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!
On the latest episode of CinemAddicts we preview the September releases Mother!, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, It, and American Assassin.
One smaller scale feature that’s worth a look is Rebel in the Rye, a biopic on Catcher in the Rye author J.D. Salinger (NicholasHoult). Kevin Spacey is Whit Burnett, the writing teacher who had a huge influence on Salinger’s life and ZoeyDeutch plays Salinger’s girlfriend Oona O’Neil (she would later marry Charlie Chaplin).
Directed by Danny Strong, Rebel in the Rye is based on the 2011 biography J.D. Salinger: A Life and it’s powered by a first rate performance by Hoult as the reclusive scribe. Strong has a ton of events (Salinger’s college life, Oona romance, WWII years) to fit into a 106 minute running time and he does it seamlessly. Fans of Salinger’s work looking for a bit more insight into the writer, or movie buffs who love narratives centered on the art of writing (the Salinger and Burnett relationship is the film’s strongest aspect) should definitely check out Rebel in the Rye.
Rebel In The Rye opens in select theaters September 8 via IFC Films. Check out this month’s episode of CinemAddicts and feel free to comment below!
Although Jamie Foxx has starred in his share of well received films (Ray, Django Unchained, Collateral), he understands that not every film that comes across the pike is going to be a hit (witness Annie or most recently Sleepless). Foxx may have hit it out of the park once again with Baby Driver, a project that’s been heavily marketed by Sony Pictures.
A melange of the action and comedy genre, this car chase adventure features Ansel Elgort as the titular character, a getwaway driver who’s determined to escape his criminal lifestyle after falling in love with a waitress (Lily James). Foxx co-stars as Bats, a gun-slinging career thief who’s as unstable as they come.
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Baby Driver, co-starring Jon Hamm and Kevin Spacey, opens nationwide June 28.
Director and avid cinephile Edgar Wright has had a loyal following thanks to his Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End) and the overlooked Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, but it’s Baby Driver which is primed to be Wright’s biggest hit. Early word on the film is great, and as its latest TeKillYah trailer points out, it has a !00% score on Rotten Tomatoes.
The story centers on a getaway driver named Baby (Ansel Elgort) who wants out of the crime game after falling in love with his presumed soulmate (Lily James). The driver’s boss (Kevin Spacey) isn’t too keen on that idea, and even though Baby seems to be as cool as a cucumber, danger is just around the corner.
Wright is adept at bending genres and pulling off intriguing narratives, and it will be interesting to see how his action/musical/romance mash-up fares when it hits theaters on June 28. Check out”TeKillYah” (the moniker is a clever mix of The Champs classic “Tequila), the latest trailer from Baby Driver and tell us what you think!