In Stand Up Guys, Val (Al Pacino) is released from prison after serving 28 years for refusing to give up one of his close criminal associates. His best friend Doc (Christopher Walken) is there to pick him up, and the two soon re-team with another old pal, Hirsch. Their bond is as strong as ever, and the three reflect on freedom lost and gained, loyalties ebbed and flowed, and days of glory gone by. And despite their age, their capacity for mayhem is still very much alive and well – bullets fly as they make a hilariously valiant effort to compensate for the decades of crime, drugs and sex they’ve missed. But one of the friends is keeping a dangerous secret – he’s been put in an impossible quandary by a former mob boss, and his time to find an acceptable alternative is running out. As the sun rises on the guys’ legendary reunion, their position becomes more and more desperate and they finally confront their past once and for all.
Quartet seems to be the title of the moment, as that’s the name of Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut, and there’s also A Late Quartet, which has just debuted its first trailer. The film follows four members of a world-renowned string quartet who struggle to stay together in the face of death, competing egos and insuppressible lust. Christopher Walken is a man dealing with a Parkinson’s diagnosis, Philip Seymour Hoffman wants to move forward with his career, while Imogen Poots has issues with her mother (Catherine Keener).
Written and Directed by Oscar-winner Martin McDonagh, the comedy Seven Psychopaths follows a struggling screenwriter (Colin Farrell) who inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends (Christopher Walken and Sam Rockwell) kidnap a gangster’s (Woody Harrelson) beloved Shih Tzu. The movie co-stars Abbie Cornish, Tom Waits, Olga Kurylenko and Zeljko Ivanek. No UK release date is currently set, but enjoy the new red band trailer.
Written and Directed by Oscar®-winner Martin McDonagh, the comedy Seven Psychopaths follows a struggling screenwriter (Colin Farrell) who inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends (Christopher Walken and Sam Rockwell) kidnap a gangster’s (Woody Harrelson) beloved Shih Tzu. The movie co-stars Abbie Cornish, Tom Waits, Olga Kurylenko and Zeljko Ivanek. No UK release date is currently set.
Todd Solondz is an award winning writer and director who has brought us such classics such as Welcome To the Dollhouse, Palindromes and the highly controversial and brilliant Happiness. Solondz’s greatest is gift is giving us a slice of life drama with characters on the edge of society that we normally wouldn’t care for. This is his first film since Palindromes in 2004, so has the wait been worth it?
Dark Horse is exactly what it says in the title – a film about a dark horse, an outsider, someone who isn’t thought likely to succeed, but who may just surprise us all. The dark horse in this film is Abe (Jordan Gebler), who’s the elder son of Jackie (Christopher Walken) and still works for his father, who runs a highly successful development company. [Read more...]
Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, and Alan Arkin make up quite a cast of acting luminaries. Now THR reports they have all joined the action-comedy Stand Up Guys. News of the project first surface back in February 2009, when it was known as Old Timers.
The film is about an aging hitman, who is considering taking a job where he has to kill his friend. He reunites with another old criminal cohort for one last night of recklessness, where they ponder their life choices while running from the police. It isn’t clear which roles the three actors will portray.
Fisher Stevens (yes, the guy from Short Circuit) is directing Stand Up Guys from a script by Noah Haidle. Production is scheduled to begin this April in Los Angeles.
Earlier today we reported that Kristen Wiig doesn’t want to make a second Bridesmaids movie, but now she’s got a different project in the works, in which she’d star alongside Owen Wilson, Christopher Walken and Paul Rudd (who’s been attached since last year).
The film is Errol Morris’ Freezing People Is Easy, based on Robert F. Nelson‘s memoir We Froze the First Man and a This American Life segment titled You’re as Cold as Ice. Zach Helm is on screenplay duties for the fact based tale about Nelson, a TV repairman who attempted to devise his own method of cryogenic perservation in the 1960s. Things don’t go quite as planned, and Nelson winds up having to apologise to the families of those he’s tried and failed to freeze.
Rudd is in line for the central role, but it isn’t certain who the others will be. However Deadline believes they’re all pretty much locked in for the film, presuming the shoot stays on schedule for the middle of the year.
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