Screen Junkies » Liev Schreiber http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:27:26 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Ugh, Space Zombies Are Real Pain In The Neck In ‘Last Days Of Mars’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/ugh-space-zombies-are-real-pain-in-the-neck-in-last-days-of-mars-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/ugh-space-zombies-are-real-pain-in-the-neck-in-last-days-of-mars-trailer/#comments Fri, 20 Sep 2013 14:12:42 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=257124 This is how it's done, 'Prometheus'!

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One thing seemingly lacking from Alfonso Cuaron‘s highly-anticipated Gravity is space zombies. It’s a real missed opportunity.

George Clooney’s loss is Liev Schreiber‘s gain. In Last Days of Mars, he stars as an astronaut tasked with keeping space zombies from infecting his fellow crew members and, more importantly, spreading their gross Space AIDs or whatever to Earth. This is how it’s done, Prometheus!

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‘Ray Donovan’ Will Continue To Help Fix Showtime’s Problems For A Second Season http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/ray-donovan-will-continue-to-help-fix-showtimes-problems-for-a-second-season/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/ray-donovan-will-continue-to-help-fix-showtimes-problems-for-a-second-season/#comments Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:40 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=255808 Fix my problems, Ray. That's a full-time job.

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Professional handsome and intense man Liev Schreiber can stick to his day job for another 12 months or so as Showtime’s new Ray Donovan, a show about a Hollywood fixer who has a family and everything.

A Showtime flack is saying that Ray Donovan is shaping up to be Showtime’s biggest season one debut, so take that, The Big C!

The news comes a month after the premiere, which means that ole’ Donny must be really good at fixing stuff. It’s a shame that NBC couldn’t get their hands on him. They could use his help.

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Who Are The Real Villains In The ‘Wolverine’ Piracy Case? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/who-are-the-real-villains-in-the-wolverine-piracy-case/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/who-are-the-real-villains-in-the-wolverine-piracy-case/#comments Tue, 20 Dec 2011 21:26:53 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=240248 The real monster here doesn't have claws.

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A sentence was handed down yesterday in the case of Gilberto Sanchez, a 49 year-old Bronx man who leaked an early workprint of X-Men Origins: Wolverine onto the Internet. The film was distributed about a month before the film’s release. Sanchez didn’t produce or “steal” the print in a traditional sense, but claims to have gotten the film from a street vendor.

Following a guilty plea, Sanchez has been sentenced to a year in prison. The stiff penalty is due to the fact that Sanchez has been convicted of piracy before, and is known to have regularly leaked films onto the Internet, though to what end still isn’t clear.

Clearly, the studios would like to send a message to illegal downloaders of films and other media. The message is clear: Theft of creative content won’t be treated any differently than theft of other goods.

However, I would like to editorialize for a moment and posit that Sanchez isn’t the real criminal here, but rather the cast and crew behind X-Men Origins: Wolverine for making such a terrible, terrible film. Are they to not be held accountable for their actions as well? Wolverine grossed over $179 million domestically, which means that over 10 million people were subjected to this film. A less sensitive person would argue that this is more than twelve times the number of people killed in the Shensi (China) earthquake of 1556. Alas, I am not that person.

There are a number of counts on which I believe the Wolverine conspirators should be brought forth, so let’s discuss them individually, shall we?

False Representation

It is my intent to demonstrate that the producers willfully and knowingly created a kick-ass trailer that looked AWESOME, only to have audiences learn that it contained all the good parts of the film. Precedent is set here with The People Vs. American Pie 2. For your review, please consider the trailer for the film (Exhibit A):

Please note that the trailer offers little in the way of a slow love story that no one cares about, however the film harps on this romance, even though the audience is much more interested in Wolverine shredding things with his claws than we are in lovemaking scenes with obscured breasts, clearly lacking in any off-the-camera chemistry.

Negligent Filmmaking Under the Black Eyed Pea Statute of 2008

In order to prevent heart attacks, angered and confused viewers, and in-theater riots, an act of Congress was passed the year before Wolverine premiered, requiring any film featuring a member of the Black Eyed Peas not featured in a talking-animal role (the now famous Madagascar exception), to clearly state that fact in all advertising and before the opening credit of the film.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine did no such thing. Rather, they kept Will.I.Am largely away from junkets and the media at large, only have him appear in the film unceremoniously as John Wraith, giving audiences little time to gouge out their eyes or consume their cyanide pills.

