Sunday, December 28, 2008

Review - The Wrestler

Randy "The Ram" Robinson in the 1980s was a larger than life pro wrestler. Twenty years later, his career is in no way as illustrious. Randy is bruised, battered and alone working for severely less money on the independent wrestling circuit. After a heart attack that forces the "The Ram" to retire, Randy reaches out to the daughter he alienated during his career and a local stripper he looks to for companionship. Randy's passion for wrestling however, threatens to pull him back in regardless of health, when a 20 year anniversary rematch of his biggest rival, "The Ayatollah" looms.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Review - Time Crimes

A middle aged man, by fate of circumstance stumbles his way into a time machine traveling back, one hour into the past. The ordinary man must now allow a series of unexplainable events unfold in order for his mirror image to return into the time machine in hopes to restore the unexpected occurrence.

Friday, December 26, 2008

The Mother of Invention Trailer & Poster

Mocumentaries are generally better left to the likes Christopher Guest and company, but this gem of a film (which is currently seeking distribution) called "The Mother of Invention" looks outstanding! "The Mother of Invention" follows a young man who is desperately trying to win an annual invention award. Each of his inventions look to be hilarious in of themselves, but it also has a strong cast including Jimmi Simpson, Kevin Corrigan, Mark Boone Junior and Chris Hardwick. Andrew Bowser stars as Vincent Dooley, the not so fortunate inventor. Checkout the trailer below and spread the word! Hopefully we can end up seeing this getting a limited release sometime next year.

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Cera & Beyonce on Gilligan's Island?

We haven't seen as many adaptations of television shows into film as much as we did in the 90's, but a father/son duo Sherwood and Lloyd Schwartz have signed a deal to bring "Gilligan's Island" to the big screen. Not only have they signed a deal but Movie Web is reporting that they are persuing Michael Cera to play the lead Gilligan and Beyonce Knowles as the sultry Ginger!

Gilligan's Island was a phenominally successful television series, but like most tv show to film adaptations, this one could be terrible. For those of you who have never seen it, the show followed 7 people who went on a 3 hour tour and ended up marooned on a deserted island. Gilligan's Island had one of the most recgonizable themes of its era and featured the Skipper, Gilligan, The Professor, Thurston Howell III and his wife, Mrs. Howell and last but certainly not least the two ladies stuck on the island, Ginger and Mary-Anne. Eventhough I loved the show as a kid, an adaptation to film, just sounds like a bad idea with or without Michael Cera.

Landing Michael Cera as Gilligan would be a huge bonus for the film, but even then, I am not so sure he'd be right for the role. Certainly Cera looks the part, but he is not a bumbling idiot like Gilligan was. Having Cera play a moronic Gilligan just leaves a bad taste in my mouth for such a highly witty actor. I really dont want him to lower himself to Jerry Lewis theatrics. Michael Cera has yet to comment about the role. Beyonce also looks the part, but she is a terrible actress! Ginger was the Movie Star, so I guess they would change that to Pop Star, but outside of eye candy Beyonce also just sounds out of place.

What say you? Are you down for a Gilligan's Island movie? George Clooney would be a lock as the Professor as would James Gandolfini as the Skipper. Anne Hathaway could make a very cute Mary-Anne. Who would you cast? Strikeback...

Fast & Furious One Sheet!

The fourth film in the "Fast and the Furious" franchise is rapidly appraoching and thanks to MTV I got the first One-Sheet for the film! "Fast & Furious" reunites the original films cast together when they are forced to come together and face a shared enemy. Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster all return in the high octane sequel, that as always, pushes the limits behind the wheel. The new one sheet below gives us a sweet look at a cherried out hot rod, with the original casts reflection on top of the hood. "Fast & Furious" releases April 3rd. Checkout the poster below....

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Chow Out as Kato Too?

Last week it was reported that director/creator of Kung Fu Hustle Stephen Chow was removing himself from his director duties on Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's penned The Green Hornet do to "creative differences" it now appears that the actor may jump ship on the project altogether.

The International Herald Tribune reports that Stephen Chow is considering departing the project due to scheduling difficulties. His scheduling difficulties arise from a superhero comedy that Chow wants to do with Jack Black. The actor said, "If I direct 'The Green Hornet,' the superhero comedy will have to be delayed for two years. The timing might not be right for a superhero comedy in two years. And I want to make a movie based on an original idea." Doesn't Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg scream comedy and isn't The Green Hornet some what of a superhero? I guess he's got me on the original part! Chow added that his choice to stay on for the role of Kato in The Green Hornet will rely soley on his schedule. It appears that Chow's publicity staff are working double-time trying to find ways to abort the project and Chow will no doubt be completely off the project.

