Movie Reviews: "I Love You Phillip Morris" and "Black Swan" 

Check out my reviews of "I Love You Phillip Morris" and "Black Swan." Click here to watch my review.

Here's more info on both films from Yahoo:

"I Love You Phillip Morris"

Steven Russell leads a seemingly average life -- an organ player in the local church, happily married to Debbie, and a member of the local police force. That is until he has a severe car accident that leads him to the ultimate epiphany: he's gay and he's going to live life to the fullest --even if he has to break the law to do it. Taking on an extravagant lifestyle, Steven turns to cons and fraud to make ends meet and is eventually sent to the State Penitentiary where he meets the love of his life, a sensitive, soft-spoken man named Phillip Morris. His devotion to freeing Phillip from jail and building the perfect life together prompts him to attempt (and often succeed at) one impossible con after another.

Cast and Credits

Starring: Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor, Leslie Mann, Rodrigo Santoro, Antoni Corone
Directed by: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
Produced by: Luc Besson, Andrew Lazar, Far Shariat

"Black Swan"

Nina is a featured dancer in the New York City Ballet who finds herself locked in a web of competitive intrigue with a new rival at the company .

Cast and Credits

Starring: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder, Barbara Hershey, Vincent Cassel
Directed by: Darren Aronofsky
Produced by: Bradley Fischer, David Thwaites, Jennifer Roth

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Young Male Actors, DreamWorks Wants You! Star With Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks in "Welcome to People" 

DreamWorks studios has announced a casting call in search of a young actor to fill a lead role in the upcoming film "Welcome to People" starring Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks.

Role to be cast is ‘Josh’: Male, 11-13 years old, Caucasian, athletic, independent, and confident. Interested actors should be able to memorize lots of dialogue. Film will be rated PG-13 and actors should be comfortable with dialogue reflecting that rating.

Are you qualified? Interested? Check out the full press release below:



LOS ANGELES, CA (November 30, 2010) - DreamWorks Studios has launched a casting search to fill a lead role in its upcoming movie “Welcome to People,” it was announced today by DreamWorks Studios.

Actors interested in the role are invited to attend an open casting call on Saturday, December 4, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. No acting experience is necessary for interested actors, nor are they required to prepare anything for the audition.

Role to be cast is ‘Josh’: Male, 11-13 years old, Caucasian, athletic, independent, and confident. Interested actors should be able to memorize lots of dialogue. Film will be rated PG-13 and actors should be comfortable with dialogue reflecting that rating.

Details on the open call audition are as follows:

Saturday, December 4, 2010
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Denise Chamian Casting
Sunset Gower Studios
1438 N. Gower St.
Building 35, Suite 270
Hollywood, CA 90028
(323) 315-9445
(Street Parking Only)

Welcome to People is a drama about a young businessman (CHRIS PINE) who returns home after his estranged father's sudden death, only to uncover a devastating family secret, which sends him on an unexpected journey of self-discovery. Film is the feature film directorial debut of Alex Kurtzman (TRANSFORMERS, STAR TREK) with a script written by Kurtzman, Roberto Orci (TRANSFORMERS, STAR TREK) and Jody Lambert (OF ALL THE THINGS). In addition to Chris Pine (STAR TREK), Elizabeth Banks (THE 40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN) has also joined the cast. Film is scheduled to begin production in January in Los Angeles.

About DreamWorks Studios

DreamWorks Studios ( is a motion picture company led by Steven Spielberg and Stacey Snider in partnership with The Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group. The new company is a continuation of DreamWorks Studios which was formed in 1994 by Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and David Geffen. The company expects to put into production 5 to 6 films per year that will be distributed by The Walt Disney Studios.

DreamWorks Studios can be found on Twitter at

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Warner Bros. to Joss Whedon -- You Passed On "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" Movie! 

As "Buffy" fans, we all are in unison that in every generation, you can only have a chosen one to make a film version of the beloved TV show. And we all agreed that creator Joss Whedon is the chosen one.

Well, for weeks, the internet was buzzing about the supposed non-inclusion of creator Joss Whedon in the planned big-screen version from Warner Bros.

Now, studio insiders are saying that Whedon was the one who slayed "Buffy." We'll get to that in a minute. But first, let's recap the drama shall we?

Previously, on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" movie adaptation drama (circa May 2009) we said:

So, the news about "Buffy the Vampire Slaer" remake or "relaunch" made me happy, and then...I heard that creator Joss Whedon is NOT part of it!

Right now, there's no studio behind the project, no Whedon in sight, but the original movie director Fran Rubel Kuzui and her husband, Kaz Kuzui, are working with Vertigo Entertainment on what they call a relaunch NOT a sequel or a prequel.

I've always wondered why Kuzui's name is always on the credits for the TV show, because her Kuzui Enterprises have held onto the rights since the very beginning and will never, ever let go.

And then in November of this year, this press release confirmed that Whedon's not involved, WB is distributing, and they hired a newbie writer to pen the big screen version:

LOS ANGELES, NOVEMBER 11, 2010 – Atlas Entertainment announced today it is rebooting the beloved franchise, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, with Warner Bros. Pictures. Atlas' Charles Roven and Steve Alexander will produce the feature film alongside Doug Davison and Roy Lee of Vertigo Entertainment (The Ring, How to Train Your Dragon, The Departed). Whit Anderson is writing the script.

