Penthouse North

Penthouse North

Penthouse North should really just be called “Nutty-Crazy Michael Keaton Stalks Poor Blind Girl Michelle Monaghan to Get Some Diamonds,” because that’s exactly what’s going on here and it is still far more interesting than its existing standard issue thriller moniker. Also, guys, Michael Keaton is a nutbag in this, and Michelle Monaghan is blind. And diamonds. Beyond all that, Penthouse North looks like the sort of film that will pop up on TNT in five years, only to make audiences wonder “wait, when did this come out?” It doesn’t really matter, this could have come out whenever (and, considering it was made back in 2011, it really could have hit screens at any point in time since then), and it probably would have still looked just as bonkers. We’ll let this one speak for itself. Hide your diamonds and check out the new international trailer for Penthouse North after the break.

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What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly movie news column that has just discovered its lack of Photoshop talent. Don’t worry, you’ll see it. It’s not hard to spot. Otherwise, it’s all news, baby… Benicio Del Toro could be the next Star Trek villain, if J.J. Abrams gets his way. And we all know that J.J. Abrams gets his way. Of course, the character he’s in line to play is still being kept under wraps. Will he be a Klingon? Khan? Some nobody like Eric Bana’s Nero? I do know this: he will be creepy, even if he plays himself.

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Lionsgate is currently shopping a project around the Toronto International Film Festival that is notable for two big reasons, the awesome and sometimes underappreciated duo that they have attached to star. Penthouse North will see Michelle Monaghan playing a haunted photojournalist who is running from a past tragedy by holing herself up in a posh New York penthouse, with Michael Keaton playing a criminal who seeks a hidden fortune that he believes is somewhere in said penthouse. The two will then presumably engage in some sort of cat and mouse shenanigans that eventually see Monaghan’s character having to muster up the resolve to get past her trauma and survive the incident. The film is set to be directed by Joseph Ruben, who hasn’t done much lately, but who made a string of pretty sweet late night cable catches in the mid-’90s, films like Sleeping With the Enemy, The Good Son, and Money Train. And it’s being made from a script penned by Obsessed and Lakeview Terrace writer David Loughery. His movies aren’t guilty pleasures of mine, so I won’t say anything about them. Let’s just focus on the good; Michael Keaton is always amazing to watch, Michelle Monaghan is always a rock. It’s nice to see these two get a chance at starring roles. [THR]

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