Monthly Archives: August 2012

Love and Honor Trailer: Liam Hemsworth Goes AWOL For Love

Check out the new trailer for Love and Honor, starring Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games):

Hemsworth plays Mickey, a Vietnam soldier who goes AWOL with his friend in order to help him get his girlfriend back. Austin Stowell plays the friend, with Aimee Teegarden as his girlfriend Jane.

Teresa Palmer, Chris Lowell, Wyatt Russell and Max Adler also star.

Love and Honor is written by Jim Burnstein and Garrett K. Schiff and directed by Danny Mooney. There is not yet a release date set.

On the Road Gets Trailer for American Release

On the Road premiered at Cannes earlier this year to some pretty mixed reviews. Now, the film has apparently been re-cut and will be released in the U.S. later this year. Check out the new trailer (hopefully the new version of the film isn’t cut quite as quickly as this is):

Sam Riley and Garrett Hedlund star as Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty, two friends who embark on a trip across America. The film, based on the classic novel by Jack Kerouac, has been in development by producer Francis Ford Coppola for decades.

Kristen Stewart (Breaking Dawn Part 2) also stars, along with Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen, Terrence Howard, Steve Buscemi (Hotel Transylvania), and Amy Adams (Man of Steel).

Brazilian filmmaker Walter Salles directs. On the Road hits theaters December 21.

For a Good Time, Call Review: Girls Just Want to Have Fun

Screenwriters Lauren Anne Miller and Katie Anne Naylon borrow from a female-friendly genre for their girlfriend-centered For a Good Time, Call. They have taken the structure of a romantic comedy and applied it to a film about two female friends.

Lauren Miller and Ari Graynor in For a Good Time, Call
Why not? When romantic comedies work, they are efficient means of telling a story.

In For a Good Time, Call, all the elements of the genre that gave us timeless When Harry Met Sally quotes, for example, introduce their two leads in the same manner. They bond over something unexpected. They have conflict that drives them apart and then they find a way to get back together and profess love — albeit platonic — for one another.

In Miller and Naylon’s film, directed by Jamie Travis, our two main characters are college enemies that because of economic happenstance, are forced to become roommates 10 years after graduation in New York City. Miller is Lauren, a talented professional in the making. Only thing, our current economic climate is making it difficult for her to get a job.

Ari Graynor is Katie. She is not having trouble finding a job. Simply, Katie cannot find one that pays well enough, so she has several part-time jobs. One of which, Lauren discovers, is working as a phone sex operator. The two bond when the stuffy Lauren feels she has no choice but to put her brains to work with Katie’s vocal talents and create a phone sex business of their own.

Thus, we have the bonding portion of our romantic comedy. We won’t spoil the conflict or the resolution elements, but what is so special about For a Good Time, Call is that it utilizes those rom-com means of storytelling and ropes its audience into caring for these two to achieve best friendship by the closing credits.

The supporting cast is led by Justin Long, brilliant in this For a Good Time, Call clip. He portrays a gay best friend to the two and is surprisingly effective. Lauren’s parents are little used, but still refreshing to see Mimi Rogers and Don McManus — especially when they drop by at the most inopportune times. And Nia Vardalos is sharp as a knife as Katie’s potential “professional career” boss.

Ari Graynor and Lauren Anne Miller in For a Good Time, Call

The film reminds us of those 1980s movies that starred Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin. Which is a good thing, but like those flicks, they don’t have the greatest staying power. Our For a Good Time, Call review found the film solid, fun, original… but lacking anything that will plant it in audiences’ heads for years to come.

Taken 2 Featurette: Hear From Liam Neeson About Bryan Mills

Liam Neeson expounds on his character Bryan Mills in this new featurette for Taken 2:

Mills is back on the hunt in the sequel to the 2008 action thriller, when he takes his daughter (Maggie Grace) and ex-wife (Famke Janssen) on a trip to Istanbul. There, his ex-wife is kidnapped by the father of the man he killed in the first film.

Neeson is fresh off his brief cameo as Ra’s al Ghul in The Dark Knight Rises. Grace, meanwhile, will reprise her role as Irina in Breaking Dawn Part 2.

Taken 2 hits theaters October 5. Until then, revisit the first film with our Taken quotes page.

Doggie B Exclusive Clip: Dog Dancing

Dancing has gone to the dogs in our exclusive clip from the family film Doggie B. The flick lands today and finds an aspiring vet named Cassie discovering some sad news. Her Uncle Peter’s dog dancing business is on the verge of going out of business. What’s a girl who cherishes canines to do?

Why, she puts her dog Pijo to work in an effort to take first prize at the national Dog Dancing Championships… with prize money that will save the studio. Our exclusive clip finds Cassie fighting with her mother as to her future working with animals or doing what her mom wants, a one-way ticket to law school. We also meet Pijo, who might have a say in the matter.

Doggie B stars Jane Wiedlin, Jesse Draper, Patrick Alan Davis, Bettina Devin and, of course, Pijo the dog. And while we’re in the dog house, check out Movie Fanatic’s Top 10 Dog Movies.