The story of ‘Dom Hemingway’ is a familiar enough one – a tough-talking safecracker endures years in jail, thanks to keeping a locked jaw when it comes to the involvement of his mastermind boss, only to be let loose to commit one last job and do right by his family – but Richard Shepard’s energetic and entertaining spin on what could be just another genre picture, along with star Jude Law’s bold and amusing performance as the eponymous antihero, make ‘Dom Hemingway’ a heist film with its own unique heart.
Last week, Jimmy Fallon asked his loyal 'Tonight Show' audience to send in videos of their children making their best funny faces -- classic kid antics -- without indicating exactly what said videos would be used for. Of course, this is Jimmy Fallon, so the news that the late-night host employed the videos for another one of his celebrity-baiting games shouldn't be too shocking.
Released in 1997, 'Gattaca' imagines a future society in which technology is used to create perfect children without genetic defects. Ethan Hawke plays Vincent Freeman, a man born outside of the program who dreams of overcoming his defects to travel to outer space. With a supporting cast that includes Uma Thurman and Jude Law, and director Andrew Niccol (who would go on to direct recent sci-fi films 'In Time' and 'The Host'), 'Gattaca' was unfortunately not a box office success, but gained a following on home release for its inventive depiction of a dystopian future society. Seventeen years later, we revisit the cast of this sci-fi favorite and see what they're up to now.
The problems surrounding the production of 'Jane Got a Gun' are officially legion: just days after losing its director on the first day of shooting, Jude Law has departed the project, leaving one of the film's three leading roles empty. We expect to soon hear about a swarm of locusts descending upon the set.
Press screenings of Steven Soderbergh's 'Side Effects' -- supposedly the director's final theatrical film before his self-imposed retirement -- were carefully monitored for latecomers. Stragglers who arrived after the screening began were greeted by signs like this one, reading that "due to the non-linear nature of this film, it would be unrewarding for you to enter at this point." This sort of thing is fairly unprecedented at press screenings (at least in my 10 or so years of experience), but they do resemble warnings that were placed outside theaters back in 1960, when what would become one of the most famous movies in Hollywood history was released to theaters -- a knowing wink from "The Filmmakers," as they signed their note, indicating their inspiration in this endeavor. That inspiration can be found here -- but be warned that clicking that link could probably be considered a spoiler.
'Side Effects,' Steven Soderbergh's alleged final film before retirement, already debuted multiple trailers featuring looks at the Rooney Mara- and Channing Tatum-led cast. The footage itself has been sort of a precursor mini-thriller in that we're left wondering whether our 'Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' is crazy or her seemingly iffy therapist (Jude Law) has something to do with it. Well, now the plot thickens with more confusion as the new UK international trailer has debuted, revealing more bits of the story.
Is there anything more exciting than a new film from cinema's favorite madman, Werner Herzog? Is there anything less exciting than a boxing comedy from the director of 'Get Smart'? Your personal answers may vary based on taste and pretension. Anyway, the former has cast Jude Law and the latter Kim Basinger.