It is really looking like those "creative differences" may be a much bigger wedge then first anticipated. Stephen Chow is particular with what he wants done and I am sure Goldberg and Rogen are the same. So, if Chow couldn't have creative liberty, why stick around for the role? Might as well just ditch the whole project and let Rogen and Columbia Pictures pick up the pieces. No doubt that Chow's contract stipulated that he directed or he could walk, leaving him an exit strategy.

I thought Chow and Rogen could have made a great duo, but apparently those two or whoever aren't playing so nicely and the result is Stephen Chow abandoning ship to co-star with Jack Black instead.

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Monday, December 22, 2008

Judge Dread is Back!!

Official announcement came friday from 2000 AD Forums that Judge Dread will be recieving the reboot treatment. The original 1995 film, based on the comic of the same name, starred Sylvester Stallone but this time around Sly definately wont be serving the law. The studio is targeting a 2009 production start date.

Official announcement: "Rebellion and 2000 AD are proud to announce that Judge Dredd is coming to a cinema near you soon! Together with DNA Films, the movie production company behind such great sci-fi movies such as Sunshine and 28 Weeks Later, Judge Dredd will go into production in 2009. Jason Kingsley, CEO and Creative Director said, ‘We can’t give away too many details at this point, but we’re looking forward to working with DNA Films to bring Judge Dredd back to the big screen.’ We’ll keep you up to date with breaking news as it happens!"

The original Judge Dread much like Demolition Man was a very typical campy action movie of the 90's and I truely hope that Rebellion and 2000 AD abandon that and will bring a darker take on the comic series. The original was also a box office blunder that upset both moviegoers and fans of the comic. Clearly, the announcement gives no hint towards where they are going with the reboot, but let's hope it can both grab the stunning artwork and look of the comics while bringing an violent and dark Judge Dread. More to come as news becomes available...

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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Review - The Day the Earth Stood Still

An alien visitor Klaatu and his gigantic robot Gort, are traveling to Earth for unknown reasons. The United States and the rest of the world, expecting disaster with the looming visitor approaching, gather the nation's leading scientists and all available military to Manhattan in order to make contact and discover the reason of the alien species arrival.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Marvelous Iron Man 2 Scoop

Rumormill has been in overkill with superhero castings of late, the pendulum has been primarily resting on Batman. This news, however will shift the speculating entirely over into Marvel's world and Iron Man. Latino Review has exclusive scoop that reports both Hawkeye and Black Widow will be featured in Iron Man 2! That is not all, it appears Tim Robbins will be cast as Howard Stark (Tony's father) in the sequel for a flashback scene that will setup both The Avengers and Captain America films.

If Robbins ends up playing Howard Stark, it is a strong move by Favreau to continue his streak of quality actors in the films. Howard Stark was a wise inventor just like his son, who worked on various government projects during Word War II and after including The Manhattan Project. Stark also created Arsenals, which were robot droids that were to be awaken if the U.S. went to a Cold War. During World War II, Howard Stark was targeted by the Red Skull and later joined the V-Battalion, which sought to maintain World peace. Howard Stark developed Stark Industries which his son Tony, later becomes the C.E.O. It is very possible that Favreau and his development team have the Howard Stark flashback apart of Captain America's creation in Iron Man 2.

Jon Favreau looks to definately shaping up for The Avengers with the addition of Hawkeye and Black Widow to Iron Man 2. The addition of Hawkeye and Black Widow will add a nice story arc for Iron Man 2 to spin in the background while setting up further storylines with The Avengers. Here's a little bit of background on the two for those of you that didn't grow up addicted to comics. Clint Barton, orphaned as a child joins the circus and is trained in the use of a bow and arrow. Years later, he see's Iron Man in action and is inspired to dawn the identity of Hawkeye. In his first attempts as a masked hero, he is mistaken for a criminal and must go on the run. While on the run from the law, Hawkeye meets a super Russian spy Black Widow, whom he falls in love with. Black Widow uses Hawkeye's love-blinded infatuation to trick him to help her steal vital technology developed by Stark Industries. After repeated failed attempts and constant on slaught from Iron Man the two flee, with Black Widow dangerously injured and Hawkeye wanting to become a hero instead of what he had become. Hawkeye later applies to be apart of The Avengers and is accepted by Captain America. Black Widow has teetered the line between good and bad for years and is a usually posed at Hawkeye's side.

With the announcement of Hawkeye and Black Widow in Iron Man 2, the speculation of just who will play them, can now begin. Matthew Fox or Sam Worthington would be a perfect fit for Hawkeye. As for Black Widow, Malin Akerman fresh out of her Silk Spectre costume from Watchmen would fill the role nicely, but an impressive move would be landing Kate Beckingsale. She would be the perfect Black Widow hands down!

