Screen Junkies » ben foster http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:35:11 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Ben Foster To Play The Prodigal Son In ‘Gotti’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ben-foster-to-play-the-prodigal-son-in-gotti-in-the-shadow-of-my-father/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ben-foster-to-play-the-prodigal-son-in-gotti-in-the-shadow-of-my-father/#comments Tue, 02 Aug 2011 23:34:23 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=223259 He's immersing himself in 'Jersey Shore' reruns in preparation.

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Well, I’ll be damned. They weren’t able to find a way to shoehorn a Travolta into the role of John Gotti Jr., so they had to go out and get an actor to play him. And that actor is Mr. Ben Foster, who got his film debut in Liberty Heights courtesy of Gotti director Barry Levinson. Since then, Foster has appeared in 3:10 to Yuma, X-Men: The Last Stand, Alpha Dog, and The Mechanic. His casting is the latest in a seemingly endless stream of casting stories about Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father

Foster doesn’t look the type out of the gate, but give him Gotti’s black hair and a quick spray tan, and they might be on to something here. Junior Gotti took over for his father following the Senior Gotti’s passing in 2002.

Interestingly enough, it’s Gotti Jr. that sold the rights to his family’s story to Fiore, a smaller, production company that he felt would create a less sensational film than a bigger studio. I don’t know if you can consider anything with Al Pacino and John Travolta “less sensational” than anything, but we’ll find out whenever this thing finally gets made.

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Review: The Mechanic http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-the-mechanic/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-the-mechanic/#comments Wed, 26 Jan 2011 16:45:29 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=22397 The characters take it all seriously, but the story just goes wildly over the top for the sake of creating awesome set pieces.

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The Mechanic has the right tone for an action movie. The characters take it all seriously, but the story just goes wildly over the top for the sake of creating awesome set pieces. It’s not a joke, but it has a sense of humor about what we expect to see in genre movies.

The mechanic is Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham). He specializes in clean kills that look like accidents, everything from drowning to autoerotic asphyxiation. He checks in for assignments by responding to encrypted ads on Kansas Klassifieds (I guess Craig doesn’t get royalties for his list this time.) Only one day the target is his old pal Harry (Donald Sutherland). He even check with his boss Dean (Tony Goldwyn) who explains how corrupt Harry has gotten, and since it’s Tony Goldwyn, you kind of want Arthur to be a little more suspicious.

Anyway, Harry’s son Steven (Ben Foster) wants to learn Arthur’s skills so he can get revenge for his father (oh, if only he knew the whole ironic story.) It becomes a gay The Professional which is fantastic. You’ve all heard the rumors that The Transporter is gay. How progressive to do the mentor/protégé hitman story with men. Maybe in the sequel they’ll kiss. Yeah, Arthur has a lady he has sweaty sex with, but we’re taking baby steps for the equality movement. One of the targets is a gay pedophile, so Steven has to seduce him. That might be more homophobic than supportive but at least gay characters are kicking ass.

For an overdone generic setup like the professional killer, The Mechanic really shows some skills we haven’t seen before. A swimming pool hit? Awesome. Harry’s attempted escape in a wheelchair is really suspenseful. The strangulation is not original but it’s efficient and the payoff is that the most mundane cover story can be the best.

The action doesn’t really pick up until Steven starts messing up, because when Arthur’s on his game nothing ever goes wrong. But with Steven, fight break out and bullets get fired. This movie tears through every rod, pole, window or seat on a bus, every pipe or scaffolding in the walls, every appliance in a house. Arthur throws dudes off buildings (and you see the splat) or in front of cars. You know the cliché where someone breaks a bottle in a fight? Steven uses a whole six pack! They almost maim innocent victims but aren’t quite awesome enough to go that far. I guess I’ll have to wait for Crank III for that.

Haters may pick apart the logic of it all, but I think The Mechanic celebrates the lunacy of the action fantasy. When Dean threatens to put out so many expensive contracts on Arthur that his own reflection will want to shoot him in the face, I think Goldwyn knows he’s just trying to be the most evil suit out of the 1000s of evil suits in this kind of movie. That’s wonderful bravado. There are more “realistic” action movies (as if Jason Bourne isn’t fantasy but that’s the pretense anyway) and they’re great. This is one of the other kind and I’m so glad it exists.

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Mini Anden http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/mini-anden/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/mini-anden/#comments Tue, 25 Jan 2011 18:59:43 +0000 Reza F. http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Gallery&p=21954 There's a good chance you're wavering on whether or not to go see The Mechanic. It's just Jason Statham with a gun after all, a sight you've seen so many times now you're beginning to wonder why he doesn't just get a damn glock surgically affixed to his arm.

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There’s a good chance you’re wavering on whether or not to go see The Mechanic. It’s just Jason Statham with a gun after all, a sight you’ve seen so many times now you’re beginning to wonder why he doesn’t just get a damn glock surgically affixed to his arm. However, the fact that Swedish model Mini Anden is the film’s girl of interest should be enough to spawn some consideration. She’s tall, exceptionally good-looking, and I’m assuming she has some sort of insanely attractive accent that makes the whole package that much better. Take a look through this gallery and then decide whether a night of Statham-driven explosions, gunfire, and adrenaline is in your future.

