I have to say that I can’t wait to check out Steven Soderbergh‘s actioner Haywire. Everything I’ve seen from it thus far has looked great and the positivity pouring out from early reviews only supports my belief that the entire pic will deliver. Whether it be the stellar cast, the proclaimed breakout performance from Gina Carano, or Soderbergh’s top-notch action sequences, I fully expect to be talking about Haywire right here again next week in a little “Before & After” discussion. In the meantime…
…This week’s “Top 5″ brings you some new details regarding the long-gestating Star Wars live-action television series, Contraband interviews with Mark Wahlberg, Giovanni Ribisi, and more, the first official images from Jonathan Levine‘s (50/50) Warm Bodies, a “Cinemath” feature that analyzes the 2011 box office, and all of our coverage from the 2011 Television Critics Association (TCA) Winter Press Tour. Hit the jump for brief recaps and links to each.
With George Lucas’ Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace set to be the first of the 3D re-releases in little more than a month, you might be thinking to yourself, “Gee, there really isn’t anything more they can do in the Star Wars universe that I haven’t already seen.” Well, your self would be wrong. The long-developing Star Wars TV series may be no closer to production but it does at least have a working title: Star Wars: Underworld. This fits in with the previous plot details having to do with a Godfather-like storyline set in the Star Wars universe. Unfortunately, prequels producer Rick McCallum confirmed that they’re still at the mercy of financial constraints and the inefficiency of ratings standards on network television. However, we do have a few tidbits of information on the series that Star Wars fans might find interesting. Hit the jump to see what they are.
Each of the last four weeks I’ve taken on the task of narrowing down all of the site’s content into the neat and tidy “Top 5″ feature you see here. Much like choosing your favorite child, this has been a difficult albeit necessary endeavor. For example, this week I was very tempted to include this potential major spoiler from The Dark Knight Rises and/or Matt’s take on the Oscar rules tweak that calls for the number of “Best Picture” nominees to fall between 5 and 10. And yet, I was able to make the tough decision of leaving those two out of the mix in favor of five pieces I found slightly more compelling (this is why they pay me the big bucks).
Speaking of those five “slightly more compelling” pieces, you can hit the jump to find brief recaps and links to articles covering the Star Wars live-action television series, the adaptability of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games, the feasibility of Jurassic Park 4, the first trailer for Brad Pitt’s Moneyball, and the merits of Warner Brothers’ Green Lantern.
For those anticipating that long-gestating live-action Star Wars TV series coming sooner than later, don’t hold your breath. Apparently George Lucas’ right-hand man, producer Rick McCallum, recently talked to Czech Position (via Bleeding Cool) where he revealed that the series is currently on hold. In talking about using resources in the Czech Republic (which were also used for Lucas’ WWII drama Red Tails), McCallum said, “The TV series is on hold, but that has nothing to do with the Czech Republic; it has to do with [the episodes being] so ambitious.” But even though the series may not air for a while, he did say the project has made a lot of progress and detailed what’s holding the series back. Details after the jump.