As news of Kevin Spacey’s sexual indiscretions surfaced, Ridley Scott knew he had a problem. The Academy Award-winning director had shot a new movie, All the Money in the World, with Spacey. But he realized that, in the current environment, releasing the movie with Spacey still in the lead role would leave the movie D.O.A. So Scott did the unthinkable — with less than three months before the film’s theatrical release, he reshot all of Spacey’s scenes, replacing him with screen legend Christopher Plummer. With the reshoots and the additional editing necessary, Scott somehow managed to finish the film on time, and when we spoke to him, Scott told us the finished product was worth all the additional effort.
Scott’s amazing accomplishment has not gone unnoticed by critics, who have given many accolades to the film and its new star, Plummer. All the Money in the World is playing in theaters now.
Seen this year in the hits Transformers: The Last Knight and Daddy’s Home 2, Mark Wahlberg finishes off 2017 by working with Ridley Scott, one of cinema’s most revered filmmakers. All The Money in the World is the true account of the kidnapping of J. Paul Getty’s grandson (Charlie Plummer). Working on a seven week window, Scott replaced Kevin Spacey’s scenes as J. Paul Getty with Christopher Plummer, with Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg also reshooting their respective scenes with Plummer!
“It’s an amazing true story,” said Wahlberg who plays CIA operative Fletcher Chace in the narrative. “The movie is a great thrill ride. What a suspenseful thriller (Ridley) has created. And it’s a true story and people are going to find it fascinating.
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All The Money In The World opens December 25, 2017!
Ridley Scottis a cinematic master when it comes to directing epic narratives (Blade Runner, Alien, Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven), so it comes as no surprise that replacing Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer in All the Money in the World was a seamless transition. Scott’s impressive feat, however, was to cut Spacey’s scenes as John Paul Getty, reshoot them with the revered Plummer, and also have this film ready by its December 22nd release date!! Scott, who celebrates his 80th birthday today, also released Alien: Covenant earlier this year (he also executive produced Blade Runner 2049)!!
The new trailer for the movie, which deals with the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III (Charlie Plummer) is below. Michelle Williams co-stars as Getty III’s understandably distraught mother and Mark Wahlberg is the man tasked by Getty at handling the situation.
Check out the trailer, which features the new scenes with Plummer, and tell us what you think!
The Exception, a WWII espionage thriller headlined by Lily James (Baby Driver) and Jai Courtney (Suicide Squad), hits Blu-ray and DVD August 8 via Lionsgate. Set in Nazi-occupied Holland, the story centers on Stefan Brandt (Courtney), a German Officer who is on a mission to investigate exiled German monarch Kaiser Wilhelm II (Christopher Plummer). As Brandt continues to infiltrate the Kaiser’s life, he falls in love with Miekie (James), the Kaiser’s maid.
Courtney has starred in his share of high profile films but as a supporting player (Jack Reacher, Terminator Genisys) and it’s great to see him land a lead role with The Exception. Five time Tony Award nominee David Leveaux directs the film which is based on Alan Judd’s novel The Kaiser’s Last Kiss. Simon Burke, a scribe on the TV series Fortitude, penned the screenplay. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!
This week’s episode of CinemAddicts has us reviewing The Family Fang, a comedy which marks Jason Bateman’s second directing effort. Based on a bestselling novel from Kevin Wilson, the movie centers on siblings Annie and Baxter Fang (Nicole Kidman, Bateman) whose eccentric parents (Christopher Walken, Maryann Plunkett) have devoted their lives to performance art. When the folks go missing and presumed dead, it’s up to Baxter and Annie to figure out if mom and dad are playing yet another elaborate art experiment or if they were actual victims of a crime. The picture, released last week in New York, opens in wider release on Friday and is available On Demand.
The documentary Elstree 1976 takes a look at various actors, bit players, and stand-ins who worked on the Star Wars franchise. Though some of the actors, including David Prowse (“Darth Vader”) and Jeremy Bulloch (“Boba Fett”) continue to get attention thanks to various Star Wars conventions, other players haven’t reached that level, and the film carries a rather melancholic tone. But whether or not they’ve reached success or faded into obscurity, their stories are always intriguing and evocative, making Elstree 1976 a worthwhile watch.
Director Rob Reiner’s latest film Being Charlie was co-penned by his son Nick Reiner and Matt Elisofon, and it’s partly inspired by Nick’s own battle with drug addiction. The storyline centers on 18-year-old Charlie Mills (Nick Robinson), a drug addict who’s latest stint in rehab may actually turn his life around. Cary Elwes, who previously worked with Reiner on The Princess Bride, plays Nick’s no-nonsense father, a former actor who’s running for governor. The film’s biggest asset is the charismatic performance of Robinson (The 5th Wave, Jurassic World), an actor who’s career is definitely taking off.
Along with the three aforementioned films, our streaming and Blu-ray picks of the week are Team Foxcatcher (available on Netflix) and the Christopher Plummer headlined thriller Remember.