Sunday, August 31, 2008

Rockwell & Spacey Spend Time on the Moon

IO9 is reporting that Sam Rockwell will have some company along his three year journey to the "Moon." Kevin Spacey has been casted to lend his voice to a robot that accompanies Rockwell's character Sam Bell in the new scifi film called, "Moon." Moon is directed by Duncan Jones (David Bowie's son!), and centers around a space miner who has a three year contract with a drilling company called LUNAR, the film follows Bell (Rockwell) throughout his 3-year term up to the end of his contract where things don't quite go as he had expected them to. Rockwell while doing a press tour for "Choke" had this to say about the casting of Kevin Spacey, "We've got Kevin Spacey who's going to play the voice of the robot. Which is great. But [otherwise] it's just me, and there are a couple of supporting roles of people who do transmissions onto the space station."

There is no word exactly what kind of robotic being Spacy will voice. Whether or not he could be similair to HAL in "2001" or if it would be physically walking and talking android. The film is in post-production at this point so it is highly doubtful that Spacey is voicing a walking cgi android or whatever. I bet it is definately a HAL-esque robot that runs the ship he is on and is controlled by the LUNAR corporation.

There's no doubt Rockwell can carry a film, and will definately have to with this scifi thriller. I personally adore everything Rockwell has touched and am really looking forward to this feature. Rockwell had this to add about all of his screen-time, "That's a pretty weird movie. That's a lot of Sam. It's a lot of Sam for me to watch. There's no Anjelica Huston, Kelly Macdonald and Brad Henke [his cast members from Choke] in that movie, but we do have Kevin, thank god." Rockwell who is know for his preperation and dedication to his roles said it becomes hard especially under the short time constraints, "It was hard," Rockwell explained. I would say Choke, Joshua and Moon are probably the hardest things I've done. And Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind, but we had a longer schedule. So what you're talking about with a movie like Choke or any of those others. You're doing a part like Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind, but you're doing it in a month. So you can imagine, it's taxing on everybody."

Rockwell while doing his press junket gave away some spoilers to the third act of "Moon," here's the spoiler free version of the characters dilemmas, "he's got some pretty Shakespearean problems." (Click here to see the full story and all the spoilers)

Moon sounds like an amazing film. Sam Rockwell is a personal fav and to have a psychological scifi film that has some dark themes, Moon feels right up my alley. The film being directed and an original idea by Duncan Jones adds another perk, him being Bowie's son (Bowie's son has to be brillaint, right?). Moon is slated to release in 2009, but you can see Rockwell in Choke, releasing September 26th in limited release.

What are your thoughts on Moon? Fan of Sam Rockwell? Kevin Spacey seems perfect for the voice of an android!

Saturday, August 30, 2008

A Trio of Bastards!!

Variety has reported that director Quentin Tarantino has brought on three more names to "Inglorious Bastards." Diane Kruger, Christoph Waltz and Paul Rust will join Brad Pitt, Eli Roth, Mike Myers, Michael Fassbender, B.J. Novak and Samm Levine who have already been casted.

Diane Kruger will replace Nastassja Kinski as German actress Bridget Von Hammersmark, who figures prominently in a plot to sabotage the Nazis. Kruger was last seen in both National Treasure films co-starring with Nicolas Cage. Christopher Waltz will play the role of Col. Hans Landa, who is the primary antagonist in the WWII drama. It was rumored that Fassbender would play this role, but he more than likely will be another one enlisted in Pitt's militia. Paul Rust will also play of the jewish born men that are enlisted in by Aldo Rain (Brad Pitt).

Filming is set to begin on October 13th in Germany for the Universal/Weinstein production.

What are your thoughts on the most recent casting for Inglorious Bastards? Still no one has replaced Simon Pegg's huge void, but QT will work his magic!

Diesel to be a Marvel Villain?

Vin Diesel while doing the rounds for Babylon A.D. sat down with MTV and talked a little bit about why he has not been in a comic book film to date. Diesel looked quite intrigued by the question as if he had something to spill, but instead he beated around the bush, boasting that he had given alot. Diesel responded by saying, “I’ve been holding out, and the reason I’ve been holding out is because I’m waiting to do a film where the protagonist is the villain. I’m kind of done with the Marvel hero. I now want to see...what would be exciting to me, and no one’s come to me with it yet, is a film about a villain that we’re familiar with in Marvel, and showing the complexities.” When asked if he had a character in mind he whispered gleefully, “I have one in mind but I must keep it close to the vest.” He then smiled and said “But I gave you a lot!”

