Warner Home Entertainment has announced that the comedy remake ARTHUR, starring Russell Brand, Helen Mirren, Greta Gerwig and Jennifer Garner, will be making its way to Blu-ray on July 15, 2011. The film follows a spoiled rich millionaire named Arthur (Brand) who is being forced into a marriage with a woman he doesn’t love (Garner) in order to maintain his wealth. However, he decides to go after true love and along the way meets a girl (Gerwig) who may just help him grow up. The comedy did alright at the box office, pulling in just over $32 million which was a moderate success and secured Brand’s future in Hollywood for at least a bit.
Special features include:
Arthur Unsupervised: Russell Brand and director Jason Winer expose all the footage, photographs, and ad-libs not included in the theatrical cut Gag reel Additional scenes: Over 10 minutes of deleted footage
“Hop,” featuring the voice of Russell Brand, stayed atop the U.S. box office for the second weekend with more than $21.69 million.
“Arthur (2011),” starring Helen Mirren, Jennifer Garner and Russell Brand again, was second with more than $12.60 million.
“Hanna,” a thriller starring Cate Blanchett as the villain, was a close third with more than $12.32 million.
Finally! A story about an insanely wealthy person that’s not filled with scandal, sex, drugs and a mysterious stalker girl who loves to air everyone’s dirty laundry — ahem, Gossip Girl! (But there is a little bit of alcohol.)
The always-funny Russell Brand plays Arthur, the publishing heir who never grew up, pampered his entire life by his long-suffering nanny Hobsen (Helen Mirren). But he has to try to shape up once his mother Vivienne (Geraldine James) gives him an ultimatum — marry the crazy yet beautiful Susan Johnson (Jennifer Garner) or be cut off!
But Arthur has fallen for the fun-loving Naomi (Greta Gerwig). He tries to prove he can survive without his mother’s cash — even working in a ridiculous costume as a giant piece of candy! But Arthur struggles as he grapples with his life’s ultimate choice: Love or money?
Here are 5 great reasons to see Arthur!
1. The relationship between Arthur and Hobsen. The drunken playboy is no match for his uptight and very traditional minder. Their clashes are hilarious but also touching because of their deep connection.
2. Jennifer finally plays a bad girl! As much as I love me some good-girl Jen (13 Going on 30 is one of my all time faves!) it’s nice to see her step outside her comfort zone and play the girl that the guy DOESN’T want for once.
3. Russell’s charming accent, of course! I’m not the only girl who swoons for a British accent and his voice just gets me every time. Everything he says sounds sexy and funny at the same time. Even if all else fails for you in Arthur, I guarantee you will still leave feeling content after just listening to his sweet voice for two hours.
4. You can live out your billionaire fantasy! We’ve all dreamed about what our lives would be like if we had an endless supply of money and wondered about the most frivolous ways we could spend it. Arthur finds the most unconventional ways to blow through his millions, like closing down NYC’s Grand Central Terminal for a date, complete with personalized Pez heads and acrobats!
5. Beneath all of the humor, there’s a touching story. Arthur is a man who really is still a boy. We care about how he is finally trying to grow up and stand on his own.
Jennifer Garner is jumping back in to the spotlight with a vampy-trampy movie role and a sexed-up reimagining of an iconic film (and novel) character. It doesn’t require Miss Marple to discern that this newly glamorous image could finally win Garner some Oscar love.
After taking time away from the spotlight to care for her kids, Garner will be back in theaters this weekend with a splashy supporting role in the “Arthur” reboot. And then there’s that forthcoming role as Miss Marple that reinvents Agatha Christie’s spinster as a young, hot sleuth.
But movie fans have become accustomed to tabloid photos of Garner hauling her kids around like a typical mom, in her sweats and T-shirts with no make-up and her hair pulled back into a no-nonsense ponytail.
Quite a different picture is painted in the trailers for “Arthur,” where she is prominently seen spilling out of a lacy bustier as she chases Russell Brand around the bedroom.
It certainly helps to have Garner vamping in a high-profile popcorn pic when her sex appeal is openly touted as a selling point for the Miss Marple relaunch. Neither film would seem, on paper, like obvious Academy Awards bait. But Garner might want to take a page in this regard from her “Arthur” costar Helen Mirren, who takes on the role that won the late John Gielgud his Oscar in 1981.
Four years ago, a well-timed cover of Los Angeles magazine showing a glammed-up Mirren flashing her bra got Hollywood excited just as voting for the Oscars was closing. Earlier that derby season, she confidently wore a plunging neckline on red carpets and talked dirty to journalists and TV hosts. She may have cinched the gold for “The Queen” — a dramatically rich but decidedly frumpy role — by demonstrating to the male-dominated academy that she still had sex appeal to spare.