What do think of a Howard Stark flashback? Is Robbins the guy to play him? How about Hawkeye and Black Widow apart of Iron Man 2? Does this mean Hawkeye will be a member of The Avengers for the upcoming movie? Who would you have play Hawkeye and Black Widow?

Rickman Talks Wonderland

Thespain Alan Rickman, who is casted in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland as the constantly smoking Caterpillar, recently opened up a little bit about his role in the anticipated Tim Burton movie. Alice in Wonderland is being shot utilizing all three live action, animation and stop motion with particular characters being shot with a combination of the different techniques together. The film, which is currently shooting in Culver City, is targeted for a March 5th 2010 release date and also stars Helena Bonham Carter, Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Michael Sheen, Christopher Lee, Crispin Glover, Matt Lucas and Mia Wasikowska as Alice.

Alan Rickman says that his character will feature his face with a animated body, while he will be acting with a live action Alice (Wasikowska). "It’s my face on an animated caterpillar. So, it’s a mixture. The movie is a mixture of live action, animation, and stop motion, so it’s very complicated and I don’t think all three have been put together ever before. So I’ll be with a live action Alice. I will be a construct," Rickman told Movies Online. Rickman unfortunately doesn't have any idea yet of how he will look in Wonderland, saying that he has only done early voice and video recording. He told Buzzline, "I don’t know what it looks like, so I’ve only done the first stage of it, which is them recording me saying these lines quite badly. Then, somewhere down the line, they’ll have animated it and I’ll redo it." Alan Rickman elaborated on on the process on creating his character by saying, "I’m a voice, but I have been filmed because it’s my face who will be on the end of something that will be the caterpillar."

Rickman was asked if he had worked with Mia Wasikowska at all and if there was anything he had seen on set. Rickman who has only met Mia once, got a chance to see a tiny bit of the set and exactly what was going on. He told Movies online, "I met her yesterday because they’re shooting right here (Culver City). If you make yourself into the invisible person, you can go in and have a look." He later told Buzzline, "They’re shooting with her and Helena, although Helena finished yesterday." Continuing on he added, "I saw Helena [Bonham-Carter] and Crispin Glover yesterday. They’re a mixture of the two, actually, because there’s Helena in a costume and in makeup but her head is going to be made three times bigger than it actually is on top of the costume." Could be that Rickman saw a bit of the courtroom scene where Alice defends the Naive of Hearts (Crispin Glover).

Alan Rickman's final comments seem to point to his wonderment of the creative process that the actors are undergoing. He said, "I think they’re all just blinded by the color green. It must be quite something to be surrounded by that much violent green all day long, but the costumes — one or two I saw — are incredible. I’m sure it’ll be visual genius again." Would we expect anything else from Tim Burton? More to come on Alice in Wonderland as it develops.

Are you excited for Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland? The cast is outstanding, I just hope we don't end up with another Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. At least with Danny Elfman doing Burton's score again we will have a musical treat combined with Burton's wicked imagery.

Promo Pic for Couples Retreat

Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn are back together again in Couples Retreat a film the two worked up together with specific actors in mind. The film follows Jason Bateman who wants to patch things up with his wife, Kristen Bell and plans a therapy vacation inviting three other couples who have no idea that the "vacation" is a Couples Retreat revolving around relationship therapy.

Along with Bell and Bateman, Couples Retreat stars Jon Favreau, Kristen Davis, Vince Vaughn, Malin Akerman, Faizon Love and Kali Hawk. Jean Reno (Leon: The Professional) will play Monsieur Marcelle who created the non-optional therapy retreat in the exotic isle of Bora Bora, while John Michael Higgins (Best in Show) will play one of the confrontation therapists. Couples Retreat is directed by first timer and most known for his role as Ralphie in A Christmas Story, Peter Billingsley and is currently shooting in the South Pacific.

Vince Vaughn told USA Today a little bit about the story he and Favreau created, "Jason and Kristen are Type A's struggling to have kids. Faizon and his wife have just separated, and he is dating a young girl from Foot Locker (Kali Hawk). Me and my wife (Malin Akerman of 27 Dresses) are swamped with the kids and work. Favreau and Kristin Davis are secretly not completely faithful to each other."