So what character does Diesel have in mind? To be honest, I think there is only three justifiable choices, Venom, Thanos, or Apocalypse. MTV rumors Rhino, Red Skull, and Tombstone but those characters are just simple villains in another Spider-Man or Captain America flick. The key word Vin Diesel used in the interview was "protagonist" meaning lead character for those of you that slept through english. Vin is not just going to play a villain, like Schwarzenagger did in Batman & Robin. Diesel as Thanos or Apocalypse would also be intriguing, but that would take a fare amount of the Marvel heroes to take him down, meaning another team-up movie. That is not happening anytime soon! Realistically, Vin is probably talking about Venom. It is well known that the film is in development, Diesel would fit the body build of Venom (especially compared to Topher Grace), and we all know Diesel loves to do his low register voices. The real question is could he pull it off?

What are your thoughts on Diesel as a lead Marvel villain? Could Diesel pull off Venom? What villain is he talking about? Strike back!

Friday, August 29, 2008

House of Sand & Fog Meets Poltergeist?

A little bit ago I did a story on MGM bringing back Poltergeist, well it seems that the boys over at Bloody-Distgusting have some new word on the possible remake. Their source says Vadim Perelman, director of "House of Sand and Fog" and "The Life Before Her Eyes," is in heavy talks to direct the remake with MGM.

My intial reaction was, really? House of Sand and Fog was an amazing film I loved it, but to move from that to horror, mind boggling! Clearly for this guy to be in "heavy talks," he had to have approached MGM on the project! Why would've MGM sought this guy out? Perelman must have a connection with the original Poltergeist (I am sure anyone that saw Poltergeist back in its release has never forgotten it) and wants to do this film for personal reasons. There really is no other explaination, unless this is pure B.S.?

If Perelman has an agenda and feels he can do this thing justice, then go for it! I just hope it doesn't end up like Mark Steven Johnson passion for Ghost Rider! Poltergeist is one of my all time favorite horror flicks and it still amazes me it was rated PG (Spielberg successfully appeal an R rating by the MPAA). I remember asking my mom if I could see it and intially she said, "No way," like any kid, I rebuttaled her and said, "but it's PG mom." She caved and we saw it and I was scared shitless for the next two weeks! I use to have a huge tree outside my window, just like the one in the film. Poltergeist was and is a perfect horror flick and to see it tarnished would really suck. So here's hoping Perelman, if he gets the job, knows what he is doing!

What are your thoughts on a Poltergeist remake? Should it follow the same story? Does Vadim Perelman sound like the guy for the job? What's your two-cents?

Schofizzy's 20 Most Anticipated Fall Movies (Part 3 of 4)

Seems how fall (although if you live in California like I, it sure doesn't feel like it!) is vastly approaching, I figured I'd give you all my 20 most anticipated films of the next three months! Being the home stretch and oscar season we are bound to find some diamonds in the rough out there, but here are 20 films that I have had my eyes on for a while now and all look quite good and some look phenominal! There were a few that almost made the list, but ultimately they are absent! Continuing along in the countdown, here's 10-6...

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Universal-Rogue Developing Strangers 2!!

Universal-Rogue are in development to bring back Bryan Bertino to continue the Strangers story! Bertino will begin developing the sequel ASAP for Universal-Rogue with production set to start in early 2009. It has yet to be determined if Bertino will direct the sequel, but will be definatley writing and developing it.

The Strangers is one of my favorite films of 2008 and really broke the current mold in horror movies. While everyone else is still trying to shock us with splatter-gore horror, Bertino masterfully brought back the jump-scare genre with the surprise hit! (You can read my full Strangers review here) You haven't seen The Strangers yet, make sure you do, even if your not a fan of horror, you will enjoy it. The film was made on a bdget of only $9 million and grossed over $54 million here in the U.S. Without trying to give away any spoilers, Variety is reporting that, one of the leads in the film is in talks to return (if you've seen it, you know who it is) and the villains will of course be returning.

Thoughts on a sequel to The Strangers? Have you seen the first? I fucking loved the movie and it really was refreshing to see!

