Screen Junkies » The Savages http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 01 Oct 2014 20:30:49 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 ‘Weeds’ Star Demian Bichir To Defend The Cartel In ‘The Savages’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/weeds-star-demian-bichir-to-defend-the-cartel-in-the-savages/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/weeds-star-demian-bichir-to-defend-the-cartel-in-the-savages/#comments Fri, 10 Jun 2011 13:30:08 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=215659 He's got an honest face.

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Oliver Stone‘s adaptation of The Savages has picked up another talented actor. Fidel Castro. Well, not the real Fidel Castro but the guy who played him really well in Steven Soderbergh‘s Che. Demian Bichir is joining Aaron Johnson, Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Uma Thurman, Salma Hayek, John Travolta, Benicio Del Toro, and Emile Hirsch on the project.

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Bichir (who is getting high praise for his performance in A Better Life) will play the double-crossing lawyer of the Mexican cartel that’s run by Hayek. Not sure why he’d want to double-cross the Mexican cartel. Seems like a good way to be thrown to the bottom of the sea. Which I guess is too cliche even by brutal cartel standards. They’ll eff him up though. That’s my point.

Leave your thoughts or lawyer jokes in the comments section. (Variety)

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Two Potheads WILL Pass Blake Lively Around In ‘The Savages’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/two-potheads-will-pass-blake-lively-around-in-the-savages/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/two-potheads-will-pass-blake-lively-around-in-the-savages/#comments Thu, 28 Apr 2011 17:59:07 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=209502 Until the Mexican cartel bogards her.

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It has been confirmed that Blake Lively will play a pretty cool chick in Oliver Stone‘s The Savages. The Most Desired Woman Of 2011 will play Ophelia, the free-spirited girlfriend of two Laguna Beach marijuana kings who gets herself and her magnificent breasts kidnapped by the Mexican cartel. Way to go. Aw hell, I can stay mad at them, err, I mean, her.

She beat out Olivia Wilde and Teresa Palmer for the role although I can totally see either of them dating Laguna Beach pot dealers. There was some question about whether or not she’d take this role or that of a really hot witch in Oz: The Great and Powerful. But in the end she decided she couldn’t pass up the chance to be screamed at by the director of Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps and U Turn. (Variety)

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Emile Hirsch To Not Break Type At All As A Stoner In ‘Savages’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/emile-hirsch-to-not-break-type-at-all-as-a-stoner-in-savages/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/emile-hirsch-to-not-break-type-at-all-as-a-stoner-in-savages/#comments Fri, 22 Apr 2011 20:36:27 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=208390 I can see this actor playing a surfer-stoner type. I guess.

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Emile Hirsch? As an oceanside stoner? Well, since he’s played one in every other movie, it’s CONCEIVABLE that he could play one in Oliver Stone‘s marijuana romp. The announcement of Hirsch being cast in the prestigious pic doesn’t reveal what role will go his way, but I’m going to guess it involves longish hair, scruff, and a board sport of some type.

The Hirsch news comes on the heels of the more revelatory announcement yesterday that Pulp Fiction co-stars John Travolta and Uma Thurman will co-star in the film, and Blake Lively will play the desired role of O, the girlfriend of two small-time drug dealers who gets kidnapped by a cartel.

The O role was up for grabs after Jennifer Lawrence, who was the frontrunner for the part, bowed out to star in The Hunger Games franchise. Time will tell if that move pays off for her. (Spoiler alert: It probably will, but she should have done this film. It sounds awesomer.) (Variety)

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Oliver Stone Turns ‘Savages’ Into ‘Pulp Fiction 2′ With Travolta, Thurman And Blake Lively http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/oliver-stone-turns-savages-into-pulp-fiction-2-with-travolta-thurman-and-blake-lively/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/oliver-stone-turns-savages-into-pulp-fiction-2-with-travolta-thurman-and-blake-lively/#comments Fri, 22 Apr 2011 02:18:17 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=208282 Oliver Stone has added a few big names to his marijuana drama / 'Pulp Fiction' Convention 'The Savages'.

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Oliver Stone has added a few big names to his marijuana drama The Savages. Blake Lively will officially become the stoner dream girl, the “joint” girlfriend of the film’s two heroes. See what I did back there? It was a pot reference. Meanwhile, Pulp Fiction stars John Travolta and Uma Thurman are doing the twist with Universal, as they’re in talks to play a weary DEA agent and Blake Lively‘s mom. Can you guess who would play who? I can’t I am so high right now.

The Savages is about two California potheads (Aaron Johnson and Taylor Kitsch), whose communal girl-pool Ophelia (Lively) gets kidnapped by a badass Mexican drug cartel, forcing the two top dealers to work for them. And that’s why you shouldn’t do drugs, you guys. Cause bad guys played by Salma Hayek and Benicio Del Toro will come after you and the hot girl you share with your pal. You’ve been warned.