Garner’s slinky, gun-toting role as Sydney Bristow in the spy series “Alias” is a distant memory, despite four Emmy nominations (2002-05) and a 2001 Golden Globe win. The image that dominates lately has been one of a harried, no-frills suburban mom. Not anymore. Sex appeal is a proven commodity for actresses looking to dance with Oscar, who, by the way, loves to embrace crime-chasers. Consider past award victories by Jodie Foster (“Silence of the Lambs”) and Frances McDormand (“Fargo”).
The DALLAS International Film Festival presented by Cadillac announced today that Academy Award nominee Steve James will be the first documentary filmmaker in the festival’s history to receive the DALLAS Star Award. Also revealed is the full schedule of features and shorts that will be screened throughout the festival’s 11-day run (March 31 – April 10, 2010)
The DALLAS International Film Festival presented by Cadillac will kick off on March 31 with the Opening Night Gala encompassing the Dallas Arts District. Following a red carpet entrance, over 1,000 guests will join the festival in paying tribute to two incredible artists: actress Ann-Margret who will receive the DALLAS Star Award and DALLAS IFF founder and Chairman Emeritus, Liener Temerlin. Temerlin’s dedication, enthusiasm and the respect he garners throughout the arts community propelled the DALLAS IFF to being a festival that was instantly labeled as “one to watch”. The Trammell and Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art in partnership with SMU’s Temerlin Advertising Institute are the supporting sponsors for the Temerlin Tribute. Margot and Ross Perot are acting as Honorary Chairs of the Tribute.
With 157 films representing 26 countries, nine World Premieres and six US Premieres, the DALLAS International Film Festival is heading into its 5th year with a wide-ranging slate of features and shorts that promise to appeal to film-lovers of all age-groups and ethnicities. The lineup is highlighted by highly anticipated new works from festival and independent favorites such as Morgan Spurlock’s THE GREATEST MOVIE EVER SOLD, James Marsh’s PROJECT NIM and Miranda July’s THE FUTURE, and is rich with stars including (in alphabetical order) Maria Bello, Russell Brand, Pierce Brosnan, Jennifer Connelly, Jennifer Coolidge, Catherine Deneuve, Kat Dennings, Gérard Depardieu, Jennifer Garner, Paul Giamatti, Summer Glau, Amber Heard, Helen Hunt, Derek Jacobi, Justin Kirk, Josh Lucas, Ann-Margret, Heather Matarazzo, Helen Mirren, Lou Taylor Pucci, Dennis Quaid, Michael Sheen, Mira Sorvino, Marisa Tomei, John Waters and Carrie Underwood.
”Arthur”, the 1981 classic which starred Dudley Moore as the alcohol-guzzling, wildly wealthy New York party boy and the bold, brash and loveable Liza Minnelli is being remade for a new generation starring Russell Brand, Helen Mirren, Jennifer Garner, Nick Nolte and Greta Gerwig.
When Arthur’s parents threaten to cut him off from the family fortune if he doesn’t settle down and marry their woman of choice (played by Jennifer Garner), he must decide which is more important; the abundant fortune – all he has ever known, or the real woman (Greta Gerwig) of his dreams.
Moviehole’s Tim Johnson spent a day on-set of the film just outside New York City and spoke to the director and film’s stars between takes. While Brand was a huge fan of the original, surprisingly Helen Mirren says it wasn’t the original film that drew her to this production. Continue reading “Moviehole visits the set of ‘Arthur’”
Jennifer Garner and Nick Nolte are in talks to join the cast of “Arthur,” Warner Bros.’ remake of the 1981 comedy.
Russell Brand and Helen Mirren are starring in the pic, which Jason Winer is directing.
Closely hewing to the original, the new “Arthur” follows a very rich, happy drunk who is told by his mother that he must marry the wealthy girl of her choosing or else lose his inheritance, just as he meets a poor girl (Greta Gerwig) and falls in love.
Garner is playing an heiress who carries her own secrets and whom Brand must marry. Nolte is her deeply religious father.
Larry Brezner is producing with Kevin McCormick and Chris Bender.
Garner, repped by WME and Management 360, took part in New Line’s ensemble rom-com “Valentine’s Day” and recently wrapped “Butter,” an indie dramedy set in the small-town world of competitive butter-sculpting. “Butter” is serving as her debut as a film producer.
CAA-repped Nolte last appeared in “The Mysteries of Pittsburgh” and has “Warrior,” an action movie directed by Gavin O’Connor and starring Tom Hardy, in the can. Lionsgate opens “Warrior” on Sept. 17.