Impressive Cast Set for Next Film Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
One of the big breakout films of Sundance this year is Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, which won the Audience Award and Grand Jury Award at the festival in January. It's the second feature film directed by up-and-comer Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, who also directed The Town That Dreaded Sundown (the remake) before Me and Earl. Deadline has announced his next project, titled Collateral Beauty, from a screenplay written by Allan Loeb (21, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, The Switch, Just Go with It, Rock of Ages). Not only that but Gomez-Rejon has lined up talented performers Hugh Jackman and Rooney Mara to star in the film, which has financing in place from PalmStar Media and Likely Story. So what is the new film about?
According to Deadline, Collateral Beauty has a plot that centers on a New York advertising executive who experiences a "deep personal tragedy. When his colleagues devise an unconventional plan to break him out of his depression, the plan works, but not in a way that anyone imagined." It sounds like Hugh Jackman will star as that ad executive, and filming will begin in the fall later this year, so they're moving fast. Anonymous Content’s Michael Sugar and Bard Dorros are producing with screenwriter Allan Loeb. I'm personally a big fan of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, and I was impressed by The Town That Dreaded Sundown, so I am looking forward to seeing what Gomez-Rejon does next. Until then, Me & Earl opens in theaters this week.
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Sounds like THE GAME. Interested to see what Mara the Younger can do. Her career has taken a rather boring turn as of late.
DAVIDPD on Jun 9, 2015
I never knew there was a remake of a town that dreaded sundown, thanks for the tip...
ari smulders on Jun 9, 2015
You sound kind of biased - no offense. Hugh Jackman is a Tony Award winning theater actor. He is one of the best emotional performers I have ever seen, and he can slip into probably any character he is asked to no matter how different the characters are. Wolverine/X-Men was Jackman's first Hollywood movie. At the time he took it, it was the only movie role he was offered. He had the opportunity to work with Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellan, etc. He would have been a fool to turn that down. I am willing to bet you have never actually seen The Fountain, Prisoners, The Prestige, or any of his theater performances live. I'm positive you haven't seen his romantic comedies. And if you saw Les Miserables, it was probably in that kind of closed-hearted way where you didn't really give it a chance and watched hoping not to like it and not actually paying attention to nuances. That is exactly how you come across. You dislike Jackman mostly because he did Wolverine? That tells me you stereotyped him, which is wrong on every level. Props to Jackman for doing Wolverine, being extremely dedicated and hardworking in the role despite it being a comic book role, giving much of the money he receives from it to charity, not taking himself seriously, and staying loyal to fanboys. That character is the complete opposite of himself. In person, Jackman is among the nicest, most gentle, most humble people you can meet. I had the pleasure of meeting him a few times, after all.
Jordan Mitchell on Jun 26, 2015
PS - Viggo M. has only been nominated for 1 Oscar and he is 10 years older than Hugh Jackman and has been acting much longer than Hugh Jackman. But guess what? Hugh Jackman has 1 Oscar nomination too as well as 2 Tony Awards and an Emmy. They say people who excel in theater, like Jackman, are the true actors. Think about that next time you call him a "light weight" actor and entertainer.
Jordan Mitchell on Jun 26, 2015
Jordan is the close minded, immature one? You are the one who judges a man's work without seeing the entirety of it (Jackman's stage work is probably his most relevant work) and refuses to watch a play or give Jackman a chance to give a movie performance you do like. That is the definition of close minded. You gave no insightful facts that anyone would value to amend their opinions. Not even an open minded person would think what you said had much worth. Then you assume someone like Jordan is a "fanboy" for disagreeing with you on an actor. I happen to have met Hugh Jackman, just as Jordan has, and you know what? I enjoyed Jackman's work objectively before I knew anything about him. He turned out to be a terrific person too, but that does not bias my view of his work. It was liking his work that made me want to know more about him. How do you know that is not the case for Jordan? I thought Jackman was a tremendous actor before knowing anything relevant about him, and I guarantee you I know way more about Jackman as a person now than you do despite your claims that you are such an expert. You act like you know everything about film and actors when you cannot even spell actors' names right (in another post for another article, you spelled his name, Hugh Jackson). You claim you are so sophisticated, and yet all you do is rant about how superior and well knowledgeable you are without giving actual, legitimate critical analysis. That is a sign of an empty barrel making tons of noise. Good acting is subjective, by the way. You do not know Jordan or anything about Jordan or Jordan's profession, what he/she knows about film or people in the industry, how well trained he/she is, or how old he/she is, yet you make assumptions about Jordan and what lead Jordan to have his/her opinions. You then say you are not biased despite admitting you don't like actors who make a certain type of movie, which is the very definition of being biased considering you then admit you never give those actors a chance afterwards and stereotype them. Jordan also never put down Viggo M. from what I can see. Personally, I think both Viggo M. and Hugh J. are great actors. Jordan never said Jackman was better. You are the one who started the comparison. You said Hugh J. is a lightweight actor and that if Viggo M would have done Wolverine, you wouldn't have liked him either. I'm pretty sure Jordan's point was that "lightweight" actors do not win Golden Globes and Tony Awards or get nominated for Oscars. Jackman barely campaigns for awards, and yet he is that respected by his peers to already have such awards with such a young career. That must make you piss your pants at night. I think you are the one that should grow up and learn that if you are going to put an actor down, other people have as equal a right to disagree with you and respond. When you put negativity out there, expect a response. That is life. I couldn't care less that you don't like Jackman, but Jordan has every right to counter. Perhaps you should get over yourself. I have never encountered a more arrogant poster. You sound like a 10-year-old who didn't get his/her way. You can't deal with the idea that people have a right to respond when you make negative comments not backed by facts. You are also an internet bully and a total snob so if you dare mention that Jordan can speak for himself/herself, you are right - if Jordan wants to reply to you, he/she can, but your posts are so ridiculous that I felt compelled to exert my right to respond and there is nothing you can do about it. Many posters do not like you. I have seen responses you get from people. They see right through you as much as I can. Good luck to you, oh film god and pretentious one.
tm4justice on Jun 28, 2015
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