Adrien Brody has signed on for cuckoo bird director Tony Kaye‘s Detached. Brody will star as a substitute teacher who becomes attached to a teenage prostitute while working at a troubled school. He later gets in trouble when he shows a gay film in class in an attempt to teach tolerance. I’m going out on a limb here and guessing it was Victor Salva’s Clownhouse.

Christina Hendricks also stars as a teacher and potential love interest who encourages Brody’s sub to go full-time. Brody has proven talented in a number of complex roles but this may be his greatest challenge yet. Can you imagine trying not to look at Christina Hendricks‘s boobs all day, every day? That’s a test of endurance even David Blaine wouldn’t be able to pass. (The Playlist)

 

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Adrien Brody Gets F*cked in ‘HIGH School’ Teaser Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/adrien-brody-gets-fcked-in-high-school-teaser-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/adrien-brody-gets-fcked-in-high-school-teaser-trailer/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 It's 4/20, so of course a trailer centering around the sweet sticky-icky has dropped. Stoner comedy HIGH School follows a valedictorian who, out of fear of losing his college scholarship, begrudgingly teams up with a charismatic pothead to do the only thing they can think of to neutralize the threat—get the entire student body stoned.  If you can't tell by the above screen shot, Adrien Brody plays the drug dealer with a penchant for stink eyes, and Matt Bush, the kid from those "don't throw your f*ckin' minutes away!" AT&T commercials, plays Henry Burke, the student. Michael Chiklis dons a full head of whispy hair as the smarmy principal who institutes a zero-tolerance policy at the school and wants Henry's head on a pike. Those crazy kids at this past Sundance loved the film, but I heard that crowd only smokes kind buds, so your experience may differ depending on your allowance. Check out the... Oh man. **Giggles uncontrollably** I know I put something after the jump.

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It’s 4/20, so of course a trailer centering around the sweet sticky-icky has dropped. Stoner comedy HIGH School follows a valedictorian who, out of fear of losing his college scholarship, begrudgingly teams up with a charismatic pothead to do the only thing they can think of to neutralize the threat—get the entire student body stoned. 

If you can’t tell by the above screen shot, Adrien Brody plays the drug dealer with a penchant for stink eyes, and Matt Bush, the kid from those "don’t throw your f*ckin’ minutes away!" AT&T commercials, plays Henry Burke, the student. Michael Chiklis dons a full head of whispy hair as the smarmy principal who institutes a zero-tolerance policy at the school and wants Henry’s head on a pike.

Those crazy kids at this past Sundance loved the film, but I heard that crowd only smokes kind buds, so your experience may differ depending on your allowance.

Check out the… Oh man. **Giggles uncontrollably** I know I put something after the jump.

 


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High School http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/high-school/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/high-school/#comments Tue, 20 Apr 2010 17:12:45 +0000 Reza F. Director: John StalbergCast: Adrien Brody, Matt Bush, Michael Chiklis, Colin HanksSynopsis: With his college scholarship hanging in the balance, Burke begrudgingly teams up with charismatic pothead Travis Breaux to do the only thing they can think of to neutralize this threat—get the entire student body stoned.

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Director: John Stalberg

Cast: Adrien Brody, Matt Bush, Michael Chiklis, Colin Hanks

Synopsis: With his college scholarship hanging in the balance, Burke begrudgingly teams up with charismatic pothead Travis Breaux to do the only thing they can think of to neutralize this threat—get the entire student body stoned.

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Rodriguez and Antal Present Second ‘Predators’ Featurette http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/rodriguez-and-antal-present-second-predators-featurette/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/rodriguez-and-antal-present-second-predators-featurette/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Here we have a second featurette for Predators focusing more on interview footage with director Nimrod Antal and producer Andy Capp. The video doesn't show much footage beyond what we've seen in the trailer and previous featurette, but it does show what the film would look like with German subtitles. So there's that. Rodriguez and Antal come off as genuine fans of the franchise while talking a bit about the importance of creating characters and not overdoing the CGI. That should set those let down by AvP at ease. For those who weren't let down by AvP, there also promises to be a sword fight between a samurai and a Predator. Oscar-caliber performers and gimmicky fight scenes. Something for everyone. Check out the featurette after the jump.

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Here we have a second featurette for Predators focusing more on interview footage with director Nimrod Antal and producer Andy Capp. The video doesn’t show much footage beyond what we’ve seen in the trailer and previous featurette, but it does show what the film would look like with German subtitles. So there’s that.

Rodriguez and Antal come off as genuine fans of the franchise while talking a bit about the importance of creating characters and not overdoing the CGI. That should set those let down by AvP at ease. For those who weren’t let down by AvP, there also promises to be a sword fight between a samurai and a Predator. Oscar-caliber performers and gimmicky fight scenes. Something for everyone.

Check out the featurette after the jump.

 

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‘Splice’ Trailer is a Bold Re-Telling of ‘The Ugly Duckling’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/splice-trailer-is-a-bold-re-telling-of-the-ugly-duckling/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/splice-trailer-is-a-bold-re-telling-of-the-ugly-duckling/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 She'll grow out of it. There's finally a trailer for Vincenzo Natali's eery sci-fi/horror Splice, that movie with Adrien Brody and the hot, bald chick with the mouth in her scalp (still kinda hot though). The movie impressed at Sundance and will see wide release on June 4th as a result. The film warns against the dangers of queefing in the face of God and law by creating your own monstrous human-animal hybrid. So seriously, guys. Don't do that kind of thing. Did Species teach you nothing? Check out the trailer after the jump.

