Director Kathryn Bigelow returns with The Hurt Locker enlisting talented actor Jeremy Renner, whom I’ve kept an eye on since his impressive indie debut as ‘Jeffrey Dahmer’ in Dahmer after his folly performance as ‘Dags’ in National Lampoon’s Senior Trip. And of course, anything by Ms. Bigelow for me is a must-see and The Hurt Locker trailer below has me salivating before its theatrical release date of June 26.
When a new sergeant – Jeremy Renner’s Staff Sgt. William James – takes over a highly trained bomb disposal team amidst violent conflict, he surprises his two subordinates: Anthony Mackie’s Sgt. J.T. Sanborn and Brian Geraghty’s Specialist Owen Eldridge by recklessly plunging them into a deadly game of urban combat. As the men struggle to control their wild new leader, the city explodes into chaos, and James’ true character reveals itself in a way that will change each man forever. var addthis_pub=”reserveresult”;
Jeremy Renner, Harold Perrineau, Amber Tamblyn and Joshua Close came out for Noah Hawley’s The Punch, A Novel book party at Chateau Marmont on Sunset Boulevard.
Hawley is also a producer on Bones and executive producer of upcoming television series – The Unusuals.
The Punch, A Novel traces the path of Scott and David Henry as they prepare for their father’s memorial service. Younger brother Scott—stuck in a dead-end job, failing in love and a frequenter of San Francisco strip clubs—is saddled with his alcoholic, self-destructing mother, Doris, on their trip to New York. Scott’s successful sales executive and closeted bigamist brother, David, shares Doris duty while navigating memorial service preparations and secretly juggling marriages on both coasts. Along the way, a family secret is revealed, two hotels are nearly blown up and the trio explores what it means to be a family. Unfortunately, Hawley’s asides on physics, religion and the nature of time distract from the plot without adding to it, and the occasional dud sentence pops up (Now they circle their wagons and eye each other warily from the high towers of their castles). However, the characters—especially Doris—and humorously handled uncomfortable situations (as when David’s two wives meet) somewhat mitigate these shortcomings, and the memorial service at the legendary White Horse Tavern provides a rollicking climax.
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford is based on Ron Hansen’s novel.
Synopsis: An action western surrounding the private life and public exploits of America’s most notorious outlaw, Jesse James. As the charismatic and unpredictable outlaw plans his next great robbery, he wages war on his enemies, who are trying to collect the reward money–and the glory–that is riding on his capture. However, the greatest threat to Jesse’s life may ultimately come from those he trusts the most.
Starring: Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, Sam Shepard, Mary-Louise Parker and Jeremy Renner.