The September 2009 Movie Preview

by Dave Thomas
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The month begins and ends with thrillers about people who live their lives through androids or other people while they stay at home. Think Hollywood’s getting a little passive aggressive about people who don’t go out to the movies?
September 4
GAMER
WHAT’S THE PITCH?
Gamers control real-life death row inmates as if they were characters in an first-person shooter.
WILL IT SUCK?
From the guys who gave you Crank and Crank 2, so expect lots of stylized action…and not much else. Interesting cast: Gerard Butler, Michael C. Hall, Zoe Bell, Alison Lohman, Milo Venitmiglia, John Leguizamo, Keith David, Kyra Sedgwick, Efren Ramirez, Sam Witwer, and Chris ‘Ludacris” Bridges.
HOW WELL WILL IT DO?
Probably about as well as any late summer/early fall action flick (like, say, Crank). $28mil.
WILL ANYBODY REMEMBER IT AT OSCAR TIME?
I’m not sure the Academy knows what a gamer is.
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WHAT’S THE PITCH?
Factory Space
WILL IT SUCK?
Mike Judge (Office Space, Idiocracy) has a proven track record. Cast is hot: Jason Bateman, Mila Kunis, Ben Affleck, Kristin Wiig, J.K. Simmons, and David Koechner.
HOW WELL WILL IT DO?
Will probably do well for a Mike Judge film, which isn’t very good. $20mil.
WILL ANYBODY REMEMBER IT AT OSCAR TIME?
If they didn’t recognize Office Space
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CARRIERS
WHAT’S THE PITCH?
You know those tough who lives/who dies decisions you have to make during a zombie attack? Same ones generally come up during a global viral outbreak.

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Gus Porter, American Legend with Thomas Haden Church


Gus Porter gets mauled by a bear, but he won’t let the socialist Canadian health care fix him up, so he’ll hike back to America. This would be funny if it didn’t pretty much reflect the substance of the debate. [via]

Spotted: David Osborne, Nate Fish and Joe Rosenberg

Meet the grown ass men who like to throw a party once a month to ask you ” Where Are You From ??? ”
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Photo by: Yunice Kang

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Solidaridad, Brooklyn!

As opposed to “spiritedly competing,” Bowery Presents and Williamsburg’s upturned collar the Brooklyn Bowl have “mutually realized that [they] should work together, rather than compete against one another.” This brings the venue into the same party tent as the Bowery Ballroom, the Music Hall of Williamsburg, the Mercury Lounge, and Terminal 5. Josh Moore, the Music Hall’s promoter, will now be the lead talent booker at BB. Their release is after the jump. But, before you go, this isn’t such a bad thing.
Brooklyn Vegan notes it “will continue to occasionally program its own events too, and continue to work with various promotional partners (for instance partnering with JellyNYC to make the bowling alley / music venue the official afterparty location of the Pool Parties this summer).”

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So Jay-Z, Why Were You at Grizzly Bear on Sunday?

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Well, because he likes them! And he wants to “push hip-hop,” as he tells MTV:

“They’re an incredible band,” he said. “The thing I want to say to everyone ‚Äî I hope this happens because it will push rap, it will push hip-hop to go even further ‚Äî what the indie-rock movement is doing right now is very inspiring. It felt like us in the beginning. These concerts, they’re not on the radio, no one hears about them, and there’s 12,000 people in attendance. And the music that they’re making and the connection they’re making to people is really inspiring. So, I hope that they have a run where they push hip-hop back a little bit, so it will force hip-hop to fight to make better music, because it can happen, because that’s what rap did to rock.”

Ok, that’s all fine and dandy. But my, such great timing with The Blueprint 3 Jay. Well played, sir. Well played. I really like Ghetto Techno, and I can’t say for sure that I would’ve streamed it without seeing you on Sunday. But, I woulda heard it somewhere. Can’t avoid these things, can we.
photo c/o Michael Rusch

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