Sam Worthington

Why are spies so sad and mopey now? Where are the cool, suave, and untouchable secret agents? Lately, nowhere to be found on the big screen. Director John Madden certainly is not bringing back the era of smooth heroes with his latest film, The Debt. The director’s small, claustrophobic remake focuses on lost individuals who display more heartache and moral uncertainty than your typical heroics. Madden did not make a film about a secret mission gone awry, but a film about regret and the power of lies. A few years ago director Matthew Vaughn was attached to helm the thriller, and if he ended up behind the camera, The Debt would be a very different film. Instead of going for a stylish and poppy feel, the Shakespeare in Love filmmaker went with something far more claustrophobic and full of moral uncertainty. As a result, Madden made something many, many notches above Kill Shot in the quality department. Here is what director John Madden had to say about his three damaged Mossad agents, taking a serious matter seriously, and the power of regret:

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Culture Warrior

Warning: This article contains spoilers for Source Code…and, for that matter, Avatar. Recently in Hollywood, the physiological capabilities of our heroic protagonists have owed a great deal to modern medicine and technology, specifically from the military. Whether it be the unique opportunity provided for the paraplegic Jake Sully in Avatar, the incredible and unwanted responsibility of the nearly-dead Colter Stevens in Source Code, or the intravenous hyper-bulking of Steve Rogers in Captain America: The First Avenger, Hollywood has given us a spate of unlikely protagonists connected specifically by the fact that their initial disabilities provide for them a unique opportunity to become exceptionally enabled.

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Ani Canaan Mann’s second feature film, Texas Killing Fields, has had a somewhat long journey to the screen, and has gone through some slightly different incarnations, from involvement with other behind-the-camera talent (namely Danny Boyle) to the shorter, gentler title of The Fields. But with the film showing in competition at Venice, it looks like it may be smooth sailing from here on out. Despite a pretty standard true crime plotline, there’s something about Texas Killing Fields that has kept me intrigued for many months. Maybe it’s that the film’s cast is almost murderously good, as it includes Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Sam Worthington, Chloe Grace Moretz, Jessica Chastain, Stephen Graham, Jason Clarke, and Annabeth Gish. That’s got to be it.

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Were you aware that a new Sam Worthington movie came out this week? It’s true. It’s from 2005, looks terrible, and can give us all insight into what casting directors were seeing in the guy that came from nowhere and landed in every large movie ever. Continuing the campaign to convince us that he’s a big star, Warners is settling a deal right now on a science fiction concept from Aaron Guzikowski that has Worthington attached. There are no details about it other than it involves 1) war and 2) space. So, it could be Avatar or The Last Starfighter. Or both. Guzikowski is a newcomer to the writing world, but he must have impressed with his work on the forthcoming Mark Wahlberg thriller Contraband (and with this pitch of course). Worthington will see screens again soon when The Debt opens, but getting excited about his casting is difficult considering how unenergectic an actor he is. There’s no denying that he looks like a leading man, but his constant bored look makes him seem like the girl I took to the junior prom. Yet, studios are going to continue assuring us that he’s the next Christian Bale, casting him in all sorts of large budget projects. Not bad for an actor who once played Macbeth for the guy who directed Cherry Falls. [Deadline Perth]

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Interesting timing on this one. Deadline Hubbertsville is reporting that F. Gary Gray will be directing The Last Days of American Crime with Sam Worthington starring. The story focuses on a second major terrorist attack in the sci-fi future where the America of the day responds with Orwellian measures. Namely, ridding the citizens of their drive to commit crime. Worthington will play a thief in for one last big job before his brain gets scrambled into being good. This, of course, seems fascinating coming off the heels of our killing the most wanted terrorist on the planet, but it also seems a little strange. The bare-bones synopsis seems to hint that the bulk of the story will take place in the week leading up to the criminal impulse being shut down (so we can get some Ocean’s style heisting from Worthington), so it’s unclear whether they’ll play around with the ethical problems that arise (or the fact that not all crime is committed by the mustache-twirling gene). Gray’s Law Abiding Citizen dipped its toe into the moral waters but never dove in, and while this sounds like a decent premise, it seems like exploring what happens after the signal is interrupted might be even more fascinating.