The fact that he appears to be a gay cowboy throughout the film is prejudicial, but warrants mentioning (Exhibit B):

Criminal Waste of Resources

The film’s flimsy script cost the studio $150 million to produce, and the film contained over 1,000 shots that required computerized visual effects. Further, though the film features a strong performance from star Hugh Jackman, other assets such a Ryan Reynolds, Taylor Kitsch, Danny Huston, and Liev Schrieiber are all squandered in the film, essentially serving as interchangeable window dressing for the story of Logan (Wolverine).

Screenwriter David Benioff had originally hoped for a darker story that would delineate the Origins series from the more mainstreamed X-Men films, producing a script that he had thought would receive an R rating. Hugh Jackman, a producer on the film, thought the grit and darker story was unnecessary, insisting Wolverine reach a broader audience with a PG-13 rating. Consequently, theatergoers were denied both breasts and a substantial amount of gore, left only to wonder what might have been.

Product Placement and Reckless Marketing in the 3rd Degree

How does a film spanning 150 years leverage current brands for product placement dollars? Not very well, it would seem.

In order to offset the $150 million budget (of which $25 million went to Jackman) Wolverine whored itself out on a sizable scale, having peppered the film with heavy-handed nods to Papa John’s, 7-11, Harley-Davidson, and Schick razors, reminding the world that Gillette isn’t the only razor company in the world.

Further, Wolverine appeared in a Got Milk? campaign, which is total crap, because you can’t charge me $13 to tell me the story of how Wolverine came to be such a badass, then posit in a magazine a few days later, “Oh. It was mostly by drinking milk, actually.” If I wanted to watch a man become great by drinking milk for 90 minutes, I would start shopping around my screenplay, Milkin’ It. But I won’t because that screenplay is terrible.

 

So does Gilberto Sanchez deserve to go to jail for a year? Yeah, probably. He seems to have made a bad career out of pirating films. But is he solely culpable here? Absolutely not. I feel strongly that, when the court announced the verdict for Mr. Sanchez, they should have included a “Surprise Conviction” for all the producers and cast of X-Men Origins: Wolverine for making such a terrible, overblown film. Nothing terribly punitive. Just enough to send a message. Like 17 years in jail or something.

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Seann William Scott Thrashes Canadians In ‘Goon’ Red Band http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/seann-william-scott-thrashes-canadians-in-goon-red-band/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/seann-william-scott-thrashes-canadians-in-goon-red-band/#comments Tue, 08 Nov 2011 14:58:57 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=235508 Is this hockey or a hate crime?

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This trailer for Goon opens with Seann William Scott wondering about his place in the world. His father and brother have the whole doctor thing, and all he has is a willingness to be seen in public with Jay Baruchel. Until one fateful evening when he beats the sh*t out of a Canadian. This gives another Canadian the idea that maybe Canadians would pay to see this Canadian beat other Canadians mercilessly. And thus, he is declared their greatest champion. It’s a lot like Gladiator. But only if the characters in Gladiator drank Molson and ate Poutine.

Oh, and Jim’s Dad is there. Did anyone bother to tell him this isn’t an American Pie sequel?

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‘Goon’ Trailer Teaches Us Hockey Is About Fighting And Little Else http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/goon-trailer-teaches-us-hockey-is-about-fighting-and-little-else/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/goon-trailer-teaches-us-hockey-is-about-fighting-and-little-else/#comments Tue, 13 Sep 2011 23:30:39 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=228346 Seann William Scott vs. Liev Schreiber. It's like the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight, except no one asked for it.

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Judging by its trailer, the hockey comedy Goon looks to be a strange film. It’s got all the hallmarks of comedy (slapstick, Stifler, Eugene Levy), but it doesn’t appear to be funny. In its defense, it’s not clear that the film is trying to be funny, either.

What is it about hockey comedies that aren’t funny? Slap Shot, Mystery, Alaska, and now this film.

In any event, Goon tells the story of bouncer Doug Glatt (Seann William Scott), who plays hockey as an enforcer, ruling the roost until he gets called up to the next league, where he’s outclassed by the like of Liev Schreiber‘s Ross Rhea.

They also drink a lot, and he sleeps with a girl that looks an awful lot like Zooey Deschanel, but isn’t. This is a hard movie to peg. Check out the trailer and see if you can do a better job than I can.