So each of the couples will definately have their issues to sort out, but do not expect the film to be too raunchy. Vaughn conituned on by saying the film will be an "adult" PG13. "We don't believe in swearing for swearing's sake," Vaughn stressed. However, Vaughn did point out that the film will still be filled with sexual gags adding, "yoga teachers who are overly enthusiastic about putting people into poses." With this cast a hard R rating would have been a a better sell, but with Vaughn's witty dailogue, Favreau writing the script, Couples Retreat should be a fun romantic comedy. At least it will be interesting to see Peter Billingsley's first effort behind the camera.

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Hornet Director Needed Again

The Green Hornet has been trying to get off the ground for quite some time now with various actors and directors attached. For a long time, Kevin Smith was leading the cause to direct the film, but that eventually fell by the wayside. At one point the film was also being targeted as a George Clooney vehicle. It seemed that every time The Green Hornet felt close to a shooting date, something would happen. More recently, Seth Rogen announced he would be creating a Green Hornet film alongside Evan Goldberg with Rogen set to star as the lead. In a perfect addition back in September, Rogen landed Kung Fu Hustle's director/actor Stephen Chow, to both star and direct The Green Hornet. Unfortunately that too, has hit a snag.

Variety reports that because of "creative differences," Stephen Chow will step down as director for The Green Hornet. Chow who also directed Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle will however, remain in the role of Kato for the film. Producer Neal Moritz and Columbia Pictures are currently trying to acquire a new director and hope to keep the picture on track for a spring start date. They anticipate a director hired by the end of the year.

Just what does creative differences mean? It really could mean just about anything. Speculation would lead me to believe the "differences" weren't between Rogen and Chow. Why would Chow be staying on as Kato, if he and Rogen were going at it? More than likely the studio and Chow had the "differences," but again that could be just about anything in the production stages. Just how much of a comedic take and/or serious take of The Green Hornet will the film in fact end up being, still remains to be seen.

What say you? Does Chow dropping out of directing The Green Hornet change your anticipation? Who should replace him? Strikeback...

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Top 10 Christmas Movies

Christmas one week away and what better to get us in the Christmas spirit than a Top 10 List of the best Christmas movies. Christmas is always a special time and a usually every year a new Christmas film releases, so there is no shortage of films to choose from. So here we go....

Review - Transporter 3

Frank Martin returns for a third installment in the Transporter series and this time he is forced to deliver the kidnapped daughter of a Ukranian diplomat. Martin is fitted with a explosive bracelet that when activated, will blow up, if he travels further than 50 yards from his beloved Audi. Along the drive from Marseilles to Odessa Frank's growing emotions for Valentina test his ability to complete his delivery. In usual Transporter fashion, Martin must deal with various thugs and mobsters who seek to intercept Valentina, before he delivers the package and assures his survival.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The Crow Minus the Goth

It is tiresome to ritually explaining that remakes have two purposes. One, to present a film in a new light, that will appeal to a new generation. Two, to improve upon a film that was lacking in some form. The most current remake announced needs neither, but still Hollywood is jamming another one down our throats. The famed underground comic and 1994 cult film The Crow, is next to recieve the remake treatment.

Before I give further disappointment to fans of The Crow, it is necessary to stress that Alex Proyas' original film needs no remake. It its further a slap in the face to blatantly cherry pick from a catalog of films that could possibly be remade based off previous success, instead of promoting original thought. It is extremely hard to believe that there are that few fresh ideas out there, but instead a deadlock of studios who are afraid to take risks with original ideas vs. rehashed. The original Crow was a vivid story that was both visually stunning and brutally violent. The late Brandon Lee, who died during an accident shooting the film, was perfect as the Crow and stands the test of time with his performance. The Crow captured the essence of the comic and grabbed a generation of youth who went on to make it a cult favorite. It is sad to say that The Crow will be remade and more so, the news just get's worse.

Variety reports that Stephen Norrington has signed on to both write and direct a remake of "The Crow." Norrington who directed the original Blade film, has been out of directing since he hit rock bottom with his disaster of a comic adaption, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Rightly so, Blade was a great film, but his second comic book film would have driven anyone into hiding. Shit, Sean Connery has yet to return to acting since LXG (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen's lame abbreviation), so I am not surprised. Besides, it's not like were talking about Martin Scorsese remaking Infernal Affairs into the mega-hit The Departed. Why on earth though, is Norrington choosing The Crow as his comeback film? Doesn't he realize how much scrutiny he will be under from it's fanbase? Just seems like a real nonsensical idea for a comeback. Try something that would not have a magnifying glass on it perhaps.

The kicker comes in Norrington's take on The Crow. He intends to rape the Crow of his dark and gothic nature. Yes, it doesn't make any freaking sense, but the director was quoted to the claim. He told Variety, “Whereas Proyas’ original was gloriously gothic and stylized, the new movie will be realistic, hard-edged and mysterious, almost documentary-style.” I think my gag reflex is kicking in. WTF, is this guy thinking? Norrington's take just seems like one big setup for failure, and fail I hope he does, miserably!

Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Media is negotiating with producer Ed Pressman to acquire the film franchise and finance the film. Jeff Most weighed in with Clint over at Movie Hole about the hiring of Stephen Norrington and the remake of The Crow. He said, "Stephen's a great and talented guy. He's an incredible stylistic visionary as a director and he totally gets comic book worlds and how to make them work on film. I'm certain that Stephen will do an amazing job with "The Crow" remake." Did Most miss LXG? Again, I hope for failure to the remake of a beloved film that is tribute to the life of Branden Lee.

What say you. Are you interested in a Crow remake? Can you imagine the film minus the gothic image? Wasn't that one of the big fan appeals? Will Norrington sans the rock persona also? Is a fanboy boycott a foot? Strikeback...

Are You a Film Addict?

Do you consider yourself a huge movie buff? Are you addicted to seeing film? Well Film Addict has complied IMDB top 250 movies of all time in a list you can check off and see your addicted level. I scored a 94.8%....check your's score out below and see how you measure up with various friends.

Film Addict

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Review - Gran Torino

A recently widowed Korean War vet, Walt Kowalski who is completely abbrasive and dejected from his family, church and neighborhood spends his days mowing his picture perfect lawn, tinkering with his tools, and babying his cherry 1972 Ford Gran Tornio. Adding to the disgruntled veterans constant resentment, his new Hmong neighbors teenage son Tao, is pressured by a local gang to steal his cherished Gran Torino. After a failed attempt by Tao, Walt Kowalski reclutantly begins to reform the teenage boy ultimately becoming, against his will, drawn into Tao's family.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Sequel Talk Galore!!

Sequels are a sure thing in Hollywood and come by the bucketload at us every year. Over the last couple of days a few sequels have been greenlit or heavily talked about, so Schofizzy took the liberty to compile them all for you in one detailed post below. Some of these are mildly to very exciting, unfortunately most are head scratchers. I've ranked them from "why do another one?" category, to the "I am already in line!" status. Enjoy....

The Phantom 2
It seems someone out there thinks it is a good idea to make a sequel to the, not at all popular, The Phantom starring Billy Zane. The first 1996 film was a huge flop at the box office and was and is just a utter piece of crap! Regardless, producer Bruce Sherlock who recently won the rights to the film property believes, "It has the makings of a blockbuster," Sherlock told the Associated Press., I want what he is smoking! Sherlock continued to tell the Associated Press that the sequel will be a Father/Son story arc outlining what it means to be, The Phantom. He also said the film will be set in current times with the theme of destiny at the fore front. Does this mean that were gonna see the persona handed down to a new generation? Sherlock saya the film will shoot in Australia on a budget of upwards $87 million and that his production company Sherlock Symington Products will be recruiting "top talent" for the film. Sherlock of course did not elaborate on any "top talent" names in the running.

A sequel to The Phantom just drips of disappointment. It really feels like yet another studio trying to capture a piece of the comic craze in Hollywood. Instead, they end up making utter shit! The Phantom is one of the worst comic book films made. Yes, its worse than Elektra. At least it appears, that Sherlock does not want to bring Billy Zane back for the role. Thank god, has anyone seen him since Zoolander? Can you picture any actor that could legitamitely take on the role of The Phantom and actually draw people in to pay and see it?

Spawn 2
Next up, Todd McFarlane himself says he wants to see a sequel to Spawn, but the kicker is, he wants to direct it himself! Last week McFarlane told Game Pro he wants to direct a creepy low-budget Spawn sequel with possibly no villain. "I'm still of the mind that [a Spawn movie sequel] is a lower budget, cooler, creepier movie," McFarlane said. He continued, "The dealbreaker is, I direct it. I tell everybody that in advance." McFarlane added, "a $10 million dollar creepy movie? I can do that one....In the movie idea I have for Spawn, there is no super villain. It's a completely real drama that happens to have a spook in it. And it doesn't mean that the spook has an arch-enemy or a nemesis, or any of that." Finally McFarlane finalized why he wants to do the film and why he doesn't understand why it hasn't happened yet. He said, "Look, with $10 million -- and understand that I'm just picking a number here -- you're not going to have a lot of money to work with. They'd have to get a young, inexperienced director anyway. My answer is, why not me? If you're going to go get a schmuck, let me be your schmuck. And oh by the way, I've been living with this movie in my head for a long time. I don't feel like trying to convey what's in my brain to somebody would take too long. I can just do it myself."