The Savages begins production this July. (Deadline)

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Will Two Potheads Pass Blake Lively Around In ‘The Savages’? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/will-two-potheads-pass-blake-lively-around-in-the-savages/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/will-two-potheads-pass-blake-lively-around-in-the-savages/#comments Tue, 12 Apr 2011 02:29:59 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=206578 What young girl doesn't dream of getting passed around like a doobie between two stoners? Blake Lively certainly must. She's the current front runner to play the female lead in Oliver Stone's new drama, 'The Savages'.

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What young girl doesn’t dream of getting passed around like a doobie between two stoners? Actress Blake Lively must be intrigued by the prospect, because she’s the current front-runner to play the female lead, Ophelia, in Oliver Stone‘s new drama, The Savages.

The film is about two potheads in Laguna Beach who might ultimately be played by Aaron Johnson and Taylor Kitsch. A badass Mexican drug cartel kidnaps Ophelia, forcing the two top dealers to work for them. My understanding is that nobody cries, “mellow out man,” and Neil Patrick Harris remains uninvolved.

Stone’s first-first choice for Ophelia was Jennifer Lawrence, who chose to play Katniss in The Hunger Games instead, which is thrilling news if you’re anxiously awaiting the next Twilight-y series. However, Stone might not get his second choice either, because Lively is also in talks to star as Glinda the Good Witch in Sam Raimi‘s Oz: The Great and Powerful. Will he have to “settle” for plain ol’ Olivia Wilde or Teresa Palmer?

Man, all this casting talk is making me tense. *Takes Bong Hit* (Variety)

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Lively, Palmer, and Cornish Are Oliver Stone’s Fallbacks For ‘The Savages’. Must Be Nice. http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/lively-palmer-and-cornish-are-oliver-stones-fallbacks-for-the-savages-must-be-nice/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/lively-palmer-and-cornish-are-oliver-stones-fallbacks-for-the-savages-must-be-nice/#comments Mon, 28 Mar 2011 22:24:36 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=204059 The departure of Jennifer Lawrence means that Oliver Stone must reach out to the next three biggest stars in young Hollywood.

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Since the most desirable female name in young Hollywood (Jennifer Lawrence) has split from The Savages to run to Hunger Games, director Oliver Stone, being the pragmatist that he is, has reached out to the next three most popular actresses on the planet, per Deadline and Variety reports.

Falling back onto Abbie Cornish, Blake Lively and Teresa Palmer should work out just fine as those are high-profile names for what’s becoming a very high-profile project. All three actresses are reportedly reading for the part of O, the girlfriend of two pot dealers who gets kidnapped and held for ransom on account of their shady behavior. Aaron Johnson and Taylor Kitsch have been cast as the two boyfriends, with Benicio del Toro and possibly Selma Hayek signing on to play principals from the rival drug cartel.

No single frontrunner for the desired role of O has been stated. In fact, it’s likely that this trio of actresses is not even exhaustive, as Deadline is getting into the mix and saying that they hear Stone is inclined to handpick at unknown for the part.

In summation, the part of O definitely won’t be played by Jennifer Lawrence. It might be played by Abbie Cornish, Teresa Palmer, or Blake Lively. Or another well-known young actress. Or it could be played by someone we’ve never heard of.

While this sounds like a bit of a mess, it underlines the fact that The Savages has enough weight behind it that it can do what it damn well pleases at this point, so it will be interesting to see which direction the never-predictable Oliver Stone takes this project. Stay tuned, I guess.

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Jennifer Lawrence Out Of ‘The Savages’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jennifer-lawrence-out-of-the-savages/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jennifer-lawrence-out-of-the-savages/#comments Sun, 20 Mar 2011 04:38:38 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=202668 Oliver Stone gets the ol' 'Winter's Bone' from Jennifer Lawrence.

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Oliver Stone had previously displayed an interest in Winter’s Bone star Jennifer Lawrence to play a part in his upcoming adaptation of The Savages, but it appears that she’s dropped out since getting cast in The Hunger Games. And in news that should excite anyone who loves stories about studio negotiations and distribution deals, The Savages is reportedly close to having a distribution deal (just like you like!) with Universal. Here’s a plot synopsis:

“[T]wo Laguna-based pot growers arm-twisted into working for a Mexican cartel when they kidnap O, the free spirited best friend of the growers. “

Stone supposedly wants Taylor Kitsch and Aaron Johnston to play the two growers, and Salma Hayek to play “the cartel matriarch, an iron-fisted beauty who becomes intrigued and practically maternal over the kidnapped gal.” Stone had wanted Lawrence to play O, but now is looking at replacement candidates like Olivia Munn instead.

This looks like interesting territory for Stone, so it should be, um, interesting to see how it turns out. (via Deadline)

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