"He's Just Not That Into You" One-Sheet

Being a lover of all things Ben Affleck (Yes, I even liked Gigli), I thought I'd throw the first one-sheet for Affleck's acting endeavor. The film is called "He's Just Not That Into You" and has a oustanding cast including Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Connely, Scarlett Johansson, and Justin Long. Directed by Ken Kwapis the film revolves around the Baltimore-set movie of interconnecting story arcs that deals with the challenges of reading or misreading human behavior. The one-sheet is pretty simple and looks like it should try to monopolize Valentines Day next year, but instead is releasing the week before on Feburary 6th. Checkout the one-sheet below!

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Thoughts on the He's Just Not That Into You one-sheet? Are you into it?

Max Payne Trailer

Video game adaptations have been huge for the at least the last five years and Max Payne is no execption. Mark Wahlberg stars as Max Payne and from the looks of the trailer, looks way too much like Constantine. Now I never played the game, but I don't ever remember seeing Angel looking things swooping around. Max Payne is directed by John Moore and stars beau bridges, ludacris, mila kunis, donal logue, marianthi evans alongside Mark Wahlberg. Max Payne hits theaters October 17th. Checkout the trailer below! For some Max Payne photos (click here)

Thoughts on the Max Payne trailer? Were you a fan of the game? The trailers for this and The Spirit have deterred me from wanting to see them as much! How bout you...strike back!

Schofizzy's 20 Most Anticipated Fall Movies (Part 2 of 4)

Seems how fall (although if you live in California like I, it sure doesn't feel like it!) is vastly approaching, I figured I'd give you all my 20 most anticipated films of the next three months! Being the home stretch and oscar season we are bound to find some diamonds in the rough out there, but here are 20 films that I have had my eyes on for a while now and all look quite good and some look phenominal! There were a few that almost made the list, but ultimately they are absent! Continuing along in the countdown, here's 15-11...

This Week's Releases...

Releasing Wednesday August 27th

In Wide Release:
When straight arrow FBI agent Roy Clayton (Pearce) heads up the investigation into a dangerous international conspiracy, all clues seem to lead back to former U.S. Special Operations officer, Samir Horn (Cheadle).

Releasing Friday August 29th

In Wide Release:
Inspired by Maurice Dantec novel "Babylon Babies," the story is set in the near future and concerns genetic manipulation. In the book, a mercenary charged with delivering a young woman from Russia to Canada learns that she has been manipulated by a synthetic virus and what lies inside her could doom the human race.

Written by Dan Callahan and Adam Ellison, though forced to put up with the humiliating and disgusting antics of the fraternity brothers, the boys still manage to meet sorority girls (Haley Bennett, Camille Mana and Nathalie Walker) who mistake them for college freshmen. Now, at the thought of the boys getting their women, the fraternity increases the pre-frosh humiliation and blackmails the boys by threatening to expose their underage status. With no choice but to fight back, the three friends retaliate with a major scheme to avenge their tormentors, destroy the fraternity, and win back the hearts, minds - and bodies! - of the sorority girls.

Another crappy parody flick! Teens will flock, need I say more!

In Limited Release:
Tighten your saddlebags, load your revolvers and pack your chopsticks for cult cinema bad boy Takashi Miike's audacious wagon ride mash-up into the wild, wild east. A familiar spaghetti western premise that involves a mysterious stranger arriving into the middle of two clans feuding over hidden loot gets sliced and diced into new Americana-Kabuki-baroque fare: Buddhist temples sit alongside saloons, samurai swords hang from gun belts and sake flows with blood. Blue-eyed samurai Quentin Tarantino makes his first Japanese film appearance in Miike's first English language film.

"Young People Fucking" is a smart and fast-paced comedy that intertwines the stories of 5 couples over the course of one sexual encounter. As the couples attempt to have some seemingly straight forward sex, they run into all sorts of problems.

An optimistic young girl travels alone to New York City where she hopes to earn money to send home to her ailing father. Expecting work in a beauty salon, the girl is instead delivered into the hands of her father’s distant cousin, an embittered woman who runs a seedy massage parlor. The girl surrenders her passport as collateral for her ‘debt’ and is informed of her duties. When she refuses to do the requisite sex work, the girl accepts her fate as the operation’s browbeaten servant, her only solace a magical goldfish given to her by a sidewalk fortuneteller.

Jan Ditte (Ivan Barnev) is short in height, but high in ambition. To put it bluntly, the young provincial waiter wants to become a millionaire. And he knows just how to do it: by hearing everything, seeing everything, and creating opportunities at every turn.

What are you seeing this weekend? Take some time and go see Hamlet 2!

