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Film adaptations, college dramedys and the return of The Doctor...
The Hot Press Newsdesk, 13 Aug 2012
As much as we love our jobs, Movies Monday would much rather be out there, fruity cocktail in hand, enjoying the sunshine.
Thankfully, there’s lots of trailer-ly goodness this week to make the return to work a little less painful.
A big hit at the Cannes Film Festival, 17 Girls is the true-ish story of a group of schoolmates who all decide to become pregnant at the same time. The superb French cast includes stars-in-the-making Louise Grinberg, Juliette Darche and Roxane Duran.
Footie fans will be interested in Playing For Keeps, a romantic thriller about a washed up former Celtic player whose coaching of his son’s football team leads to bedroom frolics with Jessica Biel, Uma Thurman and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Result!
Five years after scoring a major hit in 2 Days In Paris, the delectable Julie Delpy takes a bite out of the Big Apple in 2 Days In New York. Chris Rock’s radio talk show host supplies the love interest.
“Marion and Mingus live cozily –perhaps too cozily – with their cat and two young children from previous relationships,” we’re told. “However, when Marion’s jolly father (played by director Delpy’s real-life dad), her oversexed sister, and her sister’s outrageous boyfriend unceremoniously descend upon them for a visit, it initiates two unforgettable days that will test Marion and Mingus’s relationship. With their unwitting racism and sexual frankness, the French triumvirate hilariously has no boundaries or filters... and no person is left unscathed in its wake.”
Disney have come up trumps again with The Odd Life Of Timothy Green, “an inspiring, magical story about a happily married couple, Cindy and Jim Green, who can’t wait to start a family but can only dream about what their child would be like. When young Timothy shows up on their doorstep one stormy night, Cindy and Jim – and their small town of Stanleyville – learn that sometimes the unexpected can bring some of life’s greatest gifts.”
Make sure to bring a hankie with you!
There’s murder most foul in The Loft, the American remake of the hit Belgian movie of the same name.
Wentworth Miller, James Marsden and Patrick Wilson co-star in the tale of five friends who rent a loft for illicit rumpy pumpy with their mistresses. One day the body of an unknown woman is found in the loft. Only the five have keys…
A new trailer has been released for On The Road, Hollywood’s tackling of Kerouac’s beat classic, which boasts the combined talents of Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley, Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst, Amy Adams, Viggo Mortensen, Tom Sturridge, Alice Braga, Elisabeth Moss, Danny Morgan and Marie-Ginette Guay.
We have to say it looks pretty ace!
Elizabeth Olsen continues to woo the critics in college dramedy – God how we hate that term! – Liberal Arts.
“When thirty-something Jesse is invited back to his alma mater, he falls for a young 19-year-old student and is faced with the powerful attraction that springs up between them,” reads the synopsis.
We’re very much liking the look of Robot And Frank, a sci-fi yarn starring Frank Langella as a cantankerous OAP robber who enlists android help to pull off one last tickle.
“Set in the near future, an ex-jewel thief receives a gift from his daughter: a robot butler programmed to look after him,” says the blurb. “But soon the two companions try their luck as a heist team.”
To the small screen now and NBC have released an extended trailer for Revolution,the new JJ Abrams series that debuts Stateside in September and looks an absolute winner. The director will certainly be hoping that it fares better than his last TV outing, Alcatraz, which was cancelled after just one season. There may be a happy ending for fans though, with talk of a loose ends tying up film.
It’s goodbye, sniff, to Amy Pond in the new series of Doctor Who, which will feature space dinosaurs, Westworld-style cyborg cowboys, the return of the weeping angels and a healthy dose of the Daleks.
If you haven’t already, make sure this week to catch Grabbers, an Alien-meets-The Guard spoof horror, which features current Hot Press interviewee Ruth Bradley.
If it’s psychological terror you’re after, look no further than Eoin C. Macken’s The Inside.
“All a group of girls wanted was to celebrate one of their mates' birthdays in an abandoned Dublin warehouse. But as the party swings out of control things begin to quickly go wrong as they find themselves terrorised by a group of violent vagrants. But soon they must cope with a far, far worse threat as they come under frightening attack by a supernatural horror that has no compunction between good or evil. Escape soon proves hopeless and they are trapped in the labyrinthine building. The only question left, ‘Is there any way out?’”
Which is where Movies Monday must bow out for another week. Thoughts, observations and virtual tubs of buttered popcorn should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org