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Naomi Watts And Liev Schreiber Married To ‘The Bleeder’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/naomi-watts-and-liev-schreiber-married-to-the-bleeder/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/naomi-watts-and-liev-schreiber-married-to-the-bleeder/#comments Wed, 11 May 2011 18:15:35 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=211548 The story behind the story behind 'Rocky'.

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Boxing dramas are the secret lifeblood of the movie industry. You’ll notice that they come out at the rate of about one per year. The latest is The Bleeder, which is now starring Naomi Watts, Liev Schreiber, and Christina Hendricks. Here’s what it’s all about:

“[The movie] is based on the true story of former New Jersey heavyweight boxer and womanizer Chuck Wepner who boxed 15 rounds with Muhammad Ali and inspired Sylvester Stallone to pen ‘Rocky‘.”

The Fighter, The Bleeder — I predict the next one is going to be called The Knocker Outer. Anyway, the movie is going to be directed by Jeff Feuerzeig, who also co-wrote with Jerry Stahl. Now … fight! (Variety)

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Chill With the ‘Repo Men’ Red Band Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/chill-with-the-repo-men-red-band-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/chill-with-the-repo-men-red-band-trailer/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Jude Law gets his organ worked on. A red band trailer for Repo Men has been released, and for a movie centered around organ removal, it doesn't disappoint. You get Jude Law removing organs, Forest Whitaker removing organs, and a team of doctors... removing organs! The only person who isn't reaching into an orifice is Liev Schrieber, the reason being his hands are perpetually unsterile. How Naomi Watts stands it, I'll never know. Check out the entrails-filled red band trailer after jump. Disclaimer: it's bloody.

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Jude Law gets his organ worked on.

A red band trailer for Repo Men has been released, and for a movie centered around organ removal, it doesn’t disappoint. You get Jude Law removing organs, Forest Whitaker removing organs, and a team of doctors… removing organs! The only person who isn’t reaching into an orifice is Liev Schrieber, the reason being his hands are perpetually unsterile. How Naomi Watts stands it, I’ll never know.

Check out the entrails-filled red band trailer after jump. Disclaimer: it’s bloody.

 


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Liev Schreiber Wants to Be in ‘Wolverine 2′ For Some Reason http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/liev-schreiber-wants-to-be-in-wolverine-2-for-some-reason/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/liev-schreiber-wants-to-be-in-wolverine-2-for-some-reason/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 X-Men Origins: Wolverine's Sabretooth wants you guys to know that he'd really like to be in the sequel. At a press conference for Repo Men, Liev Schreiber told reporters that Hugh Jackman has told him about the script but he's not sure if he'll return (though he really wants you guys to know that he totally would if asked)."I just had dinner with [Hugh Jackman] last night and Hugh read the first draft of the script and I was really excited about it. It's still not clear whether or not Victor will be present in the Japan storyline. In the Japan storyline as I remember it from the Wolverine comics, Victor wasn't there. So I don't know, of course I've got my fingers crossed because I love the character so much, to have the chance to do it again would be a lot of fun, but I'm not sure."So, was Hugh Jackman trying to rub it in his face or what?HUGH: Oh, mate. The new Wolverine script is excellent. Too bad you won't be a part of it. Terrific stuff.LIEV: Oh man. That sucks. I guess I'll just have to stay home and bang Naomi Watts for four months.HUGH: Yeah, that's cool too. I s'pose. If you're into that sorta thing.(via io9)

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X-Men Origins: Wolverine‘s Sabretooth wants you guys to know that he’d really like to be in the sequel. At a press conference for Repo Men, Liev Schreiber told reporters that Hugh Jackman has told him about the script but he’s not sure if he’ll return (though he really wants you guys to know that he totally would if asked).

"I just had dinner with [Hugh Jackman] last night and Hugh read the first draft of the script and I was really excited about it. It’s still not clear whether or not Victor will be present in the Japan storyline. In the Japan storyline as I remember it from the Wolverine comics, Victor wasn’t there. So I don’t know, of course I’ve got my fingers crossed because I love the character so much, to have the chance to do it again would be a lot of fun, but I’m not sure."

So, was Hugh Jackman trying to rub it in his face or what?

HUGH: Oh, mate. The new Wolverine script is excellent. Too bad you won’t be a part of it. Terrific stuff.

LIEV: Oh man. That sucks. I guess I’ll just have to stay home and bang Naomi Watts for four months.

HUGH: Yeah, that’s cool too. I s’pose. If you’re into that sorta thing.

(via io9)

 

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