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She’ll grow out of it.

There’s finally a trailer for Vincenzo Natali’s eery sci-fi/horror Splice, that movie with Adrien Brody and the hot, bald chick with the mouth in her scalp (still kinda hot though). The movie impressed at Sundance and will see wide release on June 4th as a result.

The film warns against the dangers of queefing in the face of God and law by creating your own monstrous human-animal hybrid. So seriously, guys. Don’t do that kind of thing. Did Species teach you nothing?

Check out the trailer after the jump.

 

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‘THE BROTHERS BLOOM’ REVIEW http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/the-brothers-bloom-review/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/the-brothers-bloom-review/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 I loved Rian Johnson's first film, Brick* - the neo-hard boiled detective story set amongst high school social circles.  It was the one with a bespectacled Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the anachronistic dialogue and the fantastic score by Johnson's brother.  I saw it three times in the theaters.  Even bought it on DVD.  But as I sat down for my screening of Rian Johnson's followup, The Brothers Bloom, a wave of doubt washed over me.  No way he can do it again, I thought.  Besides, the trailers made it seem like a hodgepodge of styles culled from Johnson's contemporaries.  It was Hudson Hawk through the off-kilter lens of Wes Anderson.  Not necessarily a bad thing (I'm one of the few with fond memories of Hawk), but it wasn't promising to be a revelation like Brick...

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I loved Rian Johnson’s first film, Brick* – the neo-hard boiled detective story set amongs high school social circles.  It was the one with a bespectacled Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the anachronistic dialogue and the fantastic score by Johnson’s brother.  I saw it three times in the theaters.  Even bought it on DVD.  But as I sat down for my screening of Rian Johnson’s followup, Th Brothers Bloom, a wave of doubt washed over me.  No way he can do it again, I thought.  Besides, the trailers made it seem like a hodgepodge of styles culled from Johnson’s contemporaries.  It was Hudson Hawk through the off-kilter lens of Wes Anderson.  Not necessarily a bad thing (I’m one of the few with fond memories of Hawk), but it wasn’t promising to be a revelation like Brick

Well, turns out The Brothers Bloom wasn’t Brick.  It was totally different, but in a nonetheless welcome way.  Rian Johnson’s sophomore effort unabashedly demonstrates the filmmaker’s respect and passion for the magic of storytelling, which is ultimately what the movie is about.  It’s joyous, masterful, cinematic sleight-of-hand, and worth viewing multiple times just to try and see the artifice behind the trick. 

Essentially, it’s the story of two brothers, Stephen (Mark Ruffalo) and Bloom (Adrian Brody), who’ve been successful con artists since childhood, always two steps ahead of everyone else.  (The opening sequence, narrated by P.T. Anderson and David Mamet mainstay Ricky Jay, features the young brothers, one of whom is played by Max Records, who stars in the upcoming Where the Wild Things Are.)  They’ve always worked the same way, with Stephen creating the cons – essentially telling the stories – and Bloom befriending the mark – essentially playing the lead part in the Brothers’ plays, which wind up costing their audience members a pretty penny, usually a savings account. 

Flash forward to, presumably, present day – the film smartly lacks certain trappings that obviously assign it a time period, like cell phones – and the Brothers have added another to their ranks – the virtually dialogue-less Bang Bang, a demolitions expert played with impeccable comic timing by Babel’s mute Japanese girl, the oh-so-hip Rinko Kikuchi.  But a malaise has set upon the the younger romantic Bloom, who’s ready to leave the conniving life. Stephen convinces him to go after one last mark, however, the eccentric heiress Penelope (Rachel Weisz), who lives all by her lonesome, collects hobbies, and has a penchant for crashing Lamborghinis.  I should mention here that if you’re a Rachel Weisz fan, just stop reading the review and go see the movie.  It’s one of her best performances, and… well… Darren Aronofsky is one lucky dude.

Without giving too much away, Stephen’s scheme to rob Penelope blind involves Bloom getting close to her, and he of course gets way too close.  But perhaps older brother Stephen expected this very thing to happen… What follows is a fast-paced, lighthearted second act in which the plot thickens, as the Brothers – who’ve now "recruited" Penelope into their cadre of gentlemen thieves under false pretenses – travel across Europe and attempt to steal away with a rare book that’s ultimately just bait.  They also have a run-in with a shady man from their past, Diamond Dog (Maximilian Schell), whom the Brothers refer to as their "Fagan."  (For all you young’uns out there, that’s a reference to the bad dude from Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens.  Rent the movie.)  His couple of scenes on-screen belie his great importance in the film’s climax. 

At face value, The Brothers Bloom is a flat-out fun flick about funny con artists.  But all the little Easter Eggs to be found throughout make it much more.  And the ending – a testament to the love and selflessness among brothers – was surprisingly emotionally satisfying.

Admittedly, that’s something not even the great Hudson Hawk provided. 

The Brothers Bloom opens today in New York & Los Angeles, then starts a limited run in other cities on May 22nd. 

* For all you Brick lovers watching Brothers Bloom, look for a dialogue-less cameo by Joseph Gordon-Levitt; and a slightly less microscopic part for Nora Zehetner, who played femme fatale Laura in Brick. 

P.S. Check out this piece Rian Johnson wrote on Con Man films for the Huffington Post

 

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