Jon Voight

getaway

The first trailer for director Courtney Solomon’s (Dungeons and Dragons) new action thriller, Getaway, was thoroughly ridiculousness. And not ridiculous in an over-the-top, gleefully insane way, but ridiculous in a baffling, who-thought-this-was-a-good-idea way. It presented us with a rock stupid plot wherein Jon Voight kidnaps Ethan Hawke’s wife and forces him to keep driving fast in some sort of senseless Speed recreation if he ever wants to get her back, it made us sit through a bunch of contentless exposition delivered in one of Voight’s silly accents, and, perhaps most ludicrously, it cast cherub-faced teen idol Selena Gomez as some sort of gun-toting street thug who goes around carjacking grown men. The second trailer for the film is pretty ridiculous too. Let’s get that out of the way up front. But it also takes some crucial steps in toning down many of the most head-scratching aspects of the first ad, and it even makes Getaway look like it could possibly be a big dumb action movie worth watching. Okay, it still features Voight doing one of his silly accents, but everything else is much better. Take a look.

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One of the best anecdotes in the documentary Casting By, which premieres tonight on HBO, relates the start of Warren Beatty’s screen career on a 1957 episode of Kraft Television Theatre. We’re told that like many young actors of the time he modeled himself way too much on Marlon Brando. Then we actually see a clip, and sure enough the future movie star looks and sounds like he’s doing a comical impersonation. Fortunately, within the next five years he would find his own comfortable style and manage to break out in Hollywood in order to become one of his generation’s finest. And apparently we have casting director Marion Dougherty to thank for giving him his first shot. There are a lot of first- and second-hand stories in the film about a lot of actors and actresses’ beginnings. And a lot of rare clips to prove just how terrible or terrific they really were. There’s Jon Voight‘s embarrassing performance on Naked City in 1963, which actually kind of foreshadows most of his later work (personally, I’ve always thought him to be one of the worst in the business). Jeff Bridges talks about how he witnessed audiences literally laughing at his tearful work in 1970’s Hall of Anger. Bette Midler thanks Dougherty for allowing her to hide her Jewishness and play a missionary in Hawaii and earn a paycheck that would finally get her to New York. And then there’s a claim that Michael Eisner, while President and CEO of Paramount Pictures, kept trying to […]

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Ben Affleck

What is Casting Couch? It’s the casting news roundup that finally gets to stop talking about Walk of Shame, which was really being something of an attention hog lately. Some real bad news hit today for everyone looking forward to seeing what a trainwreck Ben Affleck and Kristen Stewart starring opposite of each other as romantic interests would have been. Affleck announced that, due to his busy schedule of being a busy person, he’s not going to be able to act in Focus after all. This means that the Glenn Ficarra- and John Requa-helmed pic will have to find someone else to vibe with Stewart as its in-the-mood-for-romance con artist, and Affleck is going to have to stick to directing movies, a place everyone seems to feel way more comfortable with him being in anyway. [Variety]

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Culture Warrior

It’s become common wisdom to say that the best remakes are those made of non-canonical, non-classic films; that is, it’s typically better to give a second go to a film that – while possibly venerated, is hardly deemed a work of perfection that can’t be improved upon – than to redo a classic. Such a rule isn’t set in stone, of course, but it can be argued through example via some of the most celebrated of remakes (like The Thing or, in a more modest and more recent example of improvement-on-imperfection, The Crazies), and are often a result of a genuine inspiration from the source material rather than a simple means of capitalizing from its name. With the Coen brothers’ quite popular and much celebrated remake of True Grit, however, the distinction of what kind of a remake it is isn’t exactly so clear, as what kind of movie the original is proves to be something of an enigma in of itself.

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24-71

The hostage situation in the White House leads to a daring sacrifice, the dude from Empire Records turns up as Jon Voight’s right-hand man.

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24: Redemption

In the two-hour 24 television event which premiered last night, we find Jack Bauer (Keifer Sutherland) in Africa having a Dave Chappelle-esque search for inner-peace (and also hiding from a U.S. government subpoena).

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Pride and Glory

With all this talent, these folks managed to make a movie that is about as appealing as two-week-old mayonnaise slathered on a cow patty.

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The Fat Guys discuss Neil’s unconventional love for Zac Efron (aka “Zefron” to his fans) while Kevin rants about drunken Irish cops in Pride and Glory.

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Angry Guy vs Angry Girl! A battle for the ages as Robert “Face Punch” Fure butts heads with Roseanne “Belcher” Barr.

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Jon Voight

Not since Dennis Hopper was cast as Serbian nationalist, Victor Drazen, in Season 1, has 24 cast such an A-List star.

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Nicolas Cage says to Diane Kruger, Look at this awesome review of National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets

Part of what makes this movie work, as we saw in the second Pirates of the Caribbean movie, is that the entire cast and crew is back.

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