Stephen Gyllenhaal

We’re still months away from Election Day in November, but already the country is in the throes of full-scale campaigning, complete with mud-slinging, flip-flopping, and back-biting. Ah, politics! Nothing like them! But if you’re already sick of the machinations of the 2012 campaign, Stephen Gyllenhaal’s new film, Grassroots, just might be the right antidote. Based on a true story, Grassroots pits a starry-eyed newcomer (Joel David Moore) against a big dog city councilman (Cedric the Entertainer) in a 2001 political race. Moore’s Grant Cogswell has one dream, one platform – a new monorail for the city (shades of Singles here). Cedric’s Richard McIver is old school, resting his mass transit ideas on a ground rail train that’s so poorly thought out that Grant is convinced it will destroy the entire city. It doesn’t sound like Grant is going to get anywhere, but then Jason Biggs‘s recently-fired reporter pops up to run his campaign and then the volunteers start rolling in and then…well, you’ll just have to see the movie. We’re pleased to premiere the first poster for Grassroots, one that makes equal use of Moore and Bigg’s offbeat tactics, the beauty of Seattle, and the film’s well-rounded cast. Check out the full poster for Grassroots after the break, especially if you’re in need of some political maneuvering with an actual sense of humor.

read more...

It looks like everyone is throwing their hats into the ring. When the studios announced a plan to release movies in home theaters just 30 days after the theaters located outside the home (with a price tag of $30 per rental), the National Association of Theater Owners balked. Apparently their threat to boycott big blockbusters was a fake, but they haven’t kept secret their disgust for the new model that would limit their ability to make money showing movies (since studios take the 50%-100% lion’s share of the ticket split in the first weeks). Now, 23 directors and producers are speaking out against it. That list includes James Cameron, Michael Bay, Kathryn Bigelow, Guillermo del Toro, Roland Emmerich, Antoine Fuqua, Todd Garner, Lawrence Gordon, Stephen Gyllenhaal, Gale Anne Hurd, Peter Jackson, Karyn Kusama, Jon Landau, Shawn Levy, Michael Mann, Bill Mechanic, Jamie Patricof, Todd Phillips, Brett Ratner, Robert Rodriguez, Adam Shankman, Gore Verbinski, and Robert Zemeckis. The full, un-edited open letter is below:

read more...

This is about to get very specific to my own personal tastes, so bare with me. Today brought us two separate reports that, when combined, put two people that I enjoy watching immensely into the same film. DC Pierson, of Derrick Comedy and Mystery Team fame, and Cobie Smulders, of How I Met Your Mother fame, have both joined the upcoming Stephen Gyllenhaal directed political comedy Grassroots.

read more...
Some movie websites serve the consumer. Some serve the industry. At Film School Rejects, we serve at the pleasure of the connoisseur. We provide the best reviews, interviews and features to millions of dedicated movie fans who know what they love and love what they know. Because we, like you, simply love the art of the moving picture.
Comic-Con 2014
Summer Box Office Prediction Challenge
Got a Tip? Send it here:
editors@filmschoolrejects.com
Publisher:
Neil Miller
Managing Editor:
Scott Beggs
Associate Editors:
Rob Hunter
Kate Erbland
Christopher Campbell
All Rights Reserved © 2006-2014 Reject Media, LLC | Privacy Policy | Design & Development by Face3