Schofizzy's 20 Most Anticipated Fall Movies (Part 1 of 4)

Seems how fall (although if you live in California like I, it sure doesn't feel like it!) is vastly approaching, I figured I'd give you all my 20 most anticipated films of the next three months! Being the home stretch and oscar season we are bound to find some diamonds in the rough out there, but here are 20 films that I have had my eyes on for a while now and all look quite good and some look phenominal! There were a few that almost made the list, but ultimately they are absent! Enjoy the countdown...

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Review - Hamlet 2

A failed actor has become a high school drama teacher in Tuscon Arizona and has put on nothing but terrible productions. With the school district cutbacks, the drama department is the first to go, unless they can put on a show that will make the department standout. Mr. Marschz begins writing his own play, a sequel to the Shakespearean tragedy Hamlet. The play is completely political incorrect and very controversial, which begins an outcry in the community, leading up to the performance.

Wright Talks Ant-Man!

Edgar Wright recently sat down with Wizard Universe and talked about a few projects he has been working on and the recent U.S. dvd release of his famed british series, "Spaced." (If you have never seen Spaced, pick up the series and watch it, you wont regret it) Edgar Wright was asked at the end of the interview about the status of Marvel's comic Ant-Man that he has been developing. Wright was more than pleased about the question and was quick to respond about the film.

First off, he has finished the first draft of the script and is more than happy with its outcome! "I wrote the first draft of the script which, to be honest, kind of took two years to deliver because I did "Hot Fuzz" in the middle of it," Wright said. He continued, "It was a real blast to write, I did my first draft of it just before the strike last year and I think it's one of my favorite things I've ever written." Favorite things he's ever written? Wow, that is huge! I mean we are talking about the guy who wrote comedic masterpieces like "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz" and two hilarious tv series, "Spaced" and "Asylum."

Edgar Wright has a brillaint mind and his boastful declaration of Ant-Man's script has my antcipation bubbling no doubt! It seems that Wright isn't the only one happy with his script either. Wright says that Marvel has read it also, "I know that [Marvel's] very pleased with what we've done." Marvel must be tickled that one of their bottom teir characters has a very strong script and a noteable director attached.

Wright states he was drawn to Ant-Man project because it is considered as Wright puts it, a "d-list" character. "The appeal to that for me is the fact that like, Ant Man is considered slightly D-list. The whole raison d'etre of the piece for me and my thing has always been to take something that would seem to be uncool and make it really cool and that's certainly the case with British cops in "Hot Fuzz."" Wright contuned, "To take the most seemingly kind of underwhelming concept and make something really cool out of it—I always liked that premise." Luckily Wright can back up those statements with his body of work! Edgar Wright can take a unique look at any topic that interests him, and make it work!

Wright also talked about how he can make this transformation of taking something shrinking from disaster (which has been the basis of most shrinking films) to a something positive that the character has complete control of. "Rather than it being something that's a terrible thing to happen, it's actually making your character into the most bad ass sort of action hero/spy possible," Wright said.

So, how soon can we see Ant-Man hitting theaters? Well the film is slated for 2010, but Wright states that he will be bringing "Scott Pilgrim" another comic book adaptation and possibly the third film in his "Blood & Ice Cream" triology before "Ant-Man." Could be the reason Marvel didn't even put it on their upcoming film slate that included, "Iron Man 2," "Thor," "First Avenger: Captain America," and "The Avengers." So how realistic is that 2010 release date? I wouldn't bank on it! Favreau is in development for Iron Man 2 and that has a 2010 release also, meanwhile Favreau doesn't have anything else in front of it compared to Wright! Not to say Fav's doesn't have some hurdles to get over to meet his release date. The script isn't even finished and Robert Downey Jr. will start filming "Sherlock Holmes" with Guy Ritchie this fall, but he should be able to begin shooting for Iron Man 2 by early winter or the start of the new year. Reversely, "Scott Pilgrim" is still in development stages and will not even begin shooting till the end of the year. It will definately take Wright sometime before he can begin shooting "Ant-Man."

What are your thoughts on Ant-Man? Can Edgar Wright take a d-list superhero and turn him into a star? Will Simon Pegg play Hank Pym/ Ant-Man? Will Ant-Man make an apperance in the Avengers film? Time will tell! Strike back...

