Tuesday, January 6, 2009

SNEAK PEEKS: Funny People Fighting...

Hello all! Today is another slower news day, but a few new production photos for two films high on my radar have been released. First off, we have two new photo's from Dito Montiel's follow up to 2006's brilliant film, A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints, a film called Fighting, have been released. The film stars Channing Tatum and Terrrence Howard, and takes a look at the world of underground street fighting...

Here's the plot synopsis...

“Barely earning a living selling counterfeit goods on the streets, his luck changes when scam artist Harvey Boarden (Terrence Howard) sees that he has a natural talent for streetfighting. When Harvey offers Shawn help at making the real cash, the two form an uneasy partnership. As Shawn’s manager, Harvey introduces him to the corrupt bare-knuckle circuit, where rich men bet on disposable pawns. Almost overnight, he becomes a star brawler, taking down professional boxers, mixed martial arts champs and ultimate fighters in a series of staggeringly intense bouts. But if Shawn ever hopes to escape the dark world in which he’s found himself, he must now face the toughest fight of his life.”

Now, the other big film is Funny People, Judd Apatow's next directorial venture. I'm not the biggest fan of him or his crew, or at least the films he's helmed. I thought Knocked Up was flawed, if funny, and 40 Year Old Virgin just doesn't work for me after the first time seeing it. However, there is just something about this project that really hase me thinking this could be the best comedy of '09. It stars Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen (who I'm really sick of by the way) and Apatow's real life wifey, Leslie Mann.

Here's the synopsis for Funny People...

The film stars Adam Sandler as a 42-year old comic named George Simmons, who one day he learns that he has a rare untreatable blood disorder, and only has six months to a year left to live. Seth Rogen plays Ira, a 25-year-old deli counter worker and aspiring stand-up comedian who George takes under his wing

To me, the one thing keeping me from dismissing this film isn't Sandler or Rogen, or even who is behind it, it's the supporting cast, and the fact that they are all getting back to their stand up roots. Sandler is a really great dramatic actor, and it will be interesting to see if his choices in comedy or his style begins to shift after this film.

What are YOUR thoughts on these films?

Go see something good!

1 comment:

  1. is 'funny people' meant to be a comedy or a drama? it's strange that rogen and sandler are starring in a movie together, i thought they had completely different comedy troupes.. it's going to be interesting to see how the movie turns out.


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