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A Sequel To 'The Lincoln Lawyer' On The Way In Addition To The TV Series

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 6, 2011 6:05 PM
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As the year comes to a close and we look back at the cinematic smorgasbord that 2011 was, it's easy to overlook movies as little and competent as "The Lincoln Lawyer," Lionsgate's adaptation of the best-selling Michael Connelly novel that starred Matthew McConaughey as a slippery LA lawyer who does business out of his town car. Did it push the medium in bold new directions? No, but it was a really solid thriller, one that didn't insult your intelligence or treat you like a small, sugar-riddled child. It was announced at the end of the summer that the movie would be turned into a weekly series for ABC, with the participation of Connelly and the film's writer John Romano, back for more. But it looks like we'll be getting even more of lawyer Mickey Haller, as Lionsgate Vice Chairman Michael Burns recently announcd on CNBC (via Deadline) that there will be a big screen sequel too.

'The Lincoln Lawyer' Being Developed Into A TV Series

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • August 9, 2011 6:39 AM
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There's been a steady stream of television-related news trickling out over the past few days (thank you, TCAs), but none as surprising as this: apparently ABC has tasked Lionsgate with producing a screenplay that could possibly become a television program based on "The Lincoln Lawyer." Yes, that movie that gave audiences a rare glimpse of Matthew McConaughey with a shirt on and became a sleeper hit this spring, exceeding expectations to take $75 million worldwide and some decent critical praise to go with it. Not bad.

Cliff Martinez Talks Scoring 'Lincoln Lawyer' & Nicolas Winding Refn's 'Drive'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 30, 2011 4:16 AM
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Says He Loved Alexandre Desplat's 'The King's Speech' Score & Was Hoping It Would Take The OscarFor years Cliff Martinez has been producing brilliant, but often times below-the-radar, scores, doing a lot of work for Steven Soderbergh. His first score was Soderbergh’s first film -- “sex, lies, and videotape” -- and from there the two have collaborated on a number of projects, including “Solaris,” "Kafka," "The Limey" and “Traffic.” That relationship is still going strong as they will be reteaming once again, on this fall’s virus thriller “Contagion.” On the occasion that Martinez does work for another filmmaker, the results are usually just as compelling (particularly his score for Joe Carnahan’s “Narc”). We recently spoke to Martinez about his work on the legal drama and sleeper box office hit “The Lincoln Lawyer,” his process, and about what he has in store for us with his work on Nicolas Winding Refn’s Cannes-bound “Drive.”

Time To Put Away Childish Things: Is 2011 The Year Grown-Ups Started Buying Movie Tickets Again?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 5, 2011 3:47 AM
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For some time now, the received wisdom has been that the kind of mid-budget, star-driven serious films that once dominated Hollywood were on their way out. Dan Jinks, the producer of "Milk," told Mark Harris at GQ a couple of months back that, "Everyone has cut back on not just 'Oscar-worthy' movies, but on dramas, period. Caution has made them pull away. It's infected the entire business." Indeed, the new regime at Disney announced their intention back in 2010 to focus entirely on tentpoles, even canceling a proposed sequel to the $200 million-grossing hit "The Proposal," a film that cost a relatively meager $40 million, because it didn't fit with the company's new remit.

Weekend Box Office: Kids Come Out For 'Hop,' 'Sucker' Thoroughly 'Punch'ed

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 3, 2011 5:00 AM
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While Universal’s animated division remains behind Disney and Dreamworks, “Hop” became their second straight surprisingly big opening this weekend, collecting $39 million. Most called the heavily-promoted film in the high 20’s, low 30’s, but like “Despicable Me” before it, the film definitely connected with family audiences in its first frame. While “Despicable Me” eventually collected $544 million globally with a much bigger opening, “Hop” isn’t expected to bust the doors down. But due to the seasonal and family appeal, expect this thing to have legs, and while they initially weren’t counting on $100 domestic, that should be easily surmountable from here, with $150 million being a solid preliminary target. Fanciful returns for the studio, who have kept the budgets for the partly-animated “Hop” and the fully animated “Despicable Me” well under the industry-standard $100 million.

Weekend Box Office: Zack Snyder & Warners Get 'Sucker Punch' From 'Wimpy Kid'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 27, 2011 5:09 AM
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Demographics matter. You want to say, well, screw the numbers, let’s just make a movie for everyone! But considering the multiple sources of entertainment in our multimedia worlds, whatever doesn’t automatically turn us on will turn us off. Because of this, Zack Snyder’s “Sucker Punch” turned people off. It was an action fantasia, a genre normally attractive to teenage boys, but it featured only girls, an immediate turnoff for that demographic. And it didn’t appeal to women, who noticed the marketing campaign centered around cacophonous violence and mayhem, not usually a drawing point for females. It wasn’t made for kids, but the heavily-CGI’d special effects made it look like a candy-coated kids’ entertainment to adults. Four quadrants, all disinterested.

In Theaters: 'Paul,' 'Limitless,' 'Lincoln Lawyer'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • March 18, 2011 3:21 AM
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While the film cool kids kick around Austin at the SXSW festival, eating queso and barbecue and drinking 'ritas and tweeting about all the rad awesome movies they're seeing, we've got to console ourselves with the offerings at the cineplex this weekend. Fortunately, it's not all crap! We even get a SXSW treat in the form of "Paul," the Two Dudes and an Alien road trip comedy. Also in theaters: Bradley Cooper in the sci-fi pharmaceutical pic "Limitless," Matthew McConaughey returning to his courtroom roots in the "Lincoln Lawyer," and Sundance fave, Tom McCarthy's "Win Win."

'The Lincoln Lawyer' Soundtrack Features Erik B. & Rakim, Gang Starr, deadmau5 & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 23, 2011 9:59 AM
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Matthew McConaughey's legal drama "The Lincoln Lawyer" -- referred to hilariously by someone on Twitter as "The Shirtless Lawyer" -- is set for release next month and we're not sure yet what to make of it, but the soundtrack will surprisingly be somewhat hip-hop and soul heavy.

The Escapist & Potentially Entertaining Films Of 2011 - Part 2

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 7, 2011 11:09 AM
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We won't lie. This is a mish-mash of leftover films. Not least anticipated, not fervently most anticipated. They are The Escapist (and umm, other films) that didn't quite fit in our other previous lists. They're a mix of indies that we're hoping to have quality performances in them and more traditional action-y, popcorn flicks that could be quality because of the directors or talent involved. You'll just have to read a little deeper to see how we feel about each. In case you missed it, here's part one.“The Cold Light of Day" - Summit - dir. Mabrouk El MechriSynopsis: A cocky young Wall Street trader is thrust into a government conspiracy when his family is kidnapped on vacation in Spain.What You Need To Know: With a script by Scott Wipter ("The Wire") and John Petro, the film will mark the American debut of French-Tunisian helmer Mabrouk El Mechri, who has the interesting and entertaining Jean Claude Van Damme crime-comedy “JCVD” on his resume (a film that both Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino both loved). This latest film has a solid leading trio of stars in Henry Cavill, Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver, but more interestingly, will see Weaver play a villainess (originally written for a male actor) who takes on the father-son duo of Cavill and Willis.Release Date: TBD

Watch: New Trailer For 'The Lincoln Lawyer' Reveals That (Gasp) Creepy Defendant Is Probably Lying

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 22, 2010 4:00 AM
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A new trailer for "The Lincoln Lawyer" has arrived and as much as we want this to be some decent escapist fare and as much as we like the potboilers by Michael Connelly, our expectations for this one are quickly diminishing.

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