Spawn is a stellar creation and to have the creator of the property say, "I want to do this" is always a good thing, but for some reason another Spawn just puts a bad taste in my mouth. The first movie is a disaster! There really is nothing good to say about it, reversely the HBO animated series was outstanding. Spawn is a series that should be let to rest for awhile longer before anyone even touches it. The HBO series did the best job with the arc of the character and no movie is going to be able to flesh out as much as the series, which ran 3 seasons, did. Even if the creator (who I have full confidence in) directs the film, it seems pointless. If and when McFarlane actually gets a sequel to Spawn financed, I will post further critique, untill then this goes in the "not interested" bin.

Alien 5
In very doubtful news, Sigourney Weaver told Moviehole, that she would be open to another sequel to Alien but feels that it is very unlikely. The actress was asked if her and Cameron talked about a possible sequel while shooting his recent film Avatar. Weaver replied, "You know, we talked about Aliens. It was a great experience for both of us....I don't think we have a deep, pressing need to finish the saga although, it does definitely feel unfinished to me. And I think if I wanted to go and have a meeting with Jim about it, I'm sure he'd be game." Weaver was then asked if she'd do another sequel to Alien regardless of James Cameron and what she see's as a possible angles for a sequel. Weaver told Movie Hole, ''You know, nothing would surprise me in this business. I think it would be very hard to resurrect, because I think the character of the alien has been too exposed in those Alien Versus Predator movies, which I never saw. So, you wouldn't be able to use that. You'd have to reinvent some of that.''

The Alien franchise should be put to rest! Alien and Aliens are the only films of the entire franchise including Alien vs. Predator that are even remotely worth watching. Alien is a masterpiece and a quint-essential film in the horror/scifi genre and, Aliens is just a kick-ass mash em up ride, that enthralls every viewing. Unless you can bring back the eerie nature to the first or the awesome gunplay of the second, leave it alone Ripley! There is no reason to re-hash or stir-up another crappy sequel. I'm sure sooner than later some dumb studio, will be remaking anyhow.

Smokin Aces: Blowback
Unfortunately for fans of Smokin Aces, Joe Carnahan will not direct his sequel/prequel to Smokin Aces. Instead, a direct-to-dvd director by the name of P.J. Pesce will be destroying the series. His other terrible direct-to-dvd sequel efforts have been; Lost Boys 2: The Tribe and From Dusk Till Dawn 3. Joe made the announcement through his blog revealing P.J. Pesce as his replacement. Joe calls the guy his "new best friend" and says that he will do a better job than he could. The film is heading for Vancouver this weekend.

I was excited for this prequel eventhough it is greatly disappointing that it will be a direct-to-dvd sequel. Now that Carnahan isn't directing, who gives a shit! Seriously, has anyone seen Lost Boys: The Tribe? That was the worst sequel, to a timeless film! Pure shit! Now P.J. is going to muck up Smokin' Aces? Interest is pretty much gone! The only saving grace for Blowback will be once shooting is finished and we see our first trailer, if it looks remotely good or not. Until then, Smokin Aces: Blowback is in the bargain bin at Walmart!

In a little bit better news, Variety confirmed today that Rob Zombie will in fact return to direct the sequel to his Halloween. The sequel will be titled H2 and is targeted for a Halloween release next year. Zombie talked a bit about the process of coming to terms with returning to his series and moving forward. He told Variety, "I was so burned out. (But) I took a long break, made a record and I got excited again. Now, we'll be hauling ass, and that's the problem making a movie called 'Halloween': If you come out Nov. 1 or after, nobody cares. If it was called anything else, I'd be fine." Zombie assured fans that the film will not follow the original sequels storyline, which mainly took place in a hospital that Laurie was taken to after the events that transpired in the first film. He does include that the film, like the original sequel, will directly follow the events from his first Halloween.

While Rob Zombie's Halloween wasn't terrible, it wasn't very good. He took one of the greatest living films of all time and took all the scare out of it, leaving us wondering just what was his intensions. I can't say I am all that excited for a second Zombie Halloween but, its definately better than someone else doing it. I would hate to see someone else take over Rob Zombie's invisioning of Michael Myers. Zombie's work on House of A 1000 Corpses and The Devil's Rejects was brilliant, so there is no doubt he can do wonders with the horror genre, but with such a short schedule ahead of him he definately has a challenge in front of him.