Preacher Too Dark for HBO

Mark Steven Johnson who was developing DC's widely popular 75 issue comic "Preacher" written by Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon for HBO. Well it seems that the producers at HBO have laid to rest "Preacher" and have deemed the project unsuccessful! It seems that the newest producer at HBO and Johnson did not see eye to eye. Johnson recently talked with Comic Continuum about the end of the Preacher's development at HBO. Mark Steven Johnson explained, "We were budgeting and everything and it was getting really close to going." Johnson continued, "But the new head of HBO felt it was just too dark and too violent and too controversial. Which, of course, is kind of the point!"

First off Johnson is the guy who brought us "Dare Devil" and "Ghost Rider" and while I didn't hate either of them, like most, I do not think Johnson is the right guy to tell the dark story of Jesse Custer/ Preacher. I also highly doubt this guy is making something "too dark!" Now Johnson has gone on and on, about why most people didn't like Daredevil, wasn't his fault but more the studios. Ghost Rider was campy and I liked it, but for a character as dark as Ghost Rider, why did it feel like I was watching a Fantastic Four movie? Johnson has also gone on record saying that in Ghost Rider, he achieved everything he wanted. Really, everything? Hmmm...If that was everything he wanted then, stay the fuck away from The Preacher!

Mark Steven Johnson in each of his projects has always waxed on that his version will be faithful. He had said Daredevil was his favorite comic as a kid, and look how that turned out! Johnson went on to say that his adaptation of Preacher was faithful too, "It was a very faithful adaptation of the first few books, nearly word for word. They offered me the chance to redevelop it but I refused. I've learned my lesson on that front and I won't do it again. So I'm afraid it's dead at HBO." Sweet that means, Johnson wont be able to make another marginal comic adapatation!

Johnson goes on to say that he would like to see the film made into a series of feature films. Johnson said, "I hope it happens as a series of movies as one movie couldn't do it justice. I really love that story and I dedicated a lot of my time to honor Garth's work. But it wasn't meant to be." I too would've loved to have seen Preacher on HBO or in a series of films, personally a series on HBO or Shotime would be the best format to do the comics justice. But, Mark Steven Johnson, is definately not the right guy for the job! If it is adapated into a feature film or films, keep him away Hollywood, please!

What are your thoughts on Preacher being dead at HBO? Have you read the comics?

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Cage Will "Kick-Ass"

A couple weeks back I did a story on Mark Millar's book "Kick-Ass" which was being adapted for film by Matthew Vaughn, well since then a few more actors are locked in to star in the indie film. THR reports that Nic Cage, Lyndsy Fonseca, and Aaron Johnson have been casted, they join Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Chloe Moretz with production set to start in early fall.

The current comic book follows a high school dork who has absolutely no coordination or athletic abilities, but regardless tries to become a real-life superhero. Dave Lizewski begins training, creates a costume, and begins to try his hand at crime-fighting. Lizewski's first attempt is a complete failure and he is severly beaten and hospitalized. He is able to cover his story and say he was mugged, but this lie turns on him at school when rumors swirl, that his "mugging" was instead a "gay-bashing." Lizewski's next attempt at crime-fighting, has a completely different outcome and so begins the legacy of Kick-Ass!

Aaron Johnson (The Illusionist) will play the lead character Dave Lizewski. Lyndsy Fonseca will play Katie Deauxma who Dave has a major crush on and meanwhile Katie believes the rumors at school and takes Dave for gay. Nicolas Cage will play the father to Chole Moretz character. Cage's character is a former cop who wants to take down a drug lord and has trained his daughter as a deadly killer named the Hit Girl. Chole Moretz again is playing Hit Girl /Mindy Macready. Christopher Mintz-Plasse will play a Red Mist who his a villain to Kick Ass.

Thoughts on Kick-Ass castings? Are you reading Kick-Ass? Have you seen the Kick-Ass myspace page that promoted the comic? This film is definately on my antcipation list, it should be on yours too!

Babylon A.D. Director Not Happy & Vocal!

Mathieu Kassovitz recently spoke with AMCtv, on August 25th about his upcoming film, "Babylon A.D." and he was more than vocal about his frustrations with FOX studios and cut of the film releasing friday in theaters. He bluntly said, "I never had a chance to do one scene the way it was written or the way I wanted it to be. The script wasn't respected. Bad producers, bad partners, it was a terrible experience."

