"9" and "The September Issue" Movie Reviews 


It's all about stitching at the box-office this weekend. One, is an animated adventure called "9" about the "stitchpunk" creations by director Shane Acker featuring the voices of Elijah Wood, Christopher Plummer, Martin Landau, John C. Reilly, Crispin Glover, and Jennifer Connelly.

(For my written review of "9" click here)

The other's such a stitch of a fashion documentary. It's called "The September Issue" and it's from filmmaker R.J. Cutler. He does for fashion what he did for politics in the brilliant "The War Room."

"The September Issue" focuses on Vogue's editor-in-chief Anna Wintour during the production of the magazine's 2007 September Issue -- the holy grail of fashion. Egos clashing, tempers flaring, strike a pose there's nothing to it :happy

Here are my movie reviews of both "9" and "The September Issue."



"9" -- A Focus Features presentation in association with Relativity Media of a Jim Lemley/Tim Burton/Timur Bekmambetov production. 9. Elijah Wood, John C. Reilly, Jennifer Connelly, Christopher Plummer, Crispin Glover, Martin Landau, Fred Tatasciore. Casting by Mindy Marin, C.S.A. Themes by Danny Elfman. Score by Deborah Lurie. Edited by Nick Kenway. Associate Producers, Graham Moloy, Lilian Eche, Pierre Urbain. Animation Produced at Starz Animation, Toronto. Co-Producer, Jinko Gotoh. Co-Producer, Marci Levine. Produced by Jim Lemley, Tim Burton, Timur Bekmambetov, Dana Ginsburg. Story by Shane Acker. Screenplay by Pamela Pettler. Directed by Shane Acker. A Focus Features Release.

"The September Issue" -- Directed by: R.J. Cutler
Produced By: R.J. Cutler, Eliza Hindmarch, Sadia Shepard
Executive Produced By: Molly Thompson, Robert DeBitetto, Robert Sharenow, R.J. Cutler
Running Time: 88 Minutes

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Original "Hancock" Cast Set to Return for Sequel 


Will Smith, Charlize Theron and Jason Bateman are set to reunite with director Peter Berg for the sequel to Columbia Pictures' "Hancock."

Berg revealed the news at the Toronto Film Festival where he said, "Everybody's going to come back for a sequel." Yes, but the studio replied that there are no official deals made with the talent yet.

But you know, Smith, Theron, and Bateman will return.

As we told you last month, "The Shield" writers, Adam Ferro and Glen Mazzara, are working on the script. (see original story right here)

No official plot has been announced but according to Variety, "Berg has said Smith and Theron will once again play immortal gods, who lose their powers when in each other's presence. The two must pair up to deal with a third entity. The actioner is expected to explore the 3,000-year-old world they're from, which was only hinted at in the first film."

They're going to expand the mythology introduced in the first movie. Honestly? "Hancock" could have been a great film, but the second half failed to match the wit and candor of the first half.

But maybe, Berg and company will be able to truly give us an intriguing and involving superhero movie next time around.

Bateman will return as the PR exec who helped clean up the image of Smith's drunk, depressed superhero.

There's no official release date yet so stay tuned.

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Jeff Bridges to Star in "True Grit" Remake? 


It could be a great "Big Lebowski" reunion! The dude is in talks with Paramount to star for his "Lebowski" directors, Joel and Ethan Coen, in their "True Grit" remake. He will play the John Wayne role that won the actor an Oscar in 1970.

As we told you back in March, the Coen brothers are lining up their "True Grit" remake before working on "The Yiddish Policemen's Union" for Columbia Pictures. (see original story right here)

The Coens will return with their "No Country for Old Men" producing partner, Scott Rudin. They are looking more towards the Charles Portis novel for inspiration rather than the original 1969 film.

The original movie was told from the point of view of Wayne's character, Marshall Reuben J. 'Rooster' Cogburn, but in the Coen brothers adaptation, it will be told from a 14-year old girl's point-of-view.

The novel is about a girl who's helped by an aging U.S. marshal and another lawman to track her father's killer.

I adore both the Coens and Bridges, so I'm looking forward to seeing their take on the classic western.

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Ellen Page, Rainn Wilson, Liv Tyler Set for Superhero Comedy 


Ellen Page, Rainn Wilson, and Liv Tyler are set to star in "Super," a superhero comedy. James Gunn, the guy who wrote "Dawn of the Dead" and the two "Scooby-Doo" films, and directed the criminally under-seen "Slither" wrote the script and is set to direct.

Production is set for December.

Wilson will play an average guy who takes on a superhero alter ego known as Crimson Bolt after watching his wife (Tyler) fall for a charming drug dealer. His super powers? Swinging a wrench at anyone who comes in his way.

Sounds charming, and the cast is great, but superhero comedies, especially the pseudo-superhero ones, never work! Remember the movie "Mystery Men" starring Ben Stiller, Hank Azaria, Janeane Garofalo, William H. Macy, Paul Reubens, Geoffrey Rush, Lena Olin, Eddie Izzard, and Greg Kinnear? Great cast right? But the film failed to fly critically and commercially.

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Get Ready to Sing Barry Manilow Tunes for New Film! 


Barry Manilow writes the songs that make the whole world sing! That is essentially the plot of a new film featuring Manilow's songs.

And Manilow is getting help from R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe and Tom Hanks.

Stipe's Single Cell productions and Hanks' Playtone are teaming up to develop a romantic comedy that will use Manilow's songs.

The production has been given the go signal by the iconic Manilow, and now, the producers are going to take the project to Universal where Playtone produced the blockbuster "Mamma Mia!."

But this new Manilow-centric movie will not have the similar theme of "Mamma Mia!" where Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan suddenly sing to the tune of Abba songs to advance the plot forward.

The Manilow film will be a character-driven romantic comedy with intersecting storylines involving Manilow fans. They're all going to Las Vegas where Manilow will headline Mandalay Bay one weekend. Call it "The Hangover" for the Manilow crowd.

Of course, Manilow's music will star as one of the film's characters, and the singer will also perform a few songs.

There's no writer hired yet, but Variety says Manilow will help shape the project.

I told you, he writes the songs that make the whole world sing!

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