The highly anticipated Terminator Salvation is yet to release, but that didn't stop Halcyon Co from announcing that they are developing the fifth film in the Terminator franchise. Variety reports that Derek Anderson and Victor Kubicek alongside McG are devloping the next film. McG is also planning on returning to direct the next film. The company has set a tenative release date of 2011 and gave no word if Warner Brothers and Sony would be apart of the T5 release, as they are with Terminator Salvation. The duo told Variety that because of positive fan reaction they decided to move ahead quickly in developing the next film. "We feel the time is now to start shaping the next part of this," Kubicek.

With the release of Terminator Salvation still nearly 5 months away the announcement may feel a bit premature, but realistically doesn't everyone remember that Christian Bale had previously signed on for a trilogy? The anticipation level of Salvation is very high and it is not surprising that the studio has already announced the fifth film. What is questionable is the return of McG. This guy has sucked it up in his past with Charlie's Angels and Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle and he has yet to prove his talents. Granted the trailers and imagery of Terminator Salvation really thrills the senses, but 2 minutes of thrill is alot different than 2 hours. As long as Terminator Salvation doesn't suck royal ass, consider me amped for T5! Even if Salvation does suck donkey balls, Christian Bale will be in it and he has put my butt in the theater seat since Newsies!

In the best sequel news of the post comes the announcement that Disney intends to release the sequel to Tron, titled "TR2N" for 2011. The sequel to the legendary 1982 film will as previously reported star Jeff Bridges in the same role of Kevin Flynn and be directed by Joseph Kosinski. Adding to the TR2N news two actresses have been cast in the sequel. Olivia Wilde (Turistas and Alpha Dog) will play the female lead in the cult classic sequel. THR reports that Wilde will play a virtual world worker who is aiding in the fight against the evil Master Control Program from the original film. The second female cast is Beau Garrett (Turistas and Made of Honor), who will play a siren in the virtual world. The film is considered to be the "Next Chapter" of Tron and has yet to cast any stars outside of Bridges, however the studio is currently screen-testing actors for the eye-popping sequel!

Being one of the lucky ones who got to see the 2 minute sneek peak of TR2N at Comic-Con this year and let me just say, this film is gonna kick-ass, at least visually! What was shown and the sneek of Bridges as Clu once again, created a buzz that would be hard to match. Tron and ET probably had the biggest impact on me as a kid (when it came to cinema)and still remain two of my all-time favorite films. So the anticipation for TR2N, really isn't fathomable. 2011 now feels like a life time away and TR2N easily trumps the release of Marvel's The Avengers in the same year.

Any of these sequels jump out at you? Does Rob Zombie returning to Halloween sound like a good idea? McG returning for T5 before Salvation even releases a little premature? Would you watch a The Phantom sequel? Have you even seen the original? McFarlane directing a sequel Spawn, could it work? Strikeback...

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Review - Sukiyaki Western Django

A lone drifter gunman rolls into a post gold rush Nevada mountain town, posed between two warring clans the Genji and Heike, who are searching for a legendary hidden treasure. The gunman, blessed with uncanny shooting skills, is asked by both opposing clans to help one side find the gold and a stake in the claim. With tensions rising, the guman must decide where his loyalties lie, leading up to a vicious and deadly gunfight for all of the wealth.

Review - MILK

MILK chronicles the first openly gay male elected to office in the United States. In 1977 Harvey Milk was elected to San Francisco city's board of supervisors and ignited gay rights in the State and throughout the nation with his various political tactics. Milk, once in office takes aim at Proposition 6, a statewide measure that intends to ban gay teachers in California, which Milk focuses directly on the issues of civil freedom and all men being created equal. One year after Harvey Milk's election, he and Mayor George Moscone were assassinated by another San Francisco city supervisor, Dan White.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Powder Blue Trailer

Powder Blue is a upcoming film that has a huge cast of highly potenial actors in a film that follows a four Los Angeles residents; a mortician, an ex-con, a suicidal ex-priest, and a stripper whose lives intersect on Christmas Eve. Powder Blue stars Jessica Biel, Forrest Whitaker, Patrick Swayze, Ray Liotta, Kris Kristofferson and Eddie Redmayne. The film, directed by Timothy Linh Bui, has no tennative release date but is sure to find itself at Cannes and Sundance and at least a limited run sometime in 2009. Until then, I have the first full length trailer for Powder Blue which looks to spin a stunning tale. Enjoy the trailer below...

Yes, if you are wondering Jessica Biel does in fact, get nude in the film. Biel had in the past said, "No" to nudity, but has more recently stated she has become open to more things. Does this film look a little too much like Crash, Magnolia, or Grand Canyon? That actually what makes it look outstanding, nothing's better than intersecting lives! Strikeback...

New Pics of Basterds

Our first production stills from Inglourious Basterds have hit the net. Previously, all we had seen was a promo shoot of Pitt as Aldo Snow, but these two new treats show off a bit more! Production on Inglourious Basterds began back in October and these fresh stills seem a tad premature, but regardless there here and below for you to gander at.