A word from Mini: “If [filmmakers] ask you if you can ride a horse and you can sort of ride a horse you’ll say you can ride a horse.”

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Ben Foster Joins Hopkins and Weisz for ’360′ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ben-foster-joins-hopkins-and-weisz-for-360/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ben-foster-joins-hopkins-and-weisz-for-360/#comments Fri, 14 Jan 2011 20:34:09 +0000 Dave Horwitz http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=16876 Ben Foster, last seen blowing up all manner of things in this month's The Mechanic, has been added to the cast of Fernando Meirelles' slightly more highbrow film '360'.

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Ben Foster, last seen blowing up all manner of shit in this month’s The Mechanic, has been added to the cast of Fernando Meirelles’ slightly more highbrow 360, a drama starring Anthony Hopkins and Rachel Weisz. The film, written by Peter Morgan, is inspired by Arthur Schnitzler’s play Reigen, and will re team Meirelles’ with Weisz for the first time since the two made 2005′s The Constant Gardner.

Foster has proven himself to be a versatile talent as of late, taking on popcorn films like the third X-Men film as well as thoughtful indies like Oren Moverman’s The Messanger. It’s not every day that an actor goes from shooting everyone in the face with Jason Statham to making dramas with Oscar winning pedigree. That hasn’t happened since Amy Smart went straight from Crank 2: High Voltage to her starring role in Precious. (Deadline)

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Ben Foster and Giovanni Ribisi Caught With ‘Contraband’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ben-foster-and-giovanni-ribisi-caught-with-contraband/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ben-foster-and-giovanni-ribisi-caught-with-contraband/#comments Thu, 02 Dec 2010 23:50:32 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=10823 Ben Foster and Giovanni Ribisi are close to joining the cast of Contraband, Variety is reporting. If the deal goes through, the pair will join Mark Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale, who have already been cast in the thriller.

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Ben Foster and Giovanni Ribisi are close to smuggling their way into the cast of Contraband, Variety is reporting. If the deal goes through, the pair will join Mark Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale, who have already been cast in the thriller.

The film, a remake of a 2009 Icelandic film about a security guard who is dragged back in to his former life of crime, is being directed by Baltasar Kormakur, who also co-wrote, produced and starred in the original. Without question, it is the finest Icelandic film I’ve ever come across. No, really. It wins, hands down.

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Jason Statham Kills Some Dudes in ‘The Mechanic’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/jason-statham-kills-some-dudes-in-the-mechanic-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/jason-statham-kills-some-dudes-in-the-mechanic-trailer/#comments Tue, 16 Nov 2010 18:36:27 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=8324 In the film, Statham plays a mechanic, but not the kind of mechanic that fixes cars and stuff. He's the kind that fixes people's heads...with bullets.

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Could this finally be the year that Jason Statham gets his first Oscar nomination? If the trailer for The Mechanic is any indication, no. However, he should definitely be nominated for “The Actor Most Likely to Give You a Non-Homosexual Man-Crush Boner” award. There is such a thing as a non-homosexual man-crush boner, right? And they do give awards for them, right?

In the film, Statham plays a mechanic, but not the kind of mechanic that fixes cars and stuff. He’s the kind that fixes people’s heads…with bullets. Wait a minute, that’s not a mechanic at all. What an irresponsible title!

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Ben Foster Bites Jason Statham’s Style in ‘The Mechanic’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/ben-foster-bites-jason-stathams-style-in-the-mechanic-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/ben-foster-bites-jason-stathams-style-in-the-mechanic-trailer/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 The trailer for The Mechanic has all the hallmarks of a Jason Statham film -- cars, guns, explosions, unintelligle growl-mumbles, and the Cowgirl Position. A remake of the 1972 original, Statham steps into the Charles Bronson role. Except in this version, women aren't disgusted by the thought of touching the lead actor. Ben Foster co-stars as his ward in the killing people for money game, which appears to be an industry where you don't want the other guy knowing your trade secrets. Much like blogging (nothing like blogging). The film opens December 15th and also stars Donald Sutherland and Christa Campbell, who you more than likely know from the very important film, Cool Dog.  Watch the trailer after the jump....

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The trailer for The Mechanic has all the hallmarks of a Jason Statham film — cars, guns, explosions, unintelligle growl-mumbles, and the Cowgirl Position. A remake of the 1972 original, Statham steps into the Charles Bronson role. Except in this version, women aren’t disgusted by the thought of touching the lead actor. Ben Foster co-stars as his ward in the killing people for money game, which appears to be an industry where you don’t want the other gu knowing your trade secrets. Much like blogging (nothing like blogging).

The film opens December 15th and also stars Donald Sutherland and Christa Campbell, who you more than likely know from the very important film, Cool Dog

Watch the trailer after the jump….

 

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‘PANDORUM’ TRAILER http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/pandorum-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/pandorum-trailer/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000

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