Reject Recap: Free Speech, ‘Master’ Is a Failure, ‘Ferris Bueller’ Isn’t Funny, Toronto Continues

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2

Coming Soon

Film series marathons are all the rage, so get properly feral by watching all five of the Twilight movies, including Breaking Dawn Part 2, on September 15. With exclusive new content!!! OMG!!!

After reading Looper writer/director Rian Johnson‘s explanation of time travel, Cole had this to say about the future: “It seems obvious at this point that it’s poised to be a breakout for Johnson. Unless someone goes back and kills Hitler. Then who knows what will happen.”

With a first look at Alan Rickman and Jane Fonda as Ronald and Nancy Reagan in Lee Daniels’s The Butler, Cole stated: “The team has done a great job of making both look as close as possible (to the point where Rickman is virtually unrecognizable as himself).

Cole watched the trailer for Francine: “How did a trailer featuring an actress rubbing cats on her face just make me want to see the film?”

He also watched the trailer for A Late Quartet: “This, right here, looks like must-see filmmaking from a new director and a veteran cast.”

And the latest trailer for Wreck-It Ralph. This one has: ” jokes about the word ‘duty.'”

Also, the trailer for Spielberg‘s Lincoln: “This movie is going to pull every ounce of emotion right out of our veins.”

Another trailer he watched is for Stand Up Guys: “Looks like equal parts harmless retirement comedy and 25th Hour.”

Kate watched the trailer for Smashed, a film she’s seen and can recommend especially for the performance by Mary Elizabeth Winstead: “Her work … is so brutally accomplished and so worthy of praise that it’s more than a bit stunning.”

She also watched the trailer for Mama and shared the original short it’s based on. Regarding the former: “For added scares, the gorgeous Jessica Chastain goes Goth for her role.”

And she watched the trailer for Gayby, which features a blurb from our own Alison. Kate added: “She’s right. Gayby is a charmer.”

Nathan watched the trailer for Texas Chainsaw 3D: “I mean, come on, this is a Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie that doesn’t even have the balls to put the word massacre in its title.”

Killing Them Softly is still coming soon, albeit a just a bit later.


David O. Russell and Bradley Cooper

Coming Later

Their first collaboration, Silver Linings Playbook, is a huge hit in Toronto. And filmmaker David O. Russell and actor Bradley Cooper have apparently become BFFs and will work on more films together. “Sorry, Wahlberg, you’re not the golden boy anymore,” Kate responded. Speaking of Cooper, The Hangover Part III has been revealed to be a road movie. “Points to WB for knowing exactly what we want to hear,” Kate wrote, “(if this description had included any words like ‘baby shower’ or ‘vow renewal,’ I would have eaten my hat).”

Daniel Radcliffe was given three new costars for Alexandre Aja‘s Horns, including Kelli Garner. Rob didn’t know who she was, so I recommend he and anyone else with this problem check out Lars and the Real Girl immediately.

Meanwhile, Kate admitted she’s not familiar with All of Me, which is being remade. She needs to get on that. You, too. Let’s all just have a big Lily Tomlin viewing party.

James Cameron says the fourth Avatar installment will be a prequel. Jack speculated as to its basic story: “When it was Project 880, the original script name for Avatar, there was a good amount of backstory to the human and Na’vi relationship, so perhaps Cameron plans on using that cut out story as the template for Avatar 4.”

No fourth planned yet, but Independence Day 2 and 3 have been titled ID Forever – Part 1 and ID Forever – Part 2. Yes, 2 and 3 are 1 and 2. Kate asked: “Any relation to Batman Forever?”

Another sequel talked about is Magic Mike 2. Kate commented on a reported direction for the film: “Tatum reveals that the sequel would be a ‘road movie about a group of strippers’ that would lean more ‘towards a broad comedy.’ Which, to be completely honest, doesn’t sound that awesome.”

Sharing news about a third Boondock Saints movie, Rob recommended the documentary Overnight. Yes, yes, yes. “regardless of whether or not you’re a real fan of the films, you owe it to yourself to give it a watch.”

Cole took a look at the release slate of upcoming DreamWorks Animation (through 2016), which includes two How to Train Your Dragon sequels, another Kung Fu Panda and a Madagascar spin-off. Still: “the bulk of the list is original concepts. That’s commendable.”

Epsilon will be a robot apocalypse movie without the apocalypse from Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, Kate reported. “The main character is a man who discovers he is more human than he thought.” So it’s kind of like a mix of Wall-ETerminatorRobopocalypse,and that new television show Revolution? Sold!”

Tom Wilkinson has joined the thriller Felony, and Nathan said we should treat this as big news. “When an actor has been doing work as solid as Wilkinson’s for as long as Wilkinson has been doing it, shouldn’t we treat his casting in new projects as a bigger event than we do?”

Cole offered reason to hope In the Garden of Beasts becomes a film, and right now it could involve Tom Hanks, Natalie Portman and director Michel Hazanavicius: “You’re a welcomed diplomat living in the heart of darkness, witnessing the growing madness of Hitler’s Holocaust, but no one back home wants to listen to your theories. It’s infuriating subject matter that could make for a thrilling drama, especially with the gold-plated talent involved.”

Rob gave reason not to laugh too hard about a spy movie focused on a DJ on the run loosely adapted from Dead Spy Running: “The premise sounds like it’s taken a turn for the worse, but Wingard and Barrett are smart enough filmmakers that we wouldn’t dream of counting them out yet.”


Rather than a reject, Christopher Campbell is a film school dropout. But he has since gotten a master’s degree in cinema studies and has been blogging about movies since 2005. Earlier, he reviewed films for a zine (a what?) that you could buy at Tower Records (a what?). He is married with two children.

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