This project is something that has been close to Kassovitz heart for five years and seeing his vision destroyed by the powers that be has him steaming! He spoke about the original vision, "The scope of the original book was quite amazing," says Kassovitz. "The author was very much into geopolitics and how the world is going to evolve. He saw that as wars evolve, it won't be just about territories any more, but money-driven politics. As a director it's something that's very attractive to do." Unfortunately that "attractive" opportunity has turned into a "terrible experience" for the French director and he couldn't have picked a more perfect or disasterous time (depending on how you look at it) to voice his opinions, with only less than one week to the release.

If you have been under a rock and have no idea what "Babylon A.D." is the synopsis goes as follows: A mercenary (Diesel) in the year 2019, who is hired to transport a woman and her guardian from Eastern Europe to New York. The film is adapted from the book "Babylon Babies" by Maurice Georges Dantec. What frustrates Kassovitz so much is how the vision of the book has been completely ignored in the theatrical release. He added, "The movie is supposed to teach us that the education of our children will mean the future of our planet. All the action scenes had a goal: They were supposed to be driven by either a metaphysical point of view or experience for the characters... instead parts of the movie are like a bad episode of 24." Continuing Kassovitz said, "It's pure violence and stupidity!" Now, eventhough I am a fan of mindless action, I was really hoping for another intriguing scifi film and instead it looks like were getting another "Aeon Flux."

Mathieu Kassovitz has mainly pointed to the studio for his frustrations. He clearly states that the studio lawyers did everything they could to hamper or stall the film, including in the editing room! "Fox was sending lawyers who were only looking at all the commas and the dots," he says. "They made everything difficult from A to Z." Through studio demands the film was chopped down by about 20 minutes Kassovitz says, it was originally reported that over 70 minutes of the film were cut.

Kassovitz didn't have everything negative to say about the fim, "I like the energy of it and I got some scenes I'm happy with," he said. "But I know what I had -- I had something much better in my hands but I just wasn't allowed to work." He continued to stress his disspointment by lamenting how he wondered how audiences would accept the film with such huge shoes to fill. "I don't see how people who went through all these amazing blockbusters like The Dark Knight and Iron Man this summer will take it." Kassovitz final assertion in his discontent he questions his decision to work with FOX studios. "I should have chosen a studio that has guts," he says. "Fox was just trying to get a PG-13 movie. I'm ready to go to war against them, but I can't because they don't give a shit." FOX has yet to comment on the story.

What are your thoughts on Babylon A.D.? Do you still want to see it? My antcipation of this film just came to a grinding hault! I remember looking at the pre-sale info at my local theater for the thursday midnight showings and being excited for the release, now, not so much!

Carrey is Definately Not Homophobic!!

Jim Carrey on his official site has released the first photo from his new film, "I Love You Phillip Morris." For some this may be a very shocking photo, but really if it were two chicks, they would be lip-locked in the shot! Yes, that's right Jim Carrey has decided to try a "gay" role. His lover, Ewan McGregor has tired it once before in "Velvet Goldmine," but Carrey at least is going out on a limb and trying some new avenues in his career.

The official synopsis goes as follows: "I Love You Phillip Morris" tells the story of Steven Russell (Jim Carrey), a married conman who found himself in a Texan prison where he fell in love with Phillip Morris (Ewan McGregor). Steven Russell tried to escape from prison four times, coming up with more and more elaborate plans, including once faking his own death. Morris was eventually released but Russell landed over a hundred years behind bars because of his escape attempts.

The plot itself is actually pretty intriguing and the film is listed as a dark-romantic comedy, so with Carrey and McGregor the project could prove to be a strong endeavor for both. Let's face it, Carrey's last attempt (Number 23) at stepping outside of his realm was a disaster and "Yes Men" looks pretty bad, so like Mike Myers, Carrey could use a real hit. Glenn Ficarra and John Requa have adapted the script and are directing the film which is currently filming and has a Valentines Day release 2009. Anyways check out the still below...

What is up with Carrey's haircut?

So what are your thoughts on I Love You Phillip Morris? Will you be seeing the film based off the first image released? Does this film scream homophobia at the box office? Will this film play or be popular with main stream audeinces?

Glorious "CHE" One-Sheet!!

Steven Soderbergh newest two part epic "CHE" has had very positive reviews from Cannes and will be screened at the New York Film Festival on October 7th as one film. There has been no official release date for the U.S., but the film will be released as two films "The Argentine" and "Guerrilla" here in the U.S., eventhough it has been screened as one film at all its stops along the festival circuit. I personally would love to see it as "One" film instead of two, but I can see the studios concerns about general audiences sitting for over 4hrs! It definately would seem daunting, but with all of the positive reviews people would go. The second reason also makes sense, by breaking it into two films, the profits double and the general audiences will comfortably attend.

