Saturday, August 14, 2010

“Justin Bieber's 3D Movie Gets 'Step Up 3-D' Director - AceShowbiz” plus 3 more

“Justin Bieber's 3D Movie Gets 'Step Up 3-D' Director - AceShowbiz” plus 3 more

Justin Bieber's 3D Movie Gets 'Step Up 3-D' Director - AceShowbiz

Posted: 13 Aug 2010 08:08 PM PDT

August 14, 2010 03:06:22 GMT

Jon M. Chu is officially hired to replace Oscar-winning director Davis Guggenheim who quit to concentrate on his own project.

's upcoming film is set to be a dancing extravaganza - the director of "" has reportedly signed up to work on the project. The movie memoir, which will document the "Baby" hitmaker's stellar rise to fame and also feature concert scenes, was thrown into turmoil earlier this month when Oscar-winning director Davis Guggenheim quit.

Paramount Pictures executives were said to be frantically searching for a replacement - and now "Step Up 3-D" director Jon M. Chu has officially been hired. He'll be working with Bieber's manager Scooter Braun, Island Def Jam chairman LA Reid, and the teen's mentor on the 3D movie, which is due in theaters in February 2011.

On Twitter, Jon M. Chu wrote, "I'll be posting random updates and behind the scenes footage along the way. It's Official... I HAVE BIEBER FEVER." Later, he added, "We are gonna try to do a Lot if that to show the real story behind him becoming who he is today."



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Movie Review: 'The Extra Man' - Republic

Posted: 13 Aug 2010 03:15 PM PDT

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Louis Ives (Paul Dano), a pale question mark of a young man, has newly arrived in New York, seeking the life of a bookish gentleman. Right off the bat, he finds an unlikely role model: Henry Harrison (Kevin Kline), an older fellow and would-be playwright who lives in a squalid apartment, cadges free meals while squiring elderly society matrons and is given to such pronouncements as "My great opus was stolen by a Swiss hunchback!" The two become unlikely roommates, as Louis' education in the real world begins.

Based on Jonathan Ames' delightful 1998 novel, "The Extra Man" is filled with moments of great pleasure. Kline, reveling in this eccentric role, chews the scenery like it's caviar; chomping his words with gusto (his pronunciation of "roasted chicken" is a meal), letting us see how Henry makes his world more vivid by adding exclamation points to everything. Dano, whose Louis is undergoing both job insecurity and sexual confusion, has a sweet hesitancy to him; by the end, he gradually acquires a gentle, hard-won wisdom. They're charming together, particularly when Henry gives Louis a dance lesson on a sandy beach, whirling side-by-side as Henry barks out instructions and the sun droops in the sky.

Directors Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman (the great "American Splendor"; the not so great "The Nanny Diaries") struggle a bit with balance. The movie feels a little colorless when Kline's character is off-screen, and Louis' sexual adventures, toned down from the book, usually seem just sad. John C. Reilly, that fine actor, doesn't know what to do with a strange supporting role that requires him to speak like Dame Edna, and Katie Holmes doesn't register much as Louis' workplace crush, a sort of Daisy Buchanan with an environmental conscience.

But fans of the book will be pleased with the meticulously faithful adaptation (you'll recognize many lines), and with the perfect casting of the two leads. The film's quirky humor sneaks up on you: A voice-over narrator seems out of place, until we learn that Louis believes that someone is narrating his life in his head, like a novel — and then the narrator gets interrupted, as life has a way of doing.

And the great Kline thunders his way through his role, letting us share in the pleasure he's having. "Henry James sat on a stove and shriveled his testicles. It accounts for the change in style," observes Henry sagely. I could have listened to him all day; perhaps you might, too.


'THE EXTRA MAN,' with Paul Dano, Kevin Kline, Katie Holmes, John C. Reilly, John Pankow, Celia Weston.

3 stars

Directed by Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman, from a screenplay by Pulcini, Berman and Jonathan Ames, based on Ames' novel.

108 minutes.

Rated R for some sexual content.


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Movie news: where will part 1 and 2 of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows split? - Examiner

Posted: 13 Aug 2010 01:17 AM PDT


The latest news for Harry Potter fans is an update on the slit between Part I & II of the last two films, both based on the seventh J.K. Rowling novel, "Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows". Entertainment Weekly (EW) reports the split in an upcoming article, which is available in full at MuggleNet and set for print tomorrow (August 13, 2010).

