Liev Schreiber & Peter Sarsgaard Join Pawn Sacrifice

Liev-SchreiberIt’s been over a year since Edward Zwick signed up to direct Tobey Maguire in the Bobby Fischer biopic Pawn Sacrifice, but it’s only now that it’s moving forward with the news that Peter Sarsgaard and Liev Schreiber are in talks to star, according to THR.

The Cold War-era drama follows chess legend Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire), who became the youngest grand master in chess history. The main action of the film takes place in 1972 when, after an unprecedented winning streak, Fischer reached the world championship finals against the seemingly unbeatable Soviet master Boris Spassky (Schreiber). Peter Sarsgaard is playing a priest who becomes Fischer’s confidante during this period.

Steven Knight (Chef, Eastern Promises) wrote the screenplay. The project has been around for several year, as David Fincher flirted with directing March 2010. However it’s now due to go into production with Zwick helming next month.

The Reluctant Fundamentalist Trailer – Take a look at Mira Nair’s film


The Reluctant Fundamentalist provoked some strong reactions – both positive and negative – during its festival fun last autumn. We’ll be able to find out for ourselves what the movie is like in April, when it arrives in cinemas, and ahead of that the trailer has now been released.

Here’s the synopsis of this adaptation of Mohsin Amid’s novel: ‘We begin in 2011 in Lahore. At an outdoor café a Pakistani man named Changez (Riz Ahmed) tells Bobby (Liev Schreiber), an American journalist, about his experiences in the United States. Roll back ten years, and we find a younger Changez fresh from Princeton, seeking fortune and glory on Wall Street. The American Dream seems well within his grasp, complete with a smart and gorgeous artist girlfriend, Erica (Kate Hudson).

But when the Twin Towers are attacked, a cultural divide slowly begins to crack open between Changez and Erica. Changez’s dream soon begins to slip into nightmare: profiled, wrongfully arrested, strip-searched and interrogated, he is transformed from a well-educated, upwardly mobile businessman to a scapegoat and perceived enemy. With time, he begins to hear the call of his own homeland. Taking us through the culturally rich and beguiling worlds of New York, Lahore and Istanbul, The Reluctant Fundamentalist is a story about conflicting ideologies where perception and suspicion have the power to determine life or death.’ [Read more...]

Mental Trailer – Toni Collette reunites with the director of Muriel’s Wedding


Having Toni Collette as your nanny sounds like it’d be quite fun, but in Mental she certainly shakes up a family where all the daughters think they’re mental. The film sees her reunite with director PJ Hogan for the first time since Muriel’s Wedding. Here’s the synopsis: ‘The Moochmore girls are certain they all suffer from some kind of undiagnosed mental illness – because if they’re not crazy then they’re just unpopular. Their mother Shirley (Rebecca Gibney) – unable to cope with her demanding daughters and unsupported by her philandering politician husband, Barry (Anthony LaPaglia) – suffers a nervous breakdown. After Barry commits his wife to a mental hospital (telling his constituents that “she’s on holiday”) he finds himself alone with 5 teenage girls he barely knows. Desperate, he impulsively picks up a hitchhiker named Shaz (Collette) and installs her in his home as nanny to his daughters.’ The movie is out on November 16th.

Liev Schreiber Joins The Butler As Lyndon B. Johnson

There are going to be an awful lot of US Presidents in The Butler, as it’s about a man who served eight of them working in the White House. The likes of John Cusack (Richard Nixon), Alan Rickman (Ronald Reagan), James Marsden (JFK), and Robin Williams (Dwight D Eisenhower) are already onboard, and now they’ve been joined by Liev Schreiber as Lyndon B. Johnson, according to Deadline.

The movie is a biopic about longtime White House butler, Eugene Allen (Forest Whitaker), began his White House employment in 1952, under President Harry S. Truman, and retired in 1986, during President Ronald Reagan’s second term in office. In that time the African American rose through the ranks and was there as the Civil Rights struggle played out in the halls of power.

Jane Fonda, Minka Kelly, David Oyelowo, Oprah Winfrey Melissa Leo, Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Redgrave, Cuba Gooding Jr, Elijah Kelly, Jesse Williams, Mariah Carey and more are also set to star. Lee Daniels will direct from a script by Danny Strong.

Goon Red Band Trailer

If this NSFW trailer is anything to go by, Goon is gonna be pretty violent for a sports flick – but then, it is about ice hockey. Based on a true story, Seann William Scott plays Doug Glatt, a bouncer who overcomes long odds to lead a team of under performing misfits to semi-pro hockey glory, beating the crap out of everything that stands in his way. No UK date is currently set, but we shouldn’t have to wait too long for Goon.