The guys over at NeoCin TV have an outstanding looking one-sheet for the first part, The Argentine. The poster is absolutely amazing and I really can't say enough, how great this film looks. Benicio Del Toro is one of my favorite actors, (the man can do no wrong) and being a huge history buff and teacher, this film is right up my alley! The one-sheet features Del Toro looking very "Che" and has some goregous artwork tied in. Anyways enough blabbing, check out the one-sheet below!

Click on one-sheet for higher resolution

Thoughts on The Argentine? Do you want to see this film? Would you watch it as one film, or do you prefer the break up? Discuss....

Monday, August 25, 2008

Fast & Furious Trailer!!

Hate me you all want, but I am a big fan of the Fast & Furious franchise, and have enjoyed each movie for what they were. The original is a blatant rip of "Point Break" but like Point Break I can watch it every time! The second of the series was pretty bad, but had some good racing sequences, and I guess my "man crush" on Paul Walker made the film watchable (I have the hardest time re-watching "2 Fast 2 Furious" by far of all the films). Tokyo Drift was good, I enjoyed it and even Bow Bow was tolerable. The fourth film in the franchise is approaching and we have been graced with our first trailer! This time Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, and Michelle Rodriguez are back and this films looks to be the best of the series to date! When I intially heard that Diesel would be back, I was automatically pumped! Shit I was pumped with his 90 second tease at the end of Tokyo Drift! However, after watching the trailer I am more than pumped, I am estatic! Fast & Furious or Fast and the Furious 4 hits theaters next summer on June 5th!! Check out the trailer below!

Thoughts on Fast and Furious? Are you sold? I can't wait!!!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Transporter 3 Trailer

Jason Statham is back for another go-round of the Transporter films and this time it looks like it continues with much of the same. Taking a page from "Crank" Transporter 3 looks to have attached some timing devise to Frank Martin and if he removes it will blow up (see it above in the image on Statham's wrist)! Martin will continue to drive his Audi in the thrid film and looks to take his shirt off quite a bit throughout the trailer! Transporter 3 is directed by Olivier Megaton and hits theaters November 26th. Anyways, enjoy the trailer below!

Thoughts on Transporter 3? His this character already exhausted or are you planning on one more drive? Statham = my butt in the seat!

Shia Looks to have "Fallen" on Transformers 2!

Shia LaBeouf has been back on set for Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen, and it looks like they may be doing scene work to explain LaBeouf's recent off camera accident. JustJared has some exclusive photos from the set and Shia is looking extremely battered with his shirt off and a splint on his injured hand. There is no action in these set photos, it is purely in between takes, but it still gives us an idea with just what Transformers 2 may be doing to tie-in LaBeouf's recent accident. Transformers 2 is slated for release on June 26th 2009! Some more photos below!

Thoughts on Transformers 2? Are you excited for another Michael Bay slow sun setting montage (He has one in every film he's made)? Were you happy with the first?

Saturday, August 23, 2008

"New York, I Love You" Teaser

In 2007 we were blessed with "Paris, je t'aime" which was a collaboration of twenty filmmakers that brought their stories of love, from a city of love. The film ws highly praised (84% on Rotten Tomatoes) and was in my Top 10 Films To See of 2007. Paris je t'aime's popularity has caused a second film, "New York, I Love You" which will feature twelve new directors sharing their stories of love, from another city of love.

Directors this time around pretty exciting and include Yvan Attal, Allen Hughes, Shunji Iwai, Wen Jiang, Scarlett Johansson, Joshua Marston, Natalie Portman, Brett Ratner, Andrei Zvyagintsev, Fatih Akin, Randall Balsmeyer, Shekhar Kapur, and Mira Nair. The cast is also mouth-watering with Shia LaBeouf, Natalie Portman, Orlando Bloom, Christina Ricci, Irfan Khan, Julie Christie, John Hurt, Hayden Christensen, Rachel Bilson, Chris Cooper, Drea de Matteo, Ethan Hawke, Kevin Bacon, Robin Wright Penn, Andy Garcia, Anton Yelchin, James Caan, Maggie Q, Bradley Cooper, and Olivia Thirlby starring in the second film in the je t'aime series. The film will have a sneek peak at Tornoto Film Festival and is set to release Febuary 13th 2009! For now I have the first look at the film and its amazing cast in the teaser trailer below...enjoy!

