Wednesday, March 12, 2008

FILM: Rogen + Sandler, Pacino + De Niro

Leslie Mann is best known for her bitchy turn as the overprotective big sister in Adam Sandler's Big Daddy. Eight years and two kids later, she managed to revive that persona in Knocked Up. But she won’t make the same mistake again. Branching out this year, she’ll play the giggly love interest to Owen Wilson in Drillbit Taylor and Matthew Perry in Seventeen Again, hopefully straying away from the antagonistic persona she’s well-known for. She partly owes this professional reawakening to her husband, Judd Apatow, who cast her in his breakout film, and to his buddies, since Rogen co-wrote Drillbit. Having done so well with these kings of comedy (Sandler, Apatow, and Rogen), her next move is rather genius, since it’s a project that her husband is writing with Rogen and Sandler. These three heavyweights working on a project together is pretty major news, but it could fizzle if not done correctly. I mean, martial arts film fans have been long-awaiting the standoff between Jet Li and Jackie Chan, and this summer we’ll have our wish in The Forbidden King. But even with the release of the trailer there hasn’t been as much buzz about it as there should be.

Speaking of legendary pairings, despite the similar careers or star-power of Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, the two have not worked on as many projects together as their fans would like. They first appeared on screen together in Godfather II. Twenty one years later they co-starred in Heat. Now, 13 years later, they’ll be co-starring as detectives who are searching for a vigilante that might be a fellow cop who’s offing bad guys in their neighborhood. John Leguizamo, Donnie Wahlberg (Sixth Sense), Carla Gugino (Sin City), and rapper 50 Cent are also cast. Check out the trailer:

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