Paul Giamatti and Amy Ryan play a married couple in Win Win, an endearing story about a stressed-out lawyer whose life changes thanks to a newfound friendship. The movie, which was a favorite at Sundance earlier this year, is out in wide release this Friday, and we caught up with the actors recently in NYC to chat about how they nailed their realistic portrayals of a committed husband and wife with authentic New Jersey accents. Amy also dished about her hopes for the season finale of The Office, while Paul said that, unlike Evan Rachel Wood, George Clooney has yet to anoint him with a nickname on the set of The Ides of March.
Win Win won over critics and audiences alike at the Sundance Film Festival, and it's easy to see why. The film stars Paul Giamatti as a stressed-out lawyer who's struggling financially and personally, as the coach of an unsuccessful wrestling team. But his luck begins to change when he meets Kyle (Alex Shaffer), a teenager who's new in town now that he's living with his grandfather while his mother is in rehab.
The trailer looks funny, heart-warming, and inspiring; Giamatti's character, Mike, seems to make an emotional connection with Kyle while simultaneously coaching his team to a possible victory. The cast is rounded out by Amy Ryan as Mike's wife and Melanie Lynskey as Kyle's mother, both top-notch (not to mention funny) actresses. The film is set for release March 18, but get a peek when you read more
Scott Speedman seemed to be in high spirits and was looking hot last night at the NYC premiere of his latest film, Barney's Version. He was joined by costars Paul Giamatti and the lovely Minnie Driver, who spiced up the red carpet in a strapless gold and black minidress. Paul and Scott play friends in the quirky tale of an unlucky-in-love character named Barney. The film was among the honorees showcased at the Toronto Film Festival and made Buzz's list of January's must-see movies. Paul's in the market of working with extremely good-looking castmates as he preps to start filming The Ides of March this Spring with Hollywood's hottest bachelors Ryan Gosling and George Clooney. Not to be outdone by Paul, Scott also recently signed on to another handsome ensemble, joining Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams on their upcoming drama, The Vow.
Paul Giamatti has no problem getting women in Barney's Version — just not the right one. Based on the novel by Mordecai Richler, the story centers around the thrice-married Barney Panofsky (Giamatti) and his wives (most notably Twilight's Rachelle Lefevre and a funny Minnie Driver). Dustin Hoffman plays Barney's bawdy father, while — if you watch very closely — Scott Speedman appears as one of his friends. I'm already giving the ensemble my stamp of approval, but watch the trailer when you read more
Sound the Oscar buzz alarm! Detailing the final days of Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy, The Last Station features many welcome faces and performances that look enthralling from the trailer alone. James McAvoy plays an eager young man hired to assist the writer, and Helen Mirren stars as Tolstoy's passionate and spirited wife Sofya. Christopher Plummer and Paul Giamatti round out the cast as Tolstoy and his longtime confidant, respectively.
Historical dramas can be stodgy, but the tone of the preview for The Last Station suggests that it's light, humorous, even romantic. I'm always happy to see McAvoy on screen, and Mirren is never a disappointment — they alone make this movie look accessible. To see the trailer, just read more
Funny filmmaker Peter Farrelly revealed to The Boston Globe that he and his brother Bobby have settled on a replacement for Sean Penn as Larry in their Three Stooges movie: Paul Giamatti. He joins the already-cast Benicio Del Toro (apparently "one Hollywood's biggest Three Stooges fans"), who will star as Moe. Though there was talk previously of Jim Carrey taking on the role of Curly, Farrelly said that this is not the case, and he didn't offer up any other names.
When I did a Recast challenge for the Three Stooges long before there was news of an actual movie, John C. Reilly was the winning choice for Curly, which I could easily envision with Giamatti and Del Toro. What do you think? Who should play Curly in the Farrelly Bros. movie?
It's hard to go wrong with Julia Roberts and Clive Owen in a movie together. The two starred in Closer as a couple in a toxic marriage. This time around they play two corporate spies who are intoxicated with each other. The sexy part comes from the way they look (Owen is tan, Roberts is back with that big ol' movie star smile) and the fact that the characters' day jobs make it hard for them to trust each other, despite the longing between them.
I was expecting Duplicity to be the kind of movie at which I could kick back and enjoy the chemistry between the two stars. You know, the kind of movie in which double-crossing is just a spy's way of flirting, and covert operation lingo is laced with innuendo. I'm sad to report that's not the movie I viewed at all. I'll tell you why if you read more
I've been mulling over this movie news all day because it's this bizarre mix of intriguing and "whaaaaaaa?" I'm not sure I've figured it all out entirely, but I'll relay the stuff we know so far.
The good news is that this project, titled Downsizing, will be directed by Alexander Payne, the man behind Election and Sideways. And awesomely enough, he's gotten stars from both of those movies, Reese Witherspoon and Paul Giamatti, to sign on for this latest endeavor.
The plot is what loses me, however. Giamatti will play "a man low on money who decides he can have a much nicer life if he undergoes a process to shrink himself." What? Why will his life be nicer? And though the original article that posted yesterday stated that Giamatti and Witherspoon were married and that they both decide to become little people, now Variety is reporting that Witherspoon "would play a woman Giamatti meets on his journey as a miniature person." Variety also claims that Sacha Baron Cohen "would play a pint-sized foreigner." (in the earlier report, Baron Cohen was playing two different men, twins, one of whom is a "pint-sized Spaniard").
The way the article was originally written made me believe the "shrinking" meant that Giamatti would become a little person. But now I'm thinking this is more in the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids realm. Apparently "Downsizing would require considerable special effects."
I'm not sold on this project just yet. Then again, maybe the details will completely change all over again and it'll seem like a fantastic movie. It is a great cast and a director I like very much. Hmm . . . Thoughts?
The next project from Tony Gilroy, writer and director of Michael Clayton, is Duplicity, a spy thriller with a sexy couple at the heart of it. Clive Owen and Julia Roberts play two corporate spies with a romantic past who "hook up to pull off the ultimate con job on their respective bosses." Paul Giamatti and the awe-inspiring Tom Wilkinson also star.
I watched the trailer a few times because I'm easily distracted by how good-looking Clive Owen is, but in the end I think it looks like an intriguing enough film. There's not a lot of chemistry going on with the main duo, but the premise seems fun. And I think the song used in the second part of the trailer is that Bitter:Sweet tune used as the theme song for Lipstick Jungle (it drove me a little crazy at first trying to figure that out). Duplicity opens March 20. To check out the trailer, read more