New York, I Love You teaser trailer

Thoughts on the teaser trailer? This movie is gonna be great! Anyone going to Toronto Film Festival? How great was Paris, je t'aime?

Superman, "Officially" Re-Booted!!

On Tuesday of this week, I had done a story on the status of DC and WB's film property Superman. WB and DC were at odds over whether to re-boot the superhero or continue with Bryan Singer's "Superman Returns" storyline and make a sequel which had been called "Superman: Man of Steel." The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that WB has made a final decision on the status of the franchise, and the final conclusion is "re-boot."

Jeff Robinov told The Wall Street Journal, "Now the plan is just to reintroduce Superman." Robinov stressed his and the studios disappointment in Bryan Singer's 2006 "Superman Returns" by saying, "'Superman' didn't quite work as a film in the way that we wanted it to." He continued, "It didn't position the character the way he needed to be positioned." Clearly WB wanted the same or similar success of Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight" for "Superman Returns" and will now seek to change the tone of all of its further prospective DC tentpoles. Mr. Robinov said, "We're going to try to go dark to the extent that the characters allow it."

One thing that had better cross WB's mind, is they need caliber directors to helm the major superhero tentpoles! George Miller isn't going to cut it! Marvel has realized that, and hired worthy directors like Jon Favreau (Iron Man). Like Marvel, WB has shifted gears and decided to make a feature film for each of its major heroes before making a team film. "Along those lines, we have been developing every DC character that we own," Mr. Robinov stated. The studio plans to release four superhero films in the next three years which includes a re-introduction of Superman, a third Batman film helmed by Christopher Nolan, the Green Lantern which was recently announced, and another un-named DC property (I assume this is Green Arrow: Escape From Super Max). These titles are all outside of WB's "The Watchmen" which slated for a 2009 release. Warner Brothers will be releasing more information on the status of it's other DC properties within the next month. WB has also been in active development of Wonder Woman and The Flash, so one can expect word on these two properties quickly.

Warner Bros. realizes that superhero films are a hot commodity now and need to move fast and take real care of the properties. Robinov added by saying, "The long-term goal of the studio is to take advantage of what has become a very global market by focusing on bigger films that require a bigger commitment," DC president, Paul Levitz commented further, "Superheroes are more global than ever in today's commercial world, existing in 30 languages and in more than 60 countries," making superheroes, "a world-wide export."

Mr. Robinov did not say whether Bryan Singer would continue to be aboard the Superman project, but based on the comments made to The Wall Street Journal, it is highly doubtful! Word was also not given if Brandon Routh would continue as Clark Kent/Kal El, but I would also bank on the fact that WB will try to distance itself as far as it can from Singer's "Superman Returns," meaning Routh is out and the hunt can begin for a new lead to fill the iconic role.

Plenty more to come on the Superman reboot and other DC properties being adapted to film! What are your thoughts on a Superman reboot?

Review - Tropic Thunder

A group of high profile actors are casted in the a big budget Veitnam War film based on a true story. The actors are put in real locations and are forced to become the soldiers they are protraying on screen, when they realize the film they are making is actually happening.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Fav's says He's Already Working on Iron Man 2

Ironman was both a box-office and critical success and Marvel definately has moved quickly to get the sequel up and running for its 2010 release date. Geoff Boucher, recently spoke with Jon Favreau and he had this to say about the sequel to his largely successful origin story, "We're working on it now, which hasn't been officially announced. It will be released in 2010." In fact Favreau is developing the script with Justin Theroux who is hot off the buzz around "Tropic Thunder." Exactly what the script will entail is primarily being kept under wraps, but the film will continue to setup the future release of, "The Avengers" that is slated for 2011. One can speculate that Fav's will continue to also develop Rhodes character into War Machine. I personally hope we get some Mandarin action, including the famous Marvel dragon Fing Fang Foom! (I can see Thor coming to help Stark to take down the mystical beast, further setting up the Avengers)

What are your thoughts on an Iron Man sequel? Did you enjoy the Iron Man as much as I, and a majority of the critics did? How perfect is Downey Jr as Stark? Whose a better playboy, Stark or Wayne? Did you know that during Robert Downey Jr. days of drug addiction, he once wandered into a stranger's house and passed out on a child's bed? (Imagine walking into your house to find RDJ all druged up and passed out like goldie locks in the bed)