The first still features Diane Kruger who plays an German actress Bridget Von Hammersmark, that is working as a undercover agent for the "basterds" led by Aldo Snow (Brad Pitt). The "basterds" are a group of Jewish-American soldiers who are recruited to spread fear throughout the Third Reich by scalping and brutally killing Nazi's. The second image is of Brad Pitt in full regalia and has a peculiar smirk on his face. The photo reveals Snow's massive scar that spans across his neck from ear to ear, the result of a lynching. Checkout the two images below....

Thoughts on the two first still from Inglorious Basterds? Are you excited for the mash up of QT's dialogue and a WWII flick? Strikeback...

Elm St. Remake Greenlit!

It seems the next beloved horror franchise is now set to be remade. The guys that have brought us Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Amityville Horror and releasing in February Friday the 13th will next take a trip to Elm Street. That's right, the long anticipated and talked of remake is actually happening! Platinum Dunes will be moving forward with its working relationship with Warner Brothers and New Line for "A Nightmare on Elm Street." Shock Till You Drop dropped the news today when Brad Fuller and Andrew Form broke the story to the news outlet saying, "It's our next movie." Fuller and Form have been hinting about remaking the Nightmare franchise for awhile and were heavily touting the pursual at Comic-Con back in July. So the deal is done for a re-imaging of Freddy and his nightmare haunting, but how quickly are Form and Fuller planning on shooting? Andrew Form noted they would like to start real soon by adding, "hopefully shooting this spring."

Platinum Dunes did a real good job with Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Hitcher, not so much TCM: The Beginning or Amityville Horror, but they have the right ideas for the franchises. They look to have nailed Friday the 13th, but we will have to wait and see in February for that. Just how are the minds behind Platinum Dunes going to approach Freddy, one of the most comical maniacs out there? Form and Fuller tell Shock Till You Drop that they are losing the wise-cracking angle to Freddy. "It's not Freddy cracking jokes. We want to make a horrifying movie," Fuller said. Personally, that is the best thing I could hear! I always loved Freddy's jokes in all of the films, but it always took away from the horror. With the original films, you went to see them to laugh, not to be scared. I love the idea that Fuller and Form want to make a terrorfying Nightmare on Elm St. Continuing on Fuller said, "The concept is so scary, don't fall asleep or you'll die. This guy gets you when you're most vulnerable, in your sleep. We love that. That's the basis of the movie." This guy really does say all the right things. Instead of playing up Freddy's one-liners and stand-up, we remember so well from Robert Englund, we'll get an actual nightmare! Thank god!

Fuller and Form continued to elaborate on their ideas for the film by saying, "It'll be most similar to the first one but in terms of kills and dreams we'll borrow from the entire series." Clearly then a High School story similar to the original is what were in for, which would work the best, especially with the "Parents just don't understand" angle played up. The duo added to further show they intend on a realistic and non-campy take on the original series, "It's like what we're doing to Friday the 13th." Based off the fact that Fuller and Form have said their "Nightmare" will be sans the jokes, it is doubtful Robert Englund would return to the title role. In fact, the creators behind the Friday the 13th remake said they would be going with a new actor for the film, but hope that Englund can be in the film in some form or other character.

A real haunting take on A Nightmare on Elm Street sound like a good idea? Are the guys at Platinum Dunes the best people to do it? Now that Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Halloween, Friday the 13th, The Omen, Maniac Cop, A Nightmare on Elm Street and Child's Play remakes have been made or are in the works, can you think of any other major horror franchises left to be remade? Strikeback...

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

New Terminator Trailer & Images

Terminator Salvation is shaping up to surely be one of the biggest hits of 2009. Hopefully the film does live up to the hype. At minimum, be better than T3! The newest trailer has released yesterday and I got it for you below along with a few new images from the trailer and LA Times. The newest trailer gives us bit more of action and alot more of the various Terminators throughout Terminator Salvation. In particular, a T-800 lying down next to John Connor on a operating table, but we also get some more looks at the T-600 and other Sky Net machines in action. McG looks to have just nailed this film, that is if you can gage the whole movie off 2 minutes and 30 seconds, but in general Terminator Slavtion looks outstanding. Checkout the production/trailer images below and the intense new trailer!

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Terminator Salvation: Trailer 2

How great does Terminator Salvation look? Better than, "Alright"? Why is John Conner lying next to a T-800? Is the previous announced spoiler still happening? Is that naked John Conner picking up the T-600 gatling gun? Looks like John has a son coming! Strikeback....