June 16, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
in Film Festivals, Reviews
One may not expect Alex Kurtzman, co-writer and producer of some of the most high profile blockbuster action flicks of the past few years – the first two “Transformers”, “Star Trek”, “Cowboys and Aliens” and currently the sequel to “The Amazing Spider-Man”, among them – to make his directorial debut with a small scale character study and family drama, and it’s perhaps even more unexpected that he pretty much succeeds at it. “People Like Us”, which premiered at the LA Film Festival last night, may not be breaking any new ground in the relationship drama genre, but it’s bolstered by smart writing, some genuinely surprising moments and a talented cast all performing at the top of their game.
March 29, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Hot off the success of “The Hunger Games, Effie herself Elizabeth Banks introduces the first trailer for her next movie, “People Like Us”, which is surely hoping for a bit of an awareness bump thanks to its suddenly way more famous star. Formerly titled “Welcome to People”, Chris Pine stars in the family drama as a man who is reunited with a sister and nephew he never knew he had after the death of his alcoholic father. His father left him a large inheritance, along with instructions to give some of the money to the daughter he hid from his wife and son. Banks and Pine play the newfound brother-sister duo, with Olivia Wilde on board as Hannah, Pine’s character’s girlfriend. Michelle Pfeiffer is also on board to play Pine’s mother.
The directorial debut of uber-successful screenwriter Alex Kurtzman, “People Like Us” boasts a confident summer release date of June 29th. Watch the first trailer, courtesy of Moviefone, below.
January 22, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Alex Kurtzman’s directorial debut “Welcome to People” is racking up an impressive cast, with Olivia Wilde the most recent addition to the cast, joining Elizabeth Banks and Chris Pine in the drama about a man who is reunited with a sister and nephew he never knew he had after the death of his alcoholic father. Banks and Pine play the brother-sister duo, with Wilde on board as Hannah, Pine’s character’s girlfriend. Michelle Pfeiffer is also on board to play Pine’s mother.
Recently, B-list actor and A-list director Jon Favreau – you may have heard of such tiny indie hits as Iron Man and this summer’s Cowboys vs Aliens – took to Twitter to announce that he just shot a cameo for the film: “Did a cameo role today in Welcome To People. Fun to act again, even if it was only for a day.”
No word on a release date yet. See below for several images of Pine cruising in a red convertible on his first day of shooting, courtesy of Just Jared.
January 3, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Happy new year, visitors! Today we bring you our first bit of casting news of 2011, with Olivia Wilde joining the cast of “Welcome to People”, as reported by THR. Wilde joins Elizabeth Banks and Chris Pine in Alex Kurtzman’s drama about a man who is reunited with a sister and nephew he never knew he had after the death of his alcoholic father. Banks and Pine play the brother-sister duo, with Wilde on board as Hannah, Pine’s character’s girlfriend.
Kurtzman is stocking his directorial debut with familiar faces, as he previously wrote the script for “Star Trek”, starring Pine, and this summer’s “Cowboys and Aliens” stars Wilde. He also co-wrote the “People” script with regular collaborator Roberto Orci and Jody Lambert.
2011 should prove to be tremendous for Wilde, as she has not only the highly anticipated “Cowboys” in July, but also the Jason Bateman comedy “The Change Up” in August and Justin Timberlake/Amanda Seyfried futuristic thriller “Now” in September.
November 10, 2010 | Posted by Linda Ge
Speaking of the former Betty Brant! Elizabeth Banks will take the female lead in Alex Kurtzman’s indie drama “Welcome to People”, according to THR. “People” centers around a man who must deliver $150,000 left to an alcoholic sister he didn’t know he had, following the death of their father, getting caught up in the life of her angry 12-year-old son in the process. Banks will play the sister.
A prolific actress who hasn’t quite made a big breakthrough, Banks has starred in “Role Models”, “Definitely, Maybe” and has a recurring arc on NBC’s “30 Rock”. She can currently be seen opposite Russell Crowe in “The Next Three Days” and is in production on “Man on a Ledge” opposite Sam Worthington.
Rumors have linked actors including Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Rachel McAdams and Chris Pine to “Welcome to People”. It remains unclear if any of them are actually involved, as it seems likely Banks has signed on to the role that Adams or McAdams would have taken.