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Oh, infidelity. Apparently it’s tough to stay faithful when Eva Mendes and Guillaume Canet come knocking at your bedroom door. At least if you’re Keira Knightley or Sam Worthington. Last Night is the directorial debut of The Jacket writer Massy Tadjedin, and if this trailer is any indication it looks like 1) it’s fraught with internal strife and smart hand-wringing, and 2) Sam Worthington is getting a chance to act finally. This is the perfect teaser. Everything about it looks sharp, and it leaves the question of whether they will or won’t cheat on each other dangled like a chocolate-dipped carrot maddeningly out of reach. Check it out for yourself:

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No, it’s not the case that American audiences have become so tired of Sam Worthington’s non-acting that they’ve shipped him back to Australia for a full refund. It seems he’s going of his own accord and will surely be back. Plus, shame on you for asking an action star to act. It’s disgraceful. What’s not disgraceful is Worthington signing up for Drift (according to Variety), a surfing-based (and character-based) drama. Producer Fiona Cameron evoked the name of Point Break, but gave little in the way of details beyond it having action action and gnarly wave shredding action all in one movie. April sees the release of Soul Surfer, a movie about a young girl who loses an arm to a shark attack while surfing, so it seems as if the sport lorded over by Laird Hamilton is having a bit of a renaissance. We will continue to ignore Surfer, Dude as part of that renaissance or as a movie in general. On Drift, it’ll be good to see Worthington in another action movie, especially if it turns out that he can act in his native accent.

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If you were a fan of Clash of the Titans, then you saw it in 2D. Well played. This next go ’round, it looks like monster heads will be ripped off and people will accidentally make love with cows that are Gods in disguise after a healthy amount of post-production time to focus on making the CGI better. Wrath of the Titans will start filming in the Spring of 2011 for a March 2012 release, and it’s confirmed that Jonathan Liebesman will shoot in native 3D since there’s almost no reason not to do so. It seems like a no-brainer. Which is also the fighting move Perseus did to Medusa. Sam Worthington, Gemma Arterton, Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes are all back in the mix. All in all, those are the ingredients for at least a passable sequel. Fingers crossed. [Coming Soon]

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Drinking Games

Are you one of those people who complained about the 3D conversion in the release of Clash of the Titans in theaters? You know those problems… blurred vision, headaches, eye strain. Well, if you want another chance to see Clash of the Titans in beautiful high definition, now’s your chance on Blu-ray. And if you play this drinking game, you just might get blurred vision, headaches and eye strain from a different source.

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Sam Worthington in The Debt

The first trailer for The Debt has hit the web. This movie, which appears to have snuck up on many of us, is the latest from Shakespeare in Love director John Madden. It’s a trip into the world of Isreali agents hunting down Nazi war criminals, and it’s filled with an interesting cast. The likes of Sam Worthington and Jessica Chastain are flanked by some serious talent: Helen Mirren, Ciaran Hinds and Tom Wilkinson. The trailer doesn’t give us much to work with beyond evoking the general look and feel of Steven Spielberg’s Munich, but it does deliver a sense of energy. And it does have a bit of energy. It’s worth noting that this film is based on a story by Kick-Ass creative duo Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman. The official synopsis and new trailer are yours to play with after the jump.

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This week, Fat Guy Kevin Carr damns the gods with reviews of Clash of the Titans, The Last Song and Why Did I Get Married Too?

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Clash of the Titans

Remaking a beloved classic such as the 1981 fantasy epic Clash of the Titans is no small task. It doesn’t help when your story is poorly put together and your film has been retroactively rendered in infuriatingly poor 3D. That said, Louis Leterrier did his best, I suppose.

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In this exclusive interview, Cole takes Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi back to their middle school required reading list and gets the skinny on Clash.

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Warner Bros. has released a brand new behind the scenes featurette for the upcoming mythology-based adventure Clash of the Titans, from The Incredible Hulk director Louis Leterrier. This new look provides a few new shots from the film, as well as some on-set B-roll footage and a few comments from cast members like Sam Worthington, Gemma Arterton and Ralph Fiennes.

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Warner Bros. has released a brand new behind the scenes featurette this week for their upcoming mythology remash Clash of the Titans, from director Louis Leterrier (The Incredible Hulk). This new featurette gives us a pretty solid look at some of the characters, most of whom you should already know.

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Warner Bros. has released a set of seven brand new posters for its upcoming epic Clash of the Titans, which hits theaters on April 2. In case you hadn’t seen yet, some sort of clash is beginning. And this clash will be broadcast in 3D.

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Universal really wants this vampire fad to go out with a bang and a fizzle.

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Kevin Carr sits his chubbiness down and sees if Avatar, Did You Hear About the Morgans? and Up In the Air can make the grade.

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Neil Miller takes an early look at the movie that has been called a “game-changer.” Will it change the game? We’re not sure. Is it an incredible experience unlike anything we’ve seen before? Well now, that’s more like it…

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Sometimes I just can’t beat the man known as Peter Sciretta over at Slashfilm. And today is one of those days.

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