Some sites say it's a minor spoiler, so stop reading here if you don't want to know. However, it's being reported widely across the Internet and it's already in the relevant Wikipedia article.

EW reports:

Part 1, by the way, will end at about Chapter 24 of the book, with Voldemort gaining possession of the Elder wand, one of the three Deathly Hallows that allow the bearer to conquer death.

The seventh book is 759 pages. If the book was split in half for the two part finale, then it would split in Chapter 19 just after Ron rejoins Harry and Hermione. It would be a difficult place to stop and would be a little too like Lord of the Rings. The end of Chapter 24 occurs at page 501.

David Yates directs both, adding to his two previous Harry Potter films (and his fourth in a row). Steve Kloves returns as the screenplay writer for both. He's written the screenplay for all but one of the movies, missing only "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix".

These will also be the first Harry Potter films presented entirely in 3D.

MuggleNet has over a hundred on-set photos for the films, and the official site gallery has images from the movie. See the end of this article for a trailer.

But, alas, for fans the tagline again looms over their heads: "It all ends here". Many of them had to suffer the end of a beloved book series (back in 2007 with the final seventh book), and they will go through it again at the end of the movie series. (But hope is not lost. None of the Harry Potter films have respectable DVD special editions yet.)

"Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part I" releases on November 19, 2010. Part II releases on 15 July 2011.

The official site describes the story for the final two movies as follows:

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," the seventh and final adventure in the Harry Potter film series, is a much-anticipated motion picture event to be told in two full-length parts.

Part 1 begins as Harry, Ron and Hermione set out on their perilous mission to track down and destroy the secret to Voldemort's immortality and destruction—the Horcruxes. On their own, without the guidance of their professors or the protection of Professor Dumbledore, the three friends must now rely on one another more than ever. But there are Dark Forces in their midst that threaten to tear them apart.

Meanwhile, the wizarding world has become a dangerous place for all enemies of the Dark Lord. The long-feared war has begun and Voldemort's Death Eaters seize control of the Ministry of Magic and even Hogwarts, terrorizing and arresting anyone who might oppose them. But the one prize they still seek is the one most valuable to Voldemort: Harry Potter. The Chosen One has become the hunted one as the Death Eaters search for Harry with orders to bring him to Voldemort…alive. Harry's only hope is to find the Horcruxes before Voldemort finds him. But as he searches for clues, he uncovers an old and almost forgotten tale—the legend of the Deathly Hallows. And if the legend turns out to be true, it could give Voldemort the ultimate power he seeks.

Little does Harry know that his future has already been decided by his past when, on that fateful day, he became "the Boy Who Lived. "No longer just a boy, Harry Potter is drawing ever closer to the task for which he has been preparing since the day he first stepped into Hogwarts: the ultimate battle with Voldemort.


Warner Bros. Pictures presents a Heyday Films production, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," which marks the latest installment in the most successful film franchise of all time.

Average User Buzz: 94.5/100 or 4.7/5
  • Flixster (Part I): 95/100 (125,180 votes)
  • Netflix (Part I/II): 4.7/5 (32,514 votes)
In other news:
  • Daniel Radcliffe criticizes his performance in the previous movie, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" (the sixth one), saying his performance was too "same-y" and that he tries not to repeat it in the final two movies. (via Stuff)
  • Stuff and EW report complaints from the actors, especially Emma Watson, about spending a great deal of time sopping wet (for weeks of shooting) in the last two movies. (via EW). Additionally, Daniel Radcliffe developed a cold from the weather extremes (IMDb Trivia).
  • After reports that Emma Thompson wouldn't return for the last two movies, she was able to make it for a couple days of shooting (IMDb Trivia).
  • Sylvester Stallone's "The Expendables" sharply divided critics and users in early ratings buzz. IMDb users give it 8.6/10. The critics are more critical, with an early average of 50.5/100 (Rotten Tomatoes, Movie Review Intelligence). The 35 point difference between critics and users will no doubt change as the movie comes out.
  • The MPAA turns down an appeal on its R rating for "The Tillman Story", an upcoming documentary set for a limited release on August 20th. (via WorstPreviews)
  • "Avatar: Special Edition" will come out on August 27 in a limited release (750 theaters). (via Box Office Mojo). IMDb shows an extra 9 minute runtime for the special edition.