Pierce Gagnon

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What is Casting Couch? It’s your hookup when it comes to finding out what Hollywood’s A list (and B list, and sometimes C list) is going to be up to next. Today we’ve got updates that will be of particular interest to fans of creepy little kids and Cougar Town. After not at all shaming herself by being featured in last year’s beloved and not at all wretched compilation of comedic shorts, Movie 43, Halle Berry seems to have gotten a taste for doing comedy, because Variety is reporting that she’s all set to both produce and star in a new indie comedy called Mother. In it she’ll be playing a woman who leaves a mobster she was going to marry at the altar, who tries to hide out afterward by pretending to be some kid’s mother, but who then blows her cover due to her generally erratic behavior. It’s true that this plot synopsis is too weird and vague to give us any idea of what this movie is really going to be like, but whatever it is it has to be better than Berry strapping on comically large rubber boobs and mugging for the camera. Oh, Movie 43.

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commentary-looper

Rian Johnson‘s Looper is a rare film for many reasons. The only thing rarer than Hollywood committing to a mid-budget sci-fi film is one featuring an original idea not based on an existing property. Even better though, the film is unafraid to go to some very dark places with some wholly unexpected events, and the result is a rewarding experience for film goers. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis star as young and old versions of the same character who come face to face in a fight for their separate but clearly connected lives. It’s smart, exciting and challenging in the way no big budget blockbuster could ever hope to be. Three of its key players sat down to record a commentary track for next week’s Blu-ray/DVD release, and we gave it a listen. Come along won’t you, and read what we heard…

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published: 11.19.2014
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published: 11.19.2014
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