Some People's Kids: In Theaters Tomorrow...

Thursday, May 17, 2007

In Theaters Tomorrow...

SHREK THE THIRD shall rule the theaters this weekend and outside of that there really isn’t anything being released. Luke Wilson and his brother Andrew are finally releasing a film that they directed back in 2005 by the name of THE WENDELL BAKER STORY. EVEN MONEY is the other interesting film being released in a limited number of theaters.

EVEN MONEY’s cast is stacked… and most likely the reason it’s hitting the big screen this week. This drama about gambling addiction stars Forrest Whittaker, Kim Basinger, Danny DeVito, Ray Liota and Kelsey Grammer. Nick Cannon, Tim Roth and Jay Mohr also make appearances. From what I’ve read about the film is hit or miss. Some say Basinger and Liota turn in their worst performances in some time… Others say it was worthy of a wider release. All I know is that the executive producers brought us ALPHA DOG and CRASH and the company who picked it up put out FIND ME GUILTY, which was one of the only straight to DVD films that I’ve liked. I’m sure I’ll rent this one day when I’m bored.

THE WENDELL BARKER STORY intrigues me even though it’s missing the Wes Anderson factor. Anderson brings Luke and Owen to another level, but he is missing. Luke Wilson busted his pen out for the film and this time he tries his hand at directing. Basically LW plays a “human trafficker” who is caught busing people across the U.S./ Mexico border and is eventually paroled to an old folks hotel. Once there, Wilson now begins to secretly move the elderly to a better facility. Eva Mendes plays his former girlfriend with whom he is trying to reconcile, Eddie Griffin plays a co-worker at the hotel, Owen plays the man trying to kill Luke and Will Ferrell Shows his ugly mug. Wanna see the trailer?

You all know the back-story on SHREK. SHREK THE THIRD is Shrek’s trek to place Artie (King Arthur) ahead of him as Heir to the thrown of the Kingdom of Far Far Away. Shrek and Fiona are having their first child as Donkey is trying to control his litter of Dronkeys. At some point Donkey and Puss in Boots switch bodies thanks to Eric Idle’s Merlin. While Shrek is away Fiona must band together with all of the other fairytale princesses to quell a coup headed by Prince Charming. SNL alum Cheri Oteri, Amy Poehler, and Maya Rudolph play 3 of the 4 princesses and Justin Timberlake plays Artie. I can’t wait to hear those quotable nuggets that come from Eddie Murphy and I also noticed that Seth Rogan voices a character… remember that name.

Box office goes like this- #1 Shrek #2 Spidey #3 28 Weeks Later #4 Georgia Rule #5 Disturbia

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