Warner Bros. Pictures optioned the rights from creators Fran and Kaz Kuzui, and from Sandollar Productions (Sandy Gallin and Dolly Parton), for Atlas and Vertigo to produce. Buffy the Vampire Slayer first appeared as a film in 1992, subsequently becoming a cult hit and spawning the wildly popular television series starring Sarah Michelle Gellar and David Boreanaz, among many others.

"Whit approached us with an exciting idea about how to update Buffy," said Roven. "There is an active fan base eagerly awaiting this character's return to the big screen. We're thrilled to team up with Doug and Roy on a re-imagining of Buffy and the world she inhabits. Details of the film are being kept under wraps, but I can say while this is not your high school Buffy, she'll be just as witty, tough, and sexy as we all remember her to be."

Then, Whedon himself wrote this painfully funny and terribly witty response:

Kristin, I'm glad you asked for my thoughts on the announcement of Buffy the cinema film. This is a sad, sad reflection on our times, when people must feed off the carcasses of beloved stories from their youths—just because they can't think of an original idea of their own, like I did with my Avengers idea that I made up myself.

Obviously I have strong, mixed emotions about something like this. My first reaction upon hearing who was writing it was, "Whit Stillman AND Wes Anderson? This is gonna be the most sardonically adorable movie EVER." Apparently I was misinformed. Then I thought, "I'll make a mint! This is worth more than all my Toy Story residuals combined!" Apparently I am seldom informed of anything. And possibly a little slow. But seriously, are vampires even popular any more?

I always hoped that Buffy would live on even after my death. But, you know, AFTER. I don't love the idea of my creation in other hands, but I'm also well aware that many more hands than mine went into making that show what it was. And there is no legal grounds for doing anything other than sighing audibly. I can't wish people who are passionate about my little myth ill. I can, however, take this time to announce that I'm making a Batman movie. Because there's a franchise that truly needs updating. So look for The Dark Knight Rises Way Earlier Than That Other One And Also More Cheaply And In Toronto, rebooting into a theater near you.

Leave me to my pain! Sincerely, Joss Whedon.

And now comes the studio's response as told by the Hollywood Reporter:

According to studio insiders, he was approached last year after Buffy rightsholder Fran Rubel Kuzui and husband Kaz Kuzui began developing a remake with Vertigo. After presented with the opportunity, Whedon decided he'd rather work on other projects (he's making Marvel Studios' The Avengers). Producers then began searching for a writer and late last year hired actress-turned-scribe Whit Anderson. The unknown Anderson, with only bit film appearances to her credit, came up with a take on the Buffy myth that was strong enough after a couple of drafts to lure Atlas, which partnered with Vertigo to set it up at a studio.

At this point, do we even care anymore? Do we even want to watch the movie? Who are we kidding here, of course we are going to watch the movie, it's still, after all, from the Buffy-verse we know and love.

But for now, leave me to my pain!

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"Liberace" Movie Is a Go, Gets Production Start Date 

The planned "Liberace" movie was an on-again, off-again love affair, but now, we're hearing that director Steven Soderbergh is moving forward to making the film with star Michael Douglas.

Last year, we told you about this story (See Get Ready for "Liberace" the Movie! Matt Damon and Michael Douglas to Kiss?), and I'm glad that the biopic of Wladziu Valentino Liberace is getting made. He was an interesting pop culture icon, a flamboyant, closeted, but fiercely entertaining performer who tickled everyone's hearts by his great piano playing.

Soderbergh will start shooting the movie next summer and Douglas will have to act behind prosthetics and take music lessons.

What's unclear right now is whether Matt Damon will still join the project as Liberace's partner/companion, Scott Thorson. But Damon has worked with Soderbergh five times before, so chances are, the actor will join the cast. Plus it's a meaty role where the narrative of the film is told from Thorson's point-of-view. Damon can't say no to that! Last year, he told MTV that he was ready for some kissing scenes with Douglas, "I saw Michael last night...he looks at me and goes, 'Get your Chapstick ready!' "

A great director with a great cast? This is a movie to look forward to!

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"Jackass 3.5" to Premiere Online March 2011 

Want more "Jackass?" You have to wait until March 2011. The recent "Jackass 3D" made gazillions of dollars, $155 million and counting, so Paramount has announced that it will release "Jackass 3.5" like the world's biggest tease! ("Jackass 3D" review)

Paramount will release new clips weekly eventually culminating as a feature length film. It's unclear whether the studio will release the film in theaters or straight to video like "Jackass 2.5." ("Jackass 3D" interviews with entire cast and director Jeff Tremaine)

"Jackass" frontman, Johnny Knoxville, was quoted as saying, "For JACKASS 3D we shot enough footage for two movies so a lot of great stuff didn't make it in the film. Luckily you will get to see those bits in 3.5. We also shot some additional footage in Europe specifically for 3.5. I have staples in my head right now to prove it. Woo hoo."

"Jackass" fans will be stapled online in March